Month: August 2010

Kids’ tees with teeth. Fierce.

After she watches Lion King, my kid spends most of the day running around in her pink underoos and roaring. She’s being Simba, of course. But it’s not really a costume she can wear out in public when she’s feeling fierce. These t-shirts by Kit and Lili, on the other hand, are the perfect Fall staple for monster-minded boys and girls who feel like unleashing their inner animals. After a summer of terrorizing the backyard, it’s awfully hard to be cooped up under fluorescent lights in school, using one’s quiet voice and taking turns. But if you can say,...

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Tie one on

I always love reading through the Quit Your Day Job feature on Etsy’s Storque blog, which features all these wonderful artists and crafters who are making a real living off their passions. Most of them are so good, you can really see just why their artistry has caught on. This week’s inspiration: Libby of Diament Designs. This former MAC cosmetics employee turned entrepreneur has a great eye, selling original and vintage baubles that remind me of so many flea market finds I spotted in Europe earlier this year. She’s clearly got heart for hearts, bows, and other delicate objects....

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Sale alert – Eco-friendly deals that will knock your organic socks off

I’m never far from a good sale, but a great one – well, I just can’t pull myself away. And thus is the case with the awesome moving sale at natural boutique UrthChild. You can score great deals on all sorts of fantastic eco-friendly brands, like this adorable Kate Quinn Organics yoked dress (now just $12.00), or one of our fave baby booties Isabooties (only $14.50). If you’re in search of higher priced designer brands, there’s no shortage of those either. They’ve got the rarely discounted Sarah Waldo Organics pieces like this beautiful Jessica Blouse as well as the...

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Need a travel crib? Just pump it up.

Words I never thought I’d hear come out of my husband’s mouth as he strolled by our living room: Whoa, that’s some cool-looking pack-and-play.While I’ve never thought of a portable crib as particularly cool, I do admit this is one that would stop me in my tracks too. Good thing it lives up to its looks. The new GoCrib is totally unlike the portable cribs I had to schlep around when my three kids were babes. Back then, I remember metal bars and slippery nylon. I remember lugging a heavy bundle and trying not to pinch anything as I set...

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Art appreciation for the preverbal set

Every few months (okay, every year or so) I take my son into New York City and hit one of the many art museums. After all, who doesn’t want their child to have an appreciation of art? Evidently I’m not alone. New Editions believes you shouldn’t have to look any further than the walls of your home to surround your child with art that will inspire and interest them. Founded by an artist, art gallery director and an art historian, this site features collections of small-run prints commissioned from working contemporary artists, all with kids in mind. You won’t...

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Good news! You don’t have to alphabetize your spices anymore!

If there was such a thing as Martha Anonymous, TV Host Lisa Quinn’s introduction would go something like this, Hi, My name’s Lisa and it’s been 5 years since my last cranberry wreath.” Sick of trying to live up to the standards of being the perfect wife, mother, and homemaker, Lisa wrote Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets: Your Ultimate Guide to Domestic Liberation. Speaking as a slacker house frau who doesn’t want to sacrifice style myself, I have officially found my new housekeeping bible. For instance, did you know that there are 10 simple tips that will...

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Group gift for kids ages 2-11? Reader Q&A

My nieces and nephews from Israel are on their way visit grandparents. My 2 year old son will probably not have a chance to visit but would like to send something to them while they are here. Any ideas for a gift to help entertain the 2 to 11 year-olds?  Thanks for any suggestions! -Katie It’s awesome that he wants to send his cousins something for them to do while they are visiting. The wide age range means we need to find something safe for the youngest but that will still hold the interest of the older kids. Here...

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There are no small parts, only small children who are super cute playing Cinderella.

One of the most all-time hilarious family moments of ours was the time my mom (the awesome elementary educator) got my kids (the hams) into handmade masks and acted out Little Rabbit Foo Foo for the whole brood. Let’s just say a kid’s crayon interpretation of a “goon” isn’t necessarily what you’d think it is. I loved how my mother helped them bring the story to life through art and dramatization. So I was so thrilled to discover  a company helping you and your kids do just that, with classic children’s stories. The Now I’m Reading Plays are smart...

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May the Force be with you, and don’t forget your homework

As your little Padawan goes back to school, you’ve got a long list of supplies: Lightsaber, translator droid, nerf sandwich, and a schoolbus that can make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. Oh, I’m sorry, did you just figure out that I’m the resident CMP Star Wars geek? But you don’t have to be a Jedi to know that Star Wars can make the school year fun and is showing up in all sorts of surprising places. I’m convinced kids will jump higher than the ears on a gundark with the fantastic Star Wars sneakers from Stride...

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Randy Kaplan is the thinking kids’ musician

Super storyteller/singer Randy Kaplan is no ordinary kids’ music performer. Oh, sure, he may sing about monkeys, bears and queen bees, but on his latest CD he also has my kids asking me to explain Freud, the definition of Hebrew terms, and even why someone might be happier with no money.  In other words, if you’ve got a precocious, question-everything kid, meet the perfect CD to get them thinking while they sing along.  (see the giveaway after the jump!)   Following up his much-beloved Loquat Rooftop, The Kids Are All Id kicks off with the bouncy banjo-y My Little...

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Clearance sales abound! Avast ye bargain shoppers!

It’s probably pretty clear that my favorite time for shopping is anytime, but I do so love the end of season sales – and what a doozy we found over at Parasols Kids Boutique. If you act fast, you can grab designer duds for your kids ranging in price from $5 to $25, which include summer styles as well as last fall and winter – an extra cool bonus. There are plenty of boy options, which seems like a rarity – like this great boys’ button down shirt (currently $15 down from $65 – pictured) which is perfect for...

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Stop me! Before I buy another pair of kids mary janes!

If there were ever a Fall/Winter collection I’ve been waiting for, it’s the one from one of my favorite kid’s shoe designers, See Kai Run. And while my kids will probably be in sandals for a few more months down here in the Deep South, that doesn’t mean I can’t be prepared for the cooler weather now with some of these truly fabulous styles. (Yes, that’s the pathetic justification of the shoe-a-holic.) It’s hard not to be immediately smitten with their girl’s line, which once again transforms the basic Mary Jane into a selection super stylish shoes, like the...

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As close to being Harry Potter we’ll ever get

My children would give just about anything to apparate inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. The early reviews (and word from CMP Editor Liz who worked with Universal early on in the development) make it look so cool, it almost makes me want to brave the crowds. But alas, we are mere muggles and need things like vacation time and money, not magic, to get us there. Until we gather enough knuts for the trip, we have a new game that will make the waiting a little more fun. The cool new LEGO Harry...

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Technology is getting smaller; your chance of winning some, kind of big.

In case you missed it, you’ve still got until tomorrow, Sunday, to enter to win the super fabulous new HP Mini 210 netbook and the utterly adorable HP V5040u Camcorder. No, seriously. You can win both of them. Would we kid? (Well, maybe. But not about this.) For all the details, check our original post. And don’t forget, if you’re a Blogher conference goer this weekend, you’ve got one extra chance to...

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Safe and yummy treats, now homemade

We first raved about Divvies Bakery almost four years ago, when we discovered that nut-free, dairy-free, and egg-free didn’t have to mean yummy-free. There’s nothing not to love about vegan, kosher, most-common-allergen-free bakery treats that actually taste the way treats ought to taste. And now you can make the Divvies magic happen right in your own kitchen, with the release of their cookbook. The Divvies Bakery Cookbook is your home guide to food allergy-friendly versions of sweets, from the cupcakes kids love to more adult pies and cobblers. There’s slushie recipes too and even a dairy-free chocolate pudding. Every...

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Let’s get a million books to the kids who need them most

I’ve read to my kids since they were wee little things and have never felt like they were lacking in books. Especially since birthdays, holidays and frequent trips to the book store insure they always have new titles to enjoy.  But, then again, I’ve never had to decide between books and food. Or new shoes for school. Reach Out and Read knows too many families have to make hard decisions like these, which means that many young kids don’t have books to be read to them at bedtime, or to flip through on their own. So, in conjunction with...

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Trading Cradles – It’s like Twitter and Craigslist had a really well-behaved baby

Honestly, the number of hoops you have to jump through to sell on eBay these days is crazy (who has the patience?), and I’m sure I’m not the only person who feels like Craigslist is overrun with scammers, cheapskates and crazy people. So what’s a mama with limited time and some quality pre-owned baby gear to do? If you live in or near a major metropolitan area, check out Trading Cradles, which is specifically for busy parents who want to sell or find gear for their tots. Perhaps the very best part: There’s a 250-character limit on descriptions, so...

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Velocity Girl – all grown up but no less rocking.

When Seattle’s The Not-Its! blasted onto the kids music scene last year with their debut We Are The Not-Its!, I took a lot of notice. It wasn’t just that the songs were great indie rock tunes. It was that their sound was so tight and authentic, they sounded like a band that had been together for ages.  It’s now another year, my kids are each a few inches taller, and The Not-Its! are ready to rock our minivan again. (see the giveaway after the jump!) I loved Sarah Shannon’s pretty vocals which she led the 90’s indie band Velocity Girl,...

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Web Coolness – Blogher, a big tech giveaway, funny ads, and a cure for a childhood disease

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We’re smack in the middle of the BlogHer Conference today and having a blast. If you’re here, make sure you say hi! (And get an extra chance to win our fabulous HP netbook and camcorder giveaway.) If you’re not here, you can read the live blogs of panels and follow along at BlogHer.com, or follow our editors exploits through their twitter feeds: Kristen @thatkristen, Liz @Mom101, or of course, @CoolMomPicks. Indie Fixx started a book club. Check it out and you might...

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Embroidered gifts and goodies that remind us why we love Etsy.

I’m a bit of an Etsy junkie, and I often find myself scouring their virtual craft tables late into the evening on a mission to track down coolness. Last night’s spoils: The intricate embroidery designs at Sew Sweet Stitches. The gorgeous handiwork by mom and artist Melissa Davison has me puzzling over which of her spectacular creations I want first. The tech mama in me is definitely adding her lovely iPhone/iPod cozies to my wish list, with their cool combination of bright threads and beads. The  headphones pocket in the back is a smart touch. My inner fashionista is...

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