New Addition: Not Rational Diaper Bags

You may think it’s “not rational” to spend over $500 on a diaper bag, but if you’re into expensive handbags and designer shoes, then one of these might be on your wish list this holiday season.  Not Rational diaper bags are fashionable bags, beautiful enough to buy even if you don’t have kids.  These leather bags can be your handbag long after the kids are out of diapers, which might make them a reasonable choice after all (for celebrities and fashionistas at least!).

There are three diaper bag styles, Kelly (top, from $660), Hansel (bottom left, from $595) and Gretel (bottom right, from $650).

I’ve just added Not Rational bags to my list of modern diaper bags. To see the full list, go to buymoderndiaperbags.

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Modern Baby Holiday Giveaway! Take Your Pick at Numsi

Happy Friday!  Since we’re just one week away from Black Friday, the infamous shopping day, I have a very special treat for you from the lovely Helen of numsi.

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numsi makes “contemporary modular artwork for babies and children, and the adults who live with them,” and we are giving away a $75 gift certificate to numsi.com!

Imagine waking up on Black Friday, logging onto your PC and discovering you’ve won $75 to satisfy your shopping desires!  And you won’t have to settle for shopping mall or big box specials, you’ll be choosing unique modern designs that will really stand out and be cherished.  Take a look at some of the things created at numsi:

My favorite items are the art panels.  How do you like the vehicle and animal pieces.

I am partial to the text works as well as the custom name/word panels.  These pieces are great for a nursery or child’s room (or even the living room!) and can hang on the wall or sit on a shelf.  I am happy to have added numsi to my list of art sources on buymoderndecor.

The numsi shop also has calendars, art cards, buttons, magnets, pocket mirrors, prints, clothing and these cool green paper suitcases.

numsi contemporary unique tshirts for babies

To enter the giveaway, visit the numsi shop and then leave a comment here telling us what you’d choose with your $75 gift certificate. Be sure to include your email address with the comment so that we can contact you if you are the winner.   The deadline to leave your comment and enter the giveaway is next Friday, November 26th at 8 am.  I will choose the winner randomly from among the unique entrants.  I’ll be posting the winner on my Facebook page first, so look out over there.  Good luck and tell your friends!

numsi is on twitter and facebook so please show your love there as well!

New Addition: Strollers from Mamas & Papas

Mamas & Papas have hit the US in a big way, and their stateside product line includes a number of stroller designs.  I am happy to have added Mamas & Papas to buymodernstrollers.

Currently, you can purchase the Urbo (top- $500), the Luna Mix (bottom left- $300) or a number of stylish umbrella strollers like the Trip (bottom right- $130).

Coming soon are the Mylo (left), Urbo elite (center) and the Luna Plus (bottom right).

These are being sold at our affiliate, Babies R Us.  For more stroller suggestions, visit buymodernstrollers.


My Modern Nursery #30: Not The Usual Safari Nursery

I was excited when Q Collection Jr. came out with its new Animali Crib Sets (now listed on buymodernbedding!).  They’re lovely, and I wanted to try my hand at using this pattern in a nursery design.  I just love how it turned out!  It’s a really chic and sophisticated modern version of a Safari themed nursery.

Safari Nursery

1- Animali Crib Set in Cardamom from Q Collection Junior- $395

2- Q Collection Junior Cielo Crib in Moonlight– $1180

3- Rayray Dollhouse from momoll- $320 (now listed on buymoderntoys!)

4- Cardboard Rhino Trophy Head– $30

5- Tube Top Colors Table Lamp by Pablo– $110

6- Bureau with 3 drawers from furniturea- $1595

7- Window Seat from furniturea- $1265

8- Birth Poster from ameliaKDESIGNS on etsy- $25

9- Carter Swivel Glider in Spice from Room & Board- $850
Even Elephant from rabbitsmoon on etsy- $36.50

10- Safari Rug from West Elm- 8’x10′- $500


New Addition: Chic Diaper Bags From Momma Couture

Momma Couture is a newer brand of diaper bags for fashion-forward moms.  I don’t particularly consider myself a fashionista, but I appreciate a diaper bag that is practical for toting your kids’ stuff while not being obvious about it.  If you’d carry the bag when you’re out without the kids, it’s a winner to me.

I’m sure you’ll agree that these styles from Momma Couture fit the bill.

I particularly like the City Bag (left), a fully insulated messenger, which starts at $75, and the Playdate (right), which starts at $120 ($245 as shown).

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Get 25% off your purchase with code “Daily25”!  Code is valid thru Nov. 18.

I’ve added Momma Couture to my list of diaper bags at buymoderndiaperbags and you can see my other diaper bag picks there as well.

New Addition: Tegu Blocks Are The Perfect Holiday Gift

I briefly mentioned Tegu blocks in my ABC Kids Expo 2010 Favorite Toys Roundup but I didn’t really convey to you how awesome they are and that every child (and most adults) should have a set of Tegu blocks in their toy collection.  In a nutshell, these are beautiful wooden blocks with magnets inside, and the magic of the magnet is how it expands the building possibilities of the classic wooden block.  Just take a look to get the idea:

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magnetic wooden blocks

Right now the blocks are available in two colors: natural (left) and mahogany (right),  and in two package sizes: original (52 blocks) and the smaller discovery set (26 blocks).

They will soon offer a smaller sample package as well as colored blocks.

I highly recommend starting off with an original set right now.  The natural color is $100 and the mahogany is $125.  The natural discovery set is $55 and the mahogany discovery set is $70.  You can order now with our amazon affiliate link.  This is bound to be a favorite holiday gift as well as a toy that is treasured for a lifetime.  I’ve added Tegu blocks to my list of great blocks sets on buymoderntoys, where you can find my other great toy suggestions.


New Addition: Pali Modern Cribs

I’m amazed by the wide selection of modern cribs available to new moms these days and am always happy to add another brand to the constantly growing list of choices on buymoderncribs.  My most recent additions are from Pali, who have a couple of different collections you should take into consideration.

First is the Imperia Crib shown here with the Novara collection of furniture.  You can find the crib at our csn affiliate for $449.  The storage pieces are listed there as well.

The other collection I recommend is the Milano collection.  The crib is $550 at our csn affiliate and you can get the entire nursery set in either Moccacchino or Natural/White for $1350.

You may be able to find Pali at your local childrens’ furniture store and can check their store finder to see their complete list of retailers.


New Addition: Bamboo Vehicles from Hape

It’s been a while since I’ve added toy cars to buymoderntoys but these bamboo vehicles from Hape have been sitting in my bookmark folder waiting for some attention.  Seeing them all in person at ABC Kids gave me the final push to put these in their rightful place on the list.

These durable bamboo vehicles are the perfect eco-toy to add to your holiday shopping or birthday gift list.  There are six different models that retail for about $20-$25: E-offroader, E-plane, E-racer Le Mans, E-racer Monza, E-racer Suzuka and E-truck (available through my amazon affiliate!).

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