Month: December 2010

Our favorite charities for that very last end-of-year tax deduction

As we come to the end of an amazing year at Cool Mom Picks, we all have so much to be thankful for–our families, our friends, the fact that we get to do what we love. And of course, the support of the coolest readers on the planet without whom we couldn’t do what we do here. When we’re feeling thankful, our hearts and minds turn towards those less fortunate than ourselves. So once again, we asked some of the team here to offer up their favorite charities, in case you’re looking to squeak in a final bit of...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest baby clothes, kids clothes and shoes

Each year it gets harder and harder to pick our favorite clothes and accessories for kids, as we get introduced to more and more cool brands. Here are our top picks that make us wish for more closet space! Handmade baby booties always make us yearn for babies to give them to, but the ones from Funky Shapes in the UK (at top) almost make me want another myself. –Liz I’m enthralled by the unique patterns from the Bohemian inspired Rikshaw Design. I just can’t wait until the warm weather gets here! -Kristen Yes I’m biased, but I really...

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We resolve to bring you more awesomeness in the New Year.

Here at Cool Mom Picks, we’ve got a whole lot of New Year’s Resolutions: 1. We resolve to offer a most excellent giveaway in our newsletter every single month. This month, we have two gift certificates to Polarn O. Pyret worth $125, only for subscribers of the Cool Mom Picks Monthly Newsletter if you’re signed up by Friday. (And there’s a Polarn O. Pyret discount code over at that link too, if you’re into beautiful European designs that will last forever.) 2. We resolve to present your inboxes with only the good stuff–our editors’ favorite picks, exclusive deals and...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest services, sanity savers, and helpful websites for parents

While some people think of us as shopping blog, we’re not only about shopping. We love tracking down the helpful websites and resources that make our lives easier. Yeah, okay, and things that make our shopping easier too. Consider me a new Shopafrolic-aholic. I adore this website which is like having designer Liz Lange and her equally chic sister, Jane Wagman, as your very own personal shopping consultants. –Liz I anxiously await the daily deals from Plum District, a handy new site aimed at moms like me that makes saving money super easy. So far the deals have been...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest new cookbooks, baby food, snacks, and mealtime helpers

One thing we moms all have in common is the need to feed our families. We always have our eye out for the coolest foods, the tastiest treats, and the most helpful websites and cookbooks to help us make it all easier. And maybe more fun? Here are a few of our faves of 2010. Cookbooks While I’m not the type to collect (or uh, use) cookbooks, Laurie David’s The Family Dinner is a fixture on my kitchen counter, with pages already dogeared. It’s just that great. -Kristen If you’ve got kids with allergies (or kids with friends with...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest baby gifts, blankets, strollers and gear

Whatever we cover here for bigger kids, our hearts still belong to those beautiful new babies, and their new moms who are just discovering the world of cool possibilities for them. While we have an awesome annual baby shower gift guide with more than 100 awesome picks, here are a few favorites of the year that might show up on our 2011 guide, coming out soon. Baby Gifts The new Jonathan Adler Junior collection (at top) means I’ve got a new go-to site for well-designed baby gifts for those mamas in my life who just won’t be satisfied with...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest art, decor, and kids furniture

Our art and decor categories are some of our richest, which always makes it hard to pare down our faves of 2010. Here, find just a few of our many, many favorites. Art I think everything about Custom Toy Portraits (at top) is just magical. There’s no better way to preserve your child’s favorite stuffed friend–or even you own. –Liz I’m so inspired by the bright, quirky art by Hsing Ping Pan. So fun for a baby nursery but still fitting as your baby turns toddler and kiddo too. -Kristen Decor I’m so happy that Obrien Schridde created a new line...

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This week on Cool Mom Tech – cute apps, cuter iPad cases, and a $500 gift card giveaway

Some of the fun stuff happening on our sister site, Cool Mom Tech this week This week is your final chance to enter to win one of 2 $500 gift cards to Best Buy. Good luck! We found a cute app to help your kids make snowmen indoors–great if you’ve got too much snow outdoors. Or none at all! What do you do with your old cell phones? Here’s one great idea. Gorgeous new cases for iPhones and iPads (should Santa have brought you some techy goodness for the holidays). Looking for a new tablet? How about this tablet...

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Children’s thank you notes with an extra personal touch

My children are fortunate to have extremely generous family members who love to spoil them with lots of Christmas gifts. And since my 6-year-old can now write well enough to ask them for specific presents, my feeling is she can do her own thank you notes this year too. I’ve tracked down two adorable card options for kids that are perfect for the job. The personalized kid silhouette stationery from Lotus and November are so unique, I really just love them. And they’re excellent not just for holiday thank yous, but for other occasions throughout the year. You just need to submit a...

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Great post-holiday sales from the boutiques we love

While we all know the department stores are slashing prices in their annual post-Christmas frenzy right now, some of our favorite small online shops are having amazing post-holiday sales too. The snow being what it is in my neck of the woods right now, I’m very content to cozy up with hot chocolate and do it all from home. In my sweats. Without showering. Oh yeah. Here are a 7 nice sales that I think are worth a look.  –Liz ModCloth is having a Cheers to New Year’s Eve Sale. Get a dress, new shoes, and accessories all at...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest technology and apps

With how integrated tech is becoming in our lives these days as parents, it’s getting harder to narrow down our favorite apps, software, hardware, and other 21st century picks. Here are a few of our favorites of the year, including some picks from our sister site, Cool Mom Tech. Tech Uh, the iPad? Helloooo… –Liz + Kristen Toshiba scored major parent points with their new Toshiba Kids PC. It’s comes preloaded with safety features and a kid-friendly browser, and the wipeable keyboard is truly magical. -Kristen Tech Accessories If smartphones are the brag book of the new century, the...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest books, music, and DVDs for kids

Enjoy these, our editors’ favorite books, music, and DVDs of the year to help keep our kids entertained and educated. And frankly, us too. Books for little kids Even after reading it oh, every night for a month, my youngest daughter still laughs at the ending Tuck Me In by Dean Hacohen (at top). And she’s a tough critic. –Liz ABC is for Circus gives a welcome twist to the gazillion other regular old ABC books. D is for Daredevil? Awesome. –Kristen Books for big kids Phillipe Lechermeir’s The Secret Lives of Princesses offers sophisticated, witty bios of alternative...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest toys, dolls, games and baby toys

We have the best time every year seeking out amazing toys and games for babies and kids that we can recommend completely. Our favorites are generally made with love and care by small companies or independent designers. Although we do love those video games too! Big Kid Toys With a son who’s obsessed with Transformers, the Cubebot Wooden Robot toy (at top) is a welcome diversion from the plastic ones that require a PhD to work. Honorable mention to the new eco-friendly Tegu Blocks with genius magnets hidden inside, that have taken the toy world by storm. –Kristen I am...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest jewelry and handbags

This year, once again, we’re thrilled to announce some of our favorite picks of the year which we’ll share all week long. Yes, it’s like picking amongst our children, because we really really love everything we feature here. Enjoy our editors’ favorite jewelry and handbags that were covered in 2010. Jewelry I adore the sexy bracelets from Paula Lapkin of Yara Jewelry (at top)–so much so, we gave one to each of our editors for the holidays. Let’s just say they weren’t disappointed. -Liz There’s just something about the simple, stunning designs by Laurel Denise that have me mesmerized. I’ll...

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Happy happy and merry merry.

From the bottom of our hearts, we wish all you cool moms, cool dads, cool aunties + grandmothers, and all of your beautiful families, a very merry Christmas. –Kristen, Liz, and everyone at Cool Mom Picks. [poster via salt & paper shop. download yours...

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Some new free holiday tunes for download with some Jimmies on top

While I’m finishing up my wrapping/baking/eggnogging extravaganza I’m going to enjoy some great new holiday tunes. If you’re tired of the same old same old, you can too.  As a little holiday gift to you, two downloadable EP’s have been released in the nick of time (pun intended) from one of our favorite retailers, and from one of our favorite kindie bands. Best of all? They are both totally free and totally awesome. {We have a cool giveaway for all you vinyl lovers after the jump} Target’s brand new Christmas Gig 2010 downloadable album is a super-cool blend of...

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Welcome CBS Early Show viewers!

We’re so glad you caught our Editor-in-Chief Liz Gumbinner this morning on the CBS Early Show highlighting some of our favorite picks for making road trips safe and sane. Who couldn’t use a little extra sanity over the holidays, especially when you’re cooped up in a car with kids! Here’s a list of all the great items that were featured on the show: Making the kids comfortableEvenflo Momentum car seat, Diggity Kids Keester booster seat cushion (pictured)Feeding them snacksElla’s Kitchen Baby Food , Dwink juice box holder, No Squeeze juice box holderStaying organizedWisey car bag Keeping them entertained Squiggle On-The-Go,...

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Splendid Littles comes to Target. Splendid, indeed!

This might be the most exciting thing for my son’s wardrobe since Stella McCartney’s first collection for BabyGap: Splendid Littles, the brand known for comfy chic clothes for babies and toddlers is hopping on the Target train and I couldn’t be happier. The adorable becomes the affordable on December 26th, when the first Splendid Littles limited edition collection arrives in Target stores and on Target.com. I, for one, will have my plastic at the ready to get in on the sporty striped hoodies, slouchy cargo pants and layered polo shirts in cool shades like heather gray, tomato red and...

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Hot deals on cool holiday shows in the Big Apple

Maybe you’re visiting relatives in New York and need an excuse to get out of the teeny tiny apartment. Or maybe you already live there and need to spice up your family holidays. Either way, we’ve got the scoop on some hot deals that just came in on the NYC shows you and your kids might want to see. Wintuk by Cirque du Soleil, now in its final season:  Save 50% off on tickets with coupon code 50VN, expiring 12/31. Buy tickets here. The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall: Get two tickets for the Christmas Spectacular here for...

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Holiday printables for the last minute-gift wrapping frenzy

I cannot be the only one who sequesters myself in the bedroom oh, say around midnight on December 24, frantically trying to wrap, ribbon, and generally beautify Santa’s hard work. If you’re still looking for a few finishing touches for your holiday gifts, we’ve got the scoop with a whole bunch of holiday printables. Click over to Kristen’s post on Babycenter’s Momformation today and you’ll find five awesome options! My favorite just might be the cool printable gift tag round-up. Did I mention they’re all free? Happy Christmas Wrapping. And yes, now you have The Waitresses stuck in your...

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