Month: March 2009

Let’s shower, baby

I realize that baby showers are about celebrating the impending arrival, but it’s also about giving the expectant mom some props as well, right? That’s why I’m loving the Sweet Dreams Boy baby shower invitations from mom-owned Pretty Printing which strike the perfect mix between cute and classy. Owner Connie Feiner was a buyer for Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors before starting her printing business and the pedigree definitely shows. Her simple yet sophisticated designs are printed on sturdy card stock with original graphics. You customize the message and the type, but we’d go with Connie’s recos.  While, sure,...

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Just when you thought there was nothing new in children’s rainboots

You all know we’re kind of shoe nutty around here (our children’s shoes archives are ridiculous) and sometimes we feel like we’ve seen it all. But direct-from-Sweden CMP fave Vincent has come out with new children’s rainboots called Klas and surprised us with their ingenuity. The idea is that most rainboots sized for earlier walkers are smaller size, but not lower in height. So basically you’ve got an awkward, off-balance kid trying to stumble through the rain with boots over his knees. But these – they’re lower. So with any luck, you’ll spend more time jumping in puddles with...

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Pacifier clips so cute you’ll kind of hope your baby takes a pacifier

If you’ve got a pacifier fiend in the family, then you understand the importance of binky clips. And if you’ve got a shutterbug in the family, then you understand the importance of cute binky clips. The handmade pacifier clips from CuckooBoo are just adorable — a cute fabric-covered clip secured (very well) to a coordinated ribbon with a snap at the end to hold the pacifier or a toy. You’ll find designs from retro vintage woodland creatures and cars to a funky little skull and crossbones sporting a pink bow. These are the kinds of things that do get...

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Double-dare you not to love this book

When The Daring Book for Girls came out, I bought copies not just for my own girls, but for their friends.  If I could have afforded it, I would have gone around handing out the book like a missionary. Authors Andrea Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz are back starting today with a new compilation of how-to and how-come tidbits that every girl ought to know.  From inspirational stories about daring women throughout history to step-by-step directions for classic games and cool tricks, The Double-Daring Book for Girls takes the daring phenomenon to the next level for our female future leaders....

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Bumbleride Indie Twin – Redefining the Double Stroller

I had forsaken double strollers because, let’s face it, they are gigantic monstrous beasts that can hardly be tamed by one poor mother. The front-to-back strollers made me feel like I was pushing a huge shopping cart, and the side-by-side strollers inevitably tick one of my kids off because they can’t agree on the canopy or the seat position. But when I met the Bumbleride Indie Twin, it completely changed my mind about double strollers. Set up like two really swanky side-by-side single strollers, the Bumbleride gives each kiddo separate footrests, hoods, and backrests, along with a super comfy...

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Pigs on Wheeeeeeeeels

Sure, siblings are going to have their own likes and dislikes, but overall, picking toys with a wide appeal that would have lasted through all three of my kids would have been one brilliant move. So learn from my mistake, mamas, and snag one of these super cute new wooden pull toys from Manny & Simon. Constructed from post-industrial recycled wood and painted with bright, cheerful non-toxic paints, these little ducks and pigs and animals on wheels are great for little ones right up through toddlers. There’s also just something really cool about a pull toy that doesn’t require...

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The Storytelling Shoe – Who even knew there was such a thing?

Just when I thought I’d seen every sort of soft soled baby bootie out there, I was introduced to Scooterbees. And being the obsessed but still picky shoe nut that I am, I fell instantly in love. These truly eco-friendly baby booties are made in San Francisco of recycled fibers from soda and water bottles. The soles are completely water resistant and anti-slip, thanks to a cool, but extremely safe ThermoPlastic Elastomer material (just go with me on that) and the amazingly soft lining is made from bamboo. But the best feature, you know, if I had to pick...

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Dutch treat

I admit to having a bit of euro envy these days, especially after seeing how many cute things are happening with children’s clothes across the Atlantic. Our Dutch friend Kellie Smits at Buisjes en Beugels, or BB+++,  isn’t helping matters much with her new spring/summer kids’ line that features easy, wearable, but still striking pieces for girls and boys. If I had a little dude around I’d have him in this funky “earthquake” shirt (shown below) in two seconds. But since I’ve got two girls to clothe, I have to go with the cotton jersey Conny dress or the...

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Tea parties on the other side of childhood

You know what is a sign that a mom has it all together? Perfect hair. And freshly vacuumed floors. Thank-you notes sent in a timely manner. I have none of those. I do, however, have children who seem to like me and charming linen tea towels like the ones from Brooklyn-based Jewelweeds. When I hang one of my favorites I feel like I have paid attention to myself, to my home, to the life that I live as a mom. Green and graceful, Julia White’s eco-friendly linen designs are inspired by a childhood spent outdoors. She considers the environment...

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Baby layette wishlist: 1. No chemicals 2. Makes the SIL jealous

It never seems to matter how many adorable baby layettes I’ve got, I still end up choosing my favorite and using it more than anything else. Had I received the amazing Dimples organic baby layette, it would have easily been the one I was washing and drying every single day. Made in New Zealand from beautifully soft organic cotton, the infant layette set features a blanket, sleep gown, and hat (oh that adorable baby hat). The bumblebee detail is just as cute as the set itself. No doubt it’s on the pricey side for a layette set, but if...

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