Month: March 2014

The best Minecraft birthday party ideas (besides just sitting around playing Minecraft)

I have three just-a-wee-bit-obsessed Minecraft fans who would love nothing more than a Minecraft birthday party, to celebrate their big days surrounded by their favorite virtual world. Oh, you too? Then keep reading for some of my favorite Minecraft birthday party ideas that will have big impact–all without a week of prep, or a celebrity’s budget. We’re busy, you know? But we do have time for these.   Minecraft Birthday Party Invitations I love the bold yet not-too-busy Printable Minecraft Birthday Invitation from From Me With Love Design. Just send in your party details and receive a digital download to...

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Personalized number jewelry from Julian & Co add up to perfect, times infinity.

We love artists who help you project your unique self in fabulous and affordable style. And for fabulous mom keepsake jewelry (or for any woman, really) we especially heart the creative selections from Julian and Co. We have fawned over their tiny monogrammed rings, monogram charms, and trademark keepsake mom jewelry, and now they’ve got us with a new offering:  charming personalized number jewelry, just waiting for your digits. Whether it’s your lucky number, the number of kids in your brood, the year you graduated or how many hours you were in labor (ha), these custom pieces in silver or white, yellow, or...

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Handmade crocheted baby toys that could make you want another baby. (Or at least one to give them to.)

We are talking about getting a dog, which makes it official: No more babies for this household. And I’m pretty much okay with that fact until I see a store like YarnBall Stories. This absolutely adorable Etsy shop has safe and soft crocheted baby toys and decor that stop me in my tracks with the cuteness. And you know how much of a soft spot we have for cool crocheted toys and gifts like crocheted baby booties here at Cool Mom Picks. The YarnBall Stories crocheted baby mobiles come in themes like the solar system, colorful hearts, or just pretty pastels. I...

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Pink tees for boys. Also girls, because we hear they like pink too.

We’ve come a long way from the days our readers asked us to find a dinosaur dress for girls and it took a little bit of digging. Now the pendulum is swinging the other way with a clever company called Quirkie Kids which is making pink tees for boys and girls with the kinds of images you don’t always see on pink tees. In other words, no tiaras, no future diva slogans. The bright fuschia, US-made tees in sizes 2-10 are created by Martine Zoer and designed by cool dad and pro animator Liam Robinson, featuring four motifs like dinosaurs,...

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15 funny art quote prints that we’d actually hang on our walls

I’m not one to hang inspirational quotes on my wall, but if they make me laugh out loud, I’m all for it. We’ve seen so many funny quote art prints cropping up lately that wanted to share some of our all-time favorites.  From the vaguely inspirational to the irreverent (maybe not in the kids’ rooms) I hope they make you giggle (or guffaw) just when you need it most. Chocolate Doesn’t Ask Silly Questions print ($9 at ExLibrisJournals on Etsy, above) Masquerading as a Normal Person ($5 at PrintablePixels on Etsy) *get a limited one-time discount code on your first...

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The Spaceboy trash can: To incinerator and beyond!

Yes, this is way more than I’d normally think to spend on a trash can. And yes, you have to have exactly the right place for it. But how awesome looking is the Wesco Spaceboy Trash Can? I first saw it on Fab.com in this gorgeous almond color, though since then I’ve tracked it down for a little less at Amazon in red, orange, or space-age silver. I think the powder-coated steel can would look terrific in a modern kitchen, but obviously it’s perfect for a playroom. Especially where there’s a whole lot of crafting going on and you’d rather...

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Cool wrapping paper as nice as the gift inside.

I get tired of the same old gift wrap I seem to see everywhere. I’m one of those people who would rather show up at a party with cool wrapping paper instead of a package that looks identical to everyone else’s. So when I discovered the original, very cool wrapping paper and cards from Lily & Val, I swooned. Featuring hand-lettered chalk art by Valerie McKeehan, it’s all super fun, isn’t it? The Flower and Vines wrapping paper (at top) comes in a pack of three sheets and is great to keep on hand for any gift at all that you...

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6 of the coolest dollhouse kits that promote building, design, and imaginative play. We want to live in them.

Dollhouses have always been a common feature on the floors of Toy Fair, but Liz and I noticed more and more options this year with dollhouse kits that add building and design, and sometimes even circuitry, to the act of play. Future architects and designers of the world, we’ve found the toys for you.   Roominate Dollhouse Building Kits Combining building, engineering, and design, Roominate’s clever dollhouse building kits come together in so many different ways, kids can conceivably construct a totally different house every time they sit down to play. And I love the many ideas on their...

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10 modern growth charts to measure your kids inch by inch

I have really fond memories of my grandmother tracking the height of the grandkids on the wooden trim in her kitchen pantry, but when she sold her home, without actual growth charts, our childhood memories were left behind. So I love the new concept behind modern growth charts that are keepsakes you can move from home to home (or room to room) with you. It’s been a while since we looked for some really cool modern growth charts for our readers, so we’ve scoured the Internet for the coolest designs, from graphic to painterly, so you can spend your time monitoring...

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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. We dare you not to laugh at this round-up of Sesame Street movie spoofs. 2. We had way too much fun looking up our own first tweets on Twitter. What was yours? 3. Here are really smart tips for taking a selfie with your kids. 4. Cool new apps for kids that are educational and entertaining. We’re in! 5. One of our favorite tech picks: A hilarious smartphone case if you’re like us still say tapes instead of...

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