Month: February 2014

We would never lie about how adorable these pushpins are

These might be the coolest pushpins we’ve ever seen–no lie. And they’re handcrafted with the same care Gepetto used bringing Pinocchio to life. The good news is that instead of running around, causing mischief with a cricket and smoking cigars, these Real Boy Pins just look cute on your cork board, holding up your notes. Each pack of two Real Boy Pins from the Duncan Shotton Design Studio are cast in Cornwall, UK then sent to Tokyo, where they’re cleaned up with X-acto knives and painted by hand with exquisite details. Then they’re packaged with hand-cut cork and individually...

Read More

7 sophisticated margarita recipes for National Margarita Day. Which could be any day. Just saying.

Today is National Margarita Day which, in our minds, gives us an excuse to whip up a delicious margarita recipe and binge watch Netflix. Or uh, have a big party. Yeah, that’s what we mean. In addition to the 10 margarita recipes we featured last , here are 7 more lip-smacking tequila-based options to add to your cocktail repertoire for those with more sophisticated palates. In other words–nothing neon blue, and no glow-in-the-dark swizzle sticks.   I tend to be a classic On-the-Rocks-With-Salt girl, but when I’m feeling like something fruitier, I can never resist a Mango Margarita (at top).  This recipe by...

Read More

The Darby Smart Mystery Box – An offer to DIY for

Last year we introduced you to Darby Smart, a super clever service that finds the best DIY craft projects on Pinterest and blogs, and puts them together in easy kits with the help of the original creators, so you have everything you need to make them yourself. No need to run out for a hot glue gun or fancy hole punch or anything. -Don’t miss an amazing offer just for our readers, below- Now, they’re back as our partner again, with a March DIY mystery box at a seriously amazing price just for Cool Mom Picks readers. So…thanks, Darby Smart!...

Read More

5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find fun finds (and lately, great conversation) on our boards every day.   1. The iPhone charger our readers are going nuts for. We don’t blame them. 2. Wow, did this beautiful family photo inspire a whole lot of discussion! 3.  It’s worth taking up Rainbow Loom just to make this awesome design. 4. Fantastic new app for preschoolers to help with numbers and counting. 5. A gorgeous designer handbag to get us thinking...

Read More

Honoring Black History Month with inspiring quotes from Maya Angelou

The history of Black Americans is filled with stories of inspiration and strength, so in honor of Black History Month, I was so happy to find artwork inspired by one of my favorite poets, Maya Angelou. Each piece features quotes that have been turned into artwork and speak of that resilience, hope, and courage. I also love how universal they are in their messaging, and how her beautiful words speak to all kinds of people. Wise words for us all. Etsy’s Finding Sunshine Rae creates typographical prints on photo paper (at top) which feature a mix of lettering and colors to spell out...

Read More

A bespoke, totally un-awkward gift for the teen girl who has everything

When I was a teen, there was no such thing as an iTunes gift card. No, we had to walk both ways to Turtles and work our fingers to the bone making mix tapes. It’s just as hard today to find a gift for a teen girl that says “I understand you and am not tragically unhip.” But we think this personalized coin purse is just right. And you can pop a gift card in there too. Handmade in NYC, each coin purse is crafted of natural linen and lined with quilting fabric with a name or word embroidered on the...

Read More

Baby trend alert: Gray and white as a chic, gender neutral baby palette

More and more, we’re seeing a move away from yellow for “surprise” babies, and toward beautiful heather grays and rich charcoals. Paired with white, it’s a little less severe than black and can be and incredibly stylish on either a boy or a girl. Plus, you can pair this gender neutral palette with accessories of any color, should you want a pale pink blanket, for example, to tip off admirers that that bald little baby head does, in fact, belong to a girl. On behalf of our partner Nordstrom, and their Little Me collection of very affordable baby basics,...

Read More

Web Coolness: The start of fashion trends, smashing gender toy stereotypes, and the cutest DIY birthday invitation ever.

It’s Friday, time for us to round up some of our favorite things online this week. We liked reading them and we hope you will too.   Ever wondered how fashion trends start? Must watch: Kelly Corrigan’s Ode to Motherhood has brought us to tears. Must read: After finding some smart girl toys that aren’t about princesses at Toy Fair this week, our editor Liz gets feisty on her own blog about gender toy stereotypes. Must see: Speaking of transcending stereotypes, amazing photos of the real biker women of Marrakesh Gasping at:  Portrayals of women in the Victorian era. Whoa. On Cool Mom Tech: How to borrow...

Read More

Sochi comes to life for kids with gold, silver, and bronze Maxi Micro Kickboard scooter

Though it’s clear that the Olympic athletes we’ve been watching at the Sochi Winter Games all want gold, all three of Micro Kickboard’s new medal-hued scooters would be winners with my kids, regardless of what color they choose. All dressed up for the podium in gold, silver, or bronze, the much-loved Maxi Micro Kickboard scooter is one of my kids all-time favorite scooter designs, with such a smooth ride and easy lean-to-turn maneuverability. Made for kids ages 5-11 (or up to 120 pounds for you svelte and daring parents), grab the easier-to-use T-bar or try the straight Pilot Stick...

Read More

GlamGlow Mud: Like an expensive spa treatment, without the whole going to a spa part.

My mom started taking me to get facials when I was in middle school. Every month or so, we’d go to the spa at the gym where we had a membership, I think in an effort to avoid having to take me to a dermatologist. It worked, and I got hooked on that feeling of really, really clean, polished skin. But now that I’m a mom, it’s hard to find time to get away for that monthly facial. Plus, I spend all my facial money on coffee and preschool tuition. So I’m super excited that I’ve found GlamGlow Mud...

Read More

Follow us on Instagram!

Subscribe