Month: November 2012

The best first Christmas and holiday gift ideas for babies and new parents

Seeking out the best first Christmas and holiday gift ideas for babies each year for our holiday gift guide is one of my very favorite parts of the job. With a lot of schmaltz out there, a lot of bad sweaters, and a lot of mass produced trinkets oddly labeled “keepsakes,” we take this category very seriously! So we’re happy that our sponsor, Cardstore.com, has asked us to share some of our very favorite special gift ideas for babies. (After all, they know a liiiittle something about holidays too, if you check their amazing selection of cards online.) Here...

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The very best of the Cyber Monday sales and deals for parents

It’s Cyber Monday, according to the retail world at large and the whopping big sales deals we’re seeing on websites everywhere today. Bu the truth is, the entire past three days have been a boon for shoppers looking to save on gifts right from their home computers. Here, our favorite Cyber Monday deals, well curated down to just the good stuff (says us), along with some of the great deals–some exclusive for Cool Mom Picks readers!–still going on since Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.  Happy shopping! BLABLA KIDS: Save 10% off all their handmade children’s toys, nursery decor...

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

Tech gets pretty and geography gets fun. Here are a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. A brilliant, easy way to get your photos off your iPhone and into a photo book, finally. 2. Need a butler? This one is gorgeous, innovative, and will even help you find your keys. 3. Honk if you think this iPhone case is groovy. 4. An educational app that’s so cool, we’re playing it as much as our kids. Plus, we’re giving away a free download! 5. We found the app that will...

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Pixar’s animated shorts collections will make your little movie lovers smile

I still remember the very first Pixar short film I ever saw, way back in 1986. It was called Luxo Jr. and told the story of two lamps playing with a ball. Such a simple story, from the little start-up animation company that grew big. Fast forward a whole bunch of years, and Disney PIXAR feature films are now among every kid’s favorites, but the short films are no less compelling. Which is why this new collection makes a fabulous holiday gift. Pixar Short Films Collection 2 pulls together a dozen animated shorts for your family to enjoy in one...

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Christmas is coming: better grab one of these six printable Advent calendars soon

I may still be full from the Thanksgiving feast, but I’m already thinking about decking those halls, trimming the tree, and getting my hands on an Advent calendar before December 1st rolls around. But no worries: You still have about a week to get ready for the start of December. The only tricky part? Picking which Advent calendar you like best from the printable gems we’ve found. Some of them are even free! –Christina This Santa Christmas Countdown from Inviting Printables is so cute. My kids would get a huge kick adding a cotton ball to his beard each day. I...

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Web Coolness: holiday deals, a song for Hurricane Sandy relief, and an unusual idea for fighting bullies

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Follow us on Twitter! We’re tweeting the best holiday deals all weekend long, especially those that support small shops and indie designers and crafters. On Babycenter, we’ve rounded up 5 of the best baby keepsake holiday gifts, all for under $50. This may be more challenging than stringing up the lights, but this hand-drawn chalkboard Christmas tree makes a big impact (above). And check out more Christmas tree ideas for small spaces over at Apartment Therapy. Fighting bullies with sarcasm (and...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool pins like these. 1. An awesome new eductional iPad app for kids that’s great for road trips And fun, too. 2.A collection of printable gift tags – so pretty! 3. The perfect holiday photo card for when you have the perfect holiday photo in mind. 4. We covet this retro-modern kids’ chair reproduced from the famous adult style. (It’s on Fab.com so  use our invite code if you don’t have one) 5. An  affordable toy for kids of all ages that’s perfect to stash away for surprise guests...

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We’re in holiday heaven with Homespun Vintage clothes for kids

Looking for holiday styles with true vintage pop? If you’re shopping for a one-of-a-kind kid-seeking style that transcends the stuff on the rack–you’re going to squeal over this gorgeous line of reworked retro treasures. Homespun Vintage hearkens back to a time when children’s clothes were hand-sewn with care and built to last. This Mini Military Jacket is beautifully old-school in style, created using vintage military barracks bags. Each one features slight differences and irregularities that add to the charm.  Some of the designs by Homespun Vintage are reproductions of vintage pieces they’ve found and cherished. Others are upcycled reworkings of old materials,...

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Wishlist wonderful: a kid’s desk designed to dazzle

My kids have always been obsessed with arts and crafts. (I don’t really know of a kid who isn’t.) And as a parent, I’ve always tried to create fun spaces for my kids to use their imaginations to the fullest. Now this desk is at the tippy-top of my design list. The Deskhouse by Cool Kids Company is a smart but trendy piece that functions as an art desk and a playhouse. How fun is that?  Designed by Alberto Marcos, it’s a pricey but really clever drafting desk for art activities and a most inviting hideaway. Look carefully and you’ll...

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Small Business Saturday deals: some of our very favorite kinds of deals

We’re all about supporting small businesses here at Cool Mom Picks, so as you might guess, Small Business Saturday is one of our favorite days! Even though we already rounded up some of the best Black Friday deals from lots of our favorite indie-owned small bizzes yesterday, many of which extend through the weekend (so be sure to check!), we found a few more great deals in honor of Small Business Saturday that we wanted to share with you.  And, just a note of thanks to you, as we’re a small business ourselves. Thank you so much for your...

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Small Business Saturday: Shop small, save big. What’s not to love?

We’ve been proud supporters of Small Business Saturday since it began in 2010, and we’re so happy to see it take off in a big way. (Pun intended.) Then again, are you surprised? Every day is pretty much small business day at Cool Mom Picks. However this year, there’s one more added benefit: If you’re an American Express cardholder, you can simply register your American Express card, and get an automatic $25 credit on your account when you spend $25 or more at a local small business in person today. We typed in our own zip codes and found...

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Consider us charmed…and with an exclusive Black Friday discount code, you’ll be too.

We love small businesses, we love mom-run businesses, and we really, really love one-of-a-kind personalized charms. (Even if we do avoid calling it Mom Jewelry.) The good news is that one of our long-time favorite shops is offering some unique new custom designs just in time for the holidays–and we’ve got a sweet discount code just for you. We’ve been fans of Heart and Stone for several years and our love is still going strong. We’re especially digging on these gorgeous new personalized message Charms, which come in three sizes, made of reclaimed fine silver and are completely customizable...

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Sweet play macarons (and an irresistible, unmissable Black Friday toy deal)

I admit I swooned just a little when I saw this beautiful play food toy at longtime CMP favorite, Cattiwampus. Then I saw that they were on sale, too, with an extra discount for Black Friday–and a little extra discount just for our readers, on everything in the shop. Yep, more swooning. Because when I can support a little shop this crazy weekend, and still get a great deal? Sign me up. [Don’t miss an AMAZING limited time offer after the jump just for our readers!] The toy macaron set is made by Djeco, which is a wonderful French...

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The best Black Friday deals from our favorite small businesses

Whether you’re up stalking the best Black Friday deals at o’ dark thirty or you’re waiting until you’ve had a few cups of coffee before checking out the sales, we wanted to share the best Black Friday deals and discounts we’ve seen. Now if you’re looking for tech deals, we suggest you head over to Cool Mom Tech, we’re you’ll find a monster round-up of some amazing discounts on electronics, accessories, and all sorts of cool geekery. Here you’ll find some of the best deals from our favorite small businesses. Happy Shopping! KANGAROOBOO: Save 15% off regular priced items...

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We’ve got your Black Friday deals right here, baby

Right now, enjoy your families, sleep off the tryptophan, call dibs on the last slice of pie. You’ve earned it. But starting tomorrow? Cool Mom Picks is your holiday shopping 4-1-1. We’ve got you covered with the best discounts and deals all day long on Black Friday, and all through the weekend, whether you are braving the stores (brave, brave!) or staying home in your pjs with your laptop on your knees. So be sure to check our sites this weekend for the ultimate Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday roundups. Plus, follow Cool Mom Picks and...

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Paying the thankfulness forward to other families on Thanksgiving

Today we are feeling so thankful to be home, safe, and with family, taking it all for granted that we can make fun of our aunt’s terrible stuffing and bitch about the football game that just happens to be “very important,” right when the dishes have to be done. But the truth is, we’re not all so fortunate. Hurricane Sandy is hardly behind us, where I live in New York City. So many families on the East Coast are still struggling without jobs to go back to, without homes to return to–one of our own writers and her family...

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Best New Holiday Tradition goes to…Thanksgiving Bingo!

Of all the things I’m thankful for this holiday, my family and friends rank right at the top–which is why I love this funny game we play during our Thanksgiving meal. It keeps us on our toes (and laughing hysterically), even after we’ve gone for seconds. Or thirds. The ingenious (and frequently hilarious) Thanksgiving Bingo game from Jennifer Lewis for FlavorWire includes bingo squares for those quintessential Thanksgiving moments, like when relatives begin fighting over politics, or one of the kids spills her drink. Some of the spots are pretty easy to fill–like “stuffing” or “pumpkin pie”–while others may prove a bit...

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Not in the mood for a nutmeg-scented house? Jonathan Adler’s got your back.

I kind of love everything from Jonathan Adler. Especially the scents of his new candles, which are sure to make your home smell greenmarket-fresh, even if you’re just cracking open canned…whatever. Don’t expect the traditional nutmeg, peppermint or mulled apple cider scents in the Jonathan Adler Pop candles. Instead, you’ll find clean scents like tomato, watercress, earl grey, fig, and my own favorite, grapefruit. Earl grey and fig might be a little more fitting as holiday scents for this time of year, although tomato and fig together give you that red/green holiday pop for a great hostess gift–without the...

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One-of-a-kind custom Vans. Be still our hearts. Or feet?

We are really into shoes around these parts. It’s a great way for kids to express themselves, both at school and around town (or the skatepark, because somehow we always end up there). Up until now, mine have been borrowing my Sharpie to give their shoes some individual flair. Thankfully, there’s a better way to accomplish this thanks to our friends at Vans. Look down at your shoes. Imagine if you could take each panel and rock a paint by numbers for your feet, right down to the lacing eyelets. Heck, you can forgo lacing altogether and choose the...

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