Month: September 2008

The etsy Handmade Kid Challenge – also a challenge for us parents

I have spent way too much time at the etsy Handmade Kids Challenge, meticulously clicking over to each of the incredible finalists and determining which kids furniture, clothes, toys, art and decor is going to get my anonymous thumbs up. It’s especially challenging considering so many of them are past CMP reviewees like Mod Mom Furniture, Dame Star Baby hand appliqued tees, and Michelle Caplan artwork. Head over and vote for your own faves and you can not only find some awesome new stuff for the wee ones, each vote gives you a chance to win one of 14...

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Going cuckoo for cu cu yo

Having brought two out of three babies home to a teeny apartment, I’m a trained minimalist where it comes to gear; I love oh-so-cute stuff as much as the next mama. But if it doesn’t combine form and function, it’s not for me. Enter Ana Reza-Hadden and Laura Nixon Miller, the moms and creative minds behind cu cu yo who are doing incredibly smart things with those old registry standbys, the changing pad and the travel blanket. I love how compactly their Ori Changing Station folds, secured with a wide elastic band which is far superior to magnetic clasps...

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I Saw the Sign

Considering everything belonging to my daughter is now also her little bro’s, it’s no wonder she’s become a bit territorial about her bedroom. But trying to find a room sign that I’d actually want to hang on her door is a whole other story. Except when it comes to the awesome custom name signs from Little Boy Blue. Just send collage artist Jana Lange a picture of your little (or big) one and she’ll make a room sign that’s definitely worthy of your doors. And what a nice change to the painted wooden letters or the ubiquitous “[your kid’s name here] Avenue.” Of...

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Jazz toes, everyone! Jazz toes!

Labor Day is behind us and Fall is unofficially here meaning, among other things, that it’s time to tuck those cute bare baby toes back into some socks. It’s something I might be mourning more, were there not so many way freaking cute socks out there. Jazzy Toes from mom Winnie Liu does an excellent job keeping those little piggies covered in coolness, especially for boys who often get the short end of the accessory stick. You’ll find socks for babies or toddlers up to 24 months–or older kids with smaller feet–that look like deck shoes, loafers, snazzy wingtips,...

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Petite Palate – One bite for baby, one bite for me…

I’m one of those lucky women with a husband who loves to cook. The man not only knows the difference between tarragon and cardamom, he actually cares. Too bad our girls still prefer kiddie foods. So we’re making a last ditch-effort to cultivate some taste in our third-born, and judging from his reaction to Petite Palate gourmet baby food, we just might succeed. The line is the creation of moms and pedigreed chefs Lisa Beels and Christine Naylor who take the French POV of training those young taste buds to prefer small meals with big flavor. Foods like lentil...

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A very nice way of saying, “Shut the heck up the baby’s sleeping!”

I cannot tell you how many times my husband has busted through the door after a long day of work only to singlehandedly wake up the baby who I just got to sleep. Talk about grounds for divorce. Too bad I didn’t have the Awake & Asleep friends from lovemedo. Created by artist Jeyn and born from having way too many of her own baby’s naps cut short, you can hang these plush fleece dolls on your baby’s door or wherever your spouse or visiting guests will see them first and avoid the dreaded early ending nap time. You...

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The Mini Social – An invite-only party of the very best kind

If you want to know a little secret, we covet the amazing designer kid’s clothes that we often feature here at Cool Mom Picks just as much as you do. Our pockets aren’t as deep as we wish they were either. So that’s why we’re loving these new invite-only online sales that are cropping up, like our newest pick, The Mini Social. You’ll have access to exclusive sales on some of our favorite brands including Nest,  babysusu and Nurseryworks decor, and the best part is that there’s no hobnobbing involved to score an invite. Just sign up with your...

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Eco gift baskets for new moms – Useful, cool, and did I mention useful?

Either some people believed I actually needed twenty pink sleepers, or I got a whole lot of baby gifts that reflected the taste of the giver more than my actual needs. My favorite gifts by far were the little-of-this, little-of-that kinds of things which not only seemed to take more thought, but offered greater chance that something in there will hit the mark. Progressive gift basket purveyors The Green Perspective, totally get this, putting together packages that are not only eco-conscious, they’re useful. I’m especially impressed with their eco mom + green baby bundle. Everything in it is eco-friendly,...

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Cake + Milk + adorable aprons. What’s not to love?

Designer Angeline Tsao’s background is actually in fashion design which helps to explain her excellent taste. It also explains why, while poking around her shop cake + milk paperie and drooling over her handmade invitations and cards, I happened to stumble on some gorgeous little handmade smocks. Handmade of cotton in sweet, irony-free calicos, polka dots or lemons, I can’t think of a more adorable cover-up for helping mom (or in our case, dad) whip up something caloric. While you’re at the shop, don’t miss the beautiful personalized note cards for kids. Maybe even buy both. That way your...

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Little Pharo – So it shall be written, so it shall be done with Egyptian cotton

How absolutely clever to create a line of luxury baby clothes that, instead of an alligator or polo player across the breast, feature an ankh, the Egyptian hieroglyphic meaning life and symbolizing health, happiness, and magical protection. Kind of something you want your baby in on, right? That’s what new label Little Pharo is serving up beautifully. The quality Egyptian cotton layette essentials have details like simple contrast piping accents and tagless necklines. There are bodysuits, leggings, and cute little caps, but I really like the footsie pajamas as we start to head into footsie pajama season. Grab a...

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See Kai Run – Smaller Can Be Better

Seeing as how much I (and my kids) love See Kai Run, it was only natural that we’d jump on the chance to check out Smaller, their totally new line for the 18-month and younger set. And surprise! I love them too. It’s not hard to be smitten with super cute designs modeled after big kid shoes as opposed to baby booties. Along with the soft leather uppers, smart soles combine suede and just a bit of rubber so you don’t get the slick bootie bottoms; maybe not a worry for your newborn, but of particular note when your kids...

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