Month: December 2013

We know what the fox says. And we know his preferred ride: the special-edition stroller from Mamas & Papas

I know it doesn’t technically appear in the Chinese Zodiac, but I really do think that 2013 was the Year of the Fox. That cute bushy tail. The little pointy nose. And, of course, the song that my kids won’t stop singing. So I think Mamas & Papas have really hit the nail on the head with their new, limited-edition, Donna Wilson designed Urbo2 stroller and accessories. The adorable red foxes adorn the stroller with the same patter available on all kinds of accessories, including a carrycot, a lovely stroller blanket, and a foot muff. There’s even a sweet...

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Holiday decorating and entertaining made stylish and easy thanks to The Prowl

With only 15 days left until Christmas (yep, we went there), we’re in full-on holiday decorating mode, which is why we’re loving how easy our partner The Prowl makes it to find everything we need, or uh, might have forgotten. All with just a few clicks. And no packing up the kids in the car to run to the store either. -Don’t miss a great $500 giveaway below!- The Prowl  has taken social shopping to a whole new level, and it’s not just checking out your friends’ boards to know what to buy her for Christmas (though that is a...

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Bella’s: The biscotti that makes other biscotti want to give up and just be some other cookie entirely.

I have never been a huge biscotti fan. It’s often dry, a bit devoid of flavor, and to be honest, tastes stale to me. And then I found biscotti from Bella’s Home-Baked Goods and behold, for the Italian dessert angels did shine upon us all. Any good biscotti maker can be judged by the classic almond biscotti and this one is exquisite — light, crunchy but not break-your-teeth crunchy, just the right amount of sweetness, and plenty of fresh almond flavor; any foodie would approve. I’m sure the result has to do with the natural, high-quality ingredients they use in...

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3 classic holiday treats for kids with food allergies

It’s no fun being that kid with food allergies who gets a chocolate Santa in your stocking, only to find your mom taking it away because there are no ingredients written on the foil. But it’s probably worse being that mom. So we’re happy to see more delicious Christmas treats each year, made with those very kids in mind.     Allergen-free Gingerbread House From the conscientious and talented folks at Sensitive Sweets Bakery, there’s no gluten (tapioca flour does the trick), dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts or tree nuts. The gingerbread house kit $29 and for an extra $10,...

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5 crock pot party dips you can make–and carry–easily

It’s no secret that I think the crock pot is a miracle machine for busy family cooks, and not just for weeknight meals. Crock pots are also great for keeping big quantities of food at just the right temperature when you’re entertaining, or especially when you’re transporting goodies elsewhere. On behalf of our sponsor Crock-it Lock-it, I’ve put together 5 of my favorite, deliciously warm party dip recipes that are ready to take on the go. Crock-it Lock-it is very clever if you’re a crock pot fan; it helps you seal up and carry your 4-8 quart crock pot easily,...

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You guys can see the Snuffleupagus, too, right?

I still remember how frustrating it was when the adults on Sesame Street couldn’t see fuzzy, lovable Snuffy, and Big Bird always got in trouble for whatever trouble that big, clumsy critter caused. Boy, was I glad I didn’t have an imaginary friend — or a sibling! But I always believed in the Snuffleupagus. And I still do. Don’t you? These sweet I Believe in Snuffleupagus shirts and onesies by Hot Mess T-Shirts and available at Babesta let everyone from the tiniest baby to the biggest kid get in on the Snuffy fandom. Choose from 100% cotton onesies in sizes 3 to 18 months,...

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Keep it Down Tea: As the name implies, give the gift of not barfing.

We love fun, indulgent gifts from time to time, but sometimes a practical present can be a lifesaver. If you know a pregnant mom who’s experiencing morning sickness, here’s how to be her holiday angel. And don’t worry–you can still place it in an adorable mug and tie it with a big red bow. Keep It Down Tea by Anna Naturals is specially formulated to help ease nausea and morning sickness, thanks to ginger. But unlike some other morning sickness preparations, the ginger isn’t overwhelming, and the taste is surprisingly fruity and pleasant. It’s a Christmas miracle! I’m not pregnant–...

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This holiday season, give beautiful handmade accessories that give back, only with a cool techy twist.

In the midst of the blaring holiday sales madness, we love to find gift giving and getting options that truly help others in need. And if you’d like to educate your kids about the importance of giving at this “I want” time of year, the handmade accessoris and gifts from Me to We is an option to consider. While we’ve featured many organizations we adore that empower people with jobs and resources to create goods for the global marketplace, like Given Gooods Company,  31 Bits, and most recently TOMS marketplace, this group does something different to enhance the giving experience: You have...

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Meet (and possibly chew on) Reba the Wooden Reindeer

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. But do you know Reba? You should. She’s a great gift for the little person in your life who likes handmade wooden toys on wheels. Reba the Wooden Reindeer comes to you from Imagination Kids, a mom-and-pop Etsy shop that pays careful attention to child-safe materials, and sustainably harvested wood. She’s about 5.5 by 8 inches and painted in non-toxic paint, just in case she ends up on the business end of a gnawing baby. The only caveat? You need to order by December 9 (that’s tomorrow!) to ensure delivery by...

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A Keurig machine for baby formula. No, really.

When I recently heard about the Baby Brezza Formula Pro, a new Keurig-like machine that dispenses baby formula, I chuckled to myself and thought, How hard is it to shake a bottle? But after re-experiencing the sleep deprivation that comes along with having a newborn myself (gah) I’ve decided this nifty device might be a winner for parents whose babies formula feed. If you can work a Keurig, you can work the Brezza. The Baby Brezza gives you one-touch access to pre-mixed formula that’s the exact amount you need and the right temperature you need it to be. When baby is ready for a...

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Build your own monster, no lightning storm necessary

It’s alive! And it’s adorable. And you don’t need any pesky lightning to bring it to life. In fact, all you need are a few eye stalks, some munchy teeth, and possibly some adorable chevrons and stripes, because of course monsters come in chevrons and stripes. It’s 2013, after all. If you love eco-conscious, kid-safe blocks as much as we do, you won’t want to miss this collection of adorable monster body parts that can be stuck together in creative ways. We’ve covered Mad Scientist Blocks before, but these Stack N Scare wooden blocks from My Sweet Muffin really take...

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5 foodie holiday gifts that any kid will love, even the picky ones. (i.e. no sushi gift cards.)

Nobody can resist a great food-related holiday gift, even the pickiest eater. We’ve rounded up the absolute coolest and most delicious foodie holiday gifts for kids, no matter how fussy their appetite.   Tiny Hands scented food charms might be the cutest gift I’ve ever seen, food related or not. The drool-worthy handmade charms come in all sorts of sweet shapes, from cupcakes to donuts, waffles to snow cones. And you caught that they are scented, right? These are like 3-D scratch-n-sniff stickers (remember those?). The detail on Tiny Hands jewelry is amazing, considering how teensy everything is. It’s impossible...

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Our favorite pinterest pins this week

Love Pinterest as much as we do? Follow us! Then find cool pins like these every day.   1. A great deal on a fantastic holiday look for little girls. 2. Great tips for storing, cleaning and repairing ornaments. 3. Cool way to make  giving gift cards feel more special. 4. Fun interactive Christmas app that your kids won’t get enough of. 5. The gorgeous jewelry that makes us want big New Year’s Eve plans! Wishful...

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Presenting the 2013 Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide, with more than 200 of the coolest ideas. Whoo!

We are beyond thrilled to launch our 8th annual Holiday Gift Guide, with more than 200 gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. We did not mess around this year, mamas. And we’ve got an awesome new format to make it even easier to find the things you love. You’ll find all sorts of cool, unique holiday gifts for all the special people in your life, from all those cool kids in your life, to sentimental grandparents and the BFF who needs a little extra love this year. From your favorite fashionistas to guys with an uncomfortable obsession with...

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The Lottie doll has a lot in common with your little girl. Like being an actual little girl. At last.

I don’t mean to be a traitor to my generation, but Barbie has always made me a little uncomfortable, with her unrealistic proportions and the way her vet uniform is shorter than my negligees. That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to a new doll that little girls can actually relate to, because she looks like them and shares their interests. Bonus: she can bend her legs to ride her pony and isn’t always on her tiptoes. This is Lottie, and she’s a lot like your kid. She likes butterflies, robots, gymnastics, karate, horseback riding, and fashion, although...

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Ivory Row: Gorgeous cashmere gifts that never go out of style: A splurge we can justify

The older we get, the more aware we are of having more mindful clothing spending habits. The hot leather pants for $300 that you’ll wear for one season? Yeah, not so much. *Besides, we’re not sure we have hot leather pants bodies anymore.) So we’re thrilled that our dear friend, fashion-industry veteran, and cool dad Pierre Kim co-founded Ivory Row which is filled with gorgeous cashmere gifts that are meant to become wardrobe staples for life. And no surprise, we’re smitten. *Don’t miss an exclusive discount for our readers below* Along with his friend and fellow fashion maven Grace Chang,...

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Web Coolness: The most adorable gingerbread house, the hottest toy of the year, and how to get a little break from the holiday madness.

Each week, we scour the web and share some of our very favorite posts with you. We hope you like them too.   How to make a gingerbread gnome home. Or just gawk at this one. A favorite from our archives: 11 handmade holiday gifts that aren’t hard to make at all. On CNN Wire, our editor Liz talks the hottest toy of the year. Can you guess? Ninja gifts! We looove the hand-lettered holiday cards from illustrator Linzie Hunter. We wish she’d sell them! A lovely piece on celebrating the holiday with teenagers. Have you downloaded our free holiday shopping survival...

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Eco-friendly strollers (and accessories!) that don’t skimp on style

I’ve tried to be a pretty eco-savvy mom. But with three kids and all the gear that goes along with a posse that size? Yeah. Many times I’ve struggled to wrap my brain around how we could have wound up with so much stuff … and where it might end up years down the road. When my kids were teeny babies, there just weren’t many green”options to choose from. But today things are different, in the best way. And CMP fave Bumbleride is making it easier for parents to make choices that are healthier for our kids and better for the...

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The Sound of Music Live. Tonight. Without spending $450 on tickets.

As an avowed musical geek, I’m so thrilled about tonight’s daring production of the The Sound of Music Live on NBC.  Yes, live. I’ve got the inner track and the word is that Carrie Underwood is simply brilliant as Maria, if you can forgive her for not being Julie Andrews; Steven Moyer makes a big leap from True Blood’s Bill Compton to the decidedly un-bloodthirsty Captain Von Trapp; and the kids are all simply wonderful. Plus? Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess is an inspired choice. What I’m most excited about is the attempt to capture the same thrill of live theater–no do-overs, no...

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Tiny personalized nameplate rings from Julian & Co: proving good things really do come in small packages

For all the complaining I may do about tough days with my kids –the temper tantrums, the homework, the incessant snack preparation, and on and on– there’s not a gift that makes me smile bigger than anything personalized with their lovely names. Especially jewelry. Being able to keep my littles close to me and think of them when they aren’t around makes me blissfully forgetful of the last angry thing they shouted at me as we got ready for school in the morning. That’s why the new Tiny Nameplate Rings from mom-run CMP favorite company Julian & Co. would...

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