Month: March 2012

Easter gifts for kids cuter than headless chocolate bunnies

Our inbox is jammed lately with parents asking for non-caloric Easter gift ideas. As luck would have it, we have quite a few. The latest being the adorable, affordable handmade creations from Etsy’s Bossy’s Feltworks–and just in time for the first day of spring!< The three felted baby birds in a nest are melting my heart–I’d imagine my kids would be giving them wacky names in no time and putting on weird plays with them. You can also find more traditionally Easter gifts like this Easter chick in an egg in several different colors, or a cute felted bunny....

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Making the baby shower even sweeter

I always need another reason to eat cupcakes (well, I don’t need a reason) and now I have one. All I need is a baby shower invitation and I’m all set. The edible icing cupcake topper folks at Ticings.com (a big fave around here) have collaborated with the cute t-shirt mavens Colette Kids on an adorable DIY baby shower kit.  You’ll get a 100% rib cotton onesie from Colette Kids, plus 2 dozen customizable peel-and-press, gluten-free cupcake toppers, all with the same cute image. If are you aren’t planning on serving cupcakes, you can use them on everything from slices of fruit to...

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Chews wisely with Good Karmal.

“Creativity takes courage.” You know who said that? The wrapper around the piece of caramel I just ate. (And, yeah, Henri Matisse.) There’s something super sweet about candy that talks back, spreading a positive and uplifting message. And believe me when I say these caramels blow Bazooka Joe right out of the water. Good Karmal is a brilliant concept combining all-natural, handcrafted caramels with positive quotations that are uplifting and not cloying. I’ve been steadily devouring samples for two days, and I can assure you that I haven’t yet found a duplicate quote or one that made me roll...

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Keungzai designer maternity clothes gives pregnant women one more reason to glow

There has always been something so breathtaking to me about seeing a pregnant woman dressed to the nines.  It’s like she is stating to the world that being a mother-to-be is the most beautiful responsibility in the world. Keungzai, a UK online maternity boutique, just launched a gorgeous selection of maternity clothes this month–that are definitely not for those of us who’d rather live in yoga pants. In fact fans already include the gorgeous Sienna Miller.  You’ll find designer brands such as Peaks of London, Cake Lingerie and Hot Milk. But the one piece that really caught my eye...

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Leggings the way your own girls would make them. Really.

I came home one day to find my six year-old sketching out her dream wardrobe. (My future fashion designer!) My mother, a former clothing designer herself, turned some of them into real clothes, which I thought was one of the sweetest things ever. So I kind of fell in love with the story behind Luna Leggings, which were inspired by the drawings of a little girl, whose parents then decided to bring them to life by collaborating with a small, family-run knitting factory. Sienna has a thing for bright colors, fanciful designs and nature motifs, meaning she and my...

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

Technology is all about learning, growing, and now, going to camp at the Apple Store. Here are some of our favorite picks you might have missed from the last week. 1. With these ten smart tips for photographing your kids, you’re sure to get the perfect Easter pic for Grandma’s mantle. 2. Apple Camp takes on a whole new meaning when it happens at the Genius Bar and involves your kids learning iMovie. 3. Free talking and texting on our smart phone? Don’t mind if we do! 4. Are you there, Kindle? It’s me, Margaret. We’re stoked that one...

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Natural craft supplies that are as beautiful as what your kids create

As a mom, some of my fondest moments with my kids are creating arts and crafts together.  I’ve never met a kid that doesn’t like to get their little hands involved in a project–all the more reason I care about what ends up on those little hands. Introducing GLOB, makers of creative and beautiful craft supplies that are naturally made. The  paints and crayons all come from natural and biodegradable materials–even the paint cups are compostable.  So my kids will not only get a lesson in art, but one in conservation.   I also love that GLOB specializes in botanically crafted...

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Is that a bird on your head, or are you just happy to see me?

Sometimes, I want serious jewelry. But sometimes, I just want something unexpected and playful that goes well with jumping on trampolines or doing cartwheels in the yard. So this would work. This fun line of illustrated wooden necklaces from depeapa in Granada, Spain,  tiptoes the fine line between whimsical and hip. Whether you like kids with birds on their heads, mustaches, or slightly confused bears, you can get your cute fix as a necklace or a brooch. Although the pieces aren’t unique, the illustrations are designed and hand-printed by the artist on hand-cut wood.  Plus, just look at his sweet...

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Starting solids with sushi

While I wouldn’t recommend handing a baby a spicy tuna roll to keep him entertained in the stroller, I might if it’s made out of cardboard. The brand new sushi touch-and-feel stroller cards are beyond adorable (more so than the box would make you think), and comes on a soft stretchy clip-on ring for the stroller bar. Beyond cuteness, they’ve actually got some developmental benefits for babies. From crinkly seaweed to smooth shrimp, and squishy salmon, each one features a tactile little piece like in baby’s favorite touch-and-feel board books. I even love that the sticky rice (on what...

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Presenting Stitch Labs – Small business owners and aspiring professional crafters, this one’s for you.

Many a mom has dreamed of running her own craft business– me included. My Etsy shop never got big enough to merit any sort of organizational system, but if it had, I suspect I would be totally lost, much like Lucy was in that candy factory. Inventory, shipping, and labels, oh my! When your product rocks, it gets complicated fast. Consider us thrilled by this new online business management tool just for crafters and creators, developed by one of our own favorite successful crafters. And it offers a free trial, too. Stitch Labs is the latest venture by our pal...

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5 gorgeously green accessories for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond

I love the idea of going green for St. Patrick’s Day, but not so much with a “Kiss Me I’m Irish!” shirt. I’d much rather grab something I can use beyond March 17. So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite green bags and accessories that we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Picks that are still on trend, long after the corned beef, cabbage, and green beer hangover has worn off. I’ve been coveting a Cambridge Satchel ever since we featured it, particularly the Flouro bag in the super trendy neon green. This After the Rain Brooch is a...

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60% off pre-loved French couture for kids. Ooh la la!

We absolutely hate watching one of our favorite boutiques go… especially when it’s a sweet shop like Apricot Culotte. The one good thing about it is their closeout sale. We said je t’aime to Apricot Culotte when we fell in love with its concept: pre-loved baby and kid clothing from top French designers like La Queue du Chat and Petit Bateau offered at astonishingly low prices. Now, those prices are even lower: 60% off the entire site. Apricot Culotte is closing its doors, so every last item of gorgeous French clothing has got to go. Sigh. We’ll miss you, Apricot Culotte, but...

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4 ways to get your daily dose of cool

Never miss a day of Cool Mom Picks! Here’s how: 1. Like us on Facebook 2. Follow us on Twitter 3. Subscribe to our RSS feed 4. Follow us on Pinterest *Bonus! Become an email subscriber. It’s not daily, but feel free to read our newsletter every day, if it makes you...

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The Hanna Andersson sale gets us ready for swimsuit season (hooray!)

So I’m clicking around the Hanna Andersson webshop, just seeing what’s what for spring, because I love how durable their clothes are, especially if you’ve got multiple kids and are familiar with the phrase “hand-me-down.” But hey! As it turns out…big sale! If you’re looking for girls or baby dresses, swimsuits or cover-ups, the Hanna Andersson sale makes this the perfect time. I love this stripey girls sundress, now $20 down from $28. Same for the cute pillowcase dresses and tunics which also double as handy beach cover-ups–although the tunics are a bit more at $30, down from $36....

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Kid vitamins that in no way resemble candy

I discovered Emergen-C after my first Bikram yoga class, and I remember thinking that it was the most brilliant idea ever. It made water actually taste good, and it was healthy, too. Now they’ve got a special line for kids, and Purple Drink has a whole new meaning. Emergen-C Kidz is exactly what it sounds like: Emergen-C formulated just for kids. With three fun flavors and no artificial colors or flavorings, we’ve been using it as another line of defense against the colds and flu marinating in my kids’ school classrooms. With 250mg of vitamin C and a host...

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Web Coolness – Art with tape, help for working parents, and the most creative first birthday party theme we’ve seen.

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Amazing tape sculptures by street artist Mark Jenkins are way more amazing than what our kids create when they use up all the tape in the house.  Our readers have the greatest ideas in the second post in our series on Great Productivity Tips for Working Parents. Have a child who’d rather play with the box than the toy that was inside? We love this cardboard box-themed first birthday party which is anything but drab. And don’t miss the bubble...

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Quilts for the design snob in all of us

When I think of quilts, modern isn’t the word that jumps to mind. Cozy and comforting? Yes. Hip and fresh? Not really.  So when I came across the quilts made by Etsy seller Deer and Hippo I was delighted and more than a little surprised by just how at home they would be in the most modern of nurseries. They’re just the thing to add a bit of warmth to baby’s room. Each quilt is a one-of-a-kind heirloom piece meant to be loved and used for many years, just like a traditional quilt. But unlike a traditional quilt, these will...

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9 cool and unusual summer camps that teach more than campfire songs

Spring is in the air (hooray!) which means summer can’t be all that far behind. And while the word “summer camp” still fills my head with images of gimp and campfires, your kids’ options now go way beyond the camps of my youth, with specialty camps for just about any interest. Here are some of my favorites that look like so much fun, I wish I could sign up myself. –Christina Science CampLittle scientists can spend their days learning about outer space, solving their own CSI-style mystery, or even figuring out a cure for zombies at Colorado’s Keystone Science Camp....

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5 great Easter cards – because as we know, it’s all about the egg hunt

In our family we have a tradition we like to think of as Peaster–an Easter, Passover hybrid that acknowledges all the traditions of the diverse, wonderful people in our family. The one thing that holds the whole thing together? Eggs. When we’re done hard-boiling them, painting them, hiding them, and finding them, one of them (usually blue for some reason) ends up on the Seder plate for eating. So I’ve rounded up a whole bunch of Easter cards and invitations that are all about the eggs. If we could customize them to say PEASTER…all the better. {See five cool...

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Diane von Furstenberg for GapKids launches today, and we swoon

I love having two yummy little boys, really I do. But it’s times like this–when I hear that design icon Diane von Furstenberg is creating a girls-only collection for GapKids and babyGap–that I get a little envious of moms with daughters. [get a look at some of our favorite new DVF looks after the jump!] The DVF + GapKids and babyGap collection hits stores and online today. Not since Stella McCartney’s line with the retailer has there been such excitement about a collaboration. And with good reason. The mini-me prints and outfits take you into cuteness overload. The iconic...

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