Month: September 2012

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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