Month: February 2010

Smitten with mittens

I know what you’re thinking– Why is the Georgia girl recommending mittens? Because I’m the biggest sissy about cold, that’s why. But I’m proud to say that we have three whole inches of snow right now, and I sent my kids straight outside to investigate the mysterious, white substance. It’s thirty-one degrees out there, people!  And that’s where mimiTENS comes in.These cute and clever mittens are made in Canada from eco-friendly water-repellent nylon, Thinsulate, and bamboo fleece, and they go all the way up over the elbow.  That means they stay on, no strings attached, even if  your kid’s...

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Organic crib bedding to grow with

Here’s what I’ve learned: Your daughter may be all Thomas, Thomas! now but in no time at all, that train love will become Abby Cadabby, which becomes Uniqua which becomes I only like things that are purple and turquoise but mostly purple. Which is why I can’t say I love character bedding for kids. But I do like the Canadian-made Wee Organics crib bedding. The solid color-blocked organic cotton interlock bedding sets are quite affordable at $159 for a crib sheet, skirt and blanket, especially considering how nicely they’ll transition when you turn that convertible crib into a toddler...

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Headbands are the new baseball caps. Thank God.

I’ve been following the headband trend, waiting for something that I could possibly get away with, you know, as I glamorously work from home and chase three kids around. Sorry if I just can’t do the whole feather and lace thing these days. But a couple of weeks ago after searching through Etsy, I ended up at CMP fave Lou and Lee and fell instantly in love with their new headbands. Now after a bit of research, I have learned that I cannot get away with the soft style headbands, gorgeous as they are (for little girls too!). However...

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We need to move it, move it.

Michelle Obama may be known for her sculpted arms, but her commitment to health and exercise goes a lot deeper. Last week, the First Lady introduced a new initiative, Let’s Move!, which is supported by the newly created Partnership for a Healthier America. Their ultimate (and ambitious) goal? Eradicating childhood obesity in one generation. One third of American children are currently obese or overweight, and we spend $150 billion dollars a year on concerns related to obesity. For the first time in history, American children may not even live as long as their parents, and that’s scary enough to...

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We don’t have to get pregnant to wear Liz Lange. Or some of us don’t.

And as a Canadian mama, it was with much excitement that I used to take trips south of the border and bring home some lovely Liz Lange maternity clothes. Well now I’m going to have to get myself an American address since it looks like there are some brand new Liz Lange designs I’ll want to wear. And no, Mom, I’m not pregnant–it’s just that she’s about to release her first-ever non-maternity collection on HSN.com. Launching on February 19, the Completely Me by Liz Lange collection has got me reminiscing about the good old days. (Wow, did I just...

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Oh, The Pictures You’ll Take!

My daughter loves Dr. Seuss. She also loves the camera on my iPhone. Put these together and you have a four year old in Seussian snap happy heaven, and a mother who can’t check her e-mail or play Words With Friends when her kid is around. The Dr. Seuss Camera, Cat In The Hat Edition employs the same structure as the previous Grinch incarnation that was released before the holidays and, yes, was entirely addictive and ensured that all of our virtual Christmas cards were Grinch-themed. It’s so simple that a four year old can mash up your iPhone...

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Organic baby clothes that do that old ovary-awakening thing. Darnit.

For some time now I’ve had my eye on the beautiful organic baby clothes from L.A.’s PAIGELAUREN baby. These suuuuper soft, really lovely designs are just the kind of thing that make the perfect gift for your picky mama friend who likes her baby clothes simple, classic, and tailored. In other words, no ironic tees that say Boob Man. The locally-made, certified organic cotton basics are all pretty darn covetable, from footie pajamas called Crawlers to the yummy kimono gown that’s ready made for sleeping baby photo ops. But what I really like are their baby bodysuits which range...

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Want Your Enfant To Passez La Baguette? There’s An App For That

I have this fantasy of one day living in Paris, in some old, sunwashed apartment on one of the old arrondissements. Trouble is, although I read French – a hangover from graduate studies – I don’t speak much of it, and what little of it I do speak is sloppily Canadian. If I’m going to live there, I’m going to need a translator, which is why I enrolled my daughter in French immersion kindergarten. It’s also why I downloaded the Little Pim language learning application for my iPhone. My daughter loves playing games on my phone, especially word-based games,...

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Where Preppy meets Crunchy

Biff? Yes, Buffy? Look at these darling shoes, wouldn’t they be super for Skip? Okay, that’s probably not a conversation that will go on in your house, but it’s hard to suppress your inner prep when you see the madras uppers of the new Morgan and Milo Plaid sneakers spotted at Moxie Kids. They’re relatively easy to slide on (the eyelets are for show) and a super-cute way to dip a toe (heh) into the plaid trend that’s still here this spring. (And, if you like your preppy with a healthy helping of irony like I do, pair it...

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A headband that’s even sweeter than it looks

I’m eagerly awaiting the day that we can trade our winter hats for springy headbands, but one look outside my Brooklyn window and uh, yeah. Not gonna happen so soon. But when it does, I’ll be prepared with the new Ellie headband from CMP fave Bella Tunno. The design was created to help support a little girl named Ellie Potvin, who’s all of eight and battling Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood cancer with a tough prognosis. Because I’ve got a relative dealing with a young daughter in and out of the hospital to treat some pretty awful stuff, this one...

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