Month: January 2014

No trouble at all: getting your kids to love Dubble Trubble hair and bath products

We love yummy scented bath products here at CMP, especially ones that are kid-safe and eco-friendly. In my personal quest to go a little more organic in the new year, I’ve found a great new line of bath products from the UK that smell great, lather up nicely, and don’t cost a bloody fortune. Even better, I can even find them in my local Target, and if don’t want to leave my warm house, I can order them from the Target website too. Nice. Dubble Trubble comes to us via London hair stylist Daniel Galvin Jr, and I like them...

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How to make coffee with a Chemex. In other words, the best coffee of your life.

The perfect cup of coffee is becoming just as hipster as mustaches, chalkboard typography, and asymmetrical tops–even more so if you learn how to make coffee with a Chemex. Yourself. At home. No baristas asking your name or anything. And yet, who needs coffee more than parents? Not hipsters, that’s for sure. The glass Chemex coffeemaker, if you haven’t yet experienced one, is one magic method of pour-over coffee making; meaning that you pour hot water directly over the grounds and drink the caffeinated nectar that drips through a filter. I’m a big fan, not just because the Chemex looks...

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Fine art photos of vintage children’s toys that transport you to Coney Island, without the temptation of Nathan’s fries

I’ve always liked the idea of decorating with vintage children’s toys (I now own that there very toy typewriter), but there’s another way to achieve that feeling, should you not have the shelf space or the inclination to go thrifting every weekend. Take a look at David Levinthal’s wonderful photographs of vintage children’s toys that you can find exclusively at children’s fine art mecca Little Collector. They’re all from his Coney Island series, which feature — you guessed it — tiny amusement park replicas in the most wonderful colors. Each fine art photograph is only printed in editions of 50, 150, and 250...

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Getting the party started thanks to Soleil Moon Frye

If you’re looking to amp your your kids’ birthday parties this year with a little more DIY, I feel you. While I’m not a huge crafter by any means, there’s something really gratifying about putting together goodie bags yourself around some crazy theme your daughter insists on, or planning an activity that the kids still talk about at the next year’s party. Or maybe my bar is just low? If that sounds familiar, then you’ll want to check out Let’s Get This Party Started! : DIY Celebrations for You and Your Kids to Create Together from TV mainstay turned parenting app...

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Round up your kids’ toy horses into one of these 7 play stables

Want to round up those toy horses and ponies scattered around the playroom and put them into a proper stable? Whether your kids own one of the coveted, gihugic American Girl Doll horses or something a bit smaller, we’ve rustled up a few options for all kinds of ponies. Including one you crafty parents can make yourself. It can be tough finding nice play stables, but we feel great about all 7 of these options.   Breyer Wood Horse Stable I coveted a couple of my BFF’s horses from her huge Breyer collection several decades ago, and little collectors today...

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Melijoe designer kids’ clothes: adorable even when they’re not on sale. (But they are.)

Tis the season to scurry to the web and take advantage of all the great designer kids’ clothes that are starting to go on sale. At least here, we’ve got a good four months left of sweater weather and then some. A new shop to add to your bookmarks: Melijoe, where an insane array of designer kids’ and baby clothes, including their own line, is now up to 60% off. The M by Melijoe line is comprised of really high quality, nicely made wardrobe staples for babies and kids — the kind of basics you think you’re getting at big...

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Elephants on Parade

We know personalized baby gifts are supposed to show you gave it more than two seconds’ thought choosing a special keepsake. These cozy pachyderms, an exclusive offering from Baby Gardner, do just that. This little baby elephant parade wall hanging is a a great find for anyone looking for a sweet, unique baby gift. The vintage vibe of these hand-stitched friends make them a darling accessory to any nursery. There is a tenderness to these softies with the interlocking of the trunks and tails of the family, very comforting indeed. We also couldn’t love more how these don’t scream safari theme —...

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Three card draw: always have the perfect stationery on hand, stamped and ready to go

As I sit here feeling guilty how very far behind I am on sending thank you notes for gifts, I come across this little bit of genius from Hello, Lucky!, one of our favorite sites for funky letterpress cards and birth announcements. The monthly card subscription is such a fun alternative to box sets, if you always want to be sure to have greeting cards that are original and cool on hand. For $4 a card, you’ll get three of their wonderful designs a month, keeping you covered for all different seasons and occasions. Even sweeter, each one comes...

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Got bling? Here are some of our favorite jewelry storage ideas.

We love fabulous jewelry around here, so, naturally, we love to find new, innovative ways to store all of it. Recently we shared a great jewelry storage tip in our post about solving 10 tricky organization problems, making us thinking about some of our other favorite ideas for jewelry storage. So here they are, including DIY projects, repurposed vintage items, and some amazing purpose-made storage pieces should you want to splurge. One of my favorite ideas comes from the Love and Lace blog. In fact, I’m swooning over the way she’s organizing her amazing jewelry collection. This wooden serving bowl (at...

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Go from knocked-up to knockout with Pilates videos just for moms

This year my New Year’s resolution is—you’re gonna be shocked, I know—to lose ten pounds. Or maybe let’s just round it up to 20. Ready to talk Pilates videos? If you’re in a similar boat, I think you’ll love these new ones I’ve found created specifically for expectant moms and those of us trying to lose postpartum weight. Even if our babies are now toddlers. Or older. Erica Ziel is a master Pilates instructor (and Heidi Klum lookalike, but don’t let that deter you) and the creator of the Knocked-Up Fitness series. I tried out the After Baby DVD, and man, are my arms sore...

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12 awesome toys you can actually make from cardboard boxes. (Because we all know the best part of the gift is often what it comes in.)

With all the empty cardboard boxes that may still be around your house post-holiday, don’t throw them out! Take a lesson from my kids, who have never seen an empty box they didn’t turn into a playhouse, a race car, or a doll cradle. Since we all know the boxes are often more fun for kids than the stuff inside, here are a whole bunch of toys you can make from cardboard boxes — and I promise, they’re actually doable, unlike some of the ridiculous things I’ve seen on Pinterest. (No offense crafters, but I don’t have six days...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Are you following Cool Mom Picks on Pinterest? Do it! You’ll find fun pins like these daily–plus, when you comment, we like saying hi back.   1. Smart DIY ornament storage idea which sure beats pricy ornament boxes. 2. We’d like this gorgeous designer tote please. Especially at that sale price! 3. Clever, original storage idea for board games. 4. Baby board books that are not your average baby board books. 5. The app that makes us laugh every time we look at it....

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The New Year is looking bright indeed with this gorgeous dinnerware set

I can’t even think about spring cleaning until the outdoor temperature is above freezing, but this vibrant dinnerware set from Cortney and Robert Novogratz makes even the coldest day feel bright. At least, that’s how I imagine it while I sit here wrapped in ten pounds of polar fleece. The set is on a fabulous sale at Macy’s right now, with most pieces priced at $5.99 and free shipping. Considering the main collection is dishwasher- and microwave-safe stoneware that will appeal to the whole family and match a rainbow of decor palettes, that’s quite a steal. The sale at...

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How to make snow ice cream (hint: use the freshest, whitest stuff)

When life gives you snow, make snow ice cream. I may be in sunny California at this moment, but I know that if I were back in Brooklyn — or in any of the other places being lashed by the snowstorms bearing down on much of the country — I’d be on the lookout for more snow day activities with the kids. Making snow ice cream is on the top of my list. You can find a basic recipe for how to make snow ice cream on my site, One Hungry Mama. It’s just snow, cream, sugar and vanilla....

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12 Fun things to do during a snow day with the kids: Great ideas to keep you warm and sane

If like lots of us, you’re snowed in and not quite feeling intrepid enough to brave the frigid temperatures for an icy sled run, we have you covered with some ideas for fun things to do during a snow day, besides turning on the new PS4. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Stay warm! And try to enjoy the time with the kids.   1. Play one of our 7  favorite classic board games for families. 2. Cook or craft, using these 5 great indoor activities with kids for inspiration. 3. Try origami. 4 Print free paper dolls. We have loads of...

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Clever, creative storage solutions for 10 tricky storage problems from LEGOs to jewelry.

Now that my house is overflowing with too many toys (thanks to very generous grandparents), it’s time for some serious storage solutions. I’m desperate for some organization for all those Rainbow Loom bands, LEGO pieces and  American Girl doll clothes, just to name a few. So, here’s a list of some of our favorite storage ideas, from kids’ stuff to your stuff. Storage Solutions for LEGOs (above) The one toy our readers keep trying to figure out how to best store are their LEGO collections. Do you sort by color? By kit? All in one huge bin, which gets...

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Web Coolness: New Year’s resolution tips, terrible movies, and Alyssa Milano rocks our world

Every week, we share the coolest links around the web that we’ve been enjoying ourselves. We hope you like them too.   While we love our roundup of the best printable 2014 calendars on the web, another lovely option is this blogger fundraising calendar to support the ASPCA. Aw. Tips from The Happiness Project‘s Gretchen Rubin on how to keep your New Year’s Resolutions. We need more cool moms like Alyssa Milano in the world. Way to rise above. Speaking of which, congrats to newest cool mom, Gail Simmons. Love the name. Great advice on Alpha Mom about what to...

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Aden and Anais Bamboo Daydream Blankets are all grown up

At the moment I am sitting on the couch in front of a roasty fire. There’s snow outside, Sarah McLaughlin is on in the background (guilty pleasure, don’t judge), and I’m draped in my new Aden + Anais Bamboo Daydream Blanket. You guys, this is the life. Aden + Anais swaddlers have been one of Cool Mom Picks’ top choices for essential baby gear since we first helped break the news about their launch in 2006. So when I heard about the Bamboo Daydream Blanket, a larger version of their luxury dream blankets, I couldn’t wait to get my hands...

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Poems by New Yorkers: The website that will inspire you to talk to strangers

When I first heard about 365 Day Subway: Poems by New Yorkers, a project started by friend, neighbor, and prolific author Madeline Schwartzman it was like one of those instant, “d’oh! Why didn’t I think of that!” moments. Well there’s a good reason why–because she’s way cooler than I am. And evidently fearless when it comes to approaching random New Yorkers on the subway and asking them to write a poem for her on the spot. Yes, you read that correctly. She’s just launched a website featuring beautiful, poignant, funny, sassy, and incredibly profound poetry from all kinds of...

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5 deliciously detoxifying smoothies to kick off a healthy new year

After feasting  for Thanksgivukkah, snacking on treats  for Santa, and indulging cocktails to ring in the new year, I think it might be time we start on those New Year’s resolution with some detoxifying smoothie recipes. It’s cliche, I know, but eating healthy after weeks of indulging feels good. If you’re with me, you’re going to love all five of these smoothie recipes. If you’re skeptical, give just one a try; the best thing about these nutritious drinks is that they really are delicious, too. This Five-Ingredient Detox Smoothie from Minimalist Baker is packed with fiber, antioxidants, and immune boosting nutrients....

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