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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Eco-mania continues – organic kids’ dress clothes

Whether you’ve got kids with sensitive skin, or you’re just not into dealing with the chemical processes that even the regular 100% cotton clothes go through, then it’s nice to know that you’ve got lots of eco-friendly kids’ clothing options to get you through the holidays and beyond. Take the gorgeous offerings at eco-boutique Pure and Little. We love the adorable 100% organic twill boys’ oxford shirt  for special occasions, and I’m dying over their organic knit dresses like the dress from Egg Baby by Susan Lazar shown here. It’s not only beautiful but also color grown, meaning completely...

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Scrapblog – It’s a scrapbook. That’s like a blog. Thus, the name.

When digital scrapbooking sites first started appearing, I remember thinking, “Huh. That’s a really good idea for non-crafty people like me who only deal with the computer. But I’m far too busy blogging to do anything like that.” Enter Scrapblog. It’s online scrapbooking, sure, but it also works like a combination blog/slideshow so that you can easily share your creations with others, and they can leave you comments. (Comments! As in, every bloggers’ lifeblood.) When you’re feeling really industrious, you can print the pages out and have paper scrapbooks to share with those in your life who aren’t online...

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A baby monitor for your iPhone? Sure. What the heck.

I remember that time we went to visit my folks for the holidays, and in the midst of packing the presents and the pack-n-play, I somehow forgot the baby monitor. Well, I was sure I’d hear the baby when she woke up. But by the time I went to check on her I discovered that she’d been screaming with indignation for long enough that I immediately dissolved into a puddle of maternal guilt. If you find yourselves out of town without a baby monitor but with internet access (thus, you are here), we have a great solution in CodeGoo’s...

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The gloves to match the hat to match the doll

Babies look cute in hats with bear ears. They just do. That’s the rule. But the truth is, babies also look cute in hats with Joop ears, Balob ears and Tada ears. And if you have any idea what I’m talking about you’re evidently familiar with the brand kids label, Muddy Cloud. Designer Joy Limanon Anaya and her husband Matt have created this family of five colorful, Teletubby-esque soft fleece dolls, each of which coordinates with a hat and pair of mittens in the same color and shape. Adorable factor aside (and boy are they adorable), the fleece hats...

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John & Kira’s ladybug chocolates are ready to fly

No matter how early I start my Christmas shopping, I’m always left with a couple of gifts to buy at the last minute. This year, instead of braving the crowds at the malls (shudder), I’m going to let CMP fave John & Kira chocolates save the day. We’ve featured John & Kira’s delectable chocolate ladybugs before, and these gift chocolates are all dressed up for the holidays.  Sporting a red or green dark chocolate shell, the inside of these little treats are filled with either scrumptious red raspberry or cool green mint ganache. Not only are they adorable, I’m...

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The gift of peace. Literally.

With my kids becoming more territorial about their things, I can only imagine the fights that I’m going to have to mediate courtesy of Santa this year. So I’m thinking about preparing in advance for once, and snatching up a personalized stamp for each of my children from Rubber Stamp Press. Okay, so my daughter won’t be able to stamp her tea set, but she can clearly mark all of her beloved books that my son has a tendency to steal and tear apart. And if “This Belongs to …” doesn’t send an adequate message, you can come up...

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Dear Santa, Call me back!

If there’s one thing I love about the holiday season, it’s that delightful little perk of being able to tell the kids they have to behave or Santa won’t bring them anything for Christmas. (Holiday blackmail: Just another service I offer as a mom.) Thanks to TokBox‘s cool new live video calling service, I can keep the mythology going by letting them call Santa themselves. Free. We upload a video message for Santa, and they’ll get an actual personalized video from him right back! I hope he mentions the part about how he particularly loves children who are nice...

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70% off sales. All the time. Not just Christmas time. (I know!)

The online sales are staggering right now (seriously – amazing) but as we all know, the delightful madness will be gone with the December calendar page. Unless you’re a member of Rue La La, the latest in a string of online designer sample sale sites that we’ve unearthed this year. The brands are on the accessible side of fashion-forward, including Splendid, BCBG Max Azria, and my fave, Theory. In fact, sign up now and you’ll still get a crack at gifts that can get to you in time for Christmas, including Alexis Hudson bags and Theory clothes and accessories....

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I love this dress. I love this dress. I. Love. This. Dress.

I have spent a lifetime searching for the elusive perfect little black dress and thanks to Sarah Seven my search is over. This black, lined, crinkle gauze dress is everything I’ve ever wanted: Forgiving in the belly region, feminine without being fussy and falls to mid-thigh which I am happy to report I can still get away with. I think. It costs $189, but here’s the thing: it’s custom made. As in, made to fit your specific build. Send Sarah your measurements and in just a few weeks (ugh, just missed New Year’s) she’ll send you back a truly...

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SingStar ABBA – Because if you can’t humiliate yourself in front of your closest friends…

If you have holiday guests (of the fun variety) to entertain over the next couple weeks, run — don’t walk — and grab yourself a copy of SingStar ABBA for PS2 or PS3. As a huge, cheesy, unabashed ABBA fan, when I had the chance to review this I was like, gimme! Or rather, Gimme Gimme Gimme. (Ha, ABBA humor.) If you’re not familiar with the SingStar series of video games, it’s like turning your home into a karaoke hall only without the $12 beers. And without the cheesy non-union talent trying to act out the songs. You actually...

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