Month: April 2010

Web Coolness – Reading for toddlers, Kindiefest, and 6 word momoirs

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. The designer of the iconic NYC Greek coffee cup dies. His obit in the New York Times is wonderful. Stroller Traffic turns us onto a great reading list for toddlers grouped by topic. Smith Magazine, True Confessions and Postcards from Yo Mama team up to solicit entries for 6 word momoirs. Can you sum up the journey of motherhood in six words? We dare you. Two more crib recalls, posted at Parentdish. Yikes. Stirrup Queens continues the excellent Bloggers Unite: Project IF...

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Baby sunhats go bohemian

Finding a baby hat I loved was like…well, something that was really hard. For some reason they were always too floppy, too stiff, or too cutesie (seriously, enough with the huge bows at the chin). But Rikshaw Design just nails it with their adorable new baby sunhat. We first discovered this company’s lovely bohemian crib bedding and I’m so glad designer Catherine Fitzsimmons has taken the plunge into clothing and accessories. I love the simple, Indian-inspired unisex patterns like the booti, shown here. The cotton voile is machine washable (yay) and even the thin chin strap on the hat...

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Custom hearts for the one you heart

I think I’m in love. The object of my affection: The selection of decorative artwork embellished with handcut paper hearts from the brand new Etsy shop Paper Cut Works. Ania Alyson, Seattle artist by way of Poland, creates artsy, anatomically-inspired hearts out of repurposed materials from an old dictionary page featuring the word “mother” to a custom map or vintage sheet music. She then mounts the paper hearts on either card stock, or small 4×4″ birch block frames which are finished to look like paintings. In the end, you get all the sweetness, but none of the sap. The...

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Reduce, reuse, recycle your kids’ clothes easily with thredUP

Back when my kids were outgrowing their outfits every three months, it pained me to have to restock their wardrobe continually. It wasn’t just the cost, it was the time it took to select each item. That’s why I’m intrigued by the new easier-swap site thredUP kids. In just a few minutes, you can pick out a box of gently-worn clothing that will fit your child, pay a few bucks to have the box shipped to you, and voila: Right-sized outfits that my kids can outgrow again.  Then, in about the time of a typical nap, you put outgrown...

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Make it a Handmade Mother’s Day with Cool Mom Picks and Etsy

Our passionate, abiding love for Etsy is no secret, so we are thrilled (thrilled!) to be featured today on Etsy’s handmade blog, The Storque, talking about some of our favorite handmade Mother’s Day gift ideas from some of our favorite artists. We’ve picked out all kinds of goodies in every price range, starting at just $16. Not bad. You’ll find some standouts from our 2010 Mother’s Day Gift Guide from jewelry to custom artwork to personalized keepsakes, plus a slew of others that we’ve featured here over the years, and even a couple that are new to us. Head...

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Mother’s Day is about making your mom cry, right? In a good way?

If you are lucky enough to not only be a mom, but still have a mom around to guide you through your turbulent mothering moments (or in my mom’s case, laugh at me), then you probably have witnessed the power that the perfect picture of your children has over her. She tears up, she awws, she gets that it really was worth raising this daughter of mine now that she’s given me these adorable babies to fuss over look of satisfaction. I put my mother over the top recently with a mini photo book, new from self-publishing mavens Lulu.com....

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Let them wear Cake lingerie

Considering I have nursed for a total of 53 months since 2004 (yes, I counted), I have learned a few things about breastfeeding; one of which is that a good nursing bra is definitely worth the money. Now these days, “good nursing bra” isn’t synonymous with “ugly straight jacket,” and thank goodness for that, because a sexy nursing bra like the ones from Cake Lingerie, is quite refreshing when you’re feeling less like a woman and more like a feeding machine. These bras are beautifully constructed with hearty, cotton-lined straps (nice touch) and lovely lace detailing. And I really...

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Can Skindinavia make you look 10 years younger? Well now…

I will say, when you name a product 10 Years Younger Makeup Finish, the bar is pretty high. Not that I’m expecting Botox in a handy spray form, but you know. Ten years. That’s a lot of years younger. For those of us with not-twenty-year-old skin, this light spray is a pretty swell choice especially as the weather is warming up. It hails from the cleverly named Skindinavia which focuses entirely on makeup finishes, the kind of thing brides, Vogue editors, and Zac Posen models adore. This one in particular is made to help your makeup from settling into...

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Bear feet – Almost like bare feet, but prettier

My search for the ultimate summer sandal is on thanks to the early 80-degree weather here in the South, and I think I might have found it in Bear Feet shoes. The simple, versatile styling instantly caught my eye, and as I clicked around their site, I was intrigued by their unique construction that actually allows the shoes to mold to your kiddo’s foot. That’s important for all kids, but especially for mine who have super hard-to-fit, slender feet. But even more interesting to me was learning how Bear Feet shoes are made. This company takes great care in...

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For Mother’s Day, a gift that’s for more than your own mom

You know that feeling when you pick up an object and can feel that it was made far away, somewhere different and exotic? It seems more real somehow, like it has a story. These shimmering lavender sachets from CMP favorite Raven + Lily have that aura of mystery, and the story behind them is even more magical than expected, making them a superb and inexpensive Mother’s Day gift. Each beautiful sachet is hand-made by a sewing co-op of the Nyati women living in the Himalayan mountains of northern India. The lavender is grown by local farmers, and the exquisite...

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