Tag: ‘Products’


    Resident Dad: Van Brunt Still House

    by John on 3/04/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    I admit to having an unhealthy fixation with Red Hook. It has everything this urban idealist needs to believe that Brooklyn will find a new model for Twenty-First Century urbanity. Decaying signs of its roots as an industrial port mingle seamlessly with its more recent revitalization, making it an ideal laboratory for a sustainable future. […]


    Fire Resistant Pajamas and Sleepwear: are they safe?

    by Nicole on 5/02/11 | 14 Comment(s)

    I have always wondered if fire resistant pajamas were toxic. Both Birch and Willow have a lot of hand-me-down pajamas that are all fire resistant. To be honest, I have been slow in researching this because it is so convenient to have all these second-hand pjs. But, I bit the bullet. After all, free pjs […]

    Photo by Prashanth Nair©

    How to Clean Toys, Backpacks, Shoes and…just about everything!

    by Nicole on 4/04/11 | 6 Comment(s)

    Real Simple Magazine had 2 articles on how to clean everything from cotton to backpacks. I found them incredibly helpful. Here are both articles melded together. Both written by Sarah Stebbins How to Wash Cotton Made from the fluffy fibers of the cotton plant, most cotton fabrics are preshrunk, so “you really can’t mess them […]


    Best Mommy Shoes

    by Nicole on 5/18/09 | 1 Comment(s)

    Mamathreads.com has found these awesome looking but (she swears!) comfortable shoes by Mariana by GOLC.  The pair pictured here are for nights out, but Mamathreads loves her slip-ons.  She lives in Brooklyn, so she knows what it’s like to have to really walk.  She has some coupon codes that offer 15-20% off too when you […]


    Mrs. Meyers Cleaner- the Cheap Way in Brooklyn

    by Nicole on 5/14/09 | 6 Comment(s)

    I have tried a lot of different green cleaners and the one I like the best is Mrs. Meyers. As far as I know it has never been available in Brooklyn, until now.  A new green store in Clinton Hill called Green in Bklyn, is carrying it. The store owner, Elissa, couldn’t be more accommodating. […]

    Josh reading to a student

    Famous Artist’s New Children’s Comic Books

    by Nicole on 4/27/09 | 3 Comment(s)

    I always think of my friend Josh as culturally literate and open to all new ideas. This opinion of him started in college when he was carving a totem pole with a chainsaw (!) next to me in art class.  Since then he has worked on David Letterman, PBS’s “Egg Show”, The Charlie Rose Show, […]

    Baby Bodyguards

    Misconceptions About Child Safety

    by Nicole on 1/23/09 | 3 Comment(s)

    Most of you have heard about Baby Bodyguards by now. First, they came and did an excellent “spec” on babyproofing our place, then they wrote a popular post on our blog about window guards for NYC, now they have been raved about on Park Slope Parents. They are getting lots of mainstream press besides. When […]


    New Kids Pharmacy

    by Nicole on 1/14/09 | 4 Comment(s)

    I was walking around in Park Slope a month ago with some time to spare. I went into this new pharmacy: Kids RX.  They were still stocking shelves and setting up a train table in the back, but everything looked crisp, clean and la di da- Manhattan style. So, why am I dedicating a post […]


    Enter the $100 Book Giveaway

    by Nicole on 1/13/09 | 155 Comment(s)

    My first introduction to Usborne Books was the title, 1001 Things To Spot In The Town. Papa Tree, Birch (age 2 yrs) and I all love it.  I can usually find something to laugh at on each page. The object of the book is to spot the 1001 things.  The book gives Birch counting practice, […]


    New and Tested Carriers

    by Nicole on 1/05/09 | 4 Comment(s)

    I wanted to try some new carriers with my second baby Willow. I enlisted help from Baby Wearer Expert Megan Davidson. She helped me before when I was trying to find the right toddler carrier. Megan lugged her enormous bag over to our apartment. She went through all the different slings/carriers she had that she […]


    Crayon Rocks Rock

    by Nicole on 12/21/08 | 0 Comment(s)

    And now for something fun! Crayon rocks. Oh, boy, do I want these! (I first read about these from Zrecommends) A teacher of special needs children invented these cool crayons.  She knew how important it was for children to develop early on a good tripod grip. Handwriting skills depend on this.  So, she invented these […]


    Personalized Holiday Gifts

    by Nicole on 11/25/08 | 1 Comment(s)

    I love Sweeter’s Pals. I have been turning to these recently whenever I am looking for a gift. These Sweeter Pals are individually handknit by Sue, who writes me a personalized “thank you” each time I have ordered one. You can have her personalize the Pal with a child’s name for an additional $6. I […]


    Radiators and Safety

    by Nicole on 10/06/08 | 5 Comment(s)

    This is an updated and edited version of a post I put up last fall…..I thought it was worth reposting. As it is (finally) starting to get crisp outside, it might be time to think about babyproofing those radiators we all have in NY. Some of you are saying, “Do I really have to do […]

    Me-Do-It Chair

    by Nicole on 9/09/08 | 2 Comment(s)

    Baby Magic is the worst! And Mustela?

    by Nicole on 9/09/08 | 1 Comment(s)

    Window Guards in New York City

    by Nicole on 9/08/08 | 6 Comment(s)

    Some of you might remember that I had baby proofers (Baby Bodyguard) come to our apartment and do a survey of our place. They suggested window guards.  I asked what Baby Bodyguards thought of the Guardian Angel window guards. The Angel guards have an emergency release so that someone doesn’t get trapped inside if the […]

    Baby Wearing: Slings, Baby Bjorn and Carriers

    by Nicole on 8/22/08 | 5 Comment(s)

    Oh, joy! I get to try a sling again with this second baby. Birch hated slings and carriers when he was a little baby. He only tolerated the Bjorn a few times, and my back tolerated it even less. (Though I have to say the Bjorn I had was really old and it didn’t have […]

    How Toxic is your paint?

    by Nicole on 8/20/08 | 2 Comment(s)

    This is really helpful if you are thinking about painting. This website is run by National Geographic so I totally trust it- and thanks Leo for telling me about it.  Here it is:  http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/96/paint To avoid VOCs, look on labels for no-VOC paints or low-VOC paints with limits   set by California’s South Coast Air […]

    How Toxic is your paint?

    by Nicole on 8/12/08 | 0 Comment(s)

    My favorite sound machine

    by Nicole on 8/08/08 | 3 Comment(s)

    Unfortunately for everyone in our household, I am a light sleeper. In college I had to put an enormous whirring fan on all night so I could sleep- and none of my roommates appreciated that. Since then it has only been downhill with white noise radios, whale call music, bigger and bigger fans, oy! After […]

    Mini Crib for Small apartments

    by Nicole on 8/04/08 | 8 Comment(s)

    Strollers for Tall Parents

    by Nicole on 8/01/08 | 1 Comment(s)

    A Cool New Book To Spot

    by Nicole on 7/18/08 | 1 Comment(s)

    Baby Proofers in Brooklyn

    by Nicole on 7/10/08 | 4 Comment(s)

    Baby Proofers

    by Nicole on 7/01/08 | 2 Comment(s)