Month: June 2014

Leather wrap bracelets with a big heart to help little hearts

I’ve been deeply committed to supporting FashionABLE since visiting them in Ethiopia on a humanitarian trip with ONE nearly two years ago. These guys get it right, producing gorgeous handmade scarves and accessories that are not only incredibly wearable, but they get the women of Addis Ababa off the streets, train them in a viable career, and help with education and medical expenses so the artists can support themselves and their families with dignity. Today they’ve introduced some lovely, affordable leather wrap bracelets that are not only on trend with all the gorgeous wrap bracelets we’re stacking up our wrists right now, they do so much...

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Welcome baby! Cool summer birth announcements for the hottest months.

New parents, we know you couldn’t be more proud. You’ve waited months–years, maybe–for your new baby to be here and you are so ready to share him or her (or him and her) with the world. We get it. So, in honor of the sunniest months, we’ve scoured our favorite sites to find cool summer birth announcements worthy of your big news. You can catch up on sleep now instead of clicking through the thousands of designs out there with snowflakes or Easter eggs on them. Consider it our gift to you.   At top: Nothing says summer like surfer style. Check out this...

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3 cool new albums for kids, just in time for summer road trips.

Between road trips, hot days spent in front of the AC, and impromptu neighborhood BBQs, summer means lots of time together to enjoy great new family and kids’ music. And we’ve discovered new albums from They Might Be Giants’ Danny Weinkauf,  The Walkmen’s Walter Martin, and CMP’s favorite country duo Hullabaloo that you’ll want to add to your collection. DANNY WEINKAUF: NO SCHOOL TODAY No School Today would win Best Album Name from my kids, though it’s the music from Grammy-winning composer Weinkauf that makes this one a real hit. Kicking off with the one-word, enthusiastically shouted Hey!, the album moves into Archaeology...

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Sandals for girls with wide feet? Reader Q+A

My 7 year old daughter has wide feet and we desperately need sandals! Do you have any recommendations for something cute and stylish for girls but not so narrow? Thanks! – Martha G   Hi Martha, I have the opposite issue–girls with slightly narrow feet–but from that alone I’m definitely familiar with the brands that run wide on them. Here are a few ideas that should help for anyone looking for sandals for girls with wide feet.   I’m a huge fan of Salt Water Sandals which seem to stretch to fit nearly any shape or size foot. My own girls love...

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Genius summer beauty tip: Waterproof eyeliner

Of course I’m already to the joys of waterproof mascara in the summer, as we all are by now no doubt. But when the kind woman at the Laura Mercier counter pointed me toward their waterproof eyeliner I was like…wha-ah? For some reason, I had no idea such a thing existed. Wear all the waterproof mascara you want; you’ll still look racoon-y when you start sweating/crying/being a person like me who rubs your eyes absentmindedly all day, and your eyeliner smudges. Not in a cool smoky eye kind of way. So I plunked down the money, crossing fingers the Laura Mercier Longwear...

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The Munchkin LATCH bottle may be the closest to breastfeeding yet

When my first baby was just a few weeks old, I injured my back which meant medicine for me and bottles for my baby. I was a basketcase, and he was totally confused because he was used to nursing. Of course there are all kinds of reasons that new moms bottle feed, and I really believe that having the most breast-like bottle for your baby can be ideal, especially if you’re weaning or experiencing unexpected incidents like I did. The newest bottle to mimic breastfeeding is the LATCH bottle from Munchkin.I’d say that while it doesn’t look like a boob, in some...

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Squash summer boredom with Kiwi Crate’s summer craft kits

Whether it’s their monthly gift subscriptions that I’ve sent to my nieces, a single-crate birthday gift, or a cool craft project listed on their blog, CMP favorite Kiwi Crate has been keeping kids I know engaged in fun, educational, and creative projects for the past few years since they launched. (Can you tell I love them?) And now they’ve come out with a trio of crates specifically for summer, to help banish the dreaded “b” word that is bound to be uttered after the initial excitement of summer’s arrival has worn off. With a crate a month beginning in June, Kiwi Crate’s...

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Beat the humidity with 6 of the best anti-frizz hair products. Because it’s so not the heat.

In an effort to tame my locks sans chemicals, I rounded up the best anti-frizz hair products for the summer for you all. Because I know that I’m not alone here! At the first sign of humidity in the air, my thick and wavy hair goes crazy. Forget blow drying– the minute I step outside, I’ll basically have a mushroom on my head. A frizzy, frizzy mushroom. Many of my friends swear by their keratin straightening treatments–and their hair does look pretty amazing–but I’d rather pass on the formaldehyde, thank you very much. If you’re in the same boat, here are some of the best...

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Looking for a great bed rail with night light built right in? We’ve found a great one.

My kids are rollers. I can’t count how many times I’ve gone to check on them while they sleep, only to find them on the floor. I’ve considered getting a bed rail but they think they’re so babyish. And when you’re a big four-year-old, is there a worse fate?  But then I discovered the new new Side Light bed rail from Babyhome which even my older kids think looks pretty cool. If you recognize the name Babyhome it’s because they’re the amazing modern children’s design company responsible for the modern So-Ro cradle that we’ve all been coveting for the babies in our...

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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 tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. An awesome wireless speaker that does so much more than blast your tunes. 2. Coolest iPad accessory ever. 3. We’re loving this new feature on one of our favorite photo editing sites. 4. You won’t believe what someone did with upcycled vintage toys. We want all of them! 5. Don’t miss these smart tips that could save you from a worst case tech...

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31 quotes that may change your view of fatherhood from real moms and daughters: What the women in your life really think of you

As part of our big Father’s Day gift guide giveaway over the past few weeks, we asked some simple questions of our readers for a chance to enter. We expected lots of different responses. What we didn’t expect though, is how emotional we all have been reading all of your answers, especially to the question: Tell us why the special dad in your life deserves to win. It’s clear that women really value their husbands, partners, or fathers for so many different reasons; and more interestingly, for lots of the same reasons. So from more than 200 responses, here’s just a small sampling of some of our favorites. Because...

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Sole Serum: How those celebs manage to wear stilettos all day without grimacing.

We’re not shy about our love for amazing heels here at Cool Mom Picks. I certainly have my yoga-pants-and-t-shirt days, but there’s just something about getting dressed up in trendy designer clothes and feeling like I look good. But no matter how happy I am to be dressed up, at the end of a long day in some six-inchers my feet are feeling it. Ouch, for real. A nice soak in some epsom salt at home can do wonders, but if you’re traveling or don’t want to draw a bath, or you’re just busy (because, aren’t we all?) try Sole Serum, which...

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A handmade hostess gift that gives back from glassybaby

Confession: If I don’t have a hostess gift, the first place I look is the cabinet full of wine bottles I have  received as hostess gifts myself. Sure, it looks like a fine, old vintage–but that’s because I haven’t had a party since 2005. Oops. But here’s one gift I wouldn’t let out of my cold, condensation-frosted fingers: a handblown glassware cup with a great story. We love glassybaby’s votive candles, which grew from mom-of-three Lee Rhodes’ battle with cancer and her desire to spread hope and serenity. So it’s only natural that we’d love the idea of getting...

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Vegetarian Father’s Day recipes for a bacon-free feast

This just in: Not all dads eat bacon. I mean, my own dad and the father of my kids do—like, they really eat bacon—but plenty of men are vegetarians and vegans. Or Kosher. Or they just don’t like it. So since all dads deserve to eat well on Father’s Day, I want to celebrate them too, with a menu complete with Vegetarian Father’s Day recipes. It’s even got hearty vegan recipes thrown in for good measure. Hearty Vegetarian/Vegan Mexican Dinner A Mexican feast for Father’s Day means tacos and I’m dying over these amazing vegetarian tacos at Wild Greens and Sardines. As the title...

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Our top 5 Pinterest pins of the week: Father’s Day Edition

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! You’ll find cool picks like these every day from our site and beyond.   1. Look what these vintage action figures have become. 2.  Probably the most beautifully designed free printables for Father’s Day we’ve seen. 3. We’ve been waiting for this Star Wars book sequel. 4. Great last minute gift idea for Dad from the kids that’s easy and free. (Two things we like together, a lot.) 5. If you don’t make your own video for him, play this Father’s Day video for a dad in your life.  Tissues optional, but recommended.   Want more ideas?...

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Lots (and lots) of cool last minute Father’s Day gift ideas. Hop to it!

We know that sometimes life catches up with you and you get to that point that you’re scrambling for ideas for a cool last minute Father’s Day gift–not that you love him any less than those who had their gifts sorted out back in January. (Ha.)  Or hey, maybe he’s just so hard to shop for that you’re stuck. If that’s the case, allow us to help you with lots of cool gifts for dads that you can still have shipped, pick up somewhere local, or simply make yourself. Even if it’s just amping up his breakfast in bed...

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Web Coolness: Last-minute Father’s Day DIY, the country’s best indie coffee shops, and hilarious kid letters from camp

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   A bunch of free Father’s Day printables that dad will love, from cards to gift wrap and lots more. Hurry! Our huge $900 Father’s Day giveaway ends soon!  A comment on each post = an entry! Good luck. Great read over on How to Be a Dad: 13 dads reveal their struggle. We’re so laughing at the “I’m So Pregnant” spoof. Did your favorite home away from home make this list of the best coffee shops in the country? Here’s why adults should read YA. Hilarious. Last...

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Sweetly sophisticated and free Father’s Day printables from one of our favorite sites.

If our huge list of 15 free Father’s Day printables didn’t include absolutely everything you need for this Sunday (at least in the printables department), we’ve just found one more Father’s Day printable collection that is is too adorable, and too  jam-packed with cool ideas for Dad not to share with you. Designed  by our friends at tinyme, whose customized labels, puzzles, blocks and–yes–printables are among some of our favorites, you may want to stock up on the printer ink and cardstock and sharpen those scissors. From printable gift bags that look like tiny dress shirts to a dapper necktie garland, tinyme’s free Father’s...

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The Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag is back, redesigned, and better than ever. Can we talk pockets?

It’s safe to say that Skip Hop revolutionized the diaper bag category with its cool modern twist on the new mom essential accessory. When it launched its first Duo diaper bag ten years ago, parents finally had a sleek and durable bag that wasn’t bright pink or emblazoned with teddy bears for all their baby stuff. (Yes, new parents, there was a time that those were your only choices; hard to believe, right?) Skip Hop just announced the new and improved version of their Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag, with updated extras like a tech pocket that’s easily accessible and will hold most smart...

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Cool leggings for babies that help kids in need. (Not just kids in need of leggings.)

When I first laid my eyes on the cool leggings for babies and kids at LA mom and pop-owned Chaboukie, I dug the fun patterns and soft fabrics. But the fact that they’re made by hand here in the USA and help kids in need, well, yeah, it turned into a full-blown crush. Chaboukie is the brainchild of LA parents Leah Piehl and Greg Bertens who wanted cool, well-made leggings with a little more style. So they created their own brand, featuring funky, light fabrics that are super comfy and soft, sized from baby to a 4T toddler (though they seem...

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