Month: April 2013

6 of the most delicious coffee drink recipes from around the world

For years, I’ve developed a taste for international coffees. Don’t get me wrong: I love me a good old fashioned brewed cup of joe, but sometimes I crave an international-style coffee drink for a little something different. And I’m not talking about flavored coffee powder, either. These 6 delicious coffee drink recipes are much more delicious and, if you ask me, a way better way to celebrate the moments of your life. –Stacie Cafe de Olla (above) is a Mexican-style coffee which, in this case, means a little sweet and spiked with cinnamon. (How much do we love the...

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12 natural products we love that are now easier to find. Thanks Vine.com!

featured partner As huge fans of natural products, we know first-hand that you usually have to shop at a few different stores–sometimes more–to get the exact brands that you love. So imagine our excitement when we were introduced to our newest sponsor Vine.com, who has an unbelievable (seriously) selection of natural products, including bath and beauty products, household cleaning supplies, organic snacks, even clothes for babies and kids. This is our kinda shop. What’s cooler: These are the very brands we’ve been raving about here for years, only all in one place! It was tough, but we rounded-up a...

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UV swimwear to keep our girls (and boys) covered

Every year, I look out for appropriately modest swimsuits for girls. Not to keep them bundled in tents, but to keep them cute and water-ready without having to succumb to ruching and triangle teeny-bikini tops for the nonexistent boobs. Well here’s a cool New Zealand brand that knows a little something about cool swimwear for boys and girls that has nothing to do with premature sex appeal and everything to do with actual swimming. (Weird, right?) Snapper Rock makes UV 50+ swimwear for boys and girls that’s meant to be run in, waded in, and wave-jumped in. Hold the hooch. And...

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The new Phil & Ted’s Poppy high chair converts to a not-so-high chair

You know what’s always a major disappointment? When an amazing company like Phil & Ted’s releases a great new baby item after my babies are already too grown up to need it. And now they’ve gone and created a high chair that almost makes me want to have more babies. Almost. The new Poppy high chair is a very nearly birth-control-defying product. The sleek new chair is such a perfect design meant to grow with your child, that I totally wish I had one in my kitchen right now. For everyone with a baby: you will want to take...

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A limited edition dress for 40 cool little girls

When we first discovered the limited-time indie design sale site Of A Kind, my first thought was get some kids stuff in there! And voila! My shopping hopes (for you…really) have been answered, as they embark on their first ever kids’ sale starting this morning, and we’ve got the exclusive scoop. Log on at 10AM ET, and you’ll find a beautiful little dotted chambray dress from Emily McMaster of Mabo Kids in sizes 12 mo through 4/5. (Yes, chambray. Because it seems this year, we’re not allowed to say “denim” anymore. Anyone else notice that?) Is it cheap? Not...

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Super cool boys’ accessories, because why should girls have all the fun?

Clothes might make the (little) man, but there’s something about cool hats, sunglasses and other accessories that can dial up the wardrobe a notch. Who says girls get to have all the fun? Browsing around at one of my favorite cool-kid indie clothing labels, Appaman, I was so happy to see another great brand that hasn’t forgotten the stylish little dudes in our lives. The future’s so bright…yeah, you know the rest.  Appaman’s sunglasses for kids are better made and longer lasting than thost $5 drugstore ones they’ll break in two seconds. There are some smart black glasses (at...

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Healthy Child Parties: That’s not an oxymoron, mamas.

We’re all familiar with sugar-happy birthday parties and itchy-sad Chicken Pox parties. But we’re excited about the possibility of hosting a Healthy Child Party that makes the moms, the kids, and the doctors happy. If you’re not yet familiar with Healthy Child, Healthy World, it began when Nancy and Jim Chuda sought answers for their daughter Colette’s tragic death from a non-hereditary form of cancer and determined environmental toxins were to blame. The parents met with environmental groups, celebrities, and government officials to protect children from the devastating effects of toxic substances in the environment.  They’re responsible for tons...

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Nine Naturals: Because once you go all natural while pregnant, it’s hard to go back to crappy shampoo

I still remember the day I learned about sulfates, parabens, and phthalates and what they can do to unborn babies. I waddled into my bathroom, read the ingredients of my favorite products, shook my fist at nasty chemicals and the companies that put them in shampoo, and ran out to buy beauty supplies that were healthy and safe for pregnancy.  [don’t miss a special discount after the jump]   We first covered Nine Naturals when they debuted in 2009, and we jumped at the chance to try their new formulations for hair and body. The entire idea behind the...

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Make your own Earth with these 5 cool Earth Day crafts for kids

Of all the Earth Day craft ideas I’ve seen that get creative when it comes to reusing and recycling, I love the idea of making an actual Earth on this very important day. Here are five cool Earth Day crafts for kids that we hope will encourage discussion and action. Related: A cool DIY Play Dough Earth Day project If you’re up for a challenge, this Plantable Paper Earth from Modern Parents Messy Kids (at top) is pretty fantastic. The best part? You can plant these earths in your garden and watch them grow.   Grab some green and blue food...

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

Here are five of our favorite tech picks from this week, just in case you missed them. 1. A wonderful fundraiser started by the tech community to help raise money for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. 2. We see this brilliant gadget getting lots of use in our cars. Lots. 3. A round-up of kids’ foreign language apps just for Android users at the request of a reader. (Yes, we take requests!) And for iPad users – an educational app for big kids that also happens to be stunning. 4. We can’t believe what created this amazing artwork. 5....

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The ultimate maternity camisole, made simple

I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I’m cold all the time, or just like wearing lots and lots of layers, but for many years now, a camisole has always been a staple in my wardrobe. It also continues to be, now that I’m shopping for maternity clothes again only I want a really, really good one.   I like how a good cami just smoothes everything out but with my expanding belly, the camisoles that I used to wear are quickly becoming halter tops. Not a good or comfy look. Luckily, I have discovered a line of...

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Grammar Rules. Even in the kitchen.

Hi, Word Nerd here. You know, the type who cringes wildly every time she receives a pitch promising “A Great Story Idea For Mom’s Everywhere.” I’m also a little anal about the its/it’s issues on my children’s homework, so you can imagine how excited I am about this line of grammar police dishware.     The may/can plates from Grammar Rules are so perfect for kids, giving you the perfect opportunity to explain that “yes, everyone can have ice cream for breakfast but no, you may not.” (Or at least that’s the example I might use.) They’re such fun...

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The coolest summer clothes for boys come from the land down under

As a mom of a boy, I know how tough it can be to find cool clothes that not only look great, but are made for comfort and play. And I’d like them to last an entire season, please. Looks like Janet Reid (fellow mom of a boy) was reading my mind. Her Australia–based boys-only label MIDA was created from her own frustration of wanting quality clothes for her son that are young and whimsical without being overly saccharine. I’m pretty sure my son would live in the cotton twill shorts, which are quite sturdy but still comfortable and...

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Clocks with hands. Remember those?

As much as I rely on the digital clocks on my appliances and on my smart phone to keep me on schedule, there’s just something about pretty analog clock to make a room seem more homey. I’ve been a long time fan of decoylab, whose beautiful, handcrafted clocks are as much works of art as they are timepieces, this amazing vintage style camera clock. Made from bamboo, this silent clock (that means no ticking!) features a clever leather strap to use as a hanger. What a perfect addition to your home office or a cool accent on a wall...

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The coolest baby shower gift ideas under $30

Welcome NY1 viewers! If you caught our Editor Liz Gumbinner showcasing our favorite baby shower gifts under $30 today (and all weekend long), we’ve rounded them all up right here, along with a few splurge items we love. You can find all the links, and more info at our Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide – plus more than 150 other ideas. Happy shopping! Under $30 Baby Shower Gifts – Personalized embroidery art ($23, Blue Without You Kids on Etsy, above) – Anything personalized is thoughtful, and if you can’t make one yourself, this amazing artist can do it at...

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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. The most refreshing white wine cocktail recipes. We’re ready! 2. An awesome rainy day (or sunny day) spring craft project with the kids. 3. Are we allowed to marry a shoe? 4. Super cool look for cool kids, and not expensive. 5. The Mother’s Day card we can’t stop laughing at. Plus, are you following our guest pinner board on Martha Stewart Living? Join us, it’s fun there!...

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If you like the Okee Dokee Brothers, meet their friend Paul Spring

If you’ve read Cool Mom Picks for any length of time, you probably know how much we adore the music of the Okee Dokee Brothers. So, when our favorite Grammy-winning kids’ music duo asked me to check out the new release from their friend, Paul Spring, I decided to give it a spin. And it’s been in our family’s music rotation ever since. Hailing from Minneapolis, singer-songwriter Paul Spring’s first family-music release, Home of Song, is so easy on the ears, this is definitely not one just for the kids. With catchy vocals, plenty of peppy banjo, and cheerful...

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Keeping it real, Viewmaster style

Because ironic baby tees featuring all sorts of devices that they will never entirely understand are all the rage these days (you know, rotary phones, Polaroid cameras, I like this one that plays off the retro Viewmaster in a fun new way. Not that you can’t still get a Viewmaster, it’s just the 21st century version is a little lacking, if you ask me. At Little Trendstar, these fun “Keep it Reel” kids’ clothes come as ViewMaster baby onesies, and ViewMaster kids’ tees up in sizes 2T-6T. And hey, maybe it will inspire your kiddo’s obsession with super basic...

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Web Coolness: Talking to kids about Boston, touching photos of special kids, and Earth Day ideas

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too!  Our thoughts are with Boston this week. If you are struggling with how to talk to your kids about tragedies, there is a lot of help online for families. Great read: Five Certainties Following the Boston Marathon Bombings, from our friend Christine of Boston Mamas. Beautiful photography series shows how a photographer helped a child with Muscular Dystrophy go to all those places in his mind. (above, via Laughing Squid) This is Autism: Add your own photo to this amazing slideshow...

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Landfill Harmonic: Turning trash into beautiful music

As a former music professor, I’m well aware of the transformative power of music in the lives of children. But this unbelievable Kickstarter campaign is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Or heard. Landfill Harmonic is the story of a garbage picker and musician in Cateura, Paraguay which is essentially a slum built on top of a landfill. He turned the trash he found into actual functioning musical instruments for the children in need there, creating “The Recycled Orchestra.” And oh the music they make! The goal of their Kickstarter campaign is to complete a documentary film about several of...

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