Tag: holidays

A basket of Easter gift ideas all under $15

Easter is coming up fast, landing on April 4th this year, meaning there may be quite a few collective gasps when the calendar is flipped to the next month. I know you may not have the time to leisurely shop for the perfect Easter basket items, so I’ve done a little hopping around to some of my favorite shops for you.   KangarooBoo has loads of neat Easter basket treats for little ones like the too-cute Skip Hop Funky Farm See Me Bunny Mirror and the wooden Threading Animal Rabbit by Estia (at top). If you are a game-loving...

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Serve up this funny Passover book with a side of brisket

The concepts of freedom from slavery, plagues, and a 40-year exodus through the desert, may be just a tad advanced for most little kids celebrating Passover next week. But the idea of pitching in and helping others in something I hope is a fairly universal theme. In the Passover book The Little Ren Hen and the Passover Matzah, by Leslie Kimmelman and Paul Meisel, the classic tale of The Little Red hen is retold in a funny, wry, and decidedly Yiddish way. The illustrations are adorable, but the storytelling is where this children’s book is destined to become a...

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Smite those locusts!

Passover isn’t exactly the giftiest of holidays, although if you were invited to join us in devouring my mother’s matzoh ball soup, you’d think that was gift enough. Still, I’m intrigued with this adorable little 10 Plagues Bowling Set which comes in its own little drawstring bag. It could be a fun reward for finding the Afikoman, or simply an engaging way to help bring the Passover story’s big climax to life at the table, and keep the kids distracted if your Seders are on the long side. I’d imagine little kids (reco is 3+) will enjoy smiting those...

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Easter baskets. Hold the cavities.

The biggest challenge I face every Easter is finding cool candy alternatives for my kids’ Easter baskets. But thanks to CMP fave boutique Cattiwampus, my search for sugar-free Easter gifts just got a little easier. Their virtual shelves are stocked full of awesome, eco-friendly gifts that won’t make your kiddos think twice about the lack of sugary goodness. In particular, I adore the the Stitch-It Bunny keyring kit (pictured) for the older set, from the always awesome Little Experience. This adorable DIY kit features pre-cut felt pieces and instructions, all of which your elementary aged kiddo can whip together...

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The Easter dresses of my dreams

This will be the first Easter in a very long time that we’ll actually be celebrating with extended family. Other than a plane flight with three young children (help!), the toughest item on my agenda will be tracking down cool Easter best clothes for my kids. In years past, I’ve gotten away with more casual attire on Easter, but if I had my druthers, my girls would be wearing Easter dresses from the gorgeous new spring line from CMP fave NoKo. I’m completely in love with the Nico dress (at top), particularly that stylish sash. It’s Easter-fancy but not...

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Green beer for every other day of the year

I may put a few drops of food coloring into tonight’s frosty beverage of choice, but otherwise, the only green beer you’ll catch me drinking will be from those innovative brewers who are keeping the environment in mind as they craft their brews. Yes mamas, we thought it would be fun to tip you off to a few ways to go “green” with your beer, that may even make the pain of a next-day headache a little easier to bear. With a model green philosophy, Vermont’s Wolaver’s Certified Organic Ales considers not only organic materials, but also energy, waste...

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Go for the green

I have always loved pretty much everything at KLT:Works. Kristin Loffer Theiss makes the beautiful artwork, plush, nursery decor and apparel that just makes you smile in every way. And I’m smiling even more since discovering that for St. Patrick’s Day, through midnight, if you buy anything in her shop that’s green it will be 20% off. And not just green green–like emerald, lime, or kelly–but eco green. Organic. Neat. Personally, I love this organic birds nest tee, right in time for all things springy and new. But if I had a baby gift to buy, or a nursery...

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Web Coolness – The safety of baby slings and the artistry of Marshmallow Peeps

Here’s some stuff we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Junior Society shares hilarious and very clever images of Marshmallow Peeps dioramas Make and Takes has a fun idea for an easy St Patrick’s Day activity with kids. You don’t have to be too crafty either. Regret your prom dress decision? Find solace in the photos on the hilarious new website, Promtacular. We can’t stop clicking over! A beautiful post from Jaelithe Judy comforting moms who work outside the home. The CPSC is going to start issuing warnings about baby slings, as seen...

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Tying one on

Okay so there’s still snow a-plenty in my neck of the woods known as Brooklyn, but in no time it will be the season for Easter duds and Passover dinners and spring weddings and seersucker. So when I saw the custom, handcrafted neckties for boys from Bella Bows [edited: Now called The Belle and the Beau) at The Silly Wagon, I nearly died from the cuteness – and the promise of warmer days. Each tie is individually made by hand in a range of lovely fabrics, from this this season’s hot polkadots, to paisleys, to classic ticking stripes, and...

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The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood

If you’ve had a baby, you probably know what I mean when I say that during all four births for me, there was always a point when I thought I might die. You’ve used all your physical strength breathing and having contractions and back pain. You’ve used all your emotional strength floating in and out of pain and giving yourself pep talks. But of course when I had these issues, I was nestled in the heart of a modern hospital with nurses and doctors all around me. And during the birth of my youngest, when his heart rate dropped...

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This DVD knows how to hail to the chief

President’s Day has typically marked nothing more than a vacation day to my kids. But this year, I feel pretty good that they have actually learned something about their government after watching the smart but entertaining So, You Want to be President?. . .and More Stories to Celebrate American History DVD. Featuring four children’s books that have been narrated and animated for the DVD, So, You Want to be President? starts with the title story narrated by the cool voice of Stockard Channing. (Not actually a first lady, but played one on TV.) I loved learning a little more about...

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It’s the Year of the Tiger (it’s the cream of the fight…)

I may not have an ounce of Chinese in my heritage, but I still love baby gifts that reflects the Chinese zodiac. With the Chinese New Year starting The Year of the Tiger today, I’ve put together some of my favorite tiger-themed baby gifts. And a fun giveaway too! Tigers on clothing abound, but I prefer them to be more cartoon-cute than Ed-Hardy wild, which is why I have a soft spot for Colette Kids’ Organic Cotton onesie. It’s also available as a tee-shirt for bigger kids. We at CMP have long been fans of Oliver Chin’s Chinese New...

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Valentines for kids with very big hearts

This is the week, mamas. The week that your kids are going to have to bring in Valentine’s cards for every single kid in the class, the teacher, the assistant teacher, the art teacher, the dance instructor, the janitor, and probably the neighborhood dog. But we’ve got you covered with our  affordable Cool Mom Picks printable, color-your-own Valentine’s Cards at the Etsy Store. For just $3.99 you’ll get 12 downloadable cards from each of 12 phenomenal artists, that you can print as many time as you’d like. Just print them on some nice paper and let your kids add...

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Sexy nursing bras for Valentine’s Day — or any day

Since the first time I breastfed back in 2004, nursing bras have come a verrrrry long way from the boring hefty brassiere I was stuck with. Now you even can snazz things up with a little satin and lace. Perennial nursing bra fave Bravado! Designs has added a sexier bra to their mix of well-designed bras and tanks with the Sublime, a lacy but subtle new choice (love the wine color!). It’s definitely on the daintier side and the lace detail over the decolletage might end up showing more than you normally would if you’re uh, well endowed. That’s...

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Love notes you’ll love

Are you stuck in a never-ending search for Valentine’s Day cards that don’t embarrass you to send to anyone over the age of five? Let’s just say glossy, cheap, mass produced images of kittens tangled in yarn don’t always convey the message for me. Instead, check out the textured, funky, eco-friendly cards from Green Shanti. The cards are made by hand in India and Nepal by communities of artisans, and no trees were destroyed to get your love message out there–instead they use raw materials such as silk, jute, cotton rag, coconut shells, banana fiber, dried leaves, beads and spices. They’re expensive, so it’s definitely the kind...

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Heart in the right place

If you’ve been following the news, or at least this website, then you’re probably not going to be poking around your favorite big box store over the next few weeks, looking for some little inexpensive heart-shaped metal charms for the kids. Cadmium is so very 2009. At The Silly Wagon, I stumbled on this sweet mini heart necklace from Julie the Fish Designs. The modern heart design is hand stamped onto a disc-shaped pendant made of solid sterling silver, which last I heard is not a banned substance. Even the ball chain is real silver. For just under $25,...

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Heart shaped box

I am an advocate of the notion that great gift wrap can make everything more special, and poking around 1000 Markets, I was happy to stumble upon the Valentines Heart Favor Box from designer Jennifer Jermantowicz of Pasaii Design Studio. The set comes with the crimson gift box, the sweet cardinal-adorned gift tag, some bakers twine and directions to get it all looking purdy. Or order the set of 8 and have the tag personalized with whatever you’d like; the studio specializes in wedding stuff so you know they know what they’re doing. Crafty types might be able to...

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Our Valentine’s Day Card Contest entries are making our hearts go thump thump

We are so excited by the phenomenal entries flying in for our Valentine’s Day color-your-own card design contest in partnership with Etsy to support the Children’s Heart Foundation. Competition is getting so tough we may just have to let our kids call tiebreakers! There’s still time to get your entry in by linking it up in comments on the post, or emailing it to us directly, but make sure you get it in by this Friday, 1/22 at midnight PST. We want to make sure parents have plenty of time to buy the cards before Valentine’s Day, and that...

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Web Coolness – Helping Haiti, soothing the soul, and honoring Dr. King

Here are some of the things around the web we’ve liked reading this past week. We hope you will too. What Is Left -Please visit the post Six Ways to Help in Haiti, which we also included this week in our own post on excellent organizations helping out in Haiti Boston Mamas – A Chinese Chicken Soup recipe that could help get us all through this winter or at minimum, a week that demands some comfort food. Parenthacks – Great ideas from readers for organizing hand-me-downs if you’ve got nesting on the calendar. Inspired by a post on Ohdeedoh...

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March On, Dr. King

I want my kids to know that Martin Luther King Day represents more than a three-day weekend. But instead of watching more grown-up documentaries that can be a bit scary for little eyes, I’m thrilled to have a copy of Scholastic’s new DVD, March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World. . .And More Stories About African American History. (Update: And now, you can purchase the 20-minute video for just $1.99 through iTunes and play through your device.) March On!. . .features four award-winning children’s books on DVD, each narrated with music and sound effects over illustrations from the...

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