Month: August 2009

A female pirate? Ahoy.

We love Oliver Chin, author of the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac Series. In his latest book, Baltazar and the Flying Pirates, Chin teams up with illustrator (and blogger!) Justin Roth in this, um, high-flying tale of adventure and fortune. The best part? The head pirate, Captain Redlocks, is a redheaded woman. Oh yes she is. And she captains the Cutlass, the fastest ship in the skies. Because not only men can be all swarthy and adventurous and brandish swords and wear cool black eye patches. (Does anyone besides me see a hat tip to My Lady’s Cutlass, the...

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Muddy Cloud finger puppets are make believe, made better

As a child, I’d spend three long days driving to visit my grandmother each summer and, out of boredom, would pretend my bare hands and feet were puppets. Pretty pathetic, but times were tough and it was too hot in our hatchback to go the sock-puppet route. So perhaps that is why I feel such fondness for such adorable, portable and imaginative little finger puppets like these new ones from mom-run Muddy Cloud. You may recognize the unique characters Joop, Balob and their crew since we’ve long been fans of these fleecy creatures whose semi-abstract look practically begs for...

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Holy awesome $10 pair of kids’ shoes, Batman

At the end of last summer, I scored my daughter a pair of Zutano canvas shoes on sale. They got her through early fall, through a couple of warm-weather winter vacations, and surprisingly, right through this summer. I guess it pays to buy a size up. I was excited to have found the shoes on sale again at CMP fave shop (and awesome sale central), Chittypulga so I can grab them again for next year. The red or pool blue shoes look adorable on boys or girls, have that great classic preppy look, and the flexible rubber soles great...

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Room d?cor for quirkier kids

My son and I are currently in heavy negotiations over the impending redo of his this-is-it-until-you-go-to-college room d?cor. I’ve already said no to black walls, but the thing we both agreed on instantly were using these Critters wall decals, from cult-fave illustrator (and now mine), Zeptonn. We’ve been touting the flexibility and fun of using wall decals in kids’ rooms for a long time, but what’s really great about these particular designs is how unusual, silly and, perhaps, just a tiny bit twisted they are–which happen to be adjectives I would also use to describe my son’s personality. In...

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The Switch – Just don’t call it soda

We are not what you’d call a soda family. While I love a nice cold fountain Coke or Pepsi with a slice of pizza like every other New Yorker, it’s not something I keep around the house. But when my older nieces or friends’ tween kids come to visit – i.e. those who have already discovered the joys of carbonation – they are not so easily satisfied with a glass of juice. Which is why The Switch Sparkling Juice is a truly fabulous soda alternative. I want to call The Switch a soda. I mean, it seems like a...

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CMP Does Etsy: Not your everyday pencil cases (But maybe they should be)

We’re so excited to bring you the first of our new weekly Etsy round-ups. Tune in every Wednesday for more delicious handmade goodness. Everyone knows that when you go back to school, it is IMPERATIVE to have the coolest stuff. (Although I believe I had Holly Hobby materials three years in a row). One option is to grab some handmade school supplies from Etsy, like this selection of pencil cases which caught my eye. The little guy up top makes me giggle. I love the teeth. I love the eyes. I love the bright colors. Okay, I admit it....

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Brains = Cool

With my daughter starting kindergarten, I’ve been thinking a lot about kids thinking lately. And more specifically: how to make thinking cool to my kid. Part of the problem? Pop culture surrounds kids with celebrations of the body, not the mind. That’s why I love the new Thinkers Collection of kids’ tees at Peek … Aren’t You Curious? The innovative t-shirt designs turn ideas from Newton, Einstein, Descartes and Copernicus into teams to cheer on. But they’re not ordinary shirts–these fabulously constructed 2-in-1 thermal tees combine adult-clothing detailing and quality with kid-approved softness — lessons taken from co-founder Amy...

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Cloth gift bags so cute you won’t want to give them away

I love giving gifts; what kills me is the wrapping. All that wrapping paper getting tossed in the trash — or worse, those reusable but ugly gift bags. Solution: LivingEthos reusable cloth gift bags. Made of 100% cotton, these bags are the perfect finishing touch to any gift. The bags come in a nice range of colors and patterns, and every single one is beautiful. A set includes four different sized bags; the largest is perfect for a child’s toy while the tiny one is just the right size for a little jewelery box. Each bag closes with a...

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Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the US Open – Definitely not just for kids.

I have such fond memories of scoring US Open tickets a kid, roaming the grounds, and sitting slack-jawed in awe of all the incredible talent. (This was the McEnroe days. I’m that old. ) But back then, they didn’t have anything like the annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day, which is coming up this Saturday. If you’re lucky enough to be in the NY area, it’s totally worth a trip. In addition to getting to watch amazing athletes like Serena Williams, and Maria Sharipova (which honestly, would be enough), there’s an entire 2 hour big deal kind of stadium show,...

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At least the inanimate people around here are getting some sleep at night now

At two, my youngest daughter is already into dolls in a way that her big sister never was. She pushes them in strollers, shares her dessert with them, and gives them rides on the bulldog–much to the bulldog’s dismay. She tucks her dolls into bed with her with so much care and sweetness and kindness, that it almost makes up for the fact that she was shrieking bloody murder moments beforehand when I told her she couldn’t sleep in my bed. (Ah, two. Such a glorious, glorious age.) And now she is going to be able to tuck Rose...

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