Month: January 2010

Heart shaped box

I am an advocate of the notion that great gift wrap can make everything more special, and poking around 1000 Markets, I was happy to stumble upon the Valentines Heart Favor Box from designer Jennifer Jermantowicz of Pasaii Design Studio. The set comes with the crimson gift box, the sweet cardinal-adorned gift tag, some bakers twine and directions to get it all looking purdy. Or order the set of 8 and have the tag personalized with whatever you’d like; the studio specializes in wedding stuff so you know they know what they’re doing. Crafty types might be able to...

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The pendant with real heart

How do I love this anatomical heart necklace? Let me count the ways: Let’s start with the hand-cut sterling silver. Continue on to the fact that it’s, you know, a pretty darn realistic rendering of a real heart without being gross or macabre. In fact, I’d argue it has an incredible beauty in those delicate, branching vessels. Sweethearts, take note: This would be the perfect Valentine’s gift for the woman who doesn’t do cutesy, but who does have an appreciation for the modern and unique. I’m completely smitten. Form, function, fabulous. -Mir Order the anatomical heart necklace from Laurel...

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How my daughter’s food allergy made me a FAAN

Having a kid with a food allergy may be more common these days, but that still doesn’t mean it’s super easy to navigate the supermarket, a classmate’s birthday party or even a simple school lunch. That’s why when my oldest was diagnosed with an allergy to milk, I looked for support from the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network which thankfully shortens to FAAN. FAAN was started by Ann Munoz-Furlong back when it was even harder to navigate the supermarket aisles. They even helped with the passage of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2006, for which...

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A glider that has beauty and brains

I remember waddling over to the glider section of the baby mega-store. I eased myself onto one of the basic floor models. It wasn’t much to look at (which is a nice way of saying, butt ugly), but I felt like I had discovered heaven in chair form. Well, if that was the Dark Ages of gliders, welcome to the Age of Enlightenment. The Grano Glider Recliner from Monte Design is not only one of the most incredibly comfortable gliders you’ll ever sit in, but one of the most sleek and stylish ones you’ll ever see. I love that...

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Our Valentine’s Day Card Contest entries are making our hearts go thump thump

We are so excited by the phenomenal entries flying in for our Valentine’s Day color-your-own card design contest in partnership with Etsy to support the Children’s Heart Foundation. Competition is getting so tough we may just have to let our kids call tiebreakers! There’s still time to get your entry in by linking it up in comments on the post, or emailing it to us directly, but make sure you get it in by this Friday, 1/22 at midnight PST. We want to make sure parents have plenty of time to buy the cards before Valentine’s Day, and that...

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Hot diggity, that’s comfortable

It started with two brothers complaining that their booster seats were uncomfortable; five years later, their parents run Diggity Kids, proud purveyor of American-made comfort travel systems for kids who need more cushy digs in the car. All three pieces–seat belt cover, neck pillow, and wedge seat cushion–are designed to make travel in even a hard plastic booster seat more comfortable. I’ve got a secret to tell you, though. The Keester booster seat cushion is nothing short of a miracle for those of us whose kids are really too big for a booster but still juuuuust a little too...

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Makes kids out of the bath as cute as they are in it.

My daughter has a crazy affection for her little bathrobe, especially now while the mornings are cold. She throws it on over her pajamas for breakfast, and there’s something so sweet about it to me – as if a bathrobe makes every morning feel like a lazy Sunday, even as we have to get dressed, pack lunch, and get off to school precisely 8 minutes after the spoon clinks down in the empty cereal bowl. Poking around this week I came across the Dwell Studio toddler bathrobes and just swooned. The sparrow and paper doll designs are clearly for...

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Your old soles could help Haiti

Haiti has been on our minds nonstop since the devastating earthquake last week, but now that donations have been made to some worthy charities, we are stuck with what else can we do? What else? Donate shoes. Soles4Souls has partnered with Foot Solutions to try to get as many gently-worn shoes as possible to the people of Haiti. From little sneakers for a child, to sturdy work boots for an adult clearing rubble, all types of basic footwear are needed except probably snow boots. But, if you have those, send them along since Soles4Souls will be sure to find...

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Fight germs without becoming “that mom”

I’ve got a bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse, as I’m sure all of you do, too. It feels like an imperative, even though I’ll pick actual soap-and-water hand washing over hand sanitizer whenever I can. So when I first heard about “a new hand sanitizer” I may not have been overly excited, you know, until I found out that in addition to being all-natural, it continues killing germs for hours after use. Sound impossible? It’s not. staSAFE‘s active ingredient, derived from silver and zinc, has been shown to reduce bacteria on the hands more than two hours...

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Down with manilla! (The folders, not the town in New South Wales)

I just had a discussion with a friend about how beautiful file folders can make an instant difference in your mood when you sit down at your desk, whether that desk is in a cozy nook of your bedroom or in the midst of white cubicle hell. The first place I think to look for decorative folders is International Arrivals, which, despite the totally misleading name, has nothing to do with traveling and everything to do with cool office supplies. They have a dandy collection of Filex Filing Folders, like my favorite, the wood-grained Emma folder shown here. Invest...

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