Month: May 2014

The Baby Tree: May we never ever talk about storks again.

I admit, the folk tales and stork mythology stories that seek to answer “where do babies come from?” don’t appeal to me a bit. I want my kids to understand the actual facts in age appropriate ways and the right book can be perfect for that very thing. Especially if you’re feeling awkward about it yourself. So was thrilled to find just what I have been looking for–and probably a lot of you too–in the absolutely charming, wonderful, relatable The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall whose title belies the informative lesson about reproduction for young kids. A child  about to have a baby sibling sets out to...

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The silver lining over the crib

One of the most fun things about opening the Cool Mom Picks shop last week at great.ly is the ability to introduce new artists to all of you. One of our favorite finds: the lovely handmade cloud mobiles from Jahje Ives who was one of the very first makers we knew we wanted to feature. I was never a big fan of mobiles with music–especially now that it’s so easy to pump in your own favorite (and decidedly less repetitive) sleepytime music via MP3. These mobiles, on the other hand, do everything I want a mobile to do, floating and twisting and enchanting...

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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. We found the perfect gift for the camera lover in your life. 2. The latest news on Snapchat and what parents should know about it. Eep. 3. What do you get when Kickstarter and the MoMA Design Store come together?Lots of awesome. 4. Wait until you see this cool accessory’s secret technological superpower. 5. We’re amazed by this free app that’s perfect for parents–especially ones with baby book...

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A cute DIY to keep your kids from losing their glasses

We’ve officially entered sunglass season–although with my girls, every day is sunglass day. And hat day. And hula skirt day, for that matter. And this means I’ve officially started saying “and don’t leave them at school!” every time they walk out the door with said glasses. (I’m admittedly less concerned when they walk out of the house in hula skirts over their jeans.)  So I totally smiled when I saw this tutorial for  DIY glasses chain necklace at Handmade Charlotte that’s perfect for kids.   Click over for all the directions. It’s not too hard at all. I bet you could...

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Science t-shirts that help kids tell the pedipalp from the chelicarae

My kids never just want to know what something is. They also need to know where it’s from, what it does, what it eats, and why it makes that weird noise. If your kids want all the answers too, check out these adorably informative science t-shirts for kids from Elemental Ts. Each image is a labeled anatomical diagram just like you find in science textbooks. (Wait, do kids still use actual textbooks anymore?)   Hand-printed in Brooklyn by two clearly cool Brooklyn moms, we love the bright colors and hand-illustrated images of animals and robots which are totally great for boys or girls. From frogs to...

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Home hair color that’s as good as any salon? We may have found it with Madison Reed.

Until last week, I thought shelling out upwards of $250 for highlights and a root-covering tint was totally legit. At least in my neck of the NYC metropolitan area. Then I discovered Madison Reed, a new home hair color company, and even this DIY hair color skeptic just might be a new convert. I dabbled in hair color from the box when I was a teenager living in the Midwest, but as soon as I moved to New York and worked in the beauty business, I admit getting hooked on the prestige of going to a celebrity colorist. But like so...

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Vintage lockets on Etsy that hold more than secret photos, they hold a secret message.

Clearly we’re having a thing for hidden message keepsake jewelry this week, because first we found the awesome necklaces from Beth Macri, and now I’m crushing on this secret message locket spotted on Etsy. Dearest Mine finds vintage 1960s ball lockets, refurbishes them, and includes a blank of accordion-style paper. Write your own personalized message, or if your handwriting is like mine, Lori can do it for you. You can also include two photos if you wish, this being a locket and all.   I can see this as a beautiful, sentimental grad gift: Write Oh, the places you’ll go (or something less…familiar) and...

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What do I need to make homemade baby food? Our favorite tools and appliances.

It’s no surprise that more and more readers write to us to ask what they need to make homemade baby food. More parents than ever are making baby food from scratch, with a report out this week that baby food sales are down by 10%. Hey, no judgements–however you feed your baby is great by us. But since I’m  fan of home cooking myself, I’m happy to help those families committing to homemade baby food by recommending some of my favorite tools and appliances. It does take work, so it’s great knowing that these tools can all help make steaming, mashing, and storing...

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Our favorite Pinterest pins of the week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool picks like these every day.    1.  A clever gift for kids at a really great price. 2. Terrific  app to help eliminate the baby book guilt. 3. We can think of a few dads who would be thrilled with this as a Father’s Day gift. 4.  A new twist on a custom locket that we’re all flipping for. 5.  You’d better believe we’ll all be wearing one of these this summer, for more reasons than one. Speaking of Father’s Day, be sure to follow our board on the coolest Father’s Day...

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Cool Mom Picks opens an indie shop and we couldn’t be more thrilled

We are so pleased to announce the launch of the Cool Mom Picks Boutique at the wonderful new website Great.ly. This makes us so happy, you can’t imagine; if we could have designed a retail experience ourselves, this would be it–filled with wonderful handmade and indie items from some of the most talented makers around the world, all curated by top tastemakers into boutiques. And we’re honored to be among them! We’ve gathered up some of our very favorite products from the the maker boutiques that populate the site. Click over and you’ll find categories for kids and baby gifts (of course),accessories and jewelry (oh man, so...

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