Month: August 2011

Back to school shopping – green school supplies

 We’ve always had a heart for green school supplies for our kids, ever since we knew such a thing even existed.While they’ll never be as cheap as what you find at the big mall stores, grab a couple you love and teach the kids a lesson in eco-conservation right in their own backpacks. Recycled Cardboard Pencil SharpenersThese German-made pencil sharpeners are nifty, and the wildlife graphics are adorable. ($5 at Stubby Pencil Studio / 15% off with code CMPSAVE15 until 8/31/1)[see 9 more great picks and some nice discounts after the jump!] Eco Glue Sticks It’s kind of nice not to...

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The handy dandy box of things a mom seriously needs

If there’s one thing a new mom needs–besides a post-partum doula who does dishes and makes sushi from scratch–it’s baby recommendations from someone who’s been there. After all, that embroidered silk blanket from Aunt Edith is fabulous, but it’s not going to work as a swaddler during the first 2 AM crying session. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a service that would deliver boxes of exactly what you need, exactly when you need them? Oh, yeah. There is. Citrus Lane is a brilliant new subscription service made for moms, by moms. For $25 each month, you get...

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Over-packing mama birds will love Phil & Ted’s Nest

The first time you travel with a baby in tow is shocking, to say the least. If you thought you were an over-packer before, suddenly you feel like you might need to rent a moving truck just to get your things to the cottage. Each precious piece of gear seems more important than the next because, frankly, how is baby going to make it through the weekend without his beloved [insert one of hundreds of important baby items here]?  Phil & Ted to the rescue. The Phil & Ted’s Nest is a brilliant travel bassinet, designed to hold babies...

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Back to school shopping – the best lunchbox accessories

You can’t have a back to school lunchbox without all the cool goodies inside. We’ll let you take care of the yummy food and snacks. But we’ve got you covered when it comes to all the cool accessories that definitely make lunchtime every kids favorite subject. [Don’t miss eleven tasty school lunch accessory picks after the jump!] shinzi katoh bento boxThese sweet Bento boxes are perfect for preschool snacks or lunches. ($18 at My Sweet Muffin) Lunch LinesIf their lunch doesn’t make them smile, these silly riddles will. ($10 at Chronicle Books) Robot Sandwich KeeperWe love these cool one-piece...

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The perfect rug for the playroom, at a price that lets you grab some toys too

I am constantly fawning over fabulous rugs in the high-end catalogs that arrive at my door. Having an old apartment with all hardwood floors I find myself flipping the pages and daydreaming about the amazing spreads, that is until I look at the price tags… ouch. Reality settles in, our old worn in rugs will do just fine. Hmph. So imagine my excitement in having a specific mission of finding a rug for the new playroom we decided to pull together–then finding just that. Luckily I thought to check in at IKEA and hello, Lusy Blom. This adorable  area...

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The Doodle Roll unrolls before your kids unravel

My handbag is sort of a Mom’s Swiss Army Knife. Need a Band-Aid? Got it. Hungry? I’ve got some mints in here somewhere. But when we get stuck waiting somewhere and the kids are threatening to mutiny out of sheer boredom, it turns out that drawing on the back of old receipts isn’t all that much fun. Enter a cool new coloring kit that all three of my kids can use at once, doesn’t take up more room than my wallet and stays neat and easy to reach when the doctor’s office is running 45 minutes behind. {keep reading...

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7 rock n’ roll baby picks to keep the party going

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, Up All Night, the new NBC show starring some of the coolest and funniest parents on TV like Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, and Maya Rudolph. When I was pregnant with my first daughter almost 8 years ago, I remember being completely underwhelmed by the sea of cutesy animal patterns and pastel baby decor, neither of which were anywhere near my personal style. But these days, you don’t have to sacrifice your taste because you had a baby. Here’s some of the coolest rock n’ roll baby gear around, that will...

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Back to school shopping – the coolest kids backpacks and bags

We’re pretty sure that back to school is synonymous with a brand new backpack and not one that’s ragged and torn from last year’s heavy load of school books and homework. Here are a bunch of our favorite book bags that are not only cool, but will stand out in the sea of licensed character packs on the hooks and in the cubbies. Madpax Available in four sizes and eight colors, we’re pretty sure these super cool Madpax (at top) won’t ever end up in the lost and found. ($28 and up at Madpax) Diaper Dude We love the...

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Cute kids’ bookends at a price that makes them even cuter

The more books my kids own, the more bookends they need to keep them from falling (on me) every time I straighten up the shelves. But do you know how expensive kids bookends can be? It’s actually kind of surprising. We’re talking $100 and up–for one! Well yay for skip*hop for creating some adorable ones that are actually affordable. The skip*hop zoo bookends are soft, sweet, and weighted, making them functional as a bookend but cute as decor on its own. They’re not so heavy that they can keep a set of encyclopedias upright, but for your basic board...

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Back to school shopping – the coolest lunchboxes and lunch bags.

It’s a tradition for so many families – the school year starts off with a clean new lunch box, full of promise (and not so full of last year’s peanut butter crud). Here are a few that we love because they’re not only adorable, they’re built to last. Pink Robot Lunch Box Our readers have begged us for pink robot items; leave it to Beatrix NY (at top) to have that very thing covered. ($34 at Beatrix NY) Laptop Lunch Bento System For older kids, a bento system is so practical, especially in this season’s hot purple. ($25 and up...

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First birthday gift ideas? Reader Q&A

It’s time for first birthdays! I have two parties coming up; one boy and one girl. Then my own baby girl will celebrate her first this fall. So what are some gift recommendations for this new stage of development? -Elaine Yay for first birthdays! Time for walking, talking, eating and basically getting into everything with even more vigor than a ten-month old.  Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for that very special milestone. –Christina Books are my #1 favorite gift for kids of any age, though I think they look especially adorable stacked up in P’Kolino’s Book...

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Suddenlee – your own personal shopper. And it’s gooooood.

I love shopping online. Real brick and mortar stores can’t compete with the ease and convenience of e-commerce. The only real drags are the cost of shipping, especially when you’re shopping from a dozen different online retailers, and the waiting for your stuff to arrive. Thanks to the geniuses behind the new shopping site, Suddenlee, multiple shipping fees and the 7-10 day delivery becomes obsolete. And I am rejoicing. [don’t miss a huge gift card giveaway after the jump!] Suddenlee lets you shop from over 300 retailers for both you and your kids, including CMP faves like Giggle, J...

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5 picks you might have missed

Whether they’re dog tired after their first week of school or howling like baboons, chances are your house has a lot in common with a zoo this week. Here are five picks you might have missed while tending to your herd. 1. This board game based on the Awkward Family Photos website will have you laughing like a bunch of hyenas. 2. Forget a better mouse trap. We’ve found a better sleep sack. 3. A portable restaurant high chair based on a lobster? We’ll belly up to the table for that! 4. Put this pretty peacock box on your shelf...

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21 Drops help you smell your way back to happiness

I am a total believer in aromatherapy. I know I sleep better with lavender in the room, and a little peppermint in a pedicure bath just makes me feel like walking again. Eventually. So when I spotted this funky new line of aromatherapy drops in a chic NY department store, you can imagine my nose was in every tester bottle. 21 Drops is now happily available online from our friends at 3floz — the folks who also sell the Cool Mom Picks curated New Mom Pampering Kit. 21 drops scents are made from very high quality botanicals, with a...

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Maternity and nursing lingerie you can live in

Having just had a baby three months ago, I know oh so well the need to be comfy during pregnancy–especially when you sleep. Forget about getting up to pee every 20 minutes, there’s also the issue of sleeping on your back or your side (I’m a tummy sleeper) and let’s not forget the muscle aches. So when I slipped into the ridiculously comfy–and yet stylish–maternity lingerie from Belabumbum, I yawned with excitement. I packed a set of Belabumbum’s lounge pants and a nursing camisole with me for my hospital stay and lived in the pants the entire time. I...

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I am loving Motherlove

Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. Cracked nipples? Not so beautiful, and painful to boot. The problem with a lot of the nipple creams on the market is their super chemically feel. Since your little one will be ingesting said ointment when she suckles, is it too much to ask that it be as pure as they come? Enter Motherlove. You can pronounce every ingredient and each one is organic. Every single one. A dab of this wunder cream will bring much needed relief to the not so fabulous side of breastfeeding. It feels light and super soothing to the...

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Yippee kai yo kai cupcake

Whether you’ve got a tiny horse fanatic, a country themed shindig, or just some really unruly cake pops that need to be rounded up like little dogeys, we’ve found the perfect cupcake wrappers for you. Bonus: Hello, ponies! I’ve got a case of the blahs regarding the store-bought party decor available right now. And I love horses. No wonder I totally dig these printable horse cupcake wrappers from Spaceships and Laser Beams on Etsy– you know, the folks who brought us those adorable bacteria cupcake wrappers on Valentine’s Day? When you buy the wrappers. you’ll receive an Adobe PDF...

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Not your average baby bib

When you enter the solid food stage of babyhood, you see how messy a tiny baby can really be. Newborn spit-up has nothing on mashed bananas and avocado, right? The Moxie Bib is one of those why-didn’t-I-think-of-that mom inventions that I don’t know how I lived without. A super-soft terrycloth bib –with sleeves– that velcros around baby’s neck. That’s it. There’s even a short-sleeved version for summer, though if your kid’s messy enough, a long-sleeved one ought to work for you year-round. The sleeves have cuffs to keep the food out and the soft neckline offers complete coverage so...

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Cool Mom Picks voted top Pregnancy Mom Blog on Babble.com!

How lovely to discover that Cool Mom Picks was voted the #10 best pregnancy blog on Babble.com. Let’s just say we’re blushing! We’re thrilled to be included in Babble’s Top 50 Pregnancy Mom Blogs list with some of our own faves, like Ohdeedoh, Postpartum Progress, and DaddyTypes, even though we’re pretty sure Greg is not a mom. (Though he’s definitely one cool dad). And before you think we’re paying off Babble.com with homemade cookies, just wait for their next list – “Super Ninja Baking Mom Blogs.” We’re pretty sure you won’t see us anywhere on that one. Thanks so much,...

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“Mominate” a do-gooding mama to win $5,000 for her favorite charity

Moms are a busy lot. And when we’re not tending to scrapes, taking kids to library story hour, and finding random tater tots on our person, some of us are doing stuff like– oh, changing the world through charitable initiatives and smart business ideas. You know. No big whoop. Actually, it’s a huge whoop. That’s why Babble is now taking “mominations” to find mothers who are working to make a difference in their communities and around the globe in all kinds of ways. Like Jennifer Ramo, who secured federal funding for before-school breakfast programs for students without enough food to...

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