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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Growth charts are growing cooler by the minute

Growth charts aren’t exactly one of those items that has overtaken the design world just yet. Mostly your options are semi-cheesy printed paper wallhangings, or what we use at my house — a pencil mark on a door frame. Klassy, I know! So I was blown away by the fabric growth charts from A E Wilder‘s Etsy shop. As much art as milestone marker, these hand embroidered linen charts are simply and lovely with found vintage button embellishments and pretty ribbon for hanging. They can be made all the more special if you have it personalized with your kiddo’s...

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You mean things can go somewhere other than the floor?

You know those special areas some people have in their entryways with hooks and nooks and spots for every last mitten, bat and cleat? Well, in my house, the catch-all we have is known as the floor. Yes, I have mudroom envy. But wait! It turns out that Martha feels my pain, and has created the perfect solution for all us organizationally challenged individuals — free standing storage benches and cube organizers with a beautiful selection of colored canvas drawers. The new Martha Stewart Living storage and organization collection has just hit Home Depot, and it’s made from substantial...

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How to train your dragon to sit on the couch

Sit. Speak. Shake. Breathe flame. Okay, now make the room more attractive. Go on. Good boy! You get a biscuit! Okay, so maybe it has nothing to do with the movie, and maybe it can’t sit up and beg, but I saw this duck’s egg blue and ivory dragon cushion by helkatdesign on the front page of Etsy and simply had to share it with you. I love the simple, iconic, elegant design. I adore that it’s handprinted in Wiltshire, UK using quality natural materials, so each one is unique. You even get to pick the ribbon color. Now...

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Happy Father’s Day, dawg

Not every guy is a jewelry guy but I am in admiration of those funky types who are. Meaning, those men who can pull off the hipster dog tag or chunky ID bracelet thing; not those with the Wookie chest hair and the gold Mr. T chains. For those dads in the former category, I just love this men’s custom dog tag from Penelope Poet, right in time for Father’s Day. No curlie-cue fonts here, just a sleek courier typewriter face, so he can display the children’s initials, birth dates, birthplace coordinates, or even a special nickname they call...

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Sesame Street goes green

I admit that I’m a complete sucker for most things Sesame Street, even since my kids have outgrown it. And now I’ve got even more reasons to invest in some muppetry, since discovering the terrific new Sesame Street Envirosax reusable shopping bags, found at CMP fave shop Cattiwampus. Aside from the very cool graphics, these washable, reusable bags are a really great way to promote going green, even for the under 5 set (heck, try under 35 set). Think of them for packed picnic lunches, library books, dance clothes, or up to 40 pounds of groceries (seriously). And I...

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Saying no to gladiator shoes

I have been coveting this one pair of Michael Kors slides since I slipped my feet into them at local trendanista boutique, Scoop. On three different occasions. The buttery leather and comfy flat sole coupled with the perfect shade of neutral made it tops on my casual summer shoe covet list. (Yes, I have multiple shoe covet lists subdivided by usage occasion. What? Doesn’t everyone?) Then I happened to spot the very same Michael Kors sandals for $50 off at Zappos and hello! Guess who has a fabulous new pair of shoes? While the upper had to break in...

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Timi & Leslie – taking the diaper out of diaper bags

The season has definitely changed around here, which means I’m putting away the sweaters and long pants, and switching handbags. Of course this leads to much hand wringing considering I’m completely attached to my super great, but very wintry, brown leather bag. But I have to say that I’m digging the new line of diaper bags from Timi & Leslie, which, unless you dig through the bag itself and discover diapers, just looks like a fantastic spring/summer handbag. My personal fave, the Hannah Diaper Bag (pictured), is awesome. I love the super trendy and versatile metallic tones (which by...

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Nut-free granola bars for safe snacking this summer

All three of my kids will attend a week of camp this summer which means I need to stock-up on yummy but somewhat healthy snacks to fuel all those kickball sessions. But I also need to keep those snacks free of peanuts because our summer camp, like so many other programs, is now peanut-free. Thankfully, I can now keep granola bars on my snack list with the TANABAR chewy granola bars from Peanut Free Planet — which live up to its name, with a totally nut-free facility. They’re all-natural and pack a hefty 7 grams of protein into each...

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A new app that teaches kids Chinese? Xie Xie! (Thank you!)

Yesterday my son had a playdate with a little Chinese girl, coincidentally the same day I downloaded Chinese for Munchkins to my iPhone. The amazed look on her face when I asked them if they had seen a hóu zi or a lóng (a monkey or a dragon) at school was priceless. The look on my son’s face was decidedly more, Woman, what are you doing!? Stop being a dork! Chinese for Munchkins is an adorable app to teach words for animals and numbers to kids, or frankly anyone who wants to learn a little bit about a language...

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Sex and the City 2, and a peek into the wardrobe of my dreams

The premiere of Sex and the City 2 hits tonight, and the women I’ve talked to seem to be divided into two groups: Those who care, and those who won’t admit they care — just a little bit. I admit it! I care! I want to gawk at Aiden, and marvel at everyone’s perfect triceps, and learn why the heck they’re riding camels in $16,000 outfits. For those of you who are interested in the always fabulous Patricia Field styling above all, check out the Sex and the City Closet on the movie’s website. This interactive app lets you...

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