Month: July 2011

Okay, so imagine if NERDS were actually healthy

As my dentist will attest, I was a big candy fan as a kid, and I was definitely a nerd for NERDS. (My favorite was the split box with cherry on one side and watermelon on the other.) Cut to 2011, when my children think plain yogurt with honey is a sugary treat. Oh, how the times have changed. And yet, in a way, they haven’t. If you combine that yogurt with the NERDS of yore, you get a brilliant snack that my kids adore. They’re called Yo’Drops. Yo’ Drops are another nutritious hit from our pals at Revolution...

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Renting a maternity dress? Totally.

When I was six months pregnant with my second baby, the company I worked for was putting on a big, fancy shindig. Said shindig required me to go on a stage and speak in front of 800 people. I started to stress–mostly about what to wear. I wanted a stylish, non-mall-bought maternity dress–but I didn’t want to spend tons of cash on a frock I wouldn’t be able to wear ever again, no matter how designer it was. Mine for Nine, where were you 18 months ago? The site is a treasure trove of maternity dresses that would normally...

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The case of the disappearing boo-boos

My daughter is in the beautiful beginning stages of tree-climbing, which has left her with the usual variety of not-at-all-serious scrapes and bruises. I think she loves finding a new boo-boo to cover up with a Band-Aid as much as she loves trying to climb the tree.  Problem is, we just discovered she has a mild latex allergy–her favorite bandages are now off-limits. Luckily, there’s something new for her to use on her miniature bumps and bruises. Boo-Boo Cover-Up has the healing power of ointment mixed with the camouflaging capabilities of a bandage. It looks like a tube of concealer,...

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Subscribing to Cool Mom Picks: It’s right on Target.

Maybe “cool” isn’t a word you’re using a lot this summer. But even when the temperature is in the 100’s, we’re always looking to hook our subscribers up with cool giveaways, because they are…yep. The coolest. This coming week, five– yes, five— lucky Cool Mom Picks subscribers will each win a $50 Target gift card courtesy of the Baby Clothing Network. If you’re not familiar with our latest sponsor, you won’t want to miss their ingenious service, which allows you to swap boxes of gently used kids’ clothes simply for the price of shopping. These are high quality baby...

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Swedish designs that turn your kids’ walls into wow

I am sitting at my computer right this very second, drooling over the beautiful illustrated posters of Ingela P Arrhenius, who I discovered earlier this year. Her work just went on sale at Fab.com, my latest flash sale obsession, and at these prices–if you love them, you’ll want to grab them now. Her midcentury inspired graphics are lovely for kids rooms, especially the circus series (shown) or the whimsical animal prints.  Thought I might like some of them in a kitchen or bathroom too. Blank walls – I’m putting you on notice. –Liz Find the Snyder + The Swedes...

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It only takes ONE mom

At Cool Mom Picks, we get a kick out of finding cool stuff to make moms’ lives easier. Then along comes a community partnership like ONE Moms that’s helping make moms’ lives easier in a truly profound way: Keeping mothers and babies safe and healthy. Right now, our friends from TheMotherhood and some of our favorite mom bloggers are in Kenya right now with the ONE Campaign, a non-partisan grassroots organization that advocates for smart policies to help combat extreme poverty and preventable disease. As part of the ONE Moms community, these moms are doing what I bet so...

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Butt Art that isn’t raunchy, promise

As all parents know, kids laugh at the word “butt.” There is something very funny about a word that is used constantly as a conjunction, a sometime preposition and also as a word for your behind. What could be funnier than that to a five year old? The answer? Nothing. Now combine the humor of a butt with a bona fide art book. It doesn’t get any cooler than Everything Butt Art at the Zoo. The premise is awesome: all of the animals that you see at the zoo can be drawn with the fabulous gluteus maximus as the...

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Sponsored message: Take the kids on a Smurfy adventure

This is a message from our sponsor, The Smurfs Movie The Smurfs are back! This time, they come to life in a live-action/computer-animated film that hits theaters nationwide on July 29. But it won’t be just your kids who will fall head over heels in love with this take on the popular 1980s cartoon; while they’re discovering The Smurfs for the first time, you’ll be reminiscing about the little blue creatures you already know and love. In the family-friendly film, a group of Smurfs land in New York City’s Central Park after evil wizard Gargamel and his cat, Azriel,...

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Mothers of Intention: Using our outside voices

My interest in politics has ebbed and flowed over the years, but since I’ve become a mother, public policy has taken on a whole new personal relevance for me. I’ve got three kiddos whose futures will be affected by the decisions of political leaders, from our local school board all the way up to the federal government. That’s a pretty sobering realization. But it’s an exciting one too, and that’s what prominent political blogger and mom Joanne Bamberger showcases in her new book, Mothers of Intention. Featuring an array of powerful essays by bloggers — including our own Kristen...

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Poster sized goodness

Sarah Jane is wildly talented–something Cool Mom Picks discovered way back in 2007. Her prints are whimsical and magical in a way that would make Clement Hurd and The Runaway Bunny proud. I love the simplicity and the talent that beckons from the page. Now, fans of Sarah Jane’s prints can find them beautifully presented on poster size cardstock. You will have a hard time picking a favorite– I am partial to this wonderful London print and I am also digging Snuggle Me. Unfortunately not all of her images are available in poster size yet. Yet. –Eva Sarah Jane...

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