Month: September 2009

Frye gives sneakers the boot

Together in NYC this week, Kristen and I browsed a few boutiques and noticed that Frye Boots are making a crazy comeback. I still remember my first pair back in the early 80s, and how sad I was when I outgrew them. And could no longer wear them with prairie skirts and a Ralph Lauren sweater. Ahem. The Frye Women’s Boots make a great investment for moms (and yes, they’re an investment) because they’re comfy, they’ll only get better with age, and they help you rock the jeans way better than any pair of sneakers. Seriously, stop relying on...

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Peter Himmelman’s trampoline has room for many

It’s not easy to get into the mind of a kid — just watch me trying to pry “how was your day” from my eight-year-old—but LA singer-songwriter and father of four Peter Himmelman seems to have this knack on his new kids’ music CD, My Trampoline. Whether he’s singing about a child’s unabashed love for a pet tortoise or extolling the virtues of lying under a tree, his ability to wrap smart lyrics around pop-rock beats gives my kids and me something to both listen to, and think about, on our drives around town. Peter’s voice reminds me of...

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Keeping her pants up while getting down

My daughter’s going through a growth spurt, and any jeans without those little adjustable waist button-and-elastic dojobbies tend to sag to her rear’s danger zone without an actual belt. I’ve spent the past several weeks plying her with all the pleather monstrosities that came with her jeans. “But Mommy!” she cries. “I hate belts!” Well. She used to. Then I showed her the rock themed children’s leather belts and belt buckles that Cutie and Patootie sent my way that, like, totally rocked her world. The belt buckles are Joan Jett big, and see that record over there? It actually...

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The Official Much-Needed Children’s Brand Pronunciation Guide

Team Cool Mom Picks spent last week walking around the huge ABC Kids trade show in Las Vegas, finding incredible new products to share with you – and realizing that yeah, we pretty much have been mispronouncing every juvenile products brand name known to man. Since we figure we can’t be entirely alone here (or so we hope!) we thought we’d offer up a pronunciation guide on some of our favorite, and often mispronounced brand names. Print it out, keep it in your diaper bag, and feel like a smartypants the next time you’re able to say, “Um, actually?...

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The Britax Blink will keep strolling and strolling…

The first thing each of my kids were strapped into was a Britax car seat. I liked Britax’s quality and reputation, and now that both kids have outgrown the seat, it still looks like new (except for a bit of cracker smudge on the straps). So it makes sense that the Britax’s foray into seats with wheels, or the Britax Blink stroller, won me over. When a review sample arrived, my first thought was that at 16 pounds it’s a little heavier than my mostly-plastic (fairly high-end) compact stroller. And it is. But as soon as I started pushing...

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Noesis – Perfect for the know-it-alls of the world

When people ask for my two cents about something it’s like catnip. I love giving my opinion on things. Well, whatever is considered a step above catnip, for opinion-givers like myself, Noesis is it. The business was started by mom of three Lynn Casey, and the idea is simple: Sign up and then you may be asked to sample a product, go to a movie screening, or even host an event in your home, after which you take an online survey about it. Your opinion can play an important role in improving a product you use, or helping big...

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Artwork you’ll love inside and out

What happens when you cross an artist and a doctor? Radiology Art, it seems. Artist Satre Stuelke took his fascination with everyday objects, and his fascination with radiology, and created one of the most avant-garde, unique, and downright awesome collection of art prints I’ve ever seen — and seen through. I think Stuelke’s prints, featuring CT Scans of tons of ordinary things like toys, food, and electronics, would be amazing wall art for any kid’s room. A lot of the images come out in super saturated Warhol-esque colors, like the cream-filled cupcakes, but others, like the wind-up  Bugatti race...

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LEGO moderne

I always thought that LEGOs were cute for making walls and towers, maybe the occasional weird angular horses or something. I honestly had no idea that now you could make, oh, say…the Guggenheim Museum. Right in time for the NY landmark’s 50th anniversary. The reviews on the LEGO site are really funny – “flet3her” complains of the Seattle Space Needle LEGO set that “the banquet hall at the bottom is barely represented” but for those of you not looking for a perfect replica, but just a cool gift for an older kid, or some seriously great design-geek objects for...

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Help us pick Minted’s next cool baby shower invitation. (Please! We really need the help!)

It’s starting to feel like contest judging week at Cool Mom Picks. Which is fantastic, considering how much we like giving things away to deserving people. But this time, we need your help. And you can win stuff too. One of our favorite sponsors, Minted (and a card shop we totally adore – so thanks for the sponsor love, guys!) is hosting a “Joyful Celebration” design contest for indie designers to create modern, cheerful, baby shower and baptism invitations. The winners get cash, the top ten will be sold on Minted, and we even get to pick a Cool...

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You say it’s your Birth Day

When I was pregnant for the first time, I developed an unhealthy affinity for those birth documentaries that had previously repelled me.  Something about growing a baby myself made me want to click over and immerse myself in the gory details. A new book from pediatrician Mark Sloan, Birth Day, would have been a far better alternative. Dr. Sloan is a fantastic storyteller, weaving historical information, medical studies, and his own professional experience into a truly fascinating look at childbirth over the centuries. I really like how the level of technical detail and writing style are accessible to just...

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