Month: June 2010

Breaking news – Over 2 million cribs recalled

It’s time to check your cribs yet again, mamas, as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of 2 million cribs, including some popular brands. The list of recalled cribs includes Jenny Lind, Evenflo, and Delta (just to name a few). Evidently babies can fall out of these cribs, or worse, get dangerously and fatally trapped. Yikes.Thankfully no deaths have been reported, but if you have one of the listed cribs, you’ll want to get rid of it immediately. This isn’t the first time that drop side cribs have come under scrutiny, and according to the...

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Springtime in a bottle

I can tell you the story of my life through scent, from that first, huge bottle of Beautiful in high school to CK Truth at my first job to my recent addiction to BPAL. Right now, as my second child rounds the corner of two and I start to feel like a real person again, I want to smell fresh and new and filled with hope and energy. For me, for now, that scent is Leila Lou. The light, sparkly Leila Lou was created using 100% essential oils by LA makeup-artist-to-the-stars Rosie Jane to evoke notes of pear, gardenia,...

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Being on the go with kids just got a little more educational

I kind of love that my children love my iPhone, because their love of my iPhone means that I have one more tool for distracting them when we’re traveling, or even just making a run to the grocery store, because, seriously, there are only so many times that one can hear are we there yet before one goes completely insane. Well here’s an app that won’t have you wringing your hands over the question of whether you’re exposing your kids to too many video games. [see our giveaway after the jump] Tales2Go is basically good old fashioned storytelling, made...

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“You Cannot Be Serious” is a seriously great parenting book

When it comes to raising children without completely losing your mind Elizabeth Lyons wrote the book, literally. It’s called You Cannot Be Serious and 32 Other Rules That Sustain A (Mostly) Balanced Mom. [great giveaway after the jump!] Elizabeth is not a therapist, but certainly is an expert with five children under 10, including 8-year old twin boys and a daughter she adopted. So when she gives advice I’m inclined to listen. Especially when it happens to be as funny as it is wise. I found myself feeling much better when I read rules like Repeat after me, I’m...

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Protecting yourself from sun protection

Keep your eyes on the EWG website for the latest Environmental Working Group sunscreen recommendations! The headlines are everywhere: Not only is the sun hurting you, but your sunscreen is now a partner in crime. Whether you fear nanoparticles, retinoids, or hormone disruptors, it’s easy to spend twenty minutes in the sunscreen aisle drooling in frustration. But you don’t have to fear your children’s sunscreen any longer, thanks to this dandy list: The Environmental Working Group’s 2010 Sunscreen Guide. As CMP always says, checking with EWG is a good idea when you’re searching for a new product, because their...

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Baby books for busy beavers

Those board books start out so cute and shiny, don’t they? And then Baby Bookivore gets very interested in gnawing the corners, splitting the pages, and seeing what a slice of banana will look like sandwiched between B is for Broccoli and C is for Carrot. But now you can invest in an adorable book that even the earliest teether can’t destroy. This adorable wooden baby book of Garden Vegetables by just hatched on Etsy is guaranteed to entertain and last… unless you raise termites and beavers. The pages are solid oak, wood-burned by hand and burnished with beeswax...

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My kid, cleaning? Wanna bet?

First I feared the colicky newborn, then the Godzilla walker, then the Terrible Twos. Now I can see the Freaky Fours glaring at me from just a few months away, and I tremble in my flip-flops. She doesn’t want to clean, she doesn’t want to go to bed, and she most definitely does not want to play by herself. What’s a mom to do? Easy. Buy some dice and start a gambling habit. Just kidding. These extra-big, super cool Activity Dice are the answer to my prayers. The Let Me Help die has a different chore on each side–...

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Like putting baby in a bubble, but prettier. And less crazy.

Who amongst us hasn’t wanted to put our precious newborn in a germ-free, weather-protected, cocoon of safety at some point? That’s not just me, right? But the problem with any sort of covering for an infant seat is that it’s generally either 1) incomplete or 2) ugly. But aha! Meet Berry Goods Baby, inventors and purveyors of boutique-quality over-the-handle infant carrier covers. Not only are the fabrics pretty, the cover protects baby from mosquitoes, rain, and sticky-fingered strangers at the supermarket for those of you freaked out about such things. Fold back one flap to access the handle, fold...

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Three cheers for the Handmade Toy Alliance!

We’ve been fans of the Handmade Toy Alliance since this organization formed in 2008 in response to Congress’s [expletive deleted] Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act. This ill-conceived (and ironically named) law is the impetus for launching our Save Handmade campaign, which we still try to keep updated as often as we can. This week, we’re honored to be joining other bloggers and editors to let you know about some of our favorite HTA members. When we support them, it doesn’t just help a small business owner, it helps to insure that our kids–and their kids–grow up with have access...

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Like having your own Rachel Zoe for your kids, but cheaper

If you’ve ever run from one side of the mall to the other trying to match a dress from the department store and shoes from a boutique with just the right cardigan, then you are going to totally love this discovery. I think it’s the online equivalent of sitting down with a frappe while Rachel Zoe does the dirty work for you. Tada! Shop is a brilliant concept. Founders and moms Hadley and Holly bring together hundreds of popular name brands and hip, on-the-rise boutique finds for an easy-to-navigate browsing experience. You can search by category, brand, sale, or newest...

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Ballet for beginners – and their wistful moms

As a budding young ballerina, I was simply in love with A Very Young Dancer by Jill Krementz. I used to just lose myself in those marvelous photos until the pages were as dog-eared as the copies in the used bookstores that now carry it. So when I saw the new Ballet for Beginners by Mary Kate Mellow and Stephanie Troeller, it brought me right back to that same place–dreaming that one day I’d be the girl being whisked off to the Kingdom of Sweets on a magic sleigh with a prince and a mouthful of marzipan Ballet For...

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Free movies are back!

I don’t care that it’s only the first day of official summer, when it’s almost 100 degrees every single day. And in the Deep South, that means planning a lot of indoor activities–preferably free ones–like the Free Family Film Festival from Regal Theaters back again for 2010. Regal is offering free (free!) G and PG rated movies throughout the summer at their movie theaters nationwide. Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10AM through mid-August, you can catch some fantastic kids’ movies for free on a first-come first-served basis. And they’re good ones too, like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,...

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Summer is here, which means good news for moms of boys from Tea

Two of my favorite words are “simply elegant”, but I’ve never gotten to apply that concept to my son’s wardrobe before. Which is why I have a total adoration for the summer Daily Tea collection just out for boys and girls. We’ve already described how much we love the spring collection, and the summer collection is a perfect follow-up. [killer giveaway after the jump!] I love the gorgeous but masculine palette of the boys’ clothes, which goes from newborn to age 8. The designs marry boy-friendly symbols with Korean aesthetics for animal shirts that are miles from cutesy. I...

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Picky clothing kids rejoice: Soft now makes jeans

I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when Soft Clothing first arrived on the scene, bringing flat-seamed, soft cotton clothing basics for kids who have sensory issues. My own son isn’t as picky as he used to be, but he still goes for the Soft stuff over anything else, every time. But life just got even better. Soft has expanded their offerings, and they now have a unisex jean that, yes, is more like a “jean”–a pair of french terry pants with gold topstitching. Do they look exactly like jeans? No, of course not. But they’re a reasonable...

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No nasty, icky, rotten, disgusting chemicals

There are loads of companies jumping on the eco bandwagon, but this is the first time I’ve ever heard of one that started in an eco village. Heck, this is the first time I’ve heard of an eco village! But this is indeed where New Zealanders Melanie and Malcolm Rands developed an ecostore of earth-friendly products for their neighbors 15 years ago. And now those products have made it over to us, even if the closest I have to an eco village are my recycling and compost bins. I found their brand of baby shampoo rinses nice and quickly,...

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These dads really rock

My kids have a dad who rocks, but not a dad who “rocks.” (Guitar Hero doesn’t count.) But a lot of kids do, considering there are some very cool dads who have put out fantastic CD’s in the recent past. We thought that Father’s Day would be a great time to celebrate their contributions to kids’ music, with singing that doesn’t need to be confined to the shower. –Christina [see the giveaway after the jump!] Change the lyrics from stories about riding a Bike and being told to take a Time Out, and much of the second CD from...

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TOMS Wedges – The perfect summer flip flop alternative

I’ve kept my eye on TOMS shoes for a long time, hoping for a style that might just fit my fancy over their classic flat slip on that I just don’t think I can pull off. And I think I just found it in the newest member of the TOMS shoes family. Lucky for me, TOMS’s awesome new canvas wedges launched just when I was on the hunt for some summery footwear other than my beloved flip flops, and they do not disappoint. These sporty, ridiculously comfortable shoes are like your favorite bright canvas sneaker with a little “umph”...

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Thanks to Happythought’s free printable garland, our Father’s Day message will be loud and clear

We’re sure you’re all set for tomorrow, but if you are still looking for a way to wow dad when he first stumbles down the stairs for breakfast, check out the awesome free printable banner that you can have ready and hanging before the coffee is finished brewing.  Happythought Printshop’s free We Love You Daddy garland will be emailed to you in an easy-to-print pdf. With some scissors, string and a few minutes, you can have a ready-to-hang message that will make any dad’s Father’s Day. -Christina To get your copy of Happythought’s We Love You Daddy printable pdf garland,...

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A little father’s day gift for all the new dads of the world, no gift wrap required

When we discovered the movie Being Dad last August, Mir gave it an enthusiastic thumbs-up. She loved this look at 40 normal, often funny new dads (no “touchy-feely over-earnestness”) and a few experts confessing the real scoop on newborns in a way that will appeal to even the dads who will pick up your copy of What to Expect when hell freezes over. This weekend, in honor of Father’s Day, you can watch the next version of the movie totally free. Just click over to this link at indie movies online and voila – the sequel, Being Dad UK...

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Last-minute Father’s Day cards that are worthy of the World’s Greatest Dad

I’m not exactly a procrastinator, I just tell myself  I can always do something tomorrow. As in, I’ll go out and get that great Father’s Day card tomorrow. Guess what? Tomorrow is now, and the Father’s Day card rack at the local store looks like it was attacked by hungry wolves. But, no worries, because some of our favorite websites have got our backs covered, with great Father’s Day ecards that won’t look like we waited until “tomorrow” to get. -Christina Start his day off with a song, preferably one sung by someone who sounds better than I do before...

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