Month: April 2013

Subscribe to Cool Mom Picks and win something cool for the kids, something swanky just for you

This month, if you’re a Cool Mom Picks subscriber, one grand prize winner will snag a gorgeous Jonathan Adler diaper bag from Skip Hop, plus $250 to spend at Melissa & Doug. And if that weren’t enough, two runners-up will receive a $50 gift certificate to Melissa & Doug.  CMP subscribers get extra special deals, targeted emails, and our monthly newsletter, which includes tons of helpful information, including the details on how to win our monthly subscriber-only giveaway–coming to your inbox later this week. Just be sure to sign up with us or you won’t be eligible. Good luck...

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Affordable art makes a very cool mom gift. Maybe even for yourself.

When we were young and carefree (i.e., had no children), my husband and I decided that nothing would grace our walls but original artwork. Flash forward ten years. Yes, there’s original art hanging, but most of it was created by our kids. It’s not that we gave up entirely on our art-collecting dream; it just took a backseat once the babies came along. And that’s where a very nifty site saves the day. Tappan Collective is a terrific site designed to encourage young student-types to decorate with something other than cheap framed Monet posters. But, psst, guess what? I think it’s...

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Pamper your favorite mama, organically

If you counted the number of times my reviews have stated that moms love being pampered… well, it might start to sound like a cry for help. As we all know, motherhood is a 24-7 job, and when we finally get some down time, we deserve the best–in bath products and in chocolate. With that in mind, here’s a delicious Mother’s Day Gift Set from one of our favorite organic bath companies that should make mom feel outrageously special.  [Don’t miss a BIG exclusive giveaway after the jump!] CMP favorite Zoe Organics has teamed up with Moksa Organics to...

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Punk rock shorts for stylin’ skater boys

In order to perfect the punk rock, skater-boi look, a Ramones shirt will no longer cut it. My kids have been jonesing for trendy chain wallets like their friends at the skate park. The problem? Teachers don’t exactly dig the boys playing around with their wallets during class. An unattached chain spells trouble, there’s no way around it. So what if I told you that you could get the perfect chain look without all of the baggage?   These new Punk Shorts by Chasing Fireflies are just the look my boys dig. I call this the faux-chain look (no wallet!), and man, will...

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Keepsake jewelry from children’s artwork for moms who aren’t always the keepsake jewelry types

Custom jewelry inspired by children’s artwork is probably one of the most popular gifts that we feature for Mother’s Day each year. And now, there’s one more option that’s way more funky mom jewelry than sweet grandmother jewelry. Should you be more of a funky mom. Years ago we discovered the fantastic craftsmanship of Mia Van Beek of Formia Design, who takes kids’ original butterflies, dinosaurs and happy faces and turns them into amazing silver charms, keychains and necklaces you’ll want to show off. But should you be looking for something a little more modern, I’m thrilled to find...

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A celebration of motherhood firsts: Tips for taking those first baby photos

This post is part of a monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap celebrating motherhood firsts. And there are lots! These days, it’s not like you need a professional portrait photographer to make sure you’ve got those newborn baby photos covered. With 8 million relatives (more or less) visiting in hospital, we’ll guess that one or two of them just might have brought a camera along. But when you’re ready for something a little less blurry, a little more stylized and maybe your own hair is a little more brushed, here are some tips that professional...

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Hopscotch mat: fab indoor fun for rainy spring days

We’ve been having what feels like a particularly cold and wet spring in my neck of the woods. Which means we’ve been spending a lot of afternoons rushing home from school in the rain and then pulling our hair coming up with fun new indoor activities. But now I have a mighty excellent idea for our next rainy day. This sweet hopscotch mat by Etsy store CoolSpacesForKids fits the rainy afterschool bill perfectly. It’s simple, cute, easy to use, and easy to store. And I love that it offers a controlled way to keep kids active without tearing apart the house....

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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 week. 1. A huge round-up of fabulous Instagram gifts for Mother’s Day. Even chocolates! 2. Quite possibly the coolest power strips we’ve seen. 3. Finally, a safe way to share your iPhone videos of any length with friends and family. 4. What do you think of this Mac keyboard? 5. We can’t believe what this amazing gadget can do! So handy for busy...

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Baby is here -STOP- telegrams are back in style -STOP-

I love a beautiful birth announcement as much as the next person, but they are starting to seem redundant these days. Now nothing’s faster than a quick tweet or Facebook post letting everyone you’ve ever known since you were 4 that the baby arrived….like, two minutes ago. And that’s exactly why I like the classic old-school idea of sending out a telegram instead.   Telegram Stop lets friends and family know the newest family member has arrived, with cool retro style and no-rush charm. (After all, that baby took her grand old time getting here too, right?) It’s not just for...

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A Mother’s Day gift for new moms: a very friendly blanket. (Yes, friendly.)

Whether you know a pregnant typography geek who’s starting to look like an uppercase B, or even a grandmother who asks you to call more often to say hi, this luxe, and very amicable blanket is the perfect way to greet her on Mother’s Day. We want to snuggle the stylish simplicity of this beautiful “hi” blanket by YarningMade on Etsy. Hand-knitted in a 50/50 blend of acrylic and wool, it’s soft but not itchy and a nice small size for laps on cool days or new babies in strollers, come fall. You might be thinking, “Off-white with black?...

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Every mother’s path is different. Or is it?

As the Big Day approaches (and that’s Mother’s Day with a capital M), our thoughts turn to mothering: our own mothering, how we were mothered, and “holy mutha, did you see how expensive greeting cards are now?!” Of course, the internet and parenting bloggers give testament to just how important this job/calling/biological necessity is, and a new series of essays provides a sweet, multi-layered and often funny read for all you cool literary moms out there. Curated by Meagan Francis, blogger and author of The Happiest Mom, the series of essays entitled My Path to Motherhood showcase personal stories...

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Jewelry that begs the question “Where did you get that?”

One thing that hasn’t changed about me since I’ve had kids: My penchant for big, bold jewelry. And while it’s a little harder to find the time (and the sitter) to wear them, when I find pieces like these, I’m suddenly much more motivated to get that date night or girl’s night out on the books. Everything from Lavish Jewelry is made in Brazil under the careful eye of designer and mom Tricia Milaneze, and it’s some of the coolest I’ve seen. Each is made using a wire crochet technique like you’ll see in the braided cuff that is...

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The Bouqs Co: Sending flowers for Mother’s Day just got easier

Mother’s Day flowers may be a cliche gift, but one I happen to like very much. I never turn down the chance to have beautiful blooms on my front entry table, my night stand, a bookshelf. So I’m so happy to find a new service that makes sending flowers for Mother’s Day–or any day–easy and affordable.   The Bouqs Co. is a smart idea: gorgeous, premium, socially responsible buds straight from the farm, all at a fixed price of $40. If you want to do it up, you can double your order for $50 or triple it for $60....

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for great picks like this daily. 1. Some Mother’s Day cards we can all relate to. 2. 100 books to read to your kids while they’re young. 3. Easiest DIY Mother’s Day gift idea for kids. You hardly have to help! 4. Obsessed with this new free iPad app for kids. 5. This just makes us laugh.   Have you visited our Mother’s Day pinterest board yet? Tons of great ideas for gifts, cards, craft projects and more....

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Peace never goes out of style

Peace is something I believe we need to promote all the time. I want my children to wear it on their sleeves and on their chests.   So of course I am digging this Peace Warrior t-shirt by Be Love, which puts our affinity for non-violence on our casual wear. Is there anything cooler than a “Peace Warrior?” I’m going to say no…but then again, there’s a whole category of cool kids’ tees featuring the likes of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. Be Love is a rad organization that inspires children and adults by communicating lessons of love and strength...

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You got organic peanut butter in my chocolate!

Well, wasn’t I delighted to walk into my local bodega and see a brand new treat from Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter staring back at me from the counter. Okay, my thighs weren’t delighted, but I sure was. Move over Reese’s: I love you but I’m happy to spend a little more to trade up to Justin’s Organic Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. I had to do a taste test between the milk chocolate and dark chocolate versions (I know, cry for me) and it’s a toss-up. The milk chocolate has that more familiar American candy bar flavor, but zomg the dark...

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Web Coolness: Mother’s Day gifts, guerrilla gardening, and the coolest Star Wars walker

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! We’re so proud of our brand-new Mother’s Day Gift Guide and think you’ll love it too! Don’t miss your chance to win some pretty awesome prizes. And stop by the Cool Mom Picks Shop for several Mother’s Day-themed collections. Love seeing people committing “random acts of gardening” in unlikely places. Such pretty spring flower gift tags from Mr. Printables. Be ready for any gift-giving occasion with a well-stocked gift closet. 20 Kinds of Mom Guilt, and why we should ignore them...

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It’s here! Our 2013 Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

We’re thrilled to announce our annual Mother’s Day Gift Guide, with more than 50 of the most creative Mother’s Day gift ideas for all the moms in your life–including you. From gorgeous keepsake jewelry for moms and beautiful personalized photo gifts, to homemade gifts from the kids and the best Mother’s Day breakfast-in-bed recipes, we bet you’ll find the perfect gift idea for every special mother in your life. Plus, lots of Mother’s Day discounts. (We love discounts!) And as always, we’ve got a fabulous Mother’s Day giveaway up for grabs for one of you: a stunning Rebecca Minkoff...

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The summer necklaces that will get you all the compliments. Promise.

I have lost count of the number of compliments I’ve received on my gorgeous Elk necklace. And I’m gearing up for more now that they’ve released their newest collection that’s perfect for summer. The gorgeous new Elk jewelry collection is now available at SFMOMA, which means easier access to this Australia-based company’s pieces, for those of us who are stateside. With Mother’s Day (and my birthday) coming up, I’ve got my eye on the layered leaves wooden necklace (above), though I’m torn between the yellow and the red. The navy woodplate necklace would look fabulous over a white t-shirt...

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The perfect personalized Mother’s Day gift for faraway moms (and grandmoms)

With both of my kids’ grandmothers living far away, we don’t get to celebrate Mother’s Day with them in person. But this lovely gift turns the distance between us into something beautiful. [Don’t miss details of this super limited time sale after the jump–hurry!] Our friends at City Prints are offering a special personalized Mother’s Day print at an amazing price. Now through April 26, you can order one of their lovely city prints, with a heart for where grandmom lives and then hearts for where all the grandkids live plus the sweet saying, all for $99. That includes...

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