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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