Month: April 2011

Here come the new and improved ABCs

Just when I thought an artist couldn’t do anything new or inspired to the good old but very played out alphabet decor, artist Lorena Siminovich of Petit Collage wows me with her brand new poster prints. These new ABC poster prints are making me wish I had another nursery to decorate. I’m partial to the Transportation ABCs, which is welcome design-y change to the babyfied truck decor or the real life construction vehicle art. Though I admit that the Dress-Up ABCs is pretty darn cute too and works well for a baby nursery or even a toddler room too....

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Bumbleride Movement Edition stroller has got it going on.

The Movement edition stroller, in case the name isn’t clear enough, is all about getting moms moving and keeping babies comfortable, making it easier to be active with baby, no matter what the weather. (Because we all know how a wet, uncomfortable baby can ruin a good run or walk.)  That’s why the fabric is water-repellent, and the canopy is UV-protective. So it reflects heat and has SPF 45 protection. All the better to keep baby dry and cool.  I’ve been pushing around the Indie edition and loving it. This stroller brings with it all of the amazing features...

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Appaman launches for Target making coolness more affordable

At this point, it’s not news that Target is spot-on in the designer collaboration department. They seem to keep churning out awesome new collection after awesome new collection with the hottest kid brands around. And now it’s Appaman’s turn. Hooray! Appaman, the beloved Brooklyn-based brand with the fun-loving mascot ape is partnering with Baby Buggy for their foray into Target-world. The Appaman for Target collection is the final collection in the partnership between the retailer and Jessica Seinfeld’s charity. The collection includes adorable onesies, ruffled tank tops with bubble shorts, and polos with matching pants, many adorned with the...

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Now, kids can get paid to do good

You might remember when we told you about YesKidzCan!, the folks who are helping your kids figure out ways they can start changing the world for the better right now. We love their mission and their Act of Kindness kits, but now they’re taking it even further. Check it out: They’ve just launched the Social Kidpreneurz Awards, and it’s all about helping kids give back to society in creative ways that work for them. Applications are open now and run through June 1, 2011; fifty recipients will win $100 of seed money apiece to fund their “business-like activity that...

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Nothing says spring like a bunny on your plate.

Even vegetarians can get behind this pick. Because the well-plated rabbits that have captured my heart are from our clever friends at Le Papier Studio– you know, the folks who brought us that ingenious Easter Egg Silhouette tutorial and end up in our gift guides year after year? They’ve got a whole mess of pretty stuff cooking up for spring. The Spring Silhouette Plates are one of six Easter plates available, each custom made in melamine just for you. You can choose your silhouette image, background color, font, and text, making each plate a phenomenal heirloom. And for a $10...

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Just the facts, Ma’am. On a onesie.

I love to relive my kids’ momentous birth day with my husband, my kids and pretty much anyone who will listen. (Admit it–I’m not alone here.) So for all of us who are birth date obsessed, we’ve found a pretty cool keepsake. These adorable birth announcement onesies not only look cute on a baby, but they also make sweet mementos. The design is available with or without bubbles and in pink or blue, but the artist is happy to work with you on the design, in case you want something else. Think of it as a thoughtful, affordable gift...

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Thought you could never afford to be an art collector? Think again with Exhibition A.

I’m a big fan of all the members-only online shopping sites. I’ve bought many outfits, handbags and even a vacation through them, but now I can expand my shopping arena to the world of art. Real art. As in, by real artists. And the best part is, it won’t break the bank. Check out Exhibition A, started by one of my fave designers, Cynthia Rowley. She, along with Bill Powers and Laura Martin, owners of Half Gallery, created this smart service for bringing art to the masses. Sign up for your free account and start cruising works by contemporary...

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Stuff your Easter baskets with picks under $15

Thankfully Easter is in late April this year which means my kids may actually be able to do an egg hunt in something less than a winter parka and mittens. But does this extra times mean I’ve finished all my Easter basket shopping? Oh, of course not.  If you’re in my same boat and still need to put something into those cute baskets, take a look at some of these great items we found, all for under $15 each. Just hop quick and place your orders today–Easter will be here before you know it. -Christina Arts and crafts The...

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The Children’s Choice Book Awards–One award show you don’t have to stay up until midnight for.

Here’s something we love: Now through April 29, you and your little ones can cast votes for the finalists in the Children’s Choice Book Awards. What a cool way to get your kid involved in picking new titles to grab from the library. The categories are sorted by age, plus there’s Illustrator or the Year and Author of the Year. Winners will be announced during Children’s Book Week and you can help. If you want to discover some new reading material for your early-reading kiddos, check out these finalists in the K through 2nd grade categories. Even Monsters Need...

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Metal lunch boxes like the olden days, only way cooler

Remember back when lunch boxes were actually metal? I had a Holly Hobby one I adored (no cracks about my age, please!), though if I’d had the option of having my name on the box I probably would’ve happily chucked Holly for that. Name Your Design is covering eco-friendly, lead-free tin lunch boxes in cute designs featuring your child’s name. But that’s not the only reason they’re cool. They’re taking the retro metal lunch box one step further with a chalkboard surface inside the lid. Write a sappy note, draw a little picture, or remind kids to turn in...

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Pillow Pets – The cool, cotton, fair trade kind

I’m fortunate to have a daughter who takes violin right next to the Blabla Kids storefront in Atlanta, so every week, I poke my head in to say hello to their lovely staff and design team, and take a peek at what’s new. And just wait until you see the cuteness that’s now available on their website. Their new Hold Me Tight pillows instantly made me think of Pillow Pets, except they’re cooler, softer, and made by fair trade Peruvian artisans like all of the Blabla Kids goodies we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Picks. I love the whimsical...

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Dress-up clothes? Reader Q + A

My daughter is turning three soon, and I want to put together a dress up box for her. Any ideas for a great Etsy costume shop? She wants an astronaut costume but I need it to be something she can get on and off herself. Any other ideas? -Alison Hi Alison, We love your question! Of course, you can start by dumping your own accessories in there–scarves, gloves, handbags, belts are all great for creative play. But if you want some specific costume accessories, here are some great ideas to fill up your daughter’s dress-up box: The masks at...

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The kinder, gentler (and recyclable!) robot toy

My son, like so many kids, has a thing for robots, but the first few realistic robot toys he received were greeted with suspicion and trepidation: Why are those eyes blinking? and—ack!—will it talk at night when I’m in bed?!? So, both he and I were so pleased to find a new kit that will produce a cool-looking robot that runs on imagination, not batteries. The aptly named Calabot was created by the smart people at Calafant whose build-your-own cardboard structures have entertained my kids for years. Like their palace, farm, and even walk-in castle, the Calabot comes completely...

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Web Coolness – beautiful bellies, lovely eggs, trashy party and real-life Barbie

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too.  This trash-themed birthday party is anything but rubbish. So clever! (via lil magoolie) A real-life Barbie doll is scary in many ways. Shakespeare meets Facebook? You’ve got to check this out. Ohdeedoh has tips on creating beautiful natural Easter egg dyes. (photo via Big Sis Lil Sis) Here’s what we’re saying about Parents Magazine for the iPad at Cool Mom Tech. (nutshell: It’s great!) Show off your belly and maybe win big in the Belli Beautiful Contest. Check out the 10 items we’re drooling over...

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Baby shower invitations get even cooler.

Unless I’ve got a friend who isn’t telling me something, I have no need for baby shower invitations any time soon. I’m not hosting one–that I know of. But when the time comes, I’m so excited to use one of the new baby shower invitations from Tiny Prints. They’ve really stepped up their collection (which was, truthfully, in need of a little stepping up) with gorgeous, witty, modern designs. My personal favorite is the Cutest Dare invitation (pictured). So retro and fun. I also love the idea of a gender-revealing shower. Never heard of that before. And though I...

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A baby rattle keepsake in shining…wood

When you think of a baby rattle as a keepsake gift, silver is probably the first material that pops to mind. But I’ve just found a wooden one that’s so gorgeous, it’s giving silver a run for its money. The Timbur Baby Rattle combines traditional woodworking skills with computer design to create a stunning piece of design. The flowing lines of the all-natural wood come to life with a high-polished surface, and the natural shell beads inside turn it from mere clutch toy to baby-pleasing rattle. And the natural oils and wax used in the finishing means no need...

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House cleaning – now fierce.

I’d have to say that cleaning the kitchen has always been one of my least fashionable moments. I’m usually in an old t-shirt, with a scowl on my face and schvitz on my brow. But a new designer sponge (that’s right, designer sponge!) may actually make the whole cleaning experience a little more glamorous. O-Cel-O just introduced two new no-scratch sponges designed by Project Runway winner Christian Siriano.Yep, Christian Siriano sponges.  These designer cleaning utensils brings new meaning to the term “sponge-worthy.” As in, is that spill on the kitchen floor really sponge-worthy? Or can I just use a...

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The single coolest Haggadah for kids, ever

Of all the Jewish holidays, I’d imagine Passover is the one many kids love best. If you’re my kids, then it’s like having crackers and grape juice for dinner. Dream holiday! I always love finding fun ways to get them involved, and have recently found a Haggadah made just for kids that does that very thing. The My Haggadah Made it Myself is a brilliant little self-published book from Francine Hermelin Levite, and if a publisher is smart, they’ll snap it up stat. It’s an interactive journey through the story of Passover, with stickers, imaginative writing and drawing prompts,...

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New bunk beds from Oeuf take room-sharing to stylish new heights

Living in a big city has tons of benefits, but ample living space is not one of them. Which is why bunk beds are the urban dweller’s most functional answer to shared bedrooms. It will certainly be the answer for my sons’ room when the time comes. Sure, there are many bunk beds on the market, but you’ll be hard pressed to find some as cool and functional as the new double sleepers from design groupie fave Oeuf. The Perch Bunk Bed from Oeuf is the Brooklyn-based design company’s next foray into the juvenile furniture market after their popular...

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Quick, easy ways to volunteer while the kids are young

This is National Volunteer Week, a time to think about all those ways you can use your spare time to help others through good deeds and hard work–unless you are like me, and that first sentence makes you spit out apologies about not having any time or money to do anything significant.   I get it. It’s really hard to regularly commit to any single organization when the kids are young and we’ve all got so much going on in our lives. But keep reading because there are simple, affordable ways you can help make a big difference, even...

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