Month: July 2008

Just don’t call them push presents

I never liked the idea of push presents. I guess the notion of demanding some sort of $6000 tennis bracelet or Birkin bag for having a child seems more like an excuse to ask for something expensive that you wanted anyway. What I do love however, is the idea of a sigOth who is so absolutely smitten with you and your miraculous childbearing prowess that a symbolic gift to commemorate the occasion is procured with love and admiration. Is that too much to ask? New York (by way of Paris) jewelry artist Sylvette Blaimont, a favorite of celebs like...

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BlogHer? I hardly know ‘er! (Oh okay, so it’s a chestnut.)

The CMP editors and a few of our writers are packing our bags and brushing up on Apple Martini Drinking 101–at least those of us who aren’t with child–in preparation for the BlogHer conference in San Francisco this weekend. If you’ll be there, please make sure you say hi! Swear, we’re friendly. We’ll be speaking on various panels, signing the very first copies of Sleep is for the Weak: The Best of the Mommybloggers and joyously co-hosting The People’s Party Thursday night. You’d better stop by or we’ll be downright insulted. We’re especially excited to get to spend time...

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Very Wearable Art From Lark and Loon

I see a whole lot of items presented as wearable art that, well, I would say wearable yes. Art, not so much. But in the case of Lark and Loon, the descriptor really fits. This two mom-run shop commissions original pieces from artists across the country and turns them into wonderfully soft, stretchy, very wearable clothing for kids 2-12. By artists I mean real artists including CMP fave Alena Hennessy. Not people with fuzzy paint pens who draw happy faces. In fact the shop is so committed to art, they even give 5% of their profits to Americans for...

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Lactose-Intolerant Ice Cream Lovers, Grab Your Spoons

I literally ate my way through the International Fancy Food Show in New York a few weeks ago, and came home with a belly that could get me a seat on the subway, a couple of blisters, and piles of new products I was excited to share with Cool Mom Picks readers. One of the standouts, ironically, was one that I almost passed up on sampling, so full was I at that point: The absolutely superb LaLoo’s Goat’s Milk Ice Cream. If you’ve got someone in the family with lactose intolerance, this premium ice cream is just what you...

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Cluster Cluck

I wish I had that kind of eye so that I could cluster fifteen framed pictures altogether on a nursery wall and make it look like it does in the pages of Metropolitan Home or Apartment Therapy. But alas, I don’t. So I’m grateful for the artwork from Cici Art Factory that makes some dandy designs for little kids that are just meant to be hung in groups. Vancouver artist Liz Clay has created four fun series featuring hand drawn chicks, frogs, birdies and milk bottles. Each one is available as an X, and O, in straight lines or...

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Cool Mom Picks Loves Sprout for Parents

Considering our kids have spent many a minute (okay, more like hours) watching Sprout TV, it seemed like the perfect fit when they asked us to join them as guest experts on their blog. Along with brand spankin’ never seen before weekly picks from us, Sprout for Parents offers all kinds of great tips, articles, and videos based on monthly themes from a variety of experts. So, stop on over, or add them to your favorites. Seems only fair since we’re betting your remote control probably already knows its way there without you even typing in the channel. –...

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Kids Bedding to Spare You From Care Bears

I love the idea of reviving 60s-style psychedelic prints for kids bedding. It makes so much sense when you consider the wild colors, and the cool repetitive graphics. And no, I don’t mean tie-dye. That’s just what you’ll get with the cool kids bedding from kideko. The 100% cotton percale sheets from Australian designer Shelley Mason feature motifs like pink hearts, lightning bolts that would appease any superhero wannabe, a funny green monster and even a unisex rock-poster inspired typographic pattern in raging yellow that won’t be outgrown by the time your child turns four. Always a good thing....

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Eco bags with a brain

I’m a huge proponent of BYOB — you know, bringing your own bag. But stuffing big canvas shopping bags into my already tightly packed diaper tote unfortunately affects the frequency of me actually doing it. Sorry Earth. That’s not the case anymore thanks to my Olive Smart Sack. This set of six sturdy bags all fit conveniently into a single sack that is about the size of tall sippy cup. Toss the sack into your own bag and you’ll be ready for any small or large shopping trip, avoiding disposable bags in style. The bags actually fit back into...

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Autism Speaks Through Very Cute Tees

When there’s a cause that’s near and dear to my heart, I have no problems letting my child’s chest be a billboard for raising awareness.The shirts from FiveHumans, like the Autism “Mind Speak” tee, helps get the word out about this developmental disability that’s now affecting a whopping 1 out of every 150 US children. By purchasing the shirt, you’ll not only be helping to spread the word about the need for continued Autism research, but 10% of the proceeds will go directly to Autism Speaks. Make sure to check out the other fantastic causes that are stylishly represented and supported by FiveHumans. And...

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The Terribly Neglected Pregnant Feet

It seems like there are a ton of fantastic belly balms and tummy creams for the itchy stretched out pregnancy bump, but in my case, it’s my poor tired feet which need the attention. If your feet scream “miserable pregnant mama!” louder than your belly, you must grab Honeydew Skin Care’s “A Leg Up” soothing foot and leg lotion. I’ve been using it every night on my tootsies and I have to say that after the application, they definitely feel like they’re not carrying an extra 30 pounds. Made from natural ingredients without parabens, petroleum, or synthetic chemicals, the lotion goes on smoothly and does...

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