Month: January 2009

Revved up like a deuce

An occupational hazard of writing for Cool Mom Picks is spending waaaay too much money buying all the cool stuff you’re writing about. One glance at this original 1970s Olds print and my 8-year-old was declaring he had to have it. It’s not surprising considering these retro photos of classic die-cast toy cars would be perfect in any boy’s room. Okay, that’s sexist– girls will like them too, especially the ones photographed on mod floral patterns. They’re really affordable at $27 a print, and come signed and dated by photographer Anna Dykema of Daydreamers Studios. Because he couldn’t choose...

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An infant massage DVD that rubs me the right way

I’d always heard about infant massage, but I never felt comfortable enough to give it a try. I figured that slathering my babies with lotion after their baths was about the closest I’d ever get to practicing infant massage. Then I got a chance to check out the BabyBabyOhBaby infant massage DVD. Oh baby, indeed. This isn’t just an instructional DVD; it’s a showcase of beautiful babies and loving parents having a wonderful time together. Not only would the footage make even your child-free friends’ ovaries ache, it’s also an ideal introduction to infant massage, especially for skittish parents. ...

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Can You Hear Me Now?

These days I woo clients while emptying the dishwasher, refilling sippy cups, and changing poopy diapers. Yes, really. Obviously, a Bluetooth headset is a must. But not all headsets are created equal, which is why I lo-ove my Zivio Boom.  It’s got six different earpieces, a removable ear loop, and a ball-and-socket style connection. Don’t even worry about what any of that means; let’s just say this wireless headset is so customizable that it will fit anyone comfortably.  Plus, the Boom microphone means the person on the other end will hear only me– not my children whining in the...

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Cafe Handmade’s virtual craft show: open 24 hours

A few days before Christmas, I decided to visit a large indoor craft show, jam-packed with cool, one-of-a-kind items. I arranged for a sitter to watch the kids, got directions and was ready to go. Then, it snowed. I wish I had known about Cafe Handmade when I was sitting home. Started by husband-and-wife team Len and Kerri Testa, Cafe Handmade’s virtual craft show area feels almost like you are looking at a table of crafts from each artist. And, thankfully, most of these artists are not making crocheted toilet paper covers. Instead I found but colorful and modern...

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Moey’s Music Party throws a preschooler bash

Melissa Levis, the Moey of Moey’s Music Party, communicates to toddlers the way I wish I could, especially when they are getting on my nerves. Rather than tensely demand, “Share your toys!” this off-Broadway songwriter sings a bouncy song about sharing. Instead of shouting, “How many times do I have to tell you to sit when you eat?” she cheerfully reminds kids to slow down at mealtime, all with a sense of humor and a smile in her voice.  I will assure you that the songs aren’t preachy or annoying at all, especially the girl-power anthem, Little Red Riding...

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If these walls could read

Ever been tempted to rip the pages out of your kids’ books and hang them on the wall?  Is that only me?  Oops. I’m tempted by every single framable children’s book illustration by illustrator Adam Record of Fall Down Tree, a man so cool and 2.0 that he offers his art as iPhone wallpaper. Do I want Little Red Riding Hood? Three Blind Mice? A series of three outerspace prints? Or maybe just a fish in a puddle. On the sidewalk. The choices — they kill me. At $15 a pop or $45 for a framed print, I might...

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A baby activity center that lets mom get some activities in too

Of course those gihunda baby activity centers and Exersaucers are a big hit for new parents because the kid will happily swat at some puppets or jingle balls in there long enough for you to hit the shower and wash the pureed chicken out of your hair. (Don’t hurt me lawyers! I know you’re not supposed to leave your kids alone in there, blah blah blah.) But it’s not like you can stick an Exersaucer in your trunk and tote it around with you when you head to grandma’s either.  So mom Stacy Ellsworth created the PopATot, essentially a...

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Last day to vote – Save handmade from the CPSIA

Today is the last day to vote at Change.org for “Save Small Businesses for CPSIA“, a proposal from the Handmade Toy Alliance that help to save handmade. If you have a minute (or a few seconds if you’re a fast clicker), hop over and vote digg style. The top 10 ideas will be presented to the Obama Administration. If you want to learn more about the CPSIA and how it will gravely affect the handmade items we’ve grown to love and cherish for both ourselves and our kids, visit our Save handmade resource page. You can also listen to...

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Toby + Rei spin bamboo and cotton into a whole lot of cute

I don’t think I could ever send my kids off to school with a flimsy paper lunch bag after getting one of Toby + Rei’s sturdy and very cool reusable Robot Lunch Sacks. These heavyweight, 100% organic cotton sacks are so much bigger than the typical lunch bag, meaning I can get a sandwich, fruit, treat and reusable water bottle in there without later hearing about a squished PB&J. The stick-figure robots on the front of the bag could be passed from my daughters to my son and, unlike their latest pop obsession, would never become “so last year”....

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Baby Mukluks – Yeah, I had no idea what they were either

Maybe it’s because the last thing I need is a gigunda boot at the bottom of my already huge ankles, or because it’s currently 65 degrees outside in Atlanta in the middle of January, but either way, I’ve yet to embrace the Mukluks trend. When I saw these Giselle mukluks (read: big furry boots) from Aurelia and Annalise, I admit I jumped right on that bandwagon. At least when it comes to my infant daughter. Handcrafted from a combo of faux suede and faux fur, these booties are a stylish way to keep those wee toes warm even in...

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