Kids

Do Babies All Have to Be Einsteins?

If you gave birth within the last ten years, the odds are about 4 in 5 that you’ve got one of those make your baby a rocket scientist DVDs on your shelf. Because even if you steered away from such things yourself, someone else thought it was a fabulous shower gift. Am I right?

The Thymes They Are A-Changin’

I’ve been a fan of The Thymes line of bath and beauty products ever since the sigOth and I first spotted them in a great boutique on vacation years ago. He wanted the fig leaf-cassis candle, I wanted the lavender lotion. We compromised – by buying forty different things.

Party Animals

I’m a firm believer that children can appreciate the tunes as they were intended to be heard–i.e. singers that don’t make you pray for an irreparable crack in the CD–if you just give them a chance. Which is why the CMP staff have always been such fans of the Putumayo Kids series of music.

Vamos A La Playa

I’m all for a cute halter bikini on me (when I’m in my best possible shape) but on my 3 year old? Call me a fuddy-duddy butI’d prefer something that covers her just a bit more. Besides, slathering suntan lotion all over a constantly moving little body every hour is too darn hard. I say, more fabric!

Taming Flyaways with Flies

My friend’s daughter has a thing for bugs. Each year, her mom throws a birthday bash with insect-themed decorations and goody bags. The problem is finding unique gifts for this bug-crazy gal that she doesn’t already have.

Photo Bags with Money Left Over For Film

I have a love-hate relationship with photo bags. I actually love the idea of them, but I’m not too crazy about the prices. Unless it’s Marc Jacobs customizing the handbag for you himself, there’s no reason to spend upwards of $250.

Oh, Those Pesky UV Rays

I have never understood why sunblock is scented like pina coladas, particularly for kids. Do you really want your child smelling like a drunken cruise ship tourist stumbling around Key West?

Monkeybar Buddies: Clothes For Hanging Around

Year after year, my mother outfitted me in dresses that were fine for the classroom, but completely inappropriate for the playground. While all the other girls wore slacks and hung upside down from the monkey bars, I stood off to the side and silently cursed my mother’s sewing machine.

Get Packing

An expectant mother walks into a baby superstore…No, it’s not the beginning of a joke. Just the beginning of an overwhelming experience, especially when you hit the gear aisle. Which gadgets can you live without? Most of them.

Stuck On You

With all the bells and whistles – literally – that are the hallmark of modern toys, I’m always happy to find those that put a new spin on an old classic without the use of batteries–or the need for a bottle of ibuprofen for mommy.

Fantastic Baby Oil and Dog Aphrodisiac

Ever since developing the bionic nose of pregnancy (you all know what I’m taking about, mamas) I can’t settle for any bath or baby product that smells less than amazing. Fortunately, there are plenty of options no matter what your own supernose demands.

The End of Cooties As We Know It

As anyone who’s ever thrown a party knows, you need about six times as many cups as guests. Mainly because half of them get wasted when the guests get…well, wasted…and forget which half-full cup was theirs after they put it down. Or worse, instead of leaving it altogether, they unknowingly drink from someone else’s cup. Yuck.

Triple the Fun

I can barely keep my head above water with two kids of different ages so the notion of triplets (triplets!!!) sends me into shock. And I’m not just talking about all those diapers or managing their feeding schedules. I’m thinking about the important issues–like how the heck you dress them.