Happy 2010, to the coolest parents on the planet

We just wanted to thank you all so much for helping make 2009 such an incredible year for us. We added a rockin' Facebook Fan page, increased our posting by 50% (and survived), garnered some accolades we're super proud of, added some really phenomenal new contributors, and most of all, helped support a whole lot of small businesses in a pretty tough economy.

We've got a ton of really exciting projects and partnerships coming up that we can't even wait to tell you about, including the launch of editor Kristen's awesome new book this week. Okay, so that one we didn't wait to tell you about - read all about it today on our site and enter to win your own.

Again, thank you--truly--for being part of what we feel is a really special community. And happy 2010 to you and your beautiful families. May it bring all the peace, joy, and coolness you can stand. -Liz, Kristen and team Cool Mom Picks


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What Celebrity Kids Are Wearing (As If You Cared About That Sort Of Thing)

Iggy Upton and Cate BlanchettWe think January is as good a time as ever to bring a little brightness into our days, and we've been seeing cool shades of purple doing just that all over the place.

Just check out little Iggy Upton with his mom Cate Blanchett in this Celebrity Baby Blog photo. His bright purple hoodie provides just enough "pop" to turn heads in a good way. Check out some of the other of-the-moment purple clothes we've found from rich plums to vibrant violets, all to help you turn heads too. Even if your kid is simply named John or something.

Simple Kids HoodieSimple Kids' Purple Girls Hoodie is great for layering now but perfect on its own come spring. (on sale for $49 at Estella)

J Crew Cotton BlouseA simple J. Crew Cotton Blouse becomes something special in an antique violet color, with pretty cotton daisies around the neckline. ($52.50)

Two Seaside Babes ScarfletteTwo Seaside Babe's answer to toddler neck chill is this exquisite wool Plum Scarflette in toddler sizes. Pair it with one of their cool-looking Buckle Hats and breath new life into your little one's winter gear. ($27 each)

ConversePurple shoes look ultra cool when they are Converse's All-Star Low sneakers in Purple Passion for little boys or girls. We're going to see if they come in grown-up sizes too. ($26 at Milk Shop)

Kate Quinn Organics RomperIf you're sick of all the pink and blue and unisex yellow for babies, we're digging this soft organic cotton romper in a nice deep plum from Kate Quinn Organics. ($35 at Dandelion Baby)

LaLa ShoesFor something a little sweeter for those tiny toes, we love the Emily Wool Felt Shoes in Violet by LaLa Shoes. Plus, there are no laces to tie. ($48)

Purple Plaid HatPurple goes outdoorsy in this Purple Plaid Cadet Hat which will keep heads warm on the long walk from the swings to the slide. ($20 at Babesta)

Knotty Baby Leg WarmersKnotty Baby's Purple Striped Leg Warmers pack a lot of color onto  chubby little toddler legs.They're also great layering pieces on the arm, under a favorite short-sleeved tee. ($8)

Polka Dot DressWe adore the big purple dots on this playful Organic A-line Dress at Polka Dot Patch Boutique--the name is a coincidence, not everything there is polka-dotted!. (On sale for just $35; also available as a onesie)

In Case You Missed It - Our Favorite Picks of Recent Weeks

We had a whole lot of amazing picks in December, but it's the gorgeous custom heirloom dolls from Viola Studio that really stay with me. I kind of want one just for me. -Liz

The Hello Hanna placements have made meal time with three kids under five a pleasure - or at least as bearable as it can be. -Kristen

My tween always needs an extra bag for who knows what, and never wants to take one because it "looks dumb." Not anymore since finding the Freak-O-Bag. Now the problem is that she thinks she needs one of each. -Mir

RedStamp custom cardsI love the idea of being able to turn my daughter's drawings into custom notecards we can share with the rest of the world (or at least the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who would be guaranteed to love them.) -Carrie

I'm a wine lover, but I'm not as discriminating as I could be. Thanks to Drink This: Wine Made Simple, I'm learning how to drink wine outside the box. -Julie

Design your own chocolates from Rogue confections is my pick hands down. It combines two of my favorite things: Delicious chocolate and my son's wonderful artistic ability. Yes, in that order. -Betsy

Now that my kids can (almost) tell time, it's about time I get them a clock for their rooms. Decoylab's paper clocks fit my budget plus look so much cooler than all the toys strewn across their floor. -Christina

Slacker.com is an easy-to-use customizable radio site that allows you to  to play only the songs you love - for free! Of course, I'm a total slacker so even the existing stations work for me. -Stephanie

An extra special shout-out for the truly extraordinary, inspirational Kirtsy Takes a Bow book from CMP contributor Laura Mayes. You'll find something to ooh and ahh over on every single one of the gorgeously designed pages. -Staff

It's Good to be a Subscriber

We love our Cool Mom Picks subscribers, and that's why we seek out the coolest stuff for our monthly subscribers-only giveaway. To start the New Year out well, subscribers (that's you!) have the chance to win one of four $50 gift certificates to Polarn O. Pyret, makers of stylish and sturdy Swedish children's clothing, now available in the United States!

Polarn O. Pyret

To enter, just email contests@coolmompicks.com by midnight PT Saturday, January 9 with POLARN O PYRET in the subject and tell us the top three items at Polarn O. Pyret that have caught your eye. We'll draw FOUR lucky readers at random. Good luck!

Any Reason To Shop - January Calendar
National Clean Up Your Computer Month

1/1 Happy New Year!
1/6 Epiphany/Twelfth Night
1/8 Bubble Bath Day,  David Bowie's Birthday
1/11 National Clean Off Your Desk Day (followed quickly by Where Did All My Bills Go? Day)
1/18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/25 No Name Calling Week
1/29 Freethinkers Day

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