Author: Lexi Petronis

Cute non-skid pants give crawlers a leg up

Before we had babies, we decided that what our house needed was stained concrete floors. Slippery-as-heck concrete floors, as we found out after we had babies, are not exactly the easiest place for them to learn to crawl. We ended up investing in a lot of rugs. So I find the idea behind these non-skid play pants totally ingenious. The brainchildren of mom-to-three Amy Shoaff of Dot Dot Couture, these 100% cotton non-skid play pants are pants with traction. Adorable traction. Check out the designs on the knees: retro cars (the cutest one), giraffes, hearts, dragons. Each design is...

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Design your own jewelry without an RISD degree

I have very clear, 1980s-tinged memories of heading to the mall with my then-babysitter and going to every store–literally–while she hunted down the perfect white tank top. I kid you not. It’s a wonder that I still love shopping. And an even bigger wonder that I often find myself doing the same thing–only with jewelry.  But I think I’ve found the antidote to “close, but it’s still not exactly what I was looking for” with some ultra-cool DIY jewelry. Sheyna specializes in design your own jewelry incorporating sterling silver, 14K gold vermeil, natural semi-precious stones, and charms, so you can make...

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A smart gift for a style-conscious (and maybe picky) guy

It’s official. Despite best efforts, I’m in full-blown gift panic mode… but only for the men in my life. My husband, dad, and brother are all tough cookies when it comes to presents. They all have something in common, though: the love of a good dress shirt. But instead of heading to the store and picking out the same shirt that everyone else’s husband, dad, and brother will unwrap this year, I’m giving my guys gift certificates to design their own custom shirts from scratch. [don’t miss a great gift card giveaway after the jump!] The site Blank Label...

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Changeable shirts for kids with changeable minds

My daughter refused to wear anything but Hello Kitty garb for 63 days straight. True story. Then, just as we were all very (very!) Hello Kitty-ed out, she decided that she would never wear the same shirt twice. She hasn’t stuck to that plan (thank goodness), but definite opinions about her clothing are her M.O. Like most kids, the girl loves versatility. Future fashion editor? The world’s next scientist specializing in chaos theory? A normal kid? Whatever the case, I am beyond thrilled to find the brand new SwitchittZ shirts by Thread Adventures. These tees are made to change as often...

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Have awesome passport holder, will travel

This Christmas, I’m dreaming of… white sand beaches, umbrella drinks, and menus in a language that is not my first. Oh, and a phalanx of babysitting-ready grandparents. All of that seems slightly more within reach with this super cool passport holder. Not only is this $15 passport holder from Flight 001 as cool anything, it’s also got the potential to make flying more convenient: check out the clear side pockets that keep your passport photo easily viewable. And anything that makes airport security even a little bit easier is a huge plus in my book. By the way, if...

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Customized champagne has holidays written all over it

A lot of us are probably more used to popping bottles of milk and apple juice than champagne these days. But the holidays call for sparkle–and I’m talking fancy shoes, party dresses, and champagne, not Elmer’s glue and glitter (as much as I am totally in love with preschool art projects). So I am taken with the customized champagne from one of the great producers of the world. Via MyMoet.com, you can personalize a bottle of Moët & Chandon Impérial with a name, symbol, or message in gold or silver Swarovski crystals. You know–extra sparkle for your sparkler. Fancy! The...

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Lilluxe offers lots of luxury without the luxury prices

I’m the first to admit that discount sites can get overwhelming. I get so swept up in the dealiness of everything that I put a bunch of too-good-to-be-so-cheap things in my cart, second-guess every one, and then abandon the whole thing in favor of a calming cup of tea. Okay, maybe I’m not that bad. But even if I was–or if you are–Lilluxe offers the perfect antidote. [don’t miss some great offers after the jump] Why? Because everything on it is a) seriously cool (see the KidKraft Harley-Davidson over there?), and b) an amazing deal (on Lilluxe, that rocker is $50...

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Scarves for little rock stars

There’s something to be said for well-made kids’ accessories, right? Something else to be said for well-made kids’ accessories that sport some of the most adorable designs around. But it’s something else entirely when we’re talking well-made, adorable kids’ accessories that are handmade with the softest wool by a forward-thinking graphic designer in England. That’s exactly the story with Ann Moore’s beautiful knitwear. Inspired by bold and graphic patterns that are cute but not cutesy,  Moore meticulously creates knitted pieces for kids using her trusty Brother knitting machine and heard-wearing wool that’s made to last.  The care she puts into...

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When the gift tag is as cool as the gift

A gift card can sometimes feel kind of impersonal, no matter how many zeroes are on it. (Not necessarily unwelcome, by the way–dear friends and family: bring on those zeroes!) That’s one reason we’re always looking for special cards and gift tags, which can help make any purchase seem that much more thoughtful. The handmade holiday gift tags from Twinkle Brands are so redonkulously awesome. They up the “aww” factor to any gift almost immediately. Each is handmade from the softest wool felt and topped with an adorable decoration such as a reindeer, gumball machine, cupcake, or initial. You can slip your gift card of...

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Eco-friendly kids’ clothes meet funky pop art

If you’re a mama (which you probably are) who dresses her children in clothes (which you probably do), and you read Cool Mom Picks (which you do!) you know there is a plethora of cute kids’ clothing from which to choose. There are days my preschooler dresses way better than I do. But there’s nothing I’ve seen quite like Kids Ink, which works with actual artists making clothes inspired by pop art and cultures from around the world. I love the David Bowie Sequin Shift Dress, which is sparkly and cutely rock-n-roll, but still kid-comfortable–it’s a soft, stretchy fabric,...

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Gorgeous printables: some free, some just free for Cool Mom Picks readers

I made a huge withdrawal from the Crafty Mom Bank on Halloween, when I decided to make a Big Bird costume for my daughter by hand. Turns out even a mini bird requires a lot of faux feathers. So I’ve been ever-so-slightly grinchlike when mustering up creative thoughts for the oncoming holiday season. But there will be no mama-made invitations or banners to any family fete for the foreseeable future, because I found Anders Ruff. These gorgeous custom graphic printables are just waiting for you to customize them and print them from home. Now that’s a DIY project I...

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Mod mobiles made just for you… I mean, your baby

We went crazy for the hand-sewn, graphic cut-paper mobiles by Frazier+Wing earlier this year, and it’s not hard to see why. Now Heather Frazier, the artist behind the art, has just upped the ante on the crazy-for-it-o-meter with a very cool new collaboration. Frazier+Wing has teamed up with Dwell Studio–the same design company behind the charmingly modern baby layette goodies at Target–to make awe-inspiring mobiles and garlands in Dwell’s own signature patterns: pretty birds, trains and cars, big round dots, and fluttery flowers. Strung on strong, clear thread and made with die-cut cardstock, the colorful mobiles hang from a...

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Cool art for a great cause. Besides the cause of your blank walls.

We have a lot of art on our walls these days. Most are originals. In watercolors. With titles like, “Barney with a glass of orange juice.” Of course art by professionals is more than welcome, too, and so my husband and I are always on the lookout for artsy pieces that have something to say. With Working Proof, we sort of hit the jackpot.  The art goes beyond just saying something: it actually does something, too. It benefits charity. Every Tuesday at 1:30 PM, The Working Proof puts up a limited-edition new print by an artist, created just for...

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Custom ornaments that are about as cool as it gets

My daughter has signed on to the idea of Christmas early. Not “early” like prodigy-early; I mean early like she discovered a teensy faux Christmas tree in our garage this summer and has been diligently decorating it for the past three months with last year’s kid-safe ornaments, pieces of colored paper, and–my favorite–her baby brother’s socks. So I am kid-on-Christmas-Eve excited about this awesome new find that gives new meaning to the term “family tree.” The handmade custom ornaments at Sklep are so fabulous, we’ve got them in our holiday gift guide this year. (You have been there, right?)...

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Cute clothes patterned to catch your baby’s eye

Having just welcomed a new baby boy into our fold (well, it feels like “just”–how did we already high five the seven-month marker?), I’m constantly aware of how many onesies, sleepers, and rompers a baby can inherit. Bags. And bags. And bags of cute baby clothes. But in looking through all of these (well-loved, so appreciated, and totally adorable! Mean it!) clothes, I can tell you that there isn’t even one little shirt among them that was made for the purpose of stimulating infants’ vision. I can also tell you that I never really thought that one might exist. Or...

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Super snug bunting bags (that are also just a little bit posh)

I live in the desert, so I fully cop to craving the cold. I start wearing sweaters way too early in the hopes of somehow forcing the weather to cool more quickly. I usually succeed only in sweating. But now we’re fully in the midst of a cold snap here (yessss!), so it’s time to get baby all bundled up. And what says “snug” to a baby on the go like a stroller bunting bag?  Ralph Lauren (whose classic tartans always make me feel fall-ish) has these beautiful quilted stroller bunting bags which are fully lined in fleece and...

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Getting Meryl Streep to read your child to sleep

I’m pretty sure that most mamas will agree that there’s nothing–nothing!–like a good children’s book. Or a box full of them. Or, if your kids are anything like my 3-year-old, a bedroom that is basically Book Central. But my kiddo is also quick to swipe her dad’s iPad or my iPhone and settle in with the educational games we’ve downloaded for her. So the new children’s story app we’ve found is right up her book-loving alley–and some of the celebrity narrators make it even more delightful. [ADDED: don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] The new children’s storybook...

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Organic baby food that fits in your back pocket

I have approximately 563 teensy glass baby food jars left over from when my 3-year-old was a baby. Okay, I may be exaggerating. But the pantry sure feels like Baby Food Container Central. My plan was to use these jars in all kinds of useful, and… well, still-unknown ways.  So when baby number two arrived, I came up with another plan: I was going to make his food from organic fruits and veggies and use the old jars! How could such a genius plan possibly fail? Right. Well, it did. Sure, I’ve mashed a bunch of bananas since the little...

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Easy-peasy deals on local stuff you just might love

I’m not what you’d call the decisive type. When I shop online, I put my almost-purchases in the cute little cart icons and let them rest there while I construct (and reconstruct) mental pro and con lists as to why I should get them. (Yeah. I know.) Who has the time for this complex decision-making process? No one! That’s why Plum District is sorta right up my non-decisive alley. It’s a deal site geared mostly toward mamas, offering special prices on cool kiddo- and parent-gear from your city’s own local stores. Once a day, you get an email from...

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Fighting fire with Halloween cards

When an enormous fire roared across San Bruno, California, on September 9, it destroyed homes and uprooted hundreds of people. Scary–unbelievably scary. But it couldn’t have been more terrifying for anyone than the children and families whose lives were suddenly changed forever.  So as Halloween slinks into view and we start planning parties and costumes for out little ghosts and ghouls (and–sigh–wannabe Lady Gagas), here’s a good way to help those in San Bruno who have had to face real-life scary stuff. Paper Culture, a Cool Mom Picks favorite, is donating 100 percent of proceeds from its amazing Halloween...

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