Author: Elizabeth

A face so cute you could eat off it

I don’t usually go the disposable paper plate route, except when it comes to kids parties. But here are some paper plates so adorable they might be worth making an exception. Why? Well, they’re personalized. With a photo of my smiling sweeties and a festive holiday scene, I am in love with these Holiday Personalized Plates from Hallmark–so much so, I might like them too much to even use them! Choose from nineteen winter and holiday designs, pick your layout and, if you want, you can add text. Plates ship quickly; in only two business days after ordering and...

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A coupon worth its weight in gold glitter glue

Something strange happens to me every December. I don’t usually have much patience for craft projects, but every holiday season, something comes over me and I feel the need to do something with glitter. Well, here’s a holiday gift for all of us crafting mavens and want-to-be crafting mavens (that would be me at the moment). Get 50% off all Martha Stewart craft items at Michael’s until December 24. Martha Stewart’s glitter is a glitter lover’s dream. It’s fine and elegant and fabulous and each color shines like shimmering gems. But beware–it does tend to get everywhere, so this...

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This holiday season, feel like a crafting genius

I love crafty people. I wish I were one of them, but, alas, I’m not even that great at wrapping gifts. They end up looking like my three-year-old took the reins. But, this year, my friends and family will think I’ve developed some serious crafting skills when they receive my holiday gifts with hand-stitched gift tags. This is how easy it is: thread a needle (I can do that!),  follow the holes (like follow-the-dot) and viola! You’ll look like a crafting genius and your gifts will look extra special. The Stitchable Gift Tags set includes two heart and one...

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Wondering what to do with your spare change? How about save some animals.

Before I was a Mom, what seems like a lifetime ago (oh, a whole four years back), I worked for the Audubon Society. It was thrilling to be involved in a community that was so passionate about conservation and protecting the wildlife we share the planet with and now I’m devoted to passing those values onto my own kids.. I’m pleased to hear that there’s a great new program to help kids get involved with national conservation in a very easy way.  Pennies for the Planet, created by The National Audubon Society in alliance with Toyota, is a program...

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Prima Princessa presents the Nutcracker on PBS

One of my all time favorite holiday shows is the Nutcracker Ballet, but I didn’t imagined I would get tickets to see it with my toddler for quite a long time–like, ten years, at least. Performances are expensive in New York! Which is one of the reasons that Cool Mom Picks has been fans of the mom-created Prima Princessa series of dance videos, and especially Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker. Well good news: Now it’s free. Prima Princessa Ballerina will be airing on PBS this December so set your DVRs and get ready to be charmed. It tells the...

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Calling all you mama inventors

Are you one of those people who is always coming up with good ideas for products? In our support for you mama entrepreneurs and all the genius we seem from you in our inboxes every day, we thought we’d tip you off to a chance to audition for season for the PBS show, Everyday Edisons. They’re looking for people with ideas for kids toys, kids gear, and products for the home, kitchen and bath.  Got any? Go to Edison Nation and submit your idea and maybe you’ll be one of the ten inventors chosen for the show–meaning you’ll actually...

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Jonathan Adler makes happy chic baby gifts – and makes us happy too

I remember when I first heard out about Jonathan Adler Junior. I pretty much foamed at the mouth in anticipation of his pint-sized happy chic design. I knew almost every item would fall into the category of “lust” and not “must,” but if you’re looking for a baby gift for a design-savvy friend, every item will impress. Just imagine opening up a baby gift and instead of the usual Boppy cover or layette, it’s a needlepoint pillow with your baby’s initial. Or a kissing giraffe pillow? Or how about the fabulous elephant clock? Or adorable dachsund bookends in pink...

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Here a dot, there a dot…

I am fond of the polka dot. As a little girl, I had a white dress with red polka dots and it was my absolute favorite. Now, as a mom, I tend to restrict my dottiness to dressing my daughters and for their nursery. One of the many fabulous attributes is it mixes well with everything else in a nursery. They’re playful, modern and just sweet enough. So, when a CMP fave, Winter Water Factory, designed a new organic collection of sheets exclusively for Land of Nod featuring polka-dots, I have to admit, I felt a little giddy. [don’t...

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It’s a card. That’s a gift.

I love the idea of giving out a little something more than a holiday card to my friends and family. Of course, I wish I could give everyone a gift, but since money doesn’t grow on trees, here’s another idea.[don’t miss a great offer after the jump] The WOOD Holiday Greeting Cards at Night Owl Paper Goods are adorable as a step up from a card but maybe not quite a gift. Made from eco-friendly birch wood, they have a personalized image on one side, and a calendar on the other. That way family and friends can remember you...

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Affordable baby shower gifts get even cuter with Skip*Hop

I remember my first baby’s activity gym. It lit up, it sang, it was really annoying. (And you know who else thought it was annoying? My cat. She peed all over it.) But, I used that activity gym constantly–after washing it thoroughly, of course. So my advice to new moms is buy one that you won’t mind looking at (and listening to) all day, every day. If you’re a new mom, or soon to be one, lucky you! Skip*Hop’s newest infant toy collection, Treetop Friends, has a great looking activity mat that I would be happy to look at...

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I’m dreaming of a big city holiday

I’m dreaming of a picture perfect holiday season, like a vintage postcard, with over-sized snowflakes and smiling kids singing songs at my door. I’m also dreaming of taking the perfect holiday photo of my two girls and they’ll both smile at the same time and sit still long enough… right. We all have our idealized images of the perfect holiday season and mine happens to look a lot like these charming holiday cards designed by Lab Partners. [don’t miss an awesome giveaway after the jump!]  The Twice as Nice Greetings  aren’t just beautiful holiday cards–with a winter wonderland image...

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Petit Tresor for Target: cuteness and philanthropy go hand in hand

I just went through my little girl’s infant clothes to give to my sister-in-law and wham… seeing those tiny bodysuits brought me back to those early days. I could still smell that baby smell and see her chubby little arms and legs in the teeny clothes. Of course, I had to keep a few things. Every mom deserves to dress her newborn in clothes that make her smile. And because of a fabulous new retailer-charity relationship, now everyone can dress their babies in good quality layette. Jessica Seinfeld’s Baby Buggy has teamed up with Target to create several limited...

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Organic crib bedding for the wild at heart

When I planned my baby’s nursery, I obsessed over the furniture, color scheme, storage ideas, art, hamper, family photos, plus which toys to display and which ones to put away. I thought about everything, except what moms think about these days–how and where to go green. Knowing what I know now, I might have splurged on organic sheets that keep the chemicals out of the crib, and spent a little less on other things, like that pricey knit dachshund. (We had a dachshund at the time, so I fell hard for this stuffed animal. I know, embarrassing.) Some organic...

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Birchbox, where have you been all my month!

I love surprises. Especially ones that arrive at my door wrapped in a hot pink box. It’s not for the kids, not for my husband, but all for me. That’s just what Birchbox is all about–subscribe and you’ll get a box of high-end cosmetic samples every month from companies like Kiehl’s, benefit, NARS, Marc Jacobs, and Laura Mercier. No cheap drugstore stuff, promise. The best part, besides the surprise of a hot pink box, is I’m hoping to no longer have drawers of make-up I never use. Test the products to see what you really like (and will actually...

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Looking for the non-diaper bag diaper bag?

Just when I think I’m over diaper bags, I see the new It diaper bag and I think I must have it. However, what I really need is a non-diaper bag diaper bag. In other words, one that functions like a diaper bag, but really is just a cool bag. [don’t miss a cool giveaway after the jump!] The Carina Collection by Clava has a few sporty handbags that fit the bill. With their roomy size and plenty of pockets, they can hold and organize all my stuff–including the diapers. It’s made from waterproof, coated canvas (good news for...

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Personalized hairclip holders to add to your awesome gift idea file

I’m generally a good gifter. However, I’ve been a little stumped about what to buy a good friend’s little girl for her first birthday. They live in a tight NYC apartment, so their toy situation is extremely edited. Her stylish wardrobe, though, is well stocked with mini tutus, trendy baby boots, and an entire wall of shelves devoted to pink shoes. I have the answer! [don’t miss a great offer after the jump] The Personalized Handmade Hairclip Holders from CMP fave shop Chloe in Style are deliciously cute and will help organize a few of Emily’s impressive collection of...

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A custom storybook invitation for a fairytale of a party

Hey you, Famous Mom. Yes you, the one who held the kiddo’s first birthday party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, hired Martha Stewart to make your cakes, and asked the Jonas Brothers to stop by to sing Happy Birthday. What are you going to do for your encore? One idea: start with the custom storybook invitations from Egba originals. In the past, Cool Mom Picks has adored clever invitations from Egba like their Partyblocks and Custom Comic Book Invitations, and now, they’re taking it to the next level with something actually kind of sweet. Custom Storybook Invitations are exactly...

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Kids tees that make a great story

The mission of past CMP pick, Out of Print Clothing is to spread the joy of reading. Through fashion. Hey, two of our favorite things? And, now, they have expanded their collection to include t-shirts for kids. Find shirts featuring cover of the first edition of the Catcher in the Rye (so hipster chic), Brave New World, and Pride and Prejudice or go for the infamous cover of Moby Dick. Although, that could lead to some schoolyard shenanigans if your kids are old enough to make, uh…Moby Dick jokes. What’s particularly great is that Out of Print Clothing donates...

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The low-tech answer to high-tech organizers

I’m so high tech that, sometimes, I need to go low tech. For those of you like me, or those who just plain reject iPads and online organizers and anything with a plug, may I recommend the MEpad from LobotoME? Okay, so you can’t surf the web on the MEpad, watch videos, listen to music, or gaze lovingly at your baby photos (unless they’re paper clipped to the top). But you can write on it with a pen. Yes, a glorious pen. Remember those? Write your shopping lists, to-do lists, lists, notes to the husband on this hilarious recycled...

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A tree grows in Brooklyn. And becomes eco-friendly kids’ furniture.

Searching for just the right children’s furniture always seems a challenge. You don’t want anything too adult, or too baby-ish either. You want something as beautiful as the rest of your decor, and if you’re going to invest in quality children’s furniture, you don’t want it outgrown before the kid’s fourth birthday either. Well feast your eyes on the exquisite kids’ table and chairs by Brooklyn designer and clever mom, April Hannah. Not only is this children’s furniture made from sustainable and safe materials like soy glue and non-toxic water-based finish, it’s a modern marvel of cool, inspired by...

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