Author: Cool Mom Staff

Custom rubber stamps – The stocking stuffer to end all stocking stuffers.

Oh my gosh am I excited to have discovered the personalized rubber stamps from Craft Pudding. I already loved the idea when I found them earlier in the year from Vlijtig – and while hers are gorgeous, and entirely customized based on a photo you send, they are a little on the expensive side since you’re paying in Euros. (Stupid dollar.) The Craft Pudding stamps range from ready made designs, to a basic child with a custom name (shown) or a much more customized rubber stamp where you choose from more than 80 children’s faces and add a child’s...

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Keepsake jewelry for moms with more to say

There’s a good reason our readers are tremendous fans of the keepsake jewelry from Julian & Co, and that’s because you are all smart. And have good taste. And like things that make you cry. (Seriously, her pieces will make you cry. Especially those little baby footprint charms.) Designer Tania Condon has just come out with what I think is one of her coolest pieces yet; the Life-Squared Wax Seal necklace which is an actual ye olde time-y wax seal fob. It even comes with a set of correspondence cards and sealing wax – so cool. I just adore...

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Love the children’s book? Get the artwork.

We’ve been keeping our eyes open for those extra special holiday gifts, like for a baby’s first Christmas. I’m very intrigued by Picture Book Originals which offers which offers original illustrations and signed giclee prints from children’s picture books. It’s not like you’re going to find Maurice Sendak here – or not yet, anyway. Publishing vet and mom of two Anna Johnson has assembled five artists for starters, including a nice selection of signed Rosemary Wells illustrations which Max & Ruby fans like my kids will appreciate. Prices go from very affordable up into the hundreds, but there’s also...

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Shutterfly photo books – more than just baby books

Our recent learning photo book contest for our awesome sponsor Shutterfly, was one of the most fun contests we’ve ever done here. Our readers submitted so many inspiring ideas for turning the photo books into learning books, that we wanted to go back and create even more ourselves. (And actually, Liz did.) So we’re excited to be working with them again and hosting another contest, so that all of you–clearly a very creative bunch– can share your best ideas for custom photo books, especially now that the holidays are approaching. As for me, this time, I created a photo...

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Holiday shoes that get use beyond the holidays

I’m actually pretty practical when it comes to my girls’ dressier shoes. I am willing to spend more than average, but I demand great design and excellent construction, and I don’t want shoes that will either fall apart or feel out of season come January 1. To get the most for my money, I want a holiday shoe my kids can wear Christmas Eve, that will also allow them to jump into an impromptu game of “kick the basketball around the school gym.” Tall order? I’ve always had great experiences with Umi Shoes (as I say over and over)...

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Even the sample sales sites are doing gift cards now.

Sometimes we find our own best picks from our sponsors (what can we say? We click on our own ads to see what’s cool!) and this week, I learned that One King’s Lane, which has private sales on amazing home decor brands, is doing holiday gift cards. So smart. I will be honest, I’m not much of a gift card giver. But I don’t mind receiving them, especially from people who may not have my taste down. And I’d just as well be hooked up with a site like this where I can get more for the money (items...

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Nativity set for children? Reader Q&A

My mom would like to get my 14 month old daughter a wooden nativity set for Christmas–something she can actually play with but something sturdy, cute, and made to last. – Cara It’s funny you should ask this Cara, because I was just looking for one for my own kids. And fortunately for us, I found a few options that might work. I actually ended up purchasing the Playmobil nativity set. Of course it’s not wooden, but Playmobil has a great reputation, and at $19.99, the price was right. Plus, it’s nice to find a set that my kids can put...

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XBox 360 giveaway for charity – last call!

Final shot mamas – today is the last day to get your entries in for the big XBox 360 giveaway, in which we’re giving away one whole console to (maybe) you – and one for your favorite local children’s charity. Find all the details on the original post. If for some reason you don’t want to enter (um, what?) just click over to our Facebook Fan Page and see what so many of our big-hearted readers have to say about their local charities and children’s hospitals. Winner aside, we’re just so pleased that the spirit of giving is alive and well in the Cool Mom Picks...

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Baby’s First Christmas Gift – Ringo the red nosed teething reindeer

We all know that babies usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to Christmas presents, mostly because they’d just as soon spend hours chewing on a big red bow than playing with a bunch of expensive toys. So this holiday, let them chew on Ringo, an adorable reindeer-shaped wooden teether from CMP fave Little Alouette. Created from locally sourced Ohio maple by a mom and dad team, this toy would make the perfect Baby’s First Christmas gift or, if you’re super organized, a fantastic holiday photo prop for your cards. And while a wooden teether...

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Web coolness – Homemade teachers gifts, El Big Bird, and Tim Burton takes Manhattan

Some stuff we liked reading this week, and maybe you will too. Design Mom – A great homemade teachers gift idea Time Out Kids – Their top 10 children’s CDs of 2009, by Jeff Bogle of Out With the Kids. Is your favorite on there? The New York Times – Turns out Nicholas Kristof is cutting out BPA in his household too. Daddytypes – Hilarious post on Sesame Street Big Birds around the world. Let’s say they’re not all yellow. Parenthacks – Very smart tip for mess-free oatmeal baths for babies. Diaper rash, begone! Swiss Miss – See the...

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