Month: September 2010

Backpacks aren’t just for the kiddos

I’m off to the park and I have my twelve-month-old in one arm, diaper bag on my shoulder, another hand holds the sand toys, my three-year-old needs my hand to get down the stairs and maybe we’ll need a blanket to sit on… wait, I’m out of hands. This is when I could really use a backpack. I haven’t owned a backpack since college, but now, more than ever, I could use an extra hand, and the Packsack from one of our favorite stores, Poketo, is streamlined, classic and slightly retro. These colorful, canvas (nice break from nylon) backpacks...

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Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids – Who said there’s no pain in fashion?

Got a blister from your Louboutins? Catch your finger on your Dolce & Gabbana trench zipper? Well, you can now tend to your designer inflicted wounds with fashion designer and mom Cynthia Rowley’s new designer Band-Aids. Yes, yes, they’re a little over the top, but c’mon – I actually they’re pretty cute (love the sequins!), and a fun change from plain bandages. Or worse, the Dora ones that I grab for myself in a pinch and make me feel like I’m a walking advertisement for Nick Jr. Not surprisingly, designer Band-Aids aren’t cheap, but on the bright side, $1...

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You’ve come a long way, Juno Baby!

Here at CMP, we love the thrill of bringing you something new and exciting– from gummi bear chandeliers to faux fur blackboards and the practical, super-cool stuff in between. And we really, really love it when one of our picks starts out small, then makes it to the big time. Today’s example is Juno Baby. Way back in 2006 — right before my oldest kid’s due date, in fact — Kristen reported on the watchability, elegant sophistication, and just all-around coolness of Juno Baby, a series of DVDs created by husband and wife team Belinda Takahashi and Adam Adelman...

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Building a better bookend

Bookends for a kid’s room are one of those challenging decor finds, or at least for me. A lot of bookends that I see and like are either too expensive (like, $100 a bookend), or they don’t actually hold up your books. In which case uh, what’s the point again? Leave it to CMP fave Kerri Lee to reinvent the bookend with a bookend shelf. The little painted wood shelf actually has bookends that slide along the shelf, so they can’t tip over when your tall Richard Scary word book is placed alongside your Boynton board books. The design...

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Fun first aid, always on hand

Woe betide the mother who doesn’t have a Band-Aid in her purse when the need arises. And the thing is, I’ve gotten the hint over the years, and sure, there’s usually a bandage or two smashed down in the bottom of my bag somewhere. But do I have antibiotic ointment? Anti-sting treatment? Moist towelettes? Gauze? Ummmm… well, I do now. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] Sure, I could probably assemble a purse-sized first aid kit all by myself if I was more on top of things, but I’m not, so I went over to me4kidz and...

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Web coolness – Inspring your family, fab fall design, and a Sesame Street wardrobe malfunction

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We are incredibly inspired by Alpha Mom’s Isabel Kallman, who shows us how to write and design a family manifesto like the one shown here. On Babycenter this week, Kristen introduces the hot new colors of Bravado nursing bras. Would you do teal? The fall issue of Small Magazine is online. Fabulous, and free. Via Blogher, Katy Perry gets cut from Sesame Street for showing cleavage, and the comments fly! Playing doctor (the G rated kind): DIY tips for playdate fun at...

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Yo Gabba Gabba Live – The hot kids’ ticket of the year.

Calling all Yo Gabba Gabba fans! I know from the gazillion times my son has been entranced by the show that it’s always full of surprises (ie Erykah Badu appearing out of nowhere). Well the live show that’s launched yesterday promises to be the same way and we can’t wait. Let’s just say previous on-stage guests included Sarah Silverman, The Roots and Devendra Banhart. There’s still tickets left and we’re excited to have a few to give away. [don’t miss two great giveaways after the jump!] If you’re in the NYC area, we’ve got four tickets up for grabs...

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The joy of socks

I’ve found you spend the first few years of your baby’s life building up a wardrobe you can love. You start to know which brands fit, which hold up in the wash, and just when you do…bam. Your kid is too big and you have to start over. [don’t miss a great giveaway and offer after the jump] Which really, if you think about it, is totally nuts. Five should not be past its prime for anything, save for high chairs and random milk-flinging tantrums. So Hank & Jojo, makers of the cute retro baby tube socks I last...

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Gaggle of Chicks – If you can get over the name, there’s savings to be had

I am not going to mince words here, so let me just say it: I hate that this site is named “Gaggle of Chicks.” Truly. I am not a chick, I am not part of a gaggle, and since when are great deals only for moms? C’mon. So, yes, if you need to take a minute to get past the name, please take it (with my blessing) and then read on. But what Gaggle of Chicks gets wrong on the name, they get absolutely right on the concept.  This is a site for NYC moms to hop on the...

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Cool Mom Picks and ABC – Saving your sanity, mamas!

As moms ourselves, we really value our sanity – and fortunately, there are a slew of awesome products out there that help us do just that, several of which have been rounded up by our own Publisher and Editor in Chief Liz Gumbinner on the ABC News Now show, Parenting with Annie Pleshette Murphy. Click over to check out some of our favorite sanity savers, a few you might recognize and a couple of new picks as well. Almost all are invented by parents, and all will help make life easier (and help keep most of hair firmly planted in our heads). Hooray for that. Search our site for more details on every product seen here. And if you’re visiting from ABC, welcome to our site! We hope you’ll find plenty more handy must-have products and tons of fantastic goodies for you and your...

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