Month: August 2008

Haba Biofino Play Food – Putting My Own Cooking to Shame

I won’t be winning any cooking awards any time soon, but as far as the concoctions my daughter and son are creating in their play kitchen, courtesy of Haba’s new Biofino line of cloth play food, they’re on their way to winning Top Chef. Like everything I’ve ever seen from Haba, these imaginary edibles feature smart, durable, kid-friendly designs. Each collection from the adorable veggie crate (pictured) to the sweet muffin trio–all of which is available at online toy shop Petit Baby— is also created under strict safety standards, so if your child decides that the pizza does in...

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Mama For Obama? Cool T-Shirts On Tap.

Cool Mom Picks takes no official position on the presidential candidates besides keeping our eyes out for the coolest tees of the season on both sides of the aisles. Apologies to the GOP readers amongst us, but I believe the winner goes to (ding ding ding) the funky tees from There’s Something About Barry. Barry as in Barack. You know, tall guy? Cute kids? On CNN every four minutes or so? From the shop’s namesake slogan against a sleek Obama silhouette to modern interpretations of the good ol’ “Obama ’08” declaration, it’s nice to see some clean, contemporary political...

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The Ultimate Keepsake Baby Book – Before You’ve Even Filled In a Line

If you’ve been pining for the kind of baby book you might still pull off your mom or grandmother’s shelves when you go for a visit, why I think we’ve actually found it. Mother Stork’s Baby Book: 100th Anniversary Edition is a beautiful volume, harkening back to the days of lace bonnets for boys and and wet nurses for all. Mom and Kistner Supply owner Elizabeth Brantley has recreated the 1904 baby book that her great-grandmother owned with absolutely exquisite detail from the heavy custom paper stock to the linen-bound, gold foil-embossed covers. If this is right up your...

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One Good Egg

In my 20’s, I’d go to a small dark club in Rhode Island to watch obscure indie rock bands play loud, jangly music.  We were a fairly homogeneous group, save for one earplugged little girl of about 3 who would sit on her dad’s shoulders and watch her mom play the drums until well past midnight. They sure made the effort to combine their rock n roll life with parenthood, but I imagine that having kids must put a damper on the musical career of plenty of indie bands.  The three-members of LA-based Egg came up with a solution...

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What What? Monster Butt

I’m generally not so keen on clothes that emphasize a baby’s already cute-as-it-is butt with ruffles and words like, um…juicy. But a monster — like the one on Sckoon’s Ha Ha Tee and Monkey Pant Set? Cripes, I can’t think of anything more fittingly adorable for a baby’s stinky little bottom. You’d probably never guess that this brightly colored set is made from 100% fair trade organic cotton, thanks to enviro-friendly and baby-safe dyes that cover up that generic oatmeal color. Which makes it the perfect baby gift for any little boy or girl. The monster baby bottom business...

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Kind Bars – Kinda Awesome

I’m part of the low blood sugar brigade, which means I’ve always got a stash of energy or protein bars tumbling out of my bag. Unfortunately, most of those protein bars taste like butt. You know what I’m talking about. So it was with great reluctance that I closed my eyes and gingerly bit into an all-natural Kind Fruit & Nut Bar at the Fancy Foods Show last month. And it was good. Better than good. The macadamia apricot is absolutely terrific and the almond coconut was pretty yummy too. It’s pretty much just nuts, fruit and honey which...

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Cool Mom Picks loves Parents Magazine

If you’re one of the millions of moms who, like us, pass the time in the OB waiting room by flipping through Parents Magazine and then sneak it out in your bag (shhhhhh!), chances are you might have caught Cool Mom Picks co-founder and editor Liz Gumbinner featured as their September 2008 It Mom. Whoo! Along with a few amazing pics of Liz, the article features a few of Liz’s personal style tips and “can’t-live-withouts” as well as an adorable shot of her sweet daughters and their cool dad, Nate. Thanks to Parents for choosing one of our favorite cool moms as their “It Mom,”...

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Made in China? Absolutely.

When it comes to buying gifts for my friend’s kids, I really try hard to find unique items that no one else would think of, but aren’t so obscure that the poor kid has to ask his parents what the heck it is. Enter the Dumpling Dynasty Explorer Kit, one of a slew of super cool new Wu & Wu products from illustrator Fiona Hewitt and Asian kitsch expert, Andy Tainton. The funky retro-Chinese tin is filled to the brim with cool goodies like a magnifying glass, flashlight, knot-tying guide, metal compass, and notebook — all of which are...

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Yadda Yadda Yadda Blah Blah Blah

You wouldn’t think a bunch of blabbermouths like our family would need help starting a conversation, but I’ve got to thank The Chatterbox for providing some welcome encouragement in that area. Instead of questions about obscure Baby Boomer-era trivia, the cards are all about stuff parents really want to discuss with their kids but often don’t know how.  The categories admittedly sound a little dry – like Building Character and Goal Planning – but the questions are conversational and really do inspire kids to open up. Maybe too much. When we asked my six year-old “Do you know anyone...

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iglooplay: Go Jump On The Furniture

Have you ever entered a room in which the kids have been playing (usually too quietly) only to find that they have rearranged all the couch and chair cushions so that they can walk (tumble, jump) around the entire room without stepping on the (enchanted quicksand) floor? It isn’t pretty, although it does look like fun. For those who can afford to upgrade from couch cushions, check out the soft foam Tea Pods by iglooplay. Turn the larger one on its side and it’s a rocker. Turn it the other way and it’s a stool. Or maybe a rocket...

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