Month: January 2012

Big Miracle Review – and a little of the celebrity gossip you’re hoping for

Like me, you may have seen the Big Miracle ads on TV and thought–hmm, that could be kinda cheesy. So I was frankly a little surprised to find myself at a preview screening, laughing out loud, wiping tears (shhh) and thinking, wow, my kids are going to love this. The film is based, with surprisingly little dramatic deviation, on the true 1988 story of a family of three grey whales trapped under the ice in frigid, sleepy Barrow, Alaska, and how an unlikely crew of ratings-hungry journalists, Inuit whalers, oil moguls, Greenpeace and even the government converge on the...

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Homemade baby food just got about as easy as it gets

Homemade baby food is one of those things that a lot of parents consider–but the thought can be daunting. Regardless, there comes a time in every baby’s life when it’s clear that it’s time to introduce solids and you’ll have to make the decision. Maybe they’re reaching for everything you eat. Maybe they’ve just cut four teeth all at once. (In which case, our sympathies!) Or maybe you’re simply ready for that classic food-smeared-smile photo to post on Facebook. Whatever the case may be, we’ve got an amazing new baby food system that’s perfect for you. Sage Spoonfuls is...

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Here’s to us, framed.

While we may not be the kind of family to have our last name on a welcome mat outside our front door, it doesn’t mean we aren’t super proud of our clan. So, when my anniversary came around this past year I thought, sure, a traditional romantic tribute for my husband would be nice, but in the end I went another direction entirely. I decided to pay tribute to us, our lives, choices and our creations together with a custom family print. I have seen a few different artists doing this now but I really love the simple and...

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Cool branch and robot hanging thingies. (Not actual name, but works for me)

This weekend at the NY International Gift Show, there was so much exciting new design that I can’t wait to share with you all! But one of the first new items that caught my eye was from Hangups and Baggage, a mom-run operation that’s giving boring old coatracks a run for their money. The powder-coated steel ROBOT hangup mounts to the wall, and gives your kids a fun place to hang jackets, jewelry, hats and backpacks. More fun than any hooks I’ve ever seen. Nice touch: It’s magnetic, so you can move that little bow from the neck to...

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The stroller bag for baby hipsters

Not every baby wants to jet about town covered in a glorified sleeping bag. Some may feel the need to be a little more stylish than that. For those baby hipsters, we’ve got just the solution for chilly days. Behold the Smally Hoodmuff. I love this thing. Not only is it certifiably adorable–I mean come on, it looks like a comfy hoodie sweatshirt–it’s also ridiculously easy to use. We’ve had no trouble attaching it to our stroller seat and zipping baby in. And though it’s obviously not intended for frigid  winter days, I like it as an extra layer...

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Ever wanted to make your own stamps? Me too.

Ink stamps give everyday notes just the right amount of pop. I’ve always been interested in making my own designs but until this ridiculously cool product was created, that seemed just way too complicated. Yellow Owl Workshop puts all of the pieces in The Print Workshop Carve a Stamp Kit, which is just too cool. A linoleum cutter with six blades is perfect for carving owls, elephants, and so many more. There’s even a handy book included to give you great ideas and templates to get you started.  Keep in mind that this is not a kids’ toy–while there...

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Subscribing to Cool Mom Picks is a walk in the park

Our subscriber-only giveaway this month will land one lucky Cool Mom Picks subscriber with this gorgeous, award-winning City Mini stroller, courtesy of Baby Jogger. But even if you don’t win you win–with our editors’ picks, celebrity trends, and special steals and deals that you won’t see on our site, all delivered right to your inbox. And all you have to do is subscribe here and look for the giveaway details in our February 1 newsletter. Good...

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Vintage suitcases that need never travel again

I have always had a major love for vintage bags and suitcases, and am so lucky to have some inherited from grandparents and great aunts. A few are in use (so great for gloves and scarves!) but none quite like this totally awesome DIY nightstand. When I saw this vintage suitcases nightstand project at Cupcakes + Cashmere I thought, WANT. (Really. Just one word. It was kind of primal.) It’s as simple as stacking several suitcases and placing a beveled mirror on top. You might want to stuff the suitcases with old blankets or tees though–I’ve found that some...

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Adorable printable chore charts. Whining not included.

I’ve used, and subsequently retired, countless chore chart systems for my family, mostly because they end up being just a bit too involved for my busy life. But these simple, printable charts might just be exactly what I’ve been looking for. I figure if mom of four Gennifer Bursett designed these printable chore charts, then they’re worth giving a try with my own foursome. What I love about these in particular, aside from the direct DO YOUR CHORES reminder (which I find myself saying all too often), is that they’re a blank slate, allowing you to add or remove different chores whenever you...

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A stitch in time makes a great Valentine’s Day gift

My husband and I do Valentine’s Day Lite, meaning that we will not be forking out $200 for a fancy meal, or buying each other expensive jewelry or electronics as a sign of our devotion.  But that doesn’t mean I am totally comfortable with handing him a greeting-store card and calling it a day. Which is why I love this little token of my affection that is personalized, handmade, and won’t break the bank. Cozy Blue’s “I Love Us” cross-stitch pattern reminds me of initials carved in a tree, but this version is a lot easier to hang on...

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The Bugaboo Cameleon goes purple for 2012

My favorite color is purple, which not an easy shade to find on a stroller–until now. The coveted Bugaboo Cameleon just added a gorgeous new shade of deep purple to its family and we’re digging it. But if you do too, you have to hurry! Obviously a Bugaboo Cameleon is a fantastic stroller choice, regardless of the color, but the gorgeous new deep purple hue ads a modern style statement, if red and navy aren’t your style. Unfortunately, it’s available only for a limited time–and only at Buy Buy Baby. But the Chameleon stroller itself will last you a...

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Penguin Love

2012 may be the year of the dragon, but the penguin still needs some attention. And  just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re found one of the cutest ever ways for a baby to wear his love for penguins–or his love for love–on his chest. [don’t miss a limited time discount after the jump] I love the simplicity, the attention to detail, and the yummy organic cotton of this Penguin Love shirt. Plus, it is available as a onesie for even the tiniest lover. It’s all of the fun of a black tie affair without the fuss. -Eva Penguin...

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Hit me with your best 80s tee

When my kids were little, I was constantly on the lookout for cool kids tees–something a little different.If you’ve got a thing for rock-inspired tees for your toddler, I’ve got the answer: Little Trendstar. The shirts are clever without being snarky, sweet without being saccharine, and the colors and graphics are fantastic. And as an extra bonus, Little Trendstar’s line is loaded with 80’s references, and who’s not a sucker for those? The Benatar tee (at right) is a perfect combination of punk and princess, without being too much of either. I also really like the Beat Goes On...

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All in favor of gorgeous diaper bags, say Oi.

I can’t say that I mourn the fact that my diaper bag carrying days are over. But really, it’s the diapers I’m glad to be over with, not the bags. Especially when they’re as awesome as this one. When I got a first glimpse of this OiOi hobo sack in silver, the word oooohhhhh may have escaped my lips. Last season I loved their jungle leather slouch bag, but now I’m liking this one to get me through the dreary days of winter, into spring, and possibly summer. Silver is pretty awesome with white, after all. It’s made so...

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Web Coolness – Special Valentines, getting organized, and hugs from the internet

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We’re digging these Valentine’s garden recipes, like these colorful plantable paper hearts. Had it with hearts already? Kristen has rounded up some pretty arrow jewelry that we’d love to get from a special someone. Take charge of the clutter with these 20 smart and easy ideas for getting organized. Oooo, Hobbits! A sneak peak at the new LEGO Lord of the Rings minifigs. Let your kids play movie critic by voting on their own favorite films of 2011 at Kids Pick Flicks. ...

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Pillow fight!

There’s something I need to get off my chest with Valentine’s Day nearly upon us. As much as I cherish my spouse, sometimes this girl needs her space. In bed. I know you know what I’m talking about. Well CMP fave Twisted Twee clearly gets my frustration, and delivers in a major way. I like think of these Your Side, My Side pillowcases as pillowcases with a purpose.  In short: payback for the bed hoggers of the world. And a great V-day gift for couples with a sense of humor. I can’t wait to throw these on the bed to...

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The cutest new spring arrival for boys at Red 21 Boys. (Visualize spring!)

If you’ve noticed, the days are just starting to get a teeeny bit longer which means before we know it, the warmer days will be here too. (Yay!) Since our readers are devoted fans of the super affordable, cute basics at Red 21 Boys –and so are we!–we couldn’t be more thrilled to get the first look at their brand new spring collection, and to welcome them back as a Cool Mom Picks sponsor. Here are just a few of their newest pieces that we’re loving, so our sons are ready to go when  February break hits, and the...

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Rubber stamp out boring Valentine’s cards

My four year-old can spend an entire afternoon playing with rubber stamps. And I must admit, I never thought of using them much myself until watching her and seeing some of the results. (She’s good!) So when I came across Mollie Flatley’s Etsy shop packed with the lovely handmade rubber stamps, I was lured right in. I especially love this triple rose rubber stamp from Norajane, which would be a perfect way to decorate Valentine’s cards in a few weeks, but would still be great for weddings, birthday cards, and anniversaries all year round. There’s a heart doily stamp...

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Adorable, eco-friendly baby clothes and gifts, 50%-80% off until they’re gone (sniffle)

It’s bittersweet when we see a mom-owned boutique that we love, close up shop. What Every Baby Needs, say it ain’t so! But if there’s an upside, it’s the amazing discounts. You can now score 50% off everything on the site and up to 80% off sale and clearance items. Serious steals here, mamas. We’ve always adored the huge selection of cute baby boy shirts and toddler boy shirts shirts (so hard to find!) at the shop not to mention the great selection of girls clothes, baby slings, baby toys (like these awesome crochet rattles from Anne Clare-Petit) and...

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