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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