Month: May 2010

Growth charts are growing cooler by the minute

Growth charts aren’t exactly one of those items that has overtaken the design world just yet. Mostly your options are semi-cheesy printed paper wallhangings, or what we use at my house — a pencil mark on a door frame. Klassy, I know! So I was blown away by the fabric growth charts from A E Wilder‘s Etsy shop. As much art as milestone marker, these hand embroidered linen charts are simply and lovely with found vintage button embellishments and pretty ribbon for hanging. They can be made all the more special if you have it personalized with your kiddo’s...

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You mean things can go somewhere other than the floor?

You know those special areas some people have in their entryways with hooks and nooks and spots for every last mitten, bat and cleat? Well, in my house, the catch-all we have is known as the floor. Yes, I have mudroom envy. But wait! It turns out that Martha feels my pain, and has created the perfect solution for all us organizationally challenged individuals — free standing storage benches and cube organizers with a beautiful selection of colored canvas drawers. The new Martha Stewart Living storage and organization collection has just hit Home Depot, and it’s made from substantial...

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How to train your dragon to sit on the couch

Sit. Speak. Shake. Breathe flame. Okay, now make the room more attractive. Go on. Good boy! You get a biscuit! Okay, so maybe it has nothing to do with the movie, and maybe it can’t sit up and beg, but I saw this duck’s egg blue and ivory dragon cushion by helkatdesign on the front page of Etsy and simply had to share it with you. I love the simple, iconic, elegant design. I adore that it’s handprinted in Wiltshire, UK using quality natural materials, so each one is unique. You even get to pick the ribbon color. Now...

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Happy Father’s Day, dawg

Not every guy is a jewelry guy but I am in admiration of those funky types who are. Meaning, those men who can pull off the hipster dog tag or chunky ID bracelet thing; not those with the Wookie chest hair and the gold Mr. T chains. For those dads in the former category, I just love this men’s custom dog tag from Penelope Poet, right in time for Father’s Day. No curlie-cue fonts here, just a sleek courier typewriter face, so he can display the children’s initials, birth dates, birthplace coordinates, or even a special nickname they call...

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Sesame Street goes green

I admit that I’m a complete sucker for most things Sesame Street, even since my kids have outgrown it. And now I’ve got even more reasons to invest in some muppetry, since discovering the terrific new Sesame Street Envirosax reusable shopping bags, found at CMP fave shop Cattiwampus. Aside from the very cool graphics, these washable, reusable bags are a really great way to promote going green, even for the under 5 set (heck, try under 35 set). Think of them for packed picnic lunches, library books, dance clothes, or up to 40 pounds of groceries (seriously). And I...

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Saying no to gladiator shoes

I have been coveting this one pair of Michael Kors slides since I slipped my feet into them at local trendanista boutique, Scoop. On three different occasions. The buttery leather and comfy flat sole coupled with the perfect shade of neutral made it tops on my casual summer shoe covet list. (Yes, I have multiple shoe covet lists subdivided by usage occasion. What? Doesn’t everyone?) Then I happened to spot the very same Michael Kors sandals for $50 off at Zappos and hello! Guess who has a fabulous new pair of shoes? While the upper had to break in...

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Timi & Leslie – taking the diaper out of diaper bags

The season has definitely changed around here, which means I’m putting away the sweaters and long pants, and switching handbags. Of course this leads to much hand wringing considering I’m completely attached to my super great, but very wintry, brown leather bag. But I have to say that I’m digging the new line of diaper bags from Timi & Leslie, which, unless you dig through the bag itself and discover diapers, just looks like a fantastic spring/summer handbag. My personal fave, the Hannah Diaper Bag (pictured), is awesome. I love the super trendy and versatile metallic tones (which by...

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Nut-free granola bars for safe snacking this summer

All three of my kids will attend a week of camp this summer which means I need to stock-up on yummy but somewhat healthy snacks to fuel all those kickball sessions. But I also need to keep those snacks free of peanuts because our summer camp, like so many other programs, is now peanut-free. Thankfully, I can now keep granola bars on my snack list with the TANABAR chewy granola bars from Peanut Free Planet — which live up to its name, with a totally nut-free facility. They’re all-natural and pack a hefty 7 grams of protein into each...

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A new app that teaches kids Chinese? Xie Xie! (Thank you!)

Yesterday my son had a playdate with a little Chinese girl, coincidentally the same day I downloaded Chinese for Munchkins to my iPhone. The amazed look on her face when I asked them if they had seen a hóu zi or a lóng (a monkey or a dragon) at school was priceless. The look on my son’s face was decidedly more, Woman, what are you doing!? Stop being a dork! Chinese for Munchkins is an adorable app to teach words for animals and numbers to kids, or frankly anyone who wants to learn a little bit about a language...

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Sex and the City 2, and a peek into the wardrobe of my dreams

The premiere of Sex and the City 2 hits tonight, and the women I’ve talked to seem to be divided into two groups: Those who care, and those who won’t admit they care — just a little bit. I admit it! I care! I want to gawk at Aiden, and marvel at everyone’s perfect triceps, and learn why the heck they’re riding camels in $16,000 outfits. For those of you who are interested in the always fabulous Patricia Field styling above all, check out the Sex and the City Closet on the movie’s website. This interactive app lets you...

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