Month: May 2013

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

Here are 5 of our favorite picks from this week just in case you missed them. 1. A free iOS app (and web-platform) that will make your life as a parent a whole lot easier. 2. Here’s a cool techie way to serve up breakfast in bed on Sunday. 3. Why give mom one camera for Mother’s Day when you can give her 100? This is awesome! 4. Need a last minute Mother’s Day gift, techie or not? You need to see these! 5. You can shop for amazing gifts right from your iPhone with this new app. And...

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The genius idea for packing wine on your picnic

While there’s something to be said for sipping wine out of those big red keg cups in the summer, I admit I always feel a little fancy when my Albarino is an actual wine glass. Unfortunately, if you’re picnicking, glass isn’t going to cut it. So to speak. The Wine Sippy Cup may have a name that conjures up activites that can trigger a visit from child services, but they are definitely not for children. It’s really just a spill-resistant plastic tumbler that looks like a wine glass inside. You can drink it without the lid, or keep it on if...

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Happy Mother’s Day, cool moms!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the awesome mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, and otherwise essential caretakers of the world. We hope it’s the best one yet. -Liz and Kristen and Team Cool Mom Picks   [9 funny Mother’s Day cards via...

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Look down, buddy. Nice pair, right?

Psst. Look down. (Okay, not at the post-baby boobs, although they are pretty great.) Check out my cute shoes. And my adorable necklace. Do you love cute shoes, mamacitas? We have good news! This Look at My Shoes acrylic necklace from Zubinski Products on Etsy is made in Frankfurt, which means you’re not going to see another one at the playground. It’s available in five colors, including clear, and is probably a little bigger than you think. It comes on a 27″ ball chain and will probably survive your baby’s teething. When you’re having one of those bad-hair-didn’t-do-the-laundry days,...

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The Rebecca Minkoff tastemaker series honors cool moms. And Cool Mom Picks!

We love prolific designer and mom Rebecca Minkoff. Love! Liz is still coveting her black and white tote and Kristen continues to drool over her mint crossbody bag. So we are beyond honored (seriously) to find ourselves interviewed this week on her excellent, style-savvy blog. Click over to her TasteMaker Series and learn a little bit about our Mother’s Day plans, beauty essentials, must-have apps, and of course our favorite RM products on our Mother’s Day wishlists. Which is all of them, really. But we did manage to pare it down. And hey, if one of you gets that...

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Literature in bloom

I’m not usually one for fake flowers around the house–I much prefer the real thing. But when they’re as cool and crafty as these, I could easily make an exception. Julie Romero’s Handmade Paper Flowers are all made to order with 50 blooms crafted from recycled books. I happen to like the ones from classics like Pride and Prejudice and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; but you can also find popular favorites like The Notebook or Twilight. (Although shouldn’t those be dead flowers? Anyway.) It’s a cool gift for a writerly type, a literary lover, or just someone who appreciates...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Follow us on Pinterest and find cool stuff like this every day! 1. Our Mother’s Day Pinterest board is packed with inspiration like this awesome 21st century take on a breakfast in bed tray and tons of Mother’s Day craft ideas 2. The genius app that will never leave you wondering what to do with your kids on the weekends again. 3. World’s prettiest coloring book! 4. One smart way to save money on American Girl Doll clothes. 5. Will someone serve us these cocktails on Mother’s Day?...

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Super baby redux

There is something intensely satisfying about putting a small baby in a superhero cape. Maybe it’s because babies aren’t particularly heroic; who has time to save the universe while attached to a breast? Instead of an actual cape, try a hero onesie designed by an artist famous for gracing the pages of McSweeney’s. You’ll find it at Wordsation, a cool site that commissions artists to design baby onesies and t-shirts for hip urban kids everywhere. Wordsation seeks out artists with a unique and still child-friendly look to create apparel with edge. They have a rotating roster of artists that...

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5 easy handmade Mother’s Day card ideas from the kids. Promise.

Yes, we’re getting down to the wire on Mother’s Day cards and crafts. You’ve got just two more days–unless you’re sending goodies out overnight, in which case get on it stat! While we’ve got some cool DIY Mother’s Day card ideas and gifts for moms in our archives, here are just a few more that I’ve chosen because…well, they’re so easy even I could do them.  Really. No MFA, no Modge Podge, no high-speed multicolor laser printer required. Watercolor Mother’s Day Card Grab one of the free printable templates here, print on decent paper, and let your kids go to...

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Web Coolness: Happy Mother’s Day for grandma too, modeling joy, and getting in the picture

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too!   Awesome: Four generations in the same photograph, by Moose Photography. Make Grandma’s Mother’s Day really special with this free printable Grandma Book.  When did you realize you were a mother? Love all these answers from some of our favorite online moms (including Liz!) Check out our Editors Kristen and Liz as featured tastemakers on Rebecca Minkoff’s blog. How thrilling! Say Cheese! Easy ways for Mom to get in the picture. Check out how awesome wallpaper looks on something other than...

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Special DIY Mother’s Day crafts and cards to really make someone’s day

With Mother’s Day just a few days away, it’s time to focus on the little handmade touches that make the day so special and heartfelt. Along with breakfast in bed ideas, we’ve got a bunch of ideas for very special handmade cards and little banners that the kids can help make for their favorite mama on her very special day. –Christina (at top) Mother’s Day Garland from Design Mom Momma Bird Card from mmmcrafts Handprint Card from the Craft Nest Pop-Up Card from Uschi & Kay Hand-Embroidered Cards from flax & twine Fresh Flower Banner from DIY Studio Cake Banner from Sugar Tot...

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The eco beach totes that look like summer heaven

With our family living at the pool all summer long, a strong, sturdy tote bag is a summer must-have. This year, I’m thinking of switching from my standard canvas bag to one of these amazing totes made from recycled sails. Sea Bags are an old favorite of ours, designed and crafted in Portland, Maine from recycled sails and the result is a tote you’ll use for years to come. I mean, is there anything sturdier and weather-resistant than a sail? I love thier fresh new designs for this summer like the Chain Design Tote Bag, which features a unique, bold...

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Inspiring words for aspiring adults

I’m not generally one for inspirational quotes around the house. But sometimes there are phrases that I just want to think about all day–and I wouldn’t mind my kids spending time mulling them over either.     The Work Hard and Be Nice poster from prolific graphic designer Anthony Burrill is a lovely message to have around, especially over a child’s desk. In fact, he has quite a few in his shop that would fit the bill. Take a look around–one is bound to make you think. Or smile. Or both. Plus they’re so beautifully hand-printed onto recycled paper...

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Three Mother’s Day brunch menus as fab as the moms we’re honoring

Just like snowflakes, no two moms are exactly alike. So it only follows that no two Mother’s Day brunch menus should be exactly alike either. In honor of Mother’s Day, I’ve composed three brunch menus that can be served as I’ve put them together–or mixed and matched to create a brunch as deliciously unique as your very own, like-no-other mama. Oh, and did we mention that these Mother’s Day brunch recipes work no matter who’s doing the cooking? We’ve even included recipes that the kids can make on their own. (You’re welcome!) Mother’s Day Brunch Idea For The Mother...

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Making your own Mother’s Day jewelry with a little help from Martha. (And Darcy.)

This week I discovered the very cool Martha Stewart jewelry craft collection while guest pinning for the Martha Stewart Living Pinterest board–which, by the way, has been so much fun. Have you stopped by yet? So I was excited to get a look at what Darcy Miller, the editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings, has been making with the kits with her own girls for Mother’s Day. [don’t miss an awesome limited time discount AND a great giveaway after the jump!] While of course you can grab a kit and make something as simple as a DIY floral resin...

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The prettiest coloring book in the world

First thing each morning my kids usually plop themselves down at our kitchen table and proceed to sketch, color, and print until they’re practically late for school. I love how focused they are on their little projects. I also love that it gives my husband and I some peace and quiet while we prepare for the day. Having just discovered The Secret Garden coloring book, I think I’ve found the perfect way to enrich their morning art party (and my quiet breakfast) for weeks to come. The Secret Garden is an “inky treasure hunt” filled with elaborate black and white...

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Keeping them busy all summer long with fun kids’ games and crafts

Summer break starts in two weeks down here in Atlanta (yes, two weeks!), so I’m already stocking up on cool kids’ games and activities to keep my kids occupied.   My go-to stop on the web: mom-owned Cattiwampus, where I always find a few keepers I know my kids (and yours) will love. Like this Janod Memofrutti game. My kids are already big memory game fans, but this one has a unique twist I know they’ve never experienced: each piece is scented!   For my older kids, I’m picking up these awesome Magnetibook sets, complete with 200 magnets and...

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Mother’s Day gift alert: Wear your kid’s John Hancock around your neck

I’ve seen lots of pretty name necklaces, but none made out of your kid’s actual handwriting, like these. Now I realize the intention of the Signature Necklaces by brevity is that you’d wear your own John Hancock right around your neck, which does make a pretty unique statement — like, hey, I have a doctor’s signature without the medical license to go with it. (Yes, mine is more like a bunch of scribble than anything cool.) So instead, I love the idea of having your kid’s signature (or name, written by them) turned into a stainless-steel or gold or...

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The 2013 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash: We’ll be a part this year, come join us!

When I first discovered Baby Buggy, the remarkable organization that helps new mothers most in need, I was instantly captivated. As a new mom myself, I wanted to know what I could do to help. And now, several years later, I’m so excited to not only join the amazing roster of women who consult as “Friends of Baby Buggy,” but to be one of the sponsors of their annual, star-studded, super crazy fun annual kids’ carnival fundraiser. And you’re invited! If you’re in the NYC area, the Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash is honestly one of the best events ever....

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7 easy DIY craft ideas for National Teacher Appreciation Day or end of year teacher gifts

With the end of the school year looming (cue the screams of delighted children everywhere), it’s time to start thinking of ways to thank the tireless, wonderful, and inspiring teachers in our kids’ lives. And with tomorrow being National Teacher Appreciation Day, it’s a perfect moment to have the kids give them a little something they’ve made with their own hands. Keep reading for a bunch of neat (and easy) craft ideas your kids can help make to tell their teacher “thanks.” Above: Notebook paper tote from Sun Scholars   Homemade plantable paper gift from Marry This   Washi...

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