Month: September 2013

Return your hand me down baby clothes and get new organic ones back. Sounds good to us!

The worst thing about buying baby clothes? The fact that those precious outfits will be outgrown way too fast. While of course lots of us try to hand our baby clothes down or resell them, not all of them are in shape to do that. In fact according to the EPA, Americans toss over 13 million tons of textiles a year with babies’ and kids’ clothes accounting for a hefty percentage of that. And that’s why we’re loving this seriously revolutionary new planet-friendly approach to babywear.   Kinderstuff is a company that’s rethinking baby fashion by letting you send in your...

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Colorado flooding: 4 ways you can help

Our family moved to Colorado in 2005, and as cheesy as it may sound, I fell in love with the natural beauty of this state. We’ve camped in Glenwood Springs, hiked in Rocky Mountain National Park, and zip-lined at YMCA of the Rockies. I ran my first half marathon in Estes Park, and I’ve been doing triathlons in Boulder since 2009. I never dreamed of doing such things when I lived in New York; Colorado has transformed me. Now Colorado has been transformed by rain and flooding. The pictures and videos document the unbelievable destruction, and the statistics are...

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Gifts that give back beautifully: Given Goods Company

We always love websites with gifts that give back, and now there’s another one that’s not just all about do-gooding, but selling truly fabulous products. Let’s just say you’re not going to have to click all that much to find something you want to add to your wishlist.  Given Goods Company offers accessories, home goods, and all kinds of gifts that are amazingly well curated. Don’t expect a world of big beaded necklaces here (not that they can’t be great too), but the kinds of items you’d find in a favorite local boutique. Toggle over the little blue G icon,...

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Baby socks that are major in the style department

There may not be much cuter in life than teeny tiny baby feet. But with fall now nipping at our heels, it’s time to think about socks. And if you’re going to cover up something so adorable as baby toes, it might as well be with something beyond chic.   Say hello to the new ridiculously cute sock collaboration between Colette, Paris’s most trend-setting fashion boutique, and the simple chic clothing line Etiquette. The new Etiquette x Colette Bundle gives newborns (0-12 months) a serious dose of style in the form of combed cotton socks in cool geometric patterns and in...

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A black and white striped bracelet that means the ’80s are back, and coming to a wrist near you

I am so happy that black and white clothes are back on trend, never having entirely given up my love for that look a few decades back. So of course I love this strikingly simple black and white bracelet from one of my favorite brands.      The Marimekko Juna Bracelet is a lightweight resin, but with enough chunk that it makes a stylish impression. Wear it on its own, or go nuts and pair it with the teal and black striped bracelet to match. I think it would look great with all black and white, or even with a strong statement color...

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Natural handmade wooden block sets for kids, ready to become the city of their dreams

We’re always on the lookout for wonderful wooden, eco-friendly kids’ toys as an alternative to the plastic stuff that seems to be eating up the toy store aisles more and more each year. Etsy is always a great place to turn, and this wonderful new shop is doing some nifty things that aren’t your average wooden building toy.    Cubiciti makes some super funky modular block sets in both natural unpolished maple, and gorgeous painted wood–all non-toxic, water-based paints, of course. The blocks have pegs that fit into on a small plastic base, allowing your kids to configure the cars...

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We’re star-struck over these hand-stitched zodiac necklaces.

These days the zodiac is where it’s at in the gift-giving department. We’ve seen this astral trend pop up in a variety of gifts and baubles…and we totally get the appeal. Sun sign swag is personal, fun and perfect for so many occasions. In fact, my usually indecisive Libran self didn’t even need to think twice about falling for this hand-stitched astro sign necklace.     Come on, admit it: don’t we all love the little doses of daily therapy our astrological horoscopes give us? I love the idea of wearing my Libra pride in a way that’s not...

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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. Here’s everything you need to know about the new iPhone 5S, 5C, and iOS7. Hint: It’s pretty exciting! 2. This phone is taking us back. Waaaaaay back. Did you desperately want one as a teen like we did? 3. You will be so glad you bought this amazing universal USB charger. Trust us. 4. If you’re list makers like us (and use an iPhone), you’ve got to see these! 5. We can’t decide which of these smartphone cases we like...

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Bergamot: The best perfume you’ve never heard of delivered to your door. And it’s amazing.

My love of perfume is equaled only by my hatred for perfume counters. How is a busy mom supposed to find interesting new boutique fragrances that don’t smell like your grandmother’s purse? Easy. Try this new monthly subscription and have them delivered to your door. A Bergamot subscription is, in a word, brilliant. Much like all the monthly subscription boxes we love, this company, headed by three friends, sifts through the thousands of products out there to bring you carefully curated fragrances that you wouldn’t be able to find otherwise. Each month’s affordable box includes three 2mL spray bottles and is...

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Go on. Pick some Boogers for your kids’ music collection.

I’ve been seeing many bleary-eyed kids and parents as we get used to the back-to-school routine of early mornings, marathon homework sessions, and after-school activities. Fortunately, one of our favorite kindie punk rock bands, Boogers, has released another fast-paced, pump-up-the-volume CD that will get the adrenaline flowing and give you all a second wind.  At only 23 minutes in length, Extractum Victoris is the perfect length when you’re all ready to take a break from math homework, or embark on another cross-town drive to soccer practice. And if you will forever carry a torch for bands like The Ramones and...

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Aden + Anais makes cozy sleeping bags for babies. And we’re jealous.

You know we love swaddling. And you know our favorite swaddlers (and the ones used by the future king of England) are by Aden + Anais. But did you know they now make a super cozy sleeping bag for cooler nights that lets you prolong the painful switch from nighttime swaddling to kick-offable blankets? Emphasis on the word cozy. The new Cozy Plus Sleeping Bag by Aden + Anais is the warmest sleeping bag in their line and will keep baby snoozing sweetly. The cotton muslin shell is lightly padded with cushiony polyester fill, perfect for temps around 60...

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5 ways to wear the the gold trend this fall without looking like a Goldfinger victim

As much as I’m often running out of the house in my mom uniform of a button down shirt, jeans and ankle boots, I still love to keep up with the style trends, particularly when they’re ones I can easily fit into my existing wardrobe. Even if you’re not a big metallic fan like I am, there are simple ways to add a splash of golden shine into your life for fall, whether it’s a little sparkle for everyday wear, or big fat bling for a date night. Either way, you’ll want to be sure you’re not covered in...

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This custom baby gift is very high profile. Emphasis on profile.

Want to blow away everyone at the baby shower and give the parents a handmade keepsake as unique as their baby will be? We’ve never seen a rattle like this before. The Custom Cameo Wooden Baby Rattle from Uncommon Goods is handmade by artisans in New York based on profile images provided by the parents. You order it, and they send you a beautifully engraved wooden block that comes with instructions and a prepaid shipping envelope. Mail the block to the artists and supply them with silhouettes. In four to six weeks, the new parents will receive a beautifully...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow Cool Mom Picks and find fun pins like these every day. 1. Does this remind you of any families you know?  2. Coolest photo booth props ever. 3. So in love with this iPhone case, and not surprised so many of you agree. 4. The website that helps you explain almost anything to your kids.  5. Awesome, easy vegetable recipe that your kids will eat–or at least our picky kids do. Hooray!...

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13 ways to get your kids looking like the fabulous stars that they are

There are lots of back to school kids’ clothing trends that we’re really liking this year, but one of them: the return of the star. The classic five-point star is showing up everywhere from the mass stores to the hottest kids’ brands, looking more celestial than cowboy. Here, just a few favorites to get your kids looking galactic-cool from top to bottom. They’re not just for birthday crowns anymore! –Liz Reese Shoes and Patience Sky Shoes Stars and moons couldn’t be a cuter combo on little feet. They come in toddler sizes 3-9 and youth sizes too. ($48, $56, See Kai Run)...

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Web Coolness: Lisa Simpson for fashion week, more flex-work for parents, and the best baby photos ever.

Here are some of our favorite links around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   Karate babies rule! Love this ad campaign featuring strong babies by Eric Sahrmann. You’ll laugh at these 21 kids who sold out their parents through their artwork. Interesting: A teacher explains why homework isn’t necessarily good for kids. [via Nancy Letts] Cartoon characters reinvisioned for fashion week. By far our favorite: Daria. (Also, they didn’t skinnify her like Lisa Simpson.) Brain, Child is back and better than ever, with tons of must-read articles for smart parents. The NFL’s Arian Foster on...

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Gorgeous wooden cars babies can drive. And chew.

We have always had a fondness for wooden toys for babies. There’s something so satisfying about them in every way, and they really hold up as heirlooms years later–I’ve got my own from 8 years ago that still look amazing on a shelf, and I couldn’t say that about anything plastic. These handmade wooden cars are so adorable, especially at just $14. I’d get both the triangle and the half circle, which together makes for an awesome little first birthday gift. They’re made from 20 kinds of wood and the finish is a natural linseed oil, so no worries about curious...

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The Ralph Lauren Kids’ collection: Our 5 favorites for fall and holiday

featured partner One of the fun parts of fall for us is looking at all the fun new fashion trends, and getting fun ideas for our own kids. Last week we swooned over the new Ralph Lauren Kids’ collection in their adorable fashion show video hosted by Jessica Alba. We thought it would be fun to pull out just a few of our favorite looks from our their new fall and holiday line to share with you. We love how the denim jacket over fair isle dress updates a classic preppy look. The tartan skinny jean is so versatile....

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Pretty badges! And you don’t have to sell cookies to get them

Anybody can send a regular card, but I think you should get extra points for proclaiming your love and good wishes with these fancy letterpress-printed badges. The chic letterpress badge cards from Hammerpress are designed and hand-printed in Kansas City, and can make even the simplest expression beautiful. And they’re pretty enough to frame. Gorgeous, right? And at $5.50 each, they’re for special occasions, but still less less expensive than that farting grandpa card at the drugstore. –Delilah Find beautiful letterpress badge cards at Hammerpress. Their sale section has some rectangular cards for only...

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Fantastic felt party props for great photo booth opps.

There you are, planning a nice simple kid’s birthday party, and bam! Suddenly your best laid plans to keep everything simple go haywire and you’ve reached wedding planning levels of crazy. Gearing up for my 4-year-old’s birthday party this year, I was determined to keep things as handmade and low(ish) budget as possible. After a bit of Internet hunting I found a fun party helper that will definitely add to the festivities–and the photos–with a minimum of fuss.  We settled on a Scooby Doo theme–my kid’s major obsession. While searching Etsy for Scooby artifacts, I discovered these cool handmade felt...

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