Month: April 2009

Woodstock is back, and he’s shilling for Earth

Growing up in the Snoopy generation, I certainly had no idea that the Red Baron was some war reference, and no understanding of the whole Marcie-Peppermint Patty lesbian theory. But I did spent countless sleepover parties with my girlfriends, cooing over Woodstock and how cute he was and how we loved him and wished he was real and would come live with us. Junk Food has just brought my favorite cartoon bird back on a Woodstock kids’ tee — with an eco message no less, just in time for Earth Week next week. Heck, if I had only known...

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Baby journals: Not just new-baby homework, I promise.

When each of my kids was born we had a mad scramble to figure out how to record the details of daily existence — eating, sleeping, and pooping, with an occasional weight check for good measure. Although it’s not a lot of information to keep track of, it sure does get lost in The Newborn Fog. Deena Wachtel and sister Lisa (Aunt LaLa) took their family’s penchant for organizing and created RosieBear baby journals for moms like me. These cute hand-bound logs for new parents come in all sorts of adorable prints from modern florals to a retro outer...

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What children can wear on a date with Spring

After my daughter was born, I had to institute a no-smocked-dresses rule in my house after countless handmade gifts from well-meaning relatives somehow relied on this form of embellishment. Thank goodness shops like Livvysue Boutique exist and can provide adorable alternatives. Three generations of females are behind these handmade children’s clothes, each of them obsessed with finding the perfect fabrics for clothes like their handmade kimono tops. I’d say they are doing a pretty darn good job. And at just $19, they’re half the price of the fancy boutique brands.  The simple nature of the kimono top and shoe...

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Green Toys – A new line of eco fabulousness in the form of toy trucks

If you had told me a few years back that I’d be counting the days until a toy company released their new trucks, I would have said you were nuts. But if you’ve seen Green Toys then it’s not so hard to believe that I’ve had the date marked on my calendar. And if you see their new line, which includes a toy dump truck and recycling truck (pictured, left) then you’d see why. We discovered Green Toys early last year, even before Target (ha!), and we’ve been fans ever since. Made completely from recycled milk jugs, the toys,...

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Designer maternity clothes, hold the sticker shock

If you plan on leaving the house for any point of your 40 week pregnancy, you can’t just get away with nine months of stretch-waist yoga pants and Target maternity tees. Not that I didn’t try, mind you. I needed some clothes I could actually be seen wearing in board rooms and swanky(ish) parties from time to time, but it seemed so crazy to invest in a high 4-figure wardrobe with a shelf life of 6 months. If I were to do it all over, my first retail stop would be InstyleBelly, a mom-run online consignment shop featuring gently...

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Shirin Genius

Artist and designer Shirin Roubeni has been called a tee-shirt couturier, which I suppose is her fans’ way of saying that no, all tee shirts are not in fact created equal. I recently got a look at some of the tees from ShirinKIDS, her pint-sized offshoot of Shirin NYC and I totally get it. The kids’ tees, while not cheap, are really exquisite, featuring elegant hand silkscreens of floral patterns, dragonflies or leopards on eco-friendly lyocell/cotton blend tees that feel nearly like silk. There’s also cool detailing that makes each shirt really special. (And ignore that handwash instruction —...

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Gift baskets for Mother’s Day filled with hope

This Mother’s Day, you can honor thy mother (or a mother you love) by helping mothers in crisis. And I don’t mean “oh no, the babysitter canceled at the last minute.” More like women affected by humanitarian emergencies around the world. The wonderful International Rescue Committee has put together special “baskets” for mothers, but instead of chocolates or bubble bath, the gifts could include a carseat for an uprooted family, postpartum care for a mother with a life-threatening complication, or blankets to keep babies warm. As for you, you get a beautiful card to pass along to the woman...

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Still Tasty – Answering the age old question, Does this mayo smell okay to you?

I’m going to go out on a limb, here, and say that nothing strikes fear into my husband’s heart quite the same was as those three little words: Honey, smell this. Try as I might to keep track of what’s in our fridge and use it up in a timely manner, sometimes things get shoved to the back, or sometimes I buy unfamiliar produce and simply don’t know how long it’s supposed to last. Or sometimes I strongly suspect that jar of sauce has been in there for months, but it smells okay, and I just don’t know if...

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Presenting our Mother’s Day Gift Guide -New! Improved! Recession friendly!

Okay, you can stop emailing us already! Our annual Mother’s Day Gift Guide is finally here and we’re extra excited about it this year. We’ve put together a discerning list of fantastic gifts for Mom, Grandma, your BFF and more in every price range. We’ve even got an entire section of fabulous Mother’s Day gifts under $20–none of which will make you look like you cheaped out–plus a whole ton of exclusive discount codes as high as 50%. And because we love giving gifts as much as the next gal, we’re giving you a chance to win a $380...

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Get a green start to your Earth Day

This year for Earth Day, instead of confusing my four year-old son with talk of his “carbon footprint,” I plan to mark the day by sharing the four age-appropriate “Green Start” board books from Innovative Kids. The adorable soy-based ink illustrations seem to pop off the thick brown pages that are made almost entirely from recycled materials. I love the smooth, substantial feel of these board books, which will withstand a toddlers’ rough handling and a baby’s tendency to turn everything into a teething toy. Each Green Start kids’ book covers a different topic, like One Tree, which teaches...

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