Month: October 2013

Rebecca Minkoff makes the leap from gorgeous bags to gorgeous holiday cards.

Okay, so I admit I’m not quite ready to think holiday cards just yet. (And to all you uber moms who already have them done–I bow to you.) But our inbox is starting to be flooded with gorgeous new holiday cards for 2013, including a brand-new collection from one of our favorite accessory designers, Rebecca Minkoff. [Don’t miss a special limited time discount after the jump!] The collection of six Rebecca Minkoff holiday cards for Tiny Prints are as chic and well-designed as you’d expect. Even the backs of the flat cards have cool patterns, making them that much more special....

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How do you like them apples? 6 easy apple snack and apple dessert recipes

Apple season is in full swing, which means we’ve got to find things to make with all them apples! As much as I love them, I’m finding myself seriously challenged by the the huge quantity of fruit I end up with during apple season. It doesn’t help that everyone’s clamoring for pies, cakes, dumplings, and other sweets that take a lot of time to make. This year, I’m taking apples into my own hands with these 6 easy-to-make apple snacks and desserts, that go a little further than slicing apples up and dipping them in peanut butter. Still, your...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool pins like these daily.   1. A healthy Halloween treat your kids will want to eat? Who’d have thunk it.   2. The Halloween pumpkin our kids are dying to make.    3. Our fans are going crazy for this gorgeous designer handbag and we don’t blame you!   4. The perfect stylish top to get you through fall.    5. Apps we can’t stop laughing...

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It’s a humidifier and a work of art. Consider our minds blown.

We’ve all been there: You have a kid breathing like an angry bull gargling pond sludge, and you pick the silliest humidifier so they can get more than two hours of sleep. And then that frog stares at you until you find the mold and toss it. Yeah, I’m not big on humidifiers. Until now, because this one is easy, elegant, natural, and doesn’t even need a plug. The Mast humidifier available at Ippinka only through October 14 is the most elegant, simple humidifier I’ve ever seen. Made entirely of Japanese Cypress, it doesn’t require a plug, a charcoal...

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The impressive genes of super crafters

I am so inspired looking at the finalists of the Handmade Charlotte Family Craft Challenge, mainly because I would never in a milion years come up with any of them. Or, I might, but they’d never come out this amazing.  The fun part is you can click over and vote for your favorite family craft project in the comments, and the winner will get some pretty sweet prizes from Michael’s. I’m kind of torn. I’m so taken with those felt planters, but the nature art kit and felt badges are so perfect for my kids. The stenciled map kit makes lovely...

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Smart tees for girls, to celebrate today’s International Day of the Girl Child

Now in its second year, today’s International Day of the Girl Child was created by the United Nations to bring light to the special challenges and inequalities girls face around the world. We especially love this year’s theme which focuses on innovations in education to help girls everywhere realize their dreams. Here, some of our favorite message tees for girls that celebrate smart, capable, brave girls everywhere. –Christina   If you hear yourself saying, Put down that book and go do [fill in the blank] about twenty times a day, first, that’s not the worst problem ever. Second, this tee...

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Web Coolness: Pet costumes, teaching kids to be thankful, and great ways to support moms who need it right now

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.  Great DIY craft, especially as Thanksgiving looms nearer: how to make a gratitude journal.   Huge congrats to our Editor Liz Gumbinner who made Forbes list of 25 working moms to follow on Twitter. We kind of like her too–and so many of the other women on the list.  5 things to do while you’re breastfeeding and bored. Love the honesty. Keep an eye on our new weekly beauty column from our contributor and cosmetics guru Melissa Schweiger. We’re grateful for all the...

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Woodland critters invade your child’s bedroom. No exterminator needed.

Whether you need a snuggly pal for that first camping trip or the perfect prop for colorful fall family photos, we just can’t leaf this Etsy shop alone.   We seriously want to snuggle all the critters in the Savage Seeds shop on Etsy, also home of this adorable handmade kids’ hoodie we covered a while back. Everything at the shop designed, cut, sewn, and packaged by hand in the USA, with most products handmade of wool felt, eco-felt, and bamboo Nature-Fil fiber. Plus there are no buttons or tiny parts, so your own little savages should be safe.  ...

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Fall nail trends: Grey and pink are gorgeously in season

If the living is easy in the summertime, autumn calls for a bit more sophistication in the nail polish department. I’m pretty low-maintenance with my beauty routine, but in the fall I make a weekly effort with my manicure. And my favorite colors for the fall are as cozy as the sweaters we’re snuggling up in — a mix of dark, metallic and antique, in 3 shades of grey and gorgeous pink. Heavy metal manicure Deep down, I feel like a rocker chick. Sure, I live in the ‘burbs and do carpools, but that doesn’t mean I can’t rock...

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Chevrons: Yep, still in.

Winter is just around the corner whether we like it or not, and with the chilly weather comes all of those extra layers for baby (and the extra hours to get out the door!). When it comes to combining style with warmth for the littlest ones, no one does it better than 7 A.M. Enfant, easily the BMW of stroller blankets. And their newest offering injects some serious style into your baby’s winter getup. I love the new chevron-striped B212 Evolution stroller blanket and not just for its great looks. The original B212 Evolution won a stroller-blanket smackdown I did a few winters...

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Six of the very coolest Halloween party snacks, no hard work required

The ever-growing lead time on holiday marketing can be overwhelming. I’m really not ready to think about Hanukkah or Christmas. But Halloween? That’s a different story. Especially Halloween party snacks. Bring it on! We’ve already had a Halloween party (no joke) and I’m happy to report back with six simple, festive snacks that will get you excited to dress up and party down. These snacks are easy to make whether you’re hosting a big gathering or just a few friends. Yup, there’s no way I’m going to give you an excuse to let the Halloween season pass without a...

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DIY handmade cards, just a stamp and ink pad away

I really love the idea of making my own greeting cards, but the time and skill involved have always seemed way beyond what I am capable of, especially for card designs that suit my taste and style. Not anymore, thanks to these cool, so-not-your-grandmother’s handmade stamps. The hand-drawn rubber stamps at karamelo are unlike any I’ve seen before, actually, which is probably why I love them so much. They’re funky and minimalist, which happens to be what generally catches my eye with cards.   {Star Set} {Botanical Set} While they’re a bit pricier than your typical rubber stamps, keep...

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Wooden watches that make you want to wear one again.

One of my favorite trends in accessories is the use of wood in unexpected ways. We’ve featured tons of cool wooden bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, and I’ve probably bought one of each. I find wood just so warm and versatile, it’s durable, and it shows detail beautifully. I’m equally enamored with the wooden watches from Silvano. Talk about unexpected. I’d never considered buying a wooden watch before, and now I can’t get these off my mind. Made from sandalwood, maple, and bamboo in beautiful natural colors, these analog and digital watches for both men and women are gorgeous accessories...

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A monstrously fun activity book, just in time for Halloween

My kids have always preferred “open-ended” coloring-and-activity books like Fotoplay! or Let’s Make Some Great Art over ones that ask them to just stay within the lines. So it’s no wonder they’re roaring for an imaginative new kids’ activity book that is monstrously fun…and just in time for writing spooky Halloween notes.  My Monster Bubblewriter Book by London illustrator and designer Linda Scott shows kids how to make letters with monstrous personality like that of the patchwork Sock Monster, Gooey Brain Monster, or the Super Furry Dude. Sound weird? Oh, yes, it’s weird, but really fun for kids who like...

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The 5 best slings and baby carriers in honor of National Babywearing Week. (Though for us, every week is babywearing week.)

The Cool Moms agree: babywearing using a sling or baby carrier can be a real sanity saver and a great way to bond with your baby–and hey, maybe get some exercise or, you know, go out in the world. In honor of National Babywearing Week this week, here’s my picks for our top 5 baby carriers from the last few years. 1. LilleBaby buckle carrier Do you see how versatile the LilleBaby buckle carrier carrier is? Once your baby is three months old and has some head control, you can wear them in tons of different ways to free up your...

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From bridges to bicycles, we’ve found the best collection of bookends ever

There’s no excuse in the world for boring bookends. And this shop is the end-all, be-all of bookends, with everything from animals to plants to robots.  Design Atelier Article is a Ukrainian artisan duo that creates super cool minimalist bookends in laser-cut steel with vibrant, powder-coated finishes. They’re seriously awesome. You’ll find bears, horses, cats, keys, pears, and tons of the most popular motifs are just waiting to sit on your bookshelf–or your children’s, of course. Some of them are even on sale, including those cool octopus tentacles–you’ll just have to check them all out and squeal.  The artists...

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One seriously sweet NYC boutique (and you can shop from your couch)

On my now frequent visits to Manhattan, I’ve become smitten with many adorable kids’ boutiques that I’m unable to share with you (boo!) since they don’t yet have online stores.  But that’s not the case with this lovely shop, which just launched a new online shop full of some of my favorite brands for kids (and some new-to-me discoveries). Amechan Bubbles Set Originally a Lower East Side dress shop founded by style maven Ashley Hanosh, Honey in the Rough now caters specifically to parents with well-curated high-end gifts and goodies for that special little one, plus cool stuff for...

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Chalk on the walls? Go ahead, kids!

I really love the idea of chalkboard paint, but I’ll be honest that I’m not a fan of dark walls, particularly in my house that’s not well lit to begin with. But white chalkboard paint? I’m crushing hard. These days, Benjamin Moore is offering chalkboard paint in a rainbow of pretty colors, but white seems the most practical for me and my little kids. And wow, the possibilities are endless. Just paint the lower half of your walls and let your kids go wild, or create strategically placed shapes for calendars, menus, even inspirational quotes. Or if you’re like...

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PEG + CAT adds up to a fun, smart math-based series for preschoolers

If you’re waking up this Monday morning with a busy preschooler to entertain, we’ve got some good news for you: PBS Kids has added a smart new show to their roster that isn’t just adorable to watch, but also will feed those growing brains with some fun math concepts that you can then incorporate into the rest of their day. Perhaps as in, You need to take one nap today, but you have so far taken zero naps. How many naps are left to take? Starring one precocious little girl named Peg and her sidekick Cat, each 11-minute episode...

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

Here are 5 of our coolest picks from this week just in case you missed them.   1. We’re digging this cool app from one of our favorite celebrity dads. Take a peek to see who paid us a visit this week! 2. This is a must-read: 4 apps kids are using that parents should know about. 3. Our new app obsession that’s so perfect for parents. 4. If you’ve got a penchant for losing things, then you need to see these amazing gadgets. 5. A brilliant way to tackle all those annoying cord nests and tangles once and...

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