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, obsesssed with word play 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...

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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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