Month: April 2008

What’s In a Name?

Our friends at Sk*rt, soon to be known The Website Formerly Known as Sk*rt, are in a bit of a pickle. It seems they want a new name, stat. We suggested Pilot Inspektor but rats, it was already taken. Maybe you have a better idea? Head to their What’s In a Name contest and suggest it in the comments or just vote for one of eleven possibilities by Friday at midnight. You’ll be entered to win all sorts of expensive goodies but more so, you could be helping some of the coolest women on the www. (Is it cheating...

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An Organic Carrier With the Soul of a Backpack

Back when I was carrying my babies around, if you wanted an earth-friendly choice you could’ve gotten a really ugly hemp sling. If you wanted something earth-friendly in a structured carrier, well, you were completely out of luck. Today’s green moms have it easy though with options like the Belle Baby Carrier. Belle’s commitment to environmental sustainability goes beyond the organic cotton it’s made with They use earth-friendly dyes and package with recycled cardboard, plus the carrier features a piece of recycled yoga mat for padding. It’s all made right here in America, too. Better yet, the company was...

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A Silver Cross stroller we B-listers can afford too

When I had the chance to try out the new Silver Cross stroller, the Dazzle, I jumped at it. This is the stroller brand ("pram" if you’re fancy) favored by the likes of Jennifer Garner, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Lopez…you might have heard of a couple of them? (Not that I care what strollers they push, but it’s always interesting to me what people buy when they can afford anything.) The Silver Cross Dazzle, in a word, dazzles. First off, the streamlined style, appealing curves, and modern colors are great – see all four at Estella-NYC. It’s a little heavier...

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Laying Down Roots for Mother’s Day

Not every mama wants something on Mother’s Day. Plenty of mamas are very happy with just a phone call, a handmade card or a contribution in her name to a decent cause. For that latter group, TreePeople is a great dot-org that does some good in the actual US of A. Since a group of teens founded the not-for-profit thirty years ago, they’ve helped to green up the L.A. landscape with more than 2 million trees (!!!) and if you’ve ever caught the wildfires or recent Griffith Park fires on TV, you know what a big deal that can...

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Simple words. Simple necklace.

While I’m definitely a sucker for jewelry with lots of bells and whistles (okay, diamonds too), I was surprisingly taken with the simplicity of the concentric circles necklace by Lisa Leonard. The smooth sterling circles hung from a dainty ball bearing chain are hand stamped with whatever two-word phrase you’d like. Granted it only took me a few days to come up with just two words, but when I did, the result was a lovely, inexpensive little everyday necklace. Make sure to peruse Lisa’s site for a plethora of affordable hand stamped designs in the $50 range just in time for Mother’s Day. There...

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Feeling Glam in L&D. If That’s Even Possible.

In the final weeks of my pregnancies, I was alphabetizing my CDs, scrubbing out the kitchen cabinets, and laundering everything in sight. I most certainly was not thinking about packing my hospital bag. If I’d known about the ready-packed Mom to Be Bags from new shop 5 Minutes Apart, I wouldn’t have had to wear a pair of hospital-issue socks for four days, cursing myself for my misplaced priorities. Instead, I’d have been wearing a pair of fluffy slippers on my tootsies with a lavender aromatherapy mask over my bloodshot eyes. The three different labor and delivery bags are...

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A Baby Blanket Just for Their Heads

I confess, I’m one of those "crazy" moms who’s taken all three of my newborns out and about right away. If they can come home from the hospital, then they can come to the grocery store, the mall, and the park too. I refuse to be stuck with cabin fever, especially as the weather warms up. The only problem? How to protect that brand-new baby skin from the sun. I’ve found one solution in Baby Blanket Suncare. Their Tender Scalps Spray is ingenious. Spray it on, smooth it down (or spike it into a mohawk), and voila – that...

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Go Ask Alice When She’s 10 Feet Tall

I’ve always had a thing for Lewis Carrol but most of the Alice prints that would be cute for a little girl’s room have a 19th century feel that doesn’t jibe with my modern decor. Then I came across the Tea With White Rabbits print from artist (and mom of two) Lindsay Bracken and I thought ooooooh. Now the girls she features aren’t Alice per se – Alice never had the hipster bangs that I know of – but they do have that storybook heroine feel about each of them. Prints like Come a Little Closer and Candlelight look...

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International Man-Child of Mystery

My daughter regularly has twice as much in her closet as her brother does. But shopping for a boy doesn’t have to be boring anymore, as CMP is constantly assuring you. One more example: mom-run Ochanga, which features boys-only hip international fashions that can hold their own against the latest boutique duds. You can search by country of designer, if you like, to maximize your global experience. Or you can do what I do and head directly for the stuff that’s just plain the cutest. For casual days I’m partial to this chromosome t-shirt, and for any upcoming soirees...

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Baby Shower Invitations That Come With a Makeover

I was That Person who spent like six hours online creating my Simpsons avatar. (Yeah, so I’m a 14 year old boy at heart. Gotta problem with that?) Needless to say I got completely sucked into playing around on the Pose Prints website, which lets you do that very thing on custom invites and cards – only a little more flattering. Prices are good at about $2 a card, card stock is nice, and the process is totally fun. You can even get a pic of the man of the house in there if you want to throw an...

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Hand Picked Pumpkin: A Set in the Right Direction

I tend to steer clear of sets for my kiddos. Sure, they’re an easy grab when you need to dress them in a snap, but other than that, they’re not hugely versatile, particularly when you’re trying to get the most bang for your buck. But sometimes, I just can’t resist, like these adorable tee and bloomer sets from Hand Picked Pumpkin. Designed and handmade by owner and mom Allison Case, these two-piecers are the perfect romp-around outfits for summer babies, featuring bright, uniquely patterned fabrics for both boys and girls. And the best part is that you can use the bloomers under skirts separately,...

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Kitsch me like you mean it

I have a thing for chunky, loud, way-too-full charm bracelets, ever since I inherited one from my super cool Great Aunt Bea. Along those lines, the baby-themed vintage-style charm bracelet from artist Crystal Rendon that we spotted at The Baby Gardner. This is definitely more kitsch than classic, but that’s totally why I like it. More than 30 charms give it each one-of-a-kind bracelet the proper jingle-jangle effect, including glass beads, little pacifiers and rattles, and illustrated charms featuring ye olde time-y bonnet-clad babies. For just $48, the bracelet such a great new mom or soon-to-be-mom Mother’s Day gift....

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Give a Mom a Table Saw and Look at What You Get

When both Liz and I were searching for a toy chest for our homes last year, we each ran immediately to Mod Mom Furniture. If that doesn’t tell you something (other than the fact that we have similar taste in toy chests), then see for yourself how amazing mom/designer/handler of table saw Kiersten Hathcock’s pieces are. Particularly with newest addition, the Bertie Box. The adorable storage box will brighten up any baby’s room, particularly if you’ve chosen on of those popular modern nursery sets. The casters kep it portable. And the puzzle top, in the shape of Bertie the Bird, makes it...

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Even Vegans Carry iPods

I’m a podcaster for God’s sake and I still do not own an iPod. Even my husband, a certified iPod hater, thinks it’s nuts, so much so that he’s getting me one for Mother’s Day. At least that’s what he’s threatening to do.  But since iPods aren’t exactly the most obvious sentimental mom gift, I’m hoping he’ll pair it with this great photo iPod case by Smoy.net. Handmade right in NYC using vegan leather, these cases from Smoy’s NoHo line keep your iPod safe from grubby hands and whatever you’ve got rolling around in your purse, all with a slot to...

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Cool Mom Picks loves San Francisco!

A big welcome to all of our new San Francisco area readers who caught us on ABC’s The View From the Bay Thursday showcasing some of our favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas. If you missed it, you can catch the segment here. If you’re looking for info on these gift suggestions – and way, way more – they’re all in our handy Mother’s Day Gift Guide, complete with discount codes galore. And a huge thanks to Spencer, Janelle, and the amazing crew from The View From the Bay who were absolutely a delight. Even if they didn’t offer us...

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LA Humor: Beyond Plastic Surgery Jokes

If you have spent any time on the West Side of LA, you will get a chuckle out of the new kids clothing line Rabbit Kinney. (For the rest of you, there’s a hot drag near Venice Beach called Abbot Kinney Boulevard named for the area’s founder. See? Now we’re all in this together.) The organic onesies and tees feature the colorful namesake character LA-ing it up on roller skates, surfboard, or a skateboard – and then there’s one design in which he seems to be carrying a briefcase and cane. Presumably to panhandle on Hollywood Boulevard? It’s a...

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Queasy and Nauseous Never Tasted Quite So Good

I am fortunate to have made it through my first trimester fairly unscathed, with only a few "race to the toilet, hand over mouth" incidents. But if you’re going to reach for a shaky tummy remedy about 24 times a day, forgo all the artificial sweeteners and sugary sodas with Preggie Pop’s new organic drops.  They taste like regular yummy lemon, green apple and sour raspberry candies, just sans all the crappy stuff. And while you may not actually be savoring them as a delicacy as much as cramming them in your throat to keep breakfast down, let’s just...

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Rainboots for the 2s, 3s and 70s

We’ve still got another week of those proverbial April showers, but considering the April we’ve had so far, I’m banking on those downpours well into May. And this year (for a change), my older daughter is prepared, armed with a pair of the funkiest rainboots in the history of children’s rainboots . They just so happen to be the 70s swinger pad wallpaper-looking Graffe boots from CMP mainstay Vincent. While we finally settled on the red, I admit the choice took way longer than it should have. I could have easily gotten one in every color combo and been...

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Hooded animal towels, and they aren’t even scary!

I decided early on in my parenting career to eschew hooded towels with larger-than-life animal heads on top, simply because all the ones I saw scared me. If some humongo, limp-necked terry cloth duck head with threads hanging off the misshapen mouth was freaking me out, I can’t imagine what it would have done to my infant daughter. But then I saw the hooded towels from CMP fave Toronto-based 3 Sprouts. (You might remember their awesome sleep sacs we all fell in love with this past Fall.) And now I’m changing my tune. The terry is beyond soft, and...

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For Families Really Really REALLY Into Tattoos

My daughter has reached that very important milestone in a child’s life: Adoration of temporary tattoos. And spare me the anti-hipster parent eyeroll please–I remember liking them in Cracker Jack boxes back in the day myself. But they’ve definitely hit a new level in terms of authenticity and sheer size. Seriously, some of these tattoos are the size of my daughter’s entire arm. Brooklyn label Andy & Bella are taking the tot temp tat trend to a new level with kids tees inspired by actual tattoo parlor designs – no cutesie flying mom hearts here. More like Asian dragons,...

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