My three-year-old has taken a liking to jewelry, and in my quest to find something that isn't total crap, I decided that these glass millefiori (thousand flowers) bracelets from the Smithsonian Store might be an option. They are pretty and not plastic, but I wonder how childproof they are.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I had the hardest time trying to find toy storage that wasn't toxic and plastic and yucky. And now, years later, here comes this eco-friendly, formaldehyde-free wood storage cabinet made by ecotots. It is beautiful, modern, and made in the USA. It is pricey at $400, but think about the real cost of the cheap stuff you buy. Who is getting cheated to make it more affordable for you? There is a good entry on the blog for this store, KidBean, that explains the perils of buying stuff made in China. I was also interested to read the list of reasons the earth-friendly, labor-friendly, animal-friendly (vegan) store doesn't carry certain popular products. It is good to know that someone is doing all the heavy research for the rest of us who are trying to make good choices for our families and the planet.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Lifekind also has a toddler pillow stuffed with organic cotton. My baby just figured out what she's been missing not having a pillow for the first three years of her life, and yet her neck looks really craned when she steals my pillow. These natural pillows (we don't need no stinkin' fire retardant) measure 12 x 16 inches and come with your choice of embroidered, appliqued, or gingham pillow case.
I iron just about nothing--except my sweet girl's dresses. So it doesn't make sense that my ironing board is full of chemicals: stain retardants, fire retardants, water proofing, and foam gasses. I was happy to find an organic cotton and (naturally fire retardant) wool ironing board cover at Lifekind. At $89, it is pricey, but I think worth it. Toxic chemicals, be gone!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Yeah, that's right, winter is coming! And as long as these cute cotton cable knit baby hat and booties are on sale for a mere $7.99 at Land's End, you might as well stock up on any future baby gifts. They also have matching cable knit pants and dresses and cardigans. They always have great deals in their clearance section, and if it doesn't fit, you can return items to any Sears.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Ouch! This is so darling it hurts! I can't even remember the last time I used the word darling. Etsy seller julyhobby sells PDF patterns that come by email so you can make your own felt toy food. In addition to adorable fruit and vegetables, there is this strawberry cake set that would make any girl swoon, and at $4.99, it is practically free. (via Ohdeedoh)
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Speaking of rainbows, how fantastic is this fabric color spectrum? At Spoonflower, you can upload your own designs and they'll print it on fabric for just $18 a yard. If you aren't that handy with graphics software, Rachel at Mamma Made has a great tutorial on how to prepare files for printing on Spoonflower. Here is her daughter playing with the color swatch Rachel uploaded and printed so that she could compare colors on her monitor with how they'll actually look on the fabric. Have a look at this Flickr pool to see the designs other people are creating. You can do it too!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Now here's a perfect coat for baby! The Jersey Duffle coat from Boden is all cotton inside and out, with a nice cuddly hood for conking out in the car seat, no scratchy zippers, and of course machine washable. It is $38. Should I get one in case I have a future baby? I might. Because it is so cute. Or my new plan in case of cute baby clothes emergencies is to get a tiny size and use it on teddy bears around here. I mean on my existing child's teddy bears. I'm not a crazy lady who pretends bears are her children. Kind of.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Come crown my brow with leaves of myrtle,
I know the tortoise is a turtle,
Come carve my name in stone immortal,
I know the turtoise is a tortle.
I know to my profound despair,
I bet on one to beat a hare,
I also know I'm now a pauper,
Because of its tortley, turtley, torper.