Month: April 2013

A baby shower gift with bite

Babies are warm and cuddly and thinking about them helps us conjure up images of teddy bears and pillowy clouds. Well, unless you actually have one and you know that in reality, babies have more bite than we give them credit for. So for the next baby shower, opt for something with some edge, like these shark baby pajamas from Black Wagon. After all, aren’t babies really at the top of the food chain in a way? Plus, like sharks, babies have the ability to fascinate and frighten us all in the same breath. –Eva Hatley Shark Footed Coveralls are...

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Web Coolness: Leafy critter crafts, baby shower ideas, and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too!    Love the 25 Ways to Play With Nature, like making little bugs out of found objects. Who will you nominate for the 40 Women to Watch Over 40 list? Maybe yourself? Why your teen should join the marching band. Man, we love this. (And not just because it’s from former CMP contributor Mir Kamin.) Want to have an awesome baby shower? We’ve got some great tips! And check out Kristen’s list of the Best Baby Shower Gifts Under $30. Love how this one mama’s...

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Cooper and Kid: an “awesome box” just for dads.

It was inevitable that with the proliferation of monthly boxes for moms, that someone would come along with a version for dads. And we’re pleased to see it has nothing to do with “reminding” dads that they are incapable of cooking or changing diapers; but rather, it’s about dads who like to play with their kids. Shocker, right?     The stunningly designed and conceived Cooper and Kid box is jam packed with $65 worth of fun–which had honestly be a whole lot of fun at that price point. Still, it seems to give you your money’s worth in...

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Gorgeous disposable diapers, including a philanthropic hippopotamus

Though I’ve always been a cloth-diaperer at heart, I use my share of disposables, too. So when CMP fave The Honest Company launched last year, I was so very jealous of the gorgeous diaper prints available because I can’t get them up in Canada. And now there are 3 new patterns to fill me with envy, and not just for their cuteness.  The three new Honest Baby diapers that fill me with cross-border envy include a pink strawberry print that’s adorable for spring even without a diaper cover; an awesome comic book print that will have every little adventurer kapow-ing post-diaper-change,...

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Maurice Sendak prints. A.K.A. Where the wild things art. (Ha.)

You can’t grab an original piece of art by kid-lit favorite and real-life wild thing Maurice Sendak unless you’ve got super deep pockets. But you can snag the next best thing: Sendak’s artwork, already framed, and hand-selected by the master himself. Oh, and it’s on sale, too. Our pals at Fab.com are currently hosting a gorgeous collection of fine art reproductions presented by 1000Museums and hand-selected by Maurice Sendak himself from his portfolio. Each 1971 piece from one of eight books (including faves Where the Wild Things Are, Little Bear, and In The Night Kitchen) comes in a black...

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6 spring cocktails to bid adieu to winter

Cooking’s my thing, but I’m in the mood to celebrate spring with some yummy cocktails, thank you very much! Seasonal sips are a fun, grown-up way to savor vibrant spring flavors as we coax the sun out of winter hiding. So put on your new rose-colored shades, grab a fab light scarf, and let’s raise a glass to spring with these 6 delicious spring libations. Cheers! -Stacie It seems only appropriate to start with this super fresh, sparkling emerald green Kiwi Capiroska (above). This drink is similar to a caipirinha, the Brazilian national cocktail made with cachaca sugar cane liquor, but...

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Who knew the big bad wolf was really only somewhat bad?

If you like children’s books in the spirit of The Stinky Cheese Man–and I sure do-–then this funny, modern retelling of the classic Three Little Pigs story is going to be right at home on your bookshelf. Mark Teague’s The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf is true enough to the original story that the lessons about planning and hard work still come through, but updated with enough 21st century details, and a sub-theme about nutrition, that even older kids will laugh when you’re reading it to little ones. From the first page, when the farmer tells...

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Life’s an organic bowl of cherries

My girls have this ridiculous obsession with lip balm. Considering how it’s actually on their lips (and thus, entering their digestive system, let’s be honest) I tend to be more conscientious about lip balm ingredients than even things like kids’ nail polishes. The brand new line of organic kids’ lip balms from eco-beauty fave Shelissa Organics is handcrafted in the US from organic and local plants, including sunflower oil, beeswax, coconut oil, and Vitamin E oil. No petroleum, no icky chemicals, no animal testing. It gets a big thumbs up from my kids–and the EWG cosmetics database. They feel pretty slick and rich going...

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Spring trend: Colorful, dangly earrings. We’ll take two, please.

I get so excited the second the weather turns springy and a woman’s fancy turns to colorful accessories. (Just me?) Yeah, emerald green is hot. But who says you have to stick with Pantone’s pick? The great thing is, this season, whatever color looks good on you, you can find something dangly and fun that’s calling your name.   Saffron Amelia Earrings (above) are so bright and happy, but not so blingy that you can’t wear them day-to-night. ($90, Charm + Chain) The Gold Chrysoprase Drop Clip Earrings are like the crazy ones you wish your Great Aunt had...

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Fairiche skin care: luxury stuff for faces in need of pampering

Now that forced hot air and dry radiator heat is less a part of my days (hallelujah) I can already feel my skin starting to adapt. It’s time to put away the heavier, winter moisturizers and transition to something lighter. The brand new Fairiche line is a luxury anti-aging skincare line but uh, let’s just just call it a luxury skincare line, shall we? It’s actually formulated to take on those nagging concerns like fine wrinkles, dark spots and hyperpigmentation but you don’t have to have middle-age skin to see the effects. I’ve been trying out the Fairiche Vivid...

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The newest cool thing on Martha Stewart Living’s Pinterest boards? Us!

We love Pinterest. And we love Martha Stewart. So we’d be totally lying if we didn’t say we were beyond thrilled to be this month’s guest pinners on the Martha Stewart Living Pinterest board. (Yes, our voices may or may not hurt from the squealing.) Click over, and you’ll find our favorite fun finds for everything spring, from decor and entertaining, to design inspiration, fashion, recipes, and even a few goodies for Mother’s Day.  Okay, a lot of goodies for Mother’s Day. We’re biased. Of course. -Kristen & Liz You can follow our Martha Stewart Living Guest Pinterest board,...

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It’s you! But tiny, wearable, and made of embroidery floss.

Mamas, this might be the most personalized necklace we’ve seen in a while. Whether you’re gift shopping for the mom, grandma, or bestie who has everything, we guarantee she doesn’t have your portrait together embroidered on a tiny custom wood hoop. Bonus: the artist can also do guinea pigs. It’s no surprise that we love embroidered gifts, especially embroidered necklaces and adorable wall hangings. But we’re just cooing over these sweet  hand-embroidered portrait necklaces based on your photos, then stretched on custom hand-made hoops. The artist is more than accommodating and will work with your suggestions and photos to...

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Cool Mom Picks and Gilt Groupe team up for awesome discounts on cool baby gifts

Since launching our Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide a few days ago, we’ve clearly got baby gifts on the brain. So it’s perfect timing to continue helping out new mamas and all their generous friends and family with a special sale event on Top Must-Haves for Baby over at Gilt starting today. And we’re a part of it! Starting at noon, you’ll find tons of great items at amazing prices, from some of our favorite brands like Go Gently Baby organic clothing, aden+anais swaddlers, Ergo carriers, Basq NYC skincare and more, all up to 70% off. Plus click over...

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Organic sachets bring the scent of spring…well, anywhere.

I have a total thing for sachets. It’s easy to find scary-looking ones (hello, airport giftshops!), but when I find pretty ones that smell wonderful, I tend to stock up. Gardenmis on Etsy is like awesome sachet central. I really love the French country sachets which are the perfect neutral, modern look to fit in any decor–not just French country. But if you look around the shop, you’ll find a lot of options from organic rose petal sachets with Emily Dickinson quotes meant to be hung over a doorknob; gorgeous purple sachets of course, filled with a lavender blend;...

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

Here are five of our favorite picks from this week just in case you missed them. 1. These smart phone cases were hugely popular with our Facebook fans. And they’re for Android and iPhone, hooray! 2. Even if you already have free texting, this new app is truly awesome. And a little addictive. 3. Don’t toss those frayed or damaged cords! Here’s a simple DIY fix for them. 4. We’re loving these geeky DIY party favors that are great for birthdays, baby showers, or just for fun. 5. This handy little gadget will have you taking way better smart...

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Read much and dream big with Isabella: Star Of The Story

I was a crazy obsessive reader as a child (still am), and I can still remember the absolute thrill of opening a new book and entering the new world of a story. So it was pure joy to relive that feeling with my daughter as we opened a new world together: the world of Jennifer Fosberry’s Isabella. Those familiar with the award-winning Isabella series know that our girl Izzy explores the idea of herself as famous women in history (My Name Is Not Isabella) and travels the world without leaving her neighborhood (Isabella: Girl On The Go), but my favorite...

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Pink sunglasses: la vie en rose

Rose-colored glasses. Cliché? Or awesome fashion statement? I’m going to go with awesome. I saw these pink Oscar Magnuson sunglasses in Lucky Mag this month and was like…ooh, could I pull those off? The truth is, this kind of pink looks great on any complexion, and besides the designer shades price (and the extra duty since they ship from Paris), I could justify them 100 ways. I’m good at that. But the truth is, there are other options if you’re thinking pink, like the classic Ray-Ban wayfarers in pink at Nordstrom. Or the subtle pink Prada sunglasses from Paris...

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Bookends that will make you want to file. And that’s saying something.

The second I saw this desk accessory–instant swoon. The Indice Bookends are available online from the MoMA store, which is pretty much where I’d expect to find something so functional and funky. The bright colors are calling my name, but it’s that file folder tab design that really makes it special. You can slide them around or separate them like regular old bookends, or split them up into sets of 3 and 2 if that works for you. But I think the five all lined up together just gets you the whole effect. Or hey, maybe ten together? At...

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Scooter sweetness in a zippy retro-style bib

Babies drool: that’s a fact. I tried to rock the sans bib look for my brood and that option didn’t quite pan out. It turns out that wet necks lead to rashes, not rockstars. My suggestion? Embrace the right bib, and your little one will scoot in style. Finn and Emma’s Scooter Bib has a retro scooter and a mod color combo (orange and gray! divine!) that go perfectly together. The best part? Soft organic cotton and a nifty wooden snap. And a matching blanket, if you want a really awesome baby gift.   I also super love that...

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Delicious chocolatey awesomeness that tastes way better than it might sound

Magic Chunks are delicious, all-natural, wheat-free, and sometimes dairy-free. And my kids and I love them. Pull up a chunk and let me tell you why. [Don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!]   Magic Chunks happened quite by accident, when Nutty Steph’s Vermont-made granola just wouldn’t get crunchy enough, thanks to an unusual batch of maple syrup. Now, each slightly more than bite-sized cube includes thick-rolled oats, Vermont maple syrup, rich dark Equadorian chocolate, nuts, and a mixture of seeds, spices, and oils–all locally sourced except for that chocolate. And hey, no one cares about the crunch...

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