Month: April 2010

This Earth Day, let’s shop till we drop with Big Green Purse

Well, Earth Day is almost here and how am I going to celebrate our lovely planet? By shopping, of course. I kid. Sort of. Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, the wonderful new book by environmentalist Diane MacEachern and author of the Big Green Purse website, has given me, along with all the other women in the world, a whole new way to approach green living. And, without a word of a lie, shopping is key. We women are the most powerful consumer force in the world. If you can believe it,...

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The multi reasons I love the Multi-box

I’ve been to enough birthday parties to have witnessed that infamous phenomenon by which the giftee ignores all the fancy toys and plays with a box instead. And while I wouldn’t recommend you wrap up a plain box, I think the recipient of Green Lullaby’s clever Multi-boxes will think you are a¬†brilliant gift-giver for many reasons. The three corrugated cardboard boxes are made from 60% recycled content and adorably designed to look like oversized alphabet blocks. The modern shades on each facade will go with any color scheme, even those nurseries that ooze minimalist cool. And they each feature...

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Cheap and easy Mother’s Day gift idea – vintage cards as artwork

My mom has always had a thing for vintage cards, particularly valentines. My dining room growing up was filled with shadow boxes holding beautiful, textural Victorian cards and I remember just losing myself in them for hours. I figure I could recreate that idea as a fantastic Mother’s Day Gift, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Quite a few Etsy shops do a nice job with vintage cards, including Vintage Recycling, where I found the sweet card shown here. Then all you need is a frame. I really adore the distressed handmade frames from Obrien Schridde for something...

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Earth Day Pick – Because music makes the world go ’round

One of the best ways I’ve found to get a message to stick with my kids is through music, and the new CD My Changing Planet has us appreciating the specialness of our planet a little more this Earth Day. Like a save-the-earth version of Free to Be You and Me, My Changing Planet features two dozen performers who were brought together by four determined moms wanting to create a CD that both parents and kids could learn from and enjoy. Plus, 100% of the net profits go to one of our favorite charities, The Nature Conservancy. With so much variety...

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A plate filled with love

Of course we want to make sure that each and every mom is treated like the goddess she is on Mother’s Day, but it’s also important to make sure that grandmas are not overlooked. After all, they had a little something to do with each of us being parents, right? These custom silhouette portrait plates, from Aedriel Originals–also featured in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide by the way–are a great alternative to the plain old framed picture option. And at a great price too. Just mail the artist a photo (the more contrast the better), pick your rim color...

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Some boys have all the luck

Would someone I know please get married soon? And while you’re at it, lend me a baby boy to bring? Not because I actually want to carry around a baby at a wedding (what if I leave him on the buffet table when I put him down to get seconds on lasagna?) but because I feel the urgent need to see a baby boy wearing this: The seersucker baby one-piece from CMP favorite Velvet and Tweed. The ivory top is linen, the seersucker bottom is a pale blue and white stripe, and every inch of it is calling for...

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Big news for the littlest of people

We are so excited to make sure everyone hears that cardshop extraordinaire, Hello! Lucky, now makes super cool birth announcements. One of our favorite brands for hip holiday cards and stunning letterpress paperworks, it’s no surprise that we love their new line of announcements to welcome the world’s coolest babies to the planet. You can go with charming retro animals, including fawns, musical monkeys, and a velveteen rabbit. Or you can focus on spring with bright blooms and pastels. And, of course, there are several options that simply and elegantly focus on framing the photo of your newest star....

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Beautiful organic children’s clothing priced like the not-so-organic clothing

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Shivani and Neha Gupta, the two young, talented sisters behind the organic children’s clothing line, Sama Baby, and let’s just say I’m glad I did. Although my kids might be more glad because they’re the ones who can fit in their beautiful, affordable, wearable, organic kids’ clothes. Did I mention affordable? Neha is a former design developer for Coach and her attention to detail shows in the lovely, soft fabrics, and the beautiful drape of the clothes. The girls’ collection includes plenty of baby layette basics in a sweet pink, cream and...

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The digital clutch is the new designer purse

I am a pretty practical mom who would rather carry my stuff in a classic black handbag over my shoulder that I can use for years, but that doesn’t stop me from adoring the stylish digital clutch netbooks that are starting to crop up in the tech world. Designer Vivienne Tam partnered with HP to bring a little high fashion to high tech with the HP Mini Vivienne Tam edition Notebook that is so gorgeous, it was literally introduced on the runways. It enables me to stay connected on the go, not miss a moment of drama on my...

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Hipstamatic – A photography blast from the past

I’m far from a photography expert, and admittedly, the only camera I use anymore is my iPhone.  While every now and then I get a great picture with it, I often feel bad that the only pictures of my kids are taken with the sub-par quality of a camera phone. That is, until I discovered Hipstamatic. I first stumbled upon it while perusing uber mom-blog Dooce, and admired Heather Armstrong’s photos thinking they were taken with some fancy pants camera. But then when I found out it was an iPhone application, I definitely had to check it out. This...

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