Month: January 2009

I’ve smelled red and it’s absolutely delicious

Kids and dogs go together like red and Valentines Day, which is why I think the story book Mo Smells Red is such a cute gift for your little sweetheart. Not only will preschoolers love hearing about the adventures of Mo, a real life rescued stray, they’ll get a kick out of the “Press 2 Smell” feature which makes regular old scratch-and-sniff look passe. Author Margaret Hyde and illustrator Amanda Giacomini had the good sense to make the things Mo sniffs delicious and yummy like roses and strawberries. (No, no raw liver or dried blood.) To release the smell of...

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Toy storage for when your whole house feels like toy storage

One month after Christmas, and I still have no idea where half of these toys are going. I definitely need The Toy Store by Oeuf, a brand new super three-level toy storage system that offers a nice modern alternative to plastic storage bins. I love that the deep bins swivel forward so that even my four year old can reach the top shelf to put away his little toy cars. And, unlike some toy storage pieces that should never leave the light of a child’s bedroom, The Toy Store looks too cool to be hidden away.  In fact, once the kids...

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Making Valentine’s Cards that don’t look like you did

I keep looking for cute Valentines Day cards for my daughter to give out to her beloved friends and family, but the truth is, I haven’t found anything that makes you go “awwwww….” as much as the handmade Valentines Day cards she could make herself. Especially with Martha’s help. Good thing we just received a whole boxload of the cutest ev-ah Valentine’s Craft Supplies from Martha Stewart. Even a craft spaz like me can put together something passably adorable with a combo of blank cards, craft punch tools, Valentine’s-themed ribbon and of course, the requisite pink and red glitter....

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Breaking news – CPSIA delayed! Your amazing efforts made a difference

According to today’s most excellent release from the Consumer Products Safety Commission, the CPSC has done the only common sense thing it could have done, and granted a one year stay of testing and certification requirements until February 10, 2010. Which means… whoo! Commissioner Nancy Nord in her letter to congress calls it “a time-out.” Which is exactly the right thing to do. To quote the CPSC statement: Manufacturers and importers large and small of children’s products will not need to test or certify to these new requirements, but will need to meet the lead and phthalates limits… The...

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Not since Carrie Bradshaw has wearing a brooch been so stylish

The last time I wore something painted on my cardigan it was a first-grade finger painting project gone awry. But the one-of-a-kind fabric brooches we just discovered from artist/designer/mom Danita Art may change all that. The great thing about these cool brooches is that you’re not just wearing a pin, but an actual piece of original art. The adorable round faces in the center are prints from Danita’s original paintings, then embellished with fabric and loads of thread. Just the right flair to my excruciatingly boring mommy uniform or a chic tween’s handbag. Danita is always finding new fabrics...

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The Club Med Vacation: Only more appealing now that kids stay free

I learned early on that family vacations tend to be something you do for your children. [Ahem, fill in theme park of choice here.] Not so Club Med. In recent years the company has converted nearly all of their properties from places that singles went to be…very single, into incredible all-inclusive family friendly resorts. The kind that parents not only don’t mind going to, but you weep openly when you leave. As a testament to their commitment to families, Club Med has got a super promotion now where kids stay free.  (I know!) So if you’re looking to get...

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Bringing new meaning to the term “animal print”

So you want a canvas or two for baby’s room, and you’re trying to figure out something bright and colorful, with animals, that doesn’t look like the circus threw up on your walls. Leave it to Tiny Decor to find just the right mix of mod and whimsical; their new line of Animal Prints offers three different animals in your choice of five colors, with each animal having its very own pattern. And it’s all hand screenprinted on stretched organic canvases. Of course the elephant is polka-dotted, and the lion is herringbone, but I’m particularly taken with the houndstooth...

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Whereas I take back all previous skepticism about Yo Gabba Gabba!

If you had asked me about Nick Jr’s Yo Gabba Gabba! a few months ago–unlike editor Liz who’s their biggest fan on the planet–I would’ve told you, I don’t get it. However I am now writing enthusiastically about the Yo Gabba Gabba! soundtrack from the first two seasons of the hit kids’ show which is now available for download through iTunes. I get it now! Kicking off with the infectious tune Party in My Tummy (so yummy, so yummy), this soundtrack has a little bit of everything: thumping hip-hop beats, peppy indie pop melodies and sweet messages for kids...

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Born with a stainless steel spoon in his mouth

I have to say that the keepsake gifts for new baby boys are pretty slim pickin’s. I mean, nothing says “Welcome Boy” like a big plush monogrammed baby blanket, right? So, when I spotted the Baby’s First Spoon at Lisa Leonard Designs, I was glad to see someone finally got it right. This simple stainless steel baby spoon is handstamped to your specifications, and makes the perfect little new baby boy (or girl) gift. Whether the lucky new mom is a spoon collector or not, this custom gift expresses a lovely sentiment and makes a nice change from the...

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The perfect way to shake things up this Valentine’s Day.

Growing up, no Valentine’s Day was complete without a bagful of Be Mine and Hug Me heart candies. Sure they were cute, but let’s be honest: they tasted like chewable antacids. Conversation Heart Rattles from Yellow Label Kids are a much more tasteful way of showing your love. These sweet, soft, heart-shaped knit rattles are embroidered with the sayings you remember as a kid. And as if that weren’t enough, how about the fact that the rattles are made following fair trade practices–at CMP you know we truly “heart” that.  Plus they have the added bonus that they won’t...

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