Month: August 2013

Cool Mom Picks back to school best on Kids Place Live

Just yesterday you might have caught our Editor Kristen and her cute daughter Quinlan live on SiriusXM Kids Place Live chatting with host Mindy Thomas about back to school. If you missed the show or weren’t able to track down all the coolness we chatted about, we rounded up all the cool tips, tricks, products, and apps that were mentioned.   Lunchbox ideas: – For a yummy peanut butter alternative, we love Sunbutter. But if your kids don’t like that, you could try Biscoff cookie spread as a special treat. – Here are Quinlan’s favorite treat for lunch: GoPicnic...

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NYC, you just hit the Rice Krispy Treat jackpot

Gee, another place to eat sweets, opening in New York City? That’s no big whoop. But when the new eatery serves up gourmet rice crispy treats (because Rice Krispy Treats would be a trademark issue, right?) in flavors like red velvet, birthday cake and caramel fleur de sel? Well…that’s breaking news.   The new Treat House, which just opened last week on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is sure to give those ubiquitous cupcake places a run for their money. The husband (a NYC restaurant vet) and wife (a preschool teacher) owners of Treat House make seriously gourmet rice...

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Cool backpacks for big kids: Back to School Guide 2013

One of our favorite annual traditions is shopping for a cool new backpack with our big kids to get them excited for the school year. With any luck, these picks should last you beyond a year–or at least give a second kid some joy with a gently used backpack next September. We’ve found cool backpack ideas for grade schoolers through early teens. Also: Good luck getting a say in choosing things, the older your kids get. You’ve been warned. Stars and Stripes Bag with 1967 Label ($55 at Jansport) Fur Zebra backpack (PB Teen, $79) MadPax Blok Pak (Kitsel,...

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Actual stylish mommy and me aprons from one of the coolest designers? A fantastic excuse to bake

If you’re going to bake together, do it in style. But do it quickly! These gorgeous denim aprons from Oh Joy (yes, really) are going to disappear faster than a hot stack of chocolate chip cookies. We dig the beautifully curated goods on Brika, and while we’re not always into the whole coordinated mommy/daughter thing, this truly stylish and modern mother and child apron set is our kind of thing; and a great example of how Brika brings together small artisans with interesting stories. When Brika maker Ellen Bennett went to the Oh Joy! studio to meet Joy (one...

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Best preschool backpacks: Back to School Guide 2013

We are so excited to bring you our annual back to school shopping guide, all fresh and fun for 2013. What’s the fun of going back to school–making lunches every morning? No! It’s finding your kids’ first new backpacks. That’s why we’re starting out with 11 of the best preschool backpacks, for all kinds of tastes in all kinds of price ranges. And hey–kindergarteners might like them a whole lot too. Shark Backpack in silver (Pkolino, $54.99) Panda Zoopack (Skip*Hop, $20) Kitty Personalized Backpack (Pottery Barn Kids, $34.50) MadPax Bubble Half-Pack (Madpax, $48) Milkdot Topkat Backpack (Milkdot, $40) Retro...

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Got back to school questions? Ask us live today on Kids Place Live!

With summer almost over, our Editor Kristen and her daughter Quinlan are headed back to the SiriusXM Kids Place Live studios this afternoon to talk all things back to school! Tune in live today at 4pm ET to Channel 78. You’ll catch cool apps and websites for parents, healthy snacks and lunchbox tricks, plus lots of fun shopping tips and picks from our new 2013 Back to School Shopping Guide launching today. And even more fun, you can call in to The Absolutely Mindy Show and ask Kristen and Quinlan a question live! So set your alarm and make...

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How to stop your kids from drawing on the walls? Actually, don’t.

There’s probably not a kid in existence who hasn’t dreamed of drawing on the walls. Okay, most of them actually do it at least once in their lives. Now imagine you loved the results. That’s where CMP fave Wee Gallery comes in.     Their new Dress Me Wallpaper is designed with artistic kids (or adults) in mind. Sweet black-and-white images of Wee Gallery’s distinctively adorable characters adorn the paper, but they’re missing something: clothes. So kids get to design their own outfits for the bunny, fox, and piggy. Serious fun. Now I probably wouldn’t introduce this wallpaper into my home if there...

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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 just in case you missed them.   1. If you use an iPad in the kitchen, you need to see this awesome gadget! 2. Kick summer brain drain and get ready for back to school with these 6 educational videos and channels for kids on YouTube. Trust us, they’re great. 3. A new app that actually rewards you for shopping and sharing your opinion. 4. This one’s for you Muppets fans. Isn’t that everyone? 5. The coolest smart phone stand we’ve seen. And at a price you just...

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Beaba goes from baby food to diaper bags in style

We’ve made no qualms about expressing our love for Beaba’s cool baby feeding products, from the awesome BabyCook Pro (included in our Baby Shower Gift Guide) to their folding bottle-drying rack. So when we found out that Beaba had entered the realm of diaper bags with a new line, we knew we had to check them out. The verdict? Nice work, Beaba. The new line of Beaba Diaper Bags is definitely a departure design-wise for the company, but, hey, we love a good surprise. These diaper bags come in several new styles with our favorites being the New York (shown...

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Great ideas for kids’ rooms from a professional architect for children’s spaces

We were so happy to see the winner of Remodelista’s Best Professional Children’s Space in their Considered Design Awards. Especially because it gives us so many ideas for our own kids’ spaces. Click over to Remodelista and see the wonderful work of Wettling Architects, a NYC firm which created a not-very-city-like beach house on Shelter Island. While I will probably be affording my own fancy beach house…uh, never, and nautical may not be your own kids’ room theme, I still love that there are so many ideas you can apply in your own home to maximize space. •Minimal color...

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14 of the coolest Shark Week picks for kids (whether they’re old enough for Shark Week or not)

If Sharknado registered on your personal pop culture radar, you know that everyone is talking about Shark Week, which started as a Discovery Channel programming block, and has now turned into an actual…Thing. Don’t be surprised if your kids start wanting all things shark after this week. Or hey, if they’re too young (or you are!) to watch, then just settle for one of these fun shark picks. –Liz   Custom kids’ shark tee, made to order from this awesome Etsy seller. Too cute. I mean…scary. (above, $23, Oh Bananas) Handmade shark pencil case: one of our favorites that...

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A little inspiration for your neck

I’m hardly an inspirational quote junkie, but every now and then I find something that catches my eye. This time, though, it wasn’t a poster, but rather something I can wear around my neck.   I’ve heard of (and adore) letterpress cards, but letterpress jewelry? Well, let’s just say I’m equally smitten. This line at Lulubug Jewelry, made from mostly reclaimed silver, is right up my alley, with all sorts of cool quotes, whether you’re looking for a gift for someone special, or need a little personal inspiration. I’m pretty sure no mom would be able to keep a...

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Think (and eat) out of the box with a monthly snack subscription

So here’s a chore I haven’t been missing this summer: packing endless school lunches. Argh! Trying to come up with variety and good nutrition for my kids drives me nuts. I’m already looking for new ideas for the coming school year, and I think I’ve found a pretty clever source. Boxtera is a monthly subscription service that delivers a big ol’ box of healthful snacks to your doorstep. Because of its focus on nutrition and overall health, Boxtera’s items are made from natural ingredients and minimally processed. They’re mostly organic and gluten-free (and sometimes vegan, too). In each monthly...

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Family game night gets educational. Just don’t tell the kids.

Ah, summer. It’s amazing what extra time you find when you’re not shuttling the kids back and forth to a zillion activities and games. We’ve been playing a lot of board games at our house–and some of our favorites come from a great company that not only offers fun and unique games, but ones with an educational slant too. Lakeshore Learning is well known for smart, engaging educational tools. When searching through the Lakeshore site, you’ll likely recognize many games from your children’s classrooms. There are literally hundreds of options for all age ranges–from infants to middle schoolers–and you can search...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool pins like these every day. 1. A s’mores ice cream sandwich. Really. 2. Our latest beauty obsession. (How did we just find this?) 3. Kids’ storage boxes so cute we can’t stand it. 4. The smartphone wallet our fans are going nuts for. 5. Words to live...

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The new leather goods from FashionABLE do a whole lot of good

Anyone who knows me knows I love FashionABLE. And I am entirely, 100% biased. I’ve visited the factory in Ethiopia, I’ve seen firsthand how their gorgeous scarves are helping at-risk women rebuild their lives, I’m currently living in their Genet Scarf (oh man, it’s awesome), and I bought out half their store for holiday gifts last year. So of course I’m so excited to let you know that they’ve just launched a whole new line of leather goods, expanding the opportunities they can provide to women. In collaboration with the Modern Zege, a leading leather manufacturer in Addis Ababa, gorgeous...

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Web Coolness: an amazing photo series, blog comments that save lives, and a hilarious line of pretend to toys for kids

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. This photo series of four sisters taken over 36 years is a fascinating look at the passing of time. A lovely and thoughtful post, Unexpected Milestones, on why we should give kids time to develop at their own rate. And if you leave a comment on the post, you’ll give one vaccination to a child in need via Shot@Life. Can You Be Happy Without Children? Good discussion inspired by this week’s controversial TIME Magazine cover story. The Muppets Most Wanted Movie trailer!...

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Kiva + Etsy: The perfect handmade match to support the artists you love

As huge supporters of the handmade movement, we’ve been fans of Etsy since about day one. And now that they’ve teamed up with the amazing charity Kiva, well, let’s just say if you share our passion, this is an effort worth getting involved with.   Similar to Kiva’s existing program which helps provide loans to borrowers in need from around the world looking to start a business, the new Kiva partnership with Etsy now provides artisans with access to interest-free microloans through a program known as Kiva Zip. You can provide a loan to a slew of artisans looking...

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Liz Gumbinner of Cool Mom Picks talks kids and high heels with the TODAY Show

This morning, our editor Liz Gumbinner joined the TODAY Show along with a super smart group of women to talk hot topics on the Woman To Woman: Moms Get Real segment. Click over to catch Nathalie Morales with Liz, Rene Syler, Dr. Evelyn Minaya and Carole Sullivan. You’ll find out what she has to say about kids and high heels (it’s pretty funny), among other things. Can you guess her POV? Needless to say, you won’t be seeing high heels for toddlers on Cool Mom Picks any time soon. Hope you’re okay with...

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Tips for getting around the city with baby for the first time: a celebration of motherhood firsts

This post is part of a monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap celebrating motherhood firsts. And there are lots! We city mamas know that getting around the city with a baby is a wee bit different than hopping in and out of the SUV all day. If you’e got a trip to a city–New York, Paris, Chicago, you name it–planned with your baby, we hope these tips will help make life easier. So you can spend less time worrying about germs (ha) and more time taking awesome photos. Our cute city outfit pick for boys...

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