Month: April 2010

Psssst, your roots are showing

Traditional family trees may be great for tracing your family’s history back several generations, but this handmade custom family tree print from the Cozy Blue shop on Etsy is anything but your traditional family tree. Mainly because it only features your little branch, with your little sprouts. Each print starts with an original drawing of a tree stump with you and your SigOth’s names on the inside surrounded by hand carved rubber leaf stamps with your kids’ names. Or, since you can add up to 6 leaves (sorry Octomom), you even have one made for a grandparent. Printed on...

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Rescue my veggies, please.

Don’t tell anybody, but I just threw away an entire head of organic cauliflower. Why? Because I bought it on sale and then forgot to cook it. And then it grew spots. I am apparently the perfect candidate for Aviva Goldfarb’s new book SOS! The Six-O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth-Frinedly, Kid-Pleasing Dinners for Busy Families. CMP readers may remember our raves for Aviva’s first cookbook, The Six O’Clock Scramble, as well as our love of her handy website and weekly newsletter. The new book continues to save the sanity of frazzled moms, and goes one step further to...

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This Mother’s Day, say I love you in wood

Growing up, we had a big framed photo of my family that was a Mother’s Day gift for my mom. How I hated that photo only five years later, with our embarrassing clothing, my poofy hair style, the cheesy backdrop. It isn’t something I plan to repeat with my family. Fortunately, I have options, like the custom art made by Modern Bird Studios which uses a regular old .jpg of my family, but turns it into something way cooler than just a big blown-up version of that photograph. Instead, Modern Bird Studios’ Gregg Deal uses digital work, hand artistry...

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Come and embarrass your kids with us at Kindiefest

As Cool Mom Picks’ de facto kids’ music reviewer, I’m as big a fan of indie, family-friendly music as even the fans who are oh, 30-35 years younger than I am.  But, that’s not going to stop me from pogoing around the Kindiefest Festival on Sunday, May 2, with CMP editor Liz, and the best part about it is that you can join us.  If you can get yourself and your kids to littlefield NYC in Brooklyn by noonish on the 2nd, you’ll be treated to some of the most fabulous kid-friendly music artists out there today. Bands like...

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MYO Princess Story

So my girls have grown to like princesses just as everyone promised me they would. It’s their genetic imperative and I am powerless to resist it. Uncle, uncle! I give in! Even so, I’m always looking out for imagination-building princess toys that don’t come ready made with a backstory involving a prince with the personality of a dishrag and a jealous mother-in-law who wants to have you murdered because you’re beautiful. That’s why the Storybuilding Playsets from Sprig Toys are such a treat. 62 printed cardboard panels, plus story blocks and character blocks featuring coaches and valiant knights can...

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A girl can dream… even if it is about tassels

Have you noticed that tassels have been popping up everywhere, lately? And I don’t mean on the pillows in your living room. Tassels are the look of the moment, it seems, and if you’ve got, well, five hundred dollars lying around, (or 2500 if you’re a fan of gold) have I got the tassel for you. I’ve been ogling this lovely sterling silver tassel necklace from MRK Style ever since I first laid eyes on it. So simple and yet somehow so divine. It seems perfect for everything, if you ask me: Day, night, middle of the night when...

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Baby loves sushi

You may already know how much we love Shokay, the little e-shop that put yak hair on our collective radar. Soft, cashmere-like, and socially responsible (the shop supports struggling Tibetan yak farmers), this luxury fiber makes some of the most beautiful clothes, accessories and toys we’ve ever seen. And they’ve just relaunched their site, making it much easier to navigate. Lucky for me, because that means I just happened upon their new collection of hand knit baby toys. Made of yak hair fiber (of course) the little Sushi Rolls are going to be a perfect baby shower gift for...

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Even burly babies love Smoochie.

We call my baby Big Hoss because he’s burly and loves all things rugged– trucks, Star Wars, and motorcycles. But when it’s diaper changing time, Big Hoss is now a fan of sweet, sweet Smoochie Baby. This baby body care line from the uber-cool store in Brooklyn includes all the perennial favorites — lotion, soap, shampoo/body wash, massage oil, diaper balm, and more. All products are hand-made with love and affection in Canada and include gentle, all-natural ingredients. Our favorite is the Sweet Cheeks Talcum-Free Powder, which uses a delightful Japanese recipe of arrowroot powder, kaolin clay, and lavender...

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Web Coolness – Mom bloggers on the Today Show and more

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We loved this morning’s Today Show interview about momblogs with CMP friends Isabel Kallman of Alpha Mom, Susan Getgood, and Jen Singer. Just ignore the segment title. Author Katherine Center has a beautiful new website. Don’t miss the inspirational photos of her body art project (shown) which we first discovered at the Mom 2.0 conference last month. Design*Sponge turns us onto the Haiti Poster Project ParentDish talks with one of our great inspirations, trainer Jillian Michaels We love Jaden Hair of Steamy...

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Where’s the fun? Goby knows.

I’m a somewhat nervous traveler, but unlike most of our kind, it’s not the flying I hate. More like I need to know exactly what we’re doing when. My husband, on the other hand, is happy to just plan “camping” and “figure it out when we get there.” Ack. Thanks to goby, a new online search engine dedicated to activity planning, I can now just smile with him, agree, and then turn to my laptop. Input your location, dates, and what sort of fun you want and Goby hooks you up with all the available activities, plus links to...

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Everybody needs a rock

Everyone always asks where we find children’s books, and the truth is, the best ones always come recommended by my mother. How lucky we are to have a teacher in the family! This past weekend, my four year-old grabbed Byrd Baylor’s  Everybody Needs a Rock off her bookshelf, and was instantly smitten. This lovely story is that rare one that doesn’t talk down to kids, it doesn’t speak in rhymes as it describes how important it is that every kid has one special rock in their lives. Even more than a tricycle. Even more than a three-room playhouse. The...

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Give it a wrist

Last week, I went on a tear searching for sugarless alternatives for my kids’ Easter baskets, to make up for the caloric annual care package from my inlaws.. For my oldest daughter, I was so glad to have discovered the sweet handmade felt wristlets from Cheryland. My near 6-year-old is definitely at the age where less is more, and she doesn’t need room for much more than a couple of bucks so the small size works for her little hands. If you want something a little bigger, grab a pencil pouch which also make a fun gift bag alternative when...

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Mother and child reunion

The world of parents are divided into two kinds: Those who swear by child leashes and those who…well, don’t. Admittedly, I’m in the second camp (wayyyy in the second camp), but I do understand that everyone has their own circumstances and makes the decisions they think are best for their families. Even so, I do like the products out there that help us get a rein on our kids in the least leash-like way possible, which is why I think the new Mother Child Bag has got it going on. These colorful modern totes have both a shoulder strap...

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Environmentally friendly school fundraiser? Reader Q&A

I’m trying to find a good elementary school fundraiser for my daughter’s school to change things up a bit in the coming school year. I’d love to do one that doesn’t involve that ubiquitous cookie dough or wrapping paper….and would be thrilled to find one that is green or at least environmentally friendly. -Dina Having bought my weight in both gaudy wrapping paper and 75-ingredient cookie dough all in the name of fundraising, I am all for spreading the word on more interesting alternatives. Here are some of my favorite ideas that not only do some good, they’re products...

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You can totally judge me by a book’s cover.

You can’t throw a rock without hitting a Twilight t-shirt, but now you can finally use 100% cotton to demonstrate your devotion to the greats of the literary world. Salinger. Hemingway. Rand. Bradbury. We’re talking total street cred with the indie crowd, plus dazzlingly good taste in books. Out of Print Clothing celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion and public service. Each t-shirt is treated to feel as comfortable and worn as a well-read book, and the classic and out-of-print book covers printed on them are striking works of art. From the universally recognized red horse of Catcher...

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Spring shopping fever? We’ve got the cure.

My heart is aflutter after taking a peek at Magpie Lovely again. We’ve raved about the site before, and its enchanting selection of original handmade work by a number of different independent artists, but I have to admit, I’m spending the most time drooling over the clothing section for kids right now. Check out this incredibly adorable and surprisingly affordable upcycled Vespa dress (shown). Once a man’s button-up, this little number is somehow sophisticated and heart-meltingly cute all rolled into one. Now when you’re done looking at the dress, don’t miss this amazing scarf made from recycled men’s oxford...

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Prayers for the modern mama

The short, tongue-in-cheek “prayers” you’ll find in Tracy Mayor’s Mommy Prayers are perfect for believers and non-believers alike. Because no matter our faith, we can all agree that yes, we’ve all recited some version of the Before the Meltdown prayer–you know, the one that ends with a desperate plea to just please please please please let us get to the parking lot before all hell breaks loose. It shouldn’t surprise me that a Brain, Child magazine editor like Mayor brings a cheeky we’ve-all-thought-it-even-if-we-haven’t-said-it approach to the parental quest for serenity. This is the perfect gift for every new mom,...

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Patently cool.

In 2009 in the US, there were over 200,000 patent applications and over four million births. Clearly, we are a very creative country, if you get my meaning. So if you know a one-of-a-kind baby, we’ve got a great gift idea: Celebrate enterprise, ingenuity, and good ol’ snuggly cuteness with a custom Patent Personalized Onesie from CMP fave mitetees. Just give them the birthday of the future Einstein in question, and they’ll send you an adorable onesie or tee up to size 6T proclaiming his or her numerical uniqueness.  And of course you can order them for your own...

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The skinny on scrumptious, kid-friendly recipes

We’re all trying to eat better, right? And preparing fresh, healthy food for our families is no problem at all, what with our busy lives, children’s picky palates, and our own dietary restrictions as we head into swimsuit season (ahem). Yeah. Here comes chef Jennifer Iserloh, a.k.a. The Skinny Chef, to the rescue. This media maven is something of an everycook–not only does her site boast an impressive category of kid-friendly recipes that are as delicious as they are nutritious, she makes it all palatable for the entire family. Read: She offers up a wine pairing for that Butternut...

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This one is for the mamas to be who need a night out on the town

While we don’t tend to cover a lot of local events, we’ve got so many NYC readers (holla!) that we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you new moms and mamas-to-be about this one: Our friends at Big City Moms and The Bump are hosting a huge honking Biggest Baby Shower Ever that is not to be missed. There will be tons of food, insane gift bags and freebies from 55 seriously cool companies, eco-tips for new moms from Dr. Greene, great advice from the Bump’s Carly Roney, and we’d imagine, lots of glowing women in cute empire-waist dresses....

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