Author: Stephanie Slate

Steel yourself for stainless baby bottles

We’ve been toting our drinks around in stainless steel bottles and containers for years now. But what about the babies? Well, obviously when they’re drinking their milk straight from the source, they’ve got the best drink container out there. But if a baby needs a bottle, it seems that a lot of the choices still involve plastics. Not anymore. The new Kiki Bottles from Pura are made from stainless steel and they’re free from all those icky things we don’t want touching our kids’ drinks, like BPA, phthalates, lead and PVC. Even the fun and bright paints used on...

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Cloth toilet paper? I dare you.

Okay, I’m going to lay all my cards on the table here. When Liz asked me if I wanted to review Eco Potty Wipes from Cushytoosh, I thought she meant an environmentally friendly version of those mass-produced pop-up flushable wipes for toddlers. [Ed note: So did I! -Liz] But then I realized that we were talking about cloth wipes. For women. And I did a double take. So, I’m really into clean, healthy, eco and all that jive. And I love cloth anything. But wiping? For adults? Um… didn’t really sound like my cup of tea. But, eager beaver...

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I’m going to Quash those germs right off of their hands

I’m a bit of a germ freak. Okay, a lot of a germ freak. Like the kind of person who has about twelve bottles of hand sanitizer on the go at any given time. And kids who use the word “sanitizer” like it’s a normal thing for them to be saying. (Yes, I’m more than a little embarrassed.) But at the same time, my kids are also quite familiar with the word “chemical” and there’s no way you’ll catch me using some Triclosan- and alcohol-laden toxic cocktail to (supposedly) clean their little hands. Which is why I’m thrilled to...

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Huge news: Bugaboo Donkey is here! A.K.A. Bugaboo finally makes a double stroller.

I’ve only been waiting for this stroller for six years. Well, I guess only three, really, since that’s when my second child came into the picture. And that’s when I started wondering why Bugaboo didn’t have a double stroller. Not an issue anymore. Today, in a top-secret, password-encrypted website for the press, Bugaboo revealed their latest design, the Bugaboo Donkey. And yes, my stroller-loving friends, it’s a double. But it’s even better than that. This innovative stroller–which we’re going to have to wait for until Spring 2011–actually goes from a single stroller to aside-by-side double and back again. In...

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Paper Dolls: There’s an app for that

When it comes to iPhone apps and kids, I’m a big believer that simple is better. Too many bells and whistles usually means too many “Mom, come fix this!” calls from the other room. (And it’s usually far more dire sounding and less polite than that.) Well, pair my love of simplicity with my love of all things cute-as-a-button, and you’ll see why I’m oohing and ahhing over Paper Town Friends, a new app that my kids and I are absolutely nuts about.  This sweet game is kind of like a book of paper dolls on your iPhone. Every...

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Bark if you love animals (and then buy a t-shirt)

My kids love animals. Like the kind of love that renders our cat somewhat helpless when they come at him with hugs and kisses on an hourly basis.  If it were up to them, our house would be a veritable Noah’s Ark, but since I’m just not open-minded enough to welcome a pig, puppy, hedgehog, snake, hamster, fish and goodness knows what else into the house (and, really, we all know who would be taking care of this animal menagerie), I’ve got an alternative. I know they’ll love the t-shirts from I Rescue Rover instead. Okay, so a t-shirt...

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First baby shoes by First Nations women

Sure, we’ve all had elasticized slippers for our babies, but when was the last time your baby went out in hand-made, hand-beaded leather stay-on moccasins made by First Nations women in Canada? Not recently, I’m willing to bet. These little moccasins from Quemeez moccasins are designed by Sunshine Tenasco, a mom of three, who along with her staff on the Kitigan Zibi Indian Reserve in Quebec makes every slipper by hand. And (now here is where my heart melts a little more) for a tiny extra fee you can even have the moccasins customized with your child’s initials. The...

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The reinvention of the sippy cup

Last summer I tried my hand at canning. Let’s just say the results were less than spectacular. Fast forward to today when I’m watching my kids drink out of a pair of EIO Kids Cups. Abundance of empty, unused canning jars problem solved. In case I’m seeming a little too vague here, I can explain.  The EIO Kids Cup is a brilliantly designed little sippy cup that’s not really a sippy cup. It consists of a glass jar, a cute silicone sleeve (which makes the glass much easier to hold) and a BPA-, phthalate-, PVC-free plastic lid. And the...

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This keepsake baby gift will hang around for good

I don’t know about you, but my friends have been popping out babies pretty regularly for the last few years and it’s getting tricky to always think of an original new baby gift. (They expect a lot from a Cool Mom Picks reviewer, let me tell you!) [don’t miss a fab giveaway after the jump!] Thankfully, I’ve found the perfect keepsake baby gift for the next round of newborns in my life: The adorable personalized Baby Hanger from long-time CMP favorite, Julian & Co. Hand-crafted out of maple, this hanger has a beautiful sterling silver plate affixed to the...

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I’m Stokke-ed about this new Stokke Xplory Stroller

So, let’s say you have a thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket (humor me) and you need to get a new stroller. Are you going to want the same stroller that everyone else will be parking outside your Mommy and Me class? Or are you going to go for the one that will stand out in the pack? Me? I’d be choosing a fancy-schmancy new Stokke Xplory. Yes, after five years, Stokke has just released a brand new model. And it’s cool. Very cool. Though you may think you don’t know the Stokke stroller, I’m willing to bet...

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Kids name labels go designer

If you’re like me, then you probably try to have a nice stack of name labels on hand for all those things your kids have to take to camp, school, daycare and everywhere else their busy little social calendars may take them. But when kids start to outgrow those ubiquitous frog and heart design options, what do you do? I’m delighted to see the new fashion print label offerings from Oliver’s Labels. How could I resist the London Bouquet–you know, as in, Liberty of… Or the Burberry Inspired plaid? There’s also a swirly, Pucci Inspired print that girls will...

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These t-shirts put your kid in the director’s chair

If your morning routine is anything like ours is, then there’s probably a lot of hemming and hawing (that’s putting it very politely) about what the kids are willing to wear. Well, I have a sneaking suspicion that we could eliminate all the hassles with the brand new interactive t-shirts I just discovered. Yes, interactive t-shirts. These kids’ tees from Creative Director Clothing are designed by a Toronto-based artist, and I just happen to have one of his incredible pieces hanging in my living room – the curious among you can catch a glimpse of it behind me on...

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The picnic blanket you’ll actually use… I promise

I’m always kind of envious of those other more-prepared-than-I-am moms. You know the ones: They have an extra sippy cup when one falls on the ground, they carry Band-Aids everywhere, and they’re never without an extra snack or two. Ah, but do they have a picnic blanket in that bag of theirs? Because now I do. (Hmmm, I wonder if that makes me one of them?) Either way, the Central Park Picnic Blanket from Skip*Hop has been making my spring and summer much easier (and way more fun!) ever since we received one to check out. From trips to...

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This travel cup suits me to a tea

I’m not a coffee drinker. (I know, I know, there must be some part of the mom gene that I’m missing.) Needless to say, I kind of feel left out in the mornings when everyone else is sipping a fancy latte or iced coffee at the school drop off and I’m standing there empty-handed. Not anymore. Now that I’ve discovered the Libre Tea Glass, I’ve got a special drink of my own brewing (literally) each morning as I make the trek to school. It really is the coolest thing. I just put my favorite loose-leaf tea into the glass,...

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Fishy fishy on the wall

So, aside from the cluster of dirt smears from his heels, my kid’s bedroom wall is a little lackluster. And why, by the way, does he feel the need to kick his dirty little feet against the wall every night while he sleeps, anyway? I’m loving the look of the neat paintable wall décor from the Bay Area mom-and-pop team at Wallter. These stick-on pieces aren’t decals; they’re tactile, geometric, pre-primed wood, and they’re ready to be painted in whatever color-scheme your little heart (or your little kid) desires. And they adhere easily with a peel-on backing and stay...

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The crib of my dreams. Thanks Bloom.

I have a confession: I have two children and I’ve never owned a crib. As a co-sleeping family, we’ve never really needed one. But now I’m going to tell you about the most beautiful crib I’ve ever seen, by which I mean the one that’s making me think I want it if I ever have another baby. Presenting the Luxo crib from Bloom. Sigh. Just look at it. Soft, clean lines. Beautiful colors (it’s available in a pure coconut white or a striking white and cappuccino combination). And the clincher? With an add-on conversion rail, it becomes a sleek...

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Made you Nook.

I’ve been known to be a bit, shall we say, obsessive, when it comes to finding healthy, environmentally-friendly products for my children. So when I stumbled upon Nook Sleep Systems, a brand-new line of baby and toddler mattresses and bedding, I was overjoyed for two reasons. One, these products look amazing. Two, turns out I’m not the only one obsessing over the health of my children. Nook will surely get any eco-mama drooling as much as I am. From an adorable eucalyptus and organic cotton Toddler Pillow, to a precious organic cotton NapSack, I love it all. But the...

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This Earth Day, let’s shop till we drop with Big Green Purse

Well, Earth Day is almost here and how am I going to celebrate our lovely planet? By shopping, of course. I kid. Sort of. Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, the wonderful new book by environmentalist Diane MacEachern and author of the Big Green Purse website, has given me, along with all the other women in the world, a whole new way to approach green living. And, without a word of a lie, shopping is key. We women are the most powerful consumer force in the world. If you can believe it,...

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For when a scribble is a heck of a lot more than just a scribble

If you’re anything like I am, you’ve probably got a lot of your kids’ precious artwork boxed up and you’re saving it for, well, who knows what. (Actually, if you’re really like me, then your kids’ glitter-encrusted volcano drawings and purple squiggle “princesses” are scattered about your house in random piles just waiting for a more organized person to move in and do something with it, but that’s another story.) Now that I’ve found the new offerings at Me Art, I know exactly how to preserve the precious memories of my kids’ blossoming artistic abilities – by having the...

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A girl can dream… even if it is about tassels

Have you noticed that tassels have been popping up everywhere, lately? And I don’t mean on the pillows in your living room. Tassels are the look of the moment, it seems, and if you’ve got, well, five hundred dollars lying around, (or 2500 if you’re a fan of gold) have I got the tassel for you. I’ve been ogling this lovely sterling silver tassel necklace from MRK Style ever since I first laid eyes on it. So simple and yet somehow so divine. It seems perfect for everything, if you ask me: Day, night, middle of the night when...

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