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So much coolness. Where to start…

Dinner for One, Hold the Microbes

Whoever invented the Tiny Diner Portable Placemat has definitely walked a mile in my shoes. Whenever we go out to eat, I have no choice but to put pieces of food right on the table because my year-old son is known to send his plates sailing without so much as a head’s up, suckas!

It’s a Boy! A Very Well-Dressed Boy.

Huge congrats to CMP co-founder and editor, Kristen Chase, whose perfect son and future CMP flick'r pool model was born this morning at 5:11 am.Drew is 8 lbs, 10 oz, 21.5" long, and his mama is now happy to weigh at least 8 lbs, 10 oz less. They're both recovering...

My Kind of D.I.Y.

While I’m a fairly crafty person, there are a few things I would never attempt. Like items I might actually wear out of the house. Then again, considering how picky I can be about my accessories, I admit that the thought has crossed my mind.

Son-of-a-Kind

Since my kids (as we all feel) are like no others, it’s nice to stock their wardrobe with clothes that are the same way – like the one-of-a-kind shirts from Havins Originals. Inspired by good old rock and roll and a love for vintage design, owners/designersSandi and Vikki have created a truly unique product; no two shirts are alike

How Do You Spell Excellent Gift?

I love hunting for personalized art for children. But I admit an aversion to those painted plaques adorned with the ubiquitous puffy-pen scribbled names. I suppose I like my art to be actual art and not some craft project from the nice old lady down the block.

Gettin’ Jiggy With It

There seem to be two schools of thought when it comes to decorating for kids: You can go super kid-like, or you can find adult looking stuff in miniature sizes. Basically, Playskool or Eames. Leapfrog or Oeuf.

My Kids are My Business

With all the amazing momtrepreneurs we highlight on our site, it’s a wonder that we haven’t come across the essential businessmom gift: A cool cardholder. Until now.

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Barbies

Thanks to my mother-in-law, that 36-22-36 blonde doll made an unwelcome entrance into my toddler’s toy gallery this holiday season. But that doesn’t mean I’m giving in to all future Barbie requests so fast. It just means I’m going to have to find something ten times cooler than her royal plastic majesty.

Sometimes a Mama Wants to Feel Like a Princess Too

We tend to shy away from the "designer" diaper bags on Cool Mom Picks. When it comes down to it, the thing is going to tote around leaky bottles, ripped bags of crushed Cheerios, and good old poop. But let’s be honest, beautiful accessories make you feel good, especially during those postpartum days when you need all the feeling good you can get.

Go Ahead and Get Fresh

I considered making my own baby food for a total of five minutes. I had a challenging infant and I desperately cut down on chores; however as a conscientious (albeit tired) new mom, I didn’t want to give up on good, nutritious food either.

B.Y.O.G.

I’m not sure which I’m dreading more — the pain of labor and delivery, or the pain of labor and delivery in one of those hospital gowns that would clearly be too big for a 450lb linebacker.

Food is For Playing, Right?

I am convinced that the only way to get kids to stop throwing their forks and spoons on the floor isn’t to improve the food, but to improve the forks and spoons.

A Poncho for North of the Border

One of the few trends I’m happy is sticking around is the poncho. It’s just easier to wrangle my squirmy little girl into her mild-weather outerwear when there are no sleeves to deal with. And frankly, she looks cute it it. (Not that she wouldn’t look cute wearing a garbage bag.)

Princesses Climb Monkeybars Too

Unless it’s time for soccer practice, my daughter won’t get near a pair of sneakers. With her active day at preschool in mind, I try to persuade her to try on funky hi-tops or sporty slip-ons, but she always gravitates toward the sparkly, princessy shoes. Finding something we both like is a minor miracle.

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