Month: November 2011

The no-fuss diaper bag that we’re fussing over

When it comes to diaper bags, fancier isn’t always better. Sometimes I just need something simple and classic to get the job done. A they-thought-of-everything kind of bag, like the new Ah Goo Baby Grab & Go Bag, looks like it will fit the bill nicely. First of all, it’s not going to cost a full paycheck. In this era of designer diaper bags, that’s saying something. Second, it’s totally mom–and dad–friendly. No “Honey, I’m not wearing that Kate Spade over my shoulder” arguments from your partner. And third, it’s got some pretty cool features. I like the crumb...

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Yoga for Kids – more plausible than you might think

The thing about kids –and I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume it’s not just my own who are like this– is that they don’t always have the patience to hold yoga postures or meditate. But they certainly like stories. And excitement. And good old-fashioned silliness. Not exactly three things I think of when I think of yoga, but that’s exactly what I love about this new yoga DVD for kids. Ahmed Fahmy, a certified children’s yoga instructor, is a gentle presence who isn’t afraid of being silly. On the StorylandYoga DVD, he teaches yoga...

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You know what they say about gals with big feet…

Jackie O wore a size 11. Julia Child wore a 12. Me? Well, I am somewhere in-between the two. Yes, I’ll say it, I have big feet. I spent many years trying to hide my long and narrows, then eventually I began to accept my fate. But when not a single shoe store carries your size what can you do?  Enter Tess. Tess, a woman in Baltimore with the same affliction, took matters into her own…uh, feet? Teaming up with her mother, she created Barefoot Tess, which sells stylish footwear to ladies like me. You’ll find larger sizes from...

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Mike Park’s ska-flavored kids’ CD will make you jump and smile

Dad-of-two Mike Park knows a thing or two about the music biz: He was once the energetic lead in the big ’90s ska/punk band Skankin’ Pickle, touring with the likes of Rancid, Primus, and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. He’s also the founder of Asian Man Records. And now, like so many rockers-turned-parents, he’s turned his attentions to putting out an amazing kids’ album. {keep reading for a chance to win a copy of this CD!} In his newest kid-friendly venture, Smile, he’s toned things down a bit to appeal to kids who are still sounding out the word s-k-a....

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Customized water bottles just might make the water taste better

Just when you thought that metal water bottles had reached the apex of coolness, we’ve found the coolest designs around. Yours. (Don’t miss a great discount code after the jump!) Wawabots allows you to fully customize your own water bottle. One picture, several pictures, your picture as part of an adorable design. You can even put in your kids’ artwork or hand prints or add their names to the stainless steel, BPA free bottles. And they have special designs for mom, dad, and the grandparents, just in time for holidays. I designed two Wawabots and really put them through...

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What’s black and white and red all over?

You know how much little babies love things that are black and white? Well, I’m kind of getting a kick out of imagining a baby freaking out on this awesome play mat. Seriously, they wouldn’t know where to look first. Leave it to the MoMA Store to carry one of the neatest looking baby play mats I’ve seen in a long time. Alongside the high contrast color scheme, the Crawl & Discover Mat has all kind of things to keep a wee one interested, including crinkle paper, flaps and textures. But mostly, I just want to see a baby...

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Web Coolness – Awe-inspiring art, Mo Willems’ plea, and free musuem visits

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. The Anthropologist showcases the works of some amazingly unique artists. (via Design Mom) Still not sure what to do with the leftover Halloween candy? We do! Children’s author/illustrator Mo Willem’s impassioned plea to save “real” books has us bibliophiles nodding in agreement. (Though his new Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App is pretty awesome too.) Kristen offers 3 smart ways to turn your instagram photos into holiday gifts and shares some secrets to giving a good child’s birthday gift in the...

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Wrapping paper your kids will actually notice

When it comes to unwrapping gifts, people usually fall into two camps. Either they take their time, delicately lifting the tape and neatly folding up the paper; or they rip through the paper like a present-seeking claw machine. This personalized wrapping paper just might put kids in the former category, for the very first time. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] Not only is the all new personalized wrapping paper from Frecklebox adorably designed, it also features your kids’ names right on it–something they are absolutely sure to notice. Just type in the message you want and your custom...

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Let’s give em something to talk about

If you’re not familiar with TableTopics, it’s such a fabulous little secret weapon to have around the house for those holiday weekends in which the throngs of relatives descend upon you. I mean, uh, honor you with their presence. Each box is filled with 135 little cards, each one printed with a question that helps start conversation. (Don’t worry; it’s not Truth or Dare.) The Family Gathering Edition is perfect for this time of year, when different generations come together. Questions include what are the foods you remember from your childhood? Or have you ever met anyone famous? I...

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Stuck on their middle by you

In my family, we’re kind of obsessive photographers when it comes to documenting our babies’ growth. From belly shots to holiday shots to weekly and monthly shots of baby’s first year, we go all out. (Not surprisingly, though, we seem to forget to take these pictures for poor #3 a lot more than we did for his siblings!) And now this wonderful company is making it even easier to do just that. It’s easy to see why I love the little sticker sets from Sticky Bellies that help you mark the years or months in photos. Not only do...

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Adorable growth charts from Creative Thursday, for adorably growing children

Growth charts are one of those things that I don’t think about until I realize that my kids look like they’ve added inches to their legs overnight. Get me a cute growth chart, stat! And when you’re in need (or in want), this chart is a gorgeous option. Created on artist’s canvas, the growth charts by Marisa at Creative Thursday are seriously cute works of art. My favorite is We All Fly Together at top right. Love those adorable painted characters! But all three have grommets in each corner and comes with decorative tacks and ribbons for hanging. You can even get yours hand monogrammed...

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5 ways to save money holiday shopping

We’re so thrilled to be teaming up with our sponsor Harris Bank who’s asked us to offer up some of our smartest money-saving tips just in time for the holiday shopping season. As self-proclaimed shopaholics, the holiday shopping season might just be our favorite time of year. But before we plunk down our hard-earned cash, we want to be sure we’re getting the best deal possible. There’s just nothing like scoring a discount, especially when it doesn’t take too much extra work to get it. To help you save a little cash this holiday, we’ve rounded up five of...

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Going nuts for nuts

This is the time of year I start keeping some gourmet goodies in the pantry for unexpected holiday guests, or impromptu cocktail parties that spring from Wii tournaments on snowy Sundays. And ooh, I have a new favorite. I discovered a sample of Coconut Chili Macadamias from Oren’s Kitchen in my Foodzie Tasting Box a month or so back, and they are about the most delicious and addictive snack I’ve had in a long time. They’re hand roasted, made with super top-notch ingredients, and you can absolutely taste it. If you’ve got foodie company coming over around the holidays,...

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Stunning photo cards for the holidays Ooh, swanky.

Though I normally don’t start thinking about my holiday cards until after Thanksgiving (or, ahem, later), I’ve got two reasons to be prematurely in the holiday spirit: An October snowstorm in the northeast, and the gorgeous new custom holiday cards from CMP favorite Hello Lucky, just released. {Don’t miss a special discount for Cool Mom Picks’ readers after the jump} We have long adored their uniquely cool letterpress designs–see our past posts on their holiday cards, birth announcements and even birthday cards. But this year, they are upping the I Want That One quotient by collaborating with even more...

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The Cambridge Satche: Finally, an affordable It Bag

I probably wouldn’t have guessed that of all the great bags out this fall, the Cambridge Satchel would be turning into the It Bag of the season. Especially considering they’re under $200 instead of the usual $2,000. Searching the Cambridge Satchel website, there are so many wonderful options, from classic schoolgirl/boy looks in brown and black, to the brightly colored bags that are coming to define fashion this season. (Pink satchel, anyone?) Every single one is custom made to order, so go ahead and have it monogrammed. And I love that the company was founded by British mum Julie...

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What to do with that extra Halloween candy

Like many of you, I’m waking up this morning, eying the huge pile of candy in my house and thinking, How can I get the darned stuff out of my house? We’ve got 5 great ways to help may your home a little less sugary over the coming week. Donate Candy to Children in Need Hospitals, shelters, food pantries and even churches often accept leftover candy, as we pointed out in last year’s post about donating leftover Halloween candy. All the ideas here are still relevant; just be sure to call them before you show up with bags of...

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