Month: March 2013

Stylish maternity wear for working mamas who want to work it

If I were pregnant right about now (and I am so not–just to be clear) I would be all over the new spring maternity line at Hatch Collection. They make the kind of splurgy, sophisticated pieces for working mamas who need to invest in a few great items they can live in without feeling frumpy. I think my favorite is the slouch dress which comes in either a comfy jersey (my vote!) or a few washable silk-poly options in bright, fun colors. It’s the kind of versatile dress you can wear to work with great shoes; over leggings on...

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InPieces puts LEGOs in the most unlikely places. (No, not under your feet.)

If you’re a LEGO fan, a fine art photography fan, a kid, or just a cool adult (which, of course you are) you’re going to flip over this exhibit.   Nathan Sawaya, an inspiring LEGO sculptor, has put his talents together with those of photographer Dean West to create the InPieces Collection currently on display at New York’s OPENHOUSE gallery. And wow, is it cool. Look closely at the photos, and you just may catch a dog, a beach flip-flop, an umbrella, a fluffy white cloud, or even an entire red gown on a woman made out of LEGOs,...

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Pump up the jammies

With spring on the horizon, everywhere I turn I see cotton-tailed bunnies, woolly lambs, and fluffy chicks. Not a bad thing, but you know what’s even cuter than spring critters? Kids in soft, snug cotton jammies, all squishy bums and chubby bellies. Adorable! So when I discovered this new line of pyjama perfection, I was one happy mama. {Don’t miss an exclusive coupon code for CMP readers after the jump!} OM Home is a new line designed by a mom duo from Toronto and made in Canada. And the Jasper Collection pyjamas–which fit from 6 months right up to 10 years–do not disappoint....

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Diamonds: if not your best friend, then still something you want to spend a lot of time with

I love big, sculptural statement jewelry–especially rings. So this designer is now ranking high on my want-list. This gold “diamond” ring from San Francisco’s Fathom and Form is calling my name. Loudly. They make such spectacular architectural, 3-D jewelry, but I love the simplicity of the design, the subtle rock n’ roll styling, the unapologetic size. Mom jewelry? Not even. It’s not cheap, but the quality is amazing. Or for nearly half the price, you can grab it in silver instead. I just know it’s the kind of super special piece you can wear and without even a single...

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Like, totally tubular! A new, lower sugar on-the-go kids yogurt.

We here at Cool Mom Picks have been fans of Chobani Champions, the brand’s line of Greek yogurts made especially for kids, since day one, when they launched with four tasty flavors packed in perfectly kid-sized cups. Thanks to their new line, we now have one more reason–and four more flavors–to love this snack made especially for kids.  Chobani Tubes are the new on-the-go squeeze tube yogurt snacks made by the Greek yogurt maker. I must admit: squeeze tube yogurts are not normally my thing, but I decided to give these a try since they are made with “only natural...

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Fly! Fly to sleep, baby!

I admit, I can’t resist those special little baby layette items that force you to take, oh, 647 photos or so of your baby in rapid succession on your smartphone. How totally adorable is this pilot baby sleep set? (No need to answer. I know!) The 100% soft cotton sleep suit is cute on its own with the little stars and stripes on the sleeves, but then they add faux black lace-up “boots” and whoa. So fun. The finishing touch is the little baby cap with the 40s-era goggle print that would look great with the jammies or not....

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Decorating a child’s room with totally free vintage posters

When I first decorated my baby girl’s room years ago, I designed it around a giant, kitschy vintage poster that I had owned for years. It was a surprising, fun focal point–and it sure made it easier to narrow down the six zillion options for crib sheets. So I nearly flipped when I found this site which features printable vintage posters–all free! Aptly named Free Vintage Posters, the selection is pretty amazing, to the tune of more than 500 free printables. I especially love the foreign language ones, but they’re all so wonderfully fun. How cool would a vintage...

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Keeping your baby healthy in a hopefully healthier world

Wayyyy back in 2006 when I first discovered the non-profit Children’s Environmental Health Coalition blog, now better known as Healthy Child, Healthy World, well as a brand new mom it was like the sky opening, the clouds parting and rainbows dancing around. How wonderful to find a one-stop place for tangible info on how to make my baby’s environment safer and more healthy. (Let’s be honest, we new moms can get a little anxious over stuff like that. Yes? Just a little?) Just yesterday, the new site has totally relaunched and wow mamas, is it good. The new healthychild.org...

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The most beautiful baby sleep sacks: almost as nice as beautiful baby sleep

Until I had a baby, I didn’t understand the purpose of a sleep sack. But as a new mama, oh, my eyes were opened. I sought out the perfect cozy nighttime sack that would ensure my little girl had a safe, warm, sleep-filled night…so I would too. And I sure wish that this sleep sack had been around back then. Don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!   We’ve long adored Bella Bundles for its gorgeous, oh-so-smart line of snap-under-the-chin towels. Now they’ve added the sweetest sleep bundles to the mix. Swoon. Made in luxuriously soft, 100-percent cotton, each bundle is lined...

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Party on and on with this reusable birthday banner

Does anyone get as grumpy as I do about spending money on birthday party decorations that you use once before they become landfill?  Well thanks to this new, affordable reusable banner from CMP favorite Butch and Harold, I’m feeling much happier. We’ve seen a lot of cool eco-friendly party banners, but none like Butch & Harold’s adorable Birthday Stickr banner, which is actually a set of wall decals with sticker letters that spell out “Happy Birthday!” To use it, just stick this birthday sign to your wall and move it with ease. And when the party’s over, you pull...

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A strong girl fairy tale when you need an alternative to Cinderella

We’ve always loved going on a “literary journey” from the comfort of our couch by reading stories from other countries. Next stop? Tehran’s traditional story about a girl and a mean stepmother, though it’s definitely not the story you’ve heard before. The Girl With a Brave Heart, from Tehran-born Israeli singer Rita Jahanforuz, had me thinking “Cinderella” at the start, but rather than being “saved” by a shoe and a prince, this heroine has a much more satisfying lesson for my two girls to hear. Shiraz is a little girl who spends her days indoors cooking and cleaning without...

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Wool for spring? Absolutely!

After seeing so many talented Etsy artisans use wool in creative ways, I’ve learned that it’s really perfect for any season and not just winter. And I bet you’ll think that too when you take a look at these gorgeous cases, jewelry and accessories. I’ve had my eye on The Loft Full of Goodies for awhile now, but with her addition of such pretty spring colors, I figured now was the perfect time share her work. I can think of a hundred uses for her adorable wool felt pouches, which come in various sizes to fit everything from pencils...

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

Happy March, cool moms. We’ve rounded up some of our most popular picks from this week on Cool Mom Tech just in case you missed them. 1. If you share photos of your crafts, recipe creations, and especially your kids online, you’ll want to read this helpful post. 2. A fabulous new app for preschoolers that’s available for both Apple and Android users. Hooray! 3. Getting fit for summer just got a whole lot easier (and much more stylish, might we add), with this awesome gadget. 4. This app might just help you save money on your grocery bill....

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Grow your own vegetables with these cool new garden kits

I’ve been fortunate to have lots of neighbors with green thumbs, who generously offer me the extra spoils of their backyard gardens. But this year, mostly due to the begging of my children, I’ve decided to give gardening a try myself, and these kits might be the perfect place to start. The new Foodie Garden Kits at Cool Mom Picks fave Poketo give you everything you need to start a little home garden, including coco fiber wafers, seeds, and the very important instructions, all packed in convenient rectangular tin planter. You can group hot peppers, tomatoes, or what I...

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3 cute label ideas make kitchen organization fun — really!

Why, yes, I’ve accidentally used salt when I meant to use sugar. Why do you ask? I’ll wait for you to politely spit out that cookie. In case your kitchen is as cluttered as mine–totally my kids’ fault, you know–here are three different labeling systems that can help you make sense of all those powders and spices. We love the chalkboard concept, with its clean black-and-white lines and the fact that you can erase and rewrite should a canister change uses (or a little artist get her hand on a chalk marker). Charlie Chalk on Etsy has hundreds of different...

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The best new movies for kids? The NY International Children’s Film Festival lets you find them all in one place.

Watching The Academy Awards always gets me excited to watch more movies, but maybe not the best movies for kids. In fact I’m sure that 99% of them are way too much for little ones (and, often, me) to handle. But for you lucky New Yorkers–or those of you planning a trip to the city over Spring Break–set aside the month of March for “Extreme Movie Watching” because you’re about to get a whole bunch of reasons to hit the theaters with the kids. Or hey, even if you’re not NY bound, you can browse the site and start...

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The coolest dollhouse for kids isn’t a dollhouse at all

With a house full of girls, you can bet that I’ve seen and owned my fair share of dollhouse toys, all of which have been some of my kids’ favorite gifts from us. Or uh, Santa Claus. But for as many version of the traditional dollhouse toy that I’ve seen, none can compete with this rug that I’m sure would get tons of playtime for many years. The Playhouse 3D carpets are the brainchild of a mom in Turkey who wanted to encourage outside-of-the-box creative play in her own kids, and wow, are these brilliant! Each completely handmade 3...

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Tickled pink: a wordless and wonderful picture book

Although I’m a passionate lover of words, I’m in love with this gorgeously illustrated picture book for kids that tells an entire story about friendship, acceptance, and beauty. . . without a single word. Flora and the Flamingo is pure delight for the young (and young-at-heart.) Even if your kids don’t typically adore all-things-pink, or don’t have a yearning to be a ballerina, you’ll find that this book is so much more than that. The story shows little Flora beside a tall, proud flamingo. She immediately tries to copy his poses, until the cheeky bird squawks at her, which...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for fun finds like this daily. 1.Turning Instagram photos into artwork just got easy and affordable. 2. The most hilarious baby hats we’ve seen? Entirely likely! 3. A gorgeous handbag in one of the season’s hottest colors. Want! 4. The ultimate road trip coloring book for kids. Especially loooooong trips. 5. Okay, can’t stop laughing at this one. Are we just hopelessly...

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A changing pad and chic chevron diaper bag in one

Changing diapers is hardly what I’d call my chicest hour. But then I had never used this. Don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump! The new Patemm navy chevron-striped pad is available exclusively at Pottery Barn Kids–and yay for the small mom-run company that created it. We have loved Patemm changing pads going way back to 2006 for the super smart round design that allows moms to lay their little one down any which way for a diaper change and not have them squirm themselves off a corner. And after all these years? They’re still made in the...

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