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Swoop bags for LEGOS get more portable. Whoo!

Whether you need to organize LEGOs, corral Polly Pockets, or secure squirrely Squinkies, the Swoop bag has been our go-to recommendation for smart, easy toy orgnization. And now they’ve got a new to-go version made just for travel,that’s  just as sturdy and brilliant as the larger version. Plus? Ooh, the colors! We love the original Swoop bag for its ability to reduce a huge pile of LEGOs and tiny bits into a tidily contained bundle, so it’s no surprise that we adore the new Swoop Mini.  At only 16 inches in diameter, the Swoop Mini is perfect for carrying...

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The very best of the Cyber Monday sales and deals for parents

It’s Cyber Monday, according to the retail world at large and the whopping big sales deals we’re seeing on websites everywhere today. Bu the truth is, the entire past three days have been a boon for shoppers looking to save on gifts right from their home computers. Here, our favorite Cyber Monday deals, well curated down to just the good stuff (says us), along with some of the great deals–some exclusive for Cool Mom Picks readers!–still going on since Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.  Happy shopping! BLABLA KIDS: Save 10% off all their handmade children’s toys, nursery decor...

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Happy 80th Birthday LEGO! Some of our favorite LEGO picks over the years, tied up with a bow

For all the complaining I do about the tiny bricks scattered all over the living room floor, I adore LEGO bricks for how much they fully engage my kids even more than the latest video game. So we’re delighted to you a very Happy 80th Birthday. Based on how much you are still loved, I suspect you’ll be as relevant in another eighty years as you are today. So today, we’re rounding up some of our favorite LEGO picks over the past years.  –Christina [see more of favorite picks and resources for cool LEGO things after the jump] [LEGO...

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How do you store LEGOs? We’ve got a brand new answer.

Once my kids were past the put-everything-in-their-mouth, choking-hazard stage of development, their toys seemed to instantly shrink. And multiply. I was faced with pieces and parts and tiny shoes everywhere. I’ve kept most of the toys organized using bins, boxes and tubs, but now there’s an entirely different storage system for their most vast collections. Using the same basic design for a storage bag that was passed down from her grandmother, mom Sarah Kirk has created the Swoop Bag to take care of those collections of tiny toys that seem to breed. With bright modern colors and American-made of...

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Clever, creative storage solutions for 10 tricky storage problems from LEGOs to jewelry.

Now that my house is overflowing with too many toys (thanks to very generous grandparents), it’s time for some serious storage solutions. I’m desperate for some organization for all those Rainbow Loom bands, LEGO pieces and  American Girl doll clothes, just to name a few. So, here’s a list of some of our favorite storage ideas, from kids’ stuff to your stuff. Storage Solutions for LEGOs (above) The one toy our readers keep trying to figure out how to best store are their LEGO collections. Do you sort by color? By kit? All in one huge bin, which gets...

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide

We are so happy to introduce our biggest and best holiday gift guide yet! You'll find dozens of holiday gift ideas in every price range from baby's first Christmas and keepsake Hanukkah gifts, goodies for those hard-to shop for dads, brothers-in-law and bestest girlfriends--so many of them from indie shops and small businesses that we love supporting this time of year. Plus...holiday discount codes, whoo! Also be sure to check out our amazing sponsor Citi Price Rewind, who's all about getting you money back on your holiday purchases. Citi Price Rewind tracks every item you buy with your Citi...

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Small Business Saturday deals: some of our very favorite kinds of deals

We’re all about supporting small businesses here at Cool Mom Picks, so as you might guess, Small Business Saturday is one of our favorite days! Even though we already rounded up some of the best Black Friday deals from lots of our favorite indie-owned small bizzes yesterday, many of which extend through the weekend (so be sure to check!), we found a few more great deals in honor of Small Business Saturday that we wanted to share with you.  And, just a note of thanks to you, as we’re a small business ourselves. Thank you so much for your...

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Tips for reorganizing your closets with a pro – everything you’ve ever wanted to know

I know I am not the only one who has looked at those photos of professionally reorganized closets and wept with envy. I am pathetic in the organization department, and my closets are the worst example of it all. In fact, they’re less closets and more like black holes. It’s always been a dream for some professional closet organizer to swoop in and organize the mayhem. Dream! (above) Reality! (Includes bent clothing rod and recently discovered squash racket that doubles as handy child-sized air guitar) So when the kind folks at Closet Factory offered to help me customize my...

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Make your own holiday ornaments – so awesome

If you’re looking to knock off a half-dozen of teacher gifts or cousin gifts or classmate gifts in one fell swoop, I love the idea of the holiday ornament kit from CMP fave, Thomas Claire. This wonderful mom-run company will hook you up with a dozen unfinished ceramic ornaments, the paints, brushes and everything else your kids need to make their own sunglass-wearing snowmen and purple Christmas trees. Then you send your custom-painted ornaments back, and the company will glaze and fire them for you and return them finished. It even comes with six cute little plastic gift bags...

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