Month: March 2012

Web Coolness – world’s craziest bed, ending the r-word, and spring cleaning your tech

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. So what if it doesn’t match anything in the house, we want a Giant Birdsnest to curl up in any time of day. (via Laughing Squid) An impassioned, intelligent and heartwarming video from Max’s mama, Ellen Seidman, who is doing her part to end use of the r-word.  We already love Psychobaby’s cool kids’ clothing, and during the month of March, we love them even more as they’ve partnered with Little Kids Rock to help revitalize music education in public...

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Presenting the Productivity Guide for Working Parents (And who doesn’t need that!)

As busy parents ourselves, we know (we know! we know!) how valuable our time–and space–can be. Fear not; we’re here to help you out. That’s why we’re so happy to introduce a month-long series on Cool Mom Tech, the Productivity Guide for Working Parents, sponsored by Motorola. This week, we’re starting out with 7 great home office organization tips. We know #6 can be challenging–but we have faith in you. Keep an eye out for more helpful ideas, products and resources next week. And what’s really cool? A comment on each of our posts gives you a chance to...

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A growth chart to be proud of

My kids favorite pastime is measuring themselves.  Everyday I hear, “Mom, have I grown? Am I taller than Eden?” All this on our handmade growth chart behind our closet door that includes pencil markings.  The Growing Like a Weed growth chart from Wee Gallery is the perfect solution for parents and children. Stylish enough for the parent to be proud to display it and practical enough for the child to understand how tall they really are.  Handwritten numbers mark birthdays on the stem, and make it easy for your little one to chart his progress. At least up to...

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On International Women’s Day, give the gift of education

Today, is International Women’s Day. And hey, we’re women! Which makes it a pretty big deal to us. It’s so easy to take for granted that we can live and work in the land of the free, and hard to imagine how women have it in other countries, where education is discouraged and dreams of careers are nothing but. So I’m so happy to learn about Vittana, an amazing non-profit with a global campaign that we’re happy to help support, especially today. Vittana has raised over $1.5 million for ambitious students from countries like Bolivia, Peru, Vietnam, Paraguay and the Philippines who desperately...

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Cake Pop 101 recipe: an easy how-to for even the baking averse

Cake pop mania is going strong! Cute cake on a stick. Yes, please. Made popular by baking genius Bakerella, cake pops are now everywhere, from every food blog (I dare you to find one without a cake pop post) to Starbucks. When cake pops look so pretty, who can resist? Especially when making them is such simple business. I can’t promise you’ll be able to replicate the Mona Lisa on a bite they way Bakerella surely can, but hopefully these tips can get you started. 1. Start with cake Any sheet cake will do. Pick one from your favorite recipes...

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Childproofing window blind cords – that should be the least of a new mom’s problems

Our new house has lots of windows, with lots of brand-new window blinds. That means lots of window blind cords — and, to parents, those are serious business. That stats about kids strangled by the cords each month are pretty disturbing. So I was really happy to find these fabulous window blind cord winders by one of our favorite, eco-friendly childproofing company. In fact, they may be the only eco-friendly childproofing company. The window blind cord winders from Rhoost, made of non-toxic, BPA-free, 100% recyclable plastic, require absolutely zero tools to install–all you do is loop the cords securely through the appropriate...

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3 ways you can get off the couch and help fight cancer

It’s crushing to have to write that cancer affects all of us in some way these days. That includes the parenting blog community, who recently lost Susan Niebur recently, an amazing scientist, mother, and friend to everyone at Cool Mom Picks. We were constantly inspired by her outspoken advocacy for organizations that fund research and treatment (in her words: “Aren’t we aware of cancer already?”) So once again, we’re proud to continue our campaign with our sponsor The American Cancer Society to share a few new ways you help,  that you may not not about. RELAY FOR LIFEThis wonderful...

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Wonder pets for the walls.

Ok, say it with me…. Awwww. A huge pet peeve of mine when it comes to kid décor is the overabundance of safari and other unoriginal animal themes. However, thanks to the new Animal Print shop from animal photographer extraordinaire Sharon Montrose, I’m a convert. Baby animals for your baby’s room? Perfect fit. Commercial photographer Sharon Montrose blended her passions for photography and animals, becoming the go-to pro for animal photography and we can see why. Her new publicly available series the Little Darlings are incredible individual intimate close ups of baby lions, tigers, bears and a variety of other...

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Two cool new baby foods you want to know about

Baby food is so much more than mushy goo these days. From ancient grains to carefully selected sweet potatoes, we’re excited to learn about two new lines that cater to developing palates with exciting new textures and tastes. And brix, which is apparently very important. Baby Gourmet is a line of baby foods aiming to address more than just nutrition. They focus on freshness, texture, pH, and brix–or natural sweetness. (I didn’t know either, don’t worry.) Our editor Kristen tried them and found them “sweet but not sugary.” Their credentials are impressive, with no added sugar, salt, preservatives, thickeners,...

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It’s a baby carrier. It’s a seat. It’s a lifesaver!

What do you get when you combine a comfortable, easy-to-use baby carrier and a portable child seat? The distinct impression that someone should have invented this a long time ago. [don’t miss an amazing giveaway after the jump!] It’s called the Onya Baby Carrier, and it has the ability to make your life easier and your diaper bag lighter. The Onya has all the features I demand in a buckle carrier: it’s very carefully made, with tough seams and safety buckles. It’s comfortable and helps take the weight off your shoulders. It’s cozy for baby, with a darted seat...

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Hot trend alert: Chevrons are for kids!

Chevron stripes have been one of the hottest design trends and far less polarizing than the moustache. Chevrons are literally on every available surface, and I’m still in no mood to give them up–they just make everything look so fun and fresh. Whatever you call them, chevron or zig zags, these stripes are here to stay. Here are my favorite ways to see them on kids. It’s birthday party season at my house, so I’ve had my eye on these little bitty party favor bags by Whisker Graphics — the bold colorful zigzags make them perfect for parties. This simple...

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Treehouse Tykes – A new flash sale site that stands out from the rest

Another members-only flash sale site, you ask? Well, yes. But this one’s got an awesome charity aspect to it, plus the kinds of kids’ brands for up to 70% off, that we’d happily buy at full price. The new flash sale site, Treehouse Tykes, not only tempts are wallets by offering CMP favorites like Manny & Simon and 7 A.M. Enfant, but has a very cool way to shop while doing major good: 10% of net proceeds will go to the school or charity of your choosing. Another way Treehouse Tykes is different is their “10-10-10” program. Every time...

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Stylish leggings that your daughter will love. Because she made them.

When dressing my daughter, I am constantly looking for unique clothing.  Something that the entire pre-school isn’t wearing.  It can be a hard task, especially when living in middle America, where large department stores are our best friends.  But here’s a company that can make your daughter’s look totally her own, wherever you live. When I first saw these leggings from Polkadot What, I squealed with delight. They created this line so that your little girl can create what she wants. For example, girls can mix the triangle and hollow circle shape to create “The Confident and Creative You”...

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

Now that we’ve leaped into March, it’s time to take advantage of some of the tech world’s recent leaps. Here are some our favorite posts you might have missed from the last week. 1. Which free Disney app did our editor use at least twenty times a day when navigating Disney?Click to find out–and to see how long the wait time is for Dumbo at this very second. 2. Hallelujah! We found a card reader for your iPad so you can finally grab photos directly from your SLR– and it takes USB drives, too. 3. What do you get when...

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Building your calendar year in LEGO bricks

Last week, I realized I forgot to grab a calendar for the new year when I glanced over to check the date on my desk and saw nothing but a gaping hole where the 2011 calendar once stood. Though I know I could grab a majorly discounted ’12 version this late in the year, I instead fell for this fun colorful calendar that lets my kids put the days together brick-by-brick. The LEGO Brick Calendar is part plaything, part useful desktop accessory. Yes, it is an actual working calendar complete with days of the week and the names of...

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A stroller deal from Phil & Teds and Mountain Buggy to get excited about

Some deals are just too good to keep to yourself. Especially when it involves a stroller, since great buggies can be so pricey, but are so integral for every family with young ones. Two of Cool Mom Picks’ fave stroller brands, Phil & Teds and Mountain Buggy, will be offering their strollers on the chic flash sale site Gilt Kids tomorrow with an awesome accessory thrown in. It’s already sweet to get a Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle for $100 off the sticker price or a Phil & Teds Explorer for $130 off the price–but with either one, Gilt is...

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Why PBS should bring this circus to your town

Last summer, our editor Liz gushed about the wonders of Circus Smirkus, the amazing single-ring circus whose performers are all kids. And for those of us in the New England or upstate New York areas, every summer brings us another chance to catch this innovative circus, now approaching its 25th year. But for those of you in other parts of the globe, and for those of us who adore these young performers and want to see more, more, more, there is a way to bring the circus right into your home. The new documentary Circus Dreams, A Movie Journey...

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Lion Love

I just found the absolute perfect baby gift if you’re looking for something sweet, personalized, and indie. In fact we love it so much, it’s one of the first items we knew we wanted in our baby shower gift guide this year. This personalized lion print with the new babe’s name on it is just super sweet. The drawing is whimsical (this isn’t a National Geographic lion, don’t you worry) and the personalization in a fun font adds a thoughtful touch. Here’s a cool fact. Did you know that lions sleep for twenty hours a day? This sounds a whole...

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Fighting evil with rock ‘n’ roll, Aquabats style

The minds behind Yo Gabba Gabba! are not content to settle with one successful kids show. In fact, they have just hooked themselves a certain daughter I know with a brand-new show–and some truly awesome rock music. And I’m betting a lot of other daughters and sons will be hooked when this new show premieres today. “The Aquabats! Super Show!” (I bow down to the generous-yet-not-totally-annoying use of exclamation points) focuses on a band of crime-fighting musicians who are on a mission to vanquish evil using the power of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s totally comical and campy in a...

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Making your own bouquets look like those pricy ones. You can do it!

Artfully arranged flowers are one of life’s most fleeting luxuries. Since I’m not an heiress, I pick up flowers at Trader Joe’s or the grocery store when I do my weekly shopping — the flowers are inexpensive, and a flower’s a flower right? The only problem is that when I get home with a bunch of flowers I have no idea what to do with them. So I plop them in a vase (as artfully as possible of course) and wonder why they never look as nice as professionally arranged flowers. Now they do. When I learned about the Flower...

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