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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