Month: December 2012

Our most popular posts of 2012 – from recipes to baby gifts to DIY crafts for dad

With more than 1000 posts this year covering the coolest baby gear, recipes, crafts, children’s toys and more, we thought it was fascinating to look back at our most popular posts of the year, based on the number of visits. Turn out, you all like iced coffee. A lot! The Sh*tty Mom Book – DIY Father’s Day Gifts from the Kids – Baby Baths Get Plush – Fantastic S’Mores Recipes Easy Cake Pop Recipes – Stylish Boys Wedding Clothes – Best Karaoke Songs for Any Situation – 6 Best New Products for Babies 6 amazing iced coffee drinks –...

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The coolest children’s books of the year: Editors Best of 2012

We can’t think of a nicer way to end our Editors Best of 2012 than with our very favorite kids’ books of the year. Especially because they will still be relevant in 2013 and beyond–unlike handbags or even tech, books never go out of style. Here, three of our editors present their very favorite books for children that we discovered this past year. Enjoy! Liz Baby Lit Books by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver I can’t help it. After suffering through the same board books for months on end when my kids were little (you know the ones!) it’s...

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Outstanding ideas for that last-minute charitable contribution for the year

We can’t think of a better way to bid farewell to the year than by highlighting our editors’ and contributors’ favorite charities and non-profits, just in time for a final contribution–and tax deduction–for 2012. Do any of your favorites line up with ours? Or hey, maybe you’ll find a cause you hadn’t considered before, that strikes the right chord with you. Even better, some of these great causes are offering matching funds if you donated by the end of day today, ensuring that your contribution will do double the good in 2013. Happy New Year, indeed. Liz: Baby Buggy...

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

Whether you’re curled up in bed with a new gadget or outside taking pics of snow angels, we’re excited to bring you our favorite picks from the last week, including our Editors’ Best tech picks of the year! 1. If you take oodles of photos with your iPhone, this free app will be an organizational lifesaver. 2. Did your kid get a tablet for Christmas? Here’s how to get peace of mind and make sure they’re safe while using it. 3. Check out the gadget cases our editors are coveting. Shiny and pretty! 4. We have all the best apps...

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The coolest kids’ albums of the year: Editors Best of 2012

Whether your family wants to get the party started with some kid-hop beats or needs to settle down to some gentle folk tunes, our top kids’ music picks of 2012 has a little something for every mood. And, you’ll find great musical options for the youngest babes all the way up to the ficklest of tweens.  [click the links for our full reviews] 1. Can You Canoe? by The Okee Dokee Brothers 2. In Tents by Recess Monkey 3. Make Believers by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo 4. Radio Jungle by The Pop-Ups 5. Tumble Bee by Laura Veirs 6....

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The coolest jewelry, bags and accessories of 2012: Editors Best of 2012

This year felt like an extra amazing year for discovering gorgeous jewelry, bags, and accessories that keep mamas feeling cool. (Even if we’re just faking it.) Here, a few of our editors’ very favorites of the year. And phew…it wasn’t easy paring it down. So congrats to all our favorites! Kristen Leigh Luna braille jewelry It’s no secret that I love braille; I have my kids’ initials tattooed in braille on my wrist! But even I can appreciate the gorgeous braille jewelry from from this artist, which is a personal but much less permanent option. Metallic Cambridge Satchels I...

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Rockin the winter white

I’m a sucker for winter white jewelry, because that whole no white after Labor Day thing? Bah. Not that you’ll ever catch me in white pants (before or after Labor Day), but a bracelet like this one–totally. The White Beaded Bracelet from Etsy’s By Jodi is made of a combination of white turquoise, magnasite and a single sparkly sterling ball. Because everyone needs a little sparkle. You can even customize it with gold instead, if that’s more your color. I love that it’s a great way to pair with flashier metal earrings or a necklace, so you don’t shine from limb to limb. Or pair...

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5 New Year’s Eve appetizers with cocktails and mocktails to match for a chic, family-friendly party

Whether you’re cozying up with family or hosting a big New Year’s party, New Year’s Eve calls for party food that’s easy, potentially kid-friendly, but also elegant for us cool parents. High maintenance? Nah. We’ve got New Year’s Eve eats and drinks that hit all those marks and then some, no problem. These five appetizer recipes are just as easily turned into a fun family tapas style dinner. And the cocktails pairings? They’re just as good spiked with booze as they are without, so that everyone can have a fancy sip. Celebrating the New Year with fabulous family style...

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The coolest kids toys of 2012: Editors Best of 2012

We love nothing more than finding toys for kids that are handmade, or at least, don’t require an on and off switch and 300 batteries. Instead, our favorite toys of 2012 are all powered by the imaginations and little hands of kids. Liz LEGO Friends As one of the original they’re doing WHAT with LEGOS? cynics, I have come full circle, completely respecting the way that LEGO Friends sets give more girls the chance to combine building skills with imaginative play. I will say I prefer the veterinary clinic, flying club, or invention workshop to the uh, beauty salon; but hey, no one says...

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The coolest ways to decorate a kid’s room: Editors Best of 2012

Decorating the baby’s room may be the most fun thing about being pregnant. (Unless you eat a lot of chocolate chip pancakes, which would make it a tie.) We had so much fun rounding up our picks for the coolest nursery and kids’ room decor of 2012. Liz Aden + Anais muslin crib bedding Muslin is so genius in all seasons, that I’m so happy this mom-run company finally turned their uber-popular swaddler designs into sheets for your baby’s crib. Also? Utterly adorable. Amanda Vissel Boys Posters In a world where so-called boys’ artwork is either super precious or el destructo, I...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find fun pins like this every day. 1. Such a pretty 2013 calendar from Etsy. It’s that time! 2. The necklace we’re all coveting for New Year’s Eve. 3. The best photo editing and sharing services of 2012 for those of us who use our phones for picture-taking. Uh…yeah. We know that’s all of us. 4. Coolest nightlights ever? We’ll go with yes. 5. Awesome brunch idea for New Year’s Day. We’ll cross our fingers for you that the kids let you sleep in just...

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The most fabulous New Year’s Cards on Etsy: long live the procrastinators!

By my calculations, we still have another two weeks or so to get our New Year’s cards out. Now not only does sending New Year’s cards buy us a little more time (and often some nifty sale prices), it avoids that question of what your diverse roster of friends and family might be celebrating. From custom photo cards to fancy letterpress and DIY printables, here are some standout New Year’s cards from talented artists on Etsy–cards that I’d love to open a week or so into January, when Christmas cards suddenly seem kind of old. –Liz Custom New Year’s...

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The coolest new baby gear: Editors Best of 2012

While our annual guide to the best baby shower gifts is always a smart place to search for the coolest baby gifts and gear, so many fabulous new gear essentials have come out in 2012 that we’re excited to share some of our very favorites. Liz Bloom Zen Stroller When one of our resident stroller experts, Melissa, swears by a stroller I sit up and take note. She called the Bloom Zen “the perfect compromise between an umbrella stroller and a heavy-duty buggy,” with a super easy fold, and compact profile for small spaces. And if you’re not up...

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Web Coolness: New Year’s printables, Disney Housewives, and a new take on the family vacation

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Free printable New Year’s Eve hats from Ellinee. Are you ready for 2013? Printable champagne bottle tags from How About Orange make that bubbly a little more gifty. It will have you reaching for a tissue, but The Lives They Loved from the New York Times is a beautiful tribute to some well-loved people who passed away this year from their own families. Watch this super-fun video! Let’s just say it’s got a kid, a washing machine and…you have to see....

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The coolest boys’ clothes and accessories: Editors Best of 2012:

Every time we hear a parent say, “We can’t find cool clothes for boys,” we say, “Visit Cool Mom Picks!” We like a challenge. However, it is getting easier each year, and it’s fun finding the clothes that make our little fellows a little funkier. Liz Aven clothing If I had a cool little guy to style, I’d be hitting this website first. From rockin’ denim jackets with leather sleeves, to plaid blazers and topstitched jeans, you’re dressed for Williamsburg or Silverlake in a snap. I mean uh, your kid is. Okllo boys’ tees We already gave a shoutout to the cool...

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The coolest girls’ clothes and accessories: Editors Best of 2012

Okay, so we moms of girls try to play it down, but we admit it can be pretty darn fun shopping for them. On the other hand, it can get a little harder as they get older and the designers want our kids to grow up faster than we’d like. So kudos to these brands which really made us happy this year. Kristen Inspiring women tees for girls by Okllo In the sea of blinged out, sequined covered girls’ clothes out there, I was thrilled to find these awesome inspiring shirts for girls featuring historical female heroes. We need...

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The coolest collar necklace and bib necklaces: this year’s must-have New Year’s Eve statement jewelry

Should you be lucky enough to have willing grandparents or a dedicated babysitter for New Year’s Eve this year, it’s a good excuse to find yourself some sweet jewelry to jazz up last year’s little black dress. (Or you know, the one from 2008. Should it still fit.) The bib necklace and the collar necklace are pretty much the hottest things right now, and I’ve rounded up just a few that I’m loving, in every price range. How to wear them: Both tend to look best with a low cut top that leaves enough skin for the necklace to sit...

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The coolest modern kids furniture: Editors Best of 2012

Finding modern kids’ furniture has gotten so much easier in recent years (hooray!) that the only downside is having to choose what you want. And what you have room for. And what’s worth the investment. Hopefully these picks of 2012 will help. Kristen: A desk that’s also a playhouse? That’s exactly what the Deskhouse from Cool Kids’ Company is (at top). There’s just too much awesome about this concept. Plus, it’s perfect for families with lots of kids like mine. They’re tables! or ottomans! or both! Either way, the Quinze and Milan Jellyfish Ottomans are brilliant, and remind me...

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The cutest baby clothes: Editors Best of 2012

There is something about buying cute baby clothes that we think parents never get over, even when our own babies couldn’t squeeze a single toe into those little onesies. This year brought a slew of gorgeous and fun clothes for babies, and here, we’ve pared it down to our very faves. Kristen: I’m so sad all my babies aren’t really babies anymore, because I’d be dressing them in Winter Water Factory every single day. The unique patterns are unlike anything I’ve ever seen, which is saying a lot from someone with four kids. This year they also added a...

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Merry Christmas, Cool Moms!

Merry Christmas from Kristen, Liz, and the entire team at Cool Mom Picks. We’re home enjoying our families today and we hope that whatever you celebrate, you get the chance to do the same. We also hope you got to sleep a little past 5 AM this morning, no matter how excited the little sugarplums in the next room might have been. We’ll be back tomorrow with our top picks of 2012. Until then…back to the spiked cider! [Handmade Ornaments: Creative Butterfly...

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