Month: November 2009

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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