Month: August 2011

Back to school shopping – green school supplies

 We’ve always had a heart for green school supplies for our kids, ever since we knew such a thing even existed.While they’ll never be as cheap as what you find at the big mall stores, grab a couple you love and teach the kids a lesson in eco-conservation right in their own backpacks. Recycled Cardboard Pencil SharpenersThese German-made pencil sharpeners are nifty, and the wildlife graphics are adorable. ($5 at Stubby Pencil Studio / 15% off with code CMPSAVE15 until 8/31/1)[see 9 more great picks and some nice discounts after the jump!] Eco Glue Sticks It’s kind of nice not to...

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The handy dandy box of things a mom seriously needs

If there’s one thing a new mom needs–besides a post-partum doula who does dishes and makes sushi from scratch–it’s baby recommendations from someone who’s been there. After all, that embroidered silk blanket from Aunt Edith is fabulous, but it’s not going to work as a swaddler during the first 2 AM crying session. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a service that would deliver boxes of exactly what you need, exactly when you need them? Oh, yeah. There is. Citrus Lane is a brilliant new subscription service made for moms, by moms. For $25 each month, you get...

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Over-packing mama birds will love Phil & Ted’s Nest

The first time you travel with a baby in tow is shocking, to say the least. If you thought you were an over-packer before, suddenly you feel like you might need to rent a moving truck just to get your things to the cottage. Each precious piece of gear seems more important than the next because, frankly, how is baby going to make it through the weekend without his beloved [insert one of hundreds of important baby items here]?  Phil & Ted to the rescue. The Phil & Ted’s Nest is a brilliant travel bassinet, designed to hold babies...

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Back to school shopping – the best lunchbox accessories

You can’t have a back to school lunchbox without all the cool goodies inside. We’ll let you take care of the yummy food and snacks. But we’ve got you covered when it comes to all the cool accessories that definitely make lunchtime every kids favorite subject. [Don’t miss eleven tasty school lunch accessory picks after the jump!] shinzi katoh bento boxThese sweet Bento boxes are perfect for preschool snacks or lunches. ($18 at My Sweet Muffin) Lunch LinesIf their lunch doesn’t make them smile, these silly riddles will. ($10 at Chronicle Books) Robot Sandwich KeeperWe love these cool one-piece...

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The perfect rug for the playroom, at a price that lets you grab some toys too

I am constantly fawning over fabulous rugs in the high-end catalogs that arrive at my door. Having an old apartment with all hardwood floors I find myself flipping the pages and daydreaming about the amazing spreads, that is until I look at the price tags… ouch. Reality settles in, our old worn in rugs will do just fine. Hmph. So imagine my excitement in having a specific mission of finding a rug for the new playroom we decided to pull together–then finding just that. Luckily I thought to check in at IKEA and hello, Lusy Blom. This adorable  area...

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The Doodle Roll unrolls before your kids unravel

My handbag is sort of a Mom’s Swiss Army Knife. Need a Band-Aid? Got it. Hungry? I’ve got some mints in here somewhere. But when we get stuck waiting somewhere and the kids are threatening to mutiny out of sheer boredom, it turns out that drawing on the back of old receipts isn’t all that much fun. Enter a cool new coloring kit that all three of my kids can use at once, doesn’t take up more room than my wallet and stays neat and easy to reach when the doctor’s office is running 45 minutes behind. {keep reading...

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7 rock n’ roll baby picks to keep the party going

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, Up All Night, the new NBC show starring some of the coolest and funniest parents on TV like Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, and Maya Rudolph. When I was pregnant with my first daughter almost 8 years ago, I remember being completely underwhelmed by the sea of cutesy animal patterns and pastel baby decor, neither of which were anywhere near my personal style. But these days, you don’t have to sacrifice your taste because you had a baby. Here’s some of the coolest rock n’ roll baby gear around, that will...

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Back to school shopping – the coolest kids backpacks and bags

We’re pretty sure that back to school is synonymous with a brand new backpack and not one that’s ragged and torn from last year’s heavy load of school books and homework. Here are a bunch of our favorite book bags that are not only cool, but will stand out in the sea of licensed character packs on the hooks and in the cubbies. Madpax Available in four sizes and eight colors, we’re pretty sure these super cool Madpax (at top) won’t ever end up in the lost and found. ($28 and up at Madpax) Diaper Dude We love the...

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Cute kids’ bookends at a price that makes them even cuter

The more books my kids own, the more bookends they need to keep them from falling (on me) every time I straighten up the shelves. But do you know how expensive kids bookends can be? It’s actually kind of surprising. We’re talking $100 and up–for one! Well yay for skip*hop for creating some adorable ones that are actually affordable. The skip*hop zoo bookends are soft, sweet, and weighted, making them functional as a bookend but cute as decor on its own. They’re not so heavy that they can keep a set of encyclopedias upright, but for your basic board...

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Back to school shopping – the coolest lunchboxes and lunch bags.

It’s a tradition for so many families – the school year starts off with a clean new lunch box, full of promise (and not so full of last year’s peanut butter crud). Here are a few that we love because they’re not only adorable, they’re built to last. Pink Robot Lunch Box Our readers have begged us for pink robot items; leave it to Beatrix NY (at top) to have that very thing covered. ($34 at Beatrix NY) Laptop Lunch Bento System For older kids, a bento system is so practical, especially in this season’s hot purple. ($25 and up...

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