Month: August 2008

Being Dad – Way better than trying to convince him to sit through Lamaze class

There’s no shortage of books and videos and instructional websites out there for moms–to-be. But when something is available specifically for dads, it’s generally absurdly goofy or some very serious cue-the-after-school-special-music sort of Hey, Dad, you’re a part of this too tripe that no guy I know would actually sit through to save his life. (You know what I mean, you lurking dads. We know you’re out there – you enter all our CD giveaways.) Well, the fact remains that most men I know would rather chat about lawnmowers than their feelings during their sigOth’s pregnancy, but even the...

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Make lunch unforgettable

Yeah, I love fancy lunchboxes, too, but my daughter’s getting to that age where she’s leaving splashy behind for a more subtle sense of style. She’s also leaving behind her homework, her jacket, and occasionally her lunch, depending on the day. Would it be mean to get her MissNatalie’s Don’t Forget Me Lunch Bag? C’mon, it’s adorable with that nice little subliminal message, there, in the red bow around the finger. Plus the canvas is machine washable. Besides, I couldn’t find a lunchbox that says “I know it’s incredibly difficult to remember your lunch when it has been set...

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You Write the Thank You Cards. Not the Baby.

I realize that unless someone actually sent me a gift after my babies arrived, then technically speaking, the thank-you should come from the baby – hence all the cutesy thank you cards.But I figure that since I’m the one writing out the darn cards, I’m buying ones that are a bit more from me – like the “Why, Thank You!” cards from Invita Paper Studio. These classy modern cards will definitely express your thanks for the cute baby gifts, but chances are you’ll use them after the baby gift well has run dry.And if you sign the cards from your baby, at least everyone will...

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The Alterna-pack

With my daughter starting school for the first time this month (we do things early in the south), she’s super excited about every little thing — plain old #2 pencils, generic brand crayons, and her regular backpack. I can only imagine what’s to come in a few years when she decides that all the run of the mill supplies are completely uncool. If you’ve already got one of those mold-breakers, I’m betting he’ll love the Allerhand Mini Ergo Backpack that we found at Oompa Toys. It includes a fancy cellphone case, drawstring art sack, and thermal pockets to keep...

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Ni hao, Kai-lan. Ni hao, nice long shower for mommy.

Kai-lan just told my daughter to stand up and do the dragon dance and she happily obeys, particularly since the cute tiger (“My favorite one!”) is doing it too. Oh to be three again. If your own preschooler hasn’t discovered the happy, accessible bicultural world of Kai-lan on Noggin, the popular new show has just made it to video with Ni Hao Kai-Lan: Super Special Days. The characters are adorable enough that I would sport a tee with them on it (and actually do), but I particularly like what they teach my daughter; she’s picking up a little Mandarin,...

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You can put a price on style. 52,50 Euros for a tee, to be exact.

Not all parents are fortunate enough to have style-obsessed children like I do. Already they shun those mainstream clothing outlets in favor of browsing boutiques with me, while pooh-poohing classmates we encounter in lesser, less expensive preschool duds. You know I’m kidding, right? Mostly we stick with the affordable stuff, but it’s always nice to add a few high-fashion la-di-da pieces I really love. For that very thing, take a look at the UK’s Little Fashion Gallery and their high-end selection for infants and kids. You’ll find brands like Little Marc Jacobs, Wowo and Bonpoint with designer prices to...

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Don’t Let Hannah Montana’s Singing Hurt Your Kids. More.

I used to worry that my daughter was damaging her fragile ear drums with a volume set to “too loud.” Thankfully, we now have LoudEnough Volume-Limiting Earphones so when I yell DO YOU HEAR ME? I know that if I don’t get an answer it’s only because she’s ignoring me. These kid-size earphones use some fancy high-tech function to keep the volume on mp3 players and portable gaming devices at a safer level. I don’t know how they do it, but given that these people have worked on the sound equipment for The Jonas Brothers and Mariah Carey, I...

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Aluminum bottles for kids are getting cuter precisely every 4.7 seconds

Ridding my home of all of our plastic water bottles of questionable safety felt good, but then I realize- duh-I needed some water bottles. Enter I Love Obento‘s adorably decorated aluminum bottles. How adorable? My favorite for the kids has a tiny elephant happily flying an airplane through the clouds with the Jiji & Peren bunnies a close second. For a few extra dollars, go for the insulated bottles that have a stainless steel interior to keep the cold drink inside cold. Tuck a filled bottle in their lunch boxes before school, and their drink of choice will still...

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We get to give away a $5000 tech makeover. Whoo!

Are you reading this post right now on the other side of a Comodore 64? Reluctant to give up that original Walkman? Wondering why you just can’t find any good Betamax tapes these days? Well have we got news for you. One of the cooler promotions we’re excited to be a part of comes courtesy of FM and Intel who are giving away like some whopping crazy $5,000 tech makeover to a lucky person. And guess who gets to be one of the judges? We do! And you know how much we love giving things away. If you’re interested,...

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NieNie Day: Bidding on Cool Stuff to Help a Cool Mom

If you click over to Design Mom today, you’ll see the most outstanding collection of items ever put together for a blogger silent auction, all to help the family of blogger, mom of four, and indie artisan supporter Stephanie Nielson of NieNie who was seriously injured with her husband in a private plane crash recently The 165 prizes are absolutely incredible. Some standouts: A handmade bluebird collection of baby gifts from CMP fave The Baby Gardner, custom letterpress stationery from Simple Song, an $800 Marc Jacobs bag from Knot Sew Crafty, Blue Poppy earrings recently featured here via English...

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