Month: December 2010

Our favorite charities for that very last end-of-year tax deduction

As we come to the end of an amazing year at Cool Mom Picks, we all have so much to be thankful for–our families, our friends, the fact that we get to do what we love. And of course, the support of the coolest readers on the planet without whom we couldn’t do what we do here. When we’re feeling thankful, our hearts and minds turn towards those less fortunate than ourselves. So once again, we asked some of the team here to offer up their favorite charities, in case you’re looking to squeak in a final bit of...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest baby clothes, kids clothes and shoes

Each year it gets harder and harder to pick our favorite clothes and accessories for kids, as we get introduced to more and more cool brands. Here are our top picks that make us wish for more closet space! Handmade baby booties always make us yearn for babies to give them to, but the ones from Funky Shapes in the UK (at top) almost make me want another myself. –Liz I’m enthralled by the unique patterns from the Bohemian inspired Rikshaw Design. I just can’t wait until the warm weather gets here! -Kristen Yes I’m biased, but I really...

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We resolve to bring you more awesomeness in the New Year.

Here at Cool Mom Picks, we’ve got a whole lot of New Year’s Resolutions: 1. We resolve to offer a most excellent giveaway in our newsletter every single month. This month, we have two gift certificates to Polarn O. Pyret worth $125, only for subscribers of the Cool Mom Picks Monthly Newsletter if you’re signed up by Friday. (And there’s a Polarn O. Pyret discount code over at that link too, if you’re into beautiful European designs that will last forever.) 2. We resolve to present your inboxes with only the good stuff–our editors’ favorite picks, exclusive deals and...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest services, sanity savers, and helpful websites for parents

While some people think of us as shopping blog, we’re not only about shopping. We love tracking down the helpful websites and resources that make our lives easier. Yeah, okay, and things that make our shopping easier too. Consider me a new Shopafrolic-aholic. I adore this website which is like having designer Liz Lange and her equally chic sister, Jane Wagman, as your very own personal shopping consultants. –Liz I anxiously await the daily deals from Plum District, a handy new site aimed at moms like me that makes saving money super easy. So far the deals have been...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest new cookbooks, baby food, snacks, and mealtime helpers

One thing we moms all have in common is the need to feed our families. We always have our eye out for the coolest foods, the tastiest treats, and the most helpful websites and cookbooks to help us make it all easier. And maybe more fun? Here are a few of our faves of 2010. Cookbooks While I’m not the type to collect (or uh, use) cookbooks, Laurie David’s The Family Dinner is a fixture on my kitchen counter, with pages already dogeared. It’s just that great. -Kristen If you’ve got kids with allergies (or kids with friends with...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest baby gifts, blankets, strollers and gear

Whatever we cover here for bigger kids, our hearts still belong to those beautiful new babies, and their new moms who are just discovering the world of cool possibilities for them. While we have an awesome annual baby shower gift guide with more than 100 awesome picks, here are a few favorites of the year that might show up on our 2011 guide, coming out soon. Baby Gifts The new Jonathan Adler Junior collection (at top) means I’ve got a new go-to site for well-designed baby gifts for those mamas in my life who just won’t be satisfied with...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest art, decor, and kids furniture

Our art and decor categories are some of our richest, which always makes it hard to pare down our faves of 2010. Here, find just a few of our many, many favorites. Art I think everything about Custom Toy Portraits (at top) is just magical. There’s no better way to preserve your child’s favorite stuffed friend–or even you own. –Liz I’m so inspired by the bright, quirky art by Hsing Ping Pan. So fun for a baby nursery but still fitting as your baby turns toddler and kiddo too. -Kristen Decor I’m so happy that Obrien Schridde created a new line...

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This week on Cool Mom Tech – cute apps, cuter iPad cases, and a $500 gift card giveaway

Some of the fun stuff happening on our sister site, Cool Mom Tech this week This week is your final chance to enter to win one of 2 $500 gift cards to Best Buy. Good luck! We found a cute app to help your kids make snowmen indoors–great if you’ve got too much snow outdoors. Or none at all! What do you do with your old cell phones? Here’s one great idea. Gorgeous new cases for iPhones and iPads (should Santa have brought you some techy goodness for the holidays). Looking for a new tablet? How about this tablet...

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Children’s thank you notes with an extra personal touch

My children are fortunate to have extremely generous family members who love to spoil them with lots of Christmas gifts. And since my 6-year-old can now write well enough to ask them for specific presents, my feeling is she can do her own thank you notes this year too. I’ve tracked down two adorable card options for kids that are perfect for the job. The personalized kid silhouette stationery from Lotus and November are so unique, I really just love them. And they’re excellent not just for holiday thank yous, but for other occasions throughout the year. You just need to submit a...

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Great post-holiday sales from the boutiques we love

While we all know the department stores are slashing prices in their annual post-Christmas frenzy right now, some of our favorite small online shops are having amazing post-holiday sales too. The snow being what it is in my neck of the woods right now, I’m very content to cozy up with hot chocolate and do it all from home. In my sweats. Without showering. Oh yeah. Here are a 7 nice sales that I think are worth a look.  –Liz ModCloth is having a Cheers to New Year’s Eve Sale. Get a dress, new shoes, and accessories all at...

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