Month: October 2010

Design your own tutu. Without, you know, designing your own tutu.

Tutus are everywhere these days (I even saw some at Costco) and little girls are wearing them everywhere and anywhere. And why not? They’re little girls. Nobody’s going to look at them funny. Or so we hope. Here’s a fun spin on the already fun tutu: One that comes on a built-in shirt that you can design all by yourself. Have you ever stared at rows of lovely ribbon at a craft store and wondered what you could make with so much prettiness? I’m not crafty, so I have stood there pondering all those stripes, dots and checks and,...

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An “amuse bouche” of tunes from Lucky Diaz

After watching a few seasons of Top Chef, I now know what an amuse bouche is: a bite-size appetizer that is supposed to give you an idea of the chef’s approach–and hopefully make you hungry for more. And though Lucky Diaz’s 15 minute debut EP is more than a single “bite” of songs, this short collection of excellent music has us all eager for what he’ll put together next. Lucky Diaz’s downloadable EP, Luckiest Adventure, kicks offf with a retro bass line in the danceable Blue Bear, a song about a big ol’ bear who is soooooo hunnnngry. The bear’s empty-belly pleas weave...

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Three “boos” for an eco-friendly Halloween

It seems as though the more kids I have, the more inclined I feel to get into the spirit of each upcoming holiday. But aside from a bunch of freshly picked pumpkins on our porch I’m still hard-pressed to spend money on a bunch of disposable Halloween decorations. But reusable ones? Now you’re talking. The adorable Halloween banner found at Green Planet Parties is right up my alley. These handmade “Boo” or “Trick or Treat” banners are perfectly festive, with the glow in the dark fabric (so cool!) and bright orange felt lettering that works for a playroom, fireplace, even a...

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Web coolness – Pumpkin decorating, mobile making, Barbie zombifying

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. No-carve pumpkin decorating ideas from Amy Atlas. Sign us up! On momformation, Kristen shares an awesome coloring book that doubles as a babysitter. Download this adorable free template to make your own owl mobile, perfect for fall. In time for Halloween – a Barbie Zombie garden! (Only a little bit passive aggressive). Via Karianna. Homemade lunch flash cards at Parenthacks help your kid make better lunch choices, especially during candy month. At Rookie Moms, 4 useful baby feeding tools we love. How...

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What can you get for $15? Oh, just something awesome.

If you love deals and surprises, then you have to fly on over to CMP favorite Darlybird and snatch up one of their very limited and very discounted Bags O’ Goodies. Yes, a Bag O’ Goodies. Here’s how it works: Pay $15 for your Bag O’ Goodies, and the web shop’s own curator, Rachel, uses her exquisite taste to hand-pick at least $45 worth of accessories, stationery, vintage tags, and other adorable extras just for you. That’s a 66% discount, mamas. [don’t miss a special CMP discount after the jump!] Some of the goods are limited editions, some have...

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Natural nail polish for kids – if you have to do nail polish at all.

Let me start by revealing a major bias I have against nail polish on little girls. I’m of the mind that sheesh, can’t we save something until they’re 13. Or at least 6? I know I sound like a fuddy-duddy when I say am always surprised when I’m seated across from a preschooler at our local salon. But judgy issues aside (I admit it!), boy do my girls love the idea of playing with nail polish. Love. As do some of the boys they’re friends with — or at least the ones with cool parents. So I finally gave...

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The 6 most fabulous purchases for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Shopping is not really our first line of defense against breast cancer. But even so, we’re proud to support some of the companies, big and small, that are offering special items to help raise funds for research and patient support during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’ve worked hard to only pick out the items that are so great, they really do justice to this noble cause. Every day I pass a photo of my sister-in-law’s smiling face and am reminded of how breast cancer tried to take that smile from all of us who love her so much. So, mamas, remember: Do those...

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Oh how fast they grow

I’m always looking for cool alternatives to our current growth chart – pencil markings on our kitchen doorway. Classy, huh?  I suppose anything would be a step up. But the amazingly cute personalized ones we just found are a huge, welcome leap.   Truth be told, we’ve long admired the work of the folks at Olliegraphic, and now they’ve opened their brand spankin’ new shop, complete with some of our past faves, and new ones – like these canvas personalized growth charts. Pick everything from hairstyle, skin tone, even eye shape and facial expression, and they’ll whip up a special,...

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Versatile doesn’t even begin to describe this diaper bag

Some days, I tend to be a bit of an over-packer. What if the kids get really thirsty and they finish their water bottles? Better pack an extra. What if they have a run-in with a mud puddle? Better pack clean outfits for each of them. What if they get hungry while we walk two blocks to the park? Better pack three meals’ worth of food. You can imagine, then, the size of my diaper bags. (And I don’t even have a kid in diapers right now!) At the other extreme, though, my over-packing tendencies sometimes cause me to...

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Fall on your wrist

Don’t actually fall on your wrist– It’s not a command. More like a suggestion of the funky, accessorizing kind. I bought the Underwater Cuff on Etsy, and I love it so much that I just had to share it with you. Not mine, though. You’d have to pry it from my cold, dead wrist. The Underwater Cuff from Spectacle a La Maison (SALM) is made entirely of upcycled leather and vintage findings by an artsy mom in Amsterdam. The inside is lined with wool felt and is just as comfy on a 97 degree day as on a 67...

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You make your bed

I’ve had new bedding on the brain lately. Maybe it’s the change of seasons, maybe it’s the fact that we no longer have babies who are going to be spewing liquids all over our bed. (Or so we hope.) But after looking at the department store damasks and same-old stripes, I started to wonder if I’d ever find what I had in mind. Something modern but cozy. Pretty but appealing to the sigOth too. Then I found it. Oh yes. The new bedding collection from Virginia Johnson is just exquisite. The cotton quilts and pillow cases are block-printed by...

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mOmma cups wobble but they don’t fall down

You know how you can tell when your kid is using a really cool sippy cup? When you hear they sell them in the MOMA design store. Oh, and when they’re imported from Italy, of course. The new mOmma line of baby feeding products fits the bill on both counts. But it’s not just cool. It’s also quite practical – in a nifty, roly-poly kind of way. These feeding products for infants and toddlers from mOmma incorporate a round design that makes mealtimes easier on moms and more fun for babies. Cups, forks and spoons are designed to rock...

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Hat season is upon us.

One night this week, a cold breeze wafted through the window, really for the first time, and I was struck with the horror that it’s October now. And soon I would have to get the kids off to school with more than the backpacks on their backs. I’m already steeling myself for the frantic “where’s my other glove, mom?” search each morning. But then I was also struck with the recollection of the lovely handmade hats I discovered a while back at the Bubble Show. And suddenly I was kind of excited for those cute snapshots of my kids...

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When you wish upon a star

Just when I thought my daughter had sort of outgrown the wand phase, a few days ago I watched her snatch up a tulle covered one and attempt to pawn off a pointer to her younger friend. You can be the “teacher fairy”, she said. Not bad, huh? But with that in mind, I might just have to grab one of these beautiful handcrafted wands by mom Emily Bilbrey from Uff Da! Designs. It’s just so hard not to imagine the endless creative possibilities that the bright felt and ribbon combination invokes. I love the handmade flower and star...

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“Cool stroller liner!” “I know.”

Last summer, my three-year-old’s black car seat was always too hot and she told me so in no uncertain terms (“Hot! Too hot!”).  Fast forward to next summer and I will be using a Cool Mee seat liner by Meeno Babies. The Meeno Babies car seat, stroller, or infant seat liner is one of those gear essentials that, one you’ve tried it, you are dying to tell every mom you know about.  Basically the absorbent layers of poly-mesh allow air to flow between the liner and the seat, while soft fabric wicks away moisture from your baby. It’s easy...

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Need a gift quick? Boombini Toys is just the right size.

I can’t even walk into a sprawling, mega-selection toy store without breaking into a sweat. Oh sure, they may carry some of the brands I love, or even have an organic stuffed toy tucked into a corner, but I have to weed through so many things, I’m reminded of the old saying, You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince. I don’t want to kiss any frogs. And with this cool new online toy store, I won’t have to. [don’t miss a great giveaway and special offer after the jump!] Started by a (presumably) very busy mother...

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Frighteningly artful Halloween invitations

I’ve been thinking about having a small Halloween party for my three-year-old and her friends. Nothing elaborate. No baking required. And I’ll send out the invitations on-line because who has the time to dig up everyone’s actual address?  Fortunately pingg, one of Cool Mom Pick’s favorite free on-line card store, has a new collection of Halloween invites and cards by actual artists, and they’re so cute, it’s scary. (Ha.) Browsing the selection of Halloween e-Cards and invites at pingg will definitely put you in the Halloween mood. I love the Dapper Skeleton design by Etsy artist Katie Crawford, and...

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See Kai Run, be still my heart!

Deep breaths. I am in a tizzy over the new Kat shoes from See Kai Run’s Smaller collection. I can see it now: My little girl’s cute, chubby legs in white tights and these classic, navy Mary Jane shoes with a twist. I love the heart shape on the Kat Mary Janes carrying over from one shoe to the next. It reminds me a little of a heart shaped charm I wore when I was a pre-teen with be fri and my BFF wore the other half with st ends but I digress. Kat’s big sister, Gwen (right) is...

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A minimalist Halloween

While my oldest would just as soon cover herself in a head to toe costume for Halloween, my other little one would is more in the “naked baby” camp. Amazing how kids are so different. So if you’ve got a kiddo who’s not so into the whole dressing up thing, or just need an idea that doesn’t take a lot of fuss, you might consider these handknit mask and tail sets from Oeuf. With just a little something over the nose, and a tail around the waist, these beautiful animal costumes from the luxury knit baby label are a...

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Everything is better with a gorilla

Having small children underfoot can make even the simplest task complicated and/or maddening. But did you ever think that having a gorilla around could help bring much-needed balance and tranquility to your life? Okay. Fair enough. Me neither– until now. Everything Is Better With a Gorilla is a fun book that explores just a few of the millions of activities that can be improved by the addition of a gorilla. From spelunking to grilling to conducting a surveillance operation, gorillas bring strength, patience, and ninja-like sandwich making skills to any endeavor. Wait. You think I’m kidding, don’t you? Nope....

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