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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