Month: August 2013

Mr. Sharky says lights out: switchplate covers with big personality

Light switches are boring. Mostly. But thanks to our clever friends at Graphic Spaces, we’ve now got these fun switchplate covers in shapes like owls, octopi, and a rocket ship. So it’s a little more fun to turn off the lights for bed. “Mr. Shark says it’s bedtime…or else!” also has a nice ring to it. You know how much we love it when a company we’re keen on surprises us with something new. Right now we’re digging the way Graphic Spaces’ knack for unique designs and heirloom quality wood translates into switchplate covers.  Each switchplate cover is handmade of...

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The very most perfect Moleskine for the new school year. Especially if you have a sense of humor.

Just in time for back to school shopping, I am so smitten with these hand-painted, colorful moleskine journals from an Etsy artist who shares my sense of humor and writing geekery. At Em Dash PaperCo you’ll find lots of eye and desk candy, but none so striking as the handpainted Moleskines that come to life with rainbow colors, fun graphics and sayings that those who appreciate the value of a Moleskine should appreciate too. As a writer, you can probably imagine Wmy favorite from the shop: Who’s with me? And yeah, I will fight you on it. Probably with...

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Web Coolness: Sharks, back to school fun, and safe tech talk for tweens

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. Shark! We adore Japanese photographer Toyokazu Nagano’s entire photo series starring his very animated four-year-old daughter. The featured shot seems especially apropos for Shark Week. So important for new parents to read: Katherine Stone shares A Mother’s Postpartum Depression Bill of Rights. How Kristen realized she suffered from postpartum depression, and didn’t even know it.   This not-too-difficult Back-to-School Bento Lunch gets an A+ from us! A great new tradition! Interview your kids with the All About Me worksheets at the start of each new school year and get...

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A free printable to get your kids excited about back to school. (Also: cheaper than a new outfit.)

With my kids starting a new school in a new city this year, I’m doing everything I can to take the edge off what could be a pretty nerve-wracking experience. That’s why I’m loving these adorable free printables that are sure to make the first day of school an extra special one. This super cute, free First Day of School printable over at Alphamom is already downloaded to my computer, ready to fold and print and surprise them at the breakfast table on my kids’ own first day of school. I can’t think of a sweeter way to send...

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The best back to school memories from top parent bloggers. And a cool app to help you share your own

We all have such strong memories of our own first days starting a new grade. And now with back to school time upon us as parents (we are futile to resist!), if you’re like us then you’re snapping tons of photos and videos of those first walks through the schoolyard, those first cute outfits–all of which you’re probably emailing and texting and sharing with friends and family. [Don’t miss an amazing giveaway for 20 readers below!] That’s where our partner, Origami comes in, to help make sharing these memories and moments much safer and easier, especially if you’ve got...

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A girl’s first purse? Make it cute and uh, make it strong. Trust us.

My girls have hit the age where they like to have their own purses. Well, we’ll use that term loosely, considering what they put in them. While I’ve given them my share of hand-me-down handbags, I know they’d adore the sweet handmade little purses and change purses from Octopurse on Etsy. Find them in little sizes that are great for change (or rocks, if you’re my six-year-old), or medium sizes that feel just a wee bit more practical–change and rocks? And LEGO minifigs and lip balm? You know, all the essentials when you’re a tween on the go. Some...

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Booties that will warm your baby’s toes (and your heart)

We’re always excited to find global nonprofits that empower women and their families rise to above poverty. Now we’re especially happy to find one that supports that mission in the form of adorable baby gifts that we’d buy even if they weren’t doing so much good. (But they are.)   So here’s a story we love: Kohl Crecelius was an avid snowboarder and surfer dude. But when his brother taught him an unlikely hobby–crocheting–Kohl was instantly hooked (heh). He immediately taught two of his buddies, who were also hooked. Now we’re hooked. Because when Kohl traveled to Uganda in college, he discovered unimaginable...

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Best Lunchbox Snacks: Back to School Guide 2013

Many of my Cool Mom Picks comrades swear they prefer backpack shopping to planning school lunches, but I admit it: I enjoy the challenge of getting creative with packed lunches. Sure, I get in a rut sometimes, but a pantry full of go-to school lunch snacks helps keep things interesting when the main lunch course is yet another PB&J. (Sorry, kids.) So check out my favorite healthier, store-bought snacks for kids, many of which you might not know. They’re all free of icky ingredients that lots of packaged snacks have, and still full of flavor. –Stacie Recently I offered up...

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Freshening up the jewelry box

I’m so excited to have discovered this awesome shop that’s not only packed with gorgeous housewares and gift ideas, but some really pretty jewelry too. Especially as I start to think about pieces that will transition me from summer into (sniff) fall. Scoping out the eye candy (and finger candy and neck candy) at Brooklyn’s LEIF Shop (hi, neighbors!) I really like the focus on indie and smaller brands. I have my eye on Emily Green’s Color Study Necklace featuring colorful clay beads on a leather cord. It’s got a summery feel the way it’s photographed, but I bet...

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A last minute sale on fancy baby funiture and gear on Fab.

Browsing through Fab today (we can’t stay away), we found out you’ve still got until tomorrow to snatch up eco-conscious, high-end baby furniture and stylish crib bedding from Argington during this flash sale.  And even if you’re not in the market, there’s some sweet news at Fab today for all their members. Whatever you’re in the market for, Fab.com just announced a fab new Smile Guarantee, which means you get free shipping for items over $49 or those that take more than five days to ship. Returns are now free within 30 days (whoo!), and they’ll even offer price...

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