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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The most gorgeous nursery artwork that looks nothing of the sort

There are so many options for decorating your new baby’s nursery walls with gorgeous artwork, from custom posters to colorful growth charts to giant wall decals. And now I’ve just found another amazingly creative option that you have to see to believe. Marcelle Crosby’s Folded Paper Dresses look like large-scale origami pieces made of folded maps and other cool-looking printed paper. Measuring about 17 inches in length, I would’ve loved to hang the Miss Paris Pink dress in my daughter’s nursery. It would have had me dreaming of crepes and the Louvre during those 3AM nursing sessions. If you’re...

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Move over, takeout. We’re ordering up the new Steamy Kitchen cookbook.

If your family loves takeout, then your posse is going to love Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites: 100 Recipes That Are Fast, Fresh, and Simple Enough for Tonight’s Supper, the new cookbook by one of our favorite food bloggers and cookbook authors, Jaden Hair. (Also known around these parts as the mad genius behind this amazing Thai Iced Coffee recipe.)   Jaden’s new cookbook is packed full of vibrant, laid-back recipes that give your favorite Asian dishes a seriously healthy makeover. The best part: these recipes are just as convenient as takeout. In the same time that it takes...

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You don’t need a blue Easy-Bake Oven to get boys to bake

Although Easy-Bake ovens are now coming out with “boy-friendly” versions (what, girls don’t like blue?), there have always been lots of options for boys to cook–really cook–with the help of great products and cookbooks for kids. Handstand Kids is a longtime favorite company of ours. We love that they have an inclusive baking book that doesn’t have smiling girls holding pink cupcakes on the cover. In fact, any budding bakers in the family will want to get their fingers all over this book. The new Handstand Kids Baking Around the World cookbook is perfect for any kid at all...

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Give your kids a passport to faraway lands with Hartlyn Kids’ new series of books

Though my kids are mildly amused by the stories of my youth (what do you mean, there was no internet?), they are much more fascinated by stories about kids from faraway lands. So I’m excited to find a new series of globe-trotting books that offers my kids a glimpse of life outside of our suburban town. With two books published so far by two-mom team Christine and Aisha, Hartlyn Kids is on its way to creating an entire series about kids from all over the world. What I especially love about The Bamboo Dance and Adventures that Lead to...

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Japanese anime-inspired diaper bags? We say Tokidoki!

Diaper bags are kind of like minivans. They are super practical, but don’t exactly scream funky fresh. But this new Tokidoki and Ju Ju Be diaper bag collaboration is like taking your Honda Odyssey and making it a low rider. We’re talking blinged out, and we’re talking awesome. Tokidoki always gets me with their great designs and Japanese anime-inspired looks. (I’m partial to the milk carton on a skateboard, and the cactus kid.) Pair that graphic style with Ju Ju Be, a popular diaper bag, and you have a Tokidoki diaper bag that will stop traffic. (Of course, they’re really stopping because your...

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The Little Book of Hindu Deities: a beautifully illustrated guide

These days, there’s so much intolerance in the world, it’s dismaying. As a mom, I try to counteract the negative messages out there by teaching my kids to celebrate diversity, and by taking time as a family to learn about cultures and religions different from ours. So I’m smitten with this beautiful, gentle, and respectful introduction to Hindu beliefs. The Little Book of Hindu Deities is a labor of love by Pixar illustrator Sanjay Patel, who was inspired by the art of Japanese animation and the rich tales of Hindu gods and goddesses. Each lively illustration is accompanied by a...

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Rabbit Days and Dumplings serves up deliciously different family music

Thanks to an Austrian grandmother and a healthy selection of Putumayo Kids music, my kids have been exposed to a fairly diverse tapestry of children’s music…although I will admit that our knowledge of any music from East Asia is almost nonexistent. But now that versatile musician Elena Moon Park from Dan Zanes and Friends has released a collection of songs from her homeland, that’s all about to change. {Keep reading for a chance to win a copy of this CD!} Rabbit Days and Dumplings is especially exciting if you’re like me and have a preconceived notion in your head of what an...

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Baby gift sets from the land of driving on the wrong side of the road

While we’re all still on this post-Olympic London kick (man, aren’t you dying to go right now?) it was great timing that we discovered this brand new children’s line straight out of London. [don’t miss a fantastic limited time discount for CMP readers after the jump!] Designed by new mum and former architect Jen Taylor, Hokolo (an amalgam of Hong Kong and London) has just introduced its very first line showcasing adorable baby clothes and toys based on the Crown Jewels. These are super special baby gifts,  especially if you’ve got friends in Britain. Although certainly we ‘Merikins will...

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Satisfy your Olympic longing for London with 4 great children’s books

One of my very favorite things about the just-finished London Olympics was seeing all the gorgeous footage of the city itself. It’s made me even more determined to get my kids over to see Big Ben, London Bridge and their picturesque city-mates in person.  So while the Olympics have left town, I’ve rounded up a few children’s books about the city of London that will keep the sights alive in our minds. –Christina  Sure to elicit plenty of oooo’s and ahhhhh’s, Jennie Maizels’ stunning Pop-Up London combines plenty of amazingly detailed 3D designs with information about the city’s landmarks. My...

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Baby blankets and silk shawls to make you dream of India

One of my favorite things about having a newborn was swaddling. My babies both loved to be swaddled and I must say, while I did a lot of things badly, I was kind of a swaddling master (please hold the applause). However I did learn that it took the right blanket to calm my kids. So I’m loving these gorgeous Indian blankets that also do double duty as soft, breathable cotton swaddlers. Textile company Mela & Roam has some of the prettiest baby blankets to choose from.  They are actually called dohars, or traditional Indian summer blankets, and are made from...

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