Month: January 2014

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. An awesome free printable coloring page for kids. 2. Gorgeous idea for framing your favorite Instagram photos. 3. Every woman in the world would want to get this sweet Valentine’s card on Etsy. 4. Will someone please buy us these hot designer shoes? 5. Nachos! (Well, it is Super Bowl weekend.)...

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Valentine gifts for babies: 10 ideas for our littlest loves.

Yeah, they’re too young for chocolate hearts. But if you’re the sentimental type like me, Valentine gifts for babies aren’t entirely out of the question. Here are some ridiculously cute ideas. Bonus: You won’t mind having these items around for a long time after February has come and gone.   1. Baby hat with tattooed heart Since it’ll be a while before he can scrawl an “I Love You” card of his own, let him wear his heart on his sleeve — or head — this Valentine’s Day with this super-cute, crocheted winter hat with a tattoo-style MOM on the...

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Happy Year of the Horse: How to celebrate Chinese New Year at home

Growing up as an Asian American kid, the Chinese New Year was a pretty big deal with my family. I admit that I’ve let that tradition go a bit as I’ve gotten older, but it’s so fun for kids to discover how to celebrate Chinese New Year at home, whether you’re of Asian heritage or not. Here is a ton of inspiration for ringing in the Year of the Horse with your own kids. GIFTS If someone you know is welcoming a Year of the Horse baby this year, Tree by Kerri Lee’s Chinese Zodiac Birth Year Boxes (pictured above) have...

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Breaking news: Britax stroller recall

If you’re the owner of a B-Agile Double, BOB Motion, or Britax B-Agile stroller (which we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Picks) purchased between May 2011 and June 2013, there has been a recall due to issues with the folding mechanism specifically when pressing the release button while pulling on the release strap. To avoid possible injuries to big (and small fingers), you should stop using the recalled strollers immediately and contact Britax to receive a free repair kit. Stay safe, mamas. For more information about the Britax stroller recall, check the CPSC...

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Web Coolness: Trapeze kids, Pentatonix on Sesame Street (yay!), and snowflake photos that will leave you speechless

Happy Friday! Each week we share some of our favorite links from around the web. We hope you like them too.   Must pre-order: We can’t wait to browse Playful by Merrilee Liddiard. Don’t you love the page shown at top? Must follow: The Design Brooklyn tumblr is packed full of Brooklyn coolness. Must watch: Our kids are obsessed with this cool band that uses no instruments. Check out this video featuring Pentatonix as the musical guest on Sesame Street next Friday. Must buy: Awesome alternative to Valentine’s Day jewelry for a digital sweetheart. Must See: incredible photos of snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov. Wow. Must read: What...

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Little Red Writing book: A picture book that inspires kids to write, not just read

Our favorite picture books inspire our kids to come up with stories of their own, though I’m especially excited about the Little Red Writing book, which also teaches them the how to construct the story so that it’s entertaining and fun. Because while I have always loved my kids’ stories, they definitely get better when they aren’t one big run-on sentence. (Sorry kids.) Written by Joan Holub and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, the book packs several grammar lessons into a story borrowed heavily from Little Red Riding Hood, as you might have guessed. Little Red is a pencil who is assigned a writing...

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8 creative Valentine’s Day jewelry ideas for modern day gals. As in, no diamond tennis bracelets.

I realize that it might be a little cliche to give (or get) Valentine’s Day jewelry, though those of us jewelry lovers simply don’t care.  And when you see the baubles I tracked down, you’ll see why. No blingy expensive pieces or Victorian inspired swirls and flourishes; just modern, cool jewelry you can wear all year long–without scorching your retinas or bankrupting your sweetheart. It’s no secret that I’m completely obsessed with spiked jewelry this year, so of course I’m digging this black pavè and spiked heart necklace at top. ($55 at Shanalogic) I love this concept: A handmade card that comes with its...

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Downs Designs: Extra special clothes for extra special kids

My friend Natalie has a huge smile, bright red hair, and Down syndrome. That means her thigh bones and upper arm bones are a little shorter than the average girl her age, and most pants and shirt sleeves she tries on in a normal retail store are too long. As a result, she often ends up looking a little disheveled, which she hates. She loves to look cute. So I’m pretty sure she’s going to love Downs Designs, a clothing line designed especially for people with bodies like Natalie’s. This fantastic company was started by a sweet grandmother wanting...

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7 to-die-for Super Bowl dip recipes for the win. Even if your team loses.

It’s wrong how much I love Super Bowl food, from nachos to pulled pork sandwiches, wings to Corona cupcakes. (Yes, Corona cupcakes.) But Super Bowl dip recipes have to take it as my favorite game-time snacks.  There’s nothing like a bold, creamy dip served with salty, crunchy chips to get the party started. Which is why I’ve rounded up these 7 insanely over-the-top, can’t-stop-eating them Super Bowl dip recipes that you’ve probably never tried before. That’s right, mamas: it’s time to ditch the French onion soup mix and sour cream, and go for the touchdown.   If you’re looking...

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Stumped about the perfect Valentine’s gift for a man who’s hard to shop for?

If you want to branch out from the same-old Valentine’s gift for the stylish man in your life, these gorgeous, romantic, handmade Valentine’s Day Cufflinks from Digby & Iona will make all the other dudes green with envy. (Or you know, roll their eyes. Depends on the dudes. Hopefully yours has cool, artistic friends who can appreciate such coolness.) Each pair of cufflinks is handmade in Brooklyn of oxidized sterling silver and carved with the initials you indicate. If you loved Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree as a paean to selfless love, you’ll be glad to know it was...

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