Month: November 2010

Accessories make the world go round. (Says us.)

Now that I’m expecting baby number two, accessories are the only fashion items I will allow myself to indulge in. I mean, who knows what form my figure will take after I pop out this little dude? To that end, I will certainly be hitting up Style Tryst, a new online shop devoted to both up-and-coming and well-known accessories designers. [BLACK FRIDAY ALERT: Don’t miss an exclusive offer after the jump!] With price points ranging from $10 all the way up to $5,000, there’s literally something for everyone at Style Tryst. (Don’t you love that name?) I’ve been on...

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25 super cool Black Friday shopping deals from sites we love. Aka Stay in your pjs tomorrow, mamas!

I’d like to think I’m fairly adventurous, but get up before 2AM to join the crowds running out on Friday to get a flat screen? That’s one adventure I think I’ll miss. So instead, we’ve gathered the best deals, discounts, and free shipping offers that start this weekend, from some of our favorite shops. Your first stop of course should be the Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide, with discount codes towards toys from shops like Wild Dill,  Franklin Goose, Creative Toy Shop and Jade’s Toy Box (shown here), decor from O’Brien Schridde, jewelry from Lisa Leonard and Darlybird, and up to 20%...

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Happy Thanksgiving, cool parents of the world!

We must say, Thanksgiving is easily one of our favorite holidays. (Especially if we’re not the ones making the turkey, ha.) We hope that today you’re surrounded with lots of family, lots of joy, and lots of really fantastic pecan pie. Then, make sure to come back tomorrow where we’ll start tipping you off to all the good sales, all the great deals, all the cool gifts, and all the best of the holiday season. All our best from the whole Cool Mom Picks team. May your family be happy and healthy and may someone else do the dishes...

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Last minute Thanksgiving recipes? Don’t panic!

That growing anxiety I feel is because Thanksgiving is right around the corner, like a really long race I have to run and if I down, I’ll never catch up again. Luckily, there are some food-tastic sites and bloggers who are a great help to you in your final hours of prep (and borderline panic). For quick tips, last minute recipe ideas and even an impressive no-hassle dessert to bring to the inlaws, we’ve rounded up just a few of our faves around the web this week. Sometimes we need some serious Food 101 help. For how-tos, or tips...

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Giving the gift of reading. Really, really good reading.

It’s awfully daunting, standing in the hustle and bustle of a huge bookstore during the holidays and trying to find one book among millions for the bibliophile or budding reader in your life. Luckily, there’s a fabulous new service to help you choose  just the right book–not surprisingly, it’s called Just the Right Book. This amazing service is the brainchild of the fine folks at Connecticut’s award-winning R.J. Julia Bookstores. You select the age of your lucky recipient, then answer some basic questions, even if all you know is that your niece loves Twilight or your toddler nephew loves trains....

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Making a holiday table look like a holiday table

I know that starting tomorrow I will admire my family members’ beautifully adorned holiday tables and think I should really do more with mine. And then I will start virtually shopping online for gorgeous linens and flatware and other pretty things. And then maybe this year, I’ll actually hit purchase instead of just imagining it all magically coming together in my dining room somehow. The new tabletop items from Chilewich are right up my alley. The pressed dahlia placemats in gunmetal grey or gold can make a table sophisticated, not flashy, something tough with metallics.The lace openwork is so...

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These kids’ clothes will spice up my life too

So you’ve got a little girl who likes pink? Shockingly, I have one, as well. She loves purple, too, of course. And I admit freely that there are times I wish she’d wear any other color. But if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em –on your own terms, of course. Which is why I love the newest offerings from Masala Baby NYC. Pinks, purples, and then some. Truly, I’m going gaga over some of the gorgeous Indian-inspired offerings in their most recent collections. And what I love the most about the line is that it’s not your typical kids’...

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Books to bring the Festival of Lights to life

Every Hanukkah, in addition to the loooong lists of requested items (i.e. toys)  we always make sure to include several books as gifts. And guess what–long after my son is bored with the video game he received, he’s still reading and re-reading the books. For the younger set, I really like these Hanukkah activity books by Emily Sper, who we discovered last year for our 2009 holiday gift guide. But now her books have been republished by Scholastic, and they look even more lovely. Toddlers will love Hanukkah: A Counting Book, which is a simple board book, featuring brightly...

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Designing ornaments for kids. And charity. And Etsy. And because it’s awesome.

If you’re an artist, a wannabe artist, or even an artist-in-training, we sure hope you’ll enter our Color Your Own paper holiday ornament design contest that we’re putting on with the fine folks at Etsy. All it takes is your design for a festive, seasonal paper ornament that kids can cut, color, and hang on their tree. And tomorrow is the deadline! You can find all the details here. (And peek at some of the awesome entries already!) What’s in it for you? The winning designs will be sold in Etsy’s own shop to raise money for Housing Works,...

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Small Business Saturday: That’s our kind of Saturday!

This post and the first ever Small Business Saturday, November 27, is sponsored by American Express. You can “like” the Small Business Saturday Facebook Page to help generate a $1 donation to Girls Inc., and help spread the word about supporting the kinds of small businesses that Cool Mom Picks know and love. If there is any day that screams Cool Mom Picks, it’s one totally designed to support the small local businesses, boutiques, and hard working mom-and-pops in your neighborhood. Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the idea is to support the little guys (and gals!) near...

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