Month: October 2009

Gender neutral baby bedding? Reader Q&A

I just found out we’re expecting a boy who’ll be sharing a room with our 3-year-old daughter, who will be 3 years old, so I need to buy bedding for both of them. Any suggestions on where to find bedding that will look great in a boy baby/girl preschooler shared bedroom? -Katie Congrats Katie! We didn’t plan as well as you have and now my two-year-old son currently sleeps in a bright pink room with his older sister. Thankfully, it’s easier than it ever has been to find gender-neutral bedding. You’ll find a bunch of lovely (and I mean...

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We’re in the running!

Thank you all so much for your support of Cool Mom Picks in the best fashion mommy blog on The Bump this past week. It would seem we might actually have a chance .  .. but we need your help. And today is the last day of voting. So if you think that what we do here helps keep moms feeling fashionable and fabulous, would be so kind as to click over and vote for Cool Mom Picks? (As often as you’d like – seriously. It’s like a Desmond/Locke sort of contest where you can just keep pushing that...

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Jade’s ToyBox delivers boxes of pure happiness

Jade’s Toy Box no longer exists I’m starting to think that group gifts are the way to go. Chip in with a bunch of other folks, and get someone one seriously awesome something-or-other that they’ll really appreciate. And I think that’s what Jade’s ToyBox was thinking too, when they created some of the most phenomenal gift boxes for kids that I’ve ever seen. You can browse by age (baby, toddler or preschooler) and then pick from among clever themes like The Moodie Foodie which is all about kitchen play and Are We There Yet which is packed with items...

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Top babymoon destinations for that last adults-only hurrah

I think all mamas-to-be should try to treat themselves to a day or more of ahhhhhh before their lives change forever. Its one of those things people suggest you do — and for good reason. So if you’re up for a babymoon or a final weekend with the girls, we’ve found a few awesome hotels right in the US that can make your final grownups-only trip planning easier. Of course keep in mind that you can DIY at almost any budget and any hotel with a little ingenuity — and no, going camping when you’re 8 months pregnant doesn’t...

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It’s baby toe warming season again.

The latest dispatch in the You Get What You Pay For department: The stunning new Kahu winter baby boots from Nui Organics, the wonderful New Zealand company that creates beautiful items from organic Merino wool using sustainable farming practices. These booties are no exception: In fact, the soft, high quality lambskin comes exclusively from those lambs that have died of natural causes on the farms. I don’t imagine the laces will pose much of a problem for little feet — you can probably just slip them in then tighten the tops to keep the booties on. And the flexible...

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Just imagine Johnny Cash pushing a Bugaboo. That’s Hullabaloo.

I don’t yee-haw or two-step, although I may start after spinning Hullabaloo’s country-fried, folksy kids’ music CD, High Roller, a few more times. With my vote for coolest CD cover art of the year, High Roller gets toes tapping with plenty of banjo and fiddle but what really wins me over are the lyrics. How could I resist a title song that has a baby bragging about his cool stroller with its “3.5 inch rims” in a voice that conjures up Johnny Cash pushing a Bugaboo? Most of the songs that this Southern Calfornia duo of Steve Deynes and...

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Born with a pewter spoon

When I first had a baby, I kind of thought that a baby feeding set was one of those silly, outdated keepsake gifts that sits on the shelf. As it turns out, my toddler and my four year-old still fight over the “teeny spoon.” Because you know, all things teeny are great when you’re a four year-old girl. For a more 21st century twist on the traditional gift of baby’s first spoon, I adore the pewter baby feeding set handmade by Beehive. I spotted it at the new baby gift category of online shop Orange and Pear. It’s lead-free...

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Great adoption gift? Reader Q&A

My husband and I are pursuing domestic adoption and hope to be matched with a birth mother soon. We know that it is traditional to give the birth mother a gift after the baby is born, but we have no idea what to get for a very brave woman that we will barely know, but owe so very much to. -Natasha How exciting, Natasha. Like you said, I imagine it’s hard to narrow down all that gratitude into a single gift of some kind, but we’re thinking that a personalized piece of jewelry would be a good choice. I’m...

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The Microsoft Office Parent Toolbox helps picky eaters, social butterflies and military wives all at once.

If you are into lists or DIY cards and invitations, or organization in general (or wish you were, ahem ) then you’ll definitely want to  check out the smart Parent Toolbox group over at Slideshare. Basically Federated Media authors like Pioneer Woman, ParentHacks, Craftzine, Mama Pop and Cool Mom Picks (hi!) are offering up some of the ways we use Microsoft Office at home for family stuff, on behalf of our sponsor, Microsoft. And really some of the ideas are very cool. Kristen used Powerpoint to create a really great little slideshow to explain Daddy’s current Afghanistan tour of...

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Tokidoki goes bambino, yippee!

When I first saw the new line of tokidoki apparel for babies earlier this year, I gasped — Must. Have. Now. But alas, it wasn’t available in the US “now,” then. Well, now it’s starting to be. These colorful characters are like the best of Hello Kitty without the worst of Hello Kitty — colorful, quirky, Japanese anime-inspired characters with a whole lot of edge, all from the mind of Italian illustrator Simone Legno. I’m a fan of the tokidoki lil’ devil kids’ tee spotted at Plum Denim, and the priceless little rocker onesie found right on the Tokidoki...

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Got more than one kid? You need a Tagalong.

I’ve almost given up taking the double stroller with us anywhere because my older ones end up sitting in it for a solid five minutes, if I’m lucky, and then walking for the rest of the time. Now that’s great for when we’re in our own quiet neighborhood, but when we’re out and about, that means I’m left trying to keep one or both of them corralled with my one free hand or in most cases, my back pockets. But with the Tagalong, my hands are free and my pockets are back to making my butt look saggy (ha)....

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Gourmet hot chocolate you don’t want to share with the kids

The weather has taken a turn for the worse in New York this week, dropping suddenly into the 40s for no good reason except, apparently, to torment me. And like that, all thoughts have turned from ice cream to hot chocolate. Obviously there’s the store-bought hot chocolate packets with the petrified marshmallows, but for chocolate snob DIYers who like to melt down the good stuff and add it to heated milk, allow me to introduce you to the Dark Hot Chocolate from Fran’s Chocolates. While I haven’t tried it myself, I am a huge fan of their salted caramels...

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They Might Be Giants takes on science and like that, a whole generation of future physicists is born.

Hearing my six year old singing songs like Meet the Elements or Photosynthesis makes my geeky-heart’s day, especially considering they are songs from my old favorites They Might Be Giants, on their new kids’ CD & DVD combo Here Comes Science. Normally, anything titled “Here Comes Science” would have me stifling a yawn, but John and John have managed to make educational science songs both brain- and ear-worthy — an instant classic. My 5, 6 and 8 year-olds are the perfect age for this album, whose subject matter is more complex than TMBG’s earlier releases, Here Come the ABC’s...

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The perfect baby gift, now with more choices

We’ve always thought that the personalized baby tees from Little Uni make the most thoughtful little $30-ish baby gifts – which is also why they’re featured so prominently on our 2009 Baby Shower Gift Guide. So it’s nice to see this mom2-run company coming out with some new designs on their high-quality tees to keep the choices fresh. The new hoot owl tee is a fun choice for a fall baby and I looove the little argyle sheep tee on pink for girls. Plus, there are crown tees now for little kings and queens. It was only a matter...

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Pay it forward, the game.

Is there anything better than random acts of kindness? Well, maybe intentional acts of kindness. And if anyone is going to start a worldwide kindness revolution, my money is on the women behind Boom Boom! Cards. Essentially each of the 26 cards in this nice little kit provides a suggestion for an act of kindness, like buying a stranger a coffee, giving five genuine compliments, or picking up litter on the ground. My favorite though, is writing to a mentor or teacher to thank them for the contributions they’ve made to your life. After you do the deed, pass...

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Parents of kids with food allergies: Your digital savior is here

Food Content Alerts may have a dry name but it’s not at all a dry idea — a website and mobile app that helps you navigate the difficult and sometimes scary world of “no, he can’t eat that either but thanks.”  I’m lucky that my kids are (knock wood) thus far, allergy free, but seeing the challenges friends have gone through to avoid eggs or peanuts or gluten, I know this is a much needed service. Basically you enter a food profile, add the food sensitivities, and then from there you can create things like shopping lists, recipe boxes,...

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It’s nice just to be nominated. But still…

We were very happy to find Cool Mom Picks on the shortlist for best fashion mommy blog on The Bump. But we were more excited when we realized that if we win our category, we could win a $100 gift certificate to Pottery Barn Kids . . . and then give it to one of you. You know how much we like giving things away, after all. So click over and vote (as often as you’d like it would seem, for some reason) and we’d be happy. There’s no registration or anything. Just clicking. Easy. And if we win?...

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Yubo – The BPA free lunchbox that practically packs itself

Now’s the time in the school year that moms are figuring out whether that cool lunchbox you bought for your kid actually does the trick, or whether it was more cute than functional. Luckily, I fared pretty well (thanks Cool Mom Picks – heh), but if you didn’t, then don’t suffer for the rest of the year — snatch up a Yubo and thank us later. This super smart lunchbox, created by two parents with the help of the design team behind the Adiri Nurser, practically packs the lunch for you. The Yubo comes with three mix and match...

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Pingg gets even cooler with a dose of Alpha Mom

The only thing that could make Alpha Mom’s new free designer online invitations made exclusively for Pingg better is if they’d been available last month when I was planning my son’s birthday party. I can’t believe how perfect the whimsical, smiling pirates would have worked for his sweetly naive “friendly” pirate party and honestly, they’re far cuter and more attention grabbing than some of the more generic looking designs on other e-invitation sites. Even though the ship has sailed on his party, these happy creatures can also be found on three other e-invitations, including an adorable Halloween Party design...

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Avast ye scurvy neckwear!

Right in time for Halloween, I stumbled upon this most adorable skull and crossbones scarf at Admiral Road, made out of the same soft, cozy fleece as their personalized fleece blankets. I can imagine that even the most difficult, scarf-eschewing kids wouldn’t mind wrapping their necks in this little guy and heading out for a day of apple picking or pillaging small seaside villages. It’s loooong – like 60″ long, so it’s probably best for bigger kids. Or maybe you? At just 12 bucks, get one for both of you. (Just don’t wear them at the same time.) While...

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