Month: December 2010

The last minute gift that beats a Chia pet and helps empower women

It’s a horrible feeling– standing in line at the drugstore with a dented Homer Simpson Chia pet and a Snuggie on Christmas Eve, knowing that Great Aunt Evelyn is going to know you totally spaced on her gift. Luckily, there’s another option that doesn’t involve long lines or dashing through the snow. You can do it all online, you don’t have to wait for shipping, and as an added bonus it’s a gift that gives back. Plus it involves two of our favorite things: jewelry and empowering women. The Relief Bead program by Relief International helps empower impoverished women...

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Lovely print-at-home gifts to save you from the 11th hour mall run

Doing all of my shopping online sounds like such a brilliant way to avoid a lot of the stress of the holidays, except for now, when my choices are to email a gift card, which doesn’t seem very personal, or pay gigantic overnight shipping charges. I had just about resigned myself to having to hit the mall, when I found the neatest little online shop that has some great gift ideas–all of them printable. Everything at New Hampshire’s Salt & Paper from the Robot Art Print (below) to the personalized stationery, is made to be printed from the comfort of...

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A mellow baby is the very best kind

My older three kids gave me a heck of a time when it came to taking a bottle, so with number four, I’m determined to find one that she not only takes, but doesn’t add to the challenge with extra gas. And I may have just found the answer with the new Mellow bottles from Green to Grow. [don’t miss a nice discount after the jump] Now I’m not exactly a bottle expert, with my little breastfed baby bottle snobs and all, but I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with these – and it’s not just because...

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High-tech meets fabulously crafty

It’s very possible that some of you may score some new technology for the holidays. And of course we know that it’s the gift that keeps on taking–that dandy new iPhone 4 will require a spare power cord, decent ear buds, some fun apps, and of course, a swanky case. Ooh, have we got one for you. I think these needlepoint iPhone cases are the perfect way to hold onto the arty side of myself, even as I wholeheartedly embrace the technology glued to my left ear. The designs are beyond adorable–especially that Union Jack. (You know how we...

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The giving that keeps on giving

We’ve had the best time this month just giving away $500 Best Buy gift cards at Cool Mom Tech to our deserving and ever-awesome readers. But our mad benevolent giving frenzy is not over yet — click over to our Best Buy Wish List post about eReaders and tablets, and you can enter to win two more of those sweet sweet cards if you enter by tonight. And after that? Click over to today’s post about our must-have mobile accessories and enter to win two more $500 gift cards. (And after that, there will be two more. And after...

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The Maclaren 2011 preview – Stroller junkies, take note!

When Maclaren invited me to their NYC showroom to get a sneak peek at what’s in store for 2011, this was one preview I was not going to miss. From fun and flashy stroller shades to cool new buggy blankets, Maclaren has loads of goodies I’m super-excited about. And if you’re in the market for some new gear or an upgrade, it’s great to know what’s coming around the corner so you can decide whether to hold off a few months on that big purchase. Here’s the lowdown on my faves: [after the jump, catch the latest from Maclaren...

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Finally, a cool backpack diaper bag

I have nothing against backpack diaper bags. In fact, with four kids in tow, I completely understand their usefulness. I just haven’t yet found one that fits my style. And while I can’t say I’ll be trading in my beloved leather bag anytime soon, I’m definitely digging the new 2 in 1 backpack diaper bag from CMP fave Timi & Leslie. If you are an avid backpack diaper bag fan, then you’ll probably love this bag. And if you haven’t yet jumped on board yet, you’ll find it pretty intriguing. The Timi & Leslie 2 in 1 convertible backpack...

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Three good reasons to wash your hands.

Forget germs or flu bugs or anything like that. The way I see it, there are three new reasons to wash your hands right now: The three new holiday scents from Method. I can’t remember the last time I bought a hand soap that didn’t smell marvelous. These days, even frugal girls don’t have to settle for anything less! But my all-time favorites are the holiday scents. The relaxed comfort of peppermint vanilla, the spicy warmth of cinnamon bark, and the tart, juicy bite of hollyberry are the perfect complements to Method’s usual eco-conscious and skin-friendly formula. You can’t...

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The handbags that make me go all slack-jawed and tingly inside

You know that feeling when you’re browsing the racks of a favorite boutique and your eyes lock on something, and suddenly you feel yourself getting all sweaty and anxious and your heart is racing and your eyes widen and you just know you’re going to have to go to prom together? I mean…the cash register together? That’s how I felt the first time I laid eyes on one of the stunning handbags from Hayden-Harnett. It was exactly what I had been looking for for a year. Exactly. Well now you might feel the same way, only spending a whole...

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Okay, kid. Here’s that kitten you wanted.

I’m pretty sure my Christmas list one year included a puppy, a kitten, a bunny, and The Black Stallion. I was deeply disappointed not to find any boxes with air holes under the tree, but you can get at least 3 out of 4 with these adorable stocking stuffers/post-Christmas consolation prizes. Added bonus: clean kids. That’s a great gift. The Surprise Animal Soaps by Sunbasilgarden on Etsy are all-natural, handmade, and cute as a button. With scents including banana, strawberry, bubble gum, cotton candy, and creamsicle, part of the fun will be watching the kids hover over the sink,...

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