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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