Helping Hearts

Cool Mom Picks Valentine's Day cardsFebruary? Really? Why yes it is! Which means this is a perfect time to head to the Etsy store for the Cool Mom Picks-created downloadable color-your-own Valentines cards for kids.

For just $3.99 you'll get 12 wonderful designs from 12 different artists, culled down from more than 300 entries! Print as many as you want and get those kids coloring in their own cards to hand out to classmates and friends. And best of all, every penny is going right to the Children's Heart Foundation to help kids with congenital heart defects.

We think that makes it a very happy Valentine's Day indeed.  -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)

Sasha ObamaWe love all the hearts that abound on Valentine's Day but think the bubble-gum pink needs a weeeeee bit toning down. See it done perfectly by Sasha Obama in this Celebrity Baby Blog photo: Her bright, multi-colored heart bag will go with just about anything, any day of the month.

Below, find our picks that will have your little Valentine looking sweet, but not sickly-sweet. An important distinction!

Rainbow Heart Bag
Get your own version of Sasha's bag for a steal from Select Handbags. ($16.99) Guess Michelle is a bargain shopper too?

Le Sportsac
Or, if your school-going Valentine prefers a backpack, check out this one from Le Sportsac. ($62)

Cuckooboo pony tail holder
The handmade fabric-and-heart covered pony tail holders from Cuckooboo turn hearts into cool geometric patterns. ($4.75)

All the Numbers Queen of Hearts

All the Numbers' Queen of Hearts dress looks adorable on little girls, but will be just as cool on older ones who wear it as a tunic over thick black leggings. ($39)

Lucky Fish Mi Amor
Lucky Fish's Mi Amor tee has a jolt of bright pink popping off an army-green background to keep it funky. ($38 at Nonchalant Mom, size 2T only)

Naturally Hip Mama Bib

From across the room, Naturally Hip Mama's chenille-backed bib looks like a retro-80's black-and-pink pattern, but within kissing distance, dozens of little hearts appear. ($7)

Vans Slip Ons

Vans' graffiti-esque Sketchy Starhearts slip-on skate shoes come in both toddler and girl sizes, and are comfy enough for every day. Love the thick rubbery sole and the absence of frustrating laces. ($27-$32)

Te Amo Charm Necklace
Tell your tween how much you love her with the beautifully subtle sterling silver Te Amo charm necklace at Silly Wagon. ($27.95)

Slick Sugar Dress
Edgy but sweet, Slick Sugar's super comfy dress softens the black with a peace-loving lime green heart for all to see. ($32.99)

A Little Lark Robot Tee

And what about the boys? We love them too! So we found this lovable little Robot organic tee at A Little Lark that strikes the right balance of hearts and funky mutant robot action. ($29.95, also available as a onesie)

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

Confession: I secretly covet the Snuggie. But thanks to finding Nuddle Baby, at least one member in my family can be super toasty and hands free without me being completely ashamed. - Kristen

Beatles Finger PuppetsHow can you not totally fall in love with handmade finger puppets made to look like the Beatles, the White Stripes, or Johnny, Joey and Dee-Dee? You must! I insist on it! -Liz

I can't get over how much I love this anatomical heart necklace; if my husband were to pick up on my not-so-subtle hints and grab one for me for Valentine's Day, I would definitely compliment him on his excellent taste. - Mir

I am obsessed with finding cute folders that make me forget that I'm using them to organize boring paperwork. Mission accomplished. - Betsy

I'm at that stage where I look at my fourteen-month-old and sigh that we're past the cute baby stuff stage. Goodbye, Baby Steals, and hello Kid Steals, where I check in every day for a new round of must-have deals. - Delilah

I love how Project Night Night makes it easier for homeless children to get a good night's sleep, thanks to the adorable gift bag they donate to them. - Julie

Looking back and forth from the glider in my house to the Grano Glider Recliner on my computer screen has me wanting to rush out and get one if I'm not sure we're having more children! Seriously, this is one beautiful glider. -Stephanie

The only thing that will make me love Rock-a-thigh Baby's new footed leg warmers more is when they get finish stocking their store with bigger girl sizes. Once that happens, I'll be first in line. -Christina

For the days when being a mom is so freaking hard I think I'll lose my mind, Jen Singer's Stop Second-Guessing Yourself provides a perspective that helps me, you know, actually enjoy this whole motherhood thing. -Carrie

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. This month, subscribers (that's you!) have the chance to win a $234 Harveys recycled diaper bag made from automotive seat belts! Check out Harveys' other fun seatbelt products, like their limited Tough Love line for February.

Harveys Recycled Seatbelt Diaper Bag

To enter, just email by midnight PT Saturday, February 6 with SEAT BELT DIAPER BAG in the subject and tell us which Harveys collection has captured your heart. We'll draw ONE lucky reader at random. Good luck!

Any Reason To Shop - February Calendar

Bake for Family Fun Month
National African American History Month

2/4 Thank a Mailman Day and Rosa Parks' Birthday
2/5 World Nutella Day
2/7 Superbowl Sunday
2/12 XXI Olympics begins
2/12-19 Random Act of Kindness Week
2/13 Great Backyard Bird Count Week
2/14 Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day
2/15 Presidents' Day
2/16 Mardi Gras
2/27 Open That Bottle Night (seriously!)

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