Month: March 2010

Put your lips together and blow for National Bubble Week

I’m starting to see the signs of spring everywhere: Robins on the front lawn, crocus buds poking through the soil, and the kids lugging out the big jug of bubble juice so that they can blow bubbles outdoors to their hearts’ content. They are right on cue, as March 20 starts National Bubble Week, a ten-year-old celebration of those soapy floating orbs that kicks off the season of warmer weather. Oh sure, I’ve heard of kindhearted — albeit insane — parents who let their kids blow bubbles inside the house, but for us, it’s a treat reserved for those...

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Web Coolness – Easter crafts for kids, baby shower cookies, and 0-10 in one blog post

Here are some things we’ve been liking around the web this week. We hope you will too. At Makes and Takes, a list of great kids’ crafts for Easter. We love the crushed egg shell art, shown. We love Ohdeedoh’s list of five great bathroom night lights, none of them with animated princesses on them. Also, they’ve got photos of baby shower cookies that are nearly making us squeal. Nearly. Stroller Traffic introduces us to Scrapboxing with Darcy Miller of Martha Stewart Weddings, and it’s pretty darn impressive. Rookie Moms, as always, has a cool tip for new parents:...

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The heart–and art–of a mother

One of the most amazing aspects of being speakers and attendees at the recent Mom 2.0 summit, a conference from the collaborative team of Kirtsy and The Tasteful Life, was the joy of attending the launch of the unbelievable Mom 2.0: Defining a Movement Art Exhibit. This exhibition was filled with gorgeous photos and interpretive art created by some of our favorite fellow bloggers and mothers, exquisitely capturing what it is to be a mother today. We only wish you could have been there too. Well now, you kind of can. Because every single piece is available for purchase...

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Wacky Packs are back – as tee shirts!

I grew up in the heyday of Mad Magazine and Wacky Packages and clearly my son has inherited both my twisted sense of humor and appreciation for fine parody. We both did a happy dance when we saw these new kids’ Wacky Pack T-shirts from 10 Again Clothing. Moms and dads will appreciate the 70’s flashback of great labels such as Slam Jims, and Cap’n Crutch, with some clever new additions, my favorite being Slacker Jack. They have the vintage look of a 35-year old t-shirt that’s been washed so many times it’s super duper soft. The toddler shirts,...

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The best nest for your toy chest

I spent so long reading the instructions on a card game yesterday that I finally gave up and took my kids to the playground, where they invented a game that involved dumping sand on each others’ heads. This morning’s bath was grittier than Paula Deen, but I was reminded that sometimes the best toys don’t need an instruction manual. Our friends at Natural Pod have a sweet new toy for spring that runs on pure imagination and would be perfect in an Easter basket. It’s called simply: Birds Nest. A cute little bird’s nest of reclaimed wood holds three...

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Green beer for every other day of the year

I may put a few drops of food coloring into tonight’s frosty beverage of choice, but otherwise, the only green beer you’ll catch me drinking will be from those innovative brewers who are keeping the environment in mind as they craft their brews. Yes mamas, we thought it would be fun to tip you off to a few ways to go “green” with your beer, that may even make the pain of a next-day headache a little easier to bear. With a model green philosophy, Vermont’s Wolaver’s Certified Organic Ales considers not only organic materials, but also energy, waste...

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Go for the green

I have always loved pretty much everything at KLT:Works. Kristin Loffer Theiss makes the beautiful artwork, plush, nursery decor and apparel that just makes you smile in every way. And I’m smiling even more since discovering that for St. Patrick’s Day, through midnight, if you buy anything in her shop that’s green it will be 20% off. And not just green green–like emerald, lime, or kelly–but eco green. Organic. Neat. Personally, I love this organic birds nest tee, right in time for all things springy and new. But if I had a baby gift to buy, or a nursery...

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Putumayo Kids’ Jazz Playground wants kids to love jazz, but it worked on me too

I’ve never been much of a jazz fan, maybe because it conjures up images of being stuck in a smokey bar during an endless amatuer improv-and-scat sessions. But, I have to admit that when packaged into bite-sized, three-minutes-and-under portions on Putumayo Kids’ new Jazz Playground, I kind of dig it. What really holds my interest in Jazz Playground is the wide variety of jazz forms presented. There is the cool Latin jazz of Cumbamba from US/Cuban Jose Conde as well as the horn-full jazz of Australia’s Kinderjazz in Gazooba. And even though I don’t understand a word of Dutch,...

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Versatility – the hot trend for moms any season

As someone who used to have a reputation for keeping up with style trends, I have to admit that it pains me now, as a busy mom, to have to shop for everyday clothes with limitations – you know, can I wear it with almost all my outfits? Will it hide my post-partum belly rolls? But sometimes you find pieces, like the reversible short sleeve open sweater from Smitten, that are stylish and versatile. Now while I don’t own this particular one, I’ve got a few like it, and let me just say I wear it all the time....

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The Princess and the Frog and the DVD player

I have not been so eager for a Disney DVD release since…well, ever, as I have been with the Princess and the Frog DVD which is just out today. After seeing the film a few months ago with my kids in theaters (my full gushy raving review here), I knew right away that this is one DVD we’d be needing at home. Let’s face it, if you’ve got to live with any kids’ movie on a constant loop in the background, pick the one with the cool jazz, big band, and zydeco soundtrack. Of course Disney does that annoying...

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Lip lube in an eco tube

I’m definitely a bit of a lip balm addict, with various tubes and containers stuffed into my coat pockets, purses, and drawers. So when I heard about the biodegradable eco-tube lip balm from Organic Essence, I had to give it a whirl. Instead of adding more plastic into the landfills, the folks at Organic Essence decided to try eco-friendly 100% consumer waste recycled paper for their lip balm packaging, and I have to say that I really dig it. If you’re used to the simple twist and apply, it takes a bit of an adjustment; in this case, do...

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The forecast for spring is: Gorgeous

March may be in like a lion but I’m counting on that whole lamb thing working out. Especially since I just got a look at the brand new spring/summer line from Ses Petites Mains, one of my absolute favorite mom-designed indie clothing labels on this planet, which absolutely outdid themselves this season. Both Kristen and I were excited to see designer Beth Miles take a dive into seersucker, with gorgeous capri pants for girls and a linen blend skort; a nice alternative to dresses on dressy Sundays. Especially if you pair it with something like the flawlessly smocked penny...

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The truth hurts

I needed a little laugh this week. Just a wee chuckle. And so I clicked over to mom Kiki Parry’s shop, Alternate Greetings, to see which witty bon mots have been popping up on her always pleasing handmade greeting cards. That’s when I stumbled onto this one. On the outside: Motherhood is beautiful. On the inside: Now let me pick that moist Cheerio out of your hair so I can say it with a straight face. Thanks Kiki. I needed that. Want it? Just three bucks. –Liz Find greeting cards just for moms online at Alternate...

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A few of my favorite things, now in flashcard form

More than 100 awesome baby gifts abound in our new Baby Shower Gift Guide, but if that isn’t enough for you, then you might want to add the new My Favorite Things Flash Cards to your wish list. Petit Collage creator Lorena Siminovich’s gorgeous designs are translated into 26 sturdy flashcards, with a picture and word for each letter of the alphabet. Aside from their lovely simplicity, the cards, which function equally well as educational entertainment for small hands and as a decorative nursery room accent, feature slightly atypical words compared to what you typically see in an alphabet...

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Another hour of daylight? Tell them to MOOV it.

I really hate losing an hour of sleep to Daylight Savings Time, but I’m also thrilled beyond belief that the season of Throwing the Children Outside to Play is nigh. And I’m pretty sure they will stay out even longer if they have something as cool as MOOV to keep them occupied. MOOV had me all a-flutter when I saw their booth this past February at Toy Fair. Kind of like a giant Erector Set of wood and rubber, MOOV goes from a pile of pieces into super cool-looking kid-sized toys like the coasting bike in the Starter Kit...

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Organic hair and body products that smell like heaven. Not earth.

Babo the bunny won’t put up with animal testing. He wants everything to be vegan and organic, and he believes that hair and body solutions for kids should be just as high-quality as the products used by adults. Sheesh, Babo. No wonder you started your own line. Babo Botanicals is a line of delicious natural hair and body products made by hand on a certified organic farm in upstate New York. The brain behind Babo, Kate Solomon, has over 10 years of experience designing products for L’Oreal and Avon. But here’s the most important thing: Everything smells phenomenal. And...

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Monkeybar buddies go long with leggings

If your girls wear Monkeybar Buddies under their dresses as much as mine do, then you’ll be just as tickled as I was to learn that they now offer a leggings style as well. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, then get ready for a stylish new must-have wardrobe addition. I’m a bit reluctant to admit just how excited I was about these leggings. With the weather still on the chilly side and my oldest daughter persistently wanting to wear dresses regardless of the temperature outside, these awesome cotton spandex capris — which I must...

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Maternity clothes that won’t cost you an arm and a cankle

For two pregnancies, my maternity wardrobe consisted of ill-fitting tees that never really covered my belly and dry clean only sweaters that I was afraid to wear. Things sure have changed. I’m smitten with Milan Maternity’s line; even their basics are beautifully made in the softest fabrics and the most beautiful colors. These are pieces that look like normal non-pregnant clothes, just with a little extra room in the belly, which means you don’t have to spend six months feeling like a fashion fail just because you’re growing a person inside you. In addition to the basics — tees...

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[me] and goji down by the breakfast bar

There is a place of lies and dreams, broken promises and shredded palates. That place is the cereal aisle. Seriously, have you read the boxes lately? Super-choco-sweeties have loads of Vitamin Q, but they’re made of sugar and air. And if you’re gluten free, your only choice is Cardboard-corn-O’s. Yuck. Enter [me] & goji, a new do-it-yourself cereal site with over 50 ingredients, including some of the healthiest (and tastiest) foods on earth. Start with one of nine cereal bases, including one wheat-free and two gluten-free choices. Then add enhancements including spices and dark chocolate-covered goji berries, any of...

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Presenting the Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide, 2010 edition!

Following in the footsteps of last year’s first ever Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide, we’re so excited to do it again! Presenting (drumroll…) The Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide, 2010 Edition! We’ve meticulously selected more than one hundred of the coolest baby shower gifts in every price range, all to make that lucky mama-to-be go oooohhhh. More than 100 gifts — seriously, it was almost like giving birth ourselves. Most of our gift guide picks are from smaller boutiques and brands, indie designers and craftspeople, just to give baby shower shoppers searching for cool gift ideas some alternatives– or...

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