Stories for: Mom & Kids

Eco & Organic, Mom & KidsSkylar Luna Sleepwear

anchorsPajamas by definition should be fun, and I love thinking outside the box with colors and designs. On rainy days (or even lazy sunny ones), we play inside all day in our PJ’s staying warm and cozy whether sculpting with playdoh or building skyscrapers. Skylar Luna makes the softest eco-friendly pajamas in bright designs ranging from bright California pinks to my favorite, an anchors-away nautical theme for imagining exotic voyages by sea. Made from 100% organic cotton, the stylish sleepwear is designed to be the ultimate in comfort for small bodies to move around while staying safe. I’ve been spoiled with the quality of the pajamas, as the cotton weave holds up over repeated washes, but remains soft and breathable. The fit is just right, not too tight or irritating like other brands can be, which is so important for a solid night’s sleep!

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Mom & KidsZen Swaddle

swaddleThe Zen Swaddle

By Nested Bean, $39.99

I’m still smiling from Mother’s Day memories, it’s always a sweet time of year to relish the special relationship that can never be replicated. As I think back to the exciting time when I first became a mom, I  remember rushes of love and discovery punctuated by extreme fatigue. Nested Bean is making that time a little more restful with the Zen Swaddle, a perfect gift for a new mom. The cute velcro-secured wrap makes swaddling simple and effective with its patent-pending weighted patch which rests on baby’s chest to reassure the little one that mom is closeby (while she catches up on some rest!). The high-quality construction and design of the swaddle can last through multiple siblings, and the adorable designs are contemporary and irresistible. I love that the swaddle is 2 sizes in 1, with a smaller pouch to keep baby’s feet secure for the first few weeks, then accommodates up to 29″ in length with an arms-out option.

Mom & Kids, New YorkBonpoint Sample Sale

mail braderie USA E14-HDOne of my favorite sample sales of the year, Bonpoint’s beautiful French clothes are available at equally beautiful prices. Don’t forget to leave your stroller at home, you’ll need your hands free and ready to scoop up the deals!

Eco & Organic, Mom & KidsLunch it up a Notch!

PlanetBox_Rover_cropped_sandwichHappy Earth Day! Each year, I love poring over the new innovations both big and small that share the common goal of bettering our planet. One company getting some well-deserved attention is PlanetBox, which creates plastic-free compartmentalized lunch boxes made of high-quality stainless steel. For my little foodie-in-training, variety is paramount, and the Rover box allows for it in kid-sized portions while encouraging me to be creative with presentation. There are five compartments of different sizes, and two spill-proof containers that fit easily inside for salad dressing or yogurt. The box is a cinch to clean with no deep corners or complicated closures and is dishwasher-friendly, a major plus for this mom. The stainless steel is durable and a simple lock snaps it shut to tuck right into its canvas bag. The carry case adds extra dimensions- the two outside compartments allow for a granola bar and a drink, and inside the mesh pocket can handle any utensils needed, plus a napkin (cloth, of course!). A handy strap allows for a quick exit, just throw it over your shoulder. READ MORE

Gift Guides, Mom & KidsMagnolia the Bunny – Limited Edition

Magnolia Easter-2I almost melted into a puddle when I first laid eyes on Magnolia the Bunny, dressed in her Easter best! Magnolia is the latest limited-edition member of the Walnut Animal Society family, whose gifted creator Lauren Bradshaw takes the art of stuffed animals to a whole new level. Each animal is handmade of the highest-quality materials (to stand up to years of hugs!) and no two are exactly alike. Darling Magnolia is perfect for kids but even I felt a tug at my heart as she brought back so many whimsical memories of childhood imaginary friends.

My two-year-old actually let out a squeal when she first saw Magnolia, as even she could appreciate the rabbit’s charming cuteness (plus bunnies are her favorite right now). Last night, I managed to put her to bed without her beloved bunny so I could snag myself some quality time to admire her. Standing at two feet tall, Magnolia feels substantial, well-built and is just the right size for little arms to hug. She is impeccably dressed in Liberty of London-cut garments, and this styling rabbit knows how to mix prints in the most chic and adorable way! I had to smile at the bunny-print lower on her dress which was designed by Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag.

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Bath & Body, Mom & KidsEarth Mama Angel Baby

angelI’ve never really thought of myself as an “Earth Mama” but today I stopped for a moment and realized that I do love to give my daughter lots of love through natural organic foods, clothes, creams, and even wipes! A great addition to our bathtimes has been Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, a certified-organic favorite among moms. It’s made by Earth Mama Angel Baby, a company dedicated to organic products for pregnancy and post-partum care through toddler stages. The light foaming wash has a beautiful orange scent from Vanilla and Sweet Orange essential oils which I wish would linger long past the bath! The soap is actually not a traditional soap, but made from castile, a natural germ fighter. This eases my mind as I’ve been hearing so much about antibacterial handwipes and the like making us and our children more prone to drug-resistant mutant germs. I’ve always been partial to foaming washes because they are so efficient for coverage and even distribution over hair and skin, and they’re easier to control especially when going near the eyes. The Angel Baby formula is made with soothing organic Calendula, which is perfect for winter skin and eczema-prone babies. There are no detergents, sulfates, preservatives, parabens, or dyes, and is also gluten-free. Because it has zero toxins, it’s safe for newborns, pregnant women, and moms.

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Gift Guides, Mom & KidsRousskine

rousskineJ’adore Rousskine, a delightful boutique I discovered recently whose owner Dominique pulls from her imagination to create handmade animals, scarves, and other cute friends. I introduced Arielle, a beautifully made super-stylish little fox to my daughter recently, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. I really appreciate the softness of that materials used, and details like a floral lining for the ears is so sweet. Arielle’s proportions make her cute and hip at the same time! I was so curious to get to know the creator of this chic collection, Dominique was kind enough to indulge some of my curiosities, all the way from Montreal.

Can you briefly describe your background? I studied fashion design but found my real passion when I studied textile design. I had the chance to work in a small handmade toy company one year later. So I still learn everyday, and get to do what I love full time.

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Bath & Body, Mom & KidsMustela Baby Moisture

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Way too often this winter, I suddenly notice that my baby’s super-voluminous cheeks are red and chapped from the mistral-like winds that have overtaken the city. As a semi-prepared mother, I frantically dig out any moisturizer I can find in the top pockets of the go-bag and smear it on. With that bit of context, you can understand my giddiness when I discovered that the beloved Mustela brand which I have trusted since day 1, has put out an ultra-rich cold cream formula which is safe and hypoallergenic for even newborns. The best part is, it comes either in a nifty pocket-sized Hydra-stick which even cold hands can pull out and apply directly to baby’s lips and cheeks, or a Cold Cream Nutri-protective tube which is compact enough to be tucked into a diaper bag. Happily, this formula carries its signature irresistible sweet scent, which makes me want to linger kisses even longer!

The Hydra-stick is safe enough to be used even on newborns to protect and comfort skin with nourishing natural cold cream, lipid-replenishing ceramides and softening and soothing shea butter. I tried it out on my hand first, and it glides on easily and I can actually feel the protective barrier as it seals in moisture and minimizes the effect of drying wind and cold. It’s so cute watching my almost 2-year old smearing the stick on her own cheeks to the point that I have to trade a toy with her to release her grip! The hypoallergenic formula puts me at ease as it’s been tested by dermatologists for pediatric use.

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Accessories, Mom & Kids7 A.M. Enfant

 

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Great design has always been an obsession of mine, and since having a little one, my eyes have been opened to a whole new world of fashion, function, and versatility for the younger set. 7 A.M. Enfant’s French designer, Rebecca Campora, understands what a stylish and practical parent needs by anticipating trends and infusing her cutting edge sensibility. When buying baby stuff, I’ve learned that half of it you really don’t need, and the other half (or more like a quarter), you use constantly and thank your lucky stars that it’s there for you when you need it. Our cold-weather accessories from 7 A.M. fall into the beyond-necessary category, and are geniously well-designed to be lightweight, adaptable, and useful. As we ran around ice-covered Manhattan this weekend, I noticed 7 A.M. accessories on so many toasty babies, and they certainly kept us going from museums to dessert dates!

The Cygnet is  a reversible plush blanket-cover which slips over any stroller, carseat, or carrier in a matter of seconds to keep precious cargo warm and toasty. It even pops out as a blanket wherever and whenever needed. It’s light as a feather and tucks into its own compact carry case so it’s on call when wind, rain (it’s water-repellant!), and chills come knocking. A thoughtfully placed drawstring locks heat in while adjusting to any size, fitting newborns up to four years. The fluffiness comes from faux-down filling for heat retention while being soft and light enough to keep babies warm safely. The shell is silky soft and will never irritate even on bare skin. I’m able to clip it to the stroller with two or four strong velcro hook and loop straps, which frees me from relying on expensive custom sleeping bags that can only be used on one stroller. Side zippers allow either baby or parent’s hands to go in and out to function or adjust without releasing heat. I love the reversible factor too, so the color can change with the mood of the day. If it takes a spill or two, there’s no stress as it is machine washable. The Cygnet is one of those genius inventions that I now can’t imagine life without!

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Food, Mom & Kids3 Treats That’ll Have You Cuddling Up for Valentine’s Day

 

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If there’s one thing I want to do this polar winter more than anything else, it is to cuddle! Not only is cuddling good for stealing a little body heat, but it warms the soul. It’s no wonder that Valentine’s Day falls right amidst the coldest season, when there’s nothing more appealing than finding someone special to get close to. The absolute must-have for cuddling up this winter is the Daydream blanket by aden + anais which is something of an actual dream come true for me.

Since the days when I only trusted aden + anais blankets to swaddle my newborn with, I have been secretly wishing I had my own version of this beautiful baby blanket. As soon as I found out that their ultra-soft signature cotton muslin weave is now available in a generous size at 60″ x 72″, I was counting the minutes until I could curl up and get warm under it. I’m not ashamed to say, it’s almost like an adult security blanket for me since it follows me around the house whether it’s sitting under it with my morning coffee (ok, that only happens on Saturdays), or after a long day of work as I plop on the couch. Some chilly nights it even finds its way to bed, thrown over the comforter for some extra warmth. The Daydream blanket actually contains four layers of muslin, not a bit of filler here! As soon as my skin touches an inch of the fabric, it just can’t get enough of it. I can attest to the amazing quality- not only does it somehow get softer with every wash, but holds up under multiple launderings and tumbles through the dryer.

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