Month: February 2012

Stork calling, special delivery

The only way the stork is getting back into my life might be on the wall and with a top hat. And that is not nearly as perverse as it might sound, when you look at these fabulous posters. This fantastically vintage-looking stork and baby poster from Nashville-based Anderson Design Group is big, easy on the eyes, and not accompanied by soiled diapers and crying. It’s available in blue or pink and printed on 80# archival paper for 18×24 inches of retro-hip goodness–and it’s nearly 1/3 off for the next two days if you’re a member at Fab.com. It’s one of...

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Marni for H&M – the ultimate cheap chic collaboration

At the very top of my bucket list of designers I hope to have hanging in my closet one day is Marni. I’ve always loved the Italian design house’s eclectic mix of prints and modern offbeat silhouettes. Now, thanks to a collaboration with fast fashion chain H&M, I won’t have to wait (or save a zillion dollars) to snag a piece of Marni for my wardrobe. The collection promises to be a stunner. Expect Marni’s signature geometric prints and creative mixes of color on everything from formal suits to loose dresses and summer coats. I have my eye on...

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LunchBots goes bento

For those of you with kids (like my son) who would rather eat just a little bit of everything instead of a big Dagwood sandwich, CMP favorite LunchBots is going to make your day. (If not your kids’ lunch.) The brand new LunchBots Quad is a new box, or bot, divided into four quadrants. I can’t wait to fill up this modern looking bento box with pretzels, apples slices, cut-up cheese and ripped up turkey breast for my son at preschool. It’s also great for snackers on the go, since it seals shut easily and stays that way. Besides looking cool, I love that...

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It’s Cool Mom Picks on The Martha Stewart Show!

In case you missed our Editor-in-Chief Liz’s recent Martha Stewart baby shower show appearance, here’s the online clip so you can watch the whole thing right from your computer! [Updated to add: The clip no longer is on the Martha Stewart site as this program was a long time ago!] Along with showcasing adorable baby outfits from Polarn O. Pyret, Zutano, Goat-Milk, Go Gently Baby, Tea Collection and Estella NYC, Liz announced our new Baby Shower Gift Guide which has over 150 of the coolest gifts for new and expectant moms. We’re so thrilled to be able to showcase...

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In the year you were born… your parents were actually cool.

Let’s face it, by the time our kids are old enough to ask what the world was like when they were born, they are going to consider us tragically unhip. Luckily, this charming (and affordable!) baby gift will help recall fond memories of hipster TV hits or the price of a microbrew where Mom and Dad lived. Every baby book has a couple of pages devoted to recording the price of a gallon of milk or that year’s president. But these Year You Were Born cards take a different spin, with place-specific memory prompts like “The Price of the Sunday...

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Baggu with a bang

I love my Baggu bags so much that I’ve been tempted to use them as actual handbags, especially with all the junk I schlep around in my purse. Well, now I can actually do it without having to compromise my love for a swanky bag. The new Baggu leather bag is the same shape as their popular reusable shopping bags, just much fancier. Made from super soft leather, you get the laidback feel of a less-structured bag but with loads of style. I’m partial to the Platinum myself, which I think adds some flair to what might seem like...

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5 essential baby food recipes from 5 essential baby food sources. Starting solids research: done!

Making homemade baby food may be as easy as 1-2-3 (prep! cook! puree!), but it takes time. And let’s be honest, it’s not easy to stay excited about pureeing carrots. Again. If you’re going to invest some of your precious free moments making baby food from scratch, you might as well keep it interesting.  In honor of this year’s Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide (have you seen it?!), check out these essential baby food recipes from our essential baby food sources.  Keeping baby food interesting just got easy. Your baby food may not look quite like the bébé meals that Béa...

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Honor Black History Month with We March

Every February our communities focus on a very important part of our nation’s past during Black History Month. So I’m taking a cue from our schools and continuing the discussion about civil rights at home. Our pick to get the conversations rolling with your kids: We March by Shane W. Evans. In We March, author Shane W. Evans embraces the challenge of explaining Civil Rights and the historic March on Washington to young readers. For a picture book, it is dramatic and powerful, with expressive illustrations that are so expressive that they could almost tell the story all by...

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It’s all about you. Your necklace says so.

I never realized that with all my jewelry hoarding, I don’t have a single monogram necklace or initial piece to my name. Well, I think that is about to change as I have just found the most bad-ass original monogram necklace yet. No matter what your style, you are going to find your monogram match from designer Moon and Lola. These acrylic designs are completely customizable to fit your individual style from modern to froufrou, neutral to bold. Pricing starts at $60, making them a great special occasion gift for the fabulous ladies in your life too. You know you...

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Stylish boys’ clothes. No trucks.

I know you’ve heard that old complaint about how boring it is to dress a boy. I hear it all the time, and I think it’s nonsense.  Sure, I can’t dress my sons in adorable outfits that I wish I could steal for myself; let’s say we have different taste in clothes. But there are still plenty of options to allow them to develop their own sense of individual style, which may not necessarily involve trucks, motorcycles or hockey sticks. [see some gorgeous boys styles after the jump!] This is we’re such big fans of Bobinette round these parts:...

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A baby bib cute enough to wear out of the high chair

The thing about bibs is that they are made to get dirty. So I’ve never really cared much about what they look like. But I just discovered a collection of bibs that blends practical and chic. The stylish baby bibs from Ah Goo Baby come with wrap around collars (great for not getting baby’s hair caught in the closure!) and are made in an array of very cool patterns. I love the pop-art poppy (pictured) as well as the zoo frenzy featuring a bunch of animals in a, well, frenzy-like pattern. Everything we’ve ever seen from this brand is...

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Shiver me slumbers!

Avast, me hearties and shiver me slumbers! This organic pirate bedding is the next best thing to being rocked to sleep in the crow’s nest. And even better, you can’t get seasick! Those scurvy dogs at The Land of Nod are in cahoots with Winter Water Factory to bring you A Pirate’s Bedding for Me, which is one of the most stylish sets of pirate bedding for kids we’ve ever seen. From sheet to duvets to shams, yarr setting sail in 200 thread count, machine washable, organic cotton. We love the cool blue and the subtle rolling waves, which...

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Hail to the chiefs

Today is a great day to spend a few moments talking to the kids about our U.S. presidents and their important contributions to society. But with these cool presidential blocks, you can have that conversation all the way to Election Day and beyond. Amazingly detailed, colorfully patriotic, and even educational, Uncle Goose’s fine Presidential Blocks are a great edu-toy and keepsake for kids way too young to vote. The 45 blocks include all 44 U.S. presidents, with one block holding the “Oath of Office”, so your future politico can get started memorizing that early. Older kids can test their...

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

We totally <3 you, and that’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite tech picks from this past week, in case you missed them while sending Lovestagrams and eating candy hearts that read “Email Me”, of course.  1. If you’re sick of waiting for your camera to focus before snapping a blurry pic of a child’s elbow or a cat’s ear, you’re going to dig this amazing new camera that shoots first and focuses later. 2. Our favorite e-cards are free, hilarious, and available year-round, not just for Valentine’s Day. Oh, and they sometimes involve Ryan Gosling in...

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Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess puts the cross in cross-stitch

I want to live at Downton Abbey. I want a Mrs. Patmore to cook dinner and a fleet of Annas to clean up and a closet of gorgeous, beaded dresses.  Unless my husband ends up being a long-lost heir, I doubt all that’s in the cards. But at least I can have this adorable cross stitch of one of my favorite characters. We’re in love with Downton Abbey, and I’m a huge fan of the Dowager Countess of Grantham, played with panache by Dame Maggie Smith. Every week, she manages to steal the show with a perfectly proper put-down,...

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Baby baths get plush. (Yes, plush.)

Bath time in our house is no easy feat. There’s a lot of wriggling and crying–from both baby and parents. I think partly it has to do with the fact that our plastic bathtub is not the comfiest of landing spots for little tushies. To remedy that, I’ve found really interesting new option. The plush, flower-shaped bath seat insert from Blooming Bath is like nothing I’ve ever seen. It provides a soft, safe place for babies to rest their little bottoms during cleaning time–easier than bathing a newborn in a plastic bathtub that’s five times bigger than her body....

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These boots are made for empowering

I’ve had our eye on Atlanta-based artisan Jessica Swift ever since I discovered her gorgeous reversible ceramic necklace at the Indie Craft Experience. She’s since expanded with a fabulous line of cool iPhone cases, and now, these adorable rain boots that, along with this warm patch of weather, have me wishing for spring. Her pretty new line of rain boots feature her beautiful art work on the outside along with a sweet, surprise message on the inside. The Carmindy boots (pictured) say “You are perfect just the way you are” and the bold, bright Ennika style have “This is...

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Appaman gets me excited for warmer weather. Like, swimming pool warmer.

While we’ve had baby shower gifts on the brain this week, we haven’t forgotten our bigger kids–and neither has one of our favorite brands, Appaman, which just launched their hot new spring/summer line. Fans of the ’80s? You’re going to like this one. Crank up the Donna Summer, dim all the lights sweet darlin’, and check out the cuteness. I’m now officially counting the days til snow is no longer a possibility, since getting a look at the new Appaman clothes on preorder at Psychobaby for spring/summer. Girls really score this season with a great selection of bright, candy-colored...

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Getting kids excited about gardening

I envy those people (you know who you are!) who pick fresh tomatoes from their garden before making a bruschetta with ingredients all grown in their backyard. Believe me, I have tried to be one of these people. But, I was born without a green thumb. This has led me to unbelievably friendly relationships with my local farmers and Farmer’s Markets. But this fabulously cool idea allows me to have my cake–or really, kale salad–and eat it too, all while getting the kids involved. In the Koop packages varieties of seeds in an egg carton, all equally intriguing and...

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Dan Zanes honors Black History Month with music

We have always loved the versatility of Dan Zanes’ music and the multicultural sound of so many of his songs, whether they’re in his collaborations with the children of South Africa’s Agape Orphanage in singing Zulu folk songs, or in a duet with newcomer Shine (of Shine and the Moonbeams) to belt out a little soul in Wake Up Baby!  So while he has the mic this weekend on his Sirius XM radio show, he’s going to use it to expose our kids–and many of us adults–to a wide range of music created and sung by black musicians and singers....

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