Month: January 2011

The best breast pump you’ve never heard of

I’ve always been a pretty casual user breast pump user, since I work from home and rarely leave the baby (sigh). However this year, we decided to leave my littlest one with my mom for a few days so I could spend some quality time with my other three kiddos on a short jaunt. And that means my casual pumping was not going to cut it. It was the perfect opportunity to try out a new breast pump that bills itself as a green breast pump, which helps to keep the 2 million pumps purchased each year out of...

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Swim trunks for even skinny boys

I fell in love with the sturdy, stylish boys clothes from Red 21 Boys last fall, so when I heard they had launched a cruise wear line, it was perfect timing for our annual winter vacation, that this year, just so happens to be a cruise. The challenge for purchasing swim wear for my son has always been that most of the styles are made fairly long and wide, which does not fare well on my slender kiddo. Or for those little boys who always seem to be getting told by their parents to pull their trunks up at...

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Tie one on

I am generally a coffee drinker, mostly out of habit, but lately I’ve made the switch over to tea and I’m not sure I’ll go back. I enjoy the ritual: brewing the water, selecting the tea of your choice, burning your fingers as you try to fish the tea bag out of the scalding hot mug. Well maybe not that part. Here’s another thought, buy one of these Tie Tea Cups and anchor your tea bag around the tiny “cleat” before pouring the water into the cup. The tea steeps while the string and label stay securely attached. I’m...

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Web coolness – Design inspiration, Valentine’s gifts, and mom blog hilarity

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Liz and Julie are having the best time at the Altitude Design Summit this week in Salt Lake City, meeting all of our design blog crushes! Follow the #altsummit hashtag today and get the scoop on some of the news and cool happenings Liz will report on next week. (Photo at left: The view from our window. Sweet!) An awesome custom Valentine’s Day gift idea from Kristen, at Momformation. One of our favorite children’s performers, Frances England makes some creative resolutions for...

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One day at a time

Remember how nice it was when you were a kid and got kudos for oh, say, trying your string beans? Making your bed? Brushing your teeth? While we still hopefully commend our own kids for those things (that is, when they do them!), I am simply in love with this blackboard that gives us mamas a little virtual pat on the back every day too. The custom-painted mini-goals chalkboard is such a cool bit of decor to display in a kitchen to inspire and entertain the whole brood. Whatever you write in the space, you’re rewarded with a good day...

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Keeping the kitchen art gallery alive

In this era of the stainless steel fridge, there is one problem befuddling even the smartest of parents: where do we hang the kids’ art? Well, fret no more fellow kid-art aficionados, because Petit Collage has a brilliant solution that will change your life–or at least your kitchen–forever. Gallery Corners are little fabric adhesives reproduced from lovely vintage wallpaper patterns, and they’re designed to affix art, photos and even shopping lists to whatever flat, non-porous surface you need to stick them to. They’re removable, they come in triangles and circles, they’re waterproof (hey, if you’re one of those moms...

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DIY shirts that’ll tickle kids’ octopi fancies

My 3-year-old is currently in the full throes of wanting to be an artiste. Paints, crayons, felt, tissue paper, googly eyes, she wants to do it all — especially if she can wear a beret at the same time.  And now there’s a new shop offering DIY shirt designs for your own little masterpiece maker that kids will go nuts for. Tickly Octopus (the name alone will get a giggle out of even the most surly of kiddos) offers up organic cotton tees that come with a baggie of handmade felt animal and letter appliques and adornments like grassy...

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Kids water bottles get cuter by the second

We’ve been such fans of Beatrix NY over the years (you might know them as Dante Beatrix), because everything they make is pretty much awesome. Their motley little menagerie of creatures range from robots to bunnies to not-particularly-scary dinosaurs, and are now gracing quality backpacks, lunch boxes, and even wheelie suitcases for kids. Now they’ve got one more line to add to the mix: Yippee! It’s adorable water bottles. The new stainless steel kids’ water bottles will be shipping March 1, but if you can’t wait (like me) you can order them now from their site. All are BPA...

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Tell it like it is

While there’s no shortage of typographic decals that can spell out messages or phrases on your wall, I’m a little wary when it comes to that stuff. It can be really fabulous if you’ve got a great eye, or it can go horribly, horribly wrong. Still, I like the idea of messages as art when it’s done well. The recycled wooden signs from William Dohman on Etsy are making me smile. Each one is cut from salvaged plywood then beautifully cut and rustically painted in a color of your choice. I could see the apple-red eat sign in a...

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Children’s brand pronunciation guide, part 2

Last year, we introduced a baby brand pronunciation guide for all those baby brands that you might not know how to say. Or really, those brands you only think you know how to say. Let’s just say Robeez? It doesn’t rhyme with Brobee’s. A few readers have written in asking for a follow-up, or pinged us with their own tongue-twisting brand name conundrums. So without further ado, we present the second Cool Mom Picks Baby Gear Brand Pronunciation Guide Britax – BRIGH-taxRhymes with high tax. No pun intended. Chicco – KEE-kohNot like “Chico” and the Man, which is how...

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