Month: April 2006

Jesus Christ, Fashion Superstar

JesusjoggersWe’ve come to that time of year when all not-so-good Christians, including me, make their annual pilgrimage to the big house for cleansing and renewal. But just because I don’t go to church on a regular basis doesn’t mean I don’t think Jesus was someone we could all learn from.

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Blow Your Refund (or at least part of it)

We know you probably already have every single penny of your tax refund budgeted for the rest of the fiscal year. And being like-minded moms, we bet you most likely didn’t set aside any part of that on something for yourself. So today we’ve decided to give you a few "blow your tax refund" picks. Granted, we realize you won’t be buying a spa trip to Miraval anytime soon, but maybe you’ll break the budget and find a great splurge to help you make it until next year. ~ The Cool Mom Picks...

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All the Small Things

Being the big tall girl that I am, I tend to gravitate towards clunky heels and big bags. However, when it comes to men (height people, HEIGHT) and jewelry, I’m a sucker for small and fabulous. So, I’ve set aside a little bit of my surprisingly large tax refund for a couple beautiful handmade pieces at Small Things Designs. Teresa makes each and every piece by hand – no molds and no mass production here. Using a steady hand and a jeweler’s saw, she creates truly one-of-a-kind necklaces, rings, and earrings. I imagine you could spend half as much...

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Go Ahead, Put Your Refund Right Into Your Purse

… Or Diaper bag. Because most likely you keep your wallet where you keep your diapers. Remember when you rocked your it-bag Balenciaga? Your Louis Vuitton Speedy? Your whatever else was hot and hip prebaby? Remember when you actually followed fashion? HA! I know. You’re probably still carrying around that free Enfamil bag you brought home from the hospital, right? Come now, come now… everything’s going to be alright. It’s tax refund time! Why not blow your (cash) wad on something hot, stylish AND worthy of diapers and your Blackberry? Mia Bossi diaper bags are cuter than Coach, more...

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Mama Mags, Eat Your Heart Out

Tvbutton_11If you haven’t figured it out yet, we here at Cool Mom Picks like underground, lesser-known, but just as fabulous cool stuff. Nothing against the mainstream parenting paraphernalia, but there’s something about reading a plainly printed, hand folded zine that makes us giddy. It doesn’t hurt that they feature top-notch work from writers slash parents.

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Where the Heck is Wyoming?

Mappuzzle_1It seems I’ve got a little puzzle glutton on my hands. With a few handy 25-piecers, she reaps intellectual benefits and I get a good 20 minutes of quiet time. However, all that is null and void on car rides since, I’m pretty sure even a genius couldn’t put puzzles together in any type of moving vehicle.

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From Briefcase to Diaper Bag

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As if the shock of having a newborn wasn’t enough, I think I might have had a harder time adjusting to the change in job from sassy professional gal to stay-at-home-mom. While I was surrounded by a gaggle of career mothers, few could share in my loss of what once was my very precious work.

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“Organized New Mom”: You Don’t Hear That One Too Often.

I am not living up to my obligations as a Virgo these days; I’m supposed to be organized, neat and fastidious. Instead I am, like any new mom, a disorganized train wreck. If for some crazy reason, someone official were to barge into my home and demand my daughter’s social security card I would hope they had a few hours to kill while I dug around for it. The perfect solution: the BabyBriefcase. While it sounds like an attach√© for future Wall Streeters, it’s simply a smart way to help keep new moms organized. As founder Tamar Shay points...

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W-W-W-W-Wipeout

Dirty fingers. Dirty butts. Dirty all of the above! Being a mom means wiping pretty much everything so why not do it in style? Introducing the chic for cheeks, Made by Angie handmade baby wipe containers – for the savvy Mom who’s tired of the blah-blah-whatever wipe containers. Bored by the practical and *yawn* fugly wipe containers, Angie, a SAHM of two, launched her own delicious design to liven up her (and our) diaper bags. We’re especially digging the Cowpokes container for boys and Kate Spadesque Black Dots. Cleanliness is next to Godliness and here at Cool Mom Picks,...

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We’re Not Only Cool, but a Little Crazy to Boot

We here at Cool Mom Picks understand the important role of the television in your home. How else would you pee in peace and have a great excuse to put off that last load of laundry? But, we also know that sometimes, the boob tube can begin to rule the household and suck away precious brain cells that could be put to better use. So, in recognition of "TV Turnoff Week" (officially April 24-30), we will be running a variety of cool picks that are just as good (if not better) than your regularly scheduled programming. They’ll be marked...

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The Parenthacks website: That Wasn’t In The Manual

Feeling a little disappointed with that Dr. Expert parenting book that everyone raved about? Would you rather have a root canal sans novocaine than listen to yet another round of “well-meaning” advice from your mother-in-law? Does it seem like NOBODY on the planet has practical, useful (and non-annoying) suggestions to your parenting issues? If you answered yes to any of the above, then let me introduce you to Parent Hacks, the holy grail of quick, helpful solutions for anyone raising children. Parent Hacks is a collaborative weblog that collects parents’ tips, recommendations, workarounds, and bits of wisdom and serves...

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Pack Up Your Trumpet in Your Old Kit Bag…

Do you honestly think you are ever going to pull out your old 6th grade band saxophone and play a little "Tequila" for your family and friends? And please don’t tell me you plan on taking lessons again or are saving it for your kids. I have a feeling that your child is probably not going to want your old axe – the one that hasn’t gotten play in as long as well, um, me. So instead of wasting all those potentially beautiful musical notes, send it off to Hungry for Music, a fabulous charity that donates instruments to...

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The Mother’s Day Gift That Keeps on Giving

While it’s nice to see your spousal unit wiggle and squirm in an attempt to figure out what the heck to get you for mother’s day, I imagine you probably don’t need yet another "I Love Mom" necklace or beaded stretch bracelet. So, why not consider having a donation made in your honor to the CARE program, which provides education for girls and support for poor women in countries around the world? For every $25 that you donate, you will receive a beautiful artist-designed card describing your wonderful gift. Make sure to order by April 20, so your card...

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