Month: December 2009

Editors Best of 2009: The coolest baby clothes, kids’ clothes and shoes (boy we love those shoes)

By far our most popular categories are the clothing categories. Because whatever your style, wherever you live, we all have to get our kids dressed, right? Unless you’re the lucky sewing machine owner who can make your children’s own beautiful designs, these were some of the standouts to us in 2009. Kristen: The amazing baby clothing at Belle Heir (at top) gives me an outlet for my love for vintage clothing, particularly for special occasions, without having to spend hours scouring the racks at the local boutiques. Liz: I remain blown away by the innovative upcycled designs from Seven...

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Editors Best of 2009: The coolest art, decor, and kids furniture

We discover so much incredible, inspiring talent from artists and craftspeople every day, that this just may be one of the hardest categories to cull down. Just imagine that we’re choosing a few picks of the year and that we’ve got about a 355-way tie for second, right in our archives. Kristen: Since we first discovered Idea Paint, I’ve become a little obsessed figuring out how I can make it work in my home. I suppose since my kids already write on the walls, it would be nice to be able to easily wipe it all up with a...

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Editors Best of 2009: The coolest websites, services and stuff just for moms

Cool Mom Picks certainly isn’t all about shopping – it’s also about those wonderful websites and services that help make our lives easier, simpler, or just more fun. (And wow things have changed; it wasn’t too long ago that we were all nervous to enter our credit card numbers online.) With that, please enjoy some of our favorite sites and services of 2009 for the cool parents of the world. Liz: Huge props to Let’s Panic About Babies! which will make you toss every baby advice book you’ve ever received while clutching your belly in laughter. (And, possibly, in gas....

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Editors Best of 2009: The kids snacks, lunchboxes, cookbooks, and grownup food

The older our kids get, the more we’re focused on the what, why, when and how of feeding them. It’s been exciting discovering the growing number of products and resources to help steer our kids away from the McWhatever and onto food that qualifies as healthy and yummy. Kristen: All of my kids love to snack on the organic baby food from Ella’s Kitchen (at top). Just don’t tell them that there happens to be broccoli mixed in with their pears. Liz: I have become completely addicted to the organic maple-almond butter from Justin’s. I mean, uh my kids have. And those little snacks-sized squeeze...

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Editors Best of 2009: The coolest baby gifts, bibs and gear for babies and kids

It’s the first things you look at when you have a baby: The bedding. The bibs. The gear. If only those humongo stores with the fancy registry guns had some of these picks in their repertoire, more moms would be a lot happier. (Eh, good thing you have the web.) Kristen: The gorgeous handmade baby blankets from Big Fat Hen (at top) are so soft and cozy that I want to curl up right in them. If only I could steal them away from my baby. Liz: I fell in love with the Honey Dumplings buckwheat toddler pillow and matching...

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Editors Best of 2009: The coolest books, music, and DVDs for kids

If there’s one thing our kids’ rooms have in common, it’s very packed bookshelves. Here are some of our favorite books, music and DVDs to help educate, inspire, and just keep kids cool. Kristen: Thanks to The Double Daring Book for Girls, I know how to build a raft. And so does my 5-year-old. An absolute must-have addition to any kid’s library. Liz: I love the original Poetry Speaks to Children book/DVD combo and now I love Hip Hop Speaks to Children. It may give you a whole new appreciation of what can be a very moving art form. Kristen:...

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Editors Best of 2009: The coolest toys, dolls and baby toys

You don’t need us to tell you about the latest Elmo toy or Hannah Montana guitar, so we work hard to point you towards toys and other playthings from small companies or independent artists that you might not know about yet. After a year of so many amazing entries, here are a few real standouts from 2009. Kristen: The gorgeous wooden wagons (at top) from the mom and dad team behind Kaiku Design give “pimp my ride” an entirely new meaning. Liz: The new-to-the-US wooden learning bike by TykeRider is so mind-blowingly awesome, only in part because they’ve made...

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Editors Best of 2009: The coolest jewelry and handbags

Welcome to our annual year-end roundup of our favorite picks of the year! Trying to cull down our favorites is never easy, but this year, with more than a thousand posts to go through…well, let’s just say we could have picked about twenty in each category. Each day we’ll present some new favorites right through to New Year’s, starting with today–some of our favorite jewelry, keepsake jewelry, and handbags to help keep you all looking your most fabulous. What’s that saying about fake it ’til you make it? Yeah, that’s what great accessories do for us too. Liz: We’re such admirers of the...

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Never too little to say thank you

Santa got some help at our house this year thanks to a bunch of super generous friends and family. So after my kids enjoy a few days in a toy-filled trance, they’ll be responsible for sending out thank-you cards. With the awesome color yourself holiday thank you cards from Greenstar Studio the only thing I’ll be doing is addressing the envelopes. Kids of any age – yes, even my near 3 year-old – can color these 12 adorable cards and show their appreciation for their holiday gifts, whether they’re experienced artists or crayon-happy scribblers. And I have to say that the more my kids are involved in the...

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Looking for post-holiday sales? Cool Mom Picks has you covered

Our mailboxes are currently flooded with so many announcements about post-holiday sales that are coming up, we hardly know what to do with them. Oh wait…we know. We can share them with you! Starting Saturday through New Year’s Day we’ll be featuring our editors’ top picks for the best of 2009 here on the site. But on Twitter? We’ll be alerting you all to great discounts and deals from the coolest shops for an entire week. Just follow Cool Mom Picks on Twitter and consider yourself in the inner circle. We’re very exclusive like...

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Solid basics for kids? Reader Q&A

I am trying to locate solid lap tees, onesies, and pants comparable to American Apparel in lots of great colors. Any suggestions? – JasmineI’m a huge fan of plain, bright solid baby clothes myself, Jasmine, and luckily, we’ve featured a few companies who offer just that on our site. Plus, everything is going on sale this weekend, so it’s a great time to scour the web for some good discounts. Mom Erin Gutierrez started Cottonseed clothing because she was so tired of trying to find awesome quality solid shirts to match with hand-me-down patterned bottoms. Her shirts, onesies, even pants come in...

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New Year’s cards for the frazzled but thoughtful among us

So once again it is December 23, and once again I have not yet ordered my holiday cards. Which means–once again–it’s New Year’s card time! If you’re in my boat, I happen to really like this Peace Love Joy holiday photo card which feels peaceful and loving and joyful as promised. You can absolutely personalize any of text on the card at all, so if you want yours to say …and hoping for a better 2010 for the Washington Redskins like my SigOth would do, you are more than welcome. On the more modern side, there are a lot...

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Unwrap a free holiday playlist of kid-friendly songs

If your holiday music collection needs a little boost of something you haven’t heard ten thousand times already, check out  the list of 7 free downloadable holiday tunes from Jitterbug.tv. They’re all original songs from cool bands for kids. In other words: not one cheesy remake of The 12 Days of Christmas in the bunch. Jitterbug’s gift to my ears features festive, fun, and kid-friendly holiday songs from such CMP favorites as The Hipwaders, Brady Rymer and Princess Katie & Racer Steve. Each one can either be downloaded to your mp3 player, iPhone, or played straight off the laptop...

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Charitable giving makes great last minute gifts and yeah, tax deductions

It’s been a tough year, mamas. We all know it. But we also know how absolutely incredible and giving and generous this here community of parents always is for those in need. While our holiday gift guide has a whole category of terrific charitable gift ideas, we thought we’d ask our editors and contributors for their own favorite charitable orgs that could maybe use a little extra push this year.  Liz: White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood This year I discovered the remarkable work of the White Ribbon Alliance and am, from here on forward, an evangelical fan. Mostly...

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Getting your diaper bag or handbag organized for the new year

This is the second in a series of sponsored posts about organization for MomAgenda, makers of fabulous looking, smartly designed organizers including the ultra swanky Personal Portfolio, which has been called the Cadillac of MomAgendas. Cadillac should be honored. One of the things we like to do as the new year rolls around is get our handbags and diaper bags better organized. Time to toss the wayward pennies and dump out all those Cheerios crumbs that are littering the bottom and end up under your nails every time you dig around for a spare binkie. (We know, it’s hard...

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Last-minute gifts that will last long into the new year

Any moment now, I’m going to realize with a start that I’ve overlooked someone on my Christmas list. You too? Don’t panic. Check out some of these monthly gift services which will deliver a gift card or acknowledgment right away or at least allow you to print the info and stick it in a card. That way you’re not showing up empty-handed, and the excitement starts brewing as your lucky giftee waits for the first installment. It’ll seem like I totally planned it this way. -Christina FOR CURIOUS KIDS I know my six year old is going to flip...

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Six of the cutest (and free-est) printable gift tags

Now that I’m in the thick of holiday gift-wrapping, and starting to look for finishing touches, nothing warms my heart more than the words free and you don’t have to go to the store for this. Which is why I love these awesome gift-worthy gift tags that you can print from the comfort of your own home without spending another dime. Just make sure your printer ink cartridges are full, and you use a good quality card stock. You want to look crafty — not cheap, right? Insert a sweet photo of your kids in the Photo Ornament Tags...

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Shapewear for sexy mamas

You know how after the baby is born, you have that extra bit around the middle that just doesn’t fit into your clothes? My baby is seven and I’m still fighting that. (Sorry, mamas, it’s true.) But wait! DuMi Shapewear has a solution! These lightweight camisoles are surprisingly comfortable, considering what a great job they do of pulling your midsection back to where it used to be. And each style comes with a built-in bra, so smaller chested mamas (ahem) can wear the cami on its own. DuMi’s camisoles come in three styles; my favorite is the Body Sculpting...

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Heirloom dolls that make you wonder why you’d even consider those mass produced ones

Cool Mom Picks readers know I have a serious soft spot for handmade dolls, which goes way back to the days that my mom taught me how to stuff an old stocking with batting and stitch the face to make a nose. But the incredible handmade dolls from Viola Studio? Well wow, she puts our amateur craftsmanship to shame. We’ve previously raved about Viola Hale’s adorable stuffed creatures. And now she’s offering simply spectacular studio heirloom dolls, meticulously handcrafted out of repurposed materials with so much attention to detail, I wonder honestly how she can make a living at...

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