Month: April 2012

Announcing the very best Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Ours!

This may be our favorite time of year chez Cool Mom Picks–the time we track down the coolest Mother’s Day gifts for all those deserving moms in your life. In other words, time for our seventh annual (wow) Mother’s Day Gift Guide! It’s always such a labor of love for us (ha), and this year we’ve carefully curated more than 50 gift recommendations in every price range, for all kinds of moms. From the practical brand new mom to the sentimental Grandma; gifts for stepmothers, crafty DIY gifts from the kids, major splurges, gifts that give back, and so...

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Our own personal necklaces from Elva Fields. Now all we need are those Oscar nominations…

We imagine that it’s every jewelry-loving woman’s dream to have a special piece custom designed just for her by an amazing designer. So when we were approached by designer Emily Maynard of Elva Fields for just that, we jumped at the chance. As part of her monthly “Leading Ladies” series, we’re so honored join a long list of incredible design bloggers (how much do we love Joy Cho of Oh Joy!?) with own signature Elva Fields necklaces. We thought it would be fun to show you the cool process that goes into creating a one-of-a-kind piece from start to...

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Want to meet Anna Quindlen? Well guess what…

One of my literary heroes has always been Anna Quindlen. She’s not only an amazing columnist, Pulitzer Prize winning  journalist, hard working mom, and now incredible author, she’s an all-around very cool, very inspiring woman. Next Tuesday in NYC, I’ll be hosting a reading and signing for her new book, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake which is a warm, humorous take on motherhood, marriage, girlfriends, our bodies–ya know. All the stuff we’re talking about anyway. Only she’ll say it better. Which is why you’ll want to buy it, then have it signed. If you’re in the NYC area,...

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A Calder mobile? No, more like a Mahler.

I still remember what it was like picking out the perfect mobile for my children’s nurseries. I wanted something modern and chic but that still felt whimsical and child-like. I also wanted something unique and original that every other nursery on my street did not have. Marco Mahler, a sculptor specializing in modern art mobiles and hanging kinetic art commissions, has created 32 airy mobile creations that seem like they are floating in space.  Some are colorful and bold while others are more simple and elegant. Marco uses a variety of materials including acrylic glass, foam and metal.  ...

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Coffee talk: 6 amazing iced coffee drinks

With temperatures reaching 80 degrees in New York City in April, it’s officially time to make the switch from hot coffee to iced. I’ve got to be honest, though, in the legendary words of Coffee Talk” host Linda Richman, bidding farewell to my warm morning cup of joe makes me a little verklempt. (Talk amongst yourselves.) Thankfully, I’ve found 6 delicious iced coffee recipes will help us make a yummy transition to spring. Thai Iced Coffee (at top): Sound fancy? Please. Our good friend Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen makes it no big whoop to make. Her exotic recipe calls for...

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Jewelry for typography geeks. Or just people who like cool jewelry.

At the International Gift Show this year, I was so happy to come across the very cool jewelry from MEANING, a design collective that creates art, jewelry and other objects all based on typography. And that doesn’t mean they stamp a scripty letter B on a charm and call it a day. At the MEANING store, you’ll find rings that at first just seem like really cool, graphic, geometric shapes. But upon closer look, they’re all dingbats–those little swirls and symbols which, in 3-D make absolutely cool baubles. The polymide rings are all laser cut and hand dyed like...

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Mother’s Day gifts that give back. Thanks, 31 Bits.

One of our favorite kinds of Mother’s Day gifts to recommend are those that give back, because we hardly know a mother among us who isn’t committed to making the entire world a better place for our babies. Now there’s a new one, offering beautiful affordable jewelry, with a cause that’s just as attractive. 31 Bits is creating very wearable, handmade jewelry with the help of 108 women in Uganda. The company not only helps provide them with an income source, but also with vocational training, educational opportunities, English lessons, and AIDS and healthcare education. Founder Kallie Dovel seems...

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Personalized journals at prices as irresistible as the designs

We’ve been fans of Minted going way back to when we first discovered their gorgeous stationery and support of the indie designers who create them. We can’t tell you the number of notes we get from readers (okay, a lot) thanking us for introducing them to Minted. So we’re excited to be partnering with them again to showcase their amazing new custom journals and notebooks. Also, we’re offering a gihugic giveaway. Consider it our early Mother’s Day gift to you. [After the jump, don’t miss our favorite new designs, plus details about our $500 giveaway!] If you’re looking for...

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Organize your books from A to Zombie

Run, don’t walk, to get your hands on this sharp set of bookends. From Boneshaker to World War Z, you’ve finally got a place to keep your favorite books about how to survive the coming zombiepocalypse.  Not into zombies? That’s okay, too. This awesome Etsy shop offers cool bookends for book lovers of all stripes. Handmade and designed from solid steel by Knob Creek Metal Arts, these Zombie Bookends in hammered black cut steel would even be helpful in case of zombie attack. I mean, can you imagine facing the undead with those adorable balloon dog bookends we covered?...

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Treat.com: the best of ecards meets the best of real cards

Though I love the convenience of sending e-cards to those near and dear, there is still something special about getting an honest-to-goodness “real” card in the mailbox, especially on holidays like Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, I’m never, ever going to be that person who remembers to get to the card store on time, so I sheepishly type a meaningful happy whatever into my Facebook browser and hope that counts. For those of you like me, who want the convenience of an ecard with the specialness of a paper card, I think you’ll totally dig this new e-card site from the...

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