Month: September 2010

Backpacks aren’t just for the kiddos

I’m off to the park and I have my twelve-month-old in one arm, diaper bag on my shoulder, another hand holds the sand toys, my three-year-old needs my hand to get down the stairs and maybe we’ll need a blanket to sit on… wait, I’m out of hands. This is when I could really use a backpack. I haven’t owned a backpack since college, but now, more than ever, I could use an extra hand, and the Packsack from one of our favorite stores, Poketo, is streamlined, classic and slightly retro. These colorful, canvas (nice break from nylon) backpacks...

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Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids – Who said there’s no pain in fashion?

Got a blister from your Louboutins? Catch your finger on your Dolce & Gabbana trench zipper? Well, you can now tend to your designer inflicted wounds with fashion designer and mom Cynthia Rowley’s new designer Band-Aids. Yes, yes, they’re a little over the top, but c’mon – I actually they’re pretty cute (love the sequins!), and a fun change from plain bandages. Or worse, the Dora ones that I grab for myself in a pinch and make me feel like I’m a walking advertisement for Nick Jr. Not surprisingly, designer Band-Aids aren’t cheap, but on the bright side, $1...

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You’ve come a long way, Juno Baby!

Here at CMP, we love the thrill of bringing you something new and exciting– from gummi bear chandeliers to faux fur blackboards and the practical, super-cool stuff in between. And we really, really love it when one of our picks starts out small, then makes it to the big time. Today’s example is Juno Baby. Way back in 2006 — right before my oldest kid’s due date, in fact — Kristen reported on the watchability, elegant sophistication, and just all-around coolness of Juno Baby, a series of DVDs created by husband and wife team Belinda Takahashi and Adam Adelman...

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Building a better bookend

Bookends for a kid’s room are one of those challenging decor finds, or at least for me. A lot of bookends that I see and like are either too expensive (like, $100 a bookend), or they don’t actually hold up your books. In which case uh, what’s the point again? Leave it to CMP fave Kerri Lee to reinvent the bookend with a bookend shelf. The little painted wood shelf actually has bookends that slide along the shelf, so they can’t tip over when your tall Richard Scary word book is placed alongside your Boynton board books. The design...

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Fun first aid, always on hand

Woe betide the mother who doesn’t have a Band-Aid in her purse when the need arises. And the thing is, I’ve gotten the hint over the years, and sure, there’s usually a bandage or two smashed down in the bottom of my bag somewhere. But do I have antibiotic ointment? Anti-sting treatment? Moist towelettes? Gauze? Ummmm… well, I do now. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] Sure, I could probably assemble a purse-sized first aid kit all by myself if I was more on top of things, but I’m not, so I went over to me4kidz and...

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Web coolness – Inspring your family, fab fall design, and a Sesame Street wardrobe malfunction

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We are incredibly inspired by Alpha Mom’s Isabel Kallman, who shows us how to write and design a family manifesto like the one shown here. On Babycenter this week, Kristen introduces the hot new colors of Bravado nursing bras. Would you do teal? The fall issue of Small Magazine is online. Fabulous, and free. Via Blogher, Katy Perry gets cut from Sesame Street for showing cleavage, and the comments fly! Playing doctor (the G rated kind): DIY tips for playdate fun at...

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Yo Gabba Gabba Live – The hot kids’ ticket of the year.

Calling all Yo Gabba Gabba fans! I know from the gazillion times my son has been entranced by the show that it’s always full of surprises (ie Erykah Badu appearing out of nowhere). Well the live show that’s launched yesterday promises to be the same way and we can’t wait. Let’s just say previous on-stage guests included Sarah Silverman, The Roots and Devendra Banhart. There’s still tickets left and we’re excited to have a few to give away. [don’t miss two great giveaways after the jump!] If you’re in the NYC area, we’ve got four tickets up for grabs...

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The joy of socks

I’ve found you spend the first few years of your baby’s life building up a wardrobe you can love. You start to know which brands fit, which hold up in the wash, and just when you do…bam. Your kid is too big and you have to start over. [don’t miss a great giveaway and offer after the jump] Which really, if you think about it, is totally nuts. Five should not be past its prime for anything, save for high chairs and random milk-flinging tantrums. So Hank & Jojo, makers of the cute retro baby tube socks I last...

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Gaggle of Chicks – If you can get over the name, there’s savings to be had

I am not going to mince words here, so let me just say it: I hate that this site is named “Gaggle of Chicks.” Truly. I am not a chick, I am not part of a gaggle, and since when are great deals only for moms? C’mon. So, yes, if you need to take a minute to get past the name, please take it (with my blessing) and then read on. But what Gaggle of Chicks gets wrong on the name, they get absolutely right on the concept.  This is a site for NYC moms to hop on the...

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Cool Mom Picks and ABC – Saving your sanity, mamas!

As moms ourselves, we really value our sanity – and fortunately, there are a slew of awesome products out there that help us do just that, several of which have been rounded up by our own Publisher and Editor in Chief Liz Gumbinner on the ABC News Now show, Parenting with Annie Pleshette Murphy. Click over to check out some of our favorite sanity savers, a few you might recognize and a couple of new picks as well. Almost all are invented by parents, and all will help make life easier (and help keep most of hair firmly planted in our heads). Hooray for that. Search our site for more details on every product seen here. And if you’re visiting from ABC, welcome to our site! We hope you’ll find plenty more handy must-have products and tons of fantastic goodies for you and your...

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Hot for purple

I still remember the moment I found the perfect little purple striped cotton girls dress from Petit Bateau. It was a splurge for sure. But I was pregnant with #2, and knew I’d get a whole lot of use out of it two times around. (You can even see it on my daughter on my post about Gap skinny jeans.) I hate to say it, but I think our time together is done. That 18mo dress served me well, going from one daughter to the next, from a dress to a tunic with rolled-up sleeves over jeans. RIP. I...

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Now that’s my kind of tea party

I don’t get to take a bath in my Jacuzzi tub very often, mainly because it’s full of tiny little teacups and saucers and one random pink pig who, I’m told, likes hot chocolate and cake. My kids have pretty much taken over the tub that made me want to buy the house in the first place. But now I’m turning the tables on their daily tea party. I’m turning them into the tea, with the awesome Organic Baby Bath Tea from eco-conscious Zoe Organics which is one of my favorite bath products ever. [don’t miss a great offer...

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Time to start thinking Halloween? UNICEF is.

When I was a kid, we carried our Halloween treats in pillow cases because we were greedy little goblins who didn’t mind having candy-corn stuck in our hair later on. But again, my kids get to have all the fun with none of the hideous polyester paisley. UNICEF, which really is synonymous with Halloween for plenty of us, is now making it both cute and easy to gorge on sugar whiling help kids in need. When you buy the adorable cotton burlap FEED trick-or-treat bag bag from HSN, $3.50 goes directly to UNICEF and provides an entire year’s worth...

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So let’s talk Jeggings, and how to make them work for your kids.

We know that “Jeggings” are pretty much the fashion word for fall, and while we will probably be making fun of ourselves in ten years for it, we’re kind of in love with them right now. Especially on kids. My own girls have a couple of pairs these days and I love how they take the sturdy, casual look of denim but make them soft, comfy and playground-ready. Besides, they just love saying “jeggings.” It’s not hard to put a cute outfit together either. Here are a few looks that I picked out from our sponsor Old Navy (thanks...

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Ooh, Lala

Everybody goes gaga for a squishy new baby. Not only do they look like Winston Churchill and smell like heaven, but you can dress them up the cutest little thumb-sized shoes without the scuffing and “Oops, we left it at the playground” issues you get once they start walking. If you’re looking for a knock-them-over-with-unique-cuteness baby gift, you simply must shuffle softly over to Lala Shoes on Etsy. These high quality wool and linen shoes are made by hand in Croatia, and you can pretty much guarantee nobody else is going to bring them to a shower. The beautiful...

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A book to make the bedtime routine easier on both of you.

I still crack up when people find a blog post of mine about sleep and babies, and ask me for advice. Me? Me who still, five years later, can’t get my kids into a normal bedtime routine? Me, who still has to sleep with a three year-old’s feet up my nose most nights? So I am ever grateful for those bedtime stories that get my girls excited to jump into bed–early, even–and the new Tuck Me In is certainly one of them. Tuck Me In is a clever, conceptual, interactive children’s book by dad (and ad agency refugee) Dean...

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Big news! We proudly introduce the launch of Cool Mom Tech

Well after months of work, we can finally let you know the big news that’s been keeping us all busy lately: The official launch of Cool Mom Tech! Whoo! Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a so-called techie to feel at home over there. You’re online right now mama, and that’s all the techie you need to be. Check in daily and you’ll find the coolest picks to keep us stylish, keep us organized, save us money, and keep our kids smart, safe, and entertained. Not necessarily in that order. To see the kinds of things we love,...

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Beautiful French bibs with a beautiful eco story too.

I’ve had a rash of friends and family having babies lately (welcome to the world little Drew Micah!) so I’ve had baby gifts on the brain quite a bit. I tend to get something off the registry for the shower, plus a little something-something extra, like a fun bib that brings some style. I think the baby bibs by Cocoboheme are the kind of thing I could stock up on for all future showers. These French made bibs have absolutely adorable designs–a pig, frog or lobster–printed on an eco-friendly plastic that’s made from potato starch. So if you don’t...

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The wooden elephant in the room

I’m having a thing for wooden decor lately; not sure if it’s the fall in the air, or the fact that I spent way too long at Bo Concept last weekend drooling over dining room tables. Either way, I keep reimagining my apartment with more wooden accents. So when I saw the new nursery art designs by Patricia Zapata, I nodded furiously. Yes! Yes! This lovely children’s animal art is actually 3-dimensional, which is what makes it so interesting; a cut paper illustration provides the background for a wooden elephant, bunny, whale, duck or perennial favorite, cute owl. Can’t...

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I’m going to Quash those germs right off of their hands

I’m a bit of a germ freak. Okay, a lot of a germ freak. Like the kind of person who has about twelve bottles of hand sanitizer on the go at any given time. And kids who use the word “sanitizer” like it’s a normal thing for them to be saying. (Yes, I’m more than a little embarrassed.) But at the same time, my kids are also quite familiar with the word “chemical” and there’s no way you’ll catch me using some Triclosan- and alcohol-laden toxic cocktail to (supposedly) clean their little hands. Which is why I’m thrilled to...

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