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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