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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Subscribing: So fabulous it’s scary

Yeah, we know. It’s the week before Halloween, and pretty much everything is “so fabulous it’s scary.” Still, subscribing to the Cool Mom Picks newsletter truly is a treat. And there’s no trick– we promise. So what’s coming to haunt you? Oh, just our free monthly newsletter with great deals and hip finds, including our free CMP (for less) email with exclusive discounts. Plus a chance to enter our utterly amazing monthly subscriber-only drawing. This month, it’s a Pretend Play Prize Package from Little Passports and Cattiwampus worth over $200, and including wonderful toys to inspire creativity from Melissa...

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Looking for the non-diaper bag diaper bag?

Just when I think I’m over diaper bags, I see the new It diaper bag and I think I must have it. However, what I really need is a non-diaper bag diaper bag. In other words, one that functions like a diaper bag, but really is just a cool bag. [don’t miss a cool giveaway after the jump!] The Carina Collection by Clava has a few sporty handbags that fit the bill. With their roomy size and plenty of pockets, they can hold and organize all my stuff–including the diapers. It’s made from waterproof, coated canvas (good news for...

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Getting Meryl Streep to read your child to sleep

I’m pretty sure that most mamas will agree that there’s nothing–nothing!–like a good children’s book. Or a box full of them. Or, if your kids are anything like my 3-year-old, a bedroom that is basically Book Central. But my kiddo is also quick to swipe her dad’s iPad or my iPhone and settle in with the educational games we’ve downloaded for her. So the new children’s story app we’ve found is right up her book-loving alley–and some of the celebrity narrators make it even more delightful. [ADDED: don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] The new children’s storybook...

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Anniversary cards for the 21st century

Your spouse fell in love with you, married you, and actually consented to create tiny people with you. And when you get to the Happy Anniversary section of the greeting card display, what are your choices? Gold-trimmed champagne glasses with sappy poems in curly script. Or fart jokes. If that’s not your style, skip the sap and crap and click over to see the new anniversary cards by CMP favorite shop, mom-run Alternative Greetings. Our love is here to stay. Our wedding photos we should probably back up. Truer words were never said in the digital age, right? There’s...

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Organic kids clothes made for play, discovery, and adoration

Scout Collection was the first company I ever encountered at a trade show that was totally committed to organic kids clothes and fair trade practices, but designed with styling that could hold its own in any chic urban boutique. This was about four years ago. To think how far the industry has come since then…well, wow. And, really, so has Scout. Their line has evolved from quirky styling with appliques inspired by tribal designs, to increasingly wearable, beautiful styles for boys, girls and babies, that fans of brands like Tea Collection, Splendid and Kate Quinn Organics will be snapping...

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When stylish eyes are smiling – the joys of mineral makeup

You might notice that a lot of our beauty posts highlight the fact that the product is eco-conscious and doesn’t contain yucky, icky, no-good chemicals. But this pick is triply good: good for the environment, good for your skin, and makes you feel totally awesome. Seriously, if you haven’t tried mineral eyeshadow, you simply must. I recently ordered from Concrete Minerals on Etsy and am loving the new looks I’m achieving. I’ve avoided talc for a long time, but did you know that most store brand labels also include parabens and other ingredients possibly linked to cancer? Let’s just...

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Safer choices for Halloween hair and makeup

For the first year ever, since becoming a parent, I actually have my kids’ Halloween costumes ready to go with more than 2 hours to spare before the 31st. Well, almost. The last thing we have to track down is some black cat nail polish, and some green face paint to perfect my five year-old evil witch. Browsing the local costume emporium in a bit of a rush, I was bummed to find no natural face paint options at all; just the cheap Chinese-made stuff. I totally admit I bought it, only to have a bit of remorse that...

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Denim and denim – can it be done?

This post also appears on the Gap 1969 Stream along with tons of photos, articles, inspiration, and tips about denim.It’s so funny having to say that denim is in for kids because, hello, was it ever out? I adore seeing denim now in surprising places – hats, accessories, even shoes. Basically, imagine where you might add a touch of leather, and replace it with denim. Behold, you’re on trend! What’s not on trend though? A kid in head to toe denim. I don’t care what supermodel sported it on the runway, or what celebrity wore it on what magazine...

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6 cool, easy, last minute Halloween craft projects

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and it’s certainly one of my kids’ too. But with all the costume-wrangling and candy-buying and party-coordinating, I suddenly realize I have yet to hang so much as a fake spiderweb on my front door. So I poked around some of our favorite blogs and websites and found a ton of inspiring craft ideas to help me get into the spooky spirit this week. My criteria: 1. They look cool. 2. I scanned the supply list and instructions and said to myself, Even I could totally do that. –Liz On Kaboose, Kami...

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Do Fun Stuff and help some kids with some seriously fun kindie tunes

I’ve never doubted the power of music to unite people–though it does bring to mind those big events like Woodstock or Live Aid. But it’s the effort of one dad and some very cool bands with loads of heart that now deserve to get people behind an important cause: Helping build awareness and support for people born with the little-known Smith-Magenis Syndrome.   Even if you’ve never heard of this condition, or some of the indie bands involved in this project, don’t let that stop you: This is a baker’s dozen of sweet songs you’ll want to add to...

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