Month: May 2013

A monogram necklace with character

We love it when monograms go monoglam, but we also love it when initial necklaces show some character. If you’re looking for an awesomely affordable Mother’s Day gift, or just a sweet little soemthing to go with your summer sundresss,  these pendants pop with timeless, old-fashioned charm. [don’t miss a great discount after the jump!] We love hand-embroidered necklaces and this, more rustic offering, will look perfect with the pastels of spring and summer. The pretty pendants from Sassy Sister Vintage on Etsy are customizable and deliciously different from the shiny metals prevalent in stores. Plus I love the...

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Foodies, welcome to your digital recipe box of awesomeness.

There’s an avalanche of recipe sites out there, and one of my personal favorites is about to become yours, too. Foodily (which appropriately stands for “Food, I Love You”) is a social recipe network combining a massive library of curated recipes (i.e., recipes you can trust) with your social network. Think of it as recipes with benefits.    Foodily allows users to discover, save, share and discuss recipes collected from around the web with friends. Now, with the release of “Foodily Originals,” users can also add personal recipes to their collections. That means you can combine the best recipes...

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

Here are 5 of our favorite picks from this past week just in case you missed them. 1. The coolest Mother’s Day gifts for camera lovers. Aren’t those necklaces awesome? 2. We bet you’ll love these Mother’s Day tech gifts for under $30. And not just because of the price. 3. These 11 gorgeous gadget cases will make any mom swoon on Mother’s Day. 4. The perfect Mother’s Day gift for the geeky domestic goddess. Just don’t use it to clean your gadgets. 5. Sending gift cards just got a whole lot cooler with this awesome app for both...

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The fairest trade gifts of them all (for the fairest mom of them all)

Once upon a time there was an online store filled with beautiful gifts from all over the world: bags, scarves, jewelry, quilts, stamps, and decor. Every purchase helped transform lives and make the world a better place.  It’s not a fairy tale, and it’s not magic, but it is a great way to shop for the special mom in your life. The shop is called Connected, and it really is filled with hundreds of unique and lovely gifts hand-made by artisans in Africa, South America, and India. Most of the goods are made by members of the Fair Trade...

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Kids helping kids with tees? That’s mightee fine!

This cool website has one goal: to help teach kids valuable lessons in helping other kids in need. The really cute shirts just happen to be a bonus. Each month, Mightee Kids works with one special charity to craft a gorgeous, soft, kids’ tee shirt with a stylish design based on that month’s cause. You can buy individual shirts or sign up for a monthly t-shirt subscription (at a discounted rate). The shirt shows up in your mailbox along with a brochure that will help you discuss the cause, why it’s important, and how kids can take action, including...

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Fantastico fiesta ideas for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, which means you still have time to get ready to throw a little fiesta in celebration of Mexican heritage and pride (and yummy food). So along with getting the ingredients for a Mexican dinner–including one of our delicious guacamole recipes–we’ve got the party decor and crafts you’ll need to really get the party started. (We’re also in favor of celebrating Cinco de Mayo all Mayo long. How about you?) –Christina This entire printable party from happythought is muy fantastico and muy inexpensive at only $5. Includes colorful cupcake wrappers, lime-and-chili garlands, coloring pages, and...

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A love for leather

Discovering Melissa Zook jewelry last year was the best thing to happen to my wrist since…I don’t know. Something else good that happened to my wrist. I immediately splurged on one of this Brooklyn artist’s black leather cuff bangles and not only have I worn it nearly daily ever since, the compliments don’t stop coming. Now there’s some new items in the shop I am wanting big time. First off, her leather cuff bracelets now come in colors that are so great for the warmer weather when more black goes back in the closet. Use the light grey as...

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How to throw the best Star Wars party. Or: Plan a Star Wars party, you will

It’s May the Fourth, Star Wars fans. Get it? May the Fourth…be with you. So party hard, we must with these recommendations for the coolest items and tips for throwing a great Star Wars themed party for the kids. Or…not the kids? One of the great things about Star Wars is that all ages can enjoy it, especially as relates to parties. For example, even the tiniest padawans can enjoy these Star Wars party kawaii cupcake toppers from Party Paper Parade on Etsy without any of the scary rancors or the Emperor’s creepy, veiny face.   Before descending on a...

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10 margarita recipes to put the “ayyy-oh!” in your Cinco de Mayo

I have a serious weakness for margaritas. They are, hands down, my favorite drink. And why not? Let’s face it: margaritas are sunshine in a glass. I even keep a bottle of Skinnygirl Margaritas around for days when the kids win and Mommy needs her own special bottle. (I wholeheartedly stand by our verdict that Skinnygirl Margaritas are surprisingly good.) But Cinco de Mayo is no time to be lazy about margaritas. Agreed? If there was ever a weekend to put a little extra time, care and effort into your margarita, it’s this weekend. I’ve rounded up 10 (yes, 10!)...

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Dear Mom: I love you more than a stack of Earl Grey cookies

Diamonds are forever, flowers are for this week, and heavenly spiced cookies are for the best ten minutes of Mothers Day. The Mothers Day Cookie Gift Box from Whimsy and Spice on Etsy is the Tiffany’s version of baked goods. Each collection includes fennel olive oil shortbread cookies, honey lavender shortbread cookies, rose and black pepper thumbprint cookies, Earl Grey sandwich cookies, lemongrass marshmallows, and espresso dulce de leche brownies, all handmade by Chef Mark in Brooklyn and wrapped in beautiful Tibetan paper. We haven’t tried ’em, but we’d like to. And more than 6000 reports of positive feedback...

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Web Coolness: super girls, Mother’s Day gifts, and what the working mom debate should be about

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! How awesome is Alexandria Law’s illustration that was inspired by a little girl sporting her favorite superhero gear? Check out her ongoing collection of drawings in her Tumblr, Little Girls Are Better At Designing Superheros Than You. Just over a week until Mother’s Day, but our Mother’s Day Gift Guide and bunch of shopping collections have got you covered. If mama is a tech-lover, don’t miss Favorite Tech Gifts Under $30 that she will love. 5 Cool Mother’s Day Gifts...

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Adorable new lunchboxes for kids that are recycled. But you’d never know it.

I take lunchbox shopping verrrrry seriously. I need a durable, reusable lunch pack for the kids that is insulated, looks great, is eco-friendly, and stays closed (so the leftover crumbs don’t take up residence in my car). Take it from a woman who just took on a thousand goldfish crackers wreaking havoc in the trunk: we’ve found a fabulous new option. Cool Mom Picks fave Apple Park has got just the lunch bag, and just in time for summer camp, too.Their reusable kids’ lunchpacks cover all of the bases that get us interested; they’re made from kid-safe, eco-friendly materials without compromising fun...

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The best baby’s first year calendar: Precious and totally low pressure. (We like low pressure.)

I am a planner: to-do lists, calendars, and Post-Its rule my universe and make me feel complete. You would think that I would have been all over the baby book record keeping, right? Looking back, I think it was a commitment issue, the same way I never feel right about writing in nice journals. The concept was just a little too permanent and formal for my freewheeling, note-scribbling self. So while I might have to tune into my husband’s YouTube channel to see what my babe was doing when, I have found the perfect solution for others looking to...

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Earrings that give a school lunch to a child in need

I’ve been a huge fan of Lisa Leonard jewelry since we first featured her on Cool Mom Picks many moons ago. But now she’s launched a simple, crazy affordable line of pieces that help support a wonderful cause. Lisa’s new hope{full} line is fair trade and sustainable, giving work to Ecuadorian women and helping build their community. Each pair of disc earrings is made from tagua seeds dyed in all sorts of gorgeous colors, like rich green, blue, or my personal favorite, yellow. And they’re only $6! But the best part is that a portion of the proceeds for...

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5 guacamole recipes so amazing, you’ll want to make all of them for Cinco de Mayo. Seriously. Buy a lot of avocados.

Well, what a perfect opportunity we have this week to try out many delicious guacamole recipes. I don’t know about you, but I’m taking the fact that Cinco de Mayo lands on a weekend this year as a sign. No, not a sign that I can drink an extra three margaritas; it’s on Sunday, after all. Rather, it’s a sign that I can eat guacamole. All. Day. Long. I plan on serving so much guacamole this Cinco de Mayo that I’m going to make more than one kind, each one more delicious than the next. So join me in...

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Flowers for Mother’s Day, crafted and arranged by your favorite florist

I will never turn down a dozen roses, although I also have a soft spot for the handful of dandelions my son proudly presents to me as a token of his affection. But now that I’ve seen the floral creations my kids can make from our favorite Kiwi Crate, I think I’ve found my bouquet of choice for Mother’s Day. Kiwi Crate’s Felt Flowers crafting kit is a very sweet way for kids to create a Mother’s Day gift that will occupy a place of honor on the dining room table long after the holiday has passed. This mini-crate...

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What to buy for twin babies? Reader Q&A

Q: I’m having twins and I need everything. Where do I start? Please help! -Julia A: For this post, we’ve called upon friend, blogger, and twin mom Kelcey Kintner for some first person advice. Twins! Yay! Wait, why are you hyperventilating? Ha. Kidding. I know it can be pretty daunting to figure out what you need when you’re expecting not one but two wriggly bundles of joy. I can’t help you take care of them (seriously, don’t even ask), but as a mother of twins, I can absolutely tell you what you really need to buy or borrow. And...

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