Month: February 2010

Cool Mom Picks readers have a heart

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and now, a week later, we just want to say thank you thank you thank you for your absolutely overwhelming support for our artist-created color-your-own Valentine’s Day cards we put together with Etsy. The numbers are in and more than 400 of you helped us raise more than $1700 for The Children’s Heart Foundation. All $3.99 at a time. We couldn’t be more pleased! If you loved the work of the twelve generous artists who contributed their talent to the cause (and really…who wouldn’t?) feel free to visit their shops and support them...

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The grass is always cleaner

I must confess that there have been a few times over the last five years as a mother that I have reluctantly resigned myself to a really ugly product because its function was just that important to my daily sanity. But thank goodness we rarely have to do that anymore. The latest product makeover is the bottle dryer, now done magnificently by Boon. Their brand new grass bottle drying rack, which looks amazingly like wheat grass, works quite well at drying bottles and other small baby accessories that either get lost in the regular drain board, or worse, get...

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Wallpaper is back, baby

When I hear the word wallpaper, it conjures up really bad images of this odd looking flower pattern that completely covered my bathroom wall growing up. It a nutshell – it scares me. But thanks to advances in technology and design, wallpaper is again becoming a pretty cool way to decorate a baby or kid’s room. Take the super swanky boy-centric designs from UK-based Paper Boy Wallpaper, whose dinosaur wallpaper line called Dya-thank-esaurus (pictured) is tempting me into redoing my little dino-obsessed son’s room. I love the realistic silhouettes combined with the whimsical placement of the boy figure throughout....

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Mondo murals for your mini Matisse

My daughter is a normal three-year-old: obsessed with being big, doing grown-up things, and wearing leotards for 90% of her life. Okay, so maybe the leotard thing isn’t normal, but it’s no wonder she gets bored with the same old princess coloring books and tired box of broken crayons. She wants to do big things. Real things. That’s why I’m so excited about Art Projects for Kids, a free website with daily art projects for all ages that are different (crayons, shmayons), fun, and above all, real. Most projects include a short lesson on a famous artist and then...

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A natural way to keep the lice away. (Ew. I know.)

I first discovered Fairy Tales Hair Care when our one awesome local kids hair cutter – the one who didn’t cut my girls’ bangs on a 45-degree angle with what I imagine to be a rusty butter knife – insisted that it was the greatest stuff on earth. Since then, we’ve been fans of their natural, organic-packed products like the  Leave-On Conditioner which takes care of my youngest daughter’s recurring dreadlock (grrr) and the non-sticky Curly-Q Natural Hair Gel which my girls simply call “Goop.” So I was intrigued to learn about Fairy Tales’ Rosemary Repel shampoo and conditioner...

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Like the milk man of the super hip. But peas.

If you live in Los Angeles, you’ve got some mad cash, and you want someone else to deliver organic, healthy, super-fresh baby food to your doorstep… well, I’m a little jealous, actually. And Baby’s Belly is here to serve you. The brainchild of two Hollywood actors and parents, Baby’s Belly offers twice-weekly delivery of healthy, fresh meals for babies from 6 months through toddlers. And we’re talking really fresh–the peas are actually green, and the fish needs to be spooned into your kiddo within twenty-four hours. The Belly Big Kids selections read like the menu at a gourmet restaurant,...

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Brooklyn in da Playhouse

I’m not sure when exactly my humble borough of Brooklyn, New York became cool, but there seems to be evidence of it, from the occasional celebrity sightings in my local diner, to people saying, “oh you live in Brooklyn? Cool.” So while a line of Brooklyn baby tees might have once been a display of local pride, I think visitors might appreciate them too. Bklyn Yard makes some of the most fabulous, most original printed baby tees and onesies I’ve seen in a while, all printed on insanely soft, designer-style “destroyed” peruvian cotton, giving it that rough-around-the-edges look that...

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Turn your kid’s object of affection into an object d’art

My son had a stuffed elephant named Tussle that went with him everywhere. In fact, he never knew it, but there were actually two Tussles in constant rotation, just in case one went missing. Tussle has long since moved to the “big happy farm where stuffed animals roam free,” but I wish I had known about Jennifer Maher’s Custom Toy Portraits so we could have preserved Tussle’s memory forever. Just send Jennifer a few high quality photos of your child’s favorite stuffed animal or toy along with a couple sentences about what makes it special to your son or...

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Boots that don’t make you say Ugh

The chic streets of Manhattan on foul weather days belong to Hunter Boots this year. These all-weather, all-natural rubber wellies in colors from pine green to flashy silver are keeping the annoyingly toned calves of stylish New Yorkers warm and dry everywhere I look. But what I didn’t realize is that they come in children’s sizes too. Children’s Hunter Boots are just like the grown-up versions: Strong, sturdy, and built on an orthopedic last so kids won’t clomp around in them the way they do with less fitted galoshes. They’ll get you through winter and right into spring…and if...

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Baa Baa Black Sheep, have you any reclaimed wool for upcycled art projects?

One of the stand-outs to me at this year’s overwhelming Toy Fair show weren’t actually toys at all, but the lovely handmade wall art from CMP fave Cate and Levi. Like their original, one-of-a-kind stuffed animals, the critters are pieced together beautifully from reclaimed wool. Even nicer is that these fuzzy fabric friends can be hung over a crib without glass, and if the baby hoists herself up on the rails and grabs at a picture? So much the better. The sheep looks plenty friendly and I’d imagine even the crocodile won’t bite. I was also happy to see...

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