Month: September 2008

With Ses Petites Mains, I’m not mourning the end of summer quite so much

If you’re in love with the truly inspired handmade clothes from Ses Petites Mains like I am, you’ll be happy to know you can now find the entire collection in one place: Their very own online shop. San Francisco designer Beth Miles scores again with her incredible fabrics and beautiful handiwork in the new fall collection. I’m particularly adoring the grunge-meets-grandpa sweater feeling of the Thora Jacket (shown) and the pleated denim Aggie Skirt which my preschooler could wear with pretty much anything in her wardobe Then there’s that Edith Wrap Dress for special ocassions which make me truly...

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Beam me up, mommy

My four-year-old loves all things outer space, and these cool retro rocket prints by CMP fave, John W. Golden will provide the perfect inspiration should he daydream of traveling to an outer galaxy. With names like The Solar Streak and Red Cruiser, the prints were made to look distressed as if someone just unearthed them from some top-secret NASA bunker. Printed on archival paper, they’ll last longer than a trip to the moon. Buy each one individually if you choose, but I prefer them grouped together for the biggest impact. Also to help transform my son’s space into, well,...

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Tattoos that even your conservative MIL can get behind

My kids are old enough now that I no longer have to drill them on our phone number and what to do if they get lost. But oh what I wouldn’t have given back then for the brilliant SafetyTats, especially when my son was both pre-verbal and afflicted with a life-threatening allergy. These temporary tattoos were developed by a mom who once wrote her cell number on her kids’ arms during an outing, only to discover that the ink smudged off, of course. You can choose from myriad of the original styles that apply like ordinary temporary tattoos, or...

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The perfect apron for whipping up some witches brew

I’ve already blown my promise to make Christmas cookies, Valentine’s cookies and first day of school cookies this year, so I’m hoping to make amends this Halloween. Although at this point I’m on the hook to make it a doubly special experience,so I just may sweeten the experience with something like this vintage Halloween apron from CMP fave From the Beanpot. The 40s-inspired fabrics from mom/designer Leigh Helberg are absolutely adorable – way brighter and more elegant in person than the photo on the site might indicate. And the styling is practical and smart. Something the kids could totally...

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Giddy Giddy hair clip holders – how hair clips were meant to be held

Considering I had to wait a loooong time before my daughter could actually wear hair clips, there’s no way I’d stuff those carefully picked pretties in some old box. Instead I’m all about Giddy Giddy’s new hair clip holders, which to me look more like wall art than storage. It’s only natural that the genius mamas behind the beloved Giddy Giddy hair clips would finally come out with a holder handcrafted in their signature felt and dripping in cuteness. I seriously can’t decide between the balloon or the cuckoo clock, but luckily, I’ll have two girls in the matter...

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Real art kits for real kids

I get the appeal of the no-mess paints and markers out there that let your kids create and be creative without completely ruining your kitchen table. But there is something about the experience of allowing them to delve into the real stuff, and Clementine Art Kits do just that. Created by Boulder-based real-life art studio owners Diana Mercer and Susanna Carillo, these kits feature everything your child will need to engage in a near studio-like art making process. Whether you’ve got a mini Michelangelo or a budding Basquiat, their sculpture and painting kits (just to name a couple) will...

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DIY toys, hold the hammer and nails

In concept, I’m all for kids making and decorating their own toys. But the fact that they generally involve sharp, pointy tools along with paint that does not come off  with a simple bar of soap sort of puts a damper on my plans. But Calafant cardboard toys? That’s most definitely my kind of DIY. These European cardboard toys come in every variety, from cars to rockets, palaces to pirate ships, all of which require no more than your own two hands and some family time. You don’t even need scissors. Or glue. Your kids can decorate them with the included...

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Holding out for a hero

It seems that turning four has brought us into the world of dramatics, particularly when we fall down and even just barely bump our knee on the carpet. And by we I mean not me. Instead of appeasing my daughter with our stash of bandaids, I’ve been using the Hero Stick from TruKid to do the dirty work for me. This completely all natural, paraben-free boo-boo-bye-bye ointment is a safe way to protect and comfort skin irritations from burns or scrapes to bug bites or just very dry skin. Just toss it into your bag or stash one in...

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Distress signals

I know I am not alone in saying that boys belts tend to fall into two camps: Ridiculously dorky or super ridiculously dorky. The selection out there is enough to make mamas wish for a return to suspenders. And then I saw the distressed leather belt for kids from Wonderboy at CMP fave Arte Bebe and I thought yeah! Totally! At $36 it’s not completely exorbitant, and you’re getting a real leather belt with a substantial buckle that will look cool over any pair of jeans. Or really, make any pair of jeans look cool. Psst…I bet it would...

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Peace is the word

We’ve always liked what Slick Sugar offered as far as basic, rock-inspired kids apparel but we really like how they’ve shaken it up lately, adding fabric accents, fun trim and cute cuff detailing to their comfy little play clothes. There a lot of things I think would get a ton of use around these parts, but this peace dress in particular is just adorable. Consider it your daughter’s first little black dress. It’s never too early, right? –Liz CMP readers get free shipping on any order through 10/31 with code cmpfreeship! Congratulations to Slick Sugar guitar tee winner, Kimberly...

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