Author: Cool Mom Staff

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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Telegraph UK names the 12 Best Websites for Families and Children (and we’re on it!)

Well weren’t we just shocked when we clicked over to the Telegraph UK today to find out that their list of the 12 Best Websites for Families and Kids included Cool Mom Picks. Their feeling was that yes, we do have “cool stuff for parents and kids” and we’re so honored they feel that way. (Because we’re kind of partial to our stuff too.) It’s especially nice to be in the company of favorite US blogs like the New York Times’ Motherlode and our friends at Apartment Therapy’s Ohdeedoh, plus biggies like the Sesame Street website which we just...

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XBox 360 makes holidays more fun for everyone. Including those who need it most.

Deep down, I’m a 13 year-old boy with a thing for video games, as any of my friends who have ever seen my “drum face” when playing Rock Band will tell you. So I am totally coveting the new Microsoft Xbox 360 which I had a chance to try out at the recent launch of Beatles: Rock Band–although all too briefly. Now of course the Beatles game – well, it rocks. It’s as beautiful as everything you’ve read says it is, and the attention to detail in the recordings is spectacular. You can even get more friends or family...

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No compromise mom jewelry

It really pains me to compromise my jewelry choices because I’m a mom, but when you’re chasing after three kids under five most of the day you just can’t wear the same delicate, dangly bracelets that get caught on everything if you’re doing much more than sitting at a desk. Well thanks to the stylish line of expandable bangles at Alex & Ani, I feel like there’s a happy medium. These dainty bracelets widen to fit over your hand and then retract to just bigger than the size of your wrist. There’s a ton of metal choices – gold plated,...

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Holiday best just for boys

When it comes to holiday outfits, I tend to spend most of my shopping energy and yes, I’ll be honest, my cash on my girls. But this year, they’re going to have a run for my money thanks to the boys’ clothes in the new Fall/Winter children’s collection at babysusu.  I’m completely smitten with the simple, classic styles crafted in gorgeous fabrics and textiles, in particular the navy Liberty of London boys’ oxford shirt from the legendary UK label. The subtle navy print is a welcome change from the typical red and green treatment that most kids’ holiday clothing collections...

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Celebrate Veteran’s Day at the park

Now that my husband has just returned (yay! he’s back!) from his two month long deployment as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, Veteran’s Day holds a lot more personal meaning. But even if you don’t have a Veteran in your family, you can still enjoy the day in remembrance thanks to an amazing offer from the National Parks. All day today they’re waiving the fees to all National Parks, so you and your family can enjoy a little bit of history for free, including the famous Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battle units, as well as my personal favorite spot,...

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A teaching clock that also teaches kids “Go away. Mommy’s sleeping.”

I’m not much for toys with vchips and dolls that talk – in fact, they kind of scare me. But I will say I’m making an exception for the Teach Me Time clock for children which blends form and a lot of function. The first thing that drew me to it at a trade show was the great design – the round, anthropomorphic shape and the “feet” at the bottom make it feel like some sort of friendly Japanese anime character that belongs in a cool modern kid’s bedroom. You can also swap the blue accent ring for yellow...

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Gonna take a sentimental journey

In only five or so years of spousal gift giving, I think I pretty much exhausted the personalized, sentimental guy gifts. So my interest was piqued when I saw the custom map cufflinks from Anne Holman. Using vintage world atlases, Anne will take your choice of locations and create gorgeous, heirloom quality sterling silver cufflinks for the lucky guy in your life. Even though you’re limited to two maps, either matching or two different locales, your options are endless – the city where you met, the city where you were married, your dream retirement spot, or even the place...

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Sesame Street turns 40 which makes us feel both very old and young at heart

Yes so we rag on the ubiquitous Elmo merch here from time to time. But the truth is, our heart has always been with Sesame Street which turns forty today. Forty! Amazing considering Grover doesn’t look a day over 6. Everyone seems to be getting in on the action, including Google, which has a special Google Doodle just for the occasion. We’re also wondering if the Empire State Building will be lit up in Kermit green tonight. As for us, we thought we’d bring you just a few cool Sesame Street picks and a cool contest to boot: First...

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