Month: February 2012

Stork calling, special delivery

The only way the stork is getting back into my life might be on the wall and with a top hat. And that is not nearly as perverse as it might sound, when you look at these fabulous posters. This fantastically vintage-looking stork and baby poster from Nashville-based Anderson Design Group is big, easy on the eyes, and not accompanied by soiled diapers and crying. It’s available in blue or pink and printed on 80# archival paper for 18×24 inches of retro-hip goodness–and it’s nearly 1/3 off for the next two days if you’re a member at Fab.com. It’s one of...

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Marni for H&M – the ultimate cheap chic collaboration

At the very top of my bucket list of designers I hope to have hanging in my closet one day is Marni. I’ve always loved the Italian design house’s eclectic mix of prints and modern offbeat silhouettes. Now, thanks to a collaboration with fast fashion chain H&M, I won’t have to wait (or save a zillion dollars) to snag a piece of Marni for my wardrobe. The collection promises to be a stunner. Expect Marni’s signature geometric prints and creative mixes of color on everything from formal suits to loose dresses and summer coats. I have my eye on...

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LunchBots goes bento

For those of you with kids (like my son) who would rather eat just a little bit of everything instead of a big Dagwood sandwich, CMP favorite LunchBots is going to make your day. (If not your kids’ lunch.) The brand new LunchBots Quad is a new box, or bot, divided into four quadrants. I can’t wait to fill up this modern looking bento box with pretzels, apples slices, cut-up cheese and ripped up turkey breast for my son at preschool. It’s also great for snackers on the go, since it seals shut easily and stays that way. Besides looking cool, I love that...

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It’s Cool Mom Picks on The Martha Stewart Show!

In case you missed our Editor-in-Chief Liz’s recent Martha Stewart baby shower show appearance, here’s the online clip so you can watch the whole thing right from your computer! Along with showcasing adorable baby outfits from Polarn O. Pyret, Zutano, Goat-Milk, Go Gently Baby, Tea Collection and Estella NYC, Liz announced our new Baby Shower Gift Guide which has over 150 of the coolest gifts for new and expectant moms. We’re so thrilled to be able to showcase some of our indie brands and meet Martha. Maybe next time she’ll share some of those crafty genes with us. -Team...

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In the year you were born… your parents were actually cool.

Let’s face it, by the time our kids are old enough to ask what the world was like when they were born, they are going to consider us tragically unhip. Luckily, this charming (and affordable!) baby gift will help recall fond memories of hipster TV hits or the price of a microbrew where Mom and Dad lived. Every baby book has a couple of pages devoted to recording the price of a gallon of milk or that year’s president. But these Year You Were Born cards take a different spin, with place-specific memory prompts like “The Price of the Sunday...

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Baggu with a bang

I love my Baggu bags so much that I’ve been tempted to use them as actual handbags, especially with all the junk I schlep around in my purse. Well, now I can actually do it without having to compromise my love for a swanky bag. The new Baggu leather bag is the same shape as their popular reusable shopping bags, just much fancier. Made from super soft leather, you get the laidback feel of a less-structured bag but with loads of style. I’m partial to the Platinum myself, which I think adds some flair to what might seem like...

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5 essential baby food recipes from 5 essential baby food sources. Starting solids research: done!

Making homemade baby food may be as easy as 1-2-3 (prep! cook! puree!), but it takes time. And let’s be honest, it’s not easy to stay excited about pureeing carrots. Again. If you’re going to invest some of your precious free moments making baby food from scratch, you might as well keep it interesting.  In honor of this year’s Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide (have you seen it?!), check out these essential baby food recipes from our essential baby food sources.  Keeping baby food interesting just got easy. Your baby food may not look quite like the bébé meals that Béa...

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Honor Black History Month with We March

Every February our communities focus on a very important part of our nation’s past during Black History Month. So I’m taking a cue from our schools and continuing the discussion about civil rights at home. Our pick to get the conversations rolling with your kids: We March by Shane W. Evans. In We March, author Shane W. Evans embraces the challenge of explaining Civil Rights and the historic March on Washington to young readers. For a picture book, it is dramatic and powerful, with expressive illustrations that are so expressive that they could almost tell the story all by...

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It’s all about you. Your necklace says so.

I never realized that with all my jewelry hoarding, I don’t have a single monogram necklace or initial piece to my name. Well, I think that is about to change as I have just found the most bad-ass original monogram necklace yet. No matter what your style, you are going to find your monogram match from designer Moon and Lola. These acrylic designs are completely customizable to fit your individual style from modern to froufrou, neutral to bold. Pricing starts at $60, making them a great special occasion gift for the fabulous ladies in your life too. You know you...

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Stylish boys’ clothes. No trucks.

I know you’ve heard that old complaint about how boring it is to dress a boy. I hear it all the time, and I think it’s nonsense.  Sure, I can’t dress my sons in adorable outfits that I wish I could steal for myself; let’s say we have different taste in clothes. But there are still plenty of options to allow them to develop their own sense of individual style, which may not necessarily involve trucks, motorcycles or hockey sticks. [see some gorgeous boys styles after the jump!] This is we’re such big fans of Bobinette round these parts:...

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