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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