Month: October 2010

Babble’s 50 best design blogs for moms. Yay!

Well, what an honor to wake up to find Cool Mom Picks on Babble’s List of the 50 best design blogs for moms. We are in such amazing company we can hardly stand it. Click over for 49 other blogs we know you’ll adore too, including some of our own favorites. Thanks Babble and thanks Elina! –Liz, Kristen + Team Mom Picks Do you have a favorite design blog for moms? Or heck, dads, aunts, or design junkies with no kids at all?  (We don’t discriminate.) We’d love to hear it. We’re always looking for kindred spirits to recognize...

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A mobile that really moves

It’s no secret we are big fans of Houston designer Melissa Borrell, having selected her stainless steel jewelry as a 2009 Pick of the Year. But her product line extends far beyond amazing jewelry. I am thrilled to see that she has turned her talent to the baby nursery where her keen eye for shape, shadow and unique style transforms the baby mobile into a little floating work of art. [don’t miss the awesome giveaway after the jump!] Unlike most baby mobiles which come out of the box and are ready to hang, the 2d3d mobiles from Melissa Borrell Design let you...

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Mary Poppins, eat your heart out

I remember when I was a kid watching Mary Poppins, and I couldn’t figure out how she could fit so much stuff in her purse. And then, when I had my first baby, I got all wistful over the thought of a cute, bottomless carpet bag that would fit all the necessities I needed to keep my little snookums happy and dry. But I’m wistful no more, because I have tried the Wistful Weekender from the new Petunia Pickle Bottom Organics collection. And not to go too Chim-Chimney on you, but when you’re with this bag, you’re in good...

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Eat better, live healthier: ChopChop

I’m not going to bore you with facts and figures about childhood obesity in America, because we’ve all heard it before. What I will tell you is that there is little my kids enjoy more than receiving their own mail, and in particular, magazines addressed to them. The intersection of these two issues–on the one hand, a real problem when it comes to kids and food, and on the other, kids loving their own mags–is where the new quarterly magazine ChopChop comes into play. Research shows that one of the best ways to broaden kids’ palates and get them...

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The ultimate cute bookends

I don’t know about your kids’ book collection, but my son’s always looks like a cyclone tore through it. And as I’ve found out the hard way, toy trucks make pretty rotten bookends. Enter these insanely cute forest friends bookends from Graphic Spaces Wood. Each of the 10 creatures, including Orson the Owl, Finley the Fox, Mabel the Mushroom and Eugene the Sapling, is laser-cut from sturdy walnut. While they’re not super-cheap, each bookend is handmade with love in a family woodshop (very Pinocchio!), lined with protective cork and branded with a birthdate. I love that you can mix...

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To Halloween and beyond!

Oh Lordie do I wish I could be one of those moms who whips up their kid’s Halloween costume every year. But no, I end up going to some Party store and buying an overpriced polyester get-up. Whether or not you can sew I think this adorable hand made super hero cap from Soil is the perfect solution. Made from green cotton velveteen, lined with flannel and decorated with wool felt wings not only is the super hero cap (or really, sooper hero cap) adorable, but it’s warm enough for your little one to feel like a super hero...

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What, me worry?

I have all sorts of tricks for when I worry too much, because I do worry — too much and too often. Worrying happens to be a family trait. Unfortunately, that means I have a pint-sized worrier in my own house, and he can’t self-medicate with Mad Men repeats and lots of chocolate (because I ate it all first). This is where handy self-help books can come in, provided they are, in fact, helpful. And I happen to have found one. What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety  is an interactive book designed for kids somewhere between...

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Fighting fire with Halloween cards

When an enormous fire roared across San Bruno, California, on September 9, it destroyed homes and uprooted hundreds of people. Scary–unbelievably scary. But it couldn’t have been more terrifying for anyone than the children and families whose lives were suddenly changed forever.  So as Halloween slinks into view and we start planning parties and costumes for out little ghosts and ghouls (and–sigh–wannabe Lady Gagas), here’s a good way to help those in San Bruno who have had to face real-life scary stuff. Paper Culture, a Cool Mom Picks favorite, is donating 100 percent of proceeds from its amazing Halloween...

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I hereby pledge to get crafty and go shopping!

Every month, each of the CMP contributors pick our favorite pick of the month and write a quick blurb on it for our monthly newsletter. Out of dozens of amazing posts in September, four of us nearly had a cage match over who got to squeal about Cubebot, the handmade wooden robot from Japan. Clearly, we all have a thing for handmade toys here. In honor of American Craft Week this week, our friends at the Handmade Toy Alliance are rallying moms like you and me to take the Handmade Pledge and promise to buy at least one handmade...

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Escape from pink with Umi’s fall footwear for girls

One of the frequent questions we get from readers is about finding girl shoes that are sturdy, well-built, stylish and not pink. Not that there’s anything wrong with pink, of course. But there’s more to life–and girls’ footwear–than bubblegum and fuchsia. So I often turn to Umi Shoes, which does a consistently great job delivering plenty of girliness, even in a more neutral palate.The new fall collection is no exception. I’m happy to sing the praises of Umi Shoes knowing that a pair we got two years ago is still holding up well on daughter #2 today. This season...

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Mama’s got a new tattoo. On her plate.

I admit that I completely poo-poo’d the idea of registering for fancy pants dishes when I got married. I also used Chef Mic (aka the microwave) for most of my meals back then too. But after seeing the amazing place settings by Ink Dish, I’ve come to learn that it was the stuffy, traditional designs I wasn’t digging – not necessarily the idea of owning fancy dishes. Too bad I hadn’t discovered these awesome dish sets featuring the artwork from some of the most renown tattoo artists in the world. I’m just dying to get my hands on the...

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Steel yourself for stainless baby bottles

We’ve been toting our drinks around in stainless steel bottles and containers for years now. But what about the babies? Well, obviously when they’re drinking their milk straight from the source, they’ve got the best drink container out there. But if a baby needs a bottle, it seems that a lot of the choices still involve plastics. Not anymore. The new Kiki Bottles from Pura are made from stainless steel and they’re free from all those icky things we don’t want touching our kids’ drinks, like BPA, phthalates, lead and PVC. Even the fun and bright paints used on...

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Fabu finger puppets, now with extra Halloween awesomesauce

I want to give a hand to WeeKnit on Etsy: they’ve brought together the coolest collection of finger puppets I’ve ever seen. Where else can you find a vampire, a mummy, Frankenstein, a pirate, and a ninja in one place? And would that not be the best high five ever? I think it would. Especially with Vlad, Imhotep, Frankie, Smee, and Sneaky Lee splayed out over tiny, pudgy fingers playing peek-a-boo. Of course, if the classic Halloween finger puppet favorites don’t float your finger puppet boat, WeeKnit also offers a the original freaky line-up with a witch, pumpkin, spider,...

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Web coolness – blogging for breast cancer, healthy kids, and Halloween for babies

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Today marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you’ve got a blog, you can pledge to blog about Breast Cancer TODAY. See the inspiring details at Blogher. At Cool Mom Tech this week, we reveal some of the best apps for kids to encourage healthy eating. On Momformation, Kristen has the scoop on camera lenses for smart phone cameras. Awesomeness! It’s food allergy week on Babble and we’re loving this recipe for dairy-free, gluten-free waffles from Jennifer at Savor the...

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