Month: April 2010

Web Coolness – Reading for toddlers, Kindiefest, and 6 word momoirs

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. The designer of the iconic NYC Greek coffee cup dies. His obit in the New York Times is wonderful. Stroller Traffic turns us onto a great reading list for toddlers grouped by topic. Smith Magazine, True Confessions and Postcards from Yo Mama team up to solicit entries for 6 word momoirs. Can you sum up the journey of motherhood in six words? We dare you. Two more crib recalls, posted at Parentdish. Yikes. Stirrup Queens continues the excellent Bloggers Unite: Project IF...

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Baby sunhats go bohemian

Finding a baby hat I loved was like…well, something that was really hard. For some reason they were always too floppy, too stiff, or too cutesie (seriously, enough with the huge bows at the chin). But Rikshaw Design just nails it with their adorable new baby sunhat. We first discovered this company’s lovely bohemian crib bedding and I’m so glad designer Catherine Fitzsimmons has taken the plunge into clothing and accessories. I love the simple, Indian-inspired unisex patterns like the booti, shown here. The cotton voile is machine washable (yay) and even the thin chin strap on the hat...

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Custom hearts for the one you heart

I think I’m in love. The object of my affection: The selection of decorative artwork embellished with handcut paper hearts from the brand new Etsy shop Paper Cut Works. Ania Alyson, Seattle artist by way of Poland, creates artsy, anatomically-inspired hearts out of repurposed materials from an old dictionary page featuring the word “mother” to a custom map or vintage sheet music. She then mounts the paper hearts on either card stock, or small 4×4″ birch block frames which are finished to look like paintings. In the end, you get all the sweetness, but none of the sap. The...

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Reduce, reuse, recycle your kids’ clothes easily with thredUP

Back when my kids were outgrowing their outfits every three months, it pained me to have to restock their wardrobe continually. It wasn’t just the cost, it was the time it took to select each item. That’s why I’m intrigued by the new easier-swap site thredUP kids. In just a few minutes, you can pick out a box of gently-worn clothing that will fit your child, pay a few bucks to have the box shipped to you, and voila: Right-sized outfits that my kids can outgrow again.  Then, in about the time of a typical nap, you put outgrown...

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Make it a Handmade Mother’s Day with Cool Mom Picks and Etsy

Our passionate, abiding love for Etsy is no secret, so we are thrilled (thrilled!) to be featured today on Etsy’s handmade blog, The Storque, talking about some of our favorite handmade Mother’s Day gift ideas from some of our favorite artists. We’ve picked out all kinds of goodies in every price range, starting at just $16. Not bad. You’ll find some standouts from our 2010 Mother’s Day Gift Guide from jewelry to custom artwork to personalized keepsakes, plus a slew of others that we’ve featured here over the years, and even a couple that are new to us. Head...

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Mother’s Day is about making your mom cry, right? In a good way?

If you are lucky enough to not only be a mom, but still have a mom around to guide you through your turbulent mothering moments (or in my mom’s case, laugh at me), then you probably have witnessed the power that the perfect picture of your children has over her. She tears up, she awws, she gets that it really was worth raising this daughter of mine now that she’s given me these adorable babies to fuss over look of satisfaction. I put my mother over the top recently with a mini photo book, new from self-publishing mavens Lulu.com....

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Let them wear Cake lingerie

Considering I have nursed for a total of 53 months since 2004 (yes, I counted), I have learned a few things about breastfeeding; one of which is that a good nursing bra is definitely worth the money. Now these days, “good nursing bra” isn’t synonymous with “ugly straight jacket,” and thank goodness for that, because a sexy nursing bra like the ones from Cake Lingerie, is quite refreshing when you’re feeling less like a woman and more like a feeding machine. These bras are beautifully constructed with hearty, cotton-lined straps (nice touch) and lovely lace detailing. And I really...

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Can Skindinavia make you look 10 years younger? Well now…

I will say, when you name a product 10 Years Younger Makeup Finish, the bar is pretty high. Not that I’m expecting Botox in a handy spray form, but you know. Ten years. That’s a lot of years younger. For those of us with not-twenty-year-old skin, this light spray is a pretty swell choice especially as the weather is warming up. It hails from the cleverly named Skindinavia which focuses entirely on makeup finishes, the kind of thing brides, Vogue editors, and Zac Posen models adore. This one in particular is made to help your makeup from settling into...

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Bear feet – Almost like bare feet, but prettier

My search for the ultimate summer sandal is on thanks to the early 80-degree weather here in the South, and I think I might have found it in Bear Feet shoes. The simple, versatile styling instantly caught my eye, and as I clicked around their site, I was intrigued by their unique construction that actually allows the shoes to mold to your kiddo’s foot. That’s important for all kids, but especially for mine who have super hard-to-fit, slender feet. But even more interesting to me was learning how Bear Feet shoes are made. This company takes great care in...

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For Mother’s Day, a gift that’s for more than your own mom

You know that feeling when you pick up an object and can feel that it was made far away, somewhere different and exotic? It seems more real somehow, like it has a story. These shimmering lavender sachets from CMP favorite Raven + Lily have that aura of mystery, and the story behind them is even more magical than expected, making them a superb and inexpensive Mother’s Day gift. Each beautiful sachet is hand-made by a sewing co-op of the Nyati women living in the Himalayan mountains of northern India. The lavender is grown by local farmers, and the exquisite...

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Two new family CD’s by groups who usually play for us old folks

I’ve come across two CDs from musicians who usually perform for adults, but have recently turned their collective talent toward the music for the younger set. Using distinct voices, a whole slew of instruments and music grounded in folk, country and Americana styles, I can only hope Rani Arbo and Earthworm Ensemble decide to put out more music for kids in the future. Earthworm Ensemble has taken a detour from their alt-Americana band alter egos, I See Hawks in LA, to put out this self-titled CD.This collaborative effort presents the world from a kid’s point of view, but after listening to...

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Gilt Groupe goes maternity. Whoo!

Do you ever have that dream–the one where you go to a big, magical store, and everything is shiny and pretty and on a 50% off sale? I do, and I’m usually riding a glittery pink unicorn with shopping baskets as saddle bags. That’s why I’ve been ogling the sparklies on Gilt Groupe and their amazing flash sales on carefully curated, high-profile brands. We’re talking Fendi, Badgley Mischka, and high end kids clothing at Cosco prices. But what’s particularly cool is that if you join Gilt today, you can feast your eyes (and credit card) on their first-ever maternity...

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Talk about Pop Art

I’m a huge fan of Robert Subuda and Matthew Reinhart’s pop up children’s books. My son’s copies from the Encyclopedia Prehistorica series show the wear and tear of well-read books. So why am I not surprised that I am awestruck by their beautiful pop-up note cards collection? The cards are breathtakingly elegant and the Blossoms designs are a creative way of giving someone flowers for Mother’s Day that won’t end up dead and in the garbage within the week. Other three-dimensional wonders include cakes and hot air balloons. The sets contain four cards of two designs, with envelopes, for...

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Funky + simple + handmade = SOLD.

My very favorite word is cupcake, but I’m also a huge fan of funky, simple, and handmade. Luckily, those are the specialties of Mountain Aven Baby. Well, maybe not the cupcake part. But the other three. We see loads of bibs and blankets, but what makes WAHM-run Mountain Aven Baby special are the eye-catching fabrics and meticulous artistry. We’re not talking clearance cotton from Hancock Fabrics here. Her bibs — many of which are on sale now — are backed with lush chenille and splashed with gorgeous, unusual designs from hedgehogs to vegetables to sock monkeys. The reversible dresses...

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It’s great to be a Cool Mom Picks subscriber

You know, it’s been a while since we mentioned our awesome newsletter subscriber program, and all the stuff you might be missing if you’re not a part of it. Especially this month. Because if you sign up for our newsletter before April 30, you’ll have a chance to win a $2000 package of extreme awesomeness from environmentally friendly nursery furniture and decor company, Q Collection Junior. That is, on top of all the amazing offers and exclusive deals and news that are in our newsletter every month. The giveaway includes a Solare crib in your choice of finish, an...

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Keepsake lockets for moms take a fabulous turn

Motherhood is more about the journey than the finish line– although I admit I dream of the day they’re in college and I can have a white couch. Motherhood is an adventure. It’s chaotic, muddled, and beautiful. It’s anything but static. This locket’s like that, too. Instead of the usual stamped names you see on most personalized jewelry, the gorgeous and unusual personalized sterling silver Scrawling Locket by CMP favorite Julian & Co. takes a different turn. You get a total of 49 characters divided up into six different spaces, so you can immortalize a unique take on Mom’s Excellent Adventure. Go for the full birth details of the new baby. Or brand the proud mom with the names of all her kids– and a gold medal, if she’s got six. Give Grandma one locket to take the place of all those jangling grandkid charms. Or just choose the tender words that describe how you feel about her: loving, tough, strong, lovely. That sort of thing. Make sure to grab your custom locket now for Mother’s Day because personalization and delivery takes about two weeks. Then get a box of tissues, because the only thing better than burned pancakes and sticky kid hugs is knowing that your family appreciates all the hard work you do along the way. Order custom lockets and other sterling jewelry such as the Scrawling...

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Three dresses for Mother’s Day

Despite our incredible devotion to tracking down the most awesome Mother’s Day gifts around here, we recognize that not every family is gift-y. Sometimes it’s indeed the thought that counts, and that a beautiful card inscribed with a heartfelt sentiment goes a long way. The origami dress Mother’s Day cards from Kitty Kat Kards are just the thing to make more of a statement than your typical off-the-shelf card. Each of the three dresses are hand folded with love in Maryland, and subtle rhinestones are the finishing touch. It would be the perfect accompaniment to a donation to her...

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Storing the kids’ artwork in plain view.

For the last five years, I have done my best to figure out what the heck to do with my oldest daughter’s awesome artwork. As you probably know, the fridge display only works for so long, and while framing it would be nice, how do I pick just one? Well, thank you Lil DaVinci Art Cabinets for completely solving my dilemma. These super cool, affordable, and attractive modern frames allow you to display your kids’ art, and store it too. Up to 50 pieces, in fact. Just open up the glass door, place the art in the spring-loaded pocket,...

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Not your mama’s flowers

Saying you love me with flowers is great, but on Mother’s Day, please don’t get me a smiling kitten n’ rainbow mug full of carnations and daisies. I’d much rather have a bed of bamboo accented by one gorgeous orchid, or maybe some sparkling glass bowls full of peonies. Please. The floral arrangements from Floral Art LA in the hip Abbot Kinney stretch of Venice really strike a chord with me, and that chord is Wow, I wish flowers never, ever died, because I want to look at this every day of my life. They offer classic and modern...

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A cool new twist on the old number and letter kids’ shirts

With my kids still completely obsessed with their age and name, I’m always on the look out for cool letter and number t-shirts that won’t break the bank. Who knew I could look no further than American Apparel for exactly what I’ve been looking for. You don’t have to be a font junkie to appreciate the new Helvetica t-shirts (left) which are a great way to celebrate a kid’s name without necessarily draping their entire moniker on a shirt. Add the very cool color combinations and you’ve got one heckuva cool tee. If you’ve got a birthday boy or...

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