Month: April 2009

A paint-your-own kit with an adorable twist

With two craft-loving girls, I have enough kids’ art supplies in my home to start a small store. That said, I have never seen anything like the adorable set of paint-your-own nesting dolls from Kookle and know my kids would go ga-ga over this kit. Like traditional Russian Matryoshka dolls, these five wooden figures all nest inside the largest doll. The enclosed paints and brushes make it a snap to paint the wooden dolls yourself without having to buy extra art supplies. My kids could try to go traditional and paint each nesting doll in similar garb but I’d...

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Carpool Karma – Turning the minivan into a mobile multitasking machine

My kids aren’t even all in school yet, and I already feel like I spend half my day in the car.  As a multitasking mom, it nearly kills me to sit there and do nothing but drive. Carpool Karma is an ideal distraction for those of us who wish we could find a way to safely do something productive on the road. This CD (with really cute cover art) has got mental exercises like free association and word play which can be done while driving, just as safely as listening to Will Shortz on NPR. There are also physical...

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Your picnics just got eco-friendlier, at least as far as your butt is concerned

I’m the woefully unprepared mom at my daughter’s soccer games — the one who’s sitting directly on the itchy grass (and who will probably forget to brush the grass off her rear end when she stands up). So I was practically giddy when I discovered the eco-friendly Throw & Go blanket from ‘Lina Bean and tried it out at last weekend’s game.  Caroline Ritter, pedigreed designer turned mom, has thrown her passion for style into creating modern children’s accessories including this picnic-sized blanket, one of those must-haves that I’ve gone too long without. I love the soft fleece (made...

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Sales, Whoo! Earth week edition

You want more sales and discounts? You got it. Check in with us every Friday for our favorite steals and deals of the week. And make sure you’ve signed up for our mailing list. You’ll get sneak peeks at special subscriber-only features, contests, and deals! The sale corner at Chittypulga will get you 50% off kids and baby clothes (many in season!) from brands like Tea, Zutano and Oink Baby (love that Stripey Dress in 2T, shown here) PLUS get an extra 15% if you spend $50! Earth Week sale at Bean NY: Use code “blossom” for 20% off...

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Going for the silver

Years ago, I developed an affinity for sterling silver jewelry, which has since evolved into an unyielding no-gold-jewelry policy. It suits me pretty well in a down economy. But unfortunately, I’ve had to accept that many fine jewelers simply don’t offer the same selection of pieces in silver as they do in gold, which severely hampers my coveting. So I was very happy to hear that Monika Rich Kosann of MRK Style is obliging my sterling loving sisters — and our wallets too — by now offering a line of three gorgeous keepsake necklaces in silver now for the...

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DAD IS SLEEPING AS HE ENJOYED THE WHISKEY AT THE PARTY and other hilarious emails from your mother

For years, I’ve saved the emails my mom has sent me. Some are funny, some are sweet, some are nothing anyone else would appreciate besides maybe my brother. I thought I was the only person nostalgic enough to do such a thing, until I discovered Love, Mom: Poignant, Brilliant, Goofy Messages From Home from the creators of the blog Postcards From Yo Momma. Dorrie Shafir and Jessica Grose have put together this wonderful compilation of all sorts of emails, IMs and social networking messages (eek, moms on Facebook!) that will have you in stitches with warnings of computer “STDs”,...

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Biodegradable baby wipes that don’t suck. Really.

While I’m greening up my act in many ways, I’m still pretty picky where it comes to baby wipes — it’s not totally unreasonable that I don’t want to cut corners with the one thing that’s keeping me from getting poop all over my hands. So in one of those cosmic coincidences, directly after I’d refilled the wipe container with a package of Elements Naturals biodegradable baby wipes, my son felt moved to present them — and me — with a major test. Color me shocked, but these wipes do what I never believed the eco-friendlier wipes could do....

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Another way to hang your kid’s pretty face on the wall

For as long as I can remember, my grandmother had silhouettes of her six kids hung along the fireplace. I loved the fact that just by looking at the profiles of these children I could identify the adults around me. I was happy to discover how Pretty Faces has modernized this classic heirloom. It’s really cool to see Jackie Fisher take profile pictures of my son and daughter and turn them into pieces of art that I can’t wait to get on my wall. And while she provides excellent instructions on how to submit the best photo, she’s very...

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And Chicken was his name-o

My taste in music runs more in the indie vein, but in kids’ music, you’ve gotta hand it to Trout Fishing in America who have been putting out Grammy-nominated, family-friendly folksy rock for about 30 years. But this time around, they’ve created a Storybook/CD combo called My Name is Chicken Joe which is a trend we’ve been seeing lately and loving. (See previous CMP reviews of Soulville, Pete the Cat and Hip Hop Speaks to Children and see what we mean.) The story, as you might guess from the title, revolves around some creatures with unlikely names. The colorful illustrations...

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Time to go bananas

I’ll grant you that — my son’s nickname being Monkey, after all — my fondness for all things primate-related may be a bit beyond that of the average person. Still, if you don’t think this little monkey clock by Tree by Kerri Lee is awesome, I’m tempted to believe you kick kittens in your spare time. What is there to say?  It’s a monkey. Made of wood. With numbers for eyes. It’s adorable, without being twee. Love. -Mir Get your Monkey Clock by Tree by Kerri Lee at The Pajama...

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