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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