Month: August 2012

Subscribe to Cool Mom Picks for a heck of a ride

We know our readers have style, but we offer extra swagger to our subscribers. For example, we’re offering prize packs to eleven subscribers this month, including the mother of all statement strollers. You could use one of those, right? One Cool Mom Picks subscriber will snag this super fabulous Bumbleride Indie stroller, valued at $605, and ten (10!) more will receive Bumbleride Parent Packs worth $25 each. And that’s not all. Every subscriber get the best Cool Mom Picks has to offer, including discounts, deals, and editors’ top picks not listed on our site.   And all you have to do is click here and...

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The baby girl gift that warrants an extra-nice thank you note

My favorite baby girl outfits were ones that could be worn for a fun little playdate or a special day out with just a simple change of shoes. And that’s exactly why I love this adorable tunic and leggings combo from Cool Mom Picks fave Bean New York. [don’t miss a limited time discount for CMP readers after the jump NOW EXTENDED] Maybe because it reminds me of what I brought all my kids home in; but this simple, beautiful, pebble knitted swing baby tunic and leggings outfit is the perfect addition to any little one’s fall wardrobe and a...

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DIY Free Printable Tooth Fairy Notes – oh the cuteness!

When we found this DIY project at one of our favorite design blogs, Handmade Charlotte, we nearly died. The best part is that the instructions do not include mentions of glue guns, professional equipment, or paper stock only found in the foothills of Sweden.   With as little as some basic card stock, a printer, a ruler and an old-fashioned X-Acto knife, you just print out her adorable designs and you’ve got both a mini card and envelope for scribbling a quick note to the taker of teeth; along with a thank you note from the sprite (complete with...

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Web Coolness – Fun printables, hilarious kid movies, and Minnie Mouse–the fashion model in need of a sandwich?

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Such a cute, free, and easy printable Labor Day party for your Monday barbecue (and Happy Labor Day!) What a lovely idea: Saving for Someone Else’s Rainy Day. Kristen has found some cool, age-appropriate dresses for tweens from the land down under that won’t be on every other girl in class. Disney icons go anorexic, as some say, in the name of fashion. What do you think? What are you grateful for? A wonderful post with ideas for living a gratitude-filled...

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WhyTripIt is keeping me sane when I travel

Exactly a year ago I discovered the genius that is TripIt, a super simple organization and travel management app for pretty much any smartphone you’ve got. And we’re talking simple. If you’re a frequent traveler like I am, it is nothing less than a lifesaver. Including right now this very second–in fact, I’m waving hi to all of you from sunny Copenhagen. Hej! Here, I’m going to show you how I’ve been using it this week so far to keep me from going insane, and just why I love it so much. It’s also why I’ve been so happy...

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Gustafer Yellowgold’s musical tour through the holidays is a trip worth taking

Yes, the years are going by so fast, though I’ve never had one whiz by in 28.4 minutes, thank goodness. But if anyone can make that happen in a way that will put a smile on your face, it’s the musical, yellow-hued cartoon Gustafer Yellowgold, whose latest release takes us through a year of holidays, seen from the point of view of an outer-space creature who came here from the sun in 2005. Yeah, it’s a bit weird, but a whole lot of awesome. As with Gustafer Yellowgold’s previous releases, Year in the Day is a combo DVD/CD. I love the combo concept...

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Poketo for Target – Back to school shopping gets cooler and more affordable

When the first Poketo for Target collection hit stores, I snatched up a few awesome pieces before it was too late. And so you can bet I’m ready to track down their newest Target collection, ready for the picking starting now.   Poketo’s 2012 Target collection is perfect for the back to school season, with a series of modern, functional date planners, desktop calendars, and wall calendars from artists Betsy Walton, Joe Rogers, and Katharina Leuzinger. And I just love that buying these items supports smaller artists who might not otherwise see their work available to the masses.  I’ve already...

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Come to the Dark Side; we have tea!

That’s no moon– it’s… a tea diffuser, and it’s fully operational, Star Wars fans. You lovers of Star Wars and loose leaf teas: rejoice! This exquisitely detailed stainless steel Death Star Tea Infuser is an officially licensed Lucasfilm collectible — and dishwasher safe, of course.  Simply add your favorite loose leaf tea, twist the Death Star shut, wrap the TIE fighter weight around the handle of your favorite mug, and pretend you’re the Emperor as you enjoy that hot cup of Darth Vader Tea. Gooood. Goooood. –Delilah Find the Death Star Tea Infuser at ThinkGeek. Man we love that...

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8 tasty nut-free and gluten free lunchbox snacks for kids

With back to school in full swing, I’m mulling over lunch box ideas to keep things fresh for the next ten months. (Ten!) I recently posted 13 healthier versions of kids’ favorite lunchbox snacks and this week I’m sticking with snacks; specifically those made without nuts or gluten. These snacks are great for nut-free and allergy sensitive classrooms and eaters, but the best part is that they’re tasty, too. It shouldn’t be any other way with snacks, right? -Stacie Corn-free popcorn? How’s that for allregy-free. Mini Pops are an allergy-free popped snack that’s remarkably like popcorn, in flavors like...

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Hats off, Aussies. These kids’ accessories dazzle.

When I saw this adorable little outfit on Planet Awesome Kid, I knew I had to track down the hat immediately. It brought me to the most wonderful Australian webshop filled with so many amazing kids’ accessories. Including possibly the  most awesome kids’ boots I’ve ever seen. Australia is always rife with great kids clothes, and because the dollar and the AUD are pretty darn close right now, it can be a decent deal to shop from there. Especially if you’re getting something really special that you haven’t seen anywhere else. Milk N Soda is a fun source for...

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Bloom’s new crib bedding – A reason to let your kids have lollipops in bed

The new Lollipop crib bedding sets from Bloom are mod, cool and have a luxe 300 thread count, which is exactly what you’d expect from the company that produces such baby gems as the new eye-popping Zen Stroller and the luxury Fresco High Chair. When it comes to fusing amazing design with amazing functionality for the little ones, Bloom is in the major leagues. Their new Lollipop crib bedding set is soft, eco-conscious and way easy on the eyes. The collection of retro-looking bedding is made with super-soft 100% cotton. There’s a pair of fitted sheets for $55 and I...

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Survive pumping at work with the Milk it Kit

When I returned to work after my oldest was born, I felt fortunate that I was often able to slip home or bring her with me to breastfeed because, I’ll be honest, pumping at work made me a little nervous. I could barely use a breast pump at home, let alone in my office.  Too bad I didn’t have this cool kit that might have given me the extra breastfeeding support I would have really appreciated as a new nursing mom headed back to work.  The Milk It Kit is a back to work survival kit for breastfeeding moms to...

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6 of the best of the robot backpacks for kids

It’s 2012, and we still don’t have our jet packs, hovercars, and personal house-cleaning robots. But we have found that robot backpacks are super hot, so we’ve rounded up a fantastic collection of the very best ones, to keep your kid company at school. And no, they do not do homework. Alexander the Robot Backpack is a structured bag sized for ages 5 to 10, with plenty of space for lunch, homework folders, and those old-fashioned “book” thingies. He’s free of PVC, lead, pthalates, and Daleks and is available from one of our favorite little labels, Beatrix NY. Alexander’s...

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A little bit of back to school calendar organization brilliance

It only took my husband a good three months to install our large wall calendar system in the kitchen. And I won’t even tell you how much it cost. Ouch. Too bad I didn’t know about Wall Pops, whose awesome wall decals we featured in our back to school shopping guide, and would have saved me a whole lot of time and money.   If you’re not familiar with the Wall Pops wall decal calendar sets, then allow me to introduce you to their awesomeness. These pretty decals are actually dry-erase calendars that are stuck to your wall–kitchen, office,...

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Basq in the glow of beautiful pregnancy skin

My daughter turns six next week, and that means I’m feeling extra nostalgic–even about my stretch marks. Back then, I didn’t know the importance of keeping growing belly skin supple, and now I’m suffering for it.  If only I could send a care package back to my August 2006 self, here are the two products I would send…along with a lot of cookies. The first product on the list is actually three products–or, to be more specific, one lovely body oil in three different scents. The Resilient Body Oil Trio Set from basq includes one bottle each of their signature...

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4 of the coolest superhero invitations for your little dreamer

I’m a big fan of superheroes, and therefore, cool superhero invitations. I’m pretty sure your kids are too. I love seeing my kids practice being good people while pretending to be courageous, powerful and strong. I mean, sure, sometimes they also pretend that they can fly from the couch to the side chairs (“nooooooo!”) but as long as the kids don’t try to defy gravity, superhero play is A-OK at our house.  Know what else I’m a fan of? The pop graphics that superheroes like to wrap themselves in. The bright colors, bold words and multiple exclamation marks are...

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Rock on, Ben Franklin!

My oldest is a budding scientist. He looks up to Ben Franklin the way most people look up to rock stars. For a while, said son was sporting a tri-corn hat to really perfect his Franklin look. That kind of got in the way, and frankly, wool is pretty darn hot. Thankfully for both of us, we have found a different way to share the love. This sweet kids’ t-shirt by Okllo sports Ben Franklin in all of his glory. His hair is down and the bifocals are on. They’ve included one of my favorite Franklin quotes of all times:...

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The coolest metallic and glitter shoes for back to school

Much to my daughters’ delight, metallics and glitter are a hot trend for the back to school season, but with so many options, it can be tough to pick. So we scoured the web for the coolest kicks that will let your little or big girl shine for the entire school year–because these are shoes that are meant to last. Maybe even through a second kid. As seen on our back to school shopping guide, TOMS glitters are now out, in slip-on styles for big kids and babies, or mary janes for little ones. They come in 6 gorgeous...

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

Here are a few of our favorite tech picks from the last week, just in case you missed them.   1. This super fun app lets you create professional-looking posters using your own Instagram photos. Keep Calm and Cool Mom? 2. You’re going to love this fun, free way to build with LEGOs that doesn’t involve stepping on them in the dark. 3. If you’ve got a tween or teen ready to explore the world of responsible cell phone usage, we recommend this affordable “cell phone with training wheels.” Complete with 20% off discount code! 4. Which app does cool mom...

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Motherhood = coffeehood

I am still the world’s worst Starbucks orderer. I can’t remember whether I order the size before the “iced” and I still get the name of the coffee I love wrong. So of course I’m giggling at this adorable poster that breaks down the basic coffee types with charming graphics. The Know Your Coffees print from Kate Moore at Missouri’s Blimpcat Studios would look so cute in a kitchen (by the French Press perhaps?) or even above a desk where you might occssionally burn the midnight oil with a cup of java. Or half-caf. Or Irish. There are some hours at...

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