Month: September 2011

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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