Month: February 2012

Presenting our 2012 Baby Shower Gift Guide!

We are so excited to announce the launch of our annual baby shower gift guide, our biggest and best ever, if we do say so ourselves. We’ve worked so hard, scouring the ends of the internet to track down more than 150 of the most clever, creative, and covetable baby shower gifts in every price range, many from indie artists, Etsy crafters, and the small boutique brands we love. If you’re visiting from our Martha Stewart Show appearance today (welcome!) you might even recognize a few of our picks from the show. We really hope you’ll love the guide as...

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Web Coolness – Creative birth announcements, a space-saving doll house, and getting started on Pinterest

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week.  We hope you like them too. Want a really clever birth announcement? Check out this list of ten creative ones that will have you going awwwww again and again. [see more after the jump] Shine and The Moonbeams’ soulful sound brought down the house at last year’s Kindiefest. Now we can help them get their first record made with this new Kickstarter project.  Would “Designed in the USA” labeling matter to you? (via @trendoffice) Kristen has discovered a sweet line of tees that looks at the...

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We’re on Martha Stewart! Yipeeeee!

Our editor Liz Gumbinner practically skipped out of the 26th Street studios after her taping of the Martha Stewart Show this week. (Okay, she did skip, according to some reports. Just a little.)  Please catch Liz on Martha’s big baby shower episode, airing this Friday, February 17! Set your alarms (or DVRs) for Friday at 10AM on the Hallmark Channel or again at 1PM if you miss it. We’ll post a link when we’ve got it. Don’t worry– Liz won’t be making a cake shaped like a diaper from scratch, or hand-varnishing a crib. But she and Martha are hosting...

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The perfect cupcake for any party

The standards for kids’ birthday cakes have gone up a bit since I was little, when we just stopped by the Piggly Wiggly and had the teen behind the counter misspell my name between the lumpy sugar roses. Now we want them to be beautiful, unique, delicious, customized, truly exciting, and–the big kicker– allergen free. Luckily, we’ve found a way to make almost any cupcake fit the bill, even if your kid has an unusual name or non-mainstream hobby. And there’s nary a lumpy rose to be found. Cake Sugar takes edible icing cupcake toppers to the next level....

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Girls that aren’t afraid to get muddy, we salute you!

Forget sugar and spice and everything nice; more and more parents are looking for art that depicts heir daughters the way they are, and not the way they were in Victorian times.  You may remember our post on the princess who saves herself. In artist Amanda Visell’s newest print series, she takes on girls who are completely unafraid to: get dirty, explore, dream big, and be themselves. I really appreciate how Amanda Visell breaks out of the defined gender molds–not that there’s anything wrong with rainbows and glitter, but you won’t find them here. Every time I look at...

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Born angry.

ust when we thought we might be over Angry Birds, one of our favorite little baby companies goes and makes a brand new, very well-done Angry Birds for babies collection. Happily, the birds all look more happy than anything. Guess they just cleared level 6-12? Swaddle Designs, makers of the flannel receiving blankets that my own firstborn spent many months in, now has a whole Angry Birds Baby collection. You’ll find your favorite characters beautifully printed on high quality flannel blankets, muslin swaddlers, lovies, and even snapsuits. I saw them at Toy Fair this past week and color me...

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Food themed birthday parties for kids. AKA No dessert until you finish your milk and cookies.

If you need a break from superheroes and princesses, I’ve got a fabulous kids birthday party idea, and it’s so easy: Food themed birthday parties. Move over tea parties, we’ve got three new themes worth checking out. Milk & Cookies FestThis inspiration board by Kara’s Party Ideas is the place to start if you want to celebrate your cookie monster with a milk and cookies-themed birthday party. You’ll also find fab party ideas on Tea and Lime, including a custom color palette. And I love this vintage take on a milk and cookies theme, complete with printables by custom designers (and...

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Fab.com knows parents want cool stuff too

Our love for fab.com is nearing on obsessive (and we all have the credit card bills to prove it). And as if we needed one more reason to love them, today is the launch of their brand new dedicated shop just for kids stuff. Visit the all new http://fab.com/shops and you’ll find a different, well-curated specialty boutique each weekday–with Wednesdays being Kids Day. It starts at 7pm ET (quick, get the kids fed!) or 4pm PT which means you west coasters better download the new fab.com iphone app if that normally cuts into carpool time. The kids shop starts...

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Coolest soft book ever.

We’ve seen plenty of soft books for babies, but none quite like the ones from this Etsy artist. Let’s just say your J Crew catalog may now be safe from that adorable baby stage when your playful little angel mimcs reading magazines just like Mommy–and then destroying them. Crafter Alison James of Mini Me Papers was looking for a safe baby paper option to fit her style, Alison came up with a clever process making protected pages baby can get into without any worries. The result is a clever baby toy made from found and recycled newspapers, magazines and...

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Origami has never looked better

When I was a little girl, my dad would create the most beautiful origami creatures for my brothers and I. Of course they only lasted a few hours before we demolished them with one good move. I’m sure my dad really appreciated our care and concern for them. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I first discovered design studio Dottir & Sonur, because now you can decorate with these modern and cool shapes–without worrying about them being pummeled. Dottir & Sonur have created a product line that is whimsical and colorful, leaving lots of room for...

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You are my cupcake, my cutie pie, and my mushy little sweet pea

After seeing Joyce Wan’s board book, We Belong Together I am so in love with her. So of course I had to check out You Are My Cupcake, in the same series. Let’s just say it’s absolutely delicious and I want to eat it up in a major way. Each page pops with vibrant colors and sweet illustrations that are textured, giving babies a sensory experience. All of the terms of endearment are covered here–starting with “cupcake”–but with a twist. We call our babe a “sweet pea,” but in Wan’s world, she’s a “mushy little sweet pea.” Your cutie...

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Red baby gear that will look great all year round

Other than wearing hearts on their clothing and looking at us with love in their eyes, our babies are still a little young to be celebrating Valentine’s Day with lollipops or big messy chocolate hearts. But since we love red all the time, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite red baby gear, that will look bright, fresh and modern all year long–more than I can say for those roses. We are in love with the contemporary shape of Bloom’s new Coco Rosso lounger. No noisy bells or batteries required, this simple self-rocker lets our babies gaze at the...

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Last minute Valentine’s Day ideas. As in, super last minute.

Don’t panic, mamas, if you realize you’ve forgotten cards for the sitter, or the teachers or uh…your actual Valentine. We’ve got you covered with some last minute crafts, recipes and more that you can have done before the kids get home from school. And well, if all else fails, there’s always chocolate. – Send a little love from your iPhone with the Treemail app, which lets you carve a sweet message into a tree, virtually, of course. – Hit Paperless Post for Valentine’s ecards that look way prettier than a plain email. – Pack the kids special Valentine’s Day...

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The first rule of Junior Daredevil Stroller Club is…

Well okay, we can talk about it. But for those of us not old enough to talk, we can proclaim our affiliation with these new Junior Daredevil Stroller Club onesies. If your darling bundle of joy is a reincarnation of Evel Kneivel, we’ve found the baby onesie for you from longtime CMP favorite shop Wry Baby. This adorable hipster-cool snapsuit is made of 100% cotton and available in size 0-6M and 6-12M. As for the second rule of Junior Daredevil Stroller Club? We torment our parents by crawling up the crib slats, rejecting naptime, yearning for ladders, and trying...

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New shapewear you can wear just about everywhere

Ah shapewear. How essential you are. After all, the beginning of every new year starts with the same pledge: “I will get in shape.” But this year, I didn’t even dare make that resolution–with a baby who doesn’t sleep through the night and a busy three-year-old, heading to the gym falls somewhere on my list between reading War and Peace and cooking four-course meals every night. That’s why I was psyched to discover two pairs of pants that hold it all in for me. The pants are from shapewear golden child Spanx and a new kid on the block...

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How to get started on Pinterest – The perfect 101 guide

Pinterest, pinterest, pinterest! That’s all it seems my on and offline friends are talking about these days–and for good reason. This virtual corkboard that allows you to “pin” and share your online inspiration can help make life easier, craftier, and from what we can see, much more delicious. But as much as I love Pinterest, the site at first look a little overwhelming for newbies (like, “oh no–one more thing to learn?”) but the truth is, it’s super easy. So I’ve put together five tips to help you get started. Happy Pinning! 1. Get an account Pinterest is still...

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

We’re in awe at how far technology has come, even in just the past year. Our favorite picks from the past week are so 2012. And that’s a really awesome thing. 1. Check the home thermostat from work? Turn on the fan from carpool? With the invention of one special gadge, the future is here, friends. 2. This new app is as close as you can get to actually being at Disneyland, without spending $6 on a bottle of water. 3. This amazing new digital video baby monitor does everything but burp the baby.  4. Pretty smart phone cases...

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Planning a family ski vacation. With the actual vacation part.

When my husband decided that he wanted to take a family ski vacation, I was a little hesitant. With four kids who have never seen more than a few inches of snow, we were less than prepared with cold weather kids’ gear. And the thought of finding accommodations for our large family seemed quite challenging. All I could see were dollar signs! But after lots of searching and a few tips from friends, we decided to spend a week at Solitude Mountain Resort just outside of Salt Lake City. And while I didn’t actually get on the ski slopes...

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How do you feel?

Sometimes it’s hard for my kids to talk about their feelings. In the heat of the moment, they find it a lot easier to cry (or let’s face it, whine) than to confront their emotions. As the child of a child psychologist, I am always on the lookout for great books to help me make my job a bit easier in that respect, and I’ve found a nice solution with this smart book and accompanying journal.  A Little Book About Feelings is eye-catching in a major way. The main characters are funky, hand-made felt creatures, like little Etsy wunderkinds....

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3 greenmoms’ LunchSkins now at Target. Go green!

I’ve been using the 3greenmoms LunchSkins eco-friendly sandwich bags ever since we featured them here awhile back, so how exciting to hear that they’re launching a brand new line for Target. Hooray! Their new LunchSkins2 sets are available at Target starting this week, and feature a coordinating snack bag and sandwich bag in adorable, bright patterns. Along with a super tight velcro-closure, their one-of-a-kind sturdy fabric (used by professional bakers!) is dishwasher or washing machine safe. Even if you’re an avid plastic bag user like I was, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to switch. And how...

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