Month: October 2010

The next best thing to the Cool Mom Tech launch party? The Cool Mom Tech launch party swag.

To celebrate the launch of our new sister site, Cool Mom Tech last week, we got together and threw a bicoastal launch party sponsored by the amazing techcessory mavens at Logitech. And what a party it was! Because we couldn’t invite every one of our readers, supporters and friends, we figured we’d do the next best thing – give you a chance to win one of five VIP swag bags. It is filled with awesomeness from companies like  Belkin, Jabra, Cocoon, Rogue Confections, Least Likely 2 Breed…and includes your very own  Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote. We only wish...

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Personalized hairclip holders to add to your awesome gift idea file

I’m generally a good gifter. However, I’ve been a little stumped about what to buy a good friend’s little girl for her first birthday. They live in a tight NYC apartment, so their toy situation is extremely edited. Her stylish wardrobe, though, is well stocked with mini tutus, trendy baby boots, and an entire wall of shelves devoted to pink shoes. I have the answer! [don’t miss a great offer after the jump] The Personalized Handmade Hairclip Holders from CMP fave shop Chloe in Style are deliciously cute and will help organize a few of Emily’s impressive collection of...

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This week on Cool Mom Tech

Just some of the techy goodness found on Cool Mom Tech this week. -A laptop case from one of the hottest designers in the world. With the price to match. –3 tips for new iPad owners who happen to be parents. –Silly Bandz go high tech. And some of us go running for the hills. -Our secrets to creating harmony in the home, when you’ve got technology up the whazoo. -Have you seen some of the awesome things you can do on the Crayola website? Free? Definitely worth a...

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Chef Sam Talbot’s tips on cooking without sugar

When Kristen and I had the opportunity to sit down with Sam Talbot, our Top Chef crush for the last few years, it was hard not to say yes. (Frankly, it was hard not to get all sweaty and nervous for days beforehand.) It was a bit intimidating; not because he’s adorable and charming and the executive chef of the new Mondrian Soho in NY, and rumored to be dating models up the whazoo–but because he’s such a passionate, talented chef. And frankly, we’re both better at eating fabulous food than cooking it ourselves. As a former personal chef...

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A plant a day keeps… um… me entertained and educated?

I don’t subscribe to many things online because I hate spam– but I do make exceptions. For Cool Mom Picks newsletters, for example. And now, for the free Plant of the Day email by Your Garden Show. See, I have a black thumb and a very green brain. But I love the fun plant facts from former Better Homes and Gardens Garden Editor Mark Kane that now arrive in my inbox, and I’d imagine a lot of parents, educators and general horticulture fans will love it too. I signed up for Plant of the Day myself, just to make...

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Mo Willems gets animated

The list of children’s books I’ve loved to read to my kids is l-o-n-g though I’ve always had a particular fondness for the books of author and illustrator Mo Willems. Unless you live under a rock, or a pile of newborn diapers, you are probably familiar with such stories as Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. These are the kinds of fun and playful storybooks you should, and probably will, read out loud over and over (and over) again.  Do I think such engaging children’s books really need to be put to video to...

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Saving the world, one cup of delicious gourmet coffee at a time

We’ve all heard the standard wisdom that if we each gave up one daily luxury–say, your morning latte–you could put that money towards charity and really make a difference. And I happily gave up my frou-frou coffeeshop runs for brewing at home to save money, but you can pry the coffee cup out of my cold, dead hands, thanks. Now there’s a way to both buy your beans and have your charity, too. Enter the One Cup Project. Let’s start with the coffee itself: It’s a wide variety of blends from Seattle’s award-winning micro-roaster Silver Cup Coffee, and good...

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A custom storybook invitation for a fairytale of a party

Hey you, Famous Mom. Yes you, the one who held the kiddo’s first birthday party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, hired Martha Stewart to make your cakes, and asked the Jonas Brothers to stop by to sing Happy Birthday. What are you going to do for your encore? One idea: start with the custom storybook invitations from Egba originals. In the past, Cool Mom Picks has adored clever invitations from Egba like their Partyblocks and Custom Comic Book Invitations, and now, they’re taking it to the next level with something actually kind of sweet. Custom Storybook Invitations are exactly...

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Face it, these labels are really cute

Anyone with kids know how important it is to label every single item they have. How else are you going to identify all the stuff that winds up in the lost and found bin? Over the years I’ve tried many different labeling methods and have usually resorted to a “permanent” marker, which despite what the package says, not so much. After ten years of research I have determined that stick on name labels are the way to go. But why just settle for a plain old name tags when you can something far more adorable? The custom photo labels...

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Hello Kitty gets in on the pop-up store craze

Is it wrong that I’m still a little obsessed with Hello Kitty? If it were up to me, I’d still wear those HK barrettes I had from the third grade. But, alas, I’m a grown-up now (ish). Well, this holiday season, I’m going to indulge myself in full-on Hello Kitty nostalgia as Sanrio celebrates its 50th anniversary. In honor of the big 5-0, Hello Kitty and her friends will be traveling around the country in a trailer festooned with graphics of all the Sanrio characters from over the years, including my other fave, Keroppi Keroppi. Small Gift, the mobile...

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Kids tees that make a great story

The mission of past CMP pick, Out of Print Clothing is to spread the joy of reading. Through fashion. Hey, two of our favorite things? And, now, they have expanded their collection to include t-shirts for kids. Find shirts featuring cover of the first edition of the Catcher in the Rye (so hipster chic), Brave New World, and Pride and Prejudice or go for the infamous cover of Moby Dick. Although, that could lead to some schoolyard shenanigans if your kids are old enough to make, uh…Moby Dick jokes. What’s particularly great is that Out of Print Clothing donates...

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Web coolness – Modern ABCs, crafting shortcuts, and cakes made out of Brobee

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. On Babycenter, Kristen uncovers a super cool service to get kids crafty, even when their moms aren’t at all. The always thoughtful PHD in Parenting blog has wonderful links to help you think about food in honor of this week’s World Food Day. A funny post parodying all the baby gear recalls lately. We can’t help it – we laughed. The Lichtenstein ABCs? Who even knew. Friends of Foofa: Behold! An entire post filled with Yo Gabba Gabba cakes. Amazing. [via kari...

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Cool Mom Picks loves InStyle!

Well what a nice surprise to discover that the November 2010 issue of InStyle includes Cool Mom Picks in their big Best of the Web feature! We are so beyond thrilled that one of our all-time favorite magazines mentions us us as one of four favorite blogs in the kids category. (Psst…page 256. The one with the adorable Rachel McAdams cover.) It’s a great honor considering we’re in the company of sites Planet Awesome Kid, Mamaista, and EcoChildsPlay. Plus we loved seeing the inclusion of CMP favorites like Rikshaw Design, Polarn O Pyret, Little Lunalu, TadaShop and more. As...

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The low-tech answer to high-tech organizers

I’m so high tech that, sometimes, I need to go low tech. For those of you like me, or those who just plain reject iPads and online organizers and anything with a plug, may I recommend the MEpad from LobotoME? Okay, so you can’t surf the web on the MEpad, watch videos, listen to music, or gaze lovingly at your baby photos (unless they’re paper clipped to the top). But you can write on it with a pen. Yes, a glorious pen. Remember those? Write your shopping lists, to-do lists, lists, notes to the husband on this hilarious recycled...

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An XOXO to OXO’s new BPA-free snack servers

True Parent Confession: Life is so hectic that I once served crackers to my toddler in one of her own shoes. I couldn’t give her the giant, store-fresh bag of cheesy crunchers in her car seat, but I had promised her a snack. So she had an empty Mary Jane of slightly sandy crackers. So here’s a better idea. (As if there were a worse idea.) And it’s a better idea than mystery plastic from China, too: The awesome new BPA-free feeding line from OXO. This brand new line of BPA-free snack and feeding line for kids has something...

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Our secret stash of airline cookies! Revealed!

If you’ve flown on a particular airline, then you’re probably familiar with the scarily yummy Biscoff cookies. And as a wife of a pilot who flies for said airline, I have to giggle every time someone tells me that they hoard them, mostly because we’ve got our own personal stash too. (Shhh.) Well, now you don’t have to wait to take another fun-filled family flight in order to refill your stockpile, and our staff at CMP is more excited about it  than we should be. You can snag the Biscoff Cookies in various sized packs at their website, find...

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These sweaters must have been very good in a previous life.

Once upon a time these little critters were cozy woolen sweaters, but thanks to the imagination and ingenuity of Laura Ray, they have been reincarnated as Pogos. Made with upcycled wool and stuffed with sustainable bamboo fiber they are as eco-friendly as they are adorable. But the best part is reading each one’s clever backstory. Go to Pogoship, Laura’s Etsy website, and you’ll learn that Adeline is heading to a party, and Woody is trying to overcome his fear of jumping over the stream in the forest where he lives. And what kid wouldn’t love to have a Pogo...

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Breaking News: Graco Stroller Recall

If you mamas are owners of the Graco Quattro or MetroLite strollers that was bought before November 2007, check the serial numbers because they’ve been voluntarily recalled by Graco and the CPSC. The CPSC reports that babies can try to squeeze out under the tray and get caught resulting in cuts and bruises. (We report that you might just want to use the lap belts with your babies.) If you’re just using the stroller base with an infant seat as a travel system, there’s no danger at all. In any case, no need to panic. Just contact Graco for...

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A tree grows in Brooklyn. And becomes eco-friendly kids’ furniture.

Searching for just the right children’s furniture always seems a challenge. You don’t want anything too adult, or too baby-ish either. You want something as beautiful as the rest of your decor, and if you’re going to invest in quality children’s furniture, you don’t want it outgrown before the kid’s fourth birthday either. Well feast your eyes on the exquisite kids’ table and chairs by Brooklyn designer and clever mom, April Hannah. Not only is this children’s furniture made from sustainable and safe materials like soy glue and non-toxic water-based finish, it’s a modern marvel of cool, inspired by...

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Cute boy clothing – yay!

I love having a son. The way he has to touch every wheel he sees–even if it’s on some random stranger’s Rollerblade–is so cute. My only complaint about giving birth to a boy, as opposed to a girl, is the sheer lack of cool clothing options. That’s why when I discovered Little Dudes Only a site devoted to awesome boy wear, that’s become a CMP favorite, I got super-pumped. Their fall merch is over-the-top cute. I’m crushing on the Malcolm cardi from Knuckleheads, an adorable collegiate-esque number with a shawl collar and ribbed cuffs. So perfect for the new...

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