Month: December 2009

Web Coolness – eco-friendly gift wrap, crafty ornaments, last minute shopping tips and more

Here’s some stuff we’ve liked reading around the web this week, and we hope you will too. Mighty Girl: Some really really great ideas for eco-friendly giftwrap Armelle Blog: Need an idea for gift wrapping cookies and baked goods this holiday? Here’s a fabulous one. (via Design Mom)Boston Mamas: Check out Cool Mom Picks’ own last minute shopping tips for beating the holiday craziness Ohdeedoh: So many great crafty ideas this week, like felt gingerbread ornaments and a super easy gingerbread house idea – that will also keep you from eating it. Because you can’t. Design*Sponge: A DYI Christmas...

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P’Kolino Art Supplies can’t wait to get into your stockings

Every December, I take stock of the state of our coloring, drawing and painting supplies and weed out the lost-caps, tiny crayon bits and crusty paints so they can be replaced. It’s a great tradition that both keeps us organized, and presents some Christmas gift opportunities. This year, P’Kolino has introduced enough art supplies to fill the stockings of all three of my kids. As with their much-loved and CMP-approved Klick Table and Chair Set and Book Buggee, everything from P’Kolino is cleverly designed and looks oh-so-cool, and these are no exception. The tube of five primary-color, no-smell finger...

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Last minute gift idea – A book of the month club with no lame choices

Last year, we recommended the Gift Lit book of the month series as a cool children’s gift, and it still is. But it makes smart last-minute gift for a fully grown adult too. You can just tell the thoughtful book choices in each series have been curated by a panel of librarians and publishing experts, and not someone trying to push best-sellers or remnant books. I know quite a few relatives of mine who would enjoy that history series of books; the favorites for women actually do justice to the category name; and the food + wine series has...

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Skinnygirl Margarita Review: The 100-calorie, 5-second margarita

My name is Mir, and I like a good margarita. Judge me if you must. I’m also kind of lazy, so my margaritas are generally limited to the rare dinner out with my husband. Can I make a margarita at home? Sure. Do I? Usually not (see aforementioned laziness). And the couple of times I’ve picked up a mix I’ve been astonished at the calories, the additives, or both. Yuck. So when I started to unscrew this pretty bottle of Skinnygirl Margaritas, I was cautiously optimistic. Celebrity chef and erstwhile NYC “housewife” (you know, the funny one) Bethenny Frankel...

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A gift bag that truly has H.E.A.R.T.

Somewhere in between bargain hunting and gift wrapping I make sure that I stop to think about how blessed I am in so many ways. After all, isn’t that what this season is supposed to be about? Fashionology, a fun, interactive, design-your-own-clothes website agrees, and has come up come up with a smart (and stylish) way to help women and children who have been victims of abuse, sexual assault or domestic violence. Fashionology teamed up with H.E.A.R.T (Helping Ease Abuse-Related Trama) and put together a $40 gift bag that is sure to brighten the spirit of the young girls...

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Leggings for girls who want to do more than host tea parties and watch princess videos

My four year-old daughter recently informed me that jeans were “stupid.” Which, okay. Not the term I would use, but I get her point that she’d rather be wearing a dress, even to kick a soccer ball in the park. I know for a fact mom, designer and entrepreneur Wendy Feller has walked in my shoes, because she invented Zupers. These durable, SPF 50 leggings for girls are commendably made right in the USA and feature a pair of cushy, removable, heart-shaped neoprene kneepads to encourage girls in dresses to do more than sit around and look demure. Including...

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Want an incredible collection of Modern Art? Go Fish

I learned long ago that the best way for my son to learn about “boring” things was to find creative ways to teach him. Although I personally am fascinated by Modern Art, he could probably not be able to withstand an extended visit to the MoMA. Which made the Go Fish for Modern Art card game the perfect way to introduce him to the subject. It’s played just like the traditional game of Go Fish, but each card features beautiful contemporary art from the likes of Andy Warhol, Paul Klee and Marc Chagall. Younger kids can just match colors...

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Children’s first games: For when you just can’t face another trip to Candyland

I want to be the mom who sits on the floor and plays board games for hours with her kids, but I usually start losing interest right around the same time my son tries to see how far he can hurl the dice. So we’ve tracked down some fantastic (dice-free) first games for toddlers and preschoolers–because parents cannot live on Candyland and Chutes & Ladders alone. Or, sometimes, at all. Stock up on a few good games before the holidays and keep the kids entertained. –Christina One of our all-time favorites, Zingo! from the mom-and-pop run Think Fun! (I...

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X is for that cool coffee table in your playroom

Oh how I love the new Xylophone Music Table from the quirky, nostalgia-tastic furniture makers at Jellio. This 40-inch long coffee table inspired by that ubiquitous toy xylophone of my misspent youth would look so fantastic in a colorful kid’s playroom, or even as a conversation piece in a home office. (Any music producers out there?) Evidently it does actually work, although the mallets aren’t included. I would imagine that could be a good thing, at least if you have my kids. Though come to think of it, at this price, they shouldn’t just come with mallets, they should...

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Cool Stocking Stuffers under $10 that still bring the Christmas magic

Seeing the kids make a beeline for their stockings is a favorite moment on Christmas morning. But, even though this is their first taste of Santa for the day, “he” can’t afford to spend a small fortune on their stockings. So I thought I’d turn Santa onto some of my favorite sites to help you fill a stocking without needing to mortgage the sleigh. -Christina Stubby Pencil Studio is my go-to site for creative, eco-friendly gifts for creative kids, and I love their time-saving gifts under $10 section. Grab a tin of Hopscotch Chalk in a cool retro tin,...

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