Archive for April, 2009


What better way to spend some quality time with your little (or big) one?

Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores. *Check with your local shop for their participation and rules.

For more information visit www.freecomicbookday.com & find a shop near you!


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Rainy Day Recipe

Yesterday, I made these Samoas Cookie Bars with the ‘help’ of V. They were so amazing! Please stop by The Crepes of Wrath & browse all the yummy goodness.

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Before Violet was even born I was coveting Little Pea mainly because I am such a fan of illustrations by Jen Corace. Last Christmas, we finally got a copy and it has been one of V’s favorite stories ever since. Written by Chicago-based author Amy Krouse Rosenthal Little Pea is a sweet story about a pea who doesn’t want to eat his candy for dinner, he only wants his dessert vegetables. This book, paired with Little Hoot, a story about an owl who doesn’t want to stay up late like all of the other owls is great when you’re in the reverse-psychology-is-the-only-thing-that-works part of toddler-dom. Little Hoot is a must-have at bedtime (“See? Little Hoot is in his bed, sleeping”!) and an all around cute story. Plus, like I said, the illustrations are incredible.

Little Hoot, Little Pea (and now Little Oink!) can be purchased at your local bookstore or through Chronicle Books for 12.99 ea.

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DMFD Cub Chair


Cork. It’s sustainable, hypoallergenic and waterproof. So of course it would make the ideal children’s chair.

The Cub chair is handmade in Brooklyn by furniture designer Daniel Michalik (who also happens to be one heck of a guy). All of his pieces are made top to bottom from cast cork granules. Reclaiming waste from the bottle stopper industry, Daniel also uses an ecologically sound binding agent. To learn more about Daniel & his amazing furniture go here.

My daughter Violet loves her cub chair. The texture alone keeps her occupied forever and it’s nice and heavy so I don’t have to worry too much about her flipping it over (and/or throwing it across the room). While being heavy, the general nature of cork is pretty cushy so I know she won’t sustain any injuries from it, which is also a nice relief! Even after all the spills and general toddler abuse, it still looks really nice. I love knowing that this chair was handmade, by an actual person and that it’s so ecologically sound. The cub chair will run you about 230.00 but consider it as buying a really nice piece of sculpture for your home. Please visit www.danielmichalik.com for more information.

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Most moms I know are constantly in search of the perfect diaper bag. gr8x is certainly onto something with their new messenger style diaper bag.

The thing I love most in a diaper bag is stroller attachments. There’s nothing more annoying than having your bag sliding down the back of your stroller. This bag covers that very well as it’s outfitted with detachable stroller clips. It’s also lined with nylon, which is a huge plus as I always find myself wiping up various juices and crumbs out of my current bag.

It’s very roomy & has many zippered pockets, standard & mesh, which is a nice feature. I like being able to see things immediately but still have them organized. There’s also an insulated pocket for bottles, which is excellent! I love the shape & the texture, it’s not too “Hey, I’m a diaper bag”! and the camo design is a nice unisex print so I don’t feel bad making my husband tote it around.

gr8x bags are designed in Australia with a focus on innovation, function & quality. I say they pretty much hit the nail on the head with this one. Take a look at the bags & other great products offered by gr8x at http://www.gr8x.net

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I am a stickler for buying eco-friendly cups, bowls, etc. for my daughter. When Think Baby came out with their feeding set, I was beyond thrilled. The 6 piece set is free of BPA, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, melamine & PVC. So you can have total peace of mind while serving up or storing your baby’s favorite food!

My daughter was extremely pleased with the orange color and seemed to love having her own ‘set’ of things at the table. We’ve starting using these for school lunches too, as the bowls & bento come with lids. I am so impressed with how versatile this set is, & you can start using it at almost any age. I think we will definitely be owing a couple of these.

Think baby also makes baby bottle & sippy cups as well as sport bottles for grown-ups. Think Baby was founded by Kevin Brodwick to address the growing concern for safer products. After working with a laboratory funded by the National Institute of Health (specifically focused on testing products for estrogenic activity – largest type of endocrine disruptor), Mr. Brodwick became aware of extent to which harmful chemicals were present in everyday products. After unsuccessfully convincing several large companies to alter formulation, Mr. Brodwick took it upon himself to create an alternative line of consumer products.

A portion of all purchases of Think Baby products benefit the nonprofit organization, Healthy Child Healthy World, and the packaging is made from recycled paper. A great green company in my opinion. Please go to http://www.thinkbabybottles.com & check them out.

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