Month: March 2010

Behold! Willie Wonka’s disco ball.

If Willie Wonka owned a skating rink, his disco ball would be a Candelier, and the Oompa Loompas would do synchronized skating in Gobstopper suits on a frozen chocolate lake, and… What’s a Candelier? I’m glad you asked. First our favorite imaginative furniture designer, Jellio, takes 5,000 sparkling acrylic gummi bears, then they hand-string them over the course of two months into a shimmering, brilliant rainbow of incandescent beauty. It’s 31 inches across. It weighs 50 pounds. There are only ten in the whole world. Oh, and did I mention it’s a chandelier made of gummi bears? Price available...

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Web coolness – Women in film, Easy-Bake Ovens, crafty iPhone apps

Here are some of the things we’ve enjoyed reading this week – we hope you will too With the Oscars coming up, Forbes Woman takes a look at female roles in Hollywood – may our daughters have more goodness to look forward to. A walk down memory lane (oh those little light bulbs!) with Salon’s Why We Love the Easy Bake Oven, shown On Yahoo Shine, which celebrity three year-old has an $850 handbag? Hint: Not one of ours. Fantastic post on Thank You for Not Being Perky (heh) about the best iPhone apps for crafty and creative people....

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Where the wild things art.

I have a cow when my little deers jump on the couch, but I’d be lion if I didn’t confess to fawning over the crazy creatures at WildLifePrints, a fun new shop on Etsy. (Ha sorry, couldn’t resist.) Award-winning photographer Jeff Friesen wanted to meld his brooding side with his wacky side, and the end result is a charming shop full of colorful, stylish, unique photographs of animals doing something peculiar, all on easily frameable, archival, 8 1/2 x 11 matte paper. There’s a duck in a bathtub, a pipkin full of pandas, and an elk named Walden posing...

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Body Sense – Perfect sense for every body.

I’m a strong, empowered woman, and I hate asking for help, but…sometimes, I need help. Like when the yogurt is pushed all the way back in the case at the store and there’s a baby strapped to my chest. Or when I’m trying to wade through all the bogus claims on the internet about product safety and skincare products. Enter Body Sense, an online shop where every bath and beauty product sold is rated between 0 and 2 for chemical risk on the EWG’s Cosmetic Safety Skindeep list–a 0-rated product containing ingredients with no known risks, and 10 being,...

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Cool Mom Picks wants to hear from you. Right here. In comments.

We’re so excited today to let you all know:  Comments at Cool Mom Picks are officially open! We’ve just enjoyed the lively, helpful, and thoughtful discussions on our Facebook fan page so much, we thought it would be fun to bring it over here. We can’t wait to hear your feedback, your thoughts, your questions, and your suggestions for other readers who might have questions. After all, some of our best ideas come from right from our readers. Of course we do want to keep the community productive and supportive and free of GET UR VIAGRA CLIKK HERE NOW, so comments are moderated and open to registered members of the community (it’s easy).  So keep it classy and clean – not that you wouldn’t. You’re too cool for that. Now go say hi. We can’t...

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All hail the spring poncho

The weather is turning here in the South, which means that winter coats are way too heavy after the first few morning hours, while the super light spring jackets are too light. So it’s the perfect time for my fave in-between season cover-up, the poncho. We just discovered the gorgeous hand knit baby ponchos from Vintage Baby Revival, and mom and owner Melissa McColl’s lovely pieces make e a fabulous option for these cool late winter and early spring days. Each is hand knit from local Canadian wool with coordinating vintage buttons as the closure. I’ve got my eye...

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Livie & Luca do it again for spring

As if I wasn’t already wishing that Spring would get here already, I got wind of Livie & Luca’s new Spring and Summer shoe collection for children and now I’m officially begging the warm weather to arrive. I love the chic simplicity of the Barcelona sandals (pictured), which are a nice change from the plain white and brown sandals that tend to clog our shoe bin — and really perfect for boys and girls. But I admit that I just can’t stop looking at the Petal sandals, and the Bloom, both of which would make a fabulous addition to...

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Helping kids in Haiti, one Tinkertoy tower at a time.

Here’s a fun way to get your kids involved in the Haiti relief effort: A Play-a-thon. In case you have never heard of one (like me, up until now), it’s just like raising pledges for many other ‘a-thons’, but instead of running, dancing, or phoning a pledge into a B-list celebrity-manned phone bank, your kids play for the money. Get friends, neighbors, grandparents, teachers, whoever you can snag to pledge a flat donation or certain amount for every 15 minutes your kid plays. Invite a group of kids to play together and turn it into a real event. Hasbro...

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Cool Mom Picks loves ABC!

So maybe March winds bring April showers, but around here, that means baby showers. Wait–before we scare our spouses, we’re talking about Cool Mom Picks co-founder and editor-in-chief Liz’s appearance on Parenting with Annie Pleshette Murphy on ABC News Now. Click over to see Liz showcase a few of our favorite indie, handmade gifts that will make that lucky mama-to-be or new mom (and all her shower guests) go “ooooh” – which is really the point of the baby shower anyway. There’s even some goodies in there for new dads. And if you’re here visiting from ABC, welcome! We’ve...

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Tying one on

Okay so there’s still snow a-plenty in my neck of the woods known as Brooklyn, but in no time it will be the season for Easter duds and Passover dinners and spring weddings and seersucker. So when I saw the custom, handcrafted neckties for boys from Bella Bows [edited: Now called The Belle and the Beau) at The Silly Wagon, I nearly died from the cuteness – and the promise of warmer days. Each tie is individually made by hand in a range of lovely fabrics, from this this season’s hot polkadots, to paisleys, to classic ticking stripes, and...

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How many perfect moms does it take to screw in a lightbulb? None, because they don’t exist.

Faster than a speeding toddler. More powerful than loaded diaper. Able to leap from playdate to playdate in a single bound. It’s Perfect Mom! Yep, that was going to be me. I was going to achieve the perfect work/life balance as a working mom, and when I became a stay-at-home mom I was going to be perfect at that. And I failed miserably, or so I thought. Then I realized, when it comes to motherhood, there’s no such thing as perfection. Life coach and mother of two, Carley Knobloch, started Perfect Moms Finish Last to help moms deal with...

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2009 was such a good year for kids’ music, we’re not done with it yet

2009 may not have been the best year for home mortgages or Tiger Woods, but for those of us with kids, it was a great time to be listening to music. It was so terrific, in fact, that I still have a few ear-worthy CD’s that you should consider for your collection. (And psst, stick with me to the end since I’m giving one of them away.) I’m betting Caspar Babypants will be a household name soon enough, especially with his second CD following on the heels of his much-loved debut, Here I Am! His latest CD called, aptly,...

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Your legs look FABULOUS, darling. And the rest of you too.

Yes, it’s true. My body is…wait for it….imperfect. I know that’s shocking with me being a 40-something mom of two and all but, you know. Biology. It’s no secret that I’ve always been a big Spanx fan, so I haven’t really found much need to venture into the rest of the world of shapewear. But then I had the chance to try Sculptz, and wow, call me impressed. The shapewear tights are a far cry from the control top L’Eggs I remember dabbling in (before I needed them) – the shaper top is super comfortable, and really does uh,...

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Dreaming of spring. Or heck, just a day above freezing around here.

I adore Splendid‘s adult line for myself. And when I first discovered they applied trademark stripey, stretchy, soft clothes to a babies and kid line (thanks to a cousin with great taste in shower gifts), I got a little more tingly than one should get over such things. Even their solids are so beautifully tailored and drape so exquisitely that we get compliments on a solid blue t-shirt dress from Splendid Littles all the time. Go figure. What’s fun is that now Splendid Littles is moving into (gasp) florals. And one of our favorite mom-run shops, Arte Bebe, has...

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Bloomin’ lovely

We have to say that some of our favorite picks have come from you, our lovely readers with extremely great taste. Or in this case, readers with friends with great taste who also make gorgeous jewelry, like the awesome pieces from Montreal-based Brazen Design. Artist Rachel Dhawan hand creates each “urban chic” piece, my favorite being the Blossom necklace, which, if you look closely, is a maple branch with one end just starting to blossom. It’s not only perfect for heralding spring, but is also a tastefully subtle way to celebrate a pregnant mama. Choose the brushed sterling silver,...

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A baby cap with a little more to it

Over the past few years at Cool Mom Picks I’ve seen the reinvention of the high chair, the baby carrier, the baby bottle and the bouncy chair. The last newborn essential I thought needed any improvement was the baby hat. Well color me surprised, but Honeydumplings, which created the buckwheat toddler pillow I went mad for last year, has gone and done just that. Their new baby cap on first glance just looks like a simple, go-with-anything, creamy, gender-neutral cap. Soft as butter with that bamboo cotton jersey or organic sherpa, but you know – still a cap. When...

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See your name in lights. Or snow.

Okay, so I’ve found a new app for my iPhone. It’s pretty simple. And pretty inexpensive. And pretty much entertaining my entire extended family because they keep getting random e-mails from me that feature their names written in some unexpected place. Pixyme is a new app that offers a wide range of images: the snowy windshield of a car, for example, or the bubbly top of a mug of coffee. You can customize the picture with your name or your kids’ names or the name of the lucky recipient of your eleventh random e-mail of the day. And I...

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