Month: June 2012

Geek gifts for dads – Father’s Day Gift Guide

Geek gifts may be some of our favorite Father’s Day gifts to shop for. (We love our cool geeky dads!) Here, some super fun gift ideas if the dad on your list isn’t quite the yachting in Greenwich while wearing an ascot type. Spell out Happy Father’s Day using the periodic chart with this geeky Father’s Day Card (at top) that comes with a custom tie tack. ($13 at Shop Gibberish; $4.50 for just the card) Even the geekiest of dads probably love time with the kids more than with his computer. In which case, grab the Geek Dad book...

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Because every tot needs a jalopy or six

My kids’ rooms sometimes remind me of Las Vegas, and not because of there’s always the possibility I might win a multimillion dollar jackpot when I go in them. No, despite my best intentions, they each house a lot of beeping, whirring, brightly-colored plastic toys that go off at will (usually in the middle of the night, which is too creepy for words). That’s why it’s always such a welcome–and quiet!–relief to find toys that do nothing of the sort. Tree Hopper Toys is a small company in Illinois that produces some of the most adorable handcrafted toys around, using nothing...

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Poor Pluto

While Venus may have gotten all the attention this week, it’s that little black rock that we call Pluto that still has my heart. Although I think the kids are learning a new mnemonic device for future interplanetary conquest, we’re not all ready to give up on our favorite small planet. This Remember Pluto shirt in 100% combed fine cotton jersey from Geekie is a hip way to remember the planet… or ball of icy rock… or whatever that thing is these days. It’s available in slim cut sizes from Boys 8 to 18, or XS to XXL– although hello?...

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The Jacadi summer sale- up to 50% off. Let the rejoicing begin!

There’s hardly a mom who doesn’t imagine that it would be nice to own at least one fancy, beautiful garment for the kids from a label like France’s Jacadi. So hooray– because they’re making it even easier with a huge sale starting today, featuring styles up to 50% off.    After the jump, see our picks for what’s cute and on sale right now! As our featured sponsor of the week, we are thrilled to peruse the virtual racks and share some of our favorite items from the Jacadi sale right now, for those of you in need of...

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6 (manly) Father’s Day recipes that the kids can help make

Today I’ve got 6 awesome, kid-friendly Father’s Day recipes for you. After all, they say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and as far as I can tell, it’s true. But so is this: nothing is more special to dad than something heartfelt from his children. Combine the two with a special meal that the kids help make (plus maybe a fab Father’s Day gift) and you’ve got a Father’s Day fit for your #1 Dad. Check out these 3 dad-approved Father’s Day menus and get cookin’! Each one includes a main course and a yummy...

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Non-toxic paint that is safe for your baby? Yes please.

Creating a cute, stylish nursery is supposed to be fun and invigorating. Then you find out all the places that toxic chemicals have taken over and it changes things a bit. If you’re like me, you want to cut some corners for your budget’s sake. But when it comes to paint, I think it’s totally worth it to spend a little more for something non-toxic. Lullaby Paints has developed a green, organic, baby-safe paint made specifically for expectant and newborn moms. I had high hopes for this product and giving it a try, thankfully, it exceeded my expectations. This paint...

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The 6 best new products for babies (because I couldn’t narrow it to five)

Picking just five of the best new products for babies? That’s hard! And yet, a few weeks ago, I was honored to be one of the terrific judges at the New York Baby Show Expo put on by New York Family Magazine, and was asked to do that very thing. Narrowing down from about a zillion, all of which are wonderful (and sure to appear here soon), here are the winners by popular vote among us…plus one product that I voted for that I can only assume came in a very close sixth. Because it’s awesome. Ubbi Diaper Pails (above)...

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The baby gear for your next road trip

As a mommy that is constantly on the go, I find that my kid’s nap times can be interrupted by life. So if I can’t create nap time at home, I’ll create it on the go. You gotta do what you gotta do, right? And here’s a fabulous bit of gear that’s helpful for you traveling moms. Let me introduce you to kikko’pilo, a 23″ square memory foam mini mattress that stores easily, rolling up into a tube. This is the perfect solution for extra pillows on flights, in cars or just out and about. The waterproof 100% cotton...

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When is a cool tie more than cool tie? When it’s a cool Father’s Day ecard.

When I think of Father’s Day, two things immediately come to mind: ties and cards. Both of which can be awesome, and not trite–provided you know what to look for. Two years ago we discovered the gorgeous indie label ties from Pierrepont Hicks, which we loved so much, we included them in our 2010 Father’s Day Gift Guide. (Italian linen–hello!) So we’re thrilled to hear that they’ve partnered with our favorite mobile ecard purveyors at Red Stamp to create some really beautiful ecards based on their textile patterns, that you can customize and send right from their free app....

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Thank you Design Public, we’ll take that discount!

When looking for decor and something lovely for my home, one of my first stops is Design Public.  If you love modern, contemporary design, this is the site for you to find a wide variety of home accessories, furniture, art and much more.  Well lucky for us, Design Public has an outlet. It turns out that if you hit the Design Public Outlet online at their web shop, you can save anywhere from 40-80% off regularly priced items.  They list new inventory daily which includes open box items still in new condition. At the time of posting, you’ll find lots...

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Gourmet gifts for dad – Father’s Day Gift Guide

Gourmet gifts make great Father’s Day gifts for any dad, at least in our families. It’s hard not to be thrilled by a little something sweet (or salty or sour or beer-y) to go with that sentimental card. Here, a few tasty Father’s Day picks for the food-loving dad in your life, whether he’s big on grilling it, cooking it, or just eating it. The knives from Schmidt Bros Cutlery (at top) make great gifts for men who rule the kitchen, and this single 8″ teak handled chef’s knife is a great value. ($40 at Schmidt Bros) Cliche though it...

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Lyft your kids up where they belong

With four kids in our home, we’ve gone through our fair share of booster seats, and I’ve never quite found one that has every feature that I’m looking for. But after discovering this new one from Cool Mom Picks favorite Scandinavian Child, I think I’ve reached booster seat nirvana.  The Svan Lyft Booster Seat took me all of a minute to set up on my kitchen chair, with easy to clip straps behind and under the seat, as well as a 3-point safety harness to keep wiggly kids (up to 5 years or 50lbs) in place. I really like how it...

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

Here are five of our favorite picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week: 1. Presenting the first actual Instagram camera, which instantly prints out photos like a Polaroid. Would you buy one? 2. If the dad in your life loves music, this unadvertised Sonos deal at Target is too good to pass up. 3. This fantastic pre-trip packing app does everything but sit on the suitcase and zip it up. Although it can remind you to do that, too. Heh. 4. We may have found the perfect accessory for you iPhone users. Hint: it’s the size of a tissue...

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Ubbi – Building a better diaper pail

The best diaper pail is the kind of topic that inspires some raging debates on mom message boards. They’re essential. They’re a waste of money. They’re too expensive. I couldn’t live without it. So what’s a first-time mama to do? My advice: Get the diaper pail. And this is from a woman in an apartment in which space is a premium. My other advice: Get the Ubbi diaper pail. The Ubbi Diaper pail is easy on the eyes–nice considering you will be engaging with it upwards of a dozen times daily (I’m sorry to report, new moms). The tough...

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Pink and blue layette essentials that are cuter than those other pink and blue layettes

Pink and blue can feel like such generic colors for a baby layette. But when it is done right, it not only looks great, but let’s be honest, it does help a new mom avoid those awkward comments about “what a beautiful baby boy!” when what she’s really got in the stroller is a little girl without any hair. If you’re a fan of the traditional layette color route, Oilo has come to the rescue. Their soft, organic layette is available in a baby blue and a super sweet pink. But instead of the usual gingham, the print is...

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The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store – where else are you going to find Kryptonite at 2 AM on a Sunday?

If you have got super hero fan at home, and we are talking a comic-con diehard, we have found the place to make all of their comic book dreams come true. Welcome to The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. Sure, we have featured capes and costumes here before, but this clever shop has waaaay more than that to offer. Selections start with a fabulous superhero baby romper, but you’ll also find mind readers, vacuum suction cups for scaling walls, x-ray glasses, gallons of antimatter and loads more in their wide selection of must have real hero items. It’s like the back page of those comic books of your youth,...

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Chat with our editors live about Father’s Day gifts on The Motherhood

If you need a little Father’s Day gift inspiration, or suggestions on how to make Dad’s day even more special, we’ll be playing personal shopper and event planner just for you on Monday, at The Motherhood. This Monday, June 4 from 1-1:30pm EST, our editors will be doling out tips and suggestions from our own Father’s Day Gift Guide and beyond, for all your Father’s Day gift giving dilemmas. Got a tough one? We’re ready for you! It’s a live, streaming blog chat so all you need to do to participate is join The Motherhood which is easy and...

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Cool suits for little boys? They exist!

We are big fans of Fore! Axel and Hudson. Their golf inspired clothes for boys are just so darn cool. But they do more than the golf stuff, as it turns out, and if you’ve got a fancy occasion coming up, but a not-so-fancy boy, this is a terrific site for you. I dig formal clothes for boys that still allow the boy to shine. Which is why I am thoroughly digging the scooter suit. It’s a perfectly sized and detailed two piece suit that is equally at home at a garden party or an outdoor wedding. (Not that...

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The easiest, safest, least sticky popsicle maker of all time

Pity my children, for popsicles were once merely a thing of legend. You see, we have a saying at our house: Sticky is icky. That means that Mommy can’t handle juice, yogurt, smushed bananas, or children covered in any and all of the above. But now, it’s okay.  We’re cool. The Little Bites Popsicle Molds from Kinder-Ville are the easiest, tidiest popsicle molds I’ve ever seen or used, and they’ve totally changed my mind about frozen treats. They’re made of soft, durable silicone that’s guaranteed free of BPA, phthalates, and lead, and they’re dishwasher safe. And I love them....

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Reinventing the beach towel

It’s not too often that I get excited about a beach towel for kids. Yes, I get it – some have cuter patterns or whatever. But in the case of Towelmate, they really did reinvent the beach towel for both kids and adults–and it’s awesome. Hit the Towelmate website and you’ll find a brilliantly simple idea–towels with a little zipper up one side, forming a small pocket for your keys or money. Or in the case of the kids’ beach towels, lotion and little treasures. In fact, I love that right inside the pocket it say “shells.” The mermaid towel...

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