Month: September 2010

Adorable families, custom made to look just like yours

The list of things my 3-year-old daughter doesn’t love is a lot shorter than the list of things she does. But if there’s one thing she digs more than anything else right now, it’s dolls. Specifically, dolls to whom she can assign the personalities of her family members. (We’ve lost count how many times her stuffed pig has been directed to act like Daddy.) So these Star House Custom Wooden Families–which are specially made to look just like us!–are about as perfect as the world can get. Like Star House’s Wooden Easter Egg Set, these wooden figures are exquisitely handmade. But each...

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Breaking News: Fisher-Price recalls 10 million toys

Check your tricycles, high chairs, play mats, and more, mamas – Fisher-Price has just this morning issued a recall of nearly 10 million toys and baby gear for all sorts of safety issues. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website, the recall  includes: – 3 brands of Fisher-Price high chairs -Fisher-Price trikes and Tough Trikes -Infant toys including Baby Playzone Crawl & Cruise Playground, Baby Playzone Crawl & Slide Arcade, Baby Gymtastics Play Wall, Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium This is in addition to yesterday’s recall of Little People Wheelies Stand n Play Rampway and three toys...

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The baby soft book pretty enough for mom’s dresser

Plastic. Polyester. Licensed characters. Slobbered-on ribbon. The sound of a toilet flushing with one press of a button, that becomes four million presses of a button–those soft baby books that pile up after the baby shower have always been strictly utilitarian. Until now. Our friends at Wee Gallery have knocked another shower gift out of the baby ballpark with their new accordian-style soft book, that looks more like a piece of art than a learning toy. Hand-made in India of beautiful, touchable silk and hand-loomed cotton, the soft book features six sassy Wee Gallery animals drawn in an artsy...

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Cloth toilet paper? I dare you.

Okay, I’m going to lay all my cards on the table here. When Liz asked me if I wanted to review Eco Potty Wipes from Cushytoosh, I thought she meant an environmentally friendly version of those mass-produced pop-up flushable wipes for toddlers. [Ed note: So did I! -Liz] But then I realized that we were talking about cloth wipes. For women. And I did a double take. So, I’m really into clean, healthy, eco and all that jive. And I love cloth anything. But wiping? For adults? Um… didn’t really sound like my cup of tea. But, eager beaver...

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7 lifesaving tips for flying with toddlers – Reader Q&A

I have a trip coming up in December, flying for the first time with toddlers. . . what will I need and what can I use? My kids are not the type to sit! I’m almost afraid to have them on a airplane! Any thing you can share would be great! -Amanda, mom to a 2 & 3 year old We’re all big proponents of traveling with kids here, as early as possible. But we realize that flying with kids, especially really young ones who haven’t quite mastered things like an “indoor voice” can be anxiety-provoking. I hope the...

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Rockin’ deals on Rockin’ Baby Slings

I more than happily paid full price for my Rockin’ Baby Sling, and considering I wore it almost every day for six months with two out of my three kids, it was well worth it. But they’re currently selling all their stock for an exciting relaunch early next year, which means you can score amazing deals on one for yourself. There’s a reason why these were both Liz and my all time favorite sling, in particular their rockin’ baby pouch, which features gorgeous fabrics and a super smart zipper system that makes it adjustable without having to deal with a sometimes...

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Do these jeans make my butt look big? That would be a no.

I have reluctantly embraced leggings over the past few years to the point where I now own five pairs–all black. (What? They’re all different!) So when I got wind of the jeggings craze I did think ooohh…wardrobe diversity. Even so, when I went to a fashion event at the Blogher conference recently, and had the opportunity to be fitted for a pair of Miraclebody Jeans, I was skeptical. I don’t just stick my butt out for anyone, let alone celeb stylist Robert Verdi who was doing the honors. Besides, they promise to take 10 pounds off and uh…yeah. Right....

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More incentive to get the kids to play outside – How does 75 bucks sound?

I love this time of year. Now that it’s not grossly hot, I feel inspired to do fun activities with my kids outdoors. But in a few months when the temperature dips? Yup, it’s a long winter and there are only so many times you can walk around Target to get out of the house. I just found out about Active Kids Club, which encourages parents to start and join outdoor playgroups, and I felt a rush of inspiration imagining myself going for hikes with my kids, sledding, or exploring the nearby nature center. [don’t miss a great offer...

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Subscribing: It’s like an inbox full of awesome

If you’re reading this, you are fabulous, and we love you, and we want to bring further awesomeness to your inbox a couple of times a month, plus chances to win fantastic prizes. All you have to do is subscribe to Cool Mom Picks before Thursday (hurry!) and here are 5 reasons why that’s a good thing. 1. Our subscribers are just a wee bit more special than other subscribers. It’s true. 2. In addition to our fab monthly newsletter, CMP subscribers have the chance to enter to win a delicious prize pack designed to make family dinner time...

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For the kid who eats like a bird

I realize that school is now in full swing, but if you have yet to find the perfect lunch box, or if your house is the mysterious Bermuda Triangle of lunch bags like mine, you can’t have too many reusable lunch bags. Particularly if they’re like these super cute canvas lunch bags from Romp. The bright, adorable designs on the canvas lunch bags for kids, like the birds (pictured), take me back to the days of the good old brown paper bag. Except with canvas and not paper. And they’re not brown. And you don’t have to scribble your kid’s name on it...

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