About Cool Mom Picks

Parents Magazine: "The online arbiter of cool for the swingset crowd."

Martha Stewart: "The best in gifts, gear, and everything new and cool for moms."

InStyle: Best of the Web/Kids

Real Simple: One of the 3 best blogs for parents

Babble.com: #1 Shopping Blog for Parents

Kristen Chase and Liz Gumbinner

What started as a grassroots labor of love from publishers Kristen Chase and Liz Gumbinner in 2006 has grown into one of the hottest gear, style, and design sites on the web for parents. And a lot of non-parents too.

Kristen and Liz are often featured in national and local media discussing parenting trends, gift ideas, tech and internet safety, mom-run businesses, and online shopping. Frequent broadcast appearances include The TODAY Show, CBS's The Early Show, The Martha Stewart Show, GMA Live!, ABC News Now, CNN, Headline News, CBS Atlanta, Fox 5 NY, NY1, and shaky appearances on smartphone cams commandeered by their children. They've also curated sales, events, and gift guides for brands like Martha Stewart, Lucky Magazine, Fab.com, Gilt Group, Ideeli, Babycenter, New York Family, and Time Out/Kids.

While the Cool Mom team will crush on all kinds of things that are cool and helpful to parents, we are big advocates of indie design, boutique brands, and entrepreneurs. Especially from mom and women-run companies. How great is it to be able to stay true to your design sensibilities while rallying behind an entrepreneur who’s supporting her family through her work?

As moms ourselves, we totally get the budget thing, but we’re all about promoting more responsible consumerism--buy things you truly adore that will last, and own fewer of them. That’s why some of the items here cost more than those made by pre-teens in sweatshops.

You also won’t find us ranting about items we hate or don’t work or just plain suck; however we always tell you what we really we think. For example, the world would be a better place without diaper cakes and comic sans.

We feel like our job is to weed out the meh things for you so you don’t have to. Also, this is not Meh Mom Picks.

Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase

If you have an idea or a cool client or own a company yourself, feel free to send it our way at info@coolmompicks.com. You can find more info on submissions here. You can also follow us on Twitter, on Pinterest, on Google+, on Instagram, and like us on Facebook. You'll be in good company! And yes, we like commenting back.

We aren't compensated for our reviews, so put that Ben Franklin back in your pocket, missy. We include affiliate links from time to time, which are all clearly disclosed and help support what we do.  And if you are interested in advertising or sponsored brand partnerships, by all means email our Director of Ad Sales, Lisa Barnes, at lisa@coolmompicks.com and she'll hook you up.