Month: October 2010

Like a little box of Farmer’s Market sunshine delivered right to your door.

We are what you’d call foodies at my place, despite my sigOth absolutely hating that term. Whatever it means when your pantry is filled with lots of little jars, and you tend to have more kinds of mustards in your fridge than most supermarkets have, that’s what we are. So of course, we’re huge fans of Foodzie, the online marketplace for artisanal and handmade foods. They’ve just come out with a new service that I am ridiculously excited about. Especially in time for the holidays. Subscribe to the new Foodzie Gourmet Tasting Box and receive a monthly selection of...

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Donating extra Halloween candy? Reader Q&A

Dear Cool Moms, I seem to remember you once wrote about donating used Halloween candy. I was hoping to get it out of the house a little earlier this year for a change! -Amanda R   Hey Amanda. We feel you. Really we do. Especially now that Kristen has four kids at home bringing home pillowcases full of Milky Ways and Smarties. I tell my own girls that they can pick a certain number of pieces to keep and the rest they donate to people who don’t get any treats at all, and they love that idea. (Of course some...

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Happy Halloween!

Wishing you a very spooky (but safe) Halloween, mamas from Kristen, Liz, Christina, Delilah, Julie and the rest of the Cool Mom Picks team – may you survive the sugar crashes and score a solid week’s worth of Reese’s Pieces peanut butter cups. To see our Halloween greeting to you, click here. It’s worth it, pinky swear. If you want to make a JibJab card of your very own, head over to their site. It’s not too late to send some spooky wishes to your friends and family. Or just do what we do–use these hilarious video cards to...

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What’s new is what’s old

What is it about vintage prints that I am so drawn to? Maybe it’s that the quirky quality, mixed with a nostalgic feel just make happy when I see them. Now there’s an online shop that taps directly into that feeling an an extensive collection of vintage and retro-inspired imported Japanese fabrics. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump] Girl Charlee was actually a child’s clothing boutique we adored, and mourned when it closed, but now owner Heather Peterson has reopened its doors just for you crafters and stitchers out there. I say “you,” as, sadly, I am...

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Last minute Halloween panic? We can help!

The good thing about Halloween falling on a Sunday this year is that one very valuable extra weekend day to get ready. Check out theses posts, take a deep breath and say ohm. Then go crack open those Reeses. Last minute Halloween costume ideas for babies that are as cute as they are easy. Easy Halloween craft projects, from no-carve pumpkins to dried pasta skeleton art. Inexpensive Halloween printables to make a party spooky, artful and fun. Free Halloween printables from HP including decorations, masks, and cards. Free Halloween coloring pages from Crayola to keep kids entertained (i.e. not...

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Waste not. Want.

I’m definitely an eco-minded person, but I don’t think I’m alone when I admit that sometimes convenience wins out over conscience. For years I’ve stuffed my son’s lunch box with pre-packaged snacks or plastic snack bags, but I think I’ve found an even better solution. Munchboxes are the perfect way to send snack portions for your child with zero waste. Each one is made from 100% dishwasher-safe stainless steel (no BPA here), and has a main compartment with a small sealable side container to keep the cheese from touching the grapes, or the meatballs from touching the spaghetti. While...

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Goodbye, dry skin. Hello… cookies?

The cool, crisp air of fall is here, and moms everywhere are pulling out their baby lotion arsenals to keep eczema and dry skin at bay. For me, the toughest part about having kids with sensitive skin is finding just the right product that does everything I want it to do and actually smells nice. This year, I’ve already got two kids begging for lo-lo, thanks to the new line from Lavanila Laboratories. Of course they call it “cookie lotion” because it smells just like sugar cookies with a touch of lemon–in a calming, soft way that moms will...

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A Halloween recipe that’s scary to look at, not to make

If there was ever a time to play with food, it’s Halloween. Spaghetti guts, Jello-brains…come on! Who doesn’t love that! Thanks to the folks at Barefoot Books, we’ve found a bunch of tasty, scary recipes that your kiddos can help you make or devour – whether you’ve got a fun Halloween party planned, or just want to make dinner time ghoulishly festive. –Kristen[Don’t miss the fun, easy recipe after the jump!] This one comes from Kids’ Kitchen, a handy little deck of recipe cards by Fiona Bird, that are all child-friendly, healthy, and did I mention kid-friendly? I’m a...

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Cool Halloween printables that don’t look like bad clip art

You know what’s scary? Realizing you’ve invited a bunch of little butterflies and superheroes to invade your home for a pre-trick-or-treating soiree, and then realizing your house is not ready. Ahem. Since making a last-minute dash to a party-supply store sounds about as appetizing as a vampire bite, my strong suggestion is you settle back and DIY. Particularly if you can call hitting “Print” on your computer “doing it yourself”.   Besides the obvious convenience, the printable Schlock Horror Halloween party from the UK’s happythought is way cooler than anything you’ll find lying in the ravaged racks of any store’s Halloween section. How cute...

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Web coolness – pumpkin carving goes high tech, and Jell-O shot recipes go underage.

Is it any surprise we’ve got food and treats on the brain this week? Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Jello shots get creative — and often kid friendly — at the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen On Momformation, Kristen recommends two children’s apps for creative pumpkin-carving, hold the knives. What do you do with the jack-o-lantern when it’s done? Try this recipe for pumpkin seed butter on Weelicious. We’re loving the redesign of the Mom Inc Daily blog for design inspiration and ideas. DIY party favors – so...

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