Month: May 2010

It’s Memorial Day – get out the linen!

Memorial Day is here which means goodbye wool, hello breezy, beautiful linen. Even when it comes to your kids’ playthings. Have you ever loved a doll so much that you wanted to hug it? Wait, that’s ridiculous, even for a rhetorical question. Of course you want to hug dolls. But have you ever loved a doll so much that you didn’t want to hug it, so that it would last forever and ever? That’s how I feel about these linen dolls by Leilalou just into CMP fave, DC area boutique The Pajama Squid. Especially the Little Prince. Each vintage-inspired...

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Baby bloomers for a cause

I have already espoused my love for baby bloomers here on Cool Mom Picks. Their versatility really make them the perfect warm weather baby accessory. But with the adorable baby bloomers from CMP fave Raven & Lily, I just added another reason to my list – supporting an amazing group of women. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen, these beautiful baby bloomers are handmade by female artisans in Africa from repurposed local fabrics. The money they make benefits a co-op which offers assistance and support for these women and their communities. I love them under a dress or tunic, or...

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Boy’s First Birthday Party Ideas – Reader Q&A

I need some great first birthday party ideas and some adorable first birthday party attire for a little boy. Any suggestions? I am a recent follower, but a huge fan! Thanks! -Emilie Congratulations on the upcoming first birthday for your little guy! I’m sure you realize most one year-olds need nothing more than a lick of cupcake frosting and an empty box to play with, but I adore kid parties and think they can be a lot of fun for everyone gathered to share in the occasion. I hope some of these ideas help you plan a fun and memorable party for you all....

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Mommy’s little gentleman

It always seems like girls get the pick of the litter when it comes to cool accessories and boys are relegated to fourteen varieties of baseball caps. So if you’ve got a little hat connoisseur of the male persuasion, I strongly suggest this adorable spade canvas child’s driver cap from My Baby Clothes Boutique. The canvas is super light and lined with a cute cotton plaid, and it’s constructed to fit a bit loosely so it won’t make those little brows sweaty. Golfer in the family or not, this timeless cap is such an unexpected way to top off...

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Tastebudding helps make mealtime my favorite time

Some like Epicurious, some prefer FoodNetwork.com. But me, I tend to head straight to Chef Google when I need help finding a specific recipe, even though it takes a decent amount of time to nail down something that’s quick, simple, and kid-friendly. But then I stumbled upon the new, fabulous recipe site Tastebudding and it’s completely changed my life–and my dinner table. The brainchild of parents Jon and Sharon Yeatman, this smart, well-organized website allows you to search for healthy recipes with only fresh, natural ingredients that are great for the whole family. Similar to many recipe sharing sites...

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Scottish moors and candy shops, now by your sink

You know those old “Calgon, take me away!” commercials? You’ll get that feeling right by your kitchen sink when using natural body lotions by SEED. If you’re not sold on your current 100% natural body lotion, these were created by husband-wife team Rebecca and Benjamin who wanted to detox during pregnancy and lose some of the chemicals around the house. The result is a series of natural body products packed with the reportedly beneficial antioxidants of the mighty grapeseed. I found the lotions perform well after the shower with excellent, lasting, non-greasy moisture. Restful Lavender Sage is a pleasant...

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Happy birthday, bras!

The good old over the shoulder boulder holder is turning a whopping 100 today, and to thank her (is it a she? he? it?) for her amazing support (ahem) throughout the years, we thought it would be fun to round up a few of our favorite nursing bras for you expectant and nursing mamas. Now, it’s not just regular bras that have come a long way, baby. Nursing bras are definitely not what they used to be. In fact, with gorgeous bras like the ones from Cake lingerie bras (pictured) it’s hard to tell that they’re made for breastfeeding...

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Let It Be a stegosaurus

Now that I have a boy, I finally get it. The boy stuff at kids’ clothing stores is generally eclipsed by the bows, the polka dots, the kimonos, the bum ruffles. And then the boy gets a plain old striped shirt or a lame-o teddy bear when he’s born. So not fair. But I’ve found some rockin’ boys’ picks at finn’s finds, which has a great Memorial Day weekend sale going on right now with cool boys’ clothes you’ll love. All I can say of this Dino Beatles shirt from Milk on the Rocks is that I love it...

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Put a ring on it

The unofficial start of summer begins this weekend although truth be told, I’ve been wearing linen for a few weeks now. (Shhh . . .) Still, now I feel 100% comfortable flaunting my ivory colored pendants, my summery bangles, and my strappy sandals and no wardrobe police can stop me. While I’m at it, I’ve been wanting to add some fun costume-y turquoise something-or-other to my jewelry options. I’ve had my eye on the enamel, Mrs. Roper-esque kaleidoscope ring spotted at Fantasy Jewelry Box for a while now–this shop is like costume jewelry mecca–and I just finally hit purchase....

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Web Coolness – Cool teacher gifts, tween boy decor and what not to feed your children

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Design Mom paints her son’s room with perhaps the most awesome stencil in the history of all awesome stencils – along with the instructions to do it yourself. (shown) Still looking for a cool teachers gift?  One of the most thoughtful ideas we’ve ever seen at Joy Unexpected. Men’s Health reveals the 20 worst drinks in America, including a popular kids’ “juice” drink with more calories than a can of Pepsi. Eek! (via Gwen Bell) We love this list on Mashable of...

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