Category: Gear

Vintage meets handmade meets gorgeous

I have a soft spot for stitch art and it’s not just because I live in the embroidery capital of the world (yes, there is such a place). As a gal who can’t even sew a button onto a pair of pants, I greatly admire those patient enough to create detailed designs out of those tedious little stitches. Designer Jamie Davis offers a fresh take on the use of embroidery with her line of vintage luggage pieces. Jamie refinishes her finds with sweet yarn stitching and updates the inner lining with retro inspired bold designs. One of my favorites is...

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A convertible stroller blankie that changes with the seasons

After a very generous stretch of unseasonably mild weather in New York, the freezing cold is here (sigh). Rather than pretend I live in LA, I have to take winter seriously this year since I have a new-ish baby to keep warm. Thankfully I found a new stroller blanket from 7 A.M. Enfant that feels like the coziest puffer coat and can still be used when it finally does get warmer again. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] Since strollers are the main mode of transport for us city moms, I make sure whatever is attached to...

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Cleaning dirty pacifiers on the go with Dapple SurfaceWipes

My 8 month-old is going through the slobber-filled teething stage. That means a lot of wiping his drooly chin and giving him plenty of teething toys to alleviate some of the pain. One thing that I find incredibly frustrating is when he drops those teethers on the dirty sidewalk or restaurant floor and wondering how to clean them. Yes, I know that the more kids you have, the more you’re probably comfortable just wiping it off on your jeans. But for those of you clean freaks (like me), allow me to present the food grade wipes from Dapple. All of the cleaning products from Dapple use...

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A portable easel for whenever inspiration strikes

My kids are what you might call serious artists. No they aren’t selling their paintings for thousands, they just can’t leave the house without a bunch of arts and crafts stuff–just in case inspiration hits in the minivan, I suppose. Fortunately, one of our favorite brands for neatly-designed, high-quality kids’ toys has come up with a portable easel for an artistic playspace on-the-go Long-time CMP favorite B. Toys’ Take it Easel—gotta love their creative product names—pops up to be a two-sided magnetic easel with a whiteboard on one side and blackboard on the other. Hooray for families with two...

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Buy one baby blanket and get two. The second, for a child who really needs it.

If you’re considering a baby blanket as a gift for the upcoming holidays, or simply for a new baby in your life, I can’t think of a more beautiful gesture than one of these Me Two You baby blankets. Because for every one you buy, one is also donated to a child who can really need it. Made with supersoft, luxuriously minky fabric and trimmed with satin piping, Me Two You’s Plush Blanket is the very definition of what a snuggly blanket should be. And it’s just the slightest bit smaller than a crib mattress–the perfect not-too-big-not-too-little size for little...

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Jonathan Adler Skip Hop Diaper Bags – Maybe the only ones that would make me want to change diapers again.

I’m particularly envious right now of the Jonathan Adler Skip Hop line that launched yesterday. Which is funny, because I do not miss the days of hauling a baby bag around with me. I love a great bag, don’t get me wrong, but when my kids were in diapers, there were precious few diaper bags that could be described as “great.” But now? Wow. My favorite is the Pronto clutch, because I’m all about the small bag, especially one that holds a changing pad, wipes, and up to four diapers. And the wristlet means that when you’re wrangling your squirmy...

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The perfect gift for baby’s first Hanukkah

Baby’s first anything can be difficult to shop for and baby’s first Hanukkah doubly so. So if you are looking for something different and special for the little bundle I suggest you check out Judaica pioneer Emily Rosenfeld. I have personally been gifting from Emily’s charming line of judaica for years. Fashioned out of pewter and featuring funky and playful designs, every Emily Rosenfeld piece is great for the modern Jewish family who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.  In the past I have been known to give her tzedakah boxes and mezuzahs as baby gifts but this “chai” baby...

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BeginAgain toys – Simpler toys Santa’s elves would approve of

When the toy store ads appear in our Sunday newspaper, I’m mostly uninspired by all the blinky, noisy, plasticky stuff touted as The Next Big Thing. Would these really be the toys that Santa’s elves carefully assemble in the North Pole? But now, just in time for the holidays, a brand new toy maker has come riding into town, aptly called BeginAgain. And if you are looking for toys, games and activity kits that harken back to a simpler time when people actually said “harken” (heh), you must check out this line of imaginative and eco-friendly toys. {keep reading...

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The no-fuss diaper bag that we’re fussing over

When it comes to diaper bags, fancier isn’t always better. Sometimes I just need something simple and classic to get the job done. A they-thought-of-everything kind of bag, like the new Ah Goo Baby Grab & Go Bag, looks like it will fit the bill nicely. First of all, it’s not going to cost a full paycheck. In this era of designer diaper bags, that’s saying something. Second, it’s totally mom–and dad–friendly. No “Honey, I’m not wearing that Kate Spade over my shoulder” arguments from your partner. And third, it’s got some pretty cool features. I like the crumb...

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Customized water bottles just might make the water taste better

Just when you thought that metal water bottles had reached the apex of coolness, we’ve found the coolest designs around. Yours. (Don’t miss a great discount code after the jump!) Wawabots allows you to fully customize your own water bottle. One picture, several pictures, your picture as part of an adorable design. You can even put in your kids’ artwork or hand prints or add their names to the stainless steel, BPA free bottles. And they have special designs for mom, dad, and the grandparents, just in time for holidays. I designed two Wawabots and really put them through...

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