Month: March 2009

Baby loves sushi

Babies these days have expensive taste. They’ve got designer shoes before they can walk in them and name brand clothes before they’re able to put them on themselves. But while they might not be quite off the boob and onto unagi  just yet, you can start priming them with these sushi rattles by Yellow Label Kids. These hilarious hand knit toys found at DC-based shop Cattiwampus are perfect for the infant foodie or the baby with cultured tastebuds. The two rolls and two sushi are created by world artisans using fair trade practices, I love that fit perfectly into...

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LunchBots – Eco friendly food storage with a heart of steel

As my daughter’s preschool starts preparing us for next year’s (eep!) full day schedule, I’m suddenly faced with the reality that we’re going to have to send her to school with lunch. Every day. I haven’t yet figured out how I’m going to get her to expand her palate beyond peanut butter sandwiches, but I do know what it will be served in — new LunchBots. These natural stainless steel food storage containers really are a terrific product. LunchBots are reusable, making them eco-friendly, and they offer up a smart alternative for moms freaked out by plastic these days....

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Organic baby clothes love baby and mama earth too

With my newest baby having especially sensitive skin and the hot summer just around the corner, I’ve found myself more inclined to clothe my kids in organics. And the lovely onesies from Earthy Beginnings, who we found thanks to Showroom Indie, are some of my favorites. Each piece is lovingly created by hand. The original designs are hand-printed with water-based ink on 100% organic cotton onesies and shirts made in the USA. I’m in love with the entire nature collection, which feature brightly colored birds, butterflies, or dragonflies (pictured). And there’s one more reason they’ll be just great for...

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Mad Men style hits the preschool

It was only a matter of time before Mad Men fashion trickled down to the youngsters and we started seeing tailored mid-century styles on the kiddos. I just didn’t think it was going to come from Europe. I just got a look at the 50’s inspired girls’ dresses from Blond & Blond at Zazou and am swooning. (Hear that sound? Yes! That’s it – me swooning.) Yeah so they’re like 65 bucks each plus overseas shipping. But I’m kind of thinking we could skip dinners for a few nights and grab a couple. That’s just how much I like...

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Any childbearing folks out there still have some money in the bank? Anyone?

Maybe you’re in the mood to daydream, or maybe you’ve had your near-limitless wealth stuffed in your mattress all this time (in which case: Hi! I’m available for adoption!), but either way, if you want to let your most fanciful kid decor fantasies run wild, head over to Kidtropolis. They don’t just custom-build beautiful kids’ furniture, they design entire kid-friendly spaces. So in the case of this amazing Magic Tree House, that means the treehouse itself houses the bed, but you also get… a tree trunk and painted tree canopy, as well as every piece of furniture and every...

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Viva La Revolution Foods

We’re all for whatever it takes to improve the quality of school lunch programs, and the progressive Revolution Foods has been a leader in California doing just that. Now, the rest of us in the country get access to clever, organic kids snacks and treats from them and yeah, I’m happy. The wholegrain Organic Popalongs were a big hit with my chip-loving brood and the kind of weird, squeezable squished fruit in the Organic Mashups will go over if your kids will eat things that aren’t beige. Haven’t tried the peanut butters yet but considering organic pbs don’t get...

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All along I was the puppet, I was the puppet

Why do babies seem to favor items that were never intended to be playthings? It never fails to amaze me how my kids spurn toys in favor of screwdrivers and old cell phones. But there’s one standby that I can always count on to charm a child: Hand puppets. And the ones from design group Noted that we found at Elsewares are some of the cutest I’ve seen.  Handmade by artisans in Nepal, these thick wool felt hand puppets feature a zipper closure at the bottom and are roomy enough to accommodate big hands or little hands. They’re adorable...

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Stupid recession – cruddy for small shops but good for deal seekers

We’re so sad to get word this week that two of our favorite web shops are shutting their doors. On the upside: Deep discounts for you. Brittain’s Betty Joy, one of our favorite stops for fun little handmade gifties is selling all of their accessories, children‘s toys and jewelry at crazy low prices – check out the tea towels for £4.50. Then my neighbors at Greenjeans Brookyn (ack, this one kills me!) are shutting their doors at least until the God of Bear Markets passes over and moves on. All of their spectacularly curated artisan and sustainable items are...

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New baby clothes with an old soul

I continue to be impressed with the ingenuity of the crafters out there and how many awesome things people are doing with upcycled materials. Our latest find: The new-again baby clothes from Frankenbaby Chicago designer (and cool Aunt) Virginia Tucker takes vintage tees and turns them from something outgrown and discarded into a baby one-piece that’s new and fabulous. She’s got a great eye for hip designs, and the workmanship she brings to them is really impressive. Obviously every handmade piece is one-of-a-kind, so if you see the Charirman Mao onesie or Doors L.A. Woman onesie of your dreams...

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Keep that toothbrush to yourself, missy

So here’s one for the germaphobes: My kids run around the house with their little toothbrushes, leaving them under the couch and next to the dog bowl, then put them back in the big glass on the sink right next to mine. Gak! I’m thinking it’s time for a toothbrush isolationist movement around here. I loved the Flipper toothbrush holder when we discovered it last year, but hadn’t considered using one for myself — probably because I’m not really a pink hippo or blue koala bear kind of a gal. But now they’ve got really beautiful adult toothbrush holders...

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