Category: Around the House

Rock and Roll baby names. Not to be confused with weird rock star baby names

Okay so who isn’t at least somewhat fascinated by celebrity baby names–especially those from the rock stars we know and love. Sometimes I wonder if they have any regrets. (True Story: a friend of mine named her baby a name she wasn’t completely sold on and changed it five weeks later.)  If you’re in that baby naming phase of life, we’ve got the book for you. In fact I wish that I had it  when I was pregnant. Rock and Roll Baby Names: Over 2000 Rock Inspired Baby Names from Alison to Ziggy is as cool as it sounds....

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Wooden pull toys – Remember those?

7Long ago, before everything had a battery, lights, and played annoying music of some kind, kids actually had to power their own toys. And as much as I have an appreciation for power toys in my arsenal of parenting tricks, I just love a simple wooden toy with a string. The vintage pink elephant wooden pull toy at New Arrivals Inc. would make such a lovely baby shower or new baby gift. Until the little one’s old enough to play with it, I’d pop it on a shelf as a decoration. Then if your kids are anything like mine,...

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A Mothers Day book for any kind of mother – always a perfect gift.

We think that books make the most perfect gifts any time of year, and Mother’s Day is no exception. So for those literary mamas in your life, here are are suggestions of a few terrific Mother’s Day gifts. Bonus: There’s less lead time on these than a personalized necklace. Especially if you walk down to your local bookshop to buy it. FOR THE WORKING MOM: Just Let Me Lie Down by Kristin Von Ogtrop Yes, of course we’re all working moms, but those who work out of the house can often use a little extra “I get what you’re...

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Some alphabet art is more equal than other alphabet art

Alphabet art is everywhere, as Cool Mom Picks readers surely know. We’ve covered dozens of interpretations of the alphabet from all kinds of artists, but there’s always room for another. Especially when it’s this cool. Boo and You is a brand new children’s wall art website based in Sydney Australia.  The website features personalized and non-personalized prints of all kinds, but I was completely taken with their alphabet prints.  They each have a cute theme created by whimsical images and soft colors.  You can select your own color scheme and each print is hand signed by the artist.                                 ...

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened book review – We dare you not to laugh so hard you embarrass yourself in public

Anyone who’s familiar with the uber popular blog The Bloggess, by Jenny Lawson, won’t be surprised in the least that her new memoir Let’s Pretend this Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) is spit-bourbon-out-your-nose funny. You won’t be surprised that this is not a book to read out loud to the nun sitting next to you on the bus. You also might not be surprised that it debuted #1 on the New York Times best-seller list this week. What might surprise you, however, is how poignant, moving, and absolutely captivating it is from cover to cover. From the first...

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Keep time in a fashionable manner

As a mom, I am on a constant schedule of life.  If I lose track of time, I am in deep deep trouble. So of course clocks are an important accessories in my house. (No, I have not yet given them all up in favor of smart phone clocks.) These modern minimalist clocks from Whitevan come in a variety of colors and shapes, so they’re perfect for the kitchen, living room, bedroom or even in the nursery. They’re made in a collaboration between painter/sculptor Dennis Beach and designer/engineer Greg Wolos. The result is high quality art and beautiful design,and...

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C’mon get happy

I’m a bit of a journal and notepad hoarder, because as a writer, I believe you can never have too many, in too many places. Still, you don’t have to be a writer to know the joys of a pretty notepad, and these ones I just found are decidedly happy-making. The happy notes notepads are a little spendy but I know that–as promised on the cover–they’d make me happy every time I look at them. Beneath the gold foiled cover, you’ll find 5 rainbow-colored, heavy paper stock notecards ready for jotting down the good stuff. I think it would...

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Heartstrings, redefined

It’s hard, hugging Grandma from a thousand miles away, but here’s a way to remind her how very far those heartstrings stretch. And just in time for Mother’s Day– if you hurry! With the Personalized Heart Strings Map Pillow from Felix Street Studio on Etsy, you can visualize those tendrils of love connecting you and family members from LA to NY or Piscataway to Pasadena. (Or Stockbridge to Boston, as James Taylor might have said.) Just select up to four points in the US and how they connect– a wheel, a triangle?– and Felix Street will put little hearts...

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Kids’ furniture that boosts creativity? Why not!

When designing a kid’s bedroom, it’s always important to find functional yet fun pieces to fill their space. Kids are attracted to color and texture; my son’s own favorite chair was the most colorful yet ugly thing that you’ve have ever laid eyes on. (I hid it when guests came over.) Jekca however, has created a line of kids furniture that is colorful, modern, whimsical and like nothing we’ve seen. Essentially they’re made from a series of blocks that can be configured all different ways. The recommendation is for kids 8 and up, but younger ones will love to...

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Preserving kids’ artwork has never been so pretty (or organized)

You should see my car–or actually, you shouldn’t. It’s filled to the brim with my daughter’s preschool artwork, which gets hastily shoved onto the passenger seat during the always-harried pickup time. It’s a mountain of artwork, really, but I believe I’ve found the perfect way to conquer it–without transferring the mountain to an already-overflowing-with-art house. Plum Print will take your kids’ paintings, doodles, and construction paper creations and turn it all into an absolutely gorgeous coffee table book from children’s artwork. The company professionally digitizes as few as 20 pieces of art–or as many as 220–and arranges them onto high-quality...

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