Beautifully Illustrated Printed Play Mats.

Say what you will about online mom groups, but they can be incredibly supportive communities. These beautiful foam play mats from a new company called Little Nomad came to my attention on a Facebook group for Upper East Side moms. The parent behind this particular product was about to give up on having them produced,…

Around Town with Little Miss Party!

A few months ago, I convinced some amazing people to spill the beans on their favorite urban haunts. Places that they love to hang both with and with out the kids. Unfortunately, the publication of the interviews kept getting pushed aside because, y’know…life! That actually sounds really glib. I had to shut down the old Mama411, start a new…

Learning to love the loft bed…

We’re moving later this month into an apartment where my oldest will have a little less square footage than he does in our current place. Obviously, the simplest solution is a loft bed. I’m kind of loving this Ikea STUVA solution because it’s super streamlined, and it gives him a desk. He’ll need a place…

BEE-BOOP Birthday Parties!

Yup, it’s another birthday party post. That’s for good reason though. My oldest turns seven in  August so I’ve got his birthday bash on the brain.  It looks like Brooklyn Robot Foundry might be a contender. I completely forgot that these guys have a brand new outpost on the Upper East Side. Their birthday parties feature a nice range of…

Strollers & String Cheese

So…string cheese almost killed my toddler a few weeks ago. He was snacking away in his stroller when I looked down to see him retching uncontrollably. He threw up the string cheese (and everything else in his stomach) before I even had him out of the stroller. It truly never occurred to me that string cheese would…

LEGO Birthday Parties…

Word on the virtual grapevine is that the Flatiron LEGO store is hosting birthday parties this summer. My soon-to-be seven year old is a huge fan so my fingers are already doing the dialing. Fee is $40/child. Availability is June 11 to October 30, and you can pick Saturday or Sunday. Parties serve 5-10 guests.All of…

Makeup for working out.

It’s a Well + Good world, and the rest of us are just living in it. That means we’re all supposed to work out all of the time, and look good doing it. Those of you less than thrilled about exercising with a completely bare face will appreciate Sweat, a new line of makeup  designed with fitness…

Is working mom guilt a cultural thing?

“Was there ever a time when you just wanted to be a mom?” “No, never. I was raised in the Phillipines where I saw all moms work. It never came into the equation that I would stay at home…Of course, I’m going to work and continue to support my family.” -Care.com CEO Sheila Liriwo Marcelo…

The 411: CoolMess

CoolMess is a fun, new make-your-own ice cream parlor from the folks behind Burger Heaven.

Parting is such sweet sorrow…

  If you’re here today, you might be wondering…where did the old Mama411 go? It’s gone to a virtual graveyard in the sky. Thanks to everybody who was thoughtful enough to send their condolences. However, I would like to point out that nobody has actually died. We shut down a business that wasn’t making enough money. And what…