Month: September 2010

The fall wardrobe staple for every mom. Yes, you too.

Considering I’m due with baby #4 in a couple of weeks, I’m not inclined to buy any new clothes. Nor do I even want to think about pulling out my fall wardrobe, which is sure to not fit me at least until next fall. Nine months on, nine months off, right? However my awesome sweater coat is one piece that I know will fit me now, in a few weeks, and in a few months. Meaning I may love it most of all. Now while I don’t own this particular sweater coat by Perfectly Imperfect that I spotted at...

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Betcha can’t find one million giraffes!

It all began with a bet: somewhere in Norway, Ola bet Jorgen that he could collect one million hand-drawn giraffes in one year. And you know what? He did. The proof is at OneMillionGiraffes.com. And now you can buy a 32-page hardcover book, aptly called OMG! One Million Giraffes featuring the giraffe images from all over the world, in a mosaic form reminiscent of an artsy Where’s Waldo? But with giraffes. Each unique giraffe had to be created by hand– not computer–and was submitted by everyday people, simply to see if one man’s wacky but interesting dream could come...

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Halloween costume swaps – Frugal or just plain smart?

My younger kids wear a lot of their siblings’ hand-me-downs but, at Halloween, they draw the line. They want their own special costume and so I take a deep breath and buy new Halloween costumes every year. Oh sure, their old costumes get passed on to friends or charity, but I’m still left starting over from scratch. This year, I’ve found a way to get them “newish” costumes, find homes for their old ones, and feel a little greener without spending a lot of green–with a good old fashion costume swap. Green Halloween has partnered with Kiwi Magazine to help promote National Costume Swap...

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Little Lion Studio: Your nursery will never be the same

Wall decals are an easy way of giving a room a whole new look. And coming from those of us who have pretty much seen all the decals out there, we can safely say that the wall decals at the brand new Etsy shop, LittleLion Studio are a cut above. Think: unexpected, whimsical, truly artful, and your neighbor is not going to have them. Giraffe Backyard is more a mural than a decal, turning your nursery into a magical land of giraffes and foliage, with cut out leaves that show off your wall color. Click over and look closely...

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A shout-out to the liger of the babywearing world

Fun fact: when you combine a male lion and a tigress, you get a liger. It’s weird, it’s cute, it likes to swim, some people believe it has magical powers. It’s also the biggest cat alive, often growing to the size of both parents combined. That’s the kind of power packed by the half-buckle carrier, a mix of mei tai and soft structured carrier. (Yes, I’m the resident baby carrier geek.) And if you’re looking for a liger of your own, I suggest Baby So Smart. Baby So Smart. is a woman-run company offering hand-made baby carriers from lush,...

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Be good in honor of National Family Day.

My kids are already super kind, generous little people, but that doesn’t mean a little more conscious kindness isn’t in order. That’s where the folks at  Boom Boom! come in. Their line of pay-it-forward cards (which we’ve already fallen in love with) now include two new approaches to kindness, and right in time for National Family Day. Which is today. If you didn’t know. (We didn’t.) The Boom Boom! Family Edition encourages you to work at kindness within the expectations of being a family, and I sure enjoyed when one of the kids pulled the “do a family chore without...

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Transforming the typical robot toy

Though I have a six-year-old son, I have somehow avoided those plastic transforming toys that are supposed to go from a car or a truck to a robot, though I can never get them to look like either one. But avoid a block of wood that transforms into a smiling robot that looks like he’s about to bust a move? No way: This one is just too cool. Created by amazing designer David Weeks, the Cubebot Wooden Robot Toy is a twist on the very-neat Japanese wood craft known as Kumiki. And unlike the typical battery-hogging, noise-producing, plasticky robot toy, the Cubebot is crafted of...

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I’m dreaming of a blue peacock

There’s really no right way to decorate a baby nursery, but a great tip I swear by is starting with a fabulous piece of art or set of prints as an inspiration–as opposed to something like crib bedding, which babies outgrow super fast. (Or in my house, never actually use.) You can definitely get some longevity out of your room with artwork like these cheery, unique prints from collage artist and past CMP pick Linda Solovic. They’re rather affordable as far as artwork goes, and the infusion of various color palates make it a cinch to find (or make) matching baby essentials. Plus, you’re...

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A Bedtime for Bear. And, hopefully, your kiddo.

I am crazy about multitasking, and that includes at kid bedtime; when we read a book together, my child and I reconnect, plus I get to lie down, plus I get to work a little Mom Psychology 101. All that is made a little more golden when we have in our reading roster a book that lets us discuss something about which one of my children is worried, by pretending we’re discussing what someone else is worried about.   Bonnie Becker’s A Bedtime For Bear fits the bill; poor Bear is slightly stuffy; needs everything just so in order to sleep, only his sleepover...

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The Taj Mahal of kids’ playhouses

I’m not gonna beat around the bush: Modern Playhouse makes a seriously cool modern playhouse. We’re talking the Taj Mahal of fourteen-square-foot living, folks. No more faded plastic hot dog stands or cardboard that crumples when your unruly toddler learns to stage dive. It’s really a very very very fine house. With a very very very steep price tag. Both the Wedge House and the Circle House are made in San Francisco and FSC certified, which means non-toxic, non-formaldehyde, naturally pigmented, and eco-friendly wood. The smart design is easy for two sober people to assemble and has been rigorously...

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