Month: September 2008

The Regional Assembly of Text – a store as cool as its name

As a bona fide word nerd, I was instantly taken with the name The Regional Assembly of Text, although I had no idea what it meant. (Sort of ironic if you think about it, huh.) As it turns out, this Vancouver-based online shop curated by design grads Brandy Fedoruk and Rebecca Ann Dolenwas is entirely devoted to all things cool, designy and text-y. This includes funky journals, artful onesies and baby tees, and goodies for around the home. I’m particularly liking the little portable chalkboards (shown)  featuring a vintage line illustration of a boy or a girl. It’s adorable...

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Chocolate bars for kids who rarely can have chocolate bars, poor kids

Food allergies suck. I am very lucky to have kids who don’t have them (knock wood), but with a fish allergy of my own, I am sympathetic to those who do. I still remember crying at camp when the kids ate fish sticks and I had to have a sandwich. I know. Fish sticks! Not exciting at all, but when you are deathly allergic to fish, they become the most delicious thing ever. So I can only imagine what it’s like for kids who can’t have milk or peanuts or wheat. That’s why allergen-free candy is such a great...

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How do you improve on a child’s bathrobe? Make it a kimono.

I am staring at the spectacular Bathtime Wrap from Beverly Hills-based Petite Miette and once again I am smacking myself on the head and thinking now why did I not think of this first? Instead of wrapping a baby up in a cumbersome bathrobe over his pajamas–a bathrobe that will become separated from its tie on the second wearing, and be impossible to crawl in–you can grab one of these lush kimono tops instead. The 100% organic cotton flannel is soft and cushy, the terry lining is thick and thirsty, and the colors are to die for with rich...

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Tattoos and leather, the perfect combination for a mom

Every now and then we happen upon a shop where we would purchase literally every item they’ve got–you know, if we had oodles of money to toss around on ourselves. And that’s the case with the jewelry at Enina J. Based in Haifa, Israel, artist and designer Janine Golbert combines media including fabric, metal, and leather to create a collection of gorgeous baubles we’re just dying to get our hands on. I’m loving the leather tattoo earrings (pictured), but I’d be just as happy with the amazing sculptured fabric and metal bangle. While shipping is extremely reasonable from Israel,...

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Cloth books without the mass production

Thanks to my son’s infatuation with cloth books, I’m able to enjoy a good portion of our daily car rides without having to ply him with 400 cheerios I end up cleaning from his carseat later. So I’ve decided to stockpile them, starting with the ridiculously cute “quiet books” from SW Designs. Mom Shelley Wallace hand creates these amazing soft fabric books, including Discover Dinos (pictured), Colors, or her Halloween counting book Witch’s Brew, all of which would make the most fantastic new baby, one year birthday, or “just because I must have them now!” gift. If you’re super crafty, Shelley...

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Thomas Claire: Taking the Pain out of Painting Pottery

Taking my kids to a paint-your-own-pottery place is not in my job description. The drive there, the eternity spent as my children pick out the “perfect” piece to paint, my toddler–oh my toddler– in that room of breakables… and then I pay a ton for the privilege to boot? No thanks.  All praise Thomas Claire which now lets you do it all right from your own home. With a few strokes of the keyboard, you order a kit (trinket boxes for us but there are mugs, birthday plates, animal figurines and plenty more) and pick your paint colors. You’ll...

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The Beehive Co-op – If Cool Mom Picks had a shop, this might be it.

The instant I set foot in the Atlanta Beehive Co-op storefront, I knew it was my kind of place. Of course, it didn’t hurt that that I was surrounded with some of our favorite past picks from JacQueline Sanchez jewelry, Blabla Kids, and Lark and Loon, to name a few. However I was also introduced to a ton of fantastic local artisans that I had never met before, courtesy of the great taste of Beehive franchise owner and mom Viviana Campbell. My newest designer crush is on Mary Sweeney of Felted Heart. Her gorgeous recycled sweater ponchos are to...

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Mo Yo Gabba Gabba!

The only one more excited than my daughter for the new season of Yo Gabba Gabba! that begins today on Nick Jr., is me. I’m definitely ready to have some new lyrics stuck in my head besides It’s time to wash your hair, it’s time to wash your hair, it’s time to wash your hair, and this is how you do it. YGG is absolutely the coolest thing going on TV today with a list of guest stars that any prime time show would covet. Coming up in season two: Jack Black (shown here), the Office’s Melora Hardin, The...

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Mobile homes

Oh what my daughter wouldn’t give to be able to pack up her beloved dollhouse and take it with her. So imagine what she did when she saw the set of Nested Country Cottages from Olie Bollen.  These two brightly colored paper board boxes open from the top, lunchbox style, so your kiddo can stack them full of random junk–er, precious keepsakes. But with cutout windows and a cute velcro sidebar, each can easily double as a dollhouse for quick trips to a friend’s or long visits to Grandma’s. I guess it’s sort of like a mobile dollhouse, huh....

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Read A Book, Set A Record

Do you really need an excuse to read a great book to your kid? Probably not, but here’s a fabulous one, anyway: On October 2nd, in association with Jumpstart’s Read for the Record program, the children’s classic favorite Corduroy will be read aloud on The Today Show. At the same time, a bunch of other folk around the world–including you?–will be reading the same book to set a new world’s record. My kids are a bit beyond Corduroy, but I’m going to dust off our copy and participate, anyway — because Jumpstart isn’t just setting a record, they’re working...

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