Month: May 2009

You’re no bunny til some bunny loves you

I’ve noticed this odd thing about lovies and security blankets — the kids never like the ones I like. If it’s soft, even if it’s ugly, they dig it. Go figure. But in the case of the fleece Mini Miette baby lovie from the luxury eco-consicious label Petite Miette, both my kids and I are smitten This sweet colorful (or all white if you prefer) organic fleece blanket has that soft, worn feel that babies adore, but the topper is the cuter than cute little bunny rabbit head on top. Seriously, seriously cute. As in, I want to eat...

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Smaller is big on inspiration

I love flipping through lifestyle magazines. The combination of the beautifully styled photographs, creative recipes and fresh ideas really inspire me. I guess that’s why I love Small Magazine and their new online blog, Smaller. The free downloadable e-magazine was started a few years ago by Olivia Pintos-Lopez and Christine Visneau–a kids’ clothing designer herself who has been featured here–because they realized a lot of incredibly talented kid-oriented artists and designers were being overlooked by mainstream magazines. An idea we can totally relate to here, by the way. The magazine comes out four times a year, but Smaller gives...

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Oh, this old thing? It’s just my impossibly fashionable Sudoku book.

Whether you need a last-minute Mother’s Day gift or just want to appear more stylish than everyone else while waiting for the pediatrician, I love the Posh Puzzle books by The Puzzle Society. These are the people who bring you nationally syndicated crosswords and jumbles in papers like the Washington Post and the L.A. Times, so you know the puzzles inside aren’t an afterthought to the chic covers outside. What’s different from your run-of-the-mill Sudoku book you grab in the airport gift shop? For one thing, Posh Sudoku looks and feels good, with a black-and-white flocked cover and elegant...

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Everyone will cheer for Hip Hip Purees (even if they groan from the pun)

I am a stubborn mom, so I am going to continue to put vegetables on my kids’ plate at every meal, but I am practical enough to realize that they aren’t always been ingested. My son has been known to slide his plate down the table at maximum velocity while shouting, “I no like dis salad!” And because I’m an anti-scurvy type of mom as well, it does make sense to be a little bit stealthy sometimes. (Sometimes.) That’s where Hip Hip Puree comes in. These convenient tubes of pureed, organic vegetables can be stored in the freezer and...

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Kids’ music I couldn’t wait one more minute to tell you about

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending Stinkfest (hereon forward known as Kindiefest), a conference for the very cool if fairly small indie rock music for kids world. There was a running joke throughout the day about how many pitches we bloggers and writers all get with the line …and when I had kids last year, I realized there were no good family CDs… Hm, then I wonder what kinds of kids’ music we’ve all been reviewing all this time. In any case, there were so many bands I am incredibly excited for us to introduce you to...

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Fanny pack 2.0

When I first saw the hands-free bags from Jupiter Freedom, I figured they were mostly for athletic types and young hipsters, and not for a busy mom of three who’s sort of married to her diaper bag. But then I gave it a whirl one afternoon when I was out at the park with my kids and I’m definitely singing a different tune. These smart, swanky arm bags feature a small pouch for your keys, change, phone (or iPod), as well as a removable card and money case. Slide it up onto your arm and adjust the elastic with...

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Not that you’re supposed to care whether your favorite jewelry is worn by a celebrity but…

I admit it’s fun peeking at the press page of jewelry websites and seeing which A-listers share your taste in dangly earrings or triple-strand necklaces. And in the case of the Marie Chavez collection it seems to be a lot of them. But of course, that’s not why I love these delicate pieces. The designer’s hammered sterling silver medallion earrings have completely become my go-to earrings. They’re artfully made and full of texture, reminding me of fat little circular pumpkin seeds that I find satisfying to touch. The more I wear them, the the more they just feel like...

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Moms of boys, this one’s for you

Before I had a boy in the house I used to hear all about how hard it is to find cool clothes for boys — unless you are into tees that say “tough guy.”  Now that I’m experiencing this firsthand, I was delighted to find Winter Water Factory doesn’t just make girls dresses, but they have a whole graphic tee collection great for my son. I’m loving the fire truck tee and ferris wheel tee, but the one that really grabbed me is the fireflies t-shirt (shown). In an instant this shirt brought me back to catching fireflies in...

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Bendaroos – I’m sold. For real.

Because I’m skeptical of anything that yells AS SEEN ON TV! at me, I admit my initial thought was oh no…what kind of toxic garbage are those pipe cleaner looking Bendaroos (warning – loud sound when you click over) made out of? The answer? Strings covered in wax. Oh sorry, that’s magical wax. My nearly four year-old has gone nutty for these things over the past week, twisting them and bending them and torturing our cats with them just a wee bit. At her age she can make the basic butterflies and lollipops in the instruction guide with my...

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There’s no place like gnome

Confession time. When I was a kid I was totally into gnomes, fairies and pixies. And, while my love for airborne nymphs has diminished, I still have a soft spot for the old, bearded, chubby forest dwellers. I think that’s why I got all nostalgic when I saw these charming Gnome note cards from Paper Sparrow. Portland artist Andrea Courchene clearly has a knack for creating whimsical images in incredibly rich color combinations, which is why I like her Birdcage card and Lotus print cards too. Each set of flat cards comes with matching stickers (Yay stickers! Another childhood...

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Read this, then go hug a teacher

My kids have had great teachers, and my kids have had terrible teachers. Reading 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny, I found myself loving the great ones even more, and even feeling a bit more tolerant towards the terrible ones. And then, of course, there was also the laughing. Phillip Done’s tales from the elementary trenches are both heartwarming and hilarious. Teachers will recognize the (sometimes rueful) truths about wrangling kids for a living, and parents will enjoy this candid glimpse into just what goes on when your kid’s answer to “What happened at school today?” is an...

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Robbert Bobbert and The Bubble Machine is as fun as the name implies

Robbert Bobbert, aka Robert Schneider of the very cool indie rock group The Apples In Stereo, showcases his unique voice with Beach Boy-esque backing harmonies and experimental sound combos in his new self-titled CD for kids, Robbert Bobbert and The Bubble Machine. The CD kind of reminds me of walking through a fun house: A lot of fun, kind of kooky and full of surprises. I love the chances he takes, from the booming Giant and teeny Mouse voices on “Fee Fi Fo, Fee Fi Fum”, to his use of non-traditional instruments like a cuckoo clock, toy piano and...

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Sugarcoat Decals: Like a temporary tattoo for your car

My car is completely and utterly utilitarian; it gets me and my three children from Point A to Point B. But while an upgrade to something more fun isn’t in my budget these days, Sugarcoat Decals are. These vinyl car decals helped me give my car a super-cute facelift with flowers, leaves, vines, and bugs. The decals are a snap to apply and easily withstand weather and car washes, but keep in mind there’s a fine line between cute and cutesie — apply judiciously.  While Sugarcoat Decals are helping my car stand out among the sea of SUVs at...

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Socks with soul

I used to play this game with my son when he was a baby, it was called I put on the sock, you wiggle out of it and lose it. Oh the fun we had. If only Bical Grippers existed back then. Half sock, half shoe, all cool. The lightweight neoprene sock fits snugly and securely, and when your child’s ready to take their first (or five millionth) step the non-slip, rubber sole gives just the right amount of support and traction. And unlike other moccasin-type socks, they can be used outdoors and even underwater at your local too-rocky...

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Tiny baubles

My taste in jewelry generally leans toward silver, but for this Mother’s Day, I’m coveting the unique Silk Diva necklace by Belgium’s Fleur Fatale. The little turquoise, royal blue and brown baubles are handcrafted of soft felt or lovely fair trade silk by this mother of four (four!), and I love how they dangle from the lightweight felted choker with a cool vintage button closure that will peek out from beneath my short hair in back. I could easily wear this necklace for dinner out, but think it’d also look great against a simple white shirt on a hot...

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Sales, Whoo! Hooray for May edition

Check in with us every Friday for the best deals and discounts of the week! Beautifully packaged tee-shirt gift sets for mom are 20% off at Cherry Tee with code “Mom09” at checkout through Tuesday 5/5. Save 20% at Moxie Kids through 5/3 on clothes from labels like Appaman, Tea Collection and Ses Petites Mains with code PRIVATE at checkout – even on their sale section. This is the good stuff. If you’re looking for earth friendly mother’s day gifts, head over to Kate’s Caring Gifts. You’ll get 20% off your entire order through 5/5 with “Mom09”. Purchase a...

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Mama, I need a Dabbawalla

With summer vacation less than a month away (seriously, it is!), my daughter is begging me to send her to camp, which just so happens to be a full day and requires some semblance of lunch packing on my part. I suppose it’s good preparation for when she starts kindergarten in the Fall. Hold me. But that also means she needs a lunch bag, lunch box, or whatever they’re carrying these days, and at the top of my list is new find Dabbawalla Lunch Bags. These bright, adorable soft lunch bags that look like watermelons or penguins or stop...

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Got goggles? Get Gogglemate.

I love that my older two kids are such enthusiastic swimmers. They’re literally in the pool all year long, but that also gives them ample opportunity to complain about how their swim goggle straps pull their hair. So when I heard about Gogglemate, I crossed my fingers and hoped that this might be the solution to our goggle woes. (Come on – don’t you have goggle woes?) These nifty little neoprene strips — decorated with a variety of fun motifs, like dolphins and palm trees — cover that clingy rubber goggle strap so that it slides easily over a...

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A christening dress that’s a thing of beauty

We haven’t spent too much time on christening dresses here, since most of them are just a little foofy for us. However we kindly invite you to have a proper drool over the gorgeousness we’ve recently discovered from Petits Fournier Children’s Design. The Francine christening dress is made of hand-knit pima cotton sitting atop a silk skirt, and like all of the clothing from Petits Fournier it was made in Bolivia with Fair Trade practices. Find a nice little selection of it at Chasing Fireflies. The materials are  grown locally and sustainably, and the women who create them are...

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