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Good Deed Friday: Knit for Charity

Friday, November 21st, 2008

This good deed idea came about as a combination of factors:

1.)    It is COLD out.
2.)    Knitting is a wonderfully warm way to spend a night inside.
3.)    Finished products make great donations for tons of different charities (think warm blankets, little baby hats, holiday toys, the sky’s the limit).

Thus I found It’s an everything-you-need-to-know guide on knitting (including how to) and tons of organizations that need your handiwork. Site host, Nellie, even covers how busy people can knit in stolen moments. So has anyone been knitting for a charity? Let us know about it!

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Umbrellas for the Sun

Monday, July 14th, 2008

I spent a good part of my Sunday waiting in a long line. Our neighborhood park offers free concerts—which sound deceptively line-less—but the organizers count the crowd by slowly applying a wristband to each entering wrist.

It was hot and sunny. People-watching was getting tedious and my iced coffee was running out when I saw what seemed like a mirage. She was pale (like me) but not sweaty or bent over awkwardly reapplying sunscreen (like me). Teetering above her cool head was a lovely red parasol. She was all but singing Jolly Holiday. That night, still envious, I bookmarked a few options.

From left to right, the Harmony parasol, the Lace parasol, and the Stroller parasol.

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But before I jump on the parasol bandwagon, I wonder: Is the sun umbrella graceful, practical protection, or just one more accessory to keep track of?

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Sun-Protective Stroller Blanket

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Before you and your kids head outside to enjoy the warm weather this spring, you might want to get your hands on some sun-protective gear – like the Eclipse Solarveil from Secure2Me. This stroller blanket is made from a lightweight, breathable material that blocks 95% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, which makes it a great extra layer of sun-protection (remember to always use sunscreen as the first layer!) for your child while you’re out on your stroll. And what’s even better is that the Eclipse is designed to clip directly onto strollers (not to mention baby carriers, car seats, slings and more) so you don’t have to worry about droopy blankets getting caught in stroller wheels or falling along the roadside. Get your own here.

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Baby Your Baby’s Skin

Monday, November 12th, 2007

31alutiorwl_aa280_You know what cold, dry winter air does to your complexion—imagine what it does to your baby’s delicate skin. Now that the temperature’s dropped, I’ve resumed toting around Erbaviva’s organic lip and cheek balm. Rub it on your baby’s chapped spots to heal his skin and protect it from the elements. It’s worth snagging a second tube for yourself—it’s soothed my cracked lips better than the average "adult" lip balm! (And I’m a sucker for the adorable packaging.)

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Watch Your Mouth, Young Lady

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Outletnutrition_1958_19326186I am the whitest white girl ever, so you’ll never catch me forgoing sunscreen. But I always forget to cover up two crucial spots: the part in my hair and my lips. I’ve been getting better about my part, but my lips? I always space out and end up in pain. I bought some lip gloss with SPF once, but it wore off so fast that it was useless. Never again. Instead, I’m bringing an Alba TerraTint with SPF 18 with me when I go on my Miami vacation this week. They actually last and are refreshing too, thanks to added peppermint. Nab one (or more!) of the 5 pretty shades at for $3.99 each.

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Rainy Day Cuteness

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

217287_fpxtifIt’s a dreary rainy day here in New York, the kind of day where you have no chance of staying dry unless you walk around in a wetsuit. (Fortunately, my beloved Target boots that I raved about did a stellar job protecting my feet during my emergency coffee run.) It makes me long to be a kid again, when you could wear a whole rain ensemble. Seriously, how cute is this dinosaur rain collection from Kidorable? If your kid isn’t dino-crazy, there are fireman, ladybug, and butterfly themes too. Check them out at And moms, have any of you found a cute raincoat that didn’t cost a fortune? There seems to be no such thing!

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Under My Umbrella (Ella ella eh eh eh)

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

If rain is on your local weather forecast or your kids just need a break from the hot summer sun, bring the fun indoors with the Color a Funbrella activity kit. Not only will your child have a blast doing this unique arts and crafts project, they’ll actually be able to use their personalized umbrella on the next rainy day. (And hats off to the creators for giving kids a reason to get excited about rain!) If anybody knows where to find ready-to-decorate rain boots or other fun indoor projects definitely spread the word!

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It’s Raining Gifts

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Do you ever feel like you just don’t have any gift ideas left in you? My friends and I have been exchanging birthday presents for so many years that I just can’t buy another scented candle, pair of dangly earrings, or fun t-shirt. This weekend I was feeling so fed up with all the options, when I happened into one of my favorite stores, Pylones. This place has the most fun, random, colorful gifts that are perfect for adults and kids. I picked up one of these funny little character umbrellas for my friend, Laura, and was on my way. Another store I love: Mxyplyzyk. Yes, that’s how it’s spelled. (And, if you want to know, it’s pronounced Mix-ee-pliz-ik.) It’s stocked with lots of really cool, well-designed toys, gifts, and home products for kids and grownups.
What are your favorite gift shopping sites?

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