Month: November 2010

The Beauty of Different – both different and beautiful

As a longtime reader of Karen Walrond’s blog Chookooloonks, I expected her first book, The Beauty of Different: Observations of a Confident Misfit, to be gorgeous. I’m familiar enough with her pictures to expect the photography to be stunning; I’m familiar enough with her probing writing style to know that her narrative would touch me. I knew these things, because I know Karen. What I didn’t know was how substantial this book would be, and I mean that in every sense of the word. The physical book itself is coffee-table-worthy in its heft and glossiness, and the stories captured within...

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Jonathan Adler makes happy chic baby gifts – and makes us happy too

I remember when I first heard out about Jonathan Adler Junior. I pretty much foamed at the mouth in anticipation of his pint-sized happy chic design. I knew almost every item would fall into the category of “lust” and not “must,” but if you’re looking for a baby gift for a design-savvy friend, every item will impress. Just imagine opening up a baby gift and instead of the usual Boppy cover or layette, it’s a needlepoint pillow with your baby’s initial. Or a kissing giraffe pillow? Or how about the fabulous elephant clock? Or adorable dachsund bookends in pink...

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Web coolness – affordable Christmas stockings, holiday photo ideas, and ornaments for charity

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Some of our favorite artful Christmas stockings are now way more affordable. But still beautiful. Score! We stumbled on this old shutter sisters post with wonderful ideas for holiday card photo ideas with the kids. No matching snowman sweaters! Have you been following the comments on our Cool Mom Picks/ Etsy color-your-own ornament contest? So many amazing entries coming in! Click over to some of the entries and “like” your favorites. On care2, the 10 healthiest breakfast cereals (Surprisingly none of them...

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Cool art for a great cause. Besides the cause of your blank walls.

We have a lot of art on our walls these days. Most are originals. In watercolors. With titles like, “Barney with a glass of orange juice.” Of course art by professionals is more than welcome, too, and so my husband and I are always on the lookout for artsy pieces that have something to say. With Working Proof, we sort of hit the jackpot.  The art goes beyond just saying something: it actually does something, too. It benefits charity. Every Tuesday at 1:30 PM, The Working Proof puts up a limited-edition new print by an artist, created just for...

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The tip-top Dippy Dop space hopper

Whether your kid likes bouncing, aliens, or just anything that looks like Muno off Yo Gabba Gabba, you’ve got to check this toy out. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump!] The new Dippy Dop Space Hopper will keep your entire family entertained, if yours is anything like mine. The package is adorable, the hopper blows up super quickly and very easily, and then your kids are fighting over who gets to bounce first. My four-year old rides ours correctly, holding on to the alien antennae and bouncing laps around the downstairs, while my two-year old calls it...

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I got your Situation right here, baby

I am horrified to admit that I have, upon occasion, watched Jersey Shore. I mean uh, I was just flipping through the channels on the way to a very educational nature show and accidentally stumbled upon it. Once. For four seconds. It’s clear that this is the guilty pleasure show of the year. Although some feel less guilt about it than others. For them, may I suggest the talking Jersey Shore bobbleheads? DJ Pauly D is probably the most realistic, followed by Mike “The Situation” who says things like I check out the mirror and like… woooh, today’s gonna...

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Online indie shopping just got more rockin’ with Storenvy

Sure, certain social media sites may be trying to take over the world and will soon probably track your bathing habits. But boy, we love social networking. And boy, we love supporting little guys (or gals), the Indie retailers rockin’ their own trail. So we are so excited to find this fabulous new site that’s like Etsy meets Facebook. And best of all, it’s completely free. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump] Presenting Storenvy, a super cool new site with over 2000 stores that let you shop for pretty much anything indie-made and receive personal service. The...

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Here a dot, there a dot…

I am fond of the polka dot. As a little girl, I had a white dress with red polka dots and it was my absolute favorite. Now, as a mom, I tend to restrict my dottiness to dressing my daughters and for their nursery. One of the many fabulous attributes is it mixes well with everything else in a nursery. They’re playful, modern and just sweet enough. So, when a CMP fave, Winter Water Factory, designed a new organic collection of sheets exclusively for Land of Nod featuring polka-dots, I have to admit, I felt a little giddy. [don’t...

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The grinch gets greener

Watching The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is a holiday tradition around here and I can only imagine how well this greener version of the grouchy Grinch himself would go over peeking out of my kid’s stocking. Now I realize that technically speaking, Dr. Seuss’s beloved holiday character is already green. But when you turn him into a soft, organic plush doll by CMP fave miYim, one of the first companies to make organic stuffed creatures for kids, then he’s completely green, through and through. His fur is made from completely natural, unbleached cotton and colored using low impact dyes...

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5 fabulous Advent Calendars that countdown to Christmas in style

I may refuse to listen to the Christmas music that has been blaring on certain radio stations since Halloween, but make no mistake: The countdown to Christmas is a big deal in this household. And what better way to countdown to the big day than with a great advent calendar that you can pull out year after year on December 1st?  I’ve rounded up a bunch of fabulous advent calendars at all price points for those of you who want to be ready when the calendar flips over to the next month. I have a soft spot in my heart...

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