Tag: international

It’s World Immunization Week. Here’s 3 ways you can help make sure more kids grow up healthy.

This year, April 24-30 is World Immunization Week, and based on the screams emanating from the pediatrician’s office on my last visit, I’m guessing this isn’t one my kids are thrilled about. But as they get older, they’ll know why they should be. Vaccines save lives—an estimated 3 million per year, in fact. As a mom, I want to do everything I can to make sure my kids aren’t at risk for contracting polio, measles, or any other disease once cut young lives short. Mothers in the developing world don’t always access to these immunizations though, and right now 20% of the world’s children aren’t getting the vaccines they...

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Handmade gifts from Far and Wide Collective that look good and do good.

After scooping up some handmade jewelry at a street bazaar during a recent trip to Mexico, I started yearning for even more handmade gifts and one-of-a-kind accessories with an origin slightly more interesting than what I see in mall store chains. We love finding awesome international Etsy shops from time to time, along with wonderful companies like FashionABLE that make gifts that give back. And now there’s Far and Wide Collective, a new site started by international development expert Hedvig Christine Alexander, that’s full of the wares of artisans around the world. More so, they’re all from emerging economies like India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya and...

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Honor International Women’s Day by sharing one simple story from ONE that makes a difference. Easy.

We celebrate the hard work and contributions of women every day here at Cool Mom Picks. For this year’s International Women’s Day today, we are standing with ONE to applaud the essential work of one group of women in Africa: farmers. You may not think of farmers being women, but throughout countries like Rwanda and Kenya, they make up to 80% of the agricultural workforce in some communities. Whoa.  It’s important to spread the word about their hard work to feed their communities, since investors and outside support usually go to farms owned by men. We’ve been a fan of many...

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Bella and Harry: Books to take children around the world in 35 pages

My kids are increasingly fascinated by travel and different cities around the world, but alas, I’ve yet to find that spare million in my old jacket pocket that will allow us to travel the globe every year. Still, this new book series for kids is a really wonderful way to get kids excited about the culture, history, landmarks and foods of the great cities of the world.  The Adventures of Bella and Harry are a series of 10 books by Lisa Manzione in which our heroes, two cute chihuahuas, hit one city at a time. They books read less like...

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Fab vintage-style posters to feed your travel fantasies

Israel, London, Venice, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Trinidad, Hawaii–I absolutely loved traveling in my younger years. Though I wouldn’t trade being a mom for anything, let’s face it: world travel is not simple (or cheap) when parenthood enters the picture. These days, it seems the farthest I get away is the annual family trek to the Jersey Shore. Happily I’ve found a wonderful way to satisfy my culture-hungry eyes.  The gorgeous retro-vibe prints in the World Travel poster collection from the Anderson Design Group is where it’s at (and where I wish I could be). Their vintage-style travel posters have a fab...

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Bon appétit! Even the play food from France is amazing

Though my kids’ bin of play food has been a source of countless hours of play, from “grocery store” to “let’s make mommy breakfast,” I can’t say the food (which includes an orange hot dog and floppy slice of pizza) is all that inspired. I may have to look across the pond to import some delicious play food that I might actually want to pretend to eat. Created by much-loved Moulin Roty, the Monday Market Groceries set, or Marché du Lundi, consists of beautifully illustrated cardboard cans and cartons packed neatly into a little storage box. I love that the “French market”...

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Whimsical animal prints served à la française

Our Bastille Day celebration continues with these stunning French animal prints that are perfect for a kids’ room, although I think I’d like them anywhere in my home. The Blackboard Animal French Prints at Etsy’s Eviva Prints are so striking, with that inky chalkboard-black background contrasting with the clever animal forms made from ephemera suggesting the description. So for example, Le lapin qui ecrit (the rabbit who writes–my own favorite) is made of old French postcards; The cat who sings is made of sheet music; The elephant who bakes has been cut from an old recipe; The horse who...

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Celebrate La Fête Nationale with your very own French village playset

I dream of taking the kids to Paris, strolling past little cafes, and gazing at La Tour Eiffel. On this Bastille Day those dreams are still just that–le sigh. But I’ve discovered the cutest handmade play set that will have visions of croissants and crepes dancing in my kids’ heads too.  With incredible handpainted detail on both sides, this three-part French Village playset by Melbourne’s Red Loves Green would be equally at home as room decor or as a toy on the floor. Kids will love opening the “doors” to the two stores and finding a happy mother and child...

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Teaching kids good manners at the table, thanks to what’s on the table

If you’ve ever wondered how to get your children to practice good manners at the dinner table, perhaps these adorable plates can help do it for you? After all, it’s hard to refuse polite advice from a princess in pearls or a fancy-looking guy in a turban with a soccer ball. The collection of Manners Plates for kids at the awesome online shop Little Circus are just delightful. They are written in French–after all, France is a place where they really do know good manners (unless you happen to be an American trying to speaking English in a Champs-Élysées-area...

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4 “fantastico” children’s CDs in Spanish

Whether you’re fluent in Spanish or can’t even count past ten (er, diez), hearing songs sung en español is such a great way for kids to become more familiar with the language while they are playing, dancing, or nodding off at naptime. And I’ve found four great CDs sung in Spanish that will make a great addition to your kids’ music collection. So, iÁndale!  –Christina [Keep reading for your chance to win all four of these CD’s] From CMP favorites Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Fantastico is one collection of songs that will have you sweaty dancing to...

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