Month: December 2010

Cute non-skid pants give crawlers a leg up

Before we had babies, we decided that what our house needed was stained concrete floors. Slippery-as-heck concrete floors, as we found out after we had babies, are not exactly the easiest place for them to learn to crawl. We ended up investing in a lot of rugs. So I find the idea behind these non-skid play pants totally ingenious. The brainchildren of mom-to-three Amy Shoaff of Dot Dot Couture, these 100% cotton non-skid play pants are pants with traction. Adorable traction. Check out the designs on the knees: retro cars (the cutest one), giraffes, hearts, dragons. Each design is...

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One of the best baby gifts in the world just got more affordable.

My quest for all things cool for babies started when a friend told me about Trumpette socks. She said all the hip Mommies in her Brooklyn Mommy’s group had them. Images of moms dressed in effortlessly chic clothes with Converse sneakers came mind. Babies flashed brightly colored feet and smiles. I wasn’t too far off. And now, those very socks just got affordable and accessible to even those outside the Park Slope environs. Target now sells Trumpettetoo with the same cute style as the original Trumpette, but easier on the wallet. The collection includes socks, tights and shoes in...

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The coolest family movies for Christmas day.

In my family our Christmas day tradition always involved a nice big breakfast, lots of coffee, lots of gifts, and then afterward, we’d bundle up and brave the crowds at a midtown movie theater for one of the big releases. (Yes, crowds–clearly we’re not the only one with this tradition in Manhattan!) Since having kids who are only just now old enough to make it through a movie in a theater, our tradition has been put on temporary hiatus. So we thought we’d bring it back gently this year, by watching a favorite movie right in the cozy, crowd-free...

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Starbucks and Jonathan Adler fight AIDS with Frappuccinos

I was in Starbucks this week–okay, a few times this week. (What? It’s Peppermint Mocha, season.) And I was thinking about how much the people in my life like getting Starbucks gift cards over the holidays. Glancing at the display, I was so excited to see the swanky looking Jonathan Adler gift cards, it took me a minute to realize the awesome charitable component to them. The (STARBUCKS)RED Gift card not only looks good, it does good –it does good. Every time you use the card, 5 cents will be donated to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS...

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Last minute holiday card help from Cocodot that helps people in need too.

This year, I planned on getting my holiday cards out with plenty of time and all of a sudden it’s Christmas week. Good thing there’s a service that lets me send out cards–really, professionally designed holiday cards–digitally. Not only is it a lot cheaper, but it’s also a lot faster and I don’t have to buy stamps. I don’t even want to walk past the post office during the holidays. And best yet, it supports some of the best charities out there. Cocodot designs some attractive digital cards to begin with, and to make the idea even sweeter, they’ve...

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On the thirteenth day of Christmas: PEACE.

Partridges, French hens, the splattered eggs of a dozen overactive geese. Forget ’em. If you want to say “I love you” with birds, go for the artistic, lasting beauty of paper lovebirds, another gift that gives back. Whether you’d like a whole flock in mobile form or individual ornaments in sets of three, you’re sure to win anyone over with the pretty PEACE birds available at Hazel Wood Children that perpetuate the ideals of hope, opportunity, and freedom Not only are these PEACE birds  gorgeous, but each one is handmade of recycled materials by PEACE, a grassroots cooperative of...

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Design your own jewelry without an RISD degree

I have very clear, 1980s-tinged memories of heading to the mall with my then-babysitter and going to every store–literally–while she hunted down the perfect white tank top. I kid you not. It’s a wonder that I still love shopping. And an even bigger wonder that I often find myself doing the same thing–only with jewelry.  But I think I’ve found the antidote to “close, but it’s still not exactly what I was looking for” with some ultra-cool DIY jewelry. Sheyna specializes in design your own jewelry incorporating sterling silver, 14K gold vermeil, natural semi-precious stones, and charms, so you can make...

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Honey for the hostess

While Christmas is drawing ever so close, I know the hostess invitations and house visits will extend well into the new year. I can’t stop browsing hostess gifts, looking for something more interesting than candles or flower bouquets. I think these handmade wooden honey dippers are so architectural and gorgeous. Made by a Brooklyn artist out of sustainable raised American maple, I’d think that’s cool enough in itself. But when you look closely, and you see that the design is actually meant to look like a honeybee–well, that’s even more special. You can also splurge on the really amazing...

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6 great kindie music CDs for Christmas

I was fretting to my sister that I didn’t know what to get her kids, my sweet little niece and nephew, who seemingly have everything. Her response: Don’t you review kids’ music for Cool Mom Picks? Just get them some cool new tunes!   Funny how the most obvious choice can be right under your nose.   So for all of those who are wondering what the heck to get those kids who have almost everything–or you’re just looking for some cool stocking stuffers that don’t end up in a landfill by Christmas 2011–here is a handful of really...

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A world of Discovery that doesn’t require full contact shopping

If you’re sick of the frantic rush of live holiday shopping but still want to take up some real estate under the tree, you need to go check out the cool stuff at Discovery Kids, the exclusive toy section of The Discovery Channel Store. It’s filled with items meant to spark imagination and sneakily teach about the wonders of the natural world. Via Discovery Kids, a big hit around our house is Rainbow in my Room, a machine that–not surprisingly–creates rainbows that arc across the room. My daughter was starting to enter the “I’m scared of the dark” phase,...

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