Month: June 2011

Cool board shorts for boys – Reader Q&A

I’d love to find some boys’ board shorts that don’t look like gangster-wear. Can you help? -reader question via Twitter With his fair skin, I love board shorts on my son for the simple reason that they cover more of his body that shorter swim trunks. And I’m pretty certain that any little boy would look surfer-dude cute, and not gangster tough, in these great board short options that we’ve pulled together. –Christina Our editor Liz recently raved about Zio Sport’s great sportswear for boys and girls, and their brand new board shorts are pretty cool too. I love...

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Flip flop chic

We all know socks and sandals together are a big no-no in civilized society, but there are exceptions. Jazzy Toes, the clever people who bring us some of the cutest baby shoe sock designs, have come up with a new design just in time for summer- the flip flop sock.  Necessary? No. Cute as a button? Yes. These ultra cutesy accessories are a conversation piece for sure but will also keep your wee one’s tootsies cozy in over-air conditioned places through the summer months. Bottom line- if you have a friend expecting a baby girl this summer, show up...

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The Kids Grow Up… way too fast

As my oldest daughter fast approaches her 7th birthday, I have become more acutely aware of how fleeting childhood really is. And the urgency to bask in her little-ness is now even more present after seeing a fascinating new must-see HBO documentary. The Kids Grow Up is a documentary from dad and award-winning filmmaker Doug Block, who offers a rare look from a father’s perspective at the emotional side of parenting, as he chronicles his only daughter’s last year at home before college. (Something we all know is coming, but don’t really want to think about.) Early in the...

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9 Last-minute (but totally great) Father’s Day gifts

Unless you just stumbled here for the first time (Welcome!), you probably already know that Father’s Day is THIS Sunday, since we’ve been sharing loads of great Father’s Day gift ideas all month long. But, simply knowing about Father’s Day doesn’t mean we’ve all finished shopping right? No worries: we’ve pulled together some of our favorite last-minute gifts that you can have ready before the big day. Then just sit back and watch the big guy tear up as he’s reminded what an awesome dad he is every day of the year. –Christina All those dads stuck in a...

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Just call me Princess Sparkleknuckles

I used to be into understated beauty. Then I had kids. Now I have to shout just to be noticed, so not surprisingly, I favor bright skirts, dangly earrings, and statement shoes. Oh, and big fat rings that keep people from noticing my unpainted nails. That’s where this shiny treasure comes in. The crystal and eco-friendly Sono wood Treteaux ring from Objets D’Envy melds tough and feminine together into a highly wearable, everyday ring that really packs a punch. And I mean that literally. It would be so cute with a sundress, or even just a tank and jeans. ...

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Web Coolness – super play spaces, secret poetry and saving the environment with an app

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too.   Need some design inspiration for the playroom? Check these amazing ideas out. If you missed the live chat this week, you can still see some great Father’s Day gift ideas we shared to answer reader questions on The Motherhood. One more tip from Kristen about a cool free last minute Father’s Day gift. The coolest thing to hit thrift stores: Poetry bombing. See which earth-friendly app our hero Dr. Harvey Karp thinks is tops. Are blogs our modern-day photo albums? Love this Kickstarter...

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Baby, you look good in wood

I like my mom jewelry like I like my men: wooden, flexible, and hanging from a brass chain. (Ha.) Okay, that came out all wrong. But this unique photo necklace still rocks my socks. The Chunky Old Camera photo necklace by Etsy shop VectorCloud really is everything I love in statement jewelry. It’s unique– or have you seen laser cut Alder wood before? It’s big and chunky and a little bit retro, of course. And you can insert any 1″ photo you want, which means you can go from squishy newborn photos to pudgy toddler smiles to portraits of...

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A printable Father’s Day card fit for a hero

I bought the photo mug for Grandpa, and the Kindle for my husband (lucky dog!), but I’ve yet to find the perfect card. Leave it to new discovery TinyUs to do the work for me, and even better, for free. All you need is a printer to give the dad in your life this adorable “Dad, You are my hero!” card, available as a downloadble, printable PDF on the TinyUs blog. Whether or not he has the ironic moustache, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate that special dad in your life for free. Besides telling him...

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Go anywhere booster – The baby travel essential of the summer

Whether you’ve got one kid or four like me, it’s tough traveling on a long road trip. Hey, it’s even hard just going out to dinner with all your baby gear essentials sometimes. But this new pick is so practical, so cool, it’s become far from an extra for our family. In fact, I’d call it the baby travel essential of the summer. [don’t miss a giveaway after the jump!] The Go Anywhere Booster seat is by far the best-made and best-looking of this type of baby seat I’ve seen yet. What appears to be a pack about the...

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Samuel L. Jackson reads the “Go the F*** to Sleep” book

After reading the encyclopedia of bedtime stories, singing four rounds of Twinkle Twinkle, and then providing my kids with snuggles, kisses, and several glasses of water, I go from sweetly shushing to sleep to bribing and begging them through gritted teeth and eyes rolled back in my head that silently say “Go to sleep already!” Except usually with a few expletives involved. Apparently I’m not the only one. The awesome new bedtime book “Go the F*** to Sleep,” which is for us parents, not kids, obviously, will have you nodding your head–that is if you can control it while...

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Shades for your little co-pilot

Summer is upon us and I am gathering my toddler’s arsenal of sun hats, sun block–and yes, I will make another desperate attempt at sunglasses. Sunglasses on a 2 year old– I know, what’s the point? They won’t keep them on or they will be broken in 5 minutes… or will they? Thanks to Babiators there might be hope yet for reliable help in protecting your little ones eyes from the suns harmful rays with their cute array of children’s sunglasses. The aviator design does carry a bit of a Top Gun vibe (they were designed by a fighter pilot!) and...

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10 year old birthday party ideas – Reader Q&A

I need ideas for my daughter’s 10th birthday..something original and wow. She’s a girly girl, loves to sing, very creative, honor student, responsible and loving. Over the years, we’ve done the bead parties, craft parties, clowns, art parties and dance parties. Now what! -Dania Hi Dania, I have a 10 year old daughter who loves at-home birthday parties, so I have some ideas that I think she’ll like, that won’t cost you a million dollars or make you install a carousel in your backyard. -Christina Luau A Luau theme is perfect for summer when the weather feels tropical already. If your guests...

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Homemade baby food – You can totally do it!

It’s that time for me again. Time to stop being baby’s sole source of nourishment and start making some food for him the other old-fashioned way. (Aside: I’m so lazy. One reason I cherish the first six months of my kids’ lives is because I don’t have to cook a thing for them.) Lucky me, then, that I have a copy of a really fabulous new book to help guide me through it. Simply arranged by age and category, the recipes in The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet are delicious, nutritious, and meant to take less than...

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Eco-friendly dinos that’ll make you roar

So my daughter has just embraced the wonderful world of dinosaurs–beyond Barney. This is a huge milestone. Huge. To encourage her newfound love of the stegosaurus and the parasaurolophus and all non-purple dinosaurs, we’ve forgone plastic dino dudes in favor of something more natural–not to mention adorable. Anamalz has just introduced a line of wooden prehistoric creatures to its popular critter coterie. With super-bendy legs, tails, arms, and necks, they’re perfectly posable and totally playable. The eco-friendly factor here is high: every toy is handmade with sustainable maple (leftover wood is used to grow mushrooms on a farm) and painted...

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Ready for Cars 2? Now you will be.

With Cars 2 coming soon to theaters at the end of the month, we’re going to be drowning in licensed merchandise any day now. I love Lightning McQueen as much as the next mama, I just hate for my kids to strut around looking like walking advertisements for the flick of the moment. What do you do with a little boy obsessed with Cars and a momma hoping for something slightly cooler than ye olde licensed polyester tee? Cue Peek Kids, one of my favorite West Coast shops to outfit my boys. Peek clothes tell moms of boys: you...

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Grown-up furniture with kids in mind

I often look through the pages of magazines seeking artsy living spaces with pictures of real live human children. Sadly, there is nary a Cheerio in sight. But this piece of furniture I just discovered, I could imagine in my home with my real live human children anyway. I am in love with the Stripes End Table by Chris Jamison at Plywood Office for a number of reasons. The rich wood and the stripe combination are pure beauty. The design is subtle and clever. The rounded edges are certainly child friendly, as well as the deep pocket to stash...

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Fathers Day Gifts – For the tech-loving dad.

Of course you can always give a new iPad or a MP3 player to a cool dad. But we’re excited by these tech-inspired Father’s Day gifts that are a little off the beaten path. While of course the handmade card from the kids, or the breakfast in bed will be the thing any cool dad will treasure most, if the dads on your list are anything like the dads on ours, they won’t say no to a little high-tech awesomeness. For swanky dads, the QR Code Cufflinks (at top) can spell out I Love You, or customize your own message. It might just inspire...

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Chat with us about Father’s Day Gifts at The Motherhood

There may only be six days left until Father’s Day but if you’re still shopping for the perfect gift we’ll be sharing ideas with you during our live blog chat at The Motherhood. [Don’t miss all the details, plus a super cool giveaway after the jump] Tomorrow June 14 from 12-12:30pm EST our editors will fielding your questions and doling out tips and suggestions from our own Father’s Day Gift Guide and beyond, for all your Father’s Day gift giving conundrums in a live blog chat. Along with lots of cool gift ideas, we’ll be giving away some fantastic...

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins is back, Jim Carrey-fied, and totally fun.

The 1937 book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, figured into my early years. Chances are that you (and your kids) know and love the book, too–it’s a classic. So when I learned it was going to turned into the movie Mr. Popper’s Penguins starring Jim Carrey, I got twitchy. Would it be Hollywood-ified like so many other books-turned-movies, with rapping penguins and a Miley Cyrus soundtrack? Would it be anything like the book? Answer: it’s not like the book. And that’s exactly why it’s going to become a classic in its own right. [catch a huge giveaway after the jump!] In...

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5 picks you might have missed

This past week on Cool Mom Picks, summer has bought out some of our favorite words that start with F. For example, flash, fabulous and utterly fine. 1. Fab: Trust us– you’re going to want our invitation link to this new invitation-only design flash sale site for home goods. 2 Fun: These paper dolls don’t just look great, they contribute to a great cause. 3. Fantastic: We’re loving this clever new nursing pillow designed by a lactation consultant. 4. Families: This stunning new cookbook supports both yours, and those in Japan affected by the earthquakes. 5. Free: The new...

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