Month: January 2010

Statenocentricity

Whenever someone picks on Rhode Island for its size or large percentage of muscle cars, I feel a little defensive about the state in which I was born, matriculated and met some of my favorite people (like CMP’s Liz!). I suspect most people have one state that tugs at their heartstrings too, which is why I think Maya Brenner’s delicate state necklaces make such a uniquely awesome gift. It’s so unexpected that unless you pick Texas, Florida or California, expect to have loads of people ask you what exactly is dangling from your neck–I think Rhode Island looks a bit...

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Bringing back the lost art of potholder weaving. One bored kid at a time.

I know you totally made little woven potholders when you were a kid. Or maybe you didn’t. But I did. And loved it. so I loved discovering that Blueberry Forest Toys sells inexpensive potholder looms that look remarkably similar to the one I used to use. Perhaps it’s nerdy for me to get all excited about a potholder loom, but come on, a potholder loom! These things are cool! The basic weaving required for these looms is easy and very fun to do (as in, my kids had better keep theirs hidden or I might be giving potholders to...

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Now Alice is right on your iPhone

We were so smitten with the cheeky online shopping helper Alice when it first debuted, we’re now thrilled to find that we can take Alice everywhere, via their brand new iPhone App. It’s all the same things we love about the original–shopping reminders, 50 daily deals, an easy way to keep track of household purchases, and free shipping. Only now it’s on your iPhone. So if the urge strikes you to order up more TP while you’re sitting in the carpool line, you don’t have to resist.  -Mir Visit our affiliate Alice on the web and get a $10...

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Gift for a pregnant friend on bedrest? Reader Q&A

My friend is currently 26 weeks pregnant with her second daughter. Unfortunately, like her first pregnancy, she has been checked into the hospital for bed rest and will stay until the end of her pregnancy. Although she has books and crafts, the boredom and depression is starting to set in. I would like to send her a thoughtful gift to help her through this difficult time. Do you have some wonderful ideas?  -Dawn You are so awesome to help your friend through the next few months of waiting, Dawn. We hope some of our ideas will help her pass...

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Reusable grocery totes fit for the opera

We’ve long been a fan of Envirosax as a great, affordable option when it comes to going to reusable bags, and now they’ve gone and stepped up the chic another notch: Their new La Boheme series is “inspired by a fusion of the romanticism of Bohemia and the ideals of the Art Nouveau movement.” Okay so they’re still reusable nylon bags and not fit to wear out with your opera coat and pearls. But the five new lush designs will make you feel pretty fancy even though you’re hauling up to 44 pounds. If you’re looking to complete your...

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Fruit on hand that makes it into their mouths

I once packed the same apple in my son’s lunch for an entire week. Every afternoon it was still there, and he’d promise to eat it the next day, and then he’d bring it home again. And it’s not even that he doesn’t like apples, but as he says, it’s “complicated” to eat a whole apple in a 20-minute lunch period. But when I pack Funky Monkey dehydrated fruit snacks, (warning: site has sound) which are basically three full servings of deyhdrated fruit and some spices, they always get eaten. There’s no added sugar (I know you were wondering!),...

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Helping Haiti, one shirt at a time

We’ve been blown away by the number of companies, big and small, that are donating 10%, 20%, or even more of their sales to help the people of Haiti. But when Threadless announced they were donating 100% of the proceeds, up to $100,000, from the sale of a specially-designed tee to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund, that definitely got our attention. Featuring the words men anpil chay pa lou which translates to many hands make the load lighter, Threadless’ tee was the work of Thomas De Santis and Ivan Tarrazo Sanchez, two designers from the...

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I gave my heart to Lil Scribblers

With three kids who keep having birthdays, I feel like I’m forever on the lookout for cool, affordable party favors that won’t end up immediately in the trash which is why when I saw the assortment of Lil Scribblers’ chunky crayons by Philly’s Lil Boo & Co., I knew I had struck birthday-party gold. (And if you recognize the photo, yes – it’s the one we used to help promote our Valentine’s Day card design contest!) Using only Crayola crayons for reliable color blending, Nicole of Lil Boo & Co. melts her crayons into the coolest shapes like chunky...

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Sitter City loves military families

As a former active duty Air Force now National Guard wife, I have relied heavily on my own paid Sitter City membership to help me find reliable, experienced babysitters to help save my sanity – from the long duty days to a 45-day deployment. So I can’t tell you how excited I was to find out that they’re now offering free Sitter City memberships for military families, including active, reserve, and guard courtesy of Department of Defense. Simply click over to sign up and then enjoy access to hundreds of thousands of babysitters and nannies. Score! And if you...

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When you research enough to give the very best

I like giving the best gift at the baby shower. Call me competitive, but I just feel that as a mom of two young kids that I should be better equipped to pick out the perfect gift than Great-Aunt Mary who still thinks the baby should be sleeping on her stomach and has no idea what a Bumbo seat is. (You know, the sort of gift that I came looking to CMP for before I became a contributor here.) Here’s a perfect example: The Bebe au Lait gift set which includes their awesome rigid-neck nursing cover and three super-plush...

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