Month: May 2012

Hooking your boys up for summer, for less

With the official start of summer only two weeks away and the warm weather already here in my neck of the woods, I’ve been sifting through my son’s clothes from last season and realizing that ack, he needs a whole lot for this year’s summer wardrobe. Darn kids, why do they grow so quickly? One of my first stops on the web for boys’ clothes has always been Red 21 Boys, whose stylish, sturdy duds have withstood more than a season’s worth of beating up from my active son. They’ve always got a great sale section, not to mention,...

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Comic Cons

Let’s face the facts: you might be Supermom to your kids, but you can’t drive a Batmobile. Most of us don’t want to be seen in Catwoman’s black leather suit. And, much to my personal dismay, Christan Bale has yet to show up at my door, caped or otherwise. Fortunately, you can now own your own, customized chunk of the Batman legacy. And you can wear it, too. The new custom DC Comics Converse sneakers just launched, and there’s an entire world of superhero (and supervillain) action waiting to happen– on your feet. Or your kids’ feet, if they’re...

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Spare me a tote?

I’ve really grown to love those compact totes that are so common these days, but one thing I don’t like is just how common some of them are. If you want a spare bag to tote around that still has the look of one that’s not a spare at all, here’s a few beautiful options. [don’t miss an exclusive offer after the jump!] The George Roll-Up Tote from Brooklyn’s Goodship is calling my mid-century loving name. I love the funky pink and black pattern which reminds me of a vintage couch I had back in my younger, more interesting...

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Hot Dog! Caspar Babypants is back

When Caspar Babypants burst onto the kindie music scene, I remember thinking it was cool that this Presidents of the United States of America lead singer had dipped his toe into the kindie pool with this little side project. Now, four years and five CD’s later, it’s pretty clear that he’s going to swim in this pool for a while. Lucky us! {read on to see how you can get an autographed copy of his latest CD} Caspar Babypants’ latest Hot Dog! is another jam-packed collection of happy tunes for little kids and their parents to sing, dance, clap...

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I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag – bring tissues and optimism

I’ve known Jennifer Gilbert a long time. Long before she was an author. Long before she was a high-powered party planner to the stars. Long before she was a mom. And long before she was a Real Housewife of NYC–the “nice” one who wasn’t trainwreck-y enough to make it past one season. Even so, I never knew that all these years, she’s harbored a huge, horrible secret. [Don’t miss more about the book after the jump – plus the chance to win one of two really amazing giveaways. REALLY amazing.] As it turns out, Jennifer was the anonymous New...

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It’s a lovey. Or a rug. Or a stuffed animal. Or wait…

Confession: I’ve never totally understood the stuffed-animals-that-turn-into-blankets thing. Pulling a blankie out of a stuffed animal’s middle always seemed kind of… weird.  Of course, it’s not up to me–kids seem to love them. And luckier still, I just found a handmade version that’s way cuter (and more sense-making… to me, at least) than some of those seen-on-TV versions. Kenzie of Bewhiskered makes adorable stuffed animals that she calls Ruggles because they–you guessed it–also convert to teensy little rugs. Teensy little man-cave style tiger skin rugs. Of course there are plenty of other choices, from cute lambs to fuzzy unicorns,...

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Belated Mother’s Day Gift – Up to 70% off nursing and maternity wear. The cute stuff.

The sad news is that CMP favorite Polarn O. Pyret is discontinuing the maternity and nursing items from their MAMA Collection. The good news? The entire stock has just gone on crazy sale. Save 70% off maternity and nursing wear now while you can still get it. This is the good stuff: super-cute leggings, shirts, skirts, nursing tops, blouses, and more, all in extra-soft, stretchy fabrics that you can wear them at every stage of your pregnancy and beyond. If you’re pregnant, planning to be, or planning on not planning, stock up on some fabulous fashion staples while Polarn...

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Which stroller to buy? How about the one that makes you happy to push every day

One of the questions we’re most often asked: which stroller to buy? We often recommend travel systems, which let you couple a great stroller with that baby seat you’re going to need. But a great travel system is one thing; great travel system in colors that make your heart race is another thing altogether. I was excited to learn that Britax is releasing some new fabrics this season to take their B-SAFE infant car seat and B-AGILE stroller from the red and black offerings to a fun Kiwi and sophisticated Sandstone –that’s bright green and tan to those of...

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A bento box you will fight your child for

My kids and I are suckers for cool lunch boxes and bento boxes.  We are constantly stealing each others–they take my “sophisticated” boxes and sometimes I borrow Hello Kitty. And now here’s another amazing bento box that anyone of any age will love. When I first saw the Takenaka Bento Box, I was floored! The design is sleek and sophisticated enough for me to take to work, while the multiple color choices keep them fun for the kiddos.  Each box comes with a removable divider, making it a breeze to keep the carrot sticks away from the apple slices....

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Happy Mother’s Day cool moms!

We wish a truly heartfelt, very happy Mother’s Day to all you cool moms, stepmoms, grandmoms and great-grandmoms of the world. We sincerely hope you get to spend the day surrounded by people you love, doing whatever makes you happy. Whether it’s breakfast in bed, a nice long pedicure, or just surfing the web (hello!) without having to break for diaper changes or sippy cup refills. Unless you want to. Because that’s how it works today in our world. Enjoy the day, mamas. You’ve earned it. But then, you earn it every day. -Liz, Kristen, and Team Cool Mom...

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

Hard working moms, we salute you! We’ve also got you covered with some of our tech top picks of the week, just in case you’ve been too busy dropping gift hints all week. 1. If the traditional Mother’s Day cards don’t seem to reflect your family, check out this free and beautiful collection of inclusive Mother’s Day e-cards. 2. If you’ve got photos stored on Kodak Gallery, you don’t want to miss this post on what to do with your photos on Kodakgallery.com, which was bought out by Shutterfly last week. 3. We’re wild about this handy, organization app...

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Zutano boys’ clothes now as close as your nearest Tarzhay

Mamas of brand new little boys, I have good news for you: Beloved children’s clothing designer brand Zutano has a new collection available at Target — and it happens to be adorable. We all know how hard it can be to find cute clothes for boys; the Zutano for Target collection is coordinated so you can have fun mixing and matching unique outfits. And since all pieces cost between $4 and $12 you can put together a bright and happy designer layette for your precious baby boy at great prices. The one down side: Zutano Blue runs just to 9 months, so...

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Sunny days, sweeping those clouds away

My kids have tons of cheap sunglasses — they’re fun and perfect for when they’re playing spies, but I know they’re not ideal when we’re in the sun. In fact, they always seem to “borrow” my expensive sunglasses when we’re outside. Hm, I think they might be on to something. What’s the point of wearing flimsy sunglasses if you’re still going to squint when you’re in the sun? Exactly. The Bubble sunglasses for kids by Julbo are certainly not cheap at $40, but if you’re concerned about eye safety, they’re definitely worth the price. The glasses are covered in...

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8 last minute Mothers Day gifts any mom will love (we’ve got your back!)

Last minute Mothers Day gifts don’t have to be an afterthought. You’re just…busy. We get it. So don’t panic; 48 hours is plenty of time to wow Mom with one of these last-minute-but-she’ll-never-know-it presents. And, hey. Maybe you should accidentally-on-purpose leave this page open on your computer, just in case someone in your house is starting to panic. PS: for even more cool  last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas, check out our 2014 post, or get inspiration in our Cool Mom Picks Mother’s Day Gift Guide. GET SOME BUBBLY While I’m kind of hoping to receive this customized wine tag (and...

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Web Coolness – Maurice Sendak, Mother’s Day do-gooding, and great multicultural books for kids

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. In remembrance, of Maurice Sendak, some of our favorite Maurice Sendak books for kids and parents to enjoy together. For future generations of “Maxes,” we love this Wild Rumpus Birthday Party idea. You can honor someone this Mother’s Day besides your own mother. Check out Liz’s post about some organizations she supports and then feel free to add your own. Also, considering paying it forward to a mama of a special needs child. Don’t miss these wonderful, free Mother’s Day...

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Gorgeous Mothers Day printables – just hit print and end the angst

Thank goodness for Mother’s Day printables! With the big day right around the corner, if you haven’t ordered a thing yet, stop and take a deep breath because we’ve got you covered. First calculate expedited shipping rates on your favorite picks from our Mother’s Day Gift Guide. Next, check out these awesome free (or close to it) printables that can be ready in a flash. So perfect for that frequent-flyer mama, these printable Mothers Day gift tags from Hello Clementine look like cool luggage tags. They just need to be printed on white or kraft cardstock, cut out, and...

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The camisole that will make you look for a reason to wear a camisole

I’ve always traveled with a camisole just in case…to me, it’s one of those staples that you never know when you’ll need. Like under a white tee that’s a little sheerer than you realized. Or to tuck into your jeans under a top when uh…said jeans are exposing more than the maximum allowable mama butt. (Yes, that’s a thing.) Now there’s a camisole that’s so comfy, I’m kind of looking for excuses to wear it. I don’t tend to be too hooked by lines like “celebrities love them!” but as it turns out, Snug Camisoles are terrific, so, yeah....

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Gap Kids + Threadless – now the most indie of tees at the most unlikely of shops

Well lookie here at what Gap is doing these days: taking a page from the Target Shops, West Elm’s indie artist selections, and other mainstream retailer partnerships with the little guys. Because starting today, Gap has joined forces with the quirky, uncommon tees from Threadless in a brand new collection made just for kids. The Gap Threadless tees for kids have launched with five cute designs–of course. After all, they’re all crowdsourced and chosen by you. Lim Heng Swee’s bunny shirt is crossing fingers, ears and legs–not sure if she’s hoping for something or just really has to pee....

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Modern baby blankets – I’ll take one of each, please

When giving a gift to an expecting mother, I prefer finding something that’s of very good quality, a reasonable price point and aesthetically pretty–but practical at the same time. Fortunately, those three thing are becoming easier to find all together. Especially at this amazing new shop. My first response when seeing Little Hip Squeaks was pure excitement. This new Etsy shop has the cutest products all made from soft organic jersey in a variety of patterns and colors from vivid chevrons to owls to marching elephants. Owner Amy Richardson designs all of the fabrics herself. Also everything from her...

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Made with love: 6 easy DIY food gifts for Mother’s Day

Food gifts for Mother’s Day can be absolutely amazing, especially when they’re handmade with love. Add a heartfelt note, and a scribbly piece of art, and you’ve got a gift that’ll make at least this mama even more excited than a pair of Jimmy Choos. Check out these six easy homemade food gifts that will surely make any mama swoon. Skip the bouquet and use rosewater and even dried roses to infuse into Dark Chocolate Rose Truffles (above). These elegant treats by Najwa at Delicious Shots may sounds fancy, but they couldn’t be easier to make. Once you get...

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