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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