Month: April 2012

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened book review – We dare you not to laugh so hard you embarrass yourself in public

Anyone who’s familiar with the uber popular blog The Bloggess, by Jenny Lawson, won’t be surprised in the least that her new memoir Let’s Pretend this Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) is spit-bourbon-out-your-nose funny. You won’t be surprised that this is not a book to read out loud to the nun sitting next to you on the bus. You also might not be surprised that it debuted #1 on the New York Times best-seller list this week. What might surprise you, however, is how poignant, moving, and absolutely captivating it is from cover to cover. From the first...

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Mother’s Day gifts that give back from AHA Life

When we first discovered AHA Life a while back, it was a bit like a high end flash sale site with a new, extremely well-curated item popping up every 24 hours. Unfortunately, the prices were a bit in the “well, a girl can dream, right?” category. Now the site has evolved with more items that are available for longer, and many at prices more of us can afford. Of course this makes it more fun to browse around for great gift picks, and I was happy to find quite a few gifts that give back for a caring mama...

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High fashion highchair, hold the high fashion price

High chairs can really be the bane of style aficionados everywhere. Cumbersome, big, and frankly….ugly. Is it too much to ask for a high chair that looks cool, functions well–oh, and doesn’t cost $500? [don’t miss a great high chair giveaway after the jump!] The babyhome EAT high chair is simply sweet. It’s a burst of color (I love the green, although the orange is spectacular), it rolls on demand, and it does its job with a smile. There are no hidden corners that cheerios can find there way into, I thoroughly checked. That doesn’t mean that your floor...

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

If your Mother’s Day gift includes a card that says “Dear Mom, I <3 u 4evr” (and she knows what that means) then we’ve got you covered with lots of fun picks in the coming weeks on Cool Mom Tech. Meanwhile, here are some of our favorite posts of the last week in case you missed them. 1. Don’t want to miss this totally fun round up of geeky Mother’s Day gifts. 2. One of our all-time-fave interactive books has become an interactive app for kids that we bet they’ll love as much as ours do. 3. If you’ve got...

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Have a very mellow Mother’s Day

A few years back I discovered the lovely, 100% natural beauty and home products from Hellomellow and remain a fan. The products have evolved a bit since then with some pretty new packaging, new scents, and even better, some awesome gift sets just in time for Mother’s Day. But they still remain free of sulphates, parabens, and the other beauty watch-out ingredients. The Hellomellow gift sets just for Mother’s Day include from a home spa kit, a mom-to-be kit, and if you’re up for a $100 gift, a huge “Mellow Mother’s Day” set–which does not come with a bong,...

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A Petunia Pickle Bottom bag made for all women. No babies required.

We’re always fans of Petunia Pickle Bottom bags, thanks to smart design, elegant patterns, and a rugged refusal to succumb to ruination. But once you’re past the gigantic diaper bag phase and even the maybe-it’s-just-a-purse diaper bag phase, you might enjoy this lovely new option. The exterior of the Travel Train Case is made of the same easily cleaned, PVC-free, matte-glazed canvas we’ve come to love, and all the beautiful fabrics are available. However the inside is made just for you. And that means no bottles. The six interior pockets are great for dividing jewelry for travel, or maybe for...

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A cute talking elephant helps the medicine go down

In our household, dealing with kids’ flus and colds is a sticky process. I mean this literally: we are usually well-doused in prescribed medicine before any of it actually ends up inside the child. It’s not necessarily that the kids don’t want the medicine itself–the stuff tastes like Kool Aid these days–it’s more that the actual procedure is kind of scary for them.  To Tiffany Krumins, the solution was perfectly clear: make medicine-giving fun. She even went on ABC’s “Shark Tank” to debut her idea: AVA the Elephant, a cute, talking medicine dispenser. You just remove the dropper from AVA’s trunk...

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Sensory and developmental toys for kids on every level of the autism spectrum

I’m on a mission to find a birthday present for one of the smartest, sweetest, most wonderful little guys I know. That’s never an easy task. But Creative Kidstuff has made the process much simpler with a special new section on its website. Why? Because the awesome kid I’m shopping for has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Creative Kidstuff, in partnership with St. David’s Center, has identified the best of its educational toys for different skill and developmental categories and put them into one easy-to-shop category of toys for children with special needs. For example, if you’re looking for fun toys to...

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123’s with Orla Kiely

London designer Orla Kiely has had me under her spell for a few years now. I have always found her patterns and designs bursting with life, color, energy and a wonderful sense of playfulness. Orla has shown her love to mommies before with her gorgeous line of diaper bags. Now, she has gone even further catering to our little ones with her two new baby books. Orla Kiely’s Colors and Orla Kiely’s Numbers are board books featuring Orla’s signature shapes and patterns–stems, flowers, cars, pears and beyond.  The books are rewarding to fans and are delight to the child’s...

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Finally, a guide to safe products for moms and babies. Also, an excuse to shop.

If you’re like me and on your second or third (or more!) kid, you already know which products will keep you feeling beautiful while you’re pregnant, and keep baby bouncy once she’s out in the world. You probably also hiss and hide behind your arm like a vampire from sunlight when you hear words like “phthalate” and “paraben.” But there are plenty of parents who have yet to learn how to tailor their bath and beauty routines to pregnancy, much less to which pastel bottle of lotion is better for baby. Good news: this book’s got the low-down, not...

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First Communion Gift Ideas? Reader Q&A

My 8 year old niece is about to celebrate her First Communion, and I don’t have any good gift ideas. Can you help? Thanks, Sarah I don’t remember much about my First Communion oh-so-many-years-ago, but I think my relatives gave me cards with a few dollars inside. While you can go that route, here are some very special gifts that will have her remembering your thoughtfulness for a long time, which may be more than we can say for a $20 bill in a card. -Christina Commemorate the day with Pearlie Girl’s pretty silver bookmark (above) personalized with her name...

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Every day is Mother’s Day for our subscribers

Just in time for Mother’s Day, we’re so excited about our newsletter subscriber giveaway coming up this week. Or rather, giveaways. Three lucky Cool Mom Picks subscribers will each win a $150 gift certificate from our friends at Julian + Co, towards their lovely keepsake jewelry and other things of beauty. To enter the giveaway, just make sure that you’re a Cool Mom Picks subscriber and keep an eye out for our May newsletter coming out this week with all the details on entering. Just click here to subscribe and enter your email address. We guarantee it’s less messy than...

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Keep time in a fashionable manner

As a mom, I am on a constant schedule of life.  If I lose track of time, I am in deep deep trouble. So of course clocks are an important accessories in my house. (No, I have not yet given them all up in favor of smart phone clocks.) These modern minimalist clocks from Whitevan come in a variety of colors and shapes, so they’re perfect for the kitchen, living room, bedroom or even in the nursery. They’re made in a collaboration between painter/sculptor Dennis Beach and designer/engineer Greg Wolos. The result is high quality art and beautiful design,and...

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Boon + Plum Organics = Baby food pouch organizational zen

We’re all big fans of Plum Organics baby foods in my house, which we pack as snacks for the whole family all the time. But I’ve yet to figure out a good way to organize them, except other than toss them in a plastic bowl in my pantry. Nice, huh? Turns out, they’ve just figured it out for me. The new Pouch Rack, made in a collaboration with Cool Mom Picks fave Boon, helps you organize up to 12 baby food pouches neatly in your cabinets or pantry. It’s freed up a ton of space for us and made dealing...

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C’mon get happy

I’m a bit of a journal and notepad hoarder, because as a writer, I believe you can never have too many, in too many places. Still, you don’t have to be a writer to know the joys of a pretty notepad, and these ones I just found are decidedly happy-making. The happy notes notepads are a little spendy but I know that–as promised on the cover–they’d make me happy every time I look at them. Beneath the gold foiled cover, you’ll find 5 rainbow-colored, heavy paper stock notecards ready for jotting down the good stuff. I think it would...

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Web Coolness – Mother’s Day ideas, a hilarious family video, and Kindiefest!

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. And boy, there are a lot this week! A striking and inexpensive DIY silhouette tutorial in time for Mother’s Day. We’ve got 5 sweet Mother’s Day gifts for geeky moms, plus even more picks in our new Mother’s Day Gift Guide. (Have you entered the awesome giveaway yet?) Such pretty decorating ideas for a big girl’s room NYC area moms: Grab the kids and head over to Kindiefest on Sunday for a great lineup of kid-friendly music in Brooklyn that...

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Heartstrings, redefined

It’s hard, hugging Grandma from a thousand miles away, but here’s a way to remind her how very far those heartstrings stretch. And just in time for Mother’s Day– if you hurry! With the Personalized Heart Strings Map Pillow from Felix Street Studio on Etsy, you can visualize those tendrils of love connecting you and family members from LA to NY or Piscataway to Pasadena. (Or Stockbridge to Boston, as James Taylor might have said.) Just select up to four points in the US and how they connect– a wheel, a triangle?– and Felix Street will put little hearts...

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Insanely soft leggings for little crawlers

My one-year-old is a lightning fast crawler and he has the dirty knees to prove it. So I’m a big fan of baby leggings for more than mere fashion, especially when they’re as uber-soft as this new option. The new Leggies Legwarmers from Little Giraffe are made with the same kind of silky yarn that’s in their famous plush toys. So when I put them on my son, I know his legs are swathed in comfort. And cuteness. Of course. Plus, for you new moms who haven’t let discovered the joys of baby legwarmers, it’s great to just let...

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Bugaboo goes neon – cue the opening to Karma Chameleon. Or Cameleon?

Back after the sad demise of neon in the 80s, I really thought I would never thought I would see neon again. Boy George, was I wrong. And now even Bugaboo is getting into the neon action, and it puts the boom boom into my heart. Personally, I think the new NEON POP collection is absolutely gorgeous. A beautiful navy fabric and Bugaboo’s first-ever navy chassis on the Cameleon are complemented by striking hits of fluorescent red on the wheels, zippers, buckles and more. The best part is that even if your love affair with neon was as short-lived as...

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You oughta draw on pictures

From the moment they could successfully maneuver a crayon, my kids have loved open-ended coloring books like Taro Gomi’s finish-the-picture Scribbles book. So, it’s no surprise that they adore a new rules-free coloring book with an interesting twist: Instead of finishing drawings, they are actually invited to draw around photos. {keep reading for your chance to win a copy} Created by photographer and teacher M.J. Bronstein, Fotoplay! is a fun blend of realism and fantasy, with enough pages to keep even the most productive artists busy for many rainy days or on long summer road trips. Each one of...

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