Month: January 2009

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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