Author: Elizabeth

The baby book that almost writes itself

My first daughter’s baby book is a masterpiece of elaborate details, funny stories and photos. But my second child’s baby book? Almost empty.  Every time I open it, I’m overwhelmed by all those blank pages and I’m struck with such intense guilt that I invent an excuse that I’m too busy (or maybe I am) and put it down. I know I’m not alone here. My Own Little Story (love the name!) is exactly what I need. This website was designed to make recording all the details and memories easy and fast. Seriously, you can create a baby book...

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What could be uglier than an Uglydoll? An Uglypillow!

I love the new Uglypillows from Uglydoll. Perhaps it brings out the motherly instinct in me? A face that only a mother could love? Oh, no. I hope this isn’t a throw back to my awkward years. Do you think the Uglypillows would be the last to be picked for kickball? And nobody would ask them for a slow dance at their best friend’s Bat Mitzvah? Well each of the four new Uglypillows is uglier (or cuter) than the next. These funny little friends are perfect for a nursery or playroom chair, in a crib (when they’re past the...

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The peas are touching my carrots!

My daughter used to be the kid who would try anything. She liked broccoli. She ate eggs. She even liked horseradish. My husband and I would brag about it. Well, now she’s a typical, picky three-year-old and she has a few eating quirks. One of them is she won’t allow her food to touch. A lot of time that means touch her mouth, but she also doesn’t like her peas to touch her pasta. The LunchBots Trio is the new line extension from CMP fave LunchBots, makers of really marvelous stainless steel food storage containers. No plastic means no...

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Drink in the coolness with Paul Frank

If your resolution includes cutting back on plastic water bottles, and doing it with style (what? that could be a resolution) then we have an awesome new option for you. Café Press has teamed up with Paul Frank to create a design-your-own SIGG water bottle, and not only are they super cute, designing the bottle is surprisingly fun. Do you like your Julius rocking out on the guitar? How about a pink and purple Julius with hearts and skulls, or a punk rock Julius with sunglasses? There are so many fun choices for your  custom Paul Frank water bottle,...

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One of the best baby gifts in the world just got more affordable.

My quest for all things cool for babies started when a friend told me about Trumpette socks. She said all the hip Mommies in her Brooklyn Mommy’s group had them. Images of moms dressed in effortlessly chic clothes with Converse sneakers came mind. Babies flashed brightly colored feet and smiles. I wasn’t too far off. And now, those very socks just got affordable and accessible to even those outside the Park Slope environs. Target now sells Trumpettetoo with the same cute style as the original Trumpette, but easier on the wallet. The collection includes socks, tights and shoes in...

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Last minute holiday card help from Cocodot that helps people in need too.

This year, I planned on getting my holiday cards out with plenty of time and all of a sudden it’s Christmas week. Good thing there’s a service that lets me send out cards–really, professionally designed holiday cards–digitally. Not only is it a lot cheaper, but it’s also a lot faster and I don’t have to buy stamps. I don’t even want to walk past the post office during the holidays. And best yet, it supports some of the best charities out there. Cocodot designs some attractive digital cards to begin with, and to make the idea even sweeter, they’ve...

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Custom toy boxes make last minute gifts for kids easy.

My daughter is obsessed with being a dentist. Yes, just like that Elf on that Rudolph video. Of course, I’m delighted and I want to encourage her, but dentist toys are a little hard to come by. Luckily, I won’t have to scour the Internet in all my hours of free time (ha!) because Jade’s Toy Box is happy to do all the work for me. We knew that past Cool Mom Picks favorite, Jade’s Toy Box, creates amazing concept boxes filled with goodies for kids around amazing themes, but what I didn’t realize is they also will create...

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Color like an artist. Romero Britto, to be specific.

My daughter’s first finger paintings brought tears to my eyes. “My God, she’s talented!” I told my husband. I knew I was being that stereotypical overly proud parent, but her use of color was so unexpected. Really! There is something so fresh and spontaneous about kids’ artwork and that is why I like P’kolino’s new collection of arts and crafts supplies inspired by the amazing pop artist, Romero Britto. (He’s done an Absolut ad!) In fact, he might be the Keith Haring of our kids’ generation. This collaboration, aimed at inspiring kids to create art, speaks to Romero’s belief–and...

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Free letters from Santa that are more about giving than receiving

People always say that nothing is for free, but here is something that really is: A customized letter to your child from Santa that you help create. And it will do more for other kids than your own. At Letter from Santa, add personal details like your child’s name, best friend, good deeds, and home town, and your little guy or gal will be sure it’s the real thing. Just fill out a few answers, download the PDF to your computer and print it out. A personalized letter with a cheerful Santa face will put a big smile on...

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What present will make Grandma the absolute happiest?

One year, I got my mom an electronic photo album for her holiday gift. Well, that was a flop. She told me she really wanted a regular photo book of her grandkids, just like I gave her the year before. But, I like to complicate things! So, the next year, I gave her a photo mug, then a photo calendar and a photo t-shirt. (No, I’m kidding, I’ve never made photo t-shirts.Yikes!) With all the photo centric gifts out there, the good old photo book is still her favorite and mine because it preserves the photos nicely and I...

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