Okay, Cool Mom Picks is a safe space where I feel like I can admit this freely: I’m starting to panic a little. The gift-purchasing isn’t going as planned. I keep seeing all these amazingly fabulous personalized gifts–that I should have purchased two weeks ago. Here’s one shop that can still help you out. Rock Paper Scissors offers a huge variety of personalized items. A lot of the designs are a little…cute. But if you poke around, there’s such a huge selection you may find something you love. One thing we could all use this season– the personalized self-inking...Read More
Author: Lexi Petronis
Kid (and baby) sunglasses are usually one of those things that are terribly cute in theory but not always so great in practice. They’re often slippy, stomped, and broken within, like, minutes. So these new sunglasses for kids are worth their weight in sunscreen. If you’re looking for a cool little gift before some family travel to warmer climes this season, definitely check out the new Scream sunglasses by Eyes Cream Shades. They’re everything you want kids’ sunglasses to be: they stay on (without that wraparound head strap thing that so many kid glasses have), their lenses are polycarbonate...Read More
I never mean to, but I occasionally have a weird mind slip and underestimate the power of simplicity. When a package arrived in the mail from Gween, bearing six pieces of pretty, shiny wood meant to put together into a windmill shape, I wasn’t sure my kids would like it. But you know what? They loved it. But the experts at Gween knew that they would. The cool windmill (officially named “Gusto”) is one of five models of stackable toys that can be put together in different ways–which works on kids’ motor skills, piques their problem-solving interests, and (if...Read More
Now that Hanna Andersson has a whole new line of their wonderful, parent-approved pajamas, in new prints from one of our favorite designers, it’s like that magic that happens when two things we love come together. You know, like when when the fresh-baked cupcakes are right next to the wine at the supermarket. Kind of. [don’t miss a REALLY great giveaway for 10 CMP readers plus a terrific discount after the jump] We are so excited that the beautiful, sophisticated Serena & Lily prints that we’ve always loved in children’s bedding and other textiles are now a part of a...Read More
Last year we discovered the beautiful new holiday card company, Pinhole Press. And this year, the company has a whole new lineup of cards–so I’m glad to have discovered them myself. Let’s just say making holiday cards stresses me out so much, I usually put them off for a long time. Like until February. But this year, I just may have cards out to family and friends in time for the holidays. And I don’t mean Groundhog Day. [don’t miss an exclusive discount just for cmp readers!] The process is incredibly simple. You choose from one of the stunning...Read More
Because I live in the desert, snowflakes are as rare as… well, snowflakes in the desert. We dream of white Christmases but they don’t often happen. So snowflakes are my holiday totem, and I absolutely love how they’ve come together in this affordable, handmade set of wooden ornaments. The absolutely gorgeous mini snowflake ornaments collection from Timber Green Woods are the closest I’ll get to the real thing–and I’m perfectly content with that. Made with sustainable wood harvested from the company’s family farm, each unique design is laser-cut and finished with nontoxic oil. Then they’re all popped into an...Read More
If you’re considering a baby blanket as a gift for the upcoming holidays, or simply for a new baby in your life, I can’t think of a more beautiful gesture than one of these Me Two You baby blankets. Because for every one you buy, one is also donated to a child who can really need it. Made with supersoft, luxuriously minky fabric and trimmed with satin piping, Me Two You’s Plush Blanket is the very definition of what a snuggly blanket should be. And it’s just the slightest bit smaller than a crib mattress–the perfect not-too-big-not-too-little size for little...Read More
As a 4-year-old, my daughter is at the age where her eyes grow wide at the sight of a kid riding a bicycle. Tricycles are so last year–get the girl a two-wheeler, stat! And what could be a more appropriate first bike than a FirstBIKE Balance Bike? For little kids, FirstBIKEs have all the appeal of a big-kid bicycle: sleek lines, cool colors, and–most importantly–two wheels. All that’s missing? Pedals and training wheels. But that’s a good thing, because FirstBIKE is made to teach toddlers (as young as two!) and young preschoolers how to ride and turn on two wheels....Read More
My daughter spends a lot of time going through my jewelry box. She has very distinct plans for where she’ll wear each bauble: the grocery store, school, her next playdate. But she’s four and a half. So my jewelry is a little not-so-practical. But in five to ten years(ish?)–once she’s past the point of wanting to feed shiny things to the goldfish–I’d like to give her a meaningful necklace of her very own. And I think I’ve found the perfect candidate. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump] We’ve loved the handcrafted jewelry from Heart and Stone Jewelry for...Read More
I have this one person on my list that I can’t stand holiday shopping for. Why? Because she already has everything. Really. If it’s something she likes, she buys it before anyone else has the chance. It’s the worst. But, for the first time ever, I may have found something that she doesn’t have. And her kids will love it, too. This Pongo Portable Ping Pong set found at Mxyplyzyk is the best. Its paddles with retractable handles and handy drawstring pouch mean you can tote it with you and set up anywhere. And it’s got a weighted net,...Read More
I feel like, every fall, I end up on on a mission to find handmade sweaters and other goodies that have that little extra bit of TLC knitted in. You know, like someone made them just for my kids Robbie Carmack of RCforkids is pretty much that someone. Her sweaters are the picture of vintage sweetness: just check out this kitten cardigan (can you stand how cute that cat button nestled in a fabric flower is?) and this crochet poncho in mohair yarn. What’s especially cool is that Carmack (whose granddaughter models the clothes on her site!) makes her gorgeous pieces from...Read More
When it comes to unwrapping gifts, people usually fall into two camps. Either they take their time, delicately lifting the tape and neatly folding up the paper; or they rip through the paper like a present-seeking claw machine. This personalized wrapping paper just might put kids in the former category, for the very first time. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] Not only is the all new personalized wrapping paper from Frecklebox adorably designed, it also features your kids’ names right on it–something they are absolutely sure to notice. Just type in the message you want and your custom...Read More
Growth charts are one of those things that I don’t think about until I realize that my kids look like they’ve added inches to their legs overnight. Get me a cute growth chart, stat! And when you’re in need (or in want), this chart is a gorgeous option. Created on artist’s canvas, the growth charts by Marisa at Creative Thursday are seriously cute works of art. My favorite is We All Fly Together at top right. Love those adorable painted characters! But all three have grommets in each corner and comes with decorative tacks and ribbons for hanging. You can even get yours hand monogrammed...Read More
I’m often of the “do it quickly” school when it comes to holiday presents–I sometimes forgo the little touches (like tags!) in favor of just getting the gifts wrapped. (And yes, we’re thinking holidays already. Forgive us!) These beautiful gift tags, however, are inspiring me to be a more mindful wrapper–especially since each one helps feed a child in need. Share Our Strength, a nonprofit devoted to ending childhood hunger in America by 2015, has come out with the loveliest gift tags. These No Kid Hungry cards are printed on Crane’s Lettra Pearl White paper (that’s quality stuff, mamas)...Read More
A good babysitter is hard to find. I’ve been way picky about who gets the, er, privilege of watching our active preschooler and toddler. This has kind of backfired–the only guaranteed babysitters we now have are grandparents. And, since the kids officially destroyed my in-law’s house last week (don’t worry, the grandparents loved it), I’d still love to give them a break with a qualified pinch-hitter. So, question: where do crazy-busy mamas start to find this magical babysitter? Answer: MommyMixer. The site began as a way to facilitate parent and potential caregiver meet-and-greets in more than 50 cities around the country–you know, speed-dating...Read More
There is nothing that gets my inner MacGyver going more than upcycling. The creativity it takes to see something useful in a random everyday object–love it, not to mention the fact it can be an earth-friendlier way to shop. It totally explains my current bag of choice: it’s woven out of seatbelts and utterly indestructible, no matter how many leaking sippy cups are in it. It’s also the best conversation starter practically ever. So this brand-new upcycling site has got 100% of my attention. The just-launched Hipcycle has some of the coolest upcycled gear I’ve seen in a long time–all...Read More
Sometimes it feels like we’re in the middle of a plastic doll takeover. Those little dudes are everywhere (pretty sure most of them are in my living room) I am more convinced than ever that the last thing the world needs is another plastic guy. These handmade superheroes just might save the day. Hand-knit with the softest cotton yarn by a mom who’s been there, these little superhero dolls by Dents de Loup are totally adventure-ready. There’s nothing artificial about them, and they remind me of Teeny Little Super Guy from “Sesame Street”–a retro superdude with lots of heart and ’70s-sass. The...Read More
I did this thing last year where I decided it to hand-make my daughter a Big Bird costume for Halloween–feather by feather. I’m not a natural costume-maker, so the whole thing was imperfect–but it was fun to make and she dug it. This year, time constraints and other crazy life things make it not so possible to attempt such a feat, but I’ve found a pretty great substitute. The line of kids’ costumes from Pure Play Kids are as close to homemade as you can get–because they are. From the train engineer costume and construction worker costume to queen and princess, each...Read More
I started a new job right about the time my little guys went back to preschool. The rush to get everyone where they need to be has made our mornings a little, uh, more hectic than we’re used to. And while I do manage to give the kids a good breakfast in the morning, I cannot remember the last time I actually did so for myself. Fortunately, these new organic smoothies are a step in the right breakfast direction. The HappySqueeze pouches are the ultimate eat-on-the-run food, since you just pop the top and start slurping. Organic, low in...Read More
Lots of mamas to boys have a common complaint: not enough awesome boy clothing in the world. But you know what? Around here, we see more and more evidence that boy clothes are starting to rock. Like these, for example, from a most unexpected place. The boy clothing from Hanna Andersson is just too rad. I mean, look at these Go Monsters thermal tees: soft, washed cotton with graphics of monsters that are neither cutesy nor scary. The perfect blend of innocent mischief and mayhem, blended into a super-comfy shirt. And I would be lying if I said I...Read More
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