Month: April 2009

An adoration bracelet that really I adore

I have to admit I’ve never worn jewelry with my son’s name on it. But I honestly, when I saw these personalized bracelets called “adoration bracelets” from Taviametal my heart skipped a beat. Tavia Brown is the inspired artist whose handcrafted jewelry strikes the perfect balance between edgy and sweet — perfect for certain types of moms out there (hiya) who want to express how much they adore the special people in their lives without wearing something that screams This has my kid’s name on it! Now go, “Awwwwww.”Each bracelet is a hand made, one-of-a-kind, sterling silver creation. You...

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The Swedish Invasion – Polarn O. Pyret hits the states and parents everywhere rejoice

For more than 30 years, Swedish kids have been lucky enough to frolic around their IKEA furniture in the iconic stripey clothes from Polarn O. Pyret. And now we’ve just learned that they’re primed for a massive US takeover in 2010, but lucky us, we can start ordering their fantastic play clothes and wardrobe staples for kids online at this very instant. (Seriously, this is the news you will remember when their shops are everywhere and say hey! I read that at Cool Mom Picks first!) Our first thought was that the clothes reminded us of Hanna Andersson —...

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A Mother’s Day gift that benefits other moms too

It’s been some time since we checked in with one of our longstanding favorite jewelry designers, Kim of Urban Dencity and we’re so glad we did — not only does she have some beautiful new handmade pieces out just in time for spring (and, ahem…Mother’s Day) but she’s got an amazing charity initiative to support other moms too. Starting today, Kim is donating a portion of all her jewelry sales to the wonderful Light One Little Candle Foundation (which we previously fell in love with here) to help provide children’s books to adult cancer patients around the country so...

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Even ye olde fashioned dolls are going organic

Someone gave my son an old-fashioned yo-yo. (As soon as I figure out who it was, I’m going to hurt them. Or at least ask them to spackle the new dents in my walls.) But a yo-yo doll has nothing to do with yo-yos — it’s actually a classic quilter’s doll made out of remnants, and it’s a baby favorite for generations. Easily the most beloved yo-yo dolls come from Jenny Krauss and now she’s making all-natural, Fair Trade, slightly muted organic cotton yo-yo dolls as an alternative to the originals. Jenny spent several years getting this soft, 100%...

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Video game rentals for the Wii junkies among us (ahem)

When we finally joined this century and got a Wii, the kids received a pile of games over the holidays from family. And do you suppose that the most expensive games–the ones the kids begged for for months–are the ones that they play the most? Of course not. No problem, I thought. We’ll just rent games before buying. We went to our local store and I was astonished to learn that a single video game rental was $7, and that’s just for a few days. In some cases, that’s only half what it costs to buy it. Craziness. You...

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Baby blankets that are soft on the eyes, skin and wallet

We’re not usually big pastel gals around here, but looking at the Cover Me baby blankets spotted at Little Milk Junkie you can see why we made an exception. These super soft, cuddly, knit cotton stroller blankets are made in the US by two moms, and come in sweet repeating patterns like butterflies and stars and elephants. In person the colors are way way more subtle and pretty than they would seem on the website — that star blanket is actually a really delicate sage green (here’s a better shot) and what’s great is that it reverses so it...

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The most charming necklaces for Mother’s Day

I’m not one to wear a lot of jewelry — -heck, I don’t even own an engagement ring — but I still love unique, sentimental items, which is why the one-of-a-kind custom charm necklaces from Heart & Stone Jewelry would totally make my Mother’s Day. The cool thing about MA artist Julie Booras’s handmade jewelry is it’s totally customizable. Put your kids’ names on the high-quality silver charms, add their birthstones and a small heart and you have a beautiful piece of Mother’s jewelry. Or, skip the kids and focus on your own initial. I know that my mom...

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The awesome Omni Kids Suite, a.k.a a room of their own

My girls have reached the age where they’d prefer not to share a hotel room with us when traveling — and to be honest, we’d prefer not to share with them either. So when we heard about the family friendly Omni Kids Suites available on a recent trip to Los Angeles, we couldn’t wait to try it out. When we registered, the kids received backpacks filled with cool toys — although I could have lived without the kazoos. The suite was furnished with Pottery Barn Kids’ finest and  the girls immediately settled into the bunk beds and bean bags...

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The Mother of all Easter Mothers

The last thing we ever thought we’d be featuring on these pages is a a Virgin Mary softie, or an eco-friendly one at that, created by hand from eco-fi felt made completely from recycled water bottles. But the way we see it, some pewter statue of dubious origin just doesn’t really scream “love and forgiveness.” These completely adorable plush dolls are created in the likeness of everyone’s favorite saints and feature their prayers on the back, you know, just in case you didn’t listen in CCD. Hello, perfect Christening gift. We also love the Mother Theresa doll, but if...

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Basics for those of us without yachts

I love Egg by Susan Lazar baby clothes as much as the next regular person — which is to say that I adore the designs and the commitment to eco-friendly fibers, but those adorable designer baby onesies and jumpsuits in premium organic cotton are pretty well out of my budget these days. But now, Egg has spawned the Basics line: Organic cotton layette staples in sizes from newborn up to 24 months, in practical styles and in four different colors, at prices normal people can afford. Hey, don’t say the recession never gave you anything. -Mir Find affordable organic...

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Sporty moms need handbag love too

I’m definitely a bag freak, yes, even diaper bags, but my obsession tends to lean more towards fashionable handbags and less on the more practical sporty ones. So for you active moms, I give you the Go Gaga messenger bag. Like some of the other messengers you might have seen, this bag is chock full of roomy pockets, and works well as a diaper bag, workout bag, heck, even a laptop bag. But what makes this do-it-all bag stand out is the ergonomic strap that distributes weight evenly across your back. And for you breastfeeding moms, the well-designed Go...

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Get on track with Mommytrack’d (for free)

I’m unlikely to buy any sort of paper planner, because I’d probably lose it, for one thing, but also because I prefer lists and diagrams and other things scribbled on the backs of napkins. (What?) I like organization in front of me when I need it, ready to be tossed when I’m done. So naturally I’m totally grooving the new Tool Box at Mommytrack’d, featuring an assortment of free downloads geared towards the organizational crisis of your choice: Week at a glance? Party planning? To Do list, complete with a To Delegate section? Print whatever you need, absolutely gratis....

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Collages have just been elevated to a whole new level

As the veteran of countless “fancy collages” made for me by my children out of magazine pages and Elmer’s glue, I’ll confess that I never knew something as delicate and lovely as Linda Solovic‘s creations were possible under the “collage” moniker. Yet her Etsy shop is filled with high-quality prints of her paper collages, each one more darling than the next. Each series of prints is a limited edition, so don’t waste any time figuring out which ones are your must-haves. Of course you might want to display this collage art separately from the kids’ own work. You understand...

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Zutano goes big for the littlest people in our lives

I’ve always loved the durable, comfy, mix-and-match style of Zutano, ever since I was first pregnant and my BFF tipped me off about this mom-and-pop run boutique brand for kids. And now they’ve launched a new Itzy Bitzy boutique online with an extended line of clothes for preemies and newborns that is going to take away at least 10% of the stress of pregnancy. It’s got all the features you want in a newborn layette — rollover cuffs, covered snaps, thick cotton interlock, prints that make women squeal at their baby showers in an octave way too high for...

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Clean Freak Confessions – Ours and hopefully, yours

Most of our sponsors are kind enough to run banner ads here which help support us so we can keep doing that thang we do. But sometimes we have a sponsor like Hoover who does something really cool like develop a site as fun as Clean Freak Confessions. Essentially, it’s a place we — along with bloggers like Dooce, Ree of Pioneer Woman, Amalah and more–can wax on about about all of our weird germ issues, stain obsessions and cleaning conundrums, – and we’d love if you’d weigh in too. (Please? We really don’t want to feel alone with...

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Happily getting Dizzy

Listening to Molly, Jay and J.P. of Lunch Money sing about the stuff of childhood makes me nostalgic for the days when spinning around in a circle didn’t leave me feeling queasy. In fact, their new kids’ music album, Dizzy, is an ode to all kinds of things kids love, like the zoo, giant cookies and make-believe play. And, you have got to check out the adorably-illustrated, fold-out CD cover with artwork from CMP fave Brandon Reese. Set against a happy indie rock beat with horns, keyboards, harmonica and even whistling accompaniment, Molly’s distinctive voice is both pretty and...

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Natural baby products – The more the merrier

When my local supermarket carries twenty different baby skin care lines, it’s clear there’s a lot to choose from out there. I can’t keep track of what should or should not go on my baby’s skin and who is or who isn’t using the most environmentally-friendly manufacturing methods. I can, however, notice when a baby is clean. And when a baby smells amazing. And when a baby’s skin is not irritated by all the stuff I’m rubbing on it. Green Elly, a cool new parent-run brand, has put out an ultra-green baby skin care line that I just love. They have two kinds of natural baby wash, a silky baby body cream, and yummy diaper balm. And a portion of the proceeds from their baby massage gel, which Green Elly designed for use in massage therapy for kids with special needs, goes towards autism research. Their products are free of all the common skin irritants, parabens, phthalates and fragrances, and the divine smell comes from natural shea butter and essential oils. Look through the website and you can find all sorts of information about what makes their company green and their kids’ bath products safe for delicate baby skin. But I was convinced when, 5 minutes after smoothing the lotion on my boy’s red cheeks, they were no longer irritated. And he was asleep....

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3-D t-shirts? Now we really have seen it all

It’s getting tougher and tougher to rock our worlds with kids tee shirts, but when we got a load of the kids tees from San Francisco based Invisible Stripes, we realized that nope, we haven’t seen it all. Not by a longshot. First of all, the new spring toddler tees designs are adorable — all funky original illustrations by artist Gem Matteo of Gem Vs Gem on nice beefy shirts. But when we looked closer…what’s that? A 3-D tee shirt? Totally. The “Party Animal” design even comes with its own 3-D glasses, but the truth is, the shirt is...

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Take me out to the ball game

Even since having my son a couple of years ago, I’ve noticed the boys’ room decor options are getting way better. Even if you like the more traditional themes, like sports, you’re not stuck with some uninspired wall border of soccer balls or ugly football lamps. Take the awesome baseball switch plates at Mahar Drygoods. Created by a husband and wife design team, real vintage wallpapers dating as far back as 1930 are decoupaged onto jumbo light switch covers. Just find the size and style you like and it will be made to order. There’s just no way you...

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Here they come to save the birthday!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked aimlessly around the toy store aisles trying to find just the right birthday gift for one of my son’s friends. And just when I think I’ve found the perfect one —  the price tag indicates otherwise. Fortunately two brilliant moms, Lisa Fielding & Stefanie Katz-Rothman, started Gift Hero which not only makes spot-on recommendations for children’s gifts sorted by gender, age and price, but they sell them right there on the site. I took it for a test drive to see what they’d come up with for my son for...

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