Month: November 2008

Deck the walls with pretty things

With certain types of decor, your standard glittery, tinsel-y holiday trimmings just don’t fit. They’re festive, sure, but sometimes you just need something simple, something sophisticated. Something cool. For those occasions,  think we’ve found the solution. (And really, isn’t that why you come here?) You might already know dVider wall stickers as a solution for changing kids room decor, but they also offer a holiday collection to help you add a touch of glam for the holidays. Stick them to walls, windows, floors, um…ceilings? You name it. They cost less than $50 and they won’t require you to buy...

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Nap + Cuddle = Nuddle

The weather is finally turning cold here in Colorado, which means that it’s time to begin our annual battle over the thermostat.  My husband turns it up, I turn it down, and round and round we go until April. I think I might have finally figured out a way to get him to wave the white flag of surrender: the Nuddle Blanket. Which is for us for a change, and not the kids. This ultra-soft, super-plush microfiber blanket is like no blanket I’ve ever seen. First of all it has actual armholes so that I can read or type...

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Function that makes me feel pretty for a change

My baby boy and I are closing in on nine months of successful breastfeeding but unfortunately, that’s just the problem. Based on my first two babies, I planned for only a few months of nursing and that’s left me in dire need of new nursing-friendly unmentionables.  It would be even nicer if they were pretty too. Enter the new Medela nursing camisole. Made of a cotton/bamboo blend in either black or white (no leopard prints, yay!), with non-scratchy lace trim, this cami not only makes it easy to feed my baby without baring my midsection, it’s the prettiest undergarment...

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Shearling booties! Ack, dying from the cuteness!

Feet certainly don’t get any cuter with age, so I figure I might as well leave my kids’ toes bare for as long as I can. But while bare toes are adorable, they look a little out of place paired with a velveteen dress or flannel trousers in holiday photos. The Little EDA shearling booties at Bean New York are a perfect choice for winter photo ops and other occasions where toasty toes are a necessity. Available in chocolate, pumpkin, or sage and lined in wonderfully soft shearling, they’re so warm and cozy and luxurious I wish they made...

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Rocketship Run – Laurie Berkner’s latest CD is a blast (off)

My son has a crush on an older woman, and her name is Laurie Berkner. Judging by the number of times he’s listened to her new kids CD, Rocketship Run, he has fallen hard. Fortunately for the rest of us, we can understand his adoration: her voice on Laurie’s first full-length CD in six years is as lush and melodic as ever. Plus, she starts off with a song about rocket ships—a siren song for my little boy’s ears if I’ve ever heard one. Along with an entertaining treasure hunt that Laurie and her band mates weave in between...

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Giving the big sister tees a break with something a little more shiny

My daughter, cursed with only a brother for company, regularly trots around the house with whatever doll she’s favoring that day and tell me it’s her little sister, and she’s taking very good care of her. Then she gives me a withering look, to let me know how I’ve let her down. Good times. If you know two girls who need a little help appreciating their special bond, celebrate it with the gorgeous sterling silver lil sis/big sis cuff bracelets from Emmie Kate. Order the pair in baby size, child size, or one of each. This set would be...

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Dreaming of Verde Mela

Dear employer, I respectfully request that from now on you pay me in Euros. Or possibly Yen. Because then I’d be far more likely to be able to afford the black and grey collared dress from Verde Mela for my daughter at West Village Kids – you know, the one with the stunning details? The adorable collar? The leather trim at the hem? While you’re at it, I would like a boob lift and a self-walking puppy. Best, Liz Save 30% (!!) off all Verde Mela at West Village Kids with code CMPVerde through...

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Beaba Babycook: Now you’re cooking, mama

Call me ecologically bankrupt, but I’m willing to pay for convenience. Disposable dipes and wipes are a mainstay around here, as was jarred baby food–until I tried the Beaba Babycook. (Update: Now the Beaba Babycook Pro, shown below.) This little gadget steams and blends fruits and veggies quickly and efficiently, even for a kitchen novice like me. Not only does the sleek modern design look great on my counter, the Babycook is made of safe Polysulfone–meaning there’s no leaching of any chemicals into my carefully-prepared home made baby food. It comes with a recipe booklet with instructions for making such delicacies...

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The Daily Grommet: Another enjoyable time (and money) suck on the web.

Here at CMP, we see a lot of fabulous products created by entrepreneurs. But we don’t always get a chance to delve deeper into the stories behind those products. So we’ve been waiting eagerly for the brand new product discovery site, The Daily Grommet which just launched in beta  They use video to highlight one incredible find a day for moms that hasn’t yet hit the big time–well, mostly. I can’t quite say that Hanky Panky thongs are yet unheard of considering you can get them in every department store. But I did like discovering a new Japanese kind...

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Glow Mama, Glow

I know I’m not the only mama out there went a little nutty trying to down those 10 glasses of water a day during pregnancy. I’m all for hydration, but after a while it was nice to change up to (caloric) juice or (mildly verbotten) iced tea. San Francisco-based Glow Mama totally gets this, creating this kiwi-based beverage packed with all kinds of fiber and antioxidants and vitamins that pregnant women need. I found the taste sweet but not cloying, definitely a little unusual. I mean, you’ve got to like kiwi to begin with for sure. But what’s particularly...

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You say tomato, I say Happy Tomato

I’ve learned in my humble five years as a parent that no matter how hard you try, kids are going to like what they like – and around here it’s trucks and mermaids. But what I have figured out is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be the exact one that they see on their favorite TV show or DVD. Thank goodness for loopholes – and mom and owner Stacia Linz of Happy Tomato who has helped satisfy my kid’s desires without me having to drop more cash on licensed characters. Her original sketches are hand carved from wood...

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Pictures of you

I love to choose sentimental, personal gifts that say something more than “I dropped $50 on you.” (Hello, gift cards.) Problem is, sentimental, personal gifts can border on cheesy if you aren’t choosy. The design-your-own photo frames from Designs by Elizabeth Ann definitely pass muster. Pick a size, choose a background, and add a quote or monogram–so simple. These frames would make a great housewarming gift or hostess gift this holiday. Just make sure you pick wisely; can’t regift something monogrammed....

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Mama loves salsa, and now baby can too

I’m all for exposing my kids to world music, but have to take into account that they do enjoy some of the regular old kids music (pain me though it does). Thanks to Baby Loves Salsa, the new release from our friends at Baby Loves Music, now kids can enjoy the awesome Latin salsa sounds at their own speed. A fantastic English and Spanish compilation of original songs and exciting new arrangements of traditional favorites like Old MacDonald,  this CD will have your kids dancing instantly. As with all their recordings, the talented Baby Loves Salsa artists by no...

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Design your own booties. C’mon, you know you want to.

I’ve never been one to coordinate every aspect of my baby’s clothes, which is obvious based on the blue socks, pink pants, and yellow onesie my newborn is sporting right now. But I will say there have been times when I’ve bought some pretty groovy special occasion outfits and found myself without a baby shoe to match. Enter Cute Baby Shoes‘ brand new design your own leather booties service. Choose from array of solid colors, specify where you want them, and in a few weeks (or a little more), you’ll have a really nice quality soft-sole booties designed just...

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When you care enough not to leave your sitter a novel

I’ve tried to use babysitter notepads, but they’re either too labor intensive, or they don’t have spots for the information I think is important. So I usually end up just writing out my own on a blank piece of paper, until I found the Babysitter Notes from Tiny-Tales. These simple notepads are sorted by simple one-word prompts with just enough space underneath for you to get your point across without having to write a book – which c’mon – does the sitter really read it anyway? You’ll find the three biggies,  eat, bathe and sleep, along with my faves,...

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Put a lid on it

Considering we were just wearing shorts last week in Atlanta, the cold snap took me and my son’s poor little head by surprise. No wonder when I tried the hat from Eli’s Lids on him, he refused to take it off. Designed and handmade by mom Kara-Noel Lawson, these aren’t your average caps and beanies. Smartly constructed to fit kids 1-5, they’re a nice alternative to the mass marketed hats we end up having to resort to. My son’s fave, the surfer (pictured), is a thick beanie constructed from soft striped acrylic that reverses to a hip argyle. It keeps your kiddo’s head warm...

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Diaper bag organization gets a fashion forward facelift

Long before Cool Mom Picks, I was a big fan of diaper bags that made a statement beyond “I wipe poopy butts all day long.” But after treating myself to something pretty, I soon discovered pretty didn’t necessarily keep me any more organized. Fast-forward six years, and I’ve found SoYoung Mother, makers of a diaper bag that not only looks fabulous, but was designed entirely with organization in mind.  Created by Catherine SoYoung Choi, these bags feature a shallow bottom and clear and mesh pockets to make it much easier to find whatever binkie or saltine packet you’re frantically...

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Moccis reinforce my view that slippers are for old ladies

We’re a no-shoes-in-the-house kind of family, which is no problem in the summer. But when the cold weather arrives, I’m stuck with a couple of kids with darn chilly feet. If you’ve got a kid who thinks slippers are torture devices, then you’ll want to snag a pair of Moccis, a cool cross between a warm sock and a moccasin. Your kids can easily slip on these modern moc-socks that hail from the oft chilly UK, and better, keep them on without slipping or sliding on your floors thanks to the suede soles. For $26, it’s worth not having...

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You won’t mind bringing these ants into your house

Wooden blocks are a staple in any kid’s toy chest, but wait until they get a look at the New Antics Ant Blocks from Uncle Goose. No matter which way your kids stack or place these wooden cubes they’ll create an endless combination of ant trails. Even if my son thinks he’s too old to play with blocks I think they’re totally zen. I could probably use them on my own desk. –Betsy Congratulations to lucky Ant Blocks winner, Amy...

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Oh go on, let the kids draw on their shirts

Like plenty of kids, my own girls are obsessed with drawing–on paper, on their bodies, on their shoes, on the walls. Sigh. So I imagine they’d find themselves immediately in love with the Brooklyn-made Chalkboard Tee which is meant for that very thing. Each 100% cotton shirt comes emblazoned one of seven chalkboard shapes from basic hearts and butterflies to a city skyline and even a necktie. Chalk comes with it so your kids won’t have to wait a moment to get to work designing. And yep, they can totally be thrown in the wash and come out as...

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