Month: June 2010

Busty mamas of the world, unite and take over

As I recently told a reader who commented on a post about maternity lingerie, we laugh when we receive size 32A nursing bras for review. Um, yeah, I’ll have my four year-old try that on for you, stat. We busty girls have it harder than you think! And while it’s becoming easier to find clothing for plus-sized women, when you’re average (or small) sized but your chest is of gawking proportions, you need a shop like Carissa Rose. This mom-run boutique is all about clothes for the well-endowed. Not lingerie, but actual clothes that fit as they’re supposed to...

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Power to the people (which is you) with Kickstarter

It’s easy to feel hopeless in today’s world, like one person can’t make a difference in the face of earthquakes and oil spills and families without health insurance. That’s why we’re so excited about Kickstarter, a website connecting do-gooders with vetted, legitimate creative projects and ambitious endeavors. Not only can you make a difference, you get a ringside seat to watch the dreams you help fund come to fruition. At Kickstarter, you can search for projects you want to help support by topic, whether they’re trying to make the world better through the arts, culture, food, the environment, and...

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A crib mobile that doesn’t eat its weight in batteries

I’m all for low-tech crib mobiles, because who wants to get their newborn hooked on all that music and blinking lights at bedtime? I’m more about getting them used to something mellow and manual, as with Plan Toys’ new Rattle Crib Mobile. Despite the name, the Rattle Mobile doesn’t really make noise–it gets its name from the three removable handheld rattle-and-grasping toys that your baby can play with when the mobile isn’t in use–nice bonus. When attached to the side of a crib though, the three toys gently sway above or spin if you give the mobile a little...

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Tools for those a little green around the grills

Yes it’s kind of a cliche that all dads like barbecuing and therefore all need grill tools for Father’s Day. But at least in my family, all the dads do like barbecuing and need grill tools for Father’s Day, so there. I love the look of all the eco-friendly grill tools from Outset, just in to Olive and Myrtle. But more so, I like the backstory; the spatula, tongs, fork and grill brush all made of 100% recycled stainless steel and farm-raised bamboo. Even the packaging is green. Now go enjoy your free-range, organic, grass-fed chicken sausages on Father’s...

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Possibly the coolest thing to put a drink on, ever.

I’m in love with a set of drink coasters if such a thing is even possible. But when I spotted these handmade film director coasters on Etsy this morning, my heart started racing, my palms got all sweaty, and I think, my friends, that that sounds like love. The fabulous original portraits from the uber talented Retro Whale shop range from Tim Burton and Sophia Coppola, to classics like Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese. All things being equal, I don’t know that I want Roman Polanski in my set but the good news is you can mix and match...

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani and I have something in common.

So what do I have in common with some of the coolest celebrity moms in America? And no, it’s not rock-hard abs; it’s an appreciation of Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers, an intriguing new “cookbook with a conscience,” by Bohemian Baby founder Anni Daulter with Shante Lanay. Organically Raised goes beyond simple recipes to explore the reasoning behind feeding our children organic foods and the benefits of eating locally and seasonally. Starting with baby’s first bite of food, it outlines a healthful eating plan for every stage of growth, peppered with beautiful photos and stories. The...

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pingg and Operation Gratitude show thanks to our troops. And so do we.

As a military spouse with a husband who deployed to a combat zone last year, I’m also pleased to see the creative ways businesses are demonstrating support for our troops. And leave it to CMP fave pingg, a free online e-card service, to figure out a way to show thanks to our Armed Forces, but get the kids involved as well. [EDITED TO ADD: Pingg is now Celebrations.com] Teaming up with Operation Gratitude, an awesome charity that creates and sends over 100,000 care packages to deployed soldiers in combat, pingg is creating a very cool “Gratitude Collection” of cards that will...

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Oh the cuteness of denim baby bums

If you needed any more evidence that denim is hot again, take a look at the new denim diaper cover I just spotted at babyGap. I love the dark wash with the slight fade on the bum, and that little pocket in back is too cute for words. It would look super swell on a little girl with nothing more than a little strappy tank this summer–but I think what I really like is that it could work on baby boys too. Eh, there’s always time for cargo shorts. For now, let those chubby little thighs be seen by...

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The Marte brings you shopping to benefit schools? How cool.

I’m what you’d call a crazy flea market/craft fair/art festival devotee. I could spend every weekend seeking out cool local artisans in church basements and school parking lots–provided there’s also a lemonade stand or cider donuts so I can bribe my kids to join me. In fact, it’s how I find quite a few of the artists I share on Cool Mom Picks. (And also why Brooklyn artists get more than their fair share of ink here. ) So I was really excited to learn that starting this weekend, we NYC mamas will have access to The Marte, a...

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Web Coolness – Design inspiration, bathtime help, and a video that has to be seen to be believed.

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. A smart DIY idea at Ohdeedoh: A laminated high chair cover that wipes clean and looks awesome. (shown) The summer issue of Small Magazine is out! As always, it’s as free as it is fabulous. Sarah Parsons of Inhabitat shares some favorite iphone apps to help you enjoy the outdoors this summer. Incredibly smart ideas from the community at Parenthacks on keeping soapy water out of kids’ eyes during bathtime. A bottle opener roundup on MightyHaus – sounds like a Father’s Day...

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A baby gift for the stars

Even after we compile our favorite baby shower gifts of the year in our Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide, it’s so fun spending the rest of the next year looking for cool new ones. The kind that make you go wow. Which is just what I did when I stumbled onto these awesome embroidered zodiac constellations. Whether you’ve got an expectant astronomer on your list, or just a cool second time (or hey, third or fourth time – ahem) mama who’s already got enough onesies and receiving blankets already, these lovely handmade pieces make a really special personalized gift....

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Does a nursing bra equal bliss? Relatively speaking, yes.

We, like everyone else in the world, have long been fans of Bravado! bras and their well-priced, comfortable nursing bras. But with the launch of their new Bliss Maternity Bra, I think they definitely upped the ante. I’m a huge fan of soft-cup nursing bras, mostly because they offer fantastic coverage under t-shirts and other tighter fitting clothes, and never scream, “Hey, I’m wearing a nursing bra and a breast pad!” to the world.  But Bravado has added a few extra touches making this a little different than the typical soft-cup nursing bras out there–like the wider shoulder and...

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When South Africa meets Sweden

I had no idea how much I’ve been taking the fact that there are not one, but two IKEAs within driving distance of me for granted. Poor, poor Heather, the creative talent behind Skinny laMinx, who was so despondent over the fact that none existed in her homeland of South Africa that she actually designed an I wish we had IKEA tea towel. Her loss is everyone else’s gain, because these towels are amazingly cool. The natural-toned 100% cotton loose weave fabric is covered in burnt orange sketches of the various vowel-impaired home goods. It is as cute as...

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Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! At Radio City! And why can’t I stop using these exclamation points!

The only thing more trippy than watching a guy in a giant yellow neoprene robot costume singing “Don’t Bite Your Friends” to a hiphop beat on your big screen TV might just be watching it live. And I don’t want to hear it from you cynics. Any children’s show that features Amy Sedaris as the tooth fairy and gets my kids singing along with the Roots is a-okay by me. Which is why we’re so excited to let you know that Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: There’s a Party in My City is heading to Radio City Music hall in...

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The James Bond wallet for Father’s Day

While big kids may be busy at camp in the coming weeks stitching up a leather wallet for Father’s Day (and I’m sure it’s lovely), I think we can all safely agree that stainless steel is sleeker and tougher. That’s why I love the wallets and passport sleeves by Brooklyn’s Stewart/Stand. These manly accoutrements look high-tech because they are. The silky-smooth stainless steel fabric is specially created for use in aerospace and automotive manufacturing, but makes for a dandy wallet material, since it helps prevent credit card fraud by blocking what they call “non-deliberate communication” between your cards and...

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Sandra Boynton introduces the best book character EVER

Sandra Boynton’s newest character in her newest book is the sweetest, funniest, cutest critter ever: My kid. And not because his sister drew him in with my missing Sharpie. I just love Are You A Cow?, a customizable (yes, customizable) board book by world-famous, best-selling children’s author Sandra Boynton. If you don’t recognize the name, you can still probably recite her books by heart– Oh Me Oh My Oh Dinosaurs, Barnyard Dance, and The Belly Button Book just to name a few. And now, your baby can gnaw on the perfect family heirloom, a board book featuring his name,...

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A Dennis Hopper DVD library – the perfect tribute to two very cool guys for Father’s Day

I, like every other cinemaphile out there, was crushed to learn that Dennis Hopper died this weekend. I think I first noticed him–like, really noticed him–when he played the father in Rumbleish but it was a college screening of Blue Velvet that sold me forever. I loved the actor so much, I even forgave him for those Ameriprise ads. So I thought before all of his DVDs double in price now, it might be a super cool Father’s Day gift to run out and grab a whole selection of them. Of course the guy had an impressive 202 acting...

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Daddy and me shirts for Father’s Day – admit it. It’s adorable.

Oh stop it you cynics. Most dads — especially the new ones — would be thrilled to spend Father’s Day flouting their dadness on their chest, and that of their doting progeny. So we’ve tracked down a few of the more clever daddy and me sets, just perfect for that special guy on June 20. And trust me, there were a lot of bad ones to weed through. -Christina The daddy and child tees (shown, above)from Little & Large hit my funny bone in the right way. I love the Chip Off the Old Block/Block and Like Father/Like Son...

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Plastic toys that are better than those other plastic toys

The way I see it, if your kids are going to fall in love with colorful shape sorters and battery-operated talking phones anyway–and trust me, they are–they might as well be from a company like b.toys. This small company used to license their designs to the Parents line of toys which is why that toy phone looks so familiar. Now they’re doing their own thang–albeit with funkier color schemes and more adventurous motifs. In fact, their site reveals the teeniest, barely detectable bit of subversive defiance against their former constraints. Or at least that’s how I read it when...

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Summer Camp – it’s come a long way from lanyards and capture the flag

While suburban kids have access to pools and lakes and campgrounds, we city folk make do with our own assets when it comes to summer camps for preschoolers–like museum trips and cooking classes and lots and lots of arts and crafts. And of course, we justify it by telling ourselves that the kids will be more comfortable out of the humidity anyway. So I laughed to learn who else has thrown their hat into the day camp ring this year; it seems that NYC institution, Dylan’s Candy Bar, is introducing Manhattan tots to Dylan’s Candy Bar Camp. Yes, it’s...

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