Month: January 2014

Massaging teethers for babies: Preferable to letting them chew on the cat’s tail.

My kids were mouthers. You know, the kind who learned to crawl, then proceeded to put every single thing into their mouths for the next, oh, three years. So I can pretty much guarantee that CMP fave, innobaby, would have had a place of honor in my great bag of teethers I carried everywhere, if these new baby teethers had been around back then. Their new line of fruit-themed Teethin’ Smart ez grip Massaging Teethers is totally adorable, even if the name is as much a mouthful as the teethers themselves. And with new colors for some of their...

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To maternity and beyond: Fourth Love looks chic even after your 9 months are up.

The idea of a stylish maternity clothing line that still fits after your nine months are up is a relatively new thing. And a welcome one. While some creative (and super fit) moms can get away with buying their normal designer faves a few sizes up to compensate for their growing middle, it’s nice for the rest of us to find maternity clothes that actually grow–and un-grow–with your body. The new label Fourth Love enters this growing market (bad pun, I know) with a chic line that works on the way up and down. I’m skeptical at the thought of...

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Making the nursery more personal. And literary. And pretty.

We love turning up awesome personalized gifts for kids, and we’re thrilled to find yet another cool custom gift idea. These sweet handmade personalized wooden letters, imported from London, have quite a story to tell. Crafted by the artisans at Bombus who reuse old books, vintage maps, sheet music, and even used stamps in their bespoke work, their Children’s Wooden Book Letters rescue pages of illustrations from vintage story books that are beyond repair. These illustrations are carefully applied to solid wood letters measuring about 4″ in height — spelling out a truly unique piece of room decor. I...

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Probably not a bag for the kids.

I love everything about this shopper bag by Wild & Wolf — the color, the size, the price, and the fact that it somehow magically knows exactly what is in my bag at any given moment! If you’re a parent, probably best that you carry this tote around before the kid is old enough to actually be able to read it. Or hey, just hang it on that hook behind your bedroom closet door for you know…randomness. That’s what it’s made for. Get the Random Crap tote bag at Burke Decor. And then you know what to fill it...

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The luggage tag that says hands off. Pretty clearly.

Having recently spent oh, a good twenty minutes at a luggage carousel in a panic that my bag wasn’t out yet and that it happened to be the exact same shade of black as every other, with a black luggage tag that blended right in, it’s time for me to move beyond tying a red ribbon to the handle. Which is why I think I may be in love with this Jonathan Adler Luggage Tag.  The color, the type, the message…everything about it is perfect. And also the sale price: it’s currently 1/3 off at Nordstrom. It would also...

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5 Tech Picks You May Have Missed

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular Cool Mom Tech picks from this week.   1. If you’re wanting to drop a few pounds in 2014, you need this awesome app. And just seven minutes a day. (For real). 2. Dog lover or not, you won’t believe what this cool, innovative collar can do. Whoa! 3. These 9 amazing apps and websites will make you a super organized parent. (Or more organized if you already are on the ball). 4. Our Editor Liz (above, in knife-wielding maniac pose) reports on the hottest new kitchen...

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Easy, last-minute Golden Globes party ideas. It’s not too late!

I’ve been so busy getting my kids back into the school routine that I’d totally forgotten I need some Golden Globes party ideas! Like the whole world, I’m really excited to watch Amy and Tina. And I’m determined that it’s really not too late to make things more fun and festive—even if the only guests are me and my family. If you’ve got the award-show bug too, here’s how keep it fun and simple so you can enjoy seeing who wins. And what they’re wearing, of course. Online Invitations It’s not too late to invite a few close friends...

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Stella McCartney designer kids’ clothes just out for spring. How’s that credit limit holding up?

Just as we’re starting to dig into all the great sales on kids’ clothes online, we remember the reason why–the new stuff is coming, including lots of drool-worthy designer kids’ clothes. And after getting a peek at the brand new Stella McCartney for Kids line we are ready for more. Behold, some of my favorite not-cheap-at-all styles that you can expect to see on the celeb kids sizes 2-14 this coming spring and summer. And hey, maybe on your own kids, if you can hold out until these are discounted too. Or just stick with the sale section at Stella,...

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A Giggle sale that new parents should be flocking to.

Welcome to that time of year we love most. (No, not our birthdays.) It’s sale time, and there’s great deals all over the web right now including a sale at Giggle, one of our favorite shops for babies and kids–and you can find more than just winter clothes you won’t need until next year. In fact, you can get another 15% off for a limited time (see info below for details). Here, some of our faves that we’d snatch up while you can, from baby clothes and gear to toys to seriously great discounts on strollers. Above: The penguin soapster from Skip*Hop...

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Modern nursery decor to welcome babies, without a princess crown or a train in sight.

It’s been a while since I found handmade modern nursery decor and crib bedding that made me yearn (almost) for an opportunity to redecorate a nursery, and I’ve definitely found it with the Ivie Baby Etsy Shop. You can choose from tons of modern designs. I think what I like best is how they’re all gender-neutral and free from baby room clichés; no ballerinas, no airplanes, no bunny rabbits. Those graphic grey and white crib sheets or lime green pillows are perfect for any baby who gets to spend those early months amidst a modern nursery — and are...

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4 lightning fast, amazing panini recipes that transcend mere sandwiches

I know I’ve got a bit of holiday burnout because I’m officially serving panini sandwiches for dinner. But before you judge–thanks to my electric grill (how I love you, electric grill) which doubles as a panini press, my panini recipes yield far from ordinary sandwiches. With these four recipes–and a tip on which press to invest in–your simpler dinners at home can be pretty extraordinary too. First, check out the clever Lasagna Grilled Cheese Panini Recipe (above) from Joy the Baker. Now, get the simple ingredients and prepare to have a new weeknight dinner staple. This one’s a keeper for the...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins like this every day.   1. Awesome camera app for your phone to keep you from lugging an actual one. 2. Smart organizational tip from Martha Stewart (as always). 3. Baby board books like you’ve never seen them. 4. The apps and websites every classroom parent and school volunteer needs. 5. The cutest Valentine’s snack for kids–no,not one of those chalky heart...

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Handmade stone coasters that will make grownups out of us yet. Or…maybe not.

Their purpose may be pretty utilitarian, but I love how a really good set of coasters can embellish a table, almost like a piece of jewelry jazzing up a basic outfit. And the handmade Italian-stone coasters I spotted on Etsy at Meadow Tea would look much nicer on my coffee tables than the round cardboard coasters pilfered from the local bar. Yes, I still have those. Don’t judge. Meadow Tea’s Wood You stone coaster set (shown at top) includes four faux bois-style coasters with a crimson heart etched into the trunk of a tree; a very cool little anniversary gift or Valentine’s...

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Breast pump handbags that pump up the style

I’m always on the lookout for anything that makes life easier for nursing moms like myself (like these excellently cool nursing tops). And I can tell you from experience that returning to work after maternity leave is a particularly daunting process if you’re nursing and need to schlep a breast pump and bag of pumping accessories. Ugh. I feel like a Grand Canyon mule, lugging all of my pumping gear wherever I go. So I’m pretty pumped (heh) about Juno Blu‘s gorgeous line of bags — all specifically designed for pumping moms. How awesome is that? Juno Blu purses fit most breast...

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Web coolness: Cool ABCs, naked families, moms of Olympians, and the strangest cafe ever.

Every week we share some of our favorite links we’ve been reading around the web. we hope you like them too.   Loving: The design of this Hungarian ABC project by Anna Kovecses. [via today’s mama] Laughing at: Are you from a naked family? Tearing up at: Moms of Olympic Athletes. Watching: the newest episode of Design Mom’s Olive Us. Blown away by: The world’s first 3D printed book cover. Inspired by: Kelly Rae Roberts’s  painting ecourse. Rolling eyes at: And people complain about kids in cafes? Pinterest board of the week: Fashion inspiration with an Asian bent from Miss Sotoka on...

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Beat the January blues and get the kids organized with 9 bright, colorful toy storage options

We are always on the lookout for great toy storage options that will help tidy the mess in the most stylish way possible. And these frigid, colorless days — combined with the dozens of new toys strewn everywhere — have me eyeing some colorful, modern storage options that give me renewed hope that this is the year I finally win the battle of the clutter. LEGO Storage Bricks Within about four seconds of entering my abode, you’d know you’ve stepped into a serious LEGO house. I’d prefer you discover this by seeing these clever LEGO Storage Bricks and not...

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Time to ditch the antibacterial hand soaps in favor of these 5 safe soaps for babies and kids.

If you’ve been following the recent news (and our own posts for the last few years), it  turns out that antibacterial soaps are not the safe soaps for babies and kids they’ve claimed  to be. The FDA recently issued a statement saying that after 40 years of study, they’ve found no evidence that anti-bacterial agents, such as triclosan, are any more effective than regular soap and water in killing bacteria. Worse yet, triclosan and its like may be messing with our hormone levels and creating drug-resistant bacteria. Uh, no thanks!  While natural hand sanitizers are still a good option if soap isn’t...

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Stay active…while sitting? Your core muscles (and your kids) will thank you.

They’ve been telling us for years that stability balls (or yoga balls) are the way to go for better posture and concentration, but if you’ve tried to use one, you know that they tend to roll all over the place, take up a lot of space, pick up filth like fly tape, and turn into a toy for tiny people and four-legged friends. Good news, everybody: The ErgoErgo chair gives your kids–and you–all the benefits of a stability ball without the sticky-roly-poly-playfulness. And it’s cute, too.   The ErgoErgo is an adorable way to include active sitting in your lifestyle,...

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Celebrate National Pizza Week with one (or all!) of these 6 creative pizza recipes

In celebration of National Pizza Week, I’ve rounded up six of the absolute best homemade pizza recipes this side of Italy. And they’re not your average cheese-pepperoni-mushroom recipes either, because you don’t need much of my help for that. If you’ve never made pizza at home before, it’s simple stuff, especially if you buy your dough and or sauce already made. I hit my local pizzeria for dough–New York City has its benefits–but some supermarkets carry it, as well. And I’m not talking about the already baked crusts; skip those and go for the dough. Stretch it out on...

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Presenting the world’s loudest alphabet

I have a little boy who never stops making noise. Like, ever. I know, I know, being noisy is a common affliction among little kids. It’s their thing. And though it can drive me crazy when I haven’t yet had a full cup of coffee, I think my little guy’s noises are actually pretty darned adorable. Naturally, I was charmed by Tom Gauld’s Noisy Alphabet print, featuring all sorts of creatures and the nonsensical noises they make. Instead of A with the ubiquitous red apple, there’s a one-eyed monster bellowing AARG. P features a spring-loaded cube, bouncing along to the...

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