Month: June 2008

Top Chef Comes to Your Kitchen. Yes, Sam Too.

Yesterday, both my kids’ daddy and my own daddy opened up their brand new copies of Top Chef: The Cookbook. Which is why I held this review until today. Publisher Chronicle Books always does an outstanding job with their titles and this canvas-covered tome is no exception. If your Wednesday nights are committed to Bravo, you’ll find the Top Chef cookbook most excellently captures all the fun, all the style, all the energy of the show – the cover is even wrapped in the same canvas as the chefs’ jackets. Between the covers you’ll be privy to great behind-the-scene...

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Squirrely

Honestly, I didn’t understand the appeal of the pull toy until after I had kids. I was like so, they just….pull it? Sure enough, yes. And sure enough, kids go nuts for them. Nuts being the perfect segue for what may be the most beautiful pull toy maybe ever: The squirrel pull toy from artist Kate Steurenagle found at CMP favorite shop Mahar Dry Goods.Kate brought one of her sketches to life with paper maché, wood and non-toxic (of course!) paint and the result is a toy that will look stunning on a nursery shelf until the baby is...

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Wall Papers

When you spent every waking moment of your pregnancy searching for crib sheets in just the right shade of persimmon, and tormenting yourself over the weave of the nursery rug, you’re not going to put up some poster on the wall, right? All the better if the artwork of your dreams is handmade and one-of-a-kind. Or better yet, a custom job. That’s just what you’ll get if you go halfway around the world to Australian mum Monique Gaspar’s art studio – or at least to her website, Look at the Wall. Monique’s whimsical pandas, swinging monkeys and yawning hippos...

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E-Cards That Don’t Make You Cringe As You Press Send

For those of you who woke up this morning thinking Oh [your favorite expletive], I forgot to send a Father’s Day card! we’ve got you covered with the hilarious free e-cards from Rattlebox. Click over now and you have a whole selection of honest-to-goodness, very funny e-cards, hold the bad animation. That’s because the two women behind the company are actual film and tv producers who employ stock video and film clips and decent enough writers. Actual production values! In a free e-card! Who’d have thunk it. I’m partial to the black and white Father’s Day option that has...

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Reigning Men, Hallelujia

We could tell you that instead of set of boxers this Father’s Day, a better idea would be to have gotten your guy a pair of organic cotton fair trade drawstring trousers for lounging around the house, from the very stylish UK shop Love Eco. And that would be true. But we could also come right out and admit that we just really, really, really wanted to post this picture. Hope you’re all having a great Father’s Day, cool parents. –Liz and...

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Born Free, Free of BPA.

Check out any of the mom message boards and you’ll find members bragging about having used Born Free bottles since 2006 before everyone knew the dangers of BPA or knew how to pronounce Phthalates. As for the rest of us–me included– we’re now freaking out a little about what our kids were sucking on for the first year or so of their lives. Invented by dads, Born Free bottles are pretty smart. They’ve got softer nipples than most and a venting system (similar to Dr. Browns) that yes, is a pain to wash out, but sure beats having a...

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Summer Sling

The SolarVeil sling from Mamma’s Milk has taken up permanent residence in my pool bag, right next to the sunscreen. Because my baby boy has that pale porcelain skin that absolutely must be shielded from the sun, but with two older kiddos who adore the pool (okay, I do too), staying inside all summer is not a reasonable option. This summer sling is made with light gauzy fabric that’s not only perfect for warmer days, it provides amazing SPF 70+ protection – above and beyond the sunscreen that I still insist on applying. I can nurse completely discreetly with...

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Read This Right After the Kids Draw the Line Down the Middle of the Back Seat

Brothers and sisters? They fight. Sometimes a lot. Sometimes even when they’re grown-ups. (ahem) So when you find a book that makes you want to not fight, you better cuddle up and read it out loud to those darling children of yours. One City, Two Brothers, written by Chris Smith and illustrated by Aurelia Fronty, is a must-read for siblings, especially when read to by mommies who are siblings. For the kids, it’s the story of two brothers who spat like weasels until they hear a parable told by wise King Solomon. For the adults, it’s also the story...

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Nursery Themes That Don’t Suck, Even Though They Sound Like They Might

If you like the idea of traditional themes for a nursery like firefighters, astronauts, or fairies, you might have found that a lot of what you’re seeing out there isn’t quite your cup o’ tea. We’ll let you in on one of our secrets: If you want to avoid the cheese, go retro. I’m totally digging on the kids vintage wall art, decor and clocks from the Sew Vintage collection at Dolce Mia. Even something like circus animal decor suddenly seems fun and fresh when the tigers and giraffes look like something from grandma’s day. I really like that...

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Education.com: Just Tell Your Kids It’s Called FunStufftoDo.com

Summer can be l-o-n-g when the weather is bad, the kids are bored and I refuse to turn the television on to pass the time. Thankfully, I have just discovered hundreds of activities on education.com. With a neat feature that lets me choose activities for kids based on grade level (pre-k through 12) I am assured that I’ll pick something that won’t have my kids whining about baby games. My oldest often complains that I try to turn everything into “a learning opportunity” so I’m most happy that the site’s activities teach kids something without being so blatantly obvious...

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