Giving Thanks to the Trees, Too

Giving Thanks to the Trees, Too

Team Cool Mom Picks has always been a bit rah rah about books as gifts. Besides the obvious benefits, they’re not quickly outgrown and they’re pretty much guaranteed not to be on any recall lists any time soon. (Unless you’re one of those weirdos...
Laptops All Around!

Laptops All Around!

As the day of giving thanks approaches, I think it’s important to think about how privileged we all are just to be able to sit behind our computer screens, connecting to other parents, doing a little shopping, playing a little Snood. Starting tomorrow,...
Heal the World Through Dolls

Heal the World Through Dolls

I remember, with some regret, the first doll my daughter was given. It was made from a heavy plastic and had a gigantic wobbly head — certainly not something I’d like to cuddle up with in bed. So when I saw the adorable felt dolls from Lindie &...
Mothers for Women

Mothers for Women

While we’ve got no problems with the “ply me with gifts” aspect of Mother’s Day (obviously), we’re no less fans of using the occasion as an opportunity to reflect on how lucky we all are–and pay it forward accordingly.A suggestion:...
Mod Farm

Mod Farm

Cool Mom Picks is constantly on the lookout for truly fantastic kids’ room art, and it’s not easy. Just google “nursery art” sometime, and behold the frightening array of garish watercolor farm animals in straw hats. The prints look more like...
C is for Cure

C is for Cure

My mother-in-law successfully beat breast cancer several years ago, and while she doesn’t talk about it much, we all know it’s a cause she adamantly supports.We do our best to buy breast cancer stamps and wear any pink ribbon paraphernalia she sends us,...
Adopting Style

Adopting Style

I just received an email from a friend who’s recently returned from Kyrgyzstan with his beautiful new adopted daughter. Another friend is currently in China on a similar mission, and then CMP received an email from the author of a popular adoption blog–all...
Maybe Pooh Needs a New Home

Maybe Pooh Needs a New Home

I won’t go into exactly how many stuffed animals I have lying around my house, but I will say that I recently sent a few into on an extended trip to “toy vacation land” in order to make room on my daughter’s bed for, well, my daughter.Soif...
There’s a Future Johnny Cash in There

There’s a Future Johnny Cash in There

Here at CMP, we talk a lot about stuff: Stuff for you. Stuff for your children. Stuff that makes us happy. But we don’t want our children’s lives to be ruled by how much stuff they have. And that’s why the message of singer-songwriter Paul Reisler...
Out of Africa

Out of Africa

One of the greatest gifts my daughter received for her recent birthday was a pair of hand-batiked t-shirts–especially once I discovered the story behind the label.My ever socially-conscious (and gift giver extraordinaire) best friend tracked them down through...
Where the Real Stars Hang

Where the Real Stars Hang

If you’re a frequent reader of Cool Mom Picks, then you know we believe that being a cool mom transcends what kind of diaper bag you carry. For the past three years I’ve balanced my love of stuff with my work for the Starlight Starbright Foundation, a...
Even Better Than Being Made By Elves

Even Better Than Being Made By Elves

We’re suckers for charming handmade baby toys, doubly so when they’re crafted from natural materials like recycled wood, and double that when buying them does a little good for humanity. Pastel Toys hits the Trifecta for sure. These nine endearing wooden...

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