Month: February 2013

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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