Month: March 2011

SLAPlets are bringing back slap bracelets. Say that ten times fast.

I sent my daughter to kindergarten with the new version of the slap bracelet that’s out, and she was instantly the most popular girl in class. Which means absolutely nothing has changed in 25 years. Yep, slap bracelets are back. This time it’s called the SLAPlet , and it’s made of a a sleek-looking silicone which beats the cheap glitzy metal ones we wore back in my days of yore. Of course these come ready-made with a marketing angle–little “customizable” colored rings sold separately that you can slip on and off to make your bracelets your own. 3 come...

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Gorgeous bookends to hold up those 16 copies of Goodnight Moon

On a trip to LA last week, I stumbled into the most adorable little Los Feliz children’s boutique called La La Ling. It was one of those shops where you don’t know what to buy first; even my colleagues without children were scanning their brains for friends’ kids in need of some cool gifts. While I loved seeing CMP faves like Rowdy Sprout and Giddy Giddy, something new to me were the spectacular handmade children’s bookends from the LA-based Wolfum. Designer Annibel Inganni has a thing for vintage tableware and you can see it reflected in her collections. I love the subdued,...

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Web coolness – Some fun stuff, some silly stuff, some noble stuff, and some news that makes us really happy.

Here are some things we’ve liked reading on the web this week. We hope you will too. First, we’re super honored that Cool Mom Picks was chosen as a finalist in the Cribsie Awards for Most Trustworthy Review Site for Parents on the web. Especially considering our impressive fellow nominees include the big (very big) guys. Wow. Today’s the last day to vote, and if you’re so inclined to support Cool Mom Picks we’d be thrilled. How great are these upcycled wooden marionettes from Juan Pablo Cambariere? (via small magazine, shown) On Cool Mom Tech, a cool app for...

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A button-down shirt for boys who are growing up

My baby boy is now six, hates to be called “baby boy” and is growing like a weed, as evidenced by his way-too-small spring shirts I unearthed from the back of his closet.  Let me count the ways I love Kate Emerson Designs’ Boys Snap Shirt for my own little man for spring. First, the retro pattern in shades of green could have appeared on one of my dad’s wide ties back in the day but looks totally mod even now. And unlike the 70’s polyester leanings, this shirt is 100% breathable, soft cotton. Phew. I also love the...

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Oh Ellington Bags, I just can’t quit you!

It’s no secret that I have a bag addiction, which is exacerbated at the season’s change. Because really, if there’s a point in time that I could actually rationalize a new bag (or four) it would be right at the heels of spring. My first and probably only stop–Ellington. At least today. Their new lines of leather handbags and nylon travel bags feature rich colors and versatile styles that will last me all season long and beyond. My personal fave, the Bella Tote, is luxe and stylish but still roomy enough to carry all the diapers, wipes, and snacks...

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Green gets foxy

Green is everywhere this week, from the buds on the trees to St. Patty’s Day decorations to the long-awaited green milk served at my table. I’m kind of already regretting that one. But here’s a super sweet and foxy way to bring green into a nursery or kid’s room, minus the creepy green leprechaun tongues. The Three of Us print from Etsy artist lulufroot is based on an original ink drawing, then digitally colored and printed on archival matte paper with archival ink meant to last a lifetime. And even though I adore the warm, dreamy spring green, she’s...

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Fancy Finnish foot prints

I’m a sucker for designer collaborations, so when I heard Converse was partnering with Finnish design house Marimekko for the Converse Hearts Marimekko limited edition collection, I kicked off my All-Stars and ran to the computer to check out the offerings. I’ve always loved Marimekko’s bold geometric prints and bright hues, probably a residual effect from growing up sleeping on their pillowcases. If you’re a plain white Keds type, then these are probably not the kicks for you. But seeing as how I like to wear my flair on my feet (probably explains my affinity for leopard-print ballet flats),...

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Living la vida cumpleaños with Ricky Martin and more

Anyone who’s been following the amazing efforts from our sponsor, American Cancer Society’s More Birthdays campaign, knows that there’s a pretty impressive roster of celebs and otherwise cool people getting in on the do-gooding and sharing their artistic interpretations of Happy Birthday. And peeking at the site this week, we realize they’ve added three more awesome headliners to the group. Who wouldn’t love getting a personal birthday video wish from cancer survivor Kylie Minogue, or from Ricky Martin, who croons in both English and Spanish. Plus superstar new mom Celene Dion’s version of the song is gorgeous. Seriously, it’s...

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A new website offers designer handbags at bargain prices (just ignore the name)

Some women are shoe shoe addicts. Not me. My vice is bags. I’ve got a closet full of hobos, totes, clutches and now diaper bags. Storage space is tight these days, so I’ve had to limit myself to just browsing designer handbags on the web. But a new site is really, really making me want to pull the trigger. Despite its name. It’s called (don’t laugh),Bags Bonanza. Okay, before you stop reading, I promise you Bags Bonanza does not sell pleather purses with plastic daisies affixed to the zipper–but rather lusty confections from Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch....

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Cupcake o’clock is my favorite time ever

What time is it when the little hand is pointing to the chocolate cupcake and the big hand is pointing to the cherry-topped vanilla? Who cares? It’s a cupcake clock that you (or your kids) can color with crayons! In a world dominated by singing, dancing, holographic digital clocks, I’m seriously digging on this gorgeous line of color-yourself letterpress clocks. The tagline at 9SPOTMONK is Exquisitely Modern Design And Letterpress, and I love that they’ve applied their elegant sensibilities to an art project that’s perfect for any kid’s room. Or my kitchen. If you’re not into cupcakes, they also...

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A Swedish sale on kids clothes as good as their meatballs

Man those Swedes are stellar when it comes to bringing beautiful design to the masses. We’ve long been fans of Vyssan Lull, an online purveyor of gorgeous, cheerful and eco-friendly kid’s clothing with style to spare. And even more so, now that they’re on crazy amazing sale. Usually clothes coming from of some of the best, high-end, Scandinavian fashion companies would have pretty steep price tags, but right now you’ll find them up to 70% off. The clothing, and accessories, range in size from Preemie to 7-years old and a lot of the merchandise is unisex (red and yellow...

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Food Pickle – answer your cooking questions faster than you can burn those cupcakes

I’m one of those passionately clueless cooks who often doesn’t know what she’s doing until she’s elbow-deep in a soup gone wrong. It would be so great to have savvy cooking support close at hand, to help me figure out how to fix my overly salty soup, or to brainstorm about what to do with all this leftover pasta, or help me identify what horror is growing in the produce drawer. Happily, there is a food brain trust in Food Pickle, a real-time food Q&A at Food 52, the cooking website of respected food writers Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs. Have a...

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A chore chart for kids that gets five stars, a smiley face, and a “well done!”

We’ve long extolled the benefits of a chore chart for kids. It’s remarkable the things you can get a preschooler to do in exchange for a little star sticker. (Free child labor!) Now I’ve found a new chore chart that not only keeps the kids motivated, it looks fantastic and it’s actually fun to use. The colorful new Good Habits Job Chart from one of my favorite companies, eeboo, is just delightful. Nine little windows suggest daily chores like Brush your teeth, Eat a healthy food, or Put the dirty clothes in the laundry. Spin a knob when it’s...

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A little less KINDness. Actually a good thing.

I am tired of grabbing a quick, on-the-go “power” bar for my kids (and for me), only to find yet again that we’re just eating a glorified candy bar. When I choose to put candy in my kids’ lunch, I want it to be mindfully (yay! candy!), and when I reach for a healthy snack, I actually want it healthy. And? I want healthy to taste awesome. Is that so much to ask for? My household is really digging the new KIND minis, which are smaller versions of their original gluten/wheat/dairy-free KIND snack bars. They’re approximately 100 calories, made...

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Who’s holding your diapers?

I am addicted to cool organizing products. That’s not to say that I’m the most organized person out there–that would be my sister-in-law and she is a goddess. (But not the Charlie Sheen kind. Ew.) I just like fun boxes and containers which really do help wrangle the piles of stuff that accumulate around here. So I kind of flipped when I saw this fabulous new diaper caddy from one of CMP’s favorite little brands. The new 3 Sprouts diaper caddy is quirky and fun, featuring their signature felt animals on canvas. The caddies are shaped perfectly to keep...

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5 great picks you might have missed this week – Let’s get personal edition

Thanks to the Industrial Revolution, you no longer have to spend six months making a shirt that your husband is just going to ruin while butchering a hog. Joy! Unfortunately, it also means that life is less personalized, a point made especially poignant when four boys are all wearing the same Target dinosaur t-shirt on the playground. This week, we had five great picks that are all about making things more personal in an impersonal world. Let’s put the custom back in customer, shall we? 1. If you’ve been praying for personalized galoshes– and who hasn’t?– you’re going to...

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A ride on toy that the non-riders can love too.

I’ve found the degree to which children love ride-on toys seems to be in inverse proportion to how ugly they look in your living room. Cute sleek and modern? Eh. Big, shiny and plastic? Home run! But now there’s one that my kids will love just as much as I’d love looking at it. The Metal Speedcar Racer is one stunner of a ride-on toy. This 1930’s era replica is low-maintenance, it doesn’t guzzle gas, and it’s a snap to parallel park. Plus there’s no passenger seat, meaning your kid will never get stuck with carpool duty. It’s all...

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The new super cool Disney celebrity ads – Princesses, queens, and octopi, O my

Mirror, mirror, on the wall: What does the Evil Queen look like after all? For the third time, Disney has commissioned photographer Annie Leibovitz to turn beloved animated characters into spectacular dreamscape images for their ad campaign. While we don’t tend to cover ad campaigns, we kind of love this one.  Especially now that we’re finally seeing Disney villains! [see the cool celebs as Disney character images after the jump] The model choices might surprise you. Belle is played by Penelope Cruz, and her transformed Beast is Jeff Bridges, looking a whole lot better than he did in True...

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Design your own handbag without all that cutting and sewing business

Attention all you picky handbag ladies, daughters of picky handbag ladies, sisters or nieces of picky handbag ladies. –yeah you. You know who you are. Behold the brilliance of the design-your-own handbag line from boston Etsy seller Eclu. If you’re already starting to think Mother’s Day, this is a neat shop to have on the radar. The platinum peony clutch would happen to look awesome with my own mom’s naturally silver hair. Not your style? The cool thing with a design-your-own handbag line is that you’ve got other options. You choose the colors inside and out, the style of...

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Hair color from a box that’s not scary or confusing

I’ll be honest, I haven’t used hair color out of a box since high school, which I like to refer to as my Kelly Bundy years. But I’m seriously considering now for the first time, having discovered a new line of luxury DIY hair color. Colorist Kelly Van Gogh is the mind behind Master Blend, a formula designed to actually repair the hair as it colors. (It’s infused with mica shine minerals and caviar!) There’s also a touch-up product called Root Rehab, and various hair tonics and shampoos to help keep your color looking good. Ignore all the cheesy...

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