Month: February 2010

The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood

If you’ve had a baby, you probably know what I mean when I say that during all four births for me, there was always a point when I thought I might die. You’ve used all your physical strength breathing and having contractions and back pain. You’ve used all your emotional strength floating in and out of pain and giving yourself pep talks. But of course when I had these issues, I was nestled in the heart of a modern hospital with nurses and doctors all around me. And during the birth of my youngest, when his heart rate dropped...

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Make your picture worth more than a thousand words

It’s all well and good when I shoot a picture or two off to my parents from my phone while the kids are at an event, but then sometimes I forget (or don’t have time) to type in a complete explanation. Later, my dad calls me up and says, That was great, but what the heck was it? But now that I can either visit the free Fotobabble photosharing website or load up the Fotobabble iPhone app, I’ve got everything I need to make sure that each picture can tell its story. Just load in a picture, record a...

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We built this city on nouns and verbs

The first thing I thought when I checked out the Grammaropolis website is that it’s like Grammar Rock and the Mr. Men books had an adorable love child. You’ve got the catchy music, the little cartoon parts of speech (the verb is a superhero ready for action, and the interjection kind of looks like a cheerleader), and then a variety of ways for kids to get their language on. Watch the video–my favorite part is when Gramma pops up to say thanks for the song and they’re all, No, Gramma, it’s not Gramma Ropolis, it’s Grammaropolis! You’ll only have...

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Eco-friendly play gym? Reader Q&A

I am in the market for a cool, eco-friendly baby play gym for my 5-month-old boy. Let me know if you have any suggestions. I am willing to spend around $100. Thanks much.   -Jennifer C. Finding what we would call a cool play gym takes a little searching—most of them are loud, battery-hogging plastic monstrosities—but we think you and your babe will like some of these options which are all close to, or well under, your budget. First, we like this simple, eco-friendly play gym from Cariboo which blends in nicely with any decor. It’s shown here in...

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Get sentenced to family wordplay

Family game night getting a little stale? Gather round for a whole new game of speed, literacy, and I’d say, hilarity with this dandy little game I’ve found right here for you mamas of older kids. You’ve Been Sentenced! is deceptively simple; each player draws ten cards, flipping them simultaneously as the timer is set. Before time runs out, build a sentence. Easy, right? Each pentagonal card contains five variations of a word (say, zip, zips, zipped, zippy and zipper) with different point values depending on the form, so theoretically it should be easy to come up with something....

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What’s better than cute kids shoes? Cute kids shoes on super sale.

The cult of Vincent Shoes seems to be growing, because there are now no less than four other kids in my daughter’s school wearing the Blomma rainboots. And yes, the designers are Scandinavian, which accounts for all the IKEA-like names. Algot! Arvid! Hampus! This is a good time to stop over, since Vincent has currently got a closeout cubby of shoes all at 30-70% off. And on top of it? They’re giving Cool Mom Picks readers another 25% off. Yee-ha! If your toddler has outgrown snow boots midseason this is a good time to replace them, or grab the...

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Time to make my yoga pants proud

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only mom who has seen a marked decline in the amount of exercise I get since having children. Relaxing moments seem to have taken a steady dive, too. But suddenly, thanks to a wonderful new family exercise DVD called TOT YOGA, there’s a distinct possibility that both will be back in my life to stay. This charming mom-made DVD is an instructive video aimed at toddlers ages 10 months to 3 years and their weary parents (that’s me!), and its goal is different from any other kid yoga DVD I’ve encountered. First (and...

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Girls of substance and style, rejoice!

Oh, Kiki magazine, where have you been all my daughter’s life? Where are the scantily clad waifs in thousand-dollar outfits? Where are all the advertisements for more stuff that no one needs? Where are the tips and tricks about how to land boys, kiss boys, think properly about boys, and then tell boys no? Conspicuously absent, I’ll say. Kiki is fashion and style and activities and crafts and book chat and common sense talk about being happy and healthy, peppered with pictures of girls in all shapes and sizes. It totally passed the litmus test with my tween (“Hey...

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Web Coolness – Displaying your kids art work, and your own pregnant belly

Here’s some stuff we’ve liked reading this week and we hope you will too. Design Sponge has a post on three great ways to display your child’s artwork. Parent Dish describes a new desensitization treatment program currently in clinical trials that gives hope for parents of children with peanut allergies. Foodies and wannabes will love this post at Leites Culinaria from mom and cookbook author Pat Tanumihardja putting together an awesome Chinese New Year meal for her family…or did she. Boston Mamas tips us off to this eco-minded, family friendly vacation idea that we would die to experience, right...

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Children’s party invitations – now a piece of cake

Is it strange to be excited that an online correspondence site has just introduced children’s invitations? Because I am. Downright giddy, in fact. I’ve professed my love of Paperless Post before and now that there’s a whole new set of designs available (it’s their new Children’s Collection! Did I mention yet how excited that makes me?), I may just have to throw a bunch of parties for my kids so I can try them out. These beautiful paperless invitations are perfect for eco-conscious and style-conscious moms, alike. Featuring ballet-dancing-hippos, retro popsicles, bunny slippers, zoo animals, and a host of...

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