Month: July 2012

Plush and pillows with the perfect sense of humor

As a professional decorator, one of my favorite spaces to take on is a kid’s room. You can go as creative and whimsical as you want; where else could I use every color in the rainbow and indulge in prints that are easily deemed “funny?” Now there’s an Etsy shop I’m so happy to have discovered for those very reasons. When I first saw these pillows from Coucou Salut, I immediately thought of several places that I would use them in my own home.  Everything  at the shop is 100% illustrated, designed, printed and sewn by one talented pair...

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PunyPixel – small clothes, big ideas

I’ve just found a new brand that has everything I love…eye popping designs, a charity component, and organic cotton. The only drawback: it’s only for kids. The designs at PunyPixel are admittedly quirky, but I think they’re cool. The line features four culturally diverse characters, like Mike, above. Each one has his or her own unique look and style. If you’re feeling spacey, I would go with Leo. If you’re feeling like all of your chakras are in alignment, Sid is your girl. PunyPixel supports charities that they have a real connection with, and they rotate every couple of...

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You’ve got to know when to fold M.

“Free” is one of our favorite words. And now you can spell it out in three fancy dimensions, thanks to this clever series of papercraft templates. And did we mention that they’re totally free? And that M is for Monster? Digitprop is a website by parent and biochemist Markus, who offers free templates and papercraft project to entertain and amuse. We were struck by this amazing free printable paper craft alphabet, which includes PDF templates for all 26 letters. My favorite is the N for Ninja, which includes some fascinating information on why ninjas dress the way they do....

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The Lego set so cool you won’t let your kids touch it

I’ve got four words for you:  Steampunk. Lego. Monster. Fighters. I haven’t even gotten to the part about the castle. Thank heavens I was alone when I found the new Lego Monster Fighters display at Target this week. Why? Because I blurted out HOLY [deleted]. Seriously they’re that cool. The story is that the evil Lord Vampyre needs six moonstones in order to eclipse the sun and bring about eternal darkness. Led by Sir Rodney Rathbone, the Monster Fighters must steal back the moonstones from the various monsters. Each set includes Monster Fighters, monsters, vehicles, and all sorts of...

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Astronaut food is taking over! And now, it’s organic.

As someone who hates mushy fruit with a passion, I wholeheartedly embraced the recent popularity of the pouch. Finally, my kids can eat applesauce without me locking myself in the bathroom. (Because it’s all about me, right?) But as it turns out, pouches can hold more than fruit. For example, oatmeal and yogurt. How very space-age. [don’t miss a great super great giveaway after the jump! That is, if your kids like yummy foods.] My only problem with these two new lines by our pals at Plum Organics is that my kids ate them so quickly, that I barely...

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Cool Olympic tees for our own future Olympians.

Whether or not my kids will one day stand on the podium of some future Olympics is not yet determined—-have they started a category for intense video gaming or speed LEGO building? For now, though, I love these shirts that let them profess their love and support for the games, no matter what their age. –Christina Celebrate the games of the past with the great-looking Vintage Olympics Tees from The Gap including1976 Montreal, 1980 Lake Placid. and even 1924 Paris. I love the irony of my kids wearing a shirt from 1980 which they will think is a relic from...

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

It’s summertime, and the tech is easy! Here are a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. Your iPhone wants to look like the gorgeous camera it is. This cool iPhone case can help. 2. Need a free educational app to keep the kids busy on a road trip? Ding! We found it. 3. Why parents with far away families should be on Google Plus. Hint: Bond through doodling and weird caterpillars. 4. This gooooorgeous camera bag multitasks as much as you do. 5. We’re giggliing at these clever outlet...

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There’s a whale in the tub!

Having just returned from a week at SeaWorld–during which we were splashed by sea critters no fewer than five times–I can attest to the fact that, to kids, whales rule.  This whale may not be doing twists and turns in the air, but it might do something that’s just a little bit cooler: it makes bathtime enticing. There are few parents that will say that’s not a good thing. While so many non-slip bath mats look like something Great Grandma Ruth might use, this Whale Rubber Bath Mat from Urban Outfitters takes it six steps cuter. The rubber mat has traction...

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Ragtime for Rugrats

Randy Kaplan is such a talented kids’ rocker; the kind of performer who really engages his audience. He doesn’t just sing, he tells stories. And we listen. We are all huge fans of Kaplan’s incredibly cool, listenable (even for adults) CDs, but this newest, which makes some of the greatest Country, Blues and Ragtime numbers family-friendly, is his most ambitious yet. Duke Ellington’s Satin Doll isn’t exactly as innocent as an American Girl, yet, Kaplan does a great job bringing this and more to life for kids in Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie. You’ll also find that he adds his...

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The full body baby bib, for full contact baby feeding

There were moments in my children’s earlier years that all I wanted to do was cover them in a full body raincoat.  It seemed like meal times turned into “let’s get as covered with food as we possibly can” times.  Thankfully, a brilliant mother out there has created a great solution with a full-sleeved, laminated baby bib from Baby Graybee. These bibs for babies 6-18 months keep even the most spirited eaters clean at meal time. The front of the bib is made of BPA-free laminated cotton, providing waterproof coverage for spills. The sleeves are a comfy soft jersey...

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Subscribe to Cool Mom Picks – we’ll make it worth your while.

We’re showering even more our subscribers with love this month with our monthly subscribers-only giveaway–in the form of six prize packs from one our very favorite companies, Serena + Lily! One grand prize winner will with a fabulous luxury bath collection worth over $475, and five additional winners will snag a set of gorgeous crochet-edge towels worth $96 each. But every CMP subscriber is a winner, since you get the best deals, hottest steals, and pretty picks not even seen on our site. Plus another chance to win something fun every month. Plus it’s free! Just click here tell...

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Are we freaking there yet?

Are we there yet? It’s one of those perpetual jokes paid forward by each generation. You’re going to torture your parents? That’s fine. One day, your kids will torture you in turn. And that day is now. And even your noise-canceling headphones and some yodeling Gotye can’t stop it. But at least you can enjoy the freaking ride in style, right? It’s kind of amazing, how much one pretty luggage tag can affect one’s mood while traveling. I know that when I see the little mod pear dangling off my blue rolling suitcase on the conveyor belt after a...

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A Brooklyn home without the Brooklyn prices

There’s a saying in real estate: location, location, location. But after that’s out of the way, in New York we tend to put a premium on character. You know, exposed brick, tin ceilings, original wood floors. (Don’t ever expect to find wall-to-wall carpeting here. If you do; wonder what it’s hiding underneath.) But now,  if you didn’t find the character you’re craving, now you can fake it with this unbelievable wallpaper series. The trompe l’oeil Brooklyn wallpaper series by Merci, at one of my long-time favorite shops, Rockett St George, is mindblowingly cool. The papers look like the turn-of-the-century...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest like we are? Here are 5 cool pins we loved this week. 1. A gorgeous camera bag that looks nothing like a camera bag. 2. Spectacular handmade bangle bracelets in yummy colors, all one of a kind. Want! 3. 9 S’mores recipes with photos so yummy it’s kind of cruel. Sorry. 4. Probably the most hilarious outlet covers we’ve seen. (Can an outlet cover be hilarious?) 5. The perfect affordable baby shower gift, because books are always...

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City Threads goes baby

City Threads is a great little clothing company that I’ve raved about before. You can recognize their “Brooklyn” bucket hats on many a hipster kid at the nearest playground in my (nowhere near Brooklyn) neighborhood. Now they are finally veering into the baby clothing world and all I can say is… what took you so long? The baby onesies are made of the same comfy, durable cotton I love on their big kid stuff. The patterns are simple but fun, for babies who don’t need a lot of work to convince the world that they’re cute. Plus, they are...

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Teddy needs a bath

Poor Bun-Bun. I received the stuffed pink rabbit at my first baby shower for my first baby, and he’s been around and loved ever since. Two houses, two kids, and one horrifying overnight stay in the litterbox had turned Bun-Bun from a cheerful pink to a dingy grayish-brown. “I’m sorry about this, Bun-Bun,” I said, zipping him into the bag. And then I tossed him into the darkness. [don’t miss a giveaway after the jump] The darkness of the clothes washer! C’mon, we’re moms. We don’t throw away beloved stuffed animals just because they get a little yucky. But...

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Web Coolness – A coloring book for girls of color, flying with kids, and raising confident men

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We adore this mama’s plan to create a coloring book for girls of color. This has been a long time coming! My Parenting Mistakes: Kristen takes a look at our parenting choices in the wake of the Aurora shootings. A six year old judges classic books by their covers with really hilarious results. This one is even worth putting up with a slideshow, promise. Bostonians, don’t miss this weekend’s Summer Arts Weekend where our favorite Dan Zanes and Friends will...

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The Havaianas that give back

It’s summertime which means if you’re like us, you probably rock flip flops like they are going out of style. And to lots of us, flip flops are synonymous with Brazil’s stylish, comfy, long-wearing Havaianas. And now there’s a new collection to support one of our favorite charities, with some lovely celebrity designed shoes. (Really, they’re actually nice!) The limited edition celebrity designed Havaianas for Baby Buggy come from a few moms and style icons you may be familiar with. (Does Courtney Cox ring a bell?) Each of them, including Nina Garcia, Rebecca Romijn, and Tori Spelling, worked with...

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A taste of summer, indoors

Sometimes art just speaks to you, and that’s how I felt gazing at the beautiful original artwork from artist Rachel Austin. I was poking around the Poppytalk Marketplace and discovered Rachel’s wonderful mixed media map paintings. Clearly bitten by the travel bug, her work evokes lovely images across the country, from a lakeside campground to midwestern birds on a wire in Long Island City, all created over original maps. Some are mounted on a boxy, appropriately unfussy wooden frame, and then there’s also a series of archival prints you can have framed yourself.                           I can imagine that...

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Solar-powered crafting

I spend a lot of time lately telling my kids about the “dangers of the sun” as I apply yet another layer of SPF 30+. But this weekend, we spent a lot of time talking about the cool art that the sun can make with this creative new kit from CMP favorite Eye Can Art. Their new Fabric Sun Photo Kit is a great way to to flex those creative muscles in between beach days. What makes this kit so special is that, like so many of Eye Can Art’s kits, instead of telling kids what to make, it tells...

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