Month: April 2010

Prints Made Easy

It was somewhere in my mid-twenties that I vowed to never again buy a cheesy reproduction; adults collected art, not dog-eared posters. Of course, it didn’t occur to me that most work I would consider “art,” would probably be far too dear for my pocketbook. And while I often fell in love with work I saw in magazines and online, there was no chance of finding out how to buy a print for myself. I wish I had then to what I have access to now: Print Society. It’s like Etsy, but exclusively for artists and buyers focused on prints....

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Make sure you scooter with a Buddy

I’ve been a huge fan of the Kickboard USA scooters ever since I witnessed my then two-year-old take off down the driveway on his royal blue Mini Kickboard. Three years later, if there’s anything that could make his ride more fun, it would be tricking it out with a Scooter Buddy. Think of it like a hood ornament for your scooter. Or those goofy things kids stick inside the holes of their Crocs. But the Buddy, which attaches right to a scooter’s t-bar, has way more monster attitude and style. I love that each of the six kid-designed critters...

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Those Turks definitely know their cotton

When I had my son I received tons of hooded towels that looked like duckies and froggies as baby gifts. They scored high marks on cuteness (and thoughtfulness)  but fell way short when it came to absorbency. Dribs oversized hooded baby bath towels are made from 100% organic Turkish cotton that is soft and cushiony to dry off your baby super fast. And, unlike my own baby towels, these are substantial enough for when your baby is old enough to take baths on his own. The organic cotton is a neutral beige, with a variety of pretty trim colors...

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Cool dog picks – the coolest thing for the coolest kids’ doggies

From time to time, our readers have asked us for our favorite cool things for doggies. Kristen and I both have dogs, mine being the most fearsome brute known to the western edge of Brooklyn as Emily. A.K.A. That dog who’s always making that poor woman with those two girls drag her across the street. You can read about Kristen’s doggie here. I think it’s so fabulous for my children to grow up in the company of pets, learning compassion, responsibility, respect for animals, and the physical ability to beat a hasty retreat from the room when Emily passes...

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Girls clothes from a simpler time. A time without sequins.

I’ve always adored the one-of-a-kind handmade designs from Baby Bean Vintage Daywear, which really let a little girl be a little girl. Albeit a spectacularly dressed one. Talented designer Christine Visneau (also the editor of the wonderful Small Magazine) has created a new spring/summer line that’s just exquisite — click over and get ready to wipe the drool off your screen. The children’s playsuit is like the sweet rompers I used to wear as a kid, and if I still had a baby girl, I’d be putting her in that tank and bloomer set every day this summer.  Older...

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Spring cleaning leads to spring redecorating

When spring rolls around, I always get a little houseware happy. Like I want to ditch every pillow and serving piece and object in my home and replace it with something bright and floral and cheery. Right in time, I just discovered the launch of the new Swedish housewares line, Camp Cirrus. Fans of modern textiles from the likes of Marimekko, Dwell Studio and Hable Construction will adore the happiness that abounds here. The floral birchwood trays (shown) are calling my name. I also love the fabulous bold canvas bags and pillowcases, which are all entirely handprinted. But I...

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web coolness

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. In honor of Earth Month, 10 easy steps for going green at home, from Parent Dish. Tips for cleaning your home with green cleansers, via Stroller Traffic. Our favorites: The natural cleaning products from Better Life. The winners of Make and Takes’ Recycled Art Challenge, shown. So much inspiration! On MOMformation, a rant on maternity wear. (psst, look through our maternitywear archives for some better options.) Time Out NY/Kids interviews the Real Housewives’ Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen on parenting –...

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Kids bandages that make you go Yay! A boo-boo!

Luckily, my kid’s not as clumsy as I am. But lately, she keeps hoping to have a minor accident, because she knows I have two new boxes of super sweet kids bandages by Ouchies Jr. Although we select cereal and crackers based on nutritional facts, we buy adhesive band-aids solely based on cuteness. We don’t even look at brands. And these new designs featuring Olivia and John Scieszka’s Trucktown would definitely be top choices for my picky 3 year old. And me, because I love products based on children’s book art. The only problem is that the bandages are...

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Happy 40th Earth Day! To celebrate, here are some of our favorite picks

Happy  40th Birthday, Earth Day! You look fabulous! Not a day over 29, honest. In honor of this big birthday, a great opportunity to teach our kids about the best ways to take care of this nice planet of ours, the EPA has put out a whole list of kids’ Earth Day activities. On top of that, I’m recycling some of my favorite Cool Mom Picks’ Earth Day picks from years gone by.   I have no plans to serve up a plate of BPA or other harmful plastics to my kids, which is why I love the eco-friendly, recycled plastic plates for...

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Save the Planimals in honor of Earth Day

My kids are pretty sensitive souls, but trying to explain to them the plight of the arctic fox is a little less real to them than the plight of the Massachusetts spider they are carefully rescuing from the bathtub. But now Plan Toys’ new Planimal Series of endangered animals will help bring home exactly which animals might not be around if people don’t give them a hand too. Smartly grouped into four different playsets representing different parts of the world, the Planimals endangered animal toys are fashioned out of natural rubberwood. While lacking some of the details you’d find...

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This Earth Day, let’s shop till we drop with Big Green Purse

Well, Earth Day is almost here and how am I going to celebrate our lovely planet? By shopping, of course. I kid. Sort of. Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, the wonderful new book by environmentalist Diane MacEachern and author of the Big Green Purse website, has given me, along with all the other women in the world, a whole new way to approach green living. And, without a word of a lie, shopping is key. We women are the most powerful consumer force in the world. If you can believe it,...

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The multi reasons I love the Multi-box

I’ve been to enough birthday parties to have witnessed that infamous phenomenon by which the giftee ignores all the fancy toys and plays with a box instead. And while I wouldn’t recommend you wrap up a plain box, I think the recipient of Green Lullaby’s clever Multi-boxes will think you are a brilliant gift-giver for many reasons. The three corrugated cardboard boxes are made from 60% recycled content and adorably designed to look like oversized alphabet blocks. The modern shades on each facade will go with any color scheme, even those nurseries that ooze minimalist cool. And they each feature...

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Cheap and easy Mother’s Day gift idea – vintage cards as artwork

My mom has always had a thing for vintage cards, particularly valentines. My dining room growing up was filled with shadow boxes holding beautiful, textural Victorian cards and I remember just losing myself in them for hours. I figure I could recreate that idea as a fantastic Mother’s Day Gift, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Quite a few Etsy shops do a nice job with vintage cards, including Vintage Recycling, where I found the sweet card shown here. Then all you need is a frame. I really adore the distressed handmade frames from Obrien Schridde for something...

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Earth Day Pick – Because music makes the world go ’round

One of the best ways I’ve found to get a message to stick with my kids is through music, and the new CD My Changing Planet has us appreciating the specialness of our planet a little more this Earth Day. Like a save-the-earth version of Free to Be You and Me, My Changing Planet features two dozen performers who were brought together by four determined moms wanting to create a CD that both parents and kids could learn from and enjoy. Plus, 100% of the net profits go to one of our favorite charities, The Nature Conservancy. With so much variety...

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A plate filled with love

Of course we want to make sure that each and every mom is treated like the goddess she is on Mother’s Day, but it’s also important to make sure that grandmas are not overlooked. After all, they had a little something to do with each of us being parents, right? These custom silhouette portrait plates, from Aedriel Originals–also featured in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide by the way–are a great alternative to the plain old framed picture option. And at a great price too. Just mail the artist a photo (the more contrast the better), pick your rim color...

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Some boys have all the luck

Would someone I know please get married soon? And while you’re at it, lend me a baby boy to bring? Not because I actually want to carry around a baby at a wedding (what if I leave him on the buffet table when I put him down to get seconds on lasagna?) but because I feel the urgent need to see a baby boy wearing this: The seersucker baby one-piece from CMP favorite Velvet and Tweed. The ivory top is linen, the seersucker bottom is a pale blue and white stripe, and every inch of it is calling for...

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Big news for the littlest of people

We are so excited to make sure everyone hears that cardshop extraordinaire, Hello! Lucky, now makes super cool birth announcements. One of our favorite brands for hip holiday cards and stunning letterpress paperworks, it’s no surprise that we love their new line of announcements to welcome the world’s coolest babies to the planet. You can go with charming retro animals, including fawns, musical monkeys, and a velveteen rabbit. Or you can focus on spring with bright blooms and pastels. And, of course, there are several options that simply and elegantly focus on framing the photo of your newest star....

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Beautiful organic children’s clothing priced like the not-so-organic clothing

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Shivani and Neha Gupta, the two young, talented sisters behind the organic children’s clothing line, Sama Baby, and let’s just say I’m glad I did. Although my kids might be more glad because they’re the ones who can fit in their beautiful, affordable, wearable, organic kids’ clothes. Did I mention affordable? Neha is a former design developer for Coach and her attention to detail shows in the lovely, soft fabrics, and the beautiful drape of the clothes. The girls’ collection includes plenty of baby layette basics in a sweet pink, cream and...

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The digital clutch is the new designer purse

I am a pretty practical mom who would rather carry my stuff in a classic black handbag over my shoulder that I can use for years, but that doesn’t stop me from adoring the stylish digital clutch netbooks that are starting to crop up in the tech world. Designer Vivienne Tam partnered with HP to bring a little high fashion to high tech with the HP Mini Vivienne Tam edition Notebook that is so gorgeous, it was literally introduced on the runways. It enables me to stay connected on the go, not miss a moment of drama on my...

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Hipstamatic – A photography blast from the past

I’m far from a photography expert, and admittedly, the only camera I use anymore is my iPhone.  While every now and then I get a great picture with it, I often feel bad that the only pictures of my kids are taken with the sub-par quality of a camera phone. That is, until I discovered Hipstamatic. I first stumbled upon it while perusing uber mom-blog Dooce, and admired Heather Armstrong’s photos thinking they were taken with some fancy pants camera. But then when I found out it was an iPhone application, I definitely had to check it out. This...

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