Month: March 2008

Pimp My Bugaboo

At the risk of being flamed, I hereby announce that I have a Bugaboo. And I freaking love it. Living in NYC there’s no better stroller for tackling cobblestones, bumping down subway steps and generally looking swanky. It gets way more use than our car, natch – but that also means it is, um…what’s that word? Oh yeah. Filthy. Enter the super snazzy stroller seat and canopy covers from Mama-La. While the stunning fabrics give you an Extreme Stroller Makeover, mom Mai-Liis Schertz has designed them to be practical too. See they fit snugly, they’re waterproof making them easier...

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Dressed to the Nines With Nary a Dorky Bow Tie to Be Found

I love clothes. Have I mentioned this before? If not, you should know, I’m a lover of the clothes. However, when it comes to clothing my favorite little punk, 99% of the time the clothing is just not fun or comfortable, and most of the options are as dorky as they are itchy. However, I have recently found one more addition to the 1% club. And this exception is exceptionally fantastic, totally well made, and kickin’ cool. In fact, designer Denise Love’s Dandy Social Club children’s clothing collection is rocking our world, right along with my assumptions about boys...

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You ask, we answer: The CMP FAQ

First, we just wanted to thank so many of you for helping us out by answering our Federated Media survey last month. But even more, we wanted to thank you for all the amazing words of support (seriously! We cried!) and excellent comments and suggestions you left in the process. We thought we’d spend a minute answering some of the more common suggestions. And as always, the email lines are open 24/7 and operators are standing by at info@coolmompicks.com if you ever have others. Can you do more posts? It may kill us, but we’ve upped our daily posts...

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Having conquered the clavicle, Blend Creations takes on the earlobe

I’ve always believed that a great pair of earrings can make even the most scattered woman look put together, and the new line from one of our favorite designers, Blend Creations, fits the bill. As a former fabulous earring wearer turned boring bracelet wearer thanks to a beastly toddler who thinks my jewelry is his personal jungle gym, I’m a huge fan of their gorgeous handcrafted stainless steel earrings. The Japanese washi paper makes them far more fabulous than your average studs, and the non-dangly thing means they’ll remain safely out of reach of grabby babies–who, when folks get a glance...

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The Kids Shoe Adoration Continues

Let’s continue what is fast becoming Kids Shoes Month at CMP. We have been bowled over lately by the number of far too cute footwear options for people far too little to appreciate such deliciousness. Way up on our list: The new sandals from CMP fave Livie and Luca. Forget for a moment (if possible) that this mom-run company’s handmade styles are beyond adorable and colorful and funky and original. What’s really appealing to me is that my daughter has been wearing–i.e. beating on–her Livie and Luca elephant shoes for about a year now, and they still look terrific,...

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Little Fingers For Big Change

When my daughter was a wee tot, my mother gave me a bunch of finger puppets. She put them in an old purse of my grandmother’s and told me to take them to restaurants. Finger puppets enabled my husband and I to continue eating with childless adults, and we still use them four years later for similar reasons. Fable and Lore’s beautiful, substantial, fair-trade finger puppets found at My Princess Closet are made from extra fabric scraps so no two dragons, wizards or knights are alike. And, bonus, 100% of the proceeds benefit UNESCO’s Literacy Initiative for Empowerment campaign,...

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Hail Mary, Full of Jam

I realize that the Easter holiday is less about the Virgin Mary and more about her Son, but let’s face it, she deserves some of the credit. So why not celebrate Jesus and the Mother of all Mothers today with this Fred and Friends Holy Toast Bread Stamper. (You’ve been blessed with holy water so why not chase it with some pious toast?) I’m not sure it will make the toast any tastier, but it’s bound to create quite a stir at the breakfast table. Plus you can quadruple your investment when the neighbors get wind that the Virgin Mary appeared...

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Future Foodies, Your Wardrobe is Ready

We have been blessed with a picky little eater in the family who won’t indulge in standard American kids fare like hot dogs and chicken nuggets. That said, she is partial to a fine grating of Reggiano-Parmigiano over her fusilli and nibbles of mama’s sushi.  If we only knew then what we knew now, we’d have decked her out in the Foodie onesie from the Connoisseur collection at family-run Fig Leaf Baby. The quality is terrific, with hand embroidery over soft-as-artisanal-butter Peruvian Pima cotton. If you’ve got a petit epicure in the nursery, no doubt he’ll be picky about...

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Mama Needs a Snack

After spending much of each day feeding this hungry new baby of mine, sometimes I forget to feed myself. Yes, I know new mamas need to take care of themselves too, but there aren’t many three-course meals to be prepared one-handed. To keep from wasting away completely (not likely), I’ve really enjoyed keeping Oh Mama! bars close at hand. They may not be a good substitute for a full meal, but they’re far preferable to a candy bar where it comes to snacking, especially with vitamins, minerals, and DHA hidden inside. Okay, so the packaging is a little cutesie,...

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Not Your Average Nursery Decor

My six-year-old and I are at odds when it comes to decorating her room. She wants to paint it bubblegum pink, while I’m fearful of being reminded of Pepto (shudder). Fortunately, a compromise is on the horizon — in the form of the creative new Blik wall decals. Newest on tap is the collaboration with cmp fave Wee Gallery that turns their whimsical illustrations into peel-off wall art. The garden set is girlie without getting cloying. But it’s fun poking around the whole Blik site, especially to see what’s new in their collaboration with Threadless, the artsy t-shirt people....

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Flipping for the Flip

We lost $10,000. Or to put it another way, that $10,000 should have been ours – if only the moment of spectacular toddler hilarity captured on videotape had actually been captured on videotape. After which of course we would send it off to America’s Funniest Home Videos and claimed our rightful cash prize. What can I say, it looked like it was recording. Thus began my affection for the Flip video camera.   Even gadget spazzes like me can work this thing. But you don’t give up much in the process – it’s lightweight, crazy small, and bloggers especially...

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It’s Cute and the Kids Like It and It Gives You 45 Minutes to Yourself. Sold.

They claim to be a "new concept in kid’s entertainment," but in saying as much, I think Giddio has sold themselves short. Their audio adventures may indeed be new, but the concept itself is old, and I mean that in the best possible way: These are stories that hearken back to the radio program days, when the family would gather ’round to hear what their favorite characters were up to that week. More than audio books, Giddio creates full-featured audio productions featuring Billy Brown, a gruff-sounding bear with a gentle heart. The sound effects are perfect and the voice...

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Sock it To Me

How do you get a skirt-obsessed preschooler who hates tights out the door without a battle in the morning? All hail the adorable knee socks – like these cuties picked by my daughter herself – from Tote and Tee. Owner and mom Amy Trusler’s girls are known for their eye-catching socks, so it was only natural that she’d stock them at her shop. And it’s no surprise they’re not only great-looking, but they’re true to their name. No "droopy ankle socks" here. Make sure to check out her handmade letter and number tees that can, upon your request, be designed to match...

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Preemies Need Cool Wardrobe Love Too

Lately we’ve gotten a few requests for cool preemie-wear. Considering the number of twins and multiples out there, we’re not surprised at all; what we are surprised about was how hard it was to track down something that made us go ooooooh. We found one sweet option in the sidesnap stripe layette at Giggle. The kimono style top and footsie bottoms (cute!) are sized to fit babies from two to six pounds. I especially love that they’re made of organic cotton, which is great for the sensitive skin of our littlest progeny. They’re just $28 which is a great...

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Cupcake Baking as Competitive Sport

As my daughter prepares for preschool in the fall, am just now learning that bake sale goodies are not taken lightly there. I am going to have to get my act together if I want to compete with some of the works of frosting-topped art I’ve recently seen at PTA fundraisers. One way to get a leg up: The clever Cupcake Courier. Finish your dazzling creations then insert up to 3 dozen of them in the plastic carrier. Rest assured that they’ll arrive safely with nary a foil imprint or telltale plastic wrap flat-top to be found. You can...

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Flippin’ Out

The toothbrush holder is only one small germy step above laying your toothbrush on the bathroom sink. But since trashing ours and swapping out for a Flipper, I’m feeling way more confident that my daughter’s toothbrush is actually cleaning her teeth instead of spreading bacterial love. These handy and super adorable toothbrush holders attach to the wall tile with a suction cup and keep the brushes self-contained, so no chance of passing germs from brush to brush. The best part is that your kids just push and pull their toothbrush in and out of the Flipper without ever having to touch the bristles. Too bad 400 other things...

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The Sweat-Free, Hands-Free Baby Wrap

I’m a devoted babywearer from way back, and for me, the appeal is convenience, not crunch. Being able to use both hands while still holding my infant securely? That’s pure genius no matter how much granola people think you eat. But the key word here is convenience. If a carrier isn’t intuitively easy to use, or the instructions are overly detailed, then it’s not my style. The Baby Wrap Carrier from mom-run Picara passes my convenience test with flying colors. Thanks to the clear instructions and the stretchy fabric, I easily turned a five-yard cotton rib-knit wrap into a...

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Stroller cup holders – They aren’t just for strollers. Or cups.

The joke in the automotive industry is that women will buy cars simply for the cup holders. (What can we say, cup holders are awesome.) But funny enough, when it comes to our strollers – no cup holders! Ack! The horror! The Buggy Cup from Think-King is the solution to your traveling beverage containment problems. Soft, meshy, funky, it velcros onto pretty much any stroller then pulls off in a sec if you ever want to switch strollers. Or is that just those of us in NYC with more than one? It’s also smart for bikes, scooters and wheelchairs,...

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Adoption Dolls: Take One Home. No Red Tape.

At Toy Fair last month, I was taken with the series of Jambo Kids adoption dolls. Founded by a mom/pop team who wanted to create a toy their adopted Chinese daughter could relate to, these doll and book sets handle cultural and racial differences in exactly the right way. As in, no big honkin’ stereotypical BS. (Maria is Mexican and likes to eat tacos and take long siestas!) The truth is, it doesn’t matter whether your daughter (or son, sure) is adopted or not; surely she’ll love the huggable dolls and accompanying books that help her learn about about...

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Turn The Beat Around

At Toy Fair last month, I spent wayyyyy too much time with the very enthusiastic music maker John Hayden of Jamtown, investigating his selection of fair trade instruments from around the world. Okay, so I wasn’t investigating so much as I was playing with them. Sue me. The selection of artisan-crafted percussive instruments for your little musical prodigy are absolutely authentic and wonderful, like a beautiful Indonesian gecko drum, colorful fire-burned gourd shakers from Chile, vibrant Vietnamese animal shakers (some of which kids can paint themselves), and lovely affordable handmade flutes. But what really sucked in was the Sun...

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