Month: January 2012

Student by day; Jedi by night

Labels are a necessary part of school life, but don’t go to the dark side and use marker on masking tape. With these free Star Wars printable tags, you don’t have to. Whether your kid goes to the Jedi Academy or PS 81, these labels will look sharp hanging from a backpack or lunchbox or taped to the tag of a coat. All you have to do is download the PDF from Living Locurto, add your kid’s name in the white box, and print. Tada! Your padawan is ready to go. There are hanging tags, which would be great laminated,...

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A blue letter J makes it a red letter day

O, G. Can it B? Y, yes, I can C that a rainbow of letters is waiting for U. Seriously, though. Aren’t these recycled felt letter pillows too adorable for words? The Personalized Letter Pillows from MableDear on Etsy are big, snuggly, and sewn of felt made from recycled plastic bottles. Each letter is handmade of bright felt on cream with a cute, letter-appropriate shape on back. J is for Jellyfish, A is for Apple, and E is for Elephant. And we think that’s totally C-U-T-E. If you want, have them customized for a few bucks more in peacock...

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Protect free speech – say no to SOPA and PIPA

In solidarity with the many websites protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA)–those sites we rely on every day for news, entertainment, information, and community–Cool Mom Picks will not be posting today. We are deeply concerned about these well-intended but wildly misguided acts, which will go to a Senate vote in the coming weeks. They would not only threaten free speech, but the Internet as we know it, including user-generated content sites like Etsy, Wikipedia, Vimeo, Twitter, eBay, LinkedIn and Flickr. For more information on the Stop Online Piracy Act, please visit SopaStrike.com, follow #SopaStrike on Twitter, or search the web. The most thorough info about it is on Wikipedia – but they’ll be dark today. Please consider calling your Senators today and letting them know how you feel. -Kristen +...

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Fabulous kids clothes, 60% off. And no, you can’t squeeze into them yourself.

I like me a good sale, especially on kids’ clothes. And there’s something about the words 60% OFF that force me to click, especially when it’s from one of my favorite, durable, stylish kids labels, Polarn O. Pyret. The Polarn O. Pyret fall/winter kids sale has some great options for babies through tweens. The discounts are so steep, if you’re done shopping for the season, buy a size or two up and stock up for next year. These are the kinds of styles that don’t go out of style so quickly, and they’re made to be passed down for...

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Getting the home organized and prettified at once

Why yes I still am in full-fledged January organization mode, thank you so much for asking! I am spending wayyy too much of my free time (when I’m not organizing, of course) searching for beautiful and functional storage solutions. Aren’t these screenprinted linen/cotton zippered pouches from Ontario’s Jenna Rose Handmade just beautiful? I’d love them for makeup, travel, or the piles of business cards that end up all over my office. It’s the details that are so special, like the leather zipper pulls and the “handmade in Canada” stamp on the inside. I also really like the small cotton canvas hamper which would...

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A great twin gift for double the fun

Twin gifts can be among the toughest to find for new babies–that is, if you want something more unique than two matching onesies and hats. That’s why I love this art idea. Barcelona artist Judy Kaufmann is an extremely talented artist that celebrates the beauty and closeness of twins. Her Twins artwork could be a great gift for new parents of multiples.  Her colors are bright, her characters are quirky, and there is just so much to see. It will look great in a nursery, and just as awesome in a teenager’s room.  The artist is so talented, there’s lots to love...

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A super girl doll for your super girl (or boy!)

I am all about empowering girls. Especially when it seems like so many media messages out there do just the opposite. So I’m glad to find some handmade girl power on Etsy. The Super Girl doll is handcrafted goodness to the tune of braided hair, yellow goggles and black boots that spell smart and savvy. She’s one rag doll that’s business, with a bit of spunk, and I love it. Also, check out the hipster rag doll while you’re there. Because guys with ironic glasses need love too. –Eva Super Girl is available at the Miscellany Shoppe on...

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Golden Globes fashion trend – diamond studs. Big ones.

Whatever we thought of the red carpet fashion at the Golden Globes last night–to say nothing of some of those skinny, skinny arms (eat something, will you people?) it was so much fun to watch. I couldn’t get enough of Michelle Williams, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, and Claire Danes. And the one thing they all had in common: simple diamond studs in their ears. Okay, BIG simple diamond studs. I’m already laughing at the “Steal This Look!” emails that are filling up my inbox this morning, post-awards show. But it is kind of cool to know that there’s one...

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One cool way for kids to learn more about Martin Luther King’s Dream today

If my kids ask me to tell them about Martin Luther King Jr’s accomplishments, I’m scared I’ll ramble on for so long, my kids’ eyes will glaze over. Hey, he did a lot. Thankfully, smart-website Brain Pop and its little sister Brain Pop Jr have each put together concise, age-appropriate, and—most importantly—not boring videos about Dr. King’s life so that my kids can learn more about him on this day marking his birthday. Brain Pop Jr’s Martin Luther King, Jr video, starring Annie and her curious robot Moby, is written for younger grade school students, though precocious preschoolers could follow...

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Baby mats go eco-chic

One of my favorite pre-bedtime rituals with my son is massaging his little feet before I put him in his PJs. He immediately relaxes and gives me the biggest smile. I usually do this routine on his changing table, which is never that easy because he squirms way too close to the edge for my taste. Thanks to a new beautiful, yummy-soft massage mat, I have a new, non-scary spot to give my little guy a rub down. The luxurious Quilted Massage Mat from the moms at Honeydumplings (the creators of those awesome buckwheat pillows) is one of those...

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5 picks you might have missed this week

From snuggly owls to cozy baby beds, here are some picks you might have missed on Cool Mom Picks that will warm you inside and out. 1. Winter’s getting cold. If your lips or baby’s bottom is getting chapped, you’ll go all quivery for this non-petroleum jelly we tried and loved. 2. Carrying a baby can be hot, even in the winter. This new baby carrier takes that into account with the utmost comfort for you and your portable, snuggly heater. 3. Nothing warms our heart more than finding a new girls’ clothing line that’s devoid of jewels and...

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To infinity and beyond!

I’m completely obsessed with infinity scarves after accidentally purchasing one on sale at the Gap (don’t ask) and I can’t stop wearing it. The tail-less scarf is soooo comfy and warm, and my favorite part: no annoying tassles for my toddler to pull. Since then, I’ve been combing Etsy to find another, and that’s how I landed upon Louise Dungate’s beautiful handmade scarves. I ended up purchasing her chunky infinity scarf or Supersnood, which is exactly what you might imagine it would be — super thick and super long, which means you can wear it a myriad ways. Made...

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Toys for the grown up folk

I have a serious addiction. I love art toys. The first thing everyone always tells me is “adult toys, really?” No, no, friends. Art! I dig the whimsical designs, the variety, and the limited editions. My kids dig ’em too, so it’s win, win. Up until now, the options for creating your own art toys were quite limited. This new design company, MAQET, takes the fun to an entirely new dimension and it’s beyond awesome. Here’s the deal. You choose a model ranging from a catgirl to a ninja, and then you go wild. The computer program is super...

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Cute kicks for a cause

It’s rare enough to see a good sale on well-made and stylish kids’ shoes from brands like Pediped. But when that sale gives 50% of sales to charity, we’re highly motivated to shop! Take those Jordyn sneakers up there. Regular price? $32. Sale price? $25. Gives to charity? $12.50. That’s a deal you can feel good about. During the Pediped Foundation Sale, you can buy newborn to big kid shoes at a special sale price. And then half of that sale price is given directly to the Pediped Foundation, which has given over $1,500,000 to kids in need since...

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Pink bedding for girls, hold the cavities

I’m a big fan of gender-neutral colors, especially for the nursery. For my boys’ room I mixed in the requisite blue with lime, red and brown, all of which I consider both boy and girl-friendly. When I saw the new ultra-modern pink nursery designs from Olli and Lime, I actually had a change of heart–they are that cool. We are already big fans of the toddler bedding from Olli and Lime, which is best known for its gender-neutral nursery designs, so when they introduced their first “all about pink” collection (our name), we were interested to see how they...

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Cupcakes and Comics, oh my!

I love cupcakes. For me, this is no fad. They represent happiness and goodness and celebrations in every bite. But a talking cupcake? This brings my love to an entirely new level. Expect crazy fun with Sara Varon’s newest graphic novel, Bake Sale. The premise is this: Cupcake is losing his inspiration. Every new recipe he tries just doesn’t work out. When Cupcake’s friend, Eggplant, proposes a trip to Turkey, things really start to happen. I don’t want to spoil the fun, so that’s all I’m going to give you. The illustrations are super detailed and there is so...

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Vintage meets handmade meets gorgeous

I have a soft spot for stitch art and it’s not just because I live in the embroidery capital of the world (yes, there is such a place). As a gal who can’t even sew a button onto a pair of pants, I greatly admire those patient enough to create detailed designs out of those tedious little stitches. Designer Jamie Davis offers a fresh take on the use of embroidery with her line of vintage luggage pieces. Jamie refinishes her finds with sweet yarn stitching and updates the inner lining with retro inspired bold designs. One of my favorites is...

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Owl love you forever

Owls are some seriously cool animals. They have big eyes, they’re nocturnal, and they “whoo.” They’re also the requisite cute kids motif of the decade, which you know if you’re an avid Cool Mom Picks reader. You know what’s cooler than an owl though? An owl with a tie and striped pants. Little DeMaura Designs has carefully crafted this little Owl Rag Doll, who’s made to withstand toddler strength with ease. I’d imagine your little dude or dudette will not be able to put this guy down. After all, artist Gina DeMaura would know–she also makes the toys for...

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Web Coolness – New uses for old cribs, creative art projects and (yawn) the mommy wars. Again.

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. So smart: Repurpose that outgrown crib by turning it into a desk for the kids! From A Little Learning for Two, via Pinterest Superman flying over this animated LEGO TV is simply amazing.   What mommy wars? Liz has something to say about this overdone (yet, still heated) subject.   Must-see video: This magic product will have you looking camera-ready in an instant! Banish some of those icky household germs with Kristen’s picks for natural hand sanitizers. A little boy who loves “girl colors” gets much-needed support from an awesome older brother.   See who Kristen picked as the celebrity who most inspires success in her.   Unleash your toddler’s inner Jackson Pollack with this creative art project.   Not too appetizing: See what’s being served for lunch in the US, compared with schools all over the world.   Love these photos of beautiful kids with Down Syndrome, and we love the mama who is trying to raise $200,000 for their cause. (via OWTK) If you’re looking for cool family website ohdeedoh you’ll find they’ve moved to Apartment Therapy’s new family channel.   One of our favorite scat-filled Lucky Diaz songs, Say What?, gets a video that is pure get-up-and-go fun.  ...

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A safer, cozier place for baby to sleep than the car seat

Editor’s Note: The Nap Nanny and Chill have been recalled by the CPSC. You should discontinue use immediately and return it to your retailer.  The last 8 1/2 months have not been easy. That’s how long ago our second child was born. And that was the last time I got a full night’s sleep. One place our baby always seems to fall fast asleep is the car seat, which I’m not a big fan of since it’s not exactly the most ergonomically-correct place to snooze. So I was thrilled to discover a cushier alternative that promises to lull babies...

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