Month: October 2011

A birthday banner that’s quite a hoot

We were so impressed with the gorgeous eco-friendly holiday cards from Night Owl Paper Goods last year that we ordered them for our own CMP contributors. So when I heard they added a few new items to their collection of goodies, I couldn’t wait to take a peek. And wow, look what I found! The Owl Birthday Banner is the perfect solution for moms like me who don’t want more one-off party decorations that only end up in the trash after the celebration is over. With this adorable birthday banner, you’ll get 14 colorfully printed pennants made from eco-friendly,...

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DIY Babywearing Halloween costumes for new parents: Sling or treat!

Yes, there may be a tiny person attached to you at all times. But this month, if you’re creative or crafty, that could mean some amazing DIY babywearing Halloween costume opportunities, just for mamas (or dads!) with slings. So grab a sling, grab a baby. Whether you’re using a pouch, a mei tai, or a soft structured carrier, here are some great ideas for a parent-baby costume that will keep everyone happy–and get some laughs.   1. DIY Star Wars Costumes Follow in the big, booted footsteps of the fearless Darth Vader nursing a little Princess Leah from the D.A.D...

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3 good reasons to get a sitter in NYC this week

For NYC locals looking for some validation, a good laugh and a short break, we’re got a great excuse to get a sitter–or employ the significant other to give you a night with friends this week. We’ve been seeing more and more talented parents who have taken their own personal experiences and turned them into plays, comedy performances, and engaging performances that are so worth putting on the impractical shoes and getting out for the night. Here, three upcoming shows we’re excited about. Mommies won’t want to miss Motherhood Out Loud. We have been trying to get over to this...

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The holiday cards for people who love paper

One of my favorite holiday traditions is sending and receiving cards in the mail — especially the photo kind. (I can’t possibly be the only one. Who doesn’t love getting real mail? And photos? Everyone does!) It’s the best part of December, by far. Here’s the thing, though: Most of the photo cards out there are a little meh for my taste. I’m kind of obsessed with good quality paper. I want to send crisp photos that my friends and family will treasure — after all, it’s likely to be the only printed photo they will get all year....

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here five of our favorite picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. 1. Pumpkin carving meets Angry Birds. We just hope no one starts launching them… 2. These two amazing new apps from Toca Boca will keep kids happy as the weather gets colder. Even if we never get our iPads back. 3. Need an awesome twin gift? Check these adorable twins onesies for geeks and gamers. 4. A portable solar gadget charger saves energy and money, and brings out your inner Al Gore. 5. It’s new, it’s scratch-resistant, it’s RAZR thin, and...

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6 reasons to love Harry & David more than you did before

I’m back in town from a delicious jaunt to the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon, and I’ve got all the dirt on one of my favorite holiday gift companies, Harry & David. (You know, the pear people. With all the catalogs?) So here’s my confession: I am probably the only person in America who can say this, but I never tried a single item from Harry & David until I landed there and found a gorgeous basket with my name on it in the hotel lobby. My only run-ins with gift baskets have been of the blue-light special variety, with...

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This mummy is yummy

My kids won’t even go into the basement by themselves, so let’s just say we do Halloween Lite around here. For our kinder, gentler Halloween, I’ve found a tee shirt from CMP favorite Threadless that would fit in just fine to our version of the spookiest of holidays. My kids would eat up (heh) Ramen’ses Return tee shirt.The undead has never looked cuter as it takes off from the bowl. Let’s just hope my kids don’t try to recreate it with their next bowl of noodles. Now, that would be scary. –Christina Ge this hilarious  kids mummy t-shirt for...

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There was an old lady who lived in a graphic novel…

My middle son loves graphic novels. They really get him excited about reading, and I’m certainly down with that. I want him to excitedly pick out a book from the library and read it on the ride home. So he about nearly flipped when we saw Nursery Rhymes in comic form. In Nursery Rhyme Comics different artists from Roz Chast and Gahan Wilson to slightly more obscure ilustrators offer  their take on various nursery rhymes, so each strip offers its own modern take on the classics. Wait till you see the Old Lady who lives in the shoe–my son couldn’t...

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Two awesome essentials that make traveling with kids so much easier

As every mom learns pretty early on, ease of travel with kids can come down to having the right gear. Whether we’re flying across the country or just taking the kiddos out to eat in our ‘hood, if we don’t have the proper seat, stroller or sippy cup, we’re in for a wholly unpleasant time. Enter Brica, a newish company that’s out to simplify the whole parenthood thing with awesome products that make getting out of the house a lot less of a hassle. (Edited to add: Brica products are now at Munchkin.) Brica relaunched their company last year...

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A little bitty, crumbly-jumbly sweet treat of a book

What do you get when you combine a kindhearted elephant, some hard-working mice, and the Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator of Click Clack Moo? A sweet little treat that’s fun to eat… I mean, read. The Little Bitty Bakery by Leslie Muir and Betsy Lewin is a whimsical and truly fun kids’ book– you know, the old-fashioned paper kind? The story follows a tired elephantine baker who worked so hard that she forgot to celebrate her own birthday. Luckily, she receives a sweet gift from the quintet of mice for whom she always leaves a little cheesecake. I love the energetic,...

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Sibling Pride

When new babies make their grand entrances, their bigger siblings can sometimes feel the shaft. It’s important to include them in welcoming the new addition–or, you can do what I did and have them so close together the older one doesn’t know what hit him. (Not recommended). I am loving this Big Brother tee from one of my favorite ever labels, City Threads. It’s got a super vintage collegiate style, makign it so much cooler than some of the goofy version out there. This one says: “I rock. I’m proud. And it’s still all about me.” Party on, my...

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Indie meets affordable with Dana Kellin for Target

My first job out of college was managing a fantastic gallery of artisan crafts in Philadelphia. It was in that glorious place full of so many beautiful things that I began a love affair with handmade designer jewelry. Let’s just say that a decent part of most paychecks went to purchases for myself (at least I had a good discount!!).  Those relationships lasted and I still love and support many of those artists, but one more than the rest, the oh so talented L.A. based Dana Kellin. So imagine my shock and extreme excitement when I found out Dana...

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Take a musical spin through the decades with Laura Veirs and Tumble Bee

The good ol’ days sort of lose their luster for me when I think about a life without indoor plumbing, internet access and Starbucks. But, I will give them one thing: Their folk songs sure were beautiful as evidenced in this lovely and playful collection of tunes by American singer-songwriter Laura Veirs. Laura Veirs’ Tumble Bee may be packaged as a children’s CD, but I could listen to this on a quiet afternoon when my usual “loud and fast” fare is too much. Even my older-than-preschool kids are charmed and not begging me to change to the nearest pop-music...

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Web Coolness – TV for tots, chat with Michelle Obama, and tips for Halloween

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Loving this gorgeous black nursery that is super hip, yet still perfect for baby. (via lil magoolie) Kristen’s found the cutest new toddler pillow for your little one’s head. Beloved children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth turns fifty years old, and you can help get its documentary made through this Kickstarter campaign. Creepily clever, this Itsy Bitsy Spider party would be great for Halloween. The AAP steps back a bit from their “No TV Ever” stance for kids under 2. You mean Michelle...

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Go thermal for fall

Every year I go through my son’s clothes to see what has stood the test of a season, and what needs to be retired. Since discovering Red 21 Boys last year, I’m delighted to say he’s still wearing everything. And for my crazy active boy, that’s saying something. This fall, my son is already living in their super soft boys’ thermal shirts featuring cool designs (love the dino!) without over-the-top sports references or licensed cartoon characters. I also appreciate that the thermals, along with their other boy’s t-shirts, can be worn for school or play, but easily dressed up...

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Shop. Get deals. Give back. Why we love Pure Citizen.

Oh, honey. You know we love our flash deal sites. Gilt for designer duds? Check! Fab for home goods? Totally! Little Rue for kids? Please! Ideeli for splurges? You get the picture. And it goes on. But this one has a unique twist that makes our hearts feel as light as our wallets. It’s called Pure Citizen, and it’s making the world a better place through shopping. Pure Citizen works like similar deal sites–daily curated collections of goods that are available for a very limited time. But here’s the twist: everything on the site is carefully vetted to be...

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Your kid: The next Paul Klee

I’ve tried to encourage my tween’s intense love of all things art since she was a wee thing. To fuel her fire, we have loads of art books from “open-ended” coloring books like Rosie Flo’s and those by Taro Gomi, to more academic tomes with pages of famous artwork from which she can draw (heh) inspiration. Our latest find brings together the free drawing she loves with the works of some of the world’s most famous artists, and it is the perfect addition to any young artist’s studio, even if that “studio” is also your dining room table. Let’s...

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We’re wishing for Wishbone. The bike, not the salad dressing.

My oldest daughter, now 7, learned how to ride a bike in a matter of minutes thanks to a few months spent on a balance bike beforehand. However, when it comes to my littler kiddos, they tend to get more frustration than fun out of riding it. Or really, falling over on it. But that all changed when I discovered this unique transitional balance bike. We welcomed the Wishbone balance bike into our home a few months ago, and my kids are still fighting over who gets to ride it. The brainchild of a pair of smart parents, the...

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The coolest Halloween printables – go forth and be crafty!

With the money I’m spending on Halloween costumes and bags of candy, I’m not about to drop a fortune on decor too. So, I’m so pleased to have found so many affordable (and free!) printables that don’t require me to do much of anything or spend much of anything. This is way easier than finding a costume that my precocious ten-year-old and I will agree on together. Throwing a bash? Anders Ruff’s Haunted Halloween Printable Party (above) includes such pretty hues and special touches, it’ll look like you spent a fortune. You don’t have to tell a soul that it...

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Smencils: A no-sugar Halloween treat that is no trick

My kids are at the age where their Trick-or-Treat bags return home weighing almost as much as they do. At this rate they’ll be up to their knees in mini-treats until 2012. So I’m often looking out for other things to hand out at Halloween parties, or when the doorbell rings–but that are still cool enough to keep your house from getting egged. Well hooray for Smencils’ new Halloween packs! The new Spooky Smencils and Spooky Smens would definitely make my kids forget about another pack of Sweet Tarts. For years, my kids have been sniffing these yummy-scented pencils...

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