Author: Eva

FEED plus Target: a collaboration we can get behind.

I’m a big fan of the FEED mission, which sells products to directly feed schoolchildren both at home through Feeding America and abroad via the UN’s World Food Program. Whenever I carry my FEED bag, I’m reminded of the good it did. So I’m excited about their collaboration with Target–but it’s ending soon. So if you haven’t checked it out, now is a great time.        The FEED + Target collaboration includes so many kinds of products; check the Target website and there’s surely something in there that you want, especially considering it supports Feeding America. And...

Read More

Respect and protect rainforests with supercool reusable water bottles

I’m a hardcore fan of SIGG reusable water bottles. They’re seriously durable–and I know, because my kids put them through the wringer, dragging them from school to skatepark. Now I’m in love with a new collaboration between SIGG and Cuipo (a clothing brand dedicated to saving our rainforests) and here’s why.     Eeach purchase of a Cuipo-branded SIGG bottle saves one square meter of rainforest, preserved in your name. I think this eco-happy skate mama knows what she wants for her birthday. I’m most obsessed with the logo “Be the Solution, Not the Cause.” I can’t wait to...

Read More

Rock n roll tees for kids so authentic, you can almost smell the overpriced concert beer on them.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have a way of taking me back in time. As a parent, I play Under the Bridge for my kids and encourage them to appreciate how the music affects them. Cooler still, Flea, RHCP’s bassist, is a big supporter of children in the arts and a regular in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles. So I’m digging this new collaboration for kids between classic bands and classic style, courtesy of a very surprising source. At J Crew, of all places, you’ll find a very cool selection of rock n roll tees for kids in...

Read More

Say cheese. This fun LEGO Polaroid “camera” has us grinning.

Summertime is serious LEGO time around here. The kids and I are always looking for novel ways to enhance LEGO play. So I’m really digging this new LEGO hack (meaning it’s not an official LEGO product, but it’s officially fun). This groovy “camera” comes from LEGO wizard Chris McVeigh. It takes ninety-nine pieces of brick-building goodness, and some sweet Instagram-y looking decals really seal the deal.  Although the camera doesn’t actually work (well, duh), it’s fantastic for imaginative play. My favorite part? It even has an ejectable photo tile. Who knows? Maybe the next edition will sport some working parts....

Read More

A new baby blanket with a vintage feel

My sister-in-law is about to give birth to my new niece or nephew in just a couple of weeks. Here’s the problem: she’s a new mom and an event planner. So I’m glad to find her one baby gift that I know she doesn’t already have–and will actually appreciate. (No easy task!)         Little Auggie, one of our new favorite online shops, has just the answer in these beautiful baby quilts with a luscious new muted color palette to choose from. Little Auggie’s blankets look delicate, but they are machine washable which makes life as a new parent...

Read More

Wooden bowls + color = fabulousness

I have a special place in my heart for wooden bowls. My Eastern European grandmother used to make these beautiful and elaborate green salads and serve them to us in small wooden bowls, so I’ve been looking for bowls that remind me of my sweet Bubbie ever since…to no avail. Until now. Why I didn’t think to look to Etsy is beyond me.   Check out the super funky shop for perfectly sized bowls with just the right pop of color for my salads, or cereal, or giant displays of fresh fruit, for that matter. The artist, an interior design...

Read More

Super baby redux

There is something intensely satisfying about putting a small baby in a superhero cape. Maybe it’s because babies aren’t particularly heroic; who has time to save the universe while attached to a breast? Instead of an actual cape, try a hero onesie designed by an artist famous for gracing the pages of McSweeney’s. You’ll find it at Wordsation, a cool site that commissions artists to design baby onesies and t-shirts for hip urban kids everywhere. Wordsation seeks out artists with a unique and still child-friendly look to create apparel with edge. They have a rotating roster of artists that...

Read More

Adorable new lunchboxes for kids that are recycled. But you’d never know it.

I take lunchbox shopping verrrrry seriously. I need a durable, reusable lunch pack for the kids that is insulated, looks great, is eco-friendly, and stays closed (so the leftover crumbs don’t take up residence in my car). Take it from a woman who just took on a thousand goldfish crackers wreaking havoc in the trunk: we’ve found a fabulous new option. Cool Mom Picks fave Apple Park has got just the lunch bag, and just in time for summer camp, too.Their reusable kids’ lunchpacks cover all of the bases that get us interested; they’re made from kid-safe, eco-friendly materials without compromising fun...

Read More

Punk rock shorts for stylin’ skater boys

In order to perfect the punk rock, skater-boi look, a Ramones shirt will no longer cut it. My kids have been jonesing for trendy chain wallets like their friends at the skate park. The problem? Teachers don’t exactly dig the boys playing around with their wallets during class. An unattached chain spells trouble, there’s no way around it. So what if I told you that you could get the perfect chain look without all of the baggage?   These new Punk Shorts by Chasing Fireflies are just the look my boys dig. I call this the faux-chain look (no wallet!), and man, will...

Read More

Peace never goes out of style

Peace is something I believe we need to promote all the time. I want my children to wear it on their sleeves and on their chests.   So of course I am digging this Peace Warrior t-shirt by Be Love, which puts our affinity for non-violence on our casual wear. Is there anything cooler than a “Peace Warrior?” I’m going to say no…but then again, there’s a whole category of cool kids’ tees featuring the likes of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. Be Love is a rad organization that inspires children and adults by communicating lessons of love and strength...

Read More

A baby shower gift with bite

Babies are warm and cuddly and thinking about them helps us conjure up images of teddy bears and pillowy clouds. Well, unless you actually have one and you know that in reality, babies have more bite than we give them credit for. So for the next baby shower, opt for something with some edge, like these shark baby pajamas from Black Wagon. After all, aren’t babies really at the top of the food chain in a way? Plus, like sharks, babies have the ability to fascinate and frighten us all in the same breath. –Eva Hatley Shark Footed Coveralls are...

Read More

Scooter sweetness in a zippy retro-style bib

Babies drool: that’s a fact. I tried to rock the sans bib look for my brood and that option didn’t quite pan out. It turns out that wet necks lead to rashes, not rockstars. My suggestion? Embrace the right bib, and your little one will scoot in style. Finn and Emma’s Scooter Bib has a retro scooter and a mod color combo (orange and gray! divine!) that go perfectly together. The best part? Soft organic cotton and a nifty wooden snap. And a matching blanket, if you want a really awesome baby gift.   I also super love that...

Read More

What do do with the kids’ wet bathing suits? Take a lesson from pro surfers.

You know what really irks me? When my boys have their swimming lessons, and then I’m left with several wet trunks and towels when the lesson ends and no wetbag to tote them home. I usually shove the drippy mess into a backpack, but then everything around it gets wet. Not the biggest problem on the planet (yes, I know I can use baggies and plastic grocery bags) but still, I’m thrilled to find a swanky wetbag that doesn’t look “mom” at all.  And it’s a far cry from Ziplocs. Who better to come up with a solution to...

Read More

Let’s Skateboard! with the completely rad The Not-Its and a free MP3

If you’ve got little skaters like me, then you know that that skateboarding is no longer a fringe sport. It’s everywhere in pop culture. And skateboarding plus music equals sheer awesome, which is exactly how we feel about CMP-fave kindie rock band The Not-Its premiering their new skateboarding music video right here on Cool Mom Picks today. (Just for you!) {Don’t miss the exclusive premiere of The Not Its’ new music video PLUS a free download of their new skater tune and awesome giveaway just for Cool Mom Picks readers}   If you’re not familiar with The Not-Its, they’re...

Read More

Serious scooter style with South African flair

I am obsessed with Vespa scooters. I mean, seriously, what could be better than hopping onto a scooter and zipping off into the sunset in some gorgeous foreign land? But what do you do if (like me) you can’t afford your scooter fix? Well, you dress your kids in adorable scooter tees. Okay, it’s not exactly like owning this sweet piece of machinery, but this cool kids’ t-shirt does it justice. I’m digging the vintage look on my little guy — it’s got South African flavor without us ever leaving the house, and he loves the bold graphics. If...

Read More

Customizably cool watches that tell time (and a story or two)

Have you ever taken an Instagram picture that was so good, you wanted to plaster it everywhere? Sometimes I snap a shot that I literally want to wear on my sleeve. Guess what? Now I can. (That means you, too, fellow Instagram addicts.) Instawatch is pretty much the coolest accessory around. I can wear my favorite pic on my wrist, and have it tell me the time. How’s that for multitasking? The Instawatch photo watch is built much like the Swatch watches we all rocked in the late 80s and early 90s. The cool part is that Instawatches are entirely...

Read More

Not just another LEGO tee for kids

When I think LEGO blocks, I see a wide open world and imagination abound. That pretty much describes how I feel when I listen to Black Flag. So, it’s only fitting that I am obsessed with this t-shirt ode to Black Flag that your kids can rock proudly any day of the week. The Lego Black Flag tee is just a whole new level of awesome. You’ll find it at Hatch for Kids which is a sweet site. They have odes to Banksy and Bowie on comfortable American Apparel t-shirts and plenty more. Every time that I think that I’m done...

Read More

A new mom keepsake in glorious letterpress

I’m the first to admit that it can be easy to substitute email for proper stationary thank you cards, announcements, and invitations. But there is nothing like the feel of quality card stock and the grooves of a quality letterpress. That’s why I’ve found the best thing ever for new moms. Sweetest Moments is a great custom baby keepsake. It is equal parts love letter, letterpress birth announcement, and Mother’s Day card, and the 11×14 size makes it perfect for framing. Choose your fonts, colors, and photo (I am quite fond of the “fresh” palette) and soon you’ll get...

Read More

Special kids’ tees you’ll fall in love with for so many reasons

Funky t-shirts are my kids’ uniform. Since my boys share clothing, I need a material that can stand up to my kids’ rugged routines. Oh, and eco-friendly threads are always welcome. Now imagine all this, complete with cool designs created by artists with special needs to support great causes. Yeah, I’m excited too. I am in love with Paper Clouds Apparel. The sweet guitar you see here was designed by an artist with special needs. For every purchase of a bamboo or cotton blend t-shirt printed with organic paints, 50% of all proceeds go directly to a rotating charity–currently...

Read More

A bird in this tree? Worth years of fun for little hands

Puzzles really need to pop to stand out amongst the competition these days. When you give a puzzle, it can sometimes go unnoticed in a sea of blinking lights or licensed Harry Potter allure. I am absolutely in love with this handmade Bird Tree Puzzle that your child can use for creative play or as a good old fashioned manipulative. Plus it’s so beautiful it could serve as a dinner centerpiece at a funky shabby chic affair. (Maybe?) The birds are simple and sweet thanks to the gentle colors and nontoxic dyes. But don’t get me wrong, this will be...

Read More

Follow us on Instagram!

Subscribe

Pin It on Pinterest