August 2010 Archives
Before having a baby, you probably didn't think twice about sharp corners or hard edges on your fashion jewelry. The worst thing that happened? You snagged your cashmere sweater. Once you have a child, though, you start to see things a little differently. That oversize marquise stone in your favorite ring begins to look a bit dangerous, ready to scratch if you aren't careful. If you have been resisting your urge to accessorize for this reason, you'll love the latest Target collaboration with jewelry designer Temple St. Clair. While you certainly would not hand one of the gorgeous rings over to your child to play with, they are a smart choice for moms looking to accessorize without the fear of snagging or scratching little ones. The featured rings below are rich and beautiful, and you'll feel comfortable wearing these low-profile designs whenever you want a statement jewelry piece.
Some kids are in school but it's your toddlers that you really have to keep busy. Although your couch has served as a trampoline all summer, maybe it's time to upgrade to kid-friendly furniture that also serves as indoor gym play equipment. The new line of Bobles Tumbling Furniture is nice enough to be front and center in the living room when you have company over but then also turns into play equipment once everyone leaves. Made from soft, sturdy EVA foam which is eco-friendly with no toxins and no phthalates, the collection includes Tumbling Elephant chairs, Tumbling Snake Tables, Tumbling Worm Chairs, Tumbling Fish Stools, Tumbling Crocodile Staircases and Tumbling Chicken Steps. Each style is available in a variety of fun, bright colors with coordinating stripes and will be the hit of your next playdate!
Tumbling Chicken, $39, at abesmarket.com
Tumbling Fish, $49, at abesmarket.com
Tumbling Elephant, $149, at abesmarket.com
Tumbling Snake, $259, at abesmarket.com
It's not an uncommon sight for people to run away screaming when the paddle brush comes out, and I'm not necessarily talking about the under six set. Anyone with naturally curly hair will agree that detangling is a chore that is best not put off, lest the problem get even worse.
Detangling usually takes place in the morning, when hair is nice and knotted up from restless sleeping, and that is when a detangler is worth it's weight in gold. You can reach for expensive detanglers, but it's just as easy to make your own, and you'll save a ton in the process.
You will need: one 10 oz. spray bottle, 1/3 cup hair conditioner, and two cups of water.
Combine all ingredients in your spray bottle. Spray on hair beginning with the underneath layers, clipping upper layers out of the way. Use a paddle brush with soft bristles for best results.
Don't hide in a corner next time you have company coming to dinner and you have to set the table with the kids' beloved Dora plates. Instead, opt for child-friendly "china" that not only features beautiful artwork but that is also BPA-free and eco-friendly. Smiling Planet's plates and bowls are made with 100 percent recycled, medical-grade, high purity #5 polypropylene, which is a safe plastic. #5 polypropylene is free of lead, BPA, phthalates and PVC. The dinnerware collection features inspiring artwork with messages of peace, diversity and respect for the environment. Now next time company comes to dinner, you will have fabulous kids dinnerware and a conversation starter all in one! The entire Smiling Planet collection is available at SmilingPlanet.net.
We all know that once you become pregnant, your pre-pregnancy wardrobe will only last so long -- especially your shirts. Instantly they become too short and as you reach up to grab something off a top shelf in the grocery store, everyone can see your exposed belly bump. Bashful Bump Maternity Bodysuits help expecting moms cover their bumps without losing any of their fashion sense. Available in both full seat and thong styles, the bodysuits are made with stretchy, soft knit fabric with ruching at the sides to flatter your growing belly. The built-in shelf bra makes it an easy and comfortable maternity staple to wear alone or under your favorite pre-pregnancy sweater.