Month: September 2009

Cool Mom Picks and Vogue Bambini – Magnifico!

Pageants? Not really our thing. But fashion shows – ooh la la! So we we’re excited to be a sponsor of Vogue Bambini’s kids’ fashion show at the ENK Children’s Club trade show in NYC this coming weekend, along with fellow sponsors Weleda and the New York Botanical Garden. Designers from Agatha Ruiz de la Prada to Zutano (with Diesel, Kissy Kissy, and more in between) will be showing their coolest spring fashions around the theme of garden style. We’re hoping to see some cool organic threads in the mix. If you’re going to be at the show Sunday?...

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Cool felt play food – CMP does etsy

When I was young, I loved playing house. Tea parties and market shopping were two of my favorite things. I had no idea I was practicing chores I would have to do the rest of my life. Aaaaanyway, felt food is always such a fantastic children’s toy, and the handmade play food sets we’ve featured here are just adorable. So realistic and beautifully made. The pancakes (above) made by BugNikDesigns look good enough to eat. She makes versions with strawberries or blueberries or two sunny side up eggs you can plop right on top. I love this felt play...

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Dust the cobwebs off your Halloween decor. Or wait…don’t.

I’ve got a friend who goes all out for Halloween starting in mid-September. Her six year-old son has already drawn countless zombies and skeletons for their front entry, and she’s now planning what sort of cupcakes she should decorate this year — Evil robots? Crazed vampires? Bloody eyeballs? (Boy, it’s different having boys, isn’t it?) So when I saw this cool handmade cobweb plate from Minnesota potter Meghan Elizabeth I thought it would be so fabulous under her expertly decorated cupcakes. However if all you can muster is a box of store bought cookies with candy corns squashed in...

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To improve your ice cream, just add Garbage

I recently treated my kids to a scoop at the local gourmet ice cream shop and was shocked to find that to add a topping (i.e. four M-n-Ms) was about half the price of the ice cream itself. Holy moly. New recession tip: Staying in for ice cream and doing our own fun toppings. And just in time, I was introduced to Gourmet Garbage: Think your inner child’s (or actual child’s) dream ice cream or cupcake topper, packaged in a reusable container. There’s mini chocolate chips. Mini white chocolate chips. HeathBar crumbles. Peanut buttery something or other. Plus little...

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Saving moms and babies. Because too many of them need saving.

I recently learned that one woman dies every minute from childbirth on this planet. One every minute. And that just about knocked me out of my seat. Because most of it is avoidable. There were all kinds of stats and figures and info about maternal mortality that I learned recently at a dinner to support the Mothers Day Every Day campaign, put on by CARE and the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. But the one that was most encouraging is learning that there is an entire force of influential women around the world committed to doing what they...

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“Status symbols for the uber geek.” That’s our kind of status symbol.

I shrieked with joy last night when friend of CMP and Jimmies lead singer Ashley Albert turned us onto her new collaborative project with Phoebe Jonas, Survival of the Hippest. And by hippest we mean techiest, geekiest, and 2.0-iest, of course. The shop is going to offer something new and cool every few months, starting with these personalized nameplate ID necklaces, keychains, bracelets and pins in the Social St@tus collection. They’re made from your choice of sterling silver or blingalicious 14k, and can be personalized with any Twitter ID or hashtag of your choice. Am I speaking Greek? #sorry....

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Get out the lipstick, mamas

My makeup lives permanently in my makeup bag, which seems to live permanently on my bathroom counter. Having a pretty bag for my lip gloss is important to me, since I’m looking at it all the time. So when I saw chic Aussie designer (and carbon neutral company!) Apple and Bee‘s bowling bag, I fell instantly in love. The bowling bag is technically a makeup bag, and a great one at that, made of beautiful organic cotton canvas in simple, crisp prints, with real leather handles. It stands up on its own and opens wide enough to let you...

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Baby’s first crayons

A box of crayons and a coloring book are a staple toddler gift around these parts, but now with the sweet Crayon Rompers from The Baby Bunch, even their newborn siblings can get in on the budding artistry. This set of three bright, soft, beefy onesies is neatly packed in an adorable crayon-like box, making it the perfect new baby gift for boys or girls. And a welcome change when you find yourself drowning in a sea of pastels. Grab one for a new baby along with some art supplies for the older sibling and you’ve got yourself a...

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Pat the reclaimed wool bunny

Okay, reclaimed wool bunny with your little fair aisle ears, you are super cute. You and your little frog friend, and that’s all I have to say about that. I wish you weren’t quite so expensive, but (sigh) I do understand that you’re fairly big and very soft and completely hand-crafted in Toronto by the mom and pop team of Cate & Levi. And I do understand that you’re totally one of a kind, more like art than some mere doll. And I understand that you make a perfect gift for fancy grandmas, or super cool aunties with lots...

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Eco-friendly baby proofing – Reader Q&A

Q: So its time to baby proof, and we need stair gates, a play yard, soft surfaces and all the rest – have you found any eco and/or attractive choices for this? – Alysia R Well, Alysia, we thought we’d turn this one over to friend of Cool Mom Picks and guru of all things baby and eco, Melissa Moog, founder of the Itsabelly Baby Concierge Service and author of Going Green with Baby. Melissa: This is a great question and we know safety is on top of mind for parents who want to protect their little ones from...

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