Author: Eva

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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