Month: March 2014

The prettiest, most helpful products to spring clean your desk for tax time.

With tax time around the corner (eep!) it’s spring clean your desk time around here, just in time to get it neater and more functional. With so many of us working from home, it’s not just a nice-to-do, it’s kind of a spring cleaning must-do, at the top of our lists. If you’re ready to get organized yourself, we’re here to help!  On behalf of our wonderful client Citi, and their #SmartisSimple campaign, we’re sharing some of our favorite products–both smart and simple–to help you spring clean your desk and make it a place you actually want to spend time....

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Kids’ dishes that are pretty enough for the grownup table.

Here’s one of my secrets for keeping the kids well-behaved at mealtime: Avoid kids’ dishes that look like they’re kids’ dishes. Don’t laugh. I’ve found that when  kids eat off of plates with cartoons on them, it seems to set the scene for them to act, well, like kids. When I treat my kids like they’re mature, responsible little people, they tend to act that way. Crazy, I know.  The makers of the Bambino dishware from Ekobo get that parents don’t necessarily want kids’ stuff to scream kids’ stuff. Their dishes are simple, modern, and gorgeous. I love each of the six...

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The easiest homemade pudding recipes, plus 7 of the best ever pudding desserts.

Pudding desserts are my favorite sweets for this time of year when I’d rather be on the run in the warming weather than at home baking, but it’s not hot enough yet for ice cream or popsicles. Having a go-to homemade pudding recipe and lots of ideas for easy pudding desserts is key for me, because keeping my family’s sweet tooth happy is a critical part of parenting. To start, ditch the instant pudding pack and learn how to make pudding from scratch. Trust me.   Homemade Pudding Recipes Classic vanilla and chocolate are particularly easy to make, and...

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En-fold your skin in cool origami temporary tattoos

Origami is always in, so we’re not surprised that our talented designer pals at Wee Gallery have devised a way to wear it–in Origami Tattoo form. Whether you’re still into foxes (because I’m always into foxes) or love the classic peace crane or the challenging goldfish I didn’t master until seventh grade, these critters are certain to be a hit with kids and adults alike. I love these as party favors or something fun and different in those plastic eggs the school room mom always demands around this time of year. Plus Wee Gallery tattoos are easy to apply and...

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Gelato you clean with, thanks to Method body wash

If the only ice cream you’ve indulged in lately has come from the snow in your backyard, then you’re not alone. This winter has been relentless for so many of us, which makes the new gelato-inspired summer collection of  Method body wash and hand soap a welcome treat for our senses. Yes, body wash. We’re excited too. We love Method for their original flavor combos and fun collaborations with companies like Disney, and the new collection does not disappoint. Inspired by a bevy of frozen desserts you might spot in some fancy Tribeca boite, Method’s new scents include orange ginger sorbet, brambleberry gelato and vanilla creme....

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Trend Alert: Leather Wrap Bracelets – 8 of the coolest styles for spring

Leather wrap bracelets are so hot right now and I’m hoping the trend doesn’t go anywhere soon. It’s the right balance of casual, fun, and a little edgy, and you can pull it off whatever your style. Especially since multi-layered bracelets are really in right now (check out Kristen’s swanky arm on our Instagram feed) and bracelets that already wrap around a few times make it even easier to pull off. Wear one of these gorgeous leather wrap bracelets on their own, or layer with a few other coordinating pieces around your wrist. Or hey–not so coordinating. That’s what’s...

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The best pregnancy calendar week by week, now in your inbox

One of the greatest resources on AlphaMom — a wonderful site full of great resources, published by friend of CMP Isabel Kallman — has to be the Zero to Forty pregnancy calendar, for wonderful week by week support and humor. It was originally written by Amy Storch of the blog Amalah while she was pregnant with her second son. Not only is it informative (though Amy is not a doctor, and she does not play one on TV), it’s also hilarious. Just try not to pee yourself, mamas. Now you can sign up for pregnancy calendar weekly newsletters delivered based on your due...

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Trend alert: Safari prints for kids and how to wear them so they’re actually cool.

Safari prints are going to be a big trend this spring, but that doesn’t mean dressing your kid like a wannabe Real Housewife. (I’ll stop there. I’ve said too much already. ) There are some really adorable prints and patterns on kids’ clothes that are stylish, and even subtle–provided you don’t pair a leopard print with a zebra print with snakeskin shoes. But you knew that, right? Here, just a few of my favorite safari inspired clothes for girls and boys. No cutesie cartoon lions or toucans, promise. Leopard print sneakers (above, $17.95 at H + M) Starting from the...

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Goodnight Songs: A wonderful collection of new poems by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny were among the regular read-aloud books in my home for a very long time. So I am thrilled for her old and new fans alike that Goodnight Songs, a treasure trove of poems from the late Margaret Wise Brown, has been discovered and published in a gorgeous new children’s book complete with illustrations from so many of our favorite artists.   Goodnight Songs is a special book in so many ways. For those of us who have always loved the gentle rhythm and repetition of Margaret Wise Brown’s writing, it brings to light a dozen...

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Cool artwork for coffee drinkers: We like big cups and we cannot lie

If you too are among the ranks of caffeine junkies, get in line for a nice cuppa. Right behind me, that is, because Mama always needs to wake up. These gorgeous typography posters by Noodlehug on Etsy are just the cool  coffee artwork  to stare at until the first cup of Kona kicks in. Each poster is available in three sizes starting at $18 (no, not tall, grande and venti). They’re printed to be beautifully vibrant and ready for framing. And they’re making me thirsty for my next amazing Chemex coffee experience. Because my name is Delilah and I am a...

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Terrific organic skin care for babies, moms, and women who used to be babies.

If you smell something delicious that’s like a cross between a creamsicle, a vanilla candle, and springtime (in the best possible way), it’s probably me. That’s because I’ve been using the organic skin care products from Summer Sky Organics. Specifically the Mandarin Vanilla Mama Belly Oil. Not on my belly, as I’m not pregnant. But pretty much everywhere else. Just like the rest of the products from this mama-run, organic skin care company, the belly oil has a variety of uses for mamas, expecting mamas, babies, and women who have never even been near a baby in their lives, but just...

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Beautiful custom labels for gifts, home storage, and generally looking more organized than you feel.

Let’s face it: clutter happens. And I’m always looking for new ways to get our stuff (er, my kids’ stuff) organized at home. Since I don’t have a line item in our family budget for custom crates labeled toys and blocks, I’ve been using the (even better, cooler) custom labels recently introduced by one of our favorite eco-friendly stationers on the web, Paper Culture. – Don’t miss a great discount below for today only –   Like most everything in Paper Culture’s store, these tags are customizable, using their modern designs or your very own. There are all-text options or you can...

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What’s the story of the real St. Patrick’s Day? History Channel to the rescue.

If you’re one of those parents who can answer any question without saying let’s go check the internet! like I do, then more power to you. As for me, I was researching the story of the real St. Patrick’s Day to help explain it to my kids, and came across the wonderful History Channel website as a new must-bookmark resource. File under “parents’ life savers.” Not sure why I never thought of going there before, but History.com is packed with info that curious kids will adore. Especially because the pages and videos are a little more bite-size than the...

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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. Enjoy!   1. Amp up your smartphone photography with this affordable little gadget our readers are loving. 2. A creative website for kids that we bet your little artists will love. Ours certainly do. 3. Important: 2 anonymous social apps that kids are using that parents should know about. 4. Here’s a super smart safety gadget for cyclists, runners, and kids. 5. This short, helpful video about how Internet ads work is worth a watch with your...

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Unique cookie cutters alert: Gingerbread action men!

I went nuts over the Ninjabread men cookie cutters when we featured them awhile back because heaven knows we love unique cookie cutters. So it’s no surprise that I’ll soon be adding these gingerbread action man cookie cutters to my collection as well, especially since they’re customizable. Yes, really. I’m preparing for my kids to flip when they see these cool cookie cutters that can actually be changed up into three different poses by moving their arms and legs around. I can imagine the fun they’ll have creating whatever sort of action figure they’re in the mood to eat–rock...

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Corolle Les Cheries dolls: The best dolls for 5 year olds who are more interested in berets than burping.

I still stand by Corolle baby dolls as the best of the bigger brands. Designed in France and smelling lightly of vanilla, they’re really everything you want a doll to be. Unless when you’re looking for the best dolls for 5-year olds who have outgrown the baby doll stage. And you don’t want to spend $100 on one. And you want seriously awesome accessories and clothes to play with. Voila: The lovely new line of Corolle Les Cheries dolls. Designed for kids in that wonderfully imaginative 4-7 range who really love dressing up their dolls (though even my 8 year-old...

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Family travel tips: How to use Airbnb for your vacation

After checking hotel prices for a recent trip to Los Angeles (yikes), I decided to finally figure out how to use Airbnb for a vacation, after hearing so much about this booming community marketplace for accommodations all over the world. I’m usually a VRBO and Homeaway user for family travel, but after several friends recommended airbnb, I figured it would be worth a try. And I’m thrilled to say that it definitely was worth it. Says my wallet. If you’re planning your family summer vacation or a little getaway with your girlfriends or partner, here’s the inside scoop on some Airbnb booking tips, and...

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Geek out with these earth science drinking glasses

I’ve somehow collected way too many pint glasses over the years that aren’t necessarily my taste, especially since I’ve been out of college for awhile. I’m pretty sure I’m due for a glassware upgrade, which is why I’ve got my eye on these unique earth science drinking glasses at the shop we always find cool stuff, Uncommon Goods. I’m not sure what I love more; that this set of four drinking glasses was made here in the USA, or that they’re completely science-geeked out with the four sections of the universe–ocean, earth, atmosphere, and space.   And in case you’re not super...

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The best boozy desserts for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond, from Creme de Menthe Brownies to a Guinness Milkshake

Let’s be honest: St. Patrick’s Day is a pretty boozy holiday, at least here in the states. Given that a (small) Skinnygirl margarita can get me buzzed, I’ll probably skip drinking on St. Patrick’s Day and instead opt for one of these 6 of the best boozy desserts. It’s a bold move but, trust me, St. Patrick’s Day recipes never tasted so good. Oh, and they aren’t all totally inappropriate to share with kids. There’s some safe stuff in here for them, too. But if you’re pregnant or abstaining, you might check out our favorite rainbow recipes instead. Either way, hard...

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Tights for girls get funky

Even as cold as it still is in my neck of the woods, my three girls are insistent on wearing skirts and dresses, which means leggings and tights are a must. I’ve definitely seen my fair share of cool tights for girls, but since discovering Funky Legs, I’m smitten. And so are my kids.   Thanks to the internet, you can still get UK-based Funky Legs if you live in the States like me, and trust me, they’re worth it. I really love the bold colors and prints that are a bit more unique and playful than the ubiquitous...

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