Month: November 2010

The maternity top that’s saving me from a thousand tiny breakdowns daily

I have discovered maternity top nirvana. Nirvana, I tell you. And I’m pretty sure I will not be taking this thing off until I have my baby. Finally, I’m spared the thousand daily tug-downs of a too-small top. Finally, the underside of my belly doesn’t have to get chilly when I’m out for an autumn walk. Finally, a top that actually fits in those last, gigantic –or maybe that’s just me?– weeks of pregnancy. My near-deliriously happy state is all thanks to a Bashful Bump maternity bodysuit. I know, I know. A bodysuit? How can that be comfortable? But...

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The best kids music of 2010, if we do say so ourselves

What’s your beat? asked someone recently when I told them I write for Cool Mom Picks. Confused momentarily by the lingo, I recovered and replied, kids music. And, what a great beat it is, especially in 2010, when the music put out by kids’ musicians was so amazingly eclectic and fun, tender and danceable. I somehow managed to narrow my favorite CDs of the year down to ten votes for the annual Fids and Kamily Music Poll. Nearly thirty industry movers and shakers—journalists, producers, bloggers and radio show hosts—participated, and our collective favorites made the official list of the Top 10 Kids CD’s...

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Eco-friendly kids’ clothes meet funky pop art

If you’re a mama (which you probably are) who dresses her children in clothes (which you probably do), and you read Cool Mom Picks (which you do!) you know there is a plethora of cute kids’ clothing from which to choose. There are days my preschooler dresses way better than I do. But there’s nothing I’ve seen quite like Kids Ink, which works with actual artists making clothes inspired by pop art and cultures from around the world. I love the David Bowie Sequin Shift Dress, which is sparkly and cutely rock-n-roll, but still kid-comfortable–it’s a soft, stretchy fabric,...

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Bringing Madeline to life at the Carlyle

I hardly know a mom who doesn’t have a soft spot for the Madeline books of her childhood. Me included. It just seemed so romantic to live in Paris and walk to school every day wearing a yellow hat that looked like a boat. Well save yourself the airfare to Europe–Madeline actually lives on in New York, through the gorgeous original murals of illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans in a small art deco bar in the Carlyle Hotel. For ages Bemelmans Bar has been a place you could visit with the kids, maybe grab an overpriced Shirley Temple from bartender Tommy...

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Gorgeous printables: some free, some just free for Cool Mom Picks readers

I made a huge withdrawal from the Crafty Mom Bank on Halloween, when I decided to make a Big Bird costume for my daughter by hand. Turns out even a mini bird requires a lot of faux feathers. So I’ve been ever-so-slightly grinchlike when mustering up creative thoughts for the oncoming holiday season. But there will be no mama-made invitations or banners to any family fete for the foreseeable future, because I found Anders Ruff. These gorgeous custom graphic printables are just waiting for you to customize them and print them from home. Now that’s a DIY project I...

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Chewbeads – Mom jewelry for your main accessory

I had not yet felt a great need for mom jewelry. For me, wearing my child’s name around my neck felt redundant because frankly, she is hanging around my neck.(After 15 months of breastfeeding and a total failure to ever accept a bottle, my husband has deemed her my “appendage.”) But here is some mom jewelry me (and my appendage) can really go for. Because it’s meant for babies too. Created by Lisa Greenwald, a former fashion-babe turned mom, Chewbeads is a line of non-toxic jewelry inspired by Lisa’s teething son. Sure, we’ve seen teething jewelry before- but this...

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Mod mobiles made just for you… I mean, your baby

We went crazy for the hand-sewn, graphic cut-paper mobiles by Frazier+Wing earlier this year, and it’s not hard to see why. Now Heather Frazier, the artist behind the art, has just upped the ante on the crazy-for-it-o-meter with a very cool new collaboration. Frazier+Wing has teamed up with Dwell Studio–the same design company behind the charmingly modern baby layette goodies at Target–to make awe-inspiring mobiles and garlands in Dwell’s own signature patterns: pretty birds, trains and cars, big round dots, and fluttery flowers. Strung on strong, clear thread and made with die-cut cardstock, the colorful mobiles hang from a...

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Ubisoft Just Dance 2 – they could call it Just Embarrass Yourself 2. And we’d still love it.

I have waited three months for the Ubisoft Just Dance 2 for Wii to come out. Three months! Because that’s how long it’s been since the Cool Mom Picks team monopolized the display model at the Blogher conference, challenged our friends at Mamapop to a dance-off, and embarrassed ourselves for all the internet to see. Think: YouTube evidence.* [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] Now you too can experience the joy that is Just Dance 2. And trust me, you will want to. This music and rhythm video game depicts dancers on screen–amazing ones–boogying down to tunes...

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The Maclaren Denim Quest stroller – James Dean would be proud

My favorite new jeans have wheels on them. I’m talking about the new Maclaren Denim Quest stroller. As part of their Objects of Design series, the denim stroller is meant to be the coolest thing on wheels at the playground, but it’s definitely not all style and no substance. Aside from its dashing good looks, there really are reasons for you stroller junkies to take a closer look. The durable denim fabric has stitching to make it look like a real pair of jeans, though the canopy’s weather resistant coating makes it more protective than one. And unlike some...

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Yes, I would like to look 6 years younger. Thank you.

True story. Every summer, my skin goes wonky and I end up looking like a pizza-faced tween. But this year, I nipped it in the bud with the added bonus of looking six years younger by my very unscientific calculations. All that, thanks to the winning combination of tomatoes and blueberries. On my face. A while back, I raved about how Yes to Baby Carrots can make your life as a mom easier. Now I want you to listen to me rave about how their new lines, Yes to Tomatoes and Yes to Blueberries, can make your life as...

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