Author: Delilah S. Dawson

Collage on the quick at Photovisi

It was a mystery. Suddenly, they were popping up all over Facebook. And now I know where everyone created those adorable collages of their kids. The website is called Photovisi, but I think of it as “Photocollages for Dummies”– definitely including myself in the category. It’s so easy, my grandmother could do it. And you don’t have to download any software or commit to a name-brand photo site–two of my pet peeves–because the photos come straight from your computer. You simply select from over 20 templates, choose to add photos from your computer or from a webcam, and add...

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Cute catches from the celebrity safari

We’ve just discovered a high-end line of ultra-luxe baby towels and accessories beloved by Brangelina, TomKat, and loads of other celebrity couples with two names that get put together to form one name in the press, which is completely annoying. Little Giraffe is not an African safari, but at least you don’t have to deal with giant mosquitoes and predators in its pursuit. Unless you count paparazzi as predators. Based in Los Angeles, their baby towels and accessories are definitely of the more foofoo animal print variety, but we love the adorable and deliciously soft Luxe Hooded Towel, which...

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I dream of Orca

Cute little fishies for your baby’s room? So done. Instead, try this very hip, non-cutesy, and eco-conscious mobile that looks as sweet and restful hanging over a crib as it does dangling over a jacuzzi tub. Trust me, I know, because I stole it and hung it over mine. (My boy’s room is Godzilla and cars, so it’s not that I’m selfish; I’m practical.) [see the giveaway after the jump!] The little whale mobile by The Modern Baby Co. is laser-cut from birch and comes to you with minimal packaging and about an IKEA-level of assembly required. That means...

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Super funky, ultra cool, kitchy fabulous pillows

No, Noogie, Moosey and Alfalfa are not part of a lovable gang of 1950’s ne’er-do-wells. They’re a few names from the line of totally hip silhouette pillows by Aunt Bucky, now available at CMP favorite Happy Chickadee. And all they need now is the goofy mutt with one black eye to round out the collection. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump] Each pillow is 16 square inches of delightful retro kitsch mixed with au courant 100% cotton fabrics in colors that are sure to find a perfect home in your kid’s room or playroom. The wool silhouette...

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From dirt to diapers: A Weleda journey

I’m back from Germany, and I’ve got jet lag, chocolate, and answers to your questions regarding Weleda‘s biodynamic farm. I’ve also got stories about canceled credit cards, hairy men in capri pants, blood sausage, and homeless hedgehogs wearing soccer shoes. But that’s not why you’re here. First, you want to know more about calendula and unicorns. Mama H asks: Are their ingredients somehow measured for potency? The answer: It’s true that no two harvests are alike, which affects the ingredients, but I learned that Weleda ingredients have to undergo strict tests in order to meet European laws and certification...

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Heavy metal

I love Etsy because I know that almost anything I can imagine is sitting in someone’s shop, waiting to be found (including plenty of scary things). So when I typed “concrete necklace” into the search bar one day on a whim, I wasn’t all that surprised when a whopping 97 items popped up. But I was surprised at how cool the handmade jewelry by Dr. Craze is. And by how light and wearable concrete can actually be. I now own a beautiful Concrete and Amazonite Monolith Pendant, as well as a Yellow Concrete Heart. The workmanship on these pieces...

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Random acts of stainless steel bottle beauty from Earthlust

Sure, my husband is happy with his solid blue, no-name water bottle. But he also eats the exact same ham sandwich every day and owns an endless army of white socks. Me, I want my environmentally conscious, BPA-free water bottle to be as colorful and artistic as the rest of my life. Bonus points if it matches my argyle sock collection. Cool Mom Picks mentioned Earthlust back when BPA first became a more widely recognized no-no, and even then their artwork stood out from the safe water bottle pack. The latest collection of limited edition stainless steel water bottles...

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Pucker up for The Lemonade Tour by Baby Loves Disco

Yeah there she was, like disco lemonade… You know we love to party hearty with the fine folks at Baby Loves Disco. And you really know we love to shop. Now, thanks to the new Lemonade Tour, you get to do both at malls all across the country–with proceeds going to a great charity, too. If you don’t know Baby Loves Disco yet, you should. They turn hip nightclubs into child-safe, family-friendly parties on Saturday afternoons with music that appeals to both rockin’ parents and their kids. But for those of us– like myself– who can’t get to a...

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Living on a Shoestring? Not such a bad thing.

My biggest complaint about fashion magazines, besides the perfume samples, is… well, the perfume samples. But I also hate it when my eyes fall in love with cuteness before hitting the huge price tag printed below. Shoestring Magazine solves both problems: It’s online, and therefore not smelly, and it is devoted to, and I quote, “resourcefulness, the look for less, and attainable, affordable luxuries.” Sound good? Well, it is. Shoestring has well-written and fashion savvy articles on nearly all the topics that I want to hear about– from lifestyle to DIY to Kids & Pets, which, grouped together, cracks...

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Weleda, take me away!

As the resident beauty product maven around here, I’ve always wondered why so many bath and beauty products include calendula. I mean, how powerful can a pretty little yellow flower be? I also wonder how they get the oil out of a rosehip, how they keep lotion from separating, and why unicorns don’t exist. At least three of these four questions will be answered for me (and you) next week by biodynamic powerhouse Weleda. I am thrilled to have been invited to tour the largest medicinal garden in the world this week at the Weleda Naturals Headquarters in Swabisch...

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Terralina lets you be good to your skin, mamas. And mamas-to-be.

The first time I saw that little pink plus sign, my life changed. Not only because I was going to bring a human being into the world, but also because I knew that the skin care section of my medicine cabinet had become a mine field. No salicylic acid. No parabens. No retinoids. Add all those caveats in with the “no brie” dictum and I was ready to cry into my organic ice cream. [see the giveaway after the jump!] The two women who founded Terralina felt that way, too, and that’s why they  created a line of skincare...

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New custom photo cards so cute I don’t actually want to mail them.

It was her very first ballet recital, and I wanted everyone we know to see her joyful smile as she hugged her first bouquet of roses. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to just give away our new custom photo cards from Shutterfly. I might just keep them all for myself. [don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!] I’ve never actually had photo stationery made — I know, shame on me. But the options on Shutterfly are mind boggling. Choosing from among the new 3×5 folded notecards collection alone is difficult, since there are a full 26 options, each...

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Saving your home pregnancy test – Don’t just admit it, flaunt it.

Bronzing baby shoes is so 1900’s. The real keepsake is that little plastic doohicky (or twelve) that you peed on and then stared at for ten minutes with your jaw on the floor. Sure, the plus sign or smiley face or digital proclamation of PREGNANT faded long ago. But the memories you made in that bathroom live on forever. So you will not believe what e.p.t. is doing about it. Right now, e.p.t is actually institutionalizing the used pee stick, with a Remember the Moment You Knew Keepsake Case to store the pregnancy test that changed your world. It’s...

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Keep your mitts off mommy’s forspecial mug

There’s just no comparison to the feel of handmade ceramics, knowing that an artisan’s hands shaped the clay and followed inspiration to decorate something just for you. Don’t moms deserve little islands of peace and beauty in our hectic lives? If I needed a new mug right now, I’d be browsing the yogagoat shop on Etsy. Artist Amanda Ryznar also has bowls, vases, wedding gifts, and lovely, custom fortune cookies. But what really catches my eye and makes me mutter Serenity Now are the carved plates and bowls, which would be perfect for a slice of my birthday cake...

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I think I’m in pre-love. With sterling.

Did you ever have a crush on that older, out-of-reach guy back when you were in high school? (And no, I’m not talking about Edward.) This dreamboat was way out of your league, but then you realized he had a younger brother in your grade who was maybe even cuter and much more accessible. Well, it’s possible to have that same exact experience with jewelry. [see fantastic offer after the jump] So you know we love the gorgeous jewelry from Monica Rich Kosann and The Fine Art of Family. But you also know we do more swooning than flaunting,...

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Picky people holla! Then go cook with Yummly.

Although it makes my southern grandmother fan herself and say, Lawsy, I’m not much of a cook. When I do need a recipe, I hop on the internet and zap from recipe site to recipe site, trying to find just the right one. Oh, and it has to be dairy-free and be utterly devoid of capers, raisins, warm apples, or tuna.. But there’s a new site in town, and  it’s made just for picky people like me. Yummly is basically a match.com for recipes, meets food website search engine, with a little Yelp thrown in for fun. Here’s the...

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The huge summer sale that’s molto bella at Estella

Estella is one of our favorite NYC boutiques, and it’s also Italian for star. (I mention this only because it makes me crave Italian cream cake.)  While Estella definitely sells the kind of designer kids clothing that makes you wish for a bigger budget, they’re having an amazing sale right now that’s certainly worth a look when you’re inside, taking a break from the humidity. At the Estella summer sale, you’ll find several luxe selections I love like lovely Album de Famiglia snap-front tunics for 50% off. I also like some sweet dresses from Estella’s own line which are...

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Youtopia

I’ll be honest — as an art teacher, I was once opposed to rubber stamps. Then I realized that giving children some handy, thoughtfully designed building blocks for their two-dimensional world can be the perfect springboard into confidence and imagination. The Cityscape Stamp Set by Yellow Owl Workshop includes five maple-mounted, natural rubber stamps reminiscent of San Francisco, thanks to the tree and bike stamps nestled between skyscrapers and houses. You get a road, too, but there’s no rule about how much greenspace you can create. The stamps come all snuggled up in a lovely, hand-finished birch box for...

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Rainbow Bright vs. the zombies

“My baby will never wear pink,” I once said. But I had to eat those words when I discovered that all those gender neutral onesies in melon, lemon, and lime made my darling, olive-skinned daughter look like a zombie. And I have pics to prove it. If only I had known about the rainbow of colors and prints at Vyssanlull. [see giveaway after the jump!] The statement “it’s all good” definitely applies to this sparky Scandinavian design shop we already love, but their new line up of summer clothes for babies and kids is full of all-stars. Of course...

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Clothes for your little baby Buddha

Come on, you know your little man fits the bill. Chubby cheeks, laughing eyes, and a perfectly round Buddha belly. Wouldn’t he look utterly delicious in a kimono? A masculine (but snuggly) kimono? [see our giveaway after the jump!] We’ve always loved Noko baby clothing for girls but we’re thrilled that they’re now offering clothes for boys in 100% pima cotton prints and solids inspired by tenugui, a traditional Japanese fabric that draws on the diverse patterns and colors in nature. But more importantly, these boy clothes are cute, soft, and definitely built to last.   You know how...

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