Month: October 2009

Fields Organics Toy Cleaner – Better than denial

Back when my kids were teething toddlers, their friends would come over, drool on their toys and leave me with a pile of stuff covered in germs. If I had Fields Organics Toy Cleaner back then, I could’ve given those toys a quick spray-and-wipe, but instead I either had to drag them to the sink or — cough — ignore them and hope no one was too germy. Update: this product no longer is produced. Fields Organics Toy Cleaner uses organic tea tree oil along with other plant-based organic oils and spring water to clean off non-porous things like...

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For more pleasant dreams, try buckwheat.

Who ever knew that something like the perfect toddler pillow could be so instrumental in getting my daughter to sleep in her own bed? But that’s just what happened with the buckwheat toddler pillow from the lovely mom-run Honeydumplings and I’m giving credit where credit’s due. Of course, we call it the “good dreams pillow” which might have had something to do with its magical sleep-inducing properties, but I’d imagine it was also a factor of how its made: The pillow is wrapped in a mat that’s stuffed with natural buckwheat hulls to just the right size – just...

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Would you like fries with that? Why yes, yes I would.

I may smirk like a 9-year-old when I say the name but that hasn’t stopped me for devouring Peas of Mind’s new Veggie Wedgies, which are all-natural vegetable and fruit wedges cut and baked crispy to look like french fries. Healthy fries! It’s like I won the lottery. Created by the brilliant mind behind Cool Mom Picks’ much-loved Puffets, Jill Litwin keeps her Veggie Wedgies pretty simple with just dehydrated potatoes, sea salt and baking powder added to the main vegetable or fruit (plus cinnamon in the apple Wedgies which my daughter loves). There’s no fat, low sodium, and...

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Bring prosciutto to your next baby shower

Since bacon is the new black, it’s only logical that Wooster Street Meats, whose meat shirts we fell in love with last year, is now making prosciutto onesies for babies. There’s one in kids’ sizes too. Even if your babies are too young to be eating the stuff themselves, I love the idea of pairing it with the grown-up size prosciutto tee for an adorable daddy-son/daughter gift for your favorite carnivore. Especially since the shirts come in adorable deli packaging wrapped up with that red and white deli string.. Prefer sweets to meats? Check out the new canolli shirt...

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Birth month candles make for good maternity fantasies

One of the most common questions we get is from people looking for gifts to celebrate a second or third-time mom. She doesn’t necessarily need all new blankets and clutch toys, but still a little something to acknowledge the happy occasion is called for. I was just turned onto the elegant soy wax Birth Month Candles from mom-run Pour Deux, and they fit the bill rather nicely. All twelve double-wick soy candles have the nice light scent of baby powder mixed with jasmine and citrus – gently sweet and definitely feminine, but not entirely cloying either. Each one is...

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Storytelling made easy – just add imagination

My kids love “writing books,” and I love that they’re being creative, but I don’t always love the Don Music-esque cries of, No, it’s supposed to be a yak and I can’t draw it right! I’ll never get it! Can you draw it for me? (Answer: No, I cannot draw a straight line. You’re out of luck, kid.) Storybird is a great alternative to get kids writing creative stories. The first thing I love is the fact that they provide the artwork culled from artists around the world, like the colorful characters from Paul McDougall, or lovely watercolors from...

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Trick or Treat for Unicef!

Now that my oldest is four, I’ve noticed she seems to really understand the concept of charity. What’s better is that she’s excited about the idea of sharing with people who have less than we do, so I’m thrilled to be able to get her to Trick or Treat for UNICEF for the first time. I have such great memories as a kid of hearing all those pennies and that rare quarter (thanks Mrs. Coulter!) jingling around in the bright orange box – which, by the way, is now cuter than ever.  But of course the best part is...

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Make every day a good hair day

I can’t believe I’m already thinking of holiday accessories but, yup, I am. Mainly because I’ll be among those “shopping my closet” this year and looking to update old looks with affordable new accessories. On a wild Etsy tear this week, I came across this lovely headband from artist Paige Redwine of HouserWallis that is screaming my name. The rosettes lined with zippers give it a modern downtown edge, but the sophisticated colors and the teeny pearl in the middle mean I can wear it with my uptown holiday party clothes. Paige is a brand new etsy seller but...

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Gorgeous, affordable holiday gifts with one catch – have to order them now.

Is it too early to start thinking Christmas gifts yet? Well, not if you have your eye on something from one of our favorite Etsy shops, the mom and daughter-run The Brick Kiln. There’s so much here that makes for charming, affordable holiday presents, but the catch is, they’re not accepting custom orders after November 1. Such is the pitfall of popularity. My top pick is easily the sweet personalized ornaments that you can customize with the name of a child, and even specify the hair color or go with a bald baby. Lovely gift for just $15. If...

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How to make a jacket girlie without any pink

My daughter’s favorite word these days seems to be “layers.” She loves the idea of dressing herself in shirts and sweaters and jackets that she can peel off and put back on to her heart’s content, especially with the cool mornings and warmer afternoons that we’re experiencing right now. So I love items like the new girls bell-sleeve jacket from past CMP pick, Baby Eggi. The soft (soooo soft) cotton-spandex fabric makes the jacket casual enough to throw on over jeans and a tee, but the styling with the flouncy sleeves and big faux-glass buttons make it adorably girlie....

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