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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