Month: August 2013

Instant heirloom toy boxes, now on sale

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...

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The best lunchboxes and lunch bags: Back to School Guide 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)  ...

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The only thing better than a cupcake? A cupcake tucked into this gift box.

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...

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

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...

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Monsters: way better on the wall than under the bed

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,...

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Head of the class: This personalized teacher’s gift beats an apple any day

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,...

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Watercolor cookies, the coolest (and easiest) party favor ever

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...

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Dragon-proof pants for boys? We’ll be the judge of that.

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...

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Well, hello! Simple stationery for those just-because notes.

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....

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

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...

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