Month: February 2011

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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