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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