Month: August 2009

Green: A great color for every baby

There’s so much advice for new moms to wade through, and after being pregnant and told you can’t eat spicy tuna rolls or a good brie for ten months, it would be easy to throw up your hands by the time you get around to choosing the safest, most earth-friendly fabric softener for all those onesies. In Healthy Child, Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home, author Christopher Gavigan of the CMP beloved Environmental Working Group, offers practical, common sense, non-judgy green parenting advice for environmental newbies and devoted composters alike. You’ll find tips for choosing a green...

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Cloth napkins for kids that don’t look like cloth napkins for kids

One of biggest and easiest green changes I made in our house was that I started using cloth napkins instead of paper. But it’s amazing how hard it is to find cute cloth napkins for the kids, let alone ones that aren’t so big they might as well have a whole table cloth tucked under their chins. Enter the ridiculously adorable embroidered cloth napkins from mika&bu. Made from 100% organic cotton, these reusable napkins are the perfect size for little kid mouths, hands, and laps (I can wish, right?), all with graphics that are super cute without being too cutesie....

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The post feminist princess crown

Despite the fact that we have managed to stay fairly clear of the princess movies, princess dress-up clothes, and princess storybooks around my place, my girls are still enamored of the whole princess thing. I give up! But if I do give up I want them to play Princess Who Saves a Cat From a Tree While Using Her Imagination and Maybe Winning a Nobel Prize Too, not Princess Who Can’t Be Bothered Because She Might Rip Her Dress. Clearly mom Jennifer Cooper of CMP fave Ellie Bellie Kids shares my desires, because their new storytelling dress-up crown is...

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Baby steals – As in amazing deals, not stealing babies

We make no bones about loving cool stuff here at Cool Mom Picks, and while we’d love to sport every single thing we feature, we haven’t yet won the lottery. So when we happen upon sites that let us snag the designer stuff at ridiculously cheap prices, we can’t help but fall in love almost instantly. Thus is the case with Baby Steals, a cool site that offers up amazing baby and maternity goodies every day at up to 80% off from 11am ET until they’re gone. Today’s sale just so happens to be the swanky duffel-style Dwell Studio...

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String dolls give you magical powers! Like the power not to buy a new backpack for school this year.

These days, not everyone wants (or needs) to spend money on a brand new backpack or lunchbox for the kids each school year. So I like the idea of finding those fun little doodads that help liven up backpacks and make them feel new again. If you’re looking for a personalized touch, you absolutely have to check out the keychain-style, handmade String Doll Gang which are great for grade-schoolers who won’t try and eat the wires and googly-eyes. I am just bonkers over the hilarious characters, each of whom have their own “special power.” There’s a princess and an...

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An apple a day keeps the rat’s nest away

Oh happy day; it’s taken four whole years and my daughter is at last allowing me to stick hair clips in her crazy hair – and not pulling them out four seconds later. In fact she seems to like them. (And I say this hesitantly knowing I’m probably jinxing it.) So I hit up one of our favorite etsy hair clip shops, Maya Papaya, to see what lovely offerings they have these days and my eye went right to the adorable red apple barrette. Made of felt with the fun contrast stitching that exemplifies the artist’s work, I still...

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Music for families more into Natalie Merchant than Hannah Montana

There is no shortage of princess stuff around my two-daughter household, but that doesn’t mean their CD collection needs to full of sickly sweet commercial voices. In fact, I’m thrilled that they love listening to Mary Kaye’s Music Box, because her voice is so gorgeously rich, deep and unconventionally pretty that I’m totally jealous I can’t sing like her. I’m reminded of Natalie Merchant, but Maine’s Mary Kaye seems to be having a lot more fun singing about creatures of all types — bugs, turtles, robots, fairies — something we loved about her when we reviewed her previous kids’...

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Big yellow school bus

Of all the things my homeschooled kids miss about not going “back to school” in the traditional sense, it’s not having a daily ride on a school bus that ranks at the top. And now that they’ve caught site of this handmade Painted School Bus & Children toy at Ten Thousand Villages they are even more enamored by the idea of riding a big yellow bus. If you’re like me, it’s the multi-culture figurines that make the biggest impression since they remind me of my beloved Little People toys of the 70’s with their limbless bodies and shiny smiling...

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Bathtime products that take care of the worrying and the styling

It seems like every week there is a new list of chemicals that I should make sure are not in my family’s bath products, and frankly it gets hard for me to keep track. But Original Sprout has got worried moms covered. They have a fabulous line of organic styling products, haircare, and bath products that are free of pretty much everything you want them to be free of. Plus they have great kits to nip eczema in the bud, and offer a worry-free lice shampoo. Their website has tons of information about what chemicals are missing from their...

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A bib of a different stripe

As we mentioned in our back to school shopping guide (you have been to our back to school shopping guide, right?) stripes are huge for this fall. But they’re not only for the school aged among us. At Australia’s trendy Moppit clothing, I spotted the awesome striped bib in the shop’s sale section, featuring the word homemade in a sweet blue cloud and I absolutely love it. And yes, i think homemade is referring to the child under it, not the bib itself. And probably not the food all over it either. That is, if you’re me. If your...

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The personalized jewelry I can’t take my eyes off of. All day.

At the moment, there is an abundance of personalized jewelry on the market, which makes finding something that stands out that much more special. For me, it’s the new Ranchero bracelet from CMP fave artist Suzanne Myers. Made of sterling silver buttons strung on a leather band, the bracelet is at once earthy and fun, but still delicate. I’m not much of a bracelet girl, but this one is just the right mix of feminine and rustic that could find myself wearing it every day. It’s got seven sterling silver buttons, which can accommodate the stamping of up to...

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Organic nut butters you would steal right out of your kid’s lunch box in a second

Thank goodness for peanut butter (and yogurt and cheese) for without it, I’m not entirely sure how my practically vegetarian girls would get any protein in them. And thank goodness for Justin’s Organic nut butters, which make me feel a little better about their addiction. If your kids are used to the really processed, smooth, sweet peanut butters…well, these are not those. What they are are absolutely delicious pure nut butters that come in fun little squeezable packs, making them easy to grab on the go (and certainly inspiring more confidence in my purse on hot days than yogurt)....

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Baptism Dresses – Reader Q&A

My husband and I are going to be finalizing the adoptions of our two daughters at the end of August. I would love to get them some beautiful dresses or outfits for this special day but I want them to be equally appropriate for when we have our daughters baptised and when we take our first official family picture. -Kait [answer after the jump] What an exciting way to end the summer, Kait. Huge congratulations!  Now when it comes to more classic special occasion dresses for girls , you’ll find a lovely selection at Bean New York, plenty of which are...

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A cooler, safer sports bottle

When my daughter turned five last month, we decided to be completely done with any cups with a top. That’s all fine and dandy when we’re home, but it does make life a little difficult when we’re on the road. So instead of buying stock in juice boxes and plastic sports bottles, I’ve got my daughter using the new, BPA-free Safe Sporter from Kid Basix, a kid-sized stainless steel sport cup that bridges that gap between sippies and regular drinking cups. The wide mouth is easy to clean and the spout is truly easy pull — I’m not being...

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I can bring home the bacon, I can wipe your butt with one hand

My childless co-workers are intrigued by my ability to open almost anything with one hand. I did not possess these mad skillz when I was a new mom. So while the diaper clutches from Kristi G Diaper Bags touted the “EZ-Wipe System,” I was apprehensive. (And not just because it sounded like something more suited to a car wax than a chic accessory.) As it turns out, I admire the bag’s modern look, stylish cloth and fancy-schmancy G hardware, and seriously, one-handed wipe removal. Zippering it all back together does take two hands, but by that time, the poop...

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Excessively motivated parents, your owners manual has arrived

After researching my proposal for my own parenting book (Ahem, Sleep Is for the Weak, shameless plug, shameless plug) I thought I’d read every baby handbook on earth. And, I admit it, I became really jaded and snooty about them. Let’s just say there’s a lot of rehashing going on in the baby humor world and it’s hard to find a fresh perspective. The Perfect Baby Handbook: A Guide for Excessively Motivated Parents is totally different. Talented ex-Radar writer and Details creative director Dale Hrabi has produced a half graphic novel, half biting satire that had me at “competitive...

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Sometimes a girl needs some bling. Cool, handcrafted, affordable, not-so-blingy bling.

Face it: As a mom, getting dressed becomes less about working the latest trend and more about not flashing someone when you have to sprint after a fleeing toddler. If you’ve fallen into a jeans-and-tee kind of rut, then think about adding a really beautiful pair of handmade earrings, for an easy pick-me-up. We love the stunning choices from Paper Wings, particularly the pair pictured here called oblong circles. Artist Jen Goff handcrafts each piece of delicate jewelry inspired by the shapes and patterns found in nature. The necklaces are equally lovely; in a season of gigantic and impractical...

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Flipping for BrainFlips

Kids these days have it so easy: Cell phones, computers, and cartoons on TV twenty-four hours a day. Technology has even made studying a cinch. No more Encyclopedia Britannica — now it’s all about search engines. But flashcards are one classic study method that hasn’t been improved upon by technology, until now. Check out BrainFlips – an amazing way to create your own multimedia online flashcards when you’re teaching your kids the state capitals, basic arithmetic, animals complete with animal sounds, or learning a new language before a big trip.  Enter the questions, fill in the answers, keep your...

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Welcome CBS Early Show Viewers!

If you’ve stumbled here, to our humble online abode after seeing our Editor-in-Chief Liz Gumbinner’s appearance on the CBS Early Show this morning, we wanted to point you towards the wonderful customized gifts she was talking about. The First Adventures of Incredible You is a beautifully illustrated, charming personalized story all about your child by authors Sarah Riley Headrick and Sarah Foreman Rivera. Your own custom book can be ordered from their website, Custom Made For Kids. The customized My Blend Coffee is from The Roasterie and looks absolutely fantastic! Especially those personalized labels on which you can upload...

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My head isn’t banging, but I’m still loving Charlie Hope

When you hear my kids identifying a song from System of a Down, you get a pretty good idea of the the type of music I lean toward: Loud, fast and hard. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the polar opposite of hand-banging, and I offer up my love of the Charlie Hope’s I’m Me! kids’ music CD as proof. With her clear-as-glass, pitch-perfect voice which calls to mind Frances England with a dash of Elizabeth Mitchell, Charlie Hope has put together a collection of songs that are written, without a doubt, for young kids, but are sung...

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