Author: Delilah S. Dawson

The tip-top Dippy Dop space hopper

Whether your kid likes bouncing, aliens, or just anything that looks like Muno off Yo Gabba Gabba, you’ve got to check this toy out. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump!] The new Dippy Dop Space Hopper will keep your entire family entertained, if yours is anything like mine. The package is adorable, the hopper blows up super quickly and very easily, and then your kids are fighting over who gets to bounce first. My four-year old rides ours correctly, holding on to the alien antennae and bouncing laps around the downstairs, while my two-year old calls it...

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Online indie shopping just got more rockin’ with Storenvy

Sure, certain social media sites may be trying to take over the world and will soon probably track your bathing habits. But boy, we love social networking. And boy, we love supporting little guys (or gals), the Indie retailers rockin’ their own trail. So we are so excited to find this fabulous new site that’s like Etsy meets Facebook. And best of all, it’s completely free. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump] Presenting Storenvy, a super cool new site with over 2000 stores that let you shop for pretty much anything indie-made and receive personal service. The...

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Cute fall jumpers? Well, Lottie Da.

Do you ever fall in love with an picture on Etsy before you even know what the item is? Beautiful styling and luscious photo-editing once lured me to click on a $75 photograph of a bagel. That’s right– a picture of a bagel. This time, with Lottie Da Baby? Totally in love with the photo as well as the reality. [don’t miss a super great giveaway after the jump!] The Autumn Fox Jumper by Lottie Da brings together the best parts of fall– the orange of the trees, the blue of the crisp skies, and the little girl running...

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Gingerbread? That’s for sissies. Try Ninjabread.

I couldn’t help it. I had to eat the cookies. I don’t know how many times I’ve said that. But with these new Ninjabread Man cookie cutters, it’ll finally be true. You don’t want to make the ninjas mad, do you? Those guys come out of nowhere! If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the guy who’s always linking articles from The Onion on his Facebook page, or for the hostess who never takes herself too seriously, this is it. Forget boring old gingerbread men, with their floppy white icing smiles and gumdrop buttons. Ninjabread men won’t just...

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Perfect gifts for scarfaholics. Or anyone, really.

First I was excited about boot weather. But now that I’m firmly settled into my kickers, I’m ready for the next stage — scarf weather. Even though I’ve got a killer line-up waiting in my closet, like any good scarfaholic, I always need just one more. Right now, my neck is pining for the plume scarf by multi-talented artist and CMP favorite Alena Hennessy. Her new line of organic scarves are completely green — as in handmade of organic cotton and printed locally with earth-friendly inks. But it’s the designs that closed the deal for me. I adore the...

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It’s here! The 2010 Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide!

There’s no escaping the holiday music in the stores and tinsel in the windows — the holiday season is upon us. You know what will make your life easier? Our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide! Whoo! For the fifth straight year (wow), we’ve done the legwork for you, tracking down more than 120 gift ideas at every price point for everyone on your list — from newborns to old friends, the impossible-to-buy-for men in your life, tweens and teens, art lovers and bakers, and there’s even a category just for Glee fans. You know who you are. As always, we...

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Know what your school needs? A bar.

Could your local school use a salad bar? Because I sure know that ours could. Well, believe it or not, you can possibly get one –free– thanks to a grant by the Salad Bar Project. But you need to hurry. Chef Ann Cooper, Whole Foods, and TheLunchBox.org are spearheading an ambitious effort to bring a salad bar to every school in America, a cost-efficient, easy way to improve overall nutrition in a world where Pizza Day is one of the healthier choices of our school menus. You’ve got until November 15 (that’s tomorrow!) to apply for a grant to...

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Oil me up before you go-go

The temperature is dropping, and that means I must face my daily terror: Five Minutes of Goosebumps. You know– when you get out of a hot shower and spend five minutes freezing and fumbling as you slather your skin with lotion? The good news: Soaptopia has a cool, natural new way to keep the goosebumps away. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] It’s called an Oil Slather, and it comes in ten scent combinations to intrigue every nose. Here’s how it works: At the end of your shower, preferably after using some delicious Soaptopia handmade soap, you...

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Taste the (healthy!) rainbow

The latest rage at our house isn’t candy. Or even the colorful vegetables that might end up spit-splattered across your blouse if baby isn’t into beets. No, this exciting new pick is healthy, delicious, beautiful, and handy. And, honestly, kinda half candy and half vegetable, as far as baby is concerned. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] The new Organic Super Puffs by Plum Organics (read all about them here) may be the only reason my two-year old knows his colors. Made from USDA-certified organic ingredients, they include real fruits, veggies, and whole grains with no wheat...

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The Tegu Website – Reality TV for blockheads

So you know how much we love Tegu blocks? Because, really, who doesn’t love beautiful, magnetic wood blocks responsibly made in Honduras by a company committed to social and ecological betterment. These things are so hot, they sell out. But even if you don’t have your own set (yet!), you can now enjoy the magic with Tegu Live, which is basically America’s Next Top Block Genius. [don’t miss a super cool holiday-ready giveaway after the jump] Starting this week, during certain hours of the day, you will find the Tegu Block Genius (wouldn’t you love that on your business...

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I (Lovebirds-Ostrich-Vicuna-Elephant) this print

Sure, Z is Zebra. But A is Aardvark, and N is Narwhal. And that’s how you win my heart– with unusual animals and hand-drawn art. This charming and retro-esque alphabet of animal silhouettes by Etsy artist besty perfectly straddles the line between beautiful and kitschy with appeal for kids and stylish moms alike. I can see it in an ornate wood frame tarted up with a coat of sky blue enamel in a nursery. Or in my downstairs hallway, surrounded by clay birds. Compiled of other original drawings available in the store, this delightful alphabet print comes to you...

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Martha Stewart wants your input on what’s cool. Seriously.

It’s like Miss America for crafters, and you’re a judge. But there’s no Miss Congeniality. This one’s all about looks, and you only get one vote. Actually, it’s the competition for Martha Stewart’s annual Holiday Craft Fair at her company headquarter in NYC. Vendor spots are highly competitive and you can vote for your faves. Of course, we’re always excited to see handmade, gorgeous crafts in the limelight, but we’re especially proud to know that two of CMP’s favorite mom-run businesses are among the finalists. There’s perpetual craft crush Little Alouette, who makes gorgeous wood toys and teethers in...

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Winter wonderland photo cards, even in warmer climes

At the first sign of snow, every parent in our neighborhood bundles up their little dumplings and runs outside with three or four cameras– because it’s Georgia, and we go crazy over a little snow. But when we get back inside, the photos are ruined by slushy bits and gray clouds and smudgy fingers and babies crying because 1/4 inch of snow doesn’t really make concrete soft. Not exactly holiday card material. The best solution I’ve seen? Having professional artists take the most amazing photo you’ve got and transplant your little darling onto this adorable holiday card. CMP favorite...

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Goodbye, dry skin. Hello… cookies?

The cool, crisp air of fall is here, and moms everywhere are pulling out their baby lotion arsenals to keep eczema and dry skin at bay. For me, the toughest part about having kids with sensitive skin is finding just the right product that does everything I want it to do and actually smells nice. This year, I’ve already got two kids begging for lo-lo, thanks to the new line from Lavanila Laboratories. Of course they call it “cookie lotion” because it smells just like sugar cookies with a touch of lemon–in a calming, soft way that moms will...

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Anniversary cards for the 21st century

Your spouse fell in love with you, married you, and actually consented to create tiny people with you. And when you get to the Happy Anniversary section of the greeting card display, what are your choices? Gold-trimmed champagne glasses with sappy poems in curly script. Or fart jokes. If that’s not your style, skip the sap and crap and click over to see the new anniversary cards by CMP favorite shop, mom-run Alternative Greetings. Our love is here to stay. Our wedding photos we should probably back up. Truer words were never said in the digital age, right? There’s...

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When stylish eyes are smiling – the joys of mineral makeup

You might notice that a lot of our beauty posts highlight the fact that the product is eco-conscious and doesn’t contain yucky, icky, no-good chemicals. But this pick is triply good: good for the environment, good for your skin, and makes you feel totally awesome. Seriously, if you haven’t tried mineral eyeshadow, you simply must. I recently ordered from Concrete Minerals on Etsy and am loving the new looks I’m achieving. I’ve avoided talc for a long time, but did you know that most store brand labels also include parabens and other ingredients possibly linked to cancer? Let’s just...

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A plant a day keeps… um… me entertained and educated?

I don’t subscribe to many things online because I hate spam– but I do make exceptions. For Cool Mom Picks newsletters, for example. And now, for the free Plant of the Day email by Your Garden Show. See, I have a black thumb and a very green brain. But I love the fun plant facts from former Better Homes and Gardens Garden Editor Mark Kane that now arrive in my inbox, and I’d imagine a lot of parents, educators and general horticulture fans will love it too. I signed up for Plant of the Day myself, just to make...

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An XOXO to OXO’s new BPA-free snack servers

True Parent Confession: Life is so hectic that I once served crackers to my toddler in one of her own shoes. I couldn’t give her the giant, store-fresh bag of cheesy crunchers in her car seat, but I had promised her a snack. So she had an empty Mary Jane of slightly sandy crackers. So here’s a better idea. (As if there were a worse idea.) And it’s a better idea than mystery plastic from China, too: The awesome new BPA-free feeding line from OXO. This brand new line of BPA-free snack and feeding line for kids has something...

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Martha Stewart: Now encouraging spider webs.

Yes, she’s usually the one holding the antique French albino ostrich duster while explaining that it’s a good thing to keep spiders out of your house with handmade pomanders. But now Martha Stewart is actually encouraging you to have windows full of spiderwebs. And witches. And vampires. And bats. Even rats. All right in time for Halloween. [don’t miss a truly fun Martha Stewart giveaway after the jump!] The new Halloween decor by Martha Stewart Crafts are a fun and temporary way to decorate for the spookiest season. The vinyl clings for walls and windows can be stuck, restuck,...

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Possibly the most fun way yet to get your kids to eat their veggies.

Remember those Dapper Dan the Magnetic Man toys from when we (or , okay, maybe our parents) were kids? It was so much fun to use the magnetic wand to give that smiling bald dude bizarre facial hair, hats, and eye patches. And now our kids can make those faces– and eat them, too, with these most fabulous plates. The Food Face Plate from Perpetual Kid is even more fun than the original toy. The 8.5 inch plate is made from hotel-quality, food-safe, high-fire ceramic, so it’s pretty durable–at least after that “fling everything and screech” phase is over....

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