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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