Month: May 2009

The skinny on a great slim tote bag

When the skinny jean trend began I thought, “what masochist would want to squeeze herself into jeans that are bound to make you feel anything but skinny?” Yup. I was just such a masochist. So, I’ve decided when it comes to the skinny trend I’ll stick to things like the canvas tote bag from Ivan & Mary, and right in time for the first unofficial day of summer. Slimmer than your average tote bag, but just as high quality and durable, these downsized canvas bags are ideal for those of us who would rather carry what we need rather...

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Flipflops for kids of the non-sucky variety

My daughter has a thing for flip flops these days, probably because she sees me wearing them all the time. So I did a dumb thing and bought a cheap pair of kids’ flip flops from a big mall store. I think these mall flip flops are made of sandpaper and barbed wire. My kid is miserable every time she puts them on. So my mom, of all people, found a pair of flip flops for kids from Pediped who, frankly, I didn’t even know made flip flops. (Thanks for showing me up, mom.) The shoes are soft and...

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Edible Schoolyard – Because mystery meat isn’t good for anyone.

A few months ago, my daughter came home from school crying hysterically. A little boy in her class had tried to steal her lunch. Upon further investigation, we discovered that it was because his parents were making him buy and eat school lunch, and he decided that he wasn’t having anything to do with that, so he sought to raid my daughter’s carefully packed lunch box. While I don’t support his actions, I can’t say that I blame him. Lunches at my daughter’s public school are appalling (and reflective of many school lunches in our country). Individually packed in...

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When you aren’t leaving on a jet plane…yet

Nothing can turn our family vacation sour faster than arriving at the airport only to find out it’ll be five hours before we can board the plane. That’s why I could kiss the people at CheapFlights.com for thinking of parents like me when they put together a comprehensive, absolutely free, online 2009 Kids’ Airport Diversion Guide. (Warning, that’s a pdf there.) Listing airports in 24 major U.S. hubs and 10 international airports from Dallas to Hong Kong, I can use my cell phone or laptop to look up an airport quickly, which is important when I’ve got one eye...

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Swimsuits for moms who might have forgotten to do their pilates. All year.

Waaaay back before I had kids, I could get away with wearing any old cute little swimsuit found at my local boutique. But now the thin layer of spandex accompanied by teeny tiny straps just doesn’t cut it anymore, so I often turn to a couple of our secret swimwear sources each Summer. Popina Swim has just added a few new vintage-inspired items that give moms a little extra help where they need it. The tops and bottoms are sold separately, which is awesome. Bottoms range from a retro hipster to a high waisted boy short which isn’t for...

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Momnesia – Yes, there’s actually an official word for “mommy brain”

I reaped so many giggles from If These Boobs Could Talk that I couldn’t wait to read Shannon Payette Seip and Adrienne Hedger’s follow up book, Momnesia. The title alone was enough to make me nod my head in total agreement. Momnesia features nearly 100 pages of funny lists like “Brain versus Breast,” goofy cartoons that highlight classic Momnesia moments (purse in the fridge? Totally been there), and my favorite parts, hilarious short cuts like “Easy Outfits.” (You can imagine.)  Regardless of how many kids you have and brain cells you’ve lost, you’ll definitely find something to relate to,...

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The recession bouquet that doesn’t suck

Sure, maybe you got some pretty flowers for Mother’s Day. But where are they now? Dead and gone, I’ll wager, because flowers don’t last forever. Usually. Hoopla has recently introduced the Forever Bouquet, what you give when you care enough to send the just-about-eternal. No? Okay, how about what you give when you care enough not to blow all your money on flowers? Okay, never mind all of that. How about what you give when you care enough not to kill real flowers…? Whatever your reason, for about a buck a stem you get a little booklet with everything...

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Sales Whoo! Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Check in with us every Friday for some of the best discounts and deals of the week! Little Jet Set is closing its doors and offering 50% off everything including clearance items through 5/27. Stock up on travel items before summer gets here. Moxie Kids is having a massive shoe sale this weekend, with styles from See Kai Run (pictured), Vincent, and Morgan & Milo discounted up to 50% off. And use code “SHIP50” for free shipping with $50 purchase. You’ll find all of BabyBearShop’s organic products, like their cheeky baby butter and mama belly oil, 25% off through 5/26 with code “thanks09”Lots of...

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Tea party

I was totally excited by The Republic of Tea’s new Little Citizens’ Herb Teas for kids when the concept was first whispered in my ear at the International Fancy Food show last year. And now, just in time for summer, the stuff is actually here and ready for brewing, icing, and swapping in for sugary juice drinks. While the Strawberry Vanilla isn’t exactly my own cup of you-know-what, I did think the Cherry Apple and Tangerine were quite nice, and more subtle than the sweet aroma might indicate. But more importantly, my kids love them, especially with a little...

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A pirate’s room for me

After having a son, I quickly realized that boys tend to get that end of the stick when it comes to decor options. Basically, you’re stuck with some variation of planes, trains, or dinosaurs, and that’s really about it. If you’re lucky, maybe a space ship. So when I found the pirate wall stickers from Nouvelles Images, a French-based design company, I just had to share. We’re already huge wall decal fans at our house, since we seem to be pretty fickle about design. Like most of the wall stickers we’ve featured, you can move and reposition them as...

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Ameda breast pumps go Ultra

I’ve been using an Ameda Purely Yours breast pump since I first attempted to pump with my oldest daughter. It’s certainly not full of bells and whistles, but as an occasional pumper, it served me well. So I was glad to see they’ve recently released an Ultra version of their original breast pump, taking the features one step further. First, it features three different size flanges–because all breasts are not created equal, right? There’s also a special system which prevents breast milk from getting to the hard to clean motor and tubing, so you only have to disinfect a...

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Cooler than tattooing The Rolling Stones on your arm. And also less permanent.

Let’s be honest, you get to a certain age and concert tees sort of lose their appeal (or should). But if you’ve got an inner groupie hiding in there somewhere, you are so going to love the Guitar String Bracelet Charity Project from Wear Your Music. The actual guitar strings from acts from Eric Clapton to Bonnie Raitt to Slash to Tenacious D (dude!) are repurposed into cool bracelets with 100% of the profits going to the musician’s pet charity. The customizable bracelets can be as subtle or as blingy-bling as you want, when you personalize them with recycled...

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Good free crafting fun for those rainy days

As if the various handmade goodies at the Wee Wonderfuls Shop weren’t wonderful enough, now owner and Hillary Lang has decided to open a new section of free crafting downloads, all available 100% free of charge (with a very polite request that you not sell anything made from them). The printable paper dolls will buy you an hour or two of blissed-out quiet playtime. The bear and bunny doll patterns could be tackled in time to send the kids off to camp with some new stuffed friends. Or if you’re a fledgling sewer who’s been itching to make your...

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Budget doesn’t have to mean brown bag

Sure, you can pay all kinds of money for a fancy reusable lunch bag, but why would you when there’s Neela Bags. This purveyor of a variety of earth-friendly polypropylene reusables now offers their lunch tote as a $5 standalone product (edited to add: currently on sale for $3.50!).  At that price, I’m tempted to get one of each and match them to my outfits. Okay, you got me. Not really. But the fabulous price does mean that I can stock extras for when someone forgets to bring a lunch bag home from school or camp. I’m also loving...

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Stamping out lousy gifts

There are children, and then there are The Children Who Have Everything, and ack, I never know what the heck to get them for birthdays and holidays and weekend visits. Since I don’t have the money to go bigger (no pony for you, kid) I do my best to go cooler–and I’ve just found that very thing in the personalized stamps from Vltjig. These are seriously the most awesome little gift I’ve laid my eyes on in a while. They’re created by a Dutch mom and architect who not only adds your kid’s name to the beautiful hand-carved stamp,...

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Bonbons for babies

We’re on tooth number three here and I’m desperate to offer any type of teething relief I can to my poor grouchy baby. At the top of my arsenal of soothers: the Dress Me Up Organic Teething Bonbon found at CMP fave Kai Kids. These mom-made teething cloths are made from a combination of organic cotton flannel and wool, and allow your baby to chomp without freezing their little hands. Just dip the end knots into water, leave the center dry, and then stick in the freezer until duty calls. So so smart! If you’re out and about without...

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BOB Strollers: It’s a Revolution

I consider myself quite a connoisseur of strollers. Having lived in the city, in urban suburbia, and in the suburbs proper, I know that owning a variety of strollers can be as essential as owning a variety of handbags. My latest stroller find is the BOB. Say it aloud; it’s got a cult-like sound to it, and for good reason. These babies are amazing. We’ve owned a few jogging-slash-multi purpose strollers, and the BOB, in my view, puts them all to shame. After trying one out for the last few weeks, the BOB’s attention to detail is what really...

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You go girl. No really, go. Right now. It’s totally fine.

When we got this pitch in our inboxes yesterday for the GoGirl “feminine urination device” Kristen and I were like um, weird. Or no, wait…on second thought: Awesome. Because suddenly I remembered that among the many things I do not miss about being pregnant was having to pee every 8.6 seconds or so. Sometimes while I was in the car. Sometimes while I was waiting behind 60000 other women at a stadium. Frankly, there were enough times I actually considered making use of an empty water bottle in my bag that this GoGirl probably would have been a gift...

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Get out of pushing the kid on the swing free cards

Now that the weather is nice, I kill some time during those dreaded post-nap-pre-bed hours at our neighborhood playground, which sadly consists of two swings, a terribly neglected sandbox, and a very scary spider web jungle gym. As a fun alternative, I sometimes send the kids on a scavenger hunt to see what they can track down. Try it — the kids love it, and it buys me a little iPhone checking time. Now thanks to Blynken and Nod Playground Scavenger Hunt Cards, I won’t get stuck trying to figure out what else to send them to look for...

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The cutest personalized notecards perhaps ever. Ever!

Don’t you love the look on your child’s face when you give her personalized pencils with her name? Now imagine the look when she gets a set of personalized note cards with her own face on it. Or at least a retro-hip illustrated version of it. Olliegraphic sells the most adorable line of printable personalized stationery which we think make a great “Yay, you graduated from Kindergarten!” gift. And now that everyone has (or knows someone who has) a color printer, this idea makes perfect sense. You can customize the hair color, skin tone, expression, clothes and add a...

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