Month: June 2011

Hello Kitty BabyLegs. Prepare to squee in Japanese.

If you don’t yet know how awesome BabyLegs are, we’re happy to remind you every few months or so. They not only respect the accessibility of the onesie and keep little legs warm in heavily air conditioned places, but diaper changes are a breeze. Now we’ve got one more reason to love them: The all new Hello Kitty collection. The Hello Kitty BabyLegs are not only cute and sweet, but practical, too. Any of the seven styles will funky up any outfit, but without interfering with the business at hand. You know, the free wheeling crawling kind. Plus she...

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Kickstart paper creativity, beautifully

Usually when I see a Kickstarter project, I think, “Huh. That’s kind of neat.” And then I see something shiny and move on with my day. But check this out: ReadyMade magazine’s founder, Grace Hawthorne, has created what just may be the perfect make-something-gorgeous-with-your-own-hands craft, and you can be one of the first to own it when you help fund her fantastic project. Make a donation to Paper Punk via Kickstarter, and you’re able to purchase her first three available kits. And trust me, you’ll want it. Watch the video on the site to get all the lowdown, but...

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Subscribe to Cool Mom Picks to be in the know and on the go

This is a fabulous day to become a Cool Mom Picks subscriber. If not just for our exclusive discount codes, celebrity trends, and picks you won’t find on our site, there’s that dandy subscribers-only monthly giveaway like this one: One lucky CMP subscriber will win the ultimate on-the-go gift pack valued at over $250, including a fabulous Timi + Leslie convertible diaper bag filled with goodies from some of our favorite boutique brands–Stokke, Maclaren, skip+hop, and more. All to keep your little one comfy and happy while you’re on the go this summer. All the details will show up...

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Gorgeous designer kids clothes on crazy sale. (Don’t you love June?)

If your daughter needs a new party dress this summer, or you’re just one of those smart moms who remembers to stock up on sale clothing for next year, one of my favorite labels, Ses Petites Mains, is having their annual sidewalk sale right now. And it’s awesome. Gorgeous handmade dresses for girls that are normally in the splurge-y category of childrenswear are now super affordable. I loved this petal slip dress before, but I think I love it even more for $24. That’s 2/3 off. Same goes for the amaryllis dress we featured earlier this year, now down...

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Paperflavor – delicious!

What’s that delightful flavor? I mean, I know it’s paper. But there are essences of ballerina, candy, fruit, robot, and… do I detect the delightful aroma of ninja? It must be Paperflavor, the brand new site offering a truly creative range of invitations, stationery, and other beautiful paper goods that are just my cup of (flavored) tea. The stationery sets are unusually adorable–a great choice for a tween girl who likes that cute anim√© illustration style. And there’s a nice selection of baby shower invitations and photo baby announcements that are bright, colorful and modern. It’s a refreshing change...

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Help us raise $10,000 for Baby Buggy with a single click

This post is sponsored by Yahoo! Every time you click here to make Yahoo! your homepage, you’re showing your support for our charity. Recently, our sponsor Yahoo! came up with a cool idea: Ask our readers to make Yahoo! your homepage this week, and for every change, they’d make a $1 donation to our favorite charity for us up to $10,000. We were like, heck yeah. The Yahoo! home page is so fun anyway. (Who isn’t addicted to their trending topics category? And the customized content? It’s like they know we’re addicted to Real Housewives.) Because we especially love...

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Vespa, baby!

Sometimes I picture myself like in a movie scene, on the back of a shiny turquoise scooter (yes, in my fantasy it’s turquoise, okay?), silk scarf in my hair, cruising around Europe without a care in the world. That’s not likely to happen any time soon, but I do love these bags that can add a little of that mod-hipster-cool attitude to your daily grind. The vintage styled Vespa travel bags are sturdy and mildly childproof, with just enough bells and whistles to be practical–zipper pockets, mesh compartments and an adjustable shoulder strap. It’s such a fun, casual bag...

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Be the talk of the neighborhood with 3 cool new ride-on toys

Our garage is filled with bikes, trikes, scooters and even one Skoooch, but I’m a big believer in “you can never have too many outdoor toys.” So, I’m always on the lookout for cool new ride-on, kid-powered things that can hold their attention for at least as long as the latest Wii game. For some of my favorite “tried and true” ride-on toys, check out our Scooter Smackdown and Second Scooter Smackdown from past years. But if you’re looking to get something that no one else on your block has yet, keep reading.  For toddlers, I’m not sure I’ve seen...

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Hats that your kiddos will actually want to keep on

When my kids were little, they threw their hats off the moment I put them on. I didn’t force the issue but I longed for the day that they would come to love and appreciate the hat not just for its utilitarian purpose, but as a fabulous fashion accessory. Dear readers, that time is now. Don’t get me wrong, we love our sports teams as much as the next–it’s just that I love choices that allow a kid to express their individuality, which is why Goorin Bros. is my dream come true. Their gorgeous hats come in fabulous mini...

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Dr. Hauschka skin care – believe the hype.

Even as an avowed skincare fanatic, I had never sampled the Dr. Hauschka products I’d heard so much about. This line is known for being holistic, ecologically sound, and focused on the body’s rhythms and internal processes. Which is great and all, but oh my gawd, the results. Count me in as the newest Dr. Hauschka fan, a line now available at CMP fave Hazel Wood Children, which means you have a great excuse to grab some luxury skincare for yourself, right  between the skull socks and the tiny purple tank top. The Blackthorn Body Oil smells like a...

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Patriotic kids wear for the 4th of July that still looks cute on the 5th, 6th, 7th and you get the idea

I still remember the ’76 bicentennial (yes, I am that old), dressing in head-to-toe red, white and blue and waving to beeping cars at the end of our street. Now that I have kids, I try to find something patriotic for the kids to wear on the fourth. But since my wallet frowns upon one-day-only wearables, I have been on the lookout for tasteful, adorable and, yes, patriotic items the kids can look cute in beyond just a single day. –Christina Whether they’re marching in a Fourth of July parade or just standing on the sidelines, these Chuck Taylor Flag...

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Posterous – Safe and easy summer photo sharing for families

We’re thrilled to be working with Posterous, a free service helping parents safely and easily share photos and videos. With four kids and very photo-hungry grandparents, you can only imagine how much we get badgered every time we return for vacation. Before we can even get the laundry unpacked, we’re flooded with requests to send photographs and videos of all the fun. Facebook is a little too public for my personal taste (plus not all our family members are on Facebook). And family videos on YouTube? Uh, no. It takes all of five seconds (or three if you’re a...

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Savor some socially savvy Safi Coffee

I’d like my cup of Joe with a cup of kindness. Instead of sugar, I’ll take straight-up sweetness, especially towards the farmers. That’s the idea behind Safi Coffee. Safi (pronounced saw-fee) is Swahili for honest, clean, transparent. In a world where coffee farmers often make less than $20 per year, Safi pays at least fair trade prices and invites the farmers to join the company as stakeholders, where they receive dividends and are treated as partners. And the coffee itself? I tried the Direct Trade Medium Roast, which is grown in the lush foothills of Mount Kenya by local organic...

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Sweet baby gift in the Year of the Rabbit

Bright and cheerful doesn’t have to mean garish, and when it’s British-based Lulabird it’s even downright stylish. One of our favorite modern, hip nursery designer clockmakers are back (we’re pretty much in love with their quirky owl, too) with a freshly re-envisioned retro design in time for the Chinese year of the Rabbit. What a sweet baby gift for a little guy born in 2011. There’s nothing loud about this bunny clock, from the understated design on sustainable birchwood (choose coral or a deep teal), to the mechanism that keeps the tick-tocking to a minimum. Nice touch when you’re...

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Tender tot knees get stylish protection

Look; I really can’t get behind putting a pair of kneepads on a toddler. Aside from the hassle (and how dumb it looks) I’m of the “we all crawled on our bare knees and survived” camp of parenting. But when mom Kathryn Ames was faced with her hemophiliac crawling son’s bruised knees, she decided to come up with a solution that would be stylish enough for everyone. Thus Bruz Wear padded-knee pants were born. They offer protection for a crawling baby or rough-and-tumble little kid, plus support and advocacy for the hemophilia community with every purchase. No need for...

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3 insanely crazy high-end cribs. Prepare to gawk.

At the end of the day–and there really is an end of the day, when baby has no choice but to conk out, at least for a little while, anyway–all you really need is a good, sturdy crib so that your little one is safe and snug, right? Well, maybe not. For some parents, crib aesthetics figure prominently into the equation. Maybe basic is too boring? Maybe they’ve got a million dollars that they need to spend before midnight to win a Japanese reality show contest? In which case, these cribs really up the ante. At Nurseryworks, unique cribs...

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Cybex Onyx – The umbrella stroller of my dreams

I do believe I have just discovered the umbrella stroller to end all umbrella strollers. All hail the Cybex Onyx. First, let me say, the Cybex Onyx is a high-end umbrella stroller. Which means it’s not a $25, throw-in-the-trunk, department store special, nor does it have that kind of price tag. But it will spin circles around most other umbrella strollers. And, it just so happens, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with it. How could I not? On top of the smooth ride and easy fold I would demand of any luxury umbrella stroller, the Onyx comes in five...

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Stencils that help draw out the creativity in anyone

I bum out watching my daughter draw a self-portrait, or even a dog, stop midway, then scribble all over the entire thing in frustration because her picture doesn’t look “perfect.” Maybe that’s why I am particularly fond of these new artist-created stencil kits that are more about being creative, and not so much about what the piece is “supposed to” look like. Although the end results are pretty cool too. {don’t miss a great art supply giveaway after the jump!} After running a bunch of popular creative workshops featuring nature-inspired stencils, LA artist Karen Kimmel decided to make them...

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Gourmet popsicles in under 10 minutes

Around our house, homemade popsicles are the treat of the century–a huge score for mom since they’re a relatively healthy dessert. Well, now that I’ve found this amazing new gadget, they’re not just a treat for my kids. My husband and I are enjoying them too – and best of all, you only have to wait about 10 minutes until you can eat them. Meet my new buddy, Zoku, a brilliant popsicle maker which I’m probably insulting by calling a popsicle maker because holy cow you, should see the pops you can make with it. You start by freezing...

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