Month: November 2010

Fingerless gloves find new fans in the smartphone age

Yes, I pretty much love everything from Shokay. Their gorgeous, hand-knit, fair trade items have made it into our baby shower gift guide, our 2010 holiday gift guide–and now, even our Cool Mom Tech gift guide. No, they’re not making high-tech electric blankets now; just some awesome fingerless gloves that can solve a lot of problems for a lot of touch-screen phone users. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] Shokay really outdoes themselves again with these luscious, thick Oliver Twist fingerless gloves. They’re incredibly soft, as you might expect from 100% yak down. Oh wait — don’t...

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Home sweet doll home

I have this fantasy every Christmas of convincing my extended family to go together on one big gift for my children. You know, instead of everyone doing their own thing and my kids ending up with a playroom full of blinky-light, noise-making, play-with-once-then-ignore toys. (And trust me, I know that karma will kick me in the butt when I’m a grandmother and wanting to choose my own gifts for my precious littles. Oh, I know.) But do you want to know what I’m working on for this year? Only the most glorious wooden dollhouse in the entire world. It’s...

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Holiday photo cards with flair? Reader Q&A

Can you suggest some more holiday photo card sites? I’m a little bored with the same ole, same ole every year. Or, what about a site for creating your own cards with flair? -Ginger I am fairly certain that Holiday Rule #1 states that you must send out photo cards once you have children. A lot of people must agree since I get a loads of holiday photo cards each year. But after getting, and sending, the same basic photo card year after year, I too yearn to see something a little more design-y and inspired, like these options we’ve...

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A kinder, gentler lip balm

Angry winter weather is coming – yes, even on the left coast, where a cold, dry wind comes off the ocean and ages my skin (and forces me to eat leftover pumpkin pies for breakfast. A la mode). This winter, though, I am more prepared – I have Chapstuff. This yummy-scented, non-greasy mega lip balm is made with shea butter, orange oil and vitamin E, and appears concocted to smooth even the angriest chapped lips/wind-burned cheeks and dry heels. It comes in a stick big enough to glide on my hoofy-heels, but is still small enough to tuck into my...

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Know what we’re thankful for? Our subscribers.

Yes, we’re thankful for turkey, and pie, and those little buttery rolls, too. But mostly you. That’s why we mamas work so hard to bring you the coolest finds, the best deals, and the most marvelous giveaways. If that sounds pretty good, we hope you’ll become a CMP subscriber. Besides the exclusive discounts and cool features you don’t find on site, you always have a chance to win a subscribers-only giveaway. This month brings a double whammy of excitement: A chance to win goodies from CMP faves Crystalyn Kae handbags and Olive and Myrtle toys, worth over $300. You...

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The 10 coolest finger puppets, one for every finger

I’m such a huge fan of finger puppets for kids, which inspire all kinds of creativity and good thinking. I’m thinking about tracking down a finger puppet theater this holiday, so we can have a more formal stage for all that tiny entertainment. If you don’t have access to the guy on the street in SoHo who sells adorable knit ones cheap from Peru, here are some of the incredible finger puppets I’ve come across online. Some of them even for kids!  –Liz An arty and eco-friendly option that I just discovered: the fabulous Finger Dolls by Loopy Dolls...

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Cyber Monday Deal Alert – Handmade gifts at 40% off

As much as I’d love to make my own holiday gifts, I’ve come to the realization that with four kids I just don’t have the time. And quite frankly, even with all the time in the world, I’d never be able to make anything quite as amazing as the gorgeously upcycled goodies from Seven Smooches. [Don’t miss the amazing Cyber Monday offer after the jump!] Even with seven kids between them, creative moms Jennifer and Stacy use their sewing machine, recycled sweaters, and their wonderful imagination to create unique, whimsical kids clothes, accessories, and gifts unlike anything I’ve seen...

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Coming to your mailbox: Joy, Peace, and Cheer.

I cringed on that day back in October when holiday cards replaced an aisle of Halloween costumes. It’s not that I dislike the holiday season or have a soft spot for grown men dressed as plates of spaghetti. It’s just that the cards were all somber and religious, and, well… not my style. But even a bah-humbuggle like me can get on board for non-denominational photo cards that use positive words and my own beautiful photographs to spread happiness. We’ve long been big fans of Paper Culture, thanks to their hip designs, lovely cardstock, and chic rounded corners. But...

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Custom Christmas stockings that have no match

When my kids were young, I found a trio of very cute stockings in a small local store that I thought were totally unique and special for our family. And then my mother saw them and said, Oooo, I saw those at the card store!  So much for originality. Want something hanging from you chimney with care that you can be sure is unique to your own family? Then check out these custom stockings which go way beyond monograms, and be assured that the only way you’ll see two alike is if you have identical twins. What makes the aptly...

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Calling all you mama inventors

Are you one of those people who is always coming up with good ideas for products? In our support for you mama entrepreneurs and all the genius we seem from you in our inboxes every day, we thought we’d tip you off to a chance to audition for season for the PBS show, Everyday Edisons. They’re looking for people with ideas for kids toys, kids gear, and products for the home, kitchen and bath.  Got any? Go to Edison Nation and submit your idea and maybe you’ll be one of the ten inventors chosen for the show–meaning you’ll actually...

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