Month: October 2010

Brooklyn in da house. And da jewelry box.

I am a fan of Polli‘s Australian-made, laser-cut jewelry ever since we first discovered them at the Gift Fair a few years back. They never cease to surprise me with their clever new ideas, and I think the new collection of city-inspired jewelry is just super cool. As in, I totally am getting myself one. [don’t miss an exclusive offer after the jump!] This Brooklyn mama would be thrilled to wear the kohl gold Brooklyn brownstone pendant around her neck, complete with details like air conditioners in the windows and a bicycle chained out front. (No broken trash bags...

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Martha Stewart: Now encouraging spider webs.

Yes, she’s usually the one holding the antique French albino ostrich duster while explaining that it’s a good thing to keep spiders out of your house with handmade pomanders. But now Martha Stewart is actually encouraging you to have windows full of spiderwebs. And witches. And vampires. And bats. Even rats. All right in time for Halloween. [don’t miss a truly fun Martha Stewart giveaway after the jump!] The new Halloween decor by Martha Stewart Crafts are a fun and temporary way to decorate for the spookiest season. The vinyl clings for walls and windows can be stuck, restuck,...

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Abe’s Market goes QVC, only not QVC. More like your laptop.

When I first discovered Abe’s Market last year, I thought of it as an online Farmer’s Market – goodies like small batch natural soaps, handmade baby blankets, organic vinaigrettes, and pretty much everything I love about our local Farmer’s Markets; besides the heirloom tomatoes and hot cider. Well they just introduced Abe’s Live, and starting today, if I were home at 2pm, I’d totally be watching that instead of whatever WHO’S THE BABY’S REAL FATHER! show is on then instead. On Abe’s Live, you can tun into a live, streaming webcast of the very vendors and artists who make...

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This season’s forecast: circus animals and a good chance of peacocks

Yesterday was the most absolutely perfect early fall day, but today? This gray sky is reminding me of what’s to come. I don’t know about you, but I get a little grumpy in the wintertime. By the end of winter, I’m a lot grumpy. The Scandinavians get it right by designing signature happy prints to brighten up their long winters. And thanks to the online boutique VyssanLull, we have some of the best eco-friendly, Scandinavian kids clothing at our fingertips. Plastisock is one of the many awesome designers at the shop and I am digging their new fall clothes....

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Organic baby food that fits in your back pocket

I have approximately 563 teensy glass baby food jars left over from when my 3-year-old was a baby. Okay, I may be exaggerating. But the pantry sure feels like Baby Food Container Central. My plan was to use these jars in all kinds of useful, and… well, still-unknown ways.  So when baby number two arrived, I came up with another plan: I was going to make his food from organic fruits and veggies and use the old jars! How could such a genius plan possibly fail? Right. Well, it did. Sure, I’ve mashed a bunch of bananas since the little...

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Designer Tory Burch takes on National Women’s Business Week.

It’s National Women’s Business Week this week. Or at least, officially. Because in my mind, every week women should be in business. One of the big supporters of this week is uber designer, mom, and friend-to-women everywhere Tory Burch, and she’s asked us to share with you some of the cool stuff she’s doing right now. [don’t miss a fun giveaway after the jump] Her amazing dot-org, The Tory Burch Foundation was set up to help women in this country with business opportunities through needed microloans. It’s a great org to consider supporting on its own. Or, you know,...

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Cool Mom Picks has a new baby in the family!

Huge congrats to publisher/co-founder Kristen, whose beautiful, still unnamed baby girl was born in the wee hours of the morning. At home. On her guest bed. Thanks to an Atlanta fireman named Kelly. Mom and baby #4 are doing beautifully, Mom is laughing about not making it to the hospital in time, and no doubt Baby will share Kristen’s always inspiring sense of humor. –Liz + Team Cool Mom Picks [it’s a girl button: mahar dry...

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Mirror shatterproof mirror on the wall

It never occurred to me to decorate my kids’ rooms with mirrors, probably because they’re glass. And breakable. And potentially dangerous. At least when you’ve got a couple of rambunctious, climb-happy toddlers. Petit Collage must have thought of those hazards too when they came up with the idea of gorgeous acrylic mirrors. These beautiful decorative mirrors are carefully laser cut from shatterproof acrylic, so you get the lovely brightening and spacemaking effect of a mirror without the worry about them breaking into a gazillion pieces if they just so happen to fall. Or get knocked down by a wayward...

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Take a peek in that lunchbag before National School Lunch Week is over

We know school lunches have been the butt of jokes since the invention of “mystery meat.” But, if watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution taught us anything, it is that what our kids eat at lunchtime can get better with the effort and cooperation of schools and parents. And since National School Lunch Week is just wrapping up, I thought it a perfect time to keep the discussion going with a few things we can do. For those of us whose kids eat a school-provided lunch, we can do our part by lobbying for healthier school lunches, eliminating unnecessary sugar...

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Possibly the most fun way yet to get your kids to eat their veggies.

Remember those Dapper Dan the Magnetic Man toys from when we (or , okay, maybe our parents) were kids? It was so much fun to use the magnetic wand to give that smiling bald dude bizarre facial hair, hats, and eye patches. And now our kids can make those faces– and eat them, too, with these most fabulous plates. The Food Face Plate from Perpetual Kid is even more fun than the original toy. The 8.5 inch plate is made from hotel-quality, food-safe, high-fire ceramic, so it’s pretty durable–at least after that “fling everything and screech” phase is over....

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3 of the cutest jackets for kids. AKA it’s good to be a Jersey girl

As a resident of the Deep South, my kids tend to not need a heavy duty coat until mid-winter, which means we’re generally relegated to the plain old sweaters, hoodies, and fleece jackets. But with this year’s trend of jersey knit jackets, we’ve got a bunch of fantastic options that are perfect for us mild weather folks, or those of you just looking for a nice change from itchy wool and sometimes stuffy fleece. The adorable french terry pea coat from Tiny Pants Kids (above) is absolutely superb, with adorable styling and beautiful bold colors–love the orange! And with girls that are...

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The only thing better than making photo memories is reliving them hilariously

You loved Awkward Family Photos. You haz a cheezburger. You enjoy a good FAIL. Now we’ve found one more awesome place to waste even more time on the web. At Young Me Now Me, regular people re-stage their childhood photos in hilarious ways. This giggle-inducing new(ish) blog by online performance artist Ze Frank has me aching to sort through that huge box of unmarked photos in my mom’s attic to find something funny that doesn’t involve a leotard. The user-contributed content ranges from old women recreating the somber sepia-toned portraits of their childhood, to grown men swaddling themselves in...

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This cup is made from plants. Yup, plants.

I have a huge sweet tooth. But, I don’t want to eat yogurt that’s impersonating a strawberry shortcake or alcoholic beverage. If I want shortcake, I’ll have shortcake! That’s one of the reasons I’m a big fan of Stonyfield Farm’s yogurt: It tastes like yogurt. I also like their organic, all natural ingredients and its yummy taste. And, now, there’s another reason to love my yogurt of choice. Stonyfield Farm is the first yogurt company to develop a plant-based cup for all their multipacks. The cup is still plastic, but it’s BPA-free, phthalate-free, plant-based plastic which is better for...

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Oshi Mat: Don’t go to baby music class without it

Looking back to my baby’s first music class, I see a woman in sweats, no make-up and a silly grin on her face. I was just so happy to be, finally, out of the house! New to my neighborhood, I was also convinced I was going to meet all my new best friends that day. Every time my baby clapped to the music, I burst into hysterical laughter. (No wonder I didn’t meet any friends in that class.) But, I stopped laughing when I noticed how my daughter was crawling around on a dirty looking carpet and how the...

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Milk Nursingwear – Does a breastfeeding mama good

As a long time breastfeeding mom, I tend to just pop on a nursing tank under a regular shirt and go on my merry nursing way. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the value of a great nursing top, particularly when I’m out in public or traveling. So I’m glad to have discovered a new one to add to my arsenal of breastfeeding shirts. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] The discreet and well-priced nursing tops designed by mom Elisa Hartstein of Milk Nursingwear. are a smart addition to any breastfeeding mom’s wardrobe; whether you’re just...

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Cupcake kits that turn ho-hum cupcakes into a party

The UK’s Meri Meri has put together these smart Cupcake Kits and my party-throwing life just got a little easier. With 24 colorful cupcake wrappers and assorted toppers, the designs are way cuter than the plastic licensed character stuff I see everywhere.  I think every party theme I’ve ever used for my three kids is reflected in the dozens of styles available. Along with the super-cute Space Cadets kit shown above, check out the cat lovers’ Meow cupcake kit, and the thank-goodness-I-have-girls Fairy Magic cupcake kit whose fairies have real fabric skirts. While these paper designs may not make it past...

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Silhouette yourself into the bride of Frankenstein

Anyone can pick up a package of boring old jack-o-lantern paper plates at the grocery store. But guess what you can’t get there? Customizable Halloween plates featuring your kiddos, all Halloween-ized with a spooky bride of Frankenstein hair, devil horns or a witch hat. [don’t miss an awesome giveaway after the jump!] Simply Silhouettes, a longtime CMP favorite, just launched their Halloween shop on Etsy, allowing you to turn your favorite pics into tableware. Commemorate your son’s goblin costume or your daughter’s princess getup, by sending them an image of your little one all dressed up. They do head...

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Get in the Halloween spirit in a pin(ch)

As the final countdown to my favorite holiday of the year begins, I can’t help but want to break out the package of fun size M&Ms and throw fake cobwebs around my foyer, like right now. Since I know I’ll only eat all the candy and end up accidentally vacuuming the cobwebs, one thing I can do to get in the holiday spirit is sport some adorably festive accessories. Made with super soft felt and stuffed with polyfil, these plump little Happy Ghost Brooches from Em & Sprout will add a touch of Halloween cheer to any outfit, be...

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Web Coolness – Halloween pumpkin decoupage, weird foods, and the magic of daddies

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week – we hope you will too. Make and Takes has a fun tutorial to decoupage a Halloween pumpkin – great for kids who aren’t yet ready for carving knives. At Slashfood, a fun story on weird foods kids love NASA and Etsy – an unlikely pair? They’re partnering to host a space-themed crafts contest that looks out of this world. (Couldn’t resist.) As we start to think holiday gifts (eek) a smart discussion on Design Mom about families’ Christmas gift rules. Bullying is big news right now...

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Shop for a cause at Happy Chickadee

As if I needed another reason to scour the virtual shelves of Happy Chickadee, one of our fave mom-owned boutiques, I just got another really awesome one. And it’s not even because of my new baby (that has yet to arrive, argh). It’s because every penny spent there this weekend will help someone who really needs it. Now through Sunday October 17th, Happy Chickadee is donating 100% of purchases (yes, 100%) of in-stock clothing and decor items to One Day’s Wages, an amazing org that’s alleviating extreme world poverty. In this instance, the proceeds will benefit two organizations assisting...

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