Month: January 2011

The best cupcakes are wrapped in cooties

I can’t stop giggling over these printable cupcake wrappers available from the Spaceships and Laser Beams Etsy shop. The description says it’s so hard to find anything for Valentine’s Day that appeals to little boys… and sure, I can see the elementary set loving the germy depiction of love, absolutely. But honestly? Forget the kids. If you have coworkers or a beloved who works in science/medicine, I think the adults will get a huge kick out of these hearts-turned-bacteria cupcake wrappers. A few bucks gets you a downloadable PDF so you can print your own. Or just use them...

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Personalized blankets for baby, and the child she’ll become (sniff).

I first discovered the fleece personalized baby blankets from mom-run Admiral Road a few years back, and really liked their bold, child-friendly designs right away. Having owned one for several years now, it sure has held up over time; it’s gone from a stroller blanket for my babies, to a toddler blanket when they outgrew the crib, and now it’s in its third career as a doll blanket that moonlights as a superhero cape. And it still looks great. [don’t miss a special offer after the jump] Looking to see what’s new at the shop since back in the...

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12 delicious design blogs to read, stat

If you were following the Cool Mom Picks Twitter stream this past week, you might have caught some of the wit and wisdom we were reaping from the Altitude Design Summit, an amazingly inspirational weekend with more than 300 bloggers and small biz owners in the worlds of design, photography, crafting, printing, party planning and more. While I could pretty much gush all day long about the incredible women (and a few men) that I met, instead, I thought I’d point you to a few new favorite websites and blogs that you’ll want to add to your feed reader,...

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Welcome to the big time, Little Alouette.

We just love it when one of our favorite little mom-run brands makes it big. Not only because that means that quality construction and design reap the rewards they deserve, but because even more people will get to discover a great new star. It’s the same way I felt when my high school best friend showed up on a commercial for The Chapelle Show. That’s why we’re so excited that CMP perpetual crush, Little Alouette, is now available from Seventy Seven. Maybe you’re familiar with Little Seventy Seven— the online portal for American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie which hawks...

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Laser cut my love

Ready for a beautiful new twist on custom vanity jewelry? We’ve got it. And it involves lasers. The new laser-cut silhouette pendants and cuffs by Le Papier Studio are everything that we love: elegant, interesting, goes-with-anything-y, and environmentally sound. Each custom piece is made of recycled sterling silver laser-sliced to your specifications with one or two silhouettes. And here’s the cool part: You can choose from their gallery of designs or send in a photograph and have artist Vana Chupp create your own unique silhouette for only $20 more. It can take 3 – 4 weeks to produce each...

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Just Shorn – Beautiful rugs from farmers, not factories

I have never been a fan of wall-to-wall carpeting. Maybe it’s a factor of living in New York, where hardwood flooring is the standard, but I find a great area rug not only looks sharp, it’s practical when you’ve got kids. It’s easy to clean, and when you decide to throw a three year-old finger painting party, at least you can roll it up temporarily. So this week, I was so happy to have been introduced to Just Shorn, a fabulous New Zealand company that produces the most beautiful, sustainable wool rugs with a pretty amazing backstory. The wool...

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Putting the art in heart, times a million.

See that gorgeous iPhone case over there? It’s printed from original art and signed by the artist. Impressed yet? You will be. The artist’s name is Anwar, and he’s from Kuwait. He’s also a child cancer patient. All of the lovely goods from The Children’s Art Project are based on the artwork of child cancer patients through an inspiring program at the the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. But as you can see on their website, they usually strike through the word Cancer and focus on the Children and the Art. Working with trained artists as part...

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Shakespeare tees for babies. i.e. Why quote Elmo when you can quote Beatrice

Long ago, in a galaxy far away, I was an actor. Funny enough, I still do plenty of acting today as a Mom. (Help me clean up, kids. It’s so much fun!) Since the theater is still very much still part of my life, I was charmed by these onesies and t-shirts all featuring quotes from Shakespeare. Designed by a former actor, Peaseblossoms brings child-appropriate quotes to life (nothing from Macbeth, promise) with whimsical, original drawings hand silkscreened on 100% jersey knit cotton baby onesies or toddler tees. My favorite: Then there was a star danced and under that...

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The Makerie – Like summer camp for crafty moms

A long time ago before there were many children under my feet, I was actually pretty crafty. Yes, I even used to knit! But sadly, I’m hard pressed to find the time these days. That’s why I’m so jealous of all you moms who might be able to attend The Makerie this spring. [don’t miss a sweet giveaway after the jump. Hurry-ends Sunday!] This creative retreat, held in beautiful Boulder, Colorado from April 7-10, 2011, is a weekend full of crafty goodness with some of most talented artisans in the country. Attendees will enjoy all sorts of amazing workshops...

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Glamourmom – Now up to 70% off

I spend almost all of my breastfeeding hours in Glamour Mom nursing tanks and I have the credit card bills to show it. But with their new private sales member club you can now score between 30-70% off these awesome breastfeeding tops. If you’re not familiar with Glamourmom tanks, they are a comfortable, cotton stretch tank tops with a supportive nursing bra that’s smartly fit inside. It’s pure nursing wear genius, really. But unlike many of then nursing tanks out there, they come in a variety of styles – tanks that work under another shirt with more bra-like straps...

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