Tag: made in the USA

Designer bags without the designer labels

I was lucky enough to receive an amazing cross body bag for Christmas last year and while at first I wasn’t sure if this giganti-bag addict would be able to pull it off, I stand corrected. It’s now my go-to bag for day and night. So it’s no surprise that I’m on the hunt for more, including this one that I’m hoping my valentine will surprise me with in a couple of weeks. Meet Stella, the cross-body (or over-the-shoulder) bag with attitude. It’s part of an amazing new collection from leoluca that I’m swooning over. Made from 100% black...

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You recycle, you upcycle…and now you can Hipcycle

There is nothing that gets my inner MacGyver going more than upcycling. The creativity it takes to see something useful in a random everyday object–love it, not to mention the fact it can be an earth-friendlier way to shop. It totally explains my current bag of choice: it’s woven out of seatbelts and utterly indestructible, no matter how many leaking sippy cups are in it. It’s also the best conversation starter practically ever.  So this brand-new upcycling site has got 100% of my attention. The just-launched Hipcycle has some of the coolest upcycled gear I’ve seen in a long time–all...

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Sunshine on my shoulders

I know it’s hard to get excited about tote bags, but trust me, when they come from one of our favorite children’s labels, we do get a little excited knowing now they make something we moms can wear too. The new totes from Winter Water Factory really are something special. Don’t believe me? Let me count the ways…they’re beautiful. The eye-catching prints strike the perfect balance between gorgeous and earthy. Second, they’re smart. The roomy size and eight pockets keep everything you need at your fingertips, and one is the perfect size for an iPhone, so you won’t go...

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How do you store LEGOs? We’ve got a brand new answer.

Once my kids were past the put-everything-in-their-mouth, choking-hazard stage of development, their toys seemed to instantly shrink. And multiply. I was faced with pieces and parts and tiny shoes everywhere. I’ve kept most of the toys organized using bins, boxes and tubs, but now there’s an entirely different storage system for their most vast collections. Using the same basic design for a storage bag that was passed down from her grandmother, mom Sarah Kirk has created the Swoop Bag to take care of those collections of tiny toys that seem to breed. With bright modern colors and American-made of...

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Toy Box Toy Box Toy Box

If ever there was a “We knew her when,” it has to be one of our favorite mom designers, Kiersten Hathcock of Mod Mom Furniture. We featured (and purchased) her gorgeous mid century toy box waaaaay back in 2007 and since then, not only has she been featured on Shark Tank and the Nate Berkus Show, she’s recently added to her array of toy box designs for kids. We’re thrilled that Kiersten recently welcomed the Maude toy box to her family of handmade storage chests. It’s similar to her well-loved Owyn toy box, only Maude has a large storage...

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Eco-friendly kids’ clothes meet funky pop art

If you’re a mama (which you probably are) who dresses her children in clothes (which you probably do), and you read Cool Mom Picks (which you do!) you know there is a plethora of cute kids’ clothing from which to choose. There are days my preschooler dresses way better than I do. But there’s nothing I’ve seen quite like Kids Ink, which works with actual artists making clothes inspired by pop art and cultures from around the world. I love the David Bowie Sequin Shift Dress, which is sparkly and cutely rock-n-roll, but still kid-comfortable–it’s a soft, stretchy fabric,...

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Little Packrats – Now for your big, er, packrats

We’ve long adored the cute, unique little kid backpacks from Little Packrats (now PVC-free, by the way!), but now that some of our little kids are turning into big kids, we’re glad that they’ve added some new bags just for them. The new bigger bags fit all the bigger school supplies, like binders, textbooks, and folders, all with their signature style. The two designs, Hunter the Dog (pictured) and Chloe the Cat, are a little scaled back from the company’s quirky little kid backpacks, and are made from water resistant pthalate-free nylon right here in the USA. Whichever you...

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The 3 Little Pigs go 21st Century

I have a soft spot for nursery rhymes and classic kids’ stories, both of which seem to be slowly dying in our age of technology and television. But the folks at Sprout San Francisco have revived one of my favorite tales with a cool new set of kid’s t-shirts. Their adorable 3 Little Pigs construction t-shirt (pictured) offers a smart, modern twist on an old classic – with these pigs specializing in “sticks, straws, and bricks.” Cute, right? And the Big Bad Wolf Demolition shirt is just as clever. Both of the shirts are printed on soft, organic cotton right...

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Modern children’s furniture for modern tight budgets

There’s a lot of adorable children’s furniture out there, but the big problem is the cost. At least for the stuff I tend to like, which is vibrant and modern and doesn’t have the word Shaker anywhere near it. Then I discovered the affordable custom children’s furniture from Jesse Dirk and wish I had found her sooner. This Illinois woodworker makes beautiful modern children’s furniture to order, at truly great prices. You can have the wood grain stained to your specs, or even go with a blackboard top shown here plus two chairs, all for $195, which is amazing....

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Bear feet – Almost like bare feet, but prettier

My search for the ultimate summer sandal is on thanks to the early 80-degree weather here in the South, and I think I might have found it in Bear Feet shoes. The simple, versatile styling instantly caught my eye, and as I clicked around their site, I was intrigued by their unique construction that actually allows the shoes to mold to your kiddo’s foot. That’s important for all kids, but especially for mine who have super hard-to-fit, slender feet. But even more interesting to me was learning how Bear Feet shoes are made. This company takes great care in...

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A cool new twist on the old number and letter kids’ shirts

With my kids still completely obsessed with their age and name, I’m always on the look out for cool letter and number t-shirts that won’t break the bank. Who knew I could look no further than American Apparel for exactly what I’ve been looking for. You don’t have to be a font junkie to appreciate the new Helvetica t-shirts (left) which are a great way to celebrate a kid’s name without necessarily draping their entire moniker on a shirt. Add the very cool color combinations and you’ve got one heckuva cool tee. If you’ve got a birthday boy or...

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The little desk set that could. And will.

There isn’t a single thing not to like about the functional design of these groovy desk/chair pairings from midesk, from their hand-crafted here in the USA wooden cut-outs to the non-toxic paints used to finish them. These desks are a marvel of storage — the chairs have two shelves tucked inside the base — and they’re sized just right for small scholars. On top of that, they take up remarkably little space, when the chairs are tucked neatly into the desks. So, sure, love them for all of that, but prepare to really love them: For every ten desks...

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The forecast for spring is: Gorgeous

March may be in like a lion but I’m counting on that whole lamb thing working out. Especially since I just got a look at the brand new spring/summer line from Ses Petites Mains, one of my absolute favorite mom-designed indie clothing labels on this planet, which absolutely outdid themselves this season. Both Kristen and I were excited to see designer Beth Miles take a dive into seersucker, with gorgeous capri pants for girls and a linen blend skort; a nice alternative to dresses on dressy Sundays. Especially if you pair it with something like the flawlessly smocked penny...

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Good karma for a chameleon carrier

Henry Ford offered his Model-T Ford in any color you wanted, so long as it was black. The most popular brands of baby carrier often have the same limited palette. Let’s face it, you’re just not going to find a sage Infantino with a peace symbol sitting on the shelf at SuperTarget. That’s why the 1Z (get it– onesie?) is so cool. This carrier cover is proudly made in Massachusetts by Papa Products and works like a soft, snuggly t-shirt to protect and add style to leading carrier brands like Babybjorn, Infantino, Chicco, and Snugli. Heck, if I’d had...

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Organic baby clothes that do that old ovary-awakening thing. Darnit.

For some time now I’ve had my eye on the beautiful organic baby clothes from L.A.’s PAIGELAUREN baby. These suuuuper soft, really lovely designs are just the kind of thing that make the perfect gift for your picky mama friend who likes her baby clothes simple, classic, and tailored. In other words, no ironic tees that say Boob Man. The locally-made, certified organic cotton basics are all pretty darn covetable, from footie pajamas called Crawlers to the yummy kimono gown that’s ready made for sleeping baby photo ops. But what I really like are their baby bodysuits which range...

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Fresh flower delivery for those who actually want their flowers delivered fresh

I send flowers several times a year and I’ve found florist shops and online flower delivery services to be very hit or miss in terms of the quality and freshness. When most of the “fresh” flowers you order are shipped in from abroad, how fresh can they be? That’s why I’m madly in love with Flowerbud.com. The majority of their flowers are grown right here in the US then cut and shipped the same day. You’re literally getting your flowers a day after they were picked. They’re all sent as buds so within a few days they bloom into...

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They’ve Got Mail

It’s no secret that mail is cool. I’ll bet I’m not the only person who still gets a little flutter of excitement when I come home to see envelopes poking out the top of my mailbox. In fact, I know I’m not the only person because my daughter usually races me to the porch to see what’s there.  I can only imagine, then, the fun she would have with the new Letters to Grandma and Grandpa Mail Set which can be found at one of CMP’s favorite gift shops, What Every Baby Needs. This adorable wool felt set is an...

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Making mother smile – peace picks for 9/11

Smiling Planet is one of those little companies that just makes you happy. Or at least it made me happy when I discovered their melamine-free plastic plates earlier this year.  And I thought they’d be a nice shop to kick off today’s array of peace-themed picks in remembrance of 9/11. Recently this wonderful, environmentally-committed mom and pop team have taken the charming Antoine de Saint-Exup?ry-esque illustrations from the Smiling Planet book (and plates and placemats) and turned them into adorable, American-made 100% organic cotton tees for kids and adults. I love the not preachy at all the world is...

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Sometimes things just Klick

Small space furniture is just getting smarter and smarter and I’m so glad to see that one of our fave U.S. kids’ furniture makers, P’kolino, is getting in on it with their Klick table and chair set for kids. Kids up to about 7 can sit on the cushioned birch plywood seat to sketch out their very important architectural blueprints or pen their first novels, and when they’re done, just slide the chair right into the table, Tetris-style and stash the cube away in the corner. It comes in three snazzy modern color combos, and I particularly like that...

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A is for Alexander Girard – Alphabet blocks for you mid-century design freaks

My heart is going thumpity-thump on seeing the new Alexander Girard alphabet blocks by House Industries. Yes okay, so the set is 100 bucks at maXimo design but the truth is, if I add up all the disposable plastic toys we’ve received for the kids, I could have owned about 60 of these sets–and actually owned something my kids could hand down to their own kids. The blocks, besides being utterly gorgeous in both color and typography, are all US made out of sustainable Michigan-grown basswood. (Love the idea of supporting Michigan industry these days.) And of course the...

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