Month: November 2010

Hot trend alert – say it with Braille

The older I get and the more kids I add, the more I find myself in need of inspiring, visible reminders – to believe, love, and yes, laugh, to get me through my busy, often challenging days. But I’m hard pressed to wear a piece of jewelry that conveys those words so literally. (Let’s face it, a necklace that reads Believe! Love! Laugh! might be a little cheesy.) However, the new trend of braille jewelry is the perfect marriage of inspiration and subtlety for message jewelry. I recently ordered a piece from the Franklin collection at Jess LC, a...

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Cute fall jumpers? Well, Lottie Da.

Do you ever fall in love with an picture on Etsy before you even know what the item is? Beautiful styling and luscious photo-editing once lured me to click on a $75 photograph of a bagel. That’s right– a picture of a bagel. This time, with Lottie Da Baby? Totally in love with the photo as well as the reality. [don’t miss a super great giveaway after the jump!] The Autumn Fox Jumper by Lottie Da brings together the best parts of fall– the orange of the trees, the blue of the crisp skies, and the little girl running...

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Gingerbread? That’s for sissies. Try Ninjabread.

I couldn’t help it. I had to eat the cookies. I don’t know how many times I’ve said that. But with these new Ninjabread Man cookie cutters, it’ll finally be true. You don’t want to make the ninjas mad, do you? Those guys come out of nowhere! If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the guy who’s always linking articles from The Onion on his Facebook page, or for the hostess who never takes herself too seriously, this is it. Forget boring old gingerbread men, with their floppy white icing smiles and gumdrop buttons. Ninjabread men won’t just...

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A paper Holiday Ornament design contest presented by Cool Mom Picks + Etsy

As you all know, we love Etsy. Big huge puffy heart love. And we just had such an amazing time collaborating with them on our Color-Your-Own Valentine’s Day Card contest that raised over $2000 for charity that we decided get together again in time for the holidays. And so, we’re pleased to announce our Color Your Own paper holiday ornament design contest. We’re looking for festive, seasonal paper ornaments that kids can cut, color, and hand out to their school mates, hang on their tree, or giveaway to friends and family. We’ll pick eight winning ornaments from all the...

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The make-your-own chocolate bar I made especially for you. And you. And you.

I spend a lot of time thinking about what gifts to buy each person on my Christmas list. Some gifts may say, I know you love nice things, or You have a great sense of humor, and even Maybe next year you’ll do a wish list so you don’t get another one of these.  But I’ve now found the perfect one-size-fits-all gift with just enough personalization to make it special to each one receiving it. In fact I think this gift says, I like you enough to buy you chocolate. Is there anything better? This isn’t any old chocolate: Chocri’s...

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Kids placemats are almost too cute to cover with food

We’ve been eating out waaaay too much lately because of a kitchen renovation, and though my kids have finally grown sick of chicken fingers, they are also sick of those restaurant-supplied paper activity mats that hold their attention for about five minutes while we wait for our food.  Rather than another word search for the words “Fries” and “Soda,” I’ve found some awesome placemats to keep them coloring patiently and making something they may actually want to bring home after the meal is done. {don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!} The recycled paper Letterpress Kids Placemats from the...

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Wrap it up to go

I love the hustle of the holiday season: cooking, shopping and giving are three of my favorite things. What I really don’t like is finding the right wrapping paper for my latest treasures – and it can get ugly when I have multiple smaller gifts, for teachers and neighbors. We’re talking last-minute wrapping in the form of torn tissue paper held together with stickers, which doesn’t look so hot, especially if those gifts are–shall we say–somewhat modest. Sometimes a gal really needs something to help with the upsell.  Check out the personalized items from momma Bridgett Edwards at Perideau...

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A turkey to make everyone wish they were seated at the kids’ table

As my milk-allergic daughter will tell you, the Thanksgiving table can hold one big heaping of “no” for kids with food allergies. No, you can’t have that. Or that. Or that. And nowhere is this more apparent than when desserts are brought out. So while we always have enough for her to eat at the table, this year, we’ll also have a special treat on hand that is a definite “yes” for kids with food allergies. Leave it to Divvies, a CMP favorite for many years, to do something special for Thanksgiving with their new limited-edition Chocolate Turkey. Like...

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Photo cards and gifts for the design snobs

Is there a single mom who isn’t stressed out by holiday cards? Like I don’t already have enough to do, let alone trying to find one picture where everyone in the family looks halfway decent and then praying that the photo cards we order will be halfway decent. Well, this year, we have the chance to order our holiday cards from a brand new site that may very well make the most beautiful holiday cards in everyone’s mailbox. I was lucky enough to sample the offerings from Pinhole Press, and love my holiday cards so much, I am counting...

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Custom ornaments that are about as cool as it gets

My daughter has signed on to the idea of Christmas early. Not “early” like prodigy-early; I mean early like she discovered a teensy faux Christmas tree in our garage this summer and has been diligently decorating it for the past three months with last year’s kid-safe ornaments, pieces of colored paper, and–my favorite–her baby brother’s socks. So I am kid-on-Christmas-Eve excited about this awesome new find that gives new meaning to the term “family tree.” The handmade custom ornaments at Sklep are so fabulous, we’ve got them in our holiday gift guide this year. (You have been there, right?)...

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