Month: April 2012

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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