Month: December 2010

Calendars that hang by magic, not magnets

Now that I’ve gone through a total kitchen renovation and upgraded to a fancy schmancy stainless steel refrigerator I’ve—gasp!—lost the ability to hang my beloved paper calendar with a magnet from the front. Fortunately a cool paper-goods company has figured out a way to get a calendar to hang almost anywhere you can think of, without glue, tape, tacks or magnets. [don’t miss a sweet offer after the jump] Paperspring’s Sticky Stock Calendars are printed on a really neat, unique paper that will stick to just about any surface: My new refrigerator, the wall, the bathroom mirror, the cat. Okay, not the cat....

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The coolest TV moms and the fashion they inspired: 1970’s and 1980’s

Because we are such TV junkies, we are happy to present the second in three-part series on our favorite TV moms through the ages, and the fab fashion they inspired. After all, who doesn’t love fab retro fashion? And cool moms? It’s all sponsored by XFNITY from Comcast which helps you keep up with your favorite entertainment–even the reruns. 1970s: Shirley PartridgeIn this, the decade of the Feminist mom, it was hard to pick a favorite. While we loved Maude and Ann Romano and Edith Bunker, when it comes to fashion we have to go with Shirley Partridge. Come...

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The joy of women cooking

We often think of the art of food, and the art of cooking, but we don’t necessarily think about the artfulness of the cooks themselves, and their own environments. Now a new quarterly magazine from the minds behind art magazine Where Women Create celebrates the joy of cooking in a whole new way. The quarterly Where Women Cook feels like a cross between a food blog and a big inspirational scrapbook, definitely more Country Living than Metropolitan Home. Prepare for recipes for blackberry scones and strawberry pandowdy (plus a smoothie with avocado and kale, that actually sort of terrifies...

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Color like an artist. Romero Britto, to be specific.

My daughter’s first finger paintings brought tears to my eyes. “My God, she’s talented!” I told my husband. I knew I was being that stereotypical overly proud parent, but her use of color was so unexpected. Really! There is something so fresh and spontaneous about kids’ artwork and that is why I like P’kolino’s new collection of arts and crafts supplies inspired by the amazing pop artist, Romero Britto. (He’s done an Absolut ad!) In fact, he might be the Keith Haring of our kids’ generation. This collaboration, aimed at inspiring kids to create art, speaks to Romero’s belief–and...

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A smart gift for a style-conscious (and maybe picky) guy

It’s official. Despite best efforts, I’m in full-blown gift panic mode… but only for the men in my life. My husband, dad, and brother are all tough cookies when it comes to presents. They all have something in common, though: the love of a good dress shirt. But instead of heading to the store and picking out the same shirt that everyone else’s husband, dad, and brother will unwrap this year, I’m giving my guys gift certificates to design their own custom shirts from scratch. [don’t miss a great gift card giveaway after the jump!] The site Blank Label...

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Free letters from Santa that are more about giving than receiving

People always say that nothing is for free, but here is something that really is: A customized letter to your child from Santa that you help create. And it will do more for other kids than your own. At Letter from Santa, add personal details like your child’s name, best friend, good deeds, and home town, and your little guy or gal will be sure it’s the real thing. Just fill out a few answers, download the PDF to your computer and print it out. A personalized letter with a cheerful Santa face will put a big smile on...

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Kids bookmarks that get them drawing as well as reading

I’m still poking around etsy these days for some last-minute stocking stuffers, although in my world, 9 days til Christmas is far from last-minute. CMP fave Dana Marie Hosler of GreenStarStudio always has something nifty and new, and today is no exception. Especially if you’ve got a budding reader in the family. The color your own bookmarks are simply adorable, featuring her trademark little creatures. Arty and so fun. I know my girls would love turning them into masterpieces that they can look at every night when we return to our bookmarked page in Charlotte’s Web. If you like...

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A gift for kids that doesn’t stink.

When I was little, getting useful gifts was always a huge bummer. Then again, my Great Aunt Hilda usually went for the half-price, open-package soap-and-undies combo pack at KMart. True story: One time, they even had World’s Best Lover printed across the tush. I was 8. But my kids love baths so much that they’d be overjoyed to find a bottle of eco-conscious, gentle bubble bath in their stockings. Especially if it’s by My True Nature. This new, mom-run line of just-for-kids bath products comes with a 100% all-natural guarantee and a cute line-up of characters from a teddy...

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Elf hats! Elf hats!

I’m a little picky when it comes to winter hats on kids–although you’d hardly know it looking at our ridiculous hat collection. I like hats with ears but not horns. I like skull caps on girls but in more boyish colors. And I always like elf hats. The wool jersey elf hat fom Mabo Kids definitely satisfies all my criteria–cute, affordable, and with a playful shape but a sophisticated stripe. Knot it if you like that look better, but I love it long and as elf-like as possible. There’s even a cute little scarf to match. Sweet! –Liz [via...

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The Cool Mom Tech / Best Buy Wish List – Making your electronic holiday wishes come true.

You know how much we like giving things away, right? Well here’s a doozy: Starting today, our sister site Cool Mom Tech is working with Best Buy to bring you a little holiday magic. For the rest of the month, starting today, we’ll be posting a series of Best Buy Wish list items in every category — just the things our editors are coveting, from laptops and smart phones, to family gaming systems to home theater equipment. Then (here comes the good part) we’ll be giving away two $500 Best Buy gift cards on each post so you can...

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