Month: November 2008

The immaculate confection

Recently I wanted to make cookies for my girls but I was too tired to start from scratch. I grabbed a thing of that refrigerated cookie dough that I remember eating raw in my college days and figured it would be fine in a pinch. Oh man, was it horrible. Beyond horrible. Like two dozen cookies that went uneaten horrible. Needless to say, I was skeptical when offered a chance to test drive the Immaculate Baking organic cookie dough but I’ll cut to the chase: Yum. The dough is totally organic and free of preservatives and trans-fats so you...

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Merino Kids Baby Sleep Sack – Hold the Blankets

My husband used to go into my wriggly toddler son’s room every night at least twice to cover him up. But thanks to the Merino Kids baby sleep sack, we’re all getting way more sleep now. This super comfy striped sack is made using a 100% merino inner layer and then soft cotton on the outside, which definitely kept my kid warm but not overheated. And thanks to strategically placed slits, you can strap your little one in his carseat with the sack on. No reaching back to keep covering him with his blanket on the long car ride...

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Cool Mom Picks loves Brazil!

We just wanted to give a huge thanks to Época, Brazil’s popular weekly magazine, for naming Cool Mom Picks among their top 20 international blogs! We are beyond honored to be in such esteemed company as the Huffington Post, Boing Boing, Post Secret, Perez Hilton, Treehugger and Chez Pim.  And special thanks to our friend Isabel Kallman of Alpha Mom, who was kind enough to translate the article from Portuguese for us. Because the excerpt of our Baby Loves Salsa review, according to Babelfish’s online translator, read: With the new album Baby Loves Parsley…now the children can use to...

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Baby Safe Cap – Save your brain cells for more important things

Considering I can barely keep track of my cell phone, let alone a baby bottle cap, just guess how many bottle caps I’ve lost. Okay don’t hurt yourself with all that math.   Thank goodness for Baby Safe Caps, which simply fit onto your standard-sized bottles, flip back when your kid needs to eat, and then close so you don’t have to scramble to try to find a cap–or worse, let it roam around your bag collecting cheerio crumbs. Sweet!  -Kristen Congratulations to Cathy S, winner of the set of Baby Safe...

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A Fairy for all Seasons

It’s always nice cracking open some children’s books to get your kids into the spirit of the holidays, but not every parent is looking to do it through biblical tales or the Santa story. A cool alternative: Positive Spin Press offers three fairy tales–literally–from author Lisa Sferiazza Johsnon that do a lovely job of exploring the season without favoring any one religion over another. Each one features the beautifully drawn Eve from illustrator Tucker Johnson, along with her fairy pals as they all celebrate Halloween, Christmas and other winter holidays, some of which I’d never even heard of before....

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The coolest ABC magnets in the preschool

I still remember seeing a colorful print called Lea’s Alphabets on this site even back before I was writing here. What made that alphabet artwork pop for me was Gregoire Ganter’s amazing photographs of street signs and images from cities all around the world. I remember thinking how great it’d look in my daughters’ room, but, alas, our budget was tied up in such boring things as “mortgage” and “preschool”. So I was thrilled to see that the same inventive idea used for Lea’s Alphabets has been translated into a set of 26 recession-friendly magnets. Unlike those cheesy plastic...

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Yellow Pages, now more green than yellow

I think it’s been at least five years since I used an actual telephone book. With a wi-fi broadband connection to the all-knowing Internet, those old books are now only useful to me as makeshift booster seats and yet they continue to show up on my doorstep, year after year. I’ve finally found a way to curtail these unsolicited deliveries: YellowPagesGoesGreen.org, which is like the National Do-Not-Call Registry, but for unwanted telephone books. A grassroots organization started by a Missouri college student, the service lets you “opt-out” by contacting publishers and saying hey, hold the phone books already. Not...

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So much better than a holiday letter. (Oh so much better.)

Maybe you have time to sit down and write a newsy, personal note in every holiday card you send out, but personally, I consider it a good day if I can make the time to get fully dressed. And don’t even get me started on those “holiday newsletters” from family who think that it’s really important to let you know that they repainted the master bathroom back in May. The compromise? Any one of the really lovely Holiday Yearline options from Minted.com. On the face of it, it’s a photo card — customizable by you, of course, down to...

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Rock-a-bye birdies, made of bamboo

I can’t stop staring at this bamboo mobile by Petit Collage, available at Branch Home, and I’m just looking at a picture. In real life, those laser-cut bamboo birds each have a different pattern cut into their middles, so as they twirl around on the hanging thread I’m thinking there’s got to be some seriously funky light reflection going on through the cut-outs. That’d be pretty fascinating to stare at from inside a crib, while drifting off to sleep, no? But it’s also simple and elegant enough to hang elsewhere in the house. Why should baby have all the...

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Get your felt on

The more I realize how totally impractical it is to wear anything remotely nice around my sticky-fingered kids, the more I’m started to appreciate the value of accessories that aren’t all that valuable. UK shop Lupin Handmade, whose amazing felt mobiles we found earlier this year, has a smart, bold felt poppy headband that I’ve got my eye on for the holidays. Nice way to turn up the festivity for 15 bucks, and bonus – it’s not nearly as trite as sticking felt mistletoe in your hair....

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