Month: July 2009

You know those professional baby photos you had taken? Might want to actually hang them some time.

I’m on a bit of a framing kick lately; instead of buying new artwork we’re trying to make use of the photos and odd bits of ephemera we have around to liven up some of the blank walls. So when I discovered the gorgeous handmade frames from O’Brien & Schridde Designs, I developed a raging case of frame envy. If there is such a thing. (Dr. Freud?) These are basically the frames you require when you finally get around to hanging those expensive baby photos or family portraits you had done, and yet they’re not actually expensive for handmade...

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A fashion fix fit for flats

I have jeans for flats and jeans for heels, but every now and then, a denim emergency does occur. Like, the flat-length jeans are dirty and I need to get the kids from school right now and I’m sure as heck not putting on heels for the carpool lane. Bristols 6 brings a little envelope of awesome to the solution: Their Hem Tape comes in sheets of pre-cut, double-sided sticky strips you can just lift, stick, and like magic, your too-long jeans are suddenly “hemmed” in a flash–no needles or iron required. It’s not a permanent solution (don’t put...

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Off to BlogHer

Today, we’re off to Chicago for the annual BlogHer conference, and by we, we mean Kristen, Liz, and darn near all of our contributors. (Julie and Carrie and Betsy will be sorely missed.)  If you’re headed there yourself, please make sure you say hi. Surely it will be a whirlwind of panels and parties and women clamoring to meet Tim Gunn, but we’ll be somewhere in there too. Check the pic on our about page and you’ll know who to look for. We can’t wait to see...

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Come on over to my pad

The cult favorite Patemm pad was one of the first products we ever featured on Cool Mom Picks, back when we all had one kid a piece and were astonishingly better rested. Since then, we’ve added to our own broods while Pattem has extended their line of super smart round changing pads to include organic, and now laminated versions. Once you get your hands on a Patemm pad diaper changing mat, you may never go back to the regular old ones. The round shape gives you a bit more coverage for those roly poly babies, and they offer a...

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It’s a mod mod mod mod alphabet

Just when I thought nothing else could be done with the alphabet, I discover the swanky alphabet prints from Paperfingers and my mind is instantly changed. Each print features a letter and corresponding word along with a fantastic graphic representation, making for a sophisticated approach to the plain old alphabet. Take a look at J is for Jazz (pictured) or Z is for Zeppelin (the dirigible, not the band) and think of all cool nursery or children’s room themes these pieces could inspire. What I love most about these prints is that you could actually get away with these...

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Even pilots need to wash their hands

Just when I thought I could get away with absolutely nothing plane related in at least one room in my house, I happen upon the new acrobatic airplane hand towels exclusively at Mahar Drygoods. Granted, I don’t necessarily need to buy them, but they’re actually a great alternative to kid bathroom decor that typically involves licensed characters, garish colors, or worse, a combination of the two. Handmade by Kathy Steig, these whimsical airplane towels make the perfect bathroom addition, whether you’ve got a pilot and a couple of mini pilot-wannabes in the house like us, or just some kids...

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Tooth fairy pillows get a sweet update

Since turning five and seeing all her similarly aged friends losing teeth, my daughter has become obsessed with the tooth fairy. And while I love all the fantastic tooth fairy pillows we’ve found here at Cool Mom Picks, I don’t think I can bring myself to add another stuffed item to her already crowded bed. So that’s why I’m snatching up an adorable personalized tooth fairy dish from CMP fave The Brick Kiln. Just send them your daughter’s name, along with hair color and dress color choice, and this creative duo will fire up a dish just for your...

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Wholesome cookie goodness from…Pillsbury? – Big brands doing cool things

We are supremely loving this trend in which major food manufacturers are paring down the ingredient lists, taking out the high fructose corn syrup and transfats and artificial flavors and getting back to actually feeding us…food. Next up, Pillsbury (yes, Pillsbury) who’s just come out with a kinder, gentler refrigerated cookie dough under the Pillsbury simply… name. The ingredients in the peanut butter cookies: Brown sugar, wheat flower (bleached), vegetable shortening, peanut butter, water, sugar, eggs, baking powder, salt, skim milk, vanilla extract. The chocolate chip cookies follow suit, and that’s presumably a big improvement over the original cookie...

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Silhouette portraits more 2009 than 1909

 My refrigerator is a time capsule of my son’s life to date, covered with school pictures that show how much he’s changed over the years. Especially the awkward ones. Unfortunately, each one is pretty much a glorified mug shot, only with a soft-focus forest in the background. I would love to fill out the collection with the custom silhouette portraits from STELLA+HODGE, which lend a great modern twist to a traditional technique. Devon Adrian, a super talented graphic artist, transforms your digital pix into timeless works of art on heavy archival paper, and even designs the colorful, patterned backgrounds...

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Sienna Gallery’s Stimulus Jewelry Project – the gods of shiny things are smiling down on us big time

My favorite jewelry shop anywhere in the entire universe, hands down, is this beautiful little boutique in Lenox, Mass called Sienna Gallery. Owner Sienna Patti has put together one of the most respected, most exquisitely curated collection of one-of-a-kind artisan pieces in the country–with the prices to match. So I was absolutely ecstatic when I discovered that she’s just created a Stimulus Jewelry Project to help knock a few zeros off some of her offerings for those of us whose tastes often exceed our budgets. Essentially Sienna has called for artists she represents to create pieces all in the...

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