Month: August 2010

The reinvention of the sippy cup

Last summer I tried my hand at canning. Let’s just say the results were less than spectacular. Fast forward to today when I’m watching my kids drink out of a pair of EIO Kids Cups. Abundance of empty, unused canning jars problem solved. In case I’m seeming a little too vague here, I can explain.  The EIO Kids Cup is a brilliantly designed little sippy cup that’s not really a sippy cup. It consists of a glass jar, a cute silicone sleeve (which makes the glass much easier to hold) and a BPA-, phthalate-, PVC-free plastic lid. And the...

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Lunch punch to the school lunch rescue!

It’s only a week into school around here in the deep south, and already I hear a lot of my mom friends complaining that they’ve exhausted their lunchmaking tricks. Well, thanks to the new lunch punch styles, there’s no need to throw in the towel just yet. Whether your kiddo is just anti-crust or you’re looking for a way to spice up that same old PB ‘n J, the these cookie cutter-type punches are made just for sandwiches and we’ve loved them since we first found them last year. I’ll probably snag both of the new styles from sandwishes...

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This keepsake baby gift will hang around for good

I don’t know about you, but my friends have been popping out babies pretty regularly for the last few years and it’s getting tricky to always think of an original new baby gift. (They expect a lot from a Cool Mom Picks reviewer, let me tell you!) [don’t miss a fab giveaway after the jump!] Thankfully, I’ve found the perfect keepsake baby gift for the next round of newborns in my life: The adorable personalized Baby Hanger from long-time CMP favorite, Julian & Co. Hand-crafted out of maple, this hanger has a beautiful sterling silver plate affixed to the...

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Tennis, anyone?

The US Open has always been one of the coolest thing about living and parenting in New York. It’s one of the few sporting events that doesn’t cost your family six hundred gazillion dollars, you’re pretty much guaranteed not to have a drunken, obscenity-spewing fan next to you, and it’s not too hard to explain the rules. See, that guy hits it and that guy hits it back, okay? Well this Saturday is is more than just the US Open, it’s the 15th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day, and our friends at Stonyfield Farm are sponsors once again. Which...

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The video baby monitor that just may turn you into a video baby monitor fan.

In my now six year tenure as a parent, I’ve learned you should never say never. Because there’s a good chance, especially if you have more than one kid, that your never will come back to bite you in the butt. So while I can say with confidence that I will never purchase a wipes warmer, since using the new Philips Avent digital video baby monitor, I’m now eating a few of my words about video baby monitors. To be fair, this cool monitor is much different than some of the heftier models I’ve seen (and admittedly, joked about),...

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Last season’s kids clothes mean this season’s score

Though I’m definitely smitten with some of the pricier kids designer clothes, I’d much rather pay last season’s prices. Or less. So, if you’re like me and aren’t so concerned with what season your kids’ clothes are from, then I’ve got a boutique you’re going to love. Owner Janet Skolka stocks the virtual shelves of Jilly Bo Billy with cool baby and kids’ items from seasons past, plus and awesome sample sale finds, all of which are priced significantly lower than retail. Right now, there’s a whole ton of Misha Lulu clothing for girls, some marked down more than...

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Art you can wear. Thanks Erica Rosenfeld.

People who know me live and in person tell me they often think of me in terms of my jewelry – big, chunky, interesting, often made of glass. Yes, glass. And when they ask where I got it, I find myself saying, more often than not, “It’s Erica Rosenfeld’s.” Erica Rosenfeld is not a friend whose jewelry I swipe, but an incredible Brooklyn artist who does fabulous things with glass techniques and beading. I’ve seen her inspired work go from a couple of local boutiques, to museum shops, to Barney’s. (Hello!) And not surprisingly at all; her work is...

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The Cool Mom Picks guide to a cooler Orlando vacation. Part 2: The 5 and under Set

This is the second post in a three-part series on Orlando vacation tips from Cool Mom Picks.   Traveling with kids under five comes with its own set of challenges. The first challenge being: Should I even do this at all? We unequivocally say, yes! As frequent travelers ourselves, we know that the earlier you travel with kids, the sooner they become good travelers–which means new experiences, broader horizons, and meals after which you don’t have to do the dishes. (Heh.) So how do you get the most out of an Orlando vacation with the littlest kids? We’ve got some...

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The Britax B-READY – My mid-toddler crisis stroller, in candy-apple red

After a pinched nerve sidelined my beloved babywearing, I was stuck in mid-toddler crisis. But the stroller that saved me can save more than just moms of chunky two-year-olds. It can help moms slinging around newborns in buckets, moms with bad backs, and anyone who likes their strollers like their sports cars– smooth, flexible, and flashy. The Britax B-READY is a full-size modular stroller that will take you all the way from your first grocery trip with a new baby to a balky four-year-old who suddenly gets tired at the mall. It’s ultra-adaptable, with 14 possible configurations and can...

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BabyLegs can’t get cuter, but they can get smaller

If you’re not yet familiar with BabyLegs *gasp* then just picture adorable legwarmers in about a zillion fun patterns for the baby and toddler set. They’re such a perfect alternative to tights and leggings in the colder months, and so great for protecting crawling knees year round, that they’re now pretty much a baby essential right up there with baby wipes and butt cream. But wait! There’s something new! We’re so excited to see that the brand has launched brand new newborn sized BabyLegs so you can get those sweet, chubby little newborn thighs wrapped up in them right...

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Stuffed animals that help real animals

Thanks to a certain animated show, my daughter now ties her stuffed animals to chairs and then attempts to save them using only teamwork and a pom-pom hat. It’s not my cup of tea, but I do like the idea of encouraging kids to help animals, which is why I like Oomfy. This new business turns that cartoon altruism into real world good. Every time you purchase a stuffed animal and its companion book from Oomfy, a portion of the proceeds goes to support the rescue, rehabilitation, and eventual release of displaced and orphaned baby wild animals. The stuffed...

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Johnson’s Natural means more naturals for all.

When I first heard that Johnson & Johnson was coming out with a line of natural baby products, I was intrigued. My first thought was, it’s about time that there’s a choice like this for the moms out there who can’t afford the high-end natural stuff at the health food stores. So when I was asked to work with the company as a consultant and spokesperson, I was honored. Thrilled even. I might have peed a little. (But only because I’m pregnant.) Especially after taking the products home, trying them out on my own kiddos, and seeing that wow,...

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Many hands–and voices–come together to help Haiti

I was a teen when Live Aid rocked the world, and saw how powerful musicians can be when they come together for a cause. Now, many years later, another group of musicians has come together, this time on a fabulous children’s CD to benefit the Haitian People’s Support Project which helps the people in Haiti who are still recovering from the devastating earthquake. And, in case you were wondering: The music, like the cause, is awesome. Conceived by versatile musician and CMP favorite, Dean Jones, the album Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti quickly became a reality after receiving the support and label backing from Spare...

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An Awesome Book. ‘Nuff said.

Let me give you 3 reasons why An Awesome Book by artist Dallas Clayton is indeed an awesome book: 1. For every book sold, The Awesome World Foundation will donate one book to schools, hospitals, camps, and shelters. 2. The artwork and story are original and compelling, and include rocket-powered pink unicorns. 3. Justin Timberlake likes it. I think this review has just written itself, but for the sake of awesomeness, I’ll go on. Clayton’s motives for penning the book are written in his bio on the website in poem form. To paraphrase, he likes to make beautiful things,...

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Method and Cleanwell sitting in a tree

If I could think of the perfect merger, two companies I love so much that I want them to get together, do things behind closed doors, and then make product babies together, it would probably be Method and Cleanwell. Well guess what? We are so delighted to get to share the brand new breaking news about the new line of Method Antibac, powered by the most awesome Cleanwell which we love because they use plant oils for antibacterial power, and not freaky chemicals. It’s based on thyme, people. Thyme. The Method antibacterial wipes are a new fixture in our...

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A match made in baby nursery decor heaven. (Is there such a thing?)

If I could, I’d spend all day shopping for home decor. But with a gaggle of kids, that whole bull in a china shop analogy springs to mind. Thankfully, I an lean on the membership sales sites like One Kings Lane and their crazy mad discounted prices. And this week they’ve got a super cool sale just for the design snob parents of the world. This weekend’s doozy of a Toastmaster Tag Sale features uber cool kid’s furniture designer and rock star wife Jennifer Delonge. Head there for access to some of her fave handpicked one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, plus–bonus–you’ll...

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Save the Gulf, one beautiful piece of art at a time

Just a couple of weeks ago, our editor-in-chief Liz and I were one of 2400 attendees at the BlogHer conference in New York City. And aside from the awesome sessions and fantastic parties, we had the opportunity to be a part of the Voices of the Year gala and art auction, an amazing event co-hosted by our friends at Kirtsy featuring hundreds of beautiful blog-inspired artwork. The best part: All of it is now being auctioned off on eBay to support the Gulf recovery. Each week, a new set of gorgeous pieces will be listed in an eBay auction,...

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Web coolness – Shopping gets cinematic, Maclaren’s Beatles stroller, and the cutest lemonade stand

Here are some things we’ve liked seeing around the web this week. We hope you will too. We love what Ralph Lauren Kids is doing with their online catalog! (shown)  It’s the first shoppable children’s storybook, and Harry Connick Jr. narrates too. This week on Babycenter’s Momformation, we tip readers off to the new Maclaren Yellow Submarine stroller. Is it the fab-est thing on four stroller wheels, or what? An incredible story on Mom Trends: One of our favorite mom bloggers had a car seat for review that malfunctioned, leading to an entire halt in production. Yay for responsive...

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New luggage for child-free getaway? Reader Q&A

My husband and I are taking our first real vacation since our honeymoon without any of our three children! I’m in desperate need of some new luggage and I’m wondering if you have any recommendations. Thanks, Rhonda First, congratulations on your upcoming getaway! I have three kids as well and still remember how special it was to go away without them for the first time. While we’re fans of packing light and using carry-on bags as much as possible, keep in mind all these brands make both larger and smaller pieces. –Christina. If you’re looking for something really special, I...

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This schoolhouse rocks

Today I was so desperate for a new project to pull the tiny whiners off my knees that I gave them a huge cardboard box and some Sharpies. They ended up just stomping on the bubble wrap inside, much to my headache’s eternal sadness. But if you plan ahead a little, you can avoid my amateur mistake by using the real deal. When your kids aren’t actually in school yet, I’m thinking this honest to goodness cardboard schoolhouse is the next best thing. It’s extra-sturdy, extra-cute, and pre-printed with environmentally friendly features. Solar panels, a recycling center, and even...

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