10 notable new children's books this spring, from the biggest names in children's literature

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6 deliciously easy make-ahead Easter brunch ideas

Wouldn’t you rather spend more time with the family than with the stove? Egg-zactly. 

21 cool Easter basket ideas under $20 for kids of all ages

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Spectacular macaroon variations for a big Passover seder finish

These 7 recipes will have you craving macaroons, whether you celebrate Passover or not!

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Our kitchen spring cleaning checklist

7 tasks you may not think of that you might want to get done — or uh, have someone else get done. Yeah, that’s even better.

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Music to Calm the Savages in the Back Seat

Summer travel season is in full swing, which means it’s time to drown out the "she’s touching me!" cries from the back of the car with some fresh, fun music. Spin Your Web, the third release from award-winning singer/songwriter Mary Kaye, is one CD you’ll want to have on hand on that four-hour drive to the lake.

Journal-ist

While every new mom-to-be has an insane list of things she needs (wipe warmers not withstanding), there’s nothing cooler than getting her something she needs but doesn’t yet know she needs.

Give Peas a Chance

Before we even popped in their CDs, The Sippy Cups won our award for best kids’ band name. After giving them a listen, it only got better. Kids Rock for Peas is a live album of covers of mostly late 60’s and early 70’s psychedelia, including Pink Floyd’s Bike, The Rolling Stones’ She’s A Rainbow, and The Beatles’ Dear Prudence.

Reese’s Monkey

I’ve never been much of a pastel gal myself, so it wouldn’t have crossed my mind to decorate the nursery in baby pinks and soft blues. But now that I’ve discovered the work of illustrator Brandon Reese I might have to rethink my position.

Baby in Red

When you're fresh out of the maternity ward, you can hardly be counted on to brush your teeth, let alone pick out coordinated accessories for the offspring. It seems a small matter until months later, when you scan through the millions of baby photos, and it looks...

I’m This Many Years Old

It's birthday time here at Cool Mom Picks--it just so happens that our girls (Liz and mine) will be celebrating their first and second birthdays within a day of each other. But instead of attempting to keep a tiara on the head of our tots, we're thinking these...

Independence From Pink

As anyone familiar with New York knows, tonight the FDR drive will be lined with junior firework watchers wearing–what else–black. It’s not that they don’t love America in the big city; it’s just that red white and blue screams Wayward Tourist Lost on the Way to Madame Tussaud’s.

Oh, Just Print the Damn Photos Already

Switching to a digital camera was supposed to mean no more shoeboxes of curling, dusty photos in the closet. Of course now my snapshots are cluttering up folders on my hard drive, never to see an album or picture frame let alone actual photo paper. How do I organize...

Dino-Mite

Choosing gifts for boys can be a bit tricky. Okay, it’s pure hell. While boys like what boys like, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a fleet of miniature metal cars that only end up under the sofa.

Orange You Glad It’s Summer?

There’s something about the sweet, icy, fresh from the freezer goodness of a popsicle that signifies summer. Well that, and mosquitos. But I much prefer to think about popsicles (as my bathing suit size would indicate).

For the Greatest Goodie Bags

Regardless of how not competitive you are (we know you're not) and how much you're not keeping up with the other mommies (we know you're cooler than that), deep down, you still kind of want your kid's friends to leave her birthday party thinking, Emma has the BEST...

I’m With the Band

As a tall preggo, I had a pretty long awkward stage – you know, when your regular clothes are too small in the belly, but maternity clothes look like you’re playing dress-up with a parachute.

The 45-Watt Cocktail Umbrella


The poor little cocktail umbrella. It begins its life the adored centerpiece of your favorite frozen beverage, only to be brought home from its tiki bar paradise and crammed into a nighttable drawer.

It Beats the Heck Out of Tofu

When I heard Japanese scientists were researching soy powered vehicles, I wasn't surprised. Aside from Ben & Jerry's and boot cut jeans, soy is the most amazing discovery. And apparently it's not just a dairy subsitute anymore. Check out these cute baby onesies...

I Left My Ear In San Francisco

While I haven’t lived in San Francisco, I’ve spent enough time there to know that it’s just plain cool. Cool cafes, cool bands, cool parents with cool children. That’s why I had the feeling I was going to like popular Bay Area kids singer/songwriter Enzo Garcia.

Baby Wears Barley

Organic is all the rage these days. Even the big bad box stores are getting into it. The two Williams sisters behind Spunky Sprout, however, jumped on that commendable bandwagon years ago with their environmentally friendly online baby tee boutique. The Spunky Sprout...

A Little Birdhouse In Your Soul

When it comes to baby gifts, I don’t want to be the practical mom who gives the ten-pack of store brand burp cloths. I want to be the fun mom! The one who gives something that will never be spit up on, peed on, or pooped on over the course of its lifespan.

Food Allergies, Now In Fashion

I have a child with a peanut allergy and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told people about it, only to watch them cluelessly offer her something made with that very ingredient. Hello? Stop trying to kill my daughter, thankyouverymuch.

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