Month: December 2008

O Christmas Tree (candle), O Christmas Tree (candle)

We’re at the moment in the holiday season when I realize I need gifts for all those other deserving people in our lives: teachers, dance instructors, party hosts, house cleaners, the personal chef (ha! kidding!). To the rescue: the clean-looking Uni Tree Candle. Made by Austrian Atelier, this little tree has a neat, sophisticated shape that sits on a small aluminum stand and will fit into anyone’s home decor. I appreciate that it is made out of renewable palm wax, uses safer colorings and doesn’t have any fragrance to compete with all the other delicious smells of the season....

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An appealing alternative to the singing reindeer doll

I know there are some of you out there still looking for one special Christmas gift for some lucky little girl–and only because I count myself among you. Well fear not, because at etsy shop Little Big Pants, artist Terra Krebbs‘ lovely Audrey doll is now available in adorable holiday styles, each one storybook ready. I am absolutely swooning over Audrey Goes Carolling in her wool felt cape with faux fur trim and a matching muff, all dressed up Madeline-style. But I also love her in her green or red New Year’s frock, and in her low key tree-trimming...

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Fairy Tree House, actual size. Or so I’m told.

I do recognize that some girls on my list are all into fairies and tutus and princess tiaras, but I am still having trouble just giving in and buying some crappy marabou slippers or Cinderella wand. So I am so excited to have discovered the brand new Fairy Tree House which is a book, a playhouse, a craft kit, and an imagination builder all at once. Open up the kit and you have access to Saviour Pirotta’s charming little fairy handbook. Then turn it on its side and you’ve got a whole little 3-d fairy world to play with,...

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Drawing a blank

Sometimes the gift of nothing is the best gift of all. I flipped when I saw these Blank Board Books at Romp, because they give kids a blank canvas in which to make their very own literary masterpieces. The square books are made of six durable boards, plus the front and back covers, which can become anything from a holiday gift for Grandma (great for bragging rights) to a beginner’s scrapbook. Kids can use stickers, photos, markers, basically whatever “medium” they’re into, so, no matter how young your prodigy is, they can create a must read that will be...

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Be kind to your fine feathered bags

I might be more excited that feather-embellished accessories are back had I ever gotten rid of mine in the first place. Shh, don’t tell the fashion police. One of the cuter bags I’ve seen so far for your New Year’s Eve LBD (you do have a sitter, right?) Is this ostrich feather stunner from NYC handbag designer Daphne Nadler’s etsy shop. It’s one of eight feather bags she has available right now–see the full collection on her website, Handbags by Daphne. The best part is that it’s so petit, it’s like flaunting the fact that you couldn’t possibly have...

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Bowling for sailors

I am not sure why my children automatically gravitate towards bowling games. Honestly, I wish it were golf–far more money in that when you go pro. But for now, I’m happy to indulge them and French toymaker Vilac makes maybe the cutest bowling set I’ve ever seen. Made only of solid hardwood and finished with non-toxic paints, each narrow skittle is painted to look like a ye olde time-y French sailor. Which, when you think about it, might be remotely better than teaching your child to hurl balls at animals like most bowling sets. But there’s also a more...

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Luxe baby towels without the luxe prices

If there’s anything I wish I had about 400 more of, it would have to be baby towels. Or at least ones that you can’t see through after a few washings. So that’s why I was happy to discover the gorgeous–and reasonably priced—Beeby towels at mom-owned boutique Cutie and Patootie. These towels are soft and thick and feature a lovely velvety fabric hood and soft fleece lining around the edges. Plus they’re just big enough to fit an infant or small toddler so you’re not dealing with a flailing little one in a gigantic towel. If you’re looking for...

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Rock Star Baby Organic Shampoo: Two, two, two trends in one

When we first started Cool Mom Picks, there was definitely a wave of rock ‘n roll themed stuff for kids. This year, it was all about organics. So it was only a matter of time before it all came together into some sort of cool, organic, rocking…something or other. Well that something or other happens to be Lulu’s Rock Star Baby Organics which makes the shampoos and conditioners that have been gracing our bathtub rim as of late. Scents like paparazzi lime and tangerine limousine sound a little silly but they’re actually far more subtle than your average “hey,...

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Save Handmade!

We’ve received an incredible outpouring of support on our recent post about the new CPSC Safety Improvement Act that is jeopardizing the livelihoods of the small businesses and artisans that we love. So what did we do? We created our own Save Handmade! resource page to let you know how you can help (it’s easy) and where you can go for more info. We’ll also try to keep you up to date on any breaking news. We also invite you to add this dandy button seen here to your own blog or website to help get the word out....

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Why I love Pete’s white shoes

Instead of coughing up fur balls and sleeping, Pete the Cat goes out for a leisurely stroll in his spanking new white shoes. I can’t even imagine trying to get shoes onto my cat, never mind how miffed she’d be if she stepped into some of the things Pete does. But, Pete is so unflappable in his latest book, I Love My White Shoes, I found myself trying to figure out how to achieve his level of zen. I knew I’d love this book pretty much from the start, mainly because James Dean’s (no relation) illustrations of Pete are...

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