Month: February 2012

Farm to Baby – A fresh approach to baby food, delivered straight to your door

First baby food moved out of the jar and into the freezer. Then it went organic. (And organic some more.) Then, gourmet. Now, we’ve discovered a new service that puts it all together, offering delicious, fresh foods for baby made with ingredients like hubbard squash and quince straight from the farm–and delivering it right to your door. Farm to Baby NYC is a new subscription-based baby food delivery service in New York City, and we can’t wait for it to expand. They use locally grown produce, picked just days before being gently cooked in their kitchen, to deliver fresh...

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A special book for a mama’s special thoughts

When our daughter was born, I did what so many mamas do: I started a baby book. I wanted to capture everything about her, along with the wonderment of being a new mom; I’d lost my own mother to cancer a year earlier, to the date, and I thought writing about motherhood would somehow connect grandmother, mom, and baby. At least I hoped so. But because our daughter arrived five weeks early, I wasn’t entirely prepared–so the “baby book” is a little slapdash. It’s, uh, not even a book. It’s an ever-growing Word file. Inspiring? Not so much. That’s...

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KaZAM – a balance bike that thinks about your feet

If you are looking for a balance bike for your eager-to-ride toddler or preschooler, get ready to weigh your options because in the past, we’ve found great eco friendly balance bikes made of birch and ones made in a lightweight, long-lasting composite resin. There is even this cool balance bike that grows with your child.  And now, to make your choice a little more difficult, I discovered a balance bike at Toy Fair this year that has a nifty feature for little cruisers: A foot rest. The no-slip, flat foot rest on the KaZAM Balance Bike is one feature...

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Every girl’s crazy about a sharp-dressed man. And subscribing to Cool Mom Picks.

We mention this only because our monthly subscriber-only giveaway will land two lucky Cool Mom Picks subscribers with a $250 gift certificate to Red 21 Boys, one of our all-time favorites for stylish, durable boy clothes that are priced right. In other words, $250 gets you a lot of sweet looking clothes! This being February in a leap year, you get one extra day before our March newsletter goes out.  Just click here and enter your email in the box to subscribe. (You might even find an exclusive discount codes for Red 21 Boys on the subscriber page, hint.) All the details about how to enter will be in your inbox before you know it, along with other stuff you’ll love too. Oh, and we’ll never share or sell your email address. Because one thing we’re definitely not crazy ’bout is...

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10 of the world’s most simple tips for enjoying a Disney vacation with kids

I just got back from a four days at Disney, all expenses paid…by me. Phew. All I can say is, if you’re going to shell out the small fortune to take your children on the vacation of their dreams, you’d best enjoy it ourselves with the help of these simple tips for a Disney vacation with kids. There are plenty of great resources and websites that offer money-saving tips, Fast Pass tips, trip planning advice and more–including Kristen’s great tips about Disneyland. So I thought I’d put together just a few really simple common sense tips, one parent to...

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Pirates vs Ninjas, the final showdown

Ready to put an end to the old question about how one man can defeat 10 ninjas? Well if he’s a pirate in the hands of a very good checker player, it’s not only possible, it’s likely. The pirates vs ninjas checkerboard from Brooklyn artist Anna Donado of Goosegrease, is amazing both in concept and in execution. It’s all handmade and handpainted using non-toxic materials. (She specializes in cake toppers, so one would presume that she knows a little something about non-toxic paints.) Of course 34 handmade characters, the checkerboard, and a little muslin bag for storage doesn’t come...

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A coloring book to inspire art, creativity and belly laughs

A little bit Shel Silverstein, a little bit Mo Willems, a little bit Seuss, a little bit Lemony Snicket, and a little bit Taro Gomi. If those names–especially together–sound like your idea of heaven on paper, then you’re going to love this awesome new coloring book for kids from Calef Brown. Dragon, Robot, Gatorbunny (yes, Gatorbunny is one thing, not two) has the subhead Pick one, draw it, make it funny! and that should give you a good sense of why your kids will never want to put it down. This wonderfully imaginative book from the illustrator of my...

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Turn your child’s favorite toy into amazing artwork

I’ve always liked the idea of decorating a child’s room with fine art photographs. If the colors are great and the subject is cool, it can make a room feel so fresh and modern. So I’d say bright, colorful photos of classic children’s toys fit that bill perfectly. Especially when they’re your own children’s toys. And these come from the brand new, just opened Etsy shop of a super talented, award-winning photographer. I’m totally in love with these fine art photographs of classic toys from photographer Jamie Horton that she originally made for her own sons, from their own...

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Colorblock handbags from Hayden-Harnett – be still my heart

I have absolutely loved the colorful handbag trend that’s helped get me through winter, and I’m thrilled to see it shows no signs of taking leave come spring. Which is less than a month away, incidentally. Feel free to squee at your leisure. Hayden-Harnett, my very favorite little Brooklyn handbag co that seems to be getting bigger by the minute, has a nice little lineup of new arrivals for spring. But my favorite has to be the Hayden-Harnett Mondrian tote bag in wild rose and candy apple. Even the colors sound yummy. The colorblock tote comes in five color...

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A baby carrier that might be the next best thing to your womb

I think one of my biggest surprises as a new mom was that the baby was a lot easier to take care of when she was still in my big, bodacious belly. (Ha.) Well, here’s a baby carrier that’s the next best thing. [don’t miss a fantastic giveaway after the jump!] The Lulu Wrap by ellemnop is a wrap-style baby carrier that I find especially awesome for brand new babies–and brand new mommies. At first, it simply looks like over five yards of soft, stretchy fabric. But with just a little practice, you and baby will both find that...

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