Month: September 2010

Classic children’s books that help you listen with your eyes

Love it or hate it ( and we know the book is a bit polarizing with our readers!), there’s a reason Goodnight Moon has been around since the late 1940’s and is still a favorite today; there is something calming and beautiful about the repetitive, rhythmic prose that kids totally connect with. In a genius move, Scholastic Storybook Treasures has put out this classic on video, along with several others, but with a twist; they not only show the words on the screen, along with the original classic artwork, but there is an ASL presenter in front of the...

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Indie lullabies? That would be a yes.

Going back a few years, I held fast to the belief that if I was going to be stuck out of my bed in the middle of the night rocking an infant, I deserved to play a little night music that would be awesome and make us both (oh please, oh please) fall asleep. So when a bunch of indie musicians got together to make a compilation lullaby CD, I took notice on behalf of those you who will soon find yourself rocking, rocking, rocking the night away. The result is Sing Me To Sleep – Indie Lullabies which brings together...

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Special gift to say goodbye to nanny?- Reader Q&A

Our nanny is about to leave us to pursue full time pilates instruction. She’s been awesome and I’d like to get her something to commemorate her time with our toddler. Any thoughts? Thanks much! Grace We’re sorry to hear your nanny is leaving and think it is wonderful you want to give her something special to remember her time with your family. Here are a few ideas we’ve put together that are a unique way for her to remember her time with all of you. –Christina Little Pink House’s Custom Felt Portraits are amazing, and can turn a cute...

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Piperlime goes pregnant

I admit that I’m a sucker for a fancy pair of jeans, mostly because I’ve found over the years that they just wear and fit better. And after almost four kids on an already hard to fit body, those things are really hard to find at budget prices. So I guess it’s no surprise that I’m a fan of designer maternity jeans, now available at Piperlime. With designer labels like Citizens of Humanity and James Jeans, you can stock up on hot maternity denim along with the plethora of other goodies Piperlime offers – like shoes, bags, and more...

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The game of cute eats

Sure, as a seasoned mama, you know that even the cutest plate won’t keep the applesauce out of baby’s hair and the peas out of her nose, but hope springs eternal. And really, what makes a better baby gift than adorable tot-sized tableware? French Bull‘s latest offerings include this gameboard feeding tray, complete with wee adorable spoon nestled in its slot on the side. Maybe your toddler will eagerly eat along the “path” to score a win, or maybe she’ll just look really adorable while she feeds her dinner to the dog. Either way, I think it’s a pretty...

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She’s got le-e-egs.

Fun prints on tights are in this fall, as we’ve been told by oh, pretty much every fashion guru anywhere. (No, we don’t have a direct line to every fashion guru everywhere but we read a lot!) I love the idea of pairing more neutral color palates with funkier prints; it’s such a fabulous way to upgrade last year’s skirts and dresses without spending a ton. Especially if you grab the right designs. [don’t miss lots of coolness, plus a great offer after the jump!] The 80s redux thing continues with the plaid tights spotted at ModCloth (above). I...

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Web Coolness – A diy teacher gift, 25 mom must-haves, and will.i.am rocking ses.a.me street.

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. A sweet idea for your child’s new teacher: Apple bouquets, from Make and Takes. We love seeing the decor on the set of the show Parenthood, courtesy of Ohdeedoh. On Babycenter, Kristen shares the cutest new baby bath toy. Love Sherri Reed’s post on The Stir about hosting a dirty house dinner party. (Now that’s one we can aspire to!) Our friends at Mommy Poppins suggest three great books for contrarian loving kids. No, Eloise is not on there. Compelling post on...

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Puzzles with multiple soutions

My kids are all puzzle fans, as evidenced by the thousands of cardboard and wooden pieces strewn about my floor at any given time of the day. But we’ve yet to see anything like the new multiple solution shape puzzles from one of our fave kid’s gear and furniture designers P’Kolino. These adorable wooden puzzles feature simple, bright pieces that can be used to complete the puzzle in a variety of different ways. So, instead of your kiddos mastering the puzzle on a few tries and then moving on to something else, they can spend minutes–hey, maybe even hours–creating...

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Back to school clothes for under $20 that look like you spent a whole lot more.

As of today, I officially have two children in school. (Sniff!) So we did some serious back to school shopping a few days ago and learned there was much awesomeness to be had at Old Navy. It’s a lucky coincidence that this week the shop is one of Cool Mom Picks’ beloved sponsors (thank you, thank you!), and I get to share my weekend discoveries with you. I’ve always loved Old Navy for kids basics and denim, as I’ve written here before. It makes sense not to spend a ton on things like jeans that are so quickly outgrown,...

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Put a cork in it: The cool OXO Uplift Tea Kettle

Trying to agree on a tea kettle with the sigOth last weekend in a Maine gourmet shop was nearly as difficult as trying to agree on a baby name. The kitchen is more or less his domain (the culinary school degree grants him as much), so he tends to get his way with things like professional pots and pans, and way too many fancy knives. Well wasn’t I thrilled when we agreed on the splurgey anniversary edition OXO Uplift Tea Kettle (Amazon affiliate link), with the stainless body and cork handles. I adore cork for its look, sustainability, and because it’s naturally heat resistant...

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