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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