Month: August 2011

Smart girl tee shirts – smart mama approved

This morning, my social media streams were in an uproar about a tee for tween girls that declared “I’m too pretty to do homework…so my brother has to do it for me.” I can’t begin to tell you the number of things wrong with that message; but then, you already know them all. Over the years, Kristen and I have been excited to feature clothing that promotes positive messages about our daughters. Here, just a few of our favorites. –Liz SATees (above) show off your little kid’s knowledge–or future knowledge–of big words. Grab your daughter that tee that says...

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A Zeal of Zebras for your kid’s zeal for animals

When I explained to my daughter that every group of animals has its own name, she was absolutely entranced. “You know, like a gaggle of geese. Or a flock of seagulls,” said me, Mrs. Smartypants. Just before realizing that I couldn’t name a third. D’oh. Just in time, the brilliantly colorful new book from WOOP Studios: A Zeal of Zebras: An Alphabet of Collective Nouns. As you might expect, the book takes us through the alphabet from an Aurora of Polar Bears to those zebras, all with big bold type that early readers will love, and playful, vibrant illustrations...

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A new hipper-than-thou men’s shopping site from the folks at Gilt Groupe

The day my husband and I got engaged is the day he stopped clothes shopping for himself. Partly upon my request. It’s now up to me to pick out everything from his sleeping t-shirts to his ties. Seeing as how I’m not a big fan of department store shopping for myself, I’m even less into venturing out to the retail world for men’s clothing. Now, thanks to those fashion-savvy geniuses at Gilt Groupe, I can order up my man the coolest threads without leaving my comfy couch. Park & Bond, which refers to two very stylish streets in Manhattan...

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GreenEats makes dinner eco-friendly

I’m not shy at all about my love for eco-friendly Green Toys, so it’s probably no surprise that I squealed a little (okay, a lot) when I heard they were launching a line of tableware for kids. Not toy tableware–the stuff you can actually eat off of. And let me just say, the squealing? Totally warranted. Made from recycled milk jugs and completely free of BPA, pthalates and melamine–something that’s tough to avoid in kids tableware– the GreenEats line is simple, sturdy, and dishwasher safe.  We’ve been using the divided plates and tumblers for the last few weeks, and...

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Chantecaille makes skin happy

I have confessed before that I am an unapologetic makeup snob. My feeling has always been, you change your shoes, but you wear your face every day. That said, I’m willing to spend more money on great products, but only on the great ones. And not all of the pricy ones are great, as I’ve learned. But now I’ve finally found a tinted moisturizer that I’m simply smitten with. If you don’t know Chantecaille, it’s like my verison of upscale cosmetics nirvana–it’s a family-run business that’s authentically eco-friendly, wonderfully philanthropic, and committed to non-toxic ingredients and fantastic results. I...

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The Empire Strikes… a smart silhouette

I like Star Wars as much as the next mom. Okay, so maybe I like it a little more than the next mom, considering I can speak a little Huttese. I love that the Star Wars world is timeless, exciting, iconic, and fun, and I really love sharing it with my children. But I’m the first to admit that I’ve never thought of my favorite movie franchise as stylish or chic. But guess what? Now it kind of is. We’re Stormtrooper helmet over heels for this gorgeous trio of Star Wars posters from the handz shop on Etsy. All designs are...

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phil & ted’s, you’ve got some Verve!

It’s got to be said: I’ve never been a big fan of the in-line stroller concept. I was always worried that the poor kid in the bottom kind of gets the shaft, staring at the back of a seat for the whole ride. Much to my surprise however, all it took was one look at the phil & ted’s Verve stroller with the double kit attached, for my kids to start fighting over who would get to ride in that bottom seat first. Guess I was wrong. We really enjoyed our time trying out the Verve. It’s a sleek...

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The Pioneer Woman, now on The Food Network

As a long time fan of blogger and cookbook author Ree Drummond (and a contributor to her homeschooling blog), I’ve had the date marked on my calendar to catch her new Food Network show, The Pioneer Woman. So this past Saturday, my kids and I clamored around the television to catch the premiere. If you’re wondering whether it’s worth setting the DVR for it, we’ve got the scoop. The show is set and filmed at the Drummond Ranch, and is as heavy on the the beautiful scenery and daily goings-on of her family as it is on the butter...

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Happy Chaos – parenting words to live by.

As a child of the 80’s, Soliel Moon Frye and I go way back. I have a glorious memory of dressing up as Punky Brewster for Halloween one year, which involved mainly pig tails and lots of bandanas. Her character was so bold and confident and I loved everything about her. Now, 25 years later (has it been that long?) I’m falling in love with her again as the author of a brand new parenting book, Happy Chaos Soleil, if you weren’t aware, happens to be one busy mama. She’s got her own organic kids’ clothing shop in LA,...

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Clothes that are easy to get baby in and out of–and now easy on the eyes, too.

I’m all about finding ways to make life easier, especially when there’s a newborn at home. To that end, we raved about the clever designs from Magnificent Baby when it first launched. The magnetic closure baby clothes make getting baby dressed a zillion times easier than snaps or buttons. And now they’ve teamed up with one of our favorite mom websites (no, not us!) for a brand new design that’s just too cute. Magnificent Baby and A-List Mom founder Elina Furman put their minds together and designed the adorable Elephants on Parade fall collection. It’s the same thoughtful sleepwear...

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