Friday, March 30, 2007

Harajuku Lover's Hello Kiddie Collection

Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lover’s collection is quickly becoming a new hip Hollywood mommy favorite for their stylin' tots.

Kate Beckinsale is the latest celebrity mom to embrace the brand when she and daughter Lily were spotted out earlier this week. Lily was stylishly sporting the Harajuku Lover's "Hello Kiddie" hoddie sweathirt Check out the matching sweats too.

Get yours today at Babesta

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Baby Kaed: Diaper Bags to Fit Your Style

Some mommies go ga-ga over the cute baby clothes, for me my weakness is a really great diaper bag. As a mom who works from home, I often need to tote my bag with me as I shuffle between drop-offs, meetings, pick-ups, practices, and the in between starbucks work sessions and I need a bag that can go with me.

Baby Kaed has embraced this utilitarian lifestyle with a stylish line of diaper bags that is both functional and fashionable. Each bag even come stocked with all of the accessories that you often need to add on to some of the high-end bags including a
changing mat, a drawstring bag for dirty clothes, a zippered cosmetics pouch, cell phone holder, pacifier purse, and wipes case. There's also plenty of pockets - 5 interior and 2 side pockets for all the stuff you need to carry with you.

Available in several styles to fit the individual mom's unique personal style from suburban mom on the go to city girl urban chic.

Available online at Baby Kaed or select retailers.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Babycakes of Scottsdale: Shower Gifts with a Definite Wow Factor

This is truly a gift that will take the cake at your next baby shower.

Babycakes of Scottsdale custom creates 1, 2 and 3 tiers of show-stopping "cakes" packed with cleverly rolled exquisite baby garments and playtime toys. Decorated with flowers and accessories, they will definitely be the "Wow" gift at your next baby shower.

Each cake is custom designed with a collection of onsies, pacifiers, socks, hats, sleepers, blankets, wash cloths and more.

Recent recipients of babycakes include: Marcia Cross, Amanda Peet, Katie Holmes, and Jeremy London.

Max Daniel: Ultra Plush Rosebuds and Satin Blankets

We've seen a bunch of photos lately of Jennifer Garner and Violet out with her favorite lavender blankie.

The blanket is created by the celebrity favorite, Max Daniel. Their amazing rosebuds and satin ultraplush blanket with satin trim is ultra plush and the ultimate in baby luxury. Part of the signature collection, these blankets are one of the softest ones I've come across.

Sized at 32" x 26" they make the perfect on the go blanket while we transition through the milder temperatures of Spring.

Other celebrities that have received Max Daniel blankets include: Heidi Klum, Britney Spears, and Denise Richards.

Available at a growing list of select retailers.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Reported Shopping List

It was recently reported that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes went on a boy inspired shopping trip at Petit Tresor in Los Angeles. Here's some of what they bought:

Handpainted Crib:

Playtime Armoire:

Kaloo Happy Patchwork Bear:

Silver Pursuit Pedal Plane:

Monday, March 19, 2007

Baby Pure Me: Natural Baby Powder in a Puff

So many of the products on the market that we put on our precious baby's skin are full of chemicals and dyes. As a mom who is allergic to too many things to list on a single page, I try to limit my guys' exposure to these chemicals as much as possible. One of the few products that I have recently stumbled upon is the natural Presssed Puff by Baby Pure Me.

The Pressed Puff is a modern take on old-fashioned baby powder. The Pressed Puff compresses the mommy essential baby powder and reduces it down to the size of a convential makeup compact. The powder itself is hypoallergic and talc free. Blended with natural extracts, aromatherapy oils, and minerals to maintain that subtle "baby scent" that comes with traditional baby powder.

Available online at Baby Pure Me or select retailers.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Time Out Spots: Reinforcing the Time Out Technique

If your frustrated by time outs or they've turned into a game of catch and relase, you need to try Time Out Spots to help your child learn about discipline at an early age.

Created by teacher turned mom, Heather Sievers, Time Out Spots are a solution to unsuccessful time outs. It is quite simply a small round rug on which your child needs to sit for their time outs due to bad behavior.

The technique recommended is that you should give the child one warning, if they disobey they are sent to their "Time Out Spot". For the time-out, it is recommended that the child needs to sit for one minute for each year of the child's age.

The time out spot has made a difference with one of the twins for whom all discipline was fun and game time. With the use of the spot, it gives him something immediately recognizable and finite to enforce the household rules of behavior. He knows if he's headed for the spot, he's in big trouble. It only took a few frustrating attempts before he understood it and now just needs to be told to sit in his spot without arguing.

Priced at $22 -- "time out spots" get mommy's recommendation for mothers of fiesty toddlers.

Purchase your own time out spot here.

Bedhead PJ's: Hollywood Embraced Bedtime Comfort

Ever wonder where Grace Adler got those cute pjs on Will and Grace? Many came from the celebrity favorite brand, Bedhead PJs.

Bedhead PJs are made from high-quality 100% cotton fabrics with excellent tailoring and piping details. Available at fine retailers everywhere.

Their exquisite pjs have been featured as an Oprah must-have and seen on numerous TV shows and magazines (Rachel Ray was recently photographed wearing a pair on the cover of her magazine).

They have just introduced their new Spring and Summer fabrics so check them out for a comfy bedtime splurge.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Starbucks New Yummy Cupcakes

I hate cake. I really do. This is a big dilemma for the boys around my birthday time. We finally came to the agreement that they can either buy an ice cream version or make me cupcakes. So I was very pleasantly surprised that I really liked the new cupcakes available at Starbucks.

I typically prefer chocolate anything, but in this case it's the vanilla that I have fallen for. The frosting in great, the cake is well... cake but with the frosting I don't hate it. Until it gets warm enough for the frozen drinks that are my vice during the summer, their cupcakes will be my weekly starbucks treat.

Boon Frog Pod: Containing Bathtime Clutter

Kid's come with clutter. Lots and lots of clutter.

The Frog Pod is designed to help you control kid's bath time clutter. It includes a drainable scoop for collecting and rinsing toys and a wall-mounted base for storing shampoos and bubble bath.

The Frog Pod easily attaches to the wall using super-strong adhesive strips or suction cups.

The kid friendly design makes bath time clean-up fun and easy. Just scoop and secure. Kid will love the fun frog shape design and mom will love that the kids actually want to clean up their bath toys.

Available directly from Boon or at Target for $24.99.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Gap's Boyfriend Trousers: Everyday Comfort

At the top of my must have list for Spring are the new "boyfriend trousers" by GAP. I picked up a pair while out on my weekly shopping trip last week and I'm in love!!

These comfy trousers are the perfect option for those days when you just don't want to wear jeans, but it's just not the day to dress up. Their wide legged style flatters those of us with curves and the button tab waste and zip fly make them the ultimate in comfort.

PortaMEe: Extra Support for Mom's Tired Back

Being a mom can be back-breaking work. As your child grows, it becomes increasingly difficult on your body to tote and carry them everywhere.

The PortaMEe is an innovative addition to the market which will allow you to carry baby and keep your hands free. The unique design includes ergonomic lumbar support supplied by steel rods in the carrier to help reduce back pain.

The PortaMee is designed to distribute the weight of the child away from your back and shoulders. The honeycomb gel padded shoulder strap adds extra comfort and doesn't dig into your shoulder -- and it has a special pocket for your keys and cell phone!

It's supportive structure means that the carrier can be used for children up to 35 lbs.

Currently available in two color combinations pink / brown and blue / brown.

Available online at PortaMEe or at specialty retailers.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Maggie Gyllenhaal Chooses a Filson Rucksack for Peter Sarsgaard

Maggie Gyllenhaal reportedly spent Wednesday afternoon picking up some last-minute gifts for fiance Peter Sarsgaard's 36th birthday. One of the purchases was a Filson Rucksack bag from Earnest Sewn which she hoped that he would us as a diaper bag for daughter Ramona.

The Rucksack is a very roomy, durable, water-repellent bag designed to take a beating.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Jeeto: Your Child's Very Own Warning Label

As a child, I was allergic to everything. My mom and I had to monitor everything that went in my mouth for fear it would send me into a severe allergic reation. When I had the boys, they had to follow a strict diet for their first three years to try to minimize the chances of them developing similar allergies.

Jeeto has created a collection of tees and accessories for moms of kids with allergies. Their "allergy collection" includes shirts, patches, and stickers that declare your child to be "gluten free", "dairy free", "egg free" and it can't get clearer than "no peanuts please".

No more notes and advance phone calls to warn parents on field trips and birtday parties. Now your child can come with their very own warning label!

Shiloh's Baby Blanket Available at FAO Schwarz

For those of you trying to find the baby blanket that Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was recently photographed carrying.

The plaid baby blanket is sold at FAO Schwarz's posh baby department for $85. It is made of 100% soft cotton and the blocks of contrasting colors are designed to promote visual stimulation.

Thanks to Patty at Baby Chic 101 for locating the blanket!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Michael Stars: Comfy Tees for Perfect Layering

Tee shirts are the primarily staple of my work at home mom wardrobe. Perfect by themselves for summer, layered for the cooler months. Dressed up with a skirt or dressed down with jeans layered tess are my daily mom unifom.

One of the favorite brands of comfy tees for today's celebrity moms are the comfy tees by Michael Stars. Available in both maternity and non-maternity styles these tees have been seen on the likes of Jennifer Garner, Courteney Cox-Arquette, Jennifer Lopez, and Jessica Biel.

Designed for comfort with the perfect fit that gets better with each washing. My favorite is the 3/4 Sleeve Tunic Thermal. Worn layered under a short sleeve tee make this the ideal tee for the early spring when it's too warm for a jacket, but too chilly for short sleeves.

7forallmankind: Wide Legged Jean Perfection

It seems like all we've seen in Hollywood in jeans for the last couple of years is the famous "skinny jean". They seem to be the staple of my everyday modern mom wardrobe. Stylish -- yes, comfortable -- not really.

Now it appears that some Celebrity Moms have decided to push the skinny jeans to the back of their closet and opt for a wider leg style. Liv Tyler was most recently seen out leaving a meeting last week sporting a pair of Seven for All Mankind "Ginger" jeans.

The "Ginger" style is a wide legged trouser style that sits on the hips and skims the thigh before loosening to create an ultra wide leg opening. Each pair is perfectly proportioned to fit a woman's curves. Available at "Seven For All Mankind" at $143.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

End of Season Clearance at Brooks Pond

As the snowstorm that hit the midwest proved last week, winter is not over yet.

Brooks Pond is having an end-of-season clearance on their fabulous Luxe Carrier Covers. The covers slip right over your baby carrier so you can continue to babywear through the winter months. Right now you can save over 50% off the original price.

So whether you want a cover for the rest of this winter or if you are expecting a baby in the summer or fall and want to get ready for next winter, this is a deal you should grab while you can.

Check out our review of Brooks Pond here.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Ellie Bellie Kids: Embracing the Spirit of Childhood

Childhood should be a time of imagination and whimsy.

Ellie Bellie Kids embraces the spirit of childhood with their unique line of tutus for your little princesses and capes for those super-heros in training.

Each Ellie Bellie Kids tutu is completely reversible so if your ballerina's favorite color is pink one day and green the next all you need to do is flip it over! The yards and yards of tulle give them a full, whimsical look -- and the only care needed is a periodically fluffing of the layers to keep the full effect.

The Ellie Bellie capes are perfect for little guys (or gals) who daydream about flying through the air and saving the world from bad guys. Instead of a household sheet or towel, you can get a perfectly sized cape custom made for your little super hero complete with their own initial. It's easy tie closure let's them outfit themselves in their secret hideouts and get ready to save the world. Moms only job is a periodic washing to keep the capes fresh and clean looking.

Check out the complete line of Ellie Bellie Kids to help nurture your child's imagination today!

Debbie Rott Diaper Bags Introduce New Style and New Linings

Debbie Rott has introduced the new "Joshua" diaper bag to their rocker diaper bag line. The Joshua bag is a hobo style diaper bag made out of high quality leather accented with brass studs.

Also new this season are brand new linings to match the changing of the seasons!

Both the Eva Rocker and the Joshua Rocker are designed with true moms in mind -- lots of pockets, easy to wipe off surfaces, and plenty of room for all those baby necessities.

The Joshua Rocker is available in brown or tan leather.

You can buy Debbie Rott Diaper bags at select online retailers such as Baby Stud, BebeCandy, My Little Ducks and Childish today!

Saturday, March 3, 2007

BabySpareWear: Because You Should Always Carry a Spare

One thing you learn as a new mom: you should always carry a spare. Even if it's just for a short trip out, for the first year you should always have extra everything with you -- especially a spare outfit. No matter what you do, your baby will have the inevitable on the go wardrobe emergencies.

BabySpareWear has come up with the ideal solution for the on the go emergency changes. Each fashion fix comes with both a long-sleeve and a short-sleeve tee along with a pair of coordinating pants. Not only will your baby be appropriately dressed no matter what the weather, since each pack is fashion coordinated they will look like they are wearing the outfit that they left the house wearing!

The fashion fix comes in their own sleek pouch that is perfect for tucking in the stroller bag, stroller, purse, car, or daycare cubby. I wish we would have had these packs when the twins were still in diapers!

The BabySpareWear packs are available up to size 4T. You can find their fashion fixes at select online retailers or at retailers near you.

Knuckleheads Introduces 2007 Spring Line

We've previously written about the fantastic line of boys clothing by Knuckleheads. Moms of boys know how hard it can be to find clothing that isn't to casual or too formal for our guys and Knuckleheads is one of my favorite lines that fit that bill.

Knuckleheads has just introduced their new Spring 2007 line with new fashions just for the guys. Check out knuckleheads for the spring fashions along with some of their retired fashions today.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Drew Barrymore Loves Joe's Jeans

Drew Barrymore has been busy showing off her Hollywood style while promoting her new film, Music and Lyrics. On-camera in the film, Drew can be seen sporting one of her favorite brands of jeans: Joe's Jeans!

Drew exclusively wears Joe's throughout the entire movie. The line is availble in a selection of classic cuts like The Socialite, Lover, and Rocker.

Joe's Jeans are are designed with the perfect blend of style and comfort.

Check out their complete line for men, women, and kids at Joe's Jeans.

Scarlett Johansson Debuts New Line of Reeboks

Scarlett Johansson and Reebok have introduced her new line of shoes and clothing with a modern, yet classic style.

The line called Scarlett Hearts Reebok launched on March 1st.

"It's a lifestyle collection," she says. "You can go directly from the gym, slip it on [and] go to meet your friends for coffee."

The line feautres brightly colored sneakers ($90), short-sleeved hoodies ($100), baseball tees ($50), and comfy sweatpant leggings ($80).

The collection is "a mixture of both the ultrafeminine and urban lifestyle," says Scarlett. The star has signed with Reebok for at least three seasons.

Lillaboo: Baby Blankets with Some Punch

You know the "traditional" baby colors -- subtle pinks, blues, greens, and yellows. LillaBoo has taken the standard baby colors and thrown in a little punch to create their Tutti Frutti line of blankets.

The Tutti Frutti Modern Patchwork Blanket the classic patchwork blanket and infuses it with a modern flare. The colors are vibrant, but not overwhelming and the super soft minky backing make it the ideal cuddle blankie. They also carry a more traditional retro mod collection for those of you with more subtle tastes.

Celebrity moms Brooke Shields, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Tori Spelling have all received Lillaboo products for thier little ones.

LillaBoo's blankets offer a vibrant option on the traditional baby blankets with some modern flare. Check out their collection at Lillaboo today!

La Folie: Final Days of the Winter Blowout

La Folie Knits winter blowout is coming to an end.

Until Sunday, March 7th at midnight you can receive up to 20% - 60% off most of products at La Folie Knits including the "Babe in the Woods" hat which is a favorite of celebrity moms.

Visit their website soon before this great promo comes to an end!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Homemade Baby: Taking the Work Out of Homemade Baby Food

When I was a new mom with my first baby, I bought all of the stuff to make my own baby food. I frantically cooked up fresh fruit and vegetables carefully selected at the farmers market, used my food grinder, and stocked up food in little ice cube trays in the freezer every weekend. By the time I had the twins, I bought organic baby food at the store.

Homemade Baby has taken the hard work out of serving homemade baby food for your infant. Their foods are made daily from fresh ingredients in a selection of textures based on the age of your baby from "so smooth" for beginning feeders to "good mushy" in simple combos to "kinda mushy" for advanced feeders who can chew.

Homemade baby is perfect iff you want your baby to have the benefits of homemade baby food without the elbow grease and time involved in making your own.

Check their website to see where Homemade Baby is available at a retailer near you.