Month: January 2011

Guilty pleasure TV shows for moms. Hold the guilt.

While we love bringing you what’s new and cool and educational in media, we thought it would be fun to share with you our own staffer’s favorite guilty pleasure TV shows. Admit it–or only to yourself– we all have those shows we love to watch when the kids are asleep and we’re not uh, listening to NPR or committing Cervantes to memory. Some of the picks here actually threw us for a loop! We always knew we had a mad vampire fan among our ranks, but who knew we had a daytime soap opera addict too? Liz : God...

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Tiny bubbles end the whine

My favorite parenting hack: If you give your kids a bubble bath and encourage them to roll around a lot, they get clean and smell great without loads of scrubbing and whining. Most of the store brands give my daughter a rash, so I’m super picky about what I’ll pour under the faucet. But now I have a new favorite, and it’s from an old favorite of mine. Babo Botanicals wowed my socks off with their phenomenal line of hair detanglers for kids. And now they’ve won me over yet again with their new Lavender Meadowsweet 3 in 1...

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Your baby’s first pillow

Trying to figure out the culprit behind your baby’s fussiness can prove to be one of the most frustrating tasks around. There are a ton of products out there that try to remedy the crying and overall miserableness (ie the pacifier, swings, teething toys). Now there’s an ergonomic head-support pillow, that aims to provide some much needed relief. When her infant son was in a constant state of discomfort, the founder of Baby Elephant Ears, took him to a number of specialists, including a chiropractor, who explained the root of the fussiness was most likely due to neck strain the...

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The peas are touching my carrots!

My daughter used to be the kid who would try anything. She liked broccoli. She ate eggs. She even liked horseradish. My husband and I would brag about it. Well, now she’s a typical, picky three-year-old and she has a few eating quirks. One of them is she won’t allow her food to touch. A lot of time that means touch her mouth, but she also doesn’t like her peas to touch her pasta. The LunchBots Trio is the new line extension from CMP fave LunchBots, makers of really marvelous stainless steel food storage containers. No plastic means no...

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Happy birthday, from Justin Bieber. And the American Cancer Society.

I do my best to send greeting cards for the birthdays of friends and families, but these days, I admit that my best usually ends up being a quick email, maybe an e-card, and perhaps, a little rendition of “Happy Birthday” on their voice mail. (Hey! I am a trained singer!) But with the amazingly awesome personalized birthday video greetings on MoreBirthdays.com, I can have the likes of Rihanna, Weezer, Keith Urban–or yes, even Justin Bieber–do it for me. A slew of fantastic musical artists from country to rock to pop, have offered up their time to sing their...

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Drink in the coolness with Paul Frank

If your resolution includes cutting back on plastic water bottles, and doing it with style (what? that could be a resolution) then we have an awesome new option for you. Café Press has teamed up with Paul Frank to create a design-your-own SIGG water bottle, and not only are they super cute, designing the bottle is surprisingly fun. Do you like your Julius rocking out on the guitar? How about a pink and purple Julius with hearts and skulls, or a punk rock Julius with sunglasses? There are so many fun choices for your  custom Paul Frank water bottle,...

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Frames with flair. Fun. Possibly fuchsia.

DIY is great–no doubt about it. But those of us with a passel of kids and a craft room full of unfinished projects sometimes settle for DFY for now. That’s Done For You. Well these gorgeous DFY frames can help bring a pop of unique, vintage-y color to your walls, and all you have to do is shop the adorable store–and then take credit for having great taste. “Color is happiness” is the tagline for the amye123 Etsy shop, and judging by her wares, I tend to agree. The shop is a veritable rainbow of perfectly spray-painted vintage picture...

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Baby shower gifts with a sense of humor. (Unlike most baby showers.)

I’m proud to admit that I like a good breastfeeding boob joke. And I always say that if I wasn’t laughing about parenting, I’d be crying. So too bad the awesome products from Egg2Cake weren’t around when I had my baby shower, four births ago. [don’t miss a fun giveaway after the jump!] These funny, lighthearted gifts are a welcome change to the often very serious and sentimental baby books out there. Sure, I get it – having a baby is a big life change, blahblah. But there’s nothing wrong with infusing a little bit of laughter in it...

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The change mat that’s getting me excited about dirty diapers

The time has arrived that I have to think about changing diapers again. Diapers. I’d kind of forgotten about that part of having a new baby. Lucky for me, though, there’s a nifty new change mat in town that will make it easy for me to do the anytime, anywhere diaper change with grace. And, of course, style. The Thula Eco Mat kind of looks like a mini yoga mat. And, I’ll admit, since a sample came into our house, my kids have had a great time using it as such. Made from a non-toxic foam material that is...

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2011 calendars that are printable. And pretty. And free.

I love looking at a fresh, crisp, blank calendar. There’s something about it so filled with promise–and unfilled with scribbles and scratch-outs and reminders of stressful days. I think our friends at Red Stamp Cards feel the same way, since they’re offering four lovely free printable calendars. These free 2011 printable calendars use the year-at-a-glance format, perfect for hanging over the desk or by a nightstand. My favorite is the multi-colored modern one, of course, but I’m sure any of them wold make me happy. At least until I start writing on them. –Liz Get your free 2011 printable...

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Cuteness for a cause

It’s clear we love bombarding you with ideas for adorable gifts that give back–but because we’re picky, we look for the kind of stuff that’s not just cool because it helps someone, but it’s cool in itself. Well we love the idea that shopping for worthy causes can continue even past the holidays. So we’re thrilled to see that one of our favorite little online shops, Happy Chickadee has pledged to donate 100% of sales– that’s every single cent of sales, not just profits– to One Day’s Wages, for all sales made through January 5. One Day’s Wages is...

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Custom baby quilts for the very picky

I love making quilts. Well… quilt. I made one quilt. The job, the kids, life in general, and time in particular have since conspired against me.  So Quilt Creator is a dream realized. It’s the chance to be a quilter extraordinaire–without having to sew a stitch. Essentially you can design your own baby quilt or full-size bedspread at Quilt Creator in a variety of fabulous layouts and beautiful colors.  The fabrics–there are more than 150 of them, each 100% natural cotton–are gorgeous vintage-inspired prints and patterns, grouped together in themes like Noir or Spring Bouquet. You simply drag the...

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Resolution in 2011: Making sure real books don’t disappear

My husband loves to joke around with my son about “those old-fashioned paper whatchamacallits.” We’re all avid readers, but my husband and I converted to e-readers a long time ago. We’ve actually discussed whether or not we should bother getting large bookshelves when we redo our son’s room since a lot of what he reads is now available on the Kindle. But the reality is that nothing can replace a shelf filled with colorful spines, the tactile experience of turning a page and knowing that each book can be enjoyed over and over. And then left for your mother...

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24 Shades of pint-sized fabulous

Having both a boychild and a girlchild, I can assure you that–despite both being wonderful and having their respective proclivities and attributes–dressing girls is just more fun. I’m sorry, but it is. Especially when there are these gorgeous appliqued A-line dresses available from 24 Shades of Green on Etsy. Creator Catherine Byrne brings ten years of New York City Garment District experience to bear on her designs, combining simple, modern lines with just enough color and texture to keep things fun. What little girl wouldn’t love the stripes and whiskers of the kitties on this jersey cat dress (shown),...

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Happy 2011 cool moms!

2011. Is it even possible? It just sounds so…future-y! From Kristen, Liz, and everyone at Cool Mom Picks, we wish you and your family a peaceful, beautiful, happy, healthy new year. We hope it’s filled with all the joy, all the success, all the nights of pure uninterrupted sleep that you deserve. Not necessarily in that order. party hats via paper n...

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