Month: September 2011

She will be loved

One of the best things about having a baby is knowing how loved she is by so many people, even before drawing her first breath. Gifts that express that very sentiment just might be my favorite. Another thing I love: this organic baby gift set put together by two of our favorite small brands. Whether you’re having a boy, girl, or an “I’ll find out soon enough,” your baby will look sweet in the organic “Loved” lap tee from Barley + Birch, plus an adorable heart teether from Little Alouette. Best, it’s all for just $35. Sweet. –Liz Find...

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More than a dozen ideas for Talk Like a Pirate Day: YARR invited!

This  Monday is TLAPD. That’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day, in case you were too busy getting keelhauled to check your calendarrrrrrr. We’ve been celebrating for years, of course and we’ve got the pirate underwear to prove it. But if you’re on board, we’ve got some great ideas for gettin’ yer grog on. Did a scurvy dog poke out your eye? You’re going to need an eye patch. And they even have hot pink. Or you can always get some from the party store and give the kids glitter pens and paint markers to personalize. Setting up a photo...

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Introducing Kai from See Kai Run. And not a sparkle in sight.

Shoe shopping for my kiddos is more like a scavenger hunt for simple, classic styles without any bling or flashing lights. As much as they’d prefer to glow in the dark, I’m pretty sure they’ll be just as happy and way more comfortable in this brand new older kid collection from CMP fave See Kai Run. The new Kai collection hits the sweet spot for my older kids (ages 3, 5, and 7) with more grown-up versions of their super popular shoes. And while there aren’t a ton of styles to choose from, I bet you’ll be as happy...

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An affordable toddler bed to swoon over

Toddler beds are really glorious things. They ease the transition from the warm and cozy crib of yore, and the big bad bed of the future. And they’re awesome for small spaces. The problem is that these little beds can come with a big price tag, and since they are only used for a finite period of time, it can be hard to justify. Fear not, moms and dads of toddlers–we’ve got a new option just for you. The new P’Kolino Cafe Con Leche toddler bed is everything you could possibly ask for, and so much more. It’s got...

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Feeling blue about the same old Orbit G2 stroller?

Sometimes it can get boring pushing around the same old stroller year after year. I know you mamas know what I’m talking about. Now, if you’ve chosen your stroller wisely (which, as a CMP reader, you surely have), it’s not going anywhere anytime soon because it’s totally built to last. But you don’t keep the same purse every season. Or clothes. So why should you keep your stroller looking the same? That’s where the awesome Color Packs from Orbit Baby come and save the day for any Orbit Stroller G2-pushing mamas out there. With a quick swap of the...

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Thank you, teachers

I have a big, big heart for teachers and all they do. Not just because my own mother is one, but because I can directly point to moments that educators shaped my life in profound ways. Like Linda Taylor who helped me fall in love with history in fifth grade. Dee O’Brien and Duke Schirmer, who I can fully credit for my essential need to become a writer. And in college, my advertising Professor Walter Lubars who gave me the single most essential bit of advice that shaped my career to this date. I hope I have thanked them...

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Web Coolness – Educational games, cloth diapering, and creative ways to get kids to eat their veggies.

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We love these creative ways to get kids to eat their veggies, or their Brobee. Tired of hearing Are they all yours?!? Check out our publisher Kristen’s new website 4 Kids or More made just for bigger families. Don’t miss this great list of our favorite free educational online games for kids. Everything you ever wanted to know about cloth diapering but were afraid to ask, from one of the funniest bloggers around. We’re intrigued by cleanclothes.org, which is supporting labels like...

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Not all princesses need saving

Ever on the lookout for clothing and decor for girls that portrays the strong, amazing kids that they are, I was so happy to find this series of posters. Artist Amanda Visell has created a wonderful quartet of strong girl posters with messages from I am my own captain to my favorite, I can save myself. I adore her illustration style, and so do folks who have put her talents to use on animated series like the Simpsons. You can grab each one for $30 or if you just can’t pick among them–and I wouldn’t blame you–then you’re in...

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Up All Night – is it worth staying up for?

Last night, like so many other moms, according to our Twitter stream, I pencilled in the premier of NBC’s new modern mom-com, Up All Night and set the DVR as back-up. As you can well imagine, 10PM is bloody late for me these days. So I propped some toothpicks into my eyes, Clockwork Orange Style, sat at up straight in my bed, cranked the AC, and prayed for a strong opening scene–something, anything, to tell me that this wouldn’t be the same old awful “dumb new parents” dreck that has failed for years. I got that opening scene. From...

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A designer diaper bag that feels like fall

I don’t generally have diaper bag envy–to me that’s like having diaper envy or leaky bottle envy. I’m kind of glad to be done with all of them. That said, there are still those diaper bags that don’t look like diaper bags, enough for me to ignore the “mom” features and consider a purchase. The new Oi Oi Leather Diaper bag called “Jungle Leather Slouch” has me making an exception and bringing out the envy. On the outside, it looks like a pricy, gorgeous distressed leather bag that you might see at Barney’s or Bendel’s. But inside, the water-resistant...

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This fruit puree dispenser will be a kid’s main squeeze

You know those great little squeezable fruit and veggie purees that are such perfect, healthy, on-the-go snacks for kids of all ages? Now imagine how much better they’d be if there weren’t any garbage to throw away once the yummy stuff had been slurped out. What you just imagined right there, that’s what the good folks at The Sili Company have created. And it’s awesome. You just fill up the Sili Squeeze-anything soft, smooth and squishy will do–cap it, and you’re good to go. It’s leak-proof and made of safe BPA-free silicone. Plus the whole thing is dishwasher safe,...

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Practical kids furniture or delicious eye candy? How about both?

I’ve been on a self-imposed no-new-furniture diet lately–we kind of either have to buy a new house or knock down a few walls at this point–so this brand-new line of gorgeous kids’ furniture is absolute eye candy. Which may turn to in-my-house candy if I’m not careful. Launching this very second on the invitation-only Fab today, Wadaly is the coolest blend of modern, high-end, and whimsical. That’s uh, emphasis on high-end. I’m seriously dying over the Cloud Bench, an amazing storage trunk with pop-out cloud drawers (shown) and the House Bookcase; but for little kids, the Crib + Changer, the...

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Shades of gray – Jacadi’s fall collection

I will be honest, I don’t tend to think of Jacadi as my first back-to-school shopping destination. The name has become synonymous with gorgeous French baby and kids clothing–but also with expensive French baby and kids clothing. However when I took a look at their fall offerings this year all inspired by back to school in Paris (uh, yeah. Those Parisian kids must be super well-dressed.)  I was surprised to find it wasn’t all about $600 cashmere baby booties after all. [don’t miss an exclusive discount just for CMP readers after the jump] While this is still very much...

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Super hero costumes for kids who are their own super heroes

Last year, we attended a super-hero themed birthday party, in which the costumed kids were given a card to fill out with their super hero name and power. In a sea of Batmans and Spidermans, I have to say I was just a wee bit proud of my daughters who made up their own crazy identities. After all, isn’t that what kids do best? So yay for another shop that makes handmade superhero costumes for kids, inspired by kids’ imaginations and not the comic characters on TV. And? They’re super affordable. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump]...

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Egg-cellent lunchbox idea

In light of our recent peanut butter alternatives post, I’ve been really thinking about other ways to get protein into my kids at lunchtime, whether it’s school mandated or not. They’re hot-and-cold on hard-boiled eggs, but I’m wondering if this fun little doodad I just spotted might give them a nudge in the right direction. You just pop a freshly hard-boiled egg into the Japanese Egg Shaper, let it cool in cold water for ten minutes, and suddenly you’ve turned a boring old egg into a cute fish, car, heart or star. And as any parents know, if it’s...

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How do you fix your favorite jeans? How about a little Denim Therapy

Is there anything sadder than ripping your favorite pair of jeans? Mine were a $5 special off the sale rack, which of course means that they’re irreplaceable. I wore those jeans until they disintegrated at the back pockets and then folded them gently and placed them on the shelf with a fond, “Goodbye, blues.” But a few weeks ago, I took them right back down. And now I’m wearing them again, thanks to a spectacular new service we’ve discovered. Denim Therapy is an idea a long time coming: Mail them your jeans, and they’ll fix them and mail them...

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4 great craft gifts for kids. Instructions optional.

Maybe it’s because I am so lacking in the artistic/crafty gene, but I’ve always preferred arts-and-craft kits that call for a heavy dose of imagination. In other words, I could never get my final product to look anything like the picture on the box. For all those kids like me, I’ve pulled together a few new craft projects for when you’re feeling super crafty, or happy to make something that’s nothing like what you expected. –Christina My sister can turn a cardboard box into an architectural marvel, though I think she’s going to be impressed when she sees what...

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A long time ago in a notebook far, far away

Our favorite notebooks and Star Wars, our favorite sci-fi franchise, have finally come together in two beautiful limited edition designs. The only question: Are you going with the Empire or the Rebel Alliance? Moleskine has gone fully operational with new Star Wars Limited Edition notebook designs. Whether you’re joining the Dark Side or tripping AT-ATs with the Ewoks, you’ll enjoy that great Moleskine quality. The Empire Edition features the classic Star Wars logo and a hyperspace jump in metallic silver foil. The Rebel Alliance Edition showcases the logo, along with the Episode IV title crawl in bronze foil. Inside each,...

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Twin Bedding for Girls? – Reader Q&A

I am looking for more suggestions for twin bedding for girls. Not cutesy pink all over…something more sophisticated she can grow into. Thanks for your suggestions! -Lisa Hi Lisa, We’ve featured a bunch of great girls’ twin bedding options in past posts, and found a few new ones too. Bright and sunshiny, Serena & Lily’s Marni Collection (at top) brings such a cheerful pop of color to her bedroom, you may not even mind all the toys strewn across the floor. The yellow duvet pairs nicely with Berry Gobi Embroidered Sheets, though it’d be pretty with plain crisp white...

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Learning how to really take pictures of our kids

I take a lot of pictures of my kids. Some of them end up in the digital abyss crying to be turned into scrapbooks and canvases on my wall. But then there are plenty that I look at and think hm. That should have turned out better. Now, there’s a way to make sure that happens. [don’t miss an awesome giveaway and a great discount after the jump] Photographer Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick has come up with a brilliant solution for a parent’s busy life: Photosanity. It is a twelve week online workshop that covers all of the fundamentals of proper...

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