Month: October 2009

Happy Halloween cool parents!

Happy Halloween, mamas! For those of us who like Halloween every day, we present to you a completely random assortment of cool, creepy, spider themed items we uncovered on Etsy. The hand felted wool hat from Maybel57 (above) has a little cluster of spiders gracefully dancing down the sides. They make me think of Charlotte’s Web and I assume they are all very smart and spell well. These finger puppets from WeeKnit are the cutest. You can have a different bug on each finger or ask for an entire set of spiders. Or yellow-striped caterpillars. Plus they’re washable, which...

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Chill, groceries. Chill.

I love that the eco-bag revolution has taken over to the degree that even the nasty, old supermarket in my neighborhood is trying to encourage the use of reusable grocery bags. But one thing I’ve realized is that those cute canvas totes don’t do a lot in terms of keeping the ice cream from melting in the back of your trunk. So it’s very smart that mom-run and super eco-committed Blue Avocado has come out with their messenger-style Chill insulated bag. They claim it keeps food cold cold up to three hours — or hot, if you’re grabbing rotisserie...

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Cool dollhouse suggestions? Reader Q&A

My daughter is three and is interested in a doll house for Christmas. I would love to accommodate, but I am looking for something that is sturdy and made of environmentally safe products. Any suggestions? -Dee We’re doll house freaks around these parts, Dee. Heck, my son even loves playing with them. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of awesome dollhouses out there that fit your eco-friendly specs — although the workmanship and processes mean these environmentally responsible dollhouses are going to ring in much higher than your average mass produced plastic version. We’re huge fans of Plan Toys, who are...

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Etsy and Cool Mom Picks, sitting in a tree…

It’s no secret that at Cool Mom Picks we love Etsy. Love, adore, want to marry. But what we recently found out is that Etsy loves Cool Mom Picks and as you can imagine, we couldn’t be more excited! Kristen and Liz recently spent a lovely afternoon checking out their new DUMBO Brooklyn space, getting inspired by the creativity that radiates from every corner (even accounting), and eating some damn fine sticky rice. We’ll get our own photo essay up soon, but in the meanwhile, check out the article on The Storque. You might even learn some stuff you...

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Baby carrier covers prevent Cold Baby Toe Syndrome (CBTS)

When I had babies of Bjorn age, the Popopver saved my life. Or at least my winters. This fleecy, simple, mom-invented baby carrier cover was a great way for me to grab the kid, strap her on, and race out the door in the middle of January, without worrying about frozen extremities or stroller wheels stuck in a snowbank. I still stand behind the Popover, but there’s another carrier cover that’s worth mentioning too–the Thinsulite-lined Metro baby carrier cover from Brooks Pond which is wind-resistant, water-resistant, and so popular with parents, they discontinued their other two carrier covers this...

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Makeup bags get an eco makeover

Are you already putting together holiday gift lists? Or is that just me because I’m so busy working on our annual Holiday Gift Guide that I’ve got presents on the brain? In any case, I’ve just added the great looking eco-friendly makeup bags from Aster + Sage under the category of  “Get a bunch of these for holiday gifts because I know I’ll forget someone” so I figure I’d let you all know about them too. Like all of her great handbags, RISD pedigreed artist Linda Yesline handcrafts the makeup bags from fabrics made from recycled fabrics and soda...

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Sesame Street Couture

I admit that my daughter had one licensed Sesame Street shirt she got as a gift. I cringed every time she asked to wear it, not because I don’t like Sesame Street (who doesn’t like Sesame Street?) but because this one looked like it was designed by a blind monkey who had gotten a hold of Photoshop and some muppet clip art.  In any case, I’m way more partial to the handmade Cookie Monster shirt by Morfs. Made by designer and mom Julie Barger, the handmade shirt takes a more artistic approach to the classic blue guy, with a...

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A jewelry idea that just sort of popped out

You can always tell a great jewelry artist when you want to wear pretty much everything she makes. And that’s just how I’d describe the innovative stainless steel pop-out jewelry from Houston artist Melissa Borrell. Just like those old cool plastic toys in the Cracker Jack boxes that you would snap out from the frame and assemble, these colorful pendants and earrings come still attached to the metal card they were punched out of. Pop them out (thus, the name), attach to the earring hooks or necklace chain that comes with, and bend and twist and shape your jewelry...

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Baby’s first cookbook

I confess; I made my own baby food. But just so we’re clear, I was less a domestic goddess and more a garden-variety control freak. I spent late nights cooking and chopping and freezing, and honestly, I took no joy in it whatsoever. Boring. But that’s only because my kids were babies back in the Pleistocene Era, and eebee’s Mix&Mash Adventures didn’t yet exist. Babies six months and up will enjoy the board book (and accompanying DVD) which features lots of brightly-colored photos of fellow babies, having fun with a baby-sized puppet named eebee. But they can also do...

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Surprise! It’s something cute for 66% off.

We’ve just learned that last year’s Darly Surprise grab bag was such a success for the wonderful Darlybird boutique, that this year, bargain-seekers who trust Rachel’s whimsical taste will get another shot at them. Basically for $15, you’ll get at least $45 worth of goodies. Which ones? Well, you may find yourself in possession of adorable earrings, handcrafted bobby pins, cute lip balms, a stationery set, vintage gift tags – or heck, maybe all of the above. In fact at this price, you might order a bunch of them, and sort them into your own gift bags, or break...

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