Month: May 2010

Coloring The World

The mom and pop team behind Smiling Planet has a line of totally adorable melamine-free tableware for kids that we’ve already introduced you to, that are pretty, safe and eco-positive. And now from The Deane family comes something just as new and just as cool: The same illustrations we loved on the plates, only in a whimsical coloring book with meditating cats and dogs. Yes, meditating cats and dogs. The book is called everyone dreams of peace even when they don’t, and I think Freddy Deane puts it best: “You can read it. You can color it. You can draw...

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The crib of my dreams. Thanks Bloom.

I have a confession: I have two children and I’ve never owned a crib. As a co-sleeping family, we’ve never really needed one. But now I’m going to tell you about the most beautiful crib I’ve ever seen, by which I mean the one that’s making me think I want it if I ever have another baby. Presenting the Luxo crib from Bloom. Sigh. Just look at it. Soft, clean lines. Beautiful colors (it’s available in a pure coconut white or a striking white and cappuccino combination). And the clincher? With an add-on conversion rail, it becomes a sleek...

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Babymoons go trendy

Doesn’t it seem like all the hip hotels cater to the barely-legal, barely-dressed, reality-stars-in-the-making crowd? Well, it’s nice to see one of the super cool hotel chains doing a little sumthin’, sumthin’ for the grown ups now. Specifically, grown-up women who are about to become mothers. W Hotels just introduced their Baby Me babymoon package in time for Mother’s Day last week, but lasting all year long. Even if you’ve traded in your string bikini for a skirted pregnancy bathing suit, you can still kick back by the pool and read your complimentary copy of Bump it Up, by...

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Made you Nook.

I’ve been known to be a bit, shall we say, obsessive, when it comes to finding healthy, environmentally-friendly products for my children. So when I stumbled upon Nook Sleep Systems, a brand-new line of baby and toddler mattresses and bedding, I was overjoyed for two reasons. One, these products look amazing. Two, turns out I’m not the only one obsessing over the health of my children. Nook will surely get any eco-mama drooling as much as I am. From an adorable eucalyptus and organic cotton Toddler Pillow, to a precious organic cotton NapSack, I love it all. But the...

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Getting the Pretty Back – Reason #112 why I’m still a huge Molly Ringwald fan

My relationship with Molly Ringwald spans several decades (oh God, that’s scary). From the minute she stepped into detention in The Breakfast Club to the birthday cake-eating moment on the dining room table with the cutest boy ever in Sixteen Candles, I was hooked. And who can forget her iconic style in Pretty in Pink. Yes, she and I grew up together. And apparently still continue to do so. Ringwald has just released a book called Getting The Pretty Back: Friendship, Family and Finding the Perfect Lipstick which I read cover to cover in one sitting. Filled with her...

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Baby mobiles are so 2009

I admit that baby mobiles never did much more for my kids than keep them entertained with their robotic songs and spinning cutesy stuffed animals. But moms-to-be hoping to get a modern bit of nursery decor out of the deal should be begging for a beautiful dream ring from CMP fave Blabla Kids. While these dream rings definitely serve a similar purpose as a mobile, they’re refreshingly different. The simple knit ring includes a hanging decorative themed piece, like the lovely apple tree (pictured) or the mermaid (so cute!), all hand knit by Peruvian artisans in a fair trade...

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Happy Mother’s Day!

We all just want to take a moment to wish all the cool moms, grandmoms, stepmoms and moms-to-be a very very happy Mother’s Day. We hope it brings all the relaxation, adoration, and appreciation you deserve every day of the year. –Liz, Kristen and Team Cool Mom Picks[mom tattoo card: betty...

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There’s still time to wow Mom

Mother’s Day is creeping ever so close, and dads, you may have remembered to order flowers for your mom, but did you remember to do something awesome for the mother of your kids? (Sorry, dudes. That’s your responsibility, too.) Don’t panic! There’s still time to go create the perfect Mother’s Day video to show her how much you love her, over at Animoto. You choose the template, then upload your photos and choose what song the 30-second homage is set to use. Animoto takes care of the rest–the animation, the special effects, the complete wow factor. It’s easy, it’s...

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Let Cool Mom Picks and Ideeli shower you with roses for Mother’s Day

We are all staunch devotees of the members-only luxury sale site, Ideeli, which has perhaps the most consistent array of high-end designer clothing and accessories at fabulous prices, along with giveaways that even we find ourselves entering. So we are thrilled and honored to have curated our own Cool Mom Picks – Ideeli giveaway just for Mother’s Day. And we want one of you to win! While there’s nothing wrong with roses for moms, we took it a step further with a $500 rose pampering package that will please everyone from a first-time mama-to-be, to your family’s esteemed matriarch....

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Bags with a most interesting birth story

I’m not the flashiest dresser, but I love to wear accessories that have people asking Where did you get that? This spring, the objects of my obsession include Eco Party Mearry’s new bags at CMP fave Poketo! online. Repurposed from Seoul nylon advertising banners that would normally spend the next gazillion years decomposing in a dump, their Recycled Street Banner Bags are each one-of-a-kind, and are the perfect size for running errands or a day at the park. And if you like to pat yourself on the back, tell everyone how the bag is made by a non-profit from...

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To Mama With Love will make your mama proud she raised such a great kid

I spend a lot of time looking at great Mother’s Day gifts (anyone see our Mother’s Day Gift Guide?) but that doesn’t mean I don’t procrastinate right along with the best of you.  Which is why I can practically smell the annual Mother’s Day’s burnt toast, and I still don’t have anything for my own beloved mama. How perfect that I just learned about To Mama With Love, a collaborative online art project that lets me create a mini-page (or “heartspace”) in honor of my mom, telling her in photos, videos and words, how much she has meant to...

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Where it’s always cool o’clock

There’s a curious trend right now, a vicious but lovely circle in which interior design for adults takes inspiration from art for children, which was in turn inspired by interior design for adults. To put it succinctly, as we mentioned recently, design is going from the diaper changing table to the dinner table and back again. And this, dear friends, is a good thing. It means more owls and whales and flowers for everyone, but with a chic edge. Take, for example, Lulabird. The quirky, clever clocks and wall art from this hip British outfit are all created with...

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School lunch packing made easy

Back when I used to pack my own lunches for work, I can’t tell you the number of times I lost or tossed (oops!) perfectly good silverware. And now that I’m in charge of my daughter’s noontime meals, I’m afraid the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. So I’m thinking about grabbing one of these urban picnic rollups from NstarStudio to help me solve my school lunch packing woes. They remind me of those cool crayon caddies we’ve featured here on the site except instead of organizing your art supplies, the picnic rollups keep your forks, knives, and...

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Web Coolness – Almost Mother’s Day Edition

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Would you buy the Better Marriage Blanket? Would you like one for Mother’s Day? We would. If we could stop laughing. (Via Dadcentric) An excellent roundup of charity gifts for Mother’s Day at the Have Fun Do Good blog A sweet Mother’s Day craft idea at Parentdish Real Beauty editors offer their own moms’ beauty tips in honor of Mother’s Day. Which celebrity dads adore their wives as moms? Hopefully all of them, but find a few good ones at Stroller Traffic....

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Tegu blocks build way more than imaginations

You know, you think a block is a block is a block. Then something like Tegu comes around and suddenly those regular blocks your kids play with just seem you know…like regular blocks. If you haven’t heard of Tegu, they’re the eco-friendly, Honduran-made building blocks with magnets inside. Which means your kids can be creative as they want to be, unhindered by either boring gravity or 90-degree angles. The blonde hardwood cubes and planks themselves are simple and beautifully smooth and the appeal is remarkable–my three year-old is as captivated as a seven year-old friend. They’re not cheap–prices are...

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Yep, they can hear you now

I gave up on my Bluetooth headset for my mobile phone a while back; I was always forgetting to charge it, and on the rare occasions when I didn’t, I had trouble getting it to stay in my ear, and the sound quality was terrible. So despite all the hype about Jawbone’s new line of ICON headsets for mobile phones — which, I have to admit, are pretty cool-looking, with an option to suit just about any style — I wasn’t sure I’d actually, you know, use it. This is one of those occasions when I’m delighted to have...

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The perfect little black (and white) maternity dress

Back when I was pregnant with my kids (you know, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth), “nursing dress” was synonymous with “giant chest flaps on something shapeless and ugly.” Sad but true. So you’ll have to pardon me for feeling like you pregnant and nursing mamas today have it easy when there are options like this striped jersey dress from Polarn O. Pyret that we just came across I mean, forget that it’s totally versatile and on trend, and the soft jersey will work through the summer and well into fall with the addition of leggings; forget that the...

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If you can read this, thank a teacher. Like, today.

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week, meaning free pedicures and lattes should be raining down on all those lovely people who take care of our kids’ precious minds throughout the school year. So, don’t hold back: Tell a teacher how much you appreciate all the hard work they do. And while you’re thinking about the teachers in your life, it’s a great time to pick up something special for those end-of-year teacher gifts. Something easier to wrap than pedicures and lattes. -Christina Sweet Treats I have two words for you: School Lunches. I think our teachers deserve a little something...

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Bit’z and totally awesome pieces

On a near daily basis, I find myself thinking, “Dude, I wish I were in NYC.” The museums, the subway, the food, the conferences, the shopping, the excitement, the hanging out with CMP editor Liz. [ed note: Come visit any time! -Liz] Life in The Big Apple just seems so bright and shiny and hip compared to my lazy days in the suburbs. Okay, my days are not lazy at all, but you get what I mean. Once I saw the cute collection of clothes and doodads at Bit’z Kids, I had one more reason to sigh wistfully. Located...

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Full hearts, full bellies for moms everywhere

What was my favorite Mother’s Day gift ever? My TomTom, definitely, because I can get lost in a wet paper sack. But I’m lucky. Incredibly lucky. Even if my family completely forgets me this weekend, I still have a home, my health, and all the vegan waffles I can eat. Not so elsewhere in America. 1 in 9 American senior citizen–mothers, aunts, and grandmothers–face the threat of hunger. The Meals on Wheels Association of America recently launched a new campaign called Meals for Moms to bring attention to this national dilemma. If you’re still looking for a way to...

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