Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man are the stuff of
legend. So are moms. Their crime-fighting, peace-keeping,
home-cooking, power-jobbing, do-gooding ways deserve a little
recognition (for at least one whole designated day a year).
Cosmotot is here to save the day with a streamlined list of
pretties and practicals ranging from cheap to steep and campy to
fancy that will go great with those hand-drawn kiddie-made cards
Once that baby is out and about, firsts
start coming faster than contractions that have just barely become
a drug-hazed memory. Instead of leaving baby's big moments subject
to mommy brain, record them in grand style with the help of Mother Stork's Baby Book from Berwyn-based Kistner
Supply. Proven to be the ultimate in luxury keepsake baby books
(warning: pricey), this oversized 1904-esque bundle brings together
the best in classic design and traditional craftsmanship (think
archival quality, custom-made paper, gold foil stamping and linen
cloth accoutrements). A black gel pen and photo corners are
included. Recessionistas can go for limited supply, final sale
"imperfect" books that have miniscule imperfections like a
wrinkled page or subtly dented cover, but a greatly reduced price
tag. Either way, it's a total keeper, kind of like a a husband with
As any mom whose
unsuspecting fingers, knuckles or nipples have found their way into
a tiny mouth packed with budding chompers will tell you, teething
bites. Smart Mom Jewelry lessens the burn that sore
baby gums feel - while giving mom's hands and boobs a break - with
an innovative line of pretty yet practical Teething Bling made from food-safe, non-toxic,
latex- and phthalate-free, federally-approved silicone that's made
to look like real gemstones (think coral, lapis, malachite, gold,
jade and more). Made from the same material as other high-quality
teething toys and soothers, Teething Bling pendants and matching
bangle bracelets are safe for babies to tug, handle and chew to
their gummy content.
Babies often like new foods about as much as they like gas. Try
enjoying the solid food experience instead of being overwhelmed by
it with Baby's First Foods journal from Glow Baby.
Created by a veteran mom, it's designed to give newbies a cute,
organized, spiral-bound place to track new eats, reactions,
allergies, food intolerances, and even favorite recipes that can be
easily transported to grandma's house or the doctor's office.
Globetrotting moms who spend more time grounded than touristing
will dig Loloko. The little California-based online shop
specializes in funky Japanese imports that feature everything from
stamps shaped like mushrooms (with "bonjour" on the bottom) to egg
memo stands to kitschy ring holders.
Coffee lovers who savor flavors the way a wine lover studies
pairings will go gaga for Keurig's Special Edition Brewing System. The
mid-luxury home brewing system offers a blend of styling and
convenient features (think chrome accents, a blue backlit LCD
display and three brew size options) that make it feel luxe. More
than 200 varities of K-Cups in flavors from all over the world perk
up one perfect, you'll-think-you-hired-a-barista cup of coffee, tea
or cocoa when you're ready to enjoy it. Read my full review here.
Show the chief haul monitor love with Hedvig Bourbon's Lucas Diaper Bag & Stroller Tote. Designed
by a savvy Norweigan mom for fellow fashion-minded moms (and dads) on
the move, the bag has a clever hook-and-closure leather
stroller-to-shoulder strap that is all about family-friendly
function. Each bag is handmade in New York with several pockets
keep mom organized - a large magnetic closure pocket on the outside
is sized for a changing pad (bonus: it's included), two pockets on
the front allow for quick access to pacifiers, chew toys or lovies;
and four inner pockets make sure bottles, diapers, wipes, keys and
cell phones stay put in one place. Enjoy 20% off with
happystrolling at checkout.
Band-Aids might be like balm for kids, but tired moms need
something more along the lines of an Ace bandage with a cocktail
and side of Swedish massage. Chic
Blvd has the next best thing with the luxurious, extra fluffy
Frankie & Johnny spa wrap. Embellished with
everything from indulgent sweets to a hearty farmer's breakfast to
Lucy-esque 50's fashionistas, the wraps are made from the most
ultra plush fabric around. Each is roomy, too, with a convenient
Velcro closure and elasticized back for the ultimate in coverage
Spending an uniterrupted day at the spa is high up on every
mom's list, but for recessionistas looking to get replenished,
renewed and refreshed on a budget, the Red Carpet Recovery Kit from organic lotion-
and potion-touting company, Woodsprite
Soap is a wise investment. Filled with amenity sizes of
best-selling Dead Sea Mud Organic Spa Soap, Seaweed Organic Spa
Soap, Grapefruit-Mint Sea Salt Glow, Vanilla Creme Organic Sugar
Polish, a 16-hour Clarity Aromatherapy Soy Votive, Muscle Mender
Massage Balm, Overnight Sensation Organic Shea Foot Butter, Feel
Better Spa Salts, Cool Your Heels Soothing Spa Foot Soak and more,
Woodsprite Soap is dedicated to crafting and selling 100% natural,
world class organic bath and body products of uncompromised
As moms, we hear all kinds
of back talk and general sass from our deceivingly sweet-cheeked
children. Keep your sanity while enjoying what you wish you could
say with hilariously inappropriate, yet oh-so true sentiments from
MA! Motherhood With Attitude? Created by
fast-talking mamas, Janalee Chmel and Tiffany Hauber, MA! offers
like-minded maternal types a series of stationery, including witty
magnets, snarky greeting cards and notepads featuring nitty gritty,
no holds barred photos from nitty gritty, no holds barred moms, all
with real words of wisdom printed on each one. A portion of all
paper goods profits go to A
Mother's Wings, a non-profit organization for women facing
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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