Month: January 2013

Sock it to ’em: colorful feet are happy feet

I am a sucker for bright, colorful socks, and so is my kid. We’re all for feet having more fun (not to mention that having fun socks to look forward to each day seems to magically get us out the door faster). It seems to be going around because lately, everyone at Cool Mom Picks has been on the lookout for bold and funky socks for kids–like faves from Luna leggings and Ninja socks. Our latest find? These super sweet, style-savvy pairs imported from Sweden. Our Scandinavian friends have a knack for patterns with panache, and these socks are...

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Pretty Valentine’s Day jewelry that won’t break the bank

As much as I love Valentine’s Day, I know not every woman wants (or needs) an expensive Valentine’s gift. So I love these pretty necklaces which do a beautiful job of telling someone she’s special, for under $20.  These pretty mother of pearl charms are handprinted and hang from a thin silk cord. It all looks fairly lightweight which means it might not hang straight down like a heavier metal charm, however that also makes it a nice choice for a tween or teen. especially since the cord can be tied to any length.   If you’re a Valentine’s...

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Adler-awesome: stuffed toys with big, bold style

I suppose it’s just my luck that now that my youngest has outgrown her nursery, I’m finding all sorts of cool nursery decor and accessories. But that’s why I love Jonathan Adler’s Junior collection so much, because it works as well for babies as it does for older kids–especially his new line of stuffed toys that I can’t stop looking at.  {Don’t miss your chance to bring home an adorable Adler owl, just after the jump!} The new Jonathan Adler Junior stuffed toys are what you might expect from one of my favorite designers: bold, bright, and quirky.  Since...

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7 killer nacho recipes for your Super Bowl party. Or any party.

Whether you’ll be hooting for the 49ers or hollering for the Ravens, we can all find common ground on Super Bowl Sunday over a great nacho recipe. Like pizza, nachos are an elemental dish made with the holy trinity of comfort foods: bread (or chips in this case), sauce, and cheese. You can leave your nachos simple or build them up to deliciously monstrous proportions with anything from sausage to roasted red peppers, beans to olives. The possibilities are endless. If you don’t believe me, check out these seven killer nacho recipes that will surely please everyone this weekend....

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: Cute gifts for cute kids

We’re excited to present our first gift guide series of Valentine’s Day gift ideas, with lots of goodies for all the loves of your life, starting with gift ideas for kids. It’s brought to you by The U.S. Postal Service’s new limited-edition Sealed With Love Stamp–because what’s Valentine’s Day without Valentine’s cards in the mail? Especially one sealed with a beautiful stamp that makes it a treat before you even open it.  (Seriously, we’re in love with this stamp!) Whether for your own kiddo, grandchild, a favorite niece, nephew or godchild, here are more than two dozen ideas for children...

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A new mom keepsake in glorious letterpress

I’m the first to admit that it can be easy to substitute email for proper stationary thank you cards, announcements, and invitations. But there is nothing like the feel of quality card stock and the grooves of a quality letterpress. That’s why I’ve found the best thing ever for new moms. Sweetest Moments is a great custom baby keepsake. It is equal parts love letter, letterpress birth announcement, and Mother’s Day card, and the 11×14 size makes it perfect for framing. Choose your fonts, colors, and photo (I am quite fond of the “fresh” palette) and soon you’ll get...

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Crazy adorable (and cuddly) baby rattles that will make you melt

My baby-having days are over, but lucky me, I’ve got lots of friends who are still pumping them out (ha), which gives me an excellent excuse to shower their babies with all sorts of baby gifts, like these adorable ones from CMP-fave Oots. These quirky rattles, like Peter the Fly (above), are part of their Esthex line that are made in a certified factory in Thailand from cotton and polyester, so your baby can chew to her heart’s delight and then you can toss it in the washing machine. Plus, you have to love that it’s a fly, a sorely neglected...

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The Year of the Snake: coming soon to a shoe near you

You’d have to know that the Chinese Year of the Snake, which starts on February 10, would be the perfect excuse for designers to get down with some snakeskin prints. Which is perhaps why we’re starting to see the print everywhere, including this one unexpected place: the Converse shop. The Chuck Taylor Year of the Snake line includes some really fabulous styles for both women and men in the Converse “Premium” category. In other words, $100 sneakers. But what awesome $100 sneakers they are. The pricey ones are real snakeskin on a leather upper (I’m crushing on the tawny...

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Death Star for Cutie: A very Star Wars Valentine card

When you combine gorgeous letterpress with Star Wars and Deathcab for Cutie, you get a lovely Valentine’s Day card for your favorite chic geek. This Darth Vader Letterpress Valentine Card from Dingbat Press on Etsy combines three of our favorite things: Star Wars, good music, and beautiful design. The paper is delicious, the letterpress printing offers two beautiful colors, and the sentiment on the outside is the sweetest–the words are from one of Deathcab’s most poignant songs (okay, I get choked up just thinking about it). I recommend writing “I have PLANS to rule the universe by your side,”...

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Are you a Cool Mom Picks Subscriber? This is a good week to do it!

Each month our newsletter subscribers get access to so many goodies you won’t find on our site. Like extra special deals and exclusive discount codes, even for brands that never give discount codes. Not to mention more trends, tips, and the best of our weekly posts. Oh, and did we mention the monthly giveaway just for subscribers? Later this week, one lucky CMP subscriber will win that gorgeous Epiphanie Brooklyn bag above, in mustard, worth $225. It’s specially made for cameras and laptops, but something that pretty is also going to work as a sturdy diaper bag or travel...

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Hilarious new baby cards, because heaven knows new parents need to laugh

When I laugh out loud reading a new baby card, that’s saying something–especially on the floor of the NY International Gift Show where there’s oh, 600 million or so greeting cards. But hey, I should expect no less from CMP fave design studio 9 Spot Monk. Typeset perfectly in the most understated, gentle, letterpress font, these hilarious new baby cards are such a refreshing break from the same old “welcome baby!” They’re sold individually, but personally I’d stock up on about ten, ready for each new baby that comes into our lives in the coming months. Or should I...

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What to buy a 7 year old girl: 13 gift ideas according to mine after the NYIGF

I had such a great time discovering so many cool new picks at the NY International Gift Fair this weekend. But what was maybe more interesting, was letting my 7 year-old daughter tag along so I could see her own favorites from the show that are now making the great birthday gift list in her head. With zero censoring from me whatsoever, here are just over a dozen gifts and toys that captivated her 7 year-old imagination.   Related: The coolest gifts for 7-year old boys and girls   Color Your Own Placemats by Modern Twist  More than two...

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Special kids’ tees you’ll fall in love with for so many reasons

Funky t-shirts are my kids’ uniform. Since my boys share clothing, I need a material that can stand up to my kids’ rugged routines. Oh, and eco-friendly threads are always welcome. Now imagine all this, complete with cool designs created by artists with special needs to support great causes. Yeah, I’m excited too. I am in love with Paper Clouds Apparel. The sweet guitar you see here was designed by an artist with special needs. For every purchase of a bamboo or cotton blend t-shirt printed with organic paints, 50% of all proceeds go directly to a rotating charity–currently...

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

Here are a few of our favorite transformative tech picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. See that gorgeous Epiphanie bag? It is going right onto your want list, especially if you’re a shutterbug. Plus you have the chance to win your own! 2. You won’t want to miss this essential tutorial on how to make your kid’s iPod Touch safe. 3. We still can’t believe what this $17 gadget can do to your iPhone. Kids will love it too. 4. This geeky Valentine’s day card is cracking us up. Enjoy the giggle. 5. We...

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A lovely journal for your little traveler…other than a ticket to Paris

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have a father who traveled for work and could take us with him on many of his trips. The sad part: I don’t have much of a written record of all our flying adventures.  Now that I’m married to a pilot, my kids are afforded a similar luxury, but unlike me, I want them to be able to record their travels. And I think I found just the way for them to do it.  The adorable Children’s Flight Logbook is a creation by Australian mom Bronwyn Darnoc, who got the idea during a long...

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How do you spell “excitement” for tonight’s Downton Abbey? “B-I-N-G-O”

It’s Sunday which means another episode of Downton Abbey airs on PBS tonight, and you can bet that I’ll be on the couch, ready to see what happens next in the lives of the Crawley family and those around them. For those of you who gather around with friends to watch the show, you can make things even more exciting with Downton Abbey Bingo!  {Don’t miss these free printable bingo cards after the jump!} These four Downton Abbey Bingo cards from Paste Magazine with spaces like “Daisy Gets Jealous of the New Kitchen Maid” and “Thomas Checks Out The New Footman” are ready-made for...

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Making Valentine’s cupcakes a little sweeter

If you are one of those crazy cupcake baking parents (you know who you are. Own it! Wear it proudly!) then you probably have your secret sources for everything decorative. Here’s one more to add to your list. Dress My Cupcake has everything you need to making your cupcakes more impressive than everyone else’s cupcakes. Not that it’s a contest. But it totally is. You’ll find hearts, chevrons (but of course!), florals and even reusable glitter cupcake wrappers calling your name. There’s also a small section of cupcake accessories, including cake pop sticks, matching wooden cutlery and individual domes...

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6 winning Super Bowl mail-order eats? Touchdown!

The Super Bowl is right around the corner. I’m not a football fan, but I am definitely a fan of game day eats. If you are, too, you’ll be happy to know that some of the best makers of classic game day foods–from burgers to wings, hot dogs to BBQ–now deliver via mail order. Check out these 6 purveyors of the best Super Bowl party foods in the nation. No matter where you live, you can order up, sit back and enjoy the game. Or just the commercials, like me. –Stacie My favorite mail-order option (above) is an amazing selection...

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Humble wooden blocks get a beautiful makeover

Whether you are looking for a stunning first-birthday gift for a special child in your life, or your preschooler just loves to build, this beautifully designed set of colorful blocks is one toy they’ll treasure. Especially when they are building the Land of Lollipops or whatever they dream up in their imagination. Land of Nod’s It Makes a Village Building Set would create the village (or previously mentioned Land of Lollipops) of my kids’ dreams, with swoopy arches, wavy roads, and even little shapes that could become anything from a rock wall, to a cluster of bushes, to a...

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You had me at Bacon Peanut Brittle.

It seems that our society might be seeking out a few too many reasons to celebrate each and every day of the year (Penguin Awareness day anyone?). That said, I have found room for some elite exceptions. With today being National Peanut Brittle Day. In this house, brittle is king. My husband is quite the connoisseur and in our foodie expeditions in and around our eclectic island city we are happy to share that we have struck pure gold. Seeing as how it only comes once a year, I think today is a perfectly good excuse to buy some. Straight...

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