Author: Eva

Barrel of Monkeys for a new generation

Monkeys are fun, no doubt about it. I will even go out on a limb (see what I just did?) and say that watching monkeys leap from branch to branch is one of my favorite stops at the zoo. Which is why the kid inside me–along with my actual kids–loves this wonderful children’s monkey toy. This Balancing Monkeys kids’ toy from Cool Mom Picks favorite, Plan Toys, is like an updated and ridiculously fun Barrel of Monkeys except without all that plastic. In fact everything at Plan Toys is made from sustainable rubberwood with non-toxic dyes, and they were...

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Coffee gifts? Don’t mind if I do. Give, I mean.

I admit it. I used to settle for a cup of coffee from just about anywhere, then quickly douse it with milk and sweetener. Then I had a proper cup of joe, which was like the pigeon describing a hot dog to the duck in Mo Willem’s beloved The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog: “They are a taste sensation. Each morsel is a joy!” Thanks to this new monthly coffee subscription service that’s all about coffee, that joy is now yours to give to others. Purchase a gift subscription to Tonx [edited to add, Tonx is now Blue Bottle Coffee]–I...

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Party-perfect earrings with a big purpose

Metallic feather-look earrings crafted from leather? Yes, please. The style is super cool and party-perfect. Even better, these earrings look ridiculously expensive, but only cost 24 bucks. But wait, there’s something more amazing about them. Raven + Lily is a longtime favorite of ours, for their beautiful items and their goal to empower women through design In keeping with that, these earrings are each handcrafted by marginalized women in India, using locally sourced leather. The proceeds go straight back to these women, in the form of literacy programs for them, their children, and their community.This holiday season, I can’t...

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Reusable squeeze pouches for snacking on the go

Feeding your baby solids is an exciting but somewhat stressful time–especially when you are on the go. As you know, most babies can’t really figure out the whole spoon-to-mouth thing when they first start eating, and it can get pretty darn messy. So I dig fruit and veggie pouches for their convenience, and now I especially love these reusable pouches that are easy on the environment, too. Squooshi makes very cute reusable squeeze-fruit pouches which are easy to fill and adorable to boot. Each one has a resealable bottom, which makes prepping the pouches a cinch. The cool thing...

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Winter white: decorate the French way with these fab wall decals

We’re dreaming of white…walls, that is. A white wall in a child’s room just begs to be noticed. You can go crazy expensive and find a muralist (we can dream!), or make a statement in a much less pricey way, like with these cool, quirky, totally new designs from a mom-run business in France. I am smitten with this group of wall decals featuring little illustrated birds from the new shop, Bumoon. I even clicked on the French version (there are English, Spanish, French and Italian vinyl applications) and am quite tempted to go that route. In France, birds...

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A very Pantone holiday

If you’re a design fan, or just like a lot of color besides red and green in your hoildays, then these ornaments from Pantone might be the ten most perfect ornaments for your Christmas tree. I am having trouble picking a favorite from among the Pantone Christmas Ornaments, but then again, Pantone has that effect on me. They all look so lustrous and they’re beautifully packaged for giving. My solution? Get the enitire gift set which comes with all 10. Just order soon to make sure that they make it on time. You can find them at A +...

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Toys in a flash (flash sale, that is)

I love flash toy sales before the holidays. If you’re on the ball, you can score really top-quality brands at a portion of their regular prices. (You already know that, if you’ve been following us through the Cyber Monday madness this week!) Shipping can get expensive, though. The good news? Gilt is hooking up its subscribers with a flash toy sale this Friday that includes free shipping! Brands we love like Schoenhut, Uncle Goose blocks, and craft supplies from Alex Toys are all for the taking (er, buying). I am especially digging those beautiful wooden alphabet blocks for my kindergartener....

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Stick it to ’em this season

Holiday time is family time, which means it’s a fab time of year for photo gifts, right? So we love this novel mom-created concept, especially for those with limited wall space (and those making room to hang all those holiday cards pouring in). Mom-run Magneticpix takes the clever cake this season. Choose a sweet pic you love–your family, your dog, a sunny vacation photo to cheer you when you’re chilly–then let the Magneticpix people work their magic. Your beloved pic becomes a dry-erase board you can scribble notes and lists on, a magnetic surface to post other pics and what-not, and...

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One-of-a-kind custom Vans. Be still our hearts. Or feet?

We are really into shoes around these parts. It’s a great way for kids to express themselves, both at school and around town (or the skatepark, because somehow we always end up there). Up until now, mine have been borrowing my Sharpie to give their shoes some individual flair. Thankfully, there’s a better way to accomplish this thanks to our friends at Vans. Look down at your shoes. Imagine if you could take each panel and rock a paint by numbers for your feet, right down to the lacing eyelets. Heck, you can forgo lacing altogether and choose the...

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Brand-new inspiration for your LEGO lovers

Chances are, if there is a new LEGO anything, my kiddos have heard about it. But buying a new LEGO set every time they want one (read: always) can get expensive. So how do you inspire your kids to keep building with the pieces that they already own? Fortunately, that’s where an excellent new book comes in, with novel step-by-step ideas–and big-time inspiration–for the kids’ old LEGO stash. Nice. Meet The LEGO Adventure Book, a brick-by-brick guide to building cars, castles and more–with pieces you already own. I’m a visual learner, and written directions usually intimidate me. But this guide...

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Word to Big Bird: neff helps skaters and boarders sweep those clouds away

If there’s one thing I hope all parents can all agree on, it’s a love for Big Bird. (There are certainly more polarizing muppets, but Big Bird isn’t one of them.) With the cooler weather finally making an appearance for most of the country, we love that one of the top skate brands is sharing that love too, and creating some funky warm headwear for kids. neff is a super cool skate and snowboarding apparel company. (You might recognize their logo of a smiley face with a tongue sticking out.) They teamed up with Sesame Street for a fabulous...

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We’re grooving on Ozomatli’s rockin’ new album for kids

Eighteen years of rocking out plus a Grammy win thrown in for good measure, makes Ozomatli a band for the ages. Yet as big as they’ve become, the band still rocks a happy home-grown vibe. And their latest venture is a kids’ album every bit as awesome as fans like me might expect. The sound of Ozomatli is infectiously fun, especially in the new album, OzoKidz. It’s a great way to introduce kids to songs that don’t fit into a conventional genre. The Skateboard song, one of my favorite tracks, feels like a punk rock anthem in the style of...

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Morphology Jr: Pictionary for the 21st century

Board games have a lot to compete with these days. Ever tried to get your older kid to put down Angry Birds in favor of Monopoly? That’s why I’m thrilled to find this interactive (albeit battery-free) board game that’s not boring in the least. And my kids agree. Meet Morphology Jr. It’s like Pictionary (remember that game??) for the 21st century. Teams have to guess secret words from a stack of cards, but instead of drawing the objects, you have to assemble them using things like string, and blocks which are all provided with the game.  It’s really fun...

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Yo Gabba Gabba + Vans means DJ Lance gets little feet moving in more ways than one

Yo Gabba Gabba captured our indie-loving hearts from the beginning. But if I had to pick a favorite character, DJ Lance Rock would be up there. The polyester suit, the glasses, the big hair…and of course, those awesome orange shoes. Vans featuring Yo Gabba Gabba are the perfect pair. Vans has re-imagined the Heritage Throwback (read: classic skater style) for the wee folk with DJ Lance’s inspiration at the helm. The result? A party for your kid’s feet. The orange color is poppin, the Gabba text is hip, and the shoe screams “YO GABBA GABBA!” (Well not really, but...

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My Prudent Advice? This mother-daughter keepsake is a keeper

Looking for a shower gift for a baby girl? Something that is original, meaningful, and will never, ever go out of style? I’ve got just the thing. And I’m calling dibs on gifting it at every baby-girl shower I ever attend. Jaime Morrison Curtis has created a stunning keepsake journal to be passed down from mother to daughter. My Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Daughter is inspiring, thoughtful, and simply creative.  Jaime is the founding editor of Prudent Baby, a site that encourages even the least craftiest among us (read: me!) to go out and make some awesome happen.  Not surprisingly, her journal...

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Stylin’ new nursery decor and crib bedding from Skip Hop? Yes, please!

Cool Mom Picks is a huge fan of the mom-and-pop created label Skip Hop. Back in March we announced that they’re offering adorable nursery decor and crib bedding.  And the news just gets better: Skip Hop has expanded its nursery line, with gorgeous designs that have us smitten. Get schooled in style with the Alphabet Zoo nursery set. Your babe will be at the top of the class (ha) with this modern alphabet print. Skip Hop, you had us at birdies–but not in a Portlandia kinda way. Seriously, their take on our feathered friends in the Springtime Birdies nursery bedding...

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Japanese anime-inspired diaper bags? We say Tokidoki!

Diaper bags are kind of like minivans. They are super practical, but don’t exactly scream funky fresh. But this new Tokidoki and Ju Ju Be diaper bag collaboration is like taking your Honda Odyssey and making it a low rider. We’re talking blinged out, and we’re talking awesome. Tokidoki always gets me with their great designs and Japanese anime-inspired looks. (I’m partial to the milk carton on a skateboard, and the cactus kid.) Pair that graphic style with Ju Ju Be, a popular diaper bag, and you have a Tokidoki diaper bag that will stop traffic. (Of course, they’re really stopping because your...

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A hand-painted, multicultural mobile babies (and grownups) will love

My favorite kind of mobile isn’t my cell phone. I love hanging mobiles. What’s not to love? They’re moving pieces of art, transformed by light, wind, and perspective. And I’ve just found a real beauty that you might love as much as your baby. Why should they have all the fun? I totally adore this beautiful handmade baby mobile from Little Edie. Becky Brisco is the talented artist behind the shop. Her multicultural mobile is a fantastic way to introduce your child to the beauty of diversity. All of the faces are hand-painted so each mobile is completely unique–just like us. The...

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Don’t miss NBC’s smart new season of Up All Night

Sitcoms have to be seriously good to get my attention at the end of the day. The kids are asleep and the house is quiet, so if I’m going to watch some telly instead of calling it a night, then it had better be worth my time…and crack me up. Make me laugh, or I’m out, people. Thankfully, one of my favorites, NBC’s Up All Night, is back for another season. And it’s starting off with a bang. (Nice going, writers!) I’m a huge SNL fan, especially the old-school SNL. Up All Night creator Emily Spivey and Maya Rudolph...

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Volcom, Yo Gabba Gabba and Jack Black = skate culture awesomesauce

Volcom is my kids’ absolute obsession around these parts. They’re hardcore skateboarders, and Volcom represents everything that is awesome about skater culture. One of my sons insists on only wearing shirts emblazoned with their logo. He has two, and if they’re dirty? No worries. He will gladly dig them out of the laundry basket. Talk about brand loyalty at six years old!  And now Volcom’s newest collaboration is the raddest thing since sliced bread, because they have figured out a way to raise the roof on cool. Intrigued? Oh, you should be. Volcom and Yo Gabba Gabba have joined...

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