Author: Stephanie Slate

A spot of Tea for your wall in the form of eco-friendly decals

In the little pile of clothes that we’re saving for when our kids are grown and we’re wanting to look back and remember how tiny they were, I can guarantee you there will be many, many things from Tea Collection. I’ve been a big fan of the line since my first son was a baby. Now there’s a way to bring the pretty Tea designs into your house too. It comes in the form of Tea Collection wall decals from Wee Decor and I’m already plotting which rooms in my house could use a little facelift. Only available for...

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Affordable organic kids’ clothes that aren’t just available in “natural”

When I’m shopping for clothes for my kids, I find it a challenge to get good organic cotton. Sure, it exists, but sometimes it’s way out of our budget and the rest of the time it seems to be only available in “natural.” (I know you know what I’m talking about.) [don’t miss a terrific gift card giveaway after the jump!] When I discovered Mini Mioche I did a little dance of joy. Not only are the clothes nicely constructed and very adorable, they also fulfill my wildest fantasies of being both organic and not way out of my...

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Good things (like babies!) are worth waiting for

Not every baby comes into this world as soon as its parents expect it to. Some of them are years in the making. And for those special little ones, I think this onesie is a pretty darn cute baby gift. The Worth the Wait babysuit and hat set includes simple cotton basics with a sweet message (“I was worth the wait”) that would be perfect for all kinds of new parents, including families who have overcome infertility and families who have adopted. Oddly the hat–which is a 12-24 month size–s much larger than the onesie -which comes in 3-6...

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Girlie dresses that aren’t too girlie

When I had my daughter–after already having a son–I am a tiny bit ashamed to admit that I became a pretty easy sell with special “girlie” things like dresses and hair clips. Girlie, but not too girlie, you know? So these new baby dresses are the exact kind of beautiful item I would have been only too happy to invest in. Notice I said invest. The dresses from Mama Moderne aren’t inexpensive–more like a dress you might get for a first birthday. But the price comes because they’re handmade. And organic. And adorable. While all the patterns are sweet,...

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The latest stroller accessory is off the hook

You know what I love most about my stroller? Having something to toss all my stuff in whenever I’m out. I’m not kidding. I really do depend on a stroller to be my pack mule. And now there’s the simplest little invention that helps me do it. The Jumbo Swirly Hook from the mom inventor of the brilliant Buggy Cup, is right up my alley. It attaches to a stroller handle bar (think Bugaboo type, not umbrella handles) with a velcro strap. And then you’ve instantly got yourself a handy-dandy hook to put lots of bags on, even with...

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The best lightweight city strollers? – Reader Q&A

I’ve been a huge fan of my Maclaren Techno XT. It’s a 2003. Sadly, it’s reaching the end of its usable years and I’m in the market for a new stroller. It must be subway friendly, lightweight and comfortable. Before I just purchase another Maclaren, I’m wondering if there is anything new out there I should try first. -Michelle I’m a subway-riding, stroller-pushing, big-city-dweller, too, Michelle, so I think I have an idea of what you’re looking for. My intial thought is that another Maclaren will probably be your best bet again. They’re excellent, hardy strollers that are lightweight,...

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This line of organic cosmetics is the balm. (Ha.)

I’m known around my house as a bit of a lip balm junkie. Every cupboard, pocket and purse has at least one tube or pot of the stuff stashed in it somewhere. So when it came time for volunteers to test the highly lauded RMS Beauty line for CMP, you can bet I raised my hand wildly. RMS Beauty was created by top NYC makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift, after realizing she was developing health difficulties because of all the toxic chemicals and heavy metals in her system from being around so many cosmetics. Committed to the health of women,...

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Adorable wall decals that don’t hurt your walls, your kids, or the world

I’d always kind of held the opinion that if I’d seen one wall decal, I’d seen them all. That is, until Pop & Lolli wall decals came my way. And then I pretty much decided that I didn’t need to see any others. Ever again. These gorgeous (and cute and funny and adorable and stylish)  fabric wall decals won me over not because of how great they look (and they do look awesome!), but because of how amazing they are in every other way, too. They’re easy to use — completely re-positionable and reusable — and made from kid-safe...

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The new giggleDeals flash sale site–like we needed another excuse to shop there

Okay, okay, we know you don’t really need to hear about another flash sale site in this day of a hundred and one “great deal” emails coming into your inbox each morning. But how about one more? One perfectly-suited-to-cool-moms-with-cool-kids site? giggleDEALS went live yesterday and I’m super-excited about all the great prices that are about to come our way on some pretty amazing baby gear. Giggle is the first retailer to launch their own flash sale site, which means we get to shop from somewhere we know and trust and still get awesome deals on some of our favorite...

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The 411 that can stave off the 911

Summer is finally here and at our house that means lots and lots of family field trips. To the farm, the zoo, the local wading pools and more. If it’s kid-friendly, we’ll be there. But this year I’ve got a whole extra kid to keep an eye on (sure, he can’t walk, but still), so I’m thinking I might get a lot of use out of these wristbands specifically designed to keep kids safe. The Mabel’s Labels My 411 Wristbands are exactly like the kind you might remember from the pre-kid, pre-internet days of lining up for really great...

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Cybex Onyx – The umbrella stroller of my dreams

I do believe I have just discovered the umbrella stroller to end all umbrella strollers. All hail the Cybex Onyx. First, let me say, the Cybex Onyx is a high-end umbrella stroller. Which means it’s not a $25, throw-in-the-trunk, department store special, nor does it have that kind of price tag. But it will spin circles around most other umbrella strollers. And, it just so happens, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with it. How could I not? On top of the smooth ride and easy fold I would demand of any luxury umbrella stroller, the Onyx comes in five...

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Starting solids with baby? – Reader Q&A

I am getting ready to start feeding my baby solids next month. With my daughter, I thought making my own food would be way too much work. Now, I have the time and would love to make my own food for my son. The problem is I have no idea where to start. What do I need to have to make it and store it? Are there any great recipe books out there? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. – Anna Hi Anna, I’m at the very same stage with my own son, so you asked his question at the...

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Homemade baby food – You can totally do it!

It’s that time for me again. Time to stop being baby’s sole source of nourishment and start making some food for him the other old-fashioned way. (Aside: I’m so lazy. One reason I cherish the first six months of my kids’ lives is because I don’t have to cook a thing for them.) Lucky me, then, that I have a copy of a really fabulous new book to help guide me through it. Simply arranged by age and category, the recipes in The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet are delicious, nutritious, and meant to take less than...

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Keep your baby in the dark. Literally.

I’ve got to be honest, the Snooze Shade is the kind of product I dream of being able to use more. Because, well, my babies don’t generally start sleeping in the first place. But for anyone with a baby who actually does sleep, the Snooze Shade could be a lifesaver. It comes in two sizes –to fit an infant car seat or a stroller– and is made from black, breathable UPF50+ fabric. Anytime baby is ready for shut-eye you can just pop it on and create a dark, comfy environment for baby, even on the sunniest of days. Yes,...

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Super cool – Make your own pop-ups!

My son has been totally into making pop-ups this week. Little paper springs, rainbows and jack-in-the-boxes are all over our kitchen table as I type this. (And a million tiny scraps of paper are still on the kitchen floor.) And now, your kids can get into it too. There’s not a doubt in my mind that crafty kids will go nutty for the adorable make your own pop-up tutorial at Oh Happy Day. Teeny, tiny balloons and a sweet message banner make this the perfect card for oh-so-many occasions. And the concept (which is actually easy enough for a...

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From the folks who brought you the Nook Mattress, a baby playmat that’s spot-on

My baby has reached the flip-over-at-every-opportunity stage. Which means two seconds after we place him on his back on his playmat, he’s rolled off the mat and is face down on the bare floor. And then two seconds after that I’m freaking out that he’s going to face-plant on the hardwood. Not a pretty picture. Particularly not while I’m sitting on the toilet. This is why I kind of think I’d love the new LilyPad Playmat from Nook. Not only is it made from the same soft, eco-friendly and baby-safe material as the Nook mattresses (a CMP fave), but...

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For your next new baby keepsake gift, you’ll want to flag these prints

I’ve always had a soft spot for fabric sewn onto paper. Strange thing to have a soft spot for, yes. But it’s just so pretty! Take the beautiful custom Welcome New Baby custom prints from etsy shop, cozyblue, for example. A tiny fabric bunting is machine-stitched between two trees that are hand-screenprinted onto heavy-weight paper. And baby’s name and birthday are stamped to order. The different media come together so beautifully. I can’t think of a new mama who wouldn’t adore this baby gift. I know I would have a soft spot for it. –Stephanie Find the custom new...

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Sock it to your stroller handles with Buggy Socks

I’ve been a fan of the latest and greatest baby gear for a long time. But now I think I can say I’ve seen it all because I’ve just opened up a package of Buggy Socks. They are exactly as the name describes: Cotton socks. For your umbrella stroller. Well, for the stroller’s handles, to be precise. Okay, so the concept sounds a little strange. But think of what these things can do for you. Got an old stroller that needs a makeover? Buggy Socks. Got a cat that likes eating the foam on the stroller handles? (Or is...

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We all scream for Mother’s Day ice cream

Mother’s Day breakfast in bed is nice. Mother’s Day breakfast in bed with ice cream for dessert? A thousand times nicer. Which is why you need to send the following info to whichever loves of your life are hoping to impress you this Mother’s Day: eCreamery. Specifically, their Mother’s Day sampler packs. Order deadline: Tuesday, May 3 at 10 p.m. A simple e-mail or text should suffice. And if your loves are last-minute types like mine, then they don’t have anything for you yet, anyway. The yummy-sounding blends from this CMP fave would be right up my alley, particularly...

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Mother’s Day jewelry ideas for my husband. (Not that I didn’t love last year’s vacuum.)

Our fabulous Mother’s Day Gift Guide just came out and already I’m ogling the mom jewelry section and crossing my fingers. (Don’t worry. I will also send the link to my husband with detailed directions because, we all know, finger crossing alone would get me nowhere.) I’m head-over-heels in love with the silhouette pendants from Vicente Agor. So very simple, yet also exceptionally sophisticated. What a fantastic new spin on mom jewelry. But with three kids, I’m not sure I’ve got a shot; not unless each kid gets a job and pays for one themselves. But that’s kind of...

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