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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To all those parents for whom Crocs are sacred

The very same week I got a note from our preschool teachers begging the parents to keep the dreaded Crocs off of children’s feet I’ve discovered that it’s still okay to send them to synagogue with Crocs on their head. Well actually not really Crocs, but a Kroc Kippah, which comes with four sports charms and turns a boring old yarmulke into a conversation piece around the Manischewitz after high holiday services. Find it at Pop Judaica, along with other stuff that cracks us up....

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It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown – Now at an hour when kids can actually watch

When I first got the email that the three Charlie Brown holiday movies were coming out in a deluxe DVD set, I nearly deleted it, because well, everyone knows about Charlie Brown, right? But then I remembered that every year I wait for the movies to come on so I can watch them with my preschooler, only to find that they start way after her bedtime. To curb my daughter’s disappointment–okay, really mine–I’m snagging the DVD set so we can finally enjoy my favorite Charlie Brown holiday movies together. Starting with It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, just in...

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The (Really Great) Okee Dokee Brothers

You aren’t likely to find me at a folk music festival or a bluegrass jamboree, but I’m totally taken by The Okee Dokee Brothers’ new release, Kids with Beards. This two-member band from Minneapolis make twangy, toe-tapping folk music with smart, funny lyrics that are equal parts hillbilly, seven-year-old boy and your favorite teacher. Running in heavy rotation in my head is Too Much Time in Candy Land which wisely warns, “Mike and Ike were not my friends, And Laffy Taffys weren’t so funny” (the perfect pr-trick-or-treating song if I’ve ever heard one). I have even started enjoying the...

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An apple a day keeps the cobbler away

It is just not fair that there are items as cute as these cranberry apple baby booties in the world, considering I am absolutely done with childbearing. On the other hand, it’s nice that I’ve got friends who are still churning out the puppies (ahem, Kristen) so that I have an excuse to buy them anyway. Handmade in Australia of Ecospun felt–recycled plastic bottles in another life–they make little toes this fall almost as cute as they’d be with nothing on them at all. Find them at Craftsbury Kids....

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A little bit of Paris in your life

I may not get to France anytime soon, but the collection of school bags, shopping totes and bibs from French Artists at UK shop Lapin & Me will have me dreaming of crepes, baguettes and the Tuilieries in springtime. I love the cute, not cutesy, designs and I can feel good that they are all printed on organic cotton, in keeping with Fair Trade practices. My fave: The Weekend Bio Bag which can take me from the supermarket to a day out with the kids, holding everything from snacks to a change of clothes. But I also like the...

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Mama Mio’s Bootcamp for Boobs – A boob job in a box

The way I see it, with every baby I have my boobs drop a centimeter. That’s not so bad when you’re wearing a super duper mama bra, but not so great when you’re letting them hang free for those precious 15 minutes before going horizontal at night. So when desperation calls and gravity sets in, might I suggest CMP super fave Mama Mio’s new Bootcamp for Boobs? This set provides includes two of their awesome potions–Tummy Toner and Boob Tube–along with an actual three-minute exercise programme. (It’s British and fancy.) Apparently, completing this 30-day regimen will help your boobs...

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Zobha Maternity – Pants for moms who say “Ohm.” Also, “Oh man, I am so pregnant.”

Oh sure, now that I’m almost done with my third pregnancy, scores of great maternity clothes are popping up everywhere. But considering how uncomfortable (and long) these last few weeks have been, I’m still shopping for anything that can get me through the home stretch without suffocating my belly. Take the long yoga pants from the high-quality yoga and activewear line,  Zobha. Sure, they look like typical yoga pants at first glance, but there’s a reason they’re called “The Essential Pant.” The  low “v” waistline is simply inspired, particularly for you mamas who can’t stand having anything touch your...

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About a girl

If my daughter wasn’t going through the phase where I am not allowed to put anything in her hair besides my fingers, I might be stocking up on some cute hair accessories just about now. And very likely, those hair accessories would include this super cute little girl’s headband from Warm & Fuzzy Baby, spotted at Blue Sky Rocket. And if that were the case, I would never tell you about the headband for fear that we might run into one other girl on the street with the exact same totally unique headband. But that’s not the case. And...

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Cool Mom Picks sponsors: Good for us but especially good for you

As you probably know, we’re staunch advocates for our readers at CMP – we score you exclusive discount codes, awesome giveaways, $5000 tech makeovers… What? What’s that you say? You weren’t aware that our esteemed sponsor, Intel, was giving away a $5000 tech makeover and we get to help pick the winner? Well, now you know. Just go to the site, dazzle us with a true tale about your (or a friend’s) rotary phone or your dial-up modem on your Commodore 64, and upload some photos or video (if your pathetic computer allows you to do such things) so...

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Tis the Season for Very Cute Hats

With the weather changing even down here in the South (hooray!), I can finally rationalize shopping for fall-ish clothes for my kids, like sweaters, coats, and, of course, hats. Particularly if they include the handmade Flipside Hats found at the wonderful boutique Cat in an Apron–a reference you might recognize if you’re a Free to Be You and Me fan. My fave for fall is the blue denim which reverses to khaki and black plaid (shown). So if kids get tired of one side, they can flip them inside out for a totally new look. They’re lightweight enough to...

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