Author: Elizabeth

The perfect Mother’s Day: French toast, bacon and just the right card

Now that I’m a mom myself, I realize that Mother’s Day is not just about getting breakfast in bed (not that I would turn that down) or a day off from housework (also, sounds awesome). Rather, I want to do something to honor my mom for all her hard work and I want her to feel appreciated. With a great card being a must (don’t all moms save all their cards?) CMP favorite, Shutterfly, has an incredible selection of Mother’s Day cards that will make any mom or grandma weak in the knees. You can upload your child’s artwork...

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Super hero costumes for our always super kids

Does your child leap tall buildings in a single bound? Is she faster than a speeding bullet or sometimes confused with a bird or a plane? I know all about this phenomenon because my daughter is a super girl who also demands super hero costumes with style. (Don’t miss a great discount after the jump!) Longtime CMP favorite Little Capers is now designing fashionable super hero costumes that kids can wear between feats of strength and justice seeking too. The tank tops have detachable capes, so your little super hero can look stylin’ when he or she spins webs,...

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Just the facts, Ma’am. On a onesie.

I love to relive my kids’ momentous birth day with my husband, my kids and pretty much anyone who will listen. (Admit it–I’m not alone here.) So for all of us who are birth date obsessed, we’ve found a pretty cool keepsake. These adorable birth announcement onesies not only look cute on a baby, but they also make sweet mementos. The design is available with or without bubbles and in pink or blue, but the artist is happy to work with you on the design, in case you want something else. Think of it as a thoughtful, affordable gift...

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Vincent Shoes, now on sale for the very last time.

My daughter has worn Vincent Shoes all four years of her life. In fact, Cool Mom Picks was instrumental in launching Vincent Shoes back in the very beginning, so plenty of our kids are familiar with the adorable Swedish styling and rugged construction–and the many compliments we get on our kids’ kicks. So, we are all terribly sad to hear that Vincent shoes is closing their virtual doors this spring. Of course, with every store closing there is an awesome sale, which makes it bittersweet. [don’t miss a huge huge special discount after the jump] Look around now and...

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Meet the Easter Bunny’s competition

Don’t tell the Easter Bunny, but there’s a new rabbit in town. Actually, a few new rabbits. Mirabelle is a dancer and Balthazar is a magician and I think they probably have French accents. Don’t they look like they would be great guests at an all-carrot dinner party? They join Fleur and Pierre as the four new stuffed bunny rabbit dolls from CMP favorite, blabla kids. And their pal is Wooly, the cutest sheep you’ll ever meet and quite possibly the only one in gray shorts. It’s the odd little details that make blablakids dolls so endearing and the...

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Shop Tea Collection today and support Japan.

Retail therapy is literally retail therapy when a portion of your purchase goes towards Japan’s Earthquake Relief. Today only, one of our favorite brands, Tea Collection, is donating 20% of all proceeds to Give2Asia for Japan Earthquake relief. Here are just a few of my favorite picks on their site right now. Tea Collection is certainly having a Spanish-y Art Nouveau moment this spring and I totally dig it. The vibe is earthy, artsy and romantic. I adore this Casa Nouveau Tea Dress (above) with a subtle Art Nouveau pattern The longer length makes it look dressy, but I...

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A little bird told me about Birdhouse Pajamas

For a gift that will definitely inspire some “awwwws” at baby showers, we’ve found that very thing. Or rather, we’ve found 120 of those very things on our recently launched Baby Shower Gift Guide. But now, we’ve found one more. (Don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!) The Birdhouse Pajamas gift set is a sweet cardboard birdhouse decorated with trees and flowers, but that’s not all. Inside the house is a pair of cute baby pajamas and an adorable bird stuffed animal. A gift, wrapped in a gift. All for under $25. With such cute packaging, the pajamas...

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A grand adventure for a nursery wall

We painted one wall in my daughter’s room pink and that pink has annoyed me for the past four years. It’s not a good pink. It’s a Pepto pink. I would repaint, but the ceiling is vaulted so… I know my limits. I have looked for artwork to offset the color and not until now (four years later!) have I found the next best thing to hiring a painter. Nidhi Chanani‘s Etsy shop features original illustration that could be straight out of a children’s book, filled with adventure and magic. Each illustration captures a moment in a whimsical and...

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Baby blankets that you can drool on too.

We’ve panted over Noko’s baby clothes and girls’ dresses and, now the baby gear obsessed among us can covet their new unbelievably gorgeous baby blankets. Or better yet, we can buy them. I am in love with Noko’s updated traditional Japanese prints which are so absolutely beautiful. I’m especially liking Noko’s Ami baby blanket in this striking Violet Mum pattern which is both sophisticated and sweet. The blanket is reversible with a coordinating pattern that is elegant and photo op-ready. Plus the square shape makes it perfect for swaddling and the soft, 100% Cotton knit is ideal for newborns....

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Undecorate my house, please!

My heart skips a beat when a new shelter magazine arrives in the mail, but ten minutes of flipping through the pages usually leaves me wanting more. The houses are too perfect, too expected and too completely out of touch with my life and my very imperfect house. Christiane Lemieux, founder of DwellStudio, gets it with her new book, Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design. Undecorate features twenty houses from around the country that, although very different from each other, share a common thread of being chic, personal and exciting. Each house looks lived in by real people....

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The paper crown princess

If I had a dollar for every princess themed birthday party I’ve been to, including my daughter’s birthday party…well, I’d be able to pay for our next goodie bags. If you get suckered into hosting one with the ever-so-popular theme, I love these paper crowns which are so charming and special. They help me envision a new take on the princess party with a more classic than Disney vibe. The paper crowns (update: now available at Present and Correct) actually happen to be cards that fold up nicely and come with a matching envelope, all with a cool retro style. With the...

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Who’s holding your diapers?

I am addicted to cool organizing products. That’s not to say that I’m the most organized person out there–that would be my sister-in-law and she is a goddess. (But not the Charlie Sheen kind. Ew.) I just like fun boxes and containers which really do help wrangle the piles of stuff that accumulate around here. So I kind of flipped when I saw this fabulous new diaper caddy from one of CMP’s favorite little brands. The new 3 Sprouts diaper caddy is quirky and fun, featuring their signature felt animals on canvas. The caddies are shaped perfectly to keep...

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Free calories from Starbucks! We’ll take it.

There’s a lot of talk about Starbuck’s new logo launch this week, and frankly, whatever. What I like is that it gave them an excuse to offer customers their new treats to sample, totally free. Starbucks has just introduced Starbucks Petites, desserts that are the perfect size for me or my kids. These treats aren’t exactly low-fat, but a mini peanut butter and chocolate cupcake has to be better than one four times the size. Thanks to what Starbucks calls their “Tribute Days,” if you’re buying a drink between 2 and 5PM today through Saturday,  you can try a...

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Monogrammed rain boots keep you singin’ (and stylin’) in the rain

This week we had a taste of spring – not the sunny, warm spring, but the rainy, cold spring that you know is right around the corner. And nothing cheers us up around here on a rainy day like a fun new pair of rain boots ready for puddle jumping. Ever since I got my first monogrammed LL Bean bag, I’ve had a soft spot for monogrammed items. Rain boots by Zou Baby are the first monogrammed rain boots I’ve seen and I love the classic design. Available in adult and youth sizes, both you and your child can...

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The stackable storage shelves of your super-organized dreams

Stuffed animals, princesses, puzzle pieces, barrettes, stickers, play food, books…Walking into my daughter’s room makes me to want to scream in a fit of frustration and horror. With all the options for toy storage out there (and we’ve covered quite a few), there is one that I find I keep going back to. Q Collection Junior’s Stella Stackable Storage looks so fabulous, I would want it even if we weren’t in dire need. But, I do need it. Bad. Stella Stackables, what don’t I love about you? This modern marvel of toy storage is available with or without doors,...

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Paper Lovely’s new calling cards are calling my name

I love the idea of carrying a calling card that really speaks to me. It would give my work-at-home career some validation. And who knows… just carrying that card could open up some doors. Choosing the design is like deciding who you are or how you want other people to see you. [don’t miss a nice offer after the jump!] With the new collection of calling cards by Paper Lovely, designed by Kim Burks, there are seven designs to choose from and each one is elegant, unique and inspiring. The paper is made from recovered materials, so not only...

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Kleynimals solve the great baby-car key dilemma

The beloved car keys–Babies just can’t get enough of them. And no matter how realistic those toy keys look, babies know the difference. And even though desperate times can call for desperate measures, it’s certainly not ideal. That’s why Kleynimals are so brilliant. Inspired by the same dilemma, a smart mom invented the very smart Kleynimals: toy car keys that look like cute little animals, but made from non-toxic, food grade stainless steel. Kleynimals sound like keys when you shake them and they probably taste like keys, you know, minus all the grime, sharp edges, and possible lead. Because...

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Modern art for the road

Now that my nineteen month old has officially reached the dreaded “dropsy stage,” I try to attach everything I can to her stroller and high chair, from her sippy cup to her toys. So, when I found the MoMA Shapes and Colors Stroller Cards, I was intrigued. Five cards, each in a different shape, feature bold, contemporary photos one one side and an interesting texture on the other. Think: a photo of a heart-shaped cookie backed by a sticky heart on the other side. I love that they’re not only educational, but very well designed. Not that I would...

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One Year to an Organized Life with Baby

Even if I had known about One Year to an Organized Life with Baby when I was first pregnant, I probably would have been too disorganized to read it. We had recently moved to a new house and to say we were unprepared is an understatement. We were fools. No, we were crazy fools. This book would have rocked my world. One Year to an Organized Life with Baby, by best-selling author Regina Leeds with Meagan Francis (one our favorite bloggers) is a week-to-week guide that helps parents prioritize what they need to know and what they can do...

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Give me some robot love!

As a mom of two girls, I haven’t had the pleasure of exploring any of the typical themes for boys’ bedrooms, like cars, boats, fish and monsters and I’m fine with that. However, robots, at least in my mind, are cool for anyone. I am all over these Robot Pillows by Little Korboose. These quirky dudes are drawn with a big smile and a big heart. Literally. I love the playful, imperfect lines and bright colors. Made from lightweight cotton and linen canvas, they’re sturdy enough for all your rambunctious kid’s crazy antics. Buy a robot family and display...

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