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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