Month: April 2011

You can leave your hat on

My son will pretty much live with a baseball cap attached to his head for the next few sunny months, since getting sunscreen applied to his mane of light-blonde hair is a messy disaster.  But, there are many times when his sports-logo’d baseball cap seems out of place, like wearing dirty sneakers with a spiffy suit. So I’m so happy to have found lids for kids that are way cool. {keep reading for a great discount and giveaway!} Made by the same people who brought us these too-cute argyle beanies, Born to Love’s lightweight kids’ fedoras have a sharp, grown-up look...

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The perfect Mother’s Day: French toast, bacon and just the right card

Now that I’m a mom myself, I realize that Mother’s Day is not just about getting breakfast in bed (not that I would turn that down) or a day off from housework (also, sounds awesome). Rather, I want to do something to honor my mom for all her hard work and I want her to feel appreciated. With a great card being a must (don’t all moms save all their cards?) CMP favorite, Shutterfly, has an incredible selection of Mother’s Day cards that will make any mom or grandma weak in the knees. You can upload your child’s artwork...

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Silicone Ally

Sprucing up for spring usually doesn’t include my kitchen utensil container, but I have long been a convert of silicone spatulas. And these swirly, pretty, funky spatulas are exactly what my kitchen needs right now.   Silicone spatulas are not only easy to clean, they’re heat-proof up to 500°F, and trust me, once you start using well-made silicone for cooking, stirring and pancake-flipping, your collection of old, cracked wooden and plastic tools will be nothing but a faded, slightly stained memory.  The green spoonula is great for working with doughs and frostings, the red spatula is perfect for spreading and clearing out that peanut...

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Last minute Easter crafts to counteract the jellybean crashes

Sometime after the thrill of the Easter egg hunt, but before dinner is ready for the table, my kids hit a sort of jittery, must-do-something phase. This is when I had best have a few tricks up my sleeve before they decide to see how far they can toss the black jelly beans. So to keep some semblance of sanity after the candy is consumed, we’ve rounded up a few easy (and free!) crafts that you can have at the ready for when you need it today. Oh, and you can send those black jellybeans my way. These adorable...

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Popsicles without the sugar or HFCS

With the weather getting warmer, the big treat around our house is popsicles. Sometimes we make our own and other times, I’ll splurge on the fruit juice-only ones from our supermarket, even though I know they’re loaded with sugar. But now I’ve found an awesome popsicle alternative with only 5g of sugar per serving that my kids actually love. I was just whipping through my grocery store freezer section when I saw the Power of Fruit bars and decided to give them a try. They only contain fruit – that’s it. Nothing else. Seriously. Hence the super low sugar...

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The Royal Wedding – Wills and Kate Plus Eight Million Fascinated Viewers

Just because America broke up with England a few hundred years ago doesn’t mean we’re not still desperately interested in their royal family. Especially since it’s about to be infiltrated by a commoner like us. If you’re as excited as we are about the Royal Wedding a week from today, we’ve got some great ideas for a Royal Wedding Watching Party that will knock your Union Jack socks off. First of all, you might have fun playing around with the Keep Calm O-Matic, which lets you substitute anything you want for the famous KEEP CALM and CARRY ON poster....

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Keep your bunnies busy with this great Easter craft

My kids love Easter, but the hours leading up to festivities can get a little hairy with me trying to get ready for the holiday and them trying to “help”. There just isn’t enough of me to keep three kids happily occupied while I make sure the colored eggs/baskets/food/cleaning routine gets done. So when I saw this amazingly cool Easter project that my craft-loving kids would adore, I threw my figurative Easter bonnet in the air. Hello Clementine’s rabbit garland printables would make the coolest Easter decor in our home with a quartet of hip bunnies that prefer you...

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A picture is worth a thousand crayons

Do you love nice, crisp boxes of brand new art supplies as much as I do? And do your kids somehow manage to rip those nice, crisp boxes within about eleven minutes of opening them as often as mine do? Well, take a look at this adorable tutorial for DIY art supply storage pouches. Far better than a Zip-loc, if you ask me. To make the bags as shown, you need to be able to sew in a zipper, but if you can’t, the concept can still be applied to drawstring bags, too. And though I haven’t tried to...

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GoodWood Blocks are, well, good wood

We’ve got no shortage of toys in our house, but of all the ones my kids consistently play with, their simple set of building blocks win over anything else they own every single time. So when I saw the GoodWood Deconstructive Blocks, I knew my kids would flip. Because I did. These super cool blocks are ethically made in China from forest-friendly rubber wood, and painted in beautiful bright colors using water-based acrylic paint. The sets feature cool shapes that allow kids to get super creative with their structures, which is a nice change from the typical squares, rectangles,...

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B Kind 2 Earth Day

I can hardly believe that Earth Day is older than I am. (Ah, feeling young — what mom doesn’t love that?) Begun in 1970 as a means of demonstrating broad public support for the environmental cause, Earth Day is a reminder that this planet is a pretty cool place to live, and we don’t want it to look like it belongs on an episode of Hoarders. To that end, the National Wildlife Federation, Nickelodeon, and our friends at The Motherhood have joined forces to create B Kind 2 Earth Day. We’re super excited to be on board too, and...

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Web Coolness – Peeps winners, Passover recipes, cool books and Easter fun

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. You’ve got to see the winners of the Washington Post’s 2011 Peeps Diorama Contest. (any idea which is our favorite?) Also, we found a whole Peeps gallery on Flickr. Hilarious! Check out Kristen’s list of 5 cool books from 5 cool moms. You may recognize one of the authors. Here’s a great contest for artistic kids: Win one of our favorite scooters by designing a Scooter Buddy. Lil Sugar has some great kid-friendly recipes for Passover for those of you going yeast-free....

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Cuter than the average pic-a-nic basket

I don’t care if Toronto hasn’t quite gotten the spring memo yet– I’m already dreaming about park visits and picnic lunches. And when I spotted this adorable insulated picnic lunch bag at ModCloth, I fell in love. And I knew right away that I wouldn’t be handing it over to any of my kids. Oh, no. That sweet thing will be all mine. The Blueberry lunch bag is cute, but I think my heart belongs to the Watermelon one. (Gosh, even the color names are adorable.) The red checkered pattern on the Watermelon lunch bag reminds me of a...

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Damn Fine Tea – My haven from the squalls of motherhood

For over 2000 years at least, civilizations rose and fell, wars were won and lost– all for tea. And now, it’s a just another rack of brightly colored, shrink-wrapped boxes at the supermarket. That’s a damn shame. But Damn Fine Tea is trying to bring tea back where it belongs: to the realm of obsession. Instead of buying tea in impersonal little bags and gulping it down before the kids need us and it goes cold, the makers of Damn Fine Tea want us to savor every step of the tea ritual. Their packaging is clever and beautiful. The directions are...

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Two green thumbs up for these Earth Day ideas that don’t cost you a dime

If you’ve been reading Cool Mom Picks for a while, you know that we are always looking for sustainably-made, eco-friendly products from conscientious companies, big and small.  So for this Friday’s Earth Day, instead of giving you more green products you can buy (although hey, we might do that too), we want to point out some cool Earth Day-related initiatives that don’t require you to open up your pocketbook for that other kind of green. –Christina Paper Culture has long been one of our favorite sites for gorgeous photo and greeting cards, and for their unwavering commitment to protecting...

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Everybody’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed little man

If your little guy is anything like mine, his wardrobe is stocked with a lot of the standard-issue dude-themed clothes: frogs, trucks, monkeys. You know.  So I thought this new idea for a mini-man’s dresser was especially brilliant. In fact, it might be a bold new step into the world of ha-babe-dashery.  Fat Tie shirts and ties are 100% soft cotton shirts with actual ties sewed flat onto them. You can get the shirts in a slew of colors, tie types, and sleeve styles for boys 12M-5T. And, as any MBA knows, the details make all the difference–the way they sewed three large buttons where...

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Here comes Peter Zombietail

There is no joy like a frozen hollow chocolate rabbit. All year, I long for crisp milk chocolate that crumbles in with every bite. But have you ever wondered why they’re hollow? Have you ever wondered what happened to their… BRAAAAAAAIIIIIIINS? We did. And we think we’ve found the culprit. Two words: Zombie Bunny. Think Geek has done it again with the Chocolate Zombie Bunny. He’s made with 8oz. of solid white chocolate and comes complete with exposed ribs, blood spatters, a queasy green patina, and one seriously crazy, edible zombie eye. The good news? We’re pretty sure he...

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Super hero costumes for our always super kids

Does your child leap tall buildings in a single bound? Is she faster than a speeding bullet or sometimes confused with a bird or a plane? I know all about this phenomenon because my daughter is a super girl who also demands super hero costumes with style. (Don’t miss a great discount after the jump!) Longtime CMP favorite Little Capers is now designing fashionable super hero costumes that kids can wear between feats of strength and justice seeking too. The tank tops have detachable capes, so your little super hero can look stylin’ when he or she spins webs,...

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The sporty convertible that won’t mess up your hair.

It’s sleek, sporty, and goes from backpack to messenger bag in less than thirty seconds. But, unlike those $60,000 convertibles, it won’t mess up your hair, and you probably won’t swallow a bug while using it. Oh, and it’s called Annie. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] If you’re looking for something stylish to take you from the playground to the airplane to the hiking trails, the cool Annie bag from Ellington is just the ticket. Made of easy-to-clean nylon, Annie is the right size for someone who’s done with the gigantic diaper bag but still needs...

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The Easter Bunny probably hates storing baskets, too

You know what I’ve always wondered about Easter baskets? Where people store them every other day of the year. Because if there’s one thing that’s not exactly storage-friendly, it’s a big, round basket with a gigantic handle on top. This is why I adore the beautiful new Easter Egg Hunt Bag tutorial over at The Purl Bee. I just love the idea of doing a little rainbow rickrack one. Or maybe taking my chances and letting my kids pick some of their favorite colors for the embellishments.  Either way, Easter bags are a perfect solution to my storage woes....

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Hey kids – Go play outside!

Here in Atlanta where I live, the weather has been nice since the beginning of March, which means my kids have already exhausted Hide n’ Seek, Freeze Tag, and two entire boxes of sidewalk chalk. So when I saw this book when I was at the Mom 2.0 Summit in New Orleans last week, I knew I had to pick it up. All it took was one quick flip through Jennifer Ward’s Let’s Go Outside!: Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get Your Kids Closer to Nature for me to know that I had to buy it. Packed with great...

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