Month: November 2007

Killing Three Baby Books With One Stone

Was it just me or is it every pregnant mom’s shower nightmare to get fourteen cutesie baby books that haunt you from your closet, unused,  months after your baby is born. I’d rather request this fantastic three book combo by Loralin Design that we spotted at chic new online boutique Three Lovelies. You’ll get a nursing and feeding journal, a baby journal, and a gift log all in one neat box. Each one holds 128-pages for new moms to neatly record their special moments, track thank you notes sent, and keep on top of nursing sessions. Okay, so it’s...

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Because a Whole Lot of Kids Think That Christmas Celebrates the Birth of Santa

You might want to skip this pick if you left your sense of humor at the office, because this is quite possibly the holiday item that’s made us all laugh the loudest so far this year. It’s French Paper’s Pop Ink Stranger Manger note cards, which combine the four most recognizable icons of the holiday season: Jesus, Mary, Santa, and Frosty the Snowman. I’m a little sad that Rudolph wasn’t included, but then I guess they’d have to balance him out with one of the Wise Men and suddenly the design would feel cluttered. If you’re feeling extra-subversive, you...

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Haul Out the Holly

So maybe you need a little Christmas, right this very minute – or maybe you’re doing your best Bah, Humbug every time you hear another round of Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer in the supermarket. If you’re in the former camp, you’re going to love the festive handmade felt holly clips from our new fave little etsy shop, Maya Papaya. If you’re in the latter camp…well get one anyway. You need it. And if you’re just not a Christmas reveler, fear not. There’s a cute and decidedly secular snowman available too....

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Noho Ho Ho

I realize it’s highly unlikely any tween would carry around some old fashioned photo album to show off her roster of friends when they’ve got fancy little cell phones and Sidekicks.  But wait until they get a look at the Noho photo cuff from Brooklyn artist, Smoy. While the handmade vegan leather cuff is definitely the anthesis of high-tech, we’re betting they’ll still think it’s pretty darn cool. It’s part of Smoy’s new handmade Noho collection, featuring sweet edging, five cute colors to choose from, and slots for four photos. Which means the wearer can change pictures about as...

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Moms At Work

If you haven’t yet bookmarked Mommy Track’d, The working mother’s guide to managed chaos, you haaaave to do it. Besides fantastic columns from great writers and a slew of resources for working moms, I always like poking around their shop to see what’s new. Amidst the day planners and notepads and other random doodads to help keep the disorganized mom a tad less so, we found this awesome See Mom Work mousepad. Bring it to work, or even better, keep it at home so that when someone tries to disturb you while you’re reading Cool Mom Picks…er, working on...

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Stocking stuffer central

Sometimes I shop with a person in mind. And then sometimes I just browse fun shops and think, "ooh, who can I get this for?" So-fun UK shop Betty Joy falls into the latter category, especially now that there are stockings that need stuffing in my near future. Everything in this shop is entirely handmade. So you’ll find all kinds of quirky jewelry in the $10 to $25 range (attention, moms of tweens!), knit neckwarmers, nifty hand-stitched felt animals, plus cool little purses and accessories. Of course I’m partial to the leather I Heart Mum brooch. In fact, I...

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Hey Kid, Paint Your Own Toys.

With all toy recalls, everyone has been joking about making their own toys. But considering I can barely make a complete dinner, I don’t know that I can be trusted to handcraft a cool toy worthy of my picky 3-year-old. But we can most certainly paint our own toys. Like the great wooden dinos from Rosie Hippos. Made from safe solid pine, these rolling Jurassic era creatures look great as their plain old wooden selves. But add a paint brush and some color, and imagine the possibilities: A princess brontosaurus? A punk rock stegosaurus? Your kids get to decide. Plus, you’ll know exactly what...

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Mom-Approved Mistletoe

I’m all for celebrating the holidays with a bit of seasonal wear, but I haven’t quite figured out why, in order for something to be considered festive, it has to be drenched in snowmen and candy canes. Baby Legs’ stylish new seasonal collection is calling to me. Any pair will be perfect for my daughter (although I’m particularly digging Mistletoe) who insists on wearing dresses no matter how cold it is. And even my crawling son relies on them to protect his hardworking knees. Plus you can’t beat that their entire new line is organic. That’s something you’ll never ever be able...

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Next Stop, Oprah’s Book Club

I have yet to nail down the perfect way to effectively collect and display my daughter’s massive amounts of artwork. But then I found Little Author, an awesome mom and dad-run business that will take your kid’s artwork and turn it into a real live book. The process takes time, but what you get is an amazing result — a 24 page, hardcover book chock full of pictures (very cleanly scanned) of your child’s flowers and horsies and ambiguous squiggles. It includes a dedication page, an author page with your kid’s photo, plus text that you provide. The book...

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow Already

I absolutely cannot wait for the first snowfall this year. I am so looking forward to walking around the streets of New York, capturing my baby daughter’s reaction to the beautiful sparkling snowflakes for the first time. Well, that, and there’s also there’s the matter of the shoes. Okay so you got me. It’s pretty much all about the shoes.  You see, back I first learned that one of our favorite shoe purveyors, Vincent, came out with a line of prewalkers, I snapped up a pair of the fleecy, cozy red Mini Bjorns right away. (Although it was hard...

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