Month: December 2010

Deck the YOU.

Hanging boughs of holly and popcorn is fine for the mantel, but you wouldn’t want to wear them yourself. I mean, think of all the cleavage sap full of popcorn crumbs. If you’re looking to decorate yourself for the holidays while staying comfortable and chic, you won’t want to miss this free tutorial on how to make adorable, wearable garlands out of felt. Bonus: it’s easy! The Purl Bee Blog, which represents the popular yarn and fabric shop Purl Soho, always has loads of adorable projects to knit, embroider, and sew. But we really love the cheery Twisted Felt...

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LBDs for little ladies

As all grown up women know, the LBD (little black dress) is the secret weapon in every wardrobe. We can pull it out whenever we need something a little nicer than a pair of jeans and we can dress it up or down depending on the occasion. And now, so can our children. After discovering the website Little Little Black Dress Shop, it turns out it’s never too early to invest in an LBD. It’s stocked with mini black frocks from our fave children’s designers, including Ses Petites Mains, Velvet & Tweed (their tier dress shown here) and Maria...

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Have awesome passport holder, will travel

This Christmas, I’m dreaming of… white sand beaches, umbrella drinks, and menus in a language that is not my first. Oh, and a phalanx of babysitting-ready grandparents. All of that seems slightly more within reach with this super cool passport holder. Not only is this $15 passport holder from Flight 001 as cool anything, it’s also got the potential to make flying more convenient: check out the clear side pockets that keep your passport photo easily viewable. And anything that makes airport security even a little bit easier is a huge plus in my book. By the way, if...

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3 great initial necklaces for a special bigger girl

My oldest daughter is on the cusp of tweendom, and I finally trust her with a piece of jewelry that costs more than a pack of silly-band bracelets. While I don’t want to spend a fortune, I think she can handle something a little nicer than what I can grab at the mall accessories store.   To make this gift even more special and unique to her, I love initial necklaces which hint at her beautiful first name but don’t spell it out as she goes out into the world on her own. So I’m detailing three here, which...

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A coupon worth its weight in gold glitter glue

Something strange happens to me every December. I don’t usually have much patience for craft projects, but every holiday season, something comes over me and I feel the need to do something with glitter. Well, here’s a holiday gift for all of us crafting mavens and want-to-be crafting mavens (that would be me at the moment). Get 50% off all Martha Stewart craft items at Michael’s until December 24. Martha Stewart’s glitter is a glitter lover’s dream. It’s fine and elegant and fabulous and each color shines like shimmering gems. But beware–it does tend to get everywhere, so this...

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Customized champagne has holidays written all over it

A lot of us are probably more used to popping bottles of milk and apple juice than champagne these days. But the holidays call for sparkle–and I’m talking fancy shoes, party dresses, and champagne, not Elmer’s glue and glitter (as much as I am totally in love with preschool art projects). So I am taken with the customized champagne from one of the great producers of the world. Via MyMoet.com, you can personalize a bottle of Moët & Chandon Impérial with a name, symbol, or message in gold or silver Swarovski crystals. You know–extra sparkle for your sparkler. Fancy! The...

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This holiday season, feel like a crafting genius

I love crafty people. I wish I were one of them, but, alas, I’m not even that great at wrapping gifts. They end up looking like my three-year-old took the reins. But, this year, my friends and family will think I’ve developed some serious crafting skills when they receive my holiday gifts with hand-stitched gift tags. This is how easy it is: thread a needle (I can do that!),  follow the holes (like follow-the-dot) and viola! You’ll look like a crafting genius and your gifts will look extra special. The Stitchable Gift Tags set includes two heart and one...

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12 awesomely cool holiday books for kids

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, neither, or both, there’s no better gift for kids than the gift of reading. If you don’t need a fourth copy of the Velveteen Rabbit to make you cry on your toddler’s footy pajamas, try one of these awesomely cool holiday books which get my whole-hearted thumbs up. – Delilah 1. A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas by Philip Yates If your family is as wacky as mine, you want more YARR than the calm and old-fashioned versions of the classic holiday poem can provide. This book’s got laughs, clever rhymes, and adorable illustrations for...

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Lilluxe offers lots of luxury without the luxury prices

I’m the first to admit that discount sites can get overwhelming. I get so swept up in the dealiness of everything that I put a bunch of too-good-to-be-so-cheap things in my cart, second-guess every one, and then abandon the whole thing in favor of a calming cup of tea. Okay, maybe I’m not that bad. But even if I was–or if you are–Lilluxe offers the perfect antidote. [don’t miss some great offers after the jump] Why? Because everything on it is a) seriously cool (see the KidKraft Harley-Davidson over there?), and b) an amazing deal (on Lilluxe, that rocker is $50...

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Teaching kids how to dine out without kids menus or maze placemats

Manners books for children may sound a little old-fashioned, but thank goodness they aren’t. I’ve come to realize that children of a certain age love learning rules and getting to understand social construct; my own five year-old thinks it’s about the most impressive thing in the world when she remembers to put her napkin on her lap. (Woot!) Now there’s a book from none other than New York City’s own Four Seasons Restaurant that creates a perfectly lovely primer on dining etiquette for children — and it’s not preachy or annoying in the least. In fact, it’s pretty hilarious....

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10 holiday gifts that give back

The only thing better than connecting our readers with fabulous finds is knowing that those purchases do real good in the world. So we thought we’d take a look-see around Cool Mom Picks for some of our favorite picks that put your money to great use helping others– and make amazing gifts, too. -Delilah 1. Tiny Revolutionary – This Atlanta-based, mom-run company offers gorgeous eco-conscious apparel (shown at left) with messages of peace, love, and world betterment, and they give to several organizations that support these goals. 2. Zoe Organics – They won us over with their soothing bath...

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Scarves for little rock stars

There’s something to be said for well-made kids’ accessories, right? Something else to be said for well-made kids’ accessories that sport some of the most adorable designs around. But it’s something else entirely when we’re talking well-made, adorable kids’ accessories that are handmade with the softest wool by a forward-thinking graphic designer in England. That’s exactly the story with Ann Moore’s beautiful knitwear. Inspired by bold and graphic patterns that are cute but not cutesy,  Moore meticulously creates knitted pieces for kids using her trusty Brother knitting machine and heard-wearing wool that’s made to last.  The care she puts into...

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All the bestest animated Christmas movies all together

To me the holidays is nothing without our annual viewing of Rudolph. Herbie! The Abominable Snowman! The Isle of Misfit Toys who aren’t quite misfits! It’s all pure magic. So who’s with me in jumping for joy that this year, A four-DVD series of some of the best animated Christmas classics are are bundled together and out on Blu-ray. The Original Christmas Classics features four of the greatest animated classics — or at least three of the greatest. I’m not as big a fan of 1992’s Frosty Returns, but I sure do love the original Frosty the Snowman, Santa...

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Bless the poncho!

Considering the battle that awaits me each day just to get my two-year-old to wear pants, you can probably imagine what it’s like trying to get a coat on her. Let’s just say I’ve thought about just not leaving the house for the next six months or so until it warms up again. But thankfully, there are fantastic coat alternatives – like adorable Peri Ponchos that might just mean one less tantrum in my day. [don’t miss a sweet giveaway after the jump] These lovely, warm ponchos are 100% eco fleece, a thick, soft fabric made from recycled plastic...

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Look yoga-fit, with or without yoga

Let me be absolutely clear, here: While I don’t necessarily agree that yoga pants can only be worn for yoga, I do believe that they’re closer to sweatpants than to jeans. That is to say, I don’t condone the wearing of yoga pants on date night, mamas. There’s a time and a place. That said, yoga pants are awesome for exercising and lounging around wrapping gifts, and if you think that your options are to be comfortable or to look good, I’m about to change your mind. Meet your new favorite exercise gear. They’re yoga pants. Rather, they’re ultra-comfy...

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A cuff to love

Confession: I’m not a huge fan of sentimental jewelry. You might notice that we don’t post a whole lot of it on Cool Mom Picks, and when we do, we’re pretty picky. My high standards for jewelry isn’t such a bad thing, except it makes me particularly challenging to find gifts for–at least according to my husband. What he still hasn’t figured out yet, is that for me, simple and stunning is the key to my heart. That’s just how I’d describe this gorgeous heart cuff from Laurel Denise. Made from brushed sterling silver or gold-vermeil and featuring an...

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Add this Dan Zanes’ song to your Hanukkah playlist

Although everyone from Rod Stewart to The Black Eyed Peas seems to put out Christmas albums, it’s pretty rare for anyone besides Adam Sandler to do something new and interesting with Hanukkah music.  New and interesting is something Dan Zanes knows well and his brand-new, just-in-time version of the traditional Hanukkah song Ner Li is a perfect addition to our holiday.  I have to admit I wasn’t familiar with this song, but it’s really lovely. You’ll recognize his famous Spanish-guitar vibe (which makes sense, since one of his collaborators is Sonia De Los Santos). Dan sings the first verse in Hebrew...

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Web coolness – Holiday potpourri, ornaments, and gifts galore

Here are some things we’ve liked around web this week. We hope you will too. Have you grabbed your color your own ornament printable yet from etsy? A $3 donation to Housing Works gets you 8 designs from 8  talented artists. Help us raise $300 for this great charity! The holiday potpourri recipes (shown) at design*sponge look amazing! Our editor Christina lists her 7 best tech gifts for kids on Babycenter – none of which will drive you crazy. Baby Gizmo has a fun little 12 days of Christmas giveaway that can score you some very nice baby gear....

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The pretty water bottle just for grownups

“Gosh, honey. I’d love to give you my water bottle and have you spit a bunch of germs and floaty pieces of avocado into it,” I said. “But  Mommy’s new bottle is GLASS, so it’s not for kids.” …and that’s how I finally got to taste normal water again. But these new water bottles we discovered have even more good points than floaty-free drinking. Because they’re made of glass and covered in a durable, eco-conscious silicone jacket, the Takeya water bottles give you a beautiful, portable, reusable water bottle that tastes just like you’re drinking out of a glass....

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The coolest things to do with kids in New York over the holidays

As a native New Yorker, I admit I’m totally biased when I say that this is one of the most magical places for a family to be over the holidays. Because I get so many emails each year from readers and out-of-town friends asking me about must-do family fun, I figured this would be a great place to answer all of you. From the traditional stuff that’s famous for a reason, to some off-the-beaten path activities, here are my picks for my own family’s favorites of the awesome seasonal events that New York City has to offer. THE STUFF...

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