Month: September 2012

A good reason (or 4) to subscribe to Cool Mom Picks today

Cool Mom Picks is dedicated to bringing you the best deals and coolest finds, but we reserve lots of special goodies just for our subscribers. Like this mega-package of back-to-school goodies, which is up for grabs in our subscriber-only giveaway this week. If you’re the big winner, you’ll find a gift package worth over $500 full of back-to-school awesomeness, including the coolest lunchbox, a chic planner, a $50 gift certificate to CleanWell, and that sassy new clutch from Petunia Pickle Bottom. Just click here to subscribe to Cool Mom Picks, and our October newsletter will soon arrive in your inbox...

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

What is that pagoda of power in the photo? What’s even better than Pinterest? Where the heck is my iPhone? To answer these questions, we present some of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. If you’re in the market for a kid-friendly Android tablet, we’ve got four new ones you’ll want to check out. Or 5 if you count this new big NOOK! 2. Miss the instant fun of shaking an actual Polaroid picture? Click here and prepare to freak out. 3. What’s like Pinterest and Evernote but… better? It’s Springpad...

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Get crafty, young grasshopper, with 3D puzzle sculptures

The cooler weather is setting in, so I’m already on the hunt for inside activities that will save my hide come winter. I admit I’m pretty picky about what crafty goodness makes the grade at our house, so when I heard about green 3D puzzles that the kiddos could build and color, I was all ears. {Keep reading for an exclusive CMP discount on 3D puzzles!} The eco-friendly Urban Canvas 3D puzzles are created from recycled cardboard that is reusable (honest!) and durable enough to be constructed and destructed. The pieces are also reversible, with a funky preprinted pattern on one side. The...

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Homemade baby food with a grown-up twist we love

My kids are long past infancy, but I have profound memories of the truly yucky jarred baby food I tried to shovel into their mouths. I always thought I’d be someone who made homemade baby food, but having my kids one year apart–surprise!–just about did me in. I barely had the energy to open those jars of yuck, much less steam veggies and operate heavy machinery (the food procesor). If Anni Daulter’s ultra-simple baby food recipes had existed way back then, there might have been two less gagging toddlers in the world. But Bountiful Baby Purees is more than just another homemade...

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Hotel Transylvania Review: Velcome to Fun

The second my girls saw the very first ad for Hotel Transylvania, they were begging to see it. At 5 and 7, I wasn’t quite sure if I should get their hopes up or not–after all, stories about monsters not of the Sesame Street variety generally don’t suit their age group. Remarkably, even my 5-year-old wasn’t scared a bit. Okay, so there were a couple of tense moments in which she gripped my hand a little tighter, and it’s possible that she’s a tougher little girl than most. But when I asked them at the end if it was...

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Ding, dong, the witch is read: nifty 3D bookmarks

Book lovers, we’ve come across some major cuteness for you. We think you and your Munchkins are going to go (winged) ape for these adorable 3D bookmarks. And if you’re not into The Wizard of Oz, they come in several other shapes, including pirates, zombies, and Louboutins…oh my! From the Wicked Witch’s stripey socks to Dorothy’s demurely folded socks and famous ruby slippers, MyBOOKmark on Etsy offers dozens of unique and clever three-dimensional bookmarks for bibliophiles with a sense of humor. Each pair of legs pokes two inches or so out of your book. They’re hand-crafted of polymer clay, painted,...

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A scarily cute costume for you pregnant ghouls

I was pregnant during two Halloweens. Looking back, I’m sad I never got into that particular holiday spirit. That probably has something to do with the fact that I was just happy to struggle into my own clothes and shoes, let alone deal with a costume. But that’s really only one of the reasons why I love this adorable shirt.  The Skeleton Maternity shirt is pretty darn cute, and a nice way to celebrate Halloween without painting your belly like a pumpkin or dressing up in something that will just make you sweat more than you already do. Or maybe that...

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Let’s raise a fair-trade toast to National Coffee Day!

Hey, wake up! It’s National Coffee Day. So If you love coffee, raise your mug! And if you support fair trade coffee…well, we have a lot to talk about. Whether it’s tall, grande, venti, with extra shots, with whip, made by baristas, or filtered through a paper towel and poured into a cracked mug with shaking hands at 6am, we’re big fans of coffee; but in today’s world, it’s important to us that our favorite brew is grown and harvested humanely. Keep reading for some lovely ways to enjoy cruelty-free coffee. When we found the amazing SlaveryFootprint.org  we were...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Here are 5 of our favorite pins this week. The new Tabeo Android Tablet for kids is here–this will be big news for the holidays. Please tell us where we can wear these gorgeous shoes. We need an excuse! This hand-knit baby hat is not only hilarious, it’s a perfect lazy new mom’s Halloween costume. One of the coolest kids’ albums is one we listened to as kids too. Sniff. We love you Jack...

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The new Phil&Ted’s Dot stroller. Not just for city moms.

Confession: I still envy the fancy strollers of my city-dwelling mama counterparts. But raising four kids in the suburbs doesn’t present much of a rationale for much more than the bare basics. At least, that’s what I thought until I was introduced to the newest stroller from Phil&Ted’s. Let’s just say now I know what I’ve been missing all these years. And why everyone raves about their strollers. The new Phil&Ted’s Dot stroller is definitely an urban mom’s dream, with careful attention to all the ins and outs of city life, like maneuvering through busy streets and tight subway spaces, thanks...

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Baby hats that will make you squee. (We won’t tell, promise.)

It has always been a fight to persuade my children to keep their winter hats on their heads. Even when the sky is dumping snow, I find their hats behind the couch and stuffed in coat pockets–anywhere but on their poor freezing heads. Thankfully, I’m hopeful this scenario is about to change. I’m thinking they might fall in love with these hats, just like I did. (I have a hunch you might, too.) You might recall that Cate and Levi is a longtime favorite of ours. Now they’ve gone from upcycled dolls and handmade wall art to these adorable...

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Web Coolness: A whole rainbow school, a better baby carrier, and vintage Jim Henson you’ll love

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Somewhere over the rainbow (actually Paris) lies a most colorful rainbow kindergarten. Check out which baby carrier allowed Kristen to get rid of three other baby gear items. A fabulously different idea for what to do with goodie bag swag your kids bring home.  Nothing to Fear: A poignant piece by one mama of grown children that will provide comfort to new moms everywhere. See Jim Henson’s first animated short, Alexander the Grape, from way back in 1965. Women everywhere are...

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A brilliant way to get more organized in minutes. Thanks Springpad.

We love finding new ways to help get our lives more organized, and that’s exactly what has happened since we shared Springpad, a free website and mobile app, with our Cool Mom Tech audience a few months back. Just take a peek at what our Editor Liz’s smart notebooks have helped her do.  So we’re pretty geeked out to be teaming up with them over the next month at Cool Mom Tech to share our favorite Springpad smart notebooks that we think you’ll love as much as we do, starting with our first three picks (okay, four…we couldn’t resist) up...

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Don’t miss NBC’s smart new season of Up All Night

Sitcoms have to be seriously good to get my attention at the end of the day. The kids are asleep and the house is quiet, so if I’m going to watch some telly instead of calling it a night, then it had better be worth my time…and crack me up. Make me laugh, or I’m out, people. Thankfully, one of my favorites, NBC’s Up All Night, is back for another season. And it’s starting off with a bang. (Nice going, writers!) I’m a huge SNL fan, especially the old-school SNL. Up All Night creator Emily Spivey and Maya Rudolph...

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Psst, look down. Chuck Taylors get tattooed…with Addatoos.

My kids are super jealous of their little classmates who have Crocs covered in Jibbitz. Well, now my sneakered offspring can have a little fun decorating their own shoes, thanks to these cool doodads that we discovered at one of our fave shops, Spoon Sisters.  Meet Addatoos, temporary tattoos for rubber-tipped shoes. Yes, they’ve now thought of everything! Of course, we think Converse Chuck Taylors are perma-cool on their very own, but these are a nice option for letting your kiddos get creative with their footwear.  My girls would freak over the “Bows for Your Toes,” though the “Toe...

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A teacher gift that gives back to teachers? I give it an A+!

I panic whenever it’s time for teacher gifts. How many apple mugs does one person need? Does she have food allergies? Will the collection of Starbucks gift cards send him spiraling into caffeine-induced madness? But here’s one gift that’s beautiful, useful, and gives directly back to something dear to any teacher’s heart: other teachers. We’re always excited about new offerings from the Leakey Collection, and we’re extra pleased to find these affordable and do-good-able Beads for Learning bracelets. Each one is handmade of Zulugrass remnants by Maasai artisans, which means that each 26″-inch wrapped bracelet is different and striking. ...

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We’re drooling over Winter Water Factory’s upcoming collection

I find myself getting the baby bug after seeing the upcoming spring collection from Winter Water Factory. The colors, patterns and variety of styles are overwhelmingly adorable. They’ve chosen graphic prints that are super cool, but still feel sweetly innocent–and we’re excited to give you a first look! Whether you’re looking for a gift for the next baby shower that you’ll be attending, or you’re just needing new pieces for your little one, there are many options for you to choose from. Take a peek at this to-die-for collection below. And patience, grasshoppers: it will be available soooooon.  ...

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With this dulce de leche, life just got a whole lot sweeter

If you’ve never tried authentic dulce de leche–an addictive sauce made by slowly cooking milk with sugar–you’re in for a serious treat. However if you’re already familiar with this caramel-like nectar of the gods, then you’re in for a serious surprise.  We found an authentic, all-natural dulce de leche made with only four wholesome ingredients…and it comes in a jar. Si, señoras, your sweet-tooth prayers have been answered. All-natural La Dorita Dulce de Leche delivers big taste, right off the shelf. No cooking necessary. No questionable ingredients. No guilt in this pleasure. Nada! La Dorita makes two tasty dulce de leche spreads:...

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Want to win $50,000 for your school? You should. Here’s why.

I remember sitting down at my very first PTA meeting, excited for my daughter to enter kindergarten at a wonderful public school, until I heard these words: It looks like we’ll have to cancel the dance program this year. I felt the tears well up in my eyes. As a former dancer myself, knowing there was a full-time dance instructor on staff, as well as a visiting program with a notable professional dance company, was one of the key reasons I was excited about the school. With enough fundraising we knew we could bring them back. But it wasn’t...

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The new Double Helix double stroller from Orbit is one far-out ride

For any mom with more than one child, finding the right double stroller is pretty much the search for the holy grail. The perfect buggy built for two should be easy to maneuver, fit through doorways, and allow you to convert it into a single stroller without breaking your back. The new Helix from Orbit does all that, with many more out-of-this-world features. There are many innovative new strollers out there, but not since the launch of the Bugaboo Donkey has there been so much buzz surrounding a double buggy. The Double Helix from Orbit not only looks completely...

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