Month: October 2010

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 your...

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