Category: Editors Best of the Year

Editors Best of 2008 – The coolest art, decor, kids furniture and kids bedding

Oh how we swoon over the pretty things in life. We’re guessing you will too with these picks of our favorite things to make the nursery, kids room, or playroom as awesome as you want it to be. Liz: Artist Lindsay Brackeen’s Tea With White Rabbits Print is like the Alice in Wonderland artwork you never realized you totally have to have for your little girl’s room. Kristen: I’ve been dying for our kid’s playroom to be finished just so I can hang Ida Pearle’s amazing alphabet cards (at top) on the wall. Liz: If I had to start all over...

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Editors Best of 2008 – The coolest websites, services, and stuff just for moms

While we love the gifts and gear for the wee ones in our lives, we’re always on the lookout for services and support just for the hard-working parents out there. Here are some of our favorites that we discovered this year. Liz: This year’s best trend award goes to the online designer sample sales including Hautelook and Rue La La, which discount outrageous kids’ and adult clothing by up to 70%. Nope, not a typo. Kristen: The free e-cards from Motherhood With Attitude and of course their actual printed cards save my butt consistently, and make me (and my recipients)...

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Editors Best of 2008 – The coolest blankets, bibs and baby gear

It’s the quintessential new baby gift: A blanket, a bib, a must-have bit of gear, a fifth of Jack for the mom. (We kid! We kid!) Kristen: Baby quilts meet 2008 in the most beautiful modern way with the myQuilt from MilkLush (at top). Liz: I’m a huge fan of handmade quilts that don’t look straight out of the Colonial era. Props this year go to the gorgeous modern quilts from Bedscape Designs and the exquisite poppy quilt from All the Numbers. Kristen: The smart, cool baby gear from Wisey definitely make life with kids easier. Too bad I didn’t find...

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Editors Best of 2008 – The coolest books, music, and kids’ DVDs

This was a banner year for media, including great books for parents from some of our favorite bloggers, wonderful kids’ books, and more cool music for kids than a new parent would have ever known was out there, had the remote control gotten jammed on that Disney channel. Behold, our favorites… Kristen: Baby Loves Salsa (at top) mixes Latin sounds with new and traditional kids’ songs. My kids can’t get enough of of this spicy salsa CD. Liz: They Might Be Giants, those masters of kids’ music that parents might actually be tempted to listen to willingly when the kids...

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Editors Best of 2008 – The coolest toys, dolls and baby toys

Considering all the amazing babies’ and kids’ toys we’ve discovered this year at Cool Mom Picks, narrowing down our list of favorite toys and dolls is like picking amongst our children. That said… Liz: There’s no cuter doll than the one your kid designs his or herself. My pick goes to Wooberry and Art2Believe who each have artists handcrafting custom dolls from your kid’s own drawing. Kristen: The adorable Blabla Kids Boogaloo Dolls (at top) in cuddly cotton handknit help my kids get to sleep every night. That’s saying something. Liz: The make-your-own pottery kits from Thomas Claire let your...

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Editors Best of 2008: The coolest jewelry and handbags

We’re very pleased once again to present our editors’ top picks for 2008. It’s a tough thing we must say – with literally hundreds to choose from (and trust us, we love them all) narrowing down is no small feat. But narrow we did. Each day we’ll present a new category right through to New Year’s, starting with today: Our favorite jewelry and bags Kristen: I truly covet every one of Jeanine Payer’s lovely pieces of jewelry which combine artistry and storytelling. Liz: I am constantly inspired by the jewelry from Amy Tavern, from her affordable signature pieces to her collectible...

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Editors Best of 2007: Clothes and shoes

Baby clothes Kristen: Maybe it’s because my husband and I are both avid guitar players, or because it’s one of the most amazing shirts I’ve ever seen. But either way, Damestarbaby’s handsewn guitar tee has won my heart. Liz: The cozy sweatshirt-styled baby sac from Sir Hayes makes me hope that my friends will start having more baby boys. But as long as they keep having girls, I love Matilda & Co. and their one of a kind rompers and infant bubbles made from vintage fabrics. Kids clothes Kristen:  Abe Jones makes duds that are just lovable, particularly their...

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Editors Best of 2007: Stationery and announcements

Birth announcements Kristen: I have to pick Bird and Banner’s completely handmade custom invites and announcements. Their personal touch is the next best thing to making all 100 announcements yourself. Liz: For totally custom, designed just-for-you announcements, the portfolio at Pink Dot Press will absolutely blow you away. Custom stationery Kristen: I love my Posh Peacock personalized note cards so much that I feel bad writing on them. At least I know that no one is looking at my terrible handwriting. Liz: Maybe it’s cheating to call it custom, but when your kids take their Crayolas to the Color...

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Editors’ Best of 2007: Blankets and Baby Accessories

Blankets Kristen: The blanket we have from Ellabalou is a favorite of both my children. In fact, I should probably grab a second one and make my life incredibly easier. Liz: Hooray for Martha of Blankets by Martha, who makes funky lovies with ribbon tags all over them that babies love–all handmade in the US from non-crappy fabrics. Accessories Kristen: The collection sets by Goober Baby are smart and gorgeous. If only I had owned one when my babies were still babies. Liz: The plush pad from Ah Goo Baby is simply luxurious. (I mean memory foam? Wow.) The...

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Editors’ Picks of 2007: Reads and Tunes

Kids books Kristen: Thanks to Taro Gomi’s Scribbles book, I’ve gotten many an uninterrupted shower and bathroom break. That’s almost priceless. Liz: Joanne Dugan’s 123-NYC counting book (at top) goes all the way up to 20 for a change. You don’t even have to be from New York to appreciate the wonderful photography of kids and dogs, manholes and bagels. Kids music Kristen and Liz: Do we have to narrow it down to one? How about two? That way we can pick new kids band The Terrible Twos (Have You Ever Seen an Owl) for amazing original kid-friendly music...

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Editors’ Best of 2007: Jewelry and Handbags

Bags Kristen and Liz: We agree! The gorgeous handcrafted faux leather bags from Crystalyn Kae are original, stylish, practical and way more appealing than some purse with big corporate logos all over it. Jewelry Kristen: I’m definitely hoping for a necklace from Blend Creations’ new round line. The foliage pieces makes me believe that spring really isn’t that far away Liz: Jacqueline Sanchez’s whimsical, inventive LEGO and diamond line make you want to be a kid again, but with an adult budget. Diaper bags Kristen: I’m loving the Haiku To-Go bags. They’re a little bit sporty and a lot functional–perfect for everyday...

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Editors’ Best of 2007: Art & Decor

Art Kristen: My son’s walls are decked out in Avalisa art (at top) and we both couldn’t be happier. Her modern designs and custom color combos were a no-brainer. Liz: Ida Pearle’s custom alphabet prints are so charming, they’re fast becoming my go-to new baby gift. (Just ask Kristen’s son.) Plus, you’ve got 26 to choose from. Honorable mention: Robin Rosenthal’s counting birds poster which brightens up any nursery. Nursery decor Kristen: Our toys are happily stored with love in our ModMom Mid-Century toy box. Mom and designer Kiersten Hathcock knows what she is doing. Damn lucky toys. Liz:...

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Editors Picks of 2007: The coolest of Cool Mom Picks

We know we’re not supposed to have favorites, at least when it comes to our kids. But when it comes to our kids’ stuff…well, some things we love just a teeny bit more. So this past week, while you’ve been wrapping the lead-free toys and decorating the wholesome organic cookies you’ve made, editors Kristen and Liz been combing through our archives to bring you the best of the best of 2007 which we’ll post through the rest of the year. Think of us sort of like a postpartum Siskel and Ebert. Yikes, now there’s an interesting image. And if you’re new ’round here, don’t forget to sign up for our fabulous newsletter by 12/31 for your chance to win a $250 gift certificate to The Silly Wagon. We’ll be back in ’08 with all new cool picks. Until then–happy happy and merry...

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Editors’ Best of 2007: Dolls and Toys

Dolls Kristen: I’m still hoping that Santa will bring my daughter a Bamboletta doll (at top). I’m not sure who will love it more–me or her. Liz: The limited edition mod Gina dolls at Craftsbury Kids are more for older girls and less for sticky-handed, doll head-sucking toddlers. If your kids are too young, get them while you can and stash them away for later. Toys Kristen: I can’t wait for my daughter to play with her handcrafted stick pony from Little Green Beans this Christmas. It’s definitely as great to look at as it is to play with....

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