Month: March 2009

You show ’em, girls

Through most of elementary school, my mother dressed me in dresses. When I complained that I couldn’t hang upside down on the playground for fear of showing my underwear, she was unsympathetic. That was before Francie Pants, of course. These soft, comfortable “privacy shorts” are perfect for concealing underwear, freeing girls to climb trees and turn cartwheels, even in dresses.  The prints are snazzy and even a little edgy–I especially like the fun plaid and the Paris prints. Come to think of it, there’s a punky London print too. Which, if you remember the old rhyme, is awesome. -Julie...

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Escape To Witch Mountain, old school style

“Mom! They aren’t wearing seat belts!” It’s funny what my kids and I noticed while we watched the re-released classic Escape To Witch Mountain on DVD. Kids sitting in the front seat without a seat belt, a “car phone” that has a cord into the dashboard, and even the passing complaint about how expensive gas is—when it costs $10 to fill the tank of a camper. Hey, it was the  70’s. Ah, but despite some of these generational differences, the original  story (which, as we all know, always trounces a remake) of two lovable orphans is just as gripping...

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Big brands doing cool things – Munchkin introduces glass bottles

Thankfully, BPA free plastic baby bottles are now easy to find, but if you’ve decided to go the extra careful route and use glass bottles for your baby, you might find the search a little trickier. Well now you can hop over to your local Target or click over to Amazon and snag a few Munchkin glass baby bottles. Available in both 4 oz and 8 oz sizes, they are not only completely BPA free, but at $3.99 each, they’re reasonably priced too. The bottles are smartly designed with a molded side for easy gripping, and the vented nipples...

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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood

It sort of pains me that my kids will probably not grow up to the zipping of the sweater and the tossing of the shoes that made Mr. Rogers so endearing. But thanks to reruns, CD compilations, and toys, like these awesome wooden blocks from Holgate Toys, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood can live on. This set of 26 smooth natural blocks features the likes of King Friday, Trolley, and my favorite whiner, Lady Elaine, all painted with non-toxic paints. And even if your kids aren’t familiar with the beloved show characters, the images allow them to pretend and build –...

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Cute girls’ clothes that play tough

My preschooler is currently on a dress kick and I cannot tell you how many times I have to argue with her about wearing dresses to the playground. It’s not that she can’t move around in a skirted bottom, but since she tends to be a little rough and tumble, her regular cotton dresses often get stretched to the limit. Well, oh how excited she was when I showed her the bright Kuki Kids dresses found at Raspberry Kids. Made from a hearty cotton canvas fabric and fully lined with a lightweight muslin, these pinafore-style dresses can go from...

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Every rose has its anodized thorn

When my daughter was born, my favorite necklace was this big fat stone pendant. Exactly the kind of thing that you don’t wear with a newborn whose lack of neck control makes her head wobble and fall against your chest a hundred times a day. With neck control now achieved, it’s now time for a new favorite and the top contender is this Rose Bud Pendant from Polli. Inspired by bushwalks in Tasmania, the pendant is light and delicate with a little bit of quirk, and wearable with just about anything. Which is good for me since matching things...

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Iron on patches just went from hobo to hip

Maybe my children have exceptionally pointy knees (entirely possible), but I’m forever pulling holey jeans out of the laundry and setting them aside for mending. But then I remember that 1) I have no time, 2) I don’t sew. Oops. Thank goodness for the adorable iron-on patches from rikrak, little birdies which come in so many hip vintage patterns, they even pass muster with my tween. Not feeling the birds? No problem– you can also choose from letters, numbers and shapes. You don’t have to wait for a hole; just have fun spiffing up the kids’ clothes. They’ll think...

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The Micralite Toro: Try it, love it, maybe win it.

I may be done having babies, but that doesn’t mean I am done coveting the cool gear the new ones get, like the Micralite Toro Stroller. As the name implies, this fairly new little technological marvel is super-light, weighing in at just 19 pounds, but can still take on the tough urban terrain. The Micralite Toro stroller has a full recline so wee babes can use it too, and, the one-handed folding mechanism is much appreciated since trying to juggle a baby while folding a difficult stroller can seriously wreck my mood. It can even stand up by itself...

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Spring is in the air. Or over my shoulder.

With Spring only a few days away, and the weather down South already getting warmer, I’m more than ready to pack away the winter coats and trade in my dark brown and black bags for a lighter replacement — say the awesome spring handbag from Denmark’s stylish modern Rosenberg label found at Nonchalant Mom. The bright green and off-white geometric pattern is a great way to brighten things up, even if your weather isn’t yet cooperating. And this roomy bag is the perfect size for your regular stash of diapers and wipes — but even better when you actually...

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Big Brands Doing Cool Things: Haagen-Dazs five

It is nearly impossible these days to grab a simple ice cream cone that doesn’t contain a whole lab’s worth of multi-syllabic ingredients. So when I got wind of Haagen-Dazs five, just in time for the beginning of Ice Cream Season ’09, I was absolutely ecstatic. Five as in, only five natural ingredients: Skim milk, cream, egg yolks, sugar and the individual flavor. Proof that if you start with high-quality ingredients in your food, you don’t have to muck it up with garbage. Go HD! I’m still a fan of basic flavors (oh man, Haagen-Dazs does the best vanilla)...

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