Author: Stephanie Slate

The Orbit Baby Travel System – life changing! Especially if your life is just a few weeks old.

You’re going to think I’m crazy, but believe me when I tell you that the Orbit Baby infant car seat has totally changed my life. It comes with the Orbit Baby Stroller Travel System G2–which includes the amazing stroller frame, too– and has some magical tricks up its sleeve that aren’t in any other car seats on the market. Like a flexible carry handle, amazing eco-foam and fabric, and the easiest to install base I’ve ever seen. The real life-changer, though, is the special circular “SmartHub,” which actually allows you to dock your baby into the car or the...

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Cool Canadian craft and design for our “collectif” consciousness

If you’re lucky enough to live in Montreal, then April 30 is going to be one really amazing day of shopping. The mama-run Collectif nënë is launching their first annual baby show and you will want to be there. Of course, most of us aren’t Montreal mamas, but that’s what online shopping is for. I started browsing their websites to write this post and, well, let’s just say I’m amazed. These artists have some of the most original and incredible creations and I kind of want one of everything. From the endearing stuffed animals and creatures by Raplapla (above)...

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A picture is worth a thousand crayons

Do you love nice, crisp boxes of brand new art supplies as much as I do? And do your kids somehow manage to rip those nice, crisp boxes within about eleven minutes of opening them as often as mine do? Well, take a look at this adorable tutorial for DIY art supply storage pouches. Far better than a Zip-loc, if you ask me. To make the bags as shown, you need to be able to sew in a zipper, but if you can’t, the concept can still be applied to drawstring bags, too. And though I haven’t tried to...

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Cuter than the average pic-a-nic basket

I don’t care if Toronto hasn’t quite gotten the spring memo yet– I’m already dreaming about park visits and picnic lunches. And when I spotted this adorable insulated picnic lunch bag at ModCloth, I fell in love. And I knew right away that I wouldn’t be handing it over to any of my kids. Oh, no. That sweet thing will be all mine. The Blueberry lunch bag is cute, but I think my heart belongs to the Watermelon one. (Gosh, even the color names are adorable.) The red checkered pattern on the Watermelon lunch bag reminds me of a...

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The Easter Bunny probably hates storing baskets, too

You know what I’ve always wondered about Easter baskets? Where people store them every other day of the year. Because if there’s one thing that’s not exactly storage-friendly, it’s a big, round basket with a gigantic handle on top. This is why I adore the beautiful new Easter Egg Hunt Bag tutorial over at The Purl Bee. I just love the idea of doing a little rainbow rickrack one. Or maybe taking my chances and letting my kids pick some of their favorite colors for the embellishments.  Either way, Easter bags are a perfect solution to my storage woes....

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Bumbleride Movement Edition stroller has got it going on.

The Movement edition stroller, in case the name isn’t clear enough, is all about getting moms moving and keeping babies comfortable, making it easier to be active with baby, no matter what the weather. (Because we all know how a wet, uncomfortable baby can ruin a good run or walk.)  That’s why the fabric is water-repellent, and the canopy is UV-protective. So it reflects heat and has SPF 45 protection. All the better to keep baby dry and cool.  I’ve been pushing around the Indie edition and loving it. This stroller brings with it all of the amazing features...

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Baby shower invitations get even cooler.

Unless I’ve got a friend who isn’t telling me something, I have no need for baby shower invitations any time soon. I’m not hosting one–that I know of. But when the time comes, I’m so excited to use one of the new baby shower invitations from Tiny Prints. They’ve really stepped up their collection (which was, truthfully, in need of a little stepping up) with gorgeous, witty, modern designs. My personal favorite is the Cutest Dare invitation (pictured). So retro and fun. I also love the idea of a gender-revealing shower. Never heard of that before. And though I...

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I’m a real fan of the meal plan

A year ago, I never would have thought I’d be excited about weekly meal planning. I was far too cool and spontaneous to be one of those people who actually planned what dinner we would be eating a day in advance. Please. What a silly mama I was! A year of meal-planning later, I have come to my senses. So I was excited to have a look at e-mealz recently and check out a couple of their family-friendly meal plans. With a variety of specialty plans available (think gluten-free, low fat, vegetarian) based on sales prices at the grocery...

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Easy lies the head that wears a birthday crown

A few years ago I got really ambitious and made birthday crowns for my two children. Flash forward a bit and I’ve now got a third child and still only two birthday crowns. Any guesses where this is going? Yeah. I’m kind of thinking these pretty, personalized felt crowns over at Chloe in Style would be a perfect stand-in for that last crown. Pretty, 100% wool felt crowns feature hand-stiching and personalization options that include either an initial or an age. I prefer the ones with initials to the ones with ages, simply because they can be used for...

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It’s a wrap!

Ever since I can remember, my family has used cloth instead of paper, to wrap gifts. My mom was ahead of her time, I tell you, because now it’s all the rage. And for good reason, really. Or should I say good reasons? Cloth is beautiful. And it’s reusable. The fabric gift wrap from Chewing the Cud (okay, not a big fan of the name) take the whole reusable gift wrap up a notch with organic cotton and gorgeous soy-based ink prints. And each one is printed with a simple message for the recipient. I’m quite taken with the...

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Design, organization, and playfulness all in one space. The mom trifecta!

My kids have some of the greatest toys in the world. In one of the messiest playrooms in the world. If there’s anyone who needs some design and organization tips, it’s me. And I’ve found just the resource. [don’t miss a cool giveaway after the jump!] Mariah Bruehl’s inspiring Playful Learning Spaces e-course has a new session starting on April 13 and it runs every Wednesday for six weeks. Sign up and learn design thoughtful environments that encourage kids to learn and create. It may sound like a tall order, but with weekly updates that include a video, assignments,...

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Gorgeous Easter egg decorating ideas. A.K.A. face on your egg

When it comes to Easter egg decorating, as with  a lot of crafting, I’ve been known to bite off more than I can chew. Which is maybe why I’m so keen to try my hand at this awesome silhouette Easter egg dying tutorial which looks as beautiful as it does easy. The tutorial from Le Papier Studio looks downright simple–easy instructions, few supplies needed and adaptable for all ages (I imagine little ones might be okay with using basic shapes, rather than silhouettes). Sounds absolutely perfect for an afternoon activity at my house or something fun to do on...

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The Bugaboo Donkey is here! But you Bugaboo Cameleon fans have some good news too.

All the Bugaboo talk this week is about the new Bugaboo Donkey double stroller –that oddly-named, but coolly-designed single-to-double convertible stroller that our Editor-in-Chief Liz got a sneak peek at a few days ago at the US launch at New York’s Giggle. Yes, it’s a gorgeous, pricey, joy-inspiring feat of modern engineering. And we’ll have a proper review coming out shortly, when we’ve had a chance to test it out ourselves and not just push it around a store floor for six seconds. But there are some other, albeit smaller, Bugaboo developments, too. Especially for those of you Bug...

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These prints are kind of a big deal

It doesn’t take long for new parents to realize who’s in charge once a tiny, squawking baby makes an appearance in their house. And I love the idea of making it official with Penny People’s newest print. Bright, bold colors and the option to put any name–or combo of names–that fits across the top make this Big Deal print an amazing new baby gift. So perfect for the nursery. Or the front door, for that matter. Like all Penny People prints, these will fit into standard frame sizes, making it so easy to give those new parents an immediately...

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Hey, baby. Here’s your sign.

Well, I do believe I have just discovered the most original new baby gift on the planet. Bold proclamation, I know, but have a look at these new custom birth charts by Amy Karol –yes, she of “Bend-the-Rules Sewing and Bend-the-Rules with Fabric fame. And then try to tell me they aren’t a perfectly amazing baby gift. Including information about astrological sign, birthstone, birth flower and more, Amy creates a beautiful hand-lettered and hand-drawn birth chart based on the name and birth date that you provide. Her illustrations are simple yet striking, and the final product –which is digitally...

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Diaper bag chic, minus the diapers. Nice.

Over the course of a mama’s diaper bag carrying years, there will be times she may curse that heavy bag and long for the carefree and fabulous purses of her youth. But as time goes by, that longing to be rid of the diaper bag turns into–or at least it has for me–a wistful longing to keep it around forever. Diaper bags aren’t only practical and convenient, but if you’re buying the right ones (of course you are, you’re reading CMP, after all!)  they’re also beautiful. Never fear diaper bag loving mamas! Petunia Pickle Bottom has come to your...

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Two-step program

Okay, I’ll come right out and admit it. My bathroom has one of those mass-produced step stool eyesores in it that just about every one of my friends has, too. Yes, it works. My kids can climb onto the toilet with ease, reach the faucet to wash their own hands and climb up to places they aren’t supposed to be, just by moving the step stool into, oh, every other room of the house. Somehow I think I’d care far less about their step stool overuse if they were using one of the delightful new modern stepstools from Manny...

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The cutest cloth nappies. (That’s uh, diapers, America.)

Okay, I may get a lot of flack for saying this, but when it comes to cloth diapering, I think the cute factor matters. Yes, I choose cloth for a number of less, um, superficial reasons–good for the environment, good for my babies’ skin, and convenience. Seriously, I think cloth is easy.  But the bottom line (heh, I said bottom) is that you wouldn’t catch me putting an ugly diaper on my baby. And the new-to-the-US line of diapers from Itti Bitti fits the bill perfectly. Created in 2005 by an Australian mom, these Itti Bitti cloth nappies –as...

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Too many Nook mattresses spoil the baby. In a good way.

Last year, Nook wowed me with the launch of their incredible (if expensive) Pebble crib mattress. Natural materials, no off-gassing, water and stain resistant and–bonus–it looked totally cool. Now they have a new mattress that even more mamas can afford. The Nook Pebble Lite offers the same conveniences and eco-friendliness in a package that lives up to its name–it weighs less and it costs less. Lite, get it? Now, there are some elements that differ from the original Pebble mattress, like the core is non-toxic foam, not latex. And the materials in the Lite mattress aren’t organic. But, really, the great features still exist...

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A stylish baby gate. I kid you not.

I’m not a big fan of baby gates. Sure, I appreciate the protection they offer, don’t get me wrong. But more often than not, they’re ugly. Now, I’m no interior decorator, but I do like my home to look good. And bland wooden baby gates simply do not look good. Instead of wishing I could move back to the small (but stair-less) apartment I lived in when my other babies started crawling, I’m ready now to embrace the baby gate. Know why? Because I’ve just discovered a cool one. The Munchkin Numi is actually a cool baby gate. Believe...

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