Month: April 2008

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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