Month: December 2008

Editors Best of 2008 – The coolest kids clothes, baby clothes, slings and shoes (whoo shoes!)

We thought we’d close out 2008 with our carefully if somewhat painfully culled down list of favorites of our favorite items to shop for in the whole world–kids’ clothes, baby clothes, and kids’ shoes. If only they didn’t outgrow these gorgeous things so easily. Oh well, that’s why we have second and third kids I suppose. Kristen: My daughter got so many compliments in her Lou & Lee handmade onesie (at top) that I’ve decided to keep her in it forever (ha!) Liz: If the idea of Tibetan yak hair fair trade kids’ clothes from Shokay sounds odd, think cashmere....

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Editors Best of 2008 – The coolest art, decor, kids furniture and kids bedding

Oh how we swoon over the pretty things in life. We’re guessing you will too with these picks of our favorite things to make the nursery, kids room, or playroom as awesome as you want it to be. Liz: Artist Lindsay Brackeen’s Tea With White Rabbits Print is like the Alice in Wonderland artwork you never realized you totally have to have for your little girl’s room. Kristen: I’ve been dying for our kid’s playroom to be finished just so I can hang Ida Pearle’s amazing alphabet cards (at top) on the wall. Liz: If I had to start all over...

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Editors Best of 2008 – The coolest websites, services, and stuff just for moms

While we love the gifts and gear for the wee ones in our lives, we’re always on the lookout for services and support just for the hard-working parents out there. Here are some of our favorites that we discovered this year. Liz: This year’s best trend award goes to the online designer sample sales including Hautelook and Rue La La, which discount outrageous kids’ and adult clothing by up to 70%. Nope, not a typo. Kristen: The free e-cards from Motherhood With Attitude and of course their actual printed cards save my butt consistently, and make me (and my recipients)...

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Editors Best of 2008 – The coolest blankets, bibs and baby gear

It’s the quintessential new baby gift: A blanket, a bib, a must-have bit of gear, a fifth of Jack for the mom. (We kid! We kid!) Kristen: Baby quilts meet 2008 in the most beautiful modern way with the myQuilt from MilkLush (at top). Liz: I’m a huge fan of handmade quilts that don’t look straight out of the Colonial era. Props this year go to the gorgeous modern quilts from Bedscape Designs and the exquisite poppy quilt from All the Numbers. Kristen: The smart, cool baby gear from Wisey definitely make life with kids easier. Too bad I didn’t find...

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Editors Best of 2008 – The coolest books, music, and kids’ DVDs

This was a banner year for media, including great books for parents from some of our favorite bloggers, wonderful kids’ books, and more cool music for kids than a new parent would have ever known was out there, had the remote control gotten jammed on that Disney channel. Behold, our favorites… Kristen: Baby Loves Salsa (at top) mixes Latin sounds with new and traditional kids’ songs. My kids can’t get enough of of this spicy salsa CD. Liz: They Might Be Giants, those masters of kids’ music that parents might actually be tempted to listen to willingly when the kids...

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Editors Best of 2008 – The coolest toys, dolls and baby toys

Considering all the amazing babies’ and kids’ toys we’ve discovered this year at Cool Mom Picks, narrowing down our list of favorite toys and dolls is like picking amongst our children. That said… Liz: There’s no cuter doll than the one your kid designs his or herself. My pick goes to Wooberry and Art2Believe who each have artists handcrafting custom dolls from your kid’s own drawing. Kristen: The adorable Blabla Kids Boogaloo Dolls (at top) in cuddly cotton handknit help my kids get to sleep every night. That’s saying something. Liz: The make-your-own pottery kits from Thomas Claire let your...

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Editors Best of 2008: The coolest jewelry and handbags

We’re very pleased once again to present our editors’ top picks for 2008. It’s a tough thing we must say – with literally hundreds to choose from (and trust us, we love them all) narrowing down is no small feat. But narrow we did. Each day we’ll present a new category right through to New Year’s, starting with today: Our favorite jewelry and bags Kristen: I truly covet every one of Jeanine Payer’s lovely pieces of jewelry which combine artistry and storytelling. Liz: I am constantly inspired by the jewelry from Amy Tavern, from her affordable signature pieces to her collectible...

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Vote for your Homies

Our good friends at ohdeedoh have launched The Homies, a contest to find the best kids’ design blog of 2008 and we’re honored to have found Cool Mom Picks on the list! But the truth is, we probably wouldn’t even vote for ourselves, that’s just how many great blogs there are out there for parents these days. So hit ohdeedoh, vote for your favorite, and make some hardworking, high-style, low-paid blogger’s day. You’re sure to find some great new sites to bookmark along the way. -Liz and...

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The two coolest thank you notes for holiday gifts

Among the many things my mom was a stickler about, a written thank you note for gifts was pretty close to the top of the list. I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I’ve gotten lax when it comes to heeding her word–but with these two awesome cards we tracked down, suddenly I’m looking forward to getting back in the thank you note groove. Any card that allows me to say thank you and quote Styx all in one awesome letterpress card is a must-have in my book, and that’s why I love the Domo arigato robot notes (pictured) from...

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