Month: April 2010

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution – Sign us up for the front lines

Well, call me a sucker for a cute dad with a British accent who knows his way around a chef’s knife, but Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution has singlehandedly changed my Friday nights. And much much more. Oliver is best known for his previous TV series, The Naked Chef, where his energetic presentation and simple approach to cooking won over legions of home cooks. But now he’s parlayed his passion for food into a desire to change in the way people eat in America. If you haven’t yet caught the reality show, it chronicles the chef’s adventures in Huntington, West...

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The nursing bag that’s like little magic elves are carrying your sippy cups

I have a very valuable piece of information that I will share with you. It’s the Number One Thing that you should consider when buying a diaper bag, and it comes from a mother that has had at least quadruple the number of diaper bags as I have had kids.  Your number one consideration should be: How much does the bag weigh before I load it up with wipes, bottles, sippy cups, snacks, toy cars and princess cell phones? Because I promise you, no matter how much you like the look of a bag, if you feel like you...

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Practicing safe electronics

My beloved new MacBook is now as much a part of my kitchen table as the napkin stand but, in such a high-traffic spot, my laptop is in constant danger of a small person dribbling a juice box over the keys. Instead of constantly playing defense, I now use protection with iSkin.    Despite its brand name — second only to the iPad in its unfortunate mental imagery — iSkin makes a smart ProTouch Keyboard Protector that should make computer-loving moms jump for joy. This thin silicone covering lays across a laptop’s keys, with raised key for easier typing and...

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Taking a look at The Big Picture with Uncle Rock

More predictable kids’ music CD’s throw in a few songs about cuddly toys, naptime and making friends. Kindie-rock darling Uncle Rock croons instead about his friend Bigfoot, staying up the night the lights went out, and a big garbage barge on his new CD, The Big Picture. If you’ve been reading Cool Mom Picks for a while, you know that we go w-a-y back to 2006 in our praise for Uncle Rock’s brand of good ol’ rock-n-roll with deep earthy bass lines, jangly acoustic guitar and a voice that can go all Elvis-y or Buddy Holly on a moments notice....

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A penny saved is a piece of the planet saved

One of the things about all those pennies laying around at the bottom of drawers or under the couch is that they are, well, laying around doing nothing. Rather than leave those coins to clog up the vacuum cleaner, why not use your extra pennies as a way to get your kids involved in some very cool conservation projects? Pennies for the Planet has organized a way to do just that. Get your kids collecting all that spare change and funnel the money into conservation projects like protecting the shorebirds along California’s coast, the coastal marshes in Louisiana, and...

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Cool Mom Picks loves ebay’s World of Good

When World of Good by eBay invited us to pick our favorite fair trade Mother’s Day gifts, we replied with a resounding “yes!” What better way to celebrate moms than with products that support people and communities in need. So we scoured the thousands amazing items and picked six favorites that we’d love to get ourselves on Mother’s Day — like the gorgeous rose garden ceramic vase that’s handcrafted by mothers in Vietnam and might just be the perfect way to deliver those Mother’s Day flowers. Or take my favorite item, the batik cotton scarf (pictured) that — for only $30 I...

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Little feet love Cienta

God I love me some Zappos. While I was on there, trying to figure out how not to blow our entire monthly budget on new shoes for my fast-growing kids, I came across a brand called Cienta that was new to me. The nearly 20-year old, eco-conscious Spanish children’s shoe label makes one of my favorite styles of shoes for girls — a summery slip-on canvas sneaker with a mary-jane style strap and a thick, flexible sole. It’s a style that does double duty as a sturdy playground shoe and a casual girls’ dress shoe that looks adorable with skirts...

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On April 16, shove those tax papers where the sun won’t shine

No matter how I fare in the annual rite of Tax Reporting, on April 16 I cannot wait to get rid of all the papers and receipts and do-dads I’ve had to hold on to for a year. A bonfire would be nice, but I’m not that rebellious, so instead I’ll just be a little naughty with Knock Knock’s cheeky File Folders. With three folders in each set, I should be able to ram all my tax detritus where the sun won’t shine and file piles of paper away in minutes. Organizing paperwork never felt so satisfying. Depending on...

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Web Coolness – spring activities for babies, rock n roll camp for girls, crafts for moms

Here are some of the stories we’ve enjoyed reading on the web this week. We hope you will too. Beautiful roundup of vintage Alice in Wonderland illustrations through the years from Junior Society. Make and Takes presents a handmade paper corsage tutorial in time for Mother’s Day. (shown) The Rookie Moms share this smart — and free  — spring activity idea with babies Fabulous story on Portland’s Rock n Roll Camp for Girls at Parentdish Time Out New York has a great feature on kids’ birthday party games and activities for the DIYers, or those who just want to...

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Free Starbucks Coffee today! It’s not too late. (Or too early.)

I’m definitely a fan of free stuff, especially when it’s free Starbucks coffee on Tax Day, which will help take that sting of sending out that check today just a teeny bit. This little goodie for us java addicts is actually part of Starbucks’ very cool green project called “The Big Picture” in which they are encouraging folks to ditch the paper cups and bring their own reusable mugs. Don’t think losing your one little paper cup will make a difference? The collective effort is already saving 24 trees a day, and counting. (Last we checked there were more than a...

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