Month: July 2010

Some like it hot, some like it cold

We’re lunch packers around my house, but when there’s no microwave to heat up anything, it makes it challenging to pack the hot lunch my daughter would beg for. Too bad we didn’t have new Crocodile Creek insulated food jars, now at mom-run boutique Cattiwampus. Known for their friendly graphics and thoughtful designs on things like lunchboxes and placemats (you have seen them everywhere, trust me), Crocodile Creek now brings their expertise into BPA-free, phthalate-free stainless steel insulated jars meant to keep food cold for up to 4 hours and warm for up to 5 hours. It’s not exactly...

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Cool kid travel guides they’ll actually read

When we moved to Georgia, I tried to pad the transition with various books about what a great place it was and the interesting things that have happened here. My efforts were met with a resounding “meh” from my children. Hmph. Of course, the brand new Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know city guides from Arcadia Kids weren’t around, back then, otherwise I could have gotten them the Atlanta book and totally won them over.   Even though we live here, now, both kids pronounced this little book “totally cool,” and why not? It’s chock-full of not just landmarks...

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Give the gift of baby labels

I’ve learned over the years it’s nearly impossible to register for everything that you will need for your new baby. In fact, I’ve got a huge list of items that I wish I had thought of asking for or even just ordering for myself. And up high on that list would be personalized name labels. Now I realize that personalized baby labels might not be the most showy of all baby shower gifts, but the folks at Emily Press have created a slew of stylish labels that would be a lovely surprise for a new mom or a thoughtful...

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From dirt to diapers: A Weleda journey

I’m back from Germany, and I’ve got jet lag, chocolate, and answers to your questions regarding Weleda‘s biodynamic farm. I’ve also got stories about canceled credit cards, hairy men in capri pants, blood sausage, and homeless hedgehogs wearing soccer shoes. But that’s not why you’re here. First, you want to know more about calendula and unicorns. Mama H asks: Are their ingredients somehow measured for potency? The answer: It’s true that no two harvests are alike, which affects the ingredients, but I learned that Weleda ingredients have to undergo strict tests in order to meet European laws and certification...

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Go fish

Maybe toddlers shouldn’t fish.  I remember thinking this as I watched my 3-year-old niece clutch a big fishing pole while my husband tried to keep her from falling into the deep dark water or skewer him with the sharp fishing hook that was waving wildly in the air.  I think next time we’ll amuse her with something a little more toddler-friendly that will still let her reel in her own catch.   Soopsori’s Ecowooden Play Fishing Set should keep her happily occupied while the big kids try to catch something that isn’t a weed. Plus, she can pick up...

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One cure for the affliction known as stickermania

If my kids are any indication, Stickermania may in fact be an actual medical condition. It strikes kids between 2 and 3, can last as long as a decade, and side effects may include weak and broken nails–your own–after scraping stickers off the living room floor and the dog. On the positive side, however, it means stickers become a genius distraction on long car rides, doctor office waits, or dinners out. My kid are in love with the Incredible, Outrageous Sticker Book by Klutz thanks to Grandma and her excellent gift-purchasing skills. With more than 450 pages filled with...

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Heavy metal

I love Etsy because I know that almost anything I can imagine is sitting in someone’s shop, waiting to be found (including plenty of scary things). So when I typed “concrete necklace” into the search bar one day on a whim, I wasn’t all that surprised when a whopping 97 items popped up. But I was surprised at how cool the handmade jewelry by Dr. Craze is. And by how light and wearable concrete can actually be. I now own a beautiful Concrete and Amazonite Monolith Pendant, as well as a Yellow Concrete Heart. The workmanship on these pieces...

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The perfect gift for bookworms with authority

It was a red-letter day in our household when each child was old enough to get his or her own library card. They love picking out books, handing their card over to the librarian and then skipping out with their new reads. What they don’t love is listening to me hound them to find those books under their covers, inside the couch cushions or off the floor of the car when it’s book-return time.  But, now they’ve got a cool new kit that let’s them play library whenever they want, and it’s missing just the thing that bugs them...

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Web Coolness – Invitations with a twist, cool style blogs, and kids food that will make you gag

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Balloon invitations on Oh Happy Day that would make our kids’ days happy for sure. Design Mom opens up with a very personal post that means a lot many mamas. (Hint: Boobs are involved.) We are sooooo bookmarking this roundup on Blogher of great style bloggers who walk the walk, written by one of our own favorites, Miguelina. The Daily Beast rates the 25 worst kids meals at national chains, based on calories, saturated fat, sodium and carbohydrates. The winners (or losers)...

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Random acts of stainless steel bottle beauty from Earthlust

Sure, my husband is happy with his solid blue, no-name water bottle. But he also eats the exact same ham sandwich every day and owns an endless army of white socks. Me, I want my environmentally conscious, BPA-free water bottle to be as colorful and artistic as the rest of my life. Bonus points if it matches my argyle sock collection. Cool Mom Picks mentioned Earthlust back when BPA first became a more widely recognized no-no, and even then their artwork stood out from the safe water bottle pack. The latest collection of limited edition stainless steel water bottles...

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Pucker up for The Lemonade Tour by Baby Loves Disco

Yeah there she was, like disco lemonade… You know we love to party hearty with the fine folks at Baby Loves Disco. And you really know we love to shop. Now, thanks to the new Lemonade Tour, you get to do both at malls all across the country–with proceeds going to a great charity, too. If you don’t know Baby Loves Disco yet, you should. They turn hip nightclubs into child-safe, family-friendly parties on Saturday afternoons with music that appeals to both rockin’ parents and their kids. But for those of us– like myself– who can’t get to a...

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Hallmark.com launches personalized baby announcements. Finally.

I guess I must have just assumed that Hallmark already offered customizable baby announcements because they’re pretty much the greeting card pioneers. But apparently, that was not the case, since I just got word that their brand new line personalized baby announcements just hit their site. From what I can see, they look pretty darn cool. I’m equally impressed with the simple, stylish designs as I am with the ease of ordering and sending them (I tried out their thank-you cards myself), and the fantastic prices. Hallmark has got everything from the cute girl announcement that turns your full-frame photo...

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How to parent smarter, with a little help from an expert

Betsy Brown Braun’s You’re Not the Boss of Me promises to brat-proof your 4- to 12-year old, and so my natural aversion to parenting manuals was overcome by curiosity as to whether such a thing was actually possible. I quickly fell deeply, shamelessly in love with Braun’s no-nonsense, straightforward approach to parenting productively. “Don’t bother with ‘good job,'” she says. “What does that even mean, anyway?” A simple change to our automatic inclination to offer praise — mention how responsible your child was for making that particular choice, for example — and now you’re fostering good choices rather than...

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Hey Kid – Make your own cupcakes

My three kids, and even my 2-year-old, are super eager to help me in the kitchen. And surprise, they seem even more eager to consume what I’ve prepared when they’ve had a hand (or entire arm as it seems to go) in making it. Granted, they probably won’t need any prompting to chow down on cupcakes, but this awesome My First Baking Kit is a fabulous way to give any kiddo a little kitchen inspiration. Each tin is made to order, featuring a slew of baking essentials including cookie cutters, sprinkles (or jimmies, ahem), and cake toppers just to name a few. There’s also...

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Couture diaper bags without the couture prices

I’ve owned my fair share of diaper bags, and I’ve definitely got a sweet spot in my heart for the huge, honkin’, very pricey bags that might just fit all your personal belongings and your baby. But by the same token, it’s just not feasible for me to lug something like that around, especially with three kids and another on the way.   [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] Thus, my infatuation with the Diaper Satchel from the Everyday collection at Momma Couture. This is a bright, sporty nylon bag that could easily pass as your everyday purse,...

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Summer sales – Stock up for next year!

I’m a huge fan of hitting end of season sales to outfit my kids for the following year. The clothes are still cute one year later (imagine that!) and even better, I can usually score the more expensive designer brands that I’ve been coveting all season long. Take the big summer clearance sale at the very stylish Lollie boutique where you can snag up to 70% off on some amazing brands. I love this Wrecking Ball tee by CMP fave City Threads (pictured left) for my truck-obsessed son, now $14 down from $28. I’m also digging their great selection...

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One more reason to love Klean Kanteen

We all know that drinking lots of water is essential, especially since this summer has been hella-hot. And while the reusable bottle movement is hardly new, these special-edition Fill. Drink. Repeat. bottles from Klean Kanteen give you even more incentive to switch over to an eco-friendly drink container you can use over an over again. First of all, they happen to be designed by Shepard Fairey in partnership with SHFT.com; he’s the awesome contemporary artist behind the Obama “Hope” posters. Secondly, 10% of the proceeds from the sales of these bottles go to water.org, a non-profit organization, co-founded by...

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Kids name labels go designer

If you’re like me, then you probably try to have a nice stack of name labels on hand for all those things your kids have to take to camp, school, daycare and everywhere else their busy little social calendars may take them. But when kids start to outgrow those ubiquitous frog and heart design options, what do you do? I’m delighted to see the new fashion print label offerings from Oliver’s Labels. How could I resist the London Bouquet–you know, as in, Liberty of… Or the Burberry Inspired plaid? There’s also a swirly, Pucci Inspired print that girls will...

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The 3 Little Pigs go 21st Century

I have a soft spot for nursery rhymes and classic kids’ stories, both of which seem to be slowly dying in our age of technology and television. But the folks at Sprout San Francisco have revived one of my favorite tales with a cool new set of kid’s t-shirts. Their adorable 3 Little Pigs construction t-shirt (pictured) offers a smart, modern twist on an old classic – with these pigs specializing in “sticks, straws, and bricks.” Cute, right? And the Big Bad Wolf Demolition shirt is just as clever. Both of the shirts are printed on soft, organic cotton right...

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Snowflakes in summer

It seemed like yesterday that I was dying to put a hair clip in my oldest daughter’s nearly bald little head. And now with her bangs all grown out and her hair all grown in, she really can’t leave home without one, so I’m always on the lookout for cute hair bling sans the big bows. These subtle felt hair clips from Modern Bean are right up my alley. Handcrafted from Holland felt and featuring a simple snowflake detail inspired by mid-century design, these sweet hair clips are perfect for any season – regardless of whether your kiddo is in shorts...

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