Month: June 2011

Father’s Day Gifts – made from children’s artwork

This is part 6 of our Father’s Day Gift Guide series. There’s really no better way to celebrate dad on Father’s Day with a special gift just from the offspring. While of course they can “give him” nearly anything at all, we’ve found a bunch of awesome gifts from children’s artwork that are actually made by the kids. (Well, mostly.) And all you need is a printer, paint, and a bunch of little hands to make this adorable DIY handprint tree PDF. Add a frame and it’s such a cool gift. ($10) Let your budding artists make their own...

Read More

Babyccino – Now Your one-stop shop to the best kid boutiques

One of our favorite curators of cool is stepping up their game. We have long relied on Babyccino’s blog to find us the best, cutest, most unique goods in Europe, and now these clever ladies have taken their passion one step further. The popular site has just become the Babyccino Kids shop, an online shopping portal featuring handpicked items from over 100 of the boutiques we love–and some that are new to us. Regulars should check out the pick of the day, weekly top ten selections and the special deals pages, while newbies can start off with the “my...

Read More

How do you store LEGOs? We’ve got a brand new answer.

Once my kids were past the put-everything-in-their-mouth, choking-hazard stage of development, their toys seemed to instantly shrink. And multiply. I was faced with pieces and parts and tiny shoes everywhere. I’ve kept most of the toys organized using bins, boxes and tubs, but now there’s an entirely different storage system for their most vast collections. Using the same basic design for a storage bag that was passed down from her grandmother, mom Sarah Kirk has created the Swoop Bag to take care of those collections of tiny toys that seem to breed. With bright modern colors and American-made of...

Read More

Dad’s greatest hits, from his greatest fans

Ask my kids what songs make them think of their dad, and they’ll rattle off a bunch of Rock Band tunes–which gives you a hint as to one of their favorite pastimes. Chances are your kids too can name some songs that make them think “dad”, and for this Father’s Day, I love this inexpensive and personalized gift that puts all those tunes in one place. Blogging mama Brenda has a clever Mix CD tutorial over at Alphamom just in time for Father’s Day. I also love her instructions for recording a personal greeting on the CD. Her daughter...

Read More

What’s better than ravioli? Kid ravioli.

For the last few years, my kids have been obsessed with this one brand of ravioli in our local supermarket. (They call it “Kid Ravioli.”) Because as it turns out, if you’re four years old, ravioli tastes better when it’s cut like a heart or a spaceship or a teddy bear. Who knew? Kid Ravioli actually has a proper name– Jolie Ravioli. And I’m so pleased to see this little Brooklyn company is now available online and getting wider distribution. The pasta is made with 100% natural ingredients, and it’s a good way to sneak in veggies if you...

Read More

Dressed to thrill

After the fun of dressing two little girls, I was pleasantly surprised to find that outfitting my baby boy was pretty darn fun too. So much for the myth that little boy clothes aren’t nearly as cute as little girl clothes. I do struggle in one area though: dressing up. Formal clothing for boys is a real mixed bag, and most of the button-down shirts I’ve found are downright boring. The handsome, modern button-down shirts for boys from Black Kite are my idea of the perfect dress up get-up for boys. Owner/designer Lindsay Mangat selects prints that have great...

Read More

Father’s Day Gifts – For the gourmet. (Yes, there is bacon involved.)

Some of us are lucky enough to have dads in our lives who know their Manchego from their Mahon. Maybe we married them. Maybe they’re our own dads. All we know is, we like to keep them happy, so they’ll keep the yummy stuff coming our way. If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, these gifts are a serious shortcut. The Bacon Chocolate sampler pack (at top) from one of our favorite chocolatiers combines the two greatest foods to make a delectable delight dad will flip for. Just make sure to include a thoughtful card so he’ll be inclined...

Read More

How to help Japan–and make dinner–with a beautiful new cookbook

I feel fortunate to have three kids who absolutely love sushi and will attack a plate of it as if it is a pile of french fries. But beyond that, I haven’t cooked much Japanese food at home–I am pretty sure they’d love the noodles, the crispy panko-crusted meats and, of course, the chance to eat with two sticks. But that may change, now that there is a gorgeous new cookbook which makes traditional Japanese cooking accessible for families to create in their own homes. And your purchase can also help Japanese families recover from the recent natural disasters. PEKO...

Read More

Web coolness – thinking of dads, Star Wars Muppets, and the cutest kids video

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. Toys as art? Hey, at least it gets them off the floor. Kristen rounds up four great Father’s Day photo gifts. And don’t miss the rest of our great picks for Father’s Day! Loving this new virtual book club from The New York Times’ Motherlode blog. New on Cool Mom Tech: Our family music download of the week, featuring this, the cutest kids’ video we’ve seen in a while. Super clever and adorable Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday party. Don’t miss this thought-provoking post on style,...

Read More

Turn up the design factor at home with Fab

As a design junkie, imagine my delight at learning that Fab.com, a new flash-sale site featuring daily design deals, just launched today. Fab is a carefully curated collection of all the coolest stuff, for your home and your life, all at seriously great discounts. [don’t miss an invitation link after the jump!] I’ve been getting rid of things around my house this summer, which means that suddenly I have no lamps in the guest room and no coffee table in the game room. I’m tired of the cluttered, hand-me-down look of our space. What I really want is to...

Read More

C is for cute

We always have our eyes on artisans we’ve featured here before so we can share with you their newest, coolest goodies. So lucky me and you for this new discovery at one of our favorite mom and dad bizzes, Little Alouette. Word lover or not, the typography teething toys might just be the most awesome new baby gift, made from locally sourced maple and finished with organic flax seed – no icky chemicals, thank you very much. And each letter is made completely by hand. We loooove their suggestion of using these as a photo prop, which would be...

Read More

Simplisse Gia nursing pillow gives breastfeeding a whole new angle

You would think that after breastfeeding four kids, it would be a little bit like riding a bicycle. And in my head, it has been. But for my body? No way. Ouch! Yes, even a fourth-time breastfeeder still uses her pillow, except my old faithful has now been replaced with a new brilliant find. The Simplisse Gia nursing pillow was created by one smart lactation consultant. It’s firm enough to help you support the baby but is brilliantly angled from thick to thin, allowing you to use the pillow comfortably in various positions but most obviously, keep the baby’s...

Read More

Muppets + Threadless = Awesome

I grew up watching The Muppet Show, but like many of us, didn’t completely get all the awesome humor until I was an adult watching it again with my kids. So when I heard that there’s a new Muppets movie on the way come November, I may have squealed louder than my kids. And, as it turns out, in honor of this new release, Threadless is teaming up to host one heckuva cool contest. It’s pretty simple. The cool site Threadless is in search of a uber cool Muppet shirt created by, well, you. They’re hosting a Muppets T-shirt...

Read More

Why mamas should check out Moomah

Though I love my suburban life south of Boston, there are times I glance over at what is going on in NYC and get envious of all the cool stuff they have. You know, like great deliver-to-the-door sushi, endless entertainment options, and a lovely little creative art playspace and cafe in Tribeca called Moomah, built just for kids “and their parents.” It’s the kind of place with a sign in the front door that says “unaccompanied children will be given an espresso and a free puppy.” While Moomah has no plans to move to other cities just yet, they’ve...

Read More

New technology turns the page on how kids read

This is a sponsored message from DK Publishing It’s an amazing feeling to watch your child develop a love of reading and learning, especially if you’ve always been a bookworm yourself. But if your son or daughter needs a little more coaxing (especially as school winds down!), the new 3-D Dinosaur and 3-D Human Body books from DK Publishing literally come to life, drawing even the most reluctant readers right in. This innovative series merges what parents love about hard copy books with the wonders of 3-D animation to create an interactive reading experience using “augmented reality” technology. Throughout...

Read More

TOMS sunglasses help the world see better

We’re already big TOMS fans; their offbeat espadrille-inspired shoes are the perfect combination of looking good and doing good, since a child in need is given a pair of shoes for every one you buy. But it gets better: TOMS is now getting in the sunglasses business. The new line of TOMS eyewear include chic retro sunglasses that are equal parts old school and of-the-moment. No matter what your look, there’s a pair that will work for you. These are investment sunglasses, and while we think they’re worth the investment just for the hip factor, you’re really buying more...

Read More

Father’s Day Gifts – For the grandpas we love

If there’s one thing that men love more on Father’s Day than love from their own kids, it’s love from their grandchildren. So when June 20 rolls around, make sure not to forget those beloved grandfathers, grandpas, papas and pop-pops in our lives with something special. And don’t forget to throw in a handmade card from the kids. Feeling crafty? Make your own folded Father’s Day cards (at top) with this folded shirt card tutorial at Martha Stewart. All you need is decorative paper and some glue. This stunning recycled sterling silver custom key chain is one of the nicest...

Read More

Handmade kids clothes with a retro Preppy feel

Summer is here, and once it gets hot, the temptation to just let the baby loll around in a diaper — or maybe a onesie — is almost overwhelming. But if you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to keep the baby cool and cute, all at once. Because the baby can only go so many places in just a diaper. Here’s the solution: Mabo Kids’ line of hand-crafted childrens wear is a dream come true for Preppy moms. Each piece is made of beautiful fabric, and everything is hand-sewn in small batches by seamstresses in Washington state....

Read More

Designer email templates – A busy mom’s lifesaver

This post is sponsored by Yahoo! Mail, which is encouraging families to stay in touch via email – which we think is pretty cool. I do my best to pop a handwritten note to friends and family, especially on their birthdays or when they’re kind enough to send a gift for my kids, but I’ll be honest, since adding my fourth child, it’s become much more challenging. Let’s just say it can be hard to even get my bills in the mail, let alone a note. (Shhhh, please don’t tell Emily Post. Or my mother.) Since discovering the joy...

Read More

Lipstick that makes you pretty. And makes the world a little better looking too.

Lip color makes a big difference — that slight hue of berry or pink can compensate for years of sleep deprivation. Right now, I’m digging a line from PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics (get it?); natural, philanthropic lipsticks and glosses that can truly change the world. PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics Lip Paint comes in 16 shades; each is sheer and easy to wear. I’m not a big lipstick girl (too heavy for me) but PeaceKeeper’s lipstick is lightweight and feels more like lip balm than lipstick. PeaceKeeper also makes lipgloss — I’m head over heels in love with the Fairness gloss, a light gold...

Read More

Follow us on Instagram!

Subscribe

Pin It on Pinterest