Month: March 2012

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

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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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