Montreal - MOMS & KIDS
December 24th, 2008
Not that you want to give your kids sites on L.A. Ink, but new Canadian site Kids Safe Ink offering custom temporary tattoos (with your cell phone number on them) will actually give you peace of mind.
Perfect for holidays, parades, and trips to the mall, your kids will think they're old skool cool, while you'll know they'll be returned to you if you ever get separated.
But when she comes home at age 14 with a tramp stamp (a.k.a. a tailbone tattoo) then your worries can really begin....
Order custom tattoos at www.kidsafeink.com
December 19th, 2008
All kids love to paint on their clothes. And you have the laundry pile to prove it.
Give them artistic license with paint-your-own rain boots kits by MyDesgn that come with white boots, paints, brushes, plus paint removal pads so they can do the clean-up this time (and paint them all over again).
MyDesign boots, $38 at EIO, www.eiokids.ca
December 12th, 2008
1. The Crayon Keeper (comes with crayons) is a kid’s—and mother’s—dream come true. $12.95 at Style Kid.
2. This wooden caterpillar rattle doubles as a Christmas ornament! $16.19 at The Ecochic Baby.
3. Doodle all Year: big, creative colouring books by cult illustrator Taro Gomi, $14.40 at Chapters.
4. For the ACDC wannabe, Chuck one-stars are always fit, $20 at Modern Kid.
5. For the tiny chef, Andrey Durbach’s (Parkside, La Buca, Pied-a-Terre) whimsical new one-recipe book Delicious Chicken Soup, will have them on dinner duty in no time. $20 at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks.
6. A Red Devil racecar made of bamboo for the fast-track enviro-kid. $16.99 at RaspberryKids.
7. Let them draw on their clothes with a chalkboard T-shirt. $35 at Red Poppy.
8. Happy campers will love the kid-sized sleepover bags from Mountain Equipment Co-Op. Off to grandma’s now! $33-$38 at MEC.
9. Personalized stationary for kids from Vancouver’s Haute Note ($24/8 cards) for the budding socialite.
10. The Little drummer boy will go crazy for a wooden drum kit (noise canceling headphones not included) $46 at Lavish and Lime.
December 5th, 2008
While it’s tempting to dress your kid as baby Santa all season, child’s gotta have a little dignity, too.
We love the offerings from Australia’s Oobi, like red polka dot Smitten Mittens ($27), a pom pom striped sweater dress in marshmallow and canary ($54) and snowbunny pants with little red hearts ($44) that reflect the holiday spirit without being too literal.
Cause you wouldn’t wear a sequined Rudolph sweater, now would you?
Shop for Oobi online at Victoria, B.C.’s www.purlmama.com
November 29th, 2008
Not only has the mother of two been traipsing around premiers in ultra minis and sky-high shoes, but Gwyneth Paltrow has also found time to launch her own website, GOOP.
Billed as a “collection of experiences,” Gwyneth spills on her favorite tuna sandwhich recipe, best jeans (Grey Ant), and London hot spots. From philosophy (Deepak Chopra) to Philosophy (beauty products) it's like walking a mile in Gwyneth's lace-up booties as she dishes tips on how to find a little black dress, or whip up a perfect batch of buckwheat pancakes.
But nowhere does it mention how to survive on sashimi or if she really is the one in the house who gets to clean up the goop….
November 22nd, 2008
Does your little Violet cry out to be clothed in baby Victoriana?
Of course not, but how adorable to bring her out on Christmas eve in a white eyelet slip dress circa 1890? The pristine vintage baby clothes at online store Belle Heir like this batiste gown from 1925 or this antique French romper trimmed in lace may not be Christmas pudding-friendly, but this is just for the picture, right?
View styles and shop at www.belleheir.com
November 14th, 2008
We already know you steal your baby’s shampoo, so why stop there?
While the ingenious bamboo towel wrap ($45) will bundle baby in a flash, we can’t help wondering how well it would work on our hair….
View products and shop at www.bamboobino.com
November 7th, 2008
New Vancouver site www.raspberrykids.com has the answers to your most pressing kid quandaries.
No cash for a family holiday? Give the wee ones their very own retreat with a Lucy and Michael striped kid's tee pee ($339) that comes tied with grosgrain ribbon. They'll never miss the trip to Hawaii. (But you might.)
Or hush-a-buy your baby this modern infant hammock ($429) that looks like an art installation. Call it "Baby sleeping soundly in corner."
But genius of genius is this change table with an automatic diaper dispenser ($157.99) designed by a mechanical engineering mom. Makes a perfect Father's Day present, don't you think?
View products and shop at www.raspberrykids.com
October 31st, 2008
Kids’ birthday parties—you’ve got to plan one (or two, or three) a year or you’ll be riddled with bad-mommy guilt for the next 11 months.
Assuage your guilt in more ways than one at this one-stop eco-birthday shop for kids, www.greenplanetparties.com
Based in Vancouver, they offer pale pink plates made from sugarcane pulp ($6.95 for 25,) lovely palm leaf ice cream bowls ($11.49/25) with no colour, wax or dyes. There are also camo bandanas for boys and girly fabric kerchiefs for girls as party hats, bright fabric birthday banners (versus plastic and streamers) and matching table cloths and coin-purse loot bags ($6) decorated with dogs—they’ve thought of everything , down to the free Oxodegradeable garbage bags.
Now all you have to do is organize the game of Pin the Tail on the (insert endangered species here).
Check it out at www.greenplanetparties.com
October 24th, 2008
We all know it's better to give than to receive. So for the newest little babe in your circle, giving a receiving blanket hedges all your bets.
These modern flannel receiving blankets from Vancouver’s Babylicious are soft, compact, and come in unisex patterns, so little Benjamin won’t have to come home from the hospital looking little Benjamina.
Now there’s a name you won’t be choosing.
Available online (from $15 for 2) at the new estore, www.babyliciousgear.com