Month: December 2012

Holiday gift tags that make a difference in the lives of hungry kids

One goal that my husband and I have set for our family this holiday season is to give back as much as we possibly can. I think we’re all feeling it a bit this year. That’s why I love products like these holiday gift tags, which look great and do great things, with all of the proceeds going straight to those who are in need. These holiday gift tag created by No Kid Hungry, are the perfect gift tags or Christmas notes for loved ones. You can choose between two attractive styles. And every purchase gives back–exponentially. Purchase just...

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A Paris-pretty tea set guaranteed to be loved. Even if the macarons are pretend.

What little girl doesn’t love tea parties? Well, I sure did. Some of my fondest childhood memories are making my grandfather sit down for nice cup of my make-believe tea. He was always the best sport about it, which meant the world to me. So I have a sweet spot for sure for this special little tea set. The Moulin Roty Parisian Tea Party Set from My Sweet Muffin is seriously adorable. Each set is decorated with the cutest Parisian illustrations and comes in a matching cardboard box with a handle. Made from durable metal and a perfect size...

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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 daily. 1. A cool handbag that gives back in an amazing way.  Surely there’s someone on your list who will love this. 2. Move over eggnog! This yummy holiday cocktail recipe is giving you serious competition. 3. Need a last-minute gift for your kids, nieces, or nephews that they’ll adore? Found it. 4.We wouldn’t complain if we found this gorgeous necklace under the tree this year. 5. Want a head start on your New Year’s fitness resolutions? This gadget will be a huge...

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Reusable squeeze pouches for snacking on the go

Feeding your baby solids is an exciting but somewhat stressful time–especially when you are on the go. As you know, most babies can’t really figure out the whole spoon-to-mouth thing when they first start eating, and it can get pretty darn messy. So I dig fruit and veggie pouches for their convenience, and now I especially love these reusable pouches that are easy on the environment, too. Squooshi makes very cute reusable squeeze-fruit pouches which are easy to fill and adorable to boot. Each one has a resealable bottom, which makes prepping the pouches a cinch. The cool thing...

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The best online responses to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy

As we do our best to get back to some sense of normalcy today here on Cool Mom Picks after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, we wanted to share some of the lovely online responses and tributes to the families of Newtown, Connecticut that we’ve read around the web. We hope they touch you as much as they did us, and help you cope and carry on as best you can after something like this. A round-up of reactions about Sandy Hook from various parents on Twitter, including our Editor Liz. A wonderful essay about how we as...

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Delightful dinosaur board books for budding paleontologists

Perfect prezzie alert: At some point (usually during the Late Toddler/Early Preschool Era), most kids go through a fascination with the creatures of the Mesozoic Era, otherwise known as dinosaurs. If you have a toddler who adores all things Large, Scaly, and Extinct, you’ve got to check out this set of board books that bring dinosaurs back to teach kiddos a thing or two. These four bright and colorful board books feature a wide range of rainbow-hued dinosaurs covering everything from the alphabet to numbers. Sure, their colors may not be historically accurate, but it makes for great visuals...

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How to talk to your kids about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

Like probably all of you, we are completely overwhelmed with sadness about the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings that happened this morning in Newtown, Connecticut. Along with our thoughts that are with the families affected by this tragedy, and we’ll be honest, our desire to run and scoop up our own children from school, we’re struggling with how we even begin to explain something like this to them. Thankfully, Katherine Stone, mom and founder of Post Partum Progress shared helpful information with us that we wanted you to know about, including the APA.org’s resource helping your children manage distress...

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One of the most important presents you could ever give: clean water

As wonderful as it is to unwrap gifts during the holidays, it’s even more wonderful to give gifts that can’t be wrapped in the first place. Especially this one–because it will also be appreciated for a lifetime. Cool Mom Picks has always loved the mission of charity:water: to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. And its holiday campaign is one I can totally get behind: the organization is suggesting we “give up the gifts” and instead help fund 100 new wells in Ethiopia. Just $10,000 fully funds a shallow borehole well in northern Ethiopia–a region...

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Your baby’s toasty in that stroller. Shouldn’t you be toasty, too?

I am definitely not one for gimmicky baby and new mom products that you really don’t need. That’s probably why you don’t see a lot of stroller accessories on here, or stuff like the dreaded wipes warmer. (Sorry to those of you who love them.) But in this case, I kind of fell hard for a dandy stroller accessory that I wish I had had when my kiddos were babies. The WarmMuffs from one of our favorite little baby brands, 7 A.M. Enfant, are pretty genius if you live anywhere the temperature likes to drop below 32F. These ultra luxe, fuzzy,...

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Web Coolness: holiday tech gifts, an easy Christmas craft, and a must-read post for every mother

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Have you seen our Cool Mom Tech holiday tech gift guide? So many awesome goodies for everyone in your family, plus wow, fabulous $500 giveaway! Let your kids make a Christmas tree with Washi tape as shown over at Modern Parents Messy Kids. Liz shares her top 5 things to do with the kids this holiday on the Bing blog–and some of them might be surprising. How many of them does your family do? We love this Hurricane Sandy Holiday Toy...

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