Month: May 2014

The new G-Bike balance bike: For kids who can’t wait for their own wheels

We love balance bikes here at Cool Mom Picks because they do such a great job of teaching young kids how to get around safely on two wheels. I was sold on them after learning the hard way how challenging it is to wean a fearful child off of training wheels (oy, my back) and now I’m particularly smitten with the new line of G-Bike balance bikes made by my kids’ favorite scooter maker, Micro Kickboard.   Micro Kickboard’s brightly colored, toddler-friendly G-Bike balance bike is created for kids as young as two who are eager to hit the open road–or more realistically, the driveway and sidewalk.  I dig the look...

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This watercolor artist made sophisticated superhero art. Our hero!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a really lovely watercolor of your favorite superhero, and it’s ready to frame! As much as we love covering cool artwork for kids, we’re excited to have found a collection of sophisticated superhero art that you would expect to find in your favorite local gallery. We’ve brought you artsy movie posters and Star Wars art, and now we’re excited to see some of our favorite characters brought to life in atmospheric watercolors by Clementine, a French mom of two living in Australia. Her Blule website gallery includes everything from cats to fairy tale shoes, but what we really...

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Sweet Loren’s: Frozen natural cookie dough as delicious as the so-not-natural at all stuff.

Hold onto your baking sheets, cookie lovers.  Sweet Loren’s all-natural cookie dough for ready-to-bake cookies has arrived and will make eating your favorite sweet treats way easier and with less guilt. Packed with 100% whole grains, natural sweeteners, and [edited to clarify] fewer processed and refined ingredients than similar products from other brands, these cookie doughs wait ready in your freezer and bake up in minutes whenever you–uh, I mean the kids–are craving a treat. Sweet Loren’s award-winning cookie dough was created by Loren Brill, a long time sweets lover and cancer survivor who committed to clean eating after her recovery. She...

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Frazier and Wing mobiles: You don’t have to be a baby to smile up at them

I’ve been singing the praises of the gorgeous handmade mobiles from Portland’s Frazier and Wing for a while now, and as much as I love the artistry Heather brings to her paper mobiles and reusable handmade paper garlands, I’m so excited to see her getting into new materials. She’s just introduced the striking new Auden mobile made from German felt circles and  natural maple. It’s a gorgeous piece of original art that can transition from a baby’s room to pretty much anywhere in the house. If you love wood, then you may like the Sandro mobile in a dark walnut that looks...

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5 cool Birkenstock alternatives. Yes, they’re back.

If you feel the way I feel about Birkenstocks, then you’ll be very happy to see I’ve got some stylish Birkenstock alternatives for you. Oh don’t get me wrong, I wore them proudly 15 years ago, but these days, I’m not so sure I can pull them off as well. Even though I know I’m seeing them on the feet of all my cooler-than-me friends. I guess they’re the kind of thing that are either you…or they’re not. So since Birks are super comfortable and very on trend, so I decided to round up  5 cool sandals that let you ride the trend without...

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Web Coolness: Maya Angelou, #YesAllWomen, and tough questions for parents to ask themselves.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Fantastic (and free!) DIY DIY printable paper bags for Father’s Day picnics. Impressive: The college graduate of the year. A sweet moment from  the surprise Sandra Bullock commencement speech in NOLA. Important male perspective on the #YesAllWomen hashtag trending this week. Our small tribute to the passing of Maya Angelou.   Another goodbye to iconic designer Massimo Vignelli. [via LisaCongdon] Reinvent your Friday nights with this date night in series on Bleubird. Is the importance of children’s table manners becoming overstated? Can you be honest about your parenting? Bacon-wrapped balsamic dates and truffled mac n...

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12 terrific printable gift card holders for teachers that make that end-of-year gift more special.

I tend to give gift cards to my kids’ teachers at the end of the school year because it’s quick and easy, but I also like knowing that the recipient can use it to treat herself long after the kids have run off to summer. So I’ve searched high and low for the best printable gift card holders for teachers, to help make the gift look as heartfelt as the sentiment behind it. Even though lots of schools encourage it as an end of year teacher gift, handing over a gift card in an envelope can still feel a little too impersonal, considering how much educators, coaches and...

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18 seriously funny Father’s Day cards. Because a dad who laughs is a dad to celebrate.

While you’re busy looking for the perfect Father’s Day gifts, you can’t forget the perfect funny card, right? If you’re like me (and your dad like my dad) then you’ll appreciate these 18 funny Father’s Day cards that I tracked down on Etsy this year. We promise they’re all SFW–unless maybe your work is in a monastery–and somehow, we managed once again to avoid tired references to lazy dads, power tools, remote controls, golf, and mowing the lawn. Hey cardmakers: Take a cue from these artist and get with the 21st century. If It Wasn’t For You…Father’s Day Card ($4.50, Hello Small World) A...

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MOUTH introduces a new online liquor store for indie wine and spirits. Cheers to that.

By now it’s no surprise that we’re huge fans of MOUTH, a rocking online indie food marketplace where you can get anything from an edible gold chocolate Jesus to a gourmet food subscription filled with artisanal goodies like pickles or cookies. And now—praise that gold chocolate Jesus—they’ve launched an online liquor store just for indie spirits, wine and gifts for the imbibing set. We can’t decide if we love MOUTH more because they find the most delicious small-batch food products, or for their dedication to supporting indie food makers in growing their businesses. In true form, the curators at MOUTH are on the cutting edge of the indie spirits...

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The ONE FashionABLE scarf: A cool accessory for a cause, but hurry!

As if I didn’t love FashionABLE enough, they’ve just collaborated with ONE.org to launch their limited edition ONE FashionABLE summer scarf and wow, is it gorgeous. Even better, the profits now help two great charitable organizations. I’m hard-pressed to find an occasion where I don’t have a FashionABLE scarf around my neck or in my tote–and Liz would say the same. Not just because they’re beautiful, like this summer scarf in a luscious Mediterranean blue cotton that demands sunny days, but because they double so well as a wrap, a sizeable blanket for my kids on the go, even an emergency diaper changing table cover....

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