Month: June 2009

The skull’s the limit

Just when we think we’re over the skull trend, something cute comes along and makes us go aw okay — just one more. And right in time, because skulls are coming back to kidswear with a vengeance this fall from what we’ve seen. In this case it’s the skull barrettes from Natty Bratty, which pair little felt heads of dead people (right?) with, of all things, tartan plaid. The brown one is so cute I wouldn’t be surprised if Burberry themselves end up doing something similar. The felt blossom hair clips are sweet but definitely on the larger side...

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Sorry my kid sucks. Can we come over again tomorrow?

Noah is playing with the toy truck. Sam wants the toy truck. Sam grabs it out of Noah’s hands and bops him with the front left tire when Noah tries to take it back. Sam’s mom wishes she could spontaneously disappear. The next day, Noah’s mom receives a card slipped under her front door. It reads: Sorry my kid took your kid’s toy card. The Not So Naughty Sorry Cards, from Tan-je-reen let you apologize for four common kiddie misdemeanors like Sorry my kid pushed yours and Sorry my kid broke your______.  I think they’re hilarious on their own,...

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Giving a hand to a better hand sanitizer

I’m more anti-bacterial phobic than germophobic, preferring regular soap and water over anything much stronger. That said, with paranoia-inducing Swine Flu stories taking over our local news in recent months, I’ve dialed up the use of hand sanitizers around these parts. And I know I’m not alone, since our local CVS has been out of them for weeks. I’m glad to have recently found a smart option in Grandma Minnie’s Hand Sanitizer from VMV Hypoallergenics. I was introduced to it by Tim Ettus, dad and owner of the excellent green boutique Greeno Bambino and after trying it out, I...

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A truffle only a mother could love. Actually, nah. Everyone will love them.

The only thing actually ugly about Ugly Truffles is the way they have forced me to behave since they arrived at my door; I am suspicious of anyone entering the kitchen  and laying a single pinkie within six inches of my Ugly Truffles. The accusations! The lies! The paranoia! Really, it has been ugly. Mea culpa. Unpretentious cardboard boxes with kitschy stamps on the inside box top identify each cheeky, inventive flavor, from Homely Hazelnut to Oozy Boozy Caramel, to You Suck Lemon and Morning After Merlot. That way you have no excuse to bite one and put it...

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Meet my new friend Alice

The day I was contacted about the new site Alice, I had run out of toilet paper. And since they promised to make sure I would never run out again, you can bet my interest was piqued. So I became a beta tester. And I liked the site so much I’m even trying to figure out other ways we can work with them because I think you’ll like them too. This isn’t your ordinary discount shopping website. It’s got a cheeky tone and a fun sensibility that seems aimed at today’s recession-chic discount shoppers that don’t ordinarily clip coupons...

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Let’s panic about babies! (You know you want to)

The funniest thing I’ve seen in a good long time is the satirical new website, Let’s Panic About Babies! which just launched today. Think of it as a cross between What to Expect When You’re Expecting and The Onion. It might even be funnier than the Onion. It might even be funnier  than What to Expect, which was pretty darn funny. (And you know what I’m talking about if you read that passage that cautions you against receiving oral sex when pregnant because it could cause an embolism.) Let’s Panic! hails from the hilarious if twisted minds of popular...

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Swaddling blankets for summer

With a baby born in almost every season, I’d have to say that I had the hardest time swaddling my oldest, a July in Mississippi baby, mostly because the last thing you really want to do is wrap a hot little baby up tightly in a blanket. That’s why we’ve been a fan in the past of muslin swaddling blankets like the ones from Aden and Anais. Now our latest find from the company goes one step lighter with their organic cotton swaddling blankets. More gauzey than the muslin version, the soft, lightweight cotton allows you to snuggle your...

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J’aime l’alphabet

I am utterly taken with the limited edition French alphabet print from Barcelona-born artist Silvia Portella, just introduced at L’Affiche Moderne. And not just because it’s refreshing to see a bee under A instead of B, but because the 26 charming illustrations make me smile every time I look at them. Looking around the web, it seems Silvia also has a lovely selection of nursery art and decor through her etsy shop, Bukubuku, including sweet little Pepito shown here at right. You can even have it customized with your own baby’s name  – unless he just so happens to...

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Mommy calling cards, now for more than calling

I guess now that social media has taken over the world, it’s time to redo all those mommy calling cards and start adding your Facebook vanity URL, your Twitter name, your Skype name, and whatever other way there is to reach you these days. Smoke signals? Telepathy? We’ve recently come across a nice set of letterpress mommy calling cards (although I am glad she just calls them “calling cards”) courtesy of Sarah Drake Design. You can customize your font and color, but be smart and go with her suggestions, because they’re pretty darn nice. I love how clean and...

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Happy Father’s Day to all the cool dads of the world

Happy Fathers Day, cool dads. Hope you get everything you want today including some time to yourself and the big sloppy kid kisses to accompany the crayon-drawn card with the backwards D. As for you cool moms, if you still need a little something something to turn things up a notch today, check out our suggestions for affordable last-minute Father’s Day gifts. Now go eat some pancakes. –Team CMP [cards for real men image via stories divinations...

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