Month: March 2012

Pura Kiki bottles let you ditch plastic sippy cups for stainless steel

I admit that I was pretty skeptical of the stainless steel baby bottle trend, and never could actually make the leap. But now that my baby is of sippy cup age, I am pretty intrigued by the idea of stainless steel sippy cups. The Pura Kiki stainless steel toddler bottle has become a fixture in the hands of my 17-month old, pretty much converting me from the slew of plastic sippy cups that are stuffed in my kitchen drawers. They just wear so well compared to the plastic that looks beaten up pretty quickly, and I love how easy they are to wash....

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Five vegetable chips that make healthy eating easy

Got the winter squash blahs? Now that big mama nature has sprung spring on us, we get to look forward to a wider variety of fresh vegetables at the market. My favorite way to celebrate the bounty of Spring is to make homemade veggie chips. And I’m not just talking about ubiquitous kale chips. You can turn nearly any veggie into a chip with nothing more than a knife, some olive oil and an oven. (Salt helps, too.) Check out these five easy vegetable chip recipes and watch even your veggie refusnik gobble up the natural goodness of spring. These Cinnamon...

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The big bangle theory

As much as I love chunky rings and big bangles and cuffs, this season I’m finding myself drawn to daintier pieces, like these gorgeous, handcrafted ones at Alice Roche Jewelry. The triangle water bangles are light and airy, though still sturdily made from sterling silver, with the cool shape and ox silver adding the perfect little twist and uniqueness that I’m personally drawn to. I also love how Alice is committed to using reclaimed materials as well as those manufactured here in the United States. It can offer a nice balance if you’re still into big chunky ring or...

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Making your own Easter bunny

I am not a crochet master (or even a crochet apprentice), but if I were, I would totally be buying the PDF so I could make an adorable amigurumi bunny like this one. So for all you crafty mamas, check out the amigurumi bunny crochet pattern from Etsy’s LuvlyGurumi. You pay $6 for the pattern and support a small artist, then the rest is up to you. I can’t think of a sweeter Easter gift than something made from the heart. And that includes red jellybeans. –Liz Download the amigurumi bunny crochet pattern from LuvlyGurumi – plus monkeys, birds,...

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Introducing our Associate Editor and now published author, Delilah S. Dawson

We’re so thankful to have such amazing, talented mom writers here at Cool Mom Picks, so it’s no surprise to us that our own Associate Editor Delilah Dawson has her first book coming out today. Whoo! Wicked as They Come is the first in a three-part part-paranormal/part-steampunk series. We’re not even sure how to explain this other than there are corsets, laced-up boots, and vampires. What’s not to like about that? The book is dark, steamy, and pretty far from a baby carrier review. (Though we love your baby carrier reviews, Delilah!). What can we say? Our writers wear...

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Family vacations off the beaten path – Dahlonega, Georgia

Even though we’ve lived in Atlanta for almost five years, we’ve yet to explore all this area has to offer. And really, the idea of a quick weekend trip without a long car drive is really attractive when funds are low and you’re chasing after a bunch of kids, which is exactly what I discovered when I visited Dahlonega, a small town about 70-ish miles north of Atlanta as a guest of their Chamber of Commerce. With my two older kids in tow, we enjoyed the outdoorsy small town that’s known as the starting point for the Appalachian Trail....

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Our favorite baby basics for spring from Zutano

We’ve been huge fans of Zutano‘s durable, mix-and-match baby clothes going way back to when our own firstborns were living them–and we have the pictures to prove it. The spring line is so adorable that we even featured one of the outfits on Martha Stewart’s Baby Shower show last month. So when Zutano asked if we’d pick out some of our favorites from their new collection to share, we were like…where do we start? If you’re putting together a layette for your new baby, or you’re stocking up on shower gifts for the season, here are just few fabulous...

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And we’re off…

Spring just makes me want to get out. Also redecorate. Which is hard to do if I’m always out. But now there’s this lovely bit of art that kind of bridges both needs for me. This “Off to See the World” embroidery hoop art from the UK’s Three Red Apples just makes me happy. I love the vintage Citroën applique which is free hand embroidered, and the vintage fabrics in cheery colors bring it all together. Or maybe the airstream is part of your own travel fantasy? At least it’s easier to get a few car seats in there....

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5 online resources to help get parents smarter about money

When it comes to teaching our kids about money, we’ve learned that the most effective–and easiest–trick is teach by example. In other words, the better example we can set for them, the more prepared they’ll be to tackle their own budgets and spending as they get older. And while your kids may not be ready for the “this is how a credit card works” talk, even toddlers can start to understand the value of a dollar. Or a quarter. (Boy it’s tough to explain that a piece of green paper is worth more than a shiny coin!) So we...

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Easter sweets? Well, kind of…

Along with a big chocolate rabbit, the Easter bunny always leaves a bunch of sugary jelly beans for my kids in their basket. And though I don’t always love his artificially-colored-and-flavored choices, I let it slide for this one special day. But, this year, one of our favorite all-natural candy companies has come out with jelly beans that make this mama happy and will have my sweet kids puckering up in delight all day long. YumEarth’s new Sour Beans look like innocent little jelly beans until you stick one in your mouth and realize, whoa! sour! In fact, I...

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