Author: Delilah S. Dawson

The Children’s Choice Book Awards–One award show you don’t have to stay up until midnight for.

Here’s something we love: Now through April 29, you and your little ones can cast votes for the finalists in the Children’s Choice Book Awards. What a cool way to get your kid involved in picking new titles to grab from the library. The categories are sorted by age, plus there’s Illustrator or the Year and Author of the Year. Winners will be announced during Children’s Book Week and you can help. If you want to discover some new reading material for your early-reading kiddos, check out these finalists in the K through 2nd grade categories. Even Monsters Need...

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The Nordic Carrier – Well played, baby-snuggling Vikings.

There’s a hot new baby carrier that just might exceed all your baby carrying dreams. Except for the one where you’re carrying a baby while riding a magical unicorn with Ashton Kutcher. It’s called the Nordic Carrier, made by our friends at Lillebaby. And it’s got the same multi-tasking, simply elegant design that we’ve come to expect from the mighty Vikings, inventors of Ikea and Swedish meatballs. First of all, the sturdy Nordic Carrier is made to work in six different carrying positions, including front, back, and hip. Your baby can face inward or outward, and the seat can...

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Thinking about travel to San Antonio? You’ll remember the Alamo. And the food. And the roller coasters.

Remember the Alamo? Not a problem–I can help because I’m still dreaming about it. I was lucky enough to hitch onto a press trip to San Antonio, Texas recently, as Cool Mom Picks aims to cover more fun and interesting travel options and family vacation destinations by popular request, and boy am I glad I did. With international taxes and fuel surcharges making overseas trips more prohibitive, it’s great to know that there are so many cool things to do right in our own borders. I admit that San Antonio isn’t the first place I necessarily think of when...

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Heartsy – like Etsy and Groupon had a thousand adorable babies and then I went broke

I’ve got one word for you: Heartsy. Oh, and a few more words: Etsy, like Groupon, and huge discounts on awesome handmade stuff. Sold, right? It’s called Heartsy, and you get the picture. You give Heartsy your email. Every day, they send you one outrageously deep deal on handmade stuff from an Etsy artist. If you like what you see, you buy the deal. And then you spend all day long ogling, choosing, and putting things into and out of your shopping cart with glee, finally using your voucher to buy the pretties. Right this moment, deals include 60%...

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Finally, a made-up holiday I can appreciate. Hint: CHOCOLATE.

Guess what, mamas? It’s American Chocolate Week! Or at least the end of it. The way we see it, you just have to suck it up and do your patriotic duty by gorging on chocolate, right? If you love chocolate as much as we do, here are some of our favorite picks from the past for every occasion. Because we’re all about helping you celebrate the very important holidays of this world. [don’t miss a deeeeelicious giveaway after the jump!] For moms who want cocoa without the calories: Crio BruThis “drink of the gods” brews up in your coffeemaker...

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Vamplets – The most loveable vampires ever (besides Edward, natch)

The next Twilight movie doesn’t come out until this November– don’t ask me how I know. So for now, if you’ve got teens into Twilight or tweens into goth gone adorable, you might want to check out the Vamplets. This coven/nursery of snuggly stuffed babies is supposedly rotten to the core… except that they’re pretty darn cute. From Evilyn Nocturna’s skully-sweet pigtails to Count Vlad VonGloom’s bottle of blood, the Vamplet dolls and accessories are a fun way to bridge the gap between baby dolls and sparkly Team Edward baby doll shirts. If it sounds morbid, well, it is....

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Bizarre love triangles

Usually, when I hear the words “geometry” or “polymer clay,” I start daydreaming about cupcakes until the conversation comes back around to something I dig. Like cupcakes. But as soon as I saw the cool jewelry by nomilktoday, I perked right up. Originally, I thought they were made of paper origami, which wouldn’t last. Nope. It’s polymer clay, and it’s bizarrely elegant and cool. Each of these pieces is created of hand-cut and textured polymer clay by nomilktoday‘s Eva from Athens, Greece. We haven’t actually seen one live, but the feedback at her Etsy shop is 100% positive and...

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Green gets foxy

Green is everywhere this week, from the buds on the trees to St. Patty’s Day decorations to the long-awaited green milk served at my table. I’m kind of already regretting that one. But here’s a super sweet and foxy way to bring green into a nursery or kid’s room, minus the creepy green leprechaun tongues. The Three of Us print from Etsy artist lulufroot is based on an original ink drawing, then digitally colored and printed on archival matte paper with archival ink meant to last a lifetime. And even though I adore the warm, dreamy spring green, she’s...

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Cupcake o’clock is my favorite time ever

What time is it when the little hand is pointing to the chocolate cupcake and the big hand is pointing to the cherry-topped vanilla? Who cares? It’s a cupcake clock that you (or your kids) can color with crayons! In a world dominated by singing, dancing, holographic digital clocks, I’m seriously digging on this gorgeous line of color-yourself letterpress clocks. The tagline at 9SPOTMONK is Exquisitely Modern Design And Letterpress, and I love that they’ve applied their elegant sensibilities to an art project that’s perfect for any kid’s room. Or my kitchen. If you’re not into cupcakes, they also...

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The new super cool Disney celebrity ads – Princesses, queens, and octopi, O my

Mirror, mirror, on the wall: What does the Evil Queen look like after all? For the third time, Disney has commissioned photographer Annie Leibovitz to turn beloved animated characters into spectacular dreamscape images for their ad campaign. While we don’t tend to cover ad campaigns, we kind of love this one.  Especially now that we’re finally seeing Disney villains! [see the cool celebs as Disney character images after the jump] The model choices might surprise you. Belle is played by Penelope Cruz, and her transformed Beast is Jeff Bridges, looking a whole lot better than he did in True...

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National Read Across America Day. Or, Oh, The Places You’ll Read!

March 2 was National Read Across America Day, which is in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, which I know because Thing 1 and Thing 2 were spotted around my town in bright blue wigs and matching t-shirts. And while I make it a point to read aloud every day–minus the blue wig– I love to see excitement for reading across our nation. The only thing better is encouraging literacy across the world, and that happens today. Nearly one billion people entered the 21st century unable to read, and World Read Aloud Day is trying to change that statistic. On...

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The drink of the gods, now in your coffeemaker.

Before kids, I thought coffee was a charming diversion. After kids, I’m pretty sure I drink more coffee than water, and whenever I have blood drawn, I expect it to be brown and flavored with hazelnut. Therefore, when I heard that there was a new drink on the market that left coffee in the dust– or grinds– I was shocked and disbelieving. Then I heard it was made of chocolate, and I went straight to flabbergasted. And now I’m obsessed. [don’t miss a super great giveaway after the jump!] It’s called Crio Brü, and it’s made of 100% pure,...

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Open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk this dinosaur

Boom, boom, acka-lacka-lacka boom, baby. We’re proud to show you the results of humanity’s first attempt to literally Walk the Dinosaur. Bonus: This king of the terrible lizards has some sweet dance moves. The Tyrannosaurus Rex Push Toy from Arks and Animals on Etsy is one of the most unusual (and unusually cool) wooden toys we’ve found, which is saying a lot. Measuring in at just under a foot tall, this handsome dino is hand-made by an internationally known woodworker from trees on his own 50-acre family farm in New York, then finished with safe, natural dyes. When you...

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This cloth diaper is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

The only thing more adorable than a cute baby bottom in a cloth diaper is saying “Charlie Banana” whenever someone asks you where the diaper came from. Cloth is making a comeback, mainly because it’s good for the environment and cuter than ever. But you already know that. What you might not know is that there’s a new brand called Charlie Banana that can cover all of your cloth needs in one fell swoop with free shipping to boot. [don’t miss a special offer after the jump] Charlie Banana‘s aim is to make the world a greener place by...

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Jughead 2011

Our kids may never debate the merits of Betty vs. Veronica or laugh at Jughead’s ability to gulp down hamburgers. But you still have to admit that this crown-style hat hearkens back to the golden days of Archie, before all comic book characters either had creepy muscles or overly-huge eyes. And you have to admit that it rocks. Lovingly dubbed The Royal by Etsy seller TipsyToesKnits of Halifax, Canada, this adorable crown is available in a wide range of colors and would be the perfect topper for you favorite prince or princess. Simply choose a size from newborn to...

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Write on, baby!

Yes, chalkboards are huge right now. From mugs at Starbucks to the chalkboard wall decals we’ve covered here, scribbles on black is hott with two wobbly, handwritten T’s. And here’s a unique and adorable way to jump in on the cuteness, whether for your own little darling or maybe your favorite preggers preschool teacher. The useful Chalkboard Bib is handcrafted of soft, sturdy cotton with a backing of softer, just as sturdy, organic cotton flannel. The letters and numbers are even hand-drawn, making each one unique. And you get two with each order, so you can share the blackboard...

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We like you so we want to put some bling on it

One of our favorite sections of Cool Mom Picks is titled Baubles & Bags (and one of yours too, based on the comments here), because we know that being a mom doesn’t mean you have to give up your bling. From diaper bags that are prettier than regular purses to necklaces that celebrate your sweet baby while foiling her grabby little paws, we do the work and let you reap the blingy benefits. If you want to up the accessory ante, we highly suggest becoming a Cool Mom Picks subscriber. Much like a long rope of pearls, the possibilities...

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Celebrate your baby’s birth with robots

The best post-baby gift I ever received was half of a chocolate cake–which I ate with a spork at midnight in my hospital bed. But if you’re looking for a gift that’s thoughtful, hip, memorable, and won’t leave crumbs in the baby’s hair, I’ve got to recommend these adorable birth prints from Oh So Smitten. And smitten we are. First of all, the birth prints are perfect for framing, from the thick, beautiful paper to the archival inks. Secondly, they’re fully customizable, from the colors of the design to the name and birth information. Thirdly, one of the three...

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Good wishes to you

Every shower needs a centerpiece, and this one beats the strained peas out of a diaper cake, or one of those Cake-Wreck-y pregnant belly confections that are a little too reminiscent of Sigourney Weaver in Alien. It’s the lovely Wishing Tree by Hello Hanna, and it truly is a gift that keeps on giving. Fashioned of heavyweight recycled paper, the Wishing Tree comes with 20 moveable sticky flowers and 40 wishing ribbons in an adorable stand-up display. Place the flowers where you want them and let guests write their wishes on the pretty little ribbons, then hang them from...

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Hollywood Renaissance, emphasis on the naissance

We drop the word “cute” a lot, mainly because it’s so versatile. Teeny tiny onesies? Cute. Gorgeous handmade jewelry? Cute. Sweet stationary? Cute. The guy who washed my hair this morning at the salon? Cute. But it’s also refreshing when we find objets de baby that aren’t exactly cute. [don’t miss a great giveaway and amazing sale after the jump!] The Hollywood Renaissance collection by PAIGELAUREN baby is gorgeous, dreamy, snuggly, and luxe– but maybe not so much cute. Well, until you put it on the baby. This label first caught our eye with their trademark pastels and dreamy...

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