Month: November 2013

Baby’s First Hanukkah Gift Ideas. Just the good ones.

Yes, there’s always that “Baby’s First Hanukkah” bib that you’ll use for 8 nights, max. But we dug to help find gift ideas for your baby’s first Hanukkah that are just a wee bit cooler than some of the others. Hebrew letter blocks  ($34, Uncommon Goods) Uncle Goose makes some of our favorite blocks, including a great foreign language selection. The Hebrew ones are perfect for baby — and could give her a leg up on identifying the Gimel on the dreidel quickly.     Little Pim English/Hebrew DVD Set ($59.99, or $34.99 for Digital Download, Little Pim) The very...

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8 delicious holiday cocktails to toast the holiday season

We’ve been talking a lot about holiday food, from make-ahead Thanksgiving dishes to once in a lifetime Thanksgivukkah recipes. Now it’s time to raise our glasses — filled with holiday cocktails, of course! Simple to make and elegant to hold, these eight holiday drinks make any  gathering more festive, whether a cocktail party with friends or small family gathering around the fire (or, you know, the coffee table). And did I mention that they are delicious? Each is brimming with holiday flavor and cheer, even the one without booze. -Stacie  I love the festive combination of flavors in the Cranberry...

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Our free holiday shopping survival guide notebook template from Springpad helps keep you sane.

featured partner If you’re like us, then you’re already swimming in holiday to-do lists. With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah running right into December, we’re feeling a little behind. Or actually a lot. And so, we look for holiday shopping tips and lists to help us out. But as much as we love pre-made lists, they’re definitely not one-type fits all, which means we use them for a few days and then often end up ditching them. You too? That’s why we’re so excited to tell you about our new collaboration with Springpad, who we’ve loved even before they became one...

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Welcome to the new Cool Mom Picks. We are so happy you’re here!

In 2006, when we started this site, we were just…having fun. Our aim to support entrepreneurs and the cool things that women were making and sharing online was serious, but the way we originally built our site was kind of hilarious. It’s not our fault entirely that for a category name, we referred to kids’ clothes as kidduds  (it sounded funny to us at the time) or that we have post urls in our archives like coolmompicks.com/please_hold_this_post_for_something_good_liz. We were making it all up as we went along; but really, we never could have imagined that we’d have more than...

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Dasher, Rudolph and this guy: an adorable personalized reindeer ornament for the tree

You know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, and the rest, but now there’s a reindeer lovelier than all of them. (I know I haven’t technically seen any of them, but surely it’s tough to look good after a day spent traveling around the world.) CMP fave Paloma’s Nest has a custom Christmas ornament so simple and beautiful, I think even Rudolph might soon have competition for most famous reindeer of all. Their Personalized Reindeer Ornament would be such a lovely addition to a family Christmas tree this year. Cut from a piece of wood and bedecked in a crisp, cotton ribbon that...

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Holiday ornaments without red or green or glitter. It’s possible!

If you’re like me and tend to lean towards more subtle holiday decorating (hold the beglittered talking Santa, please), you’ll love these gorgeous ornaments I found while scouring Etsy. I just can’t pick a favorite among the laser cut wood holiday ornaments at Havok Designs that are all designed and created right here in the USA. Whether you’re searching for a lovely custom hostess gift like the initial Christmas ornaments (pictured above) or want to stock up for your own tree decorating (love that poor gingerbread man!), you’ll find no shortage of fun options that even a red and green...

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What’s black and white and pink all over?

The Of a Kind website is fast becoming one of my go-to sites for finding great indie design. And as a Brooklyn mama myself, I always save a special little corner of my heart for other Brooklyn artisans. Even if this one comes by way of Wisconsin. And just in time for the cold weather to come back too. All Knitwear is a nifty local (to me) maker of handmade hats helmed by Annie Larson now with exclusive editions at Of A Kind, and I absolutely love her sensibility–fashionable with a wink. While the graphic black and white patterns will look...

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Two super new superhero books for your little caped crusaders

Look! It’s not a bird or a plane, but two super new books for our young superheroes-in-training. Because not even the most energetic superheroes can spend all their time leaping tall (LEGO) buildings or running faster than a speeding (Nerf) bullet. For those quieter moments when your little caped crusaders want to exercise their creative muscles, or just need a little snack before returning to Gotham, here are two activity books to add to their crime-fighting collection. The Super Book for Super Heroes is jam-packed with drawing and coloring pages for kids with active imaginations and possibly a future in...

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Celebrating Movember when you’re too young to grow a ‘stache

I look forward to Movember every year because my Viking husband looks deliciously scruffy while supporting men’s health awareness with a beard. But if you’ve got a mustache-loving kid in your life who can’t even sprout a few chin hairs, here are some adorable ways to get more ‘stache in your November. Ah, so many mustache choices. The handmade shirts (above) by Pirates and Cupcakes on Etsy come in a variety of Movember-y favorites: The Villain, The Cowboy, The Ringmaster, and soon, The Santa. Just pick your mustache poison and tell the shop owner the color shirt and size you want,...

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Pretty paper ornaments for your Christmas tree. Or non-denominational shrubbery.

Okay, I have a serious weakness for paper anything. But when it comes to gorgeous paper ornaments for the holidays? I positively swoon. So I was delighted to see the latest offerings from longtime CMP fave Frazier and Wing. I’ve been smitten with Frazier and Wing since we featured their gorgeous, handmade paper garlands a while back. And now my love grows deeper. Their beautiful line of holiday paper ornaments are such a unique, modern way to decorate your tree, whether you’re a red and green traditionalist, or like to change things up with a host of other bright or subtle color...

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