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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