Author: Delilah S. Dawson

Hot deals on cool holiday shows in the Big Apple

Maybe you’re visiting relatives in New York and need an excuse to get out of the teeny tiny apartment. Or maybe you already live there and need to spice up your family holidays. Either way, we’ve got the scoop on some hot deals that just came in on the NYC shows you and your kids might want to see. Wintuk by Cirque du Soleil, now in its final season:  Save 50% off on tickets with coupon code 50VN, expiring 12/31. Buy tickets here. The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall: Get two tickets for the Christmas Spectacular here for...

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The last minute gift that beats a Chia pet and helps empower women

It’s a horrible feeling– standing in line at the drugstore with a dented Homer Simpson Chia pet and a Snuggie on Christmas Eve, knowing that Great Aunt Evelyn is going to know you totally spaced on her gift. Luckily, there’s another option that doesn’t involve long lines or dashing through the snow. You can do it all online, you don’t have to wait for shipping, and as an added bonus it’s a gift that gives back. Plus it involves two of our favorite things: jewelry and empowering women. The Relief Bead program by Relief International helps empower impoverished women...

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Three good reasons to wash your hands.

Forget germs or flu bugs or anything like that. The way I see it, there are three new reasons to wash your hands right now: The three new holiday scents from Method. I can’t remember the last time I bought a hand soap that didn’t smell marvelous. These days, even frugal girls don’t have to settle for anything less! But my all-time favorites are the holiday scents. The relaxed comfort of peppermint vanilla, the spicy warmth of cinnamon bark, and the tart, juicy bite of hollyberry are the perfect complements to Method’s usual eco-conscious and skin-friendly formula. You can’t...

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Okay, kid. Here’s that kitten you wanted.

I’m pretty sure my Christmas list one year included a puppy, a kitten, a bunny, and The Black Stallion. I was deeply disappointed not to find any boxes with air holes under the tree, but you can get at least 3 out of 4 with these adorable stocking stuffers/post-Christmas consolation prizes. Added bonus: clean kids. That’s a great gift. The Surprise Animal Soaps by Sunbasilgarden on Etsy are all-natural, handmade, and cute as a button. With scents including banana, strawberry, bubble gum, cotton candy, and creamsicle, part of the fun will be watching the kids hover over the sink,...

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On the thirteenth day of Christmas: PEACE.

Partridges, French hens, the splattered eggs of a dozen overactive geese. Forget ’em. If you want to say “I love you” with birds, go for the artistic, lasting beauty of paper lovebirds, another gift that gives back. Whether you’d like a whole flock in mobile form or individual ornaments in sets of three, you’re sure to win anyone over with the pretty PEACE birds available at Hazel Wood Children that perpetuate the ideals of hope, opportunity, and freedom Not only are these PEACE birds  gorgeous, but each one is handmade of recycled materials by PEACE, a grassroots cooperative of...

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A world of Discovery that doesn’t require full contact shopping

If you’re sick of the frantic rush of live holiday shopping but still want to take up some real estate under the tree, you need to go check out the cool stuff at Discovery Kids, the exclusive toy section of The Discovery Channel Store. It’s filled with items meant to spark imagination and sneakily teach about the wonders of the natural world. Via Discovery Kids, a big hit around our house is Rainbow in my Room, a machine that–not surprisingly–creates rainbows that arc across the room. My daughter was starting to enter the “I’m scared of the dark” phase,...

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Wrapping paper so cute it should come with a frame.

Don’t worry, little narwhals and belugas. My kids’ sticky mitts will never touch you, much less rip you to shreds to get to the booty beneath. No, my sweet blubbery friends, you are far too precious for that. Yes, I’m talking to wrapping paper. It’s that cute. I’ll be the first to admit that I was impressed with the wrapping paper selection at the grocery store this year, as creepy Santas were overrun by sophisticated damask and Etsy-esque owls. But none of them can hold a candle to the beautiful Arctic Animals Holiday Gift Wrap Set from The Nimbus...

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Crafty gifts for kids with an artist’s eye

Kids need a little ink too. (No, not tattoos. We may be hip and fashion-forward, but we’re not crazy.) I’m talking about the kind of ink that creates together time, yields beautiful artwork, and teaches an interesting lesson. The all-in-one handy sumi-e painting kit by the award-winning art educators at Eye Can Art provides everything you need to share the art of Chinese brush painting with your kids. Even better: no needles are involved. Sumi-e, also known as Chinese brush painting, is the ancient art of capturing an image with carefully controlled brush strokes. You’ve probably seen them on the...

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A gift for kids that doesn’t stink.

When I was little, getting useful gifts was always a huge bummer. Then again, my Great Aunt Hilda usually went for the half-price, open-package soap-and-undies combo pack at KMart. True story: One time, they even had World’s Best Lover printed across the tush. I was 8. But my kids love baths so much that they’d be overjoyed to find a bottle of eco-conscious, gentle bubble bath in their stockings. Especially if it’s by My True Nature. This new, mom-run line of just-for-kids bath products comes with a 100% all-natural guarantee and a cute line-up of characters from a teddy...

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Now in your inbox: Real live Santa.

I hear in some places, you have to book the best mall Santa in October to get a word in with the jolly guy, and he still might get your kid’s name wrong leading to a public freak-out. (It’s happened to us all!) But now, thanks to the wonders of technology, your inbox is the best place to catch the ear of Jolly Old St. Nick. Register at Portable North Pole, and you can send a message from Santa Claus to a toddler, older child, or even an adult. After navigating an extensive online questionnaire that even mentions siblings,...

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Your kid wants a puppy for Christmas? Get The Puppy Sister instead.

Those of us who grew up on author S.E. Hinton’s books like The Outsiders, Tex, and Rumble Fish, might be interested to know that she’s got a new book out for the next generation. Actually, a graphic novel. And if you have a middle grade reader who’s reluctant to start books without pictures, this one’s for you. Plenty of kids want a puppy for Christmas–mine included. But in The Puppy Sister, Nick would much rather have a real sister to play with. Luckily, his new puppy hears his wish on Christmas day, and the strangest–and sweetest– sibling relationship ever...

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Deck the YOU.

Hanging boughs of holly and popcorn is fine for the mantel, but you wouldn’t want to wear them yourself. I mean, think of all the cleavage sap full of popcorn crumbs. If you’re looking to decorate yourself for the holidays while staying comfortable and chic, you won’t want to miss this free tutorial on how to make adorable, wearable garlands out of felt. Bonus: it’s easy! The Purl Bee Blog, which represents the popular yarn and fabric shop Purl Soho, always has loads of adorable projects to knit, embroider, and sew. But we really love the cheery Twisted Felt...

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12 awesomely cool holiday books for kids

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, neither, or both, there’s no better gift for kids than the gift of reading. If you don’t need a fourth copy of the Velveteen Rabbit to make you cry on your toddler’s footy pajamas, try one of these awesomely cool holiday books which get my whole-hearted thumbs up. – Delilah 1. A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas by Philip Yates If your family is as wacky as mine, you want more YARR than the calm and old-fashioned versions of the classic holiday poem can provide. This book’s got laughs, clever rhymes, and adorable illustrations for...

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10 holiday gifts that give back

The only thing better than connecting our readers with fabulous finds is knowing that those purchases do real good in the world. So we thought we’d take a look-see around Cool Mom Picks for some of our favorite picks that put your money to great use helping others– and make amazing gifts, too. -Delilah 1. Tiny Revolutionary – This Atlanta-based, mom-run company offers gorgeous eco-conscious apparel (shown at left) with messages of peace, love, and world betterment, and they give to several organizations that support these goals. 2. Zoe Organics – They won us over with their soothing bath...

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The pretty water bottle just for grownups

“Gosh, honey. I’d love to give you my water bottle and have you spit a bunch of germs and floaty pieces of avocado into it,” I said. “But  Mommy’s new bottle is GLASS, so it’s not for kids.” …and that’s how I finally got to taste normal water again. But these new water bottles we discovered have even more good points than floaty-free drinking. Because they’re made of glass and covered in a durable, eco-conscious silicone jacket, the Takeya water bottles give you a beautiful, portable, reusable water bottle that tastes just like you’re drinking out of a glass....

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Chat with us about holiday gifts, live!

Need a break to gab with the girls and giggle about gifting? Want to win a gift certificate to one of our favorite online shops? Then pull up a squishy chair, grab a chai latte, and settle in for a cyberchat with the Cool Mom Picks gang at TheMotherhood. On Thursday, December 2 at 1:00pm EST–that’s tomorrow–we’ll be talking holiday gift ideas for the whole family and everybody else you. Stumped on ideas for that tricky teacher? The picky sister-in-law? The great-great-grandmother? Seriously…ask us anything. We’re here to help. Oh, and our friends at TreeHugger will be there too....

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Know what we’re thankful for? Our subscribers.

Yes, we’re thankful for turkey, and pie, and those little buttery rolls, too. But mostly you. That’s why we mamas work so hard to bring you the coolest finds, the best deals, and the most marvelous giveaways. If that sounds pretty good, we hope you’ll become a CMP subscriber. Besides the exclusive discounts and cool features you don’t find on site, you always have a chance to win a subscribers-only giveaway. This month brings a double whammy of excitement: A chance to win goodies from CMP faves Crystalyn Kae handbags and Olive and Myrtle toys, worth over $300. You...

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Coming to your mailbox: Joy, Peace, and Cheer.

I cringed on that day back in October when holiday cards replaced an aisle of Halloween costumes. It’s not that I dislike the holiday season or have a soft spot for grown men dressed as plates of spaghetti. It’s just that the cards were all somber and religious, and, well… not my style. But even a bah-humbuggle like me can get on board for non-denominational photo cards that use positive words and my own beautiful photographs to spread happiness. We’ve long been big fans of Paper Culture, thanks to their hip designs, lovely cardstock, and chic rounded corners. But...

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Giving the gift of reading. Really, really good reading.

It’s awfully daunting, standing in the hustle and bustle of a huge bookstore during the holidays and trying to find one book among millions for the bibliophile or budding reader in your life. Luckily, there’s a fabulous new service to help you choose  just the right book–not surprisingly, it’s called Just the Right Book. This amazing service is the brainchild of the fine folks at Connecticut’s award-winning R.J. Julia Bookstores. You select the age of your lucky recipient, then answer some basic questions, even if all you know is that your niece loves Twilight or your toddler nephew loves trains....

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Yes, I would like to look 6 years younger. Thank you.

True story. Every summer, my skin goes wonky and I end up looking like a pizza-faced tween. But this year, I nipped it in the bud with the added bonus of looking six years younger by my very unscientific calculations. All that, thanks to the winning combination of tomatoes and blueberries. On my face. A while back, I raved about how Yes to Baby Carrots can make your life as a mom easier. Now I want you to listen to me rave about how their new lines, Yes to Tomatoes and Yes to Blueberries, can make your life as...

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