Month: August 2011

The perfect fall shoe for the grayer days ahead

Even though school days are starting up, it will be a while before my kids will need their new cords and warm sweaters. But the slightly cooler days mean it’s time for my girls to toss off their worn-out flip flops and tuck their toes into something a bit more fall-worthy. And I’m practically drooling over these comfy kicks from CMP favorite Morgan & Milo. Alas, my children have have inherited their father’s big feet and can’t cram their toes into the Avril Mary Janes, but I’m hoping someone younger I know will buy these shoes just so I...

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School fundraising ideas, hold the agony

There’s little I hate more than fundraising time at school. It’s not that I don’t want the school to have money, it’s just that there’s only so many stinky candles and rolls of wrapping paper and overpriced magazine subscriptions a person needs, y’know? Plus, I can’t be the only one who’s just not terribly comfortable with my kids being drafted into sales force servitude. But I’m totally digging this fabulous new school fundraising idea from Portrait Press. Two Brooklyn parents–daunted by the amount of money their schools always needed (but couldn’t seem to raise)–realized that if they sold an...

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Lunch notes that do more than tell your kid you love him

When my son started Kindergarten last year, I never realized how confusing the snack/lunch situation can be. As opposed to preschool, my son had to navigate his food choices on their own. I found he was devouring his sandwich at snack instead of lunch, and that some classmates were skipping lunch altogether. Fear not! We found a simple note/sticker combo that can help out. We love us...

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An unsweetened tea for kids? Sweet!

When I was a kid, we drank Purple Drink and Red Drink, and then we licked the walls and hung upside down from the ceiling fan gibbering like monkeys, because that stuff was 100% sugar. Nowadays, I feel like even 100% orange juice has enough natural sugar to keep my kids wired. Imagine my surprise to discover a drink my kids love that’s all natural and contains less sugar than those we-already-added-water-to-your-juice drinks.  It’s called Little Me Tea, and it’s a mixture of caffeine-free tea, herbs, and organic fruit and vegetable juices created by a mom and dad for...

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Getting organized just got a whole lot cuter

In the name of back-to-school for the kids and a new full-time job for me, it is high time to get the bills, to-do lists, paperwork, random photos and kiddo artwork into some kind of workable order.  Yes, I’ve said that about 87,000 times this summer alone. But this time I really, really mean it. After all, I didn’t have these cool stick-ems before. Stickr pockets from BUTCH & Harold are going to help me seem more organized than I am–which, in my book, is almost as good as actually being organized.  For $14.95, you get a packet of three adorable...

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Turn your kid’s doodles from art to artifact

There’s a box on top of my fridge overflowing with punk-rock ponies, witches on broomsticks, and smiley-faced dolphins, each one representing a special stage in my daughter’s artistic development. They’re amazing in two dimensions. Can you imagine how incredible they’d be in 3D? If your kid has a favorite doodle, we’ve found a way to make that dream come true. Stuff Your Doodles is a sweet little enterprise by artist LucyMoose, who uses imagination, recycled fabric, and thread to turn drawings into heirlooms. You send her your child’s favorite doodle, and she translates it into a beautiful, hand-made stuffed...

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Because every child deserves a loving “om”

It was only upon attending an awesome preschool class a few months ago that my daughter learned there was a difference between “yoga” and “yogurt.” Now, she is a huge fan of both. Presumably for different reasons. That’s why I was excited to introduce her to these adorble kids’ yoga mats–designed by a real yoga teacher mama. The Little Yoga Mat is a pint-sized mat for kids. Each is just a quarter of the size of grown-up mats, so they’re lightweight and easy for small bodies to carry, put down, and use. They’re gorgeously designed in chakra-friendly colors (so pretty),...

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Just call it “the same toothpaste Ariel uses”

Yes, friends, we live in a world where even toothpaste can start a debate between parents and children: What’s in it, what’s not in it, whose picture is on the tube, whether or not it burns like fire, mommy! (by which she means it’s mint.) But here’s a toothpaste just for kids that harnesses the power of coral–yes, coral–for maximum dental health. It’s called Coral Kids, and it uses EcoSafe ionic coral to protect from cavities, whiten teeth, and freshen breath, all without the use of fluoride or sodium lauryl sulfate. Never fear– it doesn’t harm our coral reefs;...

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Bumbleride Indie Natural Edition – the stroller of our dreams

UPDATE: On 2/3/12 there was a CPSC recall of Bumbleride Indie strollers: model numbers I-107, I-110 and I-205 with a Date of Manufacture from 1/09 through 8/11.The front wheel can crack causing the stroller to tip. There have been no major injuries.If you own the stroller, stop using it until you’ve received the free front wheel retrofit kit. To do so, or for info, visit support.bumbleride.com or call (800) 530-3930 during business hours. When I say I have found the stroller of my dreams, you’d better believe it. Bumbleride Indie Natural Edition is that very thing, and here’s why....

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Put an end to the plate wars

I want the pink plate. I want the blue one. If I have to use the orange one, I’ll die, because I hate orange more than a thousand. (All actual quotes from my dinner table.) And if Mommy has to hear the kids argue over plates again, she’s going to go berserkypants. So here’s a beautiful and safe way to insure that you know who gets which plate. Forever. The lovely personalized melamine plates from CMP fave Little Uni are available in eight sophisticated designs that mix backgrounds mom will love with silhouettes the kids will adore. Trucks, owls,...

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