Month: September 2011

Fighting breast cancer with a new color: blue

There’s a lot of pink out there in October, and that’s a great thing. We applaud any effort to fight breast cancer by spreading awareness or raising donations for research and support. Still, if pink’s not your color, we’d like to introduce you to a breast cancer initiative from Lee Jeans that’s really intrigued us because it’s not about what you buy. It’s about what you give. Lee’s National Denim Day has raised over 83 million dollars since its inception in 1996. That’s some number. We’re as skeptical as anyone about pinkwashing, but this isn’t about buying jeans which...

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A baby book for the modern mom

More than 10 years ago, author/illustrator Sara Midda first published a lovely baby book as an alternative to those structured, rigid baby books with all those intimidating lines. (You know the ones.) Only for some reason, I just discovered it. Good thing, because today it’s just as relevant as ever.  Simply titled Baby Book, the first thing you’ll notice is the loose, fun watercolor illustrations that remind me a bit of the wonderful R.O. Blechman. Next you’ll be struck by some subtly cheeky prompts that put you at ease right away. Like, “don’t worry if you don’t hand-calligraph every...

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Take me to your cupcake

While the fancy cupcake trend has now hit just about every town in America, you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a good cupcake or even one that your kids will consider cool. Whether you’re going store-bought or baking at home, I think you’ll love this low-effort solution for hip, delicious, outside of the box party cakes guaranteed to have everyone doing the happy dance. Hello Hanna, the super groovy online kids party shop, now has a series of fun and edible icing cupcake toppers cleverly called Ticings. While they feature a variety of designs like princesses,...

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Britax makes that car seat to stroller dance so much easier

I think having a baby would be so much easier if the getting from point A to point B wasn’t such a pain the butt. In my family, we’ve tried pretty much all of the travel systems that are supposed to make life simpler; let’s just say that most of those stroller/car seat combos never really live up to their promises and often make things even more difficult. But then I discovered the new ultra-lightweight, ridiculously easy travel system from Britax, I actually started leaving my 10 block radius with baby in tow. The Britax B-AGILE Stroller manages to...

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Web Coolness – Halloween crafts, free printables, and a killer giveaway

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We’re honored to see our sister site, Cool Mom Tech, nominated as Best Mom Tech Blog in Parents Magazine’s Best Blog Awards! Feel free to vote for us. We wouldn’t complain. An easy Halloween craft that doesn’t require a trip to the craft store or our kids inhaling 25 pounds of sugar (photo at left, from Multiple and More) Don’t miss your chance to win a $1,000 basket of beauty goodies from Cool Mom Picks, ecomom and PureWow–no strings attached! Support one...

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All hail the ponytail

Whether I’m ready or not, it’s officially fall, and the hats and scarves are starting to fill the stores, as I needed another reminder that cold weather is on its way. If you’re starting to track down fall accessories for your daughters, there’s a new label making hats for girls and women with a twist. Or really, with a ponytail. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump] At Fit to Flick, you’ll find really adorable knit hats that look not too different from similar hats I’ve seen. With one big exception: they actually have a hidden slit in...

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75 ways to eat pancakes

I love pancakes. They are soft, sweet, and super fun. Oh, and my kids love them too. So I love that Jim Belosic has captured pancake pride so beautifully with a new book, all about pancakes, that could turn you into the favorite parent on the block. The book OMG Pancakes: 75 Cool Creations Your Kids Will Love to Eat is based on a site that we are big fans of, jimspancakes.com. For those of you not familiar, Jim got into creative pancake production as a way to gain some “cool cred” with his own daughter, Allie.  Allie thinks...

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Eco + Beauty + Free = Hello!

Good news mama! We are so excited to get to offer one of you a huge prize pack of amazing eco-friendly beauty, skincare, and haircare products, thanks to our exciting collaboration with PureWow and ecomom. We’re so pleased to be partnering with PureWow, a free daily lifestyle email for women that will keep you in the know about culture, fashion, beauty and more, and ecomom, a fantastic e-commerce site that’s a one-stop shop for safe products for kids and parents. Together, we’re offering one lucky winner $1000 worth of goodies (we know!) from CMP fave eco-brands like Pangea Organics,...

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In Vest

The cutest little girl in my daughter’s class always wears this fuzzy vest to school, and I’m trying to use it to convince my daughter to ditch her own awful one that a relative gave her years ago and upgrade to a new one. (Those fuchsia hearts kinda kill me.) I am loving the look of this puffer vest from AE 77 Kids, with a removable faux fur hood. It’s lined, so it’s great for those early fall days on its own, or under a heavier coat when things get arctic around here. Also? No pink, and no hearts....

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Building a better sippy cup

I don’t remember having trouble learning how to use a straw but, then again, I’m about four decades past that stage in life. It was my kids who made me realize that “straw use” was going to be another one of those odd little skills I was going to have to teach them, along with using a napkin instead of their shirt. For those of you just entering this stage of development, check out this neat cup which helps make the transition from sippy cup to straw-in-cup even easier. The new Lollacup infant/toddler cup features a flexible weighted straw...

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A tooth fairy box worthy of those special little teeth

On the nights I play “tooth fairy,” the last thing I want to do is wake a child while I shove my arm under their pillow in a not-so-subtle search for a tiny tooth. So I love that one of our favorite beautiful-keepsake makers, Tree by Kerri Lee, has done it again by creating such a special and convenient way to store their little tooth until this fairy can get in to replace it with a little ka-ching. The Turtle Tooth Fairy Box by Tree by Kerri Lee is a cute way to keep a lost tooth handy for...

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3 ways to give back to schools

Now that the kids are fully back in school, that means unfortunately, there are a lot of teachers out there thinking about all the out-of-pocket money they’re going to have to start spending on their classrooms. Which, if you ask me, is just plain wrong. But we’ve found a couple of neat options for families who–in the midst of all that back-to-school shopping–want to help provide schools, teachers and students across the country with support, supplies and funding. DonorsChoose.org This is the original citizen philanthropy website, connecting donors to individual teachers who need specific supplies. Some requests are as...

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Not ready for your kids to listen to Katy Perry? Try The Jimmies’ Practically Ridiculous.

One day the kids are happily singing along to Yo Gabba Gabba; the next, they’ve somehow learned lyrics to a Katy Perry song that makes me blush. Ugh, they cross that bridge so fast. I suggest you slow your older kids down a bit with The Jimmies, whose sound off their latest release has grown up a bit from their much-heralded 2009 CD, Make Your Own Someday. But, no worries, even while the tunes are MTV-ready, their lyrics are still as awesome, clever, and goofy as always–and you won’t have to worry about one single double entendre. {don’t miss...

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Embrace pregnancy one pretty page at a time

When I was assigned to check out a pregnancy journal for Cool Mom Picks, I jokingly responded that I’d do it as long as I didn’t have to get pregnant. Well, here I am (no, not pregnant!) flipping through Embrace: A Pregnancy Journal and suddenly I’m kind of longing to be. It’s just that the book, filled with Nikki McClure’s gorgeous paper cut illustrations and beautifully simple writing and drawing suggestions, is so darned romantic, it’s hard not to get caught up in the dreaminess of it all. With sweet and unique directions to draw or write about everything...

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How to wear color when you’re not inclined to wear color

My signature look is pretty consistent–jeans and a top that’s either black, white or grey. But when it comes to the accessories department, I’m up for any bold, crazy colors you throw my way, which is a lot of what we’re seeing for fall. In my opinion, jewelry is really the place to make a statement. That’s why I’m loving all the bright colored pendants on Urban Dencity. [don’t miss an amaaaaazing exclusive offer after the jump!] I recently discovered the gorgeous handmade trinkets on Urban Dencity even though the CMP editors have loved them for years. Each piece...

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Tattly temporary tattoos – Now for kids!

When I came home from this year’s Blogher conference with a Tattly temporary tattoo on my arm and a few extras in my bag, my kids went bananas. Well now instead of walking around with a tattoo meant for a hipster adult crowd, they can wear their own cool Tattly designs just for kids. We already featured the super cool Tattly adult temporary tattoos, the brain-child of designer Tina Roth Eisenberg, but she just launched more kid-focused designs that we’re coveting even more. The octopus (pictured) is adorable, but I’m partial to the slinky, which inspired my oldest to...

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Mobiles go neon

If you’ve been anywhere near a fashion magazine, you’ll know that bright colors are in for fall. We’re seeing it everywhere, from clothing to accessories to school supplies. And now, one more very welcome place: kids nursery decor. If pastels were never your thing, you’ll love the new handmade paper mobiles from the talented Heather at CMP fave, Frazier + Wing. The bright, neon colors. I love designs like “Lucy” and “Alexander” (shown) which artfully string together a yarn pom pom amongst thick die-cut paper shapes in colors that will match any kid’s room decor. Hooray for color! –Liz...

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McSweeney’s is turning little book lovers into book writers too

After our local Border’s bookstore closed, I became a bit “woe is me” about the future of books. I’m one of those people who just can’t imagine sitting down my kids for a bedtime story with my iPad in my lap. So, I’m rejoicing over this excellent “read it and then create your own” book bundle from Dave Egger’s own McSweeney’s Books, which is doing its part to keep the genre vibrant, exciting and, most importantly to me, paper. The McMullens Bundle includes three beautifully illustrated hardcover picture books, as well as The Author-Illustrator Starter Kit of blank books....

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5 picks you might have missed

This has been some week at Cool Mom Picks! If you’ve missed even a day, you’re missing some of the best picks of the whole year so far, and not just the week. But don’t worry–we’ll catch you up right here. 1. Not all princesses need saving, which is why plenty of princesses will love this quartet of gorgeous, girl-power prints for their wall. 2. Who’s your main squeeze? This cool fruit puree dispenser that our readers are loving. 3. Celebrate your kids’ super powers and help them leap tall couches in a single bound with these affordable custom...

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Cookies just for grown-ups

My Foodzie tasting box arrived this month, as always, but this one was mayyyybe the best one ever. Thanks in part to some of the best cookies I’ve ever devoured. Salted Rosemary Shortbread may not sound like three words that go together, but oh lord, do they ever. This sweet, sophisticated concoction from Lark Fine Foods is so subtle and addictive, it would be a shame to waste them on kids. Not that they didn’t beg for a bite too. I wouldn’t even bother with the single pack of 12 cookies. Just go for the savings on the three-pack....

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