Month: August 2011

Party with Laurie Berkner

My kids and I fell for Laurie Berkner years ago while watching her appearances on Nickelodeon’s Jack’s Big Music Show. Her sweetness and likability, paired with her pretty voice and super-fun songs, translated so well to the screen, she made me feel a little less silly bopping along to Victor Vito because, hey, she was doing it too. It’s that kind of contagious enthusiasm that is all over her latest DVD release. In fact, it is so much fun, it’s a party.  {keep reading for a chance to win your own copy!} The Laurie Berkner Band’s new DVD release, Party Day!, features...

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Web Coolness – handmade help, lunchbox love and family fun in Philly

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Yummy chocolate shells will make any summer treat taste even better. (via Bakerella) Send them to school with a little love in their lunchbox with these sweet notes. Have a handmade business? Here are 60 great places to promote it (one of them may look familiar!) Happy 3rd Birthday to Inhabitots! Check out their great “green” birthday coverage. Do you have a small, cool outdoor space? It could win in the re-nest photo contest. Or, just check out the entries and be...

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Back to school shopping – the coolest kids wear from Tea Collection

This post, and the awesome giveaway, is brought to you by our amazing sponsor Tea Collection! When Tea Collection asked us to share our favorite clothing of their fall collection with you were were like uh…is there a maximum number we can do? For years we’ve been avid fans of the beautiful design, sturdy construction, and timeless styling of their cotton wear for kids. In fact, our own kids live in it.   Each year, their collection is inspired by a different culture or region of the world. We loved last spring’s nod to Spain, and this year’s wearable...

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Peacock Sighting!

There was quite a bit of peacock hype this past week in NYC with the escaped one from Central Park Zoo, and I am fully expecting a summer trend of feather flaunting as a result. If so, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for this new storage box from the masters of cute storage and a CMP regular, 3 Sprouts. I have personally been eyeing this company’s useful and quirky items for a while now and as I happen to be currently transforming our dining room into a playroom (because that what New Yorkers have to do), it might...

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A modern way to welcome baby

A lot of birth announcements seem to be designed with the premise that more is more–more typefaces, more photos, more duckies and bunnies crawling up the borders. Not so with the Hello Lucky! collection of modern cards. This modern birth announcement spotted at one of my favorite card shops, pops right off the page (and your refrigerator door) with a color appropriately called lucky red. For those of you kind of meh on pink and blue, I think it’s a neat way to welcome your newest Most Important Person into the world. If you are into pink and blue though? It comes...

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Back to school shopping – better lunchbox snacks

Welcome to our second installment of our back to school shopping guide, featuring 8 better lunchbox snacks for your kids. If you’re like us, lunch packing can be a chore. To say nothing of the trips to the super market aisle in which the kids beg for any single-serving pack made with artificial goo and stamped with a cartoon character on the bag. While we love packing fresh fruit, if you’re looking for more of a treat, these 8 snacks are definitely on the healthier side.  Peeled Organic Fruit Snacks The next best thing to fruit–gently dried fruit, nothing...

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Pop art for tots

If you know kidrobot, then you know its team of artists create masterpieces of culture. Lots of words have been used to describe the appeal, and I love all of them: quirky, pop-art, Warholesque, cartoonish, comical….the list goes on. There are even a few of their toys on display at MOCA in NY. Well, now it’s your child’s turn. My kids dig Dunny, kidrobot’s creature (monster? robot? animal?) that absolutely takes on a life of its own once the artist gets her hands on it. Now there’s also Munny, Dunny’s friend with smaller ears. With some markers and a...

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Isabella Oliver’s fall collection makes pregnancy clothes actually covetable

There are very few things that would make me miss being pregnant. But the gorgeous fall collection from genius fashion designer Isabella Oliver actually has me wishing I could wear maternity clothes again. I ogled the uber-chic maternity pieces from Isabella Oliver all through my last pregnancy, but never actually pulled the trigger. The thing about maternity clothes is, since their lifespan is so short, I felt guilty about shelling out money on anything maternity-specific. But then I hit the point in my pregnancy where there was nothing to cover my enormous bulge except for real pregnancy clothes. And...

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Back to School Shopping – Parents’ lifesavers

We’re so excited to introduce our much anticipated 2011 Back to School Shopping Guide! Every few days, check back for more categories, more great picks, and of course, discount codes for all the coolest back to school goodies. Today’s category, Parents’ Lifesavers, is brought to you by our amazing sponsor Mabel’s Labels, who happens to be one of our longtime favorite sanity savers. Their adorable personalized labels, like this Ultimate Back to School Combo pack have made September way easier for us and our kids (and thousands of moms and their kids) more than a few years in a...

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Restaurant high chairs without the ew factor

Surely I’m not the only one who’s often grossed-out by restaurant high chairs? They’re handy, yes, but they’re usually filled with the remains of some other kid’s meal. This is just why the new Phil & Ted’s Lobster seat comes in very handy for restaurant-goers. This portable high chair is a brilliant, fold-flat seat that attaches to most tables with its “claws” (get it?). You just unfold it, screw both sides tight and you’re good to go. It’s easy enough to do with one hand – trust me, I’ve had to. The buckle is a breeze to use and...

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Now I know my Q O Z’s…

If had to do one thing over with our nursery, it would be buying more items that look good after your kid hits two. As cute as those bunny rabbit rugs are under a crib–not so much with a kindergartener. I think the letterpress rug at CB2 is so cool for a kid’s room, especially if you’re not doing the pale pink/pale blue/gingham thing. Liora Manne’s letters are awesomely random, making it more fun than a regular old alphabet rug. And the muted colors could really anchor some pops of orange or yellow that you’re already using. Just don’t...

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Building a better sleep sack

It must be hard to come up with new twists on old baby gear, like sleep sacks, but it seems there’s always a smart mom out there ready to devise a brilliant improvement. And if there is, we’re going to find her. Or in the case of the Gunapod wearable blanket, three moms. This soft and cozy fleece baby sleep sack –which is available in three sizes ranging from 3 to 24 months– isn’t just another adorable wearable blanket. That’s because the mama creators behind the blanket know a thing or two about middle-of-the-night diaper changes and sleeping-baby-transfers. Their experience is our gain....

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Get pinned

The new jewelry designs from CMP fave Polli just went live this week and uh, hang onto your credit cards, mamas. The laser-etched, lightweight metal jewelry is back with some lovely choices–check out the way cool Captain Cook pendant, part of a collection from Melbourne cut paper artist Emma van Leest; and the woven doily necklace that beautifully combines ribbon with annodized steel for a modern, romantic effect. If Queen Victoria were around today, she’d be so into this. But what’s really catching my eye is the new collection of colorful wooden brooches inspired by things like colorful vintage...

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Awkward Family Photos – The board game that made me laugh until I cried

Aside from that time I won Scrabble by placing VULVA on a triple word score, I don’t generally get excited over board games. But the other night, I laughed until I was wiping tears off on my husband’s t-shirt, all because of the Awkward Family Photos Board Game. If you like Awkward Family Photos the website, you’re going to love the game. When I showed up at a friend’s house with the Awkward Family Photos board game tucked under my arm, I had some of those frozen margarita packets and a big box of cherries in my other hand...

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5 picks you might have missed at Cool Mom Tech

Whether you’re charging up for a busy week ahead or winding down for a good night’s hopefully restful sleep, we’ve got a collection of gadgets and apps to get you where you’re going as smoothly and happily as possible. 1. Double your pleasure, double your USB charging with this super helpful gadget. 2. This fabulous travel app makes every facet of travel easier, from itineraries to flight times to reservations to tracking rewards. Ahhhhh. 3. The old fashioned photo booth goes digital with this hot app, and we’re lining up to make silly faces. 4. Blast off into uninterrupted sleep...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: Hygeia Breast Pump

This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, our contributors are sharing their favorite nursing picks.I’ve never actually needed to pump other than for comfort until my most recent baby. Thank goodness I’ve had the Hygeia Breast Pump to keep me company on various hotel rooms and yes, even airport bathrooms. The rechargeable battery is genius, but the recording feature that lets me bring the sounds of my baby with me really makes this such a smart choice.- Kristen More World Breastfeeding Week Picks: Medela Nursing Cami, BOOB Nursing TopsThe Breastfeeding BuddyBella Materna Nursing BraNursing Halter...

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What’s hot for kids in summer 2012? The stuff on sale during summer 2011.

I’m not quite why I never think to shop Zara for kids. I’ve been shopping there myself for years, but it never crossed my mind to check out their selection for little people until wardrobe stylist (and mom) April Johnson, suggested it to me recently. I figure, hey, she’s dressed Julia Roberts and Ryan Reynolds; she can certainly find something cute for my girls. If you’re not familiar with Zara, they make crazy affordable, decently made clothes with European styling. And fortunately, they go from 0-14 so you moms of bigger kids and tweens are in luck. Especially considering...

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Hello Kitty. In yo face!

When Hello Kitty launched Hello Kitty Beauty a while back, I was thrilled. Sure, I’m a Hello Kitty fan, but I was mainly excited because the collection offered perfect gifting ideas for all the teens in my life, like my makeup-obsessed niece. But now with Hello Kitty’s fall makeup collection, Graffiti, I’m thinking I need to snap up a few pieces for myself, believe it or not. The Hello Kitty Beauty Graffiti collection, sold exclusively at Sephora, gives the world’s most famous cat some major street cred. The line includes an eyeshadow and blush palette, roller-girl perfume and a...

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How to make MYHABIT your habit

I love shopping for clothes. But what I really, really love is shopping for clothes and getting a great deal. That’s why finding out about this private fashion deal site set off my Pavlovian response–just subtract the drool. Oh, who am I kidding; add the drool back in. Especially considering they just launched an entire section for home decor too. MYHABIT is the private fashion deal site by Amazon. Think Gilt or Rue La La, but with at least 60% off designer clothing for men, women, and kids, plus free shipping (always!). The brands are rad, trending toward things...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: Medela Nursing Cami

This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. I was quite surprised at how quickly my daughter and I both took to breast feeding. It turned out my girl had a fierce appetite and suddenly I needed to be at the ready 24/7. The Medela nursing cami made my life unbelievably easier when we got the hang of it and were in the full swing of nursing. With the nifty straps that made me easy access without having to expose my entire body I felt more comfortable and in control. And...

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