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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