Category: Travel Essentials

Two awesomely lightweight car seats your biceps will thank you for

Getting ready for baby #3 has required many a trip down to the basement to dig up all the gear we used with babies #1 and #2. Our old car seats were the size of woolly mammoths, though, ugh! Fortunately I’ve discovered two incredible new infant car seat systems on the market that may finally give arms a break. Long gone are the days of the really bulky car seats, at least when it comes to the Maxi Cosi Mico AP and the Nuna PIPA. Both boast a very lightweight frame, which is very helpful because even one pound...

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Bella and Harry: Books to take children around the world in 35 pages

My kids are increasingly fascinated by travel and different cities around the world, but alas, I’ve yet to find that spare million in my old jacket pocket that will allow us to travel the globe every year. Still, this new book series for kids is a really wonderful way to get kids excited about the culture, history, landmarks and foods of the great cities of the world.  The Adventures of Bella and Harry are a series of 10 books by Lisa Manzione in which our heroes, two cute chihuahuas, hit one city at a time. They books read less like...

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The cutest backpacks and bags for little kids just got cuter

Back to school shopping season gets earlier every year, doesn’t it? I have to say, there’s something about a shiny new backpack ready for new learning and new adventures that makes the season more fun. I mean, for the kids. Of course. We’ve loved, owned, and cherished Beatrix NY kids’ backpacks, wheelie bags and lunchbags since the day they launched. And while the adorable owl and the dinosaur are old friends, I’m happy to see some new designs added to the menagerie. The new little kids’ backpacks add some slightly more feminine options, like Katarina the Frog (Katarina was...

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Cool Mom Picks loves Kids Place Live

It’s not a secret that we’re big Kids Place Live fans here at Cool Mom Picks. In fact, I’m pretty sure there would be a mutiny in my care if I tried to change the channel, especially during the Absolutely Mindy show, our afterschool staple. So when my daughter Quinlan and I were invited to be guests on her show, there was a fair amount of squeeing. From both of us. If you’re an SiriusXM subscriber, or know someone who is, tune in to Absolutely Mindy’s show (3-6pm EST) today and listen to us chat about vacation travel tips...

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High quality, kid-friendly SPF to go. Ooh la la.

I tried carrying a tube of sunscreen in my purse once. Once. And then I got a new purse. So I’m head over heels for individually packaged, safe sunscreen for kids that even I can’t spill. Bonus: it works. And smells great. [Don’t miss a chance to win this wonder sunblock, after the jump!] If you’ve ever wished for a kid-friendly sunscreen that can’t be spilled, can fit in your pocket, and actually works, we’ve got good news. These Sun Protection Wipes for kids from Le bébé Coo are practically perfect in every way. Each box includes 40 packets, and each packet includes a...

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Bring it on home with the coolest summer camp labels for kids

The first thing I learned about summer camp was that kids take a LOT of stuff with them. And all of it needs to be marked with a label if you ever hope to see it again. Here, four cool summer-camp themed label sets that will cover everything your kids takes along for either day or sleep-away camp. And may you never have to suffer the smells from the lost-and-found bin full of sweaty-kid stuff. I love the retro tent-camping design on Kidecals’ Camp Labels featuring a cute tent on a die-cut decal. Made with a super-sticky adhesive that...

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The reusable coffee cup that’s cooler than those other ones

I love that more and more, coffee shops, including Starbucks, are offering discounts for bringing in your own cup. But these might be the most distinctive ones I’ve ever seen. And? On sale. Of course i’m a retro-modern type gal, so the black and white eco cups by DCI are right up my Grande Hazelnut Latte alley. (Use our Fab invitation link if you’re not yet a member and save 20%.) Made out of porcelain with a contrasting silicone lid, it’s ready to stick right under your Keurig and go. Or…stay. Which might be wiser considering they’re porcelain.  –Liz...

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Gorgeous waterproof picnic blankets: if only they kept the rain away too.

Even though it’s not quite summer feeling everywhere just yet, it’s the official start of summer, which means picnics. Yay! We recently featured this post with our top picnic tips for parents with new babies, and number one: Use a waterproof blanket. Fortunately, we found a great Etsy shop selling a ton of them.   Sewn Natural makes lovely handmade blankets of all kinds, but it’s the thoughtfully-designed waterproof picnic blankets I’m really digging right now. In polka dots, chevrons (of course), traditional checks and even Marimekko fabrics, they all roll-up into a super convenient 14″ roll and button closed. They’re...

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The genius idea for packing wine on your picnic

While there’s something to be said for sipping wine out of those big red keg cups in the summer, I admit I always feel a little fancy when my Albarino is an actual wine glass. Unfortunately, if you’re picnicking, glass isn’t going to cut it. So to speak. The Wine Sippy Cup may have a name that conjures up activites that can trigger a visit from child services, but they are definitely not for children. It’s really just a spill-resistant plastic tumbler that looks like a wine glass inside. You can drink it without the lid, or keep it on if...

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Keeping them busy all summer long with fun kids’ games and crafts

Summer break starts in two weeks down here in Atlanta (yes, two weeks!), so I’m already stocking up on cool kids’ games and activities to keep my kids occupied.   My go-to stop on the web: mom-owned Cattiwampus, where I always find a few keepers I know my kids (and yours) will love. Like this Janod Memofrutti game. My kids are already big memory game fans, but this one has a unique twist I know they’ve never experienced: each piece is scented!   For my older kids, I’m picking up these awesome Magnetibook sets, complete with 200 magnets and...

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