Month: February 2009

Psst…I know a mom…

At Cool Mom Picks, we love to cheer on our fellow moms, spreading the word about cool stuff created by parents we know and the ones we wish we knew. Whitney Hill, founder of iknowamom.com, has brought together hundreds of those moms she knows in an ever-growing index of business owners and artists. And you know? The list is terrific from what we’ve seen so far. You’ll find tons of CMP faves like Blue Poppy jewelry, Resa Design, and Posh Peacock, just to name a few, along with photographers, artists, and graphic design services. So it’s a great resource...

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I shall hug him, and squeeze him, and call him George

The stuffed animals I painstakingly selected for my babies as to be “loveys” were never the ones they ended up dragging everywhere. When it comes to that special attachment, kids don’t care if it’s pretty or where it came from–they care that it’s soft and easy to hold. And you care that it’s safe. That’s why everyone wins with Foundlings, the new 100% cotton organic stuffed animals that are simple, huggable, and lovable. You know I’m a fool for elephants (like the one pictured here), but if you prefer a dog or a bear or even a turtle, they...

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Ooooh, mossy

Just because I can’t grow a darn thing to save my life, doesn’t mean I don’t have an avid appreciation for nature. Hence my infatuation with Adorn Jewelry‘s new line of “Living Jewelry.” Seattle-based artisan Amy Mueller combines fake moss and a hearty sterling silver adjustable base to create her Gather ring. It’s the perfect gift for the gardener in your life, or for that funky someone who just loves having a piece of statement jewelry that no one else at the party is bound to have. It makes way more of a statement then a bunch of silk...

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Books for boys, beyond baseball

When I go to teacher conferences, the thing I hear the most about my son– always said with great reverence– is, Wow, he sure likes to read! I come from an entire family of readers, so this doesn’t seem odd to me… but it is odd, because boys trail girls in literacy, and often it takes extra effort to get them into a book when there are video games to be played. One mother decided to take matters into her own hands, and that’s when Book Club 4 Boys was born. Not only does her blog make recommendations on...

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The mood necklace

I’m intrigued by the idea of versatile, interchangeable jewelry; however, I have to admit that interchangeable rings, necklaces and bracelets of the sort I usually see at the jewelry store rarely strike me as something I’d actually wear. But when I saw Mini Mosaic, I completely changed my mind. Created by jewelry designer and stay-at-home-mom Alisa Wetzel, this interchangeable necklace features a simple, dainty sterling silver pendant that holds a variety of square tiles. Pick from modern patterns, vintage designs, or even replicas of real artwork. Just pull the silver chain up, slide the tile out, and replace it...

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Welcome to the jungle

Thankfully, I have undergone a baby mobile intervention since having our first child, and am happy to report that we are free of all fuzzy, robotic sounding mobiles in our home, mostly due to the amazing choices out there today. Like this beautiful Petit Collage baby mobile . Laser cut from eco-friendly bamboo, this adorable mobile features four retro inspired animals that will entertain your baby sans the drive-you-batty music. Plus it adds a nice artistic touch to your nursery without the use of any more colors than you’re probably already trying to wrangle....

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Crackity SNAPPITY POPPITY Pop!

I’m a woman without singing ability. Also, my sense of rhythm is limited to 4/4 time. But when my daughter developed an interest in scat after hearing about it on a kids’ television show, it was time for some musical research. No need for my kid to be stunted by anything other than genes, after all. When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat, a children’s book written by former elementary school teacher Muriel Harris Weinstein and illustrated by three-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award R. Gregory Christie, is a tribute to rhythm and the great man himself. Momma...

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Ouchies: Turning owies into art

They say hell hath no fury like a child denied a Band-Aid, but that’s only because they’ve not seen one of my kids offered the wrong Band-Aid (which is even worse). Heaven forbid I have nothing left but butterflies when my son has an invisible scrape. Thanks to Ouchies, I’m ready for anything: With a box of Own-Ages adhesive bandages on hand, there’s no more complaining. The injured party can choose a color bandage and grab the included markers to customize it perfectly. And if you want to make the tween in your life feel cool, pick up a...

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The year of the owl

If you haven’t noticed, 2009 appears to be the year of the owl– at least when it comes to baby accessories. I suppose that it’s sort of fitting, seeing as how owls are awake all night long, not unlike some babies I know. Sigh. At least this lovely soft owl music box by Mimishop has extremely good intentions. Handmade from a combo of fabric and felt, this cute stuffed toy houses an old-fashioned music box. Just pull the chord and your babe will be lulled to sleep to a good couple of minutes of the Brahms lullaby. And if...

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Party animals

I guess I have birthday gifts on the brain this week after finding those cute crowns. Today’s pick: The Raplapas party animals. Each adorable stuffed pig, elephant, bird or rabbit is soft (ooh, cotton velvet), cuddly and topped off with a party hat, making it an awesome birthday gift for a kid in your life. They’re all handmade in Montreal by mom and costume designer Erica Perrot which might account for their dramatic personalities; I hear you should never feed the rabbit Jager after midnight. –Liz Find the Raplapas party animals and other great kids’ toys at Mahar Dry...

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