Month: August 2011

Bracelets for a cause. Is there any better kind?

As the heavy spending season is upon me, I’ve made a point to be more mindful of what I purchase for myself. But given my penchant for bags and accessories, it’s a little more challenging than I thought. However, one way I’ve offset (okay, rationalized) my obsession is purchasing jewelry that gives back. Here are three options I recently discovered thanks to my MilkShake subscription. 1. Wanderlust The brain child of fashion guru Elizabeth Kiester, the Wanderlust online shop (with two storefronts as well) offers beautiful clothes, accessories, and home goods made by artisans in Cambodia. Not only do...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: BOOB Design nursing tops

In honor of National Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. This panicky feeling hits you when you realize you’re still nursing, you’re going back to work, and your entire wardrobe is in such condition that Goodwill would reject it. So I fell in love with the BOOB nursing tops when they were introduced to me by the gurus at New York’s esteemed Upper Breast Side (best name ever, right?) which put my wardrobe fears to rest. The fabrics are high quality and forgiving, and I love the convenient flap on the outside of...

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Web Coolness – adorable school lunches, breastfeeding gear and amazing children’s bedrooms from around the world

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. First-day-of-school coming up? Make lunch worthy of the big moment with these amazing boxed-lunch ideas. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, check out Kristen’s 5 favorite breastfeeding products. (and search our archives for more great breastfeeding aides) Great read: The oxygen-mask principle as it applies to parenting. This modern dollhouse is gorgeous, inspiring and a DIY project. Just don’t let the kids see it, or they’ll ask you to make them one. (via lil magoolie) Such a smart use of under-stair space...

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Announcing your excellent taste. Oh, and a baby, too.

We found (and squealed about) the delicious, inventive cards and invitations from Bird and Banner years ago, but it’s been a while since I stopped by to see what’s new. Let’s just say the selection hasn’t quite made me want to have another baby just for the shower invitations, but if I were to be asked to pick them out for you, I would jump at the chance. While Erin and Nicole made a name for themselves working with fabrics (check out the imaginative wedding invitations for Grace Bonney of design*sponge, printed on vintage handkerchiefs!) I love seeing what...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: Chewbeads

This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. There’s a stage of breastfeeding for which none of the books really prepare you: the one where the baby nurses while simultaneously doing, oh, everything else. For my kids, that meant trying to breastfeed while sticking fingers in my nose and doing handstands. The only thing that distracted them enough to circumvent the acrobatics and get down to the business of eating: when I wore eye-catching, nice-feeling jewelry. These super-chic Chewbeads are ideal for getting babes’ attention–and they’re silicone and BPA/PVC/phthalate-free,...

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Monkey business

As far as licensed characters go, I am admittedly partial to Julius, the cartoon monkey from Paul Frank. My kids are partial to him too, but they call him Paul. So how could we resist a chance to get up close with him at a traveling party that’s touring the country right now? The Paul Frank Academy of Awesome Tour is, pretty much, awesome. If you’re in one of the cities on the tour it has yet to hit, pencil in an hour max, and bring the kids. Upcoming cities include Minneapolis, Denver, the Kidzapalooza concert in Chicago this...

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Screaming even louder for ice cream

Our household has yet to meet our summer’s quota of ice cream consumption (hint: it’s a lot). Happily, eCreamery, makers of that awesome custom ice cream we love, is supporting our earnest attempt to wear out our home ice cream maker this summer with their new special flavor additions for you DIY-ers. Each one comes with a pretty fail-proof recipe. We made Buttered Caramel–the adults loved it, the kids felt it was too strong–and Vanilla Bean, which of course the kids loved. Kids always love vanilla, but this was the rich, subtle kind of good vanilla that grown-ups really like, too. There’s also flavors like 3 Cocoa...

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Cool baby booties made for sleep deprived parents

The last thing I need as a mom of a newborn is an article of clothing that takes actual brain power to figure out how to put on. Give me no-fuss onesies and slip-on pants and I’m a happy camper. I always thought booties fell into the too-much-work-to-put-on-baby category until checking out the new Uno booties from Puj. Puj, the company famous for the foldable foam Puj infant bathtub that’s so smart it’s in our Baby Shower Gift Guide, just introduced Puj Unos. Aside from the glaring Puj label right smack dab in the middle of the bootie, these...

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We’re sending you back-to-school shopping for less. Or maybe free.

We can never resist the chance to give away cool stuff to all of you cool moms out there. (But only the cool stuff. Just so that’s clear.)  So we love that our sponsor ShopRunner is asking our readers to fill out this short (and fun!) survey about back to school shopping, and in exchange, six CMP readers will win a little gift card goodness to help out with the back-to-school shopping this year. Just answer 10 short questions, enter your email address if you want to be eligible, and you could win: -GRAND PRIZE: A $50 gift card...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: Milk Nursingwear Halter Dress

This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. I was lucky– nursing was easy for me. Dressing fashionably while nursing, however, was impossible. In between spit-up, juggling the baby, and babywearing, I spent a sum total of four years in oversized, stretched-out henleys– yes, even in summer. If I had seen a nursing dress as easy, beautiful, and smart as this gorgeous halter dress by Milk Nursingwear, I would have totally swooned. The self esteem boost alone is worth the price tag! – Delilah More Breastfeeding Week Picks: The...

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Put a ring on it. A big, sparkly Dara Ettinger ring.

I’m a big ring kind of a gal–the bigger the better. And I don’t think I’ve gotten as many compliments on any one as I have on a recent ring purchase from designer Dara Ettinger. Dara opened a new boutique in Brooklyn this year, and on my first visit, a rough-hewn, sparkly gray geode in a fluid gold-plated casing called my name. Okay, it also opened my wallet, handed the sales girl my credit card. (It was a very aggressive ring!) I’ve hardly taken it off since. If you’re not in Brooklyn, you can find similar pieces of hers...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: The Breastfeeding Buddy

This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. How annoying is it to have to carry around dozens of different cloths, bibs and blankets whenever you take your baby out? The Breastfeeding Buddy, a handy little strip of fabric with clips on both ends, allows you to get double duty from those various baby blankies. Clip one on and it transforms any blanket or swaddler into a hooter hider. Genius.  -Melissa Stay tuned this week for more great nursing picks. And if you missed Monday’s post, click to check...

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Chic as a Hobo

About this time in summer every year, I hit a strange period of handbag ennui. I want something new and fun for summer, even knowing that fall bags are right around the corner. But thanks to Hobo, I might have found a sweet choice that can take me from one season to the next. The Hobo Sheila bag has a sturdy leather exterior that I need, coupled with a slightly slouchy, soft shape and a bit of a distressed look that keeps it from being all business. The zip top is key essential for us city moms, and the...

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One of the best baby lotions goes fragrance free

More and more of our readers these days ask us for fragrance-free lotion recommendations for sensitive baby skin. And I don’t blame them. I still remember tossing the high-end European stuff that I got at my shower (by my own request), thinking that I didn’t need my newborn smelling like a Bloomingdale’s perfume counter. So I’m thrilled that one of my favorite brands, the MD Moms, has taken the plunge into the unscented baby lotion world. I’ve been a raging crazy avid fan of the MD Moms since I first met these two smart, lovely pediatricians–and their innovative baby...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: Bella Materna Nursing Bras

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. When it comes to nursing, I’m an anywhere, anytime kind of gal. In grocery stores, while talking on the phone, while walking with baby in a carrier (maybe even all of those at once if I’m feeling particularly crazy). I couldn’t do it without my very favorite nursing bras from Bella Materna. I love all of their styles, but the Anytime Bralet makes my life especially easy. The Italian microfiber (fancy!) is so great that I’m still using the same bras with baby...

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Cold enough for ya?

It’s 110 million degrees in Atlanta, and the thought of heating enough water to brew ice tea is horrifying. But I’m not willing to settle for the cheap stuff at the store that’s neither green nor tea, if you get my drift. Enter these lovely bottles of organic tea, brewed to perfection by one of our favorite tea experts. The new Summer Iced Teas by the Republic of Tea are a welcome relief from the heat… and my own laziness. They’re made with all-natural ingredients and contain no calories. Let me repeat that: No calories.  The Sweet Black Iced...

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