Month: December 2010

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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