Author: Stephanie Mayers

Wonderful new personalized books for kids: If it’s in print, it must be true…I love you!

Did you know that it only takes three little words to fill an entire book? At least in this case. We have long been fans of Paper Hat Press and their groovy personalized books for kids, but it’s their latest and greatest that has us head over heels. The I Love You personalized book is a very sweet love story gorgeously illustrated by the super talented Paper Hat Press designer Micha Player. The book is meant to be a declaration of love from parent/grandparent/caregiver to child, but what will really make it the new favorite read is the detail that the clever...

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Forget permanent markers — laminated labels organize in style

Surely you’ve gotten the memo: Dear Parent, All of your children’s items MUST be clearly marked with their names. Every time, I know the teachers mean me. I swear, I am always looking for the darn Sharpie to write my daughter’s name on her sandwich box for the hundredth time. But eventually it washes off, and hey, I have other priorities to keep up with, like making sure there is some sort of lunch in the box suitable for consumption.  So I am now humbled and grateful for the genius of Mabel’s Labels, a longtime CMP fave. I fully believe...

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Sock it to ’em: colorful feet are happy feet

I am a sucker for bright, colorful socks, and so is my kid. We’re all for feet having more fun (not to mention that having fun socks to look forward to each day seems to magically get us out the door faster). It seems to be going around because lately, everyone at Cool Mom Picks has been on the lookout for bold and funky socks for kids–like faves from Luna leggings and Ninja socks. Our latest find? These super sweet, style-savvy pairs imported from Sweden. Our Scandinavian friends have a knack for patterns with panache, and these socks are...

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You had me at Bacon Peanut Brittle.

It seems that our society might be seeking out a few too many reasons to celebrate each and every day of the year (Penguin Awareness day anyone?). That said, I have found room for some elite exceptions. With today being National Peanut Brittle Day. In this house, brittle is king. My husband is quite the connoisseur and in our foodie expeditions in and around our eclectic island city we are happy to share that we have struck pure gold. Seeing as how it only comes once a year, I think today is a perfectly good excuse to buy some. Straight...

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Offer a warm welcome with eco-savvy guest toothbrushes

While I will never come close to the Martha Stewart level of preparedness, there are some nifty tricks I’ve picked up along the way to help me appear as a super hostess-goddess always at the ready for guests (even of the unexpected overnight variety). And I’ve just found a classy new item to add to my hostess-with-the-mostest stash. My newest discovery is these guest toothbrushes from Izola. I’ll definitely be adding these to my guest arsenal (right along with my frozen Trader Joe’s hors d’oeuvres). Made out of sustainable bamboo and nylon bristles, with “guest” charmingly stamped on the handles,...

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Make menorah magic: the world’s easiest Hanukkah craft for kids

The potatoes are peeled, the menorah is polished and the kids are sniffing around for the gift stash. Yes, Hanukkah is kicking off and excitement is in the air. So we’ve got the perfect little Hanukkah craft project to keep the kids busy long enough for you to wrap those last few presents. We found this adorable little handprint menorah craft over at Kiwi Craft Studio. We have previously raved about this online craft resource, which is chock full of hundreds of ideas and activities. This one couldn’t be any simpler–a piece of paper, some finger paint and your cutie’s hands, and you...

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Little Golden Records brings back a tune of nostalgia

The world of children’s music has come a long way, baby. I definitely grew up in simpler times, lying on my bedroom floor listening to record-album recordings of my favorite stories. While it’s incredible to have such diverse offerings for our kids today, there is something about that timeless, pure, old-school style of storytelling that I still have a soft spot for deep down. Naturally I was thrilled when I discovered the new re-imagined Golden Records collection. Golden Records has revived the series which began way back in 1948 by music producer Arthur Shimkin, and is bringing it back to life with...

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Serve up some very happy holidays with personalized plates

I adore everything about the holidays, especially decorating. Growing up in my family, prepping the house pretty much stopped at setting out the menorah. Now that I’m in charge, I love decking out our home with a cozy all-holidays-welcome vibe–especially when it comes to the all-important yummy focal point of every holiday season: the table. Hanukkah-themed tableware can prove to be a challenge to find, though. So this year, I am tickled to have come across some very fun and festive personalized plates from CMP fave Little Uni.  {Keep reading for an exclusive holiday discount for CMP readers!} A year doesn’t go by...

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Add some sparkle to your holiday wish list with custom earrings

Dear Santa, I have been a very good girl, working thoughtfully through my shopping for this holiday season. However, I could use a little more motivation. I think these sparkly earrings might do the trick, if you happen to be passing through town early. On second thought: Never mind, Santa. I know you’re busy. I’ll just scoop them up myself. Yes, I’m thinking these spunky “posh” earrings from Sonyarenee are the perfect pick-me-up for any holiday outfit. Whether you’re hitting the mall or headed out to party, these might be your new go-to bling. The cool part is you can customize the design to...

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Because the coolest superpower is always giving back

We bet you know a pint-sized superhero or two. You might even have one battling baddies in your living room at this very moment. So maybe it’s time for some new superhero threads for your fave good guys (and good girls).  One of our favorite indie imaginative play companies, Pip and Bean, has been turning out handmade kid capes on Etsy since 2009. This holiday season, this mom-and-pop shop are offering an awesome promotion that will not only have your little superheroes rockin’ their very own capes, but will also help them put smiles on the faces of other kids...

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Hanukkah crafts for kids: one more thing off your plate with Kiwi Crate

Hanukkah comes early this year, kicking of the Festival of Lights on December 8th (or the 25th of Kislev if you want to be technical about it). Which means for some gifts, you need to start getting ready now already (eek!). For parents that means planning, shopping and wrapping ahead of all the regular holiday madness.  There is an additional challenge though. With an early calendar date it can be hard to get the kids as excited when their holiday doesn’t line up with that of all of their friends. Well, the oh-so-reliable CMP favorite Kiwi Crate has a plan...

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A coloring book as lovely as the little girl behind it

If you don’t know Elizabeth Mitchell’s music, you’re missing something special. She invokes a vibe of simple joy that’s been part of our daily soundtrack as a family for the past few years.  Daniel, Elizabeth’s husband, and Storey, her beautiful daughter, make up her band, the sweetly named You Are My Flower. Over the past few years, Storey’s creative role has evolved…and coloring-happy kids (and parents) will adore the results. Storey partnered up with her very talented grandmother Bonnie Brooke Mitchell on a delightful collaboration featuring Storey’s words and Bonnie’s drawings. Page by page, Storey’s Sunny Day Coloring Book is a wonderful reminder to...

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Special delivery: awesome DIY cardboard toys for kids

When I was a kid, my father ran a factory and on the rare special evening he would come home with big cardboard boxes for my sister and I to play with. I have memories of late nights setting up giant playhouses in the basement where we spent hours cutting, decorating, coloring and making it all our own. I had kind of forgotten about that feeling until I was introduced to Metamorphic Toys. Metamorphic Toys is a green toy company that provides kids creative freedom by enabling their imaginations through design. We’ve featured cardboard DIY toys before, like this cardboard playtown, an...

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Personalized notebooks for your superkid at a super amazing price

I do a whole lot of roleplaying with my daughter. Whether we’re reading books or playing dolls, my daughter assigns us our roles: “That’s you mommy, and that’s me!” She loves to picture herself in whatever imaginary world we visit. So imagine her elation when I presented her with a beautiful sketchbook–with a character customized to look just like her. I was already a big fan of the folks that created these wonderful personalized birthday books, and wow, they continue to impress. Paper Hat Press now creates personalized notebooks and sketchbooks customized with your kid’s resemblance and name. So now little Caden’s notebook won’t be...

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Fighting childhood cancer with the strength of 1000 ladybugs

Before I was a cool mom, I was a cool aunt with very high standards. Lucky for me, being a cool aunt in New York City isn’t tough, as fabulous boutiques beckon from just about every other corner. But one in particular really captured this cool auntie’s heart…in more ways than one. [Keep reading after the jump for a chance to support the children of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital!] I’ve been loyal to the wonderful NYC-based Beatrix brand for three special little ladies now. I always knew the brand had a fun, high-quality product line, but now I know the company has...

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Get crafty, young grasshopper, with 3D puzzle sculptures

The cooler weather is setting in, so I’m already on the hunt for inside activities that will save my hide come winter. I admit I’m pretty picky about what crafty goodness makes the grade at our house, so when I heard about green 3D puzzles that the kiddos could build and color, I was all ears. {Keep reading for an exclusive CMP discount on 3D puzzles!} The eco-friendly Urban Canvas 3D puzzles are created from recycled cardboard that is reusable (honest!) and durable enough to be constructed and destructed. The pieces are also reversible, with a funky preprinted pattern on one side. The...

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Custom embroidery on just about any kids’ gifts you can imagine

We all know that personalized items make a baby’s or kid’s gift ten times more special. While many of the big catalog stores offer custom embroidery, they’ll usually only personalize their own brand’s items–which is kind of limiting. So I’m so happy to find a shop that features some of our own favorite small brands, and allows you to personalize their items with a name. For ages we’ve loved companies like 3 Sprouts, Apple Park and Myself Belts. And now the site Makaboo features them as part of a smart selection of items, from loveys and baby gifts, to back-to-school gear, decor, and clothing. The...

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Reach for the stars: galactic growth charts track rocketing kiddos

When I was a kid, instead of a growth chart, my parents measured us old-school style on the doorframe between the kitchen and the dining room. Quaint they were, but old-school doorway measurements had their drawbacks. Before my folks eventually painted over our milestones, they transferred the data to a wooden stick, but who knows where that ended up in the Land of the Lost Basement.  This is one of the reasons I love the new trend of growth charts that you can hang up anywhere. A perfect example: this space-themed children’s growth chart at Milk Moon Kids is a total winner. First, it’s...

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Twas the night before your birthday…

I am a big fan of family traditions. And one of the best parts of having a family of my own is that we can create our own traditions. Whether schlepping to Aunt Stacy’s every Thanksgiving for her perfect roasted turkey or watching the NYC July 4th fireworks from our backyard every year, they belong to us and make up a big part of our family identity. So with our daughter’s birthday last week we were super excited to start a brand new tradition of Birthday Eve. We introduced this custom with the wonderful poem and picture book The...

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ThredUp reinvents itself and now buying discount designer kids clothes–or selling them–is a joy

You know how it goes: your kids wear their clothes for a ridiculously short period of time. Sure, there’s always hand-me-downs, or consignment and Craigslist, if you’re motivated enough to try to make some money. But those routes require time and energy that many of us are sorely lacking at this time of year. So we’re happy to discover that thredUP has newly relaunched, as a very easy, very good-looking online consignment shop. Related: Buy and sell designer clothes for the whole family, right from your smart phone Related: Chairish: Shop the country’s coolest vintage shops, all from your couch ThredUP features...

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