Month: August 2013

5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow Cool Mom Picks and find cool pins like this every day. 1. Awesome kids rainboots. As in, AWESOME. (Did we mention they’re awesome?) 2. This might be the best new monthly subscription box yet.  3. A great cookbook for parents to help with back to school lunch ideas.  4. Love this original idea for a nursery or kids room theme.  5. School supplies for kids with a sense of humor. Actually, we’re laughing...

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Ergobaby Swaddlers: bringing adorable baby burritos to a bedroom near you

Every time I get to review a product intended for a tiny baby, my heart skips a beat. I love tiny babies. I really do. And though my three are much more than enough for me, I still get wistful when a great baby product comes to my door. Especially when it’s something new by a CMP fave like Ergobaby.   The new Ergobaby Swaddler is a lovely addition to the product line of a company that has been calming babies for years. And just like their celebrated carriers, this swaddler aims to keep babies’ hips and legs in a proper...

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Gorgeous baby announcements that don’t require that gorgeous baby photo. Yet.

Egg Press has been a favorite stationery and card shop of ours for a while, and their new baby announcements just keep them on top of the list in our minds.  These scallop-edged baby announcements from Egg Press are just delicious. They’re stunningly designed and hand letterpressed, and that die-cut trim really helps them stand out from the pile of other announcements that may be amassing on mantles and refrigerator doors this time of year. (September is a busy time in the baby announcement biz!) They’re not super cheap at $17/6, but then again, they’re less expensive than custom-printed versions. And...

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One great giveaway and a few great reasons to subscribe to Cool Mom Picks

If you like our daily posts on Cool Mom Picks, well, we can’t wait to tell you about subscribing. We save the best deals, local happenings, and hottest trends for our subscribers. They’re eligible for special monthly giveaways, too, the smarties. This month, one lucky subscriber will win a Petunia Pickle Bottom Beginnings Baby Book that’ll make it easy to stay organized during the year you’re pregnant–and the year you’re toting around a memory-sucking sweetie-pie. Subscribing is easy and free. Just click here and enter your email in that handy dandy little box. Soon, you’ll receive our monthly newsletter...

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Babesta Beat: Funky inspiration galore in a handy digital magazine for parents

Even as we still mourn the demise of Cookie Magazine (long live Cookie and their awesome $13,000 children’s outfit recommendations) it’s nice to see so many free online magazines for parents popping up like Lille Nord and Moomah. And now there’s one new one that’s even more convenient–because it’s shoppable. Click over to the Babesta Beat, from one of my favorite funky NYC kids shops, Babesta. You’ll find beautifully photographed info about their newest brands, an It List of cool trends for kids, interviews with designers and a great story about 10 year-old deejay Fulano Librizzi and some of his music recommendations. I...

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Rosie Pope offers a kind way to get that belly back in shape after baby

With an ever-expanding belly and a baby coming any day now, I’m already wistfully thinking about those blissful days when we didn’t have to suck in our bellies. (Ha.) I’m hoping to have some semblance of stomach muscles left after the delivery, but if not, I’m relying on this product from soon-to-be mom of four (whoa!) Rosie Pope, to help get that stomach flat–or flat-ish–while helping a great cause.   We’ve ben fans of Belly Bandit for years, and now they’re partnering with baby guru celeb and friend of Cool Mom Picks Rosie Pope to create a new organic, limited-edition version...

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Web Coolness: Must-see creative lunches, kindie concerts to catch with the kids, and helping kids in need without giving a penny

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. Too cute to eat? Totally impressed by Samantha Lee’s adorable lunch creations!  Need to get the kids back on a “school schedule?” Check out Kristen’s 5 easy steps for a better back-to-school bedtime routine. You still have two days to leave a comment on any Shot@Life Blogust post! Every comment means a life-saving vaccine will be donated to a child in need. Get out your dancing shoes: Justin Roberts is going on tour to promote his new Recess album! A must-read response from...

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Cool school clothes for kids: Back to School Guide 2013

For our 2013 Back to School Guide, we looked at four of the hottest style trends for cool school clothes for kids and (a little painfully) pared them down to some of our very favorite pieces. Remember with back to school shopping, you don’t need to buy “outfits.” Sometimes all you need is one special new piece to pair with existing items, sale clothes or hand-me-downs to make an outfit feel totally fresh and fun.   BLACK AND WHITE Shades of the 80’s, black and white is back and it’s big! From stripes to plaids to houndstooth and everything...

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Kinderwagon Hop: At last, a double stroller you can take anywhere

What is it about strollers that makes a big kid want to ride in one as soon as there’s a little kid in there? Nothing like a second baby to help you understand the need for a double stroller, even if you thought you were out of the weeds on that one. Fortunately there’s a fabulous new double stroller perfect for those who don’t want to pay the big bucks for a super fancy one.    We first checked out the Kinderwagon HOP Stroller earlier this year and have been waiting ages for the revamped version to be available. And now...

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Awesome kids’ room organization solutions with a Japanese flair

I can totally justify buying new things to decorate my kids’ rooms if they’re useful. And we’re all huge fans of bins for storage. That’s why I’m completely falling over these adorable Japanese storage solutions from an awesome online shop. I might even clean up while my kids are at school, just for fun. (yikes) Remember the cute unicorn and gorilla storage bins we mentioned a couple weeks ago? Well, now My Sweet Muffin (possibly my new favorite online shop) has brought us some sweet and functional designs from Japan that will make your heart–and kids’ rooms–happy. Their Small Collapsible...

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6 helpful school lunch resources and inspiration for parents

The tips, ideas and best products for back-to-school have been flowing in from every direction all month long. But soon we’ll be back in the swing of things and the back-to-school chatter will die down, but there’s one thing you can’t do at the beginning of the school season and have it over with: School lunch. This is one back-to-school topic that isn’t just for back-to-school time, which is why we’ve rounded up 5 awesome, helpful resources that will help keep you–and your school lunches–inspired all year long. I can’t talk about school lunch resources that will serve you...

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Printable personalized school labels: No, you can’t stick one to the head they’d lose if it wasn’t attached

With kids heading back to school (um, where did summer go?), it’s time to start that long process of putting their names on everything they own. And that’s where school labels makes it so much easier. Especially this DIY version which can save you a ton of money, and let you have some fun in the process. Sometimes (like when you have a whole lot of children) investing in a whole bunch of labels when you’re also buying new school supplies, clothes, gym uniforms, and shoes can seem a little daunting. So that’s where the Printable Personalized Label Set from the...

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Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell make beautiful music together

I’ve always loved Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell for making such special music that families can enjoy together. And now they’ve joined musical forces to produce a collection of songs that is joyful, upbeat, and so very lovely. You won’t want to miss this one. [Keep reading for your chance to win your very own autographed copy for your kids, from Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell. Whoo!] In their first collaborative CD Turn Turn Turn, Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell have put together a collection of original and deserve-to-be-heard-again folk songs. It’s sure to be a new classic, a...

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10 ways to make the most out of the last weekend of summer, most of them free

With the final unofficial days of summer so close (wah!), we’ve got one more long weekend to milk the most out of the late sunsets with the family. So here, our editor Liz offers up 10 little things that make the biggest summer memories for kids. The best part: you hardly have to spend any money at all. Click over to the Amex #passionproject Tumblr and get fun details about all ten ideas. And hey, maybe there are a few you can even squeeze in this very weekend. Personally, we’re all for more Sno-Cones. Even after Labor Day. ...

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4 nursery themes for the coolest kids’ rooms

Picking a nursery theme doesn’t have to be hard–but it doesn’t have to be boring, either. We always say, skip the easily outgrown cartoon characters and go for something you won’t have to change so fast. We know it’s hard to imagine when you’re pregnant and every day seems like a year…but one day that baby will be a toddler, will be an actual kid with a say in their room decor. On behalf of our wonderful sponsor Pop & Lolli, makers of the imaginative, extremely well-made and eco-friendly fabric wall decals that we were excited to discover last...

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Swear to Mod: Amazing mid-century vintage shop on Etsy with an extra reason to shop there

Browsing around Etsy as I am apt to do…oh, every hour or so, I discovered the wonderful Swear To Mod shop, featuring so much of the mid-century, 60’s, and 70’s housewares and art that I love. Only this experience was a little different than most.   I had the best time gazing at her colorful, well-curated vintage selection and settled on a fabulous fondue fork set from the 70’s (don’t judge; I had to have them)–but right after purchasing, my money was refunded. I asked Theresa if something was wrong, and she explained that she discovered one of the...

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Cool school supplies: Back to School Guide 2013

While we love the annual ritual of picking out a new backpack or fun lunch box to start the school year, there’s something about finding just a few cool school supplies for our kids that remind us that school isn’t just about homework and tests. Well, okay, sometimes it is about homework and tests; but at least they can do them with a nifty pen stored in a super cool case, right? We’ve narrowed it down to 20 of the very coolest school supplies we’ve found to help students express their individuality and style. Enjoy! Set of 4 Rainbow...

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The best advice for new parents from parents who get it: You!

Recently, we had an awesome discussion on our Facebook page about the best parenting advice we ever got. Which led to some insightful, honest, and often hilarious contributions from our own community. Here, a wonderful range of parenting advice from our very own readers. And hey, don’t be shy on jumping in on Cool Mom Picks Facebook discussions; you never know who you might be helping. 1. When people ask if your child sleeps through the night, just lie and say yes. It helps you avoid all that sleep advice. -Nancy 2. It’s okay to mourn your old life...

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Not just backpacks: State GiveBackPacks also help kids who need them.

So here’s something I didn’t know: More than 46 million Americans are living below the poverty line right now. And of those 46 million people, 23% of them are kids. So we’re very happy to support a company that helps kids living in poverty to head back to school knowing someone’s got their back. Don’t miss a limited time discount after the jump! No kid should have to carry their school things in a plastic trash bag. But after witnessing children in NYC doing just that, the husband-wife founders of State were inspired to do something that would make a tangible...

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

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks on Cool Mom Tech this week, just in case you missed them.   1. You won’t believe what this cool iOS app does to your kids’ doodles. 2. Does mama need a brand new bag? We say yes. Or in this case, YES. 3. Our readers are going nuts for these creative ideas for photographing your kids’ first days back to school. 4. What a cool way to wear your Instagram photos. 5. Breaking Bad LEGO. Enough said (and we know, not for kids. Still awesome). BONUS: Have you seen our...

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