Month: January 2009

Horoscope baby tees for people who kind of hate horoscope baby tees

I’m not a horoscope junkie, which means you probably wouldn’t catch me wearing a Taurus necklace. But when I found the Starpower newborn baby astrology sets at WishWrap I fell in love a little. These simple onesie and hat sets highlight your kid’s sign in a really fresh way– instead of the typical zodiac graphics, one of your child’s positive astrological traits is listed under a complimentary graphic. You’ve got to agree that a picture of the earth under Making the world a better place is waaaaay cuter for a Libra baby than some scale. If you’re into this...

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The sack lunch, updated

Insulated lunch totes are bulky (and often of dubious origin; some vinyl ones contain lead). Paper lunch bags often rip (and aren’t all that eco-friendly). What’s a gotta-be-cool tween to do? Reach for 3 R’s lunch sac perhaps? Made of washable fair-trade cotton, with your choice of hip appliqued design, these reusable bags won’t prompt a “Lame, mom.” My own tween informs me that they pass muster. Which can only mean that I now need to pretend I don’t like them at all, lest she change her mind. -Mir Find these reusable lunch bags  over at...

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Girls just want to draw fun

My daughters draw the cutest things: Stick-figure women in triangle dresses, bulgy-eyed cats and larger-than-life flowers. Nothing could improve on what they dream up which is why I love artist Carla Sonheim’s new coloring book simply called, girls. Instead of trying to reign kids in by asking them to stay within the lines, this drawing and coloring book challenges them to stretch their imagination with whimsical illustrations of girls, fairies, animals and mermaids all surrounded by plenty of white space where anything goes. Older girls can write stories beneath the pictures, turning a charming coloring book into their own...

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Going green with baby – Don’t panic! You can do it.

When we first discovered Itsabelly (wayyy back before all the newspapers, magazines and tv news programs I might add), they were a mere baby concierge service, helping panicked expecting parents to get their lives in order before the new arrival. But what we really liked about them was their focus on greening up the nursery and starting a new family in an eco-responsible way. So it makes perfect sense that founders Melissa Moog and Jennifer Lo Prete have made their wealth of knowledge available to the masses with the wonderful Itsabelly’s Guide to Going Green With Baby: Mom-Tested Tips...

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Baby, it’s cold outside

For a guy who sets the thermostat at a level approaching “sauna,” it baffles me that my husband loves to take the jogging stroller on errands even when the temperature sinks below forty. While he dresses himself properly in layers, he tends to toss a blanket over the kids and assume they’ll be warm enough. Um, honey? It’s not the baby doing the jogging. The new stroller bunting from Bonne Bonnets (makers of those Bugaboo stroller canopies we love) was made for absentminded parents like him– and shivering kids like mine.  Basically, it’s a sleeping bag style foot muff...

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BIBS To Go – Genius! Genius!

We’ve all been there: You stop for an unexpected bite to eat with your babe, and find your only bib stuffed at the bottom of the diaper bag, crusted with food from a forgotten feeding last week. Enter BIBS To Go, a large tear-off pad of colorful, waterproof, disposable bibs and a ready-made neckhole. The fantastic illustrations come courtesy of SAMi, whose work you might recognize from some of the cooler board books out there. Though my kids are too old for me to realize the greatness of BIBS to Go, I plan to pass on my copy to...

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Hare brush! Get it?

That old wives’ tale about heartburn being a sign that your baby will be born with a head full of hair didn’t work out so well for me. I had twenty-seven months of fiery heartburn and three bald babies. But for luckier mamas who’ve got something besides peach fuzz to coif, check out the new Hare Baby Comb & Brush set from our favorite little-mom-run-company-gone-big, Skip Hop.  The wide-toothed comb and soft-bristle brush look like bunny ears when placed in the base, which has a shatter-proof mirrored bottom (for admiring oneself, of course). Plus it’s BPA, Phthalate and PVC...

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I’m a little bit country

We first found Dame Star Baby back in 2007 (check out our gushing gusher of a review here) and fell instantly in love with their amazing Martin Guitar tee with an appliqué made of an intricately handstitched collage of fabrics. Well a quick poke around their shop today in 2009 and behold! For they have expanded! I’m loving the new banjo tee for kids which lets country fans (or Steve Martin fans?) in on the Dame Star goodness. But I also love the cabbage rose knit cap of creamy alpaca wool which looks ready made for Suri Cruise and...

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Cool kids music – There’s now enough to fill its own video site

Did I ever tell you that my oldest daughter is a music video star? Yep, it’s true. Check out the Bedhead video from the Jimmies, and at about 1:40 you’ll see her rocking out with a spiky red mohawk and huge smile. You’ll find this and more at Jitterbug.tv, a new site focused exclusively on music videos “for hip kids.” Their list of kids’ musical artists include mainstays like Dan Zanes, Justin Roberts, Lisa Loeb and They Might Be Giants, but I really like that they include (relatively) smaller bands like CMP faves Princess Kate + Racer Steve, Frances...

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A baby changing pad that stays clean? Well, pretty much. Yeah.

While I don’t have a lot of patience for unnecessary baby “essentials” if there’s one little doodad I’m a big fan of it’s the changing pad. I stash one in the car, one at grandma’s, one in a diaper bag, one under the stroller, and even one on the actual changing pad in the nursery. Like I said, I’m a fan. Now CLENE has entered the game with their new baby changing pad which doesn’t just protect from germs in the bathroom changing station, it actually repels them. Smart. (Athough gawd, I hate having to write brand names ALL...

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Flying the friendly presidential skies

Okay, we’ll stop soon with all the Obama keepsakes. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t share with you this very cool President Obama Air Force One wooden toy plane that we just discovered at Wooden Toddler Toys. It’s US-made, of course, from safe natural hardwood from the fine state of Pennsylvania. Very fitting for what may be our first real environmental president. Your kids will love zooming this toy plane around the living room no doubt. But if your kids are anything like my kids, I’d sooner stick it on a very high shelf–one free from syrup-y hands,...

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Chic diaper bags priced so you can afford the diapers too

Who was the evil mastermind that convinced moms they needed to schlep around gigantic, ugly quilted diaper bags in order to carry baby essentials? Personally I like bags like this Everyday Bag from Christy Studio, which is stylish enough to swap out the diapers for a laptop and a good read when you are out sans infant. All Christy’s bags are handmade from materials like cotton twill, canvas and designer fabrics and even the interiors are cool–check out the Chotto Tote which is lined with a beautiful Japanese print. Oh, and did I mention that they have ample pockets...

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Things to do with kids when you’re too busy to think argh, what can I do with the kids?

I think of Yojo Mama as that clued-in friend who knows all the hot spots in town. Except instead of tipping you off to a new shoe store, she knows fun places to take an active toddler, which restaurants are kid-friendly and even the nearest diaper changing station when you are in an unfamiliar part of town. This smart, high-tech application lets you type in your city and select a neighborhood to get a list of kid friendly cafes, shops, events, toy stores, parks, museums and more all right on your cell phone or PC. It comes in very...

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Hooded baby towels that actually do what a hooded baby towel is supposed to do. Shocking.

Hooded towels are pretty much a requisite baby registry purchase, but most of the big shops that moms register with offer the thinnest, scratchiest, least absorbent towels in the world. I know. I’ve been there, as have my poor shivering kids. So you’d better hope your baby shower guests make a detour over Mia Belle Baby for their most excellent double-layered hooded baby towel. Big, thirsty, and deliciously soft, it’s a must-have in the bathroom or next to the pool. The absorbent terry is on the inside, and a bathrobe-like knit on the outside keeps it extra-warm. But what...

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The big polka dot elephant in the middle of the room

Leave it to the darn CPSIA to help us discover a ton of wonderful artisans thinking about calling it quits on February 10th thanks to the new toy testing regulations. Such is the case for Kristen Dirmeier, musician and artist, who hand creates the most adorable stuffed elephants. Using sweet, colorful fabrics, each elephant’s tail can be personalized really beautifully for your little one. It’s a subtle touch that makes giving or getting a stuffed animal extra special. Sadly, Kristen is closing shop soon (unless we can convince her not to) so make sure to snag one of these...

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Into the wild blue yonder

Since my husband is a pilot, you can probably guess the amount of plane toys and clothes we’ve got strewn about our house. But we have yet to see anything like the Margalo Aviator Cap from Soil. Modeled after a classic pilot’s cap and even featuring a set of appliqued aviator goggles, this awesome hat is perfect for keeping your mini baby pilot or plane-obsessed kiddo’s head and ears warm. And if you’ve got an aspiring girl pilot in the house like us, stay tuned. The caps with purple goggles are on their way so she can fly the...

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Generation O, report for duty

It’s a big day, mamas. Really big day. So we appreciate you taking a sec out of your CNN-watching to join us here. Whichever way you swing politically, here’s to hoping that the next four years bring good things for all of us and our families. -Eds. I am among those who hope to proudly wear the simple message of Gen O tees for many years to come, starting now. But whatever your leanings, you can’t help but laugh that these Obama baby onesies and kids’ t-shirts demand “Change” on the backside. I can only imagine the enthusiasm designer...

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The 2009 inauguration. You know, for kids.

Wondering how to amply convey excitement and understanding about Obama’s historic inauguration for your children? Me, I’m going to click over to Share My Inauguration with my oldest daughter, and show her what it all looks like from a kid’s perspective. Not just any kids mind you–these are two dozen fifth and sixth graders–“The DC-24”–hand-selected from one of Chicago’s toughest inner-city neighborhoods to trek down to Washington then blog and vlog their journey in a program sponsored by the non-profit McCormick Foundation. The kids are not only experiencing their first inauguration and first TV news interviews, but in some...

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The time is always right to do what’s right. And then tell everyone about it via your jewelry.

I’m not necessarily one for wearing my affirmations on my sleeve (or on neon rubber bracelets) but every so often there’ s an expression that I wouldn’t mind having a little reminder of here and there. I think that San Diego artist Corine Grant captures some of the less cheesy mantras of the world beautifully on cool inspirational jewelry at her Etsy shop. The pieces are extremely simple with completely hand-stamped sterling silver discs on waxed poly cord, and they come presented on very cool little cards, which is probably why shops like Fred Segal carry them. Because each...

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The new Electric Company plugs in today and that’s C…ool…Cool

Hey you guyyyyyyyys! Let me just come right out and say the new Electric Company kids’ show on PBS does not disappoint, and, believe me, I was worried. In fact, my first reaction to the relaunch was one of skepticism. How could they mess with Easy Reader? Fortunately, instead of trying to remake the original show, The Electric Company series that launches today presents a fresh new story line built around diverse, urban kids with super literacy powers. The show’s emphasis is still on reading, but the look, sound and feel is very “now.” The music and dancing are...

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