Month: April 2011

For a good time, Press Here

I am used to seeing my kids pushing buttons, laughing delightedly as they zoom around another wii game, or play with their father’s tablet. But, let me tell you, I wasn’t prepared to see them having the same reaction to a simple three-color picture book.  With no special effects, bright lights or fancy touch screen, this is a book that will captivate. It just took two words to suck my kids into this new release by French artist and illustrator Herve Tullet: Press Here. And who can blame them? All day long, I tell them not to touch things....

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Moms and mobile phones – are we addicted?

This morning, our editor-in-chief Liz Gumbinner sat down with The Early Show on CBS to talk about the new Babycenter study on moms and mobile phones. If you want to catch the segment–and some of her recommendations for popular apps for parents that she mentioned on the show–head on over on Cool Mom Tech. (And the answer to the question all our Twitter fans are asking – her earrings are Alexis Bittar....

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Meet the Easter Bunny’s competition

Don’t tell the Easter Bunny, but there’s a new rabbit in town. Actually, a few new rabbits. Mirabelle is a dancer and Balthazar is a magician and I think they probably have French accents. Don’t they look like they would be great guests at an all-carrot dinner party? They join Fleur and Pierre as the four new stuffed bunny rabbit dolls from CMP favorite, blabla kids. And their pal is Wooly, the cutest sheep you’ll ever meet and quite possibly the only one in gray shorts. It’s the odd little details that make blablakids dolls so endearing and the...

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Happy birthday from Jack Blaaa-aaaack…

We’ve so enjoyed being a part of the More Birthdays campaign on behalf of our amazing sponsor, the American Cancer Society. Over the past few months, we’ve shared some of the ways you can send a personalized celebrity birthday wish to anyone on your list. (Seriously it’s cool! Try it out. ) To round out the campaign, here are just a few of our recos, to help you pair the next birthday boy or girl on your list with the very most perfect More Birthdays video artist. For your cool tween niece or nephew: Justin Bieber + Usher Who...

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Invite a friend (or three) to Cool Mom Picks and win a Quinny. (Or four.)

Want to win your own super fab Quinny Zapp Xtra stroller, valued at $299? And how about one more for each of your three closest friends? We can do that. Our Cool Mom Picks newsletter subscribers already know how much we adore them. (After all, without them we’d just be telling ourselves about all this cool stuff we find). But we’re always trying to come up with new ways to share the love, and this one’s so fun! See that new option in our nav bar up there, where it says invite? Go ahead and click that link, or...

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Bite Beauty – Younger looking lips in a swipe

I usually prefer lip balm over lipstick, but a new line of anti-aging lip products (yes, anti-aging) is totally making me reconsider. Bite Beauty, which launched exclusively at Sephora last month, is the first lipstick line to contain resveratrol, the antioxidant found in red wine. Each lipstick has the antioxidant equivalent of five glasses of red wine, an amount I could have put away in my pre-kids years no problem–but now, not so much. Have you ever tried chasing a toddler around with a hangover? The main reason I don’t normally use lipstick is due to all the nasty...

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Design, organization, and playfulness all in one space. The mom trifecta!

My kids have some of the greatest toys in the world. In one of the messiest playrooms in the world. If there’s anyone who needs some design and organization tips, it’s me. And I’ve found just the resource. [don’t miss a cool giveaway after the jump!] Mariah Bruehl’s inspiring Playful Learning Spaces e-course has a new session starting on April 13 and it runs every Wednesday for six weeks. Sign up and learn design thoughtful environments that encourage kids to learn and create. It may sound like a tall order, but with weekly updates that include a video, assignments,...

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Easter egg dyes as natural as the eggs themselves

Now I don’t have to wonder what I’m using to turn my eggs all shades of the rainbow, thanks to a super-easy-to-use natural Easter egg dying kit whose ingredients are just as natural as the eggs. For years, I have dyed my Easter eggs in whatever is conveniently sold from my supermarket shelves, doing that whole rationalizing thing: It’s only for one day! They eat two pounds of jelly beans, what’s a little dye? I just don’t have time to mash berries for color!” But now, the smart and creative minds at eco-kids, whose eco-dough and eco-paint are among...

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Shop Tea Collection today and support Japan.

Retail therapy is literally retail therapy when a portion of your purchase goes towards Japan’s Earthquake Relief. Today only, one of our favorite brands, Tea Collection, is donating 20% of all proceeds to Give2Asia for Japan Earthquake relief. Here are just a few of my favorite picks on their site right now. Tea Collection is certainly having a Spanish-y Art Nouveau moment this spring and I totally dig it. The vibe is earthy, artsy and romantic. I adore this Casa Nouveau Tea Dress (above) with a subtle Art Nouveau pattern The longer length makes it look dressy, but I...

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Gorgeous Easter egg decorating ideas. A.K.A. face on your egg

When it comes to Easter egg decorating, as with  a lot of crafting, I’ve been known to bite off more than I can chew. Which is maybe why I’m so keen to try my hand at this awesome silhouette Easter egg dying tutorial which looks as beautiful as it does easy. The tutorial from Le Papier Studio looks downright simple–easy instructions, few supplies needed and adaptable for all ages (I imagine little ones might be okay with using basic shapes, rather than silhouettes). Sounds absolutely perfect for an afternoon activity at my house or something fun to do on...

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New York City to consider ban on Happy Meal toys. Are you lovin’ it?

Ahhh, the Happy Meal. Regardless of whether or not you ever step foot in a McDonald’s, you probably know exactly what you might find if you open up that brightly colored container: A little hamburger or set of nuggets, pouch of fries–and a cheap plastic toy. How many of our kids ask for the toy before the food? Or ask for the food because of the toy? I’ll sheepishly raise my hand. It now looks like New York City may ban Happy Meal toys following in San Francisco’s footsteps. NYC Councilman Leroy Comrie asserted his desire to “limit fast...

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A lovely lullaby CD created to help some kids who really need it

I, along with probably many of you, had never heard of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, though it it is the number one genetic killer of children–1 in 40 people unknowingly carry the SMA gene. When I read more about SMA1, the most severe form of SMA, and the likely fate of “Getty,” the nickname for a sweet little baby afflicted with the disease, I had to put my head down on my desk and compose myself. But when I read that there is a very real chance that a cure or treatment for SMA could be found in as little...

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A little bird told me about Birdhouse Pajamas

For a gift that will definitely inspire some “awwwws” at baby showers, we’ve found that very thing. Or rather, we’ve found 120 of those very things on our recently launched Baby Shower Gift Guide. But now, we’ve found one more. (Don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!) The Birdhouse Pajamas gift set is a sweet cardboard birdhouse decorated with trees and flowers, but that’s not all. Inside the house is a pair of cute baby pajamas and an adorable bird stuffed animal. A gift, wrapped in a gift. All for under $25. With such cute packaging, the pajamas...

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This Easter, it’s all about the Pink Chickens

Around Easter, little girls’ outfits at the boutiques can start looking a bit fancy-pantsy. Patent leather and pressed ruffles are all well and good, but the baby girls I know have usually preferred something a bit softer. And sassier.  Hopefully the Easter Bunny will get the memo and put this cheeky treat in the Easter basket. [don’t miss a special discount after the jump] This Pink Chicken Elephant Dress and Diaper Cover at Arte Bebé is cuteness personified: hot pink elephants paired with a stripey, matches-just-enough diaper cover. Whimsical, funky, and sweet–all in soft cotton knit, so baby girl can stretch...

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The Nordic Carrier – Well played, baby-snuggling Vikings.

There’s a hot new baby carrier that just might exceed all your baby carrying dreams. Except for the one where you’re carrying a baby while riding a magical unicorn with Ashton Kutcher. It’s called the Nordic Carrier, made by our friends at Lillebaby. And it’s got the same multi-tasking, simply elegant design that we’ve come to expect from the mighty Vikings, inventors of Ikea and Swedish meatballs. First of all, the sturdy Nordic Carrier is made to work in six different carrying positions, including front, back, and hip. Your baby can face inward or outward, and the seat can...

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Thinking about travel to San Antonio? You’ll remember the Alamo. And the food. And the roller coasters.

Remember the Alamo? Not a problem–I can help because I’m still dreaming about it. I was lucky enough to hitch onto a press trip to San Antonio, Texas recently, as Cool Mom Picks aims to cover more fun and interesting travel options and family vacation destinations by popular request, and boy am I glad I did. With international taxes and fuel surcharges making overseas trips more prohibitive, it’s great to know that there are so many cool things to do right in our own borders. I admit that San Antonio isn’t the first place I necessarily think of when...

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The Bugaboo Donkey is here! But you Bugaboo Cameleon fans have some good news too.

All the Bugaboo talk this week is about the new Bugaboo Donkey double stroller –that oddly-named, but coolly-designed single-to-double convertible stroller that our Editor-in-Chief Liz got a sneak peek at a few days ago at the US launch at New York’s Giggle. Yes, it’s a gorgeous, pricey, joy-inspiring feat of modern engineering. And we’ll have a proper review coming out shortly, when we’ve had a chance to test it out ourselves and not just push it around a store floor for six seconds. But there are some other, albeit smaller, Bugaboo developments, too. Especially for those of you Bug...

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Buy me some peanuts and BabyLegs

It can be mighty windy up in the stands, but even if you’re staying home to watch the game on the TV, every tot-sized baseball fan needs a pair of baseball-themed leg warmers, right? Just in time for the start of baseball season, I am loving these Homerun BabyLegs. It’s the perfect way to keep legs warm (while still making diaper changes or pottying a snap) and display love for America’s Pasttime, without resorting to logo-mania. Like all BabyLegs, they’re great for all sizes from babies to little kids, and they can be worn on the arms or legs....

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A grand adventure for a nursery wall

We painted one wall in my daughter’s room pink and that pink has annoyed me for the past four years. It’s not a good pink. It’s a Pepto pink. I would repaint, but the ceiling is vaulted so… I know my limits. I have looked for artwork to offset the color and not until now (four years later!) have I found the next best thing to hiring a painter. Nidhi Chanani‘s Etsy shop features original illustration that could be straight out of a children’s book, filled with adventure and magic. Each illustration captures a moment in a whimsical and...

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Feelings, nothing more than feelings

I consider myself fairly tuned in to my kids’ emotional health but I must confess, I don’t really know what to say to an angry six-year-old in the heat of the moment other than Stop hitting that! Which is why I’m glad some other moms have come to the rescue and developed an intelligent, age-appropriate and truly fun DVD that helps kids understand the why’s behind what they feel. Plus it gives them tools for dealing with their feelings, and makes them realize that they aren’t alone. All in one beautifully produced package. {keep reading for a great give...

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