Month: July 2008

Just don’t call them push presents

I never liked the idea of push presents. I guess the notion of demanding some sort of $6000 tennis bracelet or Birkin bag for having a child seems more like an excuse to ask for something expensive that you wanted anyway. What I do love however, is the idea of a sigOth who is so absolutely smitten with you and your miraculous childbearing prowess that a symbolic gift to commemorate the occasion is procured with love and admiration. Is that too much to ask? New York (by way of Paris) jewelry artist Sylvette Blaimont, a favorite of celebs like...

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BlogHer? I hardly know ‘er! (Oh okay, so it’s a chestnut.)

The CMP editors and a few of our writers are packing our bags and brushing up on Apple Martini Drinking 101–at least those of us who aren’t with child–in preparation for the BlogHer conference in San Francisco this weekend. If you’ll be there, please make sure you say hi! Swear, we’re friendly. We’ll be speaking on various panels, signing the very first copies of Sleep is for the Weak: The Best of the Mommybloggers and joyously co-hosting The People’s Party Thursday night. You’d better stop by or we’ll be downright insulted. We’re especially excited to get to spend time...

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Very Wearable Art From Lark and Loon

I see a whole lot of items presented as wearable art that, well, I would say wearable yes. Art, not so much. But in the case of Lark and Loon, the descriptor really fits. This two mom-run shop commissions original pieces from artists across the country and turns them into wonderfully soft, stretchy, very wearable clothing for kids 2-12. By artists I mean real artists including CMP fave Alena Hennessy. Not people with fuzzy paint pens who draw happy faces. In fact the shop is so committed to art, they even give 5% of their profits to Americans for...

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Lactose-Intolerant Ice Cream Lovers, Grab Your Spoons

I literally ate my way through the International Fancy Food Show in New York a few weeks ago, and came home with a belly that could get me a seat on the subway, a couple of blisters, and piles of new products I was excited to share with Cool Mom Picks readers. One of the standouts, ironically, was one that I almost passed up on sampling, so full was I at that point: The absolutely superb LaLoo’s Goat’s Milk Ice Cream. If you’ve got someone in the family with lactose intolerance, this premium ice cream is just what you...

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Cluster Cluck

I wish I had that kind of eye so that I could cluster fifteen framed pictures altogether on a nursery wall and make it look like it does in the pages of Metropolitan Home or Apartment Therapy. But alas, I don’t. So I’m grateful for the artwork from Cici Art Factory that makes some dandy designs for little kids that are just meant to be hung in groups. Vancouver artist Liz Clay has created four fun series featuring hand drawn chicks, frogs, birdies and milk bottles. Each one is available as an X, and O, in straight lines or...

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Cool Mom Picks Loves Sprout for Parents

Considering our kids have spent many a minute (okay, more like hours) watching Sprout TV, it seemed like the perfect fit when they asked us to join them as guest experts on their blog. Along with brand spankin’ never seen before weekly picks from us, Sprout for Parents offers all kinds of great tips, articles, and videos based on monthly themes from a variety of experts. So, stop on over, or add them to your favorites. Seems only fair since we’re betting your remote control probably already knows its way there without you even typing in the channel. –...

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Kids Bedding to Spare You From Care Bears

I love the idea of reviving 60s-style psychedelic prints for kids bedding. It makes so much sense when you consider the wild colors, and the cool repetitive graphics. And no, I don’t mean tie-dye. That’s just what you’ll get with the cool kids bedding from kideko. The 100% cotton percale sheets from Australian designer Shelley Mason feature motifs like pink hearts, lightning bolts that would appease any superhero wannabe, a funny green monster and even a unisex rock-poster inspired typographic pattern in raging yellow that won’t be outgrown by the time your child turns four. Always a good thing....

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Eco bags with a brain

I’m a huge proponent of BYOB — you know, bringing your own bag. But stuffing big canvas shopping bags into my already tightly packed diaper tote unfortunately affects the frequency of me actually doing it. Sorry Earth. That’s not the case anymore thanks to my Olive Smart Sack. This set of six sturdy bags all fit conveniently into a single sack that is about the size of tall sippy cup. Toss the sack into your own bag and you’ll be ready for any small or large shopping trip, avoiding disposable bags in style. The bags actually fit back into...

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Autism Speaks Through Very Cute Tees

When there’s a cause that’s near and dear to my heart, I have no problems letting my child’s chest be a billboard for raising awareness.The shirts from FiveHumans, like the Autism “Mind Speak” tee, helps get the word out about this developmental disability that’s now affecting a whopping 1 out of every 150 US children. By purchasing the shirt, you’ll not only be helping to spread the word about the need for continued Autism research, but 10% of the proceeds will go directly to Autism Speaks. Make sure to check out the other fantastic causes that are stylishly represented and supported by FiveHumans. And...

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The Terribly Neglected Pregnant Feet

It seems like there are a ton of fantastic belly balms and tummy creams for the itchy stretched out pregnancy bump, but in my case, it’s my poor tired feet which need the attention. If your feet scream “miserable pregnant mama!” louder than your belly, you must grab Honeydew Skin Care’s “A Leg Up” soothing foot and leg lotion. I’ve been using it every night on my tootsies and I have to say that after the application, they definitely feel like they’re not carrying an extra 30 pounds. Made from natural ingredients without parabens, petroleum, or synthetic chemicals, the lotion goes on smoothly and does...

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Maggie Mason is in the Haus

Magie Mason’s Mighty Girl network continues its path towards online design world domination today’s launch of Mighty Haus, her much anticipated–at least by us–shopping and design blog covering the world of covetable loveliness for your home. Click over and find always excellent recos written in quick read-’em-during-the-commercial blurbs cleverly crafted by Maggie and partner Melissa Summers. If you’re not familiar with her other wonderful design and shopping blogs (and occasional CMP resources) Mighty Goods and Mighty Junior, this would be the time to bookmark them all. As for me, I’ll be heading to the MOMA store to check out...

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So We Hear That Babies Require A Few Items…

The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide was created around one very simple premise: Baby shopping makes ordinarily sane women absolutely out-of-their-heads crazy bonkers. I myself can recall spending at least two hours trying to decide on the right changing pad cover. To say nothing of the perfect bottle drying rack. The perfect bottle drying rack. Like I said. Bonkers. This very comprehensive resource comes courtesy of savvy sisters Heather McClean and Hollie Schultz, who edit the Baby Gizmo product review site that CMP has already raved about. Let’s just say they know a lot of stuff about a lot of...

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Kids Shoes So Cute You Just Know They’re European

So here we are, well into summer when just now I realize my toddler’s shoe wardrobe is not really cutting it. What I need is something more like a sneaker-sandal hybrid; something that looks cute with a skirt but can still handle impromptu jaunts to the playground. (And don’t suggest those ubiquitous plastic gardening shoes because one day a kid is going to kill themselves wearing those things and then I’ll say I told you so. But I digress.) I’ve found the perfect solution at Love You Baby via the the so-French-you-want-to-eat-a-crepe kids shoes from Bensimon. The wearable, washable,...

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An Apron Dress That Makes Me Want to Be a 3T Again

Sometimes you touch an article of children’s clothing and it is so buttery soft, so absolutely luxurious, it makes you want to toss everything else your kid has been wearing pronto. That’s how I felt when I first caressed the exquisitely soft and stretchy modal cotton of the childrens apron dress from Baby Eggi. The shop is run by LA film exec and mom Jennifer Ahn-Newman and her fashion industry sister Julie Anh-Kim, and let’s just say we expect big things from them. The totally adorable dress is a throwback to a classic kids style but with an updated...

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Aha! So That’s Why I Have Random Hairs in Bizarre Places.

Congratulations!  You’re pregnant!  And, if you are anything like me, it’s time to start logging some serious hours on the computer reading everything you can about it. But with so much of it out there, how do you wade through it all? Well you, you do not have to wade through it all. Not now that there is Aha! Baby, a pregnancy-specific search engine that compiles the best articles around the web on everything from baby naming to medical questions, all in one place. I do not even want to think about how much work this poor team out...

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Cloth diapering goes eco-chic-er

I’m amazed at the advances that have hit the cloth diapering world, even in the short year that’s passed since I stopped using cloth with my son. Case in point: Blueberry Diapers. While cloth diapering is economical by most accounts, their one-size cloth diapers do double-duty on the financial front, since they adjust take your newborn right through to potty training (provided he’s under 35 pounds at the time). The microfleece and a hemp/terry insert inside keep the cute bum dry, and the amazingly soft laminated minky outside almost seems too nice for poop. Ditto with the all-in-one Diapers (shown)...

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New Parenting Is Fun! (Didn’t You Know?)

Now that we’re on baby #3, my husband and I don’t bat an eye at the 2 AM. wake-up calls, and spit up is funny, even when it hits the oriental rug. But we weren’t always so laid back.  The first few months with our oldest was the greatest strain our marriage has ever endured, with not nearly enough laughter.  If ever a couple of parents could have used Wry Baby’s latest book – The New Parents’ Fun Book – it was us. This book is a riot, as would be expected from Wry Baby. It turns every point...

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I’m In a Guatemalan State of Mind

I love local flea markets and craft fairs, provided the cool stuff outnumbers the lucite “keepsakes” and fell-off-a-truck tube socks by 3:1. Last year on a jaunt through the Ybor city market in Tampa the sigOth came across the wonderful imports from Chi Chi Amor. The business is a true labor of love for the globally-minded owners who track down eco-friendly, fair trade items, mostly from Guatamalan artisans. Scour the site for the kinds of clothes that demand to be worn barefoot in the summer sun – Naturally dyed bright basics for kids, organic cotton tanks, and my favorite,...

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The Best Old Movies for Families: Because Sometimes Plopping Your Kid In Front of a Screen With You is Awesome

I feel so lucky to have grown up a dad with a passion for old movies. He took me to Audrey Hepburn double features at the Film Forum, entertained me on rainy days with Danny Kaye, and taught me it was okay to know all the words to  every song in South Pacific. So I was so excited to get a chance to check out The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together with the hopes of indoctrinating my daughters into Hollywood’s Golden Age before Noggin owns their entire media consciousness. Compiled by esteemed film critic...

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Work Out Clothes for the Real Olympians: New Moms

In my quest to shed those last few extremely stubborn pregnancy pounds, I’ve pulled out the big guns and signed up for a triathlon. (Hold your applause – at least until I pull it off.) This means I’m out biking, running, and swimming just about every single day, all in between feedings. So I’ve traded in my Mountain Blue Eyes nursing fleece for one of their new nursing tanks. Made of the same quick-drying fabric as their nursing tees, these tanks make it a breeze to walk in the door after a run and immediately scoop up the baby...

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