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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