Month: October 2010

Spooky Fun Meets Little Girl Cuteness

I love holidays. Give me a holiday and I’ll celebrate it. Give me a fun holiday, like Halloween, and I might go a little overboard. (But not in a tacky way. Promise!) So I can’t resist a cute Halloween inspired t-shirt or accessory, like these adorable barrettes. The Polka Pumpkin Barrettes, from past CMP pick Natty Bratty, are just the thing to get into the Halloween spirit. They are subtle enough to coordinate with many of my daughter’s outfits and the glitter stars make them festive and fun. I also love polka dots on just about anything. Look around...

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Not your department store baby registry

I still remember what a pain in the neck it was for my now-husband and I to register when we got married. First of all, it was in the days before those handy little scanner things. Second, I wanted an iron and he didn’t and there was a big debate –we didn’t have fights back then– about it. Third, well, I don’t remember a specific third. I just remember it wasn’t much fun. So when it came time to have kids, we stayed as far from registries as we possibly could. But that was before I discovered Babybot. Babybot...

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Soft and stylish wide baby shoes? Reader Q&A

My 7 month old is an insanely adorable bundle of energy. I recently discovered, much to my dismay, that she also inherited my crazy wide feet. Thinking ahead, I’ve been trying to find some decent shoes for her. I’ve searched high and low, but can’t find wide-width, soft-soled shoes anywhere. Any ideas where to look? -Laree Some of the soft-soled “slipper”-type shoes, like Robeez, are cut wider than other shoes and are also very easy on the feet. How cute is this reversible Early Bird/Night Owl style? Let’s just hope she doesn’t take those words to heart! Bical Grippers’ sock-like...

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Wii has one better option for family game night than Modern Warfare. Good thing.

We are an unapologetic game-playing household for sure, whether it’s the kind on the teevee or the kind in the box with pieces that end up under our couch. As far as the video kind,  we’re always looking for options we can either play with our kids, or at least play while our kids are around without scarring them for life. (I’m considering banning all Modern Warfare activity until the kids have been asleep an hour or more. Ahem.) Nintendo’s Wii Party game is now out and if you haven’t spent a good, oh, 79 hours in a row...

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6 all-natural, allergen-free, or fair trade Halloween treats that aren’t scary at all

With some Halloween candies containing loads of hydrogenated oil, artificial colors and even high-fructose corn syrup, I appreciate why so many of us are taking a closer look at what we drop into those pillow cases come October 31st. Even me. And admittedly, I love candy. So we have put together six fantastic treat options that should help keep your Halloween sweet but not too scary. Yes, they will cost more than the giant “Fun Size” bags, especially if you get hundreds of kids to your door each year. And no, they’re not going to keep kids from having to brush their teeth copiously before...

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Now Envirosax is just kidding around

I can’t tell you for sure what longtime CMP favorite Envirosax was thinking with the creation of their new Kid Series reusable bags, but I can tell you what I thought when I saw them: this is going to make demanding help with the groceries even easier! No more bickering about who takes what bag; I can simply tell my daughter to grab the paper dolls bag and direct my son to the rocket bag shown here. Awesome. And I’m sure these eco-friendly reusable bags can do double duty as overnight bags for sleepovers or sub in for a paper...

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Easy-peasy deals on local stuff you just might love

I’m not what you’d call the decisive type. When I shop online, I put my almost-purchases in the cute little cart icons and let them rest there while I construct (and reconstruct) mental pro and con lists as to why I should get them. (Yeah. I know.) Who has the time for this complex decision-making process? No one! That’s why Plum District is sorta right up my non-decisive alley. It’s a deal site geared mostly toward mamas, offering special prices on cool kiddo- and parent-gear from your city’s own local stores. Once a day, you get an email from...

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Kitchen Helper

I really enjoy cooking for my family. What I don’t enjoy are the non-cooking parts of cooking – deciding what everyone is going to eat, and all that chopping, mincing prep work. Well we just found a really revolutionary service that take those two items off the dinner menu. Dream Dinners, with storefronts in 30 states, is like your very own sous chef. You purchase a set amount of freezable meals online from up to 18 choices or so, then book the time you want to head in and assemble them. Choices this month include Cider Braised Chops, Toasted Pecan...

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Last minute Halloween costume for six-month-old baby? Reader Q&A

Help! I need last-minute ideas for a six-month-old baby’s Halloween costume and I don’t have the time to do anything crazy. The truth is, most little babies aren’t ready to wear full costumes, masks and complicated accessories, or even makeup which gets smudged easily. More or less, what you’re looking for is something that will stay on while the kid lies there in his Snugride or bassinet stroller. It’s easy to search the web for adorable ready-made pumpkin and peapod outfits for babes, but here are a few easy ways to get your kiddo costume-ready without much effort at...

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Drooling over DwellStudio for Target

Looks like it’s the time of year for another cool line at Target to make me –a Canadian– feel a little jealous. This time, it’s the DwellStudio for Target Fall 2010 collection – a whole bunch of gorgeous baby layette items that I’m already drooling over. In keeping with the bold and colorful DwellStudio prints and patterns we’ve all come to love, these new designs are fun and, of course, beautiful. And they’re affordable enough that you’ll be able to outfit your newborn in the snazziest of clothes with change to spare for a sweet blanket or two. I...

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If you’re happy and you know it…or having a tantrum. Either way.

I can’t be the only mom who would sooner frame a picture of my crying, tantruming kid than the pretty, perfect one that looks like I bribed her with a lollipop. In fact, I know I’m not the only mom who feels that way since discovering this totally hilarious picture frame. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump] Whether you’ve got grandparents with a sense of humor or a pregnant friend who will appreciate a gift that stands out from the sea of burp cloths and baby blankets, this Happy/ Sad frame set makes me – well, happy....

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This week only, Hasbro will take back your child-ravaged board games.

We’re board game freaks around my place, and now that I have kids old enough to play, we usually have game night at least once a week. That is, if we have all the pieces to them these days. Well hallelujah for a new event that’s letting you trade in your old, damaged, crayon-scribbled, or otherwise compromised board games for sweet savings on brand new ones. Now through Saturday, October 16, you can take any Hasbro board game you might have stuffed in a closet somewhere, bring it into Toys R Us, and get 30% off a new board...

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T is for tushie

If you ask me, babies’ butts might be the cutest things in the whole wide world: Squeezable, kissable and downright delish. (Am I revealing too much here?) So when I saw this new collection of custom baby bloomers and boxers with initials sewn onto the tush area, I couldn’t resist. Cutey Booty was created by two moms of three (each!) from Charleston, South Carolina, who know a little something about needing grab-and-go baby clothing. The bloomers for girls or slouchy boxers for boys come in white or colorful fabrics all the way up to size 8, and you personalize...

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The final goodbye to plastic bags

I switched over to reusable grocery bags at the supermarket a long time before I managed to break the plastic produce bag habit, I confess. Because back then, the only “produce” options seemed to be bulky cotton bags that added weight (and therefore cost). But with Flip & Tumble’s new mesh produce bag set, you’re equally good to go at the farmer’s market or the grocery store. They fold down to next to nothing when not in use, and they’re machine washable, too.  While you’re there, check out their new 24-7 Minis, too. How adorable are those? Perfect for kids...

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A Sunny Day with Elizabeth Mitchell

This is the time of the year when the anticipation of holiday craziness, my kids’ frenetic schedule, and the darker, drearier day conspire to really bum us all out. On these days we really need a big dose of lovely to touch us and make us feel sunny all over.  So thank you, Elizabeth Mitchell, for coming out with a new beautiful collection of songs that is like a bouquet of fresh flowers in every room. But less messy. [see the giveaway after the jump!] Bright, beautiful and sweet, Elizabeth Mitchell’s brand new CD Sunny Day brings together American folk,...

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Halloween revelers, start your flashlights.

I can’t believe it, but this year my kids are actually old enough to carry around their own flashlights on Halloween. Yippee! Of course for some reason all our flashlights could double as tire irons so, yeah. Probably not the right weight and size for a five year-old. But Icon has one flashlight that’s just perfect for a kid in every way. ICON is known for making beautiful flashlights. Yes, beautiful. They sent me the lightweight aluminum LED LINK flashlight to check out and I’m floored. It’s just four inches long, light as anything (3.1 ounces to be exact),...

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Crafting tips for the not-so-crafty – An interview with designer Lotta Jansdotter

The joke around here is that a great many of us are devoid of the crafty gene, hence our obsession with the amazing creations by many of the folks we feature here at Cool Mom Picks. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have crafters envy, especially when it comes to doing stuff with our kiddos. So when we had the chance to interview designer and long-time fave Lotta Jansdotter we couldn’t help but ask her for some tips and tricks to help us not-so-crafty minded mamas get started. –Kristen So many moms have the desire to bring out their...

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This week on Cool Mom Tech

5 ways to watch movies at home, since we parents never get to the theater! (Hmph.) A simple web based to-do list organizer designed by a mom, graphic designer, and one of our favorite bloggers. Great video cams under $500. Or really, under $250. Because who needs to spend $500 on a video camera these days? A chance to win $100,000 for your school from Bing. Go!...

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The Clever Detective sneaks some math into gametime

As a homeschooling mom, my kids know that I’m often trying to sneak learning moments into our day. Unfortunately, they are now old enough to resist my attempts to shove some factoids down their throats; often they aren’t trying to be mean, it’s just their way of saying: Lighten Up Mom. But today we played a game that had us all giggling and smiling. Oh, and doing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  The game that got us to combine fun with math—something my nine year old would swear is impossible—is Young Learners’ The Clever Detective by Italian game company Clementoni. The object of the...

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The Hub brings back Fraggles, Lemon Meringue, and Kevin + Winnie

Just when you thought your kids could live on PBS and Nick Jr alone, along comes a whole new TV network designed just for kids. And uh, their TV-loving families. Or as I always say, if it weren’t for Elmo, I might never get to take a shower. Launching today is The Hub TV channel, a collaboration between Discovery Kids and Hasbro, so make no mistake, there will be merchandising-a-plenty. The programming will feature DK fare like their family-oriented game shows which I always like, along with (here’s the Hasbro part) animated flashback favorites like Strawberry Shortcake, My Little...

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