Month: February 2011

Good wishes to you

Every shower needs a centerpiece, and this one beats the strained peas out of a diaper cake, or one of those Cake-Wreck-y pregnant belly confections that are a little too reminiscent of Sigourney Weaver in Alien. It’s the lovely Wishing Tree by Hello Hanna, and it truly is a gift that keeps on giving. Fashioned of heavyweight recycled paper, the Wishing Tree comes with 20 moveable sticky flowers and 40 wishing ribbons in an adorable stand-up display. Place the flowers where you want them and let guests write their wishes on the pretty little ribbons, then hang them from...

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Lovely, love my etsy artists

Lovely, Love My Family by the Roots is one of those songs that gets stuck in your head in a good way. My girls discovered it after watching it on Yo, Gabba Gabba! oh, maybe 6,000 times and it’s been a favorite around here ever since. So when I saw they had inspired a talented artist, my interest was piqued. Especially after learning they help a great cause too. The Lovely, Love My Family prints at the wonderful Tuesday Mourning Etsy shop come in a variety of colors and would look smashing in any child’s room, or even over...

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Chunky is in.

This week, I popped into one of my favorite NYC department stores to leave my drool marks on the jewelry cases–kind of like a wolf marking his territory. Hey, maybe if I drool on this case here no one else will buy it? And then they’ll have to give it to me? Free? From what I saw, looks like this is going to be a really fun year for jewelry. I was smitten with all the big, colorful chunky gemstone pendants on display this season–if not all the zeroes on the price tags. So a quick look around the...

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Hail to the finger puppet

We’d never recommend you give our forefathers the finger (especially on President’s Day!), but in the case of these adorable knit finger puppets from Wee Knits, we’ll make an exception. Their Patriotic collection of finger puppets includes George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, along with Uncle Sam and a bald eagle to round things out. Use them for a mini history lesson, or to reenact the Washington/cherry tree story and to teach them about Honest Abe. Maybe they’ll then be more apt to tell the truth the next time you ask if they really washed their hands before dinner. -Christina Find wonderful handmade finger...

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One Year to an Organized Life with Baby

Even if I had known about One Year to an Organized Life with Baby when I was first pregnant, I probably would have been too disorganized to read it. We had recently moved to a new house and to say we were unprepared is an understatement. We were fools. No, we were crazy fools. This book would have rocked my world. One Year to an Organized Life with Baby, by best-selling author Regina Leeds with Meagan Francis (one our favorite bloggers) is a week-to-week guide that helps parents prioritize what they need to know and what they can do...

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Art for cool kids (and their cool parents)

The thing about typical art for kids’ walls is that it can feel a little… transitory. You know? Like, it’s only up for a year or so before the kid moves on to a new thing. That’s why this amazing wall art is so perfect. You just can’t grow out of it. ModTots by Modern Bird is a line of clean, simple, modern wall art for cool kids and their cool parents. Look at that robot guy over there: he appeals to the 3-year-old who loves ‘bots and the dad who loves Radiohead. Right?  And this is real art. Each painting is based...

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Celebrate Black History Month in good company

Having just observed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day last month, my kids are familiar with this major figure in black history. But I want them to know that history goes well beyond one man (or woman), and the fact that February is also Black History Month gives me a good excuse.  To give me a hand, I’ve been turning to the Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD series, always a great resource for finding age-appropriate and smart stories for my kids. Here are a whole bunch that are perfect for starting conversations around Black History Month. Duke Ellington and More...

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Posterous groups – Making life easier for everyone. Mostly parents.

We’re always on the look out for cool services that help make our busy lives easier. Over at Cool Mom Tech, we recently introduced our readers to our sponsor Posterous and their new smart Posterous groups service, and our readers were really, not surprisingly, really excited about it. No wonder – it’s a very smart way to share photos and posts with family, or connect with your real life groups (New moms group? Book club?) in ways that save busy parents plenty of time and energy. [Don’t miss the super amazing $500 gift card giveaway after the jump!] If...

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5 great picks from Cool Mom Tech this week – sound effects edition

Sometimes, you want your tech to be silent, but sometimes, the sound effects are the best part. ZAM! Here are the latest, greatest, just-in-case-you-might-have-missed it picks, fresh from Cool Mom Tech to you. We hope it brings you the sound of giggles, followed by sighs of happiness. 1. Ka-pow! It’s an e-reader smackdown, where digital devices go head to head, battling it out for your books. 2. Awwww! Valentine’s Day may be over for another year, but this round-up of our favorite romantic movies will love you long time. 3. Hello? Skype 5.0 for Mac is fresh out of...

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Baby clothes with magnets = Magnificent!

I couldn’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve mis-snapped my baby’s onesies and sleepers during a middle of the night diaper change. Heck, I’ve even done it during the day. And now, since finding Magnificent Baby, I’m seriously considering tossing them all out. This company has designed something rather smart: magnetic closure baby clothes which  pop together (and stay together) like magic, eliminating mismatches and the annoying tugging at the too-tight snaps. Believe me, I was pretty skeptical at first, and sizing is definitely important; my long baby needed a size up since their onesies do...

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