Month: March 2013

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

In case you missed them, here are five of our most popular tech picks from this week. 1. It’s the mother lode of organizational gadgets for your home office. Awesome! 2. A stroller that charges your iPhone, tracks your mileage, and closes with the press of a button. Welcome to 2013. 3. Charge up your iPad, mamas: we’ve rounded up the best alphabet apps for preschoolers. 4. Don’t miss these awesome resources and camps for kids who want to learn how to code. 5. You won’t believe what this geeky soccer ball can do. We still...

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Drool-worthy kids’ clothing inspiration from across the pond

I love Caramel Baby and Child. It’s total eye candy for me as I drool over all these adorable kids’ outfits from London. Now, if you (like me) can’t afford it, or don’t have a generous UK aunt who will send you a care package, you can still find inspiration in some of these happy, gorgeous, springtime looks they’ve put together. Socks with sandals? Who knew it wasn’t just for tourists. (Ha.) If you style it right, in a contrasty color with a bold dress, it looks surprisingly cool to me. Bright yellow sandals make everything pop including a neutral...

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Tired of cute bunnies and chicks? How about zombies?

Are you sick of bunnies, flowers, and butterflies yet? Okay, we’re not either, thanks to that extra-long winter. Still, we’re year-round zombie fans, especially when they’re adorable and delicious.  The Undead Zombie Cookie Cutters from Perpetual Kid are a slightly skewed way to celebrate the rebirth of spring. Or that’s how I’m seeing it. Each set comes with three cookie cutters made from food-safe plastic that you can even toss in the dishwasher. Whether you prefer your shambling corpses to be hunching, walking, or running, your kids will have tons of fun icing them and adding bloody red sprinkles....

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Forget the Easter Ham. Enjoy a Grilled Cheesus.

On many days, the biggest miracle is getting my kids to eat their dinner without a fight. Well, I’d love to see them try to refuse a sandwich with Jesus Christ’s own face pressed on it. Inspired by the infamous Glee episode a couple of years back, the Grilled Cheesus Sandwich Press not only makes a pretty heavenly grilled cheese sandwich (heh, get it?) but a portion of the proceeds actually helps feed the hungry, which is something we think JC himself would approve of. And hey, if it gets our kids to eat, then hallelujah! –Kristen You can...

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Lidia Bastianich introduces a lovely book for future foodies

Anyone who’s a fan of great Italian cooking is probably a fan of Lidia Bastianich. And I say that as someone who admired her cooking (mmmm…Del Posto) long before she became a TV personality. Now, she’s turning her talents towards a children’s book that just might take that “pasta with butter, no green stuff” kid and turn her into a foodie. Maybe? Hopefully?   The new book Lidia’s Family Kitchen: Nonna’s Birthday Surprise is at first a lovely storybook about Nonna Lidia recalling for her grandchildren her own Italian childhood through food. Accompanied by soft, sweet illustrations by Renee Graef, we learn about...

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Minimalist movie posters with maximum appeal

In a world dominated by explosions, CGI, and overly detailed movie posters, we’re loving this affordable collection of posters with an iconic and refreshing spin on our favorite films — and our favorite films to share with our kids. We fell braid over umbrella for these minimalist fairy tale posters for kids at Society 6, and now we’re digging on a similar collection by Hyl& Design pairing famous and beloved films with the alphabet. From movies you love watching with your kids, like My Friend Totoro, Charlotte’s Web, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, to movies that still give you nightmares,...

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The new Jonathan Adler diaper bags you’ll covet (no baby required!)

Even though I’m only in my second trimester (!), I’m all about planning, so naturally, I’ve already bookmarked some of my most coveted diaper bags (thanks to Cool Mom Picks). Too many choices! But it may have just gotten easier. The new line of Light & Luxe Jonathan Adler diaper bags in collaboration with Skip*Hop is a joy. We’ve long been fans of Skip*Hop diaper bags and accessories, and this one combines all the smart design and practicality with that modern look that Adler fans can’t get enough of. I love that the bag is incredibly lightweight, yet holds...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow Cool Mom Picks and catch great Pins like this every day. 1. With spring cleaning on the brain, here are 5 brilliant ways to store/preserve kids’ artwork. 2. One of the hottest fashion trends for spring/summer is also going to be big for kids. We like! 3. Template for an awesome last-minute Easter craft with the kids, and it’s free! 4. Ready to get in shape for bathing suit season? Yeah, us neither. But still, this fun little device should help. 5. Kristen found this designer handbag we’re drooling over, in the...

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Ceci n’est pas une ironic onesie

Sure, there are plenty of funny baby shirts. And then there are funny baby shirts calling attention to themselves as funny baby shirts. Okay, maybe there’s just one hilarious self-referential ironic tee for little ones. But if you ask me, every hipster baby needs it, stat. No baby should be without a My First Ironic T-shirt Snapsuit from Wry Baby in their onesie drawer. The unicorn! The rainbow! The irony! We all have a bitingly sarcastic friend whose baby needs this shirt, don’t we? And unlike some articles of baby clothing, I think this one only gets better when it gets...

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Pretty pink chocolate bunnies, with no icky artificial dyes

Chocolate is delicious, but brown can get so blah during a pastel-pretty holiday. These all-natural bunnies are a great way to think pink without downing a single drop of dye. Our pals at Nutty Steph’s have crafted a line of yummy bunnies just perfect for the Easter basket or springtime snacking, but they’ve left out one very important ingredient: that pesky, possibly cancerous red dye that makes my kids act completely deranged. Hurrah! The Pink Chocolate Bunny is finely crafted of white chocolate with just a dab of peppermint and freeze-dried raspberry dust, which results in a lovely, natural...

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Web Coolness: Peeps diorama contest winners, Laurie Berkner’s musical, and Victoria’s Secret backlash

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Creativity and the cuteness abound in this year’s Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest. RIP, Mr. Twinkie. New mamas, don’t miss Kristen’s post about 5 New Mom Things I Wish I’d Done Differently.Although Victoria’s Secret is now rethinking its decision, you all have a lot to say about the company’s marketing of provocative underwear to younger teens. This Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents and Terrorising Toddlers is music to our ears.  You could help give some special kids a very special...

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Wonderful wooden blocks for multitasking kids

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Petit Collage here at CMP. It’s also no secret that we think wooden blocks are an absolutely perfect gift for occasions of all kinds and children of all ages. But when the two combine? Well, to say we’re excited would be an understatement. The new Safari Jumble from Petit Collage is a set of wooden animal blocks, a brainteaser puzzle, and stylish bedroom décor all rolled into one. Talk about multitasking. Nine wooden animals fit together just-so in a small wooden tray (don’t worry, the animal outlines are laser-etched right onto the tray,...

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What to do with Easter Peeps (besides eat them all)

Every year at this time, I get lured into buying way-too-many packages of those brightly colored Easter Peeps. And though I have no problem consuming sugar, even I can only eat a few of them before I get the jitters.  So, I’ve pulled together some adorable—and easy—Easter crafts that use Peeps for some sweet decorations this month.   This centerpiece idea from La Jolla Mom (above) just screams “Easter” and is so simple to create. I love how the yellow Peeps bunnies look with sunny chrysanthemums, though you could chose to do multi-colored bunnies around an assortment of flowers too.  ...

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Traveling in style: swanky passport case, ooh!

A passport case is one of those small indulgences I’ve always wanted but it never seemed necessary. But with a few international trips under my belt recently, and seeing how ratty mine is getting compared with my kids’ less-used passports, I’m ready to the take plunge. This snake-print leather passport case at Hayden and Harnett is calling my name. The snake pattern is so cool right now—but don’t worry. It’s not a real snake. Heck, if you’re going to have a real snake passport holder you’d better have killed it, skinned it and tanned it yourself. (Too much?)  ...

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Subscribing to CMP is a dream. A dream vacation from the Four Seasons Costa Rica, if you win!

Normally this is the part where we tell you how great it is to subscribe to Cool Mom Picks, but we’re so excited, we’re skipping ahead to the giveaway part. Because if you’re a subscriber, you have a pretty awesome chance of winning a dream vacation to the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica! Woohoo! Here’s how… Y All you have to do is be a CMP subscriber before April 1, when our monthly newsletter hits inboxes. It will contain all the details on how to enter, which is suuuuper easy. Promise. Aside from the awesome trip, you’ll get fun...

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6 fab Easter brunch recipes that you can prep in 30 minutes or less. (More time for egg hunting!)

I know that there’s more to Easter than bunnies and food, but in these days leading up to the holiday my mind is on, well, bunnies and food. Easter candy, Easter cakes, Easter brunch: it’s hard to focus with such tasty distractions! I, of course, plan on getting my Easter priorities straight by the time Sunday rolls around but, in the meantime, let’s get back to the food. Easter brunch to be exact. I’ve found six amazing Easter brunch recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prep. Cooking time is variable, of course, but by then you’ll be...

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The Croods movie review. Think of it as The Flintstones 3.0 in the hands of Dreamworks

Nose picking, blatant scratching, a thrilling chase, slipping on banana peels — all things my almost seven-year-old currently thinks are the most awesome and hilarious acts on earth, especially if there’s a fart joke in there somewhere. Cue The Croods. I will admit I’m less than thrilled by my son’s current choices in comedic relief, so when the two of us were ushered into an advanced screening of The Croods 3D I handed him his snacks with a stern warning to not get carried away by any caveman hijinks at home. And, sure, while the film delivers on a...

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Hop to it and get crafting for Easter!

Though Easter is coming up quickly, for my kids it feels like Peter Cottontail is taking his sweet old time getting here. While we wait, I’ve found a bunch of cool Easter crafts that will keep them busy…and not make you crazy with prep or clean up. –Christina With some strips of colorful paper and Minted’s Easter egg template, you and the kids can make a framable work of art for the hallway. Looks so neat with nice straight strips, though I’m sure my kids would create something nifty even if they didn’t follow the rules. Even if you’ve...

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Attention, stylish girls: your spring sneakers have arrived

I always like the fashion-sneaker hybrid for kids, because they are super versatile. In other words, I know that if a slightly dressy birthday party turns into a giant game of Chase Everyone Around the House Like Crazy People And Scream Your Heads Off, that my daughters can keep up with the boys. So I’m really happy to see that Umi, one of my longtime favorite shoe brands for kids, is totally rocking the stylish sneakers this year.   The colorful, mary jane style Halina Shoes are also pretty awesome–and those grommets across the strap are a sweet touch....

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Nice narwhal necklace!

Owls, foxes, hedgehogs. They’ve all had their day. But if you want to stand out from the creature crowd, we recommend narwhals. Not only are they adorable, but they’re the unicorn of the sea! And this one’s handmade…and way affordable. Which is pretty magical. The Narwhal Necklace from oneeyeddog on Etsy is hand-sculpted and painted with several layers of glimmering gold, making each one unique. The wee narwhal is around 1.5″ long and hangs from an 18″ gold-plated chain. We can’t promise the narwhal will actually be magic, although Vikings once traded their unicorn-like horns for gold. And did...

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