Month: April 2011

How to turn your email box into a baby book

We’re happy to be working with our sponsor Yahoo! Mail, who’s helping encourage families to stay connected via email. Which, as we know, is a good thing!When my first daughter was born, I was pretty diligent about keeping up her baby book. I even had a blank journal that I kept all sorts of notes in as well – first smile, first tooth, first poop in the bath tub (heh). But when I added my second–and then my third and fourth kid– I couldn’t even find the time to jot down notes to myself let alone notes about the...

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The Orbit Baby Travel System – life changing! Especially if your life is just a few weeks old.

You’re going to think I’m crazy, but believe me when I tell you that the Orbit Baby infant car seat has totally changed my life. It comes with the Orbit Baby Stroller Travel System G2–which includes the amazing stroller frame, too– and has some magical tricks up its sleeve that aren’t in any other car seats on the market. Like a flexible carry handle, amazing eco-foam and fabric, and the easiest to install base I’ve ever seen. The real life-changer, though, is the special circular “SmartHub,” which actually allows you to dock your baby into the car or the...

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4 ways to turn your kids’ art into Mother’s Day gifts

If you’ve got a prolific little artist in your house like me, then you’ve probably exhausted all the creative ways to turn their artwork into gifts for the grandparents. Or maybe you’re looking to start? I’m so excited about these discoveries that I’m sure will make any grandmother swoon this Mother’s Day. I’m already in love with artist Andie Marie’s embroidered hand prints that are featured in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide, but this talented mama of 3 will also take your kids art and turn it into a needlework masterpiece (above; unfortunately no longer available). What a lovely...

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Tween dresses that don’t scream teen – Reader Q&A

I am hoping you can help me with my latest shopping challenge – my 11 year old daughter! She is graduating from 5th grade and needs a dress. She hates pink, ruffles, and anything “too girly” AND shopping for an 11 year old girl is awful!   We need a not little girlish, but not teenagerish simple dress, and I feel we are never going to find it! Thanks! -Sharon Oh, how I can empathize—I have a tall 10 year old who will be attending a wedding in May, and also hates anything that is too frilly. I hope...

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Custom keepsake pendants short on shine, but long on cool

I just think that custom pendants make the ultimate Mother’s Day gift. We always have a few featured on our Mother’s Day Gift Guide each year but here’s one more that’s a far cry from the typical mommy jewelry that scares some (hello!) moms off. The custom portrait pendants from Henderson Dry Goods are nothing short of amazing looking. You just email a jpg of your kids, your grandma’s wedding picture, a baby photo–you name it. The photo gets printed onto walnut veneer backed with silver, finished with one of three decorative borders, and then hangs from an oxidized...

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Who says pregnancy can’t be sexy?

At 38 weeks pregnant, I can honestly say I feel about as unsexy as a sack of potatoes. But just like putting a smile on your face is supposed to make you feel happier, wearing sexy lingerie should do the same thing, right? That was my mindset when I tried on a set of aggressively saucy purple and black lace lingerie. We’ve all heard the term “hot mama” before, but You! Lingerie, a collection of nursing bras and maternity lingerie is taking the yummy mummy look to extremes. The Azalea Orchid (pictured), the set I was sent, is a...

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Talk about a sweet Mother’s Day card

What mom doesn’t love getting cards on the most important holiday of the year? Of course I’m talking about May 8th, (that’s Mother’s Day honey, in case you forgot). And while I’ve loved every glitter-laden handmade card I’ve ever received, I must say that this one might take the cake. Or chocolate. The chocolate postcards, by CMP Fave, Rogue Confections, would be a most welcome addition this year. Not only are they decorated with swoon-worthy Victorian themes, but they’re made of pure Belgian chocolate. Semisweet for the purists, milk chocolate for the masses, and white chocolate for…well, I’m not...

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Is honey safe for babies? This one is.

Back when my oldest was a little baby, I remember a frantic phone call from my mom reminding me not to give the baby honey. Little did she know that I’d already been warned oh, four hundred times by all of my pregnancy and new mom books. But recently I was introduced to a special vegan honey that’s safe for kids of all ages. Bee-Free Honee is made from apples and a little bit of cane sugar and has a syrupy, slightly tart taste that really is good, even if it does taste different than the real thing. It...

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The coolest Mother’s Day Gift Guide is here! Yay!

We’re just so excited to present our annual Mother’s Day Gift Guide which just so happens to be celebrating our very most favorite holiday! Of course we’re devoted to finding cool stuff for moms all year long, but it’s especially fun to put together an assortment of awesome in honor of the day that’s all about us. Whether you’re a mother yourself, are married to a mother, have a mother, or just know a mother or two out there who deserves a little  love and recognition, we hope you’ll discover some fabulous new finds out of more than 50...

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Cool Canadian craft and design for our “collectif” consciousness

If you’re lucky enough to live in Montreal, then April 30 is going to be one really amazing day of shopping. The mama-run Collectif nënë is launching their first annual baby show and you will want to be there. Of course, most of us aren’t Montreal mamas, but that’s what online shopping is for. I started browsing their websites to write this post and, well, let’s just say I’m amazed. These artists have some of the most original and incredible creations and I kind of want one of everything. From the endearing stuffed animals and creatures by Raplapla (above)...

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