Month: July 2012

Girls headbands as casual and dreamy as summer

An insane number of crafters on Etsy are making all manners of barrettes, hair bands and baby bows, some with adornments larger nearly as large the actual baby. (I never got that, I have to say.) Searching for something tasteful can be an exercise–a long exercise–in futility. Allow me to narrow the field down a bit. Heather Funk is the designer behind Natty Bratty, a shop we discovered a while back. It’s been pretty cool seeing the evolution of her designs over the years, and now she’s introduced what might be my favorite: a line of soft braided fabric...

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Breaking news: Peg Perego stroller recall

If you bought a Peg Perego stroller between January 2004 and September 2010, you’ll want to check to be sure it’s not one of the 223,000 strollers that are only just now being recalled after an infant died in 2004. Little ones, particularly those under 12 months old, can pass between the seat and the tray and can get their heads stuck.  The specific recalled strollers are the older Venezio and Pliko-P3 models that have a child tray with a single cup holder, not the bumper bar. To be certain if yours is on the list, check the CPSC information...

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Punk goes pretty (says the Doc Martens fan)

You never forget your first pair of Docs. And I imagine you’ll never forget your first Doc Martens bag that melds their steadfast styling with the gorgeous fabrics of Liberty London. Who said punk couldn’t be pretty? When two British style institutes merge, you know the product is going to be impressive. We love the new bags by Doc Martens and Liberty London, so much that one of our editors already bought one–and that’s without a discount code. There are four bags in the Doc Martens x Liberty collection, two large satchels and two medium satchels. Each bag is...

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9 ooey, gooey, fantastic s’mores recipes. (Is it summer without them?)

Nothing says summer to me like campfires and s’mores. Although being a city person, I can’t say I spend as much time with campfires as I do with s’mores. Luckily, you don’t need a bonfire either to enjoy the chocolate and melted marshmallow dessert. In fact, you don’t even have to be in the great outdoors. (Although I do know roasting those marshmallows on a stick over a fire does have a certain awesomeness about it.) Check out these 9 easy and creative recipes to help you get your summer s’mores fix. Making them is a must; singing kumbaya...

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A cardboard play town perfect for kids, and rebels who like turquoise houses.

Between the heatwaves and the crazy downpours, I feel like we’ve been getting more use out of our creative indoor toys this summer than our scooters. And now here’s one more that I’m just smitten with, because it’s more than just a building kit. [don’t miss an exclusive discount code after the jump] The recycled cardboard Paper Town craft kit is just wonderful. It comes with four perforated sheets that allow your kids to punch out, fold, and insert tabs to create their own little town complete with a cafe, bus station, department store and market. I love that...

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The coolest birthday dresses, now 100% for charity

This October, my youngest daughters will be turning 4 and 2 and as part of our family tradition, they will be wearing hand-me-down Courtney Courtney kids’ dresses. We first featured them in 2008 on Cool Mom Picks, and designer Courtney Chu has since remained one of our all time favorite indie designers, period. Well now, she’s decided to use her now hugely popular birthday dresses to raise money for charity. And we’re in love all over again. If you’re not familiar with her work, Courtney whips recycled t-shirts and fabrics and turns them into the most amazing dresses unlike...

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Pimpin’ the hose

Tap water’s making a comeback, and here’s a great way to share the love. And the water. On the surface, Faucet Face is a company that sells glass water bottles. But behind the scenes, they’re trying to start a movement towards tap water and away from pricey and eco-unfriendly bottled water. As part of their initiative, every bottle you buy helps build water filters in rural India, providing a minimum of 100 liters per bottle. In fact four bottles means one complete water filter will be donated. Pretty great. Fear not the glass bottles! We’ve covered them before (bkr...

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Throwing an Olympics Party? Some of the coolest printables, snacks, and party ideas

With so many of us on the verge of Olympics fever, a Summer Olympics party is such a great way to get older kids into the spirit of the games. Whether you’re just trying to make the opening ceremonies more exciting on Friday, or throw a full out theme party for a sports-minded kid, we’ve found sound fabulous ideas and resources on the web to make yours awesome. There’s no way most of us would ever go to the remarkable detail that we found on the Olympics party ideas at A Small Snippet (we bow to her!) but you...

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Amazing boys’ clothes on sale in time for back to school – all under $12.

We get kind of excited when we find any cool boys clothes, as you well know, and even more so when we find great boys clothes on sale. Especially when they’re from from one of our favorite shops–and CMP sponsors–Red 21 Boys. Here, just a few of the really cool toddler, youth, and big kids clothes I spotted on clearance that are worth snatching up for the school year–or for now, should you have kids like mine who seem to outgrow their summer things smack in the middle of July each year. The best part besides the great styling,...

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In tribute to Sally Ride and all the brave women of tomorrow

Sally Ride was the first woman in space, and saying that the space she’s left behind is hard to fill is an understatement. But we’ve found a beautiful kids’ book to help your little girl dream big, just like Sally. My Name Is Not Isabella, written by Jennifer Fosberry and illustrated by Mike Litwin, tells the story of a little girl named Isabella imaging herself as great women of history. From Sally Ride to Rosa Parks and Marie Curie to…Mommy, Isabella discovers that she possesses the same strength of spirit as the women who changed the world.  When we opened...

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The modern family room, redesigned by the Novogratz family

Last week I got a sneak peek at a cool new collaboration between design gurus and parents (of seven!) Bob and Courtney Novogratz and CB2. When I did, all I could do is smile. The colorful wool Family Rug charmed me right off the bat; and I have to say, I’m not always open to peppering my home with “sayings” or words. But in this case, I think it would be so perfect in…well, a family room. But I could also see it in a playroom or a modern entrance way.  Should yours be a little bigger than mine. It comes...

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Falling in love with geometry

As minor as my kids’ milestones might seem in the great scheme of things, I still do my fair share of celebrating them. All night in your own bed? Yes! So I decided that I too deserve to treat myself with a little reward for making it through another milestone with them. Fair, right? I’ve got just the thing, if beautiful handmade jewelry looks like your kind of grownup treat. I just love the geometric rings from Israeli-based Osnat Har Noy that are a little larger than a thin everyday band but not as bold as a cocktail ring....

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The best online bullying resources that we hope you never need

With so many of us with school-aged kids, we were probably surprised as you might be to know that according to the National Crime Prevention Council, about 160,000 kids won’t go to school each day for fear of being bullied, which to us is about 160,000 too many. We’re happy to be working with our sponsor Chase again, a supporter of The Bully Project, which you might know is an important independent film that highlights kids and families across the USA through the school year who dealing with bullying — online, on their phones, on the bus, at home, and...

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Shoes that grow with your baby. Really!

Don’t even get me started on the hassle of shoe shopping for kids. The second my son started walking last month, I knew we were in for a new pair of shoes every couple of months, just like I had done for his older brother. But then I discovered a new shoe brand that expands along with your tot’s ever-growing tootsies and I’m smitten. The idea behind Shupeas, a new collection of expandable baby shoes that fit sizes 3 to 24 months, is pretty genius. Thanks to some strategic straps and Velcro, you are able to custom fit the...

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

Here are a few of our favorite tech picks on Cool Mom Tech from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. This scuba suit for your iPhone can allow you to take pictures underwater! 2. Want to try running but aren’t sure where to start? This helpful and responsive app for runners got our editor off the couch and finally knocking a 10K off her bucket list. 3. What happens when you combine Tetris, bombs, and your friends? A new app addiction, that’s what. 4. Here’s how to shave a few minutes off your next airport...

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An amazing day camp in New York City – even for non NYC kids

Updated with exclusive discount! Imagine sending your kids to a camp where they get to explore all the best sights and sounds of New York City for a week, with a huge educational component. Now imagine that you are visiting New York for a week, and that you can allow your kids to join in while you see your own sights (and shops). Interest piqued? Us too. A day camp called NYC Is My Backyard, created by two former New York public school teachers, is giving more traditional day camps a run for their macrame. With so many amazing...

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8 free Olympics printables that deserve a medal

We’ve found a set of free Olympics printables that bring the excitement of the far-away Olympics a little closer, no passport required. Which is great because the closest we’re going to get to London for the Summer Olympics is through our television and laptop screens. New-to-the-U.S., personalized-gift shop, Tinyme, has an entire roster of cute and totally free Olympics Printables that will help keep the excitement going even when I need to shut off the television. Some can even be personalized. My family will love the Opening Ceremony Bingo Cards which we can play while we all stay up...

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Every family has a spicy kid…or two.

Molly Ledford and her band of merry Lunch Money mates are just such supreme goodness. We are big fans of theirs here at Cool Mom Picks, but this new CD, Spicy Kid, just might take the cake. Er, peanut butter sandwich.  This CD is a combination of sweet fun and silliness for the kid folk, but Molly sneaks in a most unbelievable tribute to parenting with “Basket of Flowers.“ I listened to that song on repeat and saw my children as little babies flash before me in a sort of slideshow of the mind. Yes, it was that deep....

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Cool movie posters for fans of film and great design

Okay so I guess it’s cool modern poster day today at Cool Mom Picks, because aside from the adorable city posters that Kirstin raved about, I just fell in love with a series of classic movie posters, reinterpreted by a modern graphic artist and now on sale. The Joseph Chiang movie posters are down to just $28 today on Fab.com, so snatch one up if it’s calling your name. From Reservoir Dogs and I Shot Andy Warhol, to Amelie and a whole lot of Wes Anderson, it’s like an indie lover’s dream collection. Although if you’re more of a...

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Corolle’s potty training dolls for your whiz kids (heh)

I jumped through many hoops to get my son to finally use the potty: candy rewards, sticker charts, pleading. But I never did try a potty-training doll since I found most of them to be kind of unappealing as a doll that you’d want to snuggle at night after squeezing some liquid out of its belly. But now that one of our favorite doll companies has come out with one of these drink-and-wet dolls for both boys and girls, I’d add this to my arsenal of tricks to use when trying to transition little ones out of diapers. Corolle’s...

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