Month: May 2011

Oh Lucky Day! A new cd from Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

I’ve been looking forward to a new, full-length release by Lucky Diaz since I got a little sample of their sound on the EP Luckiest Adventure. C’mon, the band that created the infectiously fun Blue Bear? I knew they’d be able to put together something worthwhile.Oh Lucky Day!, the first full-length CD from LA’s Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band proves that this trio is ready to jump into the kindie music scene with both feet. Kicking off with Say What? a hugely fun scat-fest featuring a perplexed (and adorable-sounding) daughter of Lucky Diaz, Oh Lucky Day! then slides...

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3 cool toys for the crawling set

Now that my near 7-month-old can make her way around the floor, she can reach all the little teeny toys my older kids have grown accustomed to scattering everywhere. Aside from sending them to another room to play, I’ve found three toys that actually keep her occupied better–and more safely– than the tiny LEGO blocks she’s trying to score from one of her siblings.  Make sure to bookmark them the next time you need to bring a gift to your friends not-so-new baby that you’ve been meaning to visit all year. Little Alouette Wood Stacker Toy Truth be told,...

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Hey! You got your beets in my strawberries!

Our good friends at Revolution Foods have cooked up a new organic taste treat for your kids that combines the health of veggies with the sweetness of fruit. Trust me when I say it’s the best mash-up around– especially since it doesn’t include samples of Kid Rock rapping. [don’t miss a $100 giveaway after the jump!] The new flavors of Organic Mashups Fruit & Veggie Smoothies are so addictively delicious that my kids ate them in two days and still beg for them whenever we see them at the store. They come in easy, no-mess squeeze packets that would...

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Of A Kind – Indie design with an expiration date

Anyone who knows me well knows Rose, my best friend who has held the title since her family moved onto my block the summer before second grade.  It’s because of her that I have a strong respect for the role that all the BFF’s out there play in our lives. This could very well be why I connected with the backstory of Brooklyn-based design team Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson, a.k.a. Ace and Jig. These best friends who started as co-workers are now moms, business partners, and fashion designers that I’ve discovered through a super cool new website. [don’t...

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Mama Mio, I refuse to stop using this mighty moisturizer.

Funny story– I almost didn’t want to feature this (utterly amazing) facial moisturizer. “I don’t think I see a difference,” I said to myself. “I look great, but surely that’s just me.” So I stopped using it. And then I noticed that my face didn’t look as young. My skin didn’t look as radiant. My eyes didn’t look as perky. In short, when I stopped using it, I looked older. So I apologized to it, kissed its feet, and am now using it again. And you should, too. It’s called Mama Mio Mighty Moisture, and it just impressed the...

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Touch Mummy’s Alice doll, and I’ll introduce you to the Jabberwocky

I’m such a huge Alice in Wonderland fan that I spent no less than five days trying to come up with just the right title to pay homage to this amazing Etsy find. And I love it so much that threatening my children with imaginary monsters was my final choice. And I stand by it. GIMME THE ALICE DOLL, AND NOBODY GETS HURT BY THE JUB-JUB BIRD. Ahem. So I really like this Alice folk doll set which is one of the many storytime character folk dolls  by Etsy’s Cart Before the Horse, a mom-and-dad business out of Portland,...

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Let disco save your sanity with this groovy Baby Loves Disco CD

When the late-afternoon crankies hit all three of my kids, my quick-thinking remedy has always been to put on some fun, danceable music to give us just enough of a mood boost to make it to dinnertime. And with a new kid-friendly disco CD by longtime Cool Mom Picks favorite, Baby Loves Disco, a whole group of new mamas can discover the magical power of a little disco to turn those frowns upside down.  We’ve been to a few Baby Loves Disco live club dance parties, and my favorite thing about them is that it feels like an authentic dance...

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A tooth fairy keepsake to help you fill in the gaps

The tooth fairy made another visit here this weekend, and while we’ve been pretty satisfied with her—she’s only been late twice with three kids—I’m not so happy with how lackadaisical I’ve been about keeping track of the moments that represent the transformation from toddler to big kid. Want to remember those tooth-fairy days with a special keepsake that your kids will probably hang onto a lot longer than the quarters under their pillow? I’ve found that very thing. {keep reading for the chance to win!} Handmade artist Kata Golda’s Tooth Fairy Keepsake: Under the Pillow Pocket and Memory Book is a...

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Vintage upcycled luggage makes travel fun again

We all know that any time you go on the road with kids, it’s not really a vacation, it’s a trip — but that doesn’t mean you can’t pack in style. In fact, the right suitcase can really get you in the vacay state of mind. Even if you are filling it with sensible shoes and kid clothes. I’m smitten with GetReadySetGO’s upcycled vintage luggage. Rachel Demsick takes classic pieces — train cases, messenger bags, suitcases — and embellishes them with beautiful one-of-a-kind artwork. The pieces themselves are in impeccable condition, and come in stunning shades (no more black...

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Cinderella Ate My Daughter – so what are we going to do about it?

If you have daughters, if you know daughters, if you have ever bought a single Disney Princess gift for someone else’s daughters, you simply must read Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture. (Quick! Before you bypass the art supplies and mindlessly reach for a Tinkerbell hand mirror at the toy store.) Be assured this is not some dogmatic, finger-wagging tome about how Ariel and Barbie are ruining our world. Using her own experiences as a feminist mother trying to come to terms with a tiara-happy daughter (I can relate!), Orenstein’s book...

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TKees make your feet feel pretty too

For those of you addicted to summer flip-flops, but who want something that’s a step up in the style department from thick rubber beach-ready thongs, I have just found the sweetest new option. The Brazilian-made TKees are promoted as “cosmetics for your feet,” which…okay. Gimmick. But a gimmick that works. I fell instantly in love with the “Foundations” line of flip-flops, which offer sleek, stylish leather flip-flops in 5 skin-tone shades. I think the palest shade, Seashell, is a great neutral alternative to white no matter what your own skin tone, but I ended up grabbing the slightly darker Coco Butter for myself. If you’re...

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

Happy Mother’s Day to all you cool moms out there! When the pancakes are all eaten and the house miraculously cleaned without your help, here are some posts for you to lie back and enjoy while the kids massage your feet. They were all culled together for their combo of both cute and cutting edge from our sister site Cool Mom Tech this week. We’d say they all meet or exceed said standards. 1. The most techtastic way to share cute photos of your kids–maybe the pics of them cleaning the house for you today? 2. The very finest...

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A comfy maternity top that holds it all in

Pregnancy presents some interesting sartorial challenges. Wearing a bra can feel torturous, but keeping the girls supported is a necessity. Covering the belly can feel oppressive, but not keeping it sheathed is out of the question. So what’s a mama-to-be to do? A multitasking bra/tank combo is one of the best options out there. Sure, there are many tank tops on the market with built-in bras, but the new Maternity Bra Tank from Glamourmom was designed especially for the wardrobe challenges every pregnant woman (including me!) face. The ruched detail on both sides of the belly area allows for...

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Happy Mother’s Day, mamas!

We’re wishing the happiest of Mother’s Days to all the cool moms out there, the cool grandmas, stepmoms, mother-in-laws and just-like-moms.  May your day be filled with lots of love, bear hugs, crayon-scribbled cards, and maybe some really good ice cream. -Liz, Kristen and Team Cool Mom Picks {letterpress Mother’s Day card from...

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Printable Mother’s Day wall art that is totally frame-worthy

If you notice your beloved sneaking out of the house to run an “errand” today, or if you are still fretting over a gift for a special mama in your life, avoid a trip to the crowded card store or florist and check out two sweet prints that are frame-worthy (and free!) for Mother’s Day. Created by two of my favorite design bloggers, Inessa of Diaper Style Memoirs and executive editor of Babiekins, and Maddie of li’l magoolie, this pair of Mother’s Day Printable Wall Art would make a heartfelt gift that feels anything but last minute, especially if it makes...

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Forget the Kentucky Derby. This horse wins our hearts.

As a Southern transplant, I couldn’t let the annual running of the Kentucky Derby go by without at least a little hat tip (ha, get it?). But since I’m pretty sure I won’t have a need for a gigantic hat anytime soon, I figured a cute little horse for my little jockeys was much more up my alley. This gorgeous rocking horse by Playsam is sleek and sophisticated, and built to last through lots of different riders. Made from wood and paints from Germany, it’s a fantastic modern update to the more traditional rocking toy that all kids seem...

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7 last minute Mother’s Day gifts – don’t panic!

Okay, so you just realized that tomorrow is Mother’s Day. (It’s possible.) Or maybe you’ve just been so swamped that you haven’t grabbed the perfect gift for the mom in your life just yet; word has it parents get busy from time to time. No need to freak–here are a few of my own favorite last minute gift ideas that are easy to cobble together in the next 24 hours. 1. A gift card to a local spa. It can be a whole day of beauty or just a gift card for a pedicure or a massage. To make...

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A nursing dress that looks nothing like a nursing dress

Even though I’m still breastfeeding my six-month old every few hours, I somehow forget that little fact when I go shopping and want to buy all these adorable sundresses for myself. Lifting my dress up over my head every time the baby needs to eat is really not an option. But that’s all changed since finding this adorable, affordable nursing dress that I plan to live in all summer long. I’m once again impressed with the budget-friendly breastfeeding clothes from Milk Nursingwear, this time with their gorgeous, bright halter-style nursing dress that delivers in both fit and function. Unlike...

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An idea as smart as a box of books

We joke a lot about how our kids sometimes would rather play with the box a present comes in than the actual present. The thing is… it’s not always a joke. And one company has taken that idea  on, big time. Blue Manatee Boxes are amazing to their book-filled cores. At the site, you choose from about a dozen book themes for preschoolers and early readers, like BirthdayBox, BoyntonBox or EcoBox. Pick a size from 3-9 books, and fill the box with the books of your choice. But there’s more. Just as much thought has gone into the non-book parts of...

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The biggest, fuzziest balls we’ve ever seen

Writing about big, fuzzy balls makes me think of that Schweddy Balls sketch on Saturday Night Live. Except these balls aren’t salty and nutty and made by Alec Baldwin. No, they’re gorgeous and made of recycled sweaters or fleece and soft as the dickens. I especially love the giant fleece Zoo ball designed to match Alexander Henry’s popular 2D Zoo fabric– which I had in one of my nurseries, actually. At a bouncy 18″ in diameter, this ball is a striking addition to a room and a wonderful, long-lasting lovey that will take you from infanthood to preschool lounging. ...

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