Month: October 2012

5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Here are five pins we’re really digging this week. 1. Could this cool gadget be the key to us finally getting in shape? 2. Design inspiration: Nice color scheme for a girls’ room. 3. Words to live by. 4. A wonderful app for preschoolers that could be a road trip lifesaver. 5. The drool-worthy Halloween treat recipe we want to keep all for ourselves. Sorry,...

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Know an inspiring mom? Something tells us you do.

I’m of the mindset that nearly every mom I know inspires me in some way. Even so, there are some that simply live in a way that is inspirational to many. That’s why I’m so excited that our friends at mom-run Tea Collection have created the Inspiring Mom Awards–and equally excited that I get to be a judge, and give out a veddy veddy nice prize indeed. [Click over and see what you could win…just for nominating someone!] The Tea Collection Inspiring Mom Awards is intended to honor mothers in three categories: Entrepreneur, Making a Difference, and Globe Trotter....

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Vampire shirts for halloween, hold the cheesy factor

Nope, it’s not Dracula. It’s not Edward, either. This little guy is waaaaay cuter (sorry, Team Edward). This shirt’s vampire is the real deal: a vampire bat. And he’s pretty adorable, for something that sucks blood. We’ve told you before how much we love the authentically depicted creatures on tees and onesies from BioME5, and this dashing fellow is no exception. Seriously, what could be cooler than a Vampire Bat tee, especially around Halloween? This stylin’ bat is anatomically correct, without a googly eye or hair bow to be found. I especially love that the words “Vampire Bat” are printed upside down on...

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Obsessed with tea towels? Oh, you will be

So I’ve been told I have a tea towel addiction. I prefer to think of it as a healthy obsession. Tea towels, after all, are awesome. They’re there for you whether you’re drying dishes, produce, or your hands. They can also be used in a pinch as aprons and table runners–or as a delivery system, serving up a little old-school charm for your kitchen. Tea towels for the win! Poketo, a long time favorite of ours, has just released a new selection of tea towels. Poketo plus tea towel equals pure bliss. There’s a reason for that, of course.  ...

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Web Coolness: Felix’s jump, World Food Day, and “Tricky People”

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Relive Felix Baumgartner’s unbelievable jump, this time with LEGO bricks and one brave minifigure. Bittersweet news that beloved blogging parent, Susan Niebur, who passed away from cancer last year, was awarded the prestigious 2012 Harold Masursky Award for outstanding service to planetary science and exploration. “Pin it forward“: Such smart and thoughtful ways to use Pinterest other than as simply a place for your favorite things. What a cool kid! This little girl dresses like a different historical figure or...

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Yo Gabba Gabba + Vans means DJ Lance gets little feet moving in more ways than one

Yo Gabba Gabba captured our indie-loving hearts from the beginning. But if I had to pick a favorite character, DJ Lance Rock would be up there. The polyester suit, the glasses, the big hair…and of course, those awesome orange shoes. Vans featuring Yo Gabba Gabba are the perfect pair. Vans has re-imagined the Heritage Throwback (read: classic skater style) for the wee folk with DJ Lance’s inspiration at the helm. The result? A party for your kid’s feet. The orange color is poppin, the Gabba text is hip, and the shoe screams “YO GABBA GABBA!” (Well not really, but...

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Zara Home hits the US: parents and children rejoice!

We have been long time fans of Zara so it wasn’t hard to get super excited about the launch of their new new e-commerce home line for the US.  We’ve been drooling from afar by looking at their UK site, but thankfully now we can enjoy it for ourselves. And we’re excited to see there are options for both adults and kids.   [Click over for a first look at the beautiful options and design inspiration.]     Zara Home carries a plethora of the home decor products you’d imagine, like bedding, tableware, and living room accessories. I’ve seen the...

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Easy DIY baby Halloween costumes are nothing to be scared of

If you are juggling a needy infant or a get-into-everything toddler this October, the last thing you probably want to think about is spending hours creating a fancy Halloween costume for your little pumpkin. It’s one of the reasons we love Halloween costumes for babies like this one. But if you’re up for a DIY, fear not! Especially when these ideas are so easy and yet so perfect for Halloween. Promise. With a colorful onesie, some felt, and a pair of scissors, you can pull together one of three simple costumes from NYC’s Pins & Needles: a surprised ghost,...

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7 sweet Halloween recipes: copycat candy bars

Looking for a sweet DIY Halloween project with a big payoff? These homemade candy bar recipes are the perfect way to celebrate Halloween with the kiddos. You’ll still buy bags of snack-sized candies for the 31st (try one of these all natural candy bars). But these recipes are not for trick-or-treaters…they’re just too good to share! (Plus, it’s a little creepy to give out homemade food to kids you don’t know.) So definitely save these treats for you and your coven. I am a sucker for chocolate and coconut together, so these easy homemade Mounds bars (above) found on From Scratch...

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Politics for kids: the Democracy Project gets kids involved in the election, no mudslinging allowed

With all the attack ads on TV, the l-o-n-g debates, and the lack of cartoon characters, it’s no wonder that my kids aren’t exactly enthralled with politics and the upcoming presidential election. But there’s now a cool, non-partisan website that allows kids to learn a little more about the process and the candidates (and even lets them try being Commander in Chief). Plus there’s plenty of kid-friendly cartoon drawings to hold their attention much longer than the next :30 plea for your vote. PBS Kids’ The Democracy Project is an adorable and navigable site to help young kids learn...

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Snuggly Scandinavian fleece hats for little ears

It’s getting cold outside for many of us–which means it’s time to get back to the challenge of keeping our kids toasty warm. I don’t know about you, but both of my children are absurdly picky when it comes to winter hats–if a hat is the slightest bit scratchy, forget about it.  So every year I’m on the hunt for the softest, fleeciest caps out there. Swedish brand Geggamoja (which means “messy, muddy play”) offers designs that fit the bill perfectly. Geggamoja creates adorably awesome fleece hats and caps that are the perfect anti-itch solution to keeping your wee ones warm...

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The most spectacular vintage paper dolls. We want them all!

Paper dolls are the perfect emergency boredom-buster to have on hand, at least if you’re our family; every fall, a bunch of annoying colds and coughs descend on my children, leaving at least one of them at any given time home on a school day, moaning “I’m boooooored.” I’m loving this wonderful Etsy find as an alternative to 12-hour movie marathons. We’re already big fans of the gorgeous collectible carved Alice in Wonderland dolls at Etsy shop Cart Before the Horse, but we’re so happy to find their awesome articulated paper-animal dolls which are just as lovely. Just cut...

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Get a grip

If you’d told me a few weeks ago that I needed covers for my stroller handles, I would have  been like, stroller handlebar covers? Riiiight. Well, guess what? Turns out it was love at first grip. The stroller handlebar covers from mom-created CityGrips are not just colorful and fun, they feel great and make all that pram-pushing far more pleasant–and less sweaty.  I was more than a little skeptical, but after slipping the Missoni-esque zigzag covers onto my Maclaren handlebars, I’m sold.  The covers are made from a super-silky, luxurious fabric that kept my fingers happy even as I struggled...

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It’s World Food Day. Here’s something you can do about it in less than 10 seconds

Today is the UN’s official World Food Day, the kind of thing that often leaves well-meaning people thinking geez, what can I possibly do that will make any difference at all for hungry kids? Well here’s one thing: Sign a really simple petition from a really effective organization. The ONE.org World Food Day Petition was put together by ONE, the advocacy organization I recently traveled with to Ethiopia. (You know…Bono’s thing?) The goal is to get 175,000 signatures and I know the amazing readers of Cool Mom Picks can help. It’s a simple message: Dear World Leaders, Please make...

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Shop green and do good? Count us in

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy shopping. Because, uh, I do. But a brand-new partnership between two very green sites, Vine.com and Healthy Child Healthy World, has me even more giddy about my shopping habit. And with a nice little discount for all of us too. Vine.com is a new online shop from the same people behind Diapers.com and Soap.com. Currently in beta, Vine is devoted to green, natural and sustainably sourced products, like Cool Mom Picks favorites gDiapers, Method and Plum Organics. Great premise for a shop, right? But here’s the cool part: when you make a purchase of $49 or more...

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5 of the most stylish metallic diaper bags

I’ve been noticing something in the land of designer bags these days. It’s flashy. And shiny. And very, very cool. The metallic trend is popping up in handbags everywhere, but that doesn’t mean that mamas can’t be part of it, too with one of these 5 beautiful diaper bag options we tracked down. No blindingly gold Studio 54 era bags either, promise. –Stephanie S. We’ve always been fans of timi & leslie bags at Cool Mom Picks, and their gorgeous Hannah bag in Pewter bag is an affordable, durable option that just happens to be vegan-friendly, too since it’s...

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Can you tell me how to get…a really cool Sesame Street shirt? (Yup.)

CMP has long adored Kiwi Industries for its super soft, US-made organic kids’ clothing–and we’ve always been partial adorable line of Sesame Street characters. So how excited are we to learn they’ve now given Elmo–and our kids!–some new friends to play with? {Keep reading for an exclusive discount for our readers!} Kiwi Industries‘ interpretations of the Sesame Street characters are awesome: they’re vibrant, artsy-abstract yet totally recognizable. Here’s proof: my addicted-to-Cookie-Monster two-year-old went nuts when I showed him the new Cookie Monster sweater (pictured). And then he asked for an actual cookie…but that’s beside the point. Like before, there’s still a lovable...

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A new Ergo designed by Christy Turlington helps moms in need

Recently, we introduced you to an incredible company making beautiful scarves that help significantly improve the lives of mothers and women in Africa. Along those same lines, we’re so happy to see that babywearing has also gotten more stylish and altruistic, thanks to a new collaboration between Ergo carriers and model-turned-maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns. Want to know how to to be the first to get one? Christy Turlington Burns founded Every Mother Counts to raise awareness about maternal mortality. Now she’s helped guest-design the Ergobaby baby carriers to support Every Mother Counts, the proceeds of which will...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Don’t lick your screen, mama–that chocolate bar is more than it seems. Here are a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. If you have a smartphone and only two hands, you’re going to freak out over this brilliant new gadget. 2. Keep track of birthday wish lists? Find new music? Birthday party plan like a boss? All three are easy and fun, with this free resource. 3. We knew Maya Rudolph was hip, but now that we know her favorite app, we’re even bigger fans. 4. These fun and...

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My Prudent Advice? This mother-daughter keepsake is a keeper

Looking for a shower gift for a baby girl? Something that is original, meaningful, and will never, ever go out of style? I’ve got just the thing. And I’m calling dibs on gifting it at every baby-girl shower I ever attend. Jaime Morrison Curtis has created a stunning keepsake journal to be passed down from mother to daughter. My Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Daughter is inspiring, thoughtful, and simply creative.  Jaime is the founding editor of Prudent Baby, a site that encourages even the least craftiest among us (read: me!) to go out and make some awesome happen.  Not surprisingly, her journal...

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