Month: August 2008

Picnic Week: The Mod Bento Lunchbox

I’m tired of unpacking a picnic lunch and finding that the sandwiches have been squished or the plastic containers have spilled their contents all over the inside of the cooler.  Next time, I am putting things in the colorful, streamlined bento lunch box from LA’s Plastica boutique.  With 2-4 separate melamine layers, the tuna and potato salad can be packed separately from the PB&J and cookies. Just stack the layers, grab the metal handle and go. Afterward, toss right into the dishwasher.  Considering grabbing the one of the great-looking two-level bento boxes (shown) for each child, and they can...

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This Little Piggie Makes Us All Go Whee Whee Whee

I used to think that a rattle was some generic baby gift that people gave when they couldn’t think of anything more original. Wow, was I wrong. My babies adored their rattles so much, we kept them in every diaper bag, crib, Pack n Play, stroller and car seat in our possession. I’m not sure if any of them were as cute as this vintage-inspired pig rattle from Old School Acres, however. The pink piggie, found at The Baby Gardner, is beautifully handcrafted, and you could probably clip that tail with a toy clip to keep it in the...

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Peapod makes shopping easy for parents with allergic kids

I find that reading labels is hard enough when I’m trying to figure out which cereal has less fat, or whether sugar is hidden in yogurt using some sixteen-syllable code name. But when you’ve got a kid with serious allergies, keeping an eye out for certain ingredients is absolutely essential. Peapod by Stop & Shop, which already delights northeastern families with their online grocery shopping and home delivery service, has a most excellent feature called NutrifFilter, as we’ve recently learned. Basically you select a filter to highlights items that are gluten-free or low fat or on Weight Watchers (and...

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Picnic Week: Cool Handmade Napkins and Eco-Tableware

While in the great outdoors, someone once said, Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints, which is really a polite way of saying, Don’t You Dare Throw That Cup On The Ground, Bucko. If only everyone heeded this, my picnics in the park would not be marred by the errant soda can or piece of litter. So we suggest you do your part the next time you decide to dine al fresco by packing beautiful cloth napkins and colorful plates, cups and cutlery that’s meant to come back home with you. Using cloth napkins is practical since you can just...

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TruffleBeads: absolutely delicious

When I find jewelry that’s handmade, supports women in other countries, and is absolutely something you’d buy whether or not it was handmade and supported women in other countries, that’s my kind of jewelry. And those were my very thoughts when I first discovered TruffleBeads. Handmade glass beads are turned into very contemporary necklaces, earrings and bracelets by the Zulu women of South Africa, all in wonderful color combos, and brought over for our shopping pleasure by a design-savvy mom/daughter team. I’m particularly digging the colorful chokers but I wouldn’t need much convincing to sport one of the conversation-starting...

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Ugli-er Dolls

I have a strong sense of empathy for the uglier creatures of the world. I have an English bulldog, not a lab, always thought those misfit toys from the Ruldoph movie were cooler than the non-misfit ones–even if I never was entirely sure what was wrong with that doll. So of course I fell in love with the handmade plush creatures from Cutesie Not Cutesie. These crazy one-eyed monsters and somewhat ferocious beasts are so huggable and awesomely hand-stitched and a wee bit bizarre, that I have to wonder what goes on in the head of Philly area designer...

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Cool Mom Picks and Cookie Magazine Do Picnics: The picnic tote from Hable Construction

We’re excited to be partnering with Cookie Magazine this week to present some of our favorite picnic picks of the season. (Picknics?) Hit our site, then make sure to click over to Cookie to double your picnic pleasure, double your fun. And don’t miss the fabulous giveaway opportunity this week! Every time I meander through the West Village, I have to make a detour up Perry Street to see what’s new at Hable Construction. They just seem to get the combo of modern textiles with practical design every single time. So it’s no surprise that their picnic tote is...

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Airline nostalgia is in the bag

I can only imagine that flying with the fam used to be a whole lot better than it is today. You could push a stroller right through that metal detector, bring all the juice from home that you desired, and once on board, the kids got to visit the cockpit, eat some bad but free food, and spend the flight playing Go Fish with their free set of airline cards wearing a free fabulous airline pin. Besides, the flight attendants’ outfits were fabulous. If you’ve got a flying nostalgia thing like I do, you’ll love the swanky new line...

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Hold the Food Coloring, But Not the Yum

Allergies seem to be taking over the world, and as I’m about to add “parent of schoolchild” to my resume, I admit  I’m nervous about bake sale duty. If it’s not nuts, it’s gluten. If it’s not gluten it’s eggs. And now I’m hearing about food coloring allergies? I’m terrified to make anything besides water with maybe a squeeze of lemon. Indeed I was delighted to have discovered the Nature’s Colors line of baking and decorating goodies from Seattle’s India Tree. These sugars and other edible sparkly things are absolutely magazine-quality gorgeous, with colors like periwinkle blue and raspberry...

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Thank You Notes To Go

I may have several drawers full of stationery, but that doesn’t mean I’m particularly good about keeping in touch; I rarely get a chance to sit down at my kitchen table and put pen to paper without constant interruptions. But when I’ve got plenty of time on my hands – sitting in the doctor’s waiting room or watching soccer practice – my stationery is nowhere to be found. The Carrie and Tuck notetote from uber-stationery co Boatman Geller is exactly what I need.  It’s a cute, lap-sized canvas tote that holds an array of correspondence. I can zip it...

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All the Erudition That’s Fit to Print

Okay so I just want my girls wearing this New York Times tee from Altru. Like, every day. They’ll look smart, and more importantly, they’ll make me look smart. Even if these days, I’m lucky if I even make it through the Styles section. Plus, I’m sort of hoping my kids will have a run-in with a kid wearing a New York Post tee in the playground at the time. Just to see what happens....

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idbids: Eco Toys With a Purpose. Well, Beyond Just Saving the Earth.

I’m doing my best to teach my daughter as many preschooler friendly environmental practices as I possibly can. And while she’s become almost militant about making sure to turn off the water while she brushes her teeth, I’m betting there are lots of other things I’m missing. So, I’m enlisting the idbids to assist me in enlightening her on more eco-friendly ways. These adorable organic plush toys are just a small part of this Atlanta-based company’s cool eco starter kits that also include an organic cinch sack, story book, and field guide. Once your kids have read the book and...

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How Fast They Grow: Because if it isn’t digital scrapbooking, we’re not scrapbooking

Once upon a time I bought a whole bunch of scrapbooking stuff. Because I was going to scrapbook, darn it. I was. I would find my hidden crafty gene and make memories in book form to cherish for a lifetime! Yeah! Um, I still have all of those supplies. Unopened. I never made a single page. (Sorry, kids.) But with the new wave of digital scrapbooking options, I’m thinking I may be able to finally put something together. How Fast They Grow offers a complete digi-scrapbooking service, from page templates and design tools down to archival-quality printing services when...

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Tyin’ Up My White Tie, Brushin’ Off My Tails.

I admit that I was the type who kinda liked the guy who might have worn the tuxedo t-shirt to the prom. That is, before Screech did it on Saved By the Bell, or whatever TV nerd turned it from semi-rebellious to positively dorky. So it’s not surprising that I laughed out loud when I first caught Small Paul’s tuxedo onesie. I totally dare you to put your baby in it at that upcoming wedding. Or even just to take him on a Stop n Shop run. –Liz [thanks...

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Back to school shopping isn’t just for the kids (says us)

With my daughter starting preschool in a few weeks, I’ve returned to the wonderful world of back-to-school shopping. While I love snagging cute clothes, accessories, and school supplies for my four-year-old, there’s just a teeny (or not so teeny) part of me that wants to grab something just for myself. Well, who says I can’t — after all, the chauffeur of the family needs to look good too. And you know I will in the amazing Succulents sterling earrings from CMP fave Blue Poppy Jewelry. The rich green is super trendy for Fall, and the simple double circle design...

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Baby in a Blanket: Not Just Baby Blankets Anymore

Question: Does the world really need more cute baby t-shirts? Answer: If those shirts are made from organic cotton, colored with organic dyes, tag-free, and ubercute, then absolutely. CMP fave Baby in a Blanket‘s latest offering are just such shirts, incorporating eco-friendly construction with kid-friendly artwork. They come in sizes from 12M to 4T, and in four delicious designs. The magenta hippo mom and baby made my ovaries hurt. And I don’t even have ovaries. Now that’s saying something, right?...

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Ice Cream For Breakfast? Mommy Says Yes.

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for kids, but if your household is like mine, you probably struggle a bit taking this knowledge and applying it to your daily life. I know that a plate of scrambled eggs with fresh fruit and whole wheat toast is the optimal choice. I also know that a bowl of Lucky Charms is the easier choice. And at 6:30am? I go for the easy, my friends. But, I’ve recently remembered that there is another option: Ice cream for breakfast. This is totally legit. I work with...

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