Author: Eva

A drumstick fit for a baby. (Hear that, theme park fans?)

When Liz got back from her Disney World trip, she laughed about the ubiquitous turkey leg that seemed to be everywhere. Which is probably why I can’t get over the sheer awesomeness of this handmade rattle. Yes, it’s a rattle in the shape of a turkey leg. The handmade plush drumstick rattle not only looks like the real thing — it’s wrapped to look like you just picked it up at the local butcher. Bring this gift to your next baby shower and you will be singly responsible for the funniest baby pictures ever. -Eva Drumstick Rattle is available at...

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Lion Love

I just found the absolute perfect baby gift if you’re looking for something sweet, personalized, and indie. In fact we love it so much, it’s one of the first items we knew we wanted in our baby shower gift guide this year. This personalized lion print with the new babe’s name on it is just super sweet. The drawing is whimsical (this isn’t a National Geographic lion, don’t you worry) and the personalization in a fun font adds a thoughtful touch. Here’s a cool fact. Did you know that lions sleep for twenty hours a day? This sounds a whole...

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The Lorax movie review: Is it every bit as awesome as the book?

I am absolutely smitten with The Lorax, one of Dr. Seuss’ most powerful characters. The book has such a strong environmental message that continues to resonate within me and so many of Dr. Seuss’ fans, so I must admit that I had very high expectations for The Lorax movie, especially knowing the Despicable Me creators were behind the production. Could it possibly get the message across in a new and entertaining way while remaining authentic to the original intent? I caught a screening of it, and my answer, with complete certainty, is yes. The Lorax on film delivers in...

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A new spin on photo books

Scrapbooks as gifts are super sweet, even if they are a ton of work. It’s the kind of present that really makes the receiver feel special. That is why I’m really interested in a new company that’s putting a cool spin on a familiar concept. Sure, you can make photo books on lots of different websites. You can even add text to personalize it. But at Twig Tale they have created a series of books complete with text and layout that gives you a great storyboard to work with–smart for those stretched for time (and maybe creativity). Is your...

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Getting kids excited about gardening

I envy those people (you know who you are!) who pick fresh tomatoes from their garden before making a bruschetta with ingredients all grown in their backyard. Believe me, I have tried to be one of these people. But, I was born without a green thumb. This has led me to unbelievably friendly relationships with my local farmers and Farmer’s Markets. But this fabulously cool idea allows me to have my cake–or really, kale salad–and eat it too, all while getting the kids involved. In the Koop packages varieties of seeds in an egg carton, all equally intriguing and...

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Girls that aren’t afraid to get muddy, we salute you!

Forget sugar and spice and everything nice; more and more parents are looking for art that depicts heir daughters the way they are, and not the way they were in Victorian times.  You may remember our post on the princess who saves herself. In artist Amanda Visell’s newest print series, she takes on girls who are completely unafraid to: get dirty, explore, dream big, and be themselves. I really appreciate how Amanda Visell breaks out of the defined gender molds–not that there’s anything wrong with rainbows and glitter, but you won’t find them here. Every time I look at...

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You are my cupcake, my cutie pie, and my mushy little sweet pea

After seeing Joyce Wan’s board book, We Belong Together I am so in love with her. So of course I had to check out You Are My Cupcake, in the same series. Let’s just say it’s absolutely delicious and I want to eat it up in a major way. Each page pops with vibrant colors and sweet illustrations that are textured, giving babies a sensory experience. All of the terms of endearment are covered here–starting with “cupcake”–but with a twist. We call our babe a “sweet pea,” but in Wan’s world, she’s a “mushy little sweet pea.” Your cutie...

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How do you feel?

Sometimes it’s hard for my kids to talk about their feelings. In the heat of the moment, they find it a lot easier to cry (or let’s face it, whine) than to confront their emotions. As the child of a child psychologist, I am always on the lookout for great books to help me make my job a bit easier in that respect, and I’ve found a nice solution with this smart book and accompanying journal.  A Little Book About Feelings is eye-catching in a major way. The main characters are funky, hand-made felt creatures, like little Etsy wunderkinds....

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Ever wanted to make your own stamps? Me too.

Ink stamps give everyday notes just the right amount of pop. I’ve always been interested in making my own designs but until this ridiculously cool product was created, that seemed just way too complicated. Yellow Owl Workshop puts all of the pieces in The Print Workshop Carve a Stamp Kit, which is just too cool. A linoleum cutter with six blades is perfect for carving owls, elephants, and so many more. There’s even a handy book included to give you great ideas and templates to get you started.  Keep in mind that this is not a kids’ toy–while there...

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Penguin Love

2012 may be the year of the dragon, but the penguin still needs some attention. And  just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re found one of the cutest ever ways for a baby to wear his love for penguins–or his love for love–on his chest. [don’t miss a limited time discount after the jump] I love the simplicity, the attention to detail, and the yummy organic cotton of this Penguin Love shirt. Plus, it is available as a onesie for even the tiniest lover. It’s all of the fun of a black tie affair without the fuss. -Eva Penguin...

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Pillow fight!

There’s something I need to get off my chest with Valentine’s Day nearly upon us. As much as I cherish my spouse, sometimes this girl needs her space. In bed. I know you know what I’m talking about. Well CMP fave Twisted Twee clearly gets my frustration, and delivers in a major way. I like think of these Your Side, My Side pillowcases as pillowcases with a purpose.  In short: payback for the bed hoggers of the world. And a great V-day gift for couples with a sense of humor. I can’t wait to throw these on the bed to...

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Is that a Picasso on your fridge?

Dan Consiglio is the amazingly talented and funny author of the blog What My Kids’ Art Says. It’s a great site because Dan isn’t afraid to call it like it is. He looks at children’s artwork with the lens of an erudite art critic, not a “my child is amazing and therefore everything associated with her must be” parent. The results are absolutely hysterical, and now they are now in a clever paperback that will have you in stitches. Is That a Picasso on Your Fridge? is like taking an art history class on a roller coaster. You know...

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A great twin gift for double the fun

Twin gifts can be among the toughest to find for new babies–that is, if you want something more unique than two matching onesies and hats. That’s why I love this art idea. Barcelona artist Judy Kaufmann is an extremely talented artist that celebrates the beauty and closeness of twins. Her Twins artwork could be a great gift for new parents of multiples.  Her colors are bright, her characters are quirky, and there is just so much to see. It will look great in a nursery, and just as awesome in a teenager’s room.  The artist is so talented, there’s lots to love...

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A super girl doll for your super girl (or boy!)

I am all about empowering girls. Especially when it seems like so many media messages out there do just the opposite. So I’m glad to find some handmade girl power on Etsy. The Super Girl doll is handcrafted goodness to the tune of braided hair, yellow goggles and black boots that spell smart and savvy. She’s one rag doll that’s business, with a bit of spunk, and I love it. Also, check out the hipster rag doll while you’re there. Because guys with ironic glasses need love too. –Eva Super Girl is available at the Miscellany Shoppe on...

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Toys for the grown up folk

I have a serious addiction. I love art toys. The first thing everyone always tells me is “adult toys, really?” No, no, friends. Art! I dig the whimsical designs, the variety, and the limited editions. My kids dig ’em too, so it’s win, win. Up until now, the options for creating your own art toys were quite limited. This new design company, MAQET, takes the fun to an entirely new dimension and it’s beyond awesome. Here’s the deal. You choose a model ranging from a catgirl to a ninja, and then you go wild. The computer program is super...

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Cupcakes and Comics, oh my!

I love cupcakes. For me, this is no fad. They represent happiness and goodness and celebrations in every bite. But a talking cupcake? This brings my love to an entirely new level. Expect crazy fun with Sara Varon’s newest graphic novel, Bake Sale. The premise is this: Cupcake is losing his inspiration. Every new recipe he tries just doesn’t work out. When Cupcake’s friend, Eggplant, proposes a trip to Turkey, things really start to happen. I don’t want to spoil the fun, so that’s all I’m going to give you. The illustrations are super detailed and there is so...

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Owl love you forever

Owls are some seriously cool animals. They have big eyes, they’re nocturnal, and they “whoo.” They’re also the requisite cute kids motif of the decade, which you know if you’re an avid Cool Mom Picks reader. You know what’s cooler than an owl though? An owl with a tie and striped pants. Little DeMaura Designs has carefully crafted this little Owl Rag Doll, who’s made to withstand toddler strength with ease. I’d imagine your little dude or dudette will not be able to put this guy down. After all, artist Gina DeMaura would know–she also makes the toys for...

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Beastly and silly coloring fun? Yes, please.

Open ended coloring books are simply divine. They give children (and adults–I admit, I love to color!) just enough of a prompt to get things going. The finished pages from your kids are pure magic. In the case of My Beastly Book of Silly Things: 150 ways to doodle, scribble, color and draw, the pages keep getting more and more awesome.  Draw owners that look like their dogs, a boy and his boogers, and more, more, more. This is not your ordinary coloring book.  Author/illustrator Vincent Boudgourd has such a unique style that is equal parts imagination and whimsy....

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Meryl Streep, meet my kids’ bedtime

I love reading books out loud. They really make the stories come alive in a fun and vibrant way. But I’ll admit I’m no Meryl Streep. Know who is a Meryl Streep? Meryl Streep. And now she’s narrating one of my favorite children’s stories from one of my favorite authors in a terrific book/audio book set. Brave Irene by William Steig (of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and Shrek fame) features a seriously strong broad with major willpower. That’s kind of how I see Meryl Streep too, so her voice on the companion CD that pairs with the book...

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The Perfect Puff

Boys need accessories. It really takes their outfits to another level. The trick is one or two key pieces that emphasize fun, comfort, and flavor. That’s why I am just loving Little Z Kids green puff vest. If you don’t know Little Z Kids, it’s a great company to support. It’s completely family owned and priced just right. The styles are all so different and worldly, with lots of Japanese influence. It’s like Harajuku meets hipster. As for their Puffer Vest, it’s the perfect piece for layering this winter, and I know all three of my boys will fight over it....

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