Month: November 2011

The best Black Friday deals and discounts from our favorite small businesses

Whether you are reading this in the wee hours of the morning or at a more civilized hour of the day, we want to make your kickoff to the holiday shopping season as fruitful as possible with some great Black Friday deals that have come our way. If you’re looking for the gihugic Black Friday deals on tech goodies and big purchases, you can find it all at our sister site Cool Mom Tech. As for right here, we’ve put together a great roster of discount codes just for some of our favorite smaller businesses. Happy indie shopping, mamas!...

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A little techy help with Thanksgiving weekend

If you haven’t visited Cool Mom Tech this week, grab a minute while the turkey is happily roasting. You’ll find a whole lot of posts that we think can help make your weekend even better, from the kitchen to the weekend holiday shopping, to the long ride back home on Sunday. –3 videos that help kids understand Thanksgiving including Schoolhouse Rock! –Apps to give you a little Thanksgiving help in the kitchen. Not that you need it. Ahem. –6 apps to help you survive your holiday road trips. (Not just for kids!) –The best tried+ tested apps to help...

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Happy Thanksgiving, Cool Parents

Just a quick note to wish you all a beautiful Thanksgiving, however you’re spending it. We hope you’re surrounded by all the people you love, reminded of all the many, many things we have to be thankful for. As for us, we can say with all sincerity that we’re grateful for you. –Liz, Kristen, +Team Cool Mom Picks [card via...

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A new way to frame those fabulous family photos

I am always looking for fun ways to hang up pictures of the brood. Once I can convince my husband to help me arrange the pictures on the walls, they are pretty much up for good. We are big fans of Paper Culture around here, and they have come up with a perfect solution to my problem….printing beautiful rich photos on bamboo! It’s like my photographer and my ecologist got married and this is their delightfully sweet offspring. I’ve got to tell you, the bamboo really catches your eye. It’s textured and beautiful and frames the kiddos so nicely. It...

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What thanks and giving is all about.

It’s the perfect spirit of the holidays come to life: Give a little, get a little, and well, a collectible holiday keepsake doesn’t hurt either. I just discovered the Heart 2011 Designer Ornament Collection from HSN, a partnership with a ton of celebrities and the ever so spectacular St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Browse a wide selection of ornaments including designs by some favorite celebrities. Big names featured in this year’s selection include Nate Berkus, Mariah Carey, Liz Lange and Martha Stewart. The foodie in me personally loves the selections from Emeril Lagasse and my personal inner goddess, Padma Lakshmi–that’s her design...

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Sidepon–Discount codes that save you a lot of money. And all that valuable time.

We tell our readers time and again, do nooooot make an online purchase without first searching for discount codes. Especially at the big online retailers. There’s nothing more frustrating than hitting that “purchase” button to find out you could have gotten it for less. We were just introduced to SidePon.com who happens to be our newest, coolest CMP sponsor. And they just may have one of the smartest systems ever for finding and using discount codes. Once you find the retailer you want–everyone from Saks to the Sundance catalog, even Frederick’s of Hollywood (rowr!)–you’ll see all their existing codes...

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Nifty holiday gifties at a spectacular price

It’s not even Black Friday yet, but of course the deals are already starting to roll in. And this particular pick is so special that we have to tell you about every time it comes available. After all, there’s nothing we love more than a great deal– unless it’s a great deal on seriously cute stuff. The Darlybird Goody Bags are back at CMP favorite Darlybird. For just $16 + shipping, you get at least $45 worth of eclectic indie finds hand-chosen by Rachel. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, vintage ephemera, hair bows, cupcake liners, stationery, journals–you never know exactly what’s...

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Children’s art that lives forever

I’m one of those mothers that’s a professional organizer’s nightmare. I can hardly bear to part with a single one of my girls’ drawings, whether it’s a 3-D art class project, or a scribble on a napkin. So I always love ways to turn kids’ creations into more formal keepsake pieces, helping to validate my love of all that delicious early artwork. Chooch Magooz is a shop providing those very services, and from what I can tell, what she does with personalized childrens artwork is just gorgeous. Scan your child’s work into a jpg file and she’ll recreate it...

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The best kids holiday shoes to last beyond the holidays

We have a thing for Zappos. A big, hard, mad love kind of a thing. So we were thrilled when, as our newest sponsor, they asked us to choose a few of our favorite holiday shoes for boys and girls. That’s uh, kind of like our dream job. As moms, even when we’re shopping for holiday shoes, we’re always looking for styles that last beyond the holidays, both in terms of construction and style–so don’t expect to see any snowmen motifs or snowflake appliques here. And nothing that lights up. Promise. GIRLS Patent Mary JanesWe swear by Primiji Mary...

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Handmade Charlotte for Anthropologie – hold onto your platinum cards

Is Anthropologie suddenly going the way of Jacadi, with upscale children’s clothes made by small designers? It certainly seems that way. In October they brought in Kico Kids, and now Handmade Charlotte is following suit. This splendid Handmade Charlotte for Anthropologie collection is everything I could ask for in a fancy little girls’ clothing collection–except cheap. And I mean, it’s really not cheap. The dresses and skirts start at $128 and go up from there. But boy, they’re beautiful. Whimsical and fanciful and twirly and magical with simply stunning details. If you’re the type who splurges on one beautiful...

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