Month: February 2011

Too many Nook mattresses spoil the baby. In a good way.

Last year, Nook wowed me with the launch of their incredible (if expensive) Pebble crib mattress. Natural materials, no off-gassing, water and stain resistant and–bonus–it looked totally cool. Now they have a new mattress that even more mamas can afford. The Nook Pebble Lite offers the same conveniences and eco-friendliness in a package that lives up to its name–it weighs less and it costs less. Lite, get it? Now, there are some elements that differ from the original Pebble mattress, like the core is non-toxic foam, not latex. And the materials in the Lite mattress aren’t organic. But, really, the great features still exist...

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We like you so we want to put some bling on it

One of our favorite sections of Cool Mom Picks is titled Baubles & Bags (and one of yours too, based on the comments here), because we know that being a mom doesn’t mean you have to give up your bling. From diaper bags that are prettier than regular purses to necklaces that celebrate your sweet baby while foiling her grabby little paws, we do the work and let you reap the blingy benefits. If you want to up the accessory ante, we highly suggest becoming a Cool Mom Picks subscriber. Much like a long rope of pearls, the possibilities...

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Paper Lovely’s new calling cards are calling my name

I love the idea of carrying a calling card that really speaks to me. It would give my work-at-home career some validation. And who knows… just carrying that card could open up some doors. Choosing the design is like deciding who you are or how you want other people to see you. [don’t miss a nice offer after the jump!] With the new collection of calling cards by Paper Lovely, designed by Kim Burks, there are seven designs to choose from and each one is elegant, unique and inspiring. The paper is made from recovered materials, so not only...

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Field notes from a journey of unexpected grace

Kyran Pittman’s subtitle for her memoir Planting Dandelions is “Field Notes from a Semi-Domesticated Life.” I hope she’ll forgive me for repurposing it here to tell you why this is the mothering memoir you would be foolish to skip because you think they’re all the same. If you read Kyran’s blog, Notes To Self, or if you’ve caught her work in Good Housekeeping, you already know that she excels at weaving words into imagery and painting every detail of a scene until you feel like you’re standing right there with her, or maybe right inside her head. Even having...

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Birthday Goody Bag Giveaway – Day 6 (The bonus day! Also the last day.)

As they say, all must good things must come to an end. Including our fifth birthday week. While we’ve had the best time giving away so many goody bags this week, today is the final one, and it’s a good one. Let’s just say it’s a bag bag. So many bags! (Good things mom like bags, eh?) To keep the fun going one more day, we’re offering up: 1) A Parent Pod over-the-shoulder portable changing pad from Bella Tunno 2) A Lillebaby waterproof antimicrobial bag for your “yucky stuff” from Scandinavian Child 3) A super smart Amelia in-flight tote...

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Make friends with Lunch Money’s latest CD

Along with standing and getting out of diapers, one of my favorite so-called “developmental milestones” was when my kids grabbed another’s pudgy little hand and declared this person their “fwend.” Capturing these moments of first love makes Lunch Money’s newest kindie-pop release so poignantly perfect for all kids who are just discovering the joys, and sometimes heartache, of friendship. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] The follow up to one of my all-time favorites Dizzy, Lunch Money’s Original Friend makes me yearn for the days when my friends were just a bike ride away. Lead singer/songwriter Molly Ledford...

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Kleynimals solve the great baby-car key dilemma

The beloved car keys–Babies just can’t get enough of them. And no matter how realistic those toy keys look, babies know the difference. And even though desperate times can call for desperate measures, it’s certainly not ideal. That’s why Kleynimals are so brilliant. Inspired by the same dilemma, a smart mom invented the very smart Kleynimals: toy car keys that look like cute little animals, but made from non-toxic, food grade stainless steel. Kleynimals sound like keys when you shake them and they probably taste like keys, you know, minus all the grime, sharp edges, and possible lead. Because...

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Birthday Goody Bag Giveaway – Day 5 (This is a good one, mamas)

As if our birthday week giveaways couldn’t get any better, we’ve got another five goody bags to give away to five lucky readers. Today, it’s five stylish, versatile diaper totes from Kokopax that we still can’t believe are for carrying diapers. Inside those gorgeous bags you’ll find: 1) A $50 gift certificate for uber-stylish shoes from See Kai Run 2) A sleek, smart momAgenda desktop planner 3) A MacLaren Travel Kit with yummy body products just moms 4) A $25 gift certificate for custom hand-stamped jewelry from the wildly popular shop The Vintage Pearl TO ENTER: We discover so many...

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Modern art for the road

Now that my nineteen month old has officially reached the dreaded “dropsy stage,” I try to attach everything I can to her stroller and high chair, from her sippy cup to her toys. So, when I found the MoMA Shapes and Colors Stroller Cards, I was intrigued. Five cards, each in a different shape, feature bold, contemporary photos one one side and an interesting texture on the other. Think: a photo of a heart-shaped cookie backed by a sticky heart on the other side. I love that they’re not only educational, but very well designed. Not that I would...

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Birthday Goody Bag Giveaway – Day 4 (This just keeps getting better!)

We weren’t kidding when we said we had a week’s worth of awesome birthday giveaways to celebrate Cool Mom Picks’ fifth birthday. It’s been so fun for all of us to read all your comments and suggestions in your entries and get to know you all a little better through them. How cool and different you all are!  Meanwhile, may we offer up another goody bag or five? Why, yes we may! Today, we’ve got five super versatile Bento ultimate diaper bags (love!) from perennial fave skip*hop, and we’ve got each one filled with 1. Reader’s choice of one...

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