Month: February 2010

Have a Heart for Haiti – hurry over for some retail philanthropy

It’s getting to where so many generous companies are donating to Haiti, it’s becoming harder to keep track of them all. And that’s a good thing. So I was so happy to see that one of our favorite bloggers and great friend of CMP, Christine Koh of Boston Mamas, has helped organize the Have a Heart for Haiti effort, in which Boston mom-run businesses have committed to donating a percentage of profits directly to UNICEF, earmarked for Haiti. The one catch? Today, February 15, is the last day. So hit the site and see if there’s anything you’ve been...

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Pure. Good. Purgood.

Sometimes I have a major case of the Holden Caulfields when I’m looking for bath products worthy of my children.  They say “all-natural”, and I cry, Phony! Fake! Liar! and snarl at the petrolatum and mineral oil hiding behind the organic aloe vera. But not Purgood Organics, because their products are pure, good, and actually contain organic ingredients. My favorite thing about this dynamic duo is that they don’t contain sulfates, parabens, or Pthalates. I’m an ingredients hawk, and I won’t put harsh surfactants or questionable chemicals on my own skin, much less the thinner, softer, more porous skin...

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This DVD knows how to hail to the chief

President’s Day has typically marked nothing more than a vacation day to my kids. But this year, I feel pretty good that they have actually learned something about their government after watching the smart but entertaining So, You Want to be President?. . .and More Stories to Celebrate American History DVD. Featuring four children’s books that have been narrated and animated for the DVD, So, You Want to be President? starts with the title story narrated by the cool voice of Stockard Channing. (Not actually a first lady, but played one on TV.) I loved learning a little more about...

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It’s the Year of the Tiger (it’s the cream of the fight…)

I may not have an ounce of Chinese in my heritage, but I still love baby gifts that reflects the Chinese zodiac. With the Chinese New Year starting The Year of the Tiger today, I’ve put together some of my favorite tiger-themed baby gifts. And a fun giveaway too! Tigers on clothing abound, but I prefer them to be more cartoon-cute than Ed-Hardy wild, which is why I have a soft spot for Colette Kids’ Organic Cotton onesie. It’s also available as a tee-shirt for bigger kids. We at CMP have long been fans of Oliver Chin’s Chinese New...

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A (free) singing Valentine from Laurie Berkner

Laurie Berkner, the melodic singing songstress that I most recently loved when I reviewed Rocketship Run, is back to raise awareness for a worthy organization called the Pajama Program by giving us a sort of singing Valentine. Her love note comes in the form of a free downloadable song called Open Your Heart which was actually written to help raise awareness for the Pajama Program’s campaign by the same name. With her guitar, crystal-clear voice, and touching lyrics, Open Your Heart is a reminder to us parents that our little I do it myself offspring need us more than...

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Free Valentine’s Printables – for when I’ll have to say I love you in a song

If Valentine’s Day is coming closer and closer (and it is), and you still have no idea what to give your beloved, don’t fret. Instead take a look at what Ayako Akazawa, a senior designer at Chronicle Books, has put together for those of us with a soft spot for the mix tape. These Valentine’s Day CD labels are for your own special mix of songs. Using one of the styles in Chronicle’s Candy Orchard Packaging Kit, these Valentine’s Day labels are covered in little trees with wood you be mine printed on the side. There are also matching...

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Bedtiming – Making sense out of sleep training

After a few weeks of a ridiculous lack of sleep, I decided it was time to do something about it. And do something I did–with much success–thanks to Bedtiming: The Parent’s Guide to Getting Your child to Sleep at Just the Right Age, an awesome sleep book written by Canadian psychologists and parents Isabela Granic and Mark Lewis. Instead of offering up yet another sleep training method, this husband and wife team provides an honest analysis of the most popular theories already out there, and more importantly, explains how they may or may not work based on your child’s...

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Well, hello kitty

It turns out our Valentine’s Day card contest did more than help us put together one cool card, it also introduced us to some really exciting new artists. One of them is Montreal’s Stay Home, which makes all kinds of happy little felt things from custom dolls to plush ornaments. But what I really love is the handstitched mew mew brooch which reminds me of a cross between Max from Where the Wild Things Are, and my daughter in last year’s Halloween costume. It’s made of felt and stuffed to perfect puffiness, for just $9 it’s just waiting for...

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Great First Communion dresses that are sweet, not mini Bride? – Reader Q&A

Please help me find a First Communion dress that is a) not a bazillion dollars and b) not made out of that super scratchy cheap lace? The dress needs to be mostly white and dressy, but not too mini-bride! -Cathy We totally get what you mean about avoiding the “mini bride” look, Cathy—some of the styles out there are way more fancy than my wedding dress!  Here are some ideas we’ve pulled for you. Hopefully this will help you find something you (and your daughter) will love.   We reviewed Soft Clothing a little while ago, and while their...

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Celebrity maternity clothes, on a real mom budget – Chiarakruza comes to Target

We’re always on the lookout for cool maternity wear, and we’ve got a good feeling about this: Celebrity favorite Chiarakruza is bringing their maternity line to Target! Starting February 15, you can get the look of a Hollywood mom-to-be — for a lot less. All while you’re picking up diapers and dinner. Excellent. The Chiarakruza for Target line consists of pieces that are fun and functional — tunics and jeans and flowy dresses — in prints and colors that will pep up even the most cankle-laden mama-to-be. We haven’t gotten to see the line first-hand, but the pictures are...

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