Month: October 2007

Tees That Score a B+

Instead of tees proclaiming your child to be yet another Princess or Hot Shot or (gag) Future Diva, we’ve found a much cooler alternative in the urban style statement tees from Be Positive. It’s really not as pollyanna-ish as it might sound. In fact these retro style, comfy kids tees look cool, all while being emblazoned with truly positive messages that mom Susan Swanson developed after a Humanitarian trip to Africa. Future Role Model is a favorite, along with Future Humanitarian or Be a Volunteer. There’s no guarantee that wearing these tees in pre-school will predispose your child to...

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Slings With a Story

We’ve heartily espoused the benefits of sling usage here at Cool Mom Picks, not only because we’re sling users ourselves, but because we keep happening upon gorgeous ones that we just can’t pass up. Such is the case with the slings from Green Pea Designs, except their story is as great as their fabrics. (Cherries and paisleys and toiles, oh my!) Not only do the slings include a unique padding that is softer and larger than so many others I’ve had a chance to check out, Green Pea slings are entirely handmade and marketed by work-at-home-moms. So when you’re...

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A bag to bring those Kit Kats home to mommy

I really ought to be too ashamed to admit this transgression, but for the past five years, my daughter has collected trick-or-treat candy in a plastic shopping bag. I mean, um…we’ve been environmentally conscious and reused existing materials. This year, she’s going to use a proper Halloween tote, handmade from timeless, vintage-inspired fabric by La Lune Designs. These bags are lined with black canvas to protect against the occasional smushed chocolate bar. And they’re roomy enough to hold plenty of treats, especially if your kids toss out the apples like I always did.  I mean, um…oh okay I admit...

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Safer Toys For Kids. You Know, The Unleaded Kind

For almost two years now, we’ve been pointing our readers towards cool gifts, toys and gear alternatives to the stuff you find in your local ginormous mass retailer. But now that buying handmade, indie or fair trade can actually be safer for your kids, we’re feeling even better about what we do here every day. So for your browsing, buying, and drooling pleasure, we’re happy to present The Cool Mom Picks Safer Toy Guide, featuring some of our favorite playthings for younger kids. From teething toys (Run away from the plastic! Run away!) to blocks to cars to super...

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Like It’s a Small World Only Without The Six Hour Lines

Okay I’m about to lose all my indie cred here but as a little girl I loooooved that It’s a Small World ride at Disney. The idea of all these little girls in very cute outfits from all different countries was magical. (After all, isn’t that what makes us all different in this world? Our clothes?) I got that same warm feeling the first time I caught Kuku Nest’s new Little Friends kids bedding. Four little multiculti girls share a pillow over a percale cotton field of bright dots. It’s like Damien Hirst meets Disney. Now if you’ll excuse...

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Illustrating Childhood

I wish I could afford original Maurice Sendak or A.A. Milne prints for my kids’ rooms, but with #3 on the way, that’s not going to happen any time soon. So instead I’m turning to artist Sarah Jane of Sarah Jane Studios for more affordable but still endearing illustrated options. I love the soothing colors and simple lines of prints like Curl in the Middle of Her Forehead (above) or Danse Avec Moi (below). And the fanciful designs are all printed on beautiful paper, ready for framing. It’s the kind of timeless work that could have hung in our parents’...

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Hooray for Hoodie Season!

Did I mention I’m a freak for Fall? The cool crisp air means no fights with the winter coat just yet, but it’s definitely time to pull out those cute sweaters or hoodies and start getting your layering chops back. But not just any hoodie, mind you–I did specify the cute ones. Like the whimsical felt appliquéd ones from Jasper Hearts Wren, a two-mom run company based out of California. You won’t be sad covering up your kid’s carefully picked outfits with these hand-stitched beauties. If you’re not a hoodie junkie (is that even possible?) then check out the...

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Long Johns (Or Jaydens)

If I had the ability, I’d probably be embroidering everything from my kids’ tees to their underwear. I love the look of hand-embroidery–but I don’t have those crafty genes. So parents like me turn to the skills of Tracey Hageman of Tiny Sprouts. Her haphazard, lowercase style makes newborn clothing even cuter than it already is. You can go with a child’s name or a favorite saying of course,  but I especially love how well Tracey’s embroidery style goes with nursery rhyme lines. Especially on something like her long johns, just in time for cooler nights. Customize everything down...

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Got BOOB?

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I eagerly perused nursing shirt offerings only to find the scariest and most complicated tops I had ever seen. Good God, isn’t breastfeeding challenging enough? Well “bad” is the last word you will use to describe the nursing wear from BOOB Design, the brainchild of mom Mia Seipel. In fact, “need”  is more like it. Watching her sister breastfeed with her poor belly bare to the cold Swedish wind, Mia decided to create stylish and functional nursing wear. And she succeeded big time with super stylish tops and dresses (the new Fall...

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Procrasti-moms: The Halloween Costume of Your Dreams

I cannot be the only loser mom out there with the very best intentions as far as Halloween costumes go–only to end up sobbing in the empty costume aisle on October 30th, trying to decide if I go for the one cheesy cheerleader costume that’s left, or just try to make something out of tin foil at home. Baby Candy to my rescue. The mom-run shop known for packaging their baby tees and onesies like candy and "serving" them on little plates has come through for the procrasti-moms among us, big time. Behold the "This is My ________ Costume"...

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