Month: August 2013

Our favorite jewelry up to 70% off. Yes please!

After our Editor Liz’s Today Show appearance, we were all clamoring to get our hands on that Karen Ko ring she wore. And now I can, along with matching earrings, and a necklace, and way too many other pretty baubles courtesy of this amazing sample sale that has us snatching up gifts for ourselves and our friends at up to 70% off. {Don’t miss our favorites from this awesome sale after the jump} Along with the gorgeous Mod Ball ring ($50, previously $125), I’ve got my eye on a bunch of other pretty baubles that are all marked down...

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A sale on cute back to school clothes for boys before school even starts? We’ll take it.

For a while now, we’ve been fans of Little Dudes Only, one of the first online shops we’ve found that specializes just in cool clothes for boys. (So stop yer complainin’, mamas of boys–we’ve got you covered.) What’s better is when they have a sale, and right now it’s a pretty nice one. They’ve put together an nice selection of back-to-school clothes for boys, which happen to all be 20% off for a limited time, along with the rest of the shop. My picks include the super popular Madpax backpacks (shown here), the Mini Shatsu “On Tour” Keyboard Sweatshirt, ...

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3 healthier drink boxes for kids: half the sugar, none of the guilt

I admit it, I’m a bit of a loudmouth about the benefits of skipping juice for kids. Most options are packed with sugar–like 20 grams per single-serving box, nearly the same amount of sugar in a full-sized Hershey’s bar. Whoa! I know, I know. An occasional sugary drink never hurt anyone (hello, homemade lemonade!). Thanks to these 3 new delicious juice boxes, though, I can get down off my sugar soapbox. Fewer than 10 grams of sugar each, and the kids love the taste. Score. –Stacie   We’ve always been fans of Honest Kids by HonestTea (above), but when the...

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Help Ink: fabulous art for fabulous causes. And you get to pick both.

When I found Help Ink I was happy. Tees, prints, stationery and notebooks all designed by artists, all affordable, and all to help one of several great causes.   So many of the prints feature positive quotes and imagery perfect for children’s rooms. And I love that the designs are modern, not cheesy–the artists are really well curated.   The special part is that when you add an item to your cart, you also get to select a charity of your choice, because for each $5 you spend, $1 will go to either The Children’s Hunger Fund, Med Wish,...

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Storage so cute, you’ll be tempted to buy your kids more toys

We’re big fans of the clever, charming designs over at 3 Sprouts. I mean, have you seen their adorable warthog hoodie towels and their fun walrus bathtub storage caddy? Too. Cute. Well, 3 Sprouts has combined modern and playful once again–this time with a new collection of kids’ toy storage boxes. At my house, the kids’ playroom has a way of encroaching on the living room. I frequently find myself tearing hrough the house, stashing toys away just as guests are headed to the front door. That’s why I love these stylish storage boxes from 3 Sprouts. They’re both efficient–hey,...

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Frances England’s Blink of an Eye: One of the best kids albums of the year

Summer brings out serious nostalgia in me–maybe because it doesn’t seem so long ago that I was the one learning how to dive off the dock into the pond. And as I watch another summer unfolding before my eyes, I’ve also had the pleasure of hearing a brand-new release from beloved kindie-folk artist Frances England, which gorgeously captures these little moments in time. It’s just spectacular listening. And I think you’re going to love it too. [We’re giving away a copy of this new CD! Details after the jump.] With her pretty, lilting voice which reminds me a bit...

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How to get the most out of Origami

If you’re like us, then you’ve got tons of photos and videos on your smartphone that you end up texting and emailing to friends and family fairly frequently. Well, if you’re looking for a safe and more efficient way to keep your family updated on your many adventures without having to use Facebook, you might want to give Origami a shot. To help show you how to get the most out of this smart platform, our Editor Kristen put together this quick, handy video that highlights how easy Origami is to use (seriously, so easy!) and why you might really like it. EXTRA COOL: WIN IT! We’ve got 15 free one-year subscriptions to Origami ($50 value) up for grabs, courtesy of our sponsor. Just download the free Origami app and sign in or sign up (also free), then send us the email address you used as your login. Mail it to contests@coolmompicks.com with ORIGAMI in the subject by midnight PT Thursday 8/8. We’ll pick 15 lucky winners at random. And if you can’t wait and want to get started, Origami is offering a free 30-day...

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ABC posters, modern Bauhaus style

I’ve always liked the idea of an alphabet or first initial print for a baby’s room, but a lot of them are so easily outgrown. Not so with these gorgeous modern letter prints on sale at Fab this week, but found at the artist’s shop when the flash sale is over. LA designer Ryan Beshara of ModernPOP takes inspiration from mid-century design and modern Bauhaus. But your children don’t need to know that; just that the colors are fun and hey! That’s an E for Ella! You can get a few and spell out your kid’s name, a single...

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Some of our favorite lunch bags for kids get even cuter

My kids have loved Milkdot lunch bags since we first found them. And Milkdot’s brand new styles give us one more reason. Or, three.   Milkdot reusable lunch totes are the right size to shove in multiple bentos and a small water bottle or juice box, complete with a little net pouch on the side for a piece of fruit or a note from you (awwww). The handle makes them easy to carry around. and I really like that the bags are structured, but still soft so I can cram them into a backpack if need be. I love...

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Homemade ice pops fit for a ladybug

When we received a homemade ice pop kit for my daughter’s birthday I was so thrilled–it’s one of those things I had been meaning to get for ages anyway. As it turns out, this one is even better than I could have imagined. If you’re cool with insects. Not only do the six Tovolo Garden Friends Bug Pop Molds churn out adorable ice pops that look like ladybugs and beetles and not entirely creepy caterpillars, but they’re really smartly designed. You secure the molds two to a leaf stand, fill them with juice, then lower in the “stem” stick...

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Chinatown: the lip gloss that reinvents lip gloss

I’m going through a lip gloss phase. It happens around this time each year, when it feels too hot to be sporting some heavy, matte lipstick, but I still want to look polished. So I’m really happy to discover a not-so-new but new to me option that’s so perfect for women on the go.   The Chinatown lip pencils from Lipstick Queen are so genius for just dropping in your bag and runnning out the door. What surprised me is that they go on not like lip liners, which can get thick and crumbly and wear unevenly, but more like a...

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

Here are 5 of the coolest tech picks from this week that you might have missed.   1. A new app from Mo Willems (of the Pigeon books fame). Fans with iGadgets or NOOKs rejoice! 2. If your kids love YouTube as much as ours, don’t miss our round-up of the 12 funniest videos. 3. Just what we needed: another reason to shop at Target. 4. Hitting the road for a summer road trip? Don’t leave your house before checking out our round-up of helpful apps and websites. 5. Here’s a smart, stylish way to ensure no one takes your...

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DucDuc nursery furniture for Land of Nod: an investment that keeps paying off

I have always loved the beautiful lines of DucDuc nursery furniture which gives parents so many more modern options for their babies. And as a little local Brooklyn company, I’m really thrilled to see their exclusive new collection at Land of Nod.     DucDuc for Land of Nod isn’t a cheap kids’ furniture collection, but it sure is a great investment. In fact, the DucDuc Verona Crib converts to a toddler bed, and then a full-size bed which means you’ll get years and years of use out of it even without having to have six kids. That’s more than I can...

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New Mountain Buggy MB Mini stroller review: possibly the only stroller you’ll ever need

When I’m out and about with my three kids, the last thing I want to worry about is whether or not my stroller will be able to handle whatever it is we’re doing that day. Will it fit through the doorway at the bank? Will it get stuck in rocks, mud, sand, or snow? Will it fold up easily and fit into our car? I have always been a huge fan of Mountain Buggy strollers, but now I love their strollers even more with this clever new addition. The new MB Mini is a perfect stroller for anyone looking...

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Home is where the mug is. (Or mug is where the home is?)

Always on the lookout for cool personalized gifts, I’m really taken with this one which would be so perfect as a hostess gift after an extended stay. The personalized coffee mugs are rendered with an architectural drawing of your own home–or the cabin on the lake that you just visited for three days thanks to your awesome cousins. Just send in a decent photo and New Orleans illustrator Erin Sketchler will go to town on a porcelain mug or set of coasters or possibly even a plate if you ask nicely. I could not do the same thing with...

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Ever notice how gorgeous kids’ clothes look even more gorgeous when they’re on sale?

Recently we wrote about the splurgey loveliness that is Caramel Baby + Child, a UK label specializing in the stuff a lot of us dream of dressing our children in, but not necessarily at retail prices. Well now, they’re less.   The Caramel Baby & Child sale is pretty awesome–up to 60% off on even the spring/summer items that you could use straight through fall. Some of my favorite picks for my own girls include the girls’ cardigan in five colors that’s now $44, down from $110; a brown checked girls’ skirt that’s $40 down from $101; and a...

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A Muppets birthday party with vintage cool

Back when my daughter was a toddler, the only show she’d watch was the Muppets Show. Let’s just say Kermit and Miss Piggy got me many a quiet shower, and to them, I’m mighty grateful. These days, there’s no shortage of awesome Muppets paraphenalia, like Muppets artwork, cool t-shirts, even iPhone cases. If only I had this fun birthday party decor back when she was little and begging me for a Muppets party. We’ve been long time fans of the Mary Had a Little Party shop on Etsy, and now, our love has grown even stronger thanks to the...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and discover fun finds like these daily. 1 The accessory that every parent needs. Well at least the ones who will admit it. 2 The new kids iPad app we might have been waiting for as much as them. 3 What happens when comedians write cards for kids. 4 Super clever way to label your iPhone and cords. 5 If this is not the best summer treat ever, we don’t know what is. Bonus: Check out our new Pinterest board on fun gadget cases. They are pretty...

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H & M now lets you shop online. Can we get an amen?

Well parents, your retail desires have been granted. Or at least one of mine has. Because it’s official: H&M is now selling clothes online. Whoo! Following in the 2011 footsteps of Zara online, I am so happy to find H&M online now up and running starting today. It’s always been one of my favorite options for affordable, European-styled clothes and they happen to offer very cute kids wear too. Some of my kids’ favorite tees and little summer dresses are from H&M. The only problem is, not every store near me has a children’s department. And that’s New York...

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How do you store towels and sheets? Martha Stewart knows!

A couple of weeks ago, I moved from Atlanta to Philadelphia and discovered that my new lovely rental home did not have a linen closet. I was about to just stuff my family’s towels and sheets in my own closet when I had the opportunity to ask Martha Stewart (yes, her!) a question and voila, I knew exactly what I needed her help with. Take a peek at her smart suggestion, as well as what I came up with to help make her magic happen in my own home. –Kristen   Now, I love the idea of folding towels...

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