Month: August 2012

Baby gift sets from the land of driving on the wrong side of the road

While we’re all still on this post-Olympic London kick (man, aren’t you dying to go right now?) it was great timing that we discovered this brand new children’s line straight out of London. [don’t miss a fantastic limited time discount for CMP readers after the jump!] Designed by new mum and former architect Jen Taylor, Hokolo (an amalgam of Hong Kong and London) has just introduced its very first line showcasing adorable baby clothes and toys based on the Crown Jewels. These are super special baby gifts,  especially if you’ve got friends in Britain. Although certainly we ‘Merikins will...

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Ninja socks, people. NINJA SOCKS.

Last year we discovered the super awesome Sock it To Me knee socks, which we even included in our holiday gift guide. (We still think those Derby Girl socks are a pretty darn cool gift.) But while some of the designs were decidedly kid-like, the sizes weren’t. Until now. Whatever kid says socks as gifts are no fun has not seen the selection from Sock it To Me Socks. They’ve got some of the absolute cutest designs for newborns, kids and teens just in time to add a little affordable personal style to those back-to-school wardrobes. The little kids...

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10 spreads to make a better peanut butter sandwich (or seed butter too!)

The back-to-school fun has begun: cue the sandwich making! I’m the queen of packing school lunches, but even I rely on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. My kids love them, they are quick, and an easy way to pack a protein punch. But, as much as I love the classic brown bag lunch, PB&J can feel tired after, oh, the 93rd sandwich. So this year, I’m stocking up on fabulous spreads that will keep things spicy–so to speak–and super tasty, too. Whether you’re using peanut butter or one of our favorite peanut butter alternatives, you’ll definitely want to check...

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Happy 80th Birthday LEGO! Some of our favorite LEGO picks over the years, tied up with a bow

For all the complaining I do about the tiny bricks scattered all over the living room floor, I adore LEGO bricks for how much they fully engage my kids even more than the latest video game. So we’re delighted to you a very Happy 80th Birthday. Based on how much you are still loved, I suspect you’ll be as relevant in another eighty years as you are today. So today, we’re rounding up some of our favorite LEGO picks over the past years.  –Christina [see more of favorite picks and resources for cool LEGO things after the jump] [LEGO...

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Orla Kiely + method = Cool Mom Picks dream collaboration

We’re already huge fans of method. And we’re huge fans of designer Orla Kiely. Put them together and suddenly I’m the most excited I’ve been to wash up since the old days of Mr. Bubble. The limited edition Orla Kieley for method hand wash offers four scents we want in every room with a sink. Bay leaf is perfect for the kitchen; primrose or vanilla chai would be lovely in the bath; and pear ginger I think I’d like just about anywhere. There’s also a foaming hand wash, a dish soap pump, and an all-purpose cleanser which makes me...

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7 surprising ways BabbaBox makes a cool gift for kids

If your kids are like mine, then getting something in the mail with their name on it completely makes their day. However when it’s filled with arts, crafts, and everything you need to make them, well, I’m pretty sure it would make their year. We’ve been long time fans of BabbaBox, now our newest sponsor (yay!), so we already know that their amazing activity boxes for kids 3-6 make the perfect gift. Here, just a few ways to think of it that you might not have considered.{Don’t miss the exclusive discount and two great giveaways after the jump} 1....

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Because every kid’s a winner when you’re the mother

A few years ago we fell in love with the MomAgenda School Year Journals, so much so that I raved about them everywhere, from my own kids’ classes to the TODAY show (where I also confessed my inability to maintain even a baby book). So I thought it was so clever to discover that this year they’ve come up with a new version, just for you parents of athletes and athletes-to-be.   The Sports Years Memory Journal has 14 folders for storing those rosters, certificates and other mementos, from a pre-k soccer club, through Varsity anything. On each one,...

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The only Back to School Shopping Guide you’ll need: ours!

The summer is almost officially over and that means one thing: The launch of our sixth annual Back to School Shopping Guide, featuring close to 150 goodies that will help make your little and big kids’ school year the coolest one yet. You’ll find everything from cool preschool backpacks and lunch boxes, to hip back-to-school clothes for kids and tweens, parents’ lifesavers, free printables, plus exclusive discount codes galore, all in one handy place. This year, we’ve also added an entire back-to-school craft section courtesy of our fabulous guide sponsor Scotch Colors + Patterns Duct Tape, which has just launched than...

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Satisfy your Olympic longing for London with 4 great children’s books

One of my very favorite things about the just-finished London Olympics was seeing all the gorgeous footage of the city itself. It’s made me even more determined to get my kids over to see Big Ben, London Bridge and their picturesque city-mates in person.  So while the Olympics have left town, I’ve rounded up a few children’s books about the city of London that will keep the sights alive in our minds. –Christina  Sure to elicit plenty of oooo’s and ahhhhh’s, Jennie Maizels’ stunning Pop-Up London combines plenty of amazingly detailed 3D designs with information about the city’s landmarks. My...

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3 affordable hostess gifts that make a sweet impression long after you’re gone

With summer coming to a close (noooo!) a lot of us are planning last minute weekends and cramming in final visits to see friends and take advantage of those lake house invitations. On Pinterest, we have an entire board featuring wonderful, varied hostess gift ideas. And here are three more ideas that really are just for the hostess. (You can always hit her kids up with something else.) I love the idea of giving things that smell beautiful–especially if you’re traveling with kids or pets. Plus, she’ll be able to remember your visit long even when your wet towels...

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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. Would you use an ultrasound machine that attaches to your smart phone? Boy, our Facebook fans had a lot to say about that! 2. Awesome news for iPad owners, especially if you’re an Amazon Prime member.  3. We always knew geeks were sexy, but the NASA mohawk guy seals the deal. Have you seen him?  4. Our kids are loving the newest app from the makers of Angry Birds. We bet yours will too.  5. This new website is...

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Canyon Ranch: Perfect for a babymoon, or just a mama system reboot

I’m no martyr, but after almost a dozen years raising children, it has been pretty obvious whose needs come first on a regular basis. Hint: They aren’t my own. Sound familiar? So when I had the opportunity to spend three days focusing only on me, me, me, I kissed the family goodbye, left mama guilt on the train, and took in all that Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts has to offer. And wow, does it have a lot. While “spa” was the first thing that popped into my head, I was surprised at how much more there is to do...

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A Truffle you’ll love, without all the calories

Lately, my handbag has become a bottomless pit, full of everything from loose business cards to computer cords and bottles of milk and lip gloss. And my idea of using old make-up bags to keep everything separate was brilliant until I couldn’t remember what I had put in each one.  But now thanks to these beautiful see-through pouches, I can find everything I need, without having to unzip or rifle.  {Don’t miss the exclusive limited-time discount after the jump!} The Truffle No 1 clarity pouch is a busy mom’s dream, with a sturdy waxed cotton canvas trim, clip zipper,...

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Keep the Olympic games going with these Playmobil sets

Though enjoying the Olympics means that we are all watching about 2000x as much television as we normally would on a nice summer’s day, I love how inspired my kids’ play has become. Whether they are turning the couch cushions into hurdles or doing somersaults on their bed, the Olympics has become a huge part of our days. The 15 affordable Playmobil High-Performance Athletes sets cover everything from those popular gymnasts and swimmers to some of the less-promoted sports of table tennis and hammer throw. I know that my light-saber-obsessed son would love to play with the two fencing figures, though...

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Baby blankets and silk shawls to make you dream of India

One of my favorite things about having a newborn was swaddling. My babies both loved to be swaddled and I must say, while I did a lot of things badly, I was kind of a swaddling master (please hold the applause). However I did learn that it took the right blanket to calm my kids. So I’m loving these gorgeous Indian blankets that also do double duty as soft, breathable cotton swaddlers. Textile company Mela & Roam has some of the prettiest baby blankets to choose from.  They are actually called dohars, or traditional Indian summer blankets, and are made from...

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Awesome Star Wars kids clothes let you be the droid you’re looking for

If your kid has a thing for Star Wars clothes, you’ll be glad to know that America’s favorite droid is now available in hoodie form. When asked for his response, R2D2 said, “BOOOP BEE ZOOP” and wiggled a little as if dancing to the celebration music of Ewoks. The Wookiee hoodie and Darth Vader shirt also available in this line were not available for questions. The Artoo Hoodie is part of the new Junk Food line for GAP and is available in sizes 12M to 5 years. It’s 100% cotton like all of their great clothes, and machine-washable with...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Here are 5 pins this week that we’re digging. If you’re going to do “mom jewelry” do it with this spectacular gold and diamond pendant. Playmobil toys as hooks – so genius. Crazy good party idea: Serve fruit popsicles in Prosecco. Just the photo makes us thirsty. An adorable, affordable back to school outfit for boys hitting preschool or kindergarten. We don’t always like inspirational quotes, but this one is hilarious. And true. We hope you’re following us on Pinterest – we’d love to see you...

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A bike helmet so cool, we can’t keep it under our hat… or can we?

Reading the recent Cool Mom Picks post about awesome family-friendly bicycles had me dreamily clicking through images of families on bikes and imagining myself pedaling my kids through our neighborhood. Only, with the most awesome bike helmet ever made. And that’s exactly when I first saw it: the bike helmet of my dreams. Now, I have always been a helmet-wearer. Hair-, image- and outfit-be-damned. But I know there are people out there who have more fashionable priorities. And I get it.  (Kind of.) Helmets are ugly. They’re bulky. And they don’t match cute outfits. Until now. These amazing helmets...

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The Neato makes the chore of vacuuming suck, in the right way

Take three crumb-dropping kids, a big shedding dog, and a house without air conditioning, and you’ve got one mama who breaks out in a sweat just thinking about vacuuming. But lately, this chore hasn’t required me to do too much more than push a button. Like its predecessor, the previously reviewed Neato XV-11, the new Neato XV-21 robotic vacuum is a suction powerhouse with a motor that lets you know it means business as it revs up like a diminutive jet in my living room. No, it will not achieve lift off.  What makes this newer Neato XV-21 so ideal...

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Web Coolness – The coolest movie posters, inspiring art by kids, and Sesame Street’s 43rd season

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We hope those are safety scissors in this adorable Brazilian Cineplex ad featuring children —can you guess all the other movies featured in the series? Use your words to help a child in the Blogust blog relay where every comment you leave on participating blogs means $20 donated to Shot@Life for life-saving vaccines. In fact you can leave a comment on any of the participating blogs all month long to count, including our own Editor Liz’s blog. If you’ll be...

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