Month: October 2013

Yummy recipes using leftover Halloween candy. On the outside chance you have any.

If you’re like me, you’re going to wake up in the morning with a sugar hangover, wondering just what the heck to do with all those leftover Halloween candies. Hit our archives and check out our post on 10 delicious recipes that use leftover Halloween candy on the outside chance you have actual Butterfingers or Snickers leftover. But hey, even Tootsie Rolls and Jolly Ranchers find a second use here. If not for very long. Happy Halloween...

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Oh, baby! It’s good to subscribe to Cool Mom Picks

Want the best deals, tips, and trendspotting from Cool Mom Picks? Then you’ll definitely want to become a subscriber. This month, one lucky subscriber will win an exclusive prize package from CMP favorite Corolle, including a Bebe Classique Happiness doll, a gorgeous carriage, and two outfits. Just in time for the holidays, right? To subscribe, just click here and enter your email in the handy dandy box. You’ll soon get our monthly newsletter with exclusive deals and editors’ picks, not to mention the deets on how to win that giveaway. But you won’t get spam, because we’re just not...

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5 last-minute DIY trick-or-treat bags you can whip up at home, stat!

Every year, without fail, I discover that we are missing at least one of my three kids’ trick-or-treat bags. I’m not sure where they go, but I think there is some sort of black magic involved. But this year, I’m not going to sweat it since I’ve found a bunch of cool ways to turn regular, boring old bags into something fit for going door to door tonight. And they look better than that pillow case yanked off a bed. –Christina Turn any black bag, paper or cloth, into this Mummified Loot Bag (above) with some first-aid tape taken from...

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After the pink is gone: ways to take on breast cancer all year long

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is officially ending tomorrow, and this year at Cool Mom Picks we decided to stay away from the “pinkwashing” products, the Facebook memes that don’t really help anyone, and the plethora of pink ribbon products, however well-intended. (Pink ribbon liquor bottles? Sigh.) For so many of us, the fight to find a cure for our mothers, our sisters, our friends, and ourselves never ends, not even on October 31. So instead, we wanted to offer up some organizations that tirelessly work every month to help wipe out breast cancer and support those still battling it....

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4 of our fave makeup removers in every price range, whether you need to wipe off a little mascara or a whole vampire face.

Um, I’ve seen what I look like in the morning if I haven’t washed off my makeup…and it’s downright scary. So I’m always on the lookout for awesome (and affordable) makeup removers. Here are four of our faves–just in time for Halloween faces or even a game of “beauty parlor” with your kids–each a different price point. $$$ La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution This light, magical liquid contains something called micelles, which lift dirt and makeup off the skin with the sweep of a cotton ball. Unlike a toner or other alcohol-based removers, though, La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution doesn’t dry...

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Classic wood toys that don’t cost a billion dollars

I admit it: I am obsessed with wood toys, despite the fact that, cost-wise, I can get a gazillion plastic toys for one fab wooden toy. Wood is a little more mainstream now in the world of baby toys, but I find the prices haven’t decreased much. But CMP fave Skip Hop has been introducing affordable wood toys to the market…and I couldn’t be more enamored.   The latest Skip Hop wood toys, the Giraffe Safari line, have totally captured my heart. For starters, I am crazy in love with the origami-esque Fold & Play Book and want it for myself. And the little Flip...

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6 easy, last-minute Halloween treats that are way more impressive than a bowlful of candy corn

You had big Halloween plans, right? And then…time slipped away. I’ve been there. Start by forgiving yourself: it’s just Halloween after all, and to a kid, everything looks delicious. Throw together a one of these super cute, last-minute treats with what you have on hand or can easily grab at the store. No trick here: these 5 festive, tasty treats from top bloggers are perfect and perfectly easy whether you’re bringing them to a friend’s house or serving them up at a classroom party.   Tell me this Halloween donut (at top) from Lovezilla doesn’t make you smile. My little one...

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You can haz kittens and cupcakes on National Cat Day

I miss many things about working in New York, but today I have a totally unexpected and thoroughly awesome reason to miss my old office. Or one in Seattle and San Francisco too. Because today it would have been filled with kittens and cupcakes. Private driver service Uber has teamed up with meme site Cheezburger today on National Cat Day to deliver kittens and cupcakes in New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. $20 will get you fifteen minutes of kitten snuggles, plus cupcakes from Ace of Cakes, yum. Local shelters will provide the kittens (to borrow), and Uber will...

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Darby Smart: Making DIY projects a whole lot easier to D

If you’re like us, then you see all the amazing DIY craft projects on Pinterest and craft blogs and wish you had the time–and supplies–to make more of them. That’s why we’re so excited about our wonderful sponsor Darby Smart, which was made for busy moms who love getting crafty but don’t necessarily have a dedicated, fully stocked craft room at home. Once you join (it’s free!), you can purchase affordable boxes filled with every item you need to help you make some of the coolest, most stylish DIY projects on the web, all carefully curated and sent directly...

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Awesome food storage labels that won’t come off in the dishwasher

I have become a label whore. Nope, not designer jeans. I’m talking about the sticky variety. I’m using a different sticky name label for virtually every sippy cup, water bottle, food container and lunchbox for my two kids, and the bane of my existence has become scraping the yucky remnants off said items after putting them in the dishwasher. Luckily, the label gods have heard my cry and answered with these new dishwasher-safe labels from past CMP pick, Emily Press.   Besides the fact that the Write Your Own waterproof labels don’t wash off and are super easy to apply, I love...

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Non-toxic face paint for Halloween? We’ve got your witches and zombies covered.

On October 31st, I’ll look the other way when my kids pop their tenth fun-sized candy treat in their mouths, but I am trying to avoid smearing toxic face paints onto their faces before they head out the door. After reading that most face paints do contain toxins that can get into their bodies and irritate delicate skin, I’ve got my eyes on a safer option to go along with their Halloween costumes. GLOB Natural Face Paints will give my kids the color they want to turn them into a smiling cat or mean witch, without all the ick like...

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Leg warmers are back: Oh, what a feeling

While I’m not looking for a return to Flashdance fashion per se, I love the new trend of seeing legwarmers and woolly knee-highs poking out of tall boots. It’s not just chic, it’s so practical. The boot warmer leg warmers  from uber-knitter Ozetta on Etsy are calling my name. I love the slouchy, loose-weave at the perfect length and thickness. The lamb’s wool and acrylic will keep you warm (especially with those Hunter Boots when the mercury drops). Plus you can pick from among more than 30 gorgeous colors. If you are worried about sizing, I love that the artist can create...

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

Here are 5 of our most popular tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech, just in case you missed them.   1. We can’t be the only ones ridiculously excited about Bill Nye’s return, right? 2. A calendar app that could actually help your marriage. 3. 5 of the best storytelling apps for kids. Let the creativity flow. 4. We’ve got the scoop on all the big news from Apple and whether parents should care. 5. The new SnapChat copycat app parents should know...

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Need a last-minute Halloween costume idea? Rent the Runway to the rescue.

Need a Halloween costume and don’t want to get stuck with the last Sexy Teletubby costume at the store? The good news is that with a little DIY cleverness, you might find the answer in your own closet. Or, we have an extra easy idea courtesy of a partnership between Rent the Runway and Etsy.  But you have to act fast! In addition to getting designer dresses at a fraction of the cost, Rent the Runway just launched amazing, curated costume ideas using their available dresses– genius. Each costume includes a dress you can rent, and then you can check...

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The ultimate last-minute Halloween idea guide for parents: costumes, treats, pumpkins, printables and more.

We have featured so many helpful posts lately on Halloween treats, tricks, costumes and beyond, we wanted to put them all in one place. After all, we can’t be the only ones who still have plenty to do–or uh, haven’t gotten started?–when it comes to Halloween. Good luck out there! Last-Minute Halloween Costume Help 5 zero-effort Halloween costumes for babies Easy geeky Halloween costumes Halloween costume ideas for moms and new babies Handmade Halloween costumes for kids who don’t really want to wear costumes Easy DIY baby Halloween costumes that just require onesies DIY cardboard Halloween costumes The perfect...

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You’ll have the coolest Halloween bash on the block with these new tunes

I’m not going to knock Thriller, but if you want to grab some fresh new tunes to liven up your Halloween gathering, we’ve got a collection that will have your ghosts and goblins dancing (or lurching) all over the place.  Not too scary and not too sweet, Mondo Zombie Boogaloo is a CD for almost all- age monsters. Featuring three indie greats, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Fleshtones, and Los Straitjackets, this may not be specifically a “kids’ CD” but rest assured that you won’t need to turn down the volume for any questionable lyrics or anything too...

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Cool pumpkin decorating idea: Use candy!

We are T minus less than a week to Halloween, which means the pumpkin carving and decorating can begin! (I tend not to carve too early or we end up with saggy pumpkin eyes and mouths by the 31st.) So I love this idea which looks great and can save you a little time.    At the Food Network website, they have a bunch of ideas on how to decorate pumpkins with candy, but I happen to like the ones that my six-year-old can help me do without professional stylists. It’s pretty easy: Cut a mouth, then use toothpicks to secure...

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Method + Disney: The Happiest Bath On Earth

Hi ho, everybody! We’ve found a new, affordable 2-in-1 shampoo and body wash for kids that’s as squeaky clean and safe as Main Street, USA, even for tender skin. And it smells pretty good, too. The Mickey + Minnie 2-in-1 Shampoo + Body Wash is a big hit at our house thanks to fluffy bubbles, subtle but yummy scents, and ingredients that are healthy and safe. We’d expect no less from our pals at Method! We’ve been using the Strawberry Fizz and Lemonade scents separately and together (pink lemonade!) for a few weeks, and I’m glad to report that...

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6 freakishly easy, terribly tasty Halloween dinners

The age-old Halloween question: what to eat before heading out to trick-or-treat? It has to be a meal that’s quick or easy to fit between the mad rush of getting home from school and heading out for your annual candy collection. Plus it has to be appealing and filling so that the kids actually get some sustenance before the sugar onslaught. And it has to be fun because, well, it’s Halloween! These 6 Halloween dinner ideas hit all the marks, helping you fuel your kids with good stuff so that they have plenty of energy to stuff themselves with...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool pins like these daily.  1. Great list of nut-free Halloween candies you can find in any store. 2. Want these shoes. Need these shoes. Will someone please buy us these shoes?  3. Some especially lovely baby gifts just out.  4. Awesome gift for science geeks.  5. Words all parents should relate...

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