Month: May 2013

The Novogratz family takes us to Brazil. And you’re invited.

The prolific designers and TV faves Bob and Courtney Novogratz are taking their small CB2 home collection to new places. Specifically Brazil. And I want to go.  The new Novogratz Brasil collection for CB2, just launched this month, is such a funy, cheery way to brighten up your/my decidedly North American pad, at the decent prices and quality CB2 is known for. I’m loving pieces like a duo-toned credenza, a swing chair that makes me pine for a deck, and a bright fuschia punched-metal coffee table that might not be so great for homework, but is perfect for a...

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Yes, nursing clothes can be fashionable

I’m hoping to nurse this baby of mine after it arrives in the fall. So I am mighty pleased to see that nursing attire has come a long way since the last time I wore it (five years ago). No more zip-up hoodies for me, that’s for sure. I’ve been checking out the selections at Milk Nursingwear and–squeeee!–I am already planning my fall wardrobe around some of the beautiful options they have from dresses to shirts, tank tops and more. And in lieu of using those traditional snap flaps that I always remember fumbling with, Milk Nursingwear has designed...

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Straight from the leather markets of Europe to your accessories wardrobe

If you’re thinking about some splurge-y accessories or gifts that you can easily justify for fab craftsmanship, super practicality, and timeless elegance, I may have found just the thing.   I am so happy to have discovered the gorgeous leather goods from YUE, which range from office-ready leather envelopes for papers or thin tablets to naturally tanned backpacks that are ready to hit the road this summer and never ask once, Are we there yet? It’s that easy, no-fuss styling that’s often hard to find outside leather markets in European capitals. Although, yeah, you’re going to pay for that...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Follow us on Pinterest and discover awesome finds like these every day: 1. A grapefruit sake mojito and other irresistible spring cocktail recipes. 2. Super cute girls’ bathing suits that don’t make them look like teens before their time. 3. No more baby-book guilt with this great find for parents new and not so new. 4. Super cool decor trick for a kids’ room. 5. Why, yes, we would like one of these handbags. Thank you for...

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This summer an eco deck chair is the place to be

With patio season finally here, my thoughts turn to warm summer days lounging in the backyard, sipping margaritas while the kids play cooperatively in the sandbox. Sure, the last part is but an impossible dream, but there’s nothing to stop me from making the lounging and the margaritas happen. And I think I know the perfect deck chair in which to lounge quite stylishly. The beautiful chairs and stools from Gallant & Jones are nothing if not drool-worthy. They are handmade in western Canada from North American White Oak, which, I have now learned, is both water- and rot-resistant....

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Swoop bags for LEGOS get more portable. Whoo!

Whether you need to organize LEGOs, corral Polly Pockets, or secure squirrely Squinkies, the Swoop bag has been our go-to recommendation for smart, easy toy orgnization. And now they’ve got a new to-go version made just for travel,that’s  just as sturdy and brilliant as the larger version. Plus? Ooh, the colors! We love the original Swoop bag for its ability to reduce a huge pile of LEGOs and tiny bits into a tidily contained bundle, so it’s no surprise that we adore the new Swoop Mini.  At only 16 inches in diameter, the Swoop Mini is perfect for carrying...

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Web Coolness: mind-blowing photos of a five-year-old, the deal site that’s freaking out moms, and three cheers for Angelina Jolie

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Amazing photos taken by a photographer mom of her 5 year old daughter dressed like great women through history. Take a look at Isabella Rossellini’s Creature Moms. Great uses for over the door shoe bags. Smart! Our Editor Kristen’s new Cafe Mom column, If I Knew Then What I Know Now launches with a post on Why a baby book is more important than you think. (Good thing we found this one this week!) Our own food blogger, Stacie Billis, launches a...

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A cool free Scandinavian online magazine for parents and kids: Ja tack!

Every once in a while, something amazing comes along in the land of kids and parents that makes me giddy with excitement. And more often than not, whatever that amazing thing may be ends up costing me a lot of money. Not so with my recent discovery of a totally free online magazine devoted to all things Scandinavian.   The brand new Danish online design magazine from the website Lille Nord, is dedicated to showcasing Scandinavian designers, artists, products and shops in the trendiest of ways. And it’s all free. Which I love, of course. The fourth issue of...

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A is for aperitif. Or…apple juice? Yeah, apple juice,

Our admiration for NYC photographer Joanne Dugan goes way back. From her genius ABC NYC book and then her NYC counting book, to the custom name artwork made from her photography, her work is equal parts sophisticated and child-like, which is why we love it as much as our kids do. And now she’s got a new project that we’re thrilled about, available at one of our very favorite museum stores.   The new Alphabet City coasters at the MoMA store take Joanne’s wonderful urban typographic images and turns them into a set of 28 US-made, eco-friendly coasters. No,...

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A pregnancy care package subscription to make those 9 months a little easier to take? Yes, please

Every pregnancy is a gift and with this being my third, I still marvel at how miraculous the whole process is. But along with the miracle of life comes other “gifts” like massive indigestion, fatigue, bloating, and well, I’ll spare you the others. Just in time for my final pregnancy, I’m so happy to find a new service that sends moms-to-be like me a box of treats every month to make the pregnancy a little easier. The pregnancy care packages from Mommies First are customized to suit whatever month of pregnancy you are in. The sample box I got...

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4 healthy coconut snacks you must have on hand, and not just for the kids.

We’ve gone cuckoo for coconuts. According to my last count, there are a million and one coconut snacks on the market today. (And, yes, that’s official market data, ha.) Turns out, pure coconut is pretty healthy stuff. It is still high in saturated fat, but also in lauric acid which boosts good cholesterol, which gives an overall positive healht impact. I know: blah, blah, blah. The point is that, eaten in moderation, all-natural coconut snacks can be a good choice–certainly better than candy or chips!–for both you and kiddo. These are four of my favorite coconut snacks that have...

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Artwork you want to touch. And we wouldn’t blame you.

A while back, I was introduced to the beautiful felted wool art from artist Maryanne Quinn, which was mainly made to order. But now there’s a sale on her work and if you’ve got a nursery to furnish or a kid’s room with a wall calling for some color, it’s worth a look. Hop over to One King’s Lane and you’ll find the felted wool artwork of Maryanne Quinn. Considering her one-of-a-kind pieces can retail for upwards of $700, the 50% off sale is quite the steal. Some of the more nautical themes like starfish and seahorses are really...

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A whole new kind of personalized gift from the kids from Hiho Batik

I’ve been a longtime fan of the fun, spirited kids clothing by Hiho Batik since back when we started Cool Mom Picks. (Yes, even before the Obama girls were photographed wearing their tees.)  But I think I might love them even more now that I discovered their Personalize It! custom feature.   Now you can get their amazing handmade Batik products using your own kid’s artwork. What a brilliant gift idea! Just follow the directions carefully on their site, choose a t-shirt, a tote bag (awesome teacher gift!), or throw pillow, and then they’ll take your child’s precious creation...

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The best poetry books for kids: make some time for a little rhyme

What can I say? My kids just love poetry. Maybe it’s because my singing voice sounds like a goat gargling, and maybe it’s because they can always convince me to read just one more poem. There’s also the possibility that poetry is a beautiful, rhythmic exploration of story and feelings accessible by all ages? (Naw, probably just the goat gargling part.) We hope you’ll make a connection with this small collection of poetry books that Cool Mom Picks has covered, including two of my family’s all-time favorites. This colorful, nonesensical volume is my daughter’s all-time favorite poetry book, thanks...

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The best age-appropriate bikini swimsuits for little girls. As in, no, they don’t need to dress like teenagers.

If I fall on my sword for one thing every year, it’s that retailers need to provide us with more appropriately modest two-piece swimsuits for our daughters. Last year was a tough year, with triangle bikini tops making the rounds. This year looks more promising! UPDATE: For 2017 picks please visit our most recent post on adorable, age-appropriate two-piece swimsuits for girls.  I hit some of our favorite go-to sites for a few recos for those of you mamas with similar girls’ bikini guidelines to mine: non-hoochie, no string bikinis, no provocative statements, no plunging necklines, limited sparkles and sequins,...

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Growing up with Manhattan Toy just keeps getting better

When my kids were little, Manhattan Toy’s Whoozit and Skwish were among their favorite playthings. And while they are still tried-and-true gifts for all the younger nieces and nephews in our lives, I am thrilled to find a fun and creative line of toys that Manhattan Toys has developed with older kids in mind.     Manhattan Toy’s Imagine I Can play kits are fun open-ended play and crafts kits for preschoolers and bigger kids. I appreciate that they are so reasonably priced that it’s easy to set aside a few for those rainy days that creep up all spring and summer....

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In season: tea towels as fresh as just-picked veggies

Cooking with the windows open, wrists slightly dirty from picking fresh veggies, knife making a crisp choppety-choppety sound–not going to lie. I live for spring and summer produce. But, with cooking comes cleanup, which pales in comparison to eating. Until you discover pure linen tea towels like these. Ahhhh.    From Poketo, featuring sweetly simple, often humorous designs hand-printed in fresh green and vibrant orange, these towels are for more than just wiping countertops. Use them as place mats, kitchen decor, knot one around your waist as an impromptu apron–or, if you’re feeling crafty, use as uber-green gift wrap. They’re naturally more...

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Homemade fudgesicle recipes: It’s that time!

We’ve officially hit that time of year that every day ice cream requests have replaced the every day hot chocolate requests. Since my kids have come home from school more than a few times with the telltale artificial blue-icee stains under their noses, I like the idea of making them something a little healthier (a little?) that will still satisfy the sweet tooth, like this homemade fudgesicle recipe at Martha Stewart. With just 15 minutes of prep and standard ingredients like unsweetened cocoa powder, heavy cream, and a good vanilla extract, in no time at all you’ll be pouring...

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Strong. Or, Boston Strong

Living just south of Boston, the recent attacks at the Boston Marathon are still a recent and raw memory. But all the amazing signs of solidarity and strength–who would have thought Yankees fans would ever sing Sweet Caroline willingly–make it clear that the motto “Boston Strong” is one that extends far beyond the city limits. I love this new Boston Strong pendant from local jewelry maker (and longtime CMP favorite) Heart & Stone Jewelry which reads B strong using that familiar Red Sox typeface, and would make a great gift for those of us whose hearts will always be...

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Parenthood Listography: It’s a baby book, it’s a parenting keepsake journal, and it’s hilarious

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt guilt–even a little–over those unfinished baby book pages, incomplete prompts and photo spaces that really, you swear you meant to put a photo in…one day… Yeah, well, me too. Which is why I think I may have found the best book ever for parents. Especially because your kids don’t have to be babies for you to ue it.   Parenthood Listography: My Kid In Lists is just that. Lisa Nolan has created an absolutely wonderful solution for parents who want to remember stuff, but can’t always remember to remember. Each page has...

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