Month: January 2009

Restocking the kids’ t-shirt drawer at Red Poppy

Not exactly sure how it’s happening exactly, but my children are apparently growing. No, really. One minute they’ve got a stocked closet of clothes, and the next, I’m like shoot…how come all the t-shirts are coming to their elbows? I think I need to bookmark Red Poppy, an online Canadian shop that specializes in small-production t-shirts for kids. You know, like the ones we feature here. Right now they’ve got a nice little selection from hip kids’ clothing brands we already love like Lucky Fish (shown) Eight3One, and Class, which makes the chalkboard tees recently featured here. Take advantage...

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Bathtime with the MD Moms

It took three tries, but I’ve finally got a baby who has enjoyed his bath right from the very start. Although his enthusiasm is such that I practically have to wear a rain slicker while bathing him, it also makes it pretty fun to try out baby bath products–with his help, of course. The new Baby Silk baby bath products gift sets from our friends the MD Moms combine some of our all-time favorite products of theirs into perfect shower gifts. Not only will the chic packaging stand out, the products in each of the three gift sets are...

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Schlemiel! Schlemazel!

The picture that comes to mind when I hear “doll” and “completely recycled materials” together in one sentence has never quite looked like the spectacular looking Binky Buddies recycled dolls from Hasenpfeffer Incorporated. Using a variety of salvaged materials like recycled wool, cotton, and buttons, plus a hypoallergenic fill, Daniela Shelton artfully turns discarded old scraps into something adorably new. They’re the perfect eco-conscious companion for your little one and the best use of old wool jackets and cotton shirts I’ve seen in a really long time. Okay, try ever. -KristenCheck out the slew of adorable baby dolls and...

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When a shirt is a shirt and a book for a needy kid

I realize you might be getting tired of kids’ message t-shirts just as much as I am. With a selection ranging from store logos (eh) or ridiculous sayings such as Looking for my prince charming (ugh) I’m glad to find waaaaaay better options, like the kids’ tees from Booda Brand. These decidedly different t-shirts for toddlers and pre-schoolers feature bold artwork and simple statements like peace, imagine, courage or love on soft, tagless tees, all of which are completely gender neutral (whoo!). The back of each cotton/lycra blend shirt reads I will make a difference, in subtle, small type....

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The Magic Garden is back. Whoo!

If you grew up anywhere around the NY area in the 70s, you understand that the proper response to How are you? Is I’m fine, me too, we’re fine and how are you. At least if you were like me and spent your afternoons glued to cult TV hit, The Magic Garden and memorizing all of the songs. Well finally (finally!) The Magic Garden has been re-released by Koch Records as a 10 episode, 2-disc DVD set (with a CD too) called Carole and Paula in the Magic Garden, and I’m thrilled to say it’s held up pretty well...

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The fairy [quilt] godmother

We’re lucky enough to have a great-godmother (is that what they’re called?) who has made a gorgeous quilt for each of our kids. But if you’re not as fortunate as we are, then you can always commission one from Olive Jane Designs. Designer and mom of 4 Kara Aina creates amazing hand pieced, machine sewn quilts using a unique free-form technique that gives them a cool modern appeal. You can even convo her with your color palette and let her work her sewing magic to create a custom quilt design. With the combination of bright 100% cotton fabrics and...

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A Book for Those Days When Nothing Will Get Your Kid to School. Or Gymnastics. Or a Playdate.

I picked out Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson from the library after my daughter started complaining she didn’t want to go to school again. She missed us during the day. She wasn’t sure about the bigger kids. Her teacher was on vacation. So we set out on a mission to the kids’ books section to find a good buddy story for the four-year-old set. Something about the huge bear’s terrified expression in Jane Chapman’s illustrations melted my bear-loving heart, and Karma Wilson’s rolling prose begs to be set to music. I found myself singing the story — and...

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Lunchskins reusable lunchbags – wayyyy prettier than baggies.

I haven’t packed a lunch in years thanks to my daughter’s half-day preschool, but I will soon, and I can’t say I’m looking forward to it. Not just because of the time suck, but the amount of waste generated for a sandwich, some carrots and a couple of cookies. Enter the reusable sandwich bags from 3greenmoms (update: Now renamed Lunchskins). These “lunch skins” will help you cut out lunch bag waste almost completely and they’re durable enough to be popped right in the dishwasher after use. Granted, you might have a to invest in a few before your kids...

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Mr. T Shirt (That’s um…Mr. T on a Shirt. Not Mr. T-Shirt)

I pity the fool who gives me a hard time for using the phrase I pity the fool in this review. That said, I pity the fool who does not appreciate the camp genius of this Mr T shirt and onesie. It’s beautifully handmade out of felt and frankly, it looks just like the guy in his A-Team glory days. Of course back then, he never would have imagined that his image would one day be handmade out of felt and covered in baby drool. Although truth be told, that’s better than some of his pop culture contemporaries are...

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Zoo animals happy in the wilds of your toychest

This holiday, one of the home run gifts my kids received from their always excellent gift-giving aunt was a set of the Haba wooden blocks caled Eene, Meene, Zoo. My three year-old is having a great time creating wacky animals out of the beautifully vibrant blocks featuring animal heads, bodies and other amorphous body parts. My toddler just enjoys smashing her sister’s work to the ground. So see? There’s something for everyone!  –Liz Find these Haba Blocks and more safe toys for kids at...

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Baby leg warmers, for those who can stand covering those delicious chubby thighs

I have really come to appreciate the joys of baby leg warmers lately. In the winter they’re great over tights or to add another layer under the pjs. In the spring and fall they’re just fine on their own instead of tights – and way easier to deal with if you’ve got a potty training toddler. (Man, the stuff we have to think about when we become parents.) If you’re looking for a style that’s not too adult, not too cutesie, check out the baby leg warmers from Knotty Baby. The colorful argyles, stripes and dotty patterns remind me...

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Emily Post would be so proud

If my four-year-old daughter can write, or well, copy an entire Christmas list and note to Santa, then I’m pretty darn certain she can send thank you notes, especially when they’re these ready-to-color thank you cards from Soda by Amy. This set of four note cards features various renderings of the words “Thank You” that are perfect for your coloring obsessed preschooler. It’s a great way to get them started on their way to an excellent habit, and an even better way to keep them constructively busy while you’re trying to put away all your bazillion holiday decorations. -Kristen...

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Stainless steel as precious metal

If I had a few hundred nickels leftover right now, I’d probably be grabbing myself a little post-holiday pick-me-up, something like the cool handbags made out of hand-etched stainless steel from Pennsylvania designer, Wendy Stevens. And actually it’s a good thing I saw them online at Greenjeans, because I saved the shopkeepers from having to wipe my drool off the bags. I especially love the Phoenix Bag accented with a fine-grain red Italian leather or the Cambio Purse with its sexy, slinky shoulder strap. These are really unique works of art; definitely not your average found it on a...

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The baby book for parents who live in abject fear of the baby book

The brand new Keepaboo has created the perfect solution for disorganized mothers of three like me– you know, the ones who can’t get it together enough to fill out a whole baby book by hand, but who don’t want to forget the milestones. Or worse, hand over a few dozen CDs worth of pictures to our grown children and be like, “Here’s your childhood, kid!” Now I can document all of those precious details online in custom “books,” where I can include the information I want and lose what I don’t. (Beats blank pages in the traditional baby books,...

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Saving Handmade from the CPSIA: What you can do right now

A quick update on the Save Handmade from the CPSIA initiative since so many of you have been asking. If you haven’t been to our Save Handmade page, click over and see how you can help preserve the kids products and businesses we love so dearly. Some noteworthy include: -An LA Times article that details how the CPSIA also impacts resale shops, thrift stores, and charitable donations of clothing and toys. If you buy any clothes or toys second-hand, this might be a good time to write to your congressional representative and be like, um…what are you thinking? -The...

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“Whale Oil” for pregnancy stretch marks. Insert your own punchline here.

Whether you gained a whopping 65lbs with each pregnancy like me, or you were one of those women who tipped the scales a mere 25lbs above your normal weight, there comes a point when we all feel like beached whales. So slathering your big stretched out belly in Whale Oil, the new product from CMP fave Least Likely 2 Breed, should make perfect sense. Created from completely all natural ingredients, this stretch mark oil helps keep your stomach soft and supple (if that’s actually possible), lessening the chance of getting stretch marks. Of course, I can’t offer a 100%...

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Well here’s a product that will make you want to throw up

I’m not even kidding when I tell you that someone has just come out with “trendy” morning sickness bags for pregnant women. And the best part may be the name: Morning Chicness Bags. The truth is, they’re cute. (If you don’t look at the photos on the website of women reenacting the bags in use). I suppose if you’re prone to ralphing during your morning commute that this is a better solution than using your actual handbag, or some old McDonald’s bag with a hole in the bottom that you weren’t aware of. It’s a hilarious, frivolous gift for...

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Mamas of redheads, clear a space on your bookshelf

I grew up with a redheaded mother and sister, so I was already accustomed to the bizarre reactions of the general public to a redheaded child by the time my own coppertop daughter came along in 2004. Not so much for author Nicole Giladi, who was stunned by her boy, as well as the reaction of the outside world to his ginger locks. For those of you who think the where the heck did THAT come from? reaction to red hair can be a bit much (oh and trust me – I do not exaggerate), Nicole has come out...

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The Mini Cooper – Now coming to a toddler tee near you.

“Hey! I wanna get dat!” is what my four-year-old son yelled when he saw the hip little Mini Cooper kids’ tee from charlieandsarah. He loves the stylin’ red Britmobile on the front of this comfy long-sleeved tee. I love that this shirt is part of a line that parents Charlie and Sarah created to teach their half-English son some proper British terms. Think wearable flashcards. Also check out the great illustrations for lolly, wellies and the Union Jack; you just may decide to teach your child English as a second language. –ChristinaFind a great selection of tees and onesies...

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Shameless self-promotional plug to follow

Today is the last day to vote for Cool Mom Picks as your favorite kids design blog in the Homies, the contest from Apartment Therapy’s Ohdeedoh. If nothing else, head over anyway and find five other inspiring resources for cool stuff for kids. We’re honored to be named in such great company. To vote, register at Ohdeedoh (it’s simple and not spamm-y; just a name and password to keep y’all honest)  – if you’re having issues there are some helpful tips in the...

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