Month: July 2008

Lap desks for kids that they’ll totally use

My daughter is insistent on drawing anywhere and everywhere, which isn’t so bad when we’re sitting in our kitchen. When we’re in our car it can present a bit of a problem. But now with her Room it Up lap desk, I can barely get her to come out, even when we’re pulling up to the ice cream shop. With a hard plastic top and bean bag-like underside, it’s sturdy but light so your kids can use it without feeling like they’ve got a big weight on their lap. Of course the best part has to be the variety...

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Bath Toy Storage That Actually Stores Bath Toys. Crazy, Huh?

I’ve tried several ways to manage the ever growing load of water toys that seem to be overtaking our bathroom. None of them have worked as well or looked as sleek as the Kuster Bath Toy Store. (Which is not actually a toy store, but a way to store toys. A little confusing, I know.) The simple but smart design makes me wish I had thought of it myself. Scoop up the toys in the deep strainer bucket, then drop into the coordinating holder. The water drains without dripping on your floor (hooray!) and any extra water in the holder you...

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Poo-Pourri: The $9.95 Marriage Saver

When you get a pitch for something called Poo-Pourri you think it’s a joke. Maybe a teaser for a Will Ferrell movie or an April Fool’s email that got lost in the ether for three months. But holy cow, it’s for real…and it’s good. Very good. The whole idea is that you spray inside the bowl before you…go. The all-natural formula of essential oils like lemongrass and grapefruit basically creates a barrier, trapping in any unladylike odors. Or ungentlemanlike, as the case is around our sad little one-bathroom apartment. (Sorry, hon. It’s true.) While the pitch was absurd–something about...

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A Changing Mat That’s Changing Minds

Rather than argue about the value of a changing table, I’d much rather complain about the crappy changing pad options out there. Most are incredibly flimsy, and require covers that end up in the wash almost as often as I’m changing diapers. The genius Kuster Jellybaby Changing Mat however is made from pvc-free memory foam which wipes cleans (yes wipes!) in a snap. If you’re still feeling the need for a cover, the washable cotton liner is actually pretty stylish but I wouldn’t bother. The mat is warm to the touch,  and it forms to the shape of your...

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I, glasses

While I’ve got way too many little pouches and cases to keep all my kid’s items clean and safe, I tend to just toss my own things right into the depths of my diaper bag without even thinking twice. That’s probably why I’m on my third pair of sunglasses this summer, and why I should think about investing in an eyeglass case from Field of Roses. I can’t say I’ve ever coveted an eyeglasses case before, but I guess there’s a first time for everything. Made by hand using various cotton fabrics, like the Joel Dewberry pattern (pictured) or this equally lovely...

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Crafty Mama Helps Make All Mamas a Little Craftier

When I see a beautiful, handmade creation, my first thought is: “Oh, how beautiful and creative!”  The second thought that crosses my mind is “how can I make that myself?” Occasionally the item is actually in the realm of possibility, even for sleep-deprived mamas with limited time, resources, and creativity. Just ask Abby Pecoriello – author of Crafty Mama and mother of two girls.  She’s collected 49 fast and fabulous projects for babies and toddlers and documented them in step-by-step detail, perfect even for those who wouldn’t know a glue gun from a squirt gun.  I’m impressed with everything...

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Jewelry of the month club

One of our favorite jewelry artists, Amy Tavern, has just came up with a brilliant idea. Well, besides making really gorgeous pieces encoded with some sort of secret chip that sends signals to my brain making me want to buy every single one. She’s just launched a Jewelry of the Month collection for women who are really excited by one-of-a-kind pieces and experimental work from artists. No, it’s not a club where you get a new piece every 30 days (although that would be great too). Instead, it’s a section of her website where you can check out very...

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In Your Next Life, You Could be a Bib Too

I hate plastic bags. There are just too many of them, and most end up in the trash to do nothing but take up space for the next bazillion years. I applaud Dallas mom Mandolyn’s decision to turn hers into something useful, like clever baby bibs. At her shop, The Pretty Bean, fused bags that once packaged everything from bread and potatoes to diapers and napkins become a reversible, easy-to-clean and very funky looking bib with Velcro closures and sewn soft edging. Too tired to clean it off? Just reverse it and no one need be the wiser. Yes,...

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myQuilt: You’ll Wish It Were Your Quilt

It’s pretty hard to wow us with a baby blanket these days, but Canadian Milk Lush has done it in spades. Designer and mom Ashley Ransay has created a fresh square baby quilt called a myQuilt, and color us impressed. It’s clear that designing and assembling each exquisite patchwork of high-quality fabrics is a labor of love for Ashley; her workmanship is stellar. She then adds three ribbon loops to get those baby fingers (or baby tongues) working, or you can use them to attach a toy or a pacifier if you’re using the blanket for tummy time or...

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A Natural Teething Toy to Give Tylenol a Run For Its Money

Aside from my finger and a random corners of our furniture, the only thing that temporarily relieved my teething babes’ sore gums was a frozen wet washcloth. So leave it to a fellow mom to create a teething toy with just that very thing attached. The handmade Ringley Natural Teething Toy found at Kai Kids features a natural maple ring that fussy little ones can safely gnaw on. Add the organic cotton terry cloth and you’ve got the best of both worlds all in one teether. You’ll find two styles–knotted or straight. Either way, it’s a definite must-add to your arsenal...

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