Month: May 2014

5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. This new gadget lets kids play with iPads in a totally different way. We want one. 2. Here’s 9 smart ways to get more out of Google Maps and make your road trips way way easier. 3. This mini Bluetooth speaker may be teeny, but the sound it produces isn’t. Cool gift! 4. Wait until you see what this 3D printer can create. Watch out YSL. 5. Check out this handy smartphone gadget that’s perfect for germaphobes. Or...

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Gorgeous graduation gifts that give back, which might just be the very best kind.

Raven + lily has been one of my favorite go-to gift sources ever since we first featured them a long time ago here on Cool Mom Picks and discovered their wonderful selection of gifts that give back. So it’s not surprise they’ve got a lovely selection of graduation gift ideas right now, plus a cool promotion if you shop this weekend. The shop’s mission is to support marginalized women around the world by employing them in a safe work environment and providing them a sustainable income and health care as a means to break the cycle of poverty. All of their beautiful eco-friendly...

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An indoor s’mores recipe in case your campfire plans get rained out. Consider it a chocolately, silver lining.

Monday is Memorial Day, and my family has big plans for swimming and grilling which of course means s’mores. I’ve been hoping we’d be outside all day, lathering on the sunscreen and catching up on some summer reading but there’s one problem: The weather forecast. Boo. Our just-in-case back-up plan includes making s’mores indoors with Style Me Pretty’s one-bite s’mores recipe that we just found. They’re simple enough to make that the kids can help–which keeps them from running through the grandparents’ house like crazy people–and these s’mores look so delicious they may just move from plan B to plan A. Even if we’re singing, Rain,...

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How to make ice cream without a machine: Our favorite easy ice cream recipes

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer (whoo!), which is also the official start of ice cream season (double whoo!) So break out the cones, whip up some homemade magic shell, and start making ice cream. No worries if you don’t have an ice cream maker, because we’re going to teach you how to make ice cream without a machine. And, of course, we’ve got lots of easy ice cream recipes so you can give one—or all—of these three methods a try and see what works best for you. Oh, the drudgery…   If we’re going to make ice...

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Cool bicycle seat covers from May28th protect your ride in style

As much as I love my sleek, fast road bike, I can’t help coveting a cute beach cruiser (especially now that summer is unofficially here) — preferably one with a basket and one of these cool bicycle seat covers from the fun shop May 28th who already makes the watches we love so much. Whether you choose the bold geometric designs, fun florals, or hip city maps (like London, Paris, or Brooklyn, oh my), this is such a cool way to snazz up your bike and protect the seat too.     You bike aficionados will be glad to know that the seat covers...

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Our favorite Pinterest pins of the week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then discover cool finds like these daily.   1. Love this print from Emily McDowell that’s perfect for a grad gift. 2. Awesome burger recipes for your holiday weekend BBQ. Mmm…meat. 3. Summer fashion: The cute tote on our wishlists. 4. A great app just for kids to tell their own story about their family vacation. 5. The app to get you more motivated to...

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Le Mieux Collagen Peptide Serum: Wrinkles, begone.

So I’ve officially entered the phase of life when I’m willing to try and find the best skincare for aging skin. Fortunately, 22-year olds in LA do the same thing, so I’m in good company. And recently I found an impressive professional line called Le Mieux which happens to make a really nice everyday facial moisturizer in the Le Mieux Collagen Peptide Serum for those of you not beyond “investing” in skincare. Actually it’s a moisturizer/serum combo, and if you’ve ever been to a fancy aesthetician who urges you to use both on your skin daily, you know that that’s a nice time-saver. The luxurious Collagen Peptide Serum...

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Time for an ice cream shower! Wait, no. Just customized ice cream cups for a baby shower.

“Dear baby: on the day you were born, we ate ice cream with your name on it. It kind of stopped the shower when my water broke, but I finished the whole cup of mint chocolate chip, darn it. And it was delicious. Because it was named after you. And because mint chocolate chip.” File that under Things That Would Be Hilarious In a Baby Book. It’s no secret that we love eCreamery, so we’re especially excited that you can now order your delicious, custom-churned spoonfuls of heaven in a pack of 24 customized ice cream cups, just for baby showers....

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Web Coolness: Best commencement speeches ever, mind-blowing cardboard creations, and Breast Milk: The Movie

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like it too.   With Father’s Day coming up, we have dads on the brain. This week, it’s Cardboard Dad. Awesome. [via Handmade Charlotte] NPR features the best commencement speeches. 5 special needs friendly amusement parks near NYC. Thanks, Mommy Poppins. 9 cool Google Maps features you may not know about. Just in time to save you from Memorial Day weekend traffic. We want this gorgeous scarf for summer so badly!   Oh boy, our kids cannot wait until this awesome toy is available. More on what it’s like to...

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You need this Pink Power Ranger onesie, especially if the Terror Toad attacks.

Superheroes are big right now, but let’s not forget the Power Rangers, who have kicked their way through 20 television seasons of 17  themed series, not to mention two movies, and all in body-tight Spandex. If you’re worried about Rita Repulsa or the next set of Kaiju, you’ll want a Ranger in the house in this Pink Power Ranger onesie, even if all she can do is waggle her arms and coo. The Pink Ranger has been there since season one, is known for gymnastics moves and empathy, and her 100% cotton costume (complete with tutu) isn’t nearly as revealing as some of the other...

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What to pack for kids: From spoons to scooters, 9 surprising items that make family travel easier and more fun

It’s officially the season for travel (whoo!) and whether you’re planing it, driving, or taking the subway uptown for a picnic in the park, we’re all for getting out with the kids. A top question from our readers is always “but what do I pack!!??” (Number of exclamation points not exaggerated.) Well, you’ve come to the right place because we’re huge advocates of traveling with kids, and we do it ourselves, a lot. Even Kristen, and she has four of them! So while yes, you need clothes and snacks and crayons, on behalf of our awesome new partner Micro...

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A fragrance for Father’s Day, for Dude No. 1 in your life

I may have attacked my husband the first time I dabbed some Dude No. 1 from MCMC Fragrances on his neck. It’s that good. And when I dabbed their Hunter eau de parfum on my neck, I was attacked in return. The best Father’s Day gifts, in my opinion, involve that kind of selfless dedication. Oh, wait. I mean selfish. I first discovered MCMC Fragrances as a sample in a Bergamot box. When I realized that two of my favorite fragrance samples this year were from MCMC, I had to contact them for more information on Father’s Day fragrances. Turns out they recently...

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Cool custom family dolls, because everyone needs a mini-me. Or a mini-us.

We have a thing for personalized dolls at Cool Mom Picks, but I am legitimately swooning over these sophisticated (but still adorable) custom family dolls, handmade by Liliana Tijeras of Citizens Collectible on Etsy. They may be made in Spain, but the couple with the square glasses could have stepped right off of the sidewalks of Brooklyn or Los Feliz. They may even be two dads–hard to tell. Liliana perfectly captures personality in felt and canvas, customizing every doll’s hair color, facial hair, skin tone, and any of more than a dozen hair styles. You can also choose from a slew of fabrics for their outfits, and even...

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What to do about picky eaters: 4 parenting books to help you call a truce on mealtime battles

Wondering what to do about picky eaters and how to feed them can be one of the most exhausting parenting challenges. We’re responsible for feeding our kids at least three times every day (or so we’d hope), and three daily battles is three too many. When you’re ready to stop the madness, these 4 parenting books can be amazingly helpful, and hopefully one is right for you. My hope is that they help you get your child to eat what’s on the table–or at least end the power struggles when he won’t.  All are available through our affiliate Amazon, or local indie booksellers...

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Our favorite DIY teacher gifts from the class that make a big impression.

We love teachers so much which is why we’re always excited to track down great ideas for teacher gifts from the class. After all, they give to our kids all day long without complaining (to us, anyway) about the runny noses they wipe, or the fifth round of lice to hit the school this year. With the school year wrapping up as we speak, if you haven’t started thinking about gifts from the class for your teacher yet we’ve got some great ideas, both new and from years past. One thing we’ve learned from talking to dozens of teachers over the...

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Awesome action figures for girls that are actually for girls.

I have always said that I’m not anti-princess, just pro-choice. When it comes to my daughters’ toys, I’ve always wanted them to have a variety, which is why we don’t limit ourselves to “girls’ aisles”  in toy stores. And now IAmElemental comes along and gives us actual action figures for girls–a phenomenal option to inspire creative play right alongside their action movie-themed LEGOs  and rag dolls and American Girl Dolls and everything else in the toy chest. Still in the midst of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, this mom-run company is reinventing the female action figure, with a series made for actual girls to play with–instead of adult collectors to ogle. You...

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5 great photo book ideas for Father’s Day gifts

Father’s Day is coming up, and I’m excited that it’s time to celebrate the amazing dads and grandpas in my kids’ lives. One of our favorite gifts is photo books, which is such a simple way to create an affordable, truly special keepsake that’s loaded with sentiment. So I’ve put together 5 great photo book ideas for Father’s Day gifts, all using the affordable mini photo books from our sponsor Pinhole Press. -Don’t miss an exclusive discount code just for our readers below – We’ve all been fans of Pinhole Press for ages, for their spectacular design options and truly impressive end results. This is...

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The coolest new Ralph Lauren Kids clothes for fall according to actual kids

Browsing through photos of last night’s 2014 Ralph Lauren Kids fall preview with my girls (which we were sad to miss this year since the 2013 Ralph Lauren fall show was so great), they had some pretty strong opinions on which things they loved for themselves. Let’s just say, anything with boots? Yes! Fair isle? No. Color, yes! All brown…no way. Don’t even ask about boys in bow ties. So, if you’re looking for some fun, fancy girls’ looks for fall, and want the very opinionated opinion of two grade-school girls, allow us to help provide you with some inspiration for color, patterns layering and...

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A musical walk Through the Woods with Grammy winners The Okee Dokee Brothers

Grammy-award winners and all around super guys The Okee Dokee Brothers follow up their stellar Mississippi River-themed album, Can You Canoe?, with Through the Woods, all about their adventures hiking a chunk of the Appalachian Mountain trail. This is another collection of songs that should rightfully become a family classic for the joy, fun, and great music it’ll bring into your home and on your family’s travels.   Childhood friends Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander pack Through the Woods with a variety of “mountain music”, including American folk, bluegrass, blues, and a bunch of cool-sounding instruments. Songs like the gently rambling title tune that invites you to join them...

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10 of the best essential summer wine accessories to keep your vino fresh, cool and portable.

I love a good glass of wine any time of the year, but especially during the summer months. There’s something about sipping a good rosé on a picnic or starting dinner with an effervescent, chilled dry Lambrusco that brings out the wine lover in me. The weather makes wine feel casual and my favorite summer wine accessories make drinking it easy. Hope they help you too.   In the summer I nearly exclusively drink from my GoVino glasses, which we count among our picnic essentials here at Cool Mom Picks. These attractive cups made specifically for wine are made from a BPA-free...

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