Month: August 2008

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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