Month: August 2009

Swapping it forward with Swap Mamas

I used to do the consignment thing with my kids’ outgrown clothes, but I’ve just not found a store in our new locale that has enough stuff I want to buy to make it worth my while to sell there. And I admit that dropping bags anonymously at Goodwill can be hard when they contain something my kids really loved. Swap Mamas is the social media answer to a consignment shop – a way to send your gently used items to a new home, and find the items you need yourself all while connecting with like-minded parents. It’s like...

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Not just candy buttons – big, honkin’ goliath-sized candy buttons.

Remember the Candy Buttons of your youth? You know, the ones with absolutely no flavor (save for sugar) that you peeled off the paper strip, trying your best to increase the ratio of candy-to-paper that in fact made it into your mouth? Well now a company has done them one better with Mega Candy Buttons, which are indeed mega, and actually have some yummy fruit flavor to them. Best of all, they don’t stick to the paper. Technology! Stock up now for Halloween, or be like my friend Sara who’s decided to turn candy buttons into her crazy pregnancy...

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Bootie-licious

If there’s anything that can give my retired uterus a few pangs, it’s a pair of adorable hand knit baby booties, like the new ones from CMP fave Tiny Sprouts. Known for their sweetly embroidered personalized baby blankets and baby clothes, they’ve added these teeny tiny baby shoes to their shop, all of which are hand dyed in vibrant shads of pink, blue or green, and made from super soft cotton. The smaller foot openings and criss-cross straps ensure that these booties actually stay on your baby’s feet — what a miracle! And considering how much time I spent...

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Somewhere between melamine and the wedding china

When my kid were old enough to stop smacking their cereal bowls with their hands to flip them, I was excited to trade up from the melamine dish set we had. Besides, I was getting kind of tired of the same bright orange every day. I think what I had envisioned was something like the beautiful ceramic dish set for kids from notNeutral. The coordinated bowl, plate and cup in the modern transport set is just adorable, and kids will love that little airplane surprise on the bottom if they finish all their mac n cheese. (Or is that...

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Cartoons for the thinking mama

When I was in high school, an artist friend of mine and I wrote a graphic novel during biology class featuring the adventures of our teacher’s prominent nose, thus beginning my love affair with random and edgy hilarity. If you adore the absurd, you are going to love Nicole Chaison’s graphic memoir, The Passion of the Hausfrau: Motherhood, Iluminated which is one part memoir, one part modern illuminated manuscript, and all parts brilliant. The narrative from cartoonist, writer and mom-of-two Chaison is funny enough, but the cartoons that illustrate every page take it to another level. From Chaison’s adventures...

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Breaking News – SIGG Bottles contain BPA after all. Sigh.

It’s disheartening to support a brand like SIGG for making safer, BPA-free drinking bottles for kids and adults when it turns out that nope, that wasn’t the situation at all. Or as the old saying goes, “we was played.” News broke this week that SIGG, the aluminum bottles we’ve often lauded as a safer, Bisphenol A-free alternative to plastic cups and bottles–and that my own kids drink out of every day–have linings that contain small amounts of the proven endocrine disrupting chemical. This is the case with all SIGG bottles made before August 2008, and plenty still being sold....

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Recessionista tip – 2009 summer clothes will look just as cute on your kids in 2010

Oh how I love the ability to stock up on next year’s summer clothes for my kids at insane discounts. Like a 70% off kind of discount. Especially when they’re as beautiful as the lovely selection of girls’ clothes from London children’s boutique, ilovegorgeous. The 3 year-old Notting Hill shop makes little halter dresses in sunny yellow, soft pink or an earthy brown that are just my speed, especially at  ?16 or about $26 US, slashed down from ?52 (!!). But all of their twirly, feminine girls’ dresses are worth a look right now. They’re romantic and simple, embellished...

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Don’t need no stinking hammer

If you are like me and have a ton of photos that need to go on the wall, but you lack the motivation to frame and hang them, Stickr has got something to make the process a whole lot easier. We’ve recommended their more sophisticated reusable vinyl frames in the past (no hammer, nails or level needed), and now they’ve got a new train photo frame that’s especially perfect for the little one’s room, where breakable glass and sharp-edged frames that can get knocked off the walls are dubious ideas at best. The train set comes with room for...

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The lazy mom’s smoothie

My kids are fruit-eating machines, which is great except for when we get the urge to make a smoothie and have only a sad spotted banana left on the counter. Short of planting my own orchard, I’m happy to have discovered the new all-natural Chiquita Smoothies which are in fact all-natural–Something you rarely expect in the frozen foods section these days. Chiquita Smoothies use all fruit and fruit juices with no added sugars or artificial anything. And because they’re made without dairy or gluten, my food-allergic child is thrilled to be able to enjoy the same frozen strawberry-banana or...

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Putting the hip in hippie

So Woodstock and I both celebrated our 40th birthdays this year, the one big difference is that mine isn’t being commemorated with ridiculously cool apparel, like this Woodstock kids tee made by Rowdy Sprout. While the summer may be galloping towards the finish line the layered look, with the white thermal sleeves (I know, it’s hard to see in the photo) is perfect for Fall. My son loves the Hippie theme, but can’t quite bring himself to wear a t-shirt with flowers and hearts on it so instead he bugged me mercilessly for the Rolling Stones tee instead. Now,...

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