Tag: hair accessories

Coloring your child’s hair at home: Tips to make it hella easy.

I was so proud of myself, the first time my daughter wanted to color her hair at home and asked for a pink stripe in her hair. I did all the research (what’s easiest, safest, least messy ) and finally settled on dyeing it with…Kool-Aid. Good gravy, what a mistake! It burned, believe it or not, and just as bad, it hardly left behind any color. Then, I discovered one simple way to dye my kid’s hair at home, turning her into her version of a 21st century punk without the tears: Dye the ends of the hair only. Here’s why. Before you...

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Freshly Picked Marketplace: The new indie marketplace you need to bookmark for your holiday shopping

When Kristen and Liz started Cool Mom Picks, their desire was to highlight cool, indie shops that make innovative products with fresh ideas for kids and families. A decade later, that’s still our driving passion, and the chic handmade baby moccasins at Freshly Picked is one of our favorite indie shops to recommend for baby gifts. We’ve always loved Susan Petersen’s eye for style, and now she’s using that to highlight other small businesses too, with the Freshly Picked Marketplace. This online community is a hub of small shops curated by Susan, and when I browsed through the site I immediately added gifts from each one to my holiday shopping...

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13 cool art projects for those summer seashells

If you’re feeling a bit #clambitious about that bucket of shells you and your kids collected on your beach vacation, we’ve got good news for you. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite art projects for those summer seashells, good for kids of all ages, ranging from quick and easy breezy to more difficult all-day crafting. No clamshell bras, promise. Related: 9 fun, easy crafts using shells to remind the kids of your summer vacation At top: seashell garden | alisaburke 1. DIY Seashell Seahorse This one looks more complicated than it is, really—and the end result will look great in...

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Spray your gray away with the Rita Hazan root concealer

About a year ago, I realized that if I grew out my regularly dyed hair, I’d probably be completely gray, which means that about 3–4 weeks after my salon visit, I’ve got hella roots showing. But thanks to discovering the Rita Hazan root concealer, I  can go an extra couple of weeks before plunking down a pretty penny for hair color. The little bottle isn’t cheap, but boy does it work (and a little goes a very long way). Just a small spray over my roots on my dark brown hair after I’ve finished blow drying it and I’ve got fantastic cover-up until...

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7 drugstore beauty products that are better than the expensive stuff

Recently I shared my top 7 beauty splurges that I think are worth the money. And I still do. but to be clear, I think there are tons of great drugstore beauty products out there, and I don’t think that everything in the world is worth a splurge. In fact, there are plenty of times that even after trying a pricier alternative, I return to a drugstore beauty product. Not just because it’s more affordable either, though that’s always a plus! So here’s a list of my picks for some of the best drugstore beauty products that I absolutely swear by....

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Olivia comes to Gymboree, and now dressing like a pig is the best compliment ever.

I’m looking at the brand new Olivia for Gymboree collection of girls clothes (6mo-12y) that just launched today, and I must say, it’s all pretty darn cute. While I’m not always a fan of kids’ cartoon characters all over my children’s clothes, when it’s a beloved character from a great book — and I mean an actual book, not the book that came from the TV show that came from the movie — I can justify it a little better. In other words, Oliva > Dora. (It’s my own weird thing, I know.) Since my own tween girls grew up on...

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Easy hair tutorials: Update your basic ponytail with these braids, buns, and twists

Sitting in a Brooklyn hair salon at the start of the summer, I agreed to let my stylist chop my long hair into a trendy lob on one condition: I still needed to be able to pull it back into a ponytail. Because with two kids under the age of four, I don’t get to wash and style my hair every day. Or even every three days. I also hate having my hair in my face when I’m cooking, bathing my boys, or building blanket forts. If you also rely on hair elastics to get you through the day, maybe it’s time to upgrade...

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6 of the best YouTube hair tutorials for girls that you can actually do. Even if you’re not Ken Paves.

With three girls in my house, I’ve got an awful lot of hair to brush and style, and with the holidays almost here, I’ve been wanting to change up from the usual hairband. It’s true you’ll find no shortage of YouTube hair tutorials, but after watching hundreds of videos (not even kidding you), I found that most of them were really hard to follow, were way too complicated and advanced, or didn’t offer up styles that were great for little girls. No sexy loose curls for my 10-year old, thank you very much. Plus, I don’t have the time or budget to...

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3 cool holiday outfits that your kids can wear long after the holidays are over

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is putting together the perfect holiday outfit for my kids–all four of them. In the past, that has led to me purchasing all sorts of shoes and accessories, on top of the fabulous holiday dress for my girls, and new sweater for my son. You can imagine the bill. So over the years, I’ve learned that you invest in one beautiful, splurge-y dress or a fantastic skirt or pants that’s super special for the holidays, and then you pair it with more budget-friendly items. Including  ones you’ve already got in your closet. It’s a great trick for making a...

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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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Cool unicorn clothes for girls who are obsessed with uh….unicorns

I remember keeping a certain unicorn tee in heavy rotation when I was about nine, so girls’ obsession for unicorns is hardly new. If you know what I’m talking about, I’ve tracked down some cool unicorn clothes for girls out there to satisfy any girl who dreams of flying off into the night with one. Or wait–is that a pegasus? I’m  loving the handmade-to-order unicorn hoodie hoodie from a cool little Etsy boutique (pictured above). It may not make it into the everyday rotation, but with unicorn horn, mane and tail attached to a super-soft micro-fleece hoodie, our girls would race for it when they need something to throw over a sundress...

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Summer camp care package ideas so cool, the kids might even miss you. Maybe.

If your kids are headed to camp this summer, sending them a cool summer camp care package will make their day. Or week. Even if they didn’t even look back to wave when you dropped them off. We’ve got a whole bunch of fun ideas for care package goodies that, according to our own kids, will make yours proclaim you the best parent in the world to all of his or her bunkmates. Short of sending a life’s supply of candy. Just be sure to check with your camp before sending one out–they all have different care package rules, especially when it comes...

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16 of the most adorable Easter basket gift ideas for kids: It’s raining bunnies and chicks!

Make your kids’ Easter baskets a hundred times more adorable by adding some playful chicks and bunnies to your list of Easter basket gift ideas for kids–of course along with some of our favorite Easter candy and Easter-themed gifts. Our recos are almost entirely indie-made, and we promise that none of them include a five-foot purple stuffed rabbit. Though we can’t guarantee that won’t be the grandparents’ pick.     Wee Gallery’s new set of 12 animal kids’ animal tattoos makes a nice alternative to more candy in the basket. Featuring a bunny, dog, and cat, they may end up on the...

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Steal this look: The Lupita Nyong’o headband at the Oscars

We try not to play favorites (too much) but we admit to cheering loudly the second Lupita Nyong’o hit the Oscars red carpet in that stunning sky blue Prada dress accessorized with a fabulous gold and diamond headband–right through her well-deserved Oscar win and her perfect acceptance speech. What a fabulous new It Girl we have in Hollywood now. While the increasingly famous “Lupita Headband” was actually designed for her by Fred Leighton, I’d venture to guess it’s a weeeeee bit out of our price range. I’ve put together a few more affordable options if you like the look of...

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The coolest kids’ clothes and accessories: Editors’ Best of 2013

One of our favorite things about our job is tracking down the coolest kids’ clothes, whether it’s casual tees, trendy but affordable pieces, or the splurgey stuff that makes you yearn for four more kids for hand-me-downs. You’ll find all of them here, in our picks for our favorite kids’ clothes of 2013. Wunway Clothes for Girls We want pretty much every single thing Wunway makes in our own sizes, but we’ll settle for dressing our girls in it. Moms with growing girls will be thrilled to discover their stylish, age-appropriate clothes that let girls be girls, not teens....

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Gifts from Ordinary Mommy are something pretty special

Sometimes a gift comes to you, and you can tell before you even open it that it’s going to be really special. From the hand-lettered mailing label to the Swiss-dot mini clothespin and vellum gift bag, you can totally feel the love that went into making even the smallest package from the Etsy shop Ordinary Mommy. Faith Lex, a mom (obviously) from eastern Pennsylvania, designs exquisite felt animals and accessories and sells them at her Ordinary Mommy Etsy shop. These whimsical little guys would make perfect ornaments for your Christmas tree, would be darling tied onto Christmas gifts, or they’d be...

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We’re officially giddy over these adorable hair clips.

We always get excited about new felt hair clips by GiddyGiddy, but the newest collection of hooded darlings has an especially high SF (Squee Factor). These four sweet girls from CMP fave GiddyGiddy are perfect for clipping into big girl and toddler hair. Each piece is sturdy and made by hand of soft felt on a 4 cm clip. And we love how their adorable little faces are almost like taking a dolly with you wherever you go. Each little missy is $8, and they have a blanket $2 shipping fee in the US. If you’re looking for hair...

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A puzzle piece barrette that just fits for World Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. Although most people are probably pretty aware of autism, more needs to be done to raise both money for research and family aid, and to foster better understanding of kids (and adults) who are tired of feeling different and misunderstood.  And sometimes, it’s the little things that can help a person feel understood, like a smile and a kind word, or simply wearing an iconic puzzle piece which lets the world know that, yes, you are aware. Or as we would say, “I get it.” Representing the complexity and struggle of Autism, the...

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Wool for spring? Absolutely!

After seeing so many talented Etsy artisans use wool in creative ways, I’ve learned that it’s really perfect for any season and not just winter. And I bet you’ll think that too when you take a look at these gorgeous cases, jewelry and accessories. I’ve had my eye on The Loft Full of Goodies for awhile now, but with her addition of such pretty spring colors, I figured now was the perfect time share her work. I can think of a hundred uses for her adorable wool felt pouches, which come in various sizes to fit everything from pencils...

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Hair ties that are way prettier than a hair tie should be

I’m not one to get too excited about hair bands, but when I saw the ones from Emi-Jay, I gasped. Seriously. I know that sounds lame, but for those of us bored of ponytail holders and not up for fussy poufs and clips, this is a beautifully brilliant alternative. The coolest part? Guess who made them. Emi-Jay hair ties are simple, handmade ties that remind me of shimmery ballet slipper elastics only a little wider. It’s really just a wide, stretchy band tied in a pretty knot, but they’re very nicely made. And I have to admit, I was extra...

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