Month: November 2012

Annie the Musical is back on Broadway! The sun is out, people.

I am old enough to remember the original Annie on Broadway, starring Andrea McArdle. That show had me and a zillion other little girls dreaming of living in a mansion with a swimming pool and a cute dog–although maybe keeping our own parents. So when I heard Annie was coming back to Broadway this year, I jumped at the chance to bring my daughters to a preview. I can’t say that the Annie revival quite lives up to the original 70s debut, although there are some very good performances indeed. Katie Finneran absolutely shines (like the top of the Chrysler Building?)...

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Web Coolness: Kung Fu toddler, NYC Marathon aid, and lying about lice

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Our hearts were warmed to see the photos of New York City Marathoners going to help the people of Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy. And this story of their day is incredibly touching. One of CMP’s favorite kindie voices (and overall great guy) Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could will donate a portion of sales at this Sunday’s concert and fundraiser in Tribeca to the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. What a lovely post about a child whose love of running keeps her...

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Hair ties that are way prettier than a hair tie should be

I’m not one to get too excited about hair bands, but when I saw the ones from Emi-Jay, I gasped. Seriously. I know that sounds lame, but for those of us bored of ponytail holders and not up for fussy poufs and clips, this is a beautifully brilliant alternative. The coolest part? Guess who made them. Emi-Jay hair ties are simple, handmade ties that remind me of shimmery ballet slipper¬†elastics only a little wider. It’s really just a wide, stretchy band tied in a pretty knot, but they’re very nicely made. And I have to admit, I was extra...

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Swaddle sweetness: a genius new product for fussy babes

It seems like no matter when you have a baby, a couple years later there’s a new product on the market you wish you’d had at the time. If it’s baby time right now in your world or a friend’s, you won’t want to miss this snuggly wonder. *sigh* Oh, how I needed the Zen Swaddle from Nested Bean.  This innovative new swaddling blanket is designed with lightly weighted (the key word is lightly) sections that mimic a parent’s warm, gentle touch and help soothe a fussy baby. For times when mama just wants five minutes of quiet time to brush...

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Ice cream in November? Heck, yeah.

As we head toward the season of celebration, I’m so excited to see the new fall flavors come in from CMP’s favorite little handmade custom ice cream shop, eCreamery. And to hear that they’re not too overwhelmed on shipping, now that their Shark Tank appearance fame is mellowing. If you’re missing Thanksgiving with the family this year, or spending time with one side of the fam instead of the other, it’s a cool way to ship a little love to their door…because goodness knows everyone can use more ice cream at Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving Sampler Pack has four flavors...

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6 essential pieces of cookware for the holiday cooking season and beyond

With Halloween behind us, it’s time to let the holiday cooking season begin! Which means stocking up on the cookware you need. Even if you’re not normally a cook, chances are you may be doing your fair share of cooking and baking over the next couple of months. Whether you’re whipping up a holiday meal, making homemade edible gifts (my favorite!) or throwing together a side dish for a holiday potluck, having the right tools will make your job a whole lot easier (or at least more enjoyable). Check out these 5 pots and pans that every home cook–no...

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DIY LEGO gift boxes for LEGOriffic parties

LEGO never goes out of style, and so we love this tutorial we just found for making your own LEGO gift boxes. The free DIY LEGO gift box templates at Lines Across look super easy – You just need card stock, scissors and glue, and craft foam (or improvise) to make the dots on top. There are two different sizes, either of which would be great instead of goody bags at a birthday party. Or maybe as a box under the tree this year to present your future Master Builder with tickets to LEGOland? Just a thought. –Liz Find...

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This style-savvy stroller bag moonlights as a messenger bag

It’s always tricky trying to figure out which bag to bring with me on when I’ve got the stroller in tow. My usual diaper bag is way too heavy and tends to topple the stroller if my son hops out. My purse, on the other hand, is too small for outings with the kiddo. But there’s a new stroller bag in town that walks the line of chic and functional–perfectly. The new Georgi stroller bag from Baby Cargo doesn’t actually look like a stroller bag at all. The feminine and stylish messenger bag looks more like something you’d pick up at hipster boutique...

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The purple map

I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen enough red state outlines and blue state outlines to last me a lifetime. Today, I wanted to feature a message of unity–if there’s any to be found today–in this purple US map.   Maybe hanging one of these is on the walls is just wishful thinking for more conciliation, compromise, and just plain getting along to move the country forward for the next four years. We try not to get political on this site, and to respect the various views of a very wide readership. But I hope we can agree...

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Little Passports goes cross-country

Yes, we’re tired of the endless political ads and robo-calls. But here’s one good thing about election season: it’s been a great way to get our kids interested in the country and all the red-or-blue shaded states that keep appearing on the screens. So, I’m going to jump on the kids’ heightened awareness of all things USA with a cool new monthly subscription by our globetrotting favorite Little Passports. And while Little Passports’ fictional characters Sam and Sofia haven’t stopped trotting around the globe, they’ll also be exploring the areas a little closer to home. No passport required. Sign...

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Vote!

We know how busy you mamas are these days, do we ever, but we really hope you’ll take a break from playing super woman today and vote! Whichever button you decide to push (or hole you decide to punch), please take a moment today and hit your local voting booth. Pack some snacks, load up the iPhone with some fun apps, and make a difference. And better, celebrate the end to the campaign ads and phone calls that seem to be timed exactly when your kids have fallen asleep. And if you need a little help finding your voting...

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Word to Big Bird: neff helps skaters and boarders sweep those clouds away

If there’s one thing I hope all parents can all agree on, it’s a love for Big Bird. (There are certainly more polarizing muppets, but Big Bird isn’t one of them.) With the cooler weather finally making an appearance for most of the country, we love that one of the top skate brands is sharing that love too, and creating some funky warm headwear for kids. neff is a super cool skate and snowboarding apparel company. (You might recognize their logo of a smiley face with a tongue sticking out.) They teamed up with Sesame Street for a fabulous...

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The Inspiring Mom Awards: help a deserving mom win $1000 for her charity

Recently we told you about the Inspiring Mom Awards, sponsored by Tea Collection, and now I’m so thrilled to let you know that after much (much!) deliberation it’s been narrowed down from 100 nominees to 9 finalists in 3 categories. And your vote can help 3 of them win $1000 toward charities of their choice–something we know a lot of mamas are thinking about these days. Just read their brief stories–you’ll be inspired, trust me. Congrats to the finalists of the Mompreneur category, which I judged with Giggle’s Ali Wing: Jackie Majerus of Connecticut, Amy Sue Nathan of Illinois, and...

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Sling savvy: we’re loving the LBD of baby carriers

If you’ve discovered the joys of babywearing, then you know that slings can be as addictive as shoes and cute dresses. But now we’ve found a super-light buckle baby carrier that shares the same magic as that perfect little black dress you can pull out of the closet and dress up or down for any occasion. Bonus: it folds to the size of a Ziploc baggie! The BobaAir is the carrier you want to keep in the bottom of your diaper bag or stashed in the trunk. It’s a buckle carrier, which means it’s very adjustable to fit all...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Whether you’re reading this email from your regular laptop or you’ve got your smartphone plugged into an ATM in NYC after Sandy, we’re so glad you’re here and that tech is keeping us all connected. Here are a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. Turn your texts and emails into designer digital notes. Even Emily Post would approve. 2. One of the most addictive video games ever is now available in toy form. Your kids will flip. 3. This app is perfect for crafters or wanna-be DIYers like us....

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Buy one, gift one, make someone’s day: kindness comes in travel size

We adore this new trend of “buy one, donate one” products, in the model of TOMS Shoes. And now there’s one more, from a mom of two who took a personal tragedy and turned it into a truly inspiring company. After the near-drowning of her three-year-old son, Laura Metro founded WINK (When In Need of Kindness), a buy-one-give-one toiletry bag company.  When you buy one of her gorgeous toiletry bags, a similar one will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms. As Laura writes, “When a parent is in those rooms, things are not good.” These toiletry bags help bring...

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Afraid of the dark? Not with this just-in-case kit stashed away

In light of Hurricane Sandy, I think a lot more of us are thinking about preparedness and safety precautions our families. Not that it’s such a fun thing to think about. But when I saw this kit created for blackouts, I liked the balance of straightforward approach without too much gloom and doom. [Don’t miss a great limited time discount after the jump..plus another really wonderful incentive!] The Family Blackout Kit comes packed in a sturdy child-size hiking backpack marked Survival Kit (which I admit, still makes me go eek). What’s inside is super smart though: flashlights, a lantern,...

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Man Candles: the perfect gift for the bacon fiend in your life

Sure, we love fancy candles as much as the next mom trying to cover up the smell of a yogurt pop hidden under the couch for two weeks. But men need candles, too, and we think they’re really going to love this collection of masculine scents for discriminating fans of pizza and new baseball mitts. Plus, they help feed the hungry. And did we mention they’re the brainchild of a teenager? Hart Main was 13 when he came up with the idea for Man Cans while observing his sister’s school fundraiser selling more traditionally feminine scented candles. But instead...

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Hurricane Sandy: More than a dozen ways you can help

Like many of you, we’ve been overwhelmed by the photos and stories of Hurricane Sandy. Some of us have even lived through it (but we’re all safe, thank goodness!) so have been grateful that so many of you have asked how to help those in need after this devastating storm. With so many bogus charities popping up (arghhhh), we wanted to share a list of some of the many wonderful, legitimate causes that are doing good work in the midst of Hurricane Sandy that could all kinds of support–whether it’s money, foods and supplies, or even your volunteer time...

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Why your little one should see this book before a trip to the eye doctor

My daughter was a bit nervous before her first trip to the eye doctor, especially since she knew there was a good chance she’d need reading glasses. Fortunately it wasn’t a scary visit, and she loves her cool new fuchsia frames, but I wish Arlo had been around back then to demystify the entire process a bit. In the adorable pop-up, interactive board book Arlo Needs Glasses, Arlo the pooch finds he can’t see his beloved ball very well anymore. And while the story is fairly predictable–Arlo goes to the eye doctor, gets glasses, and gets his vision back–the...

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