Balloon Animals

Balloon Animals

Ever since I got wind of the whole latex balloons are the devil stuff, I’ve been distraught. While I would hate for my daughter’s birthday celebrations to be entirely balloon free, I also don’t need to decorate the place with a bunch of colorful...
Fun, Cubed

Fun, Cubed

While my home has seen its fair share of battery-operated toys that never want to turn off, I’m proud to admit that my daughter prefers her cute little handmade cloth block my godmother made for her first birthday. If your kids don’t have a handy godmother, we think...
Little Creatures

Little Creatures

Frequent readers of CMP will know that we’re not a big fan of barnyard animals on the kid duds, but we do love all things creepy, crawly, and traditionally unloved. So of course we were instantly smitten with the Beasty Baby monster rompers at indie emporium...
A Totally Organic Experience

A Totally Organic Experience

I listened to my mother when she told me, “Never underestimate the power of the rattle.” However, after three plastic shakers and a stuffed bunny that sounds like it’s filled wtih a couple grains of rice, I was still faced with a screaming baby. I...
Glide on the Peace Chain

Glide on the Peace Chain

Everywhere I go I’m seeing dogtags. And no, not just because there’s a military base in town. I’m talking about those blinged out engraved initial ones that look heavier than a bicycle lock. And while I like to keep up with the trends, this is one...
Play it Again, Bunny

Play it Again, Bunny

When I was young, I had a beautiful wooden music box that featured a dancer pirouetting on a mirror inside. It was regaled to a high shelf in my bedroom except for the few times a year when my mom reluctantly pulled it down for me. I’m still bitter whenever I...
Wearing Your Heart Just Under Your Sleeve

Wearing Your Heart Just Under Your Sleeve

I love the idea of lockets–the entire notion of keeping a photo of someone you love by your heart is just so cool. And yet lockets themselves? Not usually so cool. We’ve found a much better alternative via the handmade photo jewelry from mama/artisan...
Say Dada(ism)

Say Dada(ism)

There’s a fine line between pretentious and hip. Pretentious (and also sort of stupid) would be filling your toddler’s library with museum coffee table books. But introducing him to the board book, The Art of Shapes: For Children and Adults, well...
One Less Battle in the Morning

One Less Battle in the Morning

We have arrived at the highly unanticipated “I can do it myself” stage in our household. Unfortunately, that includes things that my daughter really can’t do herself, like chopping vegetables with a big pointy knife. So in order to maintain some...
What’s Bub Got to Do With It?

What’s Bub Got to Do With It?

When my daughter is a bit older, she’s definitely going to be embarrassed by the nicknames I’ve given her, some of which are so long and absurd, they sound like a combination of Russian and Chinese as said by a person rolling marbles around in her mouth....
Go, Baby-O

Go, Baby-O

Is your rendition of If You’re Happy and You Know It boring you and your toddler to tears? Could your Wheels on the Bus could use a little somethin’ somethin’? If so, Baby Loves Jazz: Go Baby Go is just what you need to rediscover the fun – and the funk –...
Wearing Your Dirty Laundry

Wearing Your Dirty Laundry

I love getting my tees for my friends’ kids because I know they actually get worn. (Unlike a few of the things we’ve received–enough said?) But a gift needs to be something a little more special than your average, run-of-the mill Hanes undershirt...

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