Finding the perfect lovey can be a daunting task. Before your baby is born, you buy a bunch of different types and hope that one of them becomes “the one.” The issue may be solved with this cool new toy/blanket combo. Drool Monkey Organics knows that babies and children like the dual function of their soft, luxurious, organic teething lovey–kids can hold onto the toy and soothe themselves with the cotton blanket at the same time. But what sets this brand apart is that the design is so clean and simple. The stitching gives it the perfect texture, and...Read More
I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I take my Disneyland fix quite seriously and I love Mickey Mouse. So, you can only imagine my excitement when I was invited to check out the grand opening of the new Cars Land area of Disney’s California Adventure. I must admit, my expectations were high. Sky high, actually. And let me tell you, Pixar delivers. Imagine that you are sitting down with your wee ones watching Lightning McQueen on the big screen. Now picture yourself walking through the flat screen TV into that world–that’s truly what Cars Land is. Radiator...Read More
Raise your hand if you’ve ever struggled with a baby and sleep. Okay, so 99% of you. (The rest of you…don’t rub it in.) Then, just when we think we have mastered techniques to help our babies sleep longer and more peacefully, new issues arise. In fact, it’s hard to get a handle on what to do as our infants turn into toddlers and beyond. Most baby sleep books are just that, for babies. Thankfully, Dr. Harvey Karp, a big Cool Mom Picks favorite, and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the...Read More
I’m a sucker for Harajuku-inspired goodness. The colors are so fun, the designs are loud and perfect for kids who are confident and love standing out. Which is all of them in my house. And now there’s a new line of awesome clothes that do all of the above. [we’ve got an exclusive discount after the jump!] Mom-run business, Little Z Kids is a previous pick of ours, and they hit a home run with the new Japanese Pop line. You’ll find monsters (cute ones), and candy, and superheroes, just as you might expect from a Japanese Pop line. You...Read More
Accessories for kids can be ridiculously cool when they are done well, which is why I love these baby belts. They’re not only affordable, they add just the right amount of pop to any little hipster outfit. My Baby Belts has quite the selection. In fact there are so many sweet designs that it’s hard to pick a favorite. Baggy jeans deserve a distressed leather belt that says Rock & Roll. A distressed pink leather belt is adorable layered over a tutu and a band tee. And I’m personally partial to the studded silver leather which screams “I may wear a diaper...Read More
Pink and blue can feel like such generic colors for a baby layette. But when it is done right, it not only looks great, but let’s be honest, it does help a new mom avoid those awkward comments about “what a beautiful baby boy!” when what she’s really got in the stroller is a little girl without any hair. If you’re a fan of the traditional layette color route, Oilo has come to the rescue. Their soft, organic layette is available in a baby blue and a super sweet pink. But instead of the usual gingham, the print is...Read More
We are big fans of Fore! Axel and Hudson. Their golf inspired clothes for boys are just so darn cool. But they do more than the golf stuff, as it turns out, and if you’ve got a fancy occasion coming up, but a not-so-fancy boy, this is a terrific site for you. I dig formal clothes for boys that still allow the boy to shine. Which is why I am thoroughly digging the scooter suit. It’s a perfectly sized and detailed two piece suit that is equally at home at a garden party or an outdoor wedding. (Not that...Read More
Dan Zanes is happiness squared. His music puts me in a great mood each and every time I give it a spin–even without the kids, when I’m alone in the minivan. So I’m excited to see his new project that didn’t come out of a sound studio, but a ceramics studio. [after the jump, learn more about a special Dan Zanes event for families this week!] The new new Dan Zanes pairing with one of my fave shops, Fishs Eddy, the quintessential funky New York restaurant-quality tableware shop, makes so much sense. One look at the quirky tubas, cellos,...Read More
I’m a big fan of Jane Roper, because I love any author who is willing to laugh at herself. Since 2007, Jane has been baring her soul for the world and now, she lets us into the nitty gritty details of raising twins with a fantastic new book that will speak to all mothers. Presenting Jane Roper’s new Double Time: How I survived–and mostly thrived through the first three years of mothering twins. No issue is off limits, and this is what makes it so endearing. It’s as if you are sharing a good laugh with an old friend–with a...Read More
The What to Expect When You’re Expecting books have spent a million years on the bestseller list. Author Heidi Murkoff has definitely found a way to tap into what expecting and new parents are looking for–although the series is not without its detractors, as you seasoned mamas may well know. So how does a set of non-fiction advice books on parenting and pregnancy translate into a What to Expect When You’re Expecting movie? That seems to be the question everyone is asking this week, and since catching a preview, I have the scoop. In a nutshell, this movie is trying...Read More
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