Month: February 2011

Wood I like it? Yes, I wood.

Silver and gold are great, but do you have the stones to branch out into a ring made of something entirely new? I do. I mean, I wood. And, to take the wood-and-stone thing one step further, I am totally pining for this ring. Whether you were lucky enough to get jewelry for Valentine’s Day or you’re still putting his socks in the freezer as punishment for forgetting, this amazing piece of jewelry can make it all better. Even if you have to buy it for yourself. I’m really digging the unusual look of this three-stone wood ring by...

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Wrap your gift in artwork.

These days, I’m lucky if I remember to get gifts in time at all these days, let alone have the wrapping paper on hand to wrap them up. But with an unbelievable number of birthday parties and special events crammed in my calendar, I’m determined to be prepared. And I’ve probably got the best excuse ever to do it: the gorgeous, artist-designed gift wrap found, of all places, on MoreBirthdays.com. [edited to add: This campaign is now over, but you can support the American Cancer Society’s excellent work through their website, cancer.org.] Imagine, you can celebrate all the special...

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Celebrity style loot bags, without the celebrity-only prices

I love throwing birthday parties for my kids. Love it. But I’m a bit of an over-achiever when it comes to loot bags, generally insisting that there should be something handmade -or at least really, really cool- inside. And that means I spend precious hours (that I don’t really have available) making something or hunting for it. Not this year. Thank goodness my kids decided to hold off on winter birthday parties in favor of spring because I just discovered the best loot bag item around. CMP fave, Mabel’s Labels has a great new Loot Bag Combo that’s going...

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A parenting book you might be surprised to love

My dad died when I was 22 — long before I met my husband, or had my son — and my mom is very much alive. So you wouldn’t necessarily think that the book Parentless Parents, by my friend Allison Gilbert, would resonate with someone like me. And yet it is one of the most inspiring parenting books I’ve ever read. [don’t miss a giveaway after the jump – extended thru 2/16] Lots of moms rely on Grandma or Grandpa to watch their kids when they desperately need a night out, to get parenting advice, or to remember how...

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Flowery, beautiful, non-hurty hair accessories

Lately, my daughter is looking pretty sheepdoggy — how is it that bangs grow five times as fast on an almost-4-year-old? — and, occasionally, she will concede to wearing a hairband or ponytail so that she can actually see things before she, you know… trips over them. So these amazing hair accessories that I just discovered? Well, they’re nothing short of miraculous. [don’t miss a special offer after the jump] Ribbies Clippies, a longtime CMP fave, were created by a pair of sisters who went from their kitchen counter with piles of grosgrain ribbon to a thriving business of...

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A crocheted gift set for those who can’t really crochet

Of the many talents I wished I possessed, crocheting is at the top of the list, right along with singing in key and being able to sketch something other than stick figures. Since I don’t expect to inherit any of those talents any time soon, I look to outside sources for my fix. Which is why I was thrilled to discover a beautiful hand crocheted baby gift set. Personally, I can’t think of anything sweeter–and more classic–for a baby gift than something crocheted. Loralin Design owner Lynne Buchman designs this Booties and Hat Gift Set herself and then has...

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Have a heart on Valentine’s Day

We were first introduced to the Children’s Heart Foundation when we donated the proceeds from last year’s color-your-own Valentine’s Day card contest to their worthy efforts. So this year, we figured it was timely to remember their fantastic cause on a day that is all about spreading the love. This lovely organization provides support and assistance to children and their families who are affected by congenital heart defects (CHD), which just so happens to be the number one birth defect in the USA. In fact, a child is born with CHD every fifteen minutes. Wow. If you were looking...

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Hunter rain boots that stand out from the crowd

When the weather in New York City involves any sort of precipitation, it’s hard to open an umbrella without hitting a pair of Hunter boots on the sidewalks, my own chocolate brown pair included. In fact the waterproof wellies are so ubiquitous in my neighborhood, I have often wondered if they sponsor rainy days. So how to stick out in a sea of Hunters? Order up a pair of their new lace-up style! The Verbier boot  features an 80mm wedge, a brand new idea for Hunter, which, if you didn’t know, supplies waterproof footwear to the Royal Family (well,...

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Go ask Alice

For all the eye-goggling special effects and “3D everything” in kids’ movies nowadays, the 60-year-old Alice in Wonderland will still leave your kids’ mouths agape as it still does mine, no funny glasses needed. If you want to take your kids down the rabbit hole, now is a great time to do it because the Disney vault has opened to let a shinier, brighter and Blu-ray’d Alice out for a little while. Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland’s 60th Anniversary Edition may be a familiar story to most, but I was blown away with how gorgeous this remastered version looks, from...

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Warning: Reading this book during pregnancy will make you pee yourself. Even more.

We have eagerly been awaiting the Let’s Panic About Babies book every since we first became pregnant with our own babies. And that’s saying something. Because back then, we didn’t even know anything about authors Alice Bradley and Eden M. Kennedy, how funny they are, or that they were even considering writing a book together. That’s just how awesome this book is: It transcends the impossible! If you’ve ever seen the Let’s Panic About Babies Website, you might have an inkling of what to expect–new babies referred to as “recently freed fetal captives,” and the suggestion that your first...

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