Month: March 2013

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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