Month: October 2012

These booties are made for gawking (and raising money for breast cancer research)

Listen up, partner. Even though they’re cute as the dickens, those baby toes must go under wraps in this colder weather. And if you’re going to cover those sweet things up, you might as well do it with something just as adorable, like these soft handmade booties. .  The crocheted, pink-and-black Chloe Cowboy Booties would make a great baby gift for your country-music-loving friend, or even the urbanite who loves the look of classic cowboy-boot style on teeny-tiny feet. I love that these booties know how to kick a little butt, too–each pair purchased raises $10 for Rethink Breast Cancer. Yee-haw!...

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A creative approach to help kids coping with childhood asthma

I developed asthma as an adult. So I can only imagine how scary it is for a young child to have to deal with the coughing, wheezing, and breathlessness that comes with the disease. Not to mention the fear of being “different” from all your friends when you’re reaching for an inhaler in class or before soccer practice.  The good news? Kids can breathe easier now, thanks to one Australian company that’s taking a creative, colorful approach to helping kids with asthma to stay medicated–and healthy. Asthma Peeps’ unique line of asthma-management products were developed by one family who wanted...

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Chic nursing covers. For real. Not even kidding.

Who wants to hide under a pink teddy bear blanket? Nobody over two years old, that’s who. That’s why these chic, breathable nursing covers do at least quadruple duty and look like something you would actually wear on purpose. Made of soft, light, wrinkle-resistant, shrink-resistant modal, the Dria Cover is surprisingly wearable for all four trimesters. Yeah, I said four, because the first nine months of babyhood always felt like an extension of the pregnancy to me. (Okay, so that’s like 6 trimester.) While you’re pregnant, the loose fit works over a tank or tee as a chic maternity...

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Game of Thrones Converse! Pledge your royal allegiance with your feet

Calling all Game of Thrones addicts: Whether you took the Facebook quiz or already had a favorite character, chances are you feel an affinity for one of the seven Great Houses. Personally, I’m Team Khal. For those of you with official mottos and coats of arms, you’re going to be on these kicks like Jaimie Lannister on…ew. Never mind. Tannim on Etsy created these custom Game of Thrones Converse All-Stars in tones to suit even the most finicky royal. There’s no design to rub off or painting to crack–Converse actually embroiders the house name and builds the shoe, and...

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Active for Life: because a fit family is a fun family

I have active kids. No amount of running, skipping, biking, swimming, gymnastics, dancing or soccer ever seems to tire them out. But each year the cooler months make it a challenge for all of us to stay as active as we’d like. Organized sports are one thing. Convincing myself that I’d rather be standing in the middle of a freezing cold playground instead of wrapped in a cozy wool blanket on my couch with a steaming tea in my hands? Yeah, that’s a tough one. But I came across a site full of inspiration to keep the whole family...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest like we are? Follow us, then check out these 5 awesome pins you won’t want to miss. 1. These recipe cards make such cool, thoughtful gifts, and even better? They’re free.  2. Hilarious DIY Halloween costumes, no crafty genes required.  3. A deliciously sweet party garland, literally.  4. Much needed school lunch inspiration. Easy, too.  5. Super helpful tips for taking better smartphone...

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Stylin’ new nursery decor and crib bedding from Skip Hop? Yes, please!

Cool Mom Picks is a huge fan of the mom-and-pop created label Skip Hop. Back in March we announced that they’re offering adorable nursery decor and crib bedding.  And the news just gets better: Skip Hop has expanded its nursery line, with gorgeous designs that have us smitten. Get schooled in style with the Alphabet Zoo nursery set. Your babe will be at the top of the class (ha) with this modern alphabet print. Skip Hop, you had us at birdies–but not in a Portlandia kinda way. Seriously, their take on our feathered friends in the Springtime Birdies nursery bedding...

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5 brilliant ways to store (and display) your kids’ artwork

I’m just under two months into the school year, and with three school-aged children under the roof, I am swimming in artwork. The bulletin board, the stacks on my counter, my poor fridge! Then just yesterday, I got the nerve to toss about half of it…and my son totally busted me. Needless to say, I’m pretty much back where I started. Even if you don’t have a bunch of kids like I do, the artwork can definitely pile up. Here, I rounded up five smart ways to store and display their priceless creations. Whew. This DIY kids’ art collage...

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Web Coolness: artsy Halloween costumes, ONE Moms, and an organized playroom

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  Looking for a creative costume for your little art-lover? How about a trick-or-treating Warhol, Kahlo, or Van Gogh by Oh Happy Day. The Unbelievable Strength of Women: a glimpse of what our editor Liz is experiencing with ONE Moms in Ethiopia this week. If only every playground was as imaginative, fun and huge as this one in Sydney! Love to read? Join the new Alpha Mom Parenting Book Club for some shared reading and monthly discussion with other mamas. We’re smiling ear...

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Well, hello, dollies!

I’ve got some folks I’d like you to meet. These pretty custom dollies are hand-sewn, have hand-painted faces, and each cost less than $50. Um…Barbie who? I’m downright twitterpated over the beautiful handmade dolls at Hen and Chick on Etsy. Each doll is hand-sewn of a fetching mix of new, vintage, and repurposed fabric and sports a unique face painted by shop owner Rachel Linquist.  You can buy one of the ready-made dolls in her shop for $40, or order a custom doll for only $45–a steal for such a special gift. Create the doll of your dreams by...

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Celebrate International Day of the Girl with Cool (Girl) Picks

October 11 is an exciting day at Cool Mom Picks, because what’s more amazing than girls? Initiated by the United Nations, today is the very first International Day of the Girl Child, a day highlighting the challenges and injustices that girls all over the globe continue to battle. So today, along with sharing our favorite girl-related charities, we celebrate the amazing young women of the world by sharing our favorite “strong girl” picks.  Artist Amanda Visell’s gorgeous strong girls prints (above) remind us: sometimes the knight in shining armor a girl needs most is herself.  Want your smart little...

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Get involved: October 11 is the International Day of the Girl

At Cool Mom Picks, we’ve long been champions of causes and advocacy programs that benefit moms, kids, and families. So we’re thrilled to tell our readers that today is the very first annual International Day of the Girl Child, created by the United Nations to inspire greater awareness of the adversity and abuse faced by young women across the globe. Here are a few of the terrific organizations that are taking action to protect, honor and celebrate girls–not just today, but every day. In November 2011, the United Nations declared October 11 to be the International Day of the...

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6 all-natural candies for a healthier, yummier Halloween

Boo! Does talk of “natural” candy bars scare you? I promise to not encourage you to swap kiddo’s peanut butter cups for carob covered apple rings (made from locally grown fruit–ha!). Nope, no silly tricks like that here. Just a bunch of totally delicious, totally sweet treats made without any of the icky, hard-to-say stuff found in typical Halloween loot. With these six treats, you don’t have to be a scary mama to keep Halloween sweet, tasty and healthy. I am frighteningly obsessed with UNREAL candy (above), a new line of candy bars made in the US and Canada...

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Go green with eco-friendly totes from Canopy Verde

As much as I love canvas tote bags, I’ve yet to find one that’s stylish enough for me to carry as my everyday handbag.  But now that I’ve discovered these beautiful eco-friendly bags, I’m so smitten, I can’t stop daydreaming about which one I want next.  No detail is left out with the beautiful Canopy Verde bags from designer and mom of two Linda Wong. Wong applied her background in apparel design (and her cool mama savvy) to creating stylish, sustainable accessories that aren’t only eco-responsible, but accessibly priced. I’m loving the slim Hibiscus Tote, which fits just about everything...

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These free printable bookplates are the cat’s pajamas

If you have a little one who’s mighty attached to a certain book, here’s a fab way for her (or him) to stake a colorful claim. For free. These adorable printable bookplates are the cat’s pajamas…and the mouse’s jumper. Mom of three and artist extraordinaire Helen Dardik of Orange You Lucky created four sweet and vibrant printable bookplates to help make your kids’ favorite books feel extra special. Just visit the site and follow the directions to print the bookplates on sticky paper in any size you wish. Voila! Adorableness.   And if you love the artist’s bold, mod style, you won’t...

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Perfect the art of gift-giving with these adorable gift tags

Nothing brings a grin to someone’s face like a gift from someone special. And nothing makes a gift-giver like me happier than finding unique gift wrap and supplies. These adorable printable gift tags from la-fabrique-a-bricole are perfect for birthdays, showers and “just because” gifts. You can choose from a variety of cute designs including birds, monsters and cars. They also have tags created especially for gifting bottles of wine.                                                               These are just the kind of thing you want to stock up on, to have on hand for last-minute gift-giving that won’t ever look like an afterthought. Even if it...

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Virtuoso! Handmade handbag masterpieces

It’s no secret that I have a handbag obsession. That’s pretty clear the second you walk into my closet.  But these handcrafted beauties I found on Etsy are on a whole other level. And if you think this violin bag is amazing, just wait until you see the other ones. Each amazing krukrustudio bag is designed by two Russian artisans and created completely by hand out of wool felt. And, wow, I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen anything like them.  While they certainly look like works of art, these beautiful felt handbags are all completely functional. Talk about a...

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Personalized notebooks for your superkid at a super amazing price

I do a whole lot of roleplaying with my daughter. Whether we’re reading books or playing dolls, my daughter assigns us our roles: “That’s you mommy, and that’s me!” She loves to picture herself in whatever imaginary world we visit. So imagine her elation when I presented her with a beautiful sketchbook–with a character customized to look just like her. I was already a big fan of the folks that created these wonderful personalized birthday books, and wow, they continue to impress. Paper Hat Press now creates personalized notebooks and sketchbooks customized with your kid’s resemblance and name. So now little Caden’s notebook won’t be...

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This DIY dollhouse delights (with free wallpaper designs, no less)

I have a dollhouse-obsessed five year old…and I’m not complaining a bit. I love the fun creative play and imagination it inspires. (Currently, the little girl who resides in the dollhouse is named “Frodo.”) If you’re more interested in the idea of play than the idea of packing it full of expensive collectible furniture, this dollhouse kit might be for you–including some amazing free downloads (yes, free!) to help make it your own. The birch plywood dollhouse at Ferm Living is right up my alley–simple and unadorned. Plus for those of you with space issues, you can mount it...

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Cool kids’ clothes ripe for the picking

I’ve always loved early fall for the chance to go apple picking (and the subsequent homemade apple treats!) But long after the apples are gone from the trees, there will be plenty of ways to celebrate apple season with some adorable graphic clothing that’s ripe for the picking. –Christina Apples, apples, everywhere on this Smafolk purple apple-print dress with bright green trim. You’ll be importing these apples from the UK, but this versatile dress will be fashion-fresh for a good long time.  Elizabeth Horton’s nostalgic graphic tee is pure awwww for those of us with growing-up-fast boys. The chocolate-brown...

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