Month: June 2012

4 ways to give back this Father’s Day, in honor of Dad

As much as we know that dads love a present on Father’s Day, not every dad expects one. In fact, certain charity-minded dads might not even want one. That’s why we’re highlighting these four nonprofits that are doing cool things–and who need donations to keep on doing those cool things. So even though Dad might not need anything this Father’s Day, he’ll be happy that you’re helping people in the world who do. -Lexi Make a Loan to an Entrepreneur Who Needs One Kiva, the wonderful micro-lending website, has dedicated the month of June to helping out fathers and...

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Foodsplosions happen. This can help.

I still remember the first time I put a bib on my first child and attempted to feed her mashed avocado. The bib was tiny, and the burp cloths were across the room, and I panicked. We both ended up in the bathtub afterward. On the plus side, the avocado was great for my hair. If you have similar problems with tiny eaters making big messes, here’s the bib for you. The Mommapia Bib n’ Burp is pretty much the love child of a full-sized bib and two burp cloths, with three layers to keep the veggie explosions contained....

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Ideas for a child’s birthday party? How about some all in one place

Looking for ideas for a child’s birthday party can be both fun– and stressful. When my kids were younger, I confess, I went a little overboard with over-the-top parties causing me to collapse with exhaustion. As I learned, it can be a lot simpler. And just as fun. Here’s one shop that helps you with both. Dollyrockets, a shop based out of New Zealand (but which offers USD pricing), is designed for busy parents who need a simple plan for the perfect party. Their collections allow you to create your own stylish party that looks different than every other...

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Free Father’s Day printables for last minute Father’s Day gifts

Father’s Day is Sunday, and while we’ve been giving you loads (and loads and loads of Father’s Day gift ideas, we understand that you may still be looking for that little special “something” that will pull it all together. Instead of scouring the stores, take a look at these awesome printables for Father’s Day, from custom gift cards to unique treat holders. Along with being unique and fun, they are all also totally free. –Christina Not surprisingly, the designers at Hello Lucky offer a few gorgeous Father’s Day Printables including the bottle labels and matching card (above) that you...

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Web Coolness – Super Dads, the worst foods for kids, and Michelle Obama joins Pinterest

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Check out this over-the-top superhero-themed Father’s Day luncheon for a Super Dad.  Ooooo, this giant Lite Brite has us all nostalgic for our childhood toy. And these pegs won’t get lost in the shag carpet. (via notcot) We’re fascinated by Helen Levitt’s photographs of young children playing, without parents hovering nearby, in the gritty New York City streets in the 70’s. No matter what language you speak, Estefi Machado’s creative website is full of playful, kid-friendly crafts and party ideas. First it...

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Cool Mom Picks joins Katie Couric in sharing last minute Father’s Day Gifts

Well here’s something we’re kind of thrilled about–you may have heard about the new Katie Couric Show that’s launching September 10. And since we’re huge fans of hers at Cool Mom Picks (she really is the ultimate cool mom), we’re all so excited to tune in to Katie. But now I get to be doubly excited, since I’ll be a contributing columnist to her new website, KatieCouric.com. So fun! It’s still in its baby stages (ha, welcome to the insanity that is website management, Katie’s team!) but if you click over, you’ll find my first column–some really creative suggestions...

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Mini vintage rag dolls that inspire huge love

When I brought home a Best Pals rag doll for my youngest daughter, I had no idea it would end up becoming one of her very favorite of many (many) dolls an stuffed animals. I mean, clearly I loved the simplicity of the design and the wonderful backstory behind its creation, but I was thrilled to know it doesn’t take batteries or “real chewing action!” to make a kid happy these days. Now the Best Pals have new mini versions, and they’re just adorable. If your daughter is going off to camp or kindergarten for the first time and needs...

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Rockin’ Baby Slings, relaunched, and giving back big time

We’ve loved Rockin’ Baby Slings ever since they started rockin’ the baby sling world with their simple, stylish designs that are great for even beginners. And now they’re doing it again with a gorgeous new line of fabrics for their ring slings and pouches, along with a brand new commitment to helping mothers in Haiti. Thanks to their Mother to Mother Initiative, any sling you buy means another will be donated to a Haitian mother in need. Baby slings can actually be the difference of life and death there, where a mother needs to carry her child along to find...

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Belts for babies and kids just got about as cool as it gets

Accessories for kids can be ridiculously cool when they are done well, which is why I love these baby belts. They’re not only affordable, they add just the right amount of pop to any little hipster outfit. My Baby Belts has quite the selection. In fact there are so many sweet designs that it’s hard to pick a favorite. Baggy jeans deserve a distressed leather belt that says Rock & Roll. A distressed pink leather belt is adorable layered over a tutu and a band tee. And I’m personally partial to the studded silver leather which screams “I may wear a diaper...

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8 must-try smoothie recipes for a fresh and fruity summer

Fresh fruit is so glorious this time of year that sometimes whirling up a smoothie from a great recipe is the most I need to do with my farmer’s market score. All you need at the very least is ice and a killer combination of seasonal fruit. Or, get more fancy if you’re up for it with one of these tasty summer smoothie blends. Any of these 8 delicious recipes are worthy of a permanent spot on the counter for your blender. Believe me–you’re going to need it. Adding melon to a smoothie–like in this Green Melon Summer Smoothie from...

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