Author: Carrie

Hospital gowns get a (much needed) upgrade

I know none of us cared what we looked like during the moments our babies were born. The health of baby and mama were the most important things in the universe, and there was very little room for vanity. But when I think back to all the hours (many many hours) before and after that newborn snuggle came, I know I would have liked to feel a little bit less like a linebacker and a little more feminine. I would have loved to be wearing this Pretty Pushers delivery gown. It would have eliminated the inevitable cringe at that...

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Mother’s Day is about making your mom cry, right? In a good way?

If you are lucky enough to not only be a mom, but still have a mom around to guide you through your turbulent mothering moments (or in my mom’s case, laugh at me), then you probably have witnessed the power that the perfect picture of your children has over her. She tears up, she awws, she gets that it really was worth raising this daughter of mine now that she’s given me these adorable babies to fuss over look of satisfaction. I put my mother over the top recently with a mini photo book, new from self-publishing mavens Lulu.com....

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The nursing bag that’s like little magic elves are carrying your sippy cups

I have a very valuable piece of information that I will share with you. It’s the Number One Thing that you should consider when buying a diaper bag, and it comes from a mother that has had at least quadruple the number of diaper bags as I have had kids.  Your number one consideration should be: How much does the bag weigh before I load it up with wipes, bottles, sippy cups, snacks, toy cars and princess cell phones? Because I promise you, no matter how much you like the look of a bag, if you feel like you...

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A penny saved is a piece of the planet saved

One of the things about all those pennies laying around at the bottom of drawers or under the couch is that they are, well, laying around doing nothing. Rather than leave those coins to clog up the vacuum cleaner, why not use your extra pennies as a way to get your kids involved in some very cool conservation projects? Pennies for the Planet has organized a way to do just that. Get your kids collecting all that spare change and funnel the money into conservation projects like protecting the shorebirds along California’s coast, the coastal marshes in Louisiana, and...

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Raising the reusable tote bar a little higher

With the reusable tote bag phenomenon in full swing, there are a lot of options out there, from the $.99 bags at the grocery store — that fall apart after a few weeks’ use by the way — to reusable bags that are organic, well made, and um, a whole lot better looking. Which brings us to Olive & Myrtle’s Recycled Cotton Tote Bags. If you are going to rock a reusable tote for eco- and human-friendliness, these are the ones. They are made with organic cotton, printed with water-based ink, and are Fair Wage and Fair Labor certified. ...

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Get fabulous, one delightful cup of tea at a time

I’ve heard that there are some mythical women out there who are gorgeous, relaxed, happy, full of energy, with beautiful hair and nails, clear skin, and passionate sex lives. Oh, and who never have gas or constipation issues. If you are one of those women, you can skip to the next post, because this tea isn’t for you. For women like me, the kind who need a little help now and then, The Republic of Tea has created a collection of teas that addresses the needs of us mortal women. All 17 of the teas in the Be Well...

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Helping kids in Haiti, one Tinkertoy tower at a time.

Here’s a fun way to get your kids involved in the Haiti relief effort: A Play-a-thon. In case you have never heard of one (like me, up until now), it’s just like raising pledges for many other ‘a-thons’, but instead of running, dancing, or phoning a pledge into a B-list celebrity-manned phone bank, your kids play for the money. Get friends, neighbors, grandparents, teachers, whoever you can snag to pledge a flat donation or certain amount for every 15 minutes your kid plays. Invite a group of kids to play together and turn it into a real event. Hasbro...

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When you research enough to give the very best

I like giving the best gift at the baby shower. Call me competitive, but I just feel that as a mom of two young kids that I should be better equipped to pick out the perfect gift than Great-Aunt Mary who still thinks the baby should be sleeping on her stomach and has no idea what a Bumbo seat is. (You know, the sort of gift that I came looking to CMP for before I became a contributor here.) Here’s a perfect example: The Bebe au Lait gift set which includes their awesome rigid-neck nursing cover and three super-plush...

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For when that BBQ apron just won’t cut it.

You’re having a holiday party. You’re dressed up. You’re serving food  and drinks. An apron would be nice to protect your perfect cocktail dress, but who wants to drag out the old marinara-stained “Kiss the Cook” monstrosity? Well if it were me, I’d prefer covering it with something like this Rollings of Cinnamon full apron from IceMilk. Not only will it protect your clothes from those delectable hors d’oeuvres you’ve whipped up from scratch (right?) but it will make you look like you have it so together that even the tiniest details in your life are full of style....

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Dwell bedding provides some sweet girly dreams

When I went on the hunt for new toddler bedding for my daughter recently, I was amazed at some of the adorable options out there these days. One that really caught my eye is the Paper Dolls duvet set from Dwell Home Furnishings. The bedding features the classic paper dolls in fresh modern colors that are sweet and girly without being frilly. I love that this set says “girl” and not “baby,” which I think she will appreciate as well. And it will easily transition with her from little girl as she grows into a (gasp!) big girl. Well,...

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