Author: Lexi Petronis

How to make MYHABIT your habit

I love shopping for clothes. But what I really, really love is shopping for clothes and getting a great deal. That’s why finding out about this private fashion deal site set off my Pavlovian response–just subtract the drool. Oh, who am I kidding; add the drool back in. Especially considering they just launched an entire section for home decor too. MYHABIT is the private fashion deal site by Amazon. Think Gilt or Rue La La, but with at least 60% off designer clothing for men, women, and kids, plus free shipping (always!). The brands are rad, trending toward things...

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Renting a maternity dress? Totally.

When I was six months pregnant with my second baby, the company I worked for was putting on a big, fancy shindig. Said shindig required me to go on a stage and speak in front of 800 people. I started to stress–mostly about what to wear. I wanted a stylish, non-mall-bought maternity dress–but I didn’t want to spend tons of cash on a frock I wouldn’t be able to wear ever again, no matter how designer it was. Mine for Nine, where were you 18 months ago? The site is a treasure trove of maternity dresses that would normally...

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The case of the disappearing boo-boos

My daughter is in the beautiful beginning stages of tree-climbing, which has left her with the usual variety of not-at-all-serious scrapes and bruises. I think she loves finding a new boo-boo to cover up with a Band-Aid as much as she loves trying to climb the tree.  Problem is, we just discovered she has a mild latex allergy–her favorite bandages are now off-limits. Luckily, there’s something new for her to use on her miniature bumps and bruises. Boo-Boo Cover-Up has the healing power of ointment mixed with the camouflaging capabilities of a bandage. It looks like a tube of concealer,...

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The most helpful site for NYC mamas in search of… well, everything

I didn’t have kids yet when I lived in New York, but if I did–or should we ever happen to move back (could happen!)–I’d need some help getting it all together. A toddler bed to fit in a Manhattan apartment? Recommendations for a fabulous nanny? A gently-used city stroller for two? These are things for which you could turn to anonymous classified sites, but would you really want to when there’s a safer, more trustworthy alternative? Blueleo is a site filled with classifieds specifically for parents in the NYC vicinity, including Westchester, New Jersey, Long Island, and Fairfield. In...

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Social Goodies blends great shopping deals with great causes

I don’t know about you, but these days, my inbox is totally overwhelmed with messages from good-deal sites. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all awesome deals–I’m glad I signed up for all of them, and wish I could nab every bargain. But for me to sign up for a new one these days, it has to be different from the others. That’s why Social Goodies is rocking my casbah. Social Goodies is the newest in daily-deals sites–but with a twist. Every day, there’s a new, awesome deal up for grabs, like $12 for $24 worth of trendy sunglasses from 80’s...

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3 insanely crazy high-end cribs. Prepare to gawk.

At the end of the day–and there really is an end of the day, when baby has no choice but to conk out, at least for a little while, anyway–all you really need is a good, sturdy crib so that your little one is safe and snug, right? Well, maybe not. For some parents, crib aesthetics figure prominently into the equation. Maybe basic is too boring? Maybe they’ve got a million dollars that they need to spend before midnight to win a Japanese reality show contest? In which case, these cribs really up the ante. At Nurseryworks, unique cribs...

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Spreading the almond butter love

As someone who has a soft spot for peanut butter (a combination of words that is almost impossible to say when you’re actually eating it), we always have a jar sitting around somewhere. But the more peanuts are disappearing from schools, airplanes, and other public places that kid with peanut allergies might turn up, the more I realized it was time to check out another kind of nut butter. And this one is wonderful. Barney Butter is all-natural almond butter made with exactly four ingredients: almonds, evaporated cane juice, palm fruit oil, and sea salt. Per serving, Barney Butter...

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Eco-friendly dinos that’ll make you roar

So my daughter has just embraced the wonderful world of dinosaurs–beyond Barney. This is a huge milestone. Huge. To encourage her newfound love of the stegosaurus and the parasaurolophus and all non-purple dinosaurs, we’ve forgone plastic dino dudes in favor of something more natural–not to mention adorable. Anamalz has just introduced a line of wooden prehistoric creatures to its popular critter coterie. With super-bendy legs, tails, arms, and necks, they’re perfectly posable and totally playable. The eco-friendly factor here is high: every toy is handmade with sustainable maple (leftover wood is used to grow mushrooms on a farm) and painted...

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins is back, Jim Carrey-fied, and totally fun.

The 1937 book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, figured into my early years. Chances are that you (and your kids) know and love the book, too–it’s a classic. So when I learned it was going to turned into the movie Mr. Popper’s Penguins starring Jim Carrey, I got twitchy. Would it be Hollywood-ified like so many other books-turned-movies, with rapping penguins and a Miley Cyrus soundtrack? Would it be anything like the book? Answer: it’s not like the book. And that’s exactly why it’s going to become a classic in its own right. [catch a huge giveaway after the jump!] In...

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Swedish design as tough as it is pretty

We’re just a few days into summer vacation and  it’s already mud season. Not the kind of mud that’s made by Mother Nature. This stuff is kid-made, by way of a wading pool, a trusty hose, and a patch of mud-ready dirt. It’s given me the perfect excuse to look for a great new rug for the entryway–you know, something eye-catching and color-poppy, but still sturdy enough to withstand wet kid feet. And I believe I’ve found it. I absolutely love the bold, colorful zig-zags and geometrics on these floor runners and rugs from Brita Sweden—so mod.But what’s super cool...

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Bath toys for kids who really love bath toys

Right now, our bathtub is like another toy chest and ohmygod do I wish I was exaggerating about this. Random pots and Tupperware purloined from the kitchen, squeezie orcas and penguins, and bottles of bubble bath (which ceased actually containing bubble bath months ago)–they’ve all found a home in the tub. I’m looking to evict some of these squatter tub tenants. And I know just which amazing bath toys to replace them with. These Boon Creatures are a set of four soft, squishy, and cute toy cups–heads with little eyes and fins, and bottoms with tails and flippers–that kids can...

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Candy-colored baby clothes, totally sugar-free

I love finding baby clothes that provide an antidote to the whole babies wear black thing. I mean look, if you can’t wear turquoise, pink and tangerine when you’re two, when can you? (Okay, maybe when you’re 70 and retiring in Palm Beach.) I’ve always loved Zutano for making unabashedly optimistic baby and kids clothes, and some of their new spring/summer patterns are just that. The spring line of baby clothes from Zutano has the sweetest candy-colored “Gumballs“ print for girls’ shorts, sunsuits, dresses, and shirts. Zutano founder and lead designer, Uli Belenky, designed the print to evoke a...

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You will not want to kiss these boo-boos

Is there anything as sweet as comforting your kid after a scrape with a smooch, a kind word, and… bandages with pictures of bloody eyeballs, dismembered fingers, and centipedes crawling out of skin? CMP covered the original Scabs Bandages a few years ago, and now they’ve got fancy new packaging and five new designs, including darker bandages to match darker skin tones. Dare I say they’re even more disgusting now? In fact, the one with maggots, spiders, and peeled-back skin actually made me feel erp. (Because I’d spent the morning in urgent care and was more squeamish as a result, not because I’m...

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Mother Goose has gone green

Let’s be real: a lot of old-school nursery rhymes need some updating. Have you ever really listened to “Billy Boy?” (Hey, guy, she is a young thing and cannot leave her mother. Back off!) The world is simply a different place than when Mother Goose first started ruling the roost. So it makes perfect sense that new, tweaked versions of the rhymes would include lines about environmentalism–you know, a hickety-pickety free-range hen happily giving us her cage-free eggs instead of running away because she’s had enough of laying eggs for gentlemen. In The Green Mother Goose: Saving the World One...

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The perfect pint-sized party clothes

We have a bunch of special occasions coming up–Father’s Day, our favorite sitter’s graduation, the grandparents’ anniversary. My eyes have been open to some especially special occasion clothes for the kids. You know–something fancy. Without sauce on it. CMP highlighted the fabulous Kico Kids a while ago, and their new spring/summer line proves to be the perfect place to find special-occasion kiddie couture. They have twirly princess dresses, fabulous bolero jackets, and even a two-in-one flower girl dress (it converts into a cotton shift!), which manage to be sweet, fashion-forward, and timeless, all at the same time. Plus: comfortable, made with kid-friendly...

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A beautiful excuse to get those photos off the computer

I’m always on the lookout for ways to actually use the 15,640 baby and kid photos stored on my laptop. And after Mother’s Day last week, you probably added a few more. I mean, I make sure to email them on to the respective grandparents and so on, but it would be a dream to do something a bit… well, cooler with them. CMP was thrilled to discover Pinhole Press late last year–and we weren’t the only ones. To be honest, the gorgeous personalized photo cards, books, framed prints and notepads were so popular during the holiday season that the new...

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An idea as smart as a box of books

We joke a lot about how our kids sometimes would rather play with the box a present comes in than the actual present. The thing is… it’s not always a joke. And one company has taken that idea  on, big time. Blue Manatee Boxes are amazing to their book-filled cores. At the site, you choose from about a dozen book themes for preschoolers and early readers, like BirthdayBox, BoyntonBox or EcoBox. Pick a size from 3-9 books, and fill the box with the books of your choice. But there’s more. Just as much thought has gone into the non-book parts of...

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One of the greatest Mother’s Day gifts of all – Cutting down maternal mortality

It’s true that we moms spend most of our time giving–time, love, presents. And while Mother’s Day is all about our kids thanking us for that giving, the tragic fact is that there are some mothers who never get the chance to give to their babies in the first place. Amnesty International USA reports that every 90 seconds, a woman in the world dies from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. And, sadly, women in the United States aren’t exempt–giving birth here is now more dangerous than in 49 other countries. (Eek.) And here’s what’s really striking: most of those deaths...

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My Blue Bumbershoot – Never again be soggy behind the stroller

It’s one of those rare faults of nature that moms don’t sprout a few extra arms after they have a baby. Even simple walks get tricky when you have only two hands: you have to push a stroller, shoulder your purse, hang onto a shopping bag, pick up a fallen sippy cup, slurp a much-needed cup of coffee, field a call on your cell…. And what if it starts raining? Tough luck, soggy mama. You’re out of hands. Thank goodness motherhood makes invention a necessity. We will never again sport the drowned-rat-steering-a-stroller look, thanks to the smart thinking of...

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Hit the road with pint-sized travel guides

My 4-year-old-any-second-now daughter is at the age where she’s learned there’s more to the world than just home, store, and school. She’s asking about the places she can visit after a plane ride or two, and while most of them involve the beach (she’s convinced she already knows how to surf) or Japan (what can I say? She’s into veggie sushi), I’m getting really excited about the prospect of introducing her to the rest of the world. CMP went nuts over Look Out World, Here I Come! New York Adventure Kit last summer, and it’s a San Francisco treat...

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