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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