Month: July 2008

Fill-in-the-Blank Calling Cards: Sooooooo Smart

Call me old-fashioned, but I love the idea of calling cards. Problem is, I have different contact information for different people. It really ruins the elegance of handing over a calling card when I have to scrawl corrections on it first. The fill-in-the-blank line of calling cards from busynestcards is exactly what I needed. These double-sided cards not only incorporate fresh, modern design, they’ve got ample space to jot the location of the next playdate or the name of that piano teacher who comes so highly recommended. But the highlight are those blank lines where I can pick and...

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Wooden Name Signs We Can Get Behind. Finally.

I really do love my kids’ names. Considering how many fights my husband and I got into before we finally nailed down Quinlan and Drew I might have them plastered all over their walls except for the fact that I have yet to run across a wooden name sign that suits my extra-picky taste. That is until I stumbled upon the personalized vintage room signs at the Stork Store. Choose from a whole range of wooden signs that feature gorgeous nostalgic images, include your child’s name and even your own custom phrases and you’ve got an amazing piece of...

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Ethical Underwear? Sure, Why Not.

We’re going to go out on a limb and say if you’ve got money tied up in petrochemical pesticide stocks, this might be a good time to get out. The entire world is going greener, right down to their fair trade organic cotton underwear. Yes, underwear. We’ve recently been turned onto Peau-Ethique, a family-run French company very committed to the environment and fair trade practices. Their collection of super high-quality undies and sleepwear for kids is available on our side of the pond at Green Edge Kids. While it might sound a little frivolous to shell out $15 for...

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Your Very Own Family Travel Muse. No Resemblance to Sharon Stone.

You know those people who have a second home and visit it every vacation? Well, that isn’t me. If we are going to pack up our family of five and go somewhere, I need to figure out where we’re going, where we’ll sleep eat and what we’ll do once we get there. Travel magazines are fine if you’re not on a budget, and community websites are useful until you find a hotel that 90% love but 10% warn “do not stay here if you dislike bugs in your bed”. New to the scene is a website called TravelMuse, and...

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Letterpress cards for moms that don’t scream LETTERPRESS CARDS FOR MOMS

What do you get when you mix modern sensibilities with the ancient art of letterpress printing, then sprinkle the top with a dash of whimsy? The sweet yet minimalist designs of Dee & Lala, it would seem. My kids are unfortunately too old and cynical to endure the clean simplicity of the Woodland Collection prints on their walls (darn them!) so I will have to settle for grabbing myself one of the letterpress card sets instead which feature all kinds of spectacular illustrations. The Watch and Learn set would make excellent new mom thank you cards since each design...

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Sometimes Mama Needs a Cocktail. Even if Baby Doesn’t.

The CMP staff has just returned from the BlogHer conference, that magical yearly event in which hundreds of bloggers gather together to hone our craft, take thousands of photos and drink copious amounts of wine – yes, even those of us toting our babies in CMP-approved slings. Even though I’m careful to do as the commercials instruct and drink responsibly, it’s hard to turn in early at BlogHer. I may have had one glass too many that first night, and it was only when I fed Oliver in the wee hours of the morning that I wondered, Shoot, am...

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Not Mrs. Brady’s Bean Bag Chair

Say “bean bag chair” and my mind flashes back to 1975, an image of a shiny vinyl blob sitting on shag carpeting. I can even conjure up the squeaking sound it made when I landed on it. The bean bag chairs by Cocoon Couture?  Yeah, not one of those. This Australian company uses pinwale corduroy and vintage fabrics to create soft, sturdy covers with a smile-inducing critter sewn onto the side.  Stop by Cute-ture to pick out your favorite among half-a-dozen forest friends.  My favorite? A toss-up between the sweet bird and Little Foxy who embodies charm and cool....

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Dream Big, Little Girl

We’re always on the lookout for cool empowering tees for our girls that aren’t so empowering that they’re cheesy. You know what I’m talking about. Oh yes you do. A nice example of ones that work: The tees from Ava’s Closet, mom Katie Dietrich’s effort to send more positive messages about girls out into the world. With slogans like President not Princess and Doctor not Diva, newborns to six year-olds can proclaim some pretty lofty aspirations. Plus it’s a diplomatically subtle hint for the relatives to ease off the sparkly princess crowns at birthday time. –Liz Congratulations to Lisa...

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Wonderland Meets Wallpaper

Personalized gifts are fantastic for new babies, but there are other ways for a mama to know you ordered something especially for her bambino besides having it monogrammed. A great new pick: The splendid custom wallpaper panel art from Lisa Golightly of Kiki and Polly. We’re already huge fans of Lisa’s most excellent paintings incorporating a child’s photo, and her new offerings live up to our own hype. Your choice of wallpaper is custom painted with the silhouette of a child riding a giant lion, elephant, deer or rabbit – you pick the gender, the color, and of course the...

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EthiDolls: Not just a Barbie with darker skin

You should know right off that I am not the biggest Barbie fan, for all of the obvious reasons. But there did come a day when my daughter’s begging got the best of me, and I went out to survey the choices. I came home with a doll we henceforth referred to as Ambiguously Ethnic Barbie. She was Hispani-afric-asian. I think. Better than platinum blond Barbie, I suppose, but still an epic failure in terms of cultural diversity. If only EthiDolls had existed back then, I could’ve proudly presented my kid with an authentically African Makeda, the Queen of...

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