Monday, July 30, 2007
Baggu bags are designed to encourage shoppers to bring their own tote bags with them to the green market, grocery, drugstore, even their favorite little boutique. Designed by a mother/daughter team, each Baggu can hold up to 25 pounds, and is made to be practical for both city dwellers and suburban shoppers alike. Using for one year can keep as many as 300 - 700 plastic grocery bags out of the landfill. That's reason enough to grab a Baggu and keep it on hand. But we think the style will keep you coming back for more.
The Paramount picture, Stardust, is due to arrive in theatres beginning August 10th. However, you don't have to wait that long to give yourself the sultry looks of Stardust's Michelle Pfeiffer, Sienna Miller and Claire Danes. The e.l.f. and Paramount Stardust Movie Gift Set is available now from e.l.f. and includes 5 great products and lets you create starry eyes in under five minutes. So go ahead, give yourself a starry look inspired by some of cinema's lovliest ladies. At just five bucks, it's a bargain.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Yes, we're smack dab in the throes of summer, and our east coast weather is pretty sweltering this time of year. Oh, what I wouldn't give to have a few frosty flakes fall from the sky to cool things down a bit. I may just have to settle for frosty refreshment in a bottle called Snow. Snow is a sparkling alternative to sweet tea that will quench your thirst without expanding your waistline. Sweetened lightly with real cane sugar, Snow will pick you up without any caffeine. Available in such cooling flavors as Cranberry-Lime Chill, Snow Whiteout Peach, Icy Green Tea and Original Mint, Snow will help put a chill on your summer and keep you cool. Available at Target for $1.79/bottle or $22.99/12 bottles.
Friday, July 27, 2007
At Coochicoos: A new baby girl arrives!
On Momfinds: Practical finds every new mom needs for her baby and herself in their Baby Essentials Guide for New Moms.
On HealthyBump: No more smelly diapers! Diaper Baggies are a must have for all new Moms.
On Coochicoos: The Bloom Highchair is a European design folding highchair with flair.
On Clever Parents: School Is Coming! Ease Those August School Jitters with Family Fun!
On Boston Mamas: The Gigi Blanki is so luxurious and pretty that mamas will want to curl up and take comfort in this lovely lovey on a tough day.
On Babyfaces: Photo of the week. Sea Green Eyes Glisten for "Squishy".
I'm off to hit the beach with my daughter! We're enjoying a long weekend at the beach with friends. Hope you have a wonderful weekend too!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Spendalla is a website dedicated to helping women stay on top of the latest fashion trends. Sign up for her "Fashionista Weekly" to get her current fashion tips, hot off the runway or fresh from the magazines. For $20, Spendalla will put together a whole ensemble for you, complete with weblinks so you can buy everything on line (but she does all the searching!). And while Spendalla loves high fashion, she doesn't like high prices. So armed with all her fashion know-how, she seeks out the best choices for you without spending a fortune.
Updating your current wardrobe each season is also a specialty of Spendella. She'll work with you to find key pieces that will give your closet more mileage. So whether it's a hot new ensemble that you need, or just help putting together outfits for everyday, Spendella's your go-to girl. Give her a shot and see how she can help you!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Babies grow so fast, and when they have a growth spurt it can be hard to get a lot of wear from favorite outfits before they become too small. The concept behind Happy Panda Baby is to help dress bigger babies, and to still fit even after being washed. Happy Panda Baby tees and onesies are made to accomodate larger sizes and their high-quality baby wear is crafted using environmentally friendly fabrics and printing methods. Plus, their things are just plain cute. With a panda printed on the tushie of each onesie, and a sweet little pillow box wrapping, these make great gifts for the big babies in your life!
Now through August 31st, get free shipping plus gift wrap on orders of $25 or more. Use code OCM0831 at checkout.
Friday, July 20, 2007
On Celebrity Moms: My name Is Earl actress Jaime Pressly has gone against the grain and admitted that she did not enjoy being pregnant.
On Classy Mommy Reviews the MediBag: First Aid Kit for Kids
This first aid kit for kids is fabulous, fun, and a Classy Mommy favorite find. The company is mom owned and EVERY purchase made helps disabled people as all MediBags are assembled by the disabled community. Check out the latest Classy Mommy Video Review here.
On Clever Parents: Play BabySmarts at Your Next Baby Shower. Planning a baby shower and hoping to steer clear of cheesy games? Pick up a deck of BabySmarts for a fun new twist on old baby shower games.
On Healthy Bump: Bouquets for Babies Giveaway. Enter to win the Welcome Baby Layette Bouquet, a Beautiful Customized Bouquet of Flowers for Mom and Newborn Clothing for Baby.
On MomFinds: Guide to Throwing a Fabulous Baby Shower. Baby shower invitations, decorations, party favors and tips on how to pull it all together.
On The Stylish Child: Fun and Funky Footwear Designed to be Worn. Livie and Luca has created a fun and funky line of European inspired kids footwear designed to be worn.
On mod*mom: notNeutral Giveaway. Win a notNeutral area rug or toybox ($250 value).
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Target really has been spot-on this time with the current iteration of their popular GO International collaborations with top-name designers. This installment features a line from Libertine that is full of arty-punk looks with preppy overtones, yet still sophisticated for a very wearable line. This fabulous jacket was a find I treated myself to the other day. As a former dressmaker, I was attracted to the six-button closure and the detailing at the cuffs. But the cropped length and the fact that it was a great fit (a challenge for me at times, with very broad shoulders and a still-in-the-throes-of-nursing bustline) were a no-brainer. This will be nice to wear on cool summer evenings, if we ever get any, but I really got it as a transitional piece to go into fall. This will be great with some wide-legged jeans, a cute tank and my sexy red boots! And at only $39.99, it was a splurge that didn't eat into our budget too much. Get it while it's hot!
Do you remember Schoolhouse Rock from your childhood? I sure do! I remember enjoying these cute little informative videos disguised as cartoons with great music and a catchy feel. Last night my daughter and I sat and watched several of these and she was fascinated! It's nice to see something that was popular 30-some years ago still has appeal with the kiddos today!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
During her fall 2007 shows, designer Diane von Furstenberg sent her models down the runway wearing a lovely shade of lipstick - a vibrant fuschia tone called "Beet". This is a great color that works well on many different colorations. There are many variations on beet, and surely one will look lovely on you! To get this look yourself, try a pretty shade from
Stila in Dominique for a daytime punch of color. For a more dramatic evening look, slick on Trans Siberian from NARS. For a sheer blast of color that's great when running around with the kiddos, try Lip Gel from DVF in Love Knot or Ruby. It's a fast and easy way to slick on a wash of radiant color.
Remember, when wearing dark shades of lipstick, choose one that's packed with moisture to avoid cracking and feathering. Also, prior to applying anything, buff your lips with a dry washcloth to slough off dead skin and make lips a little fuller. Apply a lip pencil for definition and fill in with your favorite lipstick using a lipbrush for a precise look. Darker shades are harder to put on perfectly straight from the tube, as mistakes are much more noticeable. If you must, choose a sheer shade that stains your lips rather than a matte cream lipstick.
Whatever your shade, beet-stained lips are all the rage this fall, and they'll give your face a happy lift.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
This fall, arts and crafts are the trend du jour. Not projects for the kids, mind you, but for your wardrobe. Many designers are adding a touch of patchwork, handknit trim or crochet to their lines to create a homespun feel.
A cute Patchwork Cap puts your hair under cover when you haven't had time to wash it, and keeps you looking chic.
This cute crocheted clutch will surely add a homesupun touch to your outfit, and it's fashioned out of grocery bags, so it's helping the planet too.
For a sophisticated approach to down home elegance, try a bag from Coach. From their weekenders to their wristlets, there's a shape that works for you.
Adding a little bit of arts and crafts style to your wardrobe can be as easy as incorporating one of these pieces, or adding crocheted scarf, flower pin or headband, or going full out for a lovely patchwork jacket. This look is everywhere, and may be found at a local craft fair or at your favorite high-end boutique. Whatever your style, there's a little homespun touch just right for you.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Let's face it: being pregnant is the most amazing thing our bodies will experience. Yet for all the bliss that comes with the onset of motherhood, homones create a roller coaster out of our emotions, not to mention wreak havoc on our bodies. Everything changes - our hair, our skin, our waistline. Skye offers some fabulous suggestions for making the most of those changes, and for dealing with the ones we just can't control. She helps us navigate the world of maternity lingerie with finesse, and gives us advice on how to look great through all nine months and on into motherhood.
While not all of us strive to be rock star moms, Skye offers up some great information that can help us to keep our sense of style during pregnancy, and to ease gracefully into motherhood. A great baby shower gift!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
All of Earthwise Beauty's products are made with naturally based ingredients such as herbs, flowers and natural butters. There are products for adults as well as for babies that treat the skin and the environment gently. Products such as Safe & Calm Baby Oil are wonderful for soothing babies with eczema or sensitive skin, without any yucky petroleum-derived ingredients. With sweet almond oil and healing chamomile, its natural goodness is perfect for baby's soft skin.
Free Shipping on orders of $60 or more.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Here's what's going on around the blogs this week.
On Boston Mamas: Build a fort (or spaceship, tunnel etc.) anywhere and inspire countless hours of creative play with The Happy Kid Co.'s amazing
On Classy Mommy: Video Review of Kid O Mine Art Smock. Check out Mackenzie fingerpainting for the first time in her adorable by Kid O Mine sold at Momtique. handmade Art Smock.
On MomFinds: Win a Cute and Clever Boon Frog Pod. We’re giving away two of these jolly green helpers. Just leave a handy bathtime tip for a chance to win.
On Clever Parents: Don't Take that tone with me! Q. I’m struggling a bit with my 5-year-old speaking in a way that pushes my buttons. It’s that sassy, sing-songy with a strongly grumpy undertone way of speaking. Think “hands on hips.”
Thursday, July 12, 2007
When we first got our Svan High Chair a few days ago, I was immediately smitten. It is a compact, versatile chair with a sleek and modern style.
The Svan, at first glance, looks like it might be a little tricky to figure out. Not the case at all. With just one use we found it to be easy to get Dylan in and out of. The tray simply pops into place or pops off, and there's even a place to clip the tray onto the back of the chair. To top off all this functionality, the chair can be used from 6 months on through several years. The Svan morphs from a high-chair with tray, into a high-chair without tray that can be pulled up to the dining table (the fact that it's shorter than most high-chairs makes it the perfect height to do this), then when your child is a little older, you can take the front support off so that it converts into a youth seat (with or or without lap belt). With the Svan, you get so much more than just a baby high-chair: you get a versatile chair that looks great at your table.
The Svan comes in five wooden finishes ranging from a whitewashed birch to a dark cherry to an espresso, so there's a shade to fit all decors. The washable seat cushion comes in several lovely colors. We chose the Svan in whitewash and a sage cushion to compliment our decor.
Babble just named the Svan one of their top five best high-chairs, and many moms swear by this Scandi-designed chair. If you're in the market for a new high-chair, try a Svan. It'll bring grace to your table.
The Svan is distributed by Scandinavian Child and available from Amazon.com.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Neds were created by Susie Lubell and come in the form of note cards, greeting cards, journals, art prints, and original art. The prints create a whimsical look when hung in a baby's room, and with their bold, colorful lines, Neds are artwork that your kids won't grow out of. They're great for kids of all ages (including those who are still kids at heart)!
Cute as can be, we think the Neds are just right. Perfect for all occasions, they're bound to brighten up someone's day and make them smile.
Use code:onechicmama for 15% off all Neds (except originals).
Sunday, July 08, 2007
The Gigi Blanki Co. knows a thing or two about babies. Started by the mother of two lovely girls, Heather wanted a stylish alternative to the department store blankets out there, and she also wanted something small that her girls could take with them for comfort. So she created these sweet loveys that are the perfect size for babies.
Gigi Blankis are made from a lovely soft, puckery fabric backed with a silky satin that is gentle to the touch. My son, Dylan, just loves his. I love it too, because it's such a great size. I've used it several times as a mini nursing blanket, as well as a lovey. And we've gotten a ton of compliments on it. Even the guys seem to notice the cool fabrics. I think they're on to something here!
Friday, July 06, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Sheba's Secrets has created a Kid-Friendly First Aid Kit for Kids that's got everything we need and then some. Their medibag first aid kit is recommended by doctors and was created by a mom. Made right here in the US, each bag gives back to people in need. This clever bag is "not your ordinary box of bandages". It contains things such as eye wash, an instant cold pack, crayon bandages, gauze, even tweezers for those pesky splinters.
The medibag is a great kit to keep at home, in your car and especially to take with you when traveling. All prodcuts are hypo-allergenic and recommended for kids 6 months and older (with the help of a parent). Kids can personalize the front of it with their own name. At only $19.99, this bag is a steal (it contains $80 worth of products, and has a mail-in offer for $45 worth of refills - WOW!) These kits are great to have on hand, but why not get one for birthday gifts too? It's never too early to start teaching kids the importance of First Aid! Available now through Shebas Secrets.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
As many of you probably are, we're at the beach enjoying a relaxing week over the July Fourth holiday. We'll plan to have a nice dinner and then go to the beach to see an amazing fireworks display. As you and your family plan your own celebration, please keep safety in mind. Sparklers, those fun sticks of sparks that we all loved as kids, and love to see our kids enjoy, can be the source for many an injury. I recently found out that they can reach upwards of 1000 degrees (yes, that's 3 zeros) at the tip and can burn little fingers very quickly. So keep your kids safe this year by foregoing the sparklers, or by sticking them into a flower pot filled with sand. They'll still be fun, but will be much less of a risk.
We all know the benefits of exercise. Yet once you become a mom, that can fall to the bottom of your priority list. Why let it? It's more important than ever for you to get exercise, not only for your physical health but your mental health. Plus, if you're a new stay-at-home mom, you know the importance of getting out and interacting with some other adults during the day (especially those who also have small children and can relate to you).
Healthy Moms Fitness offers great solutions to keep you fit, both before and after pregnancy. They offer such classes for moms that include the baby, so you don't have to worry about finding a sitter or dropping them in daycare. It's a great way to get or stay in shape, and to help strengthen your back, which becomes so important once you become pregnant and on into hauling around a baby. Plus, you get to meet other moms. So get out and get moving. You and your baby will both benefit.