Tag: design

The world’s cutest baby playmats: We found a contender!

When you’ve got a baby who’s tummy-timing all over the house, it’s nice to have something for her floor exercises that goes beyond a slippity blanket or boring bath towel. We’ve BTDT and what we wanted for our little ones? Something cushioned, soft, portable, and — hey, why not? — lovely to look at too. And these designer Kip & Co. baby playmats fit the bill perfectly. Kip & Co. is a cool women-owned company based in Australia that specializes in these colorful, beautifully crafted playmats (as well as other linens for babies like sheets and swaddles). And lucky for us, they just recently launched their...

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Inspirational quote art for your home office: 14 amazing quotes to encourage amazing women

She believed she could so she did. My very favorite inspirational quote. The first time I saw it, not long after I had graduated college, it was printed on a funky wooden brooch by an artist at a craft fair. I pinned it to a jacket, and wore it for ages. From then on, it was like…it was mine. I claim it! (Even though I’ve been told it was penned by R.S. Grey, from her book, Scoring Wilder.) Now, I repeat it to myself like a mantra, whenever I need a little boost. Hey, maybe that’s your favorite too. Maybe there’s another. Maybe you just haven’t found the one...

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3 inspiring ways your kids can design, create and invent using Tinkercad.

Last week, we introduced you to 3 cool kid inventors who we actually got to meet and chat with on behalf of our sponsor Autodesk. Well, since then, my tween Quinlan, who actually interviewed the inventors on Facebook Live (so fun!), has been learning how to use Tinkercad. She’s been playing around with this free web tool, creating 3D designs the same way those remarkable kids created their own inventions. I’ve been so amazed seeing how my daughter can just take an idea from her own imagination, design it, and use a 3D printer to print and hold it in her hand. And did I mention it’s fun? Take...

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Gathre’s bonded leather playmats are wipeable, waterproof, and so chic.

I can still vividly remember the playdate I had for my toddler the same week we laid new carpet in our house. You know where this is going, right? Within minutes, the mom’s mega-venti-grande-whatever coffee was all over the place. And yes, the stain is still there. What would have saved me then — and the countless other times my kids or their friends have made a mess all over the floor — are these chic bonded leather playmats by Gathre. These simple, waterproof leather mats are so pretty…and so functional! They can be used for everything from a picnic blanket to a...

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The most stylish tummy time blanket we’ve seen in…uh, ever?

After 11 years of parenting, I’m a pretty big believer in not buying baby gear that doesn’t grow with your child. That means floor mats dedicated exclusively to, say, tummy time isn’t at the top of my priority list. (As cute as they may be.) Instead, I’d throw down any clean blanket — or bath towel, if I’m being honest — and call it a day. But then I found the new Bliss round blanket from Little Giraffe, which is so perfect for playtime and, yes, tummy time. I think the cool, modern design is pretty enough that parents will want to use it long after their baby has...

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Web coolness: Amazing lunchbox notes, bad news for middle school parents, the PTA mom story everyone is talking about

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Amazing lunchbox notes from a dad to his daughter. (Hold the parent guilt; Rob Biddulph happens to be a professional illustrator too.) Cool Mom Tech is out with our back to school tech guide, starting with 15 of the best science apps for kids and 12 of the best reading apps for kids. Check out Facebook and Glamour’s 51 million voices campaign, amplifying the voices of voting women 18-45. Just as Liz + Kristen’s kids start middle school… research that middle school is the worst. For parents. If you...

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How to set up a playroom for kids when you don’t have a lot of space: 8 expert tips.

We love the idea of our kids having their own playroom, but not all of us has an actual room to spare for play. Still, that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice half your living room or give up your dining room table. There are so many ways to create an amazing playroom for your kids in a small space, whether you’re an apartment dweller just in a home with smaller rooms. We’re thrilled to be partnering with VTech to bring you this post, since their engaging early learning toys blend education, discovery, technology and creativity, making them perennial parent favorites. And now they’ve launched a new line of products, including a clever convertible Activity Desk...

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Web coolness: Lessons from Gene Wilder, a park bench for nursing moms, unicorn rainbow hair + more

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   Thank you to Laura Begley Bloom of Forbes for this fantastic feature about the start and growth of Cool Mom Picks. We’re honored! So sad to hear about the passing of one of the comedic greats, and love Gretchen Rubin’s lesson in happiness learned from Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner. ( above image via Getty for ABC News) The ultimate Labor Day grilling + recipe roundup. Bye summer! Sniff.  Cannot stop watching this Kenzo perfume video by Spike Jonze. Cannot. Stop. Another must watch: Kristen’s...

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Web coolness: Outrageous Etch-a-Sketch art, cutest Instagram feed ever, a can’t-miss sale and more.

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Yeah…our kids have never done this with their Etch-a-Sketches. Check out all the remarkable sketches from Jane Labowitch on Instagram. Every like/comment on this Instagram post of ours donates one lifesaving vaccine to a child in need. (Plus…that photo!) The Rio Summer Olympics are over but the sexist media coverage lingers, and our kids are hearing it.Great discussion here.   Move over helicopter parents…now there’s lifeguard parenting. And it’s interesting. Great tips from parents on how to get kids talking. (And hey! Pay special...

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Web coolness: Super cool new kids’ toys, female heroes we love, and breastfeeding at a wedding. (Wait, that’s still news?)

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Kartell launches a line of ride-on toys for kids that we’re coveting, hard. Also check out the super cool rocking horse, Nendo “smile stools,” and a Phillipe Stark designed swing on Design Milk. Speaking of which, 14 of the coolest baby gifts we wish we had as new moms. The Teletubbies are back this month. Is that good? You tell us. Best prom story ever. Sniff. 8 great ideas for non-toxic cleaning with a simple ingredient you already own, guaranteed. We love these...

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Peel-and-stick wallpaper = easiest weekend project ever. Parenting win.

My daughter’s ideas for how she wants to decorate her room change daily, sometimes by the hour, so I’m having a hard time keeping up. Does she want turquoise walls, a hand-painted mural, or are we going with that all-white walls and bright furniture look? Well, I’ve decided I’m going to vote to cover at least one wall in her bedroom with some of the fun, tween-friendly, peel-and-stick wallpaper designs from Chasing Paper. That’s right. Just peel. And stick. No trays of glue, no endless hours scraping it off the walls once your child decides they’re over it. Related: More of the world’s...

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Tokidoki and Clek collaborate for some out-of-this-world car seats

Sprinkle-donut spaceships. Cactus planets. Floating unicorns. Ninja aliens. All together. Seriously? Yep. Thanks to the brand new  Tokidoki-Clek car seats and boosters, created in partnership once again between the safe, swanky car seat company Clek and the LA artists at Tokidoki. I loved their first series of car seats, but I am over the moon for these new ones. And to think, when my kids were little and I was picking out their car seats, I got to choose between grey, blue, or pink fabrics. Tokidoki’s anime-inspired outer space fabric is a far cry from that. It’s so detailed and vibrant, I bet kids everywhere are going to beg to be buckled up. And...

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20 pretty, printable 2016 calendars to start your year out right. Lots of them free!

It’s amazing how many printable 2016 calendars there are online now — although admittedly they’re not all style. Now that I’ve finally investing in some good thick paper and become like a printable maniac, I spent a ton of time looking for the printable calendars that I would be happy to have on any of my own walls — clean, modern, pretty. Some are free, some cost a few dollars (but support small indie designers), some actually have space for scheduling, while some are just a date-at-a-glance style that’s perfect over a desk or on a refrigerator door. Hope you...

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Crazy fun socks for women: Hot trend alert

I was so in love with Kristen’s photo of her super stylish daughter on Instagram sporting some cool knee socks, and she admitted to me that her daughter stole them from her own sock drawer! That’s when I realized, this is one of those few times that a fashion trend started with kids then jumped to the adults. It’s a fact — fun socks for women are everywhere you look, peeking out of pumps, booties, knee-boots, layered over fishnets…you name it. And I’m loving it. Especially because it’s such an affordable way to punch up your wardrobe ,and even show off your...

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Web Coolness: How not to screw up your kids, way cool kids toys, and the craziest pancakes ever.

Here’s what we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you do too.   Love this roundup of 10 of the coolest modern rocking chairs. 16 of the best organizational apps for parents. How not to screw up your kids. Good advice? Congrats to FashionABLE and their relaunch which now helps women in the US and abroad. Guess which countries offer the longest maternity leave. Surprising. What if your child doesn’t have a BFF? Tons of fun sleepover ideas. (If you haven’t gone there yet, trust us. You’ll need them.) Is Kristen’s daughter the next big Etsy artist? 15...

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16 adorable free printable lunchbox notes for kids: From Minecraft, to Star Wars, to fill-in-the-blank with your own words of love.

I am never going to be the mom who makes that impressive bento lunch for my kids, featuring a Chewbacca made out of sesame noodles. But I am in fact that mom who stashes a bunch of free printable lunchbox notes in the drawer under the kitchen counter, and when I remember to tuck one in, I  know it always makes them smile. Not because I’m the kind of mom who does this thing all the time, but probably because I’m the mom who doesn’t. In other words, if I can do it…why not give it a shot? To...

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7 cool playroom ideas for kids that let you reclaim your living room

I’ve definitely been looking for cool playroom ideas lately for my own son. Because between the art supplies in the kitchen, the Play-Doh in the dining room, and the pretend workbench and kitchen in the basement, my preschooler is quickly laying claim to our entire new house. I know you can’t really contain a kid to just one room, but I feel like what he really needs is a dedicated playroom or playspace where most of his toys can live, because, let’s be honest, I want my living room back. And my dining room table. And my kitchen floor. To get the design...

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Havenly: An affordable online home design service perfect for procastinators, busy people, and stressed-out new parents

Hooray! You have a baby on the way and pretty soon your nesting instinct is going to kick into hyperdrive. If you’re like me, you excitedly clear out the spare room eager to start decorating for the new bundle and then…you hit a wall. Between lack of time and feeling stressed out by all the options out there (not to mention nightmares about Pinterest fails), I get it. Which is why I’m so happy to share my new online interior design service find, Havenly. Just for the rest of you who may be in redecorating mode. Havenly is all about helping busy — or simply overwhelmed — people decorate...

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6 sets of cool wooden blocks for older kids that are anything but square

Just when I think it’s time to put the baby blocks away, my kids will surprise me by building some huge creative structure on the living room floor, enhanced by LEGO men and dollhouse furniture. Still, I can tell the basic square blocks we’ve had for ten years aren’t quite cutting it anymore. In my search for some cool wooden blocks for older kids like my own, I’ve found some incredible sets that look more like inspiring works of art than baby toys. These wooden block sets might even keep my kids from asking for more screen time, and I say that’s worth...

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Our favorite handmade toy boxes: Now personalized, on sale, and supporting a really special cause

June is going to be a busy month in the studio of one of our favorite modern kids’ furniture makers, Kiersten Hathcock of Mod Mom Furniture. The Shark Tank winner, cool mom, and handmade toy box builder extraordinaire — along with her dad (love that!) — are going back to basics, and building some really beautiful custom toy boxes in the garage by hand, just like she used to back in 2007 when she founded the company. And when we first shared her toy chests with you.  If you need to get your playroom or a kid’s room more organized, this is a perfect opportunity. While all her...

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