Tag: kids’ toys

ICU for worn stuffed animals and assorted loveys

My son has a very special lovey called Meow that he sleeps with every night. She is still his happy bedtime companion, but after being hugged tightly night after night for almost eight years, she is starting to look a little worse for wear. Gulp. The good news: I recently read the most amazing story about the sweetest little girl and her mother who are doing all they can to make sure all of those beloved–and well-hugged–loveys get the fixing they need to last as long as necessary. Started by Brooklyn’s Rebecca Benghiat and her little girl Amalia, NYC...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Whether you’re reading this email from your regular laptop or you’ve got your smartphone plugged into an ATM in NYC after Sandy, we’re so glad you’re here and that tech is keeping us all connected. Here are a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. Turn your texts and emails into designer digital notes. Even Emily Post would approve. 2. One of the most addictive video games ever is now available in toy form. Your kids will flip. 3. This app is perfect for crafters or wanna-be DIYers like us....

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Hey, doll. Are you a subscriber?

Baby, have we got a good deal for you. All you have to do is subscribe to our newsletter, which is jam-packed with awesome offers, exclusive discounts, top picks, style trends, and of course, our monthly subscriber-only giveaway. This month, FOUR lucky Cool Mom Picks subscribers will win this Corolle “First Doll” Collection valued at over $200 each. Right in time for holidays too. Want a chance to win one? Just subscribe to our newsletter and find the details this week. All the cool picks, none of the spam. Yeah,...

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The best scooter for little kids? The one that’s the best for big kids.

There is no question in my three-kid household that one of the favorites in our fleet of ride-on toys is the Mini Kick scooter. From the moment they could balance on the stable footrest, my kids were cruising the driveway and declaring it “best scooter ever.” But now, even the youngest kids can fall in love with their own Mini Kick without having to wait until they are “scooter ready.” And, even better, this Mini Kick is made grow with them, making it a toy they’ll use for years. The all new Mini Micro 3-in-1 Scooter is basically the...

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Special delivery: awesome DIY cardboard toys for kids

When I was a kid, my father ran a factory and on the rare special evening he would come home with big cardboard boxes for my sister and I to play with. I have memories of late nights setting up giant playhouses in the basement where we spent hours cutting, decorating, coloring and making it all our own. I had kind of forgotten about that feeling until I was introduced to Metamorphic Toys. Metamorphic Toys is a green toy company that provides kids creative freedom by enabling their imaginations through design. We’ve featured cardboard DIY toys before, like this cardboard playtown, an...

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Huggalos: the huggable friends helping families heal

No matter how hard we try, there will be times when our kids will be scared or sad and we won’t be right there with hugs. From overnight trips to hospital stays, we found a great, snuggly friend to help keep a kid’s heart warm when they need it most. And as a bonus, 20% of proceeds will go toward breast cancer research during the month of October! The Huggalos were invented by mom Donna Broder to help her son transition to preschool, but the idea has blossomed into a wonderful way to help kids with family members overseas,...

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Block party: printables that let you create your own mix-and-match stackables

It’s nothing new to us mamas that kids love blocks. But it’s double the awesome when kids get to build their own. And that’s where Olliblocks come in. These adorable children’s blocks are assembled by you and your child. All you need to do is download the PDF, print, adhere the paper to 1.5″ or 2″ wooden blocks, and start mixing and matching. They come in three sets of characters: animals, girls and boys. Get your little one’s favorite for $5 each, or download all three for $12.                                                                                                      ...

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Well, hello, dollies!

I’ve got some folks I’d like you to meet. These pretty custom dollies are hand-sewn, have hand-painted faces, and each cost less than $50. Um…Barbie who? I’m downright twitterpated over the beautiful handmade dolls at Hen and Chick on Etsy. Each doll is hand-sewn of a fetching mix of new, vintage, and repurposed fabric and sports a unique face painted by shop owner Rachel Linquist.  You can buy one of the ready-made dolls in her shop for $40, or order a custom doll for only $45–a steal for such a special gift. Create the doll of your dreams by...

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This DIY dollhouse delights (with free wallpaper designs, no less)

I have a dollhouse-obsessed five year old…and I’m not complaining a bit. I love the fun creative play and imagination it inspires. (Currently, the little girl who resides in the dollhouse is named “Frodo.”) If you’re more interested in the idea of play than the idea of packing it full of expensive collectible furniture, this dollhouse kit might be for you–including some amazing free downloads (yes, free!) to help make it your own. The birch plywood dollhouse at Ferm Living is right up my alley–simple and unadorned. Plus for those of you with space issues, you can mount it...

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Eco-sweet and plastic-free: we’re in dollhouse heaven

When I survey my children’s toys, I have two thoughts: 1. I should have purchased stock in Duracell. 2. How can one household amass so much plastic? So I was thrilled to come across a world of handmade toys, interactive ideas, and three oh-so-beautiful words: “no plastic parts.” If you’re seriously nostalgic for simpler toys like I am, you’re going to adore the online toy store Once Upon a Treehouse. Once Upon a Treehouse is the charming brainchild of two mamas, Lori and Tara, who are sisters. The background story of their business is as sweet as their creations....

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DIY Crafts meets toys meets awesome

One of my son’s favorite activities is creating DIY roads and parking garages for his collection of Matchbox cars. So when I saw this super easy tutorial, I thought it would be a cool way to take his imaginative play to the next level. These DIY chalkboard city blocks from hellobee are brilliant, imaginative fun. Requiring only a few supplies (and crafty genes are NOT on the list of must-haves), you and your favorite car-lover can whip up an entire neighborhood in a couple of minutes. Vroom-vroom!   All you’ll need is chalkboard paint, sandpaper, and a bunch of old blocks...

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Turning kids’ art into accessories with My Pretty Monsters

There’s an avalanche waiting to happen. Somewhere in your house, a pile of drawings and paintings is teetering, just waiting to collapse and terrify the cat. At least, that’s what happened to me.  Here’s a better way to honor your kid’s creations: by wearing their art as accessories. My Pretty Monsters transforms children’s artwork into lovingly crafted keepsakes. Whether you choose a messenger bag, a phone zippy, a purse, or even a giant stuffed animal, this gift will please your child as much as it pleases you.                      These aren’t assembly-line works, either. For example, each...

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The animal blocks that might lead to Tetris greatness

First, the bad news: when you get all these block animals lined up just right, there will be no fireworks over the Kremlin. The good news: they’re seriously cute and probably won’t obsess you like Tetris. Oh, and your kid can play with them, too. We’re always big fans of My Sweet Muffin, and their new Eco-Wooden Animal Blocks are no exception. In addition to their stunningly adorable design, you can also rest easy knowing that they’re completely child-safe for mouthing and banging. Each block is handmade of different woods, finished only with linseed oil. The set comes with...

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Custom embroidery on just about any kids’ gifts you can imagine

We all know that personalized items make a baby’s or kid’s gift ten times more special. While many of the big catalog stores offer custom embroidery, they’ll usually only personalize their own brand’s items–which is kind of limiting. So I’m so happy to find a shop that features some of our own favorite small brands, and allows you to personalize their items with a name. For ages we’ve loved companies like 3 Sprouts, Apple Park and Myself Belts. And now the site Makaboo features them as part of a smart selection of items, from loveys and baby gifts, to back-to-school gear, decor, and clothing. The...

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The biggest sale ever at one of our favorite shops ever

One of the awesome things about this job is getting to discover so many wonderful small businesses run by the most amazing people. One of the hard parts: hearing that they’re closing shop to move onto new ventures. This is the case with one of our longtime favorite kids’ boutiques, Arte Bebe. But on the upside, they’re offering a huge (huge!) discount just for our readers while they clear out stock. Right now, score 30% off already discounted prices on any fashion, toys, gifts and accessories on the site. Considering a lot of it is already 10-50% off, that’s...

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Vintage Fisher-Price toys that you can actually put in your mouth

I’m not a huge cook but I do dabble in cookie-making. Even I know my way around a hand-mixer, and can manage cookie cutters without any major culinary trauma. However if I had mad fondant skills? I would totally be making these vintage toy cookies and handing them out at every single baby shower for the rest of my life. The Vintage Toy Cookies spotted at The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle are absolutely mindblowingly amazing. You will recognize all those Fisher-Price toys from your own childhood, like the xylophone, the ring stacking toy, the vintage phone, and that corn popper push toy that...

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Box Play Stickers turn trash into recycled toy treasure

I’ve always been envious of those crafty upcycle types who can turn a cardboard box or egg carton into an adorable toy or trinket holder. I just don’t have enough of the craft gene to make trash look like much more than…well, trash. But now that I’ve discovered these seriously adorable stickers, that’s all about to change. Eco-friendly craft stickers from Box Play for Kids give regular old recyclables like a quart of juice, a tissue box, or an egg carton a second life by turning them into a bright fire truck, a smiling kitty bank, or a clever place...

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Avast, me hearties! It’s a pirate rattle! And it’s cute!

Arrr! What could be cuter than a tiny pirate rattle? Why, a tiny baby holding on to a tiny pirate rattle, of course. September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day. But just because you’re too little to talk, doesn’t mean you can’t participate. For every baby who ever dreamed of being a boatswain and swabbing the decks, this adorable tiny pirate rattle is a perfect introduction to life on the high seas. From the scruffy beard to the embroidered belt buckle, this freebooter might just be the cutest pirate I’ve ever seen. And, shiver me timbers, there’s even...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

From retro to oh-so-new, we’ve got the tech for you. Here are a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1.Even little babies can get in on Instagram, thanks to this adorable handmade toy. 2. Store your kids’ artwork using your smart phone! Just hurry and snatch up these awesome apps while they’re still free. 3. Our readers are going nuts for this smart tech-fabulous notebook developed by Moleskine and Evernote together. Trust us, you’ll want this. 4. Check out the stylish, tech-savvy laptop bag that goes with everything– and we...

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Happy 80th Birthday LEGO! Some of our favorite LEGO picks over the years, tied up with a bow

For all the complaining I do about the tiny bricks scattered all over the living room floor, I adore LEGO bricks for how much they fully engage my kids even more than the latest video game. So we’re delighted to you a very Happy 80th Birthday. Based on how much you are still loved, I suspect you’ll be as relevant in another eighty years as you are today. So today, we’re rounding up some of our favorite LEGO picks over the past years.  –Christina [see more of favorite picks and resources for cool LEGO things after the jump] [LEGO...

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