Month: November 2010

Organic crib bedding for the wild at heart

When I planned my baby’s nursery, I obsessed over the furniture, color scheme, storage ideas, art, hamper, family photos, plus which toys to display and which ones to put away. I thought about everything, except what moms think about these days–how and where to go green. Knowing what I know now, I might have splurged on organic sheets that keep the chemicals out of the crib, and spent a little less on other things, like that pricey knit dachshund. (We had a dachshund at the time, so I fell hard for this stuffed animal. I know, embarrassing.) Some organic...

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Baby accessories that aren’t just for girls

I still remember falling in love with Bugalug accessories three years ago when I was pregnant with my second child. The adorable non-slip clips and headbands were the cutest I’d ever seen, made with trendy ribbon designs that were markedly cooler than all the pink frilly things that seemed to be in abundance at most baby stores. But I didn’t know then if my baby would be a boy or a girl. So they were a faraway dream. Until she was born. With about a hundred times less hair than her brother had when he was born. Figures. With...

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Robeez goes organic

This week, I saw the cutest pair of Robeez baby shoes in a local boutique and I ran online to see what else they were up to. Boy the company has come a long way since my 5 year-old was a baby and your choices were basically the fire truck or the flower or the other flower. The organic soft sole Robeez is adorable, whether or not you care about the water-soluble inks, eco-friendly canvas and leather with natural tanning. I just love the subtle, sweet neutral color. If you’ve got a boy, or a baby girl who doesn’t...

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Web Coolness – decorating for fall, baby gear do’s, and fashion don’ts

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Time to take down the pumpkins and skeletons on the front door and replace it with something like these DIY leaf garlands from Kami Bigler. Sometimes what’s good for the environment is bad for our kids. This post at Thingamababy made us smile. And a little sad. Kristen unearths super cool personalized chore charts for kids, to score you some free holiday help. Our friends at Itsabelly give out their Green Awards for Best Children’s Products at the ABC expo. Check out...

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An Elmo shirt even I can love

Given my general loathe for licensed character clothing, it’s only fitting that my two-year-old has decided she will only wear clothes with Elmo on them. Makes perfect sense considering she has never actually watched Sesame Street. Ah, toddlers. But since finding this cool version, I’m feeling a little better about her insistence on sporting the furry red monster’s face every single day. The adorable organic cotton Elmo shirt at What Every Baby Needs (and Cookie Monster too!) made by Kiwi Industries feature his bright face along with his name in English, Greek, and Japanese for a cool multiculturalal ode....

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Give your kids a cooler boost in the car

My son just got his first booster seat for the car. Long after many of his friends. Not because he’s small. Just because I haven’t been rushing to get him out of the old car seat. It’s safe, it’s functional and we like it. But there comes a time when every little boy says, “Mama, I’m the only kid in a baby car seat” and, well, a mama’s got to do what a mama’s got to do. (Particularly when said mama soon needs to figure out a way to fit three car seats into her not-quite-a-minivan car.)  So he’s...

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Maia – Not your average yogurt

I’d like to think of myself as somewhat of a yogurt connoisseur. I grew up on Dannon and over the years have tried everything from the healthy and organic to the junky and gimmicky. And apparently I’ve passed on the yogurt gene to my son because the first thing he wants every morning is his YoBaby. So being the yo-family that we are, I was thrilled to discover  a new brand on the block that makes my taste buds do a little dance. Maia Yogurt was created by an entrepreneurial New York City 20-something with the dietary needs of...

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Holiday cocktail napkins that say it all

This year I’ll be on crutches trying to pull together the perfect holiday meal, which I’ve already realized is going to have to be super “good enough.” So, I’ve decided I should focus on cocktails, and lots of them. These fun cocktail napkins sum up in five words what the holiday is truly about–Family, Turkey, Nap…Good times. The Thanksgiving cocktail napkins make a perfect small hostess gift at $4.95 for a package of 20. Or, just keep them for yourself like I would. While my turkey may not be Food Network ready and the cranberry sauce may come from...

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The jewelry that passes the fashionable friend test

So, I’ve got a few very stylish friends who I like to use –unbeknownst to them– as my personal fashion litmus tests. If they admire a new article of clothing or a new accessory that I’m wearing without me asking them about it, then I know it’s a keeper. So I decided to test some of the beyond gorgeous pieces of Yara Jewelry on my pals and, without fail, they passed with flying colours.  Designed by Paula Lapkin –obviously a very cool mom, herself– and made in the USA, this jewelry line is created from leather and imported Greek...

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Designer inspiration, if not designer purchases

Since having kids, my insatiable hunger for all things art, fashion, and design has been unsatisfied. And rightfully so. I barely have time to eat an actual breakfast, let alone devour the piles of magazines I once looked to for inspiration for my spending habits. But then I discovered the gorgeous offerings at AHAlife, and I felt a little bit of the old me was awakened The site features one amazing product that’s up for purchase for just 24 hours – all lifestyle goodies, all united in being exceptionally cool. Think meticulously curated boutique where you might not necessarily...

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Martha Stewart makes cookies in your kitchen

Every year, I make two kinds of holiday cookies from recipes that have been passed down from my mom. But yummy as the traditional family recipes are, I’m ready to branch out from the same old pecan balls and sugar cookies, and try and start my own new tradition. Now, thanks to a little help from Martha Stewart and my iPad, I’ve got a plethora of awesome cookie recipes to choose from and a whole lot of inspiration. The brand new Martha Stewart Makes Cookies iPad app is an amazing interactive recipe book that’s probably as close to having...

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The gift(wrap) that keeps on giving

I’m not sure which is cooler, the actual lyziwraps reusable gift bags that I just discovered, or the story behind them. They were originally designed by an 8th Grader, for an innovation competition, who was trying to find a way to decrease the amount of waste Americans produce between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. The result? Fantastic. [don’t miss a special offer after the jump] These brightly colored nylon reusable gift bags open at both ends so you can place your gift inside, cinch the ribbons at both ends and create beautiful wrapping that can be used again and again. If...

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Tres chic for tres cheap!

It’s quite possible that I might never set foot in an actual store again. I mean why bother schlepping outside when everything you could possibly want is a few clicks away? When I say everything, I mean the most gorgeous French designer baby clothes, all at super affordable prices.  At least if you know where to look. The Dior linen baby dress above can be found for less than 30 bucks, and an adorable baby snowsuit for less than 20 at a fabulous new baby clothing e-boutique called Apricot Culotte. Created by a Parisian transplant with the goal to...

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Grab a seat on the ice cream cookie. I’ll be right with you.

Just when I was thinking “You know what would be cool? An ottoman made to look like an ice cream cookie!” our friends at Jellio came along and beat me to it. We’ve long admired this furniture designer’s wildly imaginative creativity. And now their brand new ice cream cookie piece, which is not to be confused with their already existing ice cream sandwich bench, is no exception. There’s just something about their whimsical creations (and imagining my kids freaking out if they ever saw one in our house that) can’t help but make a mom smile. Granted, the price...

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Art meets chocolate. I meet them both and swoon.

It’s soooo haaaaard to open my inbox and find an email inviting me to sample a new artisanal chocolate bar. Really, it’s right up there with letters from Nigerian Princes and notices about my “Paypol Account,” but you know. I am so devoted to the readers here, that I am willing to take on such intrusions and put my tastebuds on the line for you. As it turns out, I’m glad I answered the email from Sulpice Chocolate because their handcrafted Belgian chocolate bars are so beyond fantastic, I now have my adult stocking stuffers covered for the holidays....

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Diaper bags that go beyond the diaper phase

Having a baby right at the change of season is very dangerous for my wallet because it’s far too easy to rationalize a new diaper bag purchase. Something swanky. Something current. Something that makes me feel more stylish and less enormous and leaky than I’m actually feeling these days. The brand new Nest Dexter Diaper bag may be that very thing. I’m talking myself into the Nest Dexter Diaper bag as we speak, although it’s not quite as pricey as some of the other designer bags that start at least a good $100 more. And what you get with...

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Birchbox, where have you been all my month!

I love surprises. Especially ones that arrive at my door wrapped in a hot pink box. It’s not for the kids, not for my husband, but all for me. That’s just what Birchbox is all about–subscribe and you’ll get a box of high-end cosmetic samples every month from companies like Kiehl’s, benefit, NARS, Marc Jacobs, and Laura Mercier. No cheap drugstore stuff, promise. The best part, besides the surprise of a hot pink box, is I’m hoping to no longer have drawers of make-up I never use. Test the products to see what you really like (and will actually...

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Shop vintage jewelry right from your couch

I’ve long been obsessed with vintage jewelry, but with four kids in tow these days, it’s nearly impossible for me to peruse the local boutiques and flea markets. But then I discovered Charm and Chain, and my credit card hasn’t gotten a rest in days. This online jewelry shop stocks its virtual glass cases with gorgeous modern pieces from a huge array of hot designers like Alexis Bittar,  Badgley Mischka and FALLON, right along with the beautiful vintage and one-of-a-kind jewelry too. The well-edited selection and easy navigation makes finding must-have (or must-covet) pieces a breeze–perhaps too easy actually–from...

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Starting today, it’s really (really, really, really) easy being green

You may already know we’re big fans of Barley & Birch here at CMP, and if you love this eco-conscious line of kids’ clothing as much as we do, then you’re probably going to want to know about their amazing Super Sale –beginning today–in celebration of the launch of their brand new website. And when they say “super,” they aren’t kidding.  Starting at noon today, their entire collection of Fall 2009 tanks will be $3 each. Seriously. $3. And the Spring tees will be $5 each for the day and then go up by one dollar each day until...

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Super snug bunting bags (that are also just a little bit posh)

I live in the desert, so I fully cop to craving the cold. I start wearing sweaters way too early in the hopes of somehow forcing the weather to cool more quickly. I usually succeed only in sweating. But now we’re fully in the midst of a cold snap here (yessss!), so it’s time to get baby all bundled up. And what says “snug” to a baby on the go like a stroller bunting bag?  Ralph Lauren (whose classic tartans always make me feel fall-ish) has these beautiful quilted stroller bunting bags which are fully lined in fleece and...

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