Month: July 2011

Web Coolness – Hot-weather meals, ONE mom reveals, and special kids’ wheels

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We’re inspired by the photos and story of Karen Walrond after her recent trip to Kenya for the ONE organization. Family of four sails across the Atlantic: The youngest in their crew was a mere nine-months old! Wow. (via ohdeedoh) Kristen loves this clever baby log for parents that makes record-keeping easy, day or night. Get a little help with this nice roundup of books for kids explaining same-sex marriage. You think a meat dress was cool? Check out some amazing couture-esque fashion...

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Children’s art that won’t give you a toothache

Back when I was pregnant, I became obsessed with finding the perfect artwork to adorn baby M’s walls. I had almost no budget and was put off by most everything in the big stores–hearts, butterflies and safaris? Oh my. So I took to Etsy. Two years later I continue to stalk the site for new artists to make my gift giving more gratifying which is how I came by Rachel Dodge’ shop. After spending just a few minutes at Apple Blossom Print, I was in love with the artwork–especially this robot alphabet print proclaiming knowledge is the future–and I felt an instant...

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Kids’ furniture that’s more than just kids’ furniture

Every city parent knows that if you going to commit to bringing a new piece of furniture into your precious and very limited home space it better be something useful and pleasant to look at. So kudos to the brilliant minds of Chadwick and Joe, the imaginative team at Klinko Kids Furniture. They’ve developed 3-in-1 Little Frog, a handy little piece for toddlers that can be a pint-sized reading chair, lounge chair and play table all in one convertible piece of furniture. And dig this, there is also an inexpensive accessory that can turn it into a rocking chair...

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The Brita water bottle. Pretty smart.

While lots of companies are trying to build a better water bottle (just search water bottle on our site sometime), I’m actually surprised it took Brita so long to get into the game. But now here they are, with a sports bottle that has one of their filters built right in. Fill up the substantial, BPA-free Brita Bottle right from a water fountain or sink, and the filter, which is attached to the sippie part at the top, filters out “chlorine taste and odor” as you drink. Note they say chlorine taste–not actual chlorine. So don’t be filling it with pool water. But it does mean if you need a refill on the road or at the gym, you can feel better about your choices. The filter needs replacing about every 20 gallons or so, so if your kids are downing one of these bottles a day, that’s only once every four months. It does come with a huge Brita plastic wrap label over it but fortunately, it’s easy to peel off. Then you’ve just got a nice, big blue sports bottle, and some well-hydrated kids. –Liz Find the Brita Water Bottle online from shops like Target, Walgreens, and our affiliate...

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A spot of Tea for your wall in the form of eco-friendly decals

In the little pile of clothes that we’re saving for when our kids are grown and we’re wanting to look back and remember how tiny they were, I can guarantee you there will be many, many things from Tea Collection. I’ve been a big fan of the line since my first son was a baby. Now there’s a way to bring the pretty Tea designs into your house too. It comes in the form of Tea Collection wall decals from Wee Decor and I’m already plotting which rooms in my house could use a little facelift. Only available for...

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A stroller sunshade that makes sense

I can get a little crazy about sun protection (just ask my husband). I douse myself in SPF 30 every single day–no matter the time of year–and I run for the shade at the playground and the park. So it’s only natural that I want the same safe sun vigilance for my kids. I’ve been looking for a good stroller sunshade–a non-black one that still lets my sons see the world–and I finally found one. Thank you Maclaren! The new Sunshade from Maclaren is a smart and stylish light grey color. I never understood why so many stroller sunshades...

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Affordable organic kids’ clothes that aren’t just available in “natural”

When I’m shopping for clothes for my kids, I find it a challenge to get good organic cotton. Sure, it exists, but sometimes it’s way out of our budget and the rest of the time it seems to be only available in “natural.” (I know you know what I’m talking about.) [don’t miss a terrific gift card giveaway after the jump!] When I discovered Mini Mioche I did a little dance of joy. Not only are the clothes nicely constructed and very adorable, they also fulfill my wildest fantasies of being both organic and not way out of my...

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5 amazing daycare options that aren’t what they used to be.

It’s kind of amazing how far daycare has come. Whether you’re reclaiming date night or just need a few minutes to work (or read) in peace, specialized work/play centers are popping up all over the country to supervise your kids when you can’t. Some places focus on exercise and excitement, while others focus on education and parental comfort. Bonus: most of them include coffee. Here are a few we’ve found that look like a lot of fun for the kids… and you. Portland, OR: WeVillage Urban Playcare A nighttime daycare: Brilliant! This licensed childcare facility is open late to...

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Ergo and Petunia Pickle Bottom make babywearing oh so pretty

My first Ergo was a lot like my first boyfriend. Solid, comfortable, and dependable, if a little thick. But not pretty. Not swoon-worthy. Then Petunia Pickle Bottom got involved. In a babywearing version of She’s All That (or Can’t Buy Me Love, or Clueless–you get the picture) The Ergo got an extreme makeover, and now it’s one of the prettiest baby carriers on the block. For along time, the main complaint of Ergo carriers was that they weren’t stylish. Well, the new collection of Petunia Picklebottom Ergo buckle baby carriers includes three gorgeous prints in soft organic cotton, and...

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