Month: December 2007

A Little Separation Between Your Kid and the Dining Room Table is Never a Bad Thing

Just because my daughter can feed herself does not mean she actually gets all the food in her mouth. Hence our love affair with Bibbitybop’s Placemats. These hearty vinyl-covered placemats come in such fantastic fabric choices that you can set them out for drinking-aged company as well. But when the kids are around, they’re just perfect. Especially at such great prices – just $25 for a set of four. The placemats (and extra special unleaded bibs) are handmade by Toronto mom Alice Hiller using locally sourced materials. Not only do they wipe clean and won’t stain, but you can...

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Better You Than Me, Sister

Even having gone through two mostly uneventful pregnancies (I know, don’t hate on me), I’m happy now to be back in my regular jeans and regular shoes with not one ounce of lower back pain–and no forthcoming labor and delivery. And so, being the kind thoughtful friend that I am, I just haaaaaad to buy one of these cards for the next bud of mine who gets knocked up. Aside from hilarious sentiment, how can you pass up the bright colors and the fact that it’s printed on an antique printing press with vintage blocks and antique wood? I’m...

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Personal Cards (Even When They’re Not Personalized)

If there’s anything that made me more weepy than is customary during those first few days after having my son, it was all the kind notes of congratulations sent to me. I’d like to reciprocate, except getting out the house with two kids to find the perfect baby card every time gets tough. So my plan is to grab a set of these fantastic Good News and Baby Shoes cards from Three Wheels Design, a modern paper shop after my own heart. Mom of two Vicki Shields employs simple, elegant graphics in a pack of six different cards, any...

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I Feel Pretty. Even at 35 Weeks.

I’ve reached that point in my pregnancy where I feel like that old cliché, the beached whale. Worse – I feel like I’m insulting whales with the analogy. It’s time to treat myself to something fabulous to help me feel pretty through the home stretch. The very new label, Bao Bei Maternity, is full of fabulous – from the colors to the styles to the soft fabrics and impeccable construction. Most importantly, their clothes fit beautifully, regardless of how far along you may be. There’s a great selection of it at mom-run Mom and Baby Sport (sounds comfy, doesn’t...

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The Three Little Kittens Would Never Lose These

Even though snow isn’t exactly headed to my side of Atlanta any time soon, that doesn’t mean my kids don’t need mittens. Chilly little fingers need protection with or without the white stuff. I’m envisioning my son in a pair of these mittens* by Liz Jones Handmade. Made from repurposed felted wool sweaters and lined with fleece (no itchies here!), these mittens are warm enough to make it through an an entire NYC winter on the artist’s 6 year-old product tester. If sweet little owls aren’t your thing, check out the crossbones. Either way, they’re one or two of...

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The Best PR That Wool Could Ask For

American parents tend to have this hang-up with wool. Maybe generations of itchy grandma sweaters have made us skittish about the fabric but the truth is wool, especially for babies, can be amazing if used properly. So when we were given a first look at the new Cariboo Organic Purtec Wool Blanket, we were excited to see if it lived up to the fanfare. Oh boy, it did.  Cariboo, if you’re not familiar, is the New Zealand company that’s makes the stunning high-end sustainable wood baby furniture you drool over in Cookie magazine. I assure you their blankets do...

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Like You Needed Another Reason to Shop

As if your credit card doesn’t get enough of a workout with daily visits to Cool Mom Picks, we’ve got more great excuses to pull out the plastic – thanks to some extra fabulous and CMP exclusive sales. If your kids are in need of new boots or shoes for now or next year, stock up now at Vincent, one of our favorite shoe purveyors. Use code "CMP-35-OFF" at checkout  (not in the gift certificate area) starting today at 10am through Sunday for a whopping 35% off non-sale items, even styles that have never ever been discounted. Then treat yourself to 25% off...

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Contrary to Popular Belief, Moms Do Have a Few Brain Cells Left

After months spent in OB offices browsing parenting magazines that ran the gamut from mindless fun to downright annoying, I had no idea that there was something out there for moms that was actually (gasp) literary. While I love a good holiday cookie recipe or rainy day craft idea as much as the next gal, sometimes I do have capacity for a bit more in my head. Enter Brain, Child, a magazine that no thinking mom should be without. What? You’ve never heard of it? Good thing you came here today. Founded by two smart mamas themselves, Jennifer Niesslein...

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Über-Hoodie

With December weather fluctuating between mildly cold to oddly warm, layering pieces are a mom’s best friend. On my own wish list for my daughter: A Random Nicole hoodie, just one of many fantastic finds at mom and pop-run boutique for junior fashionistas, Popodona. Like all of Nicole Stevenson’s beautiful hand-appliquéd shirts, the hoodies (there’s one for little guys too) are definitely a step above your typical sweatshirt, entering more into the realm of wearable art. The designer makes amazing use of vintage inspired designs and even a whimsical fabric lining in the hood, making each piece one-of-a-kind. This...

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Awkward Family Dinners No More

You’re more likely to find my family all yapping over each other a mile a minute during holiday dinners than staring awkwardly at our soup bowls. But other families? Not so lucky. Here are a couple of solutions to get things rolling. Table Topics is the maker of Family Topics, a fine looking set of 135 cards printed with  conversation starters from What personality trait has gotten you into the most trouble? to Is space exploration important? I especially like their mini “to-go” sets of kids cards which is a way better alternative to the DVD on long car...

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