Month: June 2012

Yes you can, kids.

What happens when an artist from Pixar and a designer for the Gap meet, marry, and combine their talents? Tiny Teru tees. And the results are inspirational and awesome. The designs in this line of babies and kids’ shirts are inspired by classic children’s animation–so adorable (my daughter especially loves this baseball tee)–aand are all originally hand-drawn in pencil, mixed media or water colors. But what I love is that each sports a very important message: “I am able.” In fact, every design has some variation on the word “able,” like unforgettable and huggable.                                              ...

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Adorable kids placemats that put the newt in nutrition

If you love animals, alphabets, good deals, and clean tables, we have the deal for you. But you have to hurry. These adorable silicone ABC Placemats from Brinware are on sale at Fab.com through Wednesday only (or until they run out) and they’re 43% off the regular price. We fell in love immediately. They wipe clean, look great, and they even stick to the table to keep your little monkey from tossing them to the ground. You get two in a pack and can choose green/blue or orange/pink, all with the same charming alphabet of creatures. Including a quail...

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7 of the prettiest paper napkins

As it turns out, a stash of pretty paper napkins are always good to have around for unexpected company or impromptu picnics. This is a lesson I learned last week when we had to pull out the polka dot “happy birthday!” napkins over cocktails. Oy. Here are a few luncheon-sized napkins I would love to have stashed away because they can double as cocktail napkins in a pinch. They’re not too cutesie, nor do they look like they’re leftover from Grandma’s house. Or (eep) from Halloween. Best, almost all of them are on sale right now. –Liz This set...

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Subscribing is one of the best tricks in the bag

This coming week, Cool Mom Picks subscribers have a chance to win that gorgeous Mia Bossi Lyndsey Bag, a $330 value. Even if you’re past the diaper bag stage, it looks absolutely nothing like a diaper bag. Plus the roomy size and those cool citron straps are great for an overnight jaunt. All you have to do is click here to subscribe. You’ll get access to our monthly subscriber-only giveaways like this one, and you’ll also find great offers, picks not seen on our site, and exclusive discounts all right in your inbox. But no spam. Because that’s not...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

We’ve got the same Pinterest fever that everyone does these days, so we thought it would be fun to point out 5 of our favorite recent pins that are too cool not to share. Or uh, repin. 1. A super stylish iPhone case 2. Free desktop wallpapers based on marimekko fabrics. 3.The easiest cake pop recipe. Finally! 4. The classic children’s toy that we’re so happy is still around–and perfect for summer. 5. One of our very favorite children’s books. We love when our kids are reading the books we loved as kids. Want to follow us on Pinterest?...

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Independence Day, Rock Star Style

With Independence Day coming up, I always feel the urge to put my boys in patriotic shirts. But, finding a shirt that is satisfies both the Americana theme and my kids’ rock star style rolled into one? Not an easy feat…until now. [don’t miss a huge discount after the jump] Here’s why this 4 Fathers Concert Tour Shirt is so awesome: it’s got the fab four of presidential history presented as four rockers. I take it Abe Lincoln can really boogie. The back of the shirt even looks like your traditional concert shirt with a list of tour dates...

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Web Coolness – Superhero silhouettes, Fourth of July, and great summertime learning ideas

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. The striking Superhero Silhouettes by Andy Fairhurst brilliantly capture a child’s dreams of grandeur. And of leaping tall buildings in a single bound. (via Comics Alliance) Independence Day is right around the corner, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Patriotic Picks for the Fourth of July to make sure your holiday sparkles. Do you take care of the kids before you take care of yourself? In this article, our own Kristen looks at why it’s so hard to put...

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Fourth of July crafts and DIY projects for the family

Earlier this week it was fun finding some of the most beautiful Fourth of July printables and decor, and now for you DIY’ers, I’ve rounded up fun Fourth of July crafts so you can celebrate America’s 236th birthday party in style. Whether you’re firing up the grill or not. Independence Day is a great day for family fun: the kids are out of school, chances are there’s a parade nearby, and the sky will soon be filled with fireworks. Days like this only happen once a year–let’s make it special! –Roxanna I always suspected candy buttons were easy to...

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A monkey of a lovey

Finding the perfect lovey can be a daunting task. Before your baby is born, you buy a bunch of different types and hope that one of them becomes “the one.” The issue may be solved with this cool new toy/blanket combo. Drool Monkey Organics knows that babies and children like the dual function of their soft, luxurious, organic teething lovey–kids can hold onto the toy and soothe themselves with the cotton blanket at the same time. But what sets this brand apart is that the design is so clean and simple. The stitching gives it the perfect texture, and...

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7 of the best toys for the car (and books and games too!)

We’re about to head on one of our annual summer road trips, which means packing plenty of toys for the car. We try to avoid the DVD–and generally succeed if we’ve planned ahead. Here, some of my favorite toys for the car for toddlers and bigger kids, for when you’re tired of I Spy, and need a little quiet time in the front seat. Best of all, none of them beep or boop or require 18 AAA batteries. The only noises you’ll hear in the back are your happily entertained kids. At least until the next “I have to...

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