Month: January 2009

bgreen or b squared

I guess you could say that I’m the token eco-skeptic among the Cool Mom Picks writers.  Before you start throwing rotten tomatoes at me, consider what this means: If it’s green and crunchy and I rave about it, then it really is spectacular. That’s certainly the case with the new bgreen by joyababy Collection.  Of course, we’re already fans of joyababy founder and mom Joya Logue’s designs, so it’s not surprising that her new PVC-free line of bibs, blankets, and diaper clutches is just as gorgeous as everything else she has created.  With striking, sophisticated fabrics and mom-essential function,...

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The way to this mama’s heart is through her stomach

Besides unconditional love, the only thing that I want for Valentine’s Day is something chocolate and decadent. Like, say, these heart-shaped brownies from Kitchen Witch. I’ve already gushed about Casey’s ready-to-bake line of cookies, brownies and scones, but she also ships out an incredible line of pre-baked goodies including these made-for-Valentine’s-Day brownies. The best thing about Kitchen Witch’s many treats is that they taste fresh-from-the-oven homemade because Casey ships everything the day it is made. Cookies are still chewy, brownies are moist and marshmallows are springy and soft, just the way I’d make them if I had the talent....

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Here’s a review about a Neil Sedaka album. Uh huh. That’s right.

After reading the headline to this review, you may be wondering, When did Cool Mom Picks become Cool Grandmom Picks? I hear you. When I first heard that Neil Sedaka had put out a new CD of reworked hits for kids, I thought, There is no way this is going to be my kind of album. Well, guess what? Waking Up is Hard to Do is really worth a listen. No seriously! Stop laughing. It’s actually a really good album. I’m also a little surprised at how perfect Mr. Sedaka (yes, he warrants a “Mr.”) still sounds some decades...

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Flower hair clips that don’t look swiped from a Carmen Miranda memorabila auction

I’m not crazy about barrettes with so much going on that it’s like the hair clip enters the room before your kid does. You can keep your big crazy “corker” bows and humongo fake gardenias with rhinestone centers. Just leave me the simple little flower barrettes I just discovered from Berkley’s Clippies. Handmade by mom Amanda Roser out of buttons and layers of felt, they make a statement but without trying too hard. The clips are conveniently sorted by color at the shop, so you can stock up on pink barrettes for Valentines Day, or yellow and green barrettes...

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The best little $10 shower gift that’s not a stuffed animal

Enough with those baby name books filled with what seem to be a lot of arbitrary meanings. I’m sorry, Madison does not mean “Son of Maud” – it means “I fell in love with Daryl Hannah in Splash when I was a kid too.” So as far as baby name books go, I’m totally digging the Fortune Telling Book of Names. This pocket sized, faux leather bound, canary-yellow (gender neutral!) tome is a fun little guide to thousands of names and the fortune each one holds. If you’ve got a Sadie at home, she’s destined for great love, and...

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Bespoken? Word.

Every woman needs to one one perfect, crisp button-up shirt. And by perfect I mean it fits at the shoulders, the collar isn’t better suited to the Ringling Bros. wardrobe department, and your chest isn’t busting the buttons every time you inhale deeply. Rebecca & Drew has just introduced a very cool custom made shirt for women that may be the next best thing to heading to a tailor for measurements. You specify the fabric, your chest size and cup size (!!) and whether you prefer the classic oxford shirt (or custom shirtdress) longer in length. You can also...

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Enter the Ninja

Sometimes you just see something and there’s absolutely no reason for you to buy it except for the fact that it’s so freaking cute you just can’t pass it up. (Good thing I don’t find Coach bags so freaking cute, right?) The handmade leather key chains from Singapore-based Leather Prince will satisfy your cuteness quota without emptying your wallet. I’m completely infatuated with Taka the Ninja (pictured), but take two minutes to flip through their site and I’m willing to bet that you’ll find something you’ll want too. C’mon, how can you pass up a raccoon key chain or...

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I just shopped to say I Love You

I think the sweet little $15 silver heart charm around your neck is a nice sentiment for a Valentine’s Day gift, but I’ll be honest, I outgrew that look a good while ago. These days, my tastes tend more towards the Silver Carneilan Love Fob, newly out from our favorite splurgetastic house o’ baubles, The Fine Art of Family. If your sigOth wants to get you something extra-special this February 14, consider leaving the url open up on your computer. The large red carnelian stone engraved with the word love is set into a sterling silver case which dangles...

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Happy Niu Year!

Today is the official start of the Year of the Ox (Niu in Chinese), and if you’re into Chinese Zodiac, you’ll know that good things are predicted to come. Especially if you’ve got your own little Ox on the way. We love the idea of celebrating a new arrival with the super cute year of the ox double onesie set. A pair of snapsuits come packaged in a canvas bag, featuring a funky red ox declaring (in French) “We are the kings of 2009!” It comes courtesy of the hot new label Fauborg St Denis which is  a collaboration...

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Spreading the gluten-free love

Those of us with food allergies in the family know the scary importance of reading food labels. So does Jackie, a New England graphic artist turned mom of a son with celiac disease. She turned her years of obsessive label reading into a company called Vanilla Spoons that creates yummy, treat-filled gluten-free gift baskets. All of her gourmet gift baskets have cheeky movie-themed names (“Mix and the City” anyone?) and are packed full of the types of treats that most of us without food restrictions take for granted: Popcorn, chocolate, baking mixes, crackers. For Valentine’s Day, I love the...

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