Author: Stephanie S.

Tiny personalized nameplate rings from Julian & Co: proving good things really do come in small packages

For all the complaining I may do about tough days with my kids –the temper tantrums, the homework, the incessant snack preparation, and on and on– there’s not a gift that makes me smile bigger than anything personalized with their lovely names. Especially jewelry. Being able to keep my littles close to me and think of them when they aren’t around makes me blissfully forgetful of the last angry thing they shouted at me as we got ready for school in the morning. That’s why the new Tiny Nameplate Rings from mom-run CMP favorite company Julian & Co. would...

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This cute and crafty DIY calendar kit has us in stitches. Literally.

I’ve always been pretty crafty. Problem is, I’ve also always been kind of unmotivated to gather up all the materials required for said craftiness. So I’ll get these great ideas for homemade holiday gifts and then never follow through. Until now! I’ve found an adorable embroidery DIY calendar kit from Heather Lins Home that will leave me with no excuses but to cross-stitch my heart out as soon I get my hands on it. The 2014 Year in Stitches Calendar Kit comes with everything you need to stitch your way through the months of the year. All twelve months...

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Personalized paper dolls: Coolest gift in the world. Ever.

Little kids can be tougher to buy gifts for than it might seem. Either they want absolutely everything, or they can’t think of one thing they want. Which is why I’m flipping out over the personalized paper dolls from Sandy Ford Design. What are they? Basically the coolest gift in the world. You send in an image of your child and within 48-hours get a JPG of a doll that looks exactly like her (or him), along with 5, 10, or 20 outfits. Never fear if you’re not the DIY type; you can order dolls and outfits printed and ready to...

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This Mixtape Stamp Activity Kit is even cooler than the mixtapes of our youth

My kids complain because we never use wrapping paper at Christmas. We’ve been using the same reusable fabric for all our gifts since they were born, but I think I’ve found a little something from CMP Fave Yellow Owl Workshop that might make me reconsider. The Mixtape Stamp Activity Kit is begging for presents to be wrapped in brown craft paper. Wrap ’em up, skip the ribbons, and decorate them with one of these awesome natural rubber stamps and the included blue ink pad. Adorable. Plus it’s just so darn cute to imagine filling in the “to” and “from”...

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Dasher, Rudolph and this guy: an adorable personalized reindeer ornament for the tree

You know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, and the rest, but now there’s a reindeer lovelier than all of them. (I know I haven’t technically seen any of them, but surely it’s tough to look good after a day spent traveling around the world.) CMP fave Paloma’s Nest has a custom Christmas ornament so simple and beautiful, I think even Rudolph might soon have competition for most famous reindeer of all. Their Personalized Reindeer Ornament would be such a lovely addition to a family Christmas tree this year. Cut from a piece of wood and bedecked in a crisp, cotton ribbon that...

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Calling all germaphobes: booger-free shopping carts, swings, and high chairs

I have a confession to make: I used a grocery cart cover obsessively with my first child. Now that that’s out of the way, I have another confession to make: I never used one with my second kid. And with my third? Not a chance. But the germaphobe in me would have loved to. I just couldn’t stand carrying that big, bulky thing around. But now there’s a very cool option available–and I definitely would have taken this with me everywhere. If only the Cool Wazoo had existed way back when! This intriguing new product isn’t just a shopping cart cover....

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Classic wood toys that don’t cost a billion dollars

I admit it: I am obsessed with wood toys, despite the fact that, cost-wise, I can get a gazillion plastic toys for one fab wooden toy. Wood is a little more mainstream now in the world of baby toys, but I find the prices haven’t decreased much. But CMP fave Skip Hop has been introducing affordable wood toys to the market…and I couldn’t be more enamored.   The latest Skip Hop wood toys, the Giraffe Safari line, have totally captured my heart. For starters, I am crazy in love with the origami-esque Fold & Play Book and want it for myself. And the little Flip...

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The FashionABLE birthday sale: You get the gifts, and so do women halfway around the world.

Three years ago, a small company was founded that would forever change the lives of so many women and mothers in Ethiopia. You may already know how much we love FashionABLE, their beautiful handmade scarves and leather goods, and everything they’re doing to bring women out of poverty to create better lives for themselves. Now it’s time to celebrate their third birthday in style, with a super awesome sale this week only. Starting today, FashionABLE will be celebrating three years with a sale on every beautiful item in their shop including their new fall collection. Every writer from Cool Mom Picks got one...

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Birthday parties every weekend? You’ll want to have these cards up your sleeve.

My daughter has been prancing around the house lately claiming she’s the Princess of Parties. She’s been invited to a bazillion birthday parties since school started and it’s clearly going to her head. I generally try to get my kids to make their own cards for their friends, but with all the parties, it’s a bit of a sweatshop around here. So the Princess of Parties and I are opting for some top-notch help.         The amazing greeting cards from Dear Hancock Paper Goods are fantastic to keep on hand. Each one is lovelier than the next. I swear,...

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Mamas & Papas Armadillo stroller review: minor investment, major ride

I’ve been noticing a trend lately away from some of the fancier budget-breaking dollar strollers and toward excellent quality strollers that do everything you want, but still leave room in the budget for other things. (Like, say, an iPhone 5s.) It’s not that I’m not into the fancy-schmancy strollers–because I am–it’s just that sometimes we parents want more than just a stroller. And the latest stroller from CMP fave, Mamas and Papas, is just that kind of budget-friendly baby ride. The Armadillo stroller (and yes, the name sounds like it could be from Bugaboo) has a lovely array of bright canopy and...

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