Month: March 2011

Get ready to head-bop at this year’s Kindiefest

Last year, I attended Kindiefest, the coolest kids-and-family music conference and band showcase, and have been excitedly waiting for details about Kindiefest ’11 ever since the calendar turned over to a new year. My daughter who came with me? Yeah, she’s been waiting too. In fact, that’s her, in the middle of this photo, surrounded by Liz’s daughters and CMP fave band, the Okee Dokee Brothers. Not in the music industry? No worries: If your kids are old enough to shake, rattle and roll—or even just do that adorable baby bounce dance—I’ve got the greatest excuse for you to make a road...

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Do a jig over these green not-just-for St. Patrick’s Day clothes

Without fail, March 17th arrives and I start digging through my kids’ dressers in the search for something, anything, green. I usually end up with one child wearing last year’s soccer tee and one poor soul in a shirt that requires me telling them, If you squint, you can see the green. This year, I tracked down a few green options–something stylishly perfect that they can wear all season and not just one fleeting day. –Christina Fore!! Axel and Hudson’s golf-themed boyswear was just featured on Cool Mom Picks, and this Green Racer Stripe Shirt (at top) is another good reason we...

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Web Coolness – Pretty things, funny things, and an iPad 2 giveaway (for reals)

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Win a new iPad 2 courtesy of our sister site Cool Mom Tech, and our awesome sponsor Capital One. Who loves you? In this month’s Redbook, our Editor Liz riffs on 10 things you should never say to a working mom. Love the Breast Cancer Awareness Body Paint Project. the second RL Gang animated storybook from Ralph Lauren is so clever. Cool mom Uma Thurman narrates. The movie Up comes to life with a house carried away by 300 balloons. Love the...

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Gourmet organic meals for the teething set

Finding a meal that satisfies all members of my families is a mission impossible these days. Add a baby just starting solids into the mix and that spells H-E-A-D-A-C-H-E. But there’s a new line of organic baby foods that just might do the trick. Sprout Organic Baby Food was co-founded by celebrity chef and dad of three Tyler Florence, and they already have a stage 1 and stage 2 meals for six and seven-month-olds. Now they add a line of new Stage 3 Advanced Foods for babies 8 months and up, offering chunkier textures, larger portions and fuller flavors...

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Personalized gifts for kids at Snapfish. Way way way beyond photo mugs.

I’m one of those diehards (or gluttons for punishment) who still orders hard copies of digital photos so that I can shove them into a photo album. I’ve used Snapfish for years for these prints, including last month’s order of 1,370 prints. (No, that’s not a typo) But, outside of photo prints or the occasional calendar, I haven’t really thought of Snapfish as a must-visit place for gift ideas. Turns out, they’ve got a lot of cool partnerships with some very creative smaller companies which makes them a cool place to bookmark when you need a special gift. Keep...

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Free calories from Starbucks! We’ll take it.

There’s a lot of talk about Starbuck’s new logo launch this week, and frankly, whatever. What I like is that it gave them an excuse to offer customers their new treats to sample, totally free. Starbucks has just introduced Starbucks Petites, desserts that are the perfect size for me or my kids. These treats aren’t exactly low-fat, but a mini peanut butter and chocolate cupcake has to be better than one four times the size. Thanks to what Starbucks calls their “Tribute Days,” if you’re buying a drink between 2 and 5PM today through Saturday,  you can try a...

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Hey, baby. Here’s your sign.

Well, I do believe I have just discovered the most original new baby gift on the planet. Bold proclamation, I know, but have a look at these new custom birth charts by Amy Karol –yes, she of “Bend-the-Rules Sewing and Bend-the-Rules with Fabric fame. And then try to tell me they aren’t a perfectly amazing baby gift. Including information about astrological sign, birthstone, birth flower and more, Amy creates a beautiful hand-lettered and hand-drawn birth chart based on the name and birth date that you provide. Her illustrations are simple yet striking, and the final product –which is digitally...

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Play clothes for the sand trap or the sand box

One of the many surprise discoveries I made after having a baby boy was that I’m actually pickier about boy clothes. Specifically, a lot of sports-themed duds don’t pass muster, but select favorites make me swoon. But here’s a new line that gets the green light from me. Check out the spring 2011 connection from Fore!! Axel and Hudson and you’ll see why I love the subtle graphics, like the shower of golf tees and screenprint suspenders, as well as  the vintage 1970’s styles and patterns. I can totally picture my little dude in these golf-inspired designs, looking like...

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National Read Across America Day. Or, Oh, The Places You’ll Read!

March 2 was National Read Across America Day, which is in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, which I know because Thing 1 and Thing 2 were spotted around my town in bright blue wigs and matching t-shirts. And while I make it a point to read aloud every day–minus the blue wig– I love to see excitement for reading across our nation. The only thing better is encouraging literacy across the world, and that happens today. Nearly one billion people entered the 21st century unable to read, and World Read Aloud Day is trying to change that statistic. On...

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Diaper bag chic, minus the diapers. Nice.

Over the course of a mama’s diaper bag carrying years, there will be times she may curse that heavy bag and long for the carefree and fabulous purses of her youth. But as time goes by, that longing to be rid of the diaper bag turns into–or at least it has for me–a wistful longing to keep it around forever. Diaper bags aren’t only practical and convenient, but if you’re buying the right ones (of course you are, you’re reading CMP, after all!)  they’re also beautiful. Never fear diaper bag loving mamas! Petunia Pickle Bottom has come to your...

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Turn those kiddos into busy bees

Spring break is on its way, and I’m making plans. But my spring break plans don’t involve beaches, bikinis, or beer. Instead, I’m looking for ways to keep my kids busy. (Besides cleaning the bathroom, my standard fallback response to the cry of boredom.) If you’re in my same boat, crafty DIY site WhipUp.net has a cool solution. The inaugural issue of the Action Pack Mini-Mag is all about paper and beeswax, with instructions for making origami boats (dipped in beeswax so they really float), beeswax candles and lip balm with printable labels, plus how-to steps for drawing bees,...

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Supporting New Orleans crafters for Mardi Gras

It’s been a long time since I’ve munched on a beignet or window-shopped my way down Royal Street, but I have very fond memories of my last trip to the fabulous city of New Orleans and how alive it always is with music and laughter. From my home many miles away, I can’t do much to replicate what’s going on at Mardi Gras (except maybe the noise level), but I thought it would be fun to celebrate a few of our favorite Etsians who hail from NOLA. -Christina Big fans of NOLA might sport this handcut sterling and brass...

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Sole Society: A monthly club perfect for Carrie Bradshaw and Imelda Marcos types

Imagine a club where you receive a brand new pair of shoes hand-picked just for you, every single month. And at a killer sale price too. Dream no more. The people behind the private sample sale site HauteLook just launched a site to do that very thing. Through Sole Society, $49.95 a month gets you a new pair of flats, wedges, sandals or platforms delivered to your doorstep every month. Here’s how it works: You take a personal style quiz so the folks at Sole Society can determine your “Style Bio” and curate your virtual shoe closet. Then each...

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Calling all NYC area mamas and mamas-to-be!

Besides brownstones and indie coffee shops, Brooklyn is also known for being home to oodles and oodles of families. (As our Ed-in-Chief Liz can attest.) So it makes perfect sense that the first ever Child Grows in Brooklyn Baby Expo would take place in New York’s most family-friendly borough this coming Sunday. What makes this expo different than, say, a car expo? Well, first of all, it’s not boring. Second of all, it’s hosted by A Child Grows in Brooklyn, one of our favorite local blogs devoted to all things kids and parents. Register and you’ll have complete access...

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Two-step program

Okay, I’ll come right out and admit it. My bathroom has one of those mass-produced step stool eyesores in it that just about every one of my friends has, too. Yes, it works. My kids can climb onto the toilet with ease, reach the faucet to wash their own hands and climb up to places they aren’t supposed to be, just by moving the step stool into, oh, every other room of the house. Somehow I think I’d care far less about their step stool overuse if they were using one of the delightful new modern stepstools from Manny...

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The cutest cloth nappies. (That’s uh, diapers, America.)

Okay, I may get a lot of flack for saying this, but when it comes to cloth diapering, I think the cute factor matters. Yes, I choose cloth for a number of less, um, superficial reasons–good for the environment, good for my babies’ skin, and convenience. Seriously, I think cloth is easy.  But the bottom line (heh, I said bottom) is that you wouldn’t catch me putting an ugly diaper on my baby. And the new-to-the-US line of diapers from Itti Bitti fits the bill perfectly. Created in 2005 by an Australian mom, these Itti Bitti cloth nappies –as...

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Monogrammed rain boots keep you singin’ (and stylin’) in the rain

This week we had a taste of spring – not the sunny, warm spring, but the rainy, cold spring that you know is right around the corner. And nothing cheers us up around here on a rainy day like a fun new pair of rain boots ready for puddle jumping. Ever since I got my first monogrammed LL Bean bag, I’ve had a soft spot for monogrammed items. Rain boots by Zou Baby are the first monogrammed rain boots I’ve seen and I love the classic design. Available in adult and youth sizes, both you and your child can...

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The stackable storage shelves of your super-organized dreams

Stuffed animals, princesses, puzzle pieces, barrettes, stickers, play food, books…Walking into my daughter’s room makes me to want to scream in a fit of frustration and horror. With all the options for toy storage out there (and we’ve covered quite a few), there is one that I find I keep going back to. Q Collection Junior’s Stella Stackable Storage looks so fabulous, I would want it even if we weren’t in dire need. But, I do need it. Bad. Stella Stackables, what don’t I love about you? This modern marvel of toy storage is available with or without doors,...

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The drink of the gods, now in your coffeemaker.

Before kids, I thought coffee was a charming diversion. After kids, I’m pretty sure I drink more coffee than water, and whenever I have blood drawn, I expect it to be brown and flavored with hazelnut. Therefore, when I heard that there was a new drink on the market that left coffee in the dust– or grinds– I was shocked and disbelieving. Then I heard it was made of chocolate, and I went straight to flabbergasted. And now I’m obsessed. [don’t miss a super great giveaway after the jump!] It’s called Crio Brü, and it’s made of 100% pure,...

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Open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk this dinosaur

Boom, boom, acka-lacka-lacka boom, baby. We’re proud to show you the results of humanity’s first attempt to literally Walk the Dinosaur. Bonus: This king of the terrible lizards has some sweet dance moves. The Tyrannosaurus Rex Push Toy from Arks and Animals on Etsy is one of the most unusual (and unusually cool) wooden toys we’ve found, which is saying a lot. Measuring in at just under a foot tall, this handsome dino is hand-made by an internationally known woodworker from trees on his own 50-acre family farm in New York, then finished with safe, natural dyes. When you...

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