Month: December 2011

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We like to think waiting for the Cool Mom Picks newsletter each month is a little like watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, minus the champagne and glitter. (Although you can feel free to supply your own.) But our subscribers do get a lot to shout about, like this month’s giveaway. One lucky subscriber will win a $250 gift certificate to Magic Beans, one of our very favorite  mom and pop stores for baby gear and great kids’ toys. All the details on entering will come in your inbox next week. But every subscriber gets something great–like...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest baby gear

If you haven’t realized by now, babies come with stuff. Here, our top 10 of the coolest baby gear that we discovered in 2011. Some of it will be the newest new mama essential, some of it…well, a gal can dream sometimes. Bugaboo Donkey Liz: I have to give it to Bugaboo for creating a remarkable piece of high tech engineering, disguised as a swanky double stroller (at top). The best part, it’s really meant to grow with your family for years and years. Despite the high price tag, there was still a wait list when it came out....

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest books for kids

We all have a certain fondness for our kids’ books category. Finding wonderful books for kids is one of our favorite thing to do for all of you. Here, some of the very best books for kids that we reviewed in 2011. Shel Silverstein: Everything On It Liz: A posthumous book release from Shel Silverstein? Be still my Silverstein-loving heart. My kids love this one (at top) just about as much as Where the Sidewalk Ends, and that’s truly saying something. Buy it for every kid you know. The Man in the Moon by William Joyce Kristen: In an...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest toys for our kids

Enjoy these, our Editor’s top picks of 2011 for toys for babies, tots, and big kids too–all of which we think will keep kids happy for more than a few minutes. That’s pretty rare these days. And not a battery compartment in sight! Little Sapling¬†personalized alphabet blocks Liz: I think this is just about one of the best baby gifts or shower gifts ever (at top)–they’re handmade, personalized, and they’ll actually be played with. After which, you’ve got a lovely heirloom. You can’t say that about tickle-me-anything. Breastmilk Baby Doll Liz + Kristen: We have to give a shout-out...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest jewelry and handbags

Each year, we love coming through our past year of archives to bring you some of our editors’ top picks. Today, we’re excited to feature our favorite accessories from the coolest baubles to the handbags we’re coveting. The Cambridge Satchel Liz: I’ve got to give it to any mom who starts her own company so she can better support her own children. But when that company happens to yield the affordable It Bag of the year? Well now I’m standing up and applauding. Loudly. And the colors? Loooove. Adeleshop Leather Clip Satchel Kristen: Lucky for me to have stumbled...

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Merry Christmas, cool moms!

From Liz, Kristen, and our entire Cool Mom Picks team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! We’ll be back to tomorrow with our Editors’ Picks of the Year. But today, we eat! Merry everything, happy always! {The lovely letterpress card by Vandalia Street...

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Peace on earth takes on a whole new meaning with these bracelets

These beautiful bracelets are the bomb– literally, and figuratively, and I can’t think of a better way to spread peace than with jewelry that truly symbolizes just that. Back in 1973, bombs rained down on Laos, and after the Vietnam war was over, the bombs and their debris were left behind. Artisans began to collect the leftover scrap metal and form it into spoons and jewelry, a practice which spread and inspired Project Peace Bomb. They partner with these artisans to create unique bracelets made from the metal scattered throughout the ravaged landscape of Laos. Even better, when you...

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Christmas gift thank you cards – too early to think about them?

Okay so maybe I’m jumping the gun a little with the Christmas thank you notes, but hey–I know myself. Next week I’ll be carousing with family, New Year’s will hit, I’m back to work, and bam, no more free time. That’s when all the thank yous for all the generous holiday gifts for my family seem less likely to make it out of my hands. So I was poking around one of my favorite sites for custom photo cards, Paper Culture, and I had a great idea: It could be really sweet to make my thank you notes more...

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Still feeling the DIY spirit? Some of our favorite last minute holiday crafts and printables.

Here, just some of the great resources, websites, recipes and roundups we’ve found for the holiday season. You’ve still got a whole day of wrapping left! –The most beautiful printable gift tags –12 festive gift wrap ideas –6 easy holiday treats, no culinary degree required. –10 DIY holiday gifts for those crafty folks among us. –Print at home gifts to save you from overnight shipping charges –6 free printable gift tags [image via eat drink...

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Wolford Stockings – because New Year’s Eve is calling

Forget investing in a new LBD; if you have any hopes of getting out this New Year’s Eve and want to update your look, I’d invest in the accessory of the year: funky, sexy stockings. If you’re not familiar with the Austrian label Wolford, these are about the splurgiest, spendiest, most amazingly constructed stockings on the planet. Let’s just say there are pairs I’ve had for more than 10 years that still look great. So I was pretty happy to see that a lot of them are on sale up to 50% off right now. (One caveat before you...

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