Month: March 2010

Plum Organics baby food – Not just plums, but definitely just organics.

I will admit it: I was not one to puree my own baby food. Ever. It always seemed like a fabulous idea and I envied those moms who did, but as a working mom it was just more effort than I had the energy for. Fortunately, there are great organic brands out there like Plum Organics, that are definitely the next best thing to growing your own pumpkins and mangoes and setting up the food mill. The new JUST line is pretty much what it says – little eco-friendly pouches of nothing but 100% pureed fruits, or fruits and...

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TV, now without all that annoying TV.

Remember when there were 13 channels on the television and the youngest kid in the family was the designated remote control? Kids today will never know that pain. With 600 channels, Tivo, Hulu, and Google, there’s always something on. But sometimes it’s impossible to find what you’re looking for,especially when you need Yo Gabba Gabba at that crucial moment when dinner is burning and tiny minds need distraction. Luckily, we now have Clicker, which is basically a Google for online media. Clicker catalogs more than 600,000 episodes from over 10,000 shows, 20,000 movies, and 80,000 music videos all on...

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It’s a high chair. It’s a low chair. It’s a HiLo chair.

When you discover a kids shop through the Wallpaper* Magazine Facebook Fan Page, it’s a pretty good bet they’re going to have taste up the wazoo. So when I clicked over to ella+elliot, yep. That’s just what I found. This beautiful Toronto store carries pretty much every brand we covet, and their crib selection alone will make modernists get as drooly as their babies. But I was really excited to discover this new-to-me HiLo high chair by Canada’s Age Design, which comes in all sorts of fabulous colors and rings in at about half the price of other popular...

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No wire hangers!

Sometimes it’s the extra touches added to a baby gift that can make difference between a simple Thank you so much and an effusive Oh my goodness I absolutely love it! Take the sweet vintage-inspired wooden hangers at Zia + Tia. Sure, they make a lovely present all on their own, but include them with a baby layette or special outfit and you’ve got a really memorable baby gift–particularly since hangers aren’t generally the first thing new moms think about buying but can always really use. Let’s face it, wooden hangers just have way more closet appeal than the plastic ones you...

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Stella McCartney is back for Gap Kids and Baby

Considering how much we drooled over the new Stella McCartney for Gap kids and baby collection, we were awaiting her new spring line with much anticipation. Well, it launched today and once again, we’re smitten. The line itself sings of nostalgia from when many of us mamas were kids, which is particularly strong in the girl’s collection. The gorgeous vintage-inspired fabrics all have little modern twists, and remind me of blouses and dresses I used to wear. Like the sweet crochet dress. Or the ruffle tops. And even though Gap Kids is generally a hoochie-free zone anyway, it’s still...

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Just Let Me Lie Down – The working mom’s ABCs of BTDT

Kristin van Ogtrop is the editor of Real Simple, which means that her life as a working mom is full of high-power glamour and nary a regret. Right. Okay, I’ll confess I was worried that might be true, but it turns out that Kristin is someone with whom I’d share a margarita any day, and her upcoming Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom is a hilarious must-read for any mom who’s ever struggled to balance home and career. Just Let Me Lie Down takes us through the entire alphabet of the trials and...

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14 x 24 inches of Patriotism

With a family of two girls and one boy, decorating a playroom with a gender neutral theme is a bit more complicated than it sounds. But thanks to the new limited edition travel poster series from design studio The Heads of State, I’m no longer at a loss for inspiration. These screen printed serigraph posters would make the perfect wall accent for a cool playroom, kid’s room, or the rest of your living space, whether it’s to celebrate the birth cities of your brood (like mine who were all born in different places) or to plant that travel bug in your kiddos...

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Totseat – the washable, squashable high chair

Sure, dining involves more crayons than caviar for my family these days. But it seems like every restaurant’s high chairs are missing straps, are wobbly, are sized for a preschool linebacker, and/or spackled with nasty goo. Besides, my boy can wriggle out of every one of them faster than a greased octopus. The Totseat is therefore my new best friend, and will probably be yours too. This cleverly made portable high chair fits any chair from Eames to Ikea, and safely wrangles wigglers from about eight months to 2 1/2.  It’s so easy to use: Slip the sturdy cotton...

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How one coloring book can make hundreds of kids happy

My nephew was hospitalized at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia when he was around two and I am forever grateful to the amazing staff who helped cure him — and to all of the special facilities that help children. I guess that’s why I am so blown away by RxArt. This non-profit organization pairs up with some incredibly famous contemporary artists like William Wegman, Frank Stella and Sol LeWitt in an effort to transform sterile hospitals and outpatient centers into places popping with creativity and color.  There’s even a CAT scan machine designed by one of my favorite artists,...

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Video thrilled the Readeo star

I love books. Love them. And I love reading to my kids. But let’s say they are going to spend the weekend at their grandparents’ place. Or my husband and I decide a romantic getaway is in order (hey, it could happen). Then what would my separation-anxiety-ridden children do for stories? (Okay, I realize Grandma and the babysitter aren’t illiterate and bedtime stories might not be top of mind on a romantic vacation, but work with me, here.) Turns out, I can still read to my kids with the newly launched Readeo, a web-based library of children’s picture books...

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