Month: February 2014

7 children’s cold and flu season must-haves. Also, for parents’ sanity

If your house is anything like ours, the childrens’  cold and flu season has arrived with a vengeance and you’ve got a revolving door of illness–or are miraculously staving it off. Somehow, it always catches us off guard, and we’re scrambling to stock our medicine cabinets, drawers, and kids’ rooms with everything they need to make it through another round of the coughs, the sniffles, or worse. We’re excited to be working with our newest sponsor Drip Drop, which is a cool new medical hydration solution–you know, like elecctrolytes for kids that they actually like drinking–and we’re especially intrigued...

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Cute animal pillows for your kids’ rooms get way more funky. And we like it.

I stumbled across these bold, modern, graphic animal throw pillows for children’s rooms online at Ferm Living tonight and am instantly smitten. They are a playful but not childish way to decorate a couch or armchair in your kids’ playroom or in the rocker in your baby’s nursery. I particularly love the way artist Ingela P Arrhenius has taken the formal portrait pose and made it whimsical by featuring modern, minimalistic animals with quirky expressions on their faces. Doesn’t that cat look like Frank Sinatra? Each animal throw pillow is made from 100% organic cotton, printed by hand in Denmark, and filled...

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A chic play mat that matches your living room more than it matches a neon explosion

There are many times I’ve considered permanently covering the floor in butcher paper to protect it from the ketchup and rice that always miss my kids’ mouths at mealtime. Same goes for those days my son paints on his easel. Although I’ve considered sacrificing a few old patchwork quilts sent to us as baby gifts, I another option is the chic, wipeable new Posh Play Mat.  Unlike most kids’ play mats that come in juvenile patterns, the Posh Play Mat is made with PVC-free faux leather (so no carcinogens) and embossed with a faux reptile pattern that’s very Fashion...

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17 wonderful last-minute Valentine gifts and crafts to make with the kids.

While a full school week left until Valentine’s Day may not feel “last minute,”  those of us with kids who are busy with after-school activities and homework need to get our crafty selves in gear stat. And these last-minute Valentine gifts to make with the kids should help. Last year we featured 17 DIY Valentine’s Day gifts to make and now we have 17 all new favorites that are all easy enough for kids to do themselves, or with some help from you (which they’ll love anyway). Whether you need to decorate the front door, fun up a Valentine’s Day...

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Inspirational artwork for children’s rooms? Reader Q+A

Hello I don’t suppose you know the brand of the inspirational artwork for kids rooms you feature on an old post about Gilt Group personalized sales ? I love them but can’t find them.  Many thanks, Jill.   Jill, you have great taste–we love those prints too, and fortunately we tracked them down at Fresh Words Market, the same website that sells the wonderful Be Fearless inspirational art print we featured a year ago. It’s a terrific resource for inspirational posters that lean more towards cool than cheesy, with modern graphics and a kid-friendly bent. One of the wonderful thing...

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5 of our favorite tech picks this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular posts from Cool Mom Tech this past week.   1. The new addictive app that we and our kids can’t stop playing. Stop us! 2. A delicious treat for iPhone lovers. 3. This was a big week for Facebook: First Lookback (did you make yours?), and then Paper. See why you need to know about both. 4. Eating local and healthier just got a whole lot easier thanks to tech. 5. A smart way to decrease your stress that’s completely free (and easy...

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The first memory game we’ve seen that helps your kids remember happy memories, too.

What kind of cruel punishment is it that parents, with the brain fog that comes from raising children, are expected to compete with their kids’ fresh brains in memory games? We featured scented memory games and modern art memory games, but they usually end up with the same outcome for me: loss. My kids crush me every time. Don’t miss an exclusive offer for Cool Mom Picks readers below. So how much more wonderful will it be to lose if we’re playing Paper Culture‘s beautiful new custom photo memory game? Simply upload 16 of your favorite pictures and pick out a...

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An alternative to cabbage leaves: Nursing moms get relief from the weird, kind of wonderful NuzzleHUG.

Anyone who has gone through the highs and lows of breastfeeding knows that no matter how experienced you are, you’re bound to have moments of discomfort. Or worse. The truth is for some, nursing can be one big outright ouch, with afflictions from cracked nipples to mastitis (fun!). We’re all for breastfeeding, and so we’re all for anything that offers relief for nursing mamas in those difficult early weeks, so you can bet we wanted to find out more about the very weird but kind of wonderful NuzzleHUG. Admittedly our editors’ first reaction to a photo of the NuzzleHUG–well, let’s...

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A super sweet DIY Valentine’s Day gift for tea lovers

I’m a huge fan of handmade gifts, but rarely have the time or the patience to actually make anything myself. But when I saw these DIY polaroid photo tea bags on Photojojo (love them), I knew I had hit the jackpot for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for the grandparents and teachers in our life. With some card stock, double-sided tape, and a bunch of your favorite photos (off Instagram perhaps?), you can whip up some adorable photo tea bags for Valentine’s Day, or really any gift-giving holiday. It’s completely frivolous and ridiculous–and yet, totally adorable. You know if you...

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The Alexander Calder pop-up book that will make kids fall in love with art forever.

When a book gets your kids excited to read more, that’s about the most beautiful thing in the world. But when a book gets your kids excited to create too, it’s absolutely thrilling. And that’s just what happened when my girls discovered the gorgeously produced new Alexander Calder pop-up book,  Alexander Calder: Meet the Artist! by Patricia Geis. If your child hasn’t yet been introduced to the magic of Calder–I fell in love with his mobiles at the Whitney Museum when I was a little girl– this is the perfect book to set kids off on a lifelong love of...

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7 indulgent, easy homemade chocolate treats for your little Valentines (and the big ones, too).

What I want for Valentine’s Day: LOVE! What my kids want for Valentine’s Day: CHOCOLATE! Okay, I want chocolate, too, but I like fancy chocolate. For the kids, I’ll be whipping up one of these super easy, homemade chocolate treats for Valentine’s Day. The pricey stuff may be mine, but the stuff made from the heart is theirs. They always get the better deal. The Chocolate Cherry Candy Cups (above) from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles make me smile. These no-bake treats are festive on the outside, but when you take a bite and realize they are pink inside, your kids will swoon....

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14 of the best printable Valentine’s Day cards for the classroom

Save yourself the last-minute crunch for classroom Valentine’s Day cards by printing the cutest, most stylish Valentines now, right from the comforts of home. We just featured all sorts of DIY Valentine’s classroom cards including printables made for handing out treats, but we couldn’t resist offering up more than a dozen more. Best of all? If your child comes home from school on the 13th with three more kids’ names (and a teacher and an assistant teacher and a gymnastics coach) that he forgot, you can just print the extra cards and have them ready before he heads off to...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins of the week

Obsessed with Pinterest like we are? Hey we are too! Follow Cool Mom Picks and you’ll find cool pins like this every day.   1.  Love this DIY Valentine’s heart craft your kids could make this weekend. 2. The super cool new appliance our follower are coveting–and we don’t blame them. 3. Ready to put away the black? This spring designer handbag has our names all over it. 4. Cute classroom Valentine alternative to handing out sweets. 5. Brilliant idea for keeping cords out of sight around the house. For more Valentine’s Day ideas from treats to crafts to gifts, be sure to...

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The Lego Movie Review – A real block buster.

As the cultural discussion continues about building toys for girls and gender specific toy aisles, let me start by saying that my girls have been talking non-stop about The Lego Movie since they first saw a preview for it months ago. They are fans of everything Lego from the classic sets to the movie themed sets to Lego Friends, which means that sitting in the theater watching an early screening of the movie, they thought they died and went to block heaven. Now this movie could have been terrible. Really. In less adept hands it might be a pat, cheaply produced, plot-light franchise to...

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Say Je T’aime on Valentine’s Day with a playful heart pendant

We’ve found such an abundance of cool jewelry for Valentine’s Day lately that I wanted to throw one more into the fray. Just in case you needed even more choices: a cloisonne Je T’aime heart pendant at Poketo. I shouldn’t be surprised that it was designed by Kristine Schmidt of Yellow Owl Workshop, because I love so much of her work. As for the pendant, it’s playful, it’s bold, and it’s got a kick of 22k gold gilding to keep it a little more grown up. Plus the packaging is wonderful if you take a look — all for a...

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A huge, free Valentines coloring page that could keep your kids out of the candy jar for 6 seconds or so

My son’s favorite activities lately are puzzles and coloring. So you should have seen his face when I hit the free printables and handed him this giant free Valentine’s coloring page coloring page with a Candyland theme from Mr. Printable, one of our longtime favorites. This quirky, modern design is a refreshing change from so much of the syrupy Valentine’s fare the kids come across, but what my son really loved is the sheer size of this thing. It prints out on 12 pages of paper, and you match it up and tape it together like a puzzle. He couldn’t have...

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Web Coolness: Amazing Valentine’s treats, a commercial to make you cry, and big news for the Downton Abbey obsessed

It’s Friday! That means it’s time for us to share some of our favorite links from around the web with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.   Love these adorable and easy arrow cupcake toppers for Valentine’s Day. Nice touch. [h/t Handmade Charlotte] From our editor Kristen: The one thing you’re doing wrong that’s making you feel like a failure.  Must-read. From our editor Liz: An encouraging look at the future of fatherhood. Check out the Home Hour podcast, this week featuring not one but two of our very favorite parent bloggers. Tearing up at this Argentinian Coke...

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Kidscounter: Non-toxic shampoo for kids that we love. Even if they make your kid want to eat a creamsicle.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve tried tons of kid’s shampoos, with mixed reviews from my kids. While there are many non-toxic shampoos for babies and kids these days, it’s been hard to find a scent that speaks to my sons, who hate stuff that smells too floral or sweet. So I’m happy to find Beautycounter‘s new collection of adorable and awesomely worry-free kids’ bath and beauty products. The combo of clementine and vanilla in Kidscounter Nice Do Shampoo actually had my son lathering up his own hair and asking for more (this from the boy who ducks his head in...

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Cool Mom Picks on Instagram! Only oh…a few years late.

Considering it’s 2014 and all, and considering how many fun, weird, interesting, adorable, cool and otherwise entertaining things we tend to see in our lives, we thought it was time to get Cool Mom Picks on Instagram. And so, we did. Visit us for our first photo today in honor of #throwbackthursday, a snapshot which gets us a little sentimental and sniffly. But who knows, maybe the next one will be outrageous kids’ street fashion, hot new toys, a random celebrity run-in, or Kristen wearing a Snuggie back in 2008. We think this is going to be fun. Money-back guarantee....

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Having a heart for Valentine’s Day

While I’m all for fun chocolates and roses and jewelry on Valentine’s Day (I’m sentimental like that) I also love a gift that gives back for any holiday at all. A great idea: The Project (RED) heart tote bag now on sale at Fab.com. For a mere $11, you get a sweet, sturdy, canvas tote that lets you boldly show your support of Project (RED), one of our very favorite organizations, while knowing a portion of the proceeds directly funds HIV/AIDS programs that happen to be wildly effective. Also, here’s a hint: chicks love guys who have a heart. Trust...

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