Month: August 2010

Better than a twirly dress – a fair trade twirly dress

Leave it to Grandma to buy my girls two dresses so adorable, they no longer have eyes for any other in the closet. Not the expensive ones, not the cheap ones, not anything but their new “grandma twirly dresses” which they both want to wear so often, it’s forcing me to get over my aversion to siblings in matching clothes. Found online at a shop called designers + artisans, the truly beautiful twirly dresses are made of hand-woven, indigenous Indian cotton  that has a silky sheen to it, but as cotton it has a heavier weight than silk. Which...

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I can’t wait to be on the road again

Sometimes, full-sized baby skincare products can be intimidating for me. Like that enormous tube of diaper cream, or the half-gallon jug of powder that I can all too easily imagine scattered over my floor. I like my products like I like my kids: short and cute. At least until I get to know them better. That’s one reason I’m loving the Road Pack by Mayron’s Goods. But it’s not the only reason. [don’t miss our giveaway after the jump!] The Road Pack brings together five must-have baby products in an adorable, waterproof travel bag. So it’s cute. And handy....

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Mary Jane socks that are cuter than your average Mary Jane socks.

We are obsessed with mary janes for little girls around here. Seriously, search our site for mary janes and uh, yeah. Lots of them. So of course I’m flipping out in love with the fabulous new socks from Trumpette. Why? Well, they look like the mary jane socks that the company pioneered (and everyone else copied), but these just so happen to be plaid. Plaid! The six pairs of mary jane socks feature colors that are perfect for fall, but still vibrant and cheery for babies. And on a personal note, Trumpette made about the only socks that ever...

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Not just a nightlight, a magic nightlight. Magic, I tell you!

My kids are in that nightlight phase right now. (They’re also in a Silly Bandz phase, a make me a sandwich and then I won’t eat it phase, and a fighting about who gets to drink out of which princess cup phase. But that’s besides the point.) So when I see something that calls itself a magic nightlight, how can I not check it out? The magic nightlight spotted at Chloe in Style is not one for the eco-istas out there, but it is one for those who covet quirky little Japanese bits of random coolness. It’s like your...

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Gimme an oi! for punk music for kids from Candy Band

The next person who simpers that kids’ music is just too watered down to really rock is getting locked inside my minivan with the Candy Band’s new CD — cranked up to 11 until they cry uncle. Because there is nothing wishy washy about these four motor-city mamas whose ability to perform punk for kids is so much fun, I’d lock myself in the minivan willingly. High Five is Candy Band’s fifth CD, and it makes clear that this foursome is still rocking as hard as their last CD, 2007’s Calling All Kids. I love that I can play the kind of aggressive...

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Great games to take along on your late-summer trip

There’s nothing like finally taking that summer vacation and then getting stuck in the hotel while the skies rain down on your plans. To save us from extreme hotel ennui, I make sure we take along a few easy-to-pack games to help us pass the time until the sun comes out again. These games all come from the wonderful small company Gamewright, and if you’re looking for alternatives from the same-old, you’re in luck. I am embarrassed to admit that I am story-telling impaired, always falling back on a tale about a princess, a castle and a cliche. But with...

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Organization solutions that balance pretty and practical

I’m in a bit of a storage kick these days, trying to get all of the toys and games and stuffed animals and books that are out in our apartment, into something. Anything. Aaaaanything at all. Okay, maybe something pretty. Is that too much to ask for? I think the storage boxes from Fiona Kate are so fabulous, I covet everything on the site and only wish the shipping to the US wasn’t somewhat prohibitive. They’re sturdy and handsome; just the right balance between practical storage and decor you can live with happily. I love choices like the monster...

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Now Yo Gabba Gabba will have to do an episode on not rubbing it in when your shoes are cooler than everyone else’s.

Me, oh, I’m just sitting here coveting some sweet new Vans with cartoon characters on them. Okay, so they’re not just any cartoon characters; I do have my standards you know. They’re the totally rad-meets-wtf Yo Gabba Gabba Vans. They’re not coming out until November, and I have no idea where these shoes will be on sale, besides places that deal in AWESOME. But I was so excited seeing Muno, Foofa and Plex on Classic Slip-On and Sk8-Hi styles for kids that I couldn’t wait to tell you. Mostly so there might be someone besides me to share my...

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The Cool Mom Picks guide to a cooler Orlando vacation. Part 1: Money saving tips.

An Orlando vacation is pretty much a requisite at some point in your life once you’ve had kids, right? It’s like you hit the L&D ward and they give you breastfeeding advice, a swaddling tutorial, and coupons for Sea World. While an Orlando vacation may be less expensive than international trips, it still makes sense to take advantage of all the money-saving tips you can. After all, wouldn’t you rather spend any extra hard-earned cash on one great dinner out at Emeril’s (and a baby sitter) than overpaying for a hotel room? Having been there a ton ourselves, we’ve...

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Because a good night’s sleep makes everything better

I don’t know about your family, but around here, there is no faster path to a terrible day than not everyone getting adequate shut-eye the night before. And if just one of us is cranky, everyone ends up cranky. Bad news. Of course, a great night’s sleep is a complicated thing; you have to have the right prep before bed, the right stuff in bed, and–for so many kids–the right bedtime story. The Goodnight Book for Moms and Little Ones is a little cornucopia of Everything Optimal For Bedtime. For kids, yes, there’s an array of suitable bedtime stories...

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Preschool prep can be easy, young grasshoppers

I admit that I was a little nervous about my 3.5 year old starting preschool this fall because he’s the second kid and well, I’m just amazed that he knows how to count to ten. But thanks an ingenious new learning tool, I’m feeling confident that he’ll be more than prepared for his first day. The Grasshopper Preschool Prep Kit was created by Rachel Rudman, a pediatric occupational therapist, and contains a series of developmental activities that are carefully designed to provide kids with practice on skills they need to be ready for those early half-days of classroom time....

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Style, comfort, and karma.

What do you dress your baby in when you want something that’s good for the planet, totally comfortable, and also totally cute? We’ve found quite a few of them over the years and I’m so happy to add Urban Munchkin to the list. [don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!] All of their buttery-soft tops and pants for your little one are made of Fair Trade, organic cotton. They’re flat-seamed and totally comfy for baby–and how cute are these simple mandala tops with words like “love” and “grow?” The dyes are low-impact, and even the packaging is recycled. I...

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Free money management help just got more helpful. If not more free.

You may already know that Mint.com is a fantastic one-stop destination for money management on the Net; it’s as close to a bookkeeping genie as most of us mere mortals are going to get. I love that you can sync up your bank accounts, credit cards, stock portfolio, and more, and Mint.com will manage it all in one place. Their latest feature, however, is raising the bar for financial wizardry for those of us who can use a little wizard-like intervention. The brand-new Goals section is very smart. It allows you to not just manage what already exists in...

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Celebrate good times. Like, uh, the first day of school.

With my kids rapidly becoming tired of our regular summer activities, I can’t be more excited for the start of school. Or at least, that’s the story I’m going with. So to celebrate your kiddo’s first day back (you know, other than the sound of your screeching tires as you pull away from the drop-off zone) I’d suggest the Schultute gift box at Abe’s Market, put out by CMP fave Jade’s Toy Box. (Edited to add: Jade’s Toy Box no longer exists) They’ve revived and revamped a 200-year-old German tradition with this cool cone shaped gift bag that’s stuffed...

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Custom earrings without the custom pricetag

Though my regular Starbucks order doesn’t come close to a Decaf double tall non-fat extra-dry cappuccino, I do have very specific tastes in everything from coffee to jewelry. So, I was thrilled to learn of a custom earrings website that lets you pick not only the style but the gemstones and metal, all without costing so much that I have to justify my purchase to death. Portland’s GemKitty has new custom earrings for those of us who are particular about our jewels. The earrings come in five dangling styles which may not work for those days when you’re with a grabby toddler, but are...

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Dan Zanes rides the XM waves to your radio

Family-friendly Grammy-nominated musician extraordinaire Dan Zanes apparently had a secret desire to be a disc jockey. Which is a coincidence, because I had a secret desire to hear awesome radio music that wasn’t pure dreck (mainstream kid music) or me fake-sneezing during naughty words (my music). So we both get our wish. Rocketship Beach Radio with Dan Zanes will feature music from the Sirius XM archives, as well as hits from Dan’s own collection and his albums, including the recent 76 Trombones album based on a catalog of Broadway favorites. Add in Dan’s spectacular storytelling and lighthearted chatting, and...

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Stitch by Stitch – Proving that everyone can indeed sew

I’ve often joked that I’m devoid of the crafty gene, but that’s not completely true. I actually do enjoy crafting; it’s just that I don’t often have the time or the individual instruction I need to get me over those challenging humps. Well, thanks to Atlanta-based mom of four Deborah Moebes’ new book Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time, it’s like I’ve got my own private sewing instructor right in my very home. [don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!] Known for her friendly, easy to follow instructional style, Deborah has translated that into...

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Web Coolness – online prettiness, a blog for divorced parents, and your chance to be an LA star.

Here’s some of the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We’re loving Joie, the new, free online magazine from our friends at Indie Fixx. (shown) So much inspiration! So many pretty things! A new blog about divorce from two of our favorite bloggers, Laid Off Dad and Ask Moxie –and a former couple themselves. It’s brave and brilliant. Check out When the Flames Go Up. On Baby Center’s Momformation blog this week, we write about cool new retro-fabulous Band-Aids. Wound care just gets more appealing by the day. We love the...

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Baby Loves Disco, now with extra added boogie

Why did the handkerchief dance? Because you put a little boogie in it. (Heh). And why does my kid dance? Because she’s a ballerina/ninja/cheerleader/doctor/dinosaur-tamer. And that is why Baby Loves Disco keeps on rockin’ with some super cool news for families all over the country. This fall, our friends at Baby Loves Disco will be back with more awesome family-friendly dance parties across the nation. We’ve already told you about their groundbreaking Lemonade Tour, which is raising money as we speak to help find a cure for childhood cancer. But we want to remind you of BLD’s ongoing, original...

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Easy, comfy, Euro-cool

I spent a lot of time in airports last month, and one thing became as clear as an airplane-sized glass of Sprite: Europeans are just uniquely cool. I think they must be born with it. The scarves, the sunglasses, the bags — and definitely the shoes. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] I saw lots of sandals like these handmade menorquinas from 3 Soles, and since I started wearing them myself, I’ve gotten loads of compliments. I love my Nubuck Avarcas in Alzina Green, which I was delighted to try out for the purpose of this review,...

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