Month: July 2009

The coolest thing to happen to pictures since flip books

Remember when we were kids and there were books with ridgy plastic covers where the picture seemed to move? I had one where a fish appeared to swim across the cover. I thought it was magic. Snapily allows you to make those, except with your own pictures, and in the application of your choice-a postcard, notebook, invitation or note card to send to camp or Grandma’s house in time for her birthday. Combine the before and after photos of that time the baby bit into a lemon, or juxtapose pictures of your son and daughter or you and your...

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Chopsticks for kids. And maybe your Great Uncle Marty.

My kids eat pretty much little to nothing these days, but they do have a thing for sushi. Okay so it’s really just rice with soy sauce and maybe some veggie tempura. But it’s a start. I think it’s in part because of the training chopsticks we found them and how fun they make eating. At least when they’re not fighting over who gets the one with the panda on it and who gets the butterfly. Another cool option are the Party People chopsticks from Fred, which are a little more expensive but a little more stylish. The colors...

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Cute preschooler backpacks? – Reader Q&A

Help! I am about to send my 3-year-old off to preschool this year and I am looking for a cute backpack in her size, minus the TV characters. Any suggestions? – Jessica Your preparedness is inspiring, Jessica. I just checked the calendar and my soon-to-be kindergartener heads back to school in three weeks and four days. But who’s counting? We’re always on the lookout for kid’s backpacks that aren’t billboards for my kids’ favorite television shows and if you do a quick backpack search on our site you’ll find a bunch of choices, all of which are PVC and...

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The iPhone app for babies, bottles, and boobs

Proving the quip that, Yep, there’s an app for that, Baby Brain has created the ultimate iPhone app that we think you new moms will love for tracking baby’s vital stats. Once you’ve programmed in your baby (or babies), it’s as simple as the press of a button to log diapers, sleep, even every possible detail about feedings, from how many ounces in a bottle to which boob and for how long. I especially love that you can press a button to start the boob timer, in case–like me–you’re prone to nodding off while baby nurses. It’s all right...

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Something new in baby bibs? Believe it or not, yes.

I know, organic cotton is cool, plastic is not.  But cotton gets … wet. With the drool. And the spit-up. And the yams. I’m grossing myself out just thinking about it. Never fear, though — Wow Baby has a new line of US made, double-lined, organic bamboo bibs and burp cloths with removable, clear-plastic liners that keep your baby and your shoulder from growing mildew by noon. It’s one of the more innovative things we’ve seen in bibs recently. In a word, they’re soft. The cotton goes next to your baby’s skin, and even the plastic backing is thinner...

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The Cool Mom Picks Summer Road Trip Mix Tape

I’ve done enough seven-hour road trips with the kids to know that the right music can eliminate the fear of “are we there yet?” So before strapping the kids into their car seats, I spruce up our music collection with some new tunes for less money than we’ll spend on snacks and Tylenol. We thought it would be fun to offer up a selection of some stand-out singles from some of the newer kid-and-parent friendly CD’s that have come our way recently. Just take a listen to a sample, and if you dig it (which we think you will),...

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Licensed character kids clothes we can get behind

I think the thing that bothers me the most about my kids begging for TV character clothes is that in a way, it makes them look like they watch a ton of television. Or really, like I let them watch a lot of television. Bring on the mommy guilt. But book characters? Well that just makes it look like my two year-old can read. Okay, maybe not. But you have to admit, the beloved characters from fave kid books like the Little Miss and Mr. Men series (pictured), Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and even author Roald Dahl...

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Big brands doing cool things – Kmart Design, not an oxymoron

Earlier this week, I was part of a group of design and parenting bloggers flown out to Chicago by Kmart and plied with chocolate fondue, before meeting the talented and extremely passionate Kmart home design team who gave us a big sneak peak as to where they’re headed. Because I’m an ardent fan of companies that aim to make great design accessible and affordable for the masses (thus, my love for Target) I was intrigued–if admittedly skeptical. While I think Kmart still has a core audience that loves its damask, I was particularly impressed by the Ty Pennington style...

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You say Maria, I say Mariah. Or, nah. Let’s stick with Maria.

Linda Rosenkranz and Pamela Redmond Satran raised baby naming to an art form with their original 1988 baby-naming book, Beyond Jennifer & Jason – names that practically seem pedestrian with today’s Talullahs and Artemises.  Now the authors are back with Beyond Ava & Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby and I admit there are quite a few people I know who I wish had had this book when they were pregnant. I’ve seen a lot of baby name books, but this one takes the cake for style, originality and lip synch. Some of my surprise favorites included...

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Group gifts get smarter

With a child heading to second grade next year (how did that happen already?), I’m well-versed in the usual procedure of collecting money for a group teacher gift.  Problem is, we’re still doing it the same way we did it when I was a kid: Everybody sends in five bucks and one parent buys a gift card with all the dough. Next year, I’m going to strongly suggest that we use lolligift instead.  An online “social gifting” service, Lolligift makes the process of pooling funds practically effortless.  I love that all I have to do is send a few...

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If mom says no go ask her necklace

Among the 4,781 (and counting) things they never tell you about parenting, I have to say one of the most annoying would be the number of questions you are asked over the course of a day – most of which I respond to with a resounding “no.” Cue the most pathetic chorus of whining this side of the Mississippi. So I had to laugh when I saw Waxing Poetic’s La Decisione pendant, because on some days, I admit that I’d love to be able to flip a coin, or in this case, spin the arrow on the sterling silver...

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Korres natural skin care – I love it. I want to marry it. Or at least go steady for a really long time.

I’ve been hearing great things about the natural beauty brand Korres for a while, so when they opened a shop in my Brooklyn neighborhood I was excited to get a chance to check it out. And by check it out I mean beg the sales girl for as many trial size samples as she was willing to part with. I am hereby kicking myself for not having stopped in there the very second the shop opened, for this stuff is just marvelous in every way. And now that there’s a brand new Korres online shop that just launched this...

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Safe glass dishes for kids. Finally. Finally!

Since all the issues with BPA surfaced, I, like many of you, have been on the search for safe glass kids dishes. But the combination of glass and two rambunctious kiddos means that they’d need to include some Xanax in the package. I am beyond excited to have discovered Zoeborganics’ new Kidishes, a set of kid-friendly tempered glass dishes that are both dishwasher safe and microwave friendly. That means no heating things up in a ceramic or glass and then transferring to BPA-free plastic. Plus, I like the idea of my kids, especially my five-year old, eating off “real”...

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Step on a happy face

I still remember loving the drain in our bathtub growing up, because it looked like a happy face to me with the lever for a nose. Shockingly, it would seem I’m not the only one who noticed such things. In fact, the latest floor covering from FLOR is the Find-a-Face Rug Kit, featuring “faces” from the clever photographs of artist Francois Robert and my inner child is swooning. This 3×5 modular carpet would be super cute in a kids room or playroom, with smiling parking meters and surprised doorknobs a refreshing alternative to flowers or farm animals. If you...

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Mod Cloth makes mamas thrift shop fabulous

I have been in the market for a new handbag recently and somehow stumbled onto Mod Cloth, which is fast becoming my top new online obsession. This vintage and thrift webshop is the closest thing I have yet discovered to my favorite ever thrift shop in the Berkshires that went out of business years ago – and without the mothball smell and dangerously narrow aisles. Founder Susan has an incredible eye and you’ll find clothes, accessories, housewares and bags (oh the bags) from indie designers mixed in with vintage and standard thrift store finds. It’s all nicely organized and...

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Teethe for peace

I’m always on the lookout for unique eco-friendly baby gifts that don’t break the budget, in addition to my regular arsenal of organic onesies and blankets. I know, boring. So when I saw the truly original heirloom baby teethers from Rock Love Peace Baby I knew I had found my new perfect go-to gift. The lovely, rich cherry wood teethers are carved into three unique shapes – a heart, star, and peace symbol (my fave) – and are finished in organic beeswax. They’re just the right size and shape for a wee one’s little grasp, and thin enough that...

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Yes, some of us do still write things down on paper. Shocking.

When everyone else started using electronics to keep track of playdates I gave it a shot, but it wasn’t for me. I’m definitely a paper person. I love to go back and flip through old date books like written photo albums of my life. So when I heard that cult favorite Moleskine was doing some really inventive things as far as 2010 planners for moms like me I went wild. The Colour-A-Month Daily Planner is actually a set of 12 lightweight, colorful notebooks. Even though they’re only slightly larger than an index card, there’s ample space and at the...

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Common Sense Media: Because not every parent finds fart jokes hilarious

My oldest daughter is now firmly planted in PG-movie territory which means I really have to pay attention to what she is seeing, reading and listening to — hopefully without having to actually watch, read and listen to it all myself. Thankfully, Common Sense Media can help me navigate my way through the world of kid’s media. Instead of telling me if a show or website is “bad” or “good” for kids based on someone’s personal, religious or political agenda, Common Sense Media summarizes the hot-button issues like “language” and “violence & scariness” in a unbiased way, and let’s me decide if it is...

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Rock(ing) Lobster

There are few things that scream New England more than the ubiquitous lobster, but since I’m afraid a lobster may actually scream, I have never brought one home to cook for dinner. If you’re like me, go a different route and bring home this adorable Wooden Lobster Pull Toy which promises to delight your kids or weekend hosts. I love the smile-inducing clickity-clack the kid-friendly claws make as the toy is pulled across the floor. Handmade by the family team of East Laurel Woodcrafts in land-locked Kentucky, even this born and raised Massachusetts mama will assert it is one...

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Birthday countdown

I owe a whopping thanks to Big Day Chains for getting me to my daughter’s 5th birthday (today!) without completely losing my mind. Because if there’s anything more annoying than the “Are we there yet?” question, it’s “How many days until my birthday?” These smart 30 day countdown paper chains allow your kiddos to keep track of how many days are left without ever having to ask you. The packet contains perforated sheets splashed with bright birthday-themed graphics printed in soy ink on one side and blank pictures on the other side for your kids to color. Simply tear...

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