Month: February 2014

Ann and Nan are Anagrams – The perfect book for your future word nerds.

If your kids love wordplay as much as mine do, then Ann and Nan are Anagrams: A Mixed-Up Word Dilemma is going to be their new favorite book. With more than 101 anagrams hidden throughout the narrative and wonderful illustrations, it’s part kids’ storybook, part brain-teaser, part Where’s Waldo for the future word nerds and grammar geeks of the world. I say that in the most loving way possible, by the way. The story centers around Robert (Or Bert) in a world gone seriously crazy. A poster in a street scene may be advertising Mister Timers or Charming Marching school. The movies playing...

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Mod, organic swaddling blankets for cool moms. And cool babies.

There is nothing sweeter than a new baby, swaddled up like a little burrito. Especially if it gets the kid to sleep at last. (You know what I mean.)  Not surprisingly, the baby swaddling blanket market is heavy on  patterns of precious teddy bears and rubber duckies, so I’m happy to find swaddlers for modern mamas in the market for something a little different.   There is hope out there for those of us interested in baby gifts that are more chic than cutesy. Etsy’s Wren & Rumor shop has baby blankets in amazing fabrics that have turned our...

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A free printable chore chart we love for preschoolers. No bribing necessary.

My toddler loves to help out around the house. It makes him feel big, and like the needed part of our family that he is. I want to respect his efforts, even like that time he completely emptied out the closets when he “brought me the laundry.” I have chore charts that are fantastic for my older kids, but they’re not as helpful for my three-year-old pre-reader. This free printable chore chart by Kersey Campbell for Momtastic (via her blog And We Play) is perfect for him. He can see pictures of age-appropriate chores, and color them in as he finishes each...

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These blingy baby booties are made for walking

We’re head over smoochable, pudgy heels for these soft and sweet heirloom leather baby moccasins that will make tiny toes look like blingy candy. And our pals at Freshly Picked make baby moccasins in suede and metallics, too, in case you’re a little more low-key. When I was a kid, heirloom meant “your grandmother will kill me if I throw this ugly thing away.”  As applied to these amazing, butter-soft moccasins, it means “built to last and look beautiful doing it.” Each pair of baby booties is handmade of durable leather, and made to stay on the sweet feet of...

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The chic new bags from Brit-Stitch. When you’ve outgrown the need to carry your entire life in your bag.

As many things as I miss about having little ones, I love that I can now leave the house with little more than my phone, wallet, keys, and maybe an emergency lollipop for the kids. This means I can also revert back to my smaller handbags more frequently than date nights. And the new bags from Brit-Stitch are a gorgeous new option for spring. Taking a very strong cue from the original Cambridge Satchel, and the myriad traditional British satchel bags that are so popular now, Brit-Stitch adds something new to the purse party with a selection of make-your-own...

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A tea towel that talks back.

We love functional. We also love whimsical. So when the two come together? Boom. The hard-working tea towel gets a charm makeover in designer Christina Weber’s Studiopatro shop–and with a quote by indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, no less.   With 100% linen, a splash of color, and some fun and thoughtful words, these tea towels from Weber’s studio at Martha Stewart American Made get the job done while injecting a little beauty and whimsy into your day. Who knows? You may want one to dry your dishes, and another to hang on your wall for inspiration. Get the Devour tea towel for $24...

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7 creative salsa recipes to celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day. (Yes there is such a thing and we’re ready to fiesta.)

February 24th is National Tortilla Chip Day and to celebrate one of the most beloved snack foods of all time—popularized by Rebecca Webb Carranza, a fellow cool mom—we’re rounding up the best salsa recipes to serve alongside your favorite tortilla chips, today or any day. Whether corn or flour, thick or thin, scoop shaped or triangular, these salsas will make your tortilla chips fiesta-worthy. Hey, maybe try one of our sophisticated margarita recipe ideas while you’re at it. First, let’s start with the basics. If ever there was a go-to source for a Restaurant-Style Salsa Recipe, it’s The Pioneer Woman. For...

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5 of our favorite tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular posts from Cool Mom Tech this past week.   1. Safety technology goes high fashion. You won’t believe what these bracelets can do. 2. Here’s how to borrow a Kindle book for free. You know, the ones you actually want to read. 3. Love this chic way to carry your smartphone. 4. Such cool iPhone and iPad accessories that will make your life a whole lot easier. 5. Post-it notes go digital. Welcome to...

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Wrap yourself in pretty with a stack of leather wrap bracelets.

Whether you had the Valentine’s Day you always dreamed of last week or ended the day looking forward to the annual February 15th Chocolate Sale, here’s one gift you can happily give yourself: pretty leather wrap bracelets.  I love that each one is made in a Brika collaboration between leather aficionado Mariah of Btwn Wind & Water, and metal expert T of Upper Metal Class. The end result is striking, with a simple elegance that works just as well with jeans and a tee as it does with a little black dress. And at just $25 each, consider getting a few–the...

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1, 2, 3, 4 I declare a foot war

Getting my kids to wear socks indoors takes some serious convincing on my part. They love being being barefoot regardless of how cold the floor is. But the new animal rival Vs. Socks for kids from Hooray Hoopla have finally given them reason to keep their socks on. We (along with countless celeb kids, if you follow such things) are already big fans of the Vs mittens and now their new collection of socks is taking the battle to the ground with mismatched pairs of owl vs. mouse, lion vs. tiger, and shark vs. penguin. Though that last one makes me a little sad...

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