Author: Lexi Petronis

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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Everybody’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed little man

If your little guy is anything like mine, his wardrobe is stocked with a lot of the standard-issue dude-themed clothes: frogs, trucks, monkeys. You know.  So I thought this new idea for a mini-man’s dresser was especially brilliant. In fact, it might be a bold new step into the world of ha-babe-dashery.  Fat Tie shirts and ties are 100% soft cotton shirts with actual ties sewed flat onto them. You can get the shirts in a slew of colors, tie types, and sleeve styles for boys 12M-5T. And, as any MBA knows, the details make all the difference–the way they sewed three large buttons where...

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Turn kiddo castoffs into gorgeous keepsake art

I’m in a period of mega-emotion when it comes to the idea that my almost 4-year-old and about-to-be-1-year-old are past the wee little onesies. Every weekend, I sit down with a pile of old clothes from the garage–which is rapidly turning into a baby clothing repository (who needs space for the cars, anyway?)–and attempt to weed them out. It’s slow-going. I just wish I could frame those sweet pink cardigans and teensy duck-covered pants and keep them forever, you know? Fortunately, it can be done–and in the sweetest, prettiest, most contemporary way ever. The Great Remember is a Brooklyn-based company...

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This Easter, it’s all about the Pink Chickens

Around Easter, little girls’ outfits at the boutiques can start looking a bit fancy-pantsy. Patent leather and pressed ruffles are all well and good, but the baby girls I know have usually preferred something a bit softer. And sassier.  Hopefully the Easter Bunny will get the memo and put this cheeky treat in the Easter basket. [don’t miss a special discount after the jump] This Pink Chicken Elephant Dress and Diaper Cover at Arte Bebé is cuteness personified: hot pink elephants paired with a stripey, matches-just-enough diaper cover. Whimsical, funky, and sweet–all in soft cotton knit, so baby girl can stretch...

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HOP will make you smile, crave candy, and want to kiss Russell Brand (I did all three)

It’s interesting how few movies there are about the magic of Easter. In fact–wait, are there any? Regardless, HOP, the adorable new Easter film, would jump to the top of the list anyway. [don’t miss the scoop on Russell Brand and James Marsden after the jump!] HOP is a big dish of eye candy. E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) lives on Easter Island (get it?) with his dad, the Easter Bunny, who sounds a whole lot like Hugh Laurie. E.B. wants to be a drummer, so when he learns he’s in line to take over as boss bunny, he...

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Bedtimes are not enchanting. These children’s pajamas are.

I have a lot of words for our current putting-of-the-kids-to-sleep experience. With a bed-jumping preschooler and a bedtime-book-ripping baby, “magical” is not one of them. Or at least it hasn’t been. But maybe that’ll change with the right sleepwear. This enchanting line of children’s pajamas by Noeuf–or “pyjamas” consdiering these babies are European–seems like everything dreams are made of. Made with organic cotton that looks as soft as the night is long (or as long as it should be, dear children who wake before the dawn), the prints are whimsical–and ooh-aah-adorable. Just look at those fairy wings, sketched right onto the...

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The baby in black (for just a little Cash)

Love may be a burning thing… but it doesn’t have to make a fiery ring. In your wallet, anyway.  What am I going on about? Oh, maybe just the cutest pint-sized nod to one of the world’s most notable singers. This Johnny Cash Pomade Kids’ Tee by Sourpuss evokes so much rockabilly attitude, I almost can’t look right at it. I love its vintage-y image in gold on black and totally dig the huge mike, front and center. Love, too, that it’s available for super-junior Johnnies or for bigger kids up to 4T. Plus: it’s only $20 at Mimi & Red–a...

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An online baby book that lets you plant sweet memories

So this adorable thing happened the other day with my preschooler and baby. It was really adorable. It happened and I said to myself, “Self, remember this so you can write it down after they’re in bed.”  ….Yeah. If I could only remember what that adorable moment was. But I think I’ve found a way that might help me record these memories before they’re forever lost to the baby-post-bedtime fog. Moment Garden is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a virtual garden where you “plant” milestones and baby memories. At first, I wasn’t totally sure about the idea–I mean,...

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Etsy invites you to get crafty, make birthday cards, and fight cancer

Never underestimate the power of craftiness. Etsy doesn’t. In fact, they’re banking on it in order to support More Birthdays, the American Cancer Society initiative. (Who also happens to be one of our favorite sponsors.) If you’re in NYC, head to the Etsy Labs Craft Night from 4-8 p.m. on March 7  in Brooklyn. Your mission: to create celebratory cards with help from the fabulously crafty Craft It Forward, then give them to someone you know who’s survived cancer–or donate to one of the 30 American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodges, homes-away-from-homes that offer lodging to patients and their families while...

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Design my own shoes? Totally pumped.

Even though I spend a good portion of my time with two people under three feet high who would just as soon chew a shoe than appreciate the fabulosity of a truly cool pair, I refuse to have anything less than awesome on my toes. And, like most shoe-loving mamas, I don’t have time to hunt for the perfect pair. But, thanks to this amazing site, now I can design my own. Milk & Honey Shoes has become my newest obsession. The smart brainchild of two sisters, the site lets you design your own shoes in every possible combination. Peep-toe, three-inch...

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Art for cool kids (and their cool parents)

The thing about typical art for kids’ walls is that it can feel a little… transitory. You know? Like, it’s only up for a year or so before the kid moves on to a new thing. That’s why this amazing wall art is so perfect. You just can’t grow out of it. ModTots by Modern Bird is a line of clean, simple, modern wall art for cool kids and their cool parents. Look at that robot guy over there: he appeals to the 3-year-old who loves ‘bots and the dad who loves Radiohead. Right?  And this is real art. Each painting is based...

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Flowery, beautiful, non-hurty hair accessories

Lately, my daughter is looking pretty sheepdoggy — how is it that bangs grow five times as fast on an almost-4-year-old? — and, occasionally, she will concede to wearing a hairband or ponytail so that she can actually see things before she, you know… trips over them. So these amazing hair accessories that I just discovered? Well, they’re nothing short of miraculous. [don’t miss a special offer after the jump] Ribbies Clippies, a longtime CMP fave, were created by a pair of sisters who went from their kitchen counter with piles of grosgrain ribbon to a thriving business of...

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A kids’ party that gives books back. (Plus: cookies!)

Despite light-up toys, dolls that talk, and, um, iPads, at the end of the day, nothing holds a candle — or backlit touchpad screen — to a good kids’ book. It’s a lesson my 3.5 year-old daughter has already learned, and I’m sure your kids are totally on board with that message, too. So imagine the joy of this: a big party featuring storytime, glasses of milk and plates of cookies, and — coolest of all — helping get good books into the hands of kids who don’t have any. Milk + Bookies is a neat charitable organization that facilitates...

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Modern kids furniture for your modern kids

Sweet, pastel-colored, vintage-inspired furnishings all have their (very well-deserved!) places. But lately, it’s the modern stuff that really makes me go, awww. And that’s exactly what I said when I saw this gorgeous furniture. Pretty sure you will, too. Weego Baby is interminably cool. I mean, check out the lines they carry, like Argington’s Uffizi bunk beds—I want to curl up in one of those babies. Built as a complement to Weego Home, Weego Baby was made with clean lines and uncluttered spaces in mind–but without forsaking any of the fun and color of kids’ decor. (This elephant bookshelf...

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DIY shirts that’ll tickle kids’ octopi fancies

My 3-year-old is currently in the full throes of wanting to be an artiste. Paints, crayons, felt, tissue paper, googly eyes, she wants to do it all — especially if she can wear a beret at the same time.  And now there’s a new shop offering DIY shirt designs for your own little masterpiece maker that kids will go nuts for. Tickly Octopus (the name alone will get a giggle out of even the most surly of kiddos) offers up organic cotton tees that come with a baggie of handmade felt animal and letter appliques and adornments like grassy...

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A less destructible notebook. (Hear that, writer moms of toddlers?)

At the beginning of every new year, I treat myself to a pretty, new notebook. It’s an almost-literal way to start the year with a clean slate. New year, new notebook, new thoughts.  The only problem with this method, now that there are children afoot: my fancy new notebook is invariably trashed long before the next January 1. But I think I’ve found the perfect solution. Let’s judge these Robert le héros notebooks from Quo Vadis by their covers: lovely colors, beautiful designs… on silkscreened leatherette, which is sturdier than standard-issue notebook coverstock, and way harder for little hands to maul....

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A swaddling blanket for the swaddle-impaired

I remember wrangling that swaddling blanket and trying to wrap our first newborn babe like a burrito over and over and over again. More often, we accomplished a tortilla, flat and floppy, with baby girl seriously unimpressed with her parents’ swaddling skills. Oh, if only we’d known about these buttery-soft new swaddling blankets–we might have gotten our swaddle on from the get-go. Honeydumplings–the smartypants creator of the padded baby caps and buckwheat toddler pillows that we have admired in the past–has come up with another brilliant idea: practically foolproof and organic swaddling blankets.  Each blankie–which is sized to fit a...

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Custom baby quilts for the very picky

I love making quilts. Well… quilt. I made one quilt. The job, the kids, life in general, and time in particular have since conspired against me.  So Quilt Creator is a dream realized. It’s the chance to be a quilter extraordinaire–without having to sew a stitch. Essentially you can design your own baby quilt or full-size bedspread at Quilt Creator in a variety of fabulous layouts and beautiful colors.  The fabrics–there are more than 150 of them, each 100% natural cotton–are gorgeous vintage-inspired prints and patterns, grouped together in themes like Noir or Spring Bouquet. You simply drag the...

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