Month: July 2010

The perfect little summer bag, for under $30. Hello!

With a Caribbean business trip coming up (I know, cry for me) I started looking into cute little summery bags. Something just big enough for a room key, a camera and maybe a little scarf for my shoulders should the breeze fall below oh, say 75 at night. When I happened upon this adorable straw bag at J Crew I loved everything about it – the hue of the cornhusk straw, the subtle metallic straps that make it a nice easy evening bag too, and most especially the price. It’s on sale now for just $29. Is it awesome...

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The secret is out on these princesses

I’ve fought the princessification of my girls valiantly, as a mama who wants her girls to admire heroes who don’t wait around for some dumb prince to find their happiness. As you may guess, it didn’t work; they love princess everything, though I try to keep all the tiaras, gowns and storybooks confined to their very-pink bedroom. So why is The Secret Lives of Princesses front and center on my coffee table? [see the giveaway after the jump] If ever a princess book was made to appeal to grown-ups as well as their offspring, this is it. Originally written...

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Wearing your favorite doll on your chest

We just can’t get enough of the adorable knit dolls and beautiful baby mobiles from one of the fair trade pioneers in the kids category, Blabla Kids. They are consistently some of the best baby gifts out there. Truth be told, I’m a bit obsessed with their online shop am there more than I’d care to admit, and so I was pleased to see that they’ve recently added a new line of t-shirts which is something I’ve been eagerly waiting for. The soft cotton tees feature images of their well loved dolls and my personal favorite has to be...

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An online craft fair for the eco-conscious

“Think big, shop small” is the call to action from a gorgeous site called Cosa Verde. have some of my favorite buzzwords from the get-go: Handmade goods, independent artists, and sustainably made. It’s like an aggregator of beautiful items from artists who sell elsewhere (like Etsy or Artfire) but with a focus entirely on eco-friendly items. One of my other favorite buzzwords? Handmade hippos! Poking around the site I found a repurposed wool sweater that’s an utterly fabulous, delicately-hued lovey. Or, if you are looking for non-reincarnated artisan clothing, I adore the organic Little Red Riding Hood One-Piece which...

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They say it’s your birthday!

With Liz’s daughter Thalia and my daughter Quinlan celebrating their 5th and 6th birthdays today and tomorrow respectively, I figured it would be fun to highlight some of our favorite birthday picks we’ve found recently. Besides, it will take our minds off the fact that we now have 5 and 6 year-olds. Eek, how did that happen? Now, we’ve been counting down the big day around here since last year, but the Big Day Birthday countdown chains (pictured right) certainly do make life, or at least the month prior to the actual birthday, a bit more tolerable. Whether you’re...

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Finally, the digital camera that makes your kids smile.

Getting my four year old daughter to smile for the camera is harder than you can imagine. She doesn’t like sitting still, much less actually looking at the camera and posing for a picture. Sound familiar? That’s why I was so happy to get the chance to check out the Samsung TL205 DualView Camera. This is a nice, slim point-and-shoot camera that offers something I haven’t seen on any other camera — an LCD display on the front. Yes, the front. This front LCD display is activated separately from the one on the back, and simply turning it on...

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I think I’m in pre-love. With sterling.

Did you ever have a crush on that older, out-of-reach guy back when you were in high school? (And no, I’m not talking about Edward.) This dreamboat was way out of your league, but then you realized he had a younger brother in your grade who was maybe even cuter and much more accessible. Well, it’s possible to have that same exact experience with jewelry. [see fantastic offer after the jump] So you know we love the gorgeous jewelry from Monica Rich Kosann and The Fine Art of Family. But you also know we do more swooning than flaunting,...

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Buy buy birdie

I’m a self-confessed bag junkie so it’s no big surprise that I flipped when I saw the Stack of Birds tote from Spur Stor. It’s oversized enough to fit all my beach stuff and cute enough for me to use for every day stuff. And, of course it’s perfect for grocery shopping, because who doesn’t use reusable bags nowadays, right? [don’t miss the great offer after the jump] The totes are only $24 and are printed in orange (my fave) and aqua on 100% natural cotton. And, I don’t know why, but the funky retro bird design just makes...

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A crib with a view

Back about six years ago when I was shopping for our first crib, they were still made only for sleeping babies and not for their style-conscious parents. But these days, moms have a whole array of amazing, inspired options, and one of the most incredible we’ve ever seen are the super cool new Ubabub cots. Most of the newer, modern designer cribs at baby furniture stores still give some sort of nod to the old classic bar sided cribs, but not Ubabub, which really has reinvented crib design. The versatile Pod (pictured) as well as the mid-century inspired Nifty...

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Custom Sigg bottles at Cafe Press. Copyright: You.

Remember when CafePress first launched? They offered what seemed to me like a whole lot of not much, onto which you could have imprinted your website logo or your dog’s photo. Because you know, everyone needs a dog photo lucite key chain. But there’s so much more now. First off, you can design your own SIGG bottles now, and right in time for back-to-school season. Indeed Sigg reusable water bottles had issues last year when their older bottles were recalled due to BPA concerns with the liners–and these aren’t those. For those of you still in the market for...

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Picky people holla! Then go cook with Yummly.

Although it makes my southern grandmother fan herself and say, Lawsy, I’m not much of a cook. When I do need a recipe, I hop on the internet and zap from recipe site to recipe site, trying to find just the right one. Oh, and it has to be dairy-free and be utterly devoid of capers, raisins, warm apples, or tuna.. But there’s a new site in town, and  it’s made just for picky people like me. Yummly is basically a match.com for recipes, meets food website search engine, with a little Yelp thrown in for fun. Here’s the...

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The huge summer sale that’s molto bella at Estella

Estella is one of our favorite NYC boutiques, and it’s also Italian for star. (I mention this only because it makes me crave Italian cream cake.)  While Estella definitely sells the kind of designer kids clothing that makes you wish for a bigger budget, they’re having an amazing sale right now that’s certainly worth a look when you’re inside, taking a break from the humidity. At the Estella summer sale, you’ll find several luxe selections I love like lovely Album de Famiglia snap-front tunics for 50% off. I also like some sweet dresses from Estella’s own line which are...

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Target scores two new celebrity baby clothes collections.

It used to be that celebrities went and made their own line of exercise tapes (yes, tapes), or salad dressings or bad handbags. I’m so glad to see that now some of them are getting into the children’s apparel business, with some decent results. In fact, two new lines just launched at Target today at such great prices, parents are going to be thrilled. [don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!] First off, Baby Buggy, Jessica Seinfeld’s excellent NY based charity supporting families in need, has teamed up with Target to create a small Baby Buggy for Target line...

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Dr. Seuss chuck taylors – We do like them Sam I am

I didn’t think it was possible to love Converse sneakers any more that I already do until I stumbled upon their new line of Dr. Seuss shoes and–surprise!–my obsession continues. Now, I don’t think I could get away with the adult versions, though my 20-year old inner hipster begs to differ. However, the kids’ Dr. Seuss shoes are ridiculously cute. Take the awesome “Thing 1” high tops or if you prefer, the low tops (at right) that feature Thing’s little mug on the ultra cool double tongue. I also really like the Cat in the Hat inspired chucks, which...

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Happy Fourth of July cool moms!

Whether you stay up late enough for fireworks this year or you’re lying in bed in the dark, fingers crossed that the loud noise does not wake the baby (PLEASE GOD DO NOT WAKE THE BABY), all of us at Cool Mom Picks wish you a  Happy Fourth. May the drinks be cold, the marshmallows be perfectly grilled, and the kids let you almost feel relaxed. And to all of our non-U.S. readers, Happy regular old Sunday. The very cool American flag image is made using Uncle Goose’s President blocks which you will find at our affiliate...

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A little retro red, white, and blue

I’m all about dressing my kids in festive attire when a holiday rolls around, but I prefer when I can put them in it well beyond that one special day. In other words, no “Happy Independence Day 2010” tees for us today. [don’t miss the one day discount after the jump] What I do love though is this sweet summer tank dress from Misha Lulu, a CMP fave that’s known for their cool fabric combinations and unique designs. I’m big on the adorable retro graphics paired with the fun, bright skirt, making this summer beach dress a lovely change...

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The Cool Mom Picks Guide to surviving Disneyland

We’re hardly Disney fanatics around my place, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a princess loving daughter who still gets giddy at the sight of Ariel and Tiana. And so, I was pretty excited when we were invited on a press trip to check out Disneyland, California Adventure, and especially their new World of Color water and light show. If you’re planning your own visit, learn from my experiences! Here’s a simple Cool Mom Picks guide to help make your visit a cooler and more enjoyable one. Avoid the lines (yes, it’s possible!) There are a few ways...

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The picnic blanket you’ll actually use… I promise

I’m always kind of envious of those other more-prepared-than-I-am moms. You know the ones: They have an extra sippy cup when one falls on the ground, they carry Band-Aids everywhere, and they’re never without an extra snack or two. Ah, but do they have a picnic blanket in that bag of theirs? Because now I do. (Hmmm, I wonder if that makes me one of them?) Either way, the Central Park Picnic Blanket from Skip*Hop has been making my spring and summer much easier (and way more fun!) ever since we received one to check out. From trips to...

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This travel cup suits me to a tea

I’m not a coffee drinker. (I know, I know, there must be some part of the mom gene that I’m missing.) Needless to say, I kind of feel left out in the mornings when everyone else is sipping a fancy latte or iced coffee at the school drop off and I’m standing there empty-handed. Not anymore. Now that I’ve discovered the Libre Tea Glass, I’ve got a special drink of my own brewing (literally) each morning as I make the trek to school. It really is the coolest thing. I just put my favorite loose-leaf tea into the glass,...

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Youtopia

I’ll be honest — as an art teacher, I was once opposed to rubber stamps. Then I realized that giving children some handy, thoughtfully designed building blocks for their two-dimensional world can be the perfect springboard into confidence and imagination. The Cityscape Stamp Set by Yellow Owl Workshop includes five maple-mounted, natural rubber stamps reminiscent of San Francisco, thanks to the tree and bike stamps nestled between skyscrapers and houses. You get a road, too, but there’s no rule about how much greenspace you can create. The stamps come all snuggled up in a lovely, hand-finished birch box for...

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