Month: September 2011

Ooh la la! Quelle playhouse!

Qu’est-ce que c’est? Why it’s only the sweetest cardboard play structure I’ve ever laid eyes on. Okay, I’ve only laid eyes on it online, but still. I think my children need this thing, stat. The French Café from Little Play Spaces takes the fun and convenience of a typical cardboard play space and adds to it all kinds of wonderful interactive features that kids will love. Including my favorite, a real chalkboard for writing the daily specials. Gâteau, anyone? I love that it’s designed by a mom of an 8-year-old, who finally created a great play space for older...

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Dishes for kids that are safer than plastic – they only look like plastic

It’s hard trying to sort through all the plastic safety issues these days when it comes to feeding our kids. Between BPA, pthalates, melamine fears and microwave warnings, sometimes I just want to throw up my hands in frustration; does everything have to come with a warning these days? Well, not everything. In fact, I’m so thrilled that we get to be the first to announce the launch of a brand new, totally safe set of kids dishes, all made from a really surprising material. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] The fantastic anti-plastic dishes for kids...

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Support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with one easy act of kindness

I’m only one person with one meager budget and very limited time. How can I do something important and meaningful this October to show my support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when I can’t donate a gazillion dollars and don’t have the hours to donate to a bigger cause? The first thing I’ve found is as quick and simple as sending a note. Yes, it really is that easy. KIND Healthy Snacks, those people behind the KIND bars we love so much, have created a movement called Do the KIND thing that sounds so awesome, I signed up...

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Stamp of approval

Need a gift for the superstar girl who has everything? She could be 8. Or heck, 38. Either way, I think she’ll like this adorable necklace which it turns out, is a lot more than a necklace. The Super Star Stamp Necklace is an adorable, eco-conscious masterpiece from artist Sarah Neuburger of a CMP favorite shop, The Small Object. Each wood necklace is hand-painted and hand-dressed, then strung on a 28″ hemp cord that can be shortened for half-pints. But what’s really neat, is you’ll find a hand-drawn star stamp on the bottom, and each necklace comes with a...

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Always Saturday – music for your permanent weekend

Always Saturday makes me happy. While this is technically a “kids” band, the beats are appropriate for big people, too. I’m thinking of their CD as a dance party waiting to happen, and I just want to be a part. After all, any band that evokes the feel of a fun and lazy Saturday has my vote. What’s really cool about Always Saturday is that not only do they rock, but they also have heart. The first song on their new album, Love is Plural, just blows me away; it’s called  A Guy Named Bob, and it’s the greatest...

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Masquerade, pretty faces on parade

In spring, a young man’s thoughts lightly turn to love. In fall, everyone’s thoughts turn to a really kickass Halloween costume. Right? If you’re looking for something really special this year, that will last past midnight on the 31st, the lovely leather masks from Etsy shop Sundries and Plunder are entirely handmade… and entirely gorgeous. Each creation is made just for you; hand-cut and tooled from one piece of leather and hand-painted on both sides with acrylic paints.Then it’s sealed for added protection before arriving with a lovely ribbon for tying or hanging on the wall.  What do I...

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Indian Prints

Indian patterns are totally (and beautifully) on-trend right now– we wrote about Ikats and other beautiful prints a few months ago, and our allegiance has yet to waver. Especially since we saw these lovely designs. Hammocks & High Tea‘s new “Dreamweaver” collection is as gorgeous and global as can be. It’s a whole line of accessories made up entirely of handcrafted and eco-friendly fabrics, printed with water-based, solvent-free inks: tea towels, napkins, pillows, totes, and scarves. I’m especially taken with the dopp kits. All the prints are produced to evoke the beautiful texture of traditional ikat weaving, and depending...

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Mommy Poppins expands. Boston and LA moms, rejoice!

When I first discovered Mommy Poppins I remember thinking, oh finally–a non-pretentious guide to all the best things to do around New York and the NYC area. There is rarely a week in which I fail to check the site to find free activities, special events, and great news about goings-on around town that my kids will love. Now? They’re in LA and Boston too. Whoo! Mommy Poppins LA and Mommy Poppins Boston offer the same great, searchable nav. You can check activities by age, neighborhood, type of activity or date. Or just keep an eye on the handy...

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The fountain of youth for your hands

They say your hands show your age. In which case I’m in trouble. The last time I tried to pamper my hands was when a relative gave me a Mary Kay Manicure Set as a gift that had been —gulp— used. There were fingernail gouges in the cream and a… let’s say, a uh…hair in the scrub. TMI? In any case, since having kids, it was definitely time to give it another go. If you’ve seen the effects of post-diaper change hand washing, or frequent Play-Doh scraping on your hands, you’ll love the Healthy Hand Regimen from our friends...

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Animal themed nursery prints with a French accent

As I have mentioned here before, I have a real sweet spot for nursery art prints. While my daughter’s room may be the size of your suburban walk in closet, I will always keep an eye out for another something special to squeeze onto her tiny walls. Especially when it’s accompanied by a cause as nice as this one. Once again temptation presents itself with the discovery of the smart animal series from Tiny Us. We have already declared our love for Virgine Dreyer’s noble charity project and her mission to raise funds for Presence, a special institute for handicapped...

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