Month: October 2013

The best-ever bandages for bibliophiles

Because as fabulous as neon, ponies, and Dora can be, this line of literary bandages are a lot more fun for adults–especially those who love Poe, Shakespeare, or Jane Austen. Who wouldn’t want a little Poe for that Halloween zombie bite wound? Each metal tin from Archie McPhee holds 15 standard-size bandages–or “plasters,” if you want to get all British about it. Our favorites are from Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen, and Shakespeare, but there are tons of designs from pickles to caution tape to Abraham Lincoln. Let’s face it, they’re a lot cooler than the designs at your...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find great ideas like these every day. 1. Halloween Mummy Pretzels Recipe! (If we don’t get to them before our kids do.) 2. If you’re thinking ahead, here’s one holiday card our readers are loving. 3. 8 geeky Halloween pumpkin ideas.  4. The most gorgeous calendar app we’ve seen. 5. The perfect nail polish color for the season. Bye, pastels!...

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Non-candy Halloween treat ideas that are still pretty sweet

Though candy and Halloween go hand-in-hand, there are plenty of non-sweet treats my kids would still love to find in their bags at the end of the night. And for kids with severe food allergies, I think it’s always a good idea to have a few food-free treats set aside to hand out too. Check out the ideas we’ve scared up for you that we can fairly promise won’t be seen as a “trick” to those who ring your doorbell. With their friendly, cartoony candy corn and ghost, Tattly’s temporary Halloween Boo Crew tattoos are perfect for all ages...

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Web Coolness: Fall craft projects for kids, DIY cardboard Halloween costumes, stunning portraits of autism

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Awesome fall craft project for kids: DIY leaf animals. A father’s beautiful portraits of his autistic son. Fascinating infographic on the rise of moms as the head of household. We’re longtime fans of artist Lisa Congdon and we want to help spread the word about a company that’s plagiarising artists, including her own work and how to help. We’re admiring Jason Vanderberg’s hand-lettering, especially this piece which strikes a chord. Ahem. Are parents happier than non-parents? Interesting statistics in Lisa Belkin’s HuffPost column....

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The Cambridge Satchel goes rock ‘n’ roll

When we first discovered the (then) itty-bitty mom-founded Cambridge Satchel Company, who knew it would become a huge fashion phenomenon?   I love that while staying true to their traditional, veddy British structure and shape, they’ve taken risks with colorblock bags, neon bags, pastel bags, and now a great looking studded Cambridge Satchel. The 13″ bag meshes the classic preppy schoolgirl shape with silver studs, giving it a punky, funky edge that I think is way cool. Even if I am years past my mosh pit days. –Liz Find the studded Cambridge Satchel and other new styles online at their US...

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Moisturize like you mean it: 3 of our favorite skin-soothers for fall

Helloooo, fall and winter skin. We meet again…sigh. It’s always around this time of year that my poor face starts to look–and feel–like it’s going to flake off completely. I’ve experimented with a ton of different products (and I mean a ton) to find the best skin hydrators. My must-have moisturizers of the moment? A drugstore bestie, an organic newbie, and a remake of an old fave. A chill in the air means time for some majorly hydrating moisturizers. I’ve learned from my dermatologist that the best ingredients to help the skin attract more water (and retain its water...

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5 zero-effort Halloween costumes for lazy babies (and busy moms)

Babies are so incredibly lazy. They do nothing but eat and sleep all day while their parents do all the work. Fortunately, we found some adorable and super easy Halloween costumes that even the most frazzled mom can put together. 1. Charlie Brown Costume (above) With just a simple, printed yellow onesie, your bald baby is transformed into one of America’s favorite cartoon characters. Plus, babies sound awesome saying, “Good gwief!” If they can talk. This one’s from Linda Sumner Designs on Etsy.   2. The Great Pumpkin Costume Whether to go along with your Charlie Brown or for a cute...

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Love yogurt to go? Two perfectly portable all-natural options we love

We’re big fans of yogurt here at Cool Mom Picks and with good reason. It’s an easy go-to that kids love because it’s delicious and we moms love because it’s (mostly) healthy. Unfortunately, some of the most packable yogurts are also the most sugary. Ick! Enter two new options, both of which come in easy-to-tote packaging and have something new–and better–to offer yogurt fans like us. –Stacie   If you’ve ever tried skyr, traditional Icelandic yogurt, you’ve probably tried a cup of siggi’s (above), the most popular brand of Icelandic-style yogurt here in the States. Now, siggi’s offers squeezable yogurt...

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Haunt your house with 10 of the coolest, easy Halloween printables. No glue guns required.

I don’t worry about running to the store to buy Halloween decor anymore, because I know that some of the best ideas can be printed right at home, for no more than the cost of some fresh ink in my printer. So keep reading for some of the coolest, spookiest, and, in many cases, free-est Halloween printables out there. –Christina     Tired of answering How much longer ’til Halloween? Print out this handy free chalkboard-style Halloween Countdown Calendar and let the kids do the counting themselves.   Scatter a bunch of printable little black cats, bats, and owls from happythought...

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Personalized Halloween plates that kids will love using all year long

I admit that I can get a little “boo humbug” (heh, get it?) when it comes to holiday-themed goodies for kids. Because with four little ones running around, hey, I need to get one for everyone…which is perfectly fine with me if it’s something they can use well beyond Halloween season, like these adorable personalized plates and bowls. I can already hear the screeches (from my kids, that is) when they see these personalized Halloween plates on the table from CMP-fave The Silly Wagon. And considering we’re big ghost and ghouls fans here, they won’t mind if I serve their...

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Lundby Dollhouses: the perfect combination of imagination, technology and DIY

Got a dollhouse on someone’s holiday or birthday list? There’s an option you might not be aware of. Or maybe I am the only one in the world not aware of these cool houses, since they’ve been around for 65 years and keep coming up with really novel ideas. The Lundby Smaland Doll House is the newest addition from this Swedish company whose houses and furniture, not surprisingly, look like they could have come right out of IKEA or some mid-century vintage store. I received one to check out and I will say that the lightweight plastic panels mean it’s not...

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Crack open a coffin of gourmet Halloween chocolates. This one’s just for the grown-ups.

Most of the Halloween candy I eat is pilfered from my kids’ bags when they aren’t looking. But if you’d like to give–or get–some chocolate treats that are much more grown up than snack-sized bars, check out what we’ve unearthed for Halloween from chocolatiers L.A. Burdick. L.A. Burdick’s limited-edition Coffin Assortment is stuffed with an array of bonbons as well as friendly ghosts filled with hazelnut and dark chocolate ganache. The black coffin-shaped box makes this a perfect hostess gift to bring to that awesome Halloween party down the street. Or maybe you’ve been a very good goblin this...

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The designer diaper bag you won’t give up with the diapers

It’s been a while since I’ve found a designer diaper bag that made me wish for a do-over on the diaper bags I carried during my own early stroller-pushing days. And now, here are three from one of my favorite designers.     While Marc Jacobs may not know nothin’ about birthing no babies, the Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Eliz-a Baby Bag shows he still has it when it comes to chic accessories. The quilted nylon bag looks luxe in wearable taupe or black, whether or not anyone realizes there’s a changing pad in there, or a bottle in one of...

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Handmade bangles to adorn those beautiful wrists of yours.

I’ve never been a delicate little tennis bracelet kind of a gal; give me a fat, chunky, look-at-me bracelet any day. And right now, I have an eye on this awesome Etsy artist who’s making some very cool, affordable bangles. The collection of handmade wooden bracelets from Lynn Lunger of UnaOdd are pretty wonderful. Each one is faceted like a precious stone, then painted in a modern rustic style that would look great with a cocktail dress or a prairie skirt. (Do people still wear prairie skirts? Am I just having early 80’s flashbacks?)   The artist calls herself a nature...

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The most beautiful holiday photo cards just got easier to choose with a free holiday sample kit

featured partner Even though it’s only the middle of October, this is the year we swear (swear!) we’ll get a head start on the craziness of holidays by getting our holiday cards ready. Now, we have tons of incentive with a great offer and super limited time discount from Minted. (above design by Kelli Hall of Georgia) As if Minted hasn’t always made the entire entire holiday photo card process easy from start to finish, they’ve come up with really smart free holiday card sample kits this year. Sign up and get a totally free set of a variety of Minted cards so you can see...

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PACT: Altruistic underwear and do-good organic baby goods? Win.

Oh, mamas. If you like your cotton organic, your prints limited edition, your quality high, and your heart and conscience light, have we found the clothing shop for you just in time for the gift season where charity is top of mind. PACT is the kind of company we just want to snuggle. First off, they have a great story centered around kind and impactful business practices. Their clothing is raising $50,000 to help PACT and Whole Planet Foundation provide microloans to community-based entrepreneurs around the world who really need it. As for you, you’ll find organic cotton basics for...

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

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our coolest tech picks from this week.   1. Minecraft pumpkins! Plus a slew of other awesome geeky Halloween pumpkin designs you can make yourself. 2. We found a service that’s like Netflix for ebooks. Except you get to keep these when you’re done. Awesome! 3. We never thought weather apps could make us laugh so hard but they did. You have to see these. 4. Wondering where all your favorite Facebook fan page updates have gone? Here’s how to make sure you’re seeing them (including ours). 5. Here’s a...

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Petit Collage puzzles that are in no way petit

It’s true: we’re Petit Collage fangirls. So it’s only natural we think these new floor puzzles are pretty grand. With lovely artwork and big ol’ pieces for petite hands, these new floor puzzles from Petit Collage are right up our alley. Each one is two feet wide, with 24 pieces about five inches square.  Each of the four designs comes packaged in a cute box with a rope handle and is geared for ages 3 and up. And you don’t have to worry if your bebe chews on the pieces–they’re printed on recycled paper in vegetable inks. Petit Collage,...

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What does the fox say? Make these masks for Halloween and find out.

Even with the magic of Etsy and overnight shipping, we love knowing that with the right PDF file, anything is possible in the costume department. Whether you’re into weird Nordic videos about foxes or need a superhero costume in a pinch, here’s a great shop with unique masks that you can make by hand after a quick trip to the craft store. Does your kid change his mind about Halloween every day? I’m pretty sure my son is going to be either a flying pig, a hippo mole, or Batman. Luckily, OxeyeDaisey on Etsy offers a wide range of...

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Can stock pots be sexy? We say yes. Ohhhh, yes.

I’m pretty sure it’s a sign of adulthood when you start drooling over kitchen gadgets. So, hi, I guess I’m a grownup now. Because this pot is kind of turning me on.   I can’t help but fawn over the Japanese white enamel cookware at Cool Mom Picks fav Poketo. The gorgeous white enamel stock pot designed by Tokyo-based designer Makoto Koizumi is so perfect for fall and winter cooking, with my chili, soup, and stew recipes just waiting on my Pinterest boards. Plus enamel is great for even heat distribution, and I love the non-stick properties. Just know...

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