Month: June 2012

Swirls for baby girls (and baby boys)

If you have a baby girl, you’re probably up to your ears in pastel pink. Not that there’s anything wrong with pink–I love pink!–it’s just that change might be nice. The same goes for baby boys, in reverse (kind of). Does your little guy really need another navy tee with a car on it? [don’t miss a limited time discount after the jump] That’s why I’m enamored with sweet swirly prints from Little Giraffe. The Soleil Pocket Onesies are everything a baby’s onesie should be: supersoft cotton in sweet muted colors that go a different direction than the typical pastel...

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And for its next trick, PlanToys will turn sawdust into toys

Long before it was considered the “right thing to do”, one of our favorite toy companies, PlanToys was making imaginative, eco-friendly toys in cool, modern shapes and bright colors. While they’ve pushed the standards in environmentally friendly business practices over the past 30+ years, we are so impressed by their latest innovation. With over two tons of rubberwood sawdust generated daily, PlanToys has come up with a brilliant solution to what has always been just “waste.” They take the sawdust and squish it together under such great pressure that it creates a solid material which only needs a wee...

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The newest designer diaper bag that you’ll be carrying long after the diapers are gone

When I first got a look at the newest designer diaper bag design from CMP fave Mia Bossi, I thought there was just no possible way that it was a diaper bag. But like their other bags we’ve been drooling over for years now, it is — and oh my, it’s gorgeous.  The Mia Bossi Lyndsey Bag is so swanky I nearly drooled all over it the second I saw it. It’s made from the Mia Bossi signature dotted canvas, with contrasting leather trim and straps in black, red, brown and even a sophisticated silver. This is easily a...

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Everyday Food video series with Sarah Carey – Watch, learn, eat

It’s no secret that my Cool Mom Picks cohorts and I are fans of the smart folks at Martha Stewart. (And it’s not just because they’re fans of Cool Mom Picks, too!) So you can imagine how excited we were to learn that they’ve launched a free cooking video newsletter with  Everyday Food editor-in-chief Sarah Carey. I signed up immediately and couldn’t be happier. Sarah’s cooking video newsletter is my new go-to–or I should say come-to-me!–cooking inspiration, since it comes to my inbox every day. The video recipes are classic Everyday Food dishes: laid back, fresh, and truly family-friendly....

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The nesting dolls that your baby’s nest needs

We love the whimsical designs, beautiful black and white contrast, and durability of Wee Gallery products. So not surprisingly, they make for some of the most interesting nesting dolls we’ve ever seen. Hurry, though– quantities are limited, and you’ll want them. The Wee Gallery Nesting Dolls are disarmingly charming. The 4″ tall lion, cat, and owl tuck up tidily and straddle the line between cutesy and chic. Based on a set of nesting dolls painted by Wee Gallery co-founder Surya Sajnani for her own children, the dolls are made in Russia and just as appropriate for the bookshelf as...

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Comfy mom shoes that don’t look like mom shoes? Answers from a stylist.

Q: I need some new ideas for cool comfy mom shoes so I’m not in my gym sneakers every day this summer but still can run around all day. Help! -Erin L There are so many great options for busy moms these days. Your instinct is right: keep your gym sneakers in the gym and try one of these 15 cool options instead. Espadrilles This old classic feels so right now. The rubber sole is a must in their homeland of Spain where cobblestones abound. At J Crew you’ll find the affordable Soludos Espadrilles flats in red and white...

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Gifts for grandfathers – Fathers Day Gift Guide

In this, the final post in our Father’s Day Gift Guide Series, we are so happy to honor those dads who hold such a special place in our hearts–grandpas. For all those grandfathers, grandpas, papas and pop-pops of the world, we’ve got 10 great ideas in every price range to honor them for all they do. If this is his first Father’s Day as a grandpa, this baby footprint artwork turns your baby’s tootsies into a heart in your choice of colors. Totally custom, and short lead time too. ($20 from By Katherine Therese) A document of his life’s...

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Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s new Make Believers is keeping it real

Once my kids had outgrown toddler-pop songs and quiet lullabies, they were ready for music that was a bit more grown up, though not of the he did me wrong/I partied all night long genre. Fortunately, elementary-school kids like mine have a friend in Secret Agent 23 Skidoo who keeps churning out fantastic, age-appropriate, kid-hop CD’s that sound cool-enough for our cool-enough kids, but with lyrics that will keep their heads in the right place.  {Keep reading for a chance to win a copy!} Though my kids have no idea what “street cred” is, I think one of the reasons...

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8 girls’ bikinis and two-piece swimsuits that are…appropriate.

Last summer, I shopped around for bikinis and two-piece swimsuits for little girls that didn’t make them look like teens before their time. Our readers responded so positively, I thought I’d take a browse around this year and see what looks promising in the swimwear department. Hey, I like a bikini as much as the next diaper-changing mama, but still, I’m okay with a little modesty. At least until they hit, oh, maybe 35. Honestly, this summer was a little tougher than last, with the teeny triangle bikini tops taking over store shelves big time. Even so, here are...

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

Here are some of our favorite geeky picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. We found the ultimate baby gift for math geeks or anyone with a good sense of humor. 2. Colorforms have finally gone digital, and our kids are fighting over the app. 3. Pamper your laptop in a gorgeous leather bag that fits everything you need to carry, beautifully. Even better, it doesn’t actually look like a laptop bag. 4. Is this the ultimate, swanky gift for the geek dad in your life— or the ultimate, geeky gift for the swanky...

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Father’s day gift ideas? 10 questions from readers with lots and lots of answers

Father’s Day is only one week away so no wonder we’ve been fielding so many questions from our readers about last minute gifts for Father’s Day! To help you out, we thought we’d gather a few of them from Facebook, Twitter, email, and our recent live chat on The Motherhood, with the hopes that they’ll help you out too. And psst…don’t worry. We’ve got even more to come this week. We’ve got you covered! What are some good ideas for getting the kids involved with making a high quality gift for dad? -Erin Check out our post on DIY...

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Fairends hats – not your av-er-age baseball cap

Here’s a little hipster tip for you that I picked up from those who know way better than I. Ironic trucker hats: out. Structured hats: in. Which is probably why the gorgeous adult and kids caps from Fairends are getting attention from the likes of Jack Spade designers and GQ editors these days. [read more about our exclusive giveaway after the jump!] When I first met Martin Carvajal he was the creative director for New York’s bespoke emporium, Freeman’s Sporting Goods–the place where you might find an entire rolling rack of suits custom made for David Beckham on its...

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A Father’s Day tie for a cause. Our kind of tie.

With so many Father’s Day gift ideas, ties aren’t necessarily the first choice for a lot of offspring these days. And yet if the dad in your life actually wears ties, a tie that stands out from the crowd can be the best thing ever. So if a special dad you know would like a little tie wardrobe upgrade, here’s the perfect tie for him. Because it not only looks great, it supports an awesome cause too. I just love the philosophy behind The Life Tie Project, which has woven their dedication to support cancer research, prevention, as well...

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Wait, that’s a bib?

I’ve considered feeding my one-year-old naked. (As in, naked one-year old, not me.) Though there is art in the way he manages to splatter his outfit with every color and texture of the foods on his plate, I’d rather not change his cute outfits six times a day. So I think I’m going to be suiting him up in this adorable, unique new bib I’ve found. The Wee Drool bibs actually look like really cool t-shirts at first glance. And that’s not a bad thing, considering that it sometimes takes more than a scrap of terrycloth fabric to protect...

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A babysitting coop that’s smarter than your average babysitting coop

Babysitting coops, in which a group of parents agree to exchange babysitting services with each other aways sound like a great idea — until you realize that someone has to keep track of who babysat whom and manage a complicated point system. And then there are those times you need a sitter, but none of your neighbors are around. Enter a smart service called SittingAround. SittingAround is a valuable online source for your babysitting coop, and more. You create a mix of trusted parents (or join an existing one) who are willing to trade babysitting hours with you, along with...

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Girls’ birthday party ideas – Little Red Riding Hood or Alice in Wonderland

Girls’ birthday party ideas can still be girlie, even if you want to avoid the same old princess theme. Which is why I instantly fell in love with the downloadable, customizable party kits at Creative Little Stars, based around classic storybook themes. And they’re super affordable too. Any party planner worth her salt will tell you that setting the mood is 50% of the party. (Planning for fun is the other half of course!) And any mom planning a kid’s birthday will tell you that paying a fortune for them is not ideal. Through Creative Little Stars, for less...

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A valet tray – cool Father’s day gift idea

At least once a day (sometimes more), my husband is searching for his keys and wallet. And don’t even get me started about the piles of change all over my house. So that’s why I think this new Etsy find might be a cool, surprising Father’s Day gift for the sometimes-scattered dad in our lives. Or maybe just for the really organized ones. This locally salvaged Maple Key tray might just be the answer to all our woes, with a special cut-out that’s big enough for what my husband needs to keep track of — nothing more, nothing less. Handcarved with...

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The best karaoke songs for any situation

We had the best time writing this post on behalf of our sponsor, Bing. Read on and you’ll know why. Also, you may get Celine Dion stuck in your head after this and for that we apologize. I hardly know a parent in my circle who doesn’t confess to the guilty pleasure that is karaoke. Oh admit it–there’s nothing more fun than a private room with a few friends on babysitter night, a couple of hot mics, and a few bottles of…well, something that gets you more willing to belt out Bon Jovi than you might have been earlier...

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The celebs come out for Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash….and so did we!

This week, I was so excited to be able to attend the annual Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash for the first time. This infamous NYC faily carnival and fundraiser supports one of my favorite local charities, Baby Buggy (which Cool Mom Picks readers surely know by now). Founded by the amazingly dedicated Jessica Seinfeld, they do a fantastic job of getting essential gear, clothing and baby essentials to families in need, and we couldn’t love them more. Click over to see some of the cool celebrities we met–and their cute kids–and learn more about how you can help. The sponsors...

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Web Coolness – Father’s Day gifts from the kids, Pinterest board of the week, and the coolest desk probably ever

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   These three DIY Father’s Day gifts from the kids will help you wrap up things long before June 17th. We love this Kickstarter campaign to help three teachers create better public schools for everyone. Rockin’ Baby...

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