Month: April 2012

5 free Easter printables you can have ready for Sunday. Each one gorgeous.

My box of Easter decorations may sit unopened in the basement this year, but I can still make my home festive beyond the colored Easter eggs, with printables. Here I’ve gathered up a bunch of free Easter printables to get me in the mood for the bunny’s arrival.   Little Miffy fans will bounce all over the house when they see you’ve made Minieco’s printable rabbit garland. And if you aren’t sure you’re handy enough with a craft knife to get those eyes and little mouth just so, no worries. I think a string of rabbit heads would look...

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Don’t you want some bunny to love?

Bunnies seem to be the latest trend in plush toys. And not just because Easter is coming up. Every-time I’m at the store with my kids, my daughter begs for a new stuffed bunny. If only they were all as cute as this handmade one. Let me introduce you to Gwendolyn Gingham, a cute young bunny made from vintage yellow and white gingham fabric.  Sleepy King, an adorable Etsy shop has a variety of handmade plush animals as well as other items, but it was Miss Gwendolyn who grabbed my attention as the perfect last minute Easter gift for...

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A kids’ Haggadah that’s cooler than even finding the afikomen

Last year I raved about the wonderfully creative My Haggadah, Made it Myself. This interactive coloring book meets journal meets interactive Passover Haggadah is a joy for kids about four and up, and this year, it’s been updated with professional binding and a shiny new cover. It’s not too late to grab one for your first (or second) seder if you order on Amazon, where it’s now available. I say, go for it. It’s now one of the best parts of our own Passover tradition. Find our review of of My Haggadah, Made it Myself at this link, with ordering info....

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Yes, girls like dinosaurs too.

Both of my kids were huge dinosaur fans from the moment they discovered the magic of the enormous T. Rex at the Museum of Science in Boston. One look at those glinty eyes and tiny hands, and they were hooked. And while I was able to find a lot of plastic, rubber and wooden dinos to fit the bill for for playtime, I quickly discovered that even dinosaurs reside in a mostly gender-specific universe. Recently, a reader asked us to track down dinosaur dresses for girls, and for those of you nodding your heads vigorously in agreement, I’m happy to...

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Buy jewelry, save the world. Seems fair.

I’ve got a thing for artisan jewelry. So you can only imagine that I fell pretty hard for the beautiful selection from Joan Hornig Jewelry. But it gets better, when you find out that Joan is not just an artistic talent, but a very clever philanthropist with a very clever idea. With sales of every piece in her boutique, from the beautiful and relatively affordable Knock on Wood ring (below) to the stationery selection, to an 18k gold bracelet in the $18,000 range (at top), Joan Hornig donates 100% of the profits on each piece to the charity of...

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5 delicious recipes for those leftover Easter eggs–or Passover eggs

Whether you’re hosting a seder or awaiting the Easter bunny, one thing’s for sure: you’re about to be knee deep in hard-boiled eggs. Recipe alert! Here are 5 deliciously clever ideas for enjoying all of those eggs, once they’ve completed their job on your holiday table, of course. 1. Make a gourmet egg salad sandwich like the one pictured above by Brown Eyed Baker, which comes to life with dijon mustard and a bit of lemon juice. It’s the classic solution for leftover eggs with good reason. For another sandwich idea, try this sliced egg and cornichon sandwich instead. 2. Spices plus tomato puree make a shockingly...

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Introducing the Cool Mom Picks Collections page – Just what you need, when you need it

Along with a personal trainer, personal chef and a personal masseuse (oh yeah), I’d love a personal shopper to be on hand for when I need something perfect for myself, or when I need a gift for my kids, a classmate’s birthday party, or my husband for Father’s Day. Well we can’t rub your shoulders. But we can sift through some of our very favorite items and present them to you, nice and neat, so you can just scroll, click, and find that perfect item in a few short minutes. It’s like Cool Mom Picks is your own shopping...

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Welcome to the Radio Jungle

The first time I saw the Brooklyn duo The Pop Ups perform live, I fell for their sound as well as their bouncy-kid goofiness and ad-libbing fun, which had the entire audience grinning from ear to ear. With their latest release, they do a great job channeling the playfulness from their live shows and putting it into music you’ll want to hear coming through your speakers. Oh, and the kids will dig it too. {keep reading for your chance to win their brand-new CD} The Pop Ups second release, Radio Jungle, has ten dance-in-your-car-seat tunes which are full of fresh beats,...

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Maternity workwear staples for spring. (A.K.A. no yoga pants for you!)

Finding beautiful and appropriate maternity clothing to wear to work when you’re pregnant can sometimes feel like a fruitless effort. There were many times during my pregnancies that I had to cobble together an office-appropriate outfit with items in my wardrobe that were really more suited for lounging around. But thanks to some clever designers and some new brands,I’ve put together a slew of cute maternity work clothes out there for the season. This knotted short sleeve dress (above) from the famous New York maternity boutique Veronique, is a comfy yet elegant essential for every working mama-to-be’s wardrobe. It’s...

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Ideacious – for people with big ideas. Or people who love people who have big ideas.

My mom is one of those people who is always coming up with one great invention after the next. But she never really moves beyond the idea phase. We know a lot of our readers are brilliant inventors and entrepreneurs too, which is why I was so excited to share Ideacious, a fascinating new site–still in beta–that provides idea-makers with the assistance they need to get products designed, created and sold. Ideacious boasts an extensive network to help you patent your ideas, design them, build them and more, ultimately even offering a way to pre-sell designs on the site....

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Shower the strollers you love with love

You’re probably going to think I’m crazy, but one of my favorite baby shower gifts in the Cool Mom Picks Baby Shower Gift Guide this year is a stroller cleaning kit. I know. Weird, right? But, hear me out. Not only does the BUGGYLOVE Organic Stroller Cleaning Kit contain everything you’ll ever need to clean and maintain baby’s ride, the products are all made of natural and organic materials. Even the squeak-eliminating Wheel Love is made from citrus and other plant oils. None of that smelly, aerosol stuff you might otherwise have to use. How cool is that? I’ve...

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More Easter tattoos, fewer cheap chocolate eggs

Just when I thought that our Easter bunny might be relegated to stuffing our Easter eggs with jelly beans and Peeps alone, I was somewhat saved from the impending sugar high this coming weekend thanks to our friends at Tattly and their adorable new limited time Easter collection. Their new Tattly Egg Carton includes a dozen plastic eggs each stuffed with a Tattly tattoo design–one of six different hip rabbits, all of which are way cooler than any bunnies I’ve ever seen. So perfect for stuffing in Easter baskets or hiding around the house. You can also order individual Easter...

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It’s the perfect time for a garden party!

If there’s a spring and summer kids clothing collection that I anxiously await, Cool Mom Picks fave ses petites mains is at the top of my list. There’s just something about the gorgeous, dresses and separates that are handmade here in the USA that remind me of what my own mother would sew for me as a little girl. Well, except without that whole early 80’s thing. So just in time for Easter, I’ve picked out a few pieces from their new collection that I’d love to splurge on for my own girls. {Don’t miss the exclusive discount +...

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Turning Autism into Art

Parents of children with autism don’t need a special day on the calendar to celebrate all the things that make their kids so unique, and yet so much like every other child. But on this fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day, we like how it gets other people to think a bit more about the kids and adults who are affected. So we’re really happy to find these amazing, expressive prints that a talented mama and past CMP pick has created to do her part to raise awareness about kids like her own. Artist and painter Samantha Cotterill’s Mummysam shop...

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

In case you might have missed them, here are some of our favorite Cool Mom Tech picks from the last week. 1. Picnik who? When it comes to free photo editing, we’re all about PicMonkey now. 2. Accio Harry Potter on our e-readers! It’s like magic! 3. Which hot, wet, electric appliance would you have to pry out of our editor’s cold, dead hands? Click here to find out. 4. Get ready for your close-up with this fantastic Kickstarter project that lets you finally jump into your own pictures and videos. 5. We’re digging this adorable, affordable interchangeable wardrobe...

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The Best April Fool’s Jokes of 2012

Okay, so clearly at Cool Mom Picks we’re all 14 year-old boys at heart because we love April Fool’s, and we always love calling out some of the greatest April Fool’s jokes spreading across the web every year. Here, a few favorites of 2012 so far: *a violent Hunger Games app–for kids 6 and up. *reddit, as it might have looked in the 1960s *skip hop introduces bacon teethers *Conan O’Brien buys Mashable *Google’s new “really advanced search” *disposable diapers, now with more bling *think geek’s annual list of “new” products including electronic Hungry Hungry Hippos for iPad (that’s...

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Disposable diapers: Now with more bling

We’re not surprised that prettier disposable diapers are the hot new trend, with the growing popularity of designer diapers like the Huggies jeans diapers and Cynthia Rowley Pampers we featured here on Cool Mom Picks. So we couldn’t help but laugh when we saw a photo of Jessica Simpson’s recent baby shower gifts, which included a set–you won’t believe it–of Swarovski encrusted diapers. Disposable ones. We know. So while we wouldn’t recommend spending $150 on a diaper that your kid pees and poops in, an Etsy mom has created a kit so that you can make your own designer...

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From the mouths of parents

As soon as I finished goo-goo-gaa-ing at my babes, I found myself transitioning into the “Things I Can’t Believe I’m Saying” phase, like Don’t color the cat! and Peas stay out of the nose! Which is one reason I love these art posters that one dad has created, to help remember some of the more absurd things that have come out of his mouth in the name of parenting. I think you’ll be able to relate.Video Producer Nathan Ripperger series of art prints known aptly as Things I’ve Said to My Children pairs his parental commands with some seriously cool...

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