Month: March 2013

¡Hola Mis Amigos! Hilarious Dora the Explorer miniseries begins today

When I saw College Humor’s “fake” trailer for a live-action Dora the Explorer movie, I joined the chorus of voices across the internet begging that this hilarious two-minute trailer be made into a real movie. And that wish has come true. Now along with no more diapers, teething, and 3am feedings, one of the best things about my kids hitting grade-school age is that they no longer subject me to nonstop episodes of Dora the Explorer. There’s only so much Swiper, No Swiping! a mama can take. However, this is different. College Humor will offer up a three-part miniseries,...

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Cool Easter Clothes for kids: some of our very favorites this year

Easter always signifies for me the start of the spring season, even when there is still snow on the ground in New England. It’s time to lighten up, and I’ve found some great picks for both boys and girls from some of our favorite online shops that will carry them past the holiday and into spring. You know, the months when the snow really does go away. –Christina Fore!! Axel and Hudson Dressy enough for Easter brunch or church, but casual enough for some extreme Easter egg hunting, Fore!! Axel and Hudson’s Rolled Cuff Stripe Shirt (at top) looks...

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Let’s Skateboard! with the completely rad The Not-Its and a free MP3

If you’ve got little skaters like me, then you know that that skateboarding is no longer a fringe sport. It’s everywhere in pop culture. And skateboarding plus music equals sheer awesome, which is exactly how we feel about CMP-fave kindie rock band The Not-Its premiering their new skateboarding music video right here on Cool Mom Picks today. (Just for you!) {Don’t miss the exclusive premiere of The Not Its’ new music video PLUS a free download of their new skater tune and awesome giveaway just for Cool Mom Picks readers}   If you’re not familiar with The Not-Its, they’re...

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The perfect pop of color: vibrant voile scarves for almost spring

It’s almost spring. Almost. That’s what I tell myself as I pull on knee-high socks, boots, and a coat. I’m not ready for full-on pastels, but these gorgeous, block-printed scarves are a great way to dip a toe into the bright, carefree colors of spring.  The founder of Rikshaw Designs, which we introduced to our readers years ago, has traveled the globe to bring traditionally block-printed textiles into the design world. We love the luscious bedding and clothing for women and children, but I’m especially digging the 100% cotton voile scarves. Especially for spring. Because some of us can’t...

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Going Public: How you can help protect education. For all kids.

The state of education in the US has been top of mind ever since having children, as I’m sure it is for so many of us parents. And now there’s a really important documentary I sincerely hope you’ll take a look at if you care about oh, things like every kid in America getting a shot at a good education. Admittedly, I am not unbiased when it comes to Going Public, the upcoming documentary film from executive producer, author, and lauded educational consultant Nancy Letts. That’s because I know Nancy about as well as anyone; she’s my mother. This...

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I Scream for I Scream for Ice Cream

Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal is on a tear with her awesome children’s books, and her latest is no exception. I Scream, Ice Cream: A Book of Wordles is so much fun if you’ve got kids, like mine, obsessed with wordplay and homophones. (Not the same as homonyms as I recently realized. Oops.) In other words, phrases or words that sound the same but mean different things like…well, I Scream/ Ice Cream. Heroes/He Rows. Or Pants Knees/Pant…Sneeze. Each set of wordles comes to life with wonderful, evocative illustrations by Serge Bloch, some of which incorporate woodcut illustrations or actual photos for an extra...

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13 of the absolute cutest Easter gifts for kids

Hold the jellybeans! Well okay, don’t hold the jellybeans–maybe just supplement them with some of these adorable Easter gift ideas for kids. It’s coming early this year and so we scoured some of our favorite indie shops and artists for ideas for your little ones that might make them forget all about the candy aisle.      Maileg Ballerina Rabbit Dolls ($48.60+ at My Sweet Muffin) This is the kind of Easter gift my girls would flip for. No doubt they’d be dragged to ballet class each week too. Bunny Ears T-Shirt ($19.50, threadless) Get it? Rabbit ears? Psst…comes...

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

In case you missed them, here are five of our favorite tech picks from this past week. Enjoy! 1. Look what this cool geeky dad did for his daughter. Love! 2. Here’s an amazing gadget that will make your iPhone camera even more versatile. (Our pinterest fans are going nuts for it!) 3. The hottest bag for spring happens to hold your DSLR. Or diapers. Or both. 4. Never lose your keys, your phone, or anything else for that matter, ever again. Whoa. 5. Drop those pounds before spring hits with this fantastic new app we...

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This Waldorf rainbow toy just needs a pot of gold

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and that means it’s time to put green food coloring in the pancakes, the mashed potatoes, and the toilet. What, your leprechauns don’t tinkle in the potty as they hunt for gold? But if you’d like a pretty, sturdy, and long-lasting rainbow to celebrate the sweeter part of the leprechaun myth, we think this toy is worth its weight in gold. This Waldorf-style homemade rainbow stacking toy from Apple n Amos on Etsy will bring smiles long after the leprechauns have fled. Handcut of hardwood, hand-sanded, painted with non-toxic soy-based paint, and sealed with a...

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Nagging is more fun with Tetris-shaped notes

Square sticky notes are so boring. It’s much more fun to use these oh-so-familiar shapes, humming Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy as you write out a reminder to take out the garbage. Did you know that the blocks used in Tetris are called Tetriminoes? It’s true. The entire time you were trying to fit the S and Z ones together, your brain was learning to think more efficiently. We can’t promise that will happen just by using the Tetrimino-shaped Block Notes from Suck UK, but you can definitely have fun arranging them at your own speed. Block Notes...

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Serious scooter style with South African flair

I am obsessed with Vespa scooters. I mean, seriously, what could be better than hopping onto a scooter and zipping off into the sunset in some gorgeous foreign land? But what do you do if (like me) you can’t afford your scooter fix? Well, you dress your kids in adorable scooter tees. Okay, it’s not exactly like owning this sweet piece of machinery, but this cool kids’ t-shirt does it justice. I’m digging the vintage look on my little guy — it’s got South African flavor without us ever leaving the house, and he loves the bold graphics. If...

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Clothes for kids, drawn by kids, helping kids. No kidding.

We love to bring you great picks with a great story, and this one hits home on a lot of levels. Here’s how one little girl is making the world a better place through clothes designed by kids, for kids. Bethany Sawyer was only five when she decided she wanted to make the world a better place. With her parents’ help, she’s now the mastermind behind The Giving Goose. All the clothing designs are drawn by kids — vibrant images of all the things kids like: flowers, butterflies, monster trucks, frogs, and more. Your kids can even submit their...

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Pamper the new mama in your life with Farmaesthetics luxe body care

New mothers are a special breed and require a special regimen. On the feeding front? Give them whatever they want and back away slowly, telling them how beautiful they are. And when it comes to caring for them, you can’t go wrong pampering their tired bodies with lovely, all-natural formulations that make them feel relaxed, reenergized, and glowing. So basically my advice is this: give them this kit, maybe garnished with a chocolate cake.   {And don’t miss an exclusive giveaway for CMP readers, just after the jump!} Farmaesthetics has the sort of website that makes me salivate: row...

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Customizably cool watches that tell time (and a story or two)

Have you ever taken an Instagram picture that was so good, you wanted to plaster it everywhere? Sometimes I snap a shot that I literally want to wear on my sleeve. Guess what? Now I can. (That means you, too, fellow Instagram addicts.) Instawatch is pretty much the coolest accessory around. I can wear my favorite pic on my wrist, and have it tell me the time. How’s that for multitasking? The Instawatch photo watch is built much like the Swatch watches we all rocked in the late 80s and early 90s. The cool part is that Instawatches are entirely...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out our favorite pins from this week that you won’t want to miss. 1. We love finding stylish shoes for girls that come in our sizes too. 2. An awesome app that will completely replace your baby book. Even if your baby is uh, 5. Or 10. 3. St. Paddy’s Day crafts for kids that even we can make. No luck required. 4. You don’t even have to be a LEGO fan to appreciate these. Wow. 5. The coolest use for an old t-shirt that we’ve ever...

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Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21 with Lots of Socks

This Thursday, March 21st, we’d like you to help raise awareness about World Down Syndrome Day, not by making a donation to research (although that’s always nice), or signing a petition, or running a 5K. Instead, we ask that you and the kids find the craziest socks you’ve got, and pile them on.  Yup, really. Join us and wear Lots of Socks on March 21st.   This could be perhaps my favorite awareness campaign ever, since I groove on having toasty toes. Plus, it’s so easy to do! Just find the brightest, loudest socks you can, throwing them on...

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Seventh Generation’s new baby products are eco-awesome

Long before I had kids, I was buying Seventh Generation products to clean my little apartment. I liked their earth-friendly business practices, their mindful selection of ingredients, and the fact that I could grab what I needed from the shelves of my local supermarket.  And though my kids are now beyond the baby stage, I was intrigued to hear that Seventh Generation has introduced a new line of baby bath and skin care products. Those of you with babies in the house will definitely like the eco-awesome offerings. Seventh Generation’s new line of baby bathtime and baby skin care...

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Web Coolness: playing with food, working at marriage, and ignoring our kids

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Playing with your food is pretty cool when the results look like Vanessa Dualib’s creative pictures. (via Laughing Squid) Funny and smart advice: Top Ten Success Tips For My 25-Year-Old Self. The Toy Story photo series is such an interesting peek into the lives of kids from around the world. Do you think marriage, with kids, is work? Catch Kristen’s appearance on WPIX in NYC talking about Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. LEGO lovers, check out “Michael Jackson” dancing in LEGO...

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The kids’ table is the place to be with Marimekko’s fun, fancy dishes

I love using colorful matching dish sets for my kids’ snacks and meals. Not to mention, I swear it makes my kids eat better. And now, there’s a new line of children’s dinnerware from Marimekko–yes, the design house responsible for the iconic bold prints that may be on your couch cushions or even baby clothes–that I’m totally in love with. Made from durable porcelain–so not for babies–the four different kids’ dish sets include a plate, a bowl, and a mug. On the plus side, porcelain means microwaves, dishwashers, ovens and freezers are all fair game.   Now I will...

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Sweet and simple spring bling: whimsical wood pendants

Move over, cold metals and frosty stones. Spring means warm wood, pretty flowers, snuggly bunnies, and dreamy dragons. And how cute would these pendants be for your tween? These Wood Bezel Necklaces from Twine are everything we love: handmade, whimsical, unique, and lending a timeless and simple elegance to your wardrobe. Or, if you’re buying for your tween or teen, a sweet, unlicensed bit of unblingy bling that won’t break the bank if it gets lost. Each pendant is handprinted on a piece of hand-carved maple and finished with a suede cord. So simple. So pretty.  Each necklace is...

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