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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