Month: June 2013

A hostess gift that she’ll treasure forever. Or she’d better, because she can’t resell it.

Sometimes a great bottle of wine or a handmade candle makes the perfect hostess gift. But when you need something extra special, I think I’ve found a winner. This custom personalized wooden serving tray is simply gorgeous. A fabulous hostess, housewarming, or wedding gift, the tray is handcrafted from reclaimed cherrywood and features lovely design details, like the custom engraving with the names of your choice and the rope handles. If you see a different design in the shop that you’d prefer, just convo the artist. They’ll whip up exactly what you’d like to make this personalized gift even...

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Birthday gift for 9-year-old girl? Reader Q+A

Can you help me with a gift for a 9 year old girl? She likes Star Wars…among other things. Thanks! –Jaime via Twitter Ooh, fun one, Jaime. 9 year old girls, like other tweens, can be tough if you don’t know them–so many different personalities and interests. As some of our own girls hit that age, here are just a few gift ideas that we find they’re loving as tweens. –Liz CRAFTS It’s hard to even know where to start when you’ve got a crafty kid. Even a great set of colored pencils or pastels and a nice drawing...

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Baby gift sets, and how to make them more personal

We’re happy to offer up these baby shower gift ideas on behalf of our sponsor, Munchkin. And don’t miss a huge giveaway below! We admit it: We all want to be the ones at the shower who hand over a gift and get the biggest “awwww…” from the crowd when it’s open. Not that it’s a contest. Still, if you want to put together something extra-special, it’s about putting more thought into the gift than just clicking a box on an online registry. The best part is, you don’t even have to spend a lot of money to do...

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Temporary tattoos, now delivered to your door every month

If your kids love temporary tattoos like mine do, then you’ll want to add this awesome new gift idea from our friends at Tattly to their wish list. I’m a huge fan of the Tattly tattoos myself actually, and have been known to wear a few on more than one occasion (and not just because I was trying to appease my tattoo-happy kids) and now, for a limited time, you can purchase a Tattly gift subscription.   Each month for six months, your lucky recipient will get eight of the coolest Tattly tattoos delivered right to their mailbox, with...

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Making hard floors cozy, one little tushy at a time

Wood floors are beautiful, easy to clean…and a wee bit hard on tiny little tushies. If your littles need a good place to get cozy, we’re loving these beautiful, well-made, and perfectly sized bean bags and travel playmats. BlaBla Kids (one of our favorite fairt trade brands ever) has really turned sitting into an art. Their new Bean Bags are available in seven pretty patterns of thick but soft cotton canvas, with a removable cover and a handy handkerchief-type tie to make moving it around a cinch.   If you need something that’s super cushy and also great for...

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Meet the cool new kids on the blocks

I try to teach my kids that it’s the little differences in each of us that make us so delightfully special…and delightfully weird. And that’s exactly what the imaginative minds at Wee Society celebrate and encourage in their new collection of unique (and pretty wonderful) toys and games. Wee Society is a toy and design company that believes quirks should be celebrated — and hey, being a quirky-as-they-come family, we wholeheartedly agree. Right now, we’re having a blast exploring Wee You-Things Blocks. Funky and bright with modern designs, the blocks offer three brain stimulation puzzles, but they’re also perfect for simple...

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High end designer clothing for less. And then, less on top of that. If you hurry.

Over a year ago, we introduced you to The RealReal, a fabulous online designer consigment shop with incredible deals on super high-end clothes and accessories. It’s blown up over the past year with a growing selection of the kinds of things you drool over, and for a super limited time–as in, today–it’s all available for even less. [don’t miss a big limited time discount after the jump!] Today only, join The RealReal (our invitation link if you need one) and whether you’re a new member or not, you can save 20% with code 20JUNE by the end of today,...

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

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks from this week that you might have missed. 1. One of the coolest geeky shirts we’ve ever featured. Just ask our Facebook fans! Wow. 2. A brilliant alarm app that you’ll never be able to sleep through. 3. If you love Instagram as much as we do, you have to see this! 4. These baby thermometers are unlike anything we’ve ever seen. 5. Everything you need to know about iOS7. Trust us, it’s reallllly good! Especially for...

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The reusable coffee cup that’s cooler than those other ones

I love that more and more, coffee shops, including Starbucks, are offering discounts for bringing in your own cup. But these might be the most distinctive ones I’ve ever seen. And? On sale. Of course i’m a retro-modern type gal, so the black and white eco cups by DCI are right up my Grande Hazelnut Latte alley. (Use our Fab invitation link if you’re not yet a member and save 20%.) Made out of porcelain with a contrasting silicone lid, it’s ready to stick right under your Keurig and go. Or…stay. Which might be wiser considering they’re porcelain.  –Liz...

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Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash 2013: The stars were out, and so were we!

Once again, Cool Mom Picks was so happy to support our friends at Baby Buggy on June 4 at the annual Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash in Central Park, and helping them to raise close to $500,000 for at-risk families with young children in need. Wow, did the celebs come out this year, all with their adorable kids. [see lots of fun pics after the jump!] Garcelle Beauvais, Organizers Jessica + Jerry Seinfeld and family, Mariska Hargitay + Debra Messing Clockwise from top left: Nigel Barker; Ali Wentworth + Garcelle Beauvais; Rebecca Minkoff + Gavin Bellour; Molly Sims; Liz Gumbinner...

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