Month: August 2012

Martha Stewart American Made Awards – a big chance for your small biz

We love small businesses, and we love Martha Stewart. And now they’re coming together in a marvelous opportunity for one lucky entrepreneur or crafter. Could that be you? Second question: could you use $10,000? Martha Stewart’s American Made competition is searching for the next generation of creative entrepreneurs launching their own small businesses, just as Martha herself once did. Although Martha and her editors are currently selecting their top ten entries, you can nominate yourself (or someone else, of course) for the 11th spot, the Audience Choice Award. Simply go to the nomination form and provide all the necessary...

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Crayons straight from the farm. In France. Via schoolbus.

Since a shiny new box of crayons is de rigeur for back to school season, I am loving this awesome set of crayons that might make a perfect “You’ll do great, honey!” gift for a new preschooler or kindergartener. And of course, her mom can borrow them too. The French-made Animal Crayon Set at Giggle is beyond cute. It’s those plastic based crayons (you know the ones) and not wax, so they’re not only semi-erasable, they’re great for keeping little hands–and your coffee table–clean. Yes, even if you use the piggie. –Liz Find the Animal Crayon Set and other...

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Today, please hit “Like” to help end pediatric AIDS

As a mother, here’s a program I’m so happy to be able to tell you about: for the next few hours only, you can help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in a significant way by barely lifting a finger. In fact, you will quite literally save lives. And saving lives is at the heart of the Sub-Saharan NGO Mothers 2 Mothers whose mission is to prevent transmission of HIV from mothers to their unborn children, and to improve the health of all mothers suffering from HIV. I’m heartened to hear that LGT Venture Philanthropy has chosen Mothers 2 Mothers as their featured charity of the...

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Pop goes the cocktail ring

After my TODAY show appearance last week, I think the number one question I was asked was” “who made your ring?” (A far better question than, “did you know you had spinach in your teeth the whole time?”) I was fortunate to find my lavender k2o by Karen Ko POP ring at a very sweet discount earlier this year, and boy do I love it. Should you love it too–enough to pay full price (and I wouldn’t blame you)–you can find them at Modern Mix Shop right now. The rings are handwoven out of Swarovski crystals and mounted on...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Here are a few of our favorite tech picks from the last week, just in case you missed them.  1. Lovely, handmade gadget covers that are so nice we can’t decide which one we like best. 2. As if we needed another reason to love IKEA. Look at what they’re doing now! 3. We’re completely addicted to this new app that’s like Scrabble but with numbers. 4. If you’re picky about printing your photos, then you need picplum. (Or maybe you need to start printing your photos?) 5. We’re gushing over this new free app that organizes all your...

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Get on your bikes and ride

One day the humidity will pass, right? One day soon? And those days, I imagine a few of us are going to get back on those bikes. When you do, this cool bike accessory might just have to go with you. I’m not sure if it’s the prettiest ever bicycle handlebar clutch for bikers, or whether it’s the prettiest ever bicycle handlebar clutch that willcreate more bikers, but either way I just think it’s so pretty. (Can you tell?) More practical than a plain old basket, strap it on the handlebars, pop in your small must-haves, and hit the cobblestones.  It...

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Bite-sized happiness from Ella’s Kitchen

I must admit, once or twice I have bought boxes of lovely, organic snacks only to find they’ve gone stale before we’ve had a chance to get through them. What can I say? My daughter is picky and not every snack is her style. Leave it to Ella’s Kitchen, the creators of the awesome Red, Yellow, and Green smoothies that have saved my neck once or twice, to come up with a great solution. The new line of Nibbly Fingers and Yum Yummy Baby Cookies has been well received by the bottomless (and picky) pit that is my daughter....

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Grow baby, grow.

Despite having found so many cool kids’ growth charts here on Cool Mom Picks, I confess I still use a pencil on the side of our kitchen wall. It’s not that I haven’t loved every single one of them, but they’re either too pretty or too big or just too…something for us. But that all ended with this Etsy find from Studio 1am. Sure, at a quick glance it looks like a gigantic yard stick, but upon closer examination the Measure Me Stick is a little bit of genius. Handmade in Chicago from solid wood that’s certified by the Forest Stewardship...

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One more fun reason to visit the Fab Back to School pop-up shop right now

It’s abundantly evident to readers of this site that I’m in love with Fab.com. That love only heightened when they launched weekly kids sales. And now–a back-to-school pop-up shop with lots of fun goodies for preschoolers, teens and even college kids. Plus a few great organizational helpers for parents. (You’ll need to register if you’re not a member yet, but it’s free.) Click over and you might even recognize a certain someone’s photo smiling back at you. (Hi!) But besides, that you’ll find great deals on cool water bottles, Wildkin bags (like the snakeprint lunchbag in our own Back...

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The ottoman fit for your child’s adorable little butt

I am one of those moms who totally wants my house to look as good as it did pre-kids, but also recognizes that that is ridiculously impractical and it will never happen and no, it’s okay, I have my own Kleenex. So when I find furniture that both looks great and won’t get ruined easily, I’m all over it. The Quinze + Milan Jelly Fish Ottomans are bigger than they look – and that’s a good thing. Two of them in the living room makes for great emergency seating around the coffee table–two small kids can fit on one,...

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