Month: June 2008

Mmmm…Baby Seals

Bringing the circus to our home is a little redundant, but these circus animal cookie cutters are making me consider it. They create detailed, bite-sized animals like a seal with a ball on his nose or a lion with a giant mane.  And, since I cannot do anything in the kitchen without an eager face appearing and asking, “can I do too?” I appreciate that these cookie cutters are made for little hands to operate: The molds have a spring-loaded button that pushes the design into the dough and then releases it.  The good people at Williams–Sonoma have even taken...

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C-Section Undies: Hot. For Real.

I realize that it took nine months for my body to complete its baby-making journey, so I really ought to be patient and give it nine months to recover. Especially after a c-section.  But patience has never been my strong suit and I want to wear cute undies again. Is that so much to ask? Since I’ve moved past the initial healing stage, I’m loving Czela Bellies, a great intermediary solution before you’re ready for your lacy stuff again. This cute boy-short style underwear has an ultra-soft waistband that won’t irritate those still-tender scars. Not only are Czela Bellies...

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The Colored Klean Kanteens Are Here! The Colored Klean Kanteens Are Here!

Okay, so you know we’re getting a little sucked into the world of enviro-shopping when we eagerly await a new SKU. But Klean Kanteen, a favorite safer sipper of mindful parents everywhere, has just taken the giant leap from regular old stainless into the glorious world of technicolor and we admit, we’ve been looking forward to it. Bright orange, ocean blue, and bubble gum pink disguise the fact that these aren’t fashion accessories, but really smart sports bottles. Well, they’re kind of both. Klean Kanteens are free of BPA and toxins, keep a whole lot of plastic bottles out...

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Fear Not, Little Girls

Turtle Papers is one of those shops that we’re always checking back with because every new item they make, from stationery to wall decor to kids tees, is pretty much something we’re coveting. The latest: The I’m Fearless lap tee for the littlest adventurers. I’m presuming the white lizard motif on sweatshirt gray is meant for little guys, but pair it with a pair of pink karate pants and your daughter will look both adorable and amply empowered to do what she probably already does. If you’ve ever seen my youngest daughter and a light socket or laptop cord, you’ll know just what I’m talking about....

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And Then They All Ate Whole Grains and Lived Happily Ever After

Although she’s an NPR contributor and food columnist, Betsy Block is also a typical wife and mother. Which is to say that her family of four, she realizes, is mired in unhealthy dining habits at the corner of Picky Eaters Street and Sugar Fiends Drive, and her earnest yet exasperated journey towards healthier meals that her family will deign to eat is chronicled in The Dinner Diaries: Raising Whole Wheat Kids in a White Bread World. If you want a volume filled with healthy recipes that everyone immediately loved, this is not the book for you. If you want...

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Habla Toddlerese

The excitement of hearing my son’s first few words was quickly dashed when no one but us could actually understand what the heck he was saying. But now that he’s sporting his Translation Tee from Temporary Language, everyone knows that his strategically spoken “oohs” and “ahs” are his way of saying “monkey.” Dad Bill Shore creates these bright and bold tees to your specifications using one of the hundreds of graphic images from his gallery and turning it into an iron-in with your kid’s own quote. And if he doesn’t have the image, make a special request and he’ll...

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Rolling in the Dough

The smell brings me right back to childhood, but the first time I found my daughter with a wad of Play-Doh in her mouth, I wondered, “what the heck is in this stuff?” An all-natural alternative is the unscented eco-dough, made by a family in California My kids loved its creamy feel that didn’t get hard or crumbly over time; in fact, our tub of dough is still as soft as the day we got it. If you leave it out overnight, a little bit of olive oil added to the dough will bring it back to life. Original...

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Robeez Gets Air Conditioning

I’ll admit that I’m late to the Robeez party, but now that I’m here, I’m a devoted fan. And as far as I’m concerned, I’ve arrived just in time since their designs seem to be getting cuter by the season. This summer, I’m coveting their sandals for babies and toddlers. Along with their trademark soft sole, the baby sandals have cut-outs to keep those tootsies cool. And because not everyone wants giant fish or dragons on their kids feet, it’s nice that these come in classic colors like pink and navy along with some trendy metallics. If you prefer...

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Organic Bedding Just Keeps Getting Cuter

Of all the splurges one can make when it comes to decorating the nursery, the one I always fantasized about was fabulous organic bedding. It’s a purchase you can feel good about (good for the environment! good for baby!) plus there’s little cozier than a nice soft organic cotton. About the most adorable organic sets I’ve seen come from Argington, best known for its eco-friendly nursery furniture.  Choose from blue and brown dinosaurs for boys or pink butterflies for girls — both prints are structured such that the critters form modern-looking geometric patterns to keep it from becoming too...

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The Loch Ness Hoodie

My sister’s lament is that there aren’t enough boys’ clothes for her son that are cute without being cutesy – cutesy including things like pastel colors, puppy motifs, and embroidered sayings like, Mommy’s Lil’ Slugger. I can’t wait to show her the adorable hoodies from LuCoo Kids. Seattle mom and designer Amy Laybourn’s clever through-the-pocket design is a hand-made felt appliqué. And no pastels in sight. If you have girls in the house, LuCoo also has a funky selection of tees and some super cute plush toys coming soon from the looks of it. Plenty of cute and cool...

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