Month: May 2009

Organic baby food that could pass for homemade. We won’t tell.

My mother was the queen of homemade baby food. And while I admire her commitment and even bought a micro food processor to follow in her footsteps, more often than not I have to reach for something cooked, pureed, and packaged far from my home. I really do want to choose baby food that comes as close to homemade as I can afford — at least for my baby; the toddler has already been contaminated, poor child. And I was recently introduced to Sprout Organic Baby Foods, created by hot celeb chef/dad/Food Network mainstay Tyler Florence so I was...

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Framed on Father’s Day

My kids like to leave me little bits of art on my desk, which is very sweet the first fifty times they do it. But with this awesome Doodlebook Frame I can put my favorite picture of them front and center, and then encourage them to make me a new frame every so often. With 80 pages, that’s a lot of opportunities to come up with the perfect masterpiece, and makes it easier to rip off and start over when it’s not quite right. I can also decorate the frame, myself, while on a boring conference call. (Note to...

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Pool safety for kids – smart, but also cute

When it first came time to baby-proof our apartment, I went to that big-box baby store to get supplies and learned there were far more ways that my baby girl could injure herself than I’d ever imagined. (Hello, bubble wrap). What I didn’t consider was our apartment pool.  If I’d known about Safety Turtle back then, it would have topped my list of must-have baby proofing measures.  This child immersion alarm system is incredibly easy to use: Just strap the locking wristband with the adorable turtle on it around your child’s wrist and plug in the base station into...

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Rabbit season. Duck season. Rabbit season. Duck season.

The wonderful Duck! Rabbit! is the newest book from the prolific Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who you might know for children’s books like Little Pea or even her wonderful adult book, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. In this title, she’s teamed up with pirates-and-monsters artist Tom Lichtenheld to breathe new life into the classic duck/rabbit optical illusion. Are those phalanges a duck’s bill or a rabbit’s ears? Is the eye facing left or right? The (heated) discussion continues between two unseen narrators on every page. Though she has no opinion regarding whether it’s a DUCK! or RABBIT! my daughter likes it best when I change up...

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Bug-free, DEET-free, worry-free

Generally I have an entertaining personal discussion with myself every summer. On the one hand, I don’t feel good about putting DEET on my kids. On the other hand, most DEET-free insect repellents don’t seem to work all that well, and I’d rather my kids not get West Nile. What to do? Well, you could check out the new line of Bug Off! insect deterrents; they’re completely natural, DEET-free, and use actual pleasant-smelling essential oils to keep the bugs at bay. We’re taking the insect-repellant Soap and Shampoo Bar camping — it smells great, means one less thing to...

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Pregnant military mamas, we salute you!

As a wife of a former active duty Air Force officer now turned National Guardsman, I know how challenging military life can be, especially for expecting mamas. So in honor of Armed Forces Day (yep, that’s today!), we’re happy to spread the word about Operation Shower, a mom-run charity that produces and coordinates baby showers for military mamas, specifically those with deployed spouses. You can make a general monetary donation, or purchase specific items that will be included in the shower boxes, many of which are from Cool Mom Picks faves, like Vincent Shoes and Scandinavian Child. Either way,...

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Recess Monkey

The first time I heard Recess Monkey a few weeks back, I instantly fell in love with their unique sound and smart lyrics. This Seattle based three-man band combines kooky with clever in their new album, Field Trip, to create songs that you and your kids will be singing to long after the CD is over — at least if ours are any indication. I’m digging what sounds like everything from classic rock to grunge influences, but appreciate how they don’t sound like a tribute band, or worse, a bunch of guys who just decided they’d try to make...

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What I lack in wine knowledge I make up for with giftwrap

My wine snob sigOth has gently pointed out to me that it’s tacky to give wine in those mylar wine sleeves they have at the liquor store. Who knew? But when I showed him the absolutely wonderful PopTags wine tags, he smiled and said, “Now that’s cool.” So with a zillion party and summer weekend invitations (we hope) just around the corner, I’m stocking up. Clever and often hilarious messages are beautifully letterpressed on recycled paper, like The wine store guy said this was good. Or The wine could be terrible but the label is so pretty!  PopTags will...

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Sales, Whoo! Ides of May Edition

Check in with us every Friday for the best deals and discounts of the week! Get discounts up to 70% off (!!) beautiful crib bedding, blankets and more at Serena & Lily. The long-sleeved superhero outfits at Little Capers are 50% off with code LAST50 through 5/17 or until supplies last West Village Kids has a dandy clearance section right now, with high end kids’ clothing labels like Catimini, Little Marc Jacobs and Miss Sixty at 50-75% off. Hit Artebebe’s clearance section of cool duds for kids at some decent discounts. (Love that Mr. Hero Tee). Get 25% selected...

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Cooking for kids with the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” method

When Missy Chase Lapine’s The Sneaky Chef appeared on the scene in ’07, I didn’t think I needed her help since my kids were pretty adventurous eaters. Shoot forward two years though and ho boy, do I need her. With her new book The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue, I was determined to tackle the abysmal eating habits of my four-year-old son. The basic premise of this new Sneaky Chef remains the same: Make a few easy purees with healthy ingredients like blueberries and spinach, or sweet potatoes and carrots, then mix those purees into kid-friendly dishes like meatballs...

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