Month: June 2011

Pete the Cat is the new Goodnight Moon

I can’t get enough of Pete the Cat. My kids are enamored. Their classmates are all entranced by the magical feline. Every week, I choose a book for the kindergarten class. But no matter what I pick, Pete the Cat is always read. Well, more like sung. Here’s the backstory: James Dean, an artist in Atlanta with a cult-like following, paints super cool cat portraits. He teams up with Eric Litwin, a children’s musician and storyteller who gives Pete a voice (and some shoes).  They self publish Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. But it isn’t until...

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Web Coolness – floating pools, homemade rocketship, and finding balance between work and home

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. CMP-and-toddler fave Eebee has a free video download about water play just in time for summer.  A floating pool in the rivers of New York City? Dare to dream. . . Interesting perspective on achieving balance as a working mother.  Creepy or hilarious? We’ll let you decide with these most-unusual family portraits. This dad-built rocket ship swing set and playhouse is totally out of this world.  We love Charlie Hope’s voice, and we think you’ll love this free download off her latest...

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Toddler toys to make you go gaga too

With all the round stacking toys out there, I was starting to think that there was some unwritten rule that toddler toys can only resemble inner tubes or wooden doughnuts. But I’m relieved to tell you that is not the case, thanks to this new, and very adorable pick. The wooden sunflower stacking toy is just the right kind of developmentally challenging toy for your toddler, and refreshingly outside the box with its cool shape and versatility. The same goes for the other fabulous nature-inspired stackers found in this Etsy shop including a cloud, sun, and iceberg. Stack it...

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Natural gummy bears are yummy bears.

It’s awesome that so many people are eating in a more mindful fashion, making organic and sustainable choices as they are able, but that’s also made food a lot more complicated — and limiting. Allergies and dye-avoidance issues mean giving up some food items, and even categories, you (or your kid) really like (and on some days, really feel you need). And when that means you have to say no to candy? That’s just plain sad. The folks at UK-based confectionary Goody Good Stuff are working magic to get you candy you can say yes to. They’ve rolled out a...

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3 amazing new family friendly CDs, just in time for summer road trips

What would summer be without kids music to keep you busy on those long road trips–one we hope includes no traffic jams, dirty rest areas or too many Are we there yet’s.  Before you pack up the vehicle, check out this trio of great CD’s that you can pop into the CD player or download before you hit the road. They are all way better than another verse of The Ants Go Marching One By One, no matter how good your singing voice is. –Christina {after the jump, catch a great 3-CD music giveaway!} The brand new Flying from CMP...

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Spreading the almond butter love

As someone who has a soft spot for peanut butter (a combination of words that is almost impossible to say when you’re actually eating it), we always have a jar sitting around somewhere. But the more peanuts are disappearing from schools, airplanes, and other public places that kid with peanut allergies might turn up, the more I realized it was time to check out another kind of nut butter. And this one is wonderful. Barney Butter is all-natural almond butter made with exactly four ingredients: almonds, evaporated cane juice, palm fruit oil, and sea salt. Per serving, Barney Butter...

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Baggu bags – Now for your back

Sometimes when I’m chasing four kids around the zoo, the playground, or the pool, I’ve wished for a bag that I can just pop on my back. Yes, I know that’s called a “backpack,” however, I’m not really a backpack kind of a gal. Plus  I don’t need to carry the weight of an actual extra kid on my back– just something small and light to carry a few sippy cups, snacks, and my personal items. Leave it to Baggu to make just that. The new Baggu Daypack is the perfect lightweight nylon backpack for busy moms, or even...

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Bugaboo Donkey double stroller review: The ultimate mommy status symbol has arrived

Dear reader, I jumped for joy at the opportunity to test drive the hot-off-the-presses Bugaboo Donkey for you all. (Right. For you.) It is the most talked-about stroller I’ve ever seen, and I had been ogling it online ever since I first heard about it last fall. Let me start off by saying that I had never used a double stroller before this month. I just had my second baby in late April and was determined to force my toddler son into walking everywhere rather than buying a double stroller. Boy was I in for a rude awakening. I...

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Personalized books for kids that are better than those other personalized books for kids

I’ve never been a big fan of personalized books. Books on their own can be so magical – why would I need my child worked into the plot somehow? There are a few personalized books for kids that we’ve reviewed that do the job beautifully, but in most that we’ve seen (and not recommended) the added-on details always look like they were, at best, rubber stamped in. Well here’s another one in the former category. Following Featherbottom is a personalized book that is actually done in a nifty fashion. The hardcover child’s book is customized with the child’s name...

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Leave it to Kate Spade to make you covet a diaper bag

There are a few things that I haven’t really used since having my second kid, and one of them happens to be a diaper bag. I’ve got enough on my hands traveling with four kids; I’d rather not lug all their crap in a gigantic bag too. But leave it to Kate Spade to make me say something I haven’t said for a long time: I really want this diaper bag. Maybe it’s because this bag makes me think of a fancy party at the Hamptons that I’ll never get invited to, but I have strong, covetous feelings for...

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A green pacifier that doesn’t suck

Pacifiers, I had always thought, were for other people’s babies. My toddler never needed one when he was little. But then we had number two, a fussy little guy who needs some help in the soothing department. Luckily there’s a brand of rubber pacifiers that’s as good for the environment as they are for the little sprouts who suck on them. Made from 100% pure natural rubber from the Hevea Brasiliensis tree, Hevea pacifiers are free of PVC, phthalates, BPA and artificial colors. Not only are the pacis worry-free, they also look very cool, with cut-outs resembling stars, cars,...

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Starting solids with baby? – Reader Q&A

I am getting ready to start feeding my baby solids next month. With my daughter, I thought making my own food would be way too much work. Now, I have the time and would love to make my own food for my son. The problem is I have no idea where to start. What do I need to have to make it and store it? Are there any great recipe books out there? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. – Anna Hi Anna, I’m at the very same stage with my own son, so you asked his question at the...

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Geometry never looked this good

Six years ago I was introduced to modern jewelry designer Marjorie Victor and instantly fell for her sophisticated geometric designs. This NYC based artist launched her collection in 2003 and ever since, her name keeps popping up in places like Elle and Lucky. Marjorie claims it’s the frenetic energy of the big city that inspire her explorations in sculpted metal. The results? Beautiful and delicate organic pieces you will reach for over and over again. At least I do. The subtle variations from hand forming and hammering by Marjorie herself make each piece of her jewelry one of a...

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Gelato for those serious about their gelato. As in, me.

I always wonder if it sounds pretentious when my children ask for gelato or sorbet. But then I figure, eh. Better than asking for those nasty ice cream truck things on sticks. Which, uh, they also do. When you’re five, I guess anything cold, creamy, and made with sugar will do. In that spirit, I deigned to allow them to sample a few flavors of a delicious new gelato. That is, before writing MOMMY’S across the top in big black marker. Aw, remember when we thought that Häagen-Dazs  was super premium ice cream? No more. Talenti Gelato is rich,...

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5 picks you might have missed at Cool Mom Tech

Who’s number one? In our humble opinion, you are. Two can be a crowd, if those two are siblings, and they’re fighting over the last yogurt pop. Three is for bears, Musketeers, and Billy Goats Gruff. Four– or, really, fore– is what dad might be saying today on Father’s Day. And five is for these choice picks from the last week. But who’s counting? 1. Dr. Harvey Karp shared his favorite app with us. Can it help you have the #1 Appiest Baby on the Block? 2. Just the fax, ma’am. And the fact is that this amazing new...

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Cars 2 Review – The next Disney classic

If there’s any movie that my kids have been counting down the days to see, it’s definitely Cars 2, the long awaited sequel to the uber popular Cars movie that was first released when I only had one kid. Since then, we’ve watched it countless times, collected various iterations of Lightning McQueen and all his Radiator Springs gang, and wondered when are they going to make another one. Well, wait no more. The sequel is here, in 3D no less, and it’s definitely worth the wait. [don’t miss a fun glimpse at the red carpet after the jump] The...

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Magic mushrooms

I am an earnest, but distracted gardener. I have a garden box in my yard, one withholding lemon tree, and an egg carton (maybe) sprouting herbs on my windowsill. I’ve also grown a fungus or two, but it’s always been accidental and I never tried to eat them. That’s about to change. Back to the Roots is a sustainable, urban mushroom farm started by a group of friends in college, and their Easy-to-Grow Mushroom Garden couldn’t be easier. You can grow your own gourmet oyster mushrooms in as little as 10 days, right in the box. Just set it on a windowsill, mist...

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Hello, gorgeous

I am always amazed at how quickly bloggers–and especially mom bloggers–rally to support their fellow parents in need. One of those compassionate moms is CMP friend Christine Koh of Boston Mamas and the design firm Posh Peacock. Today, she took time away from her newborn to launch an exquisite set of greeting cards in memory of a friend. The Hello Gorgeous cards are, as I always say of my daughters, beautiful on the outside, but even more beautiful on the “inside” — 100% of the profits support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in memory of fellow blogger and mom...

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Want brownies, kid? Make them yourself.

Back when we first told you about the all-natural, nothing-yucky baking mixes from Kids Central Kitchen, we were already impressed. But they’ve gone and raised the bar. Or the snack bar?[don’t miss a sweet discount after the jump] Not that we were complaining before, but they’ve gone ahead and improved the mixes so they taste even better. Mixes for goodies like pancakes, energy bars and chocolate brownies are still made of whole grains, and never any HFCS or anything else you’d rather keep out of your kitchen (and your kids). My kids are old enough to bake these all...

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