Month: April 2012

7 Great Mothers Day brunch recipes–even for those too busy to make Mothers Day brunch

Mothers Day brunch is one of my favorite traditions. However ever since having kids, Mother’s Day poses a conundrum. I want it to be my day, which means not doing anything for anybody, but I also want to treat my own mama, and that requires some effort.The solution? Host a make-ahead brunch, then steal away with my husband while Grandma spends QT with her adoring grandsons. It’s the perfect plan. Here are seven great brunch recipes that can be prepped in no time–some even the night before–so that you can kick up your heels on Mother’s Day and still...

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10 funny Mother’s Day cards for extra cool moms

Not every mom is a flowery, sappy Mothers Day card mom. There are a few of us who can appreciate something with just a little more sass, a little more sense of humor. For them, I’ve tracked down these ten cards that had me smirking, smiling, or flat out laughing. above: favorite mom so far $4 from 4four   swear card, $3.25 from michelle brusegaard motherhood is beautiful card, $3 from alternate greetings (inside: now let me pick that moist cheerio out of your hair so I can say it with a straight face.) my life would suck without you,...

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3 new monthly gift subscriptions for kids that keep on giving

With three kids and an ever-growing number of nieces and nephews, it seems like I’m on the lookout for a “wow” birthday gift every month, and a monthly gift subscription is always a great idea. In the past, we’ve lauded the genius of Kiwi Crate craft projects, or the Little Passports “pen pal” subscription series for future travelers. Now, there are 3 more monthly gift subscriptions for kids as young as three that will have your recipient thinking you are the coolest gift-giver ever. Over and over again. -Christina BABBABOX SUBSCRIPTIONS The new BabbaBox from BabbaCo is a super-special...

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There are pop-up books for kids. Why not pop-up clothing?

Who doesn’t love an old fashioned pop up book? For Jane of the Etsy shop Little Blue Frogs, her childhood love of pop up books resurfaced when she had kids of her own, and lucky for us, her fascination resulted in a crafty and completely adorable collection of Pop Up t-shirts for baby.  Nature-loving parents can choose from designs like puffy clouds and sun or a leaf and ladybug while hipsters can indulge in the retro record album and music note combo. I personally can’t decide which one I like best, but even this music lover finds the cloud...

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4 great design blogs for new moms – from new moms.

It’s exciting for us when our favorite design bloggers become new moms (or aunts!) themselves. Because that means more cool products, design, clothing and gorgeous inspiration for parents everywhere. Here, 4 phenomenal design blogs that are starting to feature more mobiles and fewer handcut steel coffee tables with sharp edges. (Ha.) DESIGN FOR MINIKIND One of our favorite design bloggers and all around adorable gals, Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind, has announced Design for Minikind. As well as the pending birth of her first baby. Expect gorgeous products, clean beautiful photography, and inspiration from around the globe you...

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Beautiful custom Mother’s Day pendants–or pendants that make every day Mother’s Day

With all of the amazing choices for Mother’s Day jewelry out there, it can be difficult to pick just one. Well of course you don’t have to pick just one, but with this beautiful custom necklace, you can be sure you’ll get some serious bang for your buck. Custom keepsake pendants from Crafted by Kerstin is as gorgeous as it is unique. The custom jewelry includes a silhouette of your child, an initial, and even his own handprint–miniaturized that you can clip to a necklace. The handprint is an especially lovely, unique touch–and you can order a footprint instead,...

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Help us help you–and win cool stuff too!

We adore you, our Cool Mom Picks readers! (You know that already, we hope.) But to be sure you’re extra especially happy, we’ve created a super short, simple survey about our site to help us make it even better for you. As busy moms ourselves, we know every minute is precious, so we’ve gathered up some awesome goodies to thank you for taking a minute or two for us. In fact, 50 readers drawn at random will win goodies including skin care packages from aden + anais, Sesame Street Envirosax from Cattiwampus, and placemats + kids’ sticker sets from...

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In the mood for spring with Tea’s new kids collection, and a $100 giveaway

If you looked in my kids’ closet, you’d find more Tea clothes than pretty much anything else. (Besides my t-shirts that they steal and call “nightgowns.”) Since the day I first got a Tea outfit for my baby shower, I fell in love with durable, stylish, very wearable kids clothes inspired by fabrics from around the world. So of course I’m overjoyed that Tea Collection is once again a CMP sponsor, not just because I love them–but because they like you too! In fact, they’re generously giving away one $100 gift card to one of our readers. See below...

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Custom scarves from Hayden-Harnett – Baby wearing in a whole different kind of way

In the search for custom photo Mother’s Day gifts, there’s a fine line between creepy and cool. (Hint: you do not want to wear your baby as a hat.) But bespoke scarves from one of our favorite hip accessory designers? We think that’s cool. The custom photo scarves from Hayden-Harnett, a Cool Mom Picks favorite, can be a very creative way to celebrate a child or grandchild. The Brooklyn designers will transform a photo (even one right from your smart phone) into a beautiful scarf in either sandwashed silk or sheer silk chiffon. If you’re not the photo-on-a-scarf type,...

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

Some of our favorite tech picks this week that we think you’ll like too. 1. In honor of Earth Day, save power and money with these super cool eco-friendly smart phone chargers.  2. If the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey went mobile, we’re pretty sure this iPhone case would be hers. Lovely. 3. A fun coloring app that features your kids’ very favorite character– themselves!  4. Picnik is officially closed. But we’ve rounded up some great ways to edit your online photos that we may actually like better. 5. We found one of the coolest iPhone docks we’ve ever seen....

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Earth Day Pick – PaperStatement art and jewelry

Discovering the Paper Statement Etsy shop was like looking at your own perceived craftiness in the mirror and laughing at it. I am absolutely blown away by the things true artists can do out of paper and cardboard. The first thing that caught my eye from German artist Dorisse is this very cool paper necklace made from corrugaged paper beads. It looks great with multi-colors like this, but the simple natural beads or single-color options are pretty amazing too. [see more incredible paper jewelry and sculptures after the jump] Really impressive book sculpture. Statement bracelet from paper beads. Very...

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Earth Day Pick – Eco friendly wooden toys

On Earth Day or any day, I love the feeling a wooden toy creates; fresh, clean and perfect for a creative little mind. It’s no secret we are fans of Little Sapling’s all-natural wood toys. Now the husband and wife team, Nick and Kimber, have done it again with this charming little piece just added to their collection. The wooden toy camera makes it pretty obvious why the Christensens have the top selling toy shop on Etsy. (Not that we don’t have other favorites, of course.) It’s an excellent, original gift idea for the kid who has everything or for your...

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Earth day pick – Neat-os reusable snack bags

Of all the ways my family has gone a little greener, perhaps the easiest has been ditching plastic bags for reusable bags. And since discovering this new brand, we’re almost completely plastic bag free when it comes to snack time and school lunches. The Neat-os reusable bags are some of the coolest I’ve seen, made right here in the USA and feature a cool clear section so you can actually see what’s in the bags (smart, right!). Created using food-safe materials that’s free of BPA, lead, and all the icky “p” words (like pvc and phthalates), these bags will...

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Earth Day Pick – Kiwi Crate’s green boxes

When I first read about Kiwi Crate’s monthly craft subscriptions (here, in fact), I couldn’t wait to gift one to my niece. She clapped in delight each time her box arrived because she knew it’d be packed with fun, engaging, and lovely activities that were perfect for her four-year-old hands. And now that Kiwi Crate has announced some new boxes–two of which seem perfect to mention on this Earth Day–I can’t wait to sign my niece up for a few more. Kiwi Crate’s monthly boxes come jam-packed with loads of activities built around a certain theme, and their fun/educational gardening theme...

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Kids’ furniture that boosts creativity? Why not!

When designing a kid’s bedroom, it’s always important to find functional yet fun pieces to fill their space. Kids are attracted to color and texture; my son’s own favorite chair was the most colorful yet ugly thing that you’ve have ever laid eyes on. (I hid it when guests came over.) Jekca however, has created a line of kids furniture that is colorful, modern, whimsical and like nothing we’ve seen. Essentially they’re made from a series of blocks that can be configured all different ways. The recommendation is for kids 8 and up, but younger ones will love to...

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Fancy clothes for baby boys…with a twist

When you are invited to a fancy affair with a baby boy, it can be tricky to navigate the waters. Girls are so easy (Yes, I’m a mom of boys so this is all just speculation tinged with jealousy), no matter the age. You’ve got dresses, tunics, and little headbands and clips to tie the look together. And boys? Not so much. Until now. Meet the Shirtzie by Andy & Evans. This dressy snapsuit for boys is absolutely genius and I’m only mad that I didn’t think of it myself. This shirt is business in the front, party in...

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Willa Skincare for girls just old enough to care about such things

I learned two things painting faces at an Easter party: little boys really like to be painted as zombies, and wow, tweens and teens have seriously oily skin. So oily that you have to blot it before you can paint it. Yowza. I’m so glad to see that the products I used to combat my own pizza face as a kid have been replaced with far more sophisticated options. Willa skin care is a new line of tween and teen beauty products available online and exclusively in Target and JCREW Crewcuts. The look is fresh, the products were developed...

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Gorgeous jewelry that every mother would love

I’ve already got my eye on a few of the necklaces we’ve featured in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide, but then I saw this beautiful one from Anna Bee Jewelry and well, let’s just say my husband should have no issues figuring out what to get me this year.  I love the simplicity of the Mini Circles personalized necklace, which is completely made to order. Whether you want your own initial in gold and your kids’ in silver (pictured), or you want to get more creative and pick the metal tones based on gender, the choice is completely yours. ...

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Preserving kids’ artwork has never been so pretty (or organized)

You should see my car–or actually, you shouldn’t. It’s filled to the brim with my daughter’s preschool artwork, which gets hastily shoved onto the passenger seat during the always-harried pickup time. It’s a mountain of artwork, really, but I believe I’ve found the perfect way to conquer it–without transferring the mountain to an already-overflowing-with-art house. Plum Print will take your kids’ paintings, doodles, and construction paper creations and turn it all into an absolutely gorgeous coffee table book from children’s artwork. The company professionally digitizes as few as 20 pieces of art–or as many as 220–and arranges them onto high-quality...

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Web Coolness – Earth Day activities, the best Mother’s Day gifts, and Survivor moms

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. (photo) Celebrate this Sunday’s Earth Day with this round up of Earth Day Crafts at Living Locurto. Also, check out this easy and cool way to make a play-dough Earth! (via apartment therapy)  Mother’s Day is May 13th and our Mother’s Day Gift Guide is now here to make that gift hunting so much easier. Have you heard the most awesome follow-up to Caine’s Arcade? The Goldhirsh Foundation has pledged a $250,000 dollar-for-dollar matching donation to help foster creativity and entrepreneurship in...

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