Sunday, April 27, 2008

Grow Up! Booster Seats: Kicking the Booster Up a Notch

With all the advancements in baby gear, there had been little movement in the area of booster seats. Now Mutsy has introduced the Grow Up! Booster -- a modern day booster for modern day dining.

Available in a selection of stylish colors -- raspberry, manderin, aqua and apple -- and with a sleek design make this the perfect accompaniement for the toddler dinner table.

The Grow Up! is designed for children up to 4 years. It can be used with almost any adult chair and has a safety harness to keep your child securred. The booster weighs just 4 lbs. so it can be easily taken along for trips to grandmas house.

Available online for $59 at The Land of Nod

Celeb Style Find: Brooke Burke Carrying Shaya in a Peanut Shell

Brooke Burke and son Shaya, 5 weeks, out shopping at the Malibu Country Mart earlier this week. Brooke carries Shaya in a Blue Couture Peanut Shell Carrier.

The Peanut Shell baby sling by Goo-ga is a celebrity favorite. Fans of this fashionable line of baby slings include Brooke Shields, Jenna Elfman, Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown, and Denise Richards.

The collection is designed using a selection of stylish fabrics. It's design has a slimmer cut on the shoulder eliminating excess bulk and a deep pouch that gives your baby the most comfortable ride from infancy through toddlerhood. Each sling includes a pocket, toy loop and leg padding for baby's comfort.

In addition to the Blue Couture worn by Ms. Burke, there are several slings currently on clearance at reduced prices. I personally like their limited edition Spearmint baby sling (pictured above) currently on sale for $39.

Crewcuts: Fun Little Summer Dresses

As a mom of boys, I often look at the adorable dresses and outfits for girls with enzy. Boys clothes are simple, classic, and made for play. Girls clothing can be a little more fun with mixing-and-matching and accessories.

I'm loving the new summer dresses from crewcuts.

I especially love the patchwork dress full of fun surfer inspired fabrics. This would definitely be a big hit for summer's special events! It's a bit spendy for everyday wear at $198.

The Deco-dot Annika dress in sweet orange is a bit more affordable at $68.

Celeb Style Find: Paz Vega Out with Her Bugaboo Cameleon

Actress Paz Vega and her husband Orson Salazar bring their their son Orson for a shopping trip to Kitson and Kitson Kids.

Orson rode in a stylish yellow and grey Bugaboo Cameleon

The Cameleon stroller has all premium features stylish moms have come to expect from Bugaboo. The hallmark of the Cameleon is that you can mix and match to find your own style. You can select your own color options on both the base and the canvas tailored fabric!

PeaceLoveMom: Celebrating Motherhood

You may have noticed that I love tees. They are my mommy uniform. I will as needed pull out my more formal wear if I have meetings or an event, but most days you'll find me in either a short-sleeved or long-sleeved tee and jeans. I have a selection of hoodies, sweaters, and shirts that get pulled on and off during the day, but there is typically a tee involved in my daily attire.

One of my favorite collections is by PeaceLoveMom. Their collection is all about celebrating Motherhood and all that it means. Their tees are made of ultra-comfy cotton with messages like "Peace Love Mom", "Camp Mom", "Happy Mom", "Green Mom" and "Rock & Roll Mom".

A tee from PeaceLoveMom would make a great gift for Mother's Day. Place your order by May 5 to guarantee delivery for Mother's Day and receive a FREE PeaceLoveMom tote bag on orders over $75. Just enter the coupon code"MothersDay" at checkout to take advantage of this great offer.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Celeb Style Find: Nicole Richie and Joel Madden Out with their Orbit

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden were spotting strolling through an airport with daughter Harlow earlier this week. The couple were pushing an Orbit Baby System and carrying Harlow in a Baby Bjorn Original Carrier in City Black.

Infinitees: Bringing Classic Hollywood to the Pre-School Crowd

In my studio / office, there is a little black and white tv that lived in my parent's basement the entire time we were growing up. It still works as well as the day they bought it back in the 70's. My husband keeps telling me I need to get a converter for it due to the transition to digital tv next year. I need no such gadget. I use the tv solely to play a variety of "the classics".

I love old films. I got hooked on them in high school and have grown a collection of all my favorites. My kids have gotten to know the actors by first name -- Audrey, Kate, Frank, and more. I have passed my love of the films down to my 8-year-old who spends many weekday nights curled up on a big cushy pillow on my studio floor watching his favorites as I work at my table. (The twins prefer SpongeBob Squarepants, but we're working on them.)

My heart went pitter-patter when I caught sight of the collection of tees by Infinitees that pays tribute to some of my favorite Hollywood classics. So far I've found Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando.

The only problem -- they only come in toddler and pre-school sizes 2T - 6. I want an Audrey tee for myself!

And for the converter, I'm probably going to have to bite the bullet and get one so we can watch the news on occassion. But I'm not getting a new tv until this 30-year-old classic dies a natural death to old, old, old age.

Old Navy's Full ON Sale: 50% Off Select Styles

Old Navy is having a spring sale that they are calling the "The Full ON Sale". For one week only, you can take up to 50% off select styles (through May 1st).

Some of my favorites:

Girls Roll-Up Scribble Pants - Arabica Bean

Regular price: $22.50
Sale price: $14.99

Girls Embroidered Flutter-Sleeve Tops - Watermelon

Regular price: $12.50
Sale price: $10.50

Raincoats for Baby - Green Camo

Regular price: $19.50
Sale price: $11.49

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Petunia Pickle Bottom Sample Sale Is On!

We gave you a heads-up last week about the semi-annual sample sale at Petunia Pickle Bottom. The sale started yesterday and runs through April 28th.

Visit their outlet to grab up samples, certified seconds and discontinued classics. These would make the perfect Mother's Day gift!

Profits from the sale go to the Leukemia Foundation and other select charities.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Sigg Water Bottle: A Stylin' Option to Disposable Water Bottles

SIGG Bottles have taken the concept of a water bottle to a whole new level. Your water bottle no longer has to just to be a utilitarian piece to carry water, it can make a fashion statement.

A fantastic alternative to the plastic bottles you pick up and toss from the store. The Sigg bottles are all BPA-free and tested to be 100% safe with no leaching. Their durable, leak-proof design is perfect for toting along water and juice for summer day trips. They have collections for both kids and adults so you can pick out bottles that capture the style of each member of your family.

They are a little spendy $15.99 - $21.99 per bottle, but think about how much you spend each month on the disposable bottles from the convenience store.

Sigg bottles have a following of celebrity mom fans with Madonna and Cindy Crawford singing their praises.

Bloom Otto Table: Space Saving Style

I'm loving the new Otto table and chair set by Bloom. The space saving style and modern design make it the perfect table for contemporary homes. The chairs seamlessly nest into the table to hit the art supply trays hidden in the base of the table.

The set is available in four color schemes options: mocha, mocha/orange, natural, and natural/orange.

The table is constructed from what they call "patented formed-Stylewood" -- I'm pretty sure that means a wood-like looking surface with something not quite quality wood-like inside.

Available online at for $450 for the set.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Serena and Lily: Market Slings in Time For Summer

Serena & Lily is known for their nursery bedding. Now the company has decided to expand its offerings with a new line of signature slings. The market slings are detailed with beautiful hand-embroidery on 100% organic cotton with a super-soft brushed interior that is extra gentle against baby’s delicate skin.

They have gone with the simplified pouch design - no complicated buckles, belts, or straps. The result is a sling that is sleek and easy to wear.

Available in three color options - cloud/petal (pictured), grass/marigold, and flax/sky blue.
The slings will be available in June in limited initial quantities. Visit their website to pre-order one today.

Orbit's Earth Friendly Bassinet Cradle Green Edition

Orbit is known for its collection of modern designed infant car seat, stroller and base that transition seamlessly from car to stroller and back home. They have also worked very diligently to earn a reputation as an environmentally conscious company.

The company recently introduced the Green Edition of its bassinet/cradle. The limited edition piece is made from 100% organic cotton with a natural wool interior. The design is constructed with a PVC and phthalate free base.

Pick up one today at Orbit Baby

Cubino Chair and Loveseat for Small Lounging

The biggest challenge of modern parents is finding child friendly furniture that doesn't make us want to stash it in the closet before guest arrive (oh and the whole keeping the kids alive, fed, educated, blah, blah, blah).

Monte Nursery Furniture has designed the perfect kid-sized chair that will make parents pround to have in their living room.

The cubino is touted as "a kid's chair you won't need to hide when guests arrive" and it lives up to that challenge. Constructed out of thick and durable foam covered with a soft polyester canvas in modern two-tone colors. When its time to freshen it up a bit the cover is completely removable for a toss into the washing machine.

The perfect spot for little bodies (ages 18 months - 7 years) to lounge for movie night, settle in to read some good Dr. Seuss, or even for a little "time out" time.

The Cubino Chair is available from Monte Design for $99.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Slick Sugar: Rockin' the Preschool and Toddler Crowd

Some kids are just made to rock! Slick Sugar has designed a collection of super cool rockin' tees for kids with music in their soul.

The vintage inspired tees are full of rock 'n roll iconography -- guitars, drums, and more - on tees, dresses and hoodies. Whether it's their "Rock Our World Tee" or the "Peace, Love Rock Bands Set" you'll find something cool for the rocker in your life. The collection is available for sizes newborn - 4T.

Above Photo: SlickSugar's Peace Love and Rock Bands Tee partnered with a Kaiya Eve petticoat as featured on the Martha Stewart Show last week -- Photo by Danielle Fox Photography

SlickSugar was founded by two busy mompreneurs who wanted to create a the line that would inspire kids to embrace the love of music or as they write on their website to "pick up an instrument, sing in the car or dance down the stairs." The two give back a portion of every order received to Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation which supports music education through the donation of new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved school and community music programs and individual students nationwide.

Of course, clothes this cool are going to have a list of celebrity fans. The tees have been given to the famous tots of: Michelle Williams, Brooke Shields, Denise Richards, Melissa Joan Hart, Debra Messing, Heidi Klum, Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwen Stefani, Katie Holmes, Courteney Cox, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner, Sheryl Crow, and Angelina Jolie.

SlickSugar was recently onhand at the Baby Celebration LA event where Dawson's Creek actress Busy Phillips happily showed off their Cassette Tape Set.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Introduces Sojourn Slings

Petunia Pickle Bottom is known for their line of stylish, A-list quality diaper bags. Now the company has introduced a brand new line of baby slings to help modern moms stay stylish while toting their tots.

The new Soujourn Slings are in a traditional pouch sling design for extra comfort for both mom and baby. Mom just slips the sling over their heads and are ready for baby. There are no straps of excess fabric to adjust. The result is a comfortable, stylish, earth-friendly option to bring baby-wearing to a new level.

Each sling is constructed out 100% stretch cotton in a selection of four styles - India Ink, Corsican Blue, Sparrows on the Seine, and Morning in Mumbai.

Plus if you are a mom who likes to coordinate your accessories. The slings each have bags in matching fabric in the Boxy Backpack, Touring Tote, and Cross Town Clutch styles.

Baby Greens: Symbolizing the Cycle of Nature

Bright, bold, and eco-conscious. That about sums up the adorable onesies and tees from Baby Greens Organic Clothing.

The designs are inspired by cultural representations of nature showing the direct connection between kids and the environment. Every piece of clothing from Baby Greens are hand-printed with water-based inks on 100% Organic Cotton.

Their "World" Collection has four Japanese-inspired designs - Nami (Wave), Kaze San (Wind-Sun), Koru (the unfolding fern symbolizing growth) and Surya (Sun).

Tees and onesies available at Baby Greens from 3 to 24 months and priced $18 - $24.

Triciclino - Tricking Out the Modern Tricycle

Who says your toddler's tricycle has to be borning? We're loving the new Triciclino who combines the convention tricycle design with funky modern colors and details.

The Triciclino features a mocha-stained wood body with red and white plastic and metal accents. Its simple and ergonomically correct design is perfect for little legs.

Available for $150 from Sparkability.

Foogo: Keeping Kids Lunches Cool for Summer Fun

Ahhh... the days of summer are coming. Playtime at the park, swimming at the pool, lukewarm picnic lunches. Thermos has introduced their Foogo line to help keep kids lunches cool and unspoiled during summer funtimes.

The collection includes a sleek 7 oz. sippy cup, a 12 oz. straw bottle, and a 10 oz. food jar all made of vacuum-insulated stainess steel. The containers are designed to keep food and drinks cool for up to 6 hours.

Foogo comes in two color combinations: blue and yellow or pink and purple. All of the pieces are top-rack dishwasher safe (although they do recommend hand washing for best results).

Friday, April 18, 2008

Patagonia's - Ecofriendly Recycled / Recyclable Onesies

With Earth Day quickly approaching, we're seeing lots of new products for eco-friendly companies. We're loving the Baby Capilene Onesies from eco-pioneer Patagonia. These onesies are constructed from 100% recycled-polyester mix of recycled soda bottles and fabric scraps. The result is their revolutionary Capilene 1 fabric is designed to feel silky against baby's sensitive skin while wicking moisture away from their soft folds and crevices.

An added bonus is the inclusion of Patagonia's environmentally friendly Gladiodor odor control which uses amino-acid chains to kill odor-causing bacteria.

Available in two color options - Sailboat Blue or Powder Pink. Available for $32 from Patagonia.

Another bonus - when you are done using the onesie, you can mail it back to the company as part of their Common Threads recycling program.

Calling All Aspiring Baby Food Chefs

Back in the days when I had my first son, my friends and family thought I was crazy when I decided I would make my own baby food. Now a mere eight years later, the idea of making your food is becoming more mainstream and there are a variety of gadgets to make the job a little easier.

Williams-Sonoma added the Beaba Babycook, a French import, to their offerings. The compact countertop appliance multitasks as a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster to help prepare fresh, healthy meals for baby. You still have to do the prep work in picking, washing, and peeling the raw materials but it does take some of the grunt work out of making your own fresh baby foods.

Available for $139.95 at at Williams-Sonoma.

Fresh Summer Styles from Boden

Summer has arrived at one of our favorite retailers. Full of bright colors and flowy designs, the collection from Mini Boden. We're especially loving the 50's inspired dresses and skirts for girls.

As a special bonus, for a limited time only you can receive 10% off the entire sumer collection plus free shipping.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Nano by Bloom - Understated Design for Mod Dining

Sometimes it takes something so basic to truly capture today's modern lifestyle needs. The Nano Highchair by Bloom is a prime example of basic winning over bells-and-whistles.

The streamlined design of this European-designed highchair allows it to take up much less room than its competotors. And if you are space-challenged, it can fold flat for easy storage between meals.

It sleek, simple design allows it to fit beautifully into just about any home and the easy-care micro-leather comes in a selection of fresh, contemporary colors.

Priced at only $180 the Nano Highchair by Bloom Baby is a perfect option for modern dining needs.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Petunia Pickle Bottom Sample Sale Is Coming

It's time for the semi-annual sample sale at Petunia Pickle Bottom. Twice a year the diaper bag favorite of moms everywhere offers their diaper bag samples, certified seconds and discontinued classics. This season's sale takes place on April 22nd - April 28th.

Right now you can pre-register online at their outlet site to speed up checkout and ensure you snatch up one of these classically designed bags.

Profits from the sale go to the Leukemia Foundation and other select charities.

Celebrate Earth Day with Isabooties

Isabooties is celebrating Earth Day with some Eco-Friendly savings on their fabulous footwear. Isabooties are known for their soft soled shoes with some funky fun thrown in for extra style.

Every pair of shoes is 100% animal free, 100% formaldehyde free, and made in the USA. Their soft-soled style allows you to keep them crisp and clean with a toss into the laundry machine.

Use coupon code "happyearth08" at checkout and recieve 15% off all purchases through April 22nd.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Scout by PPB: A Baby Bag for Modern Dads

Today's dads break the mold and so should the diaper bag they carry. The Scout Journey Pack by Petunia Pickle Bottom lets dads carry the bag and feel good doing it.

The boxy bag is created out of durable felt in a traditional messenger bag style. Its two exterior bottle pockets easily snap off to convert to a non-baby bag. Available in heathered grey or heathered olive green felt for easy cleanup.

Scout by PPB is popular with the new crop of celebrity dads with both Gabriel Aubrey and Marc Anthony as fans.

Scout bags are available online here.

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Friday, April 4, 2008

babyGap Introduces New Nursery Designs

babyGap has long been a staple in my kids wardrobes. Now the company has introduced a brand new line of nursery bedding and baby gear. The collection includes a selection of bedding, strollers, car seats, toys, and more.

View the entire collection here.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Celeb Style Find: Landon Barker's Custom Jeans

Travis Barker hit the red carpet at the Kids' Choice Awards with step-daughter Atiana, 9, and Landon, 4.

Landon wears stylin' pair of custom jeans from Ashley V. Vintage Threads. Each pair of these one of a kind jeans are custom painted with some rock-n-roll flair.

Of course all this style does not come cheap, jeans are $110 for 6 month - 18 month pairs and $130 for 24 month - 6T sizes.

Time to Stock Up on Crocs for Summer

Summertime is on its way and its time to start thinking about summertime footwear. The celebrity tot favorite summer footwear has to be the ever popular crocs.

Seen on playgrounds across Hollywood on such pampered celebrity tots as Violet Affleck, Matilda Ledger, James Broderick and Ryder Robinson.

Duck Duck Goose is offering a 10% off discount for our readers on all Croc purchases for women, men, and children. Just enter the coupon code "Crocs08" at checkout to take take advantage of this great deal.

(Photo of Jennifer Garner out with Violet in one of her many colorful pairs of Crocs last summer.)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Oeuf Introduces Sparrow Crib in Birch

Now you can minimize your child's carbon footprint starting out with their crib.

Oeuf NYC has long been known for their clean, contemporary designs. Now they are expanding their line to include the eco-friendly sparrow crib in birch for modern nurseries.

The crib is constructed of birch wood from a sustainable birch forest in Latvia and is constructed under strict environmental guidelines. Full of all the features and quality that we've come to expect from Oeuf.