Month: June 2008

Put Another Shrimp on the Barbie

With my kids loving their play kitchen (hello, best investment ever!) I’m getting a little tired of the heavy spaghetti and meatball dinners. How about a little summer fare, like this adorable BBQ Grill set found at Nico & Zoe? Almost identical to the real thing (except for the not-so-kid-friendly fire part) this adorable play set is a must-have addition to any budding chef’s kitchen. Made in Thailand using eco-friendly plantation wood and brightly colored non-toxic inks, the veggie skewers are probably almost as healthy for them to munch on as the real thing. Not that you would have kids that might...

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A Kids’ Keepsake Kids Keep Themselves

Admittedly, I’m terrible at keeping a record of what’s going on with my kids other than the pictures and stories I post on my own personal blog. But now that my daughter is old enough to draw her own pictures and tell her own stories, I couldn’t help but be totally fascinated by the This is Me journal. Created by mom Carrie Lundell, this archival quality journal combines most 3-8 year olds’ favorite pastimes — drawing, writing, creative thinking, and collecting — and allows them to use all of those to capture what they’ve done, seen, and experienced throughout...

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Dapple: Natural Dish Soap That Works. Naturally.

BPA-free baby bottles and pacifiers. Natural wood teethers. Organic baby food. We think a lot about what goes into the mouth of babes, but what about the soaps we use to clean off those bottles, nipples, spoons or pacifiers? Exactly. Fortunately two moms were one step ahead of me on this stuff and created Dapple, an all-natural, biodegradable dish washing soap that specifically works on milk, formula and baby foods without using dangerous chemicals. Best of all it cleans the gunk off the rest of your dishes too. I loved the clean scent of the dishwashing liquid and that...

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A Band of Bamboo

By this pregnancy, number three, I’m pretty familiar with the plethora of maternity belly bands that allow we lucky pregnant women to continue wearing our regular shirts. Or, if you’re me, make the bizarrely short maternity shirts actually cover the top of your pants. Unfortunately I’m also familiar with the lovely belly itch that’s brought by tight clothing on my stomach. But when I tried on the Bamboo Belly Band found at Bambino Land, I couldn’t even tell it was on. Made from a combo of bamboo and just enough spandex, this band is super soft and fitted enough...

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42 Rules for Working Moms. Culled Down from 8 Million, Perhaps.

It’s challenging enough trying to figure out what to do with a screaming baby who requires your undivided attention 24-hours a day, but add a job (and blog reading and spousal attention and Project Runway) into the mix and you’ve got a whole other ballgame. If you’re a working mama, either by choice or by necessity, you’ll want to check out 42 Rules for Working Moms, editor Laura Lowell’s smart new resource that offers tips and support in, you guessed it, 42 quick and easy-to-read chapters all written by working moms in the trenches. Of course, we can’t help...

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What’s Cool About Britax Car Seats? For One, the Names.

A few readers have recently written to ask us our favorite car seat reco, and right up there at the top is definitely Britax. These are like the Volvo of car seats – safe, well-built, thoughtfully designed, and worth every penny. I’ve been very happy with my Boulevard for the past two years (although a self-cleaning function would have been nice when we went through my daughter’s carsick phase). It was the first model with side impact protection which, like all safety features, you’re glad to have but are hoping never to use. It’s big, it’s comfy, it converts...

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Yummi Glass: Fragile. (Must be Italian.)

I’ve had my eye on the lovely, timeless glass jewelry from artist Allison Overbeke since I first found her showing her beautiful work at Bendel’s. (See how cool I am that I just shorten it to Bendel’s?) Her company is aptly named Yummi Glass and I’m craving one of her delicious Italian hand-blown glass creations to dangle around my neck this summer. A simple glass circle necklace, especially in gold, would look awesome with a tan should I ever get one. But I could also imagine splurging on one of the more elaborate creations like the dragonfly necklace, were...

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How to Buy an American Quilt

I am lucky enough to have a mom who slaved over handmade quilts for each of my daughters, creating two very special one-of-a-kind heirlooms. I’m doubly lucky that they’re not some cheesy grandma quilts, but exquisite, modern, and very very me. For the rest of you however, no, you can’t borrow my mother. But you can check out the work from Amherst mom and artist Rebecca Fricke of Bedscape Designs. Her handmade baby quilts are just spectacular, incorporating playful color and bold graphics while still retaining a timeless feel. Rebecca makes them in grown-up sizes too – I’m in...

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JetHeads: Helping Kids Sleep Better On the Plane Without Benadryl

After reading a New York Times article about how often airplanes wash their blankets and pillows  and what exactly can be found in those seat back pockets…shivers. I may just have to reconsider my status as confirmed non-germophobe. And I may have to reconsider how excited I get when the airplane has one pillow left and they toss it my way. How brilliant that someone – a mom, of course – finally invented a disposable pillow case for airplane pillows. Called JetHeads, they’re inexpensive at $4.95 for a two-pack and they’re made of that soft fabric that those airline...

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Greeting Cards You Can Wear

In our digital age, receiving an actual real live handwritten greeting card goes a really long way. So imagine how it feels to get a handwritten greeting shirt instead.  Meet Greeteez, a new company which is apparently in the business of making moms (and grandparents and aunts and uncles) look super thoughtful. The 100% organic cotton t-shirt has a coated design it all ready for you to go to town on with the included Sharpie and handy stencil–particularly helpful if you failed handwriting class like me. Even cooler, have your kids scratch away on it. Pop your creation in the mail with the special envelope and you’ve...

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