While searching for hair clips that weren’t drenched in lace and ribbon, I happened upon the impossibility that is Giddy Giddy, and their totally cool felt creations that launched my daughter’s infatuation with barrettes. So leave it to them to fuel her handbag addiction now too. Mom and designer Teri Dimalanta has added ridiculously sweet pouches to her slew of irresistible wool felt clips. Each pouch is individually handcrafted from a variety of textiles and patterns, all of which include just a smidgen of pre-loved fabrics. I’m completely in love with the little red elephant bag (pictured), but would happily indulge my daughter with the owl. You...Read More
Month: July 2008
Edited to add: Fliggity is no longer in existence. My daughter, like most kids, is more than willing to share how old she’s going to be at her next birthday. But now instead of trying to hold up four fingers, she can just use one and point to her cool number 4 shirt from Fliggity. You’ll find a plethora of bright cotton t-shirts and fun fabrics that are as close as it gets to getting your kid’s age in lights. Each one is embroidered with love by owner and mom Lisa Leake, and unlike the customary birthday crown (which we realize is still essential...Read More
Graphic designer Jenn (just Jenn) does some pretty irreverent things with stationery at her shop Just Jenn Designs – I wouldn’t necessarily get my kid a set of the punk-ass cursive cards, although I really do like them. Neither would she, evidently which is why she created a set that’s perfectly kid appropriate for her own son. The custom circus notepad with your choice of pink or blue accents is just $6 and comes personalized with your very own child’s name. Twenty sheets allow them to scribble happy faces, scratch out thank yous, or leave you a note to...Read More
Little known geeky fact about me: I’ve collected stamps since I was my daughter’s age. Before you question my credibility where it comes to finding cool picks for fabulous moms, check out PhotoStamps at Stamps.com, where geeky philatelists and devoted moms find common ground with actual PO-approved stamps you can customize yourself. It’s not new, but I’m just now finding out what all the fuss is about–and kicking myself for having not given it a shot sooner. The process is ridiculously simple: Upload that money shot of your kiddo, zoom in or out, center it, and place your order....Read More
Becoming a mother gave me a new awareness of all sorts of things in life from the rate at which a baby’s nails grow to why feeding strained prunes while wearing linen is a bad idea. Soon my enlightenment extended to the political arena too, got me engaged in issues like paid maternity leave and environmental issues that affect children in particular. I guess I’ve got a lot to say to those grand poobahs up on Capitol Hill. The Maternal is Political: Women at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change is a collection of essays edited by Shari...Read More
Oh sure, today you could dig out the Old Navy flag tees that you get to wear once a year–or that your kids get to wear once, total. But we love the idea of showing your true red white and blue by grabbing the conceptual American Civil Liberties necklace from Stories and Divinations. Handmade by very pedigreed Ann Arbor artist, mom, and super cool chick Laurie Longo, it was created, like all her items, from found ephemera; in this case an academic paper from 1942. The entire political category has loads of eye candy for the civil libertarian in...Read More
When I was expecting my first child, I packed my hospital bag quite ambitiously with pair of pre-pregnancy pants for myself (don’t laugh) and a few newborn hats so my sweet baby’s head would not have to suffer in those awful polyester ones they give you for free. But what I didn’t realize about those darn hospital caps is that they actually fit. While most newborn hats, even with my daughter’s gigantic head, do not. This time around, however, I’m fully prepared with an adorable set of Wee Hats from Wee Baby. Created from super soft 100% cotton without...Read More
When I discovered the mixed media art from Jessica Pisano, her butterflies reminded me of my grandmother Dorothy’s house. She collected photos and paintings of butterflies, as well as the real thing, stuck through with pins and mounted in the old school way. I don’t know if I could handle actual butterflies skewered on my daughter’s wall, but a painting is different. Pisano’s work is soft. Natural. Totally cool. Unexpected in a child’s room in this age of Ariel and Hannah Montana. Pisano takes black and white photographs and handpaints them with oil, acrylics, pastels and watercolors then mounts...Read More
Clearly the best way to cut down on environmental waste as far as bottled water goes is not to drink it at all. But we know that’s not always realistic. But if you’re in a building with old scary pipes or you’ve got a choice at the local store between a h20 and something with high-fructose corn syrup and caramel color, we’re all about the bottled water. Primo water can make you feel a wee bit better about your purchase since all the bottles are made from corn, which is renewable, as opposed to crude oil which is, well…crude...Read More
If you heeded our advice and snatched up much lauded performer Frances England’s debut album, Fascinating Creatures, then you and your kiddos will be glad to know she’s got another great one to add to your collection. On Family Tree, Frances’s ethereal voice sounds more like something you’d hear at your local live music joint than in your kid’s CD player. Her simple lyrics combined with uncomplicated accompaniments are pleasantly devoid of goofy made-up words and electronica. In fact, the only indicators that it’s a kid’s album are the few itty bitty voices interspersed in a few of the...Read More
Regular CMP readers know that Kristen has described bibs as “outfit spoilers.” I feel the same way about baby carriers. (Plus I’ve always felt they stop me from showing off my postpartum cleavage.) So it’s for purely selfish reasons that I adore the reversible baby slings from Polkadot Papoose with big, bold and absolutely beautiful patterns that demand to be admired. The latest styles are made with amazing fabrics in combos inspired by and named for literary characters. I’ve got the Josephine (better known as Jo from Little Women) myself which is a fresh blue and green pattern that’s...Read More
A note to my neighbors: I truly am sorry. I have tried to explain to my children that dandelions are weeds. Weeds that you do not want in your yard. I’m sure you don’t mind when they pick armfuls of bright yellow flowers as we stroll the neighborhood, but I’m pretty sure you hate it when they blow the puffy seeds balls into the air, insuring you of even more dandelions in your yard next spring. (They are irresistible though, aren’t they?) I’m also sorry that I’m not helping matters by adoring the giant dandelion wall mural by the...Read More
I don’t think I’ve seen a good happy face redux since that mutant icon with the single eye. (Doesn’t anyone have any idea what I’m talking about?) In any case, Foxibaby has taken on the task with great charm, turning their happy baby face logo into a pirate, alien, or punk rocker–complete with safety pin in the ear and a cartoony “scar” up the back that totally makes the shirt a must-have. Likewise, the devil raglan has a forked tail up the back, and the angel tee has, you guessed it, wings. You’ll find a few of the tees...Read More
I bombed Goody Bags 101 at my youngest daughter’s party. The Play-Doh bits ended up all over my couch, the babies ate the crayons, and the cheap imitation slinkies broke faster than you can say choking hazard. The one thing I did get right were the bubbles. Or as Paul Rudd said in Knocked Up, “I wish I loved anything as much as my kids love bubbles.” If you’ve got a summer birthday coming up and are lucky enough to have a few kids sticking around town for the party, you have to get your hands on the scented...Read More
I’m all for handing my girls a box of crayons and a ream of paper and letting them while away an afternoon creating works of art. The only problem? Their cumulative efforts result in a fire hazard worthy of condemnation. The ART:Archives has the perfect solution for those great masterpieces that I can’t bear to let go. They took twenty-five of my daughter’s favorite drawings, photographed them, and set them to music in a phenomenally-produced DVD. Even the credits are all about the artist, listing vital stats like her name, age, grade, school, and a slew of her current...Read More
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