Month: December 2009

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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