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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What’s a Noonie? A swaddle blanket. Or, utter sweetness.

I’m pretty sure that I’m done having kids, but every once in a while I see something that makes my arms ache to be holding a newborn again. Such is my reaction to the irresistible Noonie swaddle blanket from Lala’s Pequenos. It’s made from 100% organic fabrics with a super-soft organic sherpa lining. It’s like the sweetest, coziest little nest for that tiny newborn body. I say tiny newborn, but really, at 30 inches long and 15 inches at the widest point, this swaddle blanket would have worked well for my son for the first several months of his...

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Hooray for iPhone apps for children that give you five minutes to yourself

My husband is taking my two kids on a transatlantic flight all by himself, bless him. My contribution to the experience is my iPhone, fully loaded with toddler-distracting applications. Three of the iPhone apps I have lined up for her are Hippo Hooray‘s Colors, Shapes, and Letters, which are gorgeously done and quite absorbing. Simple premise: The hippo tells you what to touch (letter, color, or shape) and congratulates when you’ve chosen correctly. Aside from the beautiful graphics, the true touch of genius is in their selection of older children’s voices for the apps. I’ll tell you what, my...

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The Britax Blink will keep strolling and strolling…

The first thing each of my kids were strapped into was a Britax car seat. I liked Britax’s quality and reputation, and now that both kids have outgrown the seat, it still looks like new (except for a bit of cracker smudge on the straps). So it makes sense that the Britax’s foray into seats with wheels, or the Britax Blink stroller, won me over. When a review sample arrived, my first thought was that at 16 pounds it’s a little heavier than my mostly-plastic (fairly high-end) compact stroller. And it is. But as soon as I started pushing...

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Toddler bedding that’s looks absolutely nothing like toddler bedding. (That’s a good thing.)

I hesitate to admit that my daughter’s current toddler bedding collection includes a queen sheet wrapped twice around the mattress and a handmade quilt with shudder-worthy pink flowers. Needless to say, not my style. That’s why I was so drawn to Olli and Lime’s line of modern toddler bedding and their cool geometric sensibility. I particularly love the Egg comforter and pillowcase set (shown) and how its mod geometric design is perfect for boy or girl, since I have one of each — I figure I’ve got a greater chance of spending $100 on a comforter and pillowcase if...

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The no-think, no-clean, yes-delicious toddler snack.

I may be little late on the drinkable/pureed/food in a pouch thing, but I think I am like most moms in that I’m left scratching my head and staring at the pantry when trying to think of what to give my toddler as a healthy, delicious snack. And frankly, I’m usually looking for something that means that I don’t have to chop, spread, or clean a bowl afterward. Which is why I am happy to have found Plum Organics Mish Mash organic fruit puree snacks. They have no added sugar, colors, or flavors, and are super yummy. The strawberry...

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9/11 – a very good day for doing very good

We love opportunities to get our kids involved in community service, so we’re so delighted to hear that 9/11 is now officially a National Day of Service and Remembrance. It’s also better than making it a National Day of Watching 24 Hour News Channels and Being Depressed. It’s really a beautiful concept. And if you need some ideas on what kinds of services to perform, take a look at 911DayofService.org. The organization was created as a spot for people to share their service plans, donate to support the organization, or find a project in the works to join in....

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A mini-me for your mini-she

Rarely do I bemoan the fact that my daughter won’t tolerate anything in her hair, but when I first saw these mini me custom felt portraits from Emandsprout, I couldn’t stop thinking of how utterly adorable a portrait barrette would look in her blond hair. Send in a photo and the the artist will turn it into a custom felt portrait that can be made into a hair clip, headband, or brooch–any of which would be a super cute way to accessorize an outfit. Emandsprout’s creations are known for being impeccably made, and her whimsy extends to a huge...

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Don’t need no stinking hammer

If you are like me and have a ton of photos that need to go on the wall, but you lack the motivation to frame and hang them, Stickr has got something to make the process a whole lot easier. We’ve recommended their more sophisticated reusable vinyl frames in the past (no hammer, nails or level needed), and now they’ve got a new train photo frame that’s especially perfect for the little one’s room, where breakable glass and sharp-edged frames that can get knocked off the walls are dubious ideas at best. The train set comes with room for...

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Stokke enables eating, playing, and learning all in the same spot. Though you may want to keep the eating and playing separate.

Stokke’s Tripp Trapp high chair is a classic that’s been around for 37 years–in fact, my daughter recently sat in the one that I had used as a kid. How’s that for longevity? The basic principle behind it remains as popular with parents today as it was in the 70’s–it brings kids right up to the table. But that’s not new. What is new is Stokke’s Eat Play Learn Table Top, a tray that suctions to the table to give you the easy clean-up of plastic while keeping your kids entertained at the table. The tray covers a large area and has...

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Bathtime products that take care of the worrying and the styling

It seems like every week there is a new list of chemicals that I should make sure are not in my family’s bath products, and frankly it gets hard for me to keep track. But Original Sprout has got worried moms covered. They have a fabulous line of organic styling products, haircare, and bath products that are free of pretty much everything you want them to be free of. Plus they have great kits to nip eczema in the bud, and offer a worry-free lice shampoo. Their website has tons of information about what chemicals are missing from their...

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