Month: October 2011

The no glass, no plastic, drive your carrots to school plate

Forget the plastic–we’ve found a shiny little metal school bus that’s ready to rock the five food groups– and keep them separated, too. The Din Din Smart Stainless Steel Bus Platter is non-toxic, lead-free, and it’s heavy-duty, too; we haven’t had a single dent or a dot of rust in several weeks of constant use. Although putting it in the microwave would result in electrifying, Back to the Future-ish escapades, it works just fine in the dishwasher. And my kids love it so much that I kind of wish I had gotten two at once (which you can actually...

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Speed dating for babysitters. Now online.

A good babysitter is hard to find. I’ve been way picky about who gets the, er, privilege of watching our active preschooler and toddler. This has kind of backfired–the only guaranteed babysitters we now have are grandparents. And, since the kids officially destroyed my in-law’s house last week (don’t worry, the grandparents loved it), I’d still love to give them a break with a qualified pinch-hitter. So, question: where do crazy-busy mamas start to find this magical babysitter? Answer: MommyMixer. The site began as a way to facilitate parent and potential caregiver meet-and-greets in more than 50 cities around the country–you know, speed-dating...

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A new take on the classic monogram charm

We have loved the beautiful keepsake jewelry of JULIAN & Co. since way back when they went by the name Little Jules. Since then, we have been consistently impressed with Tania Condon’s vision and unique designs that interpret “mother’s jewelry” in the best possible way. Her latest piece of jewelry harkens back–waaaaay back–for a style that is timeless, unique and bound to make a mama’s heart beat a little faster. {keep reading for a chance to win!} The Monogram Insignia charm is crafted in the USA of sterling silver to look like a wax seal, those official closures that...

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Kiwi Crate: Surprise! Supplies!!!

If you’ve seen our posts about Birchbox for beauty junkies, Foodzie tasting box for gourmands, and most recently, the Umba box for all kinds of mamas, you’ll recognize that monthly subscriptions are all the rage. And now, there’s one meant just for our kids, that you’re going to love as much as they do. Welcome to the world, Kiwi Crate! Kiwi Crate, just launched this week, is a wonderful new subscription service for kids, created by parents. Each month, you’ll receive at least two inspired activities and materials designed to get them to create and explore. Just in time for winter....

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The twin bone’s connected to the cute bone

Let’s face it: If Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter had twins, they would look just like this, and Johnny Depp would give them a set of onesies like this at their Beetlejuice-themed baby shower. The Skeleton Love Kids organic shirt from Mimosa is based on an illustration by Holly Cruise and offers twice the charm of shirts featuring a single skeleton–and that’s a guarantee. Two happy little skeletons share a flaming heart while frolicking under a banner of hearts carried by two flying crows. In short, it’s perfectly spooktacular and adorkably hip, just in time for Halloween. But...

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A bouncy chair that does nothing except bounce. Shocking!

As much as my 5 month old would love for me to hold him 24/7, it’s just not humanly possible. For the times I need to put him down, I think there’s nothing better than a well-designed bouncy chair to keep baby upright while giving him a good view of the action. And that’s it. In other words, no bells, no whistles, no motion-activated animal sounds, no batteries–shockingly old school, right? [don’t miss a fabulous giveaway after the jump!] I’m thrilled to have found the chic and simple Vida Bouncer from Maclaren, which does nothing more than bounce. It’s...

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5 picks you might have missed at Cool Mom Tech

One of the things we love about tech is how very pretty the gadget can be– and how you can’t always judge a tech solution by its cover. In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite picks from the last week. 1. Is it time to buy or upgrade that pretty gadget? Let this handy website help you decide. 2. Wish there was a less expensive, less-breakable tablet for kids? Oh, well, now there is. 3. It’s not often you find a beautifully made wooden solution to a high-tech problem, but this one’s handy. 4. Ring-ring-ring! Surprise! Ludacris is calling to say...

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Two new mascaras to get excited about. (Yes, we get excited about mascara.)

If there’s one thing I can’t leave the house without, it’s mascara. When you’re a busy mom, it’s a quick way to feel “done” without having to spend an hour in front of a mirror in the morning. And I recently discovered two new mascaras, in two different price ranges. that have won precious real estate in my makeup bag. My biggest annoyance when it comes to mascara is the excess goop that inevitably always ends up on the wand. LashControl Mascara has smartly rethought the tube by allowing you to scrape the wand clean and regulate just how much...

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Furniture even a kid can build

I love family projects that are truly intended for the whole family. You know, instead the kind where on parent works (and gets frustrated), the other parent helps (and offers constructive advice), and the kids sit waiting impatiently. Sprout, a US based modern furniture company now offers families the opportunity to do just, that with a crafty new line of convertible kids furniture. The concept is simple–great accent or playroom pieces made from recycled wood that your child can actually help put together with (ta-da!) not a single tool. Watch their video tutorials and you’ll see,  it’s almost like putting...

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The FDA bans BPA (sort of)

As a glass-is-half-full kind of person, I am thrilled to read that the FDA has (finally) agreed to ban the use of BPA in all baby bottles and spill-proof cups. OK, sure, Europe, Canada and China, along with a handful of U.S. states, have already made this move. And I know that the words BPA-free have already been on just about every baby bottle and sippy cup label for the past couple of years. But I’ll give the FDA credit for issuing the ban, even if it seems to be coming a little late and really doesn’t go far...

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