Month: May 2011

Web coolness – inspiring working moms, last minute Mother’s Day gifts, and breakfast in bed.

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. Nabbing some last-minute beauty gifts for Mother’s Day? Kristen highlights her favorites on Birchbox. And of course, there’s always our own Mother’s Day Gift Guide. 25 inspiring stories from 25 inspiring working moms on iVillage including Jennifer Garner, Kathleen Sebelius, and our own Liz Gumbinner! Sunday’s breakfast in bed looks even better with these sweet personalized love notes (shown.) Keep an eye on Ohdeedoh’s Month of Small Space Living for beautiful inspiration and ideas. A quick printable Mother’s Day card. And don’t miss...

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Return address your letters with love. And someone else’s handwriting.

If I’m going to take the time to hand write a card, I’m picky about what I send. But now instead of topping off my gorgeous cards with my chicken scratch return address, I can have someone else do it for me. Well, it’s clear that mom Gina Sekelsky got an A in penmanship, and you can reap the benefits with her amazing handlettered address stamps. Choose from a plethora of cool “fonts” with your own address lettered on a self-inking stamp or wooden stamp. Whichever you choose, they’d make a lovely housewarming or hostess gift, or in my...

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A simple Mother’s Day brunch idea. (Would Martha Stewart steer us wrong?)

Ironically, even though I’m the one who’s supposed to being “honored” for Mother’s Day I end up being the one working my butt off putting together a brunch for everyone else. But, before I hang streamers for my pity party I must say that I am actually looking forward to it this year, thanks to a bunch of simple recipes I picked up in this month’s issue of Everyday Food. I got to visit one of Martha’s actual test kitchens this week (and have bruises from pinching myself) while a team of remarkably talented food editors served up some...

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One of the greatest Mother’s Day gifts of all – Cutting down maternal mortality

It’s true that we moms spend most of our time giving–time, love, presents. And while Mother’s Day is all about our kids thanking us for that giving, the tragic fact is that there are some mothers who never get the chance to give to their babies in the first place. Amnesty International USA reports that every 90 seconds, a woman in the world dies from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. And, sadly, women in the United States aren’t exempt–giving birth here is now more dangerous than in 49 other countries. (Eek.) And here’s what’s really striking: most of those deaths...

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For your next new baby keepsake gift, you’ll want to flag these prints

I’ve always had a soft spot for fabric sewn onto paper. Strange thing to have a soft spot for, yes. But it’s just so pretty! Take the beautiful custom Welcome New Baby custom prints from etsy shop, cozyblue, for example. A tiny fabric bunting is machine-stitched between two trees that are hand-screenprinted onto heavy-weight paper. And baby’s name and birthday are stamped to order. The different media come together so beautifully. I can’t think of a new mama who wouldn’t adore this baby gift. I know I would have a soft spot for it. –Stephanie Find the custom new...

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May the Fourth be with you on Star Wars Day!

Star Wars fans are nodding sagely at this headline and raising their glasses of blue milk. To the rest of you, maybe you noticed how “May the fourth” sounds like “May the Force?” Yeah. All it takes is one fabulous pun, and we Star Wars geeks see an opportunity for a full-on Boba Fete every time May 4 rolls around. And because you know that several of the Cool Mom contributors are–ahem–full time geeks, we bring you this round-up of some of our favorite Star Wars picks from Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech. Pretty Wicket, huh? First...

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The Pioneer Woman turns from cookbooks to children’s books – Charlie the Ranch Dog is here.

If you’ve ever read The Pioneer Woman’s blog, then you know this woman is slated pretty much to take over the world. With cookbooks, an autobiography, and a TV sitcom in the works, now Ree Drummond has turned her world-conquering master plan to the world of children’s books, this one featuring her beloved dog Charlie. Charlie the Ranch Dog tells his own story of life on the ranch through cute art by Diane DeGroat. Ree’s ability to bring her photos of Charlie to life on her blog is seamlessly translated to simple, kid-friendly prose highlighting the challenges of life...

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My Blue Bumbershoot – Never again be soggy behind the stroller

It’s one of those rare faults of nature that moms don’t sprout a few extra arms after they have a baby. Even simple walks get tricky when you have only two hands: you have to push a stroller, shoulder your purse, hang onto a shopping bag, pick up a fallen sippy cup, slurp a much-needed cup of coffee, field a call on your cell…. And what if it starts raining? Tough luck, soggy mama. You’re out of hands. Thank goodness motherhood makes invention a necessity. We will never again sport the drowned-rat-steering-a-stroller look, thanks to the smart thinking of...

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Handmade moccasins that sadly, only come in kids sizes

When I first saw photos of the handmade kids’ moccasins from super talented designer Susan Petersen, I got that tingly, fidgety feeling I get when I see something I really want. But when I saw them in person, let’s just say that tingly feeling switched to jealousy–because they don’t come in my size. The moccasin-style slippers at Freshly Picked are butter soft, yet beefy enough that should your kid want to run outside in them on a summer night, they’re going to hold up just fine. They’re also great for pre-walkers–sizes start at cute little 2s. I love the...

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Seal it with a stork

While I know there are plenty of moms who love to wear the kids’ names around their neck, there are just as many mamas, like me, who’d prefer a more subtle display of motherhood, and that’s just what you get with the cool wax seal necklaces from Pyrrha.  Handcrafted from reclaimed silver, bronze, or 14K gold, these unique, rustic necklaces which have a huge celebrity following (you know, if you care about such things) are made with real 19th Century wax seals and are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Of course, I was drawn to the stork, which is...

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Sock it to your stroller handles with Buggy Socks

I’ve been a fan of the latest and greatest baby gear for a long time. But now I think I can say I’ve seen it all because I’ve just opened up a package of Buggy Socks. They are exactly as the name describes: Cotton socks. For your umbrella stroller. Well, for the stroller’s handles, to be precise. Okay, so the concept sounds a little strange. But think of what these things can do for you. Got an old stroller that needs a makeover? Buggy Socks. Got a cat that likes eating the foam on the stroller handles? (Or is...

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Great DIY gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week earn you an A for effort

With Teacher Appreciation Week, it’s time to celebrate some of our favorite people in the world. Even this homeschooling mama has loads of teachers, coaches and instructors in my kids’ lives, making this a week I care a lot about too. And while Teacher Appreciation Week starts today, don’t worry; you have all week to help your kids do one of these great (and mostly free!) projects. Just make sure you turn it in on time. Modern Parents Messy Kids has some great ideas for creating a Teacher Survival Kit with items you’ll find at your local Target or...

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Euro style for your-o little ones

The announcement of a new online children’s clothing boutique is not necessarily big news these days, but when the store in question stocks chic, luxurious finds from Europe, my ears perk up. The story behind Cochonnet Boutique goes something like this. A mom from Canada becomes utterly obsessed with the je ne sais quoi style of French children and thinks to herself ‘why can’t my kids and other non-Frenchies have that sort of uniquely gorgeous wardrobe without hopping on the next Air France jet?’ Cochonnet carries beloved EU brands such as Talc, TroiZenfantS and La Queue de Chat. And...

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We all scream for Mother’s Day ice cream

Mother’s Day breakfast in bed is nice. Mother’s Day breakfast in bed with ice cream for dessert? A thousand times nicer. Which is why you need to send the following info to whichever loves of your life are hoping to impress you this Mother’s Day: eCreamery. Specifically, their Mother’s Day sampler packs. Order deadline: Tuesday, May 3 at 10 p.m. A simple e-mail or text should suffice. And if your loves are last-minute types like mine, then they don’t have anything for you yet, anyway. The yummy-sounding blends from this CMP fave would be right up my alley, particularly...

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Breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day? Hey-ull yes!

Breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day is a given, right? Okay, it’s not. But it should be. And as someone who was lucky enough to procreate with a trained chef, I think we have no excuse not to start institutionalizing it. On our Mother’s Day gift guide this year, we’ve got a few gifts specifically to help you make a breakfast in bed experience a little more comfy, cozy, and pretty. But one of my favorites is this clever breakfast tray. The Le Petit Dej’ breakfast tray would make me so happy, no matter what was on it. I...

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Chirply – Chirp if you love community design

As much as I love Threadless, I only need so many t-shirts, y’know? But it was only a matter of time before someone would realize that the model of letting the community submit artwork and then vote submissions up for production would catch on for other products, too. Like these greeting cards at Chirply Both the way the submissions and voting process work, and the wacky designs seem to take a page from my beloved crowdsourced t-shirt website, only here I can buy as many cards as I want. Because hey, there’s always a reason to send someone a card,...

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Moleskine at Target. Be still this journal addict’s heart.

I’m a self-professed journal addict, which means I often feel as though there will be a sudden shortage and I must buy all of them just in case. (You fellow journal addicts know what I mean.) But I only have an eye for cool journals that won’t completely bust my budget, which is why the new Moleskine line for Target fits the bill. Yes, Moleskine line for Target. Crazy, right? If you don’t quite understand the infatuation with the uber popular Moleskine journals, let this connoisseur enlighten you. Their sleek design, crisp quality paper, and leather portfolio make them...

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Hit the road with pint-sized travel guides

My 4-year-old-any-second-now daughter is at the age where she’s learned there’s more to the world than just home, store, and school. She’s asking about the places she can visit after a plane ride or two, and while most of them involve the beach (she’s convinced she already knows how to surf) or Japan (what can I say? She’s into veggie sushi), I’m getting really excited about the prospect of introducing her to the rest of the world. CMP went nuts over Look Out World, Here I Come! New York Adventure Kit last summer, and it’s a San Francisco treat...

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