Month: March 2013

The write way to celebrate Pi Day

Ok, so there’s actually no wrong way to celebrate Pi Day, which is today, 3.14. (Get it?) But this option is inexpensive, functional, and calorie-free. Plus, it can help your kids learn more than the first three digits of everyone’s favorite mathematical constant. The Pi Pencil Pack from Wacodis on Etsy brings you plenty of pretty pastel pencils printed with, well, pi. Say that three times fast–or 3.14 times fast. You get thirty pencils in colors of your choice, hand-printed with as many digits of pi as possible. And they’re not shoddy pencils, either, but No. 2 graphite with...

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4 Lucky Charms recipes for a magically delicious St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve been carrying a deep dark secret since childhood (and yes, Cool Moms, I’m revealing myself here and now): this organic mama has a weakness for sugary cereals. I cannot be left alone with a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, I’m the one person on the planet who actually likes Fruity Pebbles, and Lucky Charms make me weak in the knees.    As you can imagine, I rarely touch the stuff anymore, but you know what they say about moderation, right? Everything has a time and place, and I say that St. Patrick’s Day qualifies as both to justify...

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Cuddly plush Easter Peeps: still pretty sweet

While I’ve been known to consume a whole flock of marshmallowy Peeps in one sitting, I’m not as eager to see what happens to my kids when they’re all hopped up on the sugary treats. So this Easter, I think I’ll tuck a different kind of Peep treat in their Easter baskets. Like body doubles for “real” Peeps, the plush Peep Chicks and Bunnies come packaged in a little yellow box, in four Eastery pastel colors. And it’s nice to know that when my kids clutch one in their hands, they won’t get sugar all over their fingers.  These...

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Safe and sunny spring cleaning round-up

Spring sunshine and open windows are wonderful…until we suddenly see the dirt and cobwebs that have been comfortably lurking in corners all winter. Here are some of our favorite ways to handle spring cleaning safely, especially when we all know babies and kids will be touching pretty much everything.   Our newest favorite counter cleaner is all natural and so safe that you can lick it–which I did. There’s a lot to like about iGozen, from its many uses around the house to the fact that it comes in adorable little powder packets in a handy storage box that...

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Our fave baby milestone posters, now in 5 great colors

I’m a big fan of everything from Strange Birdy Studios, so I was excited to hear that they’ve expanded their My First Year Poster range to include some gorgeous limited edition colors, as well as a customized version.   There are five new color combinations available, each one cooler than the next. And for a really special new baby gift, there is also a customizable version of the poster. Imagine how much a new mama would love a poster with her precious baby’s name and birthdate printed right on it. These posters are so great for busy parents (which...

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Forget your sleeve. Wear your heart on your shoe.

Beautiful style, quality European materials, and adorable sweetness, all in one shoe for babies, toddlers, little girls, and tweens? We heart that! We’re smitten with these lovely Heart Ballerina shoes from Chloe In Style. Available in suede Sand or snakeskin Blue, each pair is beautifully handcrafted in Europe of all-natural materials and designed to conform to your feet. Sizes run from teeny 2.5 baby/toddler all the way through size 7 for big girls and lucky adults with smaller feet than mine. Preorder the Heart Ballerina shoes now for an April 3 delivery, just in time for that toddler Easter...

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5 hot emerald green accessories you’ll want to wear long past St. Patrick’s Day

Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, I scour my closet for something–anything–green, and end up with the same sad sweater. Though this year, with emerald green a Pantone Color of Spring 2013, I’m seeing lots of gorgeous wearables that I can recommend all year long–not just on March 17.   –Christina This upcycled jersey t-shirt necklace looks so bright and spring-y against a white tee. It’s such a fresh change from my regular necklace picks. I also love the removable flower clip which I would wear exactly as shown. Way cooler than a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” button. (and only...

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Let your children’s feet do the happy spring dance in super cool new sneakers

Spring is coming (can you feel it? I can feel it!) which means facing the reality that when the kids’ snow boots go to the back of the closet, last year’s sneakers and shoes may not make it to see the first crocus. Darn those growing feet.   The new spring and summer kids’ shoes from Bensimon are just…wow. I’ve loved these European children’s sneakers for so long, because the modern styling plus the durable, rubber sole and classic canvas construction are simply the perfect combo. Plus, I’ve been able to pass a pair down to a second kid...

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Awesome Doctor Who posters, for awesome Doctor Whovian homes

We love it when geek goes chic. These gorgeous posters are a great way to bring your obsession with Doctor Who to the walls with style. Whichever Doctor is your favorite–I’m a David Tennant girl myself–it can be hard to find geeky posters that still have major style and work with your decor. Thankfully, those talented Etsy artisans are here for you with a rainbow of Gallifreyan goodies. The adorable Dalek & Tardis poster, for example, is available in almost any color you like, printed on nice, heavy satin paper. Pop that baby in an IKEA frame, and you’ve...

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We’re egg-static over these dyeable, reusable faux Easter eggs (ha)

I enjoy decorating Easter eggs with the kids so much, I don’t even mind the food-coloring-dyed fingers we all end up with by the end. But for kids with an egg allergy or who follow a vegan diet, this is one annual tradition that they’ve probably had to skip each year. So get ready to be eggs-cited (groan) with these faux, dyeable eggs that look so much like the real thing. EggNots are dyeable ceramic Easter eggs so realistic, you’d better make sure you warn your dinner guests before they try to crack them open. Packaged in a cardboard egg...

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

Apps, maps, sweet deals and free downloads–they’re among our favorite tech picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. The ultimate app for busy, not-so-organized parents! Isn’t that all of us? 2. Here’s a version of Apple Maps that’s actually helpful. (You geeks will appreciate the joke.) 3. Like we needed another reason to shop at Target. Sweet deal, too! 4. Swipe away that to-do list with an app that’s cheap, simple, and fun. 5. These free educational video downloads for every letter of the alphabet will keep your kids rocking from A to...

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Healthy, organic foods for babies that are taking over the world (in a good way)

Healthy, organic natural foods are hardly a tough sell these days. More and more parents are paying attention to the importance of eating clean and healthy. I feel very good knowing that brands like longtime CMP favorite, Happy Family, are out, there spreading the word on the importance of healthy and organic eating,  and now making it more easily available–something that hasn’t always been the case. The newest in the ever-growing line of products for babies and toddlers feature really interesting combinations of organic nutrient-packed superfoods, like the new Blueberry and Purple Carrot Happy Puffs. There are also Homestyle...

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5 easy St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas that don’t require the luck of the Irish to do

My idea of a St. Patrick’s Day craft is squirting green food coloring into anything edible and calling it a day. I love looking at all the amazing multi-layered rainbow treats and hand-felted shamrock garlands on Pinterest, personally, I prefer crafts for those of us who want something fun for the kids to make, but don’t need to spend 30 straight hours prepping for it. That’s just what you’ll find here: easy crafts. Promise. And don’t forget to grab some green food coloring too. –Christina     Using nothing more than a paper plate, some scissors and green markers...

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HelloFlo.com: A monthly subscription service made just for women. Every month. Can you see where we’re going with this?

So if you’re anything like me, at that time of month you’re caught completely off guard and then are reduced to pillaging your drawers and cabinets trying to find that box of tampons and pads you think you bought a month ago but can never seem to find. That is why this new monthly subscription service is made for me. And possibly you too. Meet HelloFlo.com, a smart new service that delivers everything you need for your period all in one box, right on your doorstep. No sending your partner to Target for tampons, or scrounging through old purses...

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Reusable garlands for party perfection

This seems to be the month for tracking down cool, eco-friendly reusable party supplies and this gorgeous new find from an artist I’ve admired for ages is no exception. I am just so taken with everything at Frazier and Wing, from mobiles to original decor incorporating tree branches; and their new reusable paper garlands are no exception. Stunningly crafted from gorgeous papers with the eyes and skills of an artist, not a crafter, they make the most lovely nursery decor when you need a pop of texture or color–or of course bring it out for your parties and special...

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Snazzy snakeskin bags that, okay, you can call them diaper bags

The more kids I added to my brood, the more I actually wanted (and needed) a smaller diaper bag. Since I was already juggling children, I didn’t need to add a child-sized bag to the mix, you know? If only the new python bags from CMP-fave My Cocolime were around when I was in diaper bag mode. {Don’t miss an amazing giveaway after the jump!} We’ve been longtime fans of My Cocolime, from their awesome lunch bags for kids as well as their diaper bags, so it’s no surprise we’re digging their newest collection, all designed by a mom...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and discover cool finds like this every day.   1. Awesome way to decorate a kids’ room…for free. 2. Okay, cutest baby outfit maybe ever. 3. A truly genius app that’s just made for parents who need more time, more organization, with less effort. 4. A smart hostess gift that reminds us spring is around the corner, yay! 5. The most hilarious Easter bunny we’ve ever seen. Want...

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Eco-excellent wooden eyewear (and each purchase plants a tree!)

If you’re pining for cool shades, here’s a collection that might bamboozle you. Because they’re made of woods like pine and bamboo. Whether you’re on the hunt for cool frames or love collecting unusual, attention-grabbing sunglasses, I’m digging how Anni Shades delivers on style and eco-consciousness. Each pair of glasses frames is made by hand in Ohio of exotic, eco-sourced wood in a special process that’s fairly detailed, but they got me with “no stains or paints.” The sunglasses automatically come with SOLA by Carl Zeiss lenses, or you can have your own prescription lenses dropped right in. For...

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Celebrate International Women’s Day by supporting women across the globe with cool purchases

Sure, we think every day deserves to be International Women’s Day, but we’re also delighted to take today to celebrate the political, economic, and social accomplishments and contributions of women around the globe. Here at Cool Mom Picks, we especially love supporting businesses that empower women in developing areas. Here are four of our favorites. Bonus: what a great way to find a gift for the women who inspire you!   Raven + Lily is our very favorite type of company: run by women, for women, and providing women in developing countries with sustainable economic opportunities, healthcare, and literacy...

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Web Coolness: Art from breakfast food, empowering books for girls, and Sesame Street’s major milestone

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Cracking up over these famous works of art created out of breakfast food. These ten empowering books for girls are ideal for starting a mother-daughter book club with your tween. Knowing when to hit delete: From our editor Liz, a must-ready post about life and our many relationships, whether you’re a parent or not. More fun with cardboard, this time to create an impressive play kitchen! Loving Mermag’s new site, especially those sweet newborn photos. Congratulations to Sesame Street for...

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