Tag: boys’ accessories

Unicorns, lions, and Yoda? Adorable animal winter hats for babies

If you’re a parent of a new baby, you’ll soon find that many experienced moms and grandmothers on the street will stop and tell you: You have to put a hat on your baby during cold winter weather! Some will even suggest you dress your babies this way in spring and fall, and on cooler summer nights too. And this season, I am loving the animal-themed winter hats for babies that’ll make them look stylish and keep them warm all winter. Or, anytime, really. From unicorns horns to long bunny ears, here are some adorable animal winter hats for babies you won’t want to...

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George and Georgette’s cool kids shoes have an even cooler social mission

There are a lot of things I want to do as a mom, but a big one is to raise the kinds of kids (and eventually, adults) who think about others’ needs before their own. It’s something we talk about a lot in our house — especially around the holidays — whether it’s finding the time to volunteer, donating items to those in need, or even buying for ourselves from companies that are finding ways to give back in a big way. So when I find companies that are doing really cool things that can broaden my kids’ sense of compassion, I’m...

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Dragon Gloves: The edgy new trend we’re loving for Halloween.

From the new kids’ movie Pete’s Dragon to Game of Thrones, dragons are getting a good rep these days. Our kids are even talking about being dragons or dragon trainers for Halloween, so when we saw that these dark, edgy dragon gloves at The Scale Maiden were trending on Etsy, we knew we had to share them. Because chances are, someone in your house is obsessed with dragons too. Related: Putting the BOO in Halloween boots for kids. Of course, it’s not just dragons we love supporting, but small businesses too, so I was really excited to find these in an Etsy shop. Each pair is hand-knit in...

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Pico Kid jewelry line for girls and boys inspires mini makers

Cool jewelry for both girls and boys that inspires the makers of tomorrow? Found it. Pico Kid, a line of jewelry for girls and boys (or the young at heart), is the latest collection by Pico Design. We’ve featured Andrea Panico’s architectural inspired jewelry collection before when we included it as a Cool Mom Picks Pick of The Year for being one of the Coolest jewelry & accessory brands in 2015. Pico’s latest launch solidifies its spot as a cool brand. Full disclosure: Andrea is my friend and neighbor (Shout out to Montclair!), but it was my love for her jewelry that started our friendship and the rest is history. Andrea was inspired to create...

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3 cool no-lace gadgets that make school mornings easier

My youngest child is still learning to tie his shoes. He can get it right about 50% of the time — just enough to be absolutely confident he can do it himself with no help from me thankyouverymuch. As you can imagine, this makes it hard to get out the door on time on school mornings. And his older brother’s teacher isn’t accepting his “my brother can’t tie his shoes” excuse for his tardiness. So, I caved and bought some of those no-tie shoelaces I’ve been seeing advertised all over Facebook — and, honestly, I love them. I’m thrilled to have found...

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What makes back-to-school gifts more special? We’re gonna go with llamas.

If you’ve done any back-to-school shopping lately, you may have noticed, like we have, that llamas are taking over the world. Quietly. And with deceptive cuteness because let me tell you, llamas mean business. The takeover may be inevitable at this point, so I’ve rounded up some of the most adorable llama-themed back-to-school items from around the web that I’ve found. Isn’t it nice when trends are stuff we can say we liked “before they were cool?” Yeah, foxes are kind of 2015. Don’t even get us started on owls. Related: Cool, colorful school supplies to make September more fun | Back to School Guide...

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Frogglez are the kids’ swim goggles you’ve been looking for forever

Leave it to my own cool mom to provide us with a most excellent Cool Grandmom Pick as we make the most of the final sweltering weeks of summer — Frogglez Goggles. My kids refuse to go in the pool without goggles, and these are the first ones I’ve ever tried that they can wear literally for hours without complaining about them. That double neoprene band may make them look a bit like orthodontic headgear (with due respect to Joan Cusack in Sixteen Candles) but they’re comfy, they stay on, and they don’t even get caught up in my girls’ long hair. You...

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5 cool no-tie sneakers for boys. Because, anything to make the mornings easier.

I am definitely a fan of no-tie sneakers. I mean, even though my 9-year old son knows how to lace up his sneakers perfectly fine, he much prefers being able to slip his shoes on in the morning right before he runs out the door. And I’m all for anything to make our mornings go a lot smoother, especially with four kids to get ready and out the door. Since my boy prefers athletic shoes over traditional slip-on sneakers (like my personal favorite, Vans), I’m glad that these days, they’ve got lots of cool no-tie sneakers for boys that are perfect for...

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Real Kids Sunglasses: Blending style with UVA/UVB protection

I’m like a lot of parents, in that I know my kids should be wearing sun protection for their eyes, but I’m not inclined to drop a lot on kids’ sunglasses. Then I started thinking, if I’m spending $15–20 on safe kids’ sunscreen that gives you maybe a week’s worth of protection before you need a new one, why wouldn’t I spend around that much on good, polarized kids’ sunglasses? So now I’ve got a new mindset. Related: 6 pairs of perfect sunglasses for kids We’ve recommended some terrific kids’ sunglasses over the years, including Baby Banz and Babiators. And now I’m happy to add Real Kids Shades...

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Shop Art Theft: A site to support indie artists, not the retailers ripping them off.

After following the awful account of indie artist Tuesday Bassen and her legal struggles with Zara, which we shared a couple weeks back,  we reaffirm our ongoing, ten-year commitment to supporting small makers and original artists — especially when they’re being ripped off by big retailers. (Sorry are we supposed to say allegedly ripped off? How about allegedly ripped off hashtag-eyeroll?) Now there’s a website from one of the artists involved in the case that makes it even easier to get the real goods. The new Shop Art Theft documents side-by-side photos of the merch sold at big retailers, alongside the original work of artists like Tuesday,...

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The coolest pop culture bow ties for boys. No preppy plaids.

Despite living in the land of spring seersucker and smocking — also known as The South — my boys aren’t exactly preppy. And getting them to wear a bow tie on Easter seemed like an impossibility, until I found RougeBox. This little gem of an Etsy shop has amazing pop culture bow ties my boys and I can’t help but love. Owner Joanne Kim creates these handmade ties in Los Angeles, and that big-city cool comes through in every piece. Whether your boy is more a fan of Thor, Star Wars, Wimpy Kid, or Dr. Seuss, I can’t imagine you won’t find one...

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Super fun, mismatched socks for kids that also teach a good lesson. (Yes, really.)

My kids come downstairs with mismatched socks all the time, but I learned to let it go long ago. Who needs to match, when wearing stripes and polka dots together is so much more fun? (Also, it makes putting away the laundry way, way easier.) Recently we found an awesome new company that takes mismatched socks to a new level. Each set of bright, bold, colorful PALS socks pairs two different creatures, like cats and dogs or birds and worms. The aim is to teach kids that it’s cool to be friends with someone who is different than you. My kids tried...

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Putting your heart where your head is

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, cold weather, and rebellion streaks, I spotted this adorable girls mohawk snowboard hat on Etsy, beautifully handmade at the Washington State shop, Tory Makes. It can be sized for punk rock babies through preschoolers, teens and even adults, though it’s my hat-addicted 8-year-old who really wants one. (Seriously, she’s like Jay of Jay and Silent Bob fame with the hat…always the hat!) Related: 16 of the sweetest first Valentine’s gifts for babies. There are some other colors and styles that might be more appropriate for little dudes or pink-averse girls, in shades of gray, turquoise,...

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Baby tights to protect those adorable legs this winter

The challenge of a winter babe is constantly having to layer up every time you leave home. But since vacating the house for actual adult human interaction at your local coffee shop is necessary, I’m all about cute layered basics for babies. One brand that has been helping my little one stay warm and snug is indie brand June & January. Created by Brooklyn mom Amy Richardson, I love their well-constructed, US-made essentials for babies and toddlers, and their really fantastic colors. But just in time for winter’s chill, they recently launched a collection of fun and heavy knit tights that are awesome for both...

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14 cool skateboarding gifts for your favorite shredder.

We’ve got a few passionate skateboarders in our lives so we’ve been super excited to have the opportunity to spend some time searching around for cool skateboarding gifts then sharing our faves, thanks to our most awesome new sponsor, The Parking Block skateboard stand. We are stoked (see how we did that?) to welcome them, because, wow — we don’t know if this is a better gift for boarders, or for any parents who are constantly nagging them to get their skate gear off the floor! Plus, we’re always happy to support an amazing, entrepreneurial small California-based business that’s created something really smart and useful,...

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Fayvel shoes let kids play their own shoe designer

It’s probably no surprise that when a pair of Fayvel shoes for kids arrived at my house, my brood went nuts. There may have been some fighting, actually. Designer Erin Slater was inspired by her own nostalgia for sticker collecting to create shoes that allow today’s kids to do just that, only on their feet. The final concept is brilliant: Shoes with velcro on the sides that allows kids to customize their pair with special patches known as Frieze tags. Think Jibbitz on Crocs, but way cooler. Way way cooler.  At least to me, anyway. As it turns out, it’s not just a gimmick. The sneakers are comfortable,...

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The hottest fall fashion trends for kids. Warning: You may want them for yourself.

If you ever want to get one totally cool, fun, on-trend outfit for your kid’s fall wardrobe, I always turn to Appaman to see what’s in for the season. And lucky us, we get to give you a first look at all the fun new fall fashion for kids that are available for sale starting today! The mom-and-pop run label has grown from making those cute tees with a bulldog illustration that my daughter owned as a toddler (before Angelina and Brad’s kids made it famous, thankyouverymuch) to becoming a major fashion presence in all the indie boutiques I love to poke my...

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Lot801: Gender neutral clothes for cool kids that leave the stereotypes behind.

Gender neutral clothes for kids, or unisex, or whatever you want call it — if you are a regular here you know we are all for it. We are always on the hunt for whatever gives kids (and their parents) as many options as possible, from their bookshelves to their toy chests to their closets. So allow me to introduce our latest find in fun and funky wardrobe options for all kinds of kids: Lot801. Lot801 was founded at the kitchen table of frustrated Salt Lake City mom Lindsay Isakson who wanted a little more creative wardrobe freedom for her daughter than she...

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How to keep your kids from forgetting their lunch boxes. Maybe? Hopefully?

When I saw the brand new Skip Hop Forget Me Not backpack and lunch bag sets earlier this year at Toy Fair, it was like an instant, I HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THIS. And now, at long last, they’re available for purchase from their site, our affiliate Amazon, or indie kids’ boutiques everywhere. The idea is so clever: Backpacks in little kid sizes that is smartly designed with a matching lunch pack that actually fits right into a zippered flap on the outside of the bag with a see-through window. If that window isn’t showing the lunch box pattern on...

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Babiators grows up with new sunglasses for bigger kids

Search this site for kids’ sunglasses, and you will find several posts about Babiators cool-looking, high-protection sunglasses for babies and toddlers. With good reason: Cute styles and comfy frames coupled with 100% UVA and UVB protection, and an incredibly forgiving one-year replacement guarantee, make for a great way to keep little eyes from squinting their way through the sunnier months. So we’re thrilled to learn about Aces sunglasses for bigger kids ages 7-14, now featuring bigger-kid frames but with the same same qualities we’ve love about this brand. Including shatterproof lenses and durable rubber frames, because kids never seem to grow out of needing those at any age.   I...

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