Month: February 2012

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

One of our favorite things about tech is that it lets grown-ups play like kids again. From vintage video game kicks to a candy-like rainbow of chargers, here are some of our favorite picks at Cool Mom Tech this week. 1. Our Editor-in-Chief Liz followed up her segment on Martha Stewart with a techie turn on The Today Show. You won’t want to miss her top picks for websites and apps that make life easier! 2. Ditch your white cords for a rainbow of colorful iPhone chargers that keep the kids from stealing yours then claiming they didn’t. 3....

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Journey to Africa for Black History Month and beyond

Black History Month is rolling to a close, but it’s never to late to share new learning resources with your kids. Along with some great books, movies and music picks that honor African American culture and history, I have recently come upon some more terrific books and media that help expose kids of any skin color to the diversity and wonder of the continent of Africa.  –Christina We have long owned a copy of the African folk tale Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears in our home, but I love hearing James Earl Jones narrating it on the Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD version. Like...

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INKnBurn – running away from ugly running clothes

I suppose it’s not surprising that one of my favorite parts of running races, aside from the medal, has to be the Expo, where I can shop for all the coolest new running gear.  And that’s exactly what happened when I recently ran Disneyland’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon and discovered this new company that I thought you fitness mamas should know about. INKnBURN is a California-based company that combines cool artwork with tech fabrics to create running wear that’s as stylish as it is functional. I was drawn to their women’s running shorts (pictured) which I think are perfect...

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Nom nom nom…blankets.

My 10 month old is teething. That means he’s chomping on virtually everything in our house. (Kind of gross when he chooses the wheels of the stroller.) I found a cool new blankie with attached teething toys, so I’m hopeful he’ll start gnawing on more appropriate things. The Teether Blankie from Petites Frites has four awesome teething toys attached to its corners. The teethers, which include a maple wooden ring, two pima cotton hand crochet shapes and a stuffed cotton gingham star, are secured to the blanket safely. Though truthfully, they’re too big to be choking hazards in the...

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The Lorax movie review: Is it every bit as awesome as the book?

I am absolutely smitten with The Lorax, one of Dr. Seuss’ most powerful characters. The book has such a strong environmental message that continues to resonate within me and so many of Dr. Seuss’ fans, so I must admit that I had very high expectations for The Lorax movie, especially knowing the Despicable Me creators were behind the production. Could it possibly get the message across in a new and entertaining way while remaining authentic to the original intent? I caught a screening of it, and my answer, with complete certainty, is yes. The Lorax on film delivers in...

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Bedrails for kids that are so much cooler than bedrails.

My kids graduated to a big-kid bed in need of a bedrail, right around the same time that they discovered the joys of sneaking book under the covers to “read” past their bedtime. I love their thirst for books but don’t enjoy finding books twisted into bedsheets or flung on the floor in the morning. If you too have a bedtime bookworm in a new big kid bed, take a look at this smart combo bookshelf and bedrail that keeps your sleeping child, and their books, safely in place.   Tambino’s Alpha Bookshelf Bedrail is a smart-looking way to keep...

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A new spin on photo books

Scrapbooks as gifts are super sweet, even if they are a ton of work. It’s the kind of present that really makes the receiver feel special. That is why I’m really interested in a new company that’s putting a cool spin on a familiar concept. Sure, you can make photo books on lots of different websites. You can even add text to personalize it. But at Twig Tale they have created a series of books complete with text and layout that gives you a great storyboard to work with–smart for those stretched for time (and maybe creativity). Is your...

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Is there anything new in the world of baby bibs? Shockingly, yes.

As much as I love how far bibs have come since my oldest was born 7 years ago, my biggest complaint has always been that they rarely stop food from getting on a kid’s collar–which also happens to be the hardest part of their clothes to wash. So I’m pleased to discover this brand new bib that solves that problem completely. Meet the Tuckaroo, the brain-child of mom of 2 Kerry Mazzacano, who like many of us, was sick of trying to get food and gook out of her kids’ collars. So she decided to do something about it...

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I like the island Manhattan…

I admit to having a bit of New Yorker envy. Fortunately, I find satisfaction every so often when I visit, and someone asks me for directions. But while I may not actually ever get to live in NYC, I love that I can wear a little bit of Manhattan–or even Brooklyn–in the most subtle way. These amazing Urban Gridded Earrings from Aminimal Shop look like cool gridded shapes, but look closely and you’ll see they’re actually maps. Whether you’re a fan of downtown Manhattan (pictured) or prefer Brooklyn ‘hoods like DUMBO or Williamsburg, this is such a cool way...

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Web Coolness – amazing playgrounds, our Baby Shower Gift Guide and Downton Abbey paper dolls

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  We wish more playgrounds were as inspired as the ones in this list of fun outdoor play spaces from all over the world. So proud of our new Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide which is loaded with over 150 great picks and discount codes too! Cracking up over this parody of Justin Bieber’s Baby, made for all of us new (and tired) moms. (via OWTK) Excited to hear that two of our favorite online mamas will be publishing Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less,...

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