Month: May 2009

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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