October 17th, 2008
Do you know a baby who is bound to become vegan by age two?
Get the budding Stella McCartney off on the right foot with B.C.’s new The Eco-Chic Baby where there are vegetable-shaped rattles, surprisingly attractive wool diaper covers (for cloth diapers, natch) and funny wooden caterpillars.
Now all she needs is a “save the baby seals” board game and a green party membership. There’s always Christmas…
October 10th, 2008
So maybe she’s not allowed to get her ears pierced until she’s 12—make that 15.
But these new cashmere baby necklaces from Vancouver’s Enfant Terrible are the cutest little holiday baby baubles we’ve seen.
Made by a women’s co-operative in Nepal, there’s a happy story attached in case you need something to justify a frivolous (yet delectable) $70 purchase.
Now if only Nepalese women’s co-operatives made Gucci riding boots….
September 27th, 2008
We’re not talking bananas. We’re talking multi-media.
Kids can add sound effects and splice together video clips from CBC shows and the best ones are featured on the site or broadcast on TV.
Now lets just hope this little hobby turns into a hobby like Matt Groening’s….
September 20th, 2008
Just please don’t pair they with yellow nylon gym shorts. That’s waaay too literal.
September 13th, 2008
You may fancy yourself the next Annie Liebowitz, but do keep in mind, she gets weeks to set the stage of her photos (not to mention the live elephants and access to the Palace of Versailles).
With your little tykes holding their adorable poses for exactly 1.5 seconds, even you and your fancy Sony Cyber-shot may miss the moment.
That's why we leave the important snaps to the pros, like fashion photographer Amanda Skuse, whose new children's photography website catches kids being candid, kooky and cute.
With years of practice shooting her own mini-models, Skuse is a whiz with sets, lighting, and most of all, getting kids to be themselves.
Who needs Versailles?
View photo galleries and new work at www.amandaskusekids.com
September 6th, 2008
Need to channel your kids’ creative energy? Have them paint on someone else’s walls for a change at the 4Cats Arts Academy (now with 10 locations).
Its Jackson Pollack birthday parties get the kids splattering stylishly on massive canvases, and this fall’s Georgia O’Keefe classes will have them turning up roses.
Think your kid really has talent? Before you stick a $3,000 price tag on their chef d’oeuvre and send it to Monte Clark, watch the fantastic documentary, My Kid Could Paint That about the rise and fall of a 4-year-old New York artist.
Ah, fleeting fame.
View art classes and locations at www.4catsartsacademy.com
August 29th, 2008
Even your kids are demanding reusable bags now?
Unlike their carrot sticks.
View these and other kids’ accessories at Vancouver site www.lavishandlime.com
August 16th, 2008
Kids’ store? If the venerable farmer had gone into retail, no doubt the offerings would be worthy of new Cambie street entry, EIO.
An outcrop of Yaletown’s Beautymark, they abide by the maxim: A happy mom equals happy kids (or something like that).
So for every teensy Trumpette pink patent leather loafer for kids, there’s a lipgloss, Substance Belly Jelly or foot lotion for mom.
Feeling weary? This onesie should cheer you up: “Beastie Baby: Licensed to spill”
EIO A Kids’ Store, 3404 Cambie St. (at 18th Ave.), 604-873-4543, www.eiokids.com
August 9th, 2008
Monkeybars? That’s sooooo 1984.
A new million dollar playground by Space2Place design firm in Richmond, BC, offers the poshest place for playdates.
It’s got red licorice forests, an amphitheatre, water wheels, thousand-year-old tree stumps, Kindergarten consultants…and a design worthy of Dwell magazine.
But gum on your bum and sand in your shoes? Those are timeless.
See video of the Garden City playground in Richmond, BC, here.
August 2nd, 2008
If your munchkin turns up his nose at your homemade baby food (who doesn’t hate mushy carrots?), maybe you need a refresher from the culinary site www.weelicious.com.
With simple, fun recipes (that can be done with one hand) complete with video demonstrations, you’ll be getting them to order seconds in no time.
Parental advisory: the woman behind this site is a former model. You don’t need to look like her to cook like her!