Month: November 2012

Small Business Saturday: Shop small, save big. What’s not to love?

We’ve been proud supporters of Small Business Saturday since it began in 2010, and we’re so happy to see it take off in a big way. (Pun intended.) Then again, are you surprised? Every day is pretty much small business day at Cool Mom Picks. However this year, there’s one more added benefit: If you’re an American Express cardholder, you can simply register your American Express card, and get an automatic $25 credit on your account when you spend $25 or more at a local small business in person today. We typed in our own zip codes and found...

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Consider us charmed…and with an exclusive Black Friday discount code, you’ll be too.

We love small businesses, we love mom-run businesses, and we really, really love one-of-a-kind personalized charms. (Even if we do avoid calling it Mom Jewelry.) The good news is that one of our long-time favorite shops is offering some unique new custom designs just in time for the holidays–and we’ve got a sweet discount code just for you. We’ve been fans of Heart and Stone for several years and our love is still going strong. We’re especially digging on these gorgeous new personalized message Charms, which come in three sizes, made of reclaimed fine silver and are completely customizable...

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Sweet play macarons (and an irresistible, unmissable Black Friday toy deal)

I admit I swooned just a little when I saw this beautiful play food toy at longtime CMP favorite, Cattiwampus. Then I saw that they were on sale, too, with an extra discount for Black Friday–and a little extra discount just for our readers, on everything in the shop. Yep, more swooning. Because when I can support a little shop this crazy weekend, and still get a great deal? Sign me up. [Don’t miss an AMAZING limited time offer after the jump just for our readers!] The toy macaron set is made by Djeco, which is a wonderful French...

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The best Black Friday deals from our favorite small businesses

Whether you’re up stalking the best Black Friday deals at o’ dark thirty or you’re waiting until you’ve had a few cups of coffee before checking out the sales, we wanted to share the best Black Friday deals and discounts we’ve seen. Now if you’re looking for tech deals, we suggest you head over to Cool Mom Tech, we’re you’ll find a monster round-up of some amazing discounts on electronics, accessories, and all sorts of cool geekery. Here you’ll find some of the best deals from our favorite small businesses. Happy Shopping! KANGAROOBOO: Save 15% off regular priced items...

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We’ve got your Black Friday deals right here, baby

Right now, enjoy your families, sleep off the tryptophan, call dibs on the last slice of pie. You’ve earned it. But starting tomorrow? Cool Mom Picks is your holiday shopping 4-1-1. We’ve got you covered with the best discounts and deals all day long on Black Friday, and all through the weekend, whether you are braving the stores (brave, brave!) or staying home in your pjs with your laptop on your knees. So be sure to check our sites this weekend for the ultimate Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday roundups. Plus, follow Cool Mom Picks and...

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Paying the thankfulness forward to other families on Thanksgiving

Today we are feeling so thankful to be home, safe, and with family, taking it all for granted that we can make fun of our aunt’s terrible stuffing and bitch about the football game that just happens to be “very important,” right when the dishes have to be done. But the truth is, we’re not all so fortunate. Hurricane Sandy is hardly behind us, where I live in New York City. So many families on the East Coast are still struggling without jobs to go back to, without homes to return to–one of our own writers and her family...

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Best New Holiday Tradition goes to…Thanksgiving Bingo!

Of all the things I’m thankful for this holiday, my family and friends rank right at the top–which is why I love this funny game we play during our Thanksgiving meal. It keeps us on our toes (and laughing hysterically), even after we’ve gone for seconds. Or thirds. The ingenious (and frequently hilarious) Thanksgiving Bingo game from Jennifer Lewis for FlavorWire includes bingo squares for those quintessential Thanksgiving moments, like when relatives begin fighting over politics, or one of the kids spills her drink. Some of the spots are pretty easy to fill–like “stuffing” or “pumpkin pie”–while others may prove a bit...

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Not in the mood for a nutmeg-scented house? Jonathan Adler’s got your back.

I kind of love everything from Jonathan Adler. Especially the scents of his new candles, which are sure to make your home smell greenmarket-fresh, even if you’re just cracking open canned…whatever. Don’t expect the traditional nutmeg, peppermint or mulled apple cider scents in the Jonathan Adler Pop candles. Instead, you’ll find clean scents like tomato, watercress, earl grey, fig, and my own favorite, grapefruit. Earl grey and fig might be a little more fitting as holiday scents for this time of year, although tomato and fig together give you that red/green holiday pop for a great hostess gift–without the...

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One-of-a-kind custom Vans. Be still our hearts. Or feet?

We are really into shoes around these parts. It’s a great way for kids to express themselves, both at school and around town (or the skatepark, because somehow we always end up there). Up until now, mine have been borrowing my Sharpie to give their shoes some individual flair. Thankfully, there’s a better way to accomplish this thanks to our friends at Vans. Look down at your shoes. Imagine if you could take each panel and rock a paint by numbers for your feet, right down to the lacing eyelets. Heck, you can forgo lacing altogether and choose the...

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