Month: January 2010

Guess it was the way the Flaming Lips segued into that Ella Fitzgerald live bootleg track

Not every relationship is sappy and sentimental and traditional. If I were to get my sigOth some kind of flowery Hallmark card for Valentine’s Day and a bottle of cologne I think he’d wonder who’d replaced me with the fembot. But the custom cross stitch and embroidery from the You Heart Us etsy shop that blends modern pop culture references with classic needlepoint techniques? There’s so much awesome there, I don’t know where to start. You gave me the best mix tape I have is a kinder, gentler, less obvious way of saying I’m glad we fell in love...

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Music for kids with two mommies, two daddies, or even one of each.

When I first discovered the show last year, I didn’t think I could be any more impressed with Dottie’s Magic Pockets as cool kid entertainment. But they’ve gone and done it again with their newly-released CD, The Super Secret Seashell Cave, which is chock-full of kid-friendly tunes won’t make you want to stab a fork through your eardrum. Once again, the songs are served with a heaping helping of “families come in all shapes and sizes” but it never veers into over-earnestness or sap. It’s hard to find anything but amusement in lyrics like “Who’s in your family, a...

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Web Coolness – Helping Haiti, soothing the soul, and honoring Dr. King

Here are some of the things around the web we’ve liked reading this past week. We hope you will too. What Is Left -Please visit the post Six Ways to Help in Haiti, which we also included this week in our own post on excellent organizations helping out in Haiti Boston Mamas – A Chinese Chicken Soup recipe that could help get us all through this winter or at minimum, a week that demands some comfort food. Parenthacks – Great ideas from readers for organizing hand-me-downs if you’ve got nesting on the calendar. Inspired by a post on Ohdeedoh...

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Sweet dreams are a good gift for moms, too

My parents can’t help it – they see something cute for the kids and they buy it. I suppose that’s The Prerogative Of The Grandparent. My only hope is that their version of cute is my version of cute (and that it doesn’t happen to be loaded up with cadmium). Well recently my kids’ Grammy scored with a stop at the boutique of fabulous local kids’ playspace Appleseeds, and the procurement of two deliciously soft cuddle pillows from Angel Dear. These half-moon shaped pillows are actually cuddly friends like bunnies and puppies and sleeping elephants, and are apparently stuffed...

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Baby Banz Swim Goggles: Essential eye protection goes underwater

If you’re a longtime Cool Mom Picks reader, then you already know Baby Banz as the quintessential purveyor of eye protection for little ones in the sun–plus we were excited when they started making Baby Banz sun protection beachwear. But now, right in time for winter swim lessons, we’re happy to learn they’ve branched out into swim goggles. And right when it’s nearly impossible to find goggles in the store. They’ve got the 100% UV protection we’d expect from Baby Banz plus they’re anti-fog, but it’s more than that. Unlike adult goggles in miniature for kids, these ones are actually...

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Time for Lunch to slow down and get real

Next month Congress is going to be revisiting school meal program guidelines, and the more parents and kids they hear from before they do so, the greater the chance that our schools will have real food (what a concept) to offer our children. That includes my own district, which has such frightening food options I don’t let my kids buy school lunches. Slow Food USA, an org we all completely adore, is behind the Time for Lunch Campaign, and you can get involved–write your Congresspeople, sign the online petition, or help organize an action like an eat-in. (Now there’s...

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A Valentine’s Day card design contest presented by Cool Mom Picks & Etsy

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it seemed appropriate to team up with one of our first and favorite loves, Etsy, for a super cool Valentine’s Day color-your-own card design contest. We’re looking for fun, original cards that kids themselves can color and hand out to their friends and family. We’ll pick nine winning cards from all the entries and whip them into a downloadable and printable PDF that will be sold in Etsy’s own shop. Best of all, 100% of the proceeds from the sales of these awesome cards (and we know, they will be awesome) will...

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Organic baby clothes that will make you, and your baby, feel incredibly comfortable

There are lots of reasons to buy organic. From cucumbers to clothes, I  believe that the less processing and chemicals involved in my day to day life, the better. And, just as important as what things are made from is also how they’re made. Which is one of the reasons why I fell madly in love with Tiny Ducky organic baby clothes. The beautiful, soft and simple collection is made from 100% certified organic cotton, with azo-free dyes, plus they’re all manufactured in a factory in India under fair trade conditions. The collection, available for preemies to 2T, comes...

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Survey says: You can have a Wiser Pregnancy

You show me the woman who didn’t spend her pregnancy polling her friends as to their symptoms and decisions at similar points of gestation, and I’ll show you a bridge I have for sale (cheap). But while having girlfriends and relatives to talk to is great, but sometimes you want a broader perspective. Now that broader sampling is right at your fingertips: Wiser Pregnancy aggregates responses to common pregnancy experiences and makes it easy to search by trimester, symptom, procedure–whatever you may be facing. Each issue shows you the total responses, how many people answered, and allows you to...

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Ultra comfort especially for the uncomfortable

If you have a kid who just puts clothes on like it’s no big deal, you’re a lot luckier than you probably realize. For those of us with a child with sensory issues, clothing is one of a million battles we fight every day. For most kids with tactile sensitivities, tags are a problem; they can be removed, fortunately. But for many kids with Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, ADHD, and other medical issues that can cause tactile sensitivity, even the seaming inside a shirt can cause issues, and sometimes it can be hard to figure out what clothing will...

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