Month: September 2008

To all those parents for whom Crocs are sacred

The very same week I got a note from our preschool teachers begging the parents to keep the dreaded Crocs off of children’s feet I’ve discovered that it’s still okay to send them to synagogue with Crocs on their head. Well actually not really Crocs, but a Kroc Kippah, which comes with four sports charms and turns a boring old yarmulke into a conversation piece around the Manischewitz after high holiday services. Find it at Pop Judaica, along with other stuff that cracks us up....

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It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown – Now at an hour when kids can actually watch

When I first got the email that the three Charlie Brown holiday movies were coming out in a deluxe DVD set, I nearly deleted it, because well, everyone knows about Charlie Brown, right? But then I remembered that every year I wait for the movies to come on so I can watch them with my preschooler, only to find that they start way after her bedtime. To curb my daughter’s disappointment–okay, really mine–I’m snagging the DVD set so we can finally enjoy my favorite Charlie Brown holiday movies together. Starting with It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, just in...

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The (Really Great) Okee Dokee Brothers

You aren’t likely to find me at a folk music festival or a bluegrass jamboree, but I’m totally taken by The Okee Dokee Brothers’ new release, Kids with Beards. This two-member band from Minneapolis make twangy, toe-tapping folk music with smart, funny lyrics that are equal parts hillbilly, seven-year-old boy and your favorite teacher. Running in heavy rotation in my head is Too Much Time in Candy Land which wisely warns, “Mike and Ike were not my friends, And Laffy Taffys weren’t so funny” (the perfect pr-trick-or-treating song if I’ve ever heard one). I have even started enjoying the...

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An apple a day keeps the cobbler away

It is just not fair that there are items as cute as these cranberry apple baby booties in the world, considering I am absolutely done with childbearing. On the other hand, it’s nice that I’ve got friends who are still churning out the puppies (ahem, Kristen) so that I have an excuse to buy them anyway. Handmade in Australia of Ecospun felt–recycled plastic bottles in another life–they make little toes this fall almost as cute as they’d be with nothing on them at all. Find them at Craftsbury Kids....

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A little bit of Paris in your life

I may not get to France anytime soon, but the collection of school bags, shopping totes and bibs from French Artists at UK shop Lapin & Me will have me dreaming of crepes, baguettes and the Tuilieries in springtime. I love the cute, not cutesy, designs and I can feel good that they are all printed on organic cotton, in keeping with Fair Trade practices. My fave: The Weekend Bio Bag which can take me from the supermarket to a day out with the kids, holding everything from snacks to a change of clothes. But I also like the...

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Mama Mio’s Bootcamp for Boobs – A boob job in a box

The way I see it, with every baby I have my boobs drop a centimeter. That’s not so bad when you’re wearing a super duper mama bra, but not so great when you’re letting them hang free for those precious 15 minutes before going horizontal at night. So when desperation calls and gravity sets in, might I suggest CMP super fave Mama Mio’s new Bootcamp for Boobs? This set provides includes two of their awesome potions–Tummy Toner and Boob Tube–along with an actual three-minute exercise programme. (It’s British and fancy.) Apparently, completing this 30-day regimen will help your boobs...

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Zobha Maternity – Pants for moms who say “Ohm.” Also, “Oh man, I am so pregnant.”

Oh sure, now that I’m almost done with my third pregnancy, scores of great maternity clothes are popping up everywhere. But considering how uncomfortable (and long) these last few weeks have been, I’m still shopping for anything that can get me through the home stretch without suffocating my belly. Take the long yoga pants from the high-quality yoga and activewear line,  Zobha. Sure, they look like typical yoga pants at first glance, but there’s a reason they’re called “The Essential Pant.” The  low “v” waistline is simply inspired, particularly for you mamas who can’t stand having anything touch your...

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About a girl

If my daughter wasn’t going through the phase where I am not allowed to put anything in her hair besides my fingers, I might be stocking up on some cute hair accessories just about now. And very likely, those hair accessories would include this super cute little girl’s headband from Warm & Fuzzy Baby, spotted at Blue Sky Rocket. And if that were the case, I would never tell you about the headband for fear that we might run into one other girl on the street with the exact same totally unique headband. But that’s not the case. And...

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Cool Mom Picks sponsors: Good for us but especially good for you

As you probably know, we’re staunch advocates for our readers at CMP – we score you exclusive discount codes, awesome giveaways, $5000 tech makeovers… What? What’s that you say? You weren’t aware that our esteemed sponsor, Intel, was giving away a $5000 tech makeover and we get to help pick the winner? Well, now you know. Just go to the site, dazzle us with a true tale about your (or a friend’s) rotary phone or your dial-up modem on your Commodore 64, and upload some photos or video (if your pathetic computer allows you to do such things) so...

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Tis the Season for Very Cute Hats

With the weather changing even down here in the South (hooray!), I can finally rationalize shopping for fall-ish clothes for my kids, like sweaters, coats, and, of course, hats. Particularly if they include the handmade Flipside Hats found at the wonderful boutique Cat in an Apron–a reference you might recognize if you’re a Free to Be You and Me fan. My fave for fall is the blue denim which reverses to khaki and black plaid (shown). So if kids get tired of one side, they can flip them inside out for a totally new look. They’re lightweight enough to...

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