Month: May 2011

Owls are the new black

If you’ve been anywhere near a children’s shop in the last year or so, you’ll know that an owl is the requisite children’s motif for 2011. And we’re not complaining a bit. Especially when it’s as cute as the ones we’ve just found. This adorable baby owl tee was designed by Holly Cruise, who with her sister Ariel, created Mimosa, a site devoted to great design. The design is silk screened onto 100% organic cotton fabric and sizing ranges from newborn onesies to 6T tees. In addition to an entire menagerie of animal tees (I’m pretty crazy about the...

Read More

Best beginner bike? – Reader Q&A

I am totally overwhelmed by bike options for my 3.5-year-old son. He outgrew his tricycle in minutes and now I’m wondering what to get next … balance bike or a regular bike with training wheels? Just want something he can enjoy this summer and that will work for his younger sister in a year or two. – Aleca   If your son is the type to really practice something until he masters it, you should look into a balance bike, like the Tyke Rider (at top) for these early stages. Our Publisher, Kristen swears by it– her oldest daughter used...

Read More

Beaba Bib’expresso – Bottle warming as easy as making a cup of coffee

My three oldest kiddos were boob snobs and rarely took a bottle, but my fourth little one has been much more receptive, making life much easier for me. Mostly. I would never have thought it before, but now I understand that for newbies, heating up breastmilk and making formula bottles can actually be challenging at times–like when the baby is already fussing and crying. While we’ve never recommended a bottle warmer before, and frankly, find most of them kind of silly, there happens to be a super amazing new gadget for bottle-feeding moms, that I really can stand behind....

Read More

Subscribe to Cool Mom Picks and you can be strolling in style in June

We’d be happier than a bunch of Junebugs on a blackberry bush if you subscribe to Cool Mom Picks before June 1. Like all our subscribers, you’ll get free (free!) access to the hottest trends, coolest deals, sunniest discounts, and biggest lifesavers we can find, many of which are just for our subscribers. And for an extra added burst of sunshine, you’ll be be eligible to enter to win this month’s subscribers-only giveaway, a $450 Cool Travel with Baby Package from Scandinavian Child! In the next couple of days, one lucky subscriber will win their very own Micralite FastFold...

Read More

Frames that will inspire you to get out the camera

Summer is here – hooray! Something about being outside in the sun makes kids happy to be photographed. But instead of shooting all those photos and then just leaving them in a drawer (or on the hard drive of your laptop), I suggest you get some summer-worthy frames for them. We’re crazy about Obrien Schridde frames, which are understated and classic, with clean antique finishes. This summer though, those same simple frames come in a rainbow of stunning new colors — blueberry, tangerine, strawberry and grape — that will go perfectly with all those pool and beach photos of...

Read More

Patriotic printables for your summer picnic

After I run a 5k with my girls (their first!) and hit our local Memorial Day parade, I plan to do a whole lot of nothing but eat, drink and spend a few moments thanking those brave men and women who gave everything so I could live in this wackily lovable country. But before I enjoy some food and drink with the family, I plan to spend a few moments with my printer grabbing a few decorations for our picnic table. Look at the sweet designs I found! With thanks to Amy at Living Locurto who pulled together a...

Read More

Nice buns!

I can’t help loving these artist-created bunnies made with vintage fabrics from some of our favorite designers. I just want to squeeze them and love them; especially the one with the apples. The vintage bunnies and rag dolls from UK Etsian Jane Foster have faces hand printed on linen, and bodies handmade of vintage Scandinavian fabric from designers like Orla Kiely.  They stand at a rugged fifteen inches, meaning they’re a fantastic, affordable kids’ gift; or a stand-in for the glass rabbit statue in a recreation of the final scene in Jewel of the Nile. The handmade rag dolls...

Read More

The perfect vase to showcase your May flowers

Etsy artist Cara Taylor of Northampton, Mass makes charming and simple ceramic pieces inspired by what she likes as part of her own everyday life– and apparently we have something in common. Coffee and flowers, meet your mugs and vases. I am so digging the clean, fresh design of her new bottle seam vases. As the spring blossoms continue to flourish, you couldn’t find a more perfect way to showcase them indoors. I personally love how the hand-drawn charcoal lines create a playful undertone. Adding them to my want list, stat. –Stephanie M See Cara Taylor’s full spread of ceramic vases...

Read More

Bath toys for kids who really love bath toys

Right now, our bathtub is like another toy chest and ohmygod do I wish I was exaggerating about this. Random pots and Tupperware purloined from the kitchen, squeezie orcas and penguins, and bottles of bubble bath (which ceased actually containing bubble bath months ago)–they’ve all found a home in the tub. I’m looking to evict some of these squatter tub tenants. And I know just which amazing bath toys to replace them with. These Boon Creatures are a set of four soft, squishy, and cute toy cups–heads with little eyes and fins, and bottoms with tails and flippers–that kids can...

Read More

Board game boredom no more

My kids are always coming up with some crazy games from our board game graveyard, and anything else they can find in my craft cabinet. So I figure, why not let them put their creativity into action by letting them invent their own board game? Rainy days, or around here, too-bloody-hot days, will be welcome with this awesome create-your-own board game set. Complete with six paintable wooden pieces and a foldable round board, plus blank cards, money, and a spinner all packed in a muslin bag, your creative kids will have a blast making their own game from scratch....

Read More

Follow us on Instagram!

Subscribe