Month: April 2013

Some of the very best baby book gift sets (just add cute wrapping paper)

I still remember, before I had kids, being so excited to get a friend’s new baby a set of classic books like Alice and Wonderland and Peter Pan–and the way she looked at me when she said her daughter would love them in 10 years or so. Hey, I still thought it was cool, but with these baby book gift sets I found, at least the mom to be can start reading them at the very first bedtime. –Liz Peter Rabbit book collection: Traditionalists will love this Beatrix Potter collection, and though what’s outside a book is never more...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and catch fun finds like these every day. Oh, hello sexy new spring diaper bag. Dying for these super-cool Android phone cases (and so are our followers!) Can we eat this delicious recipe every day for the rest of our lives? Please? Inspiring look for a home office or bedroom wall. If we could keep it this organized. A super-fun necklace we guarantee none of your friends have. Yet....

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9 of the most fabulous raincoats for kids those April (and May and June) showers

With snow hopefully behind us, we’re happy to pack away our heavy coats and mittens. But when these days of spring turn rainy, a bright cheery raincoat can help keep our kids dry…and maybe even coax them outside to sing (and play) in the rain. –Christina We all know that April showers bring May flowers; I hope they are as pretty as those on Marimekko’s Hili 1 raincoat with its iconic pattern. (Yes, we’re on a Marimekko kick lately with their new dishes for kids and fun baby clothes.) And for those extra-stormy days, I appreciate the reflective safety...

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70% off the cool gifts you know you want anyway

We’re always sad when we see the small businesses we love come and go, but the one silver lining are the sales for their customers. And this one happens to be a great shop with a really great sale.     For years, Spoon Sisters, has been one of our favorite destination for clever little gifts, stocking stuffers (stock up now!), and fun doodads, from alphabet cookie cutters to tattoos for your Converse shoes. And now, everything in the shop is 70% off. Just a few of my favorite picks right now: Scrabble Letter mugs, from $11 to $3.30 Kids’ birthday tees,...

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Web Coolness: Crazy crayons, the best baby shower gifts ever, and an app we wish were real

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Crayons become tiny works of alphabetical art. Amazing! Did you see our brand-new and super amazing (if we do say so ourselves) Baby Shower Gift Guide? Don’t miss all the great picks, and the chance to win $500 from Gap! That bittersweet moment when growing-up-kids stop believing in “magic.” We parents of tweens wish this clever app for parents was more than an April Fool’s joke. Hilarious! No, this one isn’t a joke, and it’s not from 1952: New Study Says Dads Want Moms...

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Need an affordable, personalized baby gift? Hoop, there it is!

Custom artwork is such a sweet gift and keepsake. These pretty, hand-embroidered hoops are affordable, unique, and light enough to hang over the crib without worrying about concussing those squishy little babies. The personalized embroidery and felt hoops from Blue Without You on Etsy are an adorable and customizable pop of pretty for your wall, starting at only $20. Really! Each design is available in colors of your choice on a four- or six-inch embroidery hoop with pretty paper backing. Select from flowers, trees, arrows, pennants, and clouds raining hearts and add your favorite word–or baby’s name. Or just...

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Introducing the 2013 Cool Mom Picks Baby Shower Gift Guide!

Yes we’re tired, but more than that, we’re so excited! After endless hours scouring the web just for you, we’re ready to present our biggest, best annual Cool Mom Picks Baby Shower Gift Guide yet, chock full of more than 150 of the coolest baby gifts for expectant and new parents, and of course, their adorable babies. Whether you’re looking for personalized baby gifts, baby registry essentials, baby gifts for dads, special keepsakes, or that one super special thing that will make everyone at the baby shower go oooooh–well, we hope we can help. Plus? Discount codes galore.   ...

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A beautiful scarf to do beautiful things for mothers. Not just the ones who wear it.

It was only 6 months ago that I first discovered the wonderful FashionABLE scarves on a humanitarian trip to Ethiopia, and fell in love with their process–and of course their gorgeous scarves–which are doing a world of good for women and mothers in great need. In fact you all fell in love with them too–Cool Mom Picks readers helped sell out the entire store over the holiday season! So I’m beyond thrilled to announce a brand new, limited edition scarf from the organization, with a pretty awesome story behind it. The Genet Scarf is available for preorder starting today...

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9 cheese-tastic grilled cheese recipes to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month

April is National Grilled Cheese Month. Enough said? I agree! This one’s all about the grilled cheese recipes, and oh, does the Internet have us covered. If my search is any indication, grilled cheese sandwiches–and all variety of riffs on the classic–are among the most posted food. Ever. Rejoice the grilled cheese and check these out: the meltiest, cheesiest, most scrumptious sandwich recipes that the Web has to offer. –Stacie  Giving nachos an everyday twist, I present thee with the Loaded Nacho Grilled Cheese (above) from BS In the Kitchen. Beans, avocado, jalapeños, oh my. One note, though: this recipe calls...

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Hello Kitty TAKES OVER THE WORLLLLLLLDDDDD

We’ve loved Hello Kitty since we were little girls, and now we admit it’s fun having her back in our lives on all kinds of things for babies and kids. Especially from some of our favorite indie brands. If you’re a Sanrio fan, say hello to some super cute new Hello Kitty gifts we’ve seen lately. Hello Kitty swaddlers from aden + anais Whether you love their supersoft, 100% cotton muslin swaddlers or need towels, blankets, and bibs for slightly older sweeties, aden + anais delivers. We love that they went with the vibrant magenta instead of toning it...

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New kitchenware, definitely not for minimalists

I tend to gravitate towards white kitchenware and serving pieces, but once in a while you just need something with more impact to liven up all that neutral. The new kitchenware from Isak, a longtime favorite design company of ours (love Sandra Isakson’s kids counting poster!), delivers in spades with their trademark combo of color, whimsy, retro-styling, and just enough Scandinavian quirkiness to make guests excited to get a better look at just what’s hiding under the Gouda on the serving tray. I love all the designs, but the family breadboard and porcelain cups might be my favorite–I could...

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City babies wear black. And chase pigeons. And hail cabs.

Let’s say you’ve got a die-hard city loving mama to shop for, and price is basically no object. We’ve found the most fun little baby gifts for urban babies used to things like taxis, park benches and black in the summer. The city baby gifts range from cute stuffed yellow taxis and a black Town Car limo (in the rain, in a pinch, right?) to the more whimsical King Kong on the Empire State Building. (I think the damsel is more Naomi Watts than Jessica Lang though.) And hey, if you’re a super insider? Get that giant play mustache for the...

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A puzzle piece barrette that just fits for World Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. Although most people are probably pretty aware of autism, more needs to be done to raise both money for research and family aid, and to foster better understanding of kids (and adults) who are tired of feeling different and misunderstood.  And sometimes, it’s the little things that can help a person feel understood, like a smile and a kind word, or simply wearing an iconic puzzle piece which lets the world know that, yes, you are aware. Or as we would say, “I get it.” Representing the complexity and struggle of Autism, the...

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Trip the nightlight fantastic

I have a small house. Which seems like an irrelevant thing to mention when I’m about to tell you about a beautiful nightlight. But a small house equals much shared space. And when you share space and want to light it for your kids in the middle of the night, maybe a garish superhero nightlight isn’t the way to go.   Which is why I’m mightily in love with The Night Light by Six Point Un, a super-cool Canadian design team. Its simple lines and natural wood finish would blend in with any modern design. Plus the LED light...

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Some walls like to be drawn on.

There’s something about wallpaper that feels like more of a commitment than paint. Maybe it’s the glue. Maybe it’s the hours of labor spent lining it up juuuust right. But I think I’ve found a cute wallpaper idea that might be worth the investment. The new i see you wallpaper from Cavern is covered in black googly eyes on white paper. That’s it. Sounds kind of weird, right? That’s just until your kids have at it with an array of rainbow-colored crayons. (Uh, just make sure they’re old enough to understand exactly which walls of the house they can draw on.)...

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Spring sweetness: mint sandals for little feet

Spring is coming any day now (well, at least the Weather Channel thinks so). I always like to be prepared well ahead of time with my kids’ new spring wardrobe–especially shoes. Out with the galoshes, and in with all the fun, happy new shoes. If I had a girl, then I would so be getting her these adorably chic mint sandals from See Kai Run. I love the hot pink soles (think mini Louboutins in training, ha), which are soft, durable and flexible–perfect for summer camp and ice cream jaunts. Adjustable closures make them an easy-on/easy-off spring to summer shoe....

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Self-Respect Underwear offers just the messages our girls need right now

We admit, like a lot of parents, we were pretty shocked (to say the least) about the new Victoria’s Secret line of sexy panties with provocative phrases being marketed towards young teens. Do our ninth-graders really need DARE YOU written on their rear ends? Don’t answer that. So we searched far and wide and we were beyond thrilled to find a line of panties made for girls that we can support. It’s from a mom-run company called Self-Respect Underwear, and they’re still adorable, which means our tween and teen daughters will like them, but they’ve got sayings a little...

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