Month: March 2010

Go ahead, be stubborn about your jewelry

When my kids were babies, it was a big deal for me to wear a necklace, or even a pair of earrings. It was like being dressed up just to add that one piece to my mom uniform, and feel more like an adult and less like a walking Kleenex. Stubborn Works has exactly the right accessories for cool moms, even moms who are still in the walking Kleenex phase. Stubborn’s jewelry line is crafted of reclaimed industrial metals and resins, which already makes them cool. Designer Melissa Stiles is an architect by training, and her jewelery has a...

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Turns out pampering does come in a tube

I love the way my kids smell after their bath; all of their products — shampoo, soap, lotion — have light, fresh scents. Bath lines for grownups can be cloying in comparison, but baby bath products don’t work on my super dry skin. Thank goodness for the Glowology line of products from one of our favorites, Noodle and Boo. It’s a perfect marriage of clean scent and heavy duty moisturizers. Glowology products — everything from a basic body wash and lotion to a delicious sugar scrub and super moisturizing body balm — are hypoallergenic and free of potentially harmful...

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Web Coolness – The safety of baby slings and the artistry of Marshmallow Peeps

Here’s some stuff we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Junior Society shares hilarious and very clever images of Marshmallow Peeps dioramas Make and Takes has a fun idea for an easy St Patrick’s Day activity with kids. You don’t have to be too crafty either. Regret your prom dress decision? Find solace in the photos on the hilarious new website, Promtacular. We can’t stop clicking over! A beautiful post from Jaelithe Judy comforting moms who work outside the home. The CPSC is going to start issuing warnings about baby slings, as seen...

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Good karma for a chameleon carrier

Henry Ford offered his Model-T Ford in any color you wanted, so long as it was black. The most popular brands of baby carrier often have the same limited palette. Let’s face it, you’re just not going to find a sage Infantino with a peace symbol sitting on the shelf at SuperTarget. That’s why the 1Z (get it– onesie?) is so cool. This carrier cover is proudly made in Massachusetts by Papa Products and works like a soft, snuggly t-shirt to protect and add style to leading carrier brands like Babybjorn, Infantino, Chicco, and Snugli. Heck, if I’d had...

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Go Ask Alice for her wardrobe

We all know Alice in Wonderland is crazy hip right now, but let’s be honest – not all Alicey-items are swoon-worthy. This one, however? Is. The collection of Alice in Wonderland themed tees at Pajama Squid come to you from Australia’s Heavenly Creatures. Each super soft, super stripey cap-sleeved or classic kids’ t-shirt has a cotton patch featuring a different classic illustration. The white rabbit on that navy-and-white striped classic tee would be adorable on little boys too. The combination of simple pen-and-ink artwork on the bold stripes is a pretty delish retro-modern/one-of-a-kind-looking combo. I really wish they made...

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Sexy, stylish, and…earthy?

Most people imagine Mother Earth being all Birkenstocky and granola eating, but me? I think Mother Earth has got it going on. And if she wore earrings, she might very well be wearing the Real Light collection from Real Jewels, a company with a conscience that designs jewelry to have minimal impact on the environment, while having maximum impact on the wearer. The light, airy designs are made from recycled sterling silver, and gold to protect Mother Earth’s precious resources, and the 18-karat gold plating is completely nickel-free. Even the gemstones in the Real Gems collection are all fair-trade,...

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Enter the dragon

I am generally frustrated with all the embellished girls’ pants out there are covered in flowers, sequins, sparkles, or (eek) all three. So when I got wind of the Sejong Dragon Pant from CMP fave Tea Collection I thought, fabulous! Or, however you say fabulous in Korean. The sturdy, high-waisted, slightly flared dragon pants jumped out at me right away, and turns out the dragon pants are on the cover of their catalog so I guess I’m not alone here. I love the durability and versatility; Tea is showing the embellished canvas pants paired with their floral top, but...

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Lego my jpg-o

I am still in the lowly iPhone-less margins of society, although I’m fortunate to have plenty of friends who show me all the coolest new apps I’m missing. Take the free LEGO Photo app, for instance: It will take a regular .jpg photo and turn it into a mosaic of Lego bricks. Hold it up, show it to everyone around you, rinse, repeat. My brother-in-law even figured out how to print out LEGO-fied pictures of my three kids. Up close, they don’t look like much, but back up a bit and the photo comes into view and looks pretty...

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It’s like a custom baby tee convention

One thing we know about Psychobaby, is that when they come out with something new, it’s going to be everything we adore–clever, quirky and, of course, cool. Currently we’re now drooling over their new Custom Shop of personalized tees for kids. Personally, I am totally in lurve (which is more than love, according to Woody Allen), with the Monster Name Tee where the letters are made up of silly letter-shaped critters to spell out your favorite little monster’s name. I also really dig the Tattoo Tee for boys or girls. Sizes range from 3 months to 6 years and...

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A banner year for nursery design

If you’ve been in the cool kids boutiques, on the design blogs, or heck, on our site lately, you’d know that banners are a hot new nursery trend. And the freethinking coolies at Blik agree. We’ve covered these hip, do-it-awesome-yourself wall decals before, but the new Wee Gallery Birdie Banner, designed by one of our favorite baby cos, is too cute to miss. The package includes 100 removeable decorative decals, including two adorable birdies, 15 hiply colored banner pieces, a very small galaxy of stars, and 78 letters to cover everyone from A(lexis Anne) to Z(ane Benjamin). The design...

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Your peewee’s perfect playhouse

When I was a kid, a tent was a musty quilt over a card table, and it was heaven. Kids have it a little better today, and the magic of a secret fort lives on with the fantastic card table playhouses by Miss Pretty Pretty of Imaginative Play Toys. Check out the pirate ship playhouse (hardy har yarr), the firehouse, fairy house, colorful cottages,  super hero hideout, princess playhouse, and more. She’s got all the childhood obsessions covered, and also handles custom orders in case your kid just can’t live without a purple Indian princess and pirate castle in...

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Hola, Ola Granola!

I once spent some vacation time up in Maine near a farmer’s market that had the best granola. We brought a ton home figuring it would last forever, which is another term for “one week.” While there are certainly some mass brands of granola that are pretty darn good, Ola Granola is the first one I’ve found that comes close to that farmer’s market version I loved. Besides, it’s totally fun to say out loud. Ola Granola is made by a New York-area mom of three boys in small batches with nothing but the kinds of ingredients you don’t...

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A cooler cooler

I still use the soft cooler that I bought 10 years ago to lug around bottles and baby food for things like fruit, yogurt and juice pouches. But there is no doubt that if I were buying one now I would look no further than the Cooler Bags by SoYoung. I love the neutral linen exterior which is coated so it’s easy to wipe off. The retro designs on the front are a refreshing alternative to all the character-inspired bags I see out there, while the fully insulated interior works great, and isn’t made from the stuff that you...

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Discovery LIFE – it’s no trip to the zoo

The epic new documentary series, Discovery LIFE isn’t for everyone. I mean, surely there are people out there who just don’t like cool things. Who don’t like watching some of the most miraculous animal footage every filmed. Who would find a komodo dragon attack less interesting than, say, doing laundry. For the rest of you, set your TIVOs and prepare to be awed. I was fortunate enough to attend the premiere at Lincoln Center this week with the New York Pops playing the wonderful score live to picture, but even without all the spectacle, the footage is simply…spectacular. Imagine...

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The babywearing pack of all trades

So here’s the dirty secret about babywearing: Different baby carriers work for different people and different babies at different times. It’s totally subjective, and that’s why so many of us have a complete wardrobe of the darned things. But I now have a carrier that I can recommend almost universally, which makes me so excited I could almost scream like a girl. This jack-of-all-trades is TogetherBe‘s new FreeHand Buckle Carrier, available just this week. Newborn to toddler. Front or back. Outward facing or inward facing, all ergonomically designed to support your baby’s body. And it folds down smaller than...

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Spring bags, ahoy!

When I’m window shopping the web, it’s always dangerous to stop on the Etsy homepage, where their editors are carefully curating millions of items down into just the very ones that I have to have. (How do they do that?) A recent find: The bags from Bayan Hippo. The styles are modern, the cotton canvas fabrics are durable and the prices can’t be beat – most are in the $35-$47 range. There’s a lot here to covet, but really caught my eye is the roomy sailor tote bag which has that classic nautical look, only with narrow stripes for...

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Eat me. Drink me. Smell me?

Today, I positively reek of Alice. You know, Alice in Wonderland? Hottest movie of the week?  And it’s all thanks to Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. BPAL, as we fans call it, is a cheeky, artsy, Tim Burton-esque perfumerie offering hundreds of unique, artisan-crafted perfume oils prompted by everything from the Renaissance to Shakespeare, astrology to Neil Gaiman–including over three dozen Alice-inspired scents in their Mad Tea Party section. And these are not your typical perfumes; they’re ideas captured as scents, amazing symphonies of smell. Although the inspirations are often a bit dark, the oils aren’t. Scents range from light...

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Spend for Good. It’s just that easy.

I do my best to support my favorite charities on a regular basis, but often times it’s only when something tragic happens and I’m called into action. But thanks to Spend for Good, I can donate to my favorite charities when I thinking about say, shoes. Or airplane tickets. Or that new kids CD at iTunes. This super smart new org has partnered with hundreds of vendors who have will generously donate a percentage of your purchase to your favorite charity when you shop through their website. The extremely broad list includes Target, Orbitz, Best Buy, Gap, ShopBop, and...

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Natural detergent, thy name is Vaska Herbatergent

With three kids and one exercise-loving husband, I do a lot of laundry. Quaint concepts like separating whites, de-tangling socks and pre-treating stains have long flown out the window in the interest of saving time and just-finishing-the-damn-laundry-already. So, I wasn’t sure what kind of results I’d get trying out the Berkeley-based Vaska’s Herbatergent which uses natural herbal cleaning agents. It all sounds nice and eco-friendly, but not exactly as tough as “bleachy-mcStain-fighting-power-scrubbing-bubbles.” But after about 30 loads of laundry, I can tell you that whatever those natural herbal cleaning agents are, they’re working because our clothes look great. Plus...

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Announcing the easier birth announcement

Announcing the birth of... um… well…forget it. Back in 2008 I was so busy sitting on an ice pack and juggling two kids that I never sent announcements. It just seemed like either a lot of trouble or a lot of money, and I didn’t dig either prospect. What I do dig now is the outrageous ease of ordering digital birth or baptism announcements through a company like Lullabyannouncements.com. You simply select your design, provide a photo, fill in the blanks for text, and designer Chadlee Colson will create the perfect announcement just for you. She won’t even judge...

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