Author: Stephanie Slate

Celebrity style loot bags, without the celebrity-only prices

I love throwing birthday parties for my kids. Love it. But I’m a bit of an over-achiever when it comes to loot bags, generally insisting that there should be something handmade -or at least really, really cool- inside. And that means I spend precious hours (that I don’t really have available) making something or hunting for it. Not this year. Thank goodness my kids decided to hold off on winter birthday parties in favor of spring because I just discovered the best loot bag item around. CMP fave, Mabel’s Labels has a great new Loot Bag Combo that’s going...

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Hello Kitty the water bottle, inspired by Hello Kitty the now retro-cool icon

I’ve been a fan of Hello Kitty since long before she was retro. Which, now that I write it down, makes me feel kind of old. But truly, that Hello Kitty watch I wore so proudly back in the day would be totally amazing to have now that she’s all cool again. Until someone invents a way for me to shrink my wrist to fit a kid-sized watch, though, I figure I’ll just go with something equally cute. Like this SIGG Hello Kitty water bottle. It just so happens to be on sale right now at one of our...

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Put a little love in your (h)EAR(t)

I’ve never been the biggest fan of heart-shaped anything. But now that I have kids–and one in particular who likes to draw hearts on just about everything–well, they’re starting to grow on me. Especially around Valentine’s Day. These darling little heart earrings from Kris Nations would be so perfect to wear on the 14th and any time thereafter. Made in the United States from reclaimed sterling silver or 14K gold fill, these little studs are as simple as it gets. One solid piece of metal hammered into a heart shape. That’s it. No backs to fiddle with or lose....

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Now your daughter can wear her heart in her hair

Most girls–my own daughter included–have lots of these little metal snap barrettes lying around and, if you happen to be a crafty type, you probably also have some pretty wool felt at home, too. If so, in just about 15 minutes you can make a couple of gorgeous Valentine’s heart barrettes and your daughter will be ready for the 14th. I love crafting. Love it. But I am the queen of unfinished projects. Time and time again I start something new instead of, say, putting the binding on the sampler quilt I started two years ago. Needless to say,...

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Keeping the kitchen art gallery alive

In this era of the stainless steel fridge, there is one problem befuddling even the smartest of parents: where do we hang the kids’ art? Well, fret no more fellow kid-art aficionados, because Petit Collage has a brilliant solution that will change your life–or at least your kitchen–forever. Gallery Corners are little fabric adhesives reproduced from lovely vintage wallpaper patterns, and they’re designed to affix art, photos and even shopping lists to whatever flat, non-porous surface you need to stick them to. They’re removable, they come in triangles and circles, they’re waterproof (hey, if you’re one of those moms...

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Even one of the pickiest girls in the world loves these clothes

My daughter is a bit of a choosy dresser. To say the least. If I’m being perfectly honest, it takes at least half an hour to get her ready every morning and she balks–nay, tantrums for an hour–if anything she’s wearing is even slightly unacceptable. You know, like if it’s anything but that gaudy, sparkly, too-small tank top her Nana gave her. Given her pickiness, her temper, and her penchant for wearing summer clothes in the middle of a Canadian winter, you can imagine my relief when I pulled out the stunning capelet sample from Patouche and she asked...

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The change mat that’s getting me excited about dirty diapers

The time has arrived that I have to think about changing diapers again. Diapers. I’d kind of forgotten about that part of having a new baby. Lucky for me, though, there’s a nifty new change mat in town that will make it easy for me to do the anytime, anywhere diaper change with grace. And, of course, style. The Thula Eco Mat kind of looks like a mini yoga mat. And, I’ll admit, since a sample came into our house, my kids have had a great time using it as such. Made from a non-toxic foam material that is...

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Home sweet doll home

I have this fantasy every Christmas of convincing my extended family to go together on one big gift for my children. You know, instead of everyone doing their own thing and my kids ending up with a playroom full of blinky-light, noise-making, play-with-once-then-ignore toys. (And trust me, I know that karma will kick me in the butt when I’m a grandmother and wanting to choose my own gifts for my precious littles. Oh, I know.) But do you want to know what I’m working on for this year? Only the most glorious wooden dollhouse in the entire world. It’s...

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These kids’ clothes will spice up my life too

So you’ve got a little girl who likes pink? Shockingly, I have one, as well. She loves purple, too, of course. And I admit freely that there are times I wish she’d wear any other color. But if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em –on your own terms, of course. Which is why I love the newest offerings from Masala Baby NYC. Pinks, purples, and then some. Truly, I’m going gaga over some of the gorgeous Indian-inspired offerings in their most recent collections. And what I love the most about the line is that it’s not your typical kids’...

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The maternity top that’s saving me from a thousand tiny breakdowns daily

I have discovered maternity top nirvana. Nirvana, I tell you. And I’m pretty sure I will not be taking this thing off until I have my baby. Finally, I’m spared the thousand daily tug-downs of a too-small top. Finally, the underside of my belly doesn’t have to get chilly when I’m out for an autumn walk. Finally, a top that actually fits in those last, gigantic –or maybe that’s just me?– weeks of pregnancy. My near-deliriously happy state is all thanks to a Bashful Bump maternity bodysuit. I know, I know. A bodysuit? How can that be comfortable? But...

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Finally! An affordable stroller that makes you feel trendy too

I remember when my first child was born. My husband and I agonized over what kind of stroller we should get. We were initially quite pleased with our trendy choice, but if we knew then what we know now, we certainly wouldn’t have bought the one we did. It was expensive, it was big, and it took up pretty much all of our tiny one-bedroom apartment. A few years later, I’m still a sucker for style when it comes to baby gear. But with baby number three on the way, I know a thing or two about what I’m...

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HappyBaby = HappyMama

Kids like snacks. Like, really, really like them. Understatement of the year, right? I truly believe that if I just had a constant supply of snack-type foods on hand, my children would eat all day. And I have a sneaking –or is it snacking?– suspicion that they aren’t the only ones. So it’s no surprise, then, that they were thrilled to help me test some HappyBaby organic snacks recently. And their thoughts? Let’s just say their mouths were always too full to speak. I’m going to go out on a limb here and interpret their silence as approval for...

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Baby accessories that aren’t just for girls

I still remember falling in love with Bugalug accessories three years ago when I was pregnant with my second child. The adorable non-slip clips and headbands were the cutest I’d ever seen, made with trendy ribbon designs that were markedly cooler than all the pink frilly things that seemed to be in abundance at most baby stores. But I didn’t know then if my baby would be a boy or a girl. So they were a faraway dream. Until she was born. With about a hundred times less hair than her brother had when he was born. Figures. With...

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Give your kids a cooler boost in the car

My son just got his first booster seat for the car. Long after many of his friends. Not because he’s small. Just because I haven’t been rushing to get him out of the old car seat. It’s safe, it’s functional and we like it. But there comes a time when every little boy says, “Mama, I’m the only kid in a baby car seat” and, well, a mama’s got to do what a mama’s got to do. (Particularly when said mama soon needs to figure out a way to fit three car seats into her not-quite-a-minivan car.)  So he’s...

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The jewelry that passes the fashionable friend test

So, I’ve got a few very stylish friends who I like to use –unbeknownst to them– as my personal fashion litmus tests. If they admire a new article of clothing or a new accessory that I’m wearing without me asking them about it, then I know it’s a keeper. So I decided to test some of the beyond gorgeous pieces of Yara Jewelry on my pals and, without fail, they passed with flying colours.  Designed by Paula Lapkin –obviously a very cool mom, herself– and made in the USA, this jewelry line is created from leather and imported Greek...

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Starting today, it’s really (really, really, really) easy being green

You may already know we’re big fans of Barley & Birch here at CMP, and if you love this eco-conscious line of kids’ clothing as much as we do, then you’re probably going to want to know about their amazing Super Sale –beginning today–in celebration of the launch of their brand new website. And when they say “super,” they aren’t kidding.  Starting at noon today, their entire collection of Fall 2009 tanks will be $3 each. Seriously. $3. And the Spring tees will be $5 each for the day and then go up by one dollar each day until...

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Not your department store baby registry

I still remember what a pain in the neck it was for my now-husband and I to register when we got married. First of all, it was in the days before those handy little scanner things. Second, I wanted an iron and he didn’t and there was a big debate –we didn’t have fights back then– about it. Third, well, I don’t remember a specific third. I just remember it wasn’t much fun. So when it came time to have kids, we stayed as far from registries as we possibly could. But that was before I discovered Babybot. Babybot...

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Drooling over DwellStudio for Target

Looks like it’s the time of year for another cool line at Target to make me –a Canadian– feel a little jealous. This time, it’s the DwellStudio for Target Fall 2010 collection – a whole bunch of gorgeous baby layette items that I’m already drooling over. In keeping with the bold and colorful DwellStudio prints and patterns we’ve all come to love, these new designs are fun and, of course, beautiful. And they’re affordable enough that you’ll be able to outfit your newborn in the snazziest of clothes with change to spare for a sweet blanket or two. I...

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Versatile doesn’t even begin to describe this diaper bag

Some days, I tend to be a bit of an over-packer. What if the kids get really thirsty and they finish their water bottles? Better pack an extra. What if they have a run-in with a mud puddle? Better pack clean outfits for each of them. What if they get hungry while we walk two blocks to the park? Better pack three meals’ worth of food. You can imagine, then, the size of my diaper bags. (And I don’t even have a kid in diapers right now!) At the other extreme, though, my over-packing tendencies sometimes cause me to...

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mOmma cups wobble but they don’t fall down

You know how you can tell when your kid is using a really cool sippy cup? When you hear they sell them in the MOMA design store. Oh, and when they’re imported from Italy, of course. The new mOmma line of baby feeding products fits the bill on both counts. But it’s not just cool. It’s also quite practical – in a nifty, roly-poly kind of way. These feeding products for infants and toddlers from mOmma incorporate a round design that makes mealtimes easier on moms and more fun for babies. Cups, forks and spoons are designed to rock...

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