Month: August 2011

Smart girl tee shirts – smart mama approved

This morning, my social media streams were in an uproar about a tee for tween girls that declared “I’m too pretty to do homework…so my brother has to do it for me.” I can’t begin to tell you the number of things wrong with that message; but then, you already know them all. Over the years, Kristen and I have been excited to feature clothing that promotes positive messages about our daughters. Here, just a few of our favorites. –Liz SATees (above) show off your little kid’s knowledge–or future knowledge–of big words. Grab your daughter that tee that says...

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A Zeal of Zebras for your kid’s zeal for animals

When I explained to my daughter that every group of animals has its own name, she was absolutely entranced. “You know, like a gaggle of geese. Or a flock of seagulls,” said me, Mrs. Smartypants. Just before realizing that I couldn’t name a third. D’oh. Just in time, the brilliantly colorful new book from WOOP Studios: A Zeal of Zebras: An Alphabet of Collective Nouns. As you might expect, the book takes us through the alphabet from an Aurora of Polar Bears to those zebras, all with big bold type that early readers will love, and playful, vibrant illustrations...

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A new hipper-than-thou men’s shopping site from the folks at Gilt Groupe

The day my husband and I got engaged is the day he stopped clothes shopping for himself. Partly upon my request. It’s now up to me to pick out everything from his sleeping t-shirts to his ties. Seeing as how I’m not a big fan of department store shopping for myself, I’m even less into venturing out to the retail world for men’s clothing. Now, thanks to those fashion-savvy geniuses at Gilt Groupe, I can order up my man the coolest threads without leaving my comfy couch. Park & Bond, which refers to two very stylish streets in Manhattan...

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GreenEats makes dinner eco-friendly

I’m not shy at all about my love for eco-friendly Green Toys, so it’s probably no surprise that I squealed a little (okay, a lot) when I heard they were launching a line of tableware for kids. Not toy tableware–the stuff you can actually eat off of. And let me just say, the squealing? Totally warranted. Made from recycled milk jugs and completely free of BPA, pthalates and melamine–something that’s tough to avoid in kids tableware– the GreenEats line is simple, sturdy, and dishwasher safe.  We’ve been using the divided plates and tumblers for the last few weeks, and...

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Chantecaille makes skin happy

I have confessed before that I am an unapologetic makeup snob. My feeling has always been, you change your shoes, but you wear your face every day. That said, I’m willing to spend more money on great products, but only on the great ones. And not all of the pricy ones are great, as I’ve learned. But now I’ve finally found a tinted moisturizer that I’m simply smitten with. If you don’t know Chantecaille, it’s like my verison of upscale cosmetics nirvana–it’s a family-run business that’s authentically eco-friendly, wonderfully philanthropic, and committed to non-toxic ingredients and fantastic results. I...

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The Empire Strikes… a smart silhouette

I like Star Wars as much as the next mom. Okay, so maybe I like it a little more than the next mom, considering I can speak a little Huttese. I love that the Star Wars world is timeless, exciting, iconic, and fun, and I really love sharing it with my children. But I’m the first to admit that I’ve never thought of my favorite movie franchise as stylish or chic. But guess what? Now it kind of is. We’re Stormtrooper helmet over heels for this gorgeous trio of Star Wars posters from the handz shop on Etsy. All designs are...

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phil & ted’s, you’ve got some Verve!

It’s got to be said: I’ve never been a big fan of the in-line stroller concept. I was always worried that the poor kid in the bottom kind of gets the shaft, staring at the back of a seat for the whole ride. Much to my surprise however, all it took was one look at the phil & ted’s Verve stroller with the double kit attached, for my kids to start fighting over who would get to ride in that bottom seat first. Guess I was wrong. We really enjoyed our time trying out the Verve. It’s a sleek...

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The Pioneer Woman, now on The Food Network

As a long time fan of blogger and cookbook author Ree Drummond (and a contributor to her homeschooling blog), I’ve had the date marked on my calendar to catch her new Food Network show, The Pioneer Woman. So this past Saturday, my kids and I clamored around the television to catch the premiere. If you’re wondering whether it’s worth setting the DVR for it, we’ve got the scoop. The show is set and filmed at the Drummond Ranch, and is as heavy on the the beautiful scenery and daily goings-on of her family as it is on the butter...

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Happy Chaos – parenting words to live by.

As a child of the 80’s, Soliel Moon Frye and I go way back. I have a glorious memory of dressing up as Punky Brewster for Halloween one year, which involved mainly pig tails and lots of bandanas. Her character was so bold and confident and I loved everything about her. Now, 25 years later (has it been that long?) I’m falling in love with her again as the author of a brand new parenting book, Happy Chaos Soleil, if you weren’t aware, happens to be one busy mama. She’s got her own organic kids’ clothing shop in LA,...

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Clothes that are easy to get baby in and out of–and now easy on the eyes, too.

I’m all about finding ways to make life easier, especially when there’s a newborn at home. To that end, we raved about the clever designs from Magnificent Baby when it first launched. The magnetic closure baby clothes make getting baby dressed a zillion times easier than snaps or buttons. And now they’ve teamed up with one of our favorite mom websites (no, not us!) for a brand new design that’s just too cute. Magnificent Baby and A-List Mom founder Elina Furman put their minds together and designed the adorable Elephants on Parade fall collection. It’s the same thoughtful sleepwear...

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Subscribe to Cool Mom Picks, win a $500 Scandinavian Child prize pack.

It’s just a few days until the beginning of September which means it’s time for our next fab subscribers-only giveaway, and you’ll definitely want to be part of it. Become a Cool Mom Picks subscriber before 9/1 and you’ll have the chance to enter to win a fabulous prize pack worth $500, including a fabulous Svan high chair, plus a Béaba prize pack, all courtesy of Scandinavian Child. Whoo! While you’re at it, click the little box to subscribe to Cool Mom Tech, so you never miss a day of the awesome tech goodness for moms. On top of...

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Math is hard? No way.

No sooner did Team Umizoomi launch on Nick Jr. last year that my preschooler fell in love. Madly and deeply. Let’s say she occasionally insists on being called Geo, her favorite color has gone from purple to blue, and best of all, she’s excited about math. That’s the kind of TV influence I can get behind. With one DVD out and another launching in time for your kid to get back-to-preschool, it’s a good way to help get your kid excited about “mighty math powers” too. While I don’t think every Noggin show lives up to the “preschool on...

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These natural baby hair products are 90210 approved

It generally doesn’t matter to me that a bunch of celebrities use a particular hair care product on their babies. But it did make me wonder what was so special about Jenerations Baby that Hollywood moms seem to be flocking to it. Jenerations Baby was founded by Jennifer Reilly, a mom with two kids and fourteen years of experience as a hairstylist. She wanted natural products she could feel safe using on her kids, so she designed the hypoallergenic line without sulfates, parabens, harsh chemicals, or essential oils that are potentially estrogen disruptors. Well, now I see what all those...

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Maps with modern style

If you’re yearning for a glance at a map today that doesn’t feature that scary white swirl of doom indicated up and down the east coast, take a look at these fantastic cartographic posters spotted at Fab.com today. But hurry, because of course the sale ends tomorrow. The talented graphic designers behind These Are Things have done beautiful things with color and shape, turning a ho-hum world map into a magenta (or aqua or rust) thing of beauty. Each one is hand-silkscreened to order on nice quality paper, making it a special little poster for a kids’ room, or...

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Dozens of ways to turn hurricane time into fun time with kids

If you’re stuck in Irene’s path this weekend, most of all, we hope you’re safe! After that, here are a few of our favorite ways to spend your electricity-free time hunkered down in close quarters with the family. Got game? Apps and online games are no match in a storm for a good, old fashioned board game. Dust off the Monopoly, Scrabble, or if you’re lucky enough to have one, the 3D Angry Birds game. Getting crafty If your craft closet is stocked (or you can make it to a Michael’s), you’re in good shape–especially if you take a...

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Making breakfast a breeze

School mornings get chaotic. Kids are running around, remembering things that were supposed to be put in their backpacks the night before. Shoes are untied while sandwiches are turned crustless. I get anxious just thinking about it. Oh, yeah. And you need to send the brood off to school with full stomachs eager to absorb. Since i don’t have more than two hands, I will happily let this brilliant breakfast gadget lend me a knob. I pour the cereal into the clear Zevro cereal dispenser and it stays fresh and crisp until it gets eaten. My little ones can...

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A new website offering haute couture for the highchair set

As if I needed more cute kiddie clothes to covet, an uber-hot European shopping site for kids under 14 is launching stateside, with free shipping to boot. Hold on to your credit cards! Alex and Alexa is every fashionista-in-training’s dream come true. With the latest mini-me styles from very grown up labels like Chloe, Dior and Marc Jacobs (well, Little Marc Jacobs), this site is not for the frugalista. That said, their sale section does have some awesome deals–70% off a cool striped skirt by Kid by Phllip Lim, or a pair of fab skinny trousers for $17 down...

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Eco-friendly felt name tags – back-to-school awesomeness

I’ve been staring down the task of tagging a bunch of different items for my daughter’s foray back to school. I don’t know if it’s because she’s now a pre-K-er–a.k.a., one of the “big kids,” (sniff)–or if that eau de Sharpie isn’t my favorite scent in the world. Either way, I’ve been putting it off. Not anymore, thanks to these adorable personalized felt name tags. Hand-stitched on soft crafting felt and available in 17 different colors, these, personalized nametags from Chloe in Style are as cute as can be, and totally reusable. Of course you’re not going to buy...

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Web Coolness – tips for toys, cool for school, and putting mean girls in their place

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. This tutorial for bright and adorable jewelry made from colored pencils will set your little scholar apart. Check out these personalized school supplies that Kristen has found for your independent learner. A major fist bump to the photographer who stood up to bullying mean girls. Have you heard this great music download from CMP favorite Caspar Babypants? Find beautiful photos and great product picks in our Back-to-School slideshow for Kirtsy that Cool Mom Picks curated! What a smart and eco-friendly way to...

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Exclusive: The Appaman Fall 2011 collection is here. Prepare to drool.

Every year right about now, I am so excited to whip out my fall wardrobe that I start wearing my new sweaters in hopes of forcing the weather to get cold. It’s always too early, which results in an extra-sweaty couple of weeks. I would not put my kids through this uncomfortable process, but getting an exclusive sneak peek at the just-released-today Fall 2011 collection from CMP favorite Appaman has made me very seriously reconsider.   If you’re not familiar with Appaman (what?!), they’re a Brooklyn-inspired, urban-adorable, and utterly wearable clothes line — in other words, ridiculously cool street...

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