Month: October 2011

sneakpeeq turns Facebook into a boutique

These days, I keep up with most of my friends via Facebook, even the ones who live close to me; our schedules are so crazy, with carpool and homework and sports commitments, that the only way we can visit is virtually. Which is sad, because those women are some of my favorite shopping partners. Now, with sneakpeeq, I can shop with my Facebook friends, and get a great deal at the same time — all without leaving the house (or the little league field or the karate gym, wherever it is that I’m logging on to Facebook). This app...

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A cradle that will rock more than your baby

File this one under “Ever-Growing List of Gorgeous Things Celebrities Own That We Never Will.” It’s pretty much the most beautiful cradle I have ever seen. With the most extraordinary price tag. The So-Ro Cradle (“be calm” in Norweigan) is a stunning piece of furniture; walnut-covered baltic birch plywood, artfully crafted into a safe haven for babies that feels right at home with the Eames and the Noguchi. It rocks forward-to-back, not side-to-side which So-Ro creator Ane Lilian Tveit, a neurological expert, discovered soothes babies much better. And it’s evidently built with all kinds of safety in mind including a tilted mattress with various...

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Shel Silverstein rises again

I have no idea how missed the huge fact that a new book from Shel Silverstein was released a few weeks ago, especially considering he’s my favorite modern children’s author of all time. But my mother knew. And when I opened the mysterious Amazon package that arrived from her this week, and saw the telltale Shel Silverstein line-drawing on the cover, I gasped with the excitement of a kid discovering a puppy under the tree at Christmas. Every Thing On It is a collection of unpublished poems and illustrations very much in the spirit of Where The Sidewalk Ends,...

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Umba Box: the monthly gift you give to yourself

If you’re the Mom, that means you probably buy the birthday presents, the holiday presents, the housewarming presents, the Your First Recital presents, the Sorry Your Husband Got Fired presents. And the only time you ever get a surprise involves the question, “Mom, what did the cat throw up?” Or maybe that’s just me. Ahem. But do you put as much care into giving yourself gifts? If not, you need to check out this fun new service. Umba Box is a monthly subscription service of curated handmade goods. It could be an organic scarf, jewelry, soaps, hair clips, mittens,...

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The really cool allergy action kit we hope you won’t have to use

Since my son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy two years ago, we’ve made several permanent adjustments to our family’s lifestyle. No more trips to the Chinese buffet down the street, or the ice cream parlour. No more visits to most restaurants, period without calling ahead. No more unidentified cupcakes at classmates’ birthday parties. No more (sigh) trick-or-treating at Halloween.  And most importantly, no going anywhere, ever, without my son’s EpiPen.  Which is why I’ll be buying him an allergy action kit from Medpax. The “why didn’t I think of that?” invention of a mom who also happens to be a doctor,...

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It was a dark and stormy diaper…

Ask my mom, and she’ll tell you that she knew I was a writer from the moment I was born, or at least from the moment I started scrawling my first story on the wall in… um… nevermind.   Too bad they didn’t have this onesie back then. The utterly adorable The Writer Onesie is a must-have for anyone who writes or reads or loves the written word or just has a thing for old-fashioned typewriters. Whether you like the gender-neutral yellow or the pink on pink, each organic cotton onesie by All Good Living features a printed typewriter...

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Build your own zombiepocalypse

Legos are just so timeless, so simple, so wholesome. You can build houses and cities and adorable robots, sprawled in front of a roaring fire with your future architect. Or you can turn those happy little blocks into a zombie-infested nightmare rife with bloodstains and axes. Your choice. We simply must spread the delightful infection that is the Zombie Mod kit from BrickStix. These amazing clinging vinyl decals attach to your Legos (or “other connecting bricks”) and can be repositioned and used again and again without losing their clinginess. For being a Zombie Mod kit, they’re not too gruesome– no...

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Bottle accessories that get the drying done in style

One of my least favorite parts about the baby stage is all that bottle stuff. The making of the bottles (especially at 4 in the morning), the cleaning of them and the finding somewhere to put them. Two cool-looking new accessories from Beaba offer relief for at least part of the bottle blues. Beaba, the company that makes that genius baby food cooker that moms go crazy for, has just come out with a Folding Draining Rack and a 2-in-1 Bottle Brush that’s worth a click to the registry. I love the Folding Draining Rack because not only does...

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5 picks you might have missed at Cool Mom Tech

Here are five picks you might have missed this week from our sister site Cool Mom Tech. We hope you enjoy them. 1. As the world bids farewell to Steve Jobs this week, we find ourselves so grateful to his imagination and audacity, which touched all of our lives. We offer our thoughts on Steve Jobs here, and bid him goodbye. 2. In a sadly ironic coincidence, the new iPhone 4S is now on sale. Here’s why we think parents will be particularly interested. 3. If you’re not in Camp iPhone, we’ve got the scoop on the much buzzed...

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Memory meets Modern Art

We played lots of board games in my house growing up, and with a 4 year age difference, there were few my sister and I could both make it through without quitting. (We in fact have never completed a game of Monopoly to this day.) One of the few games we both loved however was Memory. And now there’s a gorgeous new version of it, that kids will love as much as their art fan parents. I was fully down when got the chance to check out the new Modern Art Memory game from Ammo books. Already having nostalgic affection for Memory, I...

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Here kitty, kitty kitty…

I have animal-crazy daughters, a wonderful characteristic I attribute in part to awesome grandparents that think to buy them “animal things” before buying them “princess things.” So I was thrilled to see a nice partnership between National Geographic and Pottery Barn Kids, which is helping to broaden kids’ horizons and help some big, beautiful animals too. The National Geographic Pottery Barn Kids partnership is really nifty as an idea. While of course there are toys and books you can buy curated by National Geographic (I love the look of that animals activity tote) there are also online activities and...

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Special custom invites for very special days

I am fairly confident in my taste, and know when I see an invitation that’s special and different. But making it myself? No way. So I am happy to know there are some wonderful artists and designers out there who are willing to work with picky people like me to make us feel part of their custom creative process. Catherine Polacek of St Paul design and letterpress studio Printerette Press, has a style is just so darn cute, I could eat it all up with a spoon. I can honestly admit that I am straight up jealous of her...

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Kids costumes that look handmade (because they are)

I did this thing last year where I decided it to hand-make my daughter a Big Bird costume for Halloween–feather by feather. I’m not a natural costume-maker, so the whole thing was imperfect–but it was fun to make and she dug it. This year, time constraints and other crazy life things make it not so possible to attempt such a feat, but I’ve found a pretty great substitute. The line of kids’ costumes from Pure Play Kids are as close to homemade as you can get–because they are. From the train engineer costume and construction worker costume to queen and princess, each...

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The Maclaren denim stroller rides again, this time for two

I’m something of a stroller hoarder. We have gone through no less than ten strollers between my two sons–which is actually par for the course in New York, where our strollers are our cars. One of my faves is still the Maclaren Denim Quest which I reviewed some months back. Seems I wasn’t alone in my love for that stylish stroller; due to popular demand, Maclaren just introduced the Denim Twin Triumph Stroller, allowing even moms of twins to have another fashionable option. There’s a whole lot to love about the new Maclaren Denim Twin Triumph Stroller, other than...

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Cool educational toys, hold the batteries

When we’re running out the door on one of our million weekly errands, it’s way too easy to just grab the iPad or a handheld electronic game to occupy the kids. But in my ongoing quest to “unplug” a little more often, I’ve discovered a neat line of hand-held edu-toys that will keep preschool-age kids entertained without a single beep, bell or whistle. Twisterz is a handheld tube with moveable rings in the center that young kids can spin around  to practice letter sounds, spelling or beginning story telling, depending on the version you choose. I love that each...

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The nighttime cloth diaper of my dreams

Once upon a time, in the land of cloth diapering, there was a great diapering secret that somehow remained elusive to many parents: the overnight technique. Finding what will work for your particular baby in his particular sleeping arrangement can be tricky, to say the least. And there will likely be many wet sheets before a solution is found. (Which, for a co-sleeping mama like me is a rather unpleasant situation.) Well, friends, I have found an answer that doesn’t require the proverbial nighttime disposable. SoftBums diapers have been keeping my bed dry and I am thrilled by how...

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Home is where the heart is

I like pretty designs. I like hearts. I am a girl. It’s not all that complicated. But I don’t believe that girlie has to mean cheesy. A perfect example of that? This funky heart patterned pillow cover. Texturas Urbanas is a one-woman show operated by a visual artist/designer from Buenos Aires. Her creations are imaginative, bright and dynamic. Look at her collection and you just know she is having fun at work. One of our faves from her home spun collection are these soft, cotton pillow covers perfect for the nursery, playroom or even master bedroom. Printed with water based...

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Web Coolness – Halloween treats, Four Seasons’ getaway, and a Dan Zanes download

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. How cute is this roundup of not-too-spooky Halloween treats? Kristen is (understandably) gaga over Muppets smart phone cases! And, get this: a Pigs In Space ringtone. Liz shares her favorite children’s books with Apartment Therapy’s Ohdeedoh. Are they yours too? Have you ever seen pumpkin trees? Perfect for this time of the year. We love this giveaway from Ciao Bambino – a chance to win one of three amazing Four Seasons family getaways. Meet Sesame Street’s newest special character during a special...

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kicokids Comes to Anthropologie

I have a soft spot for Anthropologie; their clothes have a kind of romanticism that makes me want to run off to Paris and spend my days eating macaroons in little sidewalk cafes. But this fall, Anthro brings that same dreamy style to kids’ clothes! I’m happy to discover that they’re partnering with kicokids one of our favorite indie kids’ labels, to create a capsule collection for girls, in sizes 2-6. The pieces, designed by kicokids founder and creative director Tia Cibani, offer a nice mix of patterns and textures, all created with a sense of whimsy. One standout...

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Giving the kids a good night sleep, without the help of Mr. Benadryl

Taking my kids on their first overnight plane right recently, I admit I was a little nervous about how to get them to sleep. I’m not one to shy away from the Benadryl (8 hour flight? Bring it on.) but hey, I know some moms prefer more natural options. As do I, given the choice. Just in the nick of time, I found one, and–hooray!–it totally works. I fell in love with Zarbee’s Natural Cough Syrup earlier this year, and I’m so happy to see Pediatrician Zak Zarbock has another product: an all-natural sleep drink that relies on a teeny...

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