Tag: birds

Little Bellwoods toys: The smaller the creatures, the bigger the awww…

My kids have a penchant for falling in love with tiny things. I can’t blame them; I’m the very same way. The smaller and cuter a toy happens to be, the more we all adore it. So how could we resist the heart-meltingly adorable creations over at the Little Bellwoods Etsy shop? Short answer: We can’t. Every little stuffed animal is cuter than the next. Skunks, foxes, and, well, the cutest toy birds I have ever seen in my entire life. And every little one is made by hand –and obviously with love, too– by a Canadian mom. (Toronto, represent!) I’ll...

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A Nest is Noisy: A children’s book that brings spring to life beautifully

Considering the winter we’ve had (and honestly, are still kind of having) in the northeast where I am, I nearly cried when I saw the crocuses coming up in my mother’s garden last week. While spring is officially here, it never quite feels that way until I see the first flowers and hear the first chirps of the baby birds. Which is why I think the brand new A Nest is Noisy, a beautiful picture book from Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long is just perfect for children right now. The fifth in the series of titles from the same authors including An...

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LEGO goes to the birds

It’s going to be a while before I can look out my window and see anything bright and colorful fluttering around my yard, so I’m especially pleased that LEGO has chosen to release LEGO Birds, a brand new set of feathered friends that is so realistic, I may just gaze at them instead. The set features detailed models of a hummingbird, blue jay, and robin, each standing between 5 and 7 inches tall and perched on its own stand with its Latin name in front. There’s even a pamphlet more more info on the species inside. It all adds up to a certain sophistication which means I...

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DIY brings all the birds to the yard

It hasn’t yet snowed here in Colorado, but it’s only a matter of time before the flurries fly and the birds are scrambling for food. Because I love to craft pretty things that are also useful, I’ve been looking for DIY bird feeders. I’m so excited about all of these ideas that I can hardly wait to get started. Don’t tell, but I might even make a few of them without my kids. These cookie cutter bird feeders (above) from eighteen25 use gelatin to make the birdseed stick together. Then kids can press it into cookie cutters to make fun...

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A bird in the hair…

One of our back to school shopping traditions (besides the annual fight about how no, you don’t need a new _____  because last year’s is just fine thank you very much) is an affordable one: My girls each pick a cute new hair accessory. Of course this is as much for me as for them, because on days that my youngest daughter simply refuses to brush her hair, a ponytail saves the day. In honor of my seven-year-old who is going through a total bird thing right now (well, that and tigers) here are a few bird themed hair accessories she likes...

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Birdhouse trailers = Home tweet home!

One of the cardinal rules around my house: birdwatching is better than television. My little chickadees love to sprinkle seed on the back porch and see who comes a-peckin’, especially when that family of wrens returns every year to nest in our grill. But if you can sparrow some change (ha), this fancy birdhouse might be the perfect home tweet home for your feathered friends. And unlike us, you can still use your grill. These adorable birdhouse trailers from birdhouse20 on Etsy are an unusual combination of fine craftsmanship, quirky style, and sneaky backyard biology lesson. Each one is...

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If you believe they put an owl on the moon

When I find myself with a little square of wall space to fill, I’ve found that ornaments can add nice texture and dimension, instead of another poster or print. And this Etsy shop makes ones that are so cute, I might just clear some space. The little red moon with owl ornaments from the Intres shop look adorably cute for a nursery that needs some brightening up. Considering you get two for just $15, it’s even worth the international shipping from Vigo, Spain. Although having been there last summer, I’m thinking maybe I’ll just fly back there again and...

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Easter gifts for kids cuter than headless chocolate bunnies

Our inbox is jammed lately with parents asking for non-caloric Easter gift ideas. As luck would have it, we have quite a few. The latest being the adorable, affordable handmade creations from Etsy’s Bossy’s Feltworks–and just in time for the first day of spring!< The three felted baby birds in a nest are melting my heart–I’d imagine my kids would be giving them wacky names in no time and putting on weird plays with them. You can also find more traditionally Easter gifts like this Easter chick in an egg in several different colors, or a cute felted bunny....

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Is that a bird on your head, or are you just happy to see me?

Sometimes, I want serious jewelry. But sometimes, I just want something unexpected and playful that goes well with jumping on trampolines or doing cartwheels in the yard. So this would work. This fun line of illustrated wooden necklaces from depeapa in Granada, Spain,  tiptoes the fine line between whimsical and hip. Whether you like kids with birds on their heads, mustaches, or slightly confused bears, you can get your cute fix as a necklace or a brooch. Although the pieces aren’t unique, the illustrations are designed and hand-printed by the artist on hand-cut wood.  Plus, just look at his sweet...

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We <3 this bottle because it's #twittering

Why is this new SIGG bottle awesome for Valentine’s Day? Because no one can live without water. (And lots of us can’t live without Twitter.) It’s a child-sized bottle, but I would totally drink from it. Damask, birds, flowers, bright colors, and all the usual things we love about SIGG, including BPA- and phalate-free aluminum lining and near-unbreakability (that’s a word, right?). Perfect for a little girl’s lunchbox. Perfect for a Twitter-addict’s laptop bag. And perfect for Valentine’s Day, especially when filled with Hershey’s Kisses.~Delilah Find the Twittering .4-liter SIGG bottle at the SIGG site or check for a...

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Penguin Love

2012 may be the year of the dragon, but the penguin still needs some attention. And  just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re found one of the cutest ever ways for a baby to wear his love for penguins–or his love for love–on his chest. [don’t miss a limited time discount after the jump] I love the simplicity, the attention to detail, and the yummy organic cotton of this Penguin Love shirt. Plus, it is available as a onesie for even the tiniest lover. It’s all of the fun of a black tie affair without the fuss. -Eva Penguin...

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Owl love you forever

Owls are some seriously cool animals. They have big eyes, they’re nocturnal, and they “whoo.” They’re also the requisite cute kids motif of the decade, which you know if you’re an avid Cool Mom Picks reader. You know what’s cooler than an owl though? An owl with a tie and striped pants. Little DeMaura Designs has carefully crafted this little Owl Rag Doll, who’s made to withstand toddler strength with ease. I’d imagine your little dude or dudette will not be able to put this guy down. After all, artist Gina DeMaura would know–she also makes the toys for...

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Peacock Sighting!

There was quite a bit of peacock hype this past week in NYC with the escaped one from Central Park Zoo, and I am fully expecting a summer trend of feather flaunting as a result. If so, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for this new storage box from the masters of cute storage and a CMP regular, 3 Sprouts. I have personally been eyeing this company’s useful and quirky items for a while now and as I happen to be currently transforming our dining room into a playroom (because that what New Yorkers have to do), it might...

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Owls are the new black

If you’ve been anywhere near a children’s shop in the last year or so, you’ll know that an owl is the requisite children’s motif for 2011. And we’re not complaining a bit. Especially when it’s as cute as the ones we’ve just found. This adorable baby owl tee was designed by Holly Cruise, who with her sister Ariel, created Mimosa, a site devoted to great design. The design is silk screened onto 100% organic cotton fabric and sizing ranges from newborn onesies to 6T tees. In addition to an entire menagerie of animal tees (I’m pretty crazy about the...

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A little bird told me about Birdhouse Pajamas

For a gift that will definitely inspire some “awwwws” at baby showers, we’ve found that very thing. Or rather, we’ve found 120 of those very things on our recently launched Baby Shower Gift Guide. But now, we’ve found one more. (Don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!) The Birdhouse Pajamas gift set is a sweet cardboard birdhouse decorated with trees and flowers, but that’s not all. Inside the house is a pair of cute baby pajamas and an adorable bird stuffed animal. A gift, wrapped in a gift. All for under $25. With such cute packaging, the pajamas...

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On the thirteenth day of Christmas: PEACE.

Partridges, French hens, the splattered eggs of a dozen overactive geese. Forget ’em. If you want to say “I love you” with birds, go for the artistic, lasting beauty of paper lovebirds, another gift that gives back. Whether you’d like a whole flock in mobile form or individual ornaments in sets of three, you’re sure to win anyone over with the pretty PEACE birds available at Hazel Wood Children that perpetuate the ideals of hope, opportunity, and freedom Not only are these PEACE birds  gorgeous, but each one is handmade of recycled materials by PEACE, a grassroots cooperative of...

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Mirror shatterproof mirror on the wall

It never occurred to me to decorate my kids’ rooms with mirrors, probably because they’re glass. And breakable. And potentially dangerous. At least when you’ve got a couple of rambunctious, climb-happy toddlers. Petit Collage must have thought of those hazards too when they came up with the idea of gorgeous acrylic mirrors. These beautiful decorative mirrors are carefully laser cut from shatterproof acrylic, so you get the lovely brightening and spacemaking effect of a mirror without the worry about them breaking into a gazillion pieces if they just so happen to fall. Or get knocked down by a wayward...

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I’m dreaming of a blue peacock

There’s really no right way to decorate a baby nursery, but a great tip I swear by is starting with a fabulous piece of art or set of prints as an inspiration–as opposed to something like crib bedding, which babies outgrow super fast. (Or in my house, never actually use.) You can definitely get some longevity out of your room with artwork like these cheery, unique prints from collage artist and past CMP pick Linda Solovic. They’re rather affordable as far as artwork goes, and the infusion of various color palates make it a cinch to find (or make) matching baby essentials. Plus, you’re...

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Nesting with beautiful throw pillows

We all should know by now that birds are the new black. Or maybe the old black? It’s hard to say. But I’d imagine that looking back on this decade, we’ll equate bird motifs with the french poodles from the 50’s and happy faces from the 70’s. I find something quite lovely about the silkscreened bird pillows from the popular California Etsy shop, Joom. There’s pretty much a color and style for everyone, whether you’re a fan of hummingbirds, hoot owls, or the graphic dove seen here, with a trail of petals streaming behind it. Toss one on an...

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Just a little peace

I have a definite affinity for owls, telling people that I wish to someday be old and wise. But there are times like today, or on days when my son is in his fifth time out, when the dove, the quintessential symbol of peace and love, seems more appropriate. This sterling silver dove necklace by Massachusetts artist Emily Rosenfeld fits my sensibilities perfectly in its simple modern shape. Only an inch wide, I can wear it with anything, and I love that the charm is double sided so there is no “wrong side” But mostly, I love making others think a little bit about the symbolism of...

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