Month: November 2009

Momiji dolls make passing notes cuter than ever

I’m a little unbalanced when it comes to “Japanese cute” (kawaii!) like Momiji Friendship Dolls, the uber-trendy little resin dolls from London’s Artforum, which are a modern and more affordable spin on the traditional Japanese wooden Kokeshi dolls. Like the Kokeshi, Momiji dolls display an amazing attention to detail and expression that have both me and my eight-year-old daughter unable to decide which one is our favorite. At under $20, these heavyweight dolls are meant to be handled, not displayed–a good thing since I know my girls would have one in their pocket to take on their adventures. Before...

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Cool Advent Calendar Ideas? Reader Q&A

I have a pretty wooden advent calendar/box with little doors that my boys use to count down the days until Christmas but I always have trouble finding cute items to put inside. Any ideas? -Kristin The advent calendar is the first thing my kids race to on December mornings, so while candy is an obvious filler, it isn’t something I want them ingesting at 7AM. But if I try to find a toy for 24 days multiplied by 3 kids, I need a loan just to afford the month. So a few years ago I made my first trip...

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Two more reasons to spend the holidays in NYC. Besides the sheer awesomeness of it all.

This time of year, the entire world descends on my fair city, or seems to, judging from the midtown traffic and my inability to get anywhere near the fitting rooms at H+M at lunchtime. So I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out a couple of really fantastic events to consider with the family if you’re going to be anywhere around NYC this holiday season. Reviewing hot ticket performances is definitely not the worst part of my job here, especially when they’re as incredible as Wintuk by Cirque du Soleil. It’s every bit as spectacular as all the Cirque...

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Eco Christmas stockings – Surely Santa would approve

In our family, Christmas stockings have always been a really important aspect of our family tradition. Even on years we skip the tree for whatever reason, those stockings just make the house feel festive and fun. So I really love seeking out terrific Christmas stockings for our readers that their families will truly love. We’ve seen a lot of cool stockings over the years like the ones from Ahna Holder or the custom Kata Golda stockings on our holiday gift guide this year. But the Christmas Stockings from RikRak studios, made of eco-friendly fabric created out of recycled plastic...

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Teething jewelry that also appeals to those old enough to tell you so

I still fondly remember Momma’s Jewels as the first teething jewelry I had seen that didn’t look like teething jewelry. My feeling has always been that if you’re going to wear jewelry, wear jewelry that looks fabulous to everyone around you. Not just those who want to stick it in their mouths. I’m happy to see that owner Stacy Rosenthal has expanded her line since then, and now offers some bangles that are just as sophisticated, safe, and drool-ready. The hand-soldered, single ring sterling teething bracelet looks solid, but in fact has a lovely little rattle inside. Just slide...

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5 favorite picks for celebrating National Adoption Day

With some of our closest friends and family (and yes, even you, our fabulous readers) taking the plunge into parenthood through the amazing gift of adoption, we’re always on the lookout for amazing finds as a way to celebrate their journey. So in honor of National Adoption Day today, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite adoption-related picks.   1. The beautiful My Journey, My Family adoption journal  written by Zoe Francesca and illustrated by CMP fave Susie Ghahremani, is a lovely way for parents to document their adoption story without fudging around some of the traditional baby book categories. 2. We...

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Hanky Panky opens and Naughty Santa is delighted

For years I was mystified by the thong, an article of clothing that felt more “medieval torture device” than comfy undergarment. But, after hearing about Hanky Panky’s thongs, I gave them a try and have been a convert to their comfortable yet super-sexy lace thongs ever since. Heck, there may be days when I haven’t brushed my hair and have more stains on my shirt than I care to think about, but I always have a little more swing in my hips with Hanky Panky on underneath. Just this weekend, in time for me to drop a ton of...

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Eco play dough – is it worth the dough?

We’ve all got play dough connoisseurs for children at Cool Mom Picks, so I know that a few of the organic versions I’ve had a chance to try out recently have some tough standards to live up to. Past pick Eco-Dough so far is the benchmark, with great texture, vibrant colors, a new and improved formula, and some really gorgeous packaging. Another option that I just discovered through the Goddard School and Eco Child’s Play, and their new list of top ten rated eco-toys, is Mama K’s Aromatic Play Clay¬† (very top) These doughs smell amazing. AMAZING. And I...

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Shutterfly Photo Books Contest – Keep those entries coming!

We’ve been blown away by the awesome entries to the Shutterfly contest so far. We love seeing your families and your amazing books – so keep them coming! You have until tomorrow night to share your own book and win a bunch of great prizes – seriously, did you see the goodies they’re giving away? Just load up your pictures into a photobook template on Shutterfly and add it to the Cool Mom Picks sharing site and you’ll be entered. We’ll announce the randomly drawn winners on our site, plus give a hat’s off to a few of our...

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Web Coolness – Thanksgiving crafts, Modern family trees, and the return of Kurt Cobain

Right now, we’re thinking about family, food, fall…and turkey. Here’s some stuff we liked reading this week, and maybe you will too. Design*Sponge – An incredible Thanksgiving centerpiece that you can make out of supermarket finds. Junior Society – Modern family trees that look more like museum-quality contemporary art than genealogy experiments. Planet Awesome Kid  – Grunge is back. On babies. Better flannel in the fall than the summer? ASTRA– The specialty toy retailers picked their 10 best toys for kids this year. So glad a lot of them are our favorites too.[photo:...

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