Month: May 2011

You will not want to kiss these boo-boos

Is there anything as sweet as comforting your kid after a scrape with a smooch, a kind word, and… bandages with pictures of bloody eyeballs, dismembered fingers, and centipedes crawling out of skin? CMP covered the original Scabs Bandages a few years ago, and now they’ve got fancy new packaging and five new designs, including darker bandages to match darker skin tones. Dare I say they’re even more disgusting now? In fact, the one with maggots, spiders, and peeled-back skin actually made me feel erp. (Because I’d spent the morning in urgent care and was more squeamish as a result, not because I’m...

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A touch of vintage for your newest addition

I am a longtime fan of the look of vintage prints and posters in a baby or child’s room. But for those of us who don’t have myriad hours to go trolling eBay or our local flea markets, Swedish artist Ingela P Arrhenius is creating beautiful posters with a mid-century flair, and they’re accessible right from your laptop. The vintage style posters are all so colorful and fun, I hardly know which I like best. Tonight On Stage is such a cool gender-neutral choice that kids will like long after they can read the words themselves. I also really...

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Keep on reading, baby

My oldest daughter’s Kindergarten graduation is coming up (flapping hand frantically at my watery eyes…what? It’s allergies.) and I’ve been wondering what to get her. While we talked about things like a bicycle or a toy she’s been asking for, I think I want something that commemorates the idea of learning and achievement. And the fact that she’s reading. Which also makes my “allergies” act up. The silver-plate or gold-plate personalized bookmark can be ours (or yours) in two weeks or less. You’ve got 9 medium-sized letters (sorry, moms of Aegelmaere) or 3-4 larger ones if you prefer a...

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A bodyguard for your stroller?

Any mom in a big city knows how hard it can be to navigate in-and-out shopping with a stroller. The stores and restaurants are small and crowded and the unsecured stroller parking zones don’t provide a who lot of assurance. What’s a mama on the go to do? Meet your personal Buggy Guard, a cute combo lock that can safely secure your stroller in almost any situation. The lock features a retractable 4 foot cable (vinyl coated so as not to scratch your ride) and an attachment bracket that wraps around any cross bar stroller. The four designs–monkey, panda, pig...

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Cool Mom Picks loves the iVillage’s show, The Conversation Thread

 There’s no shortage of talk shows by moms for moms out there, many of which we’re huge fans of ourselves. But we have to admit when it’s one starring our own Editor-in-Chief Liz Gumbinner, we think it’s a number one hit. Okay, so maybe we’re a little biased. Take a peek for yourself. Along with fellow featured panelists, comedienne Judy Gold, iVillage blogger Brandi Jeter, and host Kelly Wallce (yes, that Kelly Wallace!), Liz is part of the launch of The Conversation Thread, a cool new web series on iVillage.com that will address all sorts of parenting hot topics...

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It’s not a necklace, it’s a Necklush

As we move out of scarf season (at last!) I love the stylish blending of scarf and necklace from Necklush, which seems at once futuristic and retro. Kind of like a gypsy space pirate. Although I’m not sure space pirates have accessories like these. These seamless cotton loops can be wron as a scarf-like cowl, as light loops in summer, in a bow-like neckpiece, or as chains, depending on which version you choose. In fact, there are oodles of delicious– or is that de-lush-ious?— Necklush colors and styles up for grabs, and I think they’re just phenomenal with summer’s...

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The perfect kids’ nail polish for prima-donnas and eco-mommas alike

I’ve painted more nails in the last two years than in my entire previous life, most of them tiny and slightly nibbled. I used to try to weasel my way out of playing Preschool Esthetician with rants on bad chemicals, but now she’s got me. We’ve found utterly safe nail polish in adorable colors that we both love. Like the Cotton Candy pink on all twenty of our collective toes. If you’ve got a sensitive kid, a nail-biter, brittle nails, problem nails, a baby on the way, or anxiety over fumes, then you might dig Keeki Naturals nail polish too. Their...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

We love how tech isn’t just for speaker-geek guys any more. It’s smarter, it’s inspired by nature, and it solves some of a mama’s most basic problems in a chic way. If you haven’t been visiting Cool Mom Tech lately, here are some of this week’s coolest, problem-solving picks. 1. Splash. Your digital camera is dead! …or is it? 2. An iPhone telephoto lens so amazing, it captured the space shuttle launch. We’d imagine it could handle a kid’s soccer game too. 3. We love this great looking–and cheap!–way to keep those pesky cords organized. 4. This week we...

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Building blocks and a cool little business

It’s not often you feel you really get to help nurture the seed of an idea as it develops into an independent business. We’ve mentioned how much we love Kickstarter as the place to help fund creative projects, and now there’s a new one that you philanthropic moms just might be excited about.  One of the newest projects is weebee blocks, a solid maple block alphabet-and-images set, designed by a husband/wife team for their own son. The chunky wooden blocks were such a hit, Harlan and his wife are hoping to spin them into a brand and business. Support this...

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A clock that’s not digital? Shocking!

I find myself missing clocks these days. You know, clocks? Actual things with two hands that don’t glow in the dark from your DVR box or flash 12:00 after the electricity goes out? So when I saw this wooden clock, I felt this little pang of must have it. The eco-friendly Raindrops Clock by decoylab is made from bamboo, then hand-sanded and finished with natural oils. It runs on a single battery, so no worries about wires. And it’s silent, so no worries about gongs, alarms, or cuckoo birds either. There are some adorable children’s clocks in the shop...

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Organic baby products – for when only the purest butt spray will do

Why am I a fan of organic baby products? To put it sweetly, sometimes our daintiest parts get the angriest. I really care about the kinds of products that go in those dainty places. Now there’s a new line of super-pure skin softeners from Australia that we think you’ll love, especially if your baby has problems with eczema, cradle cap, dry skin, or diaper rash. Or even if you mamas have skin issues yourselves. Every product from miniOrganics is formulated using the most comprehensive organic standards in the world. That means no GMOs, no pesticide residues, no petrochemicals or...

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Vintage paper dolls turned beautiful children’s clothing

Recently I attended a Brooklyn mommy event and discovered one local indie kids clothing designer whose pieces were being oohed and ahhed over by eager parents. I suppose the innocent 1930s, ’40s and ’50s paper doll-inspired clothes were such a refreshingly far cry from the edgy Brooklyn fare we’re used to seeing. The designs from mom-run Dressing Em are not cheap but they are lovely–think romantic floral dresses, tailored pinafores, and 40’s era high-waisted sailor pants with accents like grosgrain ribbon trim and flower buttons. The original designs are all conceived and manufactured right in New York. I’ll be...

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Super cool – Make your own pop-ups!

My son has been totally into making pop-ups this week. Little paper springs, rainbows and jack-in-the-boxes are all over our kitchen table as I type this. (And a million tiny scraps of paper are still on the kitchen floor.) And now, your kids can get into it too. There’s not a doubt in my mind that crafty kids will go nutty for the adorable make your own pop-up tutorial at Oh Happy Day. Teeny, tiny balloons and a sweet message banner make this the perfect card for oh-so-many occasions. And the concept (which is actually easy enough for a...

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A teacher necklace that beats an apple

With three involved-in-everything kids, there is no way I can spend more than a few dollars on teacher thank-you gifts, even for their favorites. So I now approach my fellow parents to pool our dollars together for one nicer item. There’s one female teacher we know well who I know would adore a piece of jewelry that lets her know how amazing we all think she is. This sterling silver teachers’ necklace by {simple starfish} makes a lovely gift for an educator who can wear it any day, and not just to school board meetings.  Created by mama Christine, the...

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Where to shop for tweens? Here!

Any mom to a girl between the ages of 7 and 14 knows the dreaded Pit Of Despair when it comes to dressing them–it seems like most choices at that age fall into either the “too cutesy” or “way too mature” camp. So what’s a mama to a discerning tween or early teen fashionista to do? One new option: Shop online at Sol Tween. This online boutique caters to sizes 8-14, with the same carefully curated selection of designer pieces you normally find from boutique brands that only come in smaller sizes. There’s nothing too cutesy, absolutely nothing skanky,...

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Web Coolness – teacher treats, summer science and LEGO love

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. This personalized (and edible) teacher thank-you gift gets an A+ from us. (via living locurto)   Kristen has us all / Thinking in haikus as she / uses them to teach.  Also check out Kristen’s round-up of Five Safe Sunscreens for Kids, just in time for summer. On Cool Mom Tech, we’ll tell you why we love PBS’ new The Parent Show. Motherhood summed up in six words – very clever. Cool LEGO related goodies Spilled breakfast as art. You’ve got to check this...

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Surprise! It’s goodies!

Know what once arrived on my doorstep bearing a vintage gold cuff, a flower hair clip, 3 pairs of earrings, a journal, 2 dozen animal-print cupcake liners, and a baggie of carrot-riding-baby cake toppers? It was a Bag O’Goodies from CMP crush Darlybird, and I only paid $16 for the lot. Now you can get one, too. Once again, for just $16, you get a cavalcade of treats totaling at least $45. Each Bag O’Goodies includes a selection of limited edition, one-of-a-kind, and generally super cute stuff ranging from jewelry to vintage ephemera to baking goods and stationery. You...

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Mother Goose has gone green

Let’s be real: a lot of old-school nursery rhymes need some updating. Have you ever really listened to “Billy Boy?” (Hey, guy, she is a young thing and cannot leave her mother. Back off!) The world is simply a different place than when Mother Goose first started ruling the roost. So it makes perfect sense that new, tweaked versions of the rhymes would include lines about environmentalism–you know, a hickety-pickety free-range hen happily giving us her cage-free eggs instead of running away because she’s had enough of laying eggs for gentlemen. In The Green Mother Goose: Saving the World One...

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Cooking for kids when cooking isn’t an option

The terrible twos have started early in our house and feeding time is often the catalyst. So imagine my skepticism about putting a healthy, well-balanced meal in front of my 21 month old and expecting positive results. But thanks to a brand new line of foods made for kids, there may be some hope for all of us lost in the frustrating land of chicken nuggets and fish sticks.  Brain child of NYC local dad Matt Cohen, Kidfresh meals were developed by with a top chef and a pediatric nutritionist a la the Jessica Seinfeld method of hidden veggies and...

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Orla Kiely inspires spring handbag lust

Okay, so I have a decent sized crush on designer Orla Kiely. I have only owned one of her bags which I bought with a Christmas bonus, and I wore it to death. I am holding out until my next birthday for a replacement, however her spring rhododendron pattern is really making me wish September was sooner. The Orla Kiely rhododendron bag comes in 3 colors as I have discoverd through my ebay stalking, though her website only shows granite and poppy, both stunning! And the granite is a nice alternative to black if you have trouble leaping to color,...

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