Month: July 2008

A Traveling Parent’s New Very Best Friend in the World: JetSetBabies

Packing for vacation used to be a labor of love, laying out the outfits and the shoes as I anticipated all the fun ahead.  But now that I’m a parent and the airlines limit me to 50 pounds of baggage to boot, packing can be a nightmare. JetSetBabies is my new vacation savior.  This absolutely fabulous service allows you to order baby gear–everything from formula to diapers to first aid kits to beach toys–and have it shipped directly to your destination. When I checked into my hotel, my box o’ goodies was waiting there for me. I didn’t even...

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Wicked Whoopies: No Seriously, It’s Totally G-Rated.

The average American school year is 180 days long, which translates to a whole lot of lunches to pack. It’d only be a number of days before I was sending my kids off to the bus stop with a can of tuna, a can opener and a note saying, “please don’t hurt yourself with this”.  All kidding aside, I know my kids would get pretty tired of my standard lunchbox fare a few weeks into it so here’s one way to make an effort to shake things up: Pack one of these incredibly tasty Whoopie Pies from Wicked Whoopies...

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Keep On Rockin’ the Summer Shoes

I realize that back-to-school is knocking on my door, but considering it stays warm and sunny in our neck of the woods until early October, I’m not sure my daughter will be sporting the brown eather Mary Janes on August 11. So I can blame the weather for my interest in these adorable canvas shoes found at Mama Om boutique, right? Imported from Spain and made with kids in mind (machine washable), these durable shoes are perfect for play or party time. They come in a variety of styles, including versatile solids and my favorites, the cherry ballerina flats....

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Bao Bei Active: Rekindling Every Pregnant Mom’s Love for Yoga Pants

While I’ve clearly arrived at the “Yoga Pants and Gauchos” trimester in my pregnancy, I’m not ready to give up on my style just because even my roomiest maternity clothes are suddenly very uncomfortable. So meet my new best friend, Bao Bei Active maternity wear. Granted, the only active thing I’m doing that warrants a special kind of clothes is chasing after my other two kids, but when did yoga pants ever discriminate? Their line of pants are body hugging without exposing every lump and bump, and the waistline fits perfectly under the belly without making you run to...

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Preschoolers in the Hood

It seems like hooded towels only come adorned with zoo animals and licensed characters, and considering my daughter isn’t into monkeys anymore and I’m not so into Dora, our options are pretty limited. That’s not the case, however, since finding the hooded towels at All About Baby earlier this summer. I’d snatch up a couple of these bright, bold hooded towels to get you through the end of the summer then transition them right over to bath time. They’re the perfect size for the preschool set, absorbent but not too bulky. You know, so when your kid is wrapped...

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Computer Games That Care and Cure

My daughter is already a bit obsessed with computer games and she’s only four. I’m afraid to think about what will happen when she hits the tween years and can do more than just move the mouse around. Thanks to Generation Cures, I’m armed and ready with a site that not only provides families with free online puzzle games and animated stories that actually teach tweens about helping others. So not only are the games hip and fun but the messages they instill are invaluable. Although the site was created with the hopes to raise funds to advance the...

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A Pocket Full of Posies

When your daughter is begging to stick 6,000 glittery clips in her hair, sometimes the plain old barrette doesn’t cut it. So I’ve come up with this motto: “All bling in moderation unless you are Carmen Electra.” And even then I can’t say it’s the greatest choice. But the wool felt clips from Little Pink Posies? They most definitely are. Created by stay-at-home-mom Leigh Houston, these pretty posies feature felt, silk flowers, and rhinestone crystals, without getting too sparkly for my liking. The alligator clips sport just enough gripper to ensure that it stays on, and they come packaged...

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An ABC Book for Minimalists, Modernists, and Just Regular Kids Who Love Animals

Not all of us can afford to hang real pieces of art in our toddlers’ rooms, or spend hours strolling with them through museums gazing at the works of masters.  Fortunately, for less than $15, we can all afford to share this little gem from American Modernist Charley Harper. You may think, Gee, thanks, but we really don’t need another ABC book.  But Charley Harper ABC’s is much more than just another ABC book.  When you sit down to share this chunky board book, you’ll be struck by how realistic and personality-filled the animals are; you can almost hear...

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One Way to Get Out of Painting the Nursery: Wallpapers

We don’t come across too many wallpaper options for nurseries, or at least ones that we’d feel comfortable recommending. With all due respect Peter Rabbit, I love you, but I don’t need a repeating pattern of 60,000 of you that my baby will outgrow before the decade is out. If you’ve got a thing for modern, you’re going to love the cool wallpaper collection from olli + lime. Babygeared carries four fresh, surprising patterns including possibly the best sports theme wallpaper ever. Even future jocks deserve a little style too....

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The Blue Bird of Barrette Organization Happiness

Being that my daughter was a little baldie for a very long time, imagine my excitement when she became obsessed with hair clips. Especially because I am not the type to stick barrettes on a bald scalp with Karo syrup. My enthusiasm was quickly dashed when I realized that keeping track of her hair clips so that we didn’t lose them (or worse, her brother didn’t eat them) was a nightmare. That’s why I’m seriously considering one of the adorable hair clip holders by Details spotted at The Silly Wagon. I’m completely smitten with the sweet felt blue bird that holds a simple...

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