Month: August 2008

Agent Provocateur Maternity – Who Said Pregnant Wasn’t Sexy?

Now at the tail end of my third pregnancy, I admit that I feel the total opposite of sexy. The gigunda belly coupled with the larger than life butt tucked into some pretty scary maternity underpants do not help the situation. But with a little something from Agent Provocateur, like their new Maternity bra and panties set, you might just see that sexy pregnant glow from me yet. A fave among celebrities (because that’s pretty much who can afford it these days), Agent Provocateur is all about the most gorgeous, erotic, sophisticated lingerie designs, and their new maternity pieces are...

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A Bowl With Magical Powers? We Wish.

Considering I have yet to figure out the formula that will make my son eat even one vegetable consistently without tossing it at my head, I’m willing to try anything, like this Gimme Veggie bowl from London trained clay artist May Luk.Perhaps it’s silly to think that a hand-built, kiln-fired, and very cute bowl will have any effect on my son’s eating habits. But even if it doesn’t work, this piece (which just so happens to be dishwasher and microwave safe) is an awesome alternative to kids’ character bowls in our cabinets that I’m loathe to take out. –Kristen*It...

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Keeping the Changing Pad Germ-Free. Yes, It’s Possible.

I will say I think the anti-germ stuff has gotten a leeeeettle out of control for moms. Germs aren’t all bad, you know! But then I think, hm, you know where I might want a germ-resistant fabric? A changing pad cover. And it seems that BonnBonn Baby has beat me to the idea with that and more. The company works with this fancy patented NASA-approved magical fabric woven by mermaids or something that kills up to 650 strains of bacteria and their odors. But even better, it feels like a nice soft dishtowel. Like the kinds used as cloth...

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Eeboo – Going Green Through Flash Cards

I’m always on the lookout for ways to teach my four-year-old about conservation other than asking her to turn off the lights 400 times a day (followed by my long boring speech about saving the earth). Thankfully, Eeboo has created these cool Respect the Earth flashcards that can help support your message. This set of 48 brightly illustrated cards along with a helpful parent guide offer simple lessons for kids 5 and up, like recycling plastic, turning off the water, and my favorite, playing with toys that don’t require batteries. Here here! We all know that learning by example is great,...

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Monkey Bread for Your Little Monkeys

There is no shame in cooking with baking mixes or prepared foods, although I have a pretty stringent list of criteria for them to make it into my shopping cart. I am delighted to discover that the Monkey Bread mixes from Lollipop Tree pass with flying colors. Organic? Why yes, 70% organic. Short list of ingredients? Indeed, and none of them are high fructose corn syrup or weird unpronouncable chemicals. Responsible? Here is where Lollipop Tree really shines: A portion of the proceeds from all Monkey Breads sold is contributed to Heifer Project International which provides livestock to people...

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Getting Your Pre-Baby Figure Back with the Belly Bandit and HipSlimmer. Or So We Hope. (And Pray.)

Exercise, eat right, and that baby weight will come off…eventually.  That’s the common wisdom anyway.  But I’m impatient, so in addition to bike rides and bowls of broccoli, I went looking for a little extra help and found two interesting options: the Belly Bandit and the HipSlimmer. The Belly Bandit (left) is an abdominal compression binder; or in human terms basically a wide, elasticized wrap for your postpartum gut. We first spotted it at one of of the new mom sites we really like, The Cradle. Out of the box, it looked a bit bulky, but it’s virtually invisible...

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Kicking Butt and Taking Names

Maybe it’s because I’m surrounded by way too many pretty princess shirts (thanks, in-laws) or that my daughter has threatened to start liking “Hantana.” But when I see a shirt like the Kickin’ Girl from Appaman, it’s hard for me not to take notice. Especially because even the girl superheroes these days are dressed in those darn short skirts and lace-up boots. Whether you’ve got a daughter who loves tutus, or one who’s working on her green belt, this shirt featuring a fully uniformed karate kid in action is an awesome statement that I’m betting every mom and girl...

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Vegan Lunch Box – Definitely Not Just for Vegans

For those of you who have seen the word vegan in the headline and are about to click away, don’t. Yes, the meals in the newly reissued Vegan Lunch Box recipe book all skip the animal products, but even kids who live on a diet of chicken nuggets will find things to love here.Written by mom Jennifer McCann who in 2005 started recording the daily lunch box meals she packed for her first-grade son on her ambitious, award-winning blog, Vegan Lunch Box, each meal in the book was selected for having earned a five-star rating from her son. We...

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Little Monster Records – Giving the Kids Some Soul

I’ll admit it: I was prejudiced. Before I heard the newly released Soulville and All Together Now from Little Monster Records, I was prejudiced against CDs whose singers included a “children’s chorus,” codeword for “cheese.” Thankfully, I faced my biases head on and was blown away by Soulville‘s first song. Because, while there is a children’s chorus (that does a damn good job I might add), most of these 60’s and 70’s soul music covers are sung by unbelievably talented people from the R&B world like RedRay Frazier and Tabitha Fair. The cover of the Jackson’s Five ABC is...

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…but she’s got the biggest rings of them all

I have been standing by observing the current “big ring” craze and wishing to be someone I’m not. The fact of the matter is that I’m a dreadful klutz, and I have long eschewed wearing even a normal-sized ring with a raised stone because I will invariably either get it tangled in my hair (don’t ask) or end up scratching one of my kids with it. Imagine my delight to slide a bold, beautiful glass ring from Gaia Glass onto my finger. And decide to keep it. Although their online presence is new, glassmaker Angelo Tiozzo and his younger...

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Learning the Write Way (*Rim Shot*)

As my big girl heads off to first grade (sob), I’m at home with a little girl who wants to do everything her big sister does, including learning the very same things. The mom-run company, Write Way to Learn, is going to be a huge help to me this fall with their heavy-duty laminated learning cards that teach reading, writing, spelling – all without going through reams of paper.  Each cards features a word and a corresponding picture in more than a dozen categories from food to shapes to musical instruments.Write the word yourself on the card, wipe it...

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Woo Hoo! That’s CMP-Speak for Congratulations. Among Other Things.

Frequent CMP readers know that whoo-hoo! is about our most favorite phrase in the whole wide world. Whoo-hoo you won a free stroller! Whoo-hoo we’re featured in Real Simple Magazine! Whoo-hoo we just discovered the best ever cupcakes and ate all 12 of them in one sitting! Now we can spread the love with the whoo-hoo cards from Feterie Paper. Created by designer Cathe Huynh-Sison who evidently gets the joys of simple statements, they’re as eco-friendly as they are great-looking. Buy a box of six and hand them out at every shower, engagement party, or birthday celebration. You know...

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Going on a sentimental journey

I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of baby jewelry, but now that my daughter is older (a whopping 4 years, people!) and headed off to school, I’m finding myself stuck in a total state of nostalgia, egged on by the lovely repurposed baby lockets at Vintage Rehab. We fell in love with artist Stacey Samuel’s adult pieces, and are now equally as taken with her baby lockets. She handedly spruces up vintage lockets, adds a lovely new chain and her signature cloisonne bead, and turns them into truly one-of-a-kind pieces you and your daughter will love. And probably your granddaughter. But...

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The new mom’s workout video for workout video snobs

I’m sure you’ve noticed: Any physical activity is harder when you’re carrying or wearing an infant. Despite this knowledge, I never did find a baby-and-me workout video I liked. Everything I’ve seen since my daughter was born four years ago looked either a) too cheesy or b) too easy. I didn’t want to spend the time if I wasn’t going to get a firmer butt out of it.    Enter Lullaby Exercises from mom-run chicks-n-chickens. (Now let me say that because I no longer have an infant, I attempted to use my 14-pound cat Bella for the first part of the DVD. ...

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babysusu – Boys Love Cashmere Too

My mother-in-law is always bugging me about what she should get my son. Sadly, my indecision has led to a showering of scary expensive outfits (emphasis on the scary part) that just end up collecting dust in his closet. So if you’ve got a grandmom looking to spoil your son, then may I suggest the simply gorgeous cashmere sweater from babysusu? The lightweight v-neck with reinforced elbows–you know, for the rough and tough play he’ll be doing in his fancy sweater–makes it more than just a special occasion piece. It’s also a “please don’t buy him anymore velvet jumpsuits” piece. Put him in it...

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Eat My Chalk Dust

We’ve been evangelists for room decor-by-decal (and decal and decal and decal and decal) from the beginning. Just search our site for “decal.” There’s lots. In part because we know that tastes change faster than you can say ooh, look at that nail hole in the wall, and in part because we’re just fickle. But we particularly like this new trend towards chalkboard decals, like the ones we found by Forwalls at Purl Mama & Baby. Click over and browse the chalk-ready owls, an apple/pear combo, and butterflies, but I really admire the chalkboard that doesn’t pretend to be...

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Comic Book Fans, Start Your Appetites

When I got married (the first time… ahem), we received endless items from Crate and Barrel. And don’t get me wrong, it’s all very useful stuff, but… well… plain. Boring. So color me surprised to see that C&B’s younger, hipper sibling, CB2, has spawned a trio of comic book plates that make my heart sing. Actually, they make my heart go *BIF* *BAM* *KAPOW*. But why split hairs? These are real porcelain dishes — not plastic or melamine — which means they’re dishwasher- and microwave-safe. The smaller appetizer size means they’re perfect for transitioning slightly older kids to real...

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Thank You Cards with Attitude

I had my fair share of hearty chuckles after discovering Motherhood with Attitude’s hilarious greeting cards last year. So when co-owner Janalee Chmel clued me in to their new Thank You Card Box Set, it’s no wonder I nearly peed my pants again. And not just because I’m in my third trimester. My favorite one reads I’m sitting in the quietest spot in my home so that I can take a few moments to be thankful for you. Ok, so I’m on the edge of my tub, door locked with my kids’ fingers poking under the door. But I am essentially...

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Woolyhoodwinks – Very cute, very existential

While I may not always feel smartre enough for Sartre, The Woollyhoodwinks vs. the Dark Patch is one for this existentialist. With a mix of cute handmade sock-puppet-looking things (the aforementioned Woollyhoodwinks) and whimsical sentences that shock and please with their originality, if you like your adult books intense, this is the kids’ book for you.   Written by Asa Sanchez and Phil Dumesnil and illustrated by Jeff Root and Scott Runcorn, this trippy storybook had me at Junco the Woollyhoodwink contemplating the meaning of a button — all day long. Also, the line about nighttime: So the space...

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The Great Hoodini

With fall rapidly approaching, I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect jacket for my toddler son. Since I live in the South, it can be hard to find a jacket that’s light enough for our short fall season, but that’s hearty enough to get us through our mostly mild winters. Bobinette hit the nail on the head with their Hoodini jacket — a clear example that this label most definitely specializes in boys clothes. The soft, simple fleece and the adorable, pointy hood make it ideal for cooler climes. But honestly, my favorite part is the smart hidden velcro closures disguised as buttons.  The versatility alone...

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