Month: April 2013

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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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