Valentine’s Day has come and gone and now, a week later, we just want to say thank you thank you thank you for your absolutely overwhelming support for our artist-created color-your-own Valentine’s Day cards we put together with Etsy. The numbers are in and more than 400 of you helped us raise more than $1700 for The Children’s Heart Foundation. All $3.99 at a time. We couldn’t be more pleased! If you loved the work of the twelve generous artists who contributed their talent to the cause (and really…who wouldn’t?) feel free to visit their shops and support them...Read More
It’s getting to where so many generous companies are donating to Haiti, it’s becoming harder to keep track of them all. And that’s a good thing. So I was so happy to see that one of our favorite bloggers and great friend of CMP, Christine Koh of Boston Mamas, has helped organize the Have a Heart for Haiti effort, in which Boston mom-run businesses have committed to donating a percentage of profits directly to UNICEF, earmarked for Haiti. The one catch? Today, February 15, is the last day. So hit the site and see if there’s anything you’ve been...Read More
Laurie Berkner, the melodic singing songstress that I most recently loved when I reviewed Rocketship Run, is back to raise awareness for a worthy organization called the Pajama Program by giving us a sort of singing Valentine. Her love note comes in the form of a free downloadable song called Open Your Heart which was actually written to help raise awareness for the Pajama Program’s campaign by the same name. With her guitar, crystal-clear voice, and touching lyrics, Open Your Heart is a reminder to us parents that our little I do it myself offspring need us more than...Read More
Okay, so I couldn’t resist featuring just one Valentine’s Day themey, adorable heart barrette. Especially after I was kind of wishing I had one at my daughter’s preschool Valentine’s party this past weekend. (Not for me – for her.) The heartfelt clip from Natty Bratty‘s brand new Etsy shop fits the bill, with three layers of felt hearts–and a little repair work that your sweet girl will hopefully never experience. The neat part is that you can order it with a hair clip backing or as a pin, in case you want to wear it yourself this week. Oh,...Read More
This is the week, mamas. The week that your kids are going to have to bring in Valentine’s cards for every single kid in the class, the teacher, the assistant teacher, the art teacher, the dance instructor, the janitor, and probably the neighborhood dog. But we’ve got you covered with our affordable Cool Mom Picks printable, color-your-own Valentine’s Cards at the Etsy Store. For just $3.99 you’ll get 12 downloadable cards from each of 12 phenomenal artists, that you can print as many time as you’d like. Just print them on some nice paper and let your kids add...Read More
There’s no shortage of Valentine’s Day attire for little girls (like the Kideko heart pajamas we found this week) , but when it comes to boys, it’s pretty slim pickings. And I get it. Dressing a boy in a rose-colored heart shirt is a tough sell, even if there is a Spiderman on it too. But the adorable Love Pirate sleep sack from CMP fave Baby Burrito is the perfect festive nod to Valentine’s Day for both baby boys and girls without smothering your little one in pink. Made from organic cotton and bamboo, and featuring a simple heart and cross bones, this...Read More
Even after ten years of marriage, I still get a rush when I see a little square box in front of me on Valentine’s Day—just as long as what’s inside doesn’t put us into debt. New York’s Emily Elizabeth Kolins started making her own jewelry for people like me–and probably a lot of you–who love jewelry but can’t afford to have a bunch of zeroes tacked onto the price tag. Emily Elizabeth Jewelry (which has nothing to do with a big red dog, thank goodness) is filled with pretty, modern, mostly goldplate brass jewelry which is so reasonably priced, you...Read More
Valentine’s Day or not, I am so taken with the new heart pajamas from Kideko, it’s almost a shame that they’re designed to be worn in the dark. The color is wildly vibrant in person, reminiscent of European brands like Kit+Lili and Plastisock. And the cotton jersey is so soft and stretchy and bedtime-ready, it’s not surprising they come from the same Australian company whose funky kids’ bedding we adore (and also happens to be on sale for up to 70% off right now). If you’ve got a boy, check out the other sleepwear styles including the fun blue...Read More
After yet another visit to the Beehive Co-op in Atlanta, Kristen ran home to tell me about some great new finds, and I’m starting to get jealous that the one in New York is up in Westchester and not in the city. Or better, Brooklyn. Right on my block. I was really taken with the beautiful handcrafted sterling necklaces from Christine Kober including this sweet conversation heart necklace, right in time for Valentine’s Day. You can choose any number of engraved sayings, or customize your own for no extra charge. (Personally I’d like one that says OMG WTF but...Read More
After much, much deliberation, we are soooo pleased to announce the winners of our first Valentine’s Day color-your-own card contest with our friends at Etsy. We scoured through your amazing entries and picked our 12–yep, we just couldn’t do 9!–favorites, based on originality, creativity, and colorability (is that a word?) of the design for young kids. So, thank you to all who entered, and our deepest congrats and much admiration go to (in no particular order!): Spaceboy Out of this World by Olliegraphic Bunny at Mailbox by Nakisha VanderHoeven Airplane Be My Valentine by One Cool Mom All You...Read More
If you’ve been following the news, or at least this website, then you’re probably not going to be poking around your favorite big box store over the next few weeks, looking for some little inexpensive heart-shaped metal charms for the kids. Cadmium is so very 2009. At The Silly Wagon, I stumbled on this sweet mini heart necklace from Julie the Fish Designs. The modern heart design is hand stamped onto a disc-shaped pendant made of solid sterling silver, which last I heard is not a banned substance. Even the ball chain is real silver. For just under $25,...Read More
I love the idea of making a small Mother’s Day gift (or really, any gift) more special through presentation, so these heart gift boxes caught my eye right away. Made from recycled cardboard and then laser cut to look cool, the inside is about 4″x3″ making it these eco-friendly gift boxes just the right size for something shiny. Or something chocolatey. –Liz Find these recycled cardboard gift boxes at Cardboard Safari, and something to fill it with on our Mother’s Day Gift Guide – less than two weeks...Read More
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