Month: June 2009

The skull’s the limit

Just when we think we’re over the skull trend, something cute comes along and makes us go aw okay — just one more. And right in time, because skulls are coming back to kidswear with a vengeance this fall from what we’ve seen. In this case it’s the skull barrettes from Natty Bratty, which pair little felt heads of dead people (right?) with, of all things, tartan plaid. The brown one is so cute I wouldn’t be surprised if Burberry themselves end up doing something similar. The felt blossom hair clips are sweet but definitely on the larger side...

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Sorry my kid sucks. Can we come over again tomorrow?

Noah is playing with the toy truck. Sam wants the toy truck. Sam grabs it out of Noah’s hands and bops him with the front left tire when Noah tries to take it back. Sam’s mom wishes she could spontaneously disappear. The next day, Noah’s mom receives a card slipped under her front door. It reads: Sorry my kid took your kid’s toy card. The Not So Naughty Sorry Cards, from Tan-je-reen let you apologize for four common kiddie misdemeanors like Sorry my kid pushed yours and Sorry my kid broke your______.  I think they’re hilarious on their own,...

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Giving a hand to a better hand sanitizer

I’m more anti-bacterial phobic than germophobic, preferring regular soap and water over anything much stronger. That said, with paranoia-inducing Swine Flu stories taking over our local news in recent months, I’ve dialed up the use of hand sanitizers around these parts. And I know I’m not alone, since our local CVS has been out of them for weeks. I’m glad to have recently found a smart option in Grandma Minnie’s Hand Sanitizer from VMV Hypoallergenics. I was introduced to it by Tim Ettus, dad and owner of the excellent green boutique Greeno Bambino and after trying it out, I...

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A truffle only a mother could love. Actually, nah. Everyone will love them.

The only thing actually ugly about Ugly Truffles is the way they have forced me to behave since they arrived at my door; I am suspicious of anyone entering the kitchen  and laying a single pinkie within six inches of my Ugly Truffles. The accusations! The lies! The paranoia! Really, it has been ugly. Mea culpa. Unpretentious cardboard boxes with kitschy stamps on the inside box top identify each cheeky, inventive flavor, from Homely Hazelnut to Oozy Boozy Caramel, to You Suck Lemon and Morning After Merlot. That way you have no excuse to bite one and put it...

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Meet my new friend Alice

The day I was contacted about the new site Alice, I had run out of toilet paper. And since they promised to make sure I would never run out again, you can bet my interest was piqued. So I became a beta tester. And I liked the site so much I’m even trying to figure out other ways we can work with them because I think you’ll like them too. This isn’t your ordinary discount shopping website. It’s got a cheeky tone and a fun sensibility that seems aimed at today’s recession-chic discount shoppers that don’t ordinarily clip coupons...

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Let’s panic about babies! (You know you want to)

The funniest thing I’ve seen in a good long time is the satirical new website, Let’s Panic About Babies! which just launched today. Think of it as a cross between What to Expect When You’re Expecting and The Onion. It might even be funnier than the Onion. It might even be funnier  than What to Expect, which was pretty darn funny. (And you know what I’m talking about if you read that passage that cautions you against receiving oral sex when pregnant because it could cause an embolism.) Let’s Panic! hails from the hilarious if twisted minds of popular...

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Swaddling blankets for summer

With a baby born in almost every season, I’d have to say that I had the hardest time swaddling my oldest, a July in Mississippi baby, mostly because the last thing you really want to do is wrap a hot little baby up tightly in a blanket. That’s why we’ve been a fan in the past of muslin swaddling blankets like the ones from Aden and Anais. Now our latest find from the company goes one step lighter with their organic cotton swaddling blankets. More gauzey than the muslin version, the soft, lightweight cotton allows you to snuggle your...

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J’aime l’alphabet

I am utterly taken with the limited edition French alphabet print from Barcelona-born artist Silvia Portella, just introduced at L’Affiche Moderne. And not just because it’s refreshing to see a bee under A instead of B, but because the 26 charming illustrations make me smile every time I look at them. Looking around the web, it seems Silvia also has a lovely selection of nursery art and decor through her etsy shop, Bukubuku, including sweet little Pepito shown here at right. You can even have it customized with your own baby’s name  – unless he just so happens to...

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Mommy calling cards, now for more than calling

I guess now that social media has taken over the world, it’s time to redo all those mommy calling cards and start adding your Facebook vanity URL, your Twitter name, your Skype name, and whatever other way there is to reach you these days. Smoke signals? Telepathy? We’ve recently come across a nice set of letterpress mommy calling cards (although I am glad she just calls them “calling cards”) courtesy of Sarah Drake Design. You can customize your font and color, but be smart and go with her suggestions, because they’re pretty darn nice. I love how clean and...

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Happy Father’s Day to all the cool dads of the world

Happy Fathers Day, cool dads. Hope you get everything you want today including some time to yourself and the big sloppy kid kisses to accompany the crayon-drawn card with the backwards D. As for you cool moms, if you still need a little something something to turn things up a notch today, check out our suggestions for affordable last-minute Father’s Day gifts. Now go eat some pancakes. –Team CMP [cards for real men image via stories divinations...

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The Cool Mom Picks bag of the year turns diaper bag

Both Liz and I espoused the greatness of Crystalyn Kae’s Soiree bag – so much so that it was our pick for Cool Mom Picks Bag of the Year in 2008. So when we found out that she made a few changes to her original design to turn it into a diaper bag, well we just had to share. It’s still the same slouchy, stylish and versatile bag we love, with soft vegan leather and vintage fabric kick pleats. But at the request of a loyal fan and mom-to-be, the designer has added a slew of handy pockets and...

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Potty Animal

I am not a germaphobe at all. I’ve gotten through the great NYC Swine Flu Debacle of 2009 without much more than a hand washing, and I have yet to hear one story of one person getting any illness whatsoever from a public toilet seat. That said, I know that having a kid can do wacky things to a parent’s imagination, so I do understand the urge to lay down the seat covers for the children in public restrooms. If that’s you, you’re going to want to stock up on CootieGuards, which are made to cover a toilet seat...

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Last minute Father’s Day gift ideas. (It’s not that you procrastinated, you’re just…busy.)

Need a couple of last-minute Father’s Day ideas to make tomorrow just a wee bit more special?  We’ve got a few ideas that won’t cost you 8 zillion dollars in overnight shipping – or even a trip to the store. 1. Designer Evie S is offering up a free Father’s Day card PDF (shown here) you can download, along with a matching homemade bbq sauce jar label. Find awesome barbecue sauce recipes on Epicurious; that bourbon sauce looks like a winner. 2. We found the free Animoto video editing service right before Mother’s Day and it’s equally fantastic for...

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Let’s talk baby eczema, shall we?

Baby eczema = not the most exciting of all the things a new mom gets to learn about. Having a daughter with moderate eczema myself, I get it. I know how carefully we have to pick out bath soap, shampoo, and body lotion, and that even though we’ve tried a lot of natural and organic products, not all of them take care of those scaly patches or work with her extremely sensitive skin. Since discovering Exederm, I’ve got at least one less thing to worry about. These baby products are made from extremely mild ingredients and contain no irritants,...

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Sales whoo! Father’s Day Edition

Okay, so it might be a little late for Father’s Day gifts, but that doesn’t mean you can’t reap the benefits of some of the best deals and discounts from the week. Dad would at least be proud that you saved money, right? And if you like getting the scoop on fantastic deals and exclusive discounts, make sure you sign up for the Cool Mom Picks mailing list so you can get them all (and lots more) right in your email box. Plus, if you sign up before July 1, you’ll be entered to win a $200 prize pack...

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Go from diaper bag to diaper bag without another diaper bag

Considering my bag addiction, now infamous with my husband and our credit card company if not all of you, I can’t believe I’m about to tell you how to avoid buying another diaper bag. Thanks to the Pishposh Mommy quick zip bag, you can turn any decent-sized handbag you own into a diaper bag in about two seconds flat. Even this season’s hobos, which are rarely stellar in the lots of pockets department. Just pop in the attractive quick zip bag which has a a water-resistant lining and pockets inside and out. You’re done.  Best of all, when you...

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Brooklyn Junior – Onesies for summer babies in any city

As the weather starts to really heat up, I’m inclined to just leave my youngest daughter in a onesie and call it a day. But the bright, adorable hot weather onesies from Brooklyn Junior have a little something extra that doesn’t make it seem like I’m just too lazy to get her dressed. Made from 100% soft pima cotton, these cute one-pieces have a pleated bodice and a ruffle leg detail that make them a little fancier and way more stylish than your average baby snapsuit. And with the snap shoulders, you don’t have to deal with pulling it...

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The more dust bunnies, the better. For a change.

I love the idea of a growth chart, but I’d never found any that appealed to my decor sensibilities, which are admittedly a bit quirky. Then I got a peek at the Dust Bunnies height chart from UK graphic wall art shop Spin Collective, which is actually a wall decal. I laugh every time I see those wide-eyed, spindly-legged dust bunnies teetering on top of each other. The measurements are in meters, but I figure that will help my kids learn the metric system.  Unique, hilarious, and educational – plus measuring my kids’ growth in terms of dust bunnies...

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Bloomers are back, baby

I’ve already espoused a bunch of fabulous bloomers this season, mostly due to their versatility and all-around cute factor, and our latest find, the adorable one-of-a-kind “Fortune Cookie” Shorties from Handmade Charlotte, make a pretty awesome style statement. Mom of five and designer Rachel Faucett has an incredible eye for contrasting fabrics, meaning bloomers aren’t just great for covering up diapers and underwear beneath dresses, but great as a shorts alternative for babies. Simply pair them with a cute little top or t-shirt instead and you’ve got a fantastic summer play outfit. Don’t forget to leave those cute toes...

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Design for Children. And of course, their drooling parents.

You know who you are, you design-crazy parents: You scour flea markets looking for vintage picture books to turn into nursery art, you spent more time picking paint colors than pediatricians, and your greatest dream is to discover some lost Eames crib prototype on a street corner somewhere. For you–and me–there is Play All Day: Design for Children. My first thought as I flipped through this wonderful coffee table book was that I should proactively shred all of my credit cards before I start tracking down every single item in the 240 page volume. The authors share our own...

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