Month: February 2013

Congrats to the Oscars 2013 best animated short: Paperman

Watching the 2013 Academy Awards last night, I was feeling bad about seeing a big fat zero of the nine Best Picture Oscar-nominated films, though I admit that after reading Liz’s amazing Les Miserables review, it was almost like seeing it myself. But hey, I did see the Best Animated Feature winner Brave and now also the Best Animated Short winner Paperman, which you can catch for free on Hulu. It’s a such a sweet film and certainly worth sparing seven minutes to watch. Congrats to them, and all the Oscar winners! -Kristen Looking for more of our movie...

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Team Star Wars or Doctor Who? Crocheted hats for little geeks in training

What can we say? We heart these adorable crocheted hats, which are just as good for fighting crime in the playroom as they are for keeping little ears warm on Hoth. Our pals at Geekling have a new line for babies and kids: geeky crocheted hats. [Updated link] They’re beautifully handmade in soft, stretchy cotton yarn and available in four sizes from newborn up to XL (which supposedly fits ages 3 to 8). But here’s a secret: that Leia hat fits me just fine, and my head is by no means small. I know what I’m wearing on May the...

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

Much like the moms we know, tech has beauty *and* brains. Here are a few of our favorite picks from the past week, just in case you missed them! 1. This amazing new gadget is durable, portable, and gorgeous. No wonder we want one in every room. 2. Going on a road trip with kids? This huge round-up of our favorite apps for all ages will keep them saying, “We’re not there yet, right?” 3. Want to boost your own productivity, this beautiful, handmade iPad accessory is the perfect answer. And it would make a great Father’s Day gift if...

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Home is where you hang your hat on a bunny

Need to get those coats off the floor? The bunny can help! In fact, there’s an entire menagerie ready to help keep things tidy. The source for these adorable coat hooks is Pomme, the superhip kids’ outpost in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Whether you go with the rabbit, cat, frog, or cow, each coathanger is about eight inches tall and four inches wide and made of enamel-coated metal with four round hooks. And each one looks just as trustworthy and earnest as the last. We adore these fine fellows, but keep in mind that while each coat hook is only $12,...

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Awesome street clothes. Sesame Street, to be exact.

Seeing as my Christmas card this year was a photograph of me with an 8-foot Cookie Monster (yeah, my kids are in there, too, somewhere), I make no secret of my undying affection for the gang on the street called Sesame. So I’m loving an adorable T-shirt from perennial CMP favorite Threadless, and if you’re a Sesame Street lover, I think you will too.     This cream-colored 100% cotton Sesame Street tee from artist Glen Brogan via the Threadless Sesame Street T-Shirt Design Challenge which we covered has a cool retro feel and a lively spirit as fun as the...

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Taro Gomi gets back to baby board books. Yay for your baby!

If you’re not yet smitten with Japanese illustrator and all-around genius (says us) Taro Gomi, then it’s high time. Best known for the breakout hit Everyone Poops, soon followed by his wonderful open-ended Scribbles coloring book for older kids and then, oh, about 350 other titles, he’s now starting to build a little baby board book empire, including this fun new title. Taro Gomi’s Mommy! Mommy! is a fabulous addition to a baby’s beginner library, when you can’t handle one more copy of Goodnight Moon and I Love You This Much. As with the popular Are You My Mother? here...

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Paper or polka dot? Personalized pendants with irresistible charm

It’s always a red-letter day when you’re wearing or gifting something beautiful and handmade. You’ll love what one of our favorite Etsy artisans has up her (polka-dotted) sleeve. We’ve long been fans of the sweet baby gifts and lovely embroidered jewelry by Merriweather Council on Etsy, and we adore the most recent twist on the line: patterned fabrics. Those juicy polka dots are extra sweet. And the lined notebook paper fabric would make an especially lovely gift for a favorite teacher without screaming, “Here’s another apple!” There are tons of personalization options, including pendant shape, letter, upper or lower case, and...

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How to decorate with washi tape, without the design degree

I’ve recently found myself in possession of some washi tape, thanks to a few leftover Martha Stewart craft supplies at our recent Sealed With Love Valentine’s party. Not being the crafty mama that a lot of you are (uh, decoupaging my Scotch tape dispenser is not quite high on my to-do list), I’m not exactly bursting with ideas for how to use them. And then I saw this. I love this simple, decorative way to put pretty tapes to non-permanent use: it’s as simple as creating some basic, angular little houses and taping them up over a child’s desk,...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for fun finds like this daily 1. 16 of the very best road trip apps for kids of all ages. 2. One hot spring accessory we’re all coveting big time. 3. Forget the plastic keyboards, this is a great, cheap way to help kids make real music. 4. Fabulous new line of tees for boys. (See, boys get cool clothes too!) 5. The one toy we’re dying for as much as our kids might...

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Shopping Etsy with Jonathan Adler. Dream? Not exactly…

One of our great honors in the years of running Cool Mom Picks was the opportunity to appear on Etsy’s blog, curating some of our favorite handmade Mother’s Day Gifts. So I always love peeking in to see what other designers, bloggers, and tastemakers like themselves. And how fun to see a few fun picks from none other than Jonathan Adler this week–plus one heck of a giveaway from Etsy. Check out the Jonathan Adler curation on Etsy this week and find just a few picks like these that I’m loving, all with his trademark combo of whimsy, color...

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