Month: February 2009

Mmm, milky

I never thought I’d say this but I’m kind of over lavender room sprays. Especially for the nursery, I want something a little fresher and cleaner, not so sweet. And then I found the Milk fragrance from the environmentally responsible St Louis apothecary, K Hall Designs and thought YES, that’s exactly it. The Milk scent is actually a light combo of coconut, vanilla and cream but trust me, it doesn’t smell at all like a shot you’d do on Spring Break (which is kind of how it sounds). If you’re not into spritzing the air around the babe, it...

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Crowning glory

In an effort to spend less on disposable birthday party supplies, I’m loving so many of the beautiful crowns and princess hats I keep discovering. The latest: this handmade kids’ wool felt crown from Asheville designer Liz Stiglets of Cozy Blue. I love the felt applique. I love the elasticized back to help keep it on heads small and not so small. I love that the little matyroshka doll ribbon trim makes it feminine but it’s not pink– because hello, not every girl has to have a pink crown at her party. And I especially love that my kids...

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Yeehaw, bibs!

I admire the smart momtrepreneurs out there that have created alternabibs that don’t look like bibs. Because as I’ve made very clear, I really hate bibs. But I hate changing my 4-month old’s clothes three times a day even more than I hate bibs. So when I was introduced to Boopalina + bebe‘s fantastic modern kerchief bibs, I instantly fell in love. Unlike some of the kerchief bibs I’ve seen, these are created from gorgeous vintage fabrics and organic bamboo and cotton. I’m seriously coveting the beautiful red flowers bib (pictured) or look: Tweed! Plus they actually work to...

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Good car-ma

With our new playroom almost finished, and our poor son caught in between two girls and a whole lot of pink, we decided to decorate it on the blue side of things. But tracking down cool boy decorations that won’t completely alienate the girls in the house is a little harder than I thought. Hence my interest was piqued when I found the Little Chippi wall decals at Raspberry Kids. Designed by Australian artist and mom Samantha Peters, this adorable Drive Time set (pictured) features 37 stickers, including trucks, cars, and all things with wheels. And since the decorative...

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$10 dresses, made in America. Or wherever you are.

There’s a whole lot of kids’ clothes we feature here that must inspire the craftier moms among us to proclaim I could make that myself. Well la-di-da for you– not all of us are so very skilled that we could “make that ourselves” without it looking like something out of a tenth grade Home Ec class. But then Linda Trent comes along and gives us a little cheat: DIY dress kits including the pattern, the pre-cut fabric and the accessories you need to make peasant dresses, cowboy skirts, and versatile tunics. She even includes the thread. Total cost for...

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What’s a Geemo? Good question.

It’s hard to entirely describe a Geemo, even after having played with it for a week. I can only assure you that this is the greatest new toy we’ve discovered in a good long time, thanks to our friend Tiffany at The Pajama Squid. Geemo was designed by a very cool Brooklyn toy company called Heroes May Rise which aims to promote learning through unstructured play and creativity (um, as opposed to voice chips barking multiplication tables at you). And they deliver in spades with this toy made of a set of soft, stretchy, sort of rubbery nontoxic pieces...

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Outsourcing the birth announcements with Red Stamp

I love the idea of birth announcement as a means of sharing pure joy. But the logistics of actually getting my own announcements in the mail was too daunting for me on top of the rest of my post baby to-do list. No matter how joyous the occasion or how beautiful the birth announcements may be, stuffing and addressing envelopes is a tedious chore.  Red Stamp has a whole slew of gorgeous new birth announcements (my personal favorite is the gray and orange pinstripes), but what makes Red Stamp perfect for the expectant mama is their Mail-For-Me service. All...

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Yes, they’re know-it-alls, but in a good way.

When I was pregnant everyone was full of free advice, and you know the old saying: You get what you paid for. (I’m not saying it was all bad, but I’m still not speaking to my cousin who told me slathering mayonnaise on my stomach would prevent stretch marks. Thanks Marcy.) Enter Nursery Know-It-All, created by Kimberly Shore Levin, another promising entry in the growing baby concierge business. They’ve got different packages depending on your needs and can set up your nursery, help you track down a great doula, even help first-time expectant parents buy all the crap you...

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Welcome to the house of fun

The problem with a lot of desks for kids’ rooms is that they look so serious and boring, I can’t blame my kids for falling asleep before they even get through their spelling assignment. That is certainly not the case with the kids’ desk from Fun House Furniture, which reminds me of something I might see walking across the screen in Fantasia. Each piece of kids’ furniture at Fun House is custom built by experienced cabinet makers in North Carolina in your choice of color combos, using formaldehyde-free maple plywood and maple lumber. Given how many hours my kids...

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Thank you cards from your baby. Literally.

We’ve had a little discussion among the editors here at Cool Mom Picks about baby thank you cards. Written by the mom “from the baby” – yes or no? The consensus was a resounding “no,” but as it turns out, we’d definitely make an exception with the baby thank you cards from Canopy Cards. Their baby thank yous with jest had me giggling instantly, with simple commentary from your baby herself like I feel like I’m getting all the gifts… And my parents are doing all the work or my fave, What a gift! I’d jump for joy if...

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There’s a bug in my tub

You’d think after spending at least ten minutes before bath time last night rinsing and cleaning out the bath toys, we would have invested in a new bath toy holder.  We lost our last one to broken suction cups and the one before that to size. Seriously, we have a lot of toys! So at the top of this week’s must-buy list is Boon’s new lady bug bath pod. Similar to their frog pod, the lady bug bath storage container attaches to your bathroom wall, keeping those baby soaps and shampoos organized, and toys dripping dry. Just remove the...

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The bling-free baby track suit. Yes, it exists.

We’re already completely smitten with the offerings from Westcoast Baby, so when we heard that this two-mom team added track suit sets in toddler sizes (woo!), we couldn’t wait to take a look. Created with their signature soft stretch cotton jersey and manufactured in Canada, these casual play clothes are perfect for every season. And no big crazy logos or gratuitous hardware. Wear the hoodie with jeans, or pair the comfy track pants with a bright summer tank– the bold gender neutral colors make them perfect for girls or boys. Just not grown-ups. Darn. -KristenFind beautiful baby clothes and layette options...

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It’s not a bib

A bib is not something that makes you gasp upon opening the package. It’s just not. Whatever combo of terry or cotton or vinyl or whatever…it’s a bib. So why exactly did I gasp when I opened the Bibbie from Dilly Dally? This beautiful reversible um…not a bib, is more like a structured pinafore that covers the body in front and some of the back, then  ties behind at the neck. Inspired by designer Ashley Peterson’s Great Grandma Donna, the beautiful vintage-inspired fabrics are quilted and sewn just marvelously. Lest you think this cover-up too pretty to get food...

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Animal house

Just when I think there can’t possibly be any more ways to make animals into wall art that make me want another baby purely for the decorative accessories, someone goes and proves me wrong. This time it’s Milk Moon Kids, purveyors of limited edition hand-pulled screen prints of critters being awesome. Bedtime Rituals (shown) features one animal for every letter of the alphabet– educational, and therefore totally justifiable. Really. I’m not just saying that because the elephant’s trunk cracks me up every single time I look at it. -Mir Visit Milk Moon Kids to shop for your own must-have...

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Sleep training. Oh, blessed sleep training.

What I remember most about the early days was that the money I spent on batteries for the swing could have easily funded a semester in private college. Because my baby didn’t sleep unless he was in motion. For months. Know what I needed? Someone who knew how to help me help him sleep in his crib. So hooray for child expert and sleep guru Katie Smith of The Independent Child. She’ll conduct in-home sessions in LA county, but will also work with parents anywhere in the world via telephone, as well. This isn’t about CIO versus non CIO;...

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Bunk Bots: Domo Arigato Mr Roboto

The other night, as my son crept into my bed, he hit me in the head with a robot. Thankfully, unlike the plastic trucks and action figures he has adopted as lovies in the past, this robot was a “crazy soft” Bunk Bot named Night-Vision Pinch. And that’s the point. Pinch is one of several plush robots created by a brilliant Portland, Oregon product design engineer who saw his sons cuddling up to hard, pointy robot toys and decided to make something a little more sleep-friendly. I love that each of the ten gray fleece robots comes with a...

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Baby washcloth 2.0

All three of my kids love to take baths.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean they love to wash themselves. Enter MiniMitts by BellyLaf. These cute bamboo/cotton blend wash mitts are the eco-friendly version of traditional bath mitts. Embellished with your choice of cute sea creatures, you’ll find your kids can scrub themselves way easier with these mitts than with a baby washcloth. If you’ve got a baby, then try Grippees which has little silicone gripping dots strategically placed at the heel of the hand  right where I need it when wrangling a slippery, squirming baby who’s determined to elude my...

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What says “welcome new baby” better than flowers?

I cannot tell you how guilty I feel tossing a baby announcement. Not only does it stink to have to add to the landfill, but it just seems odd to put a baby’s picture in the trashcan. So I had to check out Botanical Paperworks, a Canadian company that creates all their stationery products from plantable paper. Cool, right? All you have to do is place the card under a thin layer of soil, put it in the sun, and give it some water and you’ll get a pot full of wildflowers. Flowers that will always remind your friends...

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Love is all you need

Hearts, schmearts. Not every printed proclamation of love needs to involve pink or red or lacy frilly things. Me, I’m digging the screenprinted love poster from Jennifer Ramos of Made by Girl that simply says love. What more do you need? The poster does come in more traditional colors, but there’s something about the steely gray that may be just the thing for sentimentalists who don’t want to get all that sentimental. In other words, the husband might not be like, get that thing off our wall. Ah, romance.  –Liz Happy Valentine’s Day, cool...

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Come on baby light my fire

Hands down, this Perfect Match necklace gets the award for most creative expression of true love handcrafted out of metal and meant to dangle from your neck. Far more original than an “eternity band” and definitely more affordable, the matchbox pendant is roughly stamped with Perfect Match and has two little matches inside. And because the boxes fit together, you can wear the pendant open, closed, or somewhere in the middle. It’s pretty snazzy as a 925 sterling necklace, but there’s something about the brass (shown) that just works for me. It’s too late for Valentine’s Day, obviously –...

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