Month: November 2009

9 reasons to do your Black Friday shopping online

As if you needed any other reason than preservation of all sanity to avoid the lines at the malls today, we thought we’d remind you just a few of the reasons why we simply love shopping online. 1. Shopping in your slippers. Even the old, nasty ratty slippers. (In which case, may we interest you in a pair of new ones?) 2. Discounts that are good beyond some ungodly hour of the morning when you should still be asleep. In fact, the discounts on our holiday gift guide and ultimate baby shower gift guide are all good through December 31. Not that you should wait that long to do your Christmas shopping. 3. Free snacks, whoo! 4. One click comparison-shopping thanks to your personal shopper, Mr. Google. 5. No hassle potty breaks with your kids. In fact, that should probably be #1. 6. Save your gas, save the earth. 7. Ask your favorite germaphobe what lurks on the handles of those shopping carts sometime. Or maybe, don’t. 8. No toddler tantrums. Unless it’s your own child. In which case eh, just move to another room. 9. You can’t find 98% of our holiday picks at the mall. Sleep in, mamas! We’ve got a slew of great deals in our Holiday Gift Guide that will still be here tomorrow. [photo:...

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A new Thanksgiving tradition thanks to Mercy Corps

I love Thanksgiving. Just love it. Despite the fact that the whole history behind it might be somewhat mythological. (Were the Native Americans really that underdressed in November? Hm.) Still, I adore what it’s become, at least in our family. But then, I have a pretty cool family and don’t mind spending a day chowing down on stuffing with them. We’ve always had the tradition of holding hands around the table before we eat, while we give thanks for what we have and recognizing those who have less than us. But this year especially, I hope we can create...

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Yo, Thanksgiving Thanksgiving!

Yo Gabba Gabba! adds a float to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York today? Suddenly we have renewed commitment to tune in. No offense, Underdog. Bonus points if Biz Markie makes an appearance. But we’ll settle for Brobee doing Party in My Tummy and trying to get our kids to eat more than the mashed potatoes tonight. –Liz Catch the Yo Gabba Gabba! float today in the Thanksgiving Parade 9AM on...

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A t-shirt can be a WYSH your heart makes

My daughter spent the better part of her second summer in a Che Guevara onesie that bore the tagline: I don’t know who this is. The thing about those hipster tees, though is that they’re generally not, you know, heartwarming and inspirational. Which is not necessarily something that you want every day but come on, aren’t there times when you look at your child and you sort of wish that the words I am so freaking adorable that I make the world glow with my incandescent light were emblazoned all over them? It’s not just me. The lovely Lu...

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Underwear to the rescue!

Clearly the green movement is everywhere, including, now, your underwear. Indeed your skivvies are the next if not final frontier for a demonstration of your commitment to all things eco, as we’ve recently discovered. At the UK’s Love Eco, the Pants to Poverty undies are made of fair trade organic cotton, with a cute little waistband to spread the word, should yours accidentally poke out of your jeans. All the profits are put back into the farms and manufacturing coops and I’d imagine there will be quite a bit of it, considering the skivvies are about $15 US each....

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Cool Mom Picks loves CBS 4 Denver

Thanks so much to CBS 4 in Denver for the lovely coverage of our Holiday Gift Guide and their focus on our support of mom-run businesses and more affordable options for parents this year. Click over (while you can!) to see CMP VIP and Denver resident Julie Marsh, plus Anna Woltz of Wonder Toast, a brand our readers fell in love with earlier in this month. You’ll find the segment here while it lasts, under It’s Easy To Give Great Gifts While Saving Money. (Not to be confused with Fort Collins Pot Dispensary Applications Increases.) And if you’re here...

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Charity starts at home – 15 of our readers’ favorite dot-orgs

The nicest thing about our recent XBox 360 giveaway was seeing all the fabulous local children’s charities that you wanted your second XBox donated to should you win. The lucky winner was reader Marcela W (Go Marcela!) along with her charity, Ann Arbor’s Ele’s Place which helps grieving children coping with death or life-threatening illnesses of family and friends. (We kind of get a catch in our throats just thinking about it.) But we thought there were winners in all the lesser-known organizations who got a little recognition on our Facebook Fan Page. So we wanted to give a...

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Ceramic Christmas ornaments and other bits of loveliness

We fell in love with Paloma’s Nest last year when we first featured this Austin artist’s ceramic Christmas ornaments in our holiday gift guide. (Speaking of which – our 2009 guide should be out next week. Whoo!) We were so blown away by this Austin artist’s clean, lovely white ceramic pieces that we checked back in to see what was up for this year. We were not disappointed and you won’t be either. The Jingle All the Way ornament is the perfect hostess gift for every tree-trimming party, and for those invitations that are decidedly less denominational, grab the...

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Not your ordinary colored pencils

I still remember being about seven and getting my first set of “serious colored pencils” from my mom. I recall the pride of knowing I’d outgrown the kid stuff, and that I had been deemed worthy enough to own art supplies that came in a fancy tin with French words on it. So I was flooded with great memories when I saw the Artemis Plant Colored Pencils at the Wooden Wagon. These German-made pencils come in a lovely wooden box, and derive their soft color palette from plants like buckthorn, indigo and madder root. It’s not a toddler gift...

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One more reason to stock up on Vincent shoes for winter – 35% off

I can’t even believe it’s time to start thinking about snow boots but yep, it is. Vincent Shoes has always impressed me with their children’s boots in particular, which have nice European styling at decent prices. Plus they always have amazing sales — great for the type B moms like me who never remember to get my kids boots until halfway into the season. The Jarl winter boots (above) have that Wellie thing going that’s so hot for kids now, only with a little woolen flap of fabric that folds down over the top of the boot to keep...

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Children’s bandages as avant garde human art project

If you’ve got a kid older than about a year, you probably know that bandages are pretty much the best little gift or stocking stuffer ever in the whole wide world. I have no idea if it’s the process of sticking and unsticking them, or the actual wearing of them that’s so appealing, but kids sure do love their bandages. CMP fave Ouchies has some great new options for kids who have outgrown Dora (but their parents are avoiding Barbie) like the Trippy Mr. Men and Little Miss licensed bandages – come on, how cute is “Little Mr. Bump”...

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Slippers for kids without the cartoon characters

With the weather getting cooler (yes, even here in Atlanta) my barefoot kiddos are sporting some pretty chilly tootsies. I perused a few stores for some kids’ slipper options, only to find gigantic square cars and other impractical licensed character footwear. I decided my kids’ feet deserved better. Lo and behold, the ridiculously cute kids’ slippers from mom-own Philadelphia Etsy shop, Wooly Baby, appeared. These are no ordinary slippers – crafted by hand from recycled lambswool sweaters, every pair is one of a kind. In fact they are completely made to order to fit kids up to about 4...

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Breaking News: Stork Craft crib recall is the largest in history

We tend not to post too many recalls here of brands we don’t tend to cover because, ugh, there are a lot of recalls. But in this case, today’s Stork Craft crib recall of 2.1 million units is the largest crib recall ever, so it seems to warrant a mention. Particularly because the faulty plastic hardware on the drop-side has lead to many injuries and several fatalities. We’re sick just thinking about it. Do you own one of them? According to the Consumer Reports Blog: The Stork Craft cribs were manufactured between January 1993 and October 2009. The recall...

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What’s better than a scarf? A Snood.

When I was in Spain last month, I was introduced to Snoods from Kid Cashmere, these beautiful handmade cashmere sleeves from mom Jolie Sutton. Over the head they’re like ear-warming hats, but down around the neck they replace scarves – maybe even better, after hearing all those scary stories about little kids who get their scarves caught in bad places. (Eek.) All the items in the shop are handmade from Italian and Scottish spun cashmere, and silk yarns, making them really smooth and not the fuzzy kind of cashmere that ends up in your mouth. And now that I...

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Shutterfly Photo Books + Our Readers = Ooh, Creative.

Big congrats to Linda H, whose photo book of her first family vacation–to Hawaii no less–is the winner of our sponsor Shutterfly’s photobook contest. Of course we feel like she already got the grand prize with a Hawaii vacation in the first place, but now she’ll get to preserve the memories on free photo books, cards, a calendar and more. You can check out all of the photobook contest entries on the Cool Mom Picks Shutterfly share page, but there were a few that we found so inspiring, we thought we’d give them an honorable mention here. Plus we’re...

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The bling I’m coveting this holiday isn’t blingy at all

Looking around the Shokay e-shop recently, it turns out one of our favorite fair trade purveyors of luxury hand knit baby clothes are doing beautiful things with accessories now too.  Kristen and I pretty much gasped simultaneously when we saw their link floral necklace. It can even be customized in any colors which is amazing. If you’ve spent any time anywhere remotely hip recently – even if it’s just buried in the pages of your favorite fashion magazine while you’re nursing – you’ll know that woven and fabric necklaces are the new hot thing. It’s such a great way...

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Fresh flower delivery for those who actually want their flowers delivered fresh

I send flowers several times a year and I’ve found florist shops and online flower delivery services to be very hit or miss in terms of the quality and freshness. When most of the “fresh” flowers you order are shipped in from abroad, how fresh can they be? That’s why I’m madly in love with Flowerbud.com. The majority of their flowers are grown right here in the US then cut and shipped the same day. You’re literally getting your flowers a day after they were picked. They’re all sent as buds so within a few days they bloom into...

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The best kids music of 2009 that parents will love too . . . pinkie swear

2009 may go down as a year of the sucky economy, but at least I can feel pretty happy about the state of children’s music. Especially after seeing the brand spankin’ new list of 2009 Fids & Kamily Music Poll Winners. I’m honored to have been one of the judges along with movers and shakers in the kids’ music industry, including bloggers, journalists, performers and producers.  So who won? The geeky brainiacs among us are thrilled that They Might Be Giants’ Here Comes Science topped the list, closely followed by plenty of CMP favorites. I’m also quite pleased that...

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Christian Siriano’s maternity line kind of makes me want to be pregnant

Confession: I was miserable in the last trimester of both of my pregnancies. Not because I was huge and couldn’t see my feet and had a person sitting on my bladder. No, I hated that I was compelled to wear really really boring maternity clothes every single day. Times have changed (thank goodness) and now mamas-to-be can pick up super cool maternity pieces designed by none other than Project Runway winner Christian Siriano. The appropriately named Fierce Mamas line consists of tops and dresses; all the pieces are hip, but we’re really loving the plaid tunic. Plaid is hot...

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The inflatable toddler bed that just might get us all a better night’s sleep

Loved my ginormous collapsible playpen / portable crib when the kids were little. Loved. Though I admit to doing a happy dance when I no longer had to lug that thing around to hotels and overnights at the grandparents. But because we’re still big travelers, when I caught a glimpse of the Tuckaire inflatable toddler bed on at the ABC Kids show, I jumped at the chance to take a closer look. [Eds: The URL has been updated] In a word: awesome. Especially in these days of staycations and houseguests and single hotel rooms for whole families who might...

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