Month: July 2010

It’s not junk if you display it with love

When I look around my house I find strange groupings of stuff everywhere. A bin of outgrown Crocs. A shoebox packed with old family pictures. Some coffee table books that never quite made it to the coffee table. Little did I know that these were all just charming, whimsical and revealing design elements in the making. Something I learned from the book Living With What You Love, by Monica Rich Kosann. It is a gorgeous interior design book filled with inspirational and attainable ideas on how dust off family heirlooms and show them in a whole new light. My...

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Maternity shirts that keep on going, and going

I’m loathe to buy any new maternity clothes in the middle of my 3rd trimester, but it’s also the point in my pregnancy where all my favorite items start to get a little tight – except for my one all-time favorite piece, my trusty BumpStyle maternity shirt. I’ve raved about these amazing maternity shirts before, and I’m so pleased to see they’ve added a few new styles. A top pick: The lovely kimono sleeve maternity tunics that are perfect for Fall, and for covering my jiggly pregnancy arms. If you’re not familiar with BumpStyle t-shirts, they’re probably the most...

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Read, write, learn, wipe, repeat.

I was absolutely blown away when my four year-old, in a single day, suddenly mastered lowercase letters. No thanks to me, of course. This time, all the credit goes to the new Brain Quest write and erase alphabet book. Filled with 40 pages of coated, wipe on/wipe off pages and complete with one of those dry erase pens (which argh, just make sure your kids keep it away from the couch), it’s such a clever new format from the folks who make some of the best workbooks in the world. The whole thing is the perfect size to tuck...

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Cute catches from the celebrity safari

We’ve just discovered a high-end line of ultra-luxe baby towels and accessories beloved by Brangelina, TomKat, and loads of other celebrity couples with two names that get put together to form one name in the press, which is completely annoying. Little Giraffe is not an African safari, but at least you don’t have to deal with giant mosquitoes and predators in its pursuit. Unless you count paparazzi as predators. Based in Los Angeles, their baby towels and accessories are definitely of the more foofoo animal print variety, but we love the adorable and deliciously soft Luxe Hooded Towel, which...

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New kids accessories from Appaman – Hot (or cold) for Fall

After all these years of crushing hard on the cool kid’s clothes from Appaman, it’s high time that they added an accessories line. And just in time for back to school time. I’m really digging their hats, like the pilot hat in a cool striped fabric and faux fur lining. The girl’s Igloo hat looks great too, and isn’t drenched in pink – a nice alternative to many of the girl’s caps out there. You’ll also find a small but stylish array of kids’ gloves, mittens, and scarves, all of which are a cute way to top off Appaman’s...

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Rock around the clock, or at least until bedtime

It has been a long time since I’ve willingly rocked around the clock, but I still love me some good ol’ rock-n-roll during the daylight hours. Thanks to Putumayo Kids, I now have some of our favorite kiddie rockers assembled in one place to help us shake, rattle and roll with songs that are perfect for the half pints. (check out the hilarious contest after the jump!)   Putumayo Kids Presents Rock & Roll Playground features some of our favorite songs from big names in kids’ music like Dan Zanes, Brady Rymer and Charity and the JAMband.  You may recognize...

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I dream of Orca

Cute little fishies for your baby’s room? So done. Instead, try this very hip, non-cutesy, and eco-conscious mobile that looks as sweet and restful hanging over a crib as it does dangling over a jacuzzi tub. Trust me, I know, because I stole it and hung it over mine. (My boy’s room is Godzilla and cars, so it’s not that I’m selfish; I’m practical.) [see the giveaway after the jump!] The little whale mobile by The Modern Baby Co. is laser-cut from birch and comes to you with minimal packaging and about an IKEA-level of assembly required. That means...

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I’m Stokke-ed about this new Stokke Xplory Stroller

So, let’s say you have a thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket (humor me) and you need to get a new stroller. Are you going to want the same stroller that everyone else will be parking outside your Mommy and Me class? Or are you going to go for the one that will stand out in the pack? Me? I’d be choosing a fancy-schmancy new Stokke Xplory. Yes, after five years, Stokke has just released a brand new model. And it’s cool. Very cool. Though you may think you don’t know the Stokke stroller, I’m¬†willing to bet...

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Super funky, ultra cool, kitchy fabulous pillows

No, Noogie, Moosey and Alfalfa are not part of a lovable gang of 1950’s ne’er-do-wells. They’re a few names from the line of totally hip silhouette pillows by Aunt Bucky, now available at CMP favorite Happy Chickadee. And all they need now is the goofy mutt with one black eye to round out the collection. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump] Each pillow is 16 square inches of delightful retro kitsch mixed with au courant 100% cotton fabrics in colors that are sure to find a perfect home in your kid’s room or playroom. The wool silhouette...

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Baptism gift ideas? Reader Q&A

You guys are so great at finding great gift ideas, and so I come to you with this: I have my fourth niece/nephew to buy a gift for . . . Hoping you have some good ones up your sleeves! -Christina W. Congratulations again! I hope these ideas help you find something something new and different to give to your little niece or nephew.  The Stork Store’s vintage signs (shown above) have a lovely nostalgic vibe and would look so nice in a baby’s nursery. I love that not only can the name be personalized, but the wording on the...

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