Month: August 2010

Stuffed animals that help real animals

Thanks to a certain animated show, my daughter now ties her stuffed animals to chairs and then attempts to save them using only teamwork and a pom-pom hat. It’s not my cup of tea, but I do like the idea of encouraging kids to help animals, which is why I like Oomfy. This new business turns that cartoon altruism into real world good. Every time you purchase a stuffed animal and its companion book from Oomfy, a portion of the proceeds goes to support the rescue, rehabilitation, and eventual release of displaced and orphaned baby wild animals. The stuffed...

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Johnson’s Natural means more naturals for all.

When I first heard that Johnson & Johnson was coming out with a line of natural baby products, I was intrigued. My first thought was, it’s about time that there’s a choice like this for the moms out there who can’t afford the high-end natural stuff at the health food stores. So when I was asked to work with the company as a consultant and spokesperson, I was honored. Thrilled even. I might have peed a little. (But only because I’m pregnant.) Especially after taking the products home, trying them out on my own kiddos, and seeing that wow,...

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Many hands–and voices–come together to help Haiti

I was a teen when Live Aid rocked the world, and saw how powerful musicians can be when they come together for a cause. Now, many years later, another group of musicians has come together, this time on a fabulous children’s CD to benefit the Haitian People’s Support Project which helps the people in Haiti who are still recovering from the devastating earthquake. And, in case you were wondering: The music, like the cause, is awesome. Conceived by versatile musician and CMP favorite, Dean Jones, the album Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti quickly became a reality after receiving the support and label backing from Spare...

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An Awesome Book. ‘Nuff said.

Let me give you 3 reasons why An Awesome Book by artist Dallas Clayton is indeed an awesome book: 1. For every book sold, The Awesome World Foundation will donate one book to schools, hospitals, camps, and shelters. 2. The artwork and story are original and compelling, and include rocket-powered pink unicorns. 3. Justin Timberlake likes it. I think this review has just written itself, but for the sake of awesomeness, I’ll go on. Clayton’s motives for penning the book are written in his bio on the website in poem form. To paraphrase, he likes to make beautiful things,...

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Method and Cleanwell sitting in a tree

If I could think of the perfect merger, two companies I love so much that I want them to get together, do things behind closed doors, and then make product babies together, it would probably be Method and Cleanwell. Well guess what? We are so delighted to get to share the brand new breaking news about the new line of Method Antibac, powered by the most awesome Cleanwell which we love because they use plant oils for antibacterial power, and not freaky chemicals. It’s based on thyme, people. Thyme. The Method antibacterial wipes are a new fixture in our...

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A match made in baby nursery decor heaven. (Is there such a thing?)

If I could, I’d spend all day shopping for home decor. But with a gaggle of kids, that whole bull in a china shop analogy springs to mind. Thankfully, I an lean on the membership sales sites like One Kings Lane and their crazy mad discounted prices. And this week they’ve got a super cool sale just for the design snob parents of the world. This weekend’s doozy of a Toastmaster Tag Sale features uber cool kid’s furniture designer and rock star wife Jennifer Delonge. Head there for access to some of her fave handpicked one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, plus–bonus–you’ll...

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Save the Gulf, one beautiful piece of art at a time

Just a couple of weeks ago, our editor-in-chief Liz and I were one of 2400 attendees at the BlogHer conference in New York City. And aside from the awesome sessions and fantastic parties, we had the opportunity to be a part of the Voices of the Year gala and art auction, an amazing event co-hosted by our friends at Kirtsy featuring hundreds of beautiful blog-inspired artwork. The best part: All of it is now being auctioned off on eBay to support the Gulf recovery. Each week, a new set of gorgeous pieces will be listed in an eBay auction,...

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Web coolness – Shopping gets cinematic, Maclaren’s Beatles stroller, and the cutest lemonade stand

Here are some things we’ve liked seeing around the web this week. We hope you will too. We love what Ralph Lauren Kids is doing with their online catalog! (shown)  It’s the first shoppable children’s storybook, and Harry Connick Jr. narrates too. This week on Babycenter’s Momformation, we tip readers off to the new Maclaren Yellow Submarine stroller. Is it the fab-est thing on four stroller wheels, or what? An incredible story on Mom Trends: One of our favorite mom bloggers had a car seat for review that malfunctioned, leading to an entire halt in production. Yay for responsive...

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New luggage for child-free getaway? Reader Q&A

My husband and I are taking our first real vacation since our honeymoon without any of our three children! I’m in desperate need of some new luggage and I’m wondering if you have any recommendations. Thanks, Rhonda First, congratulations on your upcoming getaway! I have three kids as well and still remember how special it was to go away without them for the first time. While we’re fans of packing light and using carry-on bags as much as possible, keep in mind all these brands make both larger and smaller pieces. –Christina. If you’re looking for something really special, I...

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This schoolhouse rocks

Today I was so desperate for a new project to pull the tiny whiners off my knees that I gave them a huge cardboard box and some Sharpies. They ended up just stomping on the bubble wrap inside, much to my headache’s eternal sadness. But if you plan ahead a little, you can avoid my amateur mistake by using the real deal. When your kids aren’t actually in school yet, I’m thinking this honest to goodness cardboard schoolhouse is the next best thing. It’s extra-sturdy, extra-cute, and pre-printed with environmentally friendly features. Solar panels, a recycling center, and even...

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