Booger and Tash

Booger and Tash is the sweet as sugar brainchild of a mother of three who learned to sew on her Nanny’s old 1960’s Singer when she was ten. Vickie, the shop owner, has filled her shop with super cute stuff for moms, infants and children, including several items that I was pleasantly surprised to come across, like her collection of wonderfully vintage-looking Little Man Neckties. And, my personal favorite: the I Made You a Mix Tape burp cloth.

Grandma will kiss his little cheeks clean off when she sees him in one of these.

You know what? It doesn’t matter what medium we’re using to record music, a mix tape will always be a mix tape. It’s up to us to pass this knowledge on to the next generation, so why not use burp cloths? Start early I say.

Vickie also makes an adorable collection of hair accessories as well, sized teensy, which I can appreciate. I’ve got two young girls, and when they were in the baby and toddler stage, it was difficult at times to find really cute, modern hair clips that didn’t cost a fortune. These are hip and stylish, cute and girly, and totally affordable. So, stock up.

I love that the ribbon and fabrics she uses are so bright and modern and yet somehow look a little retro. One of my other favs from the shop are her Pacifier Clips. No giant plastic dump trucks or Dora the Explorer heads dangling from baby’s hem. Just a simple cloth tape with wonderful vintage style. And bonus, these can also be used a toy leash on a stroller or carseat.

Be sure to check out her burp cloths, and bibs (the Bandana Bibs are especially cute) as well as her luscious Minky Blankets. I especially enjoy this Orange Bumblebee pattern.

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Monster Fleece Fingerless Gloves by Boysenberry Lane

Kids a little unimpressed with their mittens and gloves? Try these monsters from Boysenberry Lane. Part sock puppet and part armwarmer, they make staying warm seem a lot more fun. They also give new meaning to the phrase, “Talk to the hand!”

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Purchase multiple pairs and you can mix and match your monsters for way more fun and furious debates between ‘ol righty and lefty.

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A Global Mo-vement

“The Moustache Merchant” archival art print by Penelope and Pip

At first, it was easy to ignore; but, as November started to take on steam, I began to notice that several of my male acquaintances, including my fella, had curious, patchy bits of stubble gracing the usually-smooth area above their upper lips. One or two lapses in grooming would probably have gone unnoticed, but this was starting to look like a facial hair conspiracy!

Support your ‘stache! Weather-proof moustache wax in scented or natural by Mans Face Stuff of Portland, OR

Upon further investigation, I discovered that my friends were taking part in a global follicular fund-raising effort called Movember. To show their support for prostate cancer awareness, all that they had to do was make a commitment to grow a moustache for 30 days and encourage their friends, family and coworkers to donate to the cause and (literally) change the face of men’s health.

Modern, organic moustache teething toy (above), handmade from hardwood by Little Alouette

Movember was started in 2003 by a group of friends in Melbourne. While talking over a few pints in a pub, the “Mo Bros”, as they’ve become known, decided to bring back the ‘stache and do something for men’s heath. Although there was no money raised that year, the 2004 event attracted over 400 participants and raised an impressive $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Moustache necklace (above), hand-cut from recycled leather by Crooked Sister

Since then, the movement has ballooned to a quarter of a million moustachioed participants and over a million donors. In 2009 alone, $47,000,000 was raised for the global beneficiary partners. I was proud to hear that Canada’s campaign was the second largest (after Australia), raising close to $8 million for Prostate Cancer Canada.

Hand-thrown porcelain dog bowl by Julia Custer at Handmade Green

How can you participate? Well, for some of us (ahem) it is physically impossible to grow a Selleck-worthy Movember moustache of our own, but we can get in on the fun by cheering on the participants, making a donation, hosting or attending a Movember party or event and sporting a faux-stache as a symbol of solidarity.

Cozy, unisex fleece neckwarmer with leather moustache by Ha Ha Bird

As you can see by the fabulous, handmade goods in this article, there is a handlebar for every member of the family…even Fido. And, to help clean things up on December 1st (once the “after” pictures have been taken, of course), I’ve included a luxurious, organic shaving cream.

When it’s time to say “goodbye”…Organic cedarwood and orange shaving cream in recycled glass bottle by Twig & Leaf Botanicals

For more information on Movember, or to donate, please visit the global Movember site and choose your region.

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