Month: February 2011

Wood I like it? Yes, I wood.

Silver and gold are great, but do you have the stones to branch out into a ring made of something entirely new? I do. I mean, I wood. And, to take the wood-and-stone thing one step further, I am totally pining for this ring. Whether you were lucky enough to get jewelry for Valentine’s Day or you’re still putting his socks in the freezer as punishment for forgetting, this amazing piece of jewelry can make it all better. Even if you have to buy it for yourself. I’m really digging the unusual look of this three-stone wood ring by...

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Wrap your gift in artwork.

These days, I’m lucky if I remember to get gifts in time at all these days, let alone have the wrapping paper on hand to wrap them up. But with an unbelievable number of birthday parties and special events crammed in my calendar, I’m determined to be prepared. And I’ve probably got the best excuse ever to do it: the gorgeous, artist-designed gift wrap found, of all places, on MoreBirthdays.com. [edited to add: This campaign is now over, but you can support the American Cancer Society’s excellent work through their website, cancer.org.] Imagine, you can celebrate all the special...

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Celebrity style loot bags, without the celebrity-only prices

I love throwing birthday parties for my kids. Love it. But I’m a bit of an over-achiever when it comes to loot bags, generally insisting that there should be something handmade -or at least really, really cool- inside. And that means I spend precious hours (that I don’t really have available) making something or hunting for it. Not this year. Thank goodness my kids decided to hold off on winter birthday parties in favor of spring because I just discovered the best loot bag item around. CMP fave, Mabel’s Labels has a great new Loot Bag Combo that’s going...

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A parenting book you might be surprised to love

My dad died when I was 22 — long before I met my husband, or had my son — and my mom is very much alive. So you wouldn’t necessarily think that the book Parentless Parents, by my friend Allison Gilbert, would resonate with someone like me. And yet it is one of the most inspiring parenting books I’ve ever read. [don’t miss a giveaway after the jump – extended thru 2/16] Lots of moms rely on Grandma or Grandpa to watch their kids when they desperately need a night out, to get parenting advice, or to remember how...

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Flowery, beautiful, non-hurty hair accessories

Lately, my daughter is looking pretty sheepdoggy — how is it that bangs grow five times as fast on an almost-4-year-old? — and, occasionally, she will concede to wearing a hairband or ponytail so that she can actually see things before she, you know… trips over them. So these amazing hair accessories that I just discovered? Well, they’re nothing short of miraculous. [don’t miss a special offer after the jump] Ribbies Clippies, a longtime CMP fave, were created by a pair of sisters who went from their kitchen counter with piles of grosgrain ribbon to a thriving business of...

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A crocheted gift set for those who can’t really crochet

Of the many talents I wished I possessed, crocheting is at the top of the list, right along with singing in key and being able to sketch something other than stick figures. Since I don’t expect to inherit any of those talents any time soon, I look to outside sources for my fix. Which is why I was thrilled to discover a beautiful hand crocheted baby gift set. Personally, I can’t think of anything sweeter–and more classic–for a baby gift than something crocheted. Loralin Design owner Lynne Buchman designs this Booties and Hat Gift Set herself and then has...

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Have a heart on Valentine’s Day

We were first introduced to the Children’s Heart Foundation when we donated the proceeds from last year’s color-your-own Valentine’s Day card contest to their worthy efforts. So this year, we figured it was timely to remember their fantastic cause on a day that is all about spreading the love. This lovely organization provides support and assistance to children and their families who are affected by congenital heart defects (CHD), which just so happens to be the number one birth defect in the USA. In fact, a child is born with CHD every fifteen minutes. Wow. If you were looking...

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Hunter rain boots that stand out from the crowd

When the weather in New York City involves any sort of precipitation, it’s hard to open an umbrella without hitting a pair of Hunter boots on the sidewalks, my own chocolate brown pair included. In fact the waterproof wellies are so ubiquitous in my neighborhood, I have often wondered if they sponsor rainy days. So how to stick out in a sea of Hunters? Order up a pair of their new lace-up style! The Verbier boot  features an 80mm wedge, a brand new idea for Hunter, which, if you didn’t know, supplies waterproof footwear to the Royal Family (well,...

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Go ask Alice

For all the eye-goggling special effects and “3D everything” in kids’ movies nowadays, the 60-year-old Alice in Wonderland will still leave your kids’ mouths agape as it still does mine, no funny glasses needed. If you want to take your kids down the rabbit hole, now is a great time to do it because the Disney vault has opened to let a shinier, brighter and Blu-ray’d Alice out for a little while. Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland’s 60th Anniversary Edition may be a familiar story to most, but I was blown away with how gorgeous this remastered version looks, from...

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Warning: Reading this book during pregnancy will make you pee yourself. Even more.

We have eagerly been awaiting the Let’s Panic About Babies book every since we first became pregnant with our own babies. And that’s saying something. Because back then, we didn’t even know anything about authors Alice Bradley and Eden M. Kennedy, how funny they are, or that they were even considering writing a book together. That’s just how awesome this book is: It transcends the impossible! If you’ve ever seen the Let’s Panic About Babies Website, you might have an inkling of what to expect–new babies referred to as “recently freed fetal captives,” and the suggestion that your first...

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Lovely printables for Valentine’s Day

If you’re a mom, you could pretty much rename Valentine’s Day, Lots and Lots of Random Paper That My Kids Won’t Let Me Recycle Day. Wouldn’t it be great if you could start with a PDF and just print the paper you actually wanted? And wouldn’t it be even greater if that PDF was so cute that you wanted to print everything? If you’re finding yourself in a panic about the yet unmade Valentine’s Day cards for your kids to hand out, enter the Lovely Print-It-Yourself Booklet by Joie from IndieFixx. This adorable–and extremely useful–collaboration brings together 18 different...

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Lift a leaf and learn about a tree

I have a soft spot for good quality wooden toys. I like them so much I find myself decorating my daughter’s room with them, and these handmade, wood puzzles from Just Hatched are no exception. They’re much too pretty to keep in a drawer with a variety of lovely colors and themes like leaves, moon phases, hearts (for Valentine’s Day), simple shapes and more. The Wooden Leaf Puzzle won Etsy’s Earth Day Voter category and it’s also my favorite. Lift each leaf and see the name of the tree the leaf comes from. With the Moon Phases Puzzle, kids...

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SAVE ELMO!

Here’s the bad news: In the next few days, Congress will vote on a bill that could completely eliminate all federal funding for public broadcasting. That’s not an exaggeration. Here’s the good news: There’s still time to save Elmo. The government spends only $1.35 per person per year to provide us with PBS, NPR, and the 1000+ local stations that are enjoyed  by 170 million Americans each month. If you’re one of them, then you’re probably as scared as we are at the thought of losing Super Why, All Things Considered, all the wonderful local programming, and of course...

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A kids’ party that gives books back. (Plus: cookies!)

Despite light-up toys, dolls that talk, and, um, iPads, at the end of the day, nothing holds a candle — or backlit touchpad screen — to a good kids’ book. It’s a lesson my 3.5 year-old daughter has already learned, and I’m sure your kids are totally on board with that message, too. So imagine the joy of this: a big party featuring storytime, glasses of milk and plates of cookies, and — coolest of all — helping get good books into the hands of kids who don’t have any. Milk + Bookies is a neat charitable organization that facilitates...

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Presenting the ultimate new mom pampering gift. Says us.

We know that in reality, every day should be Mother’s Day. New moms in particular need all the love and affection and caretaking they can get, and not just in May. So when the wonderful site 3floz asked us to partner with them and put together our own little gift basket for moms, we were like, lead the way. We’ll bring the bridge mix. So we are so excited to introduce to you our awesome New Mom Pampering Kit. It’s such a super pick-me-up for yourself, or for your next pregnant friend who deserves a shower gift that demonstrates...

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The ugliest chocolates you’ll ever love

I have Joe Cocker in my head right now. He’s singing You Are So Beautiful to Me, and I’m getting all choked up when his voice cracks at that one point at the end. He also happens to be singing the song to the unbelievably amazing treats from Ugly Truffles (at least in my head) which happen to make the perfect last minute Valentine’s Day gift. If to you, perfect = ugly. I first discovered Chocolate Gourmet’s Ugly Truffles (and their homely cousins, Damn Good Cookies) two years ago and have been an evangelical fan of these small-batch treats every since....

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Web coolness – Valentines printables and crafts for kids

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Mostly about Valentine’s Day.   An awesome roundup of 30 Valentines printables for kids at The Long Thread (via Inhabitots) Pictured here: one of 4 printable cards from The Black Apple The cutest heart-shaped pans from the Kitchn. Gold-leafed heart-shaped cupcakes at Apartment 34. Oh lord. A roundup of great kids Valentine’s Day crafts from all sorts of cool crafty bloggers. Candy overload? Find some good recommendations for making kids menus more healthy from Out With the Kids Going somewhere fun tomorrow? On Momformation, Kristen shares 3...

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Threadless and Baggu are a tote bag perfect match

Does this rainbow umbrella design look familiar? It probably does–it’s just one of the designs you’ll find over at Threadless, which recently teamed up with Cool Mom Picks favorite Baggu to produce a whole series of recycled cotton canvas totes (Baggu’s “duck bag”) in a variety of cool options. I’ve always loved that Baggu put a sturdy shoulder strap on these bags–much as I love a conventional tote, sometimes after a visit to the library some extra support is welcome–and now I can even pick one of my favorite artist renderings to make it even cooler. It looks like...

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Consider It Done. No, really.

On any given day, I might have to drop off a neighbor’s kid at his piano teacher’s house although he doesn’t know her last name or the name of the street on which she lives, clip a finch’s toenails, and negotiate with an international credit agency for an elderly relative — I know you know what I’m talking about. We moms are usually expected to just figure out how to do some wacky stuff all on our own. And then I was handed Consider it Done: Accomplish 228 of Life’s Trickiest Tasks. Written by Julie Subotky, a lifestyle manager and CEO of...

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Bah lovebug.

Let’s face it, at some point in time, everybody ends up staring at the last flower petal, thinking, He loves me not? FINE. I’ve been there. In fact, I spent an entire Valentine’s Day in college wearing all black as my anti-Valentine statement after a harsh break-up. And then I went home and ate a half gallon of cheap ice cream and cried until there was mascara in my bra. If you’re looking for an even sweeter gift to send straight to the door of someone who needs an anti-Valentine’s Day pick-me-up, look no further. The Anti-Valentine Ice Cream...

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