Month: December 2011

Our favorite charities for that very last end-of-year tax deduction

As we come to the end of 2011, we all feel like we have much to be thankful for — good friends and family, incredible colleagues (sniff, we love you CMP’ers!) and amazing readers like you who have supported us for another fantastic year. As in years past, we’ve asked some of our contributors to share with you their favorite charities and the range is pretty amazing. Perhaps one or more of these will resonate with you, or just remind you to give to your own favorite charity, and squeak in one last generous act (and tax deduction) before...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest boys clothes and accessories

We found so many cool boys’ clothes this year, it may be the first year we’ve given boys’ clothes their own category! Enjoy some of these awesome editors’ picks, putting to rest the notion that only girls get the good shopping. Red 21 Boys Kristen: If there’s a piece that juxtaposes classic lines with modern style, it’s this rockin’ skull jacket from Red 21 Boys (at top). I’m always impressed with the quality of their clothes, which means years not weeks of washes and wear. Black Kite kids’ shirts Kristen: In the sea of blue and white (or some...

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Getting dressed up for New Year’s Eve without spending a fortune

It’s time to ring in the new year, which is a perfect excuse to get dressed up. Whether you’re waving goodbye to 2011 or running to greet 2012, your party deserves a little pretty. But don’t rush out and buy something you’ll never wear again; with just a few sparkly upgrades, you can turn your existing duds into a party-worthy look. [find affordable New Year’s Eve style tips after the jump] Jewelry is an easy way to dress up even your most basic jean-and-tee look — and for New Year’s you really can bring the bling. Stella & Dot...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest girls’ clothes and accessories

Finding beautiful girls’ clothes may be one of our favorite jobs at Cool Mom Picks. This year there were no shortage of great picks from small indie designers; and even some bigger brands we like got into the action. Tutu Du Monde Liz: The world’s cutest most beautiful, splurgey princess/ballerina/fairy dresses (at top), every one made by hand with exquisite details and not too much frou. Just don’t expect them to be relegated to the dress up box. Handmade Charlotte for Anthropologie Kristen: Maybe it’s because Rachel is a mom of many like me (5 kids!) or lives near...

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Congrats to our Cool Mom Picks 5 Days of Giveaways winners!

One of the most favorite parts of what we do here at Cool Mom Picks is giving away prizes, and a couple of weeks ago, we got to give away five big ones to five lucky Cool Mom Picks subscribers!  A huge congrats to Leslie T., Amy M., Molly B., Farrah S., and Heather R., who will soon be receiving some amazing prizes at their doorstep. Big thanks go out to B. Toys, Quinny, Martha Stewart Living, Scandinavian Child, and Playstation Move for providing us with the amazing giveaways! And thanks to you, our amazing subscribers, who allow our...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest new baby foods, kids snacks, and mealtime helpers

One thing we parents all have in common is the need to feed our kids. Here, our favorite foods, snacks, tableware, cookbooks, all to help make mealtimes a little easier and a little more fun. Green Toys dishes Kristen: I have a huge thing for Green Toys as toys, but wow, their new dishes and tumblers have been a welcome addition to our kitchen. Sturdy, safer than melamine, and eco-friendly too–I’m not quite sure you can get better than that. SIli Squeeze fruit puree dispenser Kristen: For as many squeezy-whatevers we go through a week, I’m soooo thrilled to...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest modern kids furniture

We’re such suckers for modern kids’ furniture, and this year there were some amazing new pieces. Here, our editors favorites of 2011 that we’d gladly furnish our own kids’ rooms with. So-Ro Cradle Liz: Simply one of the most beautiful modern cradles I’ve ever seen (at top). If you’re looking for a splurgetastic baby gift for a parent who cares about the modern baby gear matching the modern adult decor, this is your gift. mod mom toy box Kristen: What’s not to love about a gorgeous, modern toybox that’s designed by a cool momtrepreneur? Even better, if you’re like...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest baby clothes

Boy, baby clothes have come a long way from when your choices were pink onesies, blue onesies, or yellow onesies for “surprise” babies. Here, just a few of our favorite fabulous baby clothes picks of the year. Lucky babies. Fore!! Axel + Hudson Kristen: These awesome golf-inspired boys clothes (at top) are cool, not stuffy, and we love that they come in baby sizes too, right down to the hats. Freshly Picked Leather Mocassins Liz: They’re beautiful, handmade, and wear more beautifully with age. The one complaint: They don’t make them in adult sizes. (Hint, hint.) 77 Kids for American...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest kids’ art and decor

One of the fun things about planning for a baby is planning how to decorate the nursery. Then, planning on how to transition it from a baby room to a kids’ room. Allow us to present some of the coolest art and decor ideas from 2011. Creative Thursday Growth Charts Liz: We adore Marisa’s work which you might recognize from the nursery in Up All Night, or just from her wonderful etsy shop. This growth chart (at top) is a lovely improvement over the pencil marks on the door. Chooch Magooz Custom Artwork Kristen: I can’t say enough amazing things...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest music for kids

Picking our favorite of all the coolest kids’ music of 2011 is a little like picking among our children–so many incredible artists creating so many great albums, that even parents like them too. Here, Christina’s top ten kids’ albums of 2011 based on her voting for the Fids + Kamily awards. (So in fairness, some of these came out late 2010. If you’re a stickler for details.) Little Nut Tree by Dan Zanes (at top) Practically Ridiculous by The Jimmies Mind Of My Own by Frances England FLYING! by Recess Monkey Love Me For Who I Am by Brady...

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