Month: February 2013

Spring hits the Cambridge Satchel Company and we’re in love all over again

I’ve been coveting the gorgeous bags from the Cambridge Satchel Company since we first featured them on Cool Mom Picks ages ago. And every season, the temptation grows stronger and stronger, especially as they add new, fabulous colors. don’t miss a great offer after the jump Their brand new Chelsea Collection features four pretty pastel colors in both the 11- and 13-inch bags — all of which I can easily imagine slinging over my shoulder. Funny how that works. If I had to pick a favorite, I’d go with sweet pea—a great take on mint–which would be the perfect...

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Web Coolness: DIY cardboard toys, the best family memory books, and remembering to play

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! DIY and upcycle fans will love these 15 toys you can make out of a cardboard box like Estefi Machado‘s adorable washing machine. When we are gone, will our stories go with us? Liz explores why it’s important for us to record our family stories for those who follow us. And, if you are so inspired, don’t miss her favorite memory books for busy parents. This Pinterest for Parents parody from Kristen is cracking us up. Some of the most imaginative...

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Black and white stripes for spring: loving this trend!

It’s a good thing we’ve loved seeing stripes all winter, because this trend is showing no signs of going away for spring. It’s all over our kids’ clothes in a rainbow of colors, but for us, we’re especially digging it in clean, striking black and white. From handbags to dresses to sandals, check out some of our favorite stripey picks and let us know what you love too. Grab Kate Spade’s Small Weekender Bag from her new Saturday collection before everyone else through this special Fab.com preview sale ending tomorrow (use our invitation link if you’re not already a...

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Helpful resources and products to help talk to your kids about bullying

featured partner As someone who dealt with bullying as a young girl, like so many of us, you can bet it’s something I’m preparing to talk to my own kids about. Especially now that almost all of them are in school. So we’re happy to be working together with Secret and their Mean Stinks campaign by sharing a plethora of helpful products and resources that I’ve tracked down to help me–and hopefully you–open up the conversation about bullying with your kids. 1. Bully in a Box This is an excellent interactive series of three iBooks which covers all aspects...

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Who knew T-Rex was so tasty?

Back in the Crumbtaceous period, dinosaurs roamed the earth, devouring each other with glasses of milk and falling into the La Brea Chocolate Pits. Okay, kidding. But we are really excited about these 3-D dinosaur cookie cutters. Making creatures with 3-D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters is pretty simple and doesn’t require any of that fancy faux-science from Jurassic Park. Simply mix up your favorite cookie recipe (or buy it pre-made at the store, we won’t judge.) Use the 3-4 cookie cutters included to stamp out the appropriate number of torsos, legs, tails, and tiny T-Rex arms. Bake, then assemble the...

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Simple hot school lunches for chilly school days

We may be more than halfway through winter, but the cold’s not done with us yet. Even those of you who live in eternally warm places (lucky ducks!) have been experiencing unseasonably chilly weather. No matter where you find yourself this winter, there’s nothing better on a cold day than a warm lunch. These three fabulously fortifying school lunch ideas are an easy way to pack your child’s thermos with warm eats in no time. Expect a little prep work, but nothing major. And by taking just a minute or two longer than it takes to throw together a peanut butter...

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Winter Water Factory kids and baby clothes: one more reason to look forward to spring

While we’re still walking around our neighborhood, keeping our eyes out for surprise ice slicks and avoiding the yellow snow, spring is officially only one month away. Whoo! As the gorgeous new spring/summer styles for kids start flooding the racks, there’s so much to love, like the new baby and children’s clothes from CMP fave Winter Water Factory. I love that they’re not phasing out beloved patterns and styles from last year–these are the items that never really go out of style for kids–but they’re adding to it with fresh onesie designs, and more gorgeous geometric prints.   The...

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Honoring Black History Month with poetry

In honor of Black History Month, I’ve started sharing a beautifully illustrated new book with my kids that introduces them to 200 years of poetry from some of the most influential African-American poets. Even more than a history book, these words will paint a picture in their minds of a time in the not-so-distant-past when their own friends would not have been allowed to share an ice cream at the restaurant or ride bikes down the street. The latest in the Poetry for Young People series, their collection African American Poetry includes over 30 poems from household names like...

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Meet the newest tummy-time floor pillow for babies (then wonder whether they make them for adults.)

At the NY International Gift Fair recently, I was instantly taken with a gorgeous new tummy-time play mat/pillow from a small mom-run company that’s sure to be the newest baby registry dying-to-have, if not quite a must-have.   Imagine a ginormous Boppy without the hole in the middle and you’re picturing the Pello. This is no cheap disposable playtime mat; rather, it’s a beautifully constructed, amply sized reversible donut-shaped mat that grows with your baby. And I love that it’s entirely made in the US by Ohio mom Cindy Perry. The soft center is extra cuddly and gives smaller babies...

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How to get creative, and get your kids creative too

I’ve been a long time fan of artist and designer Marisa Anne Cummings of Creative Thursday, who’s created some of the beautiful artwork, growth charts, and calendars seen on these here pages. So when I finally got my hands on her new book to help you get your creativity on too, it met every expectation. Boy, I love this book. The thing I love most about Creative Thursday: Everyday Inspiration to Grow Your Creative Practice is that it isn’t really just about illustrating or painting or for professionals or people who have their own “crafting rooms.” Really, it’s for...

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What if LEGO pieces were made of wood?

It’s hard to imagine a world without little plastic bricks, especially if you have a kid who’s obsessed. But what if LEGO were made of wood? The cool part is that they actually exist. And they’re compatible with the original bricks too. Japanese firm Mokurokku has created a line of all-natural Mokulock bricks made of woods like maple and birch that turn building blocks into an art form. Each package costs $31 US and includes fifty wooden LEGO bricks. The details (which are in Japanese) mention that some warping may occur due to heat and humidity–so keep them off...

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Blue is the new whatever color you like wearing best

While the whole fashion world has been overly focused on emerald green lately as the favored Spring Pantone Color of 2013, I’m still a little more charmed by all the blues I’m seeing. The right blue can actually be an awesome neutral, and a great alternative to black, as I’m finding recently. (Let me say, as a New Yorker, anything that can gently pry me away from black is a Very Big Deal.) Here are just a few investment pieces that I have my eye on this season to up the fashion quotient without a complete wardrobe overhaul. I...

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Bring on spring with these cool new stroller shades from Bugaboo

We’re almost out of the stroller stage at my house (sniff), but that doesn’t mean I don’t have total stroller envy. With all the gorgeous colors and amazing features, they’ve really become as much of a style statement as they are a gear essential for parents. The next best thing to a new stroller: These new summer shades from Bugaboo. What a cool way to snazz up your basic black Bugaboo: just add the new “Jazz Up Summer” shades, which are available for all the Bugaboo models, including the Cameleon, Donkey, and the Bee. Both the blue and gold...

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A book to help kids look at the Presidents in a whole new way

My kids can remember who was the first president, who ended slavery, and who was president during the Great Depression. But there are so many other great stories and interesting personality quirks about these leaders of our nation; the challenge is how to remember some of them.  I’m delighted to have found a unique picture book about some of our presidents by illustrator Hanoch Piven, whose Faces I Make app is among our favorites. And I think his presidential portraits will be ones your kids will be staring at for a good long time.  What Presidents Are Made Of includes 18 “portraits” of Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Nixon, and Obama, among others. But unlike every other portrait I’ve ever seen, in this book, each president’s face is created of paint with three-dimensional objects affixed to fill in the features in sort of a visual mnemonic about their lives. Kids will remember not only President Carter’s past as a peanut farmer–his nose is a peanut–but the ladder for his mouth will remind them of his work for Habitat for Humanity. President Nixon’s face is created of tape recorder parts, an obvious nod to the Watergate scandal. And George Washington is shown in a fireman’s suit, racing to put out a fire, something he really did at the age of 67. With only 18 presidents represented, there are obviously far more that...

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

Here, just a few of our favorite tech picks of the last week on Cool Mom Tech, just in case you missed them. 1. With cold season here, here’s how to de-germ your tech, safely. It’s easier (and cheaper) than you think. 2. Awesome, affordable gadgets, that can make a big difference when it comes to getting your tech organized. 3. Enjoy going to the movies right in your living room with this amazing new device, and save that babysitter money. 4. Don’t rent a photo booth for your next kid’s party. Learn how to make your own photo...

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The hot diaper bags from Timi and Leslie for spring

As someone with a certified handbag addiction, you can bet that I’ve always been pretty picky about the diaper bags I carry, insisting that I should be able to use it long after my baby was out of diapers. That’s why I’ve been a long time fan of Timi and Leslie diaper bags and ooh, their new spring line is making me happy! And even though there is absolutely no reason for me to carry a diaper bag anymore (sniffle), that doesn’t mean I can’t share my favorite picks from their new spring collection with you. I’m probably most smitten...

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This past Valentine’s Day, love was spread!

We had the best time this week in New York, spreading a little love at our Valentine-making party in collaboration with our partner the U.S. Postal Service. In keeping with the theme, turns out either sleet nor snow nor Snowpocalypse Nemo could keep all these intrepid families from coming out on a wintry Saturday, eating some treats, getting creative with glitter glue and sparkles, and addressing all their gorgeous creations so we could send them out to their loved ones with the Sealed with Love stamp. Don’t miss a great giveaway for 5 readers below! Enjoy some of our...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and don’t miss great pins like this daily. 1.The ultimate hostess gift you’ll want to remember for so many reasons. 2. Ooh, swanky sunglasses! 3. Great idea for new mom keepsake jewelry. 4.Bedding for kids that our Pinterest and Facebook fans are going nuts for. 5. Ideas for the best CD players for kids, with a few surprises.  ...

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Forget permanent markers — laminated labels organize in style

Surely you’ve gotten the memo: Dear Parent, All of your children’s items MUST be clearly marked with their names. Every time, I know the teachers mean me. I swear, I am always looking for the darn Sharpie to write my daughter’s name on her sandwich box for the hundredth time. But eventually it washes off, and hey, I have other priorities to keep up with, like making sure there is some sort of lunch in the box suitable for consumption.  So I am now humbled and grateful for the genius of Mabel’s Labels, a longtime CMP fave. I fully believe...

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Thumb doodling: May the Creative Force be with you and your kids

Luke has the Force and a lightsaber. Your kid has fingers and some ink. And now they can rule the universe together…or at least make some cool art. The Star Wars Thumb Doodles book from Klutz is exactly what it sounds like. The kit includes four ink pads, a black marker, and a dual-color tipped pencil that looks like a lightsaber. Kids can follow the simple step-by-step directions right on the page to produce oodles of doodles of Star Wars characters. Ewoks, Wookiees, Jedi, aliens, and Jabba are all on the list, and there’s plenty of room in the...

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