Month: October 2012

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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