Month: June 2009

Bright ideas for babies from Bright Shop

Considering the last craft I attempted ended squarely in the trash can, it’s pretty clear that you don’t need to be crafty to write for Cool Mom Picks. But, it just so happens that one of our esteemed writers has an eye for design that she translates into super cute baby and toddler t-shirts, and we’re more than happy to pimp her out. Thus is the case with our new contributor and Etsian, Carrie Damen, and her adorable custom alphabet tees. When she’s not chasing after her two kids and waxing poetic for us, Carrie and her friend Sara...

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Baby Daze – The new mom’s record of, well, everything

The joke about the second child’s baby book being empty is actually a reality for most parents I know; by the time you’ve done it once before, you’re less likely to have the interest (or time) in recording every little thing. But for the ever-earnest new parent, the idea of recording the kid’s every bottle and burble and coo is fairly magical. Then again, by the second kid you can rarely remember what you did five minutes ago, so having an organizational aid may come in handy then, too. I know I often wished I’d written down whether or...

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Doggie Do

I am always impressed by those upcycle crafters who look at what most of us would send off to Salvation Army and see the potential for something fabulous and new. Or in the case of Australian artist and mom of four Leah, creating dozens of adorable plush scottie dogs out of weathered vintage chenille blankets. Backed with vintage-style fabric, and with embroidered eyes, any one of her born again creatures make a safe and beloved baby gift. In fact, Martha or JJ or the very orange Spencer will surely be more appreciated that that bedspread was to someone back...

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Sales whoo! – I can’t believe it’s June edition

Catch the best deals and sales of the week every Friday. Get 30-50% off all water resistent Woobee products (love their awesome baby blankets for beach and picnics) through 6/14 at Rain or Shine Kids (pictured). Kico Kids has their adorable Fall 2008 line on sale through Monday for up to 75% off. Snag an extremely versatile camo Baby K’tan carrier for 25% off through 6/30. Find a slew of t-shirts, shorts, and skirts for $10 AUD ($8 US) at Miatom, plus get free domestic and international shipping on your order. Wow! Sale runs throughout the month of June or until supplies last. The Silly...

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Father’s Day Awesomeness: Choose your own adventure from Giftybox

Every year I struggle with what to get my husband for Father’s Day. You’d think that after seven years of parenting together I’d know what would make this particular dad’s day, but the only surefire hit I’ve found so far is a 12-pack of craft beer. That is, until I checked out the Adventure Box from experience gift purveyor Giftybox. For one really reasonable price (really! Just $89 for the standard edition), the lucky recipient can choose from literally dozens of different activities, a guide to explain them all, plus an additional $80 worth of coupons towards adventur-y stuff....

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Scooter Smackdown! Spring 2009 edition

Last spring, I recommended my family’s two favorite children’s scooters, the Mini Micro Kickboard and the Skoooch, based on extensive testing by three scooter-fanatic kids. During this past year, these children continued to grow as they are wont to do, so I’m hereby revisiting the scooter arena to look at the “big siblings” of our favorites. The new Maxi Micro Kickboard Scooter has the same stable and smooth-riding three-wheel design as the Mini Kick (formerly known as the mini micro), but with a larger, sturdier frame for bigger kids. What really made my eight-year-old take a second look though...

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This one’s for you, Amelia Earhart wannabes.

With my husband being a pilot, my kids are pretty obsessed with planes. And that includes my oldest daughter, who also happens to love pink. Do you know how hard it is to find anything that has to do with both aviation and pink? Well not anymore, thanks to the Girl Airplane vinyl wall decals from Graphic Spaces, the brain child of graphic designer Christy Wernert. The decal set includes the plane, clouds, and everything you need to apply it to your wall – including a surprise gift and how-to instructions. (You’ll definitely want those since these decals are...

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Get waisted!

It seems like no matter how much of the postpartum baby weight I lose, I’m still stuck with the loose belly skin. And since I’m not ready to go under the knife for a tummy tuck, I remain committed to giving topical options like Mama Mio’s new Get Waisted! body shaper lotion a shot. I’ve long espoused the glories of Mama Mio natural skincare products, and this one is no different. This tummy tightening potion claims to get rid of puffiness, discourage fat deposits (sweet!), and improve the way your body breaks down the fat stored in fat cells....

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Robot shirts you’ll go nuts and bolts over

Kids’ clothes, almost by definition, are adorable, but every now and again something comes along that’s so incredibly off the hook like Robotcha shirts. These t-shrits with fun, quirky, robot-y designs are the brainchild of Shawn Hazen — and his son Finn, who has a deep love of the mechanical guys. As you might have guessed. Robotcha t-shirts combine robots with all the other stuff kids love like dogs, ice cream and rockets. The results? Designs like RoverBot, Ice Cream Scoop and AstroBots. Each shirt is made-to-order and the designs are made of a special rubbery material which is...

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Car seat cover couture

It’s amazing how far baby gear has come since I had my first daughter just under five years ago. Since her car seat was the only place she’d nap, the poor girl sat for hours in an uncomfortable, unpadded, three-point harness seat. Granted, your baby will survive just fine without a fancy looking car seat but given most options, we’re absolutely loving the gorgeous, unique carseat covers from Redbird Couture. The covers themselves feature a soft, washable fabric on the outside and a plush, comfy inside. And each of their four designs is adorned with a simple, artistic applique unlike anything...

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Big brands doing cool things – Huggies diapers go greener with Pure & Natural

I’ve put my babies in everything from cloth diapers to paper towels (desperation, people), and while for now we’ve settled on disposable diapers, I still sometimes feel a bit guilty about it. I’ve tried a few of the “natural” disposables, but I’ll be honest; while they may be better for the environment, some of them are pretty bulky and worse, leaky. Which is also why you rarely see them recommended here. So I was definitely intrigued when Huggies came out with their new Pure and Natural diapers, which is of course banking on the fact that I’m not the...

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The Toy Watch tattoo collection: Plastic meets heavy metal

If you’re not ready to commit to the permanence of a tribal band or a flying heart tattoo, how about one you can slip off your wrist each night before bed? We just discovered that cult favorite timekeeper, Toy Watch, has a collection of tattoo watches featuring tribal motifs that are pretty darn cool, including a new group of vibrant floral tattoos that can make any one of us look a wee bit less mom. Even on the days we’re rocking the yoga pants with grape juice stains. If you’re not familiar with Toy Watch and their wild celebrity...

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An awesome Father’s Day gift from the kids, no glitter glue required

Obviously the greatest Father’s Day gifts are the ones that actually come from the kids. But when you’ve got ones who aren’t even old enough to sign their names to a card yet, check out the personalized Daddy books from iseemyface.com as a fantastic alternative.  You and your kids can create a board book that features a cartoon version of Dad, based on a photo you submit, and in fact I was pretty surprised by how close the resemblance turned out to be. Not that my handsome, dashing husband is cartoonish, of course. Add some of your own custom...

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Take that, Magnolia Bakery.

Anyone with a kid over about 18 months knows that cupcakes are essentially crack for children. I could get my daughters to clean every room in the house with a toothbrush if they knew there were a cupcake in it for them at some point. (And, ahem, so would their mother). So when I saw that Chronicle Books came out with the Cupcake Kit recently, I jumped at a chance to check it out. Elinor Klivans has put together a fantastic little gift set here that any cupcake lover would be delighted to drool over. Er, own. It includes...

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Angel Dear – Baby gifts from the patron saint of not spending a lot of money

I just opened the baby onesies that came in from the mail from Angel Dear and suddenly I found I had a little catch in my throat. Something about the teeny teeny little size and that tag reading newborn just made me all sentimental for the days that my girls were just squirmy little things. These are just the sweetest little cotton jersey onesies, featuring a bird pulling a pennant that spells out boy, girl, or baby. There’s even little embroidery detailing around the silkscreening which make this really special at any price. But they’re not any price —...

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Sandal season is here – are you ready? I’m not.

So it’s officially June (how did that happen?) and of course my kids do not yet have sandals. Poking around the web this weekend, I saw these Siaomimi children’s sandals online at Popodona and I think I’m in love. They remind me of the kinds of sandals we all wore as kids – no nonsense, sturdy, childlike, and ready for an impromptu day at the beach. There’s also a silver pair if you’re ultra fabulous, but I kind of like the aqua. After all, it’s a limited window you’ve got to wear aqua sandals without looking like a Palm...

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Nightlight out, k?telight in

I can’t believe how far the world of nursery and kids’ room decor has come even since I was first  waddling through the baby mega-store, wondering if there were really that many people interested in decorating their nurseries with Winnie the Pooh. There was certainly nothing like k?elight from Brooklyn’s Acme World Zoo, which wowed me at a trade show earlier this spring. Think of the k?telight as an illuminated wall sculpture; the compact fluorescent bulb behind the powder-coated metal box lights up the cute bunny or kitty or Scottie dog on the front, and the effect is both...

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