Spring fashion trends: How is this not The Onion?


We break down some of the hot fashion trends for spring that are hitting the stores, for an honest look at what we can wear, what we can’t…and what seems like designers just flat-out punking us.

St. Patrick's Day treats + recipes galore. Taste the rainbow!


No, it’s not all about green beer and green bagels. We’ve got a fantastic array of fun recipe ideas to make the day a little more kid-friendly. (And uh…a few libations just for us adults, too.)

5 terrific children's books to help us raise activist kids


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Fit Your Little Misfit

White sheep: Cute. Charming. Yawn. But black sheep, that's a different story entirely.If like me you believe that fitting in is overrated, consider this black sheep tee for your rebel-in-training. The folks at Mighty Politey use charming illustrations to bring to life...

It’ll Lift Them Up Where They Belong

Of all the things I was happy to pack away, nursing bras were at the top of the pile. And while I loved my nursing tanks almost more than life itself, there were times when I was pretty sure the girls were hanging a little lower than is probably recommended by the Surgeon General.

Back in My Day, We Walked To School. Uphill. Both Ways.

In my experience, there are two kinds of grandparents. Those who start every conversation with, "did I tell you the one about ________?" And before you even get to answer, they’re regaling you with every minute detail (again) about The Time I Met Carl from the Army or The Time I Went to The Store and It Was Closed.

Sling Low Sweet Chariot

I met another like-minded mom at this indoor playground the other day. As she packed up to leave, she picked up her one-year-old, popped him into her ring sling, and away they went – her hands free with him comfortably nestled on her hip. Then I thought. I need one of those.

Clay Achin’

I am a jewelry snob of the highest order. So if I say I’m coveting something, you must believe I’m talking full-tilt, biblical scale, commandment-busting covetousness.

Mamas, Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowgirls

When I was young I wanted to be an indian princess. I didn’t know from PC terms or that this wasn’t an actual career that one could pursue; I just knew that Tiger Lily was the prettiest thing I had ever seen in my whole seven years of existence.

The Future’s So Bright

Last summer my now one-year-old was just a little worm who spent his days in the shade of his stroller. But this year we’re grabbing the sun by its rays and getting dirty in the sand. Only problem? It’s bright out there y’all and sometimes a cute hat just ain’t enough.

Knit One, Laugh Two

Back when I was decorating the nursery, I was not exactly in love with the cookie-cutter mobiles in all of the baby chain stores. Come to think of it, if they had actually been cookie cutters I’d have liked them way more than the cheaply assembled satin ballerinas or polyester barnyard animals hanging from plastic hangers.

Get Twiggy WIth It

Crayolas Schmayolas. The coolest crayons are rough-hewn, organic and free from political bs (like calling a peachy-tan color, "flesh"). Inntrax Twig Crayons are certified non-toxic, and handmade in Poland from from discarded twigs.

The Working Mom’s Survival Guide

Surfing around in search of online resources for working moms, the good ones seem to be far and few between. Most look a lot like...well, work. Blech.Mom and GAP bigwig Amy Keroes knew better when she developed Mommy Track'd, the working mother's online guide to...

Make it a Double

With all the great frank and funny mom books out there, it’s about time someone came up with an equally entertaining daddy alternative. So we were tickled when we found out that Robert Wilder, well-known writer, columnist, and dad of two, had done just that.

De-Bump the Bump

As all moms know, pregnancy is the source of far too many beauty woes. Then just when you’re starting to feel that second trimester glow you’ve been promised–out pops the bellybutton.

It Isn’t Just For Breakfast Anymore

Summer is citrus season, as evidenced by the aisles of the local grocery store and the newest two-piece set from online boutique Sophia Carolina. Mom-slash-designer Sophia has paired this flouncy, juicy, good-enough-to-drink skirt with a simple white tank that's...

It’s a Crafter’s World. We Just Live in It.

If you haven't figured it out yet, we here at Cool Mom Picks love the crafty types. We've also learned that you can't call yourself crafty without having Kiddley bookmarked in your browser. Kiddley is the brand new website from Claire Robertson (the mastermind behind...

Beyond Goodnight Moon

If you’ve ever stood slack-jawed in the children’s section of Borders, entirely overwhelmed by the selection, you’re not alone. Board book or hardcover? Pat the Bunny or Hop on Pop? It’s maddening. But a book on books–that’s the last book I would have thought I needed to insure my child’s taste for the written word.

Tattoo You

While the CMP staff has a bit of an irreverent streak, we do draw the line at tattooing your children. Unless the tattoo reads MOM in which case...no. No no no. No tattooing babies. But we can support the Mom Tattoo tee from Small Roar. This is a real mom and pop...

Hats On!

I love hats. Looooove. My poor kid has a different hat for every hour of the day, every occasion, and every nap-time. So when I happened uponBabyfairiesand their oh-so-adorable-headgear, I died. I seriously fell to the floor and convulsed from the cuteness. (Okay not really, but close enough).

Kid Tested, Vegan Approved

As a friend of several vegans, I know how challengingit can be for them to find acceptable shoes, let alone ones for their kiddos. And whilethe soft-soled booties seem to be the way to go,the leather obviously presents a problem. Isabooties to the rescue.

Real Simple Goes Family

We’re not sure if there’s a better mani-pedi read than Real Simple. Admit it, you’re dying to rip out half the pages when the pedicurist turns her head, stuff them in your bag and sneak them home with you. Or maybe you actually have?

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