Origami will always be cool, but some of us will never progress past making hats. Now you can display crisp, fancy origami creatures proudly, whether you actually possess intricate paper folding skill or not, thanks to these modern-style origami art prints. Our pals at Noodlehug–surely you remember the I Like Big Cups and I Cannot Lie print?–now have a quintet of prints featuring origami animals combined with typography and shadows that would look lovely in a nursery or office. They currently have a bear, a fox, an owl, a crane, and a jolly green dragon, each archival printed in a variety of sizes. And,...Read More
I tend to think that making my kids’ Halloween costumes is a great idea. I also tend to be wrong. Not only does it always take way much time than I have, but it can end up being every bit as expensive as buying something. My 9-year-old is feeling like maybe a full costume isn’t cool anymore, so this year I’m helping him plan a simple Halloween costume around a really exquisite mask like these gorgeous handmade Halloween masks I’ve been admiring on Etsy for the last few weeks. As for my daughter, she still wants an elaborate costume, but maybe she can...Read More
Halloween parties may be the most fun for me, because there are just so many cool Halloween party ideas, especially for kids. Instead of just going with a standard “Halloween” theme, you can get more specific and find a theme that lends itself to creative decor, invitations, activities, and of course, lots and lots of snacks. So we’ve taken the time to track down tons of ideas we love, starting with a monster Halloween party. Of course monster means something really different when you’re seven than when you’re 17, so with these ideas, we’re erring on the side of your younger kids actually...Read More
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...Read More
For someone who prides herself in putting out multiple home-cooked meals a week, my cooking utensils are really old and in dire need of replacing. After spending some time poking around the Canadian Etsy shop Storiebrooke, everything about these bamboo cooking utensils has me saying it’s time to fix that. [Update: You can now find Storiebrooke at Gouniq instead of Etsy] The 4 piece bamboo cooking collection–with slotted and solid cooking spoons and slotted and solid spatulas–would instantly brighten my stale decor. I just love the vibrant and modern color-dipped wood options here. If the sea urchin palette isn’t your thing, maybe hot air balloon...Read More
Ever since a Cool Mom Picks editor forwarded me a link to the Creatiate Etsy shop devoted solely to cool handmade rubber stamps, I’ve been imagining the inky possibilities. These stamps are gorgeous–like I wish I could spend a week stamping an entire wall in my house to make the world’s prettiest wallpaper gorgeous. And while that might be going a bit overboard, embellishing stationery, kids’ party invitations and loot bags, and making just about any flat surface lovelier isn’t, right? There are so many designs–see what sparks your own imagination. The shop owner can also customize a stamp for...Read More
Every day is National Coffee Day for some of us, which means that every day is also Wow, I Need Something to Put All This Coffee In Day. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite funny coffee mugs that might make you smile when there’s basically no reason to smile. By which we mean, before dawn. When you’re waiting on the school bus. Yawn. Whether you’re a slave to single origins in the Chemex (like me!), you’ve mastered bulletproof buttered coffee, or you’re down with the cold brews, you’re sure to find something here that says what you need to say to...Read More
You know what’s awesome? When a favorite artisan or etsy shop of mine decides to brand out a little beyond their regular spate of offerings. That’s exactly what happened with Foxy and Winston, whom I loved for their cool letterpress and now for their kitchen textiles, which is fancy for cotton tea towels, napkins, and tablecloths. (Sorry, we’ve been on a Fancy Nancy kick around my place lately). Whether your own kitchen needs a little refreshing or you’ve got another lucky someone in mind, these handmade tea towels are some of the prettiest I’ve seen, with bright colors and fun patterns (and organic cotton,...Read More
My kids’ backpacks are filled to bursting every morning as they leave for school, with books, lunch, snacks, and whatever else they can find to cram in there, it seems. Adding something else to that haul might seem ludicrous, but I love the environmental aspect of sending them off with cloth napkins like ToGoKins. Those of you who are crafty might be able to make them yourself, but for me, it would be June before I pull out my sewing machine and actually do it. So this little Etsy shop is a great resource. Their adorable little cloth napkins are just that. Little. (And...Read More
Web Coolness: The Portlandia cookbook, how to get the most for your old iPhone, and tips for taming after-school clutter
Here’s what we found on the Internet this week. Hope you like them too. We can’t wait to get our hands on the upcoming Portlandia cookbook! (via Laughing Squid) This travel guide for chocolate lovers has us drooling. We can’t believe our friend, fellow blogger and former Cool Mom Picks contributor Rebecca Woolf’s twins have turned three. Her birthday post to them is lovely. 9 questions moms are tired of answering, from our own Nicole Blades. Get the very most money for your old iPhone (as in $200 for an iPhone 4!). How fun are these DIY headboards for kids? A helpful...Read More
We’ve featured no shortage of kid-friendly storage bins here on Cool Mom Picks, but now that my kids are getting older (sniffle), I’m in the market for a little organizational help that’s a little more my taste, like these stylish storage bins from MUNI shop on Etsy. I can always use a few more bins in my life, especially now that school has started, and these handmade linen baskets are perfect. I particularly love the leather handles, which make them sturdier than some others I’ve seen. And the designs are sweet and modern. Charging cables, office supplies, well,...Read More
Packing lunches is one of my least favorite parts of the back-to-school grind, but I think these quirky reusable lunch bags from Etsy shop Oh Little Rabbit would make it a little more fun. The unexpected designs on these handmade, screen printed bags make me smile, and make low-tech lunch packing very cool. Each lunch bag is made from 100 percent recycled cotton scraps, then screen printed with one of Jason and Carla Hibb’s whimsical, original hand-drawn prints. Large enough to fit a tall drink inside, these bags are the perfect size for kids who have to pack a lunch...Read More
When my kids have had about all the video game time I can take, I need perfect playthings on hand to spark their imaginations–preferably outside and totally away from screens. The custom superhero capes from Super Kid Capes on Etsy are my most recent find for my youngest two. Handmade by Brooke Fuller in South Bend, Indiana, many of these capes recall classic super heroes–like Captain America, Batman and Robin and Wonder Woman–customized with your child’s name or initial. (I can just hear my kids saying Aaaawwesome.) There are more design options like dinosaurs, crowns, and flowers for kids who want to make an extra style...Read More
Considering how much our Facebook fans loved this hilarious coffee drinkers t-shirt, we couldn’t help but share this hilarious coffee mug we found at AvenueBlue on Etsy. I’m sorry for what I said before I had my coffee. Now if that’s not the truth, then we’re not sure what is. Of course, if you’re not a coffee drinker (or bulletproof buttered coffee drinker, what?), then you’ll love these other mugs, all of which are available in 3 custom sizes, depending on how much tea, coffee, or um adult substances, you drink. Think teacher gifts, friend gifts, or just because you need a...Read More
We started a rewards chart with my daughter a month ago, and—although I’m scared to say it out loud—it’s working to keep her in her bed at night. So, consider me a brand new fan of rewards charts whether you’re starting potty training or well past it, and allow me to introduce you to these really cute printable rewards charts from the Key Lime shop on Etsy, makers of those awesome free closet organizer printables we recently featured. These charts aren’t free, but they are fun. And they could be used for anything you want to motivate your kids to do. I’m going...Read More
As we’re doing all our back to school shopping around my house, my kids and I are getting excited about the funky print pants and leggings for kids that we’re seeing everywhere. I’m looking for fun, bold, unexpected patterns that will really set my kid apart from the crowd, and still pair well with the basic shirts, shoes and sweaters. It’s so fun to splurge on one or two special new things that really freshen up your existing wardrobe, and I hope these 15 we’ve found fit the bill, whether your kids’s preferred fashion statements are subtle or huge. Cool Mom Picks is an rstyle partner and...Read More
In a world exploding with 3D printers and landfills full of old junk, there’s something refreshing about toys that start out as paper and end up as, well, more paper. In fact, you can print these toys at home, build them yourself, store them in a folder, and recycle them when you’re done. And you don’t have to untie 47 little twisty ties and cut tape out of anybody’s hair. It’s fantastic. Check that–it’s Fantastic Toys, an Etsy shop filled with retro-designy worlds you print and build yourself. From dollhouses complete with furniture and landscaping to Alice in Wonderland playsets to...Read More
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...Read More
In the next installment of our Back to School Guide, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest lunch box accessories–always one of our favorite categories. We’re not miracle workers or anything, but here’s hoping they’ll make you look forward to school lunch packing. Or at least, encourage your kids to gobble up everything you’ve so thoughtfully prepared. And what would our guide be without a killer giveaway? We’ve got over $1000 worth of prizes up for grabs, including goodies for your kid and goodies for you. Just scroll down to the bottom of this post for the details. We promise, it’s super easy...Read More
I love pretty much every part of back to school shopping, but picking out the new school bag might just be the best part. And it’s even more fun these days now that there are so many cool options, like these cool messenger bags (and backpacks) from The Medium Control on Etsy. If you’re shopping for a big kid or yourself, I’d definitely take a whirl around their cool shop full of fun printed messenger bags and backpacks. I’m partial to the old school turntable bag myself, or the Eames chairs backpack. Monogrammed bags are a cool way to help identify your...Read More
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