Month: November 2010

Color me happy

Okay, what do you get when you cross a container junkie and an ex-Art Director? Someone who is madly in love these Pantone tin storage boxes, that’s what. In other words, me. These boxes are ample in size so they’re great for storing everything from art supplies (naturally), to the masterpieces that come home from school, or even a big batch of cookies for your kid’s art teacher. In fact, even if you left them empty (which would be a waste) you could collect several of them and display them to show everyone your artsy side. Get them in...

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

I now have a tree filed with beautiful one-of-a-kind ornaments from years of craft fairs and museum shops, and travels to cities everywhere. But if I can’t get around the world, I’m glad their ornaments can now get to me, via Etsy. This stunning porcelain snowflake ornament comes by way of Barcelona, thanks to the shop NiuTaller. If you want to make the international shipping worthwhile (although at $5 for the first item it’s very reasonable), don’t miss the other goodies at the shop made of porcelain. For your next holiday party, adorn your collar with this tasteful snowflake...

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Cool headband alert!

I’ve always had a thing for headbands. It probably dates back to the first grade when I fell in love with a ribbon and bead headband a cool older girl made for me. Now CMP (and mom) fave Giddy Giddy is taking me back to my grade school days with their ultra-adorable new collection of handmade corduroy headbands. Giddy Giddy, which is a riff on the Japanese-Hawaiian term for cowlick, is a goldmine for cute hair things. The crafty founder started the company with the goal of creating pretty clips, barrettes and hairbands to disguise her daughter’s unruly mess...

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It’s Small Business Saturday – Have you hugged your mom + pop today?

Well hello! And happy Small Business Saturday –quite possibly our new favorite shopping day. (It certainly sounds better than Black Friday, right? So dark! So ominous!) Today is an amazing opportunity to devote some of that holiday budget to the local merchants you know and love–online or off. For some of our own writers’ favorite mom and pops in their hoods, from Boston and New York to Albuquerque and Santa Cruz, check our own Small Business Saturday recommendations and you’ll even get some awesome holiday ideas. Or heck, search this site. 99% of what we do is support the...

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Cirque du Soleil – now performing in your living room between the tricycle and the house plant

My kids once had a gymnastics teacher who was training to be a Cirque du Soleil acrobat. He would take a ribbon that was hanging from the ceiling and spin himself up it as if gravity had no effect on him. It was freakishly amazing, a description I’ve heard about all Cirque du Soleil shows, though I’ve never had the chance to see one myself just yet. Now though, we can all get a chance to see their spectacular performances — on that sleek rectangular box you’ve got across from your couch. Beginning tonight and running through December, PBS will air...

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When the gift tag is as cool as the gift

A gift card can sometimes feel kind of impersonal, no matter how many zeroes are on it. (Not necessarily unwelcome, by the way–dear friends and family: bring on those zeroes!) That’s one reason we’re always looking for special cards and gift tags, which can help make any purchase seem that much more thoughtful. The handmade holiday gift tags from Twinkle Brands are so redonkulously awesome. They up the “aww” factor to any gift almost immediately. Each is handmade from the softest wool felt and topped with an adorable decoration such as a reindeer, gumball machine, cupcake, or initial. You can slip your gift card of...

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The Cool Mom Tech Holiday Gift Guide is here!

If we couldn’t solve all your holiday shopping conundrums with our Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide (gasp!), then we’ve got over 75 more fabulous gift options just for you in our brand spankin’ new Cool Mom Tech holiday gift guide! We’re here for you, mamas! We’ve got great gift suggestions for the big and little tech lovers and geeks in your life at every single price range. Even a slew of creative picks for under $15. And those folks who you might not think would dig a tech gift? We’re pretty sure we’ve got something for them too....

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Star power

‘Tis the season for lots of neighborhood parties and gatherings, and you know what that means–lots of hostess gifts. I have a closet dedicated to “cutesy gifts gone bad,” like dozens of fancy soaps. (I’m a pump dispenser girl.) Personally I think a hostess gift is to show appreciation for someone’s effort, so I like gifts that are thoughtful, unexpected and won’t break the bank. And we found a fab one. Check out these paper Origami Star Ornaments from rigmarole. The stars are 4” and come with wire eyelets so they’re ready for hanging. Don’t expect snowmen or reindeer...

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The long lost potholder loom of my misspent youth!

With all the awesome Black Friday sales online today, I’ve had the best morning avoiding the crowds at the stores. I’ve been cuddling up with my girls, watching the Mahna Mahna video for the zillionth time on you tube, and jumping online to grab a deal or two. When I got word that CMP fave Oliebollen was offering 25% off everything in stock today only, I clicked right over and oh man, am I glad I did. I was so excited to find the potholder loom of my own youth! I grabbed two right away. I can only hope...

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HABA’s little lambs, with their organic fleece as white as snow

When buying a gift for those sweet toddlers in my life, I tend to steer clear of “white” anything. Let’s face it, they aren’t the cleanest creatures on the planet. But HABA is one step ahead of me with their new line of snow-white lambs that don’t mind a little water to keep them clean. Which is especially important when you see where these lambs are going. {check out the giveaway after the jump!}   Among my favorites in HABA’s new Pure Nature Cotti line is the Soft Pulling Toy for toddlers. With its short, kid-safe leash, this little...

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