We love it when reeeeeally wonderful things go on sale…especially when we’ve been eyeing them for months. Naturally, we want to share the joy with our readers, and this fantastic opportunity is one we’d hate for you to miss. The gorgeous Owyn Toy Box and Maude Toy Box (pictured above) from Mod Mom Furniture are two of our favorite kids’ furniture pieces ever. The design is beautiful, and the craftsmanship makes these toy boxes instant heirlooms. The finish is water-based, the shipping is free, and they arrive fully assembled. Amazing. Plus, Mod Mom Furniture donates 5% of the retail...Read More
Month: August 2013
Finding the best new lunchboxes and lunch bags for kids is one of our favorite back to school rituals. It’s even more fun that we get to pick more than one, since we’re shopping for you all! This year for our back to school shopping guide, we’ve pared it down to 14 options from adorable to funky to almost too cool for school. Even some lunchboxes that you might not mind borrowing yourself. Striped Milkdot Lunch Totes We’re longtime fans of these sturdy, insulated lunch totes and the new colors and patterns only seal the deal. ($27, Milkdot) ...Read More
It’s still a little toasty outside for me to consider baking, but I’m busy lining up recipes for when the temperature takes a dive. And because I usually bake more than my family can eat, I’m also collecting creative ideas for sharing my wares with friends and neighbors. One of the top finds on my list: The printable retro oven cupcake boxes from Claudine Hellmuth’s Etsy shop. Just download the PDF files, gather the materials on her list, print and assemble. Plus, there’s a link to a super detailed how-to video. You can even omit the cupcake tray and...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite picks from this week just in case you missed them. 1. Just what we needed: another reason to shop at IKEA. 2. You don’t even really need to be a Ryan Gosling fan to get a chuckle out of this. 3. Smart tips for talking to your teen about smart tech use. Bookmark! 4. A fantastic budgeting app that will help you easily track your daily expenses. BONUS: Don’t miss our back to school tech guide, with new, helpful posts rolling out almost every day on our...Read More
The coast is clear. We checked under the bed, in the closet, and behind the curtains. The only monsters we found are these utterly adorable ones framed on the wall. And they look friendly. Well, except maybe for the chupacabra. If you have kids who dig monsters or adventures, here’s a cheap and stylish way to decorate their walls (or entice them to write those overdue thank-you notes). This four-pack of Monster Postcards from Quill and Fox on Etsy are only $7 for the set and carry a lot of design punch. You get Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster,...Read More
Whether you can’t wait for the school bus to come, or you wish summer would never quit, it’s nice to remember all those teachers who are revving up for another year of hard work. And I can’t think of a better gift for those hardworking teachers than one that says, “Thanks! I hope my kid doesn’t get you sick in the first month.” Miss Bee’s Boutique’s personalized soap dispenser is a great gift for a new homeroom teacher. What teacher doesn’t need a big vat of antibacterial soap at the ready to fight back all those sneezes,...Read More
I love to throw parties for my kids, especially with inspiration from all the great party ideas here on Cool Mom Picks. In particular, I’m always on the lookout for activities where our guests can make cool stuff that they’ll actually want to take home (and their parents won’t hate me for it). I’m dying to try these watercolor cookies from One Charming Party. Bake sugar cookies, top with a layer of fondant (recipe and how-to video included), and then get creative with the food coloring. Use a paper towel, small sponges, or even a paintbrush to decorate. So...Read More
Our pals at Tea Collection say their latest round of boys’ pants can stand up to dragons, thanks to reinforced knees, durable material, and the look of denim without the zipper issues. So they’ll probably survive the playground, too. When my daughter was a baby, I shopped at consignment sales. When my son was a baby, I tried to figure out why I couldn’t find any pants for him at the same sales. Uh, turns out little dudes are really, really hard on their pants, often wearing out the knees before they’ve even outgrown them. But when our pals...Read More
I’m a huge fan of email, instant messaging, text messaging, direct messaging, and wishing people happy birthday on Facebook. If there’s a way to reach out and touch someone with kind words, hey, I support it. But a handwritten note is still my favorite way to let people know I’m thinking of them. Because I’m old-school like that. The Hello Card set from Quill and Fox on Etsy is just right for those just-because notes. No need to obsess over which sentiment is appropriate, which design is clever enough, or even how to start your note. They’re all perfection....Read More
Posted by Cool Mom Staff | Aug 16, 2013 |
Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow Cool Mom Picks for fun finds like these every day. 1. Handmade Harry Potter gadget cases. Love! 2. Maybe the cutest preschool backpack ever. 3. Really smart idea for a birthday party craft activity that kids of all ages can do. 4. We’re so excited this classic kids game is back from the 80’s! (Maybe more than our kids are.) 5.Words of wisdom every parent should know. And yeah, our kids...Read More
Light switches are boring. Mostly. But thanks to our clever friends at Graphic Spaces, we’ve now got these fun switchplate covers in shapes like owls, octopi, and a rocket ship. So it’s a little more fun to turn off the lights for bed. “Mr. Shark says it’s bedtime…or else!” also has a nice ring to it. You know how much we love it when a company we’re keen on surprises us with something new. Right now we’re digging the way Graphic Spaces’ knack for unique designs and heirloom quality wood translates into switchplate covers. Each switchplate cover is handmade of...Read More
Just in time for back to school shopping, I am so smitten with these hand-painted, colorful moleskine journals from an Etsy artist who shares my sense of humor and writing geekery. At Em Dash PaperCo you’ll find lots of eye and desk candy, but none so striking as the handpainted Moleskines that come to life with rainbow colors, fun graphics and sayings that those who appreciate the value of a Moleskine should appreciate too. As a writer, you can probably imagine Wmy favorite from the shop: Who’s with me? And yeah, I will fight you on it. Probably with...Read More
Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. Shark! We adore Japanese photographer Toyokazu Nagano’s entire photo series starring his very animated four-year-old daughter. The featured shot seems especially apropos for Shark Week. So important for new parents to read: Katherine Stone shares A Mother’s Postpartum Depression Bill of Rights. How Kristen realized she suffered from postpartum depression, and didn’t even know it. This not-too-difficult Back-to-School Bento Lunch gets an A+ from us! A great new tradition! Interview your kids with the All About Me worksheets at the start of each new school year and get...Read More
With my kids starting a new school in a new city this year, I’m doing everything I can to take the edge off what could be a pretty nerve-wracking experience. That’s why I’m loving these adorable free printables that are sure to make the first day of school an extra special one. This super cute, free First Day of School printable over at Alphamom is already downloaded to my computer, ready to fold and print and surprise them at the breakfast table on my kids’ own first day of school. I can’t think of a sweeter way to send...Read More
The best back to school memories from top parent bloggers. And a cool app to help you share your own
We all have such strong memories of our own first days starting a new grade. And now with back to school time upon us as parents (we are futile to resist!), if you’re like us then you’re snapping tons of photos and videos of those first walks through the schoolyard, those first cute outfits–all of which you’re probably emailing and texting and sharing with friends and family. [Don’t miss an amazing giveaway for 20 readers below!] That’s where our partner, Origami comes in, to help make sharing these memories and moments much safer and easier, especially if you’ve got...Read More
My girls have hit the age where they like to have their own purses. Well, we’ll use that term loosely, considering what they put in them. While I’ve given them my share of hand-me-down handbags, I know they’d adore the sweet handmade little purses and change purses from Octopurse on Etsy. Find them in little sizes that are great for change (or rocks, if you’re my six-year-old), or medium sizes that feel just a wee bit more practical–change and rocks? And LEGO minifigs and lip balm? You know, all the essentials when you’re a tween on the go. Some...Read More
We’re always excited to find global nonprofits that empower women and their families rise to above poverty. Now we’re especially happy to find one that supports that mission in the form of adorable baby gifts that we’d buy even if they weren’t doing so much good. (But they are.) So here’s a story we love: Kohl Crecelius was an avid snowboarder and surfer dude. But when his brother taught him an unlikely hobby–crocheting–Kohl was instantly hooked (heh). He immediately taught two of his buddies, who were also hooked. Now we’re hooked. Because when Kohl traveled to Uganda in college, he discovered unimaginable...Read More
Many of my Cool Mom Picks comrades swear they prefer backpack shopping to planning school lunches, but I admit it: I enjoy the challenge of getting creative with packed lunches. Sure, I get in a rut sometimes, but a pantry full of go-to school lunch snacks helps keep things interesting when the main lunch course is yet another PB&J. (Sorry, kids.) So check out my favorite healthier, store-bought snacks for kids, many of which you might not know. They’re all free of icky ingredients that lots of packaged snacks have, and still full of flavor. –Stacie Recently I offered up...Read More
I’m so excited to have discovered this awesome shop that’s not only packed with gorgeous housewares and gift ideas, but some really pretty jewelry too. Especially as I start to think about pieces that will transition me from summer into (sniff) fall. Scoping out the eye candy (and finger candy and neck candy) at Brooklyn’s LEIF Shop (hi, neighbors!) I really like the focus on indie and smaller brands. I have my eye on Emily Green’s Color Study Necklace featuring colorful clay beads on a leather cord. It’s got a summery feel the way it’s photographed, but I bet...Read More
Browsing through Fab today (we can’t stay away), we found out you’ve still got until tomorrow to snatch up eco-conscious, high-end baby furniture and stylish crib bedding from Argington during this flash sale. And even if you’re not in the market, there’s some sweet news at Fab today for all their members. Whatever you’re in the market for, Fab.com just announced a fab new Smile Guarantee, which means you get free shipping for items over $49 or those that take more than five days to ship. Returns are now free within 30 days (whoo!), and they’ll even offer price...Read More
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