Author: Delilah S. Dawson

Turn your kid’s doodles from art to artifact

There’s a box on top of my fridge overflowing with punk-rock ponies, witches on broomsticks, and smiley-faced dolphins, each one representing a special stage in my daughter’s artistic development. They’re amazing in two dimensions. Can you imagine how incredible they’d be in 3D? If your kid has a favorite doodle, we’ve found a way to make that dream come true. Stuff Your Doodles is a sweet little enterprise by artist LucyMoose, who uses imagination, recycled fabric, and thread to turn drawings into heirlooms. You send her your child’s favorite doodle, and she translates it into a beautiful, hand-made stuffed...

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Just call it “the same toothpaste Ariel uses”

Yes, friends, we live in a world where even toothpaste can start a debate between parents and children: What’s in it, what’s not in it, whose picture is on the tube, whether or not it burns like fire, mommy! (by which she means it’s mint.) But here’s a toothpaste just for kids that harnesses the power of coral–yes, coral–for maximum dental health. It’s called Coral Kids, and it uses EcoSafe ionic coral to protect from cavities, whiten teeth, and freshen breath, all without the use of fluoride or sodium lauryl sulfate. Never fear– it doesn’t harm our coral reefs;...

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Put an end to the plate wars

I want the pink plate. I want the blue one. If I have to use the orange one, I’ll die, because I hate orange more than a thousand. (All actual quotes from my dinner table.) And if Mommy has to hear the kids argue over plates again, she’s going to go berserkypants. So here’s a beautiful and safe way to insure that you know who gets which plate. Forever. The lovely personalized melamine plates from CMP fave Little Uni are available in eight sophisticated designs that mix backgrounds mom will love with silhouettes the kids will adore. Trucks, owls,...

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Finally, you can register for anything, and we mean anything.

It was so empowering, the first time I held that price gun and started registering for baby stuff. I assumed that the store would have everything I needed. (Yes, you can laugh at me now.) As I now know, the best baby carriers, bibs, and swaddlers are generally found online, not in the big baby stores, and you can’t register for them. But wait–now you can! And it’s easy! BabyList is an idea a long time coming. This free service allows you to build a baby registry for anything at all that you can find online, including stuff on...

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Hide the good scissors!

Hide the good scissors isn’t just something you say because the kids will just ruin them cutting cardboard and digging holes in the dirt. It also happens to be the name of a super-sweet Etsy shop that we’re digging hardcore. The good news is they’ve got the freshest take on embroidery we’ve seen. The bad news is that they’re so adored that the shop is currently empty, although accepting orders by convo. Ping the artist, and hook yourself up with the beautifully hand-embroidered animals and plants that make our inner graphic designer swoon. These bad boys would be so...

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Treat yourself to a natural nail polish

We tend cover the kind of eco-friendly nail polishes that come in tiny little bottles with colors like Bubblegum and Blueberry Slushie.  But not today. This one’s just for mom. The Megan Miller Collection of nail polishes is sold through Anthropologie, if that tells you anything, and they’re a fabulous mix of high quality ingredients and grade A pretty. They’re Big 3 Free, which means no dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde or toluene. So you’re breathing minimal fumes–although I wouldn’t recommend them for your little ones, mainly because they’re pricey and, like most premium polishes, take longer to dry.  But...

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The handy dandy box of things a mom seriously needs

If there’s one thing a new mom needs–besides a post-partum doula who does dishes and makes sushi from scratch–it’s baby recommendations from someone who’s been there. After all, that embroidered silk blanket from Aunt Edith is fabulous, but it’s not going to work as a swaddler during the first 2 AM crying session. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a service that would deliver boxes of exactly what you need, exactly when you need them? Oh, yeah. There is. Citrus Lane is a brilliant new subscription service made for moms, by moms. For $25 each month, you get...

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Yippee kai yo kai cupcake

Whether you’ve got a tiny horse fanatic, a country themed shindig, or just some really unruly cake pops that need to be rounded up like little dogeys, we’ve found the perfect cupcake wrappers for you. Bonus: Hello, ponies! I’ve got a case of the blahs regarding the store-bought party decor available right now. And I love horses. No wonder I totally dig these printable horse cupcake wrappers from Spaceships and Laser Beams on Etsy– you know, the folks who brought us those adorable bacteria cupcake wrappers on Valentine’s Day? When you buy the wrappers. you’ll receive an Adobe PDF...

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Awkward Family Photos – The board game that made me laugh until I cried

Aside from that time I won Scrabble by placing VULVA on a triple word score, I don’t generally get excited over board games. But the other night, I laughed until I was wiping tears off on my husband’s t-shirt, all because of the Awkward Family Photos Board Game. If you like Awkward Family Photos the website, you’re going to love the game. When I showed up at a friend’s house with the Awkward Family Photos board game tucked under my arm, I had some of those frozen margarita packets and a big box of cherries in my other hand...

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Cold enough for ya?

It’s 110 million degrees in Atlanta, and the thought of heating enough water to brew ice tea is horrifying. But I’m not willing to settle for the cheap stuff at the store that’s neither green nor tea, if you get my drift. Enter these lovely bottles of organic tea, brewed to perfection by one of our favorite tea experts. The new Summer Iced Teas by the Republic of Tea are a welcome relief from the heat… and my own laziness. They’re made with all-natural ingredients and contain no calories. Let me repeat that: No calories.  The Sweet Black Iced...

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Okay, so imagine if NERDS were actually healthy

As my dentist will attest, I was a big candy fan as a kid, and I was definitely a nerd for NERDS. (My favorite was the split box with cherry on one side and watermelon on the other.) Cut to 2011, when my children think plain yogurt with honey is a sugary treat. Oh, how the times have changed. And yet, in a way, they haven’t. If you combine that yogurt with the NERDS of yore, you get a brilliant snack that my kids adore. They’re called Yo’Drops. Yo’ Drops are another nutritious hit from our pals at Revolution...

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5 amazing daycare options that aren’t what they used to be.

It’s kind of amazing how far daycare has come. Whether you’re reclaiming date night or just need a few minutes to work (or read) in peace, specialized work/play centers are popping up all over the country to supervise your kids when you can’t. Some places focus on exercise and excitement, while others focus on education and parental comfort. Bonus: most of them include coffee. Here are a few we’ve found that look like a lot of fun for the kids… and you. Portland, OR: WeVillage Urban Playcare A nighttime daycare: Brilliant! This licensed childcare facility is open late to...

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Ergo and Petunia Pickle Bottom make babywearing oh so pretty

My first Ergo was a lot like my first boyfriend. Solid, comfortable, and dependable, if a little thick. But not pretty. Not swoon-worthy. Then Petunia Pickle Bottom got involved. In a babywearing version of She’s All That (or Can’t Buy Me Love, or Clueless–you get the picture) The Ergo got an extreme makeover, and now it’s one of the prettiest baby carriers on the block. For along time, the main complaint of Ergo carriers was that they weren’t stylish. Well, the new collection of Petunia Picklebottom Ergo buckle baby carriers includes three gorgeous prints in soft organic cotton, and...

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Handsome in Pink

Did you know that pink was originally a color for boys? It’s true. Up until the 1940’s, boys were dressed in pink and girls in blue. And then it got all confusing. But we live in a time when barriers are being broken all over the place. In the wake of our review of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, if you have a boy who likes pink or a girl who likes tools or a child of any type who just wants to be hip, you’re going to want to check out the boutique Handsome in Pink. Or HIP, as...

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Your favorite silly old Pooh bear is now a soft, organic Pooh bear

The Winnie the Pooh movie hitting theaters today promises to be a sweet mix of old and new, combining classic Pooh animation with a few new voices– like Craig Ferguson as Owl. The overall idea is to charm Pooh fans of all ages with a timeless (and mercifully two-dimensional) animated trip to the Hundred Acre Wood. And we love it. So it makes sense that miYim’s new line of organic Pooh stuffed animals would have the same appeal, mixing classic style and sentiment with an eco-conscious 2011 flair.[don’t miss a truly great giveaway after the jump!] miYim is one...

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EWG and Cool Mom Picks agree: These 3 sunscreens rock

Does anyone else feel like buying sunscreen takes a PhD and two hours internet research? I do. And then I’m too tired to swim. That’s why we’re happy to share some family-tested sunscreens that we’ve thoroughly tested– and we checked the EWG Skin Deep list, too, where top sunscreens are rated with the lowest numbers. (But take some of it with a grain of salt – not every ingredient that is of concern to them, like fragrance, is of concern to everyone.) Sunny times are here again! Our family of four rotated through three different product lines this summer,...

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And the Cat’s in the Apron and the silver spoon…

We’re always sad to see a small shop we love, like Cat in an Apron, close its doors. But there’s a silver lining. At least if you’d like to get 50% off their remaining inventory of beautifully tailored clothing, gifts and accessories. Cat in an Apron specializes in pretty hats, cute onesies, fancy burp cloths, cozy swaddle blankets, sweet hair accessories, and more. Or at least, this week. As the inventory dwindles, they’ve mentioned even further discounts, so keep an eye on the Cat in an Apron blog if you want to score some great deals. We’ll miss you,...

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Paperflavor – delicious!

What’s that delightful flavor? I mean, I know it’s paper. But there are essences of ballerina, candy, fruit, robot, and… do I detect the delightful aroma of ninja? It must be Paperflavor, the brand new site offering a truly creative range of invitations, stationery, and other beautiful paper goods that are just my cup of (flavored) tea. The stationery sets are unusually adorable–a great choice for a tween girl who likes that cute anim√© illustration style. And there’s a nice selection of baby shower invitations and photo baby announcements that are bright, colorful and modern. It’s a refreshing change...

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Dr. Hauschka skin care – believe the hype.

Even as an avowed skincare fanatic, I had never sampled the Dr. Hauschka products I’d heard so much about. This line is known for being holistic, ecologically sound, and focused on the body’s rhythms and internal processes. Which is great and all, but oh my gawd, the results. Count me in as the newest Dr. Hauschka fan, a line now available at CMP fave Hazel Wood Children, which means you have a great excuse to grab some luxury skincare for yourself, right  between the skull socks and the tiny purple tank top. The Blackthorn Body Oil smells like a...

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Savor some socially savvy Safi Coffee

I’d like my cup of Joe with a cup of kindness. Instead of sugar, I’ll take straight-up sweetness, especially towards the farmers. That’s the idea behind Safi Coffee. Safi (pronounced saw-fee) is Swahili for honest, clean, transparent. In a world where coffee farmers often make less than $20 per year, Safi pays at least fair trade prices and invites the farmers to join the company as stakeholders, where they receive dividends and are treated as partners. And the coffee itself? I tried the Direct Trade Medium Roast, which is grown in the lush foothills of Mount Kenya by local organic...

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