Month: February 2011

Good wishes to you

Every shower needs a centerpiece, and this one beats the strained peas out of a diaper cake, or one of those Cake-Wreck-y pregnant belly confections that are a little too reminiscent of Sigourney Weaver in Alien. It’s the lovely Wishing Tree by Hello Hanna, and it truly is a gift that keeps on giving. Fashioned of heavyweight recycled paper, the Wishing Tree comes with 20 moveable sticky flowers and 40 wishing ribbons in an adorable stand-up display. Place the flowers where you want them and let guests write their wishes on the pretty little ribbons, then hang them from...

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Lovely, love my etsy artists

Lovely, Love My Family by the Roots is one of those songs that gets stuck in your head in a good way. My girls discovered it after watching it on Yo, Gabba Gabba! oh, maybe 6,000 times and it’s been a favorite around here ever since. So when I saw they had inspired a talented artist, my interest was piqued. Especially after learning they help a great cause too. The Lovely, Love My Family prints at the wonderful Tuesday Mourning Etsy shop come in a variety of colors and would look smashing in any child’s room, or even over...

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Chunky is in.

This week, I popped into one of my favorite NYC department stores to leave my drool marks on the jewelry cases–kind of like a wolf marking his territory. Hey, maybe if I drool on this case here no one else will buy it? And then they’ll have to give it to me? Free? From what I saw, looks like this is going to be a really fun year for jewelry. I was smitten with all the big, colorful chunky gemstone pendants on display this season–if not all the zeroes on the price tags. So a quick look around the...

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Hail to the finger puppet

We’d never recommend you give our forefathers the finger (especially on President’s Day!), but in the case of these adorable knit finger puppets from Wee Knits, we’ll make an exception. Their Patriotic collection of finger puppets includes George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, along with Uncle Sam and a bald eagle to round things out. Use them for a mini history lesson, or to reenact the Washington/cherry tree story and to teach them about Honest Abe. Maybe they’ll then be more apt to tell the truth the next time you ask if they really washed their hands before dinner. -Christina Find wonderful handmade finger...

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One Year to an Organized Life with Baby

Even if I had known about One Year to an Organized Life with Baby when I was first pregnant, I probably would have been too disorganized to read it. We had recently moved to a new house and to say we were unprepared is an understatement. We were fools. No, we were crazy fools. This book would have rocked my world. One Year to an Organized Life with Baby, by best-selling author Regina Leeds with Meagan Francis (one our favorite bloggers) is a week-to-week guide that helps parents prioritize what they need to know and what they can do...

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Art for cool kids (and their cool parents)

The thing about typical art for kids’ walls is that it can feel a little… transitory. You know? Like, it’s only up for a year or so before the kid moves on to a new thing. That’s why this amazing wall art is so perfect. You just can’t grow out of it. ModTots by Modern Bird is a line of clean, simple, modern wall art for cool kids and their cool parents. Look at that robot guy over there: he appeals to the 3-year-old who loves ‘bots and the dad who loves Radiohead. Right?  And this is real art. Each painting is based...

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Celebrate Black History Month in good company

Having just observed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day last month, my kids are familiar with this major figure in black history. But I want them to know that history goes well beyond one man (or woman), and the fact that February is also Black History Month gives me a good excuse.  To give me a hand, I’ve been turning to the Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD series, always a great resource for finding age-appropriate and smart stories for my kids. Here are a whole bunch that are perfect for starting conversations around Black History Month. Duke Ellington and More...

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Posterous groups – Making life easier for everyone. Mostly parents.

We’re always on the look out for cool services that help make our busy lives easier. Over at Cool Mom Tech, we recently introduced our readers to our sponsor Posterous and their new smart Posterous groups service, and our readers were really, not surprisingly, really excited about it. No wonder – it’s a very smart way to share photos and posts with family, or connect with your real life groups (New moms group? Book club?) in ways that save busy parents plenty of time and energy. [Don’t miss the super amazing $500 gift card giveaway after the jump!] If...

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5 great picks from Cool Mom Tech this week – sound effects edition

Sometimes, you want your tech to be silent, but sometimes, the sound effects are the best part. ZAM! Here are the latest, greatest, just-in-case-you-might-have-missed it picks, fresh from Cool Mom Tech to you. We hope it brings you the sound of giggles, followed by sighs of happiness. 1. Ka-pow! It’s an e-reader smackdown, where digital devices go head to head, battling it out for your books. 2. Awwww! Valentine’s Day may be over for another year, but this round-up of our favorite romantic movies will love you long time. 3. Hello? Skype 5.0 for Mac is fresh out of...

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Baby clothes with magnets = Magnificent!

I couldn’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve mis-snapped my baby’s onesies and sleepers during a middle of the night diaper change. Heck, I’ve even done it during the day. And now, since finding Magnificent Baby, I’m seriously considering tossing them all out. This company has designed something rather smart: magnetic closure baby clothes which  pop together (and stay together) like magic, eliminating mismatches and the annoying tugging at the too-tight snaps. Believe me, I was pretty skeptical at first, and sizing is definitely important; my long baby needed a size up since their onesies do...

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Online meal planner? – Reader Q&A

I am looking for an online meal planner and shopping list generator…any suggestions? As I sit down to plan the meals out and do up a shopping list, I think to myself, there has to be a digital way to do this. -Aine If you really want everything from soup to nuts (heh), check out Relish. For a totally reasonable monthly fee, they’ll email you recipes each week from which you can pick the ones you want to make for your family. After scaling the recipes to fit your family size—-an awesome feature if you have just one child...

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Breaking News: IKEA Crib Recall

The CPSC issued a recall of IKEA SNIGLAR cribs in the US and Canada, because the four bolts that secure the mattress support may not be long enough. Check your crib and see if the mattress support bolts extend through the nut. If so, you’re fine. If not, the mattress can detach and collapse. No injuries have been reported so don’t panic. Just find the baby somewhere to sleep until you can get a repair kit–which probably consists of four longer bolts. Find full info at the CPSC website. If you need a repair kit for your IKEA Sniglar...

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Give me some robot love!

As a mom of two girls, I haven’t had the pleasure of exploring any of the typical themes for boys’ bedrooms, like cars, boats, fish and monsters and I’m fine with that. However, robots, at least in my mind, are cool for anyone. I am all over these Robot Pillows by Little Korboose. These quirky dudes are drawn with a big smile and a big heart. Literally. I love the playful, imperfect lines and bright colors. Made from lightweight cotton and linen canvas, they’re sturdy enough for all your rambunctious kid’s crazy antics. Buy a robot family and display...

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A stylish baby gate. I kid you not.

I’m not a big fan of baby gates. Sure, I appreciate the protection they offer, don’t get me wrong. But more often than not, they’re ugly. Now, I’m no interior decorator, but I do like my home to look good. And bland wooden baby gates simply do not look good. Instead of wishing I could move back to the small (but stair-less) apartment I lived in when my other babies started crawling, I’m ready now to embrace the baby gate. Know why? Because I’ve just discovered a cool one. The Munchkin Numi is actually a cool baby gate. Believe...

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Web Coolness – Discount baby clothes, weekend fun, and homemade storage solutions

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. On Momformation, we’ve got 3 tips for scoring designer kids clothes at deep discounts. Kristen also shares great alternatives to nursing cover-ups that you can wear long after the baby’s onto juice boxes and diet soda. (Kidding!) This weekend is the Great Backyard Birdcount – super cool. (via david wescott) 12 kid-friendly facts to share for Black History Month. Really fun list! A simply awesome homemade storage solution for all those dress-up clothes at Parenthacks. A sensible post on Naturally Educational about...

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The Handmade Olympics – Let the voting begin!

A couple of weeks ago, we invited you to nominate yourselves or your favorite handmade artisans for the Handmade Olympics, a fun, entirely unathletic competition featuring amazing handmade creations. Cool Mom Picks was invited to be the official judges of Event 2, Children’s Items, and let’s just say, our job was very hard. Crazy hard! We have a tough enough time narrowing our gift guides down to 100 or so items, but ten? Phew. There’s a lot of talent out there. But now, our job is done and it’s up to you to choose a winner.Your votes can help...

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Talking parenting with Katie Couric

Yesterday, Cool Mom Picks editor-in-chief and publisher Liz Gumbinner joined NurtureShock co-author Ashley Merryman to talk with Katie Couric about some of today’s hot parenting topics on Katie’s excellent CBS News webshow, @katiecouric. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the video yet, we’ve got it right here. Liz and Ashley discuss how we handle tough topics like racial differences and bullying, along with the trends of overpraising kids, bolstering self-esteem, minimizing competition, and how these affect the way our kids view themselves and the world. Such an awesome discussion of parenting strategies and insights. And the answer, according to Liz is, “Yes, Katie is awesome in person. One more cool mom in the world.” Why are we not surprised? If you’re a new visitor to Cool Mom Picks, welcome! Hope you enjoy all the cool gifts, gear, resources and discounts we’ve got for kids and the parents who love...

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Peeled organic fruit snacks – Paradise found.

“Snack” is no longer a bad word in my house. Once upon a time in my mind, one box of baked veggie sticks used to cause a downward spiral straight to childhood obesity and school drop-outs. Welcome to my neurotic brain. Of course my rational brain knows that healthy snacks are a great energy booster and tantrum-avoider so I try to stock the cabinets thoughtfully. I really like having discovered mess-free, take anywhere Peeled Snacks. This lightly dried organic fruit has no added sugar or fat. Since they’re only lightly dried, the fruit is still soft and easy to...

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Hollywood Renaissance, emphasis on the naissance

We drop the word “cute” a lot, mainly because it’s so versatile. Teeny tiny onesies? Cute. Gorgeous handmade jewelry? Cute. Sweet stationary? Cute. The guy who washed my hair this morning at the salon? Cute. But it’s also refreshing when we find objets de baby that aren’t exactly cute. [don’t miss a great giveaway and amazing sale after the jump!] The Hollywood Renaissance collection by PAIGELAUREN baby is gorgeous, dreamy, snuggly, and luxe– but maybe not so much cute. Well, until you put it on the baby. This label first caught our eye with their trademark pastels and dreamy...

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Let’s just pretend spring is here, shall we?

I have one word for this time of year and it’s not nice. Stores are featuring spring clothes and outdoor toys, but outside my front door there are still the last vestiges of frozen snow, and I’m sure it’s not the last of it for the season. So, for now, I’m going to do what any sane, design-centric gal will do when she’s hit with a bad case of spring fever. Redecorate! Sort of. You can add a few sunny touches to your playroom or children’s room with the new wall decals from Wallcandy Arts. The removable Happy Flowers...

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