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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