Month: July 2009

Last Chance to Win One Kings Lane Shopping Spree!

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I can’t believe it’s not shea butter

Let me start off with the disclaimer: Shea butter scares me. I have tried out any number of shea butter moisturizers for review because I hear of its miraculous benefits, and yet one leaves me feeling slimier and smellier than the next. So when I hear about a product with _____ butter in it, I’m a little hesitant. Well yay for Hellomellow and its founder, massage therapist Tracy Feldstein, for giving me a delicious alternative with 100% natural skin care products that make use of avocado and mango butter instead. They make a body butter (paraben-free!) that’s just the...

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Oh, the places we’ve never been. And the prints to match.

In my want-to-but-can’t traveling state, I can easily identify with Jennifer Hill’s Places I Have Never Been collection where she takes a city she’s never been and develops a pattern for it, using the pattern in fun prints, calendars, and cards. Now thoughts of starting her own family have prompted her to take her modern patterns and use them to create charming animal alphabet prints perfect to inspire that young crib traveler. She has worked with some old favorites like the Elephant (shown) but also veered off the beaten path with animals like the Moth, Snail, Nightingale, and Quoll....

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Don’t burn, baby burn

The best part of the summer, for me, are the days spend hanging out at our local pool, but worst part is getting my son to put on sunscreen. No, strike that, usually I can pin him down long enough to slather him with the first coating; it’s arguing over how long the sunscreen lasts and when it’s time to reapply that’s brutal. Even with just 6 weeks of summer left, I am thrilled to have found the genius UVSunSense wristbands that show both of us exactly when his SPF 55 has worn off. I put the bracelet on...

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The original eco friendly lunch box gets an update with Laptop Lunches 2.0

Can I mention that I’m sort of freaking out about this whole packing a lunch in an actual lunch box thing, which is completely silly because it’s just a lunch for goodness sake. So, I’m relying on my daughter’s new Laptop Lunch box and bag to get me through this mini-crisis. It might sound crazy, but if you haven’t seen the Laptop Lunch bento box systems over the past couple of years, then you’re in for a real treat. They’ve upgraded their earlier version to feature three BPA-free, watertight containers with lids, a deeper bag, and completely metal silverware....

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All You Gluten, Milk, Egg and Nut-Allergic Cookie Lovers: I have the Cookies for you

You’re lucky she isn’t allergic to gluten. . .that allergy sucks, the guy at Whole Foods said, as I looked for milk-free treats for my oldest. And, I have to agree that in the world of food allergies, short of the real life-threatening ones, I feel worst for the gluten-allergic kids who have to endure sawdust-textured treats. But, I believe the playing field has been leveled now that I’ve taste-tested all of the incredible goodies from Cookies. . . For Me? which are not only gluten-free, but egg-free, milk-free and nut-free too. The company has one of those awesome...

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Been Caught Squealing

Back in the day, sweaty dancing to live music, singing loudly and staying up too late was a given during my annual pilgrimage to the Lollapalooza music festival. I’ve had to tone things down a bit now that my hearing is shot, my bedtime is before 10 and the kids are old enough to understand the lyrics to my music. But, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the new Kidzapalooza CD captures a lot of Lolla’s spirit and fun, minus the beer and tattooed guy who eats light bulbs. As with the live Kidzapalooza show, Mr. Lollapalooza, Perry...

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The budget-friendly Oeuf collection. Yep, you read that correctly.

The brilliant folks at Oeuf have listened to the pleas of cash-strapped moms like me and created a new kids’ furniture collection that is chock full of the design and eco-friendliness of their other collections– but at about half the price. The new Oeuf Robin Collection includes a crib that converts to a toddler bed and a changing table/dresser, both of which are made of 100% sustainable wood and painted with water-based paints. The new collection keeps with the commitment to modern design, green materials and high function that Oeuf has focused on since starting the company in 2002....

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RunPee – So pregnant women will never miss the good parts again

I’m pretty sure my pregnant bladder had a mind of its own, ensuring that I would have to run to the bathroom at all the most inopportune times. You know, like immediately after you pass a rest stop on the highway, just when you fall asleep, and right at the good part in the movie. But with the RunPee (hilarious, right?) iPhone App, you just enter any movie currently in theaters that you’re watching, and you’ll get a subtle vibration when it’s a good time time to go, well, run and pee. Or, if you’re not pregnant, get a...

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Toy and product recalls – Yep, they’re still out there.

While 2009 hasn’t quite turned out to be the Year of the Recall the same way it was in 2007, we still like the the idea of an easy way to check for safety recalls of children’s toys and other products.  In fact, the Babysitter Balance from Baby Bjorn (shown), a bouncy seat we fell in love wtih late last year, has just today issued a voluntary safety recall because some small metal pieces have been found in some padding and could potentially cause scratches. There have been no injuries reported  but as a testament to the company’s commitment...

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