Month: February 2013

Lotus Everywhere Crib: Puts “travel” back in travel crib

I’m always amazed to see the vast improvements in baby gear even since my littlest one, only two, was a baby, which gives me hope that they will one day be able to manufacture sleep for us parents. Ha. Until then, I’ll just take little advances, like what the folks at Guava Family have done to the travel crib. The new Guava Family Lotus Everywhere crib has a sleek, compact design, and what’s really special: a handy convertible carrying bag that you can turn into a backpack. As a mom of four, I can appreciate having two extra hands, especially...

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

Here are a few of our favorite tech picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. Store and organize your smart phone photos once and for all with this amazing app. 2. A princess app that gets our stamp of approval. When you download it, you’ll see why. 3. One of our least favorite chores is now super easy, thanks to this brilliant website. 4. Your kids’ Minecraft obsession is now available in valentine form. 5. If you’re like us and have 45,617 videos on your smart phone, this app will edit them for you....

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Last minute Super Bowl recipes? We can help!

If at this particular moment it has just struck you that you have a houseful of people showing up tonight for the Super Bowl–or perhaps your spouse just alerted you to that fact at this particular moment–don’t worry, we can help with the food! Here are a ton of links for Super Bowl snacks, drinks and desserts that you can whip up for a hungry crew without too much effort. Just uh, try not to chomp those nacho chips loudly during the commercials? Some of us are actually trying to watch them. If you’ve got a grill, these Steak and...

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Organize your life the old-fashioned way: gorgeous personalized day planners

We’re all about getting organized digitally, but there’s a certain appeal to writing down your plans in a gorgeous paper book that you can stick on your desk, or drop in your tote, then refer back to forever. These three customized day planners fit the bill for beauty, brains, and a little thing called never running out of batteries. If you’re looking for fewer doodads and calendars and more classic elegance, we want to pet the creamy Italian textblock paper inside these handmade journals from Oh Pangaea Books on Etsy. You get to choose your exterior from dozens of...

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8 Valentine’s cards for boys (and girls!) that aren’t too sickly sweet

For those boys–and girls–who prefer bugs and dinosaurs to pink doily hearts, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Valentine’s cards for the kids to hand out to their classrooms. After all, I tell my kids that love comes in all forms; why should their Valentine’s cards be only sweetness and light and pastel? –Christina Tossing a bug into their classmate’s Valentine’s box is totally okay if it’s on Dandee Designs’ Love Bug Valentine card. Grab the free template and print on brown kraft paper or regular white cardstock and then affix a plastic bug inside the jar. A...

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Utterly adorable little girls’ dresses from Sailor Rose

My daughter, like me, is addicted to dresses. Oh, occasionally I find she’s dressed herself in MC Hammer pants and a sequined tee (she’s a style maker, what can I say). But mostly, she adores dresses–and I adore her in them. When I find pretty dresses like these, my heart just skips a beat. Sailor Rose’s little girls’ dresses are stunners: beautiful, playful and perfectly designed. There’s an array of options: floral patterns, stripes, two-toned dresses and box pleats (my absolute favorite). All of the dresses are made in NYC using Liberty of London Fabrics as well as organic...

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Gorgeous snakeskin clutches: the only snake I’ll ever hold

There have been too many times in my life where I’ve seen a fabulous, affordable clutch and talked myself right out of it–because when would I, a busy mom of four, use a clutch? Then I have a dinner date, a conference party, or a fun trip to Las Vegas and I find myself completely clutchless!  But thanks to CMP-fave Clava, you’ll be more than prepared with an on-trend clutch that won’t break your bank.  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve already used this gorgeous Eden foldover clutch in fabulous faux snake (100% vegan, mamas!), which is so hot...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool finds like this every day. 1. More than 2 dozen awesome Valentine’s Day gift ideas for kids, none of which include candy. 2. Pretty and affordable jewelry just in time for Valentine’s Day? Or Birthdays? Or Mother’s Day? Yes, please. 3. Keep your kids busy in the car or anywhere you are, without the electronics.  4. A genius alphabet app for kids that even our older kids can’t put down. When you see it, you’ll see why.  5. One of our favorite shoes ever gets even trendier. We can’t...

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The Sesame Street Downton Abbey video. Hilarious!

Considering how addicted we are to Downton Abbey, we just couldn’t wait to tell you about the new Sesame Street Downton Abbey parody called “Upside Downton Abbey” that will air next week. The parody, which stars the Dowager Countess of Grantham and Carson the Butler at tea, is almost exactly like the real thing, complete with English accents and the drama that we all love, except with a hilarious Sesame Street twist. Enjoy the sneak peek. –Pilar Watch the full Sesame Street Downton Abbey when it airs Monday, Feb. 4. on...

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Valentines Day Gift Ideas: Gifts for Her/ Gifts for Him

Second in our series of Valentine’s Day gift ideas: ideas for gifts for him or for her. Whether it’s for your sweetheart, your fiance, your longtime spouse, an awesome niece, or even just a special friend who needs a little love. This gift series is brought to you by The U.S. Postal Service’s new limited-edition Sealed With Love Stamp–because what’s Valentine’s Day without Valentine’s cards in the mail? Especially one with a stamp that’s worthy of the love with which it was sent. We’re excited to make so many gift recommendations for so many women and men in every...

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Sometimes the princess saves the prince quite prettily

We love it when princesses don’t need saving. But we’re also big on seeing what happens when the genders are reversed in classic fairy tales, turning princesses into dames in shining armor. So if you love empowered women, we think you’ll fall for these gorgeous illustrations, too. I discovered the work of Yudi Chen on tumblr and had to find out more. As it turns out, she’s an illustration student at the Rhode Island School of Design, and her Gender-Reversed Fairy Tales series is available on Society 6 in the form of prints, framed prints, or stretched canvas. I...

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Web Coolness: Sample sale savings, Super Bowl treats, and saying yes to our kids more often

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. C’est magnifique! Don’t miss Ses Petites Mains amazing sample sale, with special savings for Cool Mom Picks’ readers! (Use the code “cool” for an extra 15% on sample sale items–until they run out.) Lil Sugar has a roundup of the cutest little football gear for Super Bowl Sunday. And it’s not the Super Bowl without great snacks, so don’t miss our collection of delicious nachos recipes.  Throughout February, check out The 26 Valentines Project remembering the Sandy Hook Elementary 26. This dad makes bagged lunches...

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