Month: August 2009

1000 Markets – You will be bummed they only stopped at 1000.

There are a lot of me-too etsy type online marketplaces cropping up these days, though most of them fall a little (or a lot) flat on execution. But 1000 Markets? So awesome I don’t even know where to begin. 1000 Markets is beautiful, it’s navigable, and it’s mercifully well-organized. You can browse and search for individual artist’s shops, look at dozens of product categories, or browse through online markets which group products by categories like food (warning: you will drool), by locations like Chicago, or by style, like modern simplicity which is right up my alley, and very well...

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Funky lunch – that’s a good thing

I do not have six million free hours in my day but if I did, I just might consider turning my kids’ sandwich into a giraffe. Or a caterpillar. Or Sponge Bob. Just because I could. And if I were to do that kind of a thing, I would have to hit the website Funky Lunch, which has the most remarkable gallery of sandwiches cum children’s art that you’ve ever seen. There are no instructions, but a book from the creators is forthcoming. Although if you look closely, you can kind of figure the simple ones out. I’d bet...

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The gift the kids will love to ruin

With the kids heading back to school, the birthday party circuit will be starting up again. If your kid is old enough to read, you may understand my temptation to give other kids books rather than more toys. The problem is that while their parents might love you for it, not every kid is delighted to receive a book. Except that every kid will be delighted to receive this book: Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal. It’s a masterpiece manual of embracing creativity and bucking the ordinary, and entirely made to be destroyed. Really! So yes, by all means, write...

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Photo learning books that seem like they’re made just for your kids. Because, well, they are.

We’ve been huge fans over the years of Shutterfly‘s photobooks which make affordable gifts guaranteed to bring the tears (in a good way). And now they’re getting the word out about the ability to turn the photobooks into make-your-own photo learning books for the kids, which is totally cool when you think about it. I think anything that gets kids excited about books is just super, and it’s hard to go wrong when the book is entirely customized just for them around their own individual learning stage. Top that, Borders! It would be great to photograph elements of the...

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Back to school dresses that go way beyond dresses

Yes, I know that the dresses from Pink Chicken are not the least expensive in all the land, but I’ll tell you why I love them beyond nearly anything else in my girls’ wardrobe: They’re well made, the styles are adorable and I can toss them in the wash along with the cheap stuff. But beyond that, I get so much use out of them because after they’re too small to wear as dresses, the flowy, flouncy shape continues to look fantastic over leggings or jeans as a tunic. My two-and-a-bit year-old is still wearing a 12-month size dress...

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Our house is a very very very fine house

My husband has a bit of an obsession with graphic representations of homes, making no effort to hide his loud praise for them when he sees them on our friends’ walls. I wasn’t entirely in his camp until discovering the handmade little city hoops from Little Pink House which completely blew me away. Stay-at-home mom and former college professor Melissa Crowe uses a photograph to create a mini replica of your home using a combination of felt and embroidery, creating a result unlike anything I’ve seen. She’ll even add special personalized details, like birds, dogs, even that bushy-tailed squirrel who won’t leave your...

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The Mad Men diaper clutch

Smaller diaper bags and diaper clutches tend to be sporty, so if you prefer something more stylish and on trend, you’re often left to fend for yourself with a small purse stuffed with baby stuff, praying that the bottle doesn’t leak onto your not-quite-waterproof lining. Well, small chic bag lovers, let me introduce you to the beautiful new Petunia Pickle Bottom Cameo Clutch from their “Cake” line, which looks like it was stolen right off the Mad Men prop table. (You did watch the season premiere last night, right?) I’m always hearing a lot of chatter about the PPB...

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Hope in a bottle. Seriously.

Every year, without fail, I make the same New Year’s Resolution: To drink more water. And every year I fail miserably. However Project 7 water may provide me with just the motivation I need to succeed. Project 7 is a small Texas company created by Tyler and Taylor Merrick, with a big idea–to donate half of their profits (you read that correctly) to 7 charities that benefit 7 areas of need in our world. Like feeding the hungry, protecting the environment and searching for world peace. Lofty goals for a simple bottle of water, huh? In fact you even...

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Stokke enables eating, playing, and learning all in the same spot. Though you may want to keep the eating and playing separate.

Stokke’s Tripp Trapp high chair is a classic that’s been around for 37 years–in fact, my daughter recently sat in the one that I had used as a kid. How’s that for longevity? The basic principle behind it remains as popular with parents today as it was in the 70’s–it brings kids right up to the table. But that’s not new. What is new is Stokke’s Eat Play Learn Table Top, a tray that suctions to the table to give you the easy clean-up of plastic while keeping your kids entertained at the table. The tray covers a large area and has...

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Soft books for babies go green

Since I’ve become a parent, my delight with Peter Rabbit has been replaced with a desire to give him a time out for eating Farmer Brown’s veggies and disobeying his mama. He’s figuring out how to win we me over again though, by going green with his new eco-friendly Naturally Better line of books, baby foods, toiletries and toys. I am particularly taken by the new Peter Rabbit Organic Cloth Book which is called, appropriately, Snuggle. All of the cloth on this squishable book is made from organic-sourced cotton (the filling is non-organic), so I’d be okay seeing it...

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