Month: September 2010

Hot for purple

I still remember the moment I found the perfect little purple striped cotton girls dress from Petit Bateau. It was a splurge for sure. But I was pregnant with #2, and knew I’d get a whole lot of use out of it two times around. (You can even see it on my daughter on my post about Gap skinny jeans.) I hate to say it, but I think our time together is done. That 18mo dress served me well, going from one daughter to the next, from a dress to a tunic with rolled-up sleeves over jeans. RIP. I...

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Now that’s my kind of tea party

I don’t get to take a bath in my Jacuzzi tub very often, mainly because it’s full of tiny little teacups and saucers and one random pink pig who, I’m told, likes hot chocolate and cake. My kids have pretty much taken over the tub that made me want to buy the house in the first place. But now I’m turning the tables on their daily tea party. I’m turning them into the tea, with the awesome Organic Baby Bath Tea from eco-conscious Zoe Organics which is one of my favorite bath products ever. [don’t miss a great offer...

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Time to start thinking Halloween? UNICEF is.

When I was a kid, we carried our Halloween treats in pillow cases because we were greedy little goblins who didn’t mind having candy-corn stuck in our hair later on. But again, my kids get to have all the fun with none of the hideous polyester paisley. UNICEF, which really is synonymous with Halloween for plenty of us, is now making it both cute and easy to gorge on sugar whiling help kids in need. When you buy the adorable cotton burlap FEED trick-or-treat bag bag from HSN, $3.50 goes directly to UNICEF and provides an entire year’s worth...

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So let’s talk Jeggings, and how to make them work for your kids.

We know that “Jeggings” are pretty much the fashion word for fall, and while we will probably be making fun of ourselves in ten years for it, we’re kind of in love with them right now. Especially on kids. My own girls have a couple of pairs these days and I love how they take the sturdy, casual look of denim but make them soft, comfy and playground-ready. Besides, they just love saying “jeggings.” It’s not hard to put a cute outfit together either. Here are a few looks that I picked out from our sponsor Old Navy (thanks...

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Ooh, Lala

Everybody goes gaga for a squishy new baby. Not only do they look like Winston Churchill and smell like heaven, but you can dress them up the cutest little thumb-sized shoes without the scuffing and “Oops, we left it at the playground” issues you get once they start walking. If you’re looking for a knock-them-over-with-unique-cuteness baby gift, you simply must shuffle softly over to Lala Shoes on Etsy. These high quality wool and linen shoes are made by hand in Croatia, and you can pretty much guarantee nobody else is going to bring them to a shower. The beautiful...

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A book to make the bedtime routine easier on both of you.

I still crack up when people find a blog post of mine about sleep and babies, and ask me for advice. Me? Me who still, five years later, can’t get my kids into a normal bedtime routine? Me, who still has to sleep with a three year-old’s feet up my nose most nights? So I am ever grateful for those bedtime stories that get my girls excited to jump into bed–early, even–and the new Tuck Me In is certainly one of them. Tuck Me In is a clever, conceptual, interactive children’s book by dad (and ad agency refugee) Dean...

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Big news! We proudly introduce the launch of Cool Mom Tech

Well after months of work, we can finally let you know the big news that’s been keeping us all busy lately: The official launch of Cool Mom Tech! Whoo! Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a so-called techie to feel at home over there. You’re online right now mama, and that’s all the techie you need to be. Check in daily and you’ll find the coolest picks to keep us stylish, keep us organized, save us money, and keep our kids smart, safe, and entertained. Not necessarily in that order. To see the kinds of things we love,...

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Beautiful French bibs with a beautiful eco story too.

I’ve had a rash of friends and family having babies lately (welcome to the world little Drew Micah!) so I’ve had baby gifts on the brain quite a bit. I tend to get something off the registry for the shower, plus a little something-something extra, like a fun bib that brings some style. I think the baby bibs by Cocoboheme are the kind of thing I could stock up on for all future showers. These French made bibs have absolutely adorable designs–a pig, frog or lobster–printed on an eco-friendly plastic that’s made from potato starch. So if you don’t...

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The wooden elephant in the room

I’m having a thing for wooden decor lately; not sure if it’s the fall in the air, or the fact that I spent way too long at Bo Concept last weekend drooling over dining room tables. Either way, I keep reimagining my apartment with more wooden accents. So when I saw the new nursery art designs by Patricia Zapata, I nodded furiously. Yes! Yes! This lovely children’s animal art is actually 3-dimensional, which is what makes it so interesting; a cut paper illustration provides the background for a wooden elephant, bunny, whale, duck or perennial favorite, cute owl. Can’t...

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I’m going to Quash those germs right off of their hands

I’m a bit of a germ freak. Okay, a lot of a germ freak. Like the kind of person who has about twelve bottles of hand sanitizer on the go at any given time. And kids who use the word “sanitizer” like it’s a normal thing for them to be saying. (Yes, I’m more than a little embarrassed.) But at the same time, my kids are also quite familiar with the word “chemical” and there’s no way you’ll catch me using some Triclosan- and alcohol-laden toxic cocktail to (supposedly) clean their little hands. Which is why I’m thrilled to...

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