Month: October 2009

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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