Month: June 2009

Board shorts for girls? Like, totally.

From hour-long swim lessons to screaming leaps over our backyard sprinkler, my daughters will spend much of the summer in their bathing suits. That’s why we’re turning to the swimwear from Girls4Sport which boasts a line of swimsuits made for active, run-don’t-walk toddlers, girls and women. I’m loving the cool surfer-style board shorts for girls, which is such a cool look on older kids with a halter swim top. But there are plenty of traditional styles to choose from too, all made of soft, quick-dry fabrics which stay comfy when the girls hang out in them all afternoon. And...

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The plastic pail that’s all pail, no plastic

When I find myself packing our bags for a beach side vacation, I always look for ways to cut back on the number of space-hogging things we’re taking. With the SandSac they can bring their sand pail and shovel without taking up too much precious luggage space. No kidding. This collapsible square cotton canvas beach pail can squish down to fit into our bags, then open up for collecting sea shells, rocks and even the occasional sea creature–temporarily of course. Or fill it with sand using the renewable bamboo shovel and flip it over to make sandcastles. And, since...

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You always burp the ones you love

You know how you have your everyday jeans and your “fancy” jeans? (Or is that just us suburban moms.) Well these personalized burp cloths from Blume are like those, perfect for when you want your baby to spit up on something a little more stylish. A set of three super soft and absorbent cotton cloths are embellished with an embroidered 50’s gas station inspired patch. The thing I love the most is that you can personalize the tags on the bibs, or any of the custom baby gifts on the site, up to ten characters. You could do three...

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Making shots less shot-like

I think I can safely state that most parents would like to spare their children as much trauma as possible, which is why I was intrigued by the concept of the Buzzy. This FDA-approved plastic bee uses mechanical vibrations to “confuse” nerve endings, distracting kids from the pain of a shot, finger prick or even an IV insertion. Developed by pediatric emergency physician (and mom of three) Amy Baxter, Buzzy’s effectiveness for kids age 4+ seems to be supported by a bunch of scientific evidence along with scads of personal anecdotes. In fact, this may be so revolutionary, she’s...

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Nursery decor, Asian style

As someone with Asian heritage, I was immediately drawn to the lovely Asian nursery art by artist and mom Grace Hester. The prints feature original animal artwork, along with the English word and then simplified Chinese translation. What’s particularly nice is that if you’re looking for a different theme, Grace can create something custom for you other languages too so you can display a hummingbird, picaflor, or kolibri over the changing table. Of course I’m biased, but I’d go with the Kanji writing which really adds a beautiful touch. (Sorry Germans). Aside from being an affordable focal point in...

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Sexy while pregnant? Abso-freaking-lutely.

These was no way in heck I could wear regular underwear when I was pregnant. Between my growing belly and bum, and my desire to have absolutely nothing grabbing or pulling on me, I had to give in and purchase the special maternity underpants, which let’s face it, are about as sexy as wearing a wind sock. Wait, they sort of are like wearing a wind sock. Well, too bad for me but very lucky for you current mamas-to-be that the super stylish Isabella Oliver just came out with an amazing line of maternity lingerie. We’ve already espoused the...

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Hooked on robots

I’ve got a little secret weapon that helps ensure my kids do not leave their clothes and coats lying around: Hooks. Of course, the key is to find ones that actually make some sort of design statement, so you can freely place them around your home without looking like you’ve completely given up. And that’s why I love this Robot Coat Hook. Made from laser cut sheet metal, this robot would look awfully cute in a play area or kid’s room. And if your foyer looks like it’s been taken over by small children like mine, you could even...

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Recession chic tip – Shop factory stores and outlets

I realize that shopping at the outlet mall isn’t exactly a new concept, except lately, we’re finding that even small, indie brands are opening up their own online “factory stores” as an offshoot to their main boutique. So, if you’re holding a little tighter to your wallet, you might still be able to score some of the cool kids clothes you previously sent on a wish list to Grandma. One of the factory stores to bookmark is Happy Green Bee, a purveyor of fun, bright organic clothes for babies and kids that we’ve previously featured here at Cool Mom...

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It’s a cold, hard world out there. I mean, Happy Graduation!

So you reeeally should be acknowledging your friend’s high school or college kid’s graduation, but you want something just a wee bit beyond a card although not quite in gift territory. I’ve been there. Which is why I love this spectacular handcrafted paper medallion of Wisdom and Experience from Beverly Hills stationer Jonathan Wright. It’s all hand-folded and hand-stamped and hand-made into something gorgeous, with a to/from dealio on the back for you to pen heartfelt words of congratulations. Plus there’s a stick pin in back, just perfect for displaying it on a corkboard in that two-bedroom basement apartment...

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The coolest baby video, probably ever

Well it’s about time someone reinvented the proverbial wheel of sensory stimulation baby videos, and in this case that someone is award-winning graphic designer and dad Rolyn Barthelman, creator of the ingenious Wee See collection of DVDs. Let’s just say I popped it in — by myself — and immediately started smiling. The two 30-minute videos are made up of imaginative, high contrast animations of basic black and white shapes, accompanied by terrific scoring by Tim Deluaghter of The Polyphonic Spree. It’s all very MOMA store, if you know what I mean. Or as they call it, “part art...

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