Author: Eva Glettner

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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Pop art placemats that pack a punch

Ah, the poor humble placemat. Sure, placemats serve a noble purpose: to keep spills and mess (somewhat) contained. But have you ever fallen in love with one? I have. I’m totally smitten with Pop Placemats. These puppies demand attention with their hip styling and personalized pizzazz. They scream: “I am functional and fabulous, KAPOW!” Their old-school cartoon flavor, reminiscent of my favorite Batman episodes of yore, make me so darn happy…and that’s before coffee. Bold graphics keep young Warhols-in-training inspired, and 100% easy-wipe polyester (with no-skid bottoms) keep mama and papa smiling at all the, uh, mealtime art all over the table.  -Eva...

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Run 10 Feed 10: running with a purpose

I’m a huge fan of FEED. If you’re not familiar with this amazing company run by Lauren Bush, let me give you the CliffsNotes version: you buy a funky bag, shirt or more, and you are directly helping to feed a school child through partnerships with organizations like the UN World Food Programme, UNICEF, Room to Read, Donors Choose.  Different from other retail organizations that promise to give a portion of proceeds to charity, the FEED donation is built directly into the cost of the bag. A bag with the number ten stenciled on it will feed ten children–it’s...

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Sports jerseys from a time when you could actually afford to see the game in person

All kids can rock their little league team uniforms but alas, my kids don’t play traditional team sports and therefore don’t get a complimentary skateboarding jersey (should there be such a thing). They want jerseys, but they want them to be unique and different. Jersey envy? You bet. This sportswear website is the answer to their dreams–and mine–because it’s a fundraising opportunity and a cool thread company. Prep Sportswear lets you choose from shorts, shirts, jerseys and so much more. But my favorite is the remarkably comprehensive vintage team jersey section. We’re talking teams from every state (plus Puerto...

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Decorating takes (wicker) balls, but owning the book about it is easy

I love paging through home-furnishings catalogs and feeling that combination of envy and absolute astonishment. Have you ever looked through a spread and thought: “who the heck lives like that?” Of course you have. Well get ready to laugh. The new book, Catalog Living at its Most Absurd: Decorating Takes (Wicker) Balls, is every bit as hilarious as it sounds. You may already be a fan of comedienne Molly Erdman and her blog, Catalog Living. It follows the life of Gary and Elaine and their ridiculous furnishings in a mockumentary style that is such an addictive read, entry after...

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A bib that’s less bib and more boho

Babies drool. My oldest was so good at it that every outfit was always drenched. If your pint-sized, drooly hipster needs something a bit cooler and less traditional than a regular bib the Bobobib might be your speed. Bobobib looks like a perfectly tied bandanna, but nifty velcro does all of the work for you in back. And unlike a bandana, Bobobib is truly absorbent and practical to boot and all made in the USA. The organic cotton fabric is super soft, and the 20+ patterns are all really funky and fun. I am partial to Her Cruisers, the...

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Rock on, Ben Franklin!

My oldest is a budding scientist. He looks up to Ben Franklin the way most people look up to rock stars. For a while, said son was sporting a tri-corn hat to really perfect his Franklin look. That kind of got in the way, and frankly, wool is pretty darn hot. Thankfully for both of us, we have found a different way to share the love. This sweet kids’ t-shirt by Okllo sports Ben Franklin in all of his glory. His hair is down and the bifocals are on. They’ve included one of my favorite Franklin quotes of all times:...

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Celebrating Woody Guthrie with 2 perfect CDs

This would have been folk-music legend Woody Guthrie’s centennial year. And so we celebrate the truly amazing legacy he left behind. Within the 3,000 song lyrics (wow!) that he wrote, there lies a powerful children’s music catalog that speaks directly to the energy and creativity of those ever-expanding minds. There’s a whole lot more to Woody Guthrie than This Land Is Your Land, is what we’re saying. Here, two important new albums that offer families a new twist on some familiar tunes. We know that you will dig these CDs as much as we do. First up is the...

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The Busy Mom’s Cookbook – isn’t that all of us?

Antonia Lofaso was absolutely captivating on Top Chef. I loved watching her seamlessly perfect results every single episode, and I appreciated her passion for being both a full time chef and full time mother. And now she’s offering wisdom to parents who want haute, mostly Italian-inspired cuisine in minutes, sans microwave, with her new cookbook. The 100 recipes in The Busy Mom’s Cookbook appease both your own sophisticated palate and your carb-loading, goldfish-loving toddler’s. Madras curry chicken, anyone? The recipes are really easy to follow, and I like that the total cooking time and serving size is found at...

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Bakfiets – Bikes for you and your brood

Let me tell you why I’m Bakfiet crazy: when I had kids, I really wanted to keep up my exercise routine and just have them fall in line. I got a double jogger, which was great. But I really wanted to bike with the kids in tow, I just didn’t feel super comfortable putting them in a bike trailer behind me. I wanted them to be within reach, just in case–and now I realize that the solution was here all along. I fell in love with the Babboe Bakfiets at first sight. It’s a Dutch import but I became acquainted...

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The 2012 Flite of the Bumbleride

We love Bumbleride strollers and gear. We’ve featured their stuff quite a bit because it is consistently fresh looking with updated features, colors and the kinds of accessories that actually get used. Plus their customer service is just–well, nice! Back in 2010, we reviewed the Bumbleride Flite, and were really impressed with what we saw. Now, the 2012 model takes a great thing and makes it even better. [don’t miss your chance to win your own Bumbleride stroller from Cool Mom Picks!] Bumbleride has updated their wheel system which means that the stroller really glides and will make maneuvering in crowds...

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PunyPixel – small clothes, big ideas

I’ve just found a new brand that has everything I love…eye popping designs, a charity component, and organic cotton. The only drawback: it’s only for kids. The designs at PunyPixel are admittedly quirky, but I think they’re cool. The line features four culturally diverse characters, like Mike, above. Each one has his or her own unique look and style. If you’re feeling spacey, I would go with Leo. If you’re feeling like all of your chakras are in alignment, Sid is your girl. PunyPixel supports charities that they have a real connection with, and they rotate every couple of...

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Ragtime for Rugrats

Randy Kaplan is such a talented kids’ rocker; the kind of performer who really engages his audience. He doesn’t just sing, he tells stories. And we listen. We are all huge fans of Kaplan’s incredibly cool, listenable (even for adults) CDs, but this newest, which makes some of the greatest Country, Blues and Ragtime numbers family-friendly, is his most ambitious yet. Duke Ellington’s Satin Doll isn’t exactly as innocent as an American Girl, yet, Kaplan does a great job bringing this and more to life for kids in Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie. You’ll also find that he adds his...

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City Threads goes baby

City Threads is a great little clothing company that I’ve raved about before. You can recognize their “Brooklyn” bucket hats on many a hipster kid at the nearest playground in my (nowhere near Brooklyn) neighborhood. Now they are finally veering into the baby clothing world and all I can say is… what took you so long? The baby onesies are made of the same comfy, durable cotton I love on their big kid stuff. The patterns are simple but fun, for babies who don’t need a lot of work to convince the world that they’re cute. Plus, they are...

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The Havaianas that give back

It’s summertime which means if you’re like us, you probably rock flip flops like they are going out of style. And to lots of us, flip flops are synonymous with Brazil’s stylish, comfy, long-wearing Havaianas. And now there’s a new collection to support one of our favorite charities, with some lovely celebrity designed shoes. (Really, they’re actually nice!) The limited edition celebrity designed Havaianas for Baby Buggy come from a few moms and style icons you may be familiar with. (Does Courtney Cox ring a bell?) Each of them, including Nina Garcia, Rebecca Romijn, and Tori Spelling, worked with...

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Every family has a spicy kid…or two.

Molly Ledford and her band of merry Lunch Money mates are just such supreme goodness. We are big fans of theirs here at Cool Mom Picks, but this new CD, Spicy Kid, just might take the cake. Er, peanut butter sandwich.  This CD is a combination of sweet fun and silliness for the kid folk, but Molly sneaks in a most unbelievable tribute to parenting with “Basket of Flowers.“ I listened to that song on repeat and saw my children as little babies flash before me in a sort of slideshow of the mind. Yes, it was that deep....

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Safer bathtime for babies thanks to the help of a blue elephant

Why does bathing our young in a tub have to be so darn hard? The bottom is slippery, so we’ve got to outfit it with a non stick mat. Then there is the problem with the water spout. It’s shiny (so kids gravitate towards it, obviously), and it’s also metal. I can’t tell you how many times my kids bumped their heads on the spout. [don’t miss a huge limited time discount after the jump] I know I’m not alone here, when you consider all the baby-safe bathtub spouts out there. And now there’s another one that adds a...

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Serious rad upcycled childrens clothes for seriously special occasions

[updated with corrected info] There is something so special about children’s clothes with history. Hand-me-downs aren’t just a frugal choice: there’s often meaning in seeing your child in his grandpa’s favorite college sweatshirt. And now there’s a talented artist who’s preserving those memories–and clothing–in a truly special way. Kindred Cloth (even the name is divine) is a family owned business that runs on love and extraordinary talent. They’re applying remarkable talent to creating special outfits for children, by transforming a parent’s old shirt or other garment into something gorgeous and new. You can choose from their own ready-made designs...

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Relief from teething pain–and baby mealtime drama

Getting babies to transition to solid foods can sometimes be a bit of a struggle. But while this new set can’t make the taste of rice cereal more appealing, it can make mealtime more enjoyable for both of you.  The Oogaa baby mealtime set is so clever. Instead of plastic or wood, it’s made of a super soft silicone that is BPA and toxin-free, and delightfully bendy. Your little teether can even gnaw on the spoon for relief. Then, as your toddler gets older and transitions to more foods, the design is still smart with spoons shaped like an...

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Tip for flying with babies – Buy this.

Does the thought of flying with your baby on a long journey completely stress you out? When your little one is small and doesn’t have his own child’s airplane seat, you cross your fingers that you get a seat up in front with more leg room that could be easily used for your baby. But, those seats are hard to get and you need a backup plan. This amazing device: the backup plan of your dreams. [editors update 2013: it is listed as “compliant with FAA regulations,” but still not FAA approved at this time as far as we...

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