Month: May 2014

3 fabulous non-toxic skin care lines that fight wrinkles only with good stuff.

As much as I want my anti-aging skincare products to tighten, tone and brighten,  I would rather they boast an ingredient list that passes the standards of the Skin Deep database, than give me the face of a 22-year-old at some long-term price to my skin. I’ve discovered some great new skincare lines free of toxic chemicals and synthetic fragrances, and full of antioxidants and other healthy active ingredients. There is no shortage of natural and organic skincare on the market, but what makes these lines so great is that they don’t compromise performance for safety. They protect and perfect–all...

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Cool stencils for kids that make crafts you’ll actually want to keep.

So many times I’ve spent hours working on a craft with my kids, only to quietly throw it away after they go to bed. (Shh, don’t tell them.) Sometimes it’s more about the process than the end result around here–crafting for the sake of crafting. But on the other hand, these very cool  stencil kits for kids from CMP favorite Yellow Owl Workshop yield some crafts I might actually want to keep around. The kits include a cotton tea towel or tote bag, the stencils, and a set of markers in three decidedly cute themes: fruits and veggies, ice cream...

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TOMS Roasting Co: Delicious single origin coffee from an unlikely source

I more than love my single-origin coffee. You could say we’re involved. But it can be hard to find delicious, high-quality beans that aren’t shipped out on someone else’s schedule as part of a curated monthly subscription. Sometimes, I want to select my own beans and have them shipped to me right away. Thank goodness our pals at TOMS have added TOMS Roasting Co to their marketplace of ethically-sourced, carefully crafted products that give back. Which is a far cry from shoes, and yet…it works. My current obsession is single-origin whole bean coffee, ground daily and brewed in a Chemex,...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. We’re swooning over this gorgeous iPhone clutch and what it can do. Whoa. 2. A very important Facebook privacy issue you should know about. 3. This smart photo app can help make your Instagram shots even more perfect. (And it’s free!) 4. On the road or at home, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got these smart gadgets for your kids. 5. These stylish Mother’s Day e-card apps will make it look like you planned ahead...

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Happy Mother’s Day, from Cool Mom Picks

    Whether you’re cynical or sentimental, whether you’re with your family or enjoying some desperately needed time to yourself, we hope your Mother’s Day is everything you could hope for. (And if there happens to be a new bag all giftwrapped for you, well that’s just a bonus.) Wishing you so much love, Liz, Kristen, and everyone at Cool Mom...

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Star Wars Vans: Coming in June, these limited-edition kicks are the Sith.

For Star Wars fans, every day is May the Fourth (Be With You). That’s why I have a LEGO Boba Fett riding shotgun in my cup holder. Heh. But if you like your Star Wars with high fashion and limited-edition bling, you’re going to dig the just-announced Vault by Vans x Star Wars, which combines the classic sneakers with Yoda, Vader, At-Ats, and a galaxy of star style. The line includes six Star Wars Vans in high and low styles–and they’re only making 300 of each.   Whether you’re into classic leather skate shoes, pirate-inspired prints with helmets with crossed lightsabers, or...

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Wine2go portable wine bags: The life of the (pool) party

Our neighborhood pool has a strict no-glass policy, which is why I’m excited about the portable wine bags from Wine2Go. I get that glass, concrete and bare feet are a dangerous mix, but relaxing by a moonlit pool after a long day while my kids swim just feels like a nice time to have a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and this is a better way to do it than you might think.   The plastic Wine2Go container holds a full bottle of wine, while the Flask2Go portable wine bag each holds 8 ounces, or 5 shots, of liquor. Not that I recommend slamming...

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Let her eat cake! 5 easy Mother’s Day cake recipes that make a perfect last minute surprise.

We’ve talked Mother’s Day brunch, Mother’s Day dinner, and every Mother’s Day recipe idea in between. And you know what every one of these meal ideas comes down to? Dessert. Because, at the end of the day, that’s what Mama wants: A sweet treat to end her meal, no matter what time of day. Well, at least, that’s what this mama wants. And this mama is really excited about these 5 Mother’s Day cake recipes. Easy, delicious, and sweet. I can’t imagine what mom wouldn’t agree, even if you’re the one baking. I’ve been dreaming about this Butterscotch Peanut Butter...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then catch fun finds like these every day from our site and beyond.    1. How to turn a bottle of wine into a more special gift. 2.  Ooh, nice jewelry find from Kristen on Shopbop. 3. Such a cool baby gift spotted on Etsy. 4. Great hack for how to write perfect letters on a cake, which we can never do. 5. Ninja mom trophy. Enough...

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The Fed Up Movie: Everything you may or may not want to know about what you’re eating.

It’s pretty shocking to think that in 2010, there were nearly 58,000 cases of Type 2 diabetes diagnosed in adolescents–while in 1980 there were zero. Zero. In fact, it used to be called Adult Onset Diabetes, which isn’t even accurate anymore. It’s equally shocking that we’re now at a point where more people in the world will die of obesity than starvation. And that’s what the Fed Up Movie, which opens in theaters tonight, explores and explains if uncomfortably at times. If you have ever had trouble losing weight, if you have ever read a nutrition label, if you have...

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Beyond Baby by Meagan Francis. Your BFF for the next stages of parenthood.

We’re longtime fans of Meagan Francis of The Happiest Home here at Cool Mom Picks. Beyond Baby, her latest guide and accompanying workbook, makes another wonderful resource for parents, offering productive and calming exercises to help them make the transition from all-consuming babyhood to the next ages and stages in parenting. The lessons in Beyond Baby are geared toward small, easily digested challenges, spread out over 40 weeks and organized into five sections. Each week tackles a scenario–from the state of your home to the state of your mind–and gives you a challenge to complete. Some are fairly straightforward, like...

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Web Coolness: Last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas, the best states for working moms, and some poignant posts from around the web.

Every week we share our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.    It’s last minute Mother’s Day gift idea time and we have you covered with a ton of ideas you can make, by, or otherwise cobble together with love. These Mother’s Day ecards from our favorite apps are guaranteed to arrive in time. Looking to make a donation on your mother’s behalf? Check out the good work of the Worldwide Fistula Fund. Thanks Pinterest for sharing our Mother’s Day Pinterest board as a favorite. We kind of like it too! A lovely...

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A free printable Mother’s Day crown that celebrates your queen for a day

We may never be royals, as the song says, but I know that my kids will still treat me like a queen on Mother’s Day. And since every queen deserves a crown, I love this clever printable Mother’s Day card that doubles by a crown. I know it would look really cute on the breakfast tray the kids will carry up to me on Sunday morning. (Hint.) This free printable crown is super easy to create and leave as is, or add on your own little Mother’s Day note and attach with a piece of string as shown above. I...

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Tons and tons of cool last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas. Tons. But hurry!

We’re going to go with “it’s the thought that counts” here, because we understand that a last minute Mother’s Day gift doesn’t mean you love her any less. Hey, we’re so busy looking for cool gifts for moms here, sometimes we get behind on our own Mother’s Day shopping ourselves (ahem). So here are just a few of our favorite last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas that you can still have shipped, make yourself, or pick up in a local shop. Hope one is just perfect for the cool mom in your life.   Gourmet Food Gifts Most gourmet...

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The ultimate jewelry for Mom. Just ask Mom.

I get tired of saying it. I hate saying it. I have it say it. “Because I said so” is passed down to us from our mothers just as it was from theirs. Sometimes there’s no other reason to lay on the kids, or maybe there is but “because I said so” is all you have the strength left to say. That is just what makes this this jewelry for Mom from Kate Spade–either a Mom Said So necklace or mom bracelet–a total winner. How perfect is this for Mother’s Day? My daughter might think it’s funny but I’ll tell you...

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The A Cream from Mio: The best firming body lotion with a surprising added benefit.

You might know the Mama Mio skincare line for pregnant mamas, and Mio is their new “high intensity” line aimed at helping your skin become more fit and healthy, which I’m pretty sure is code for anti-aging. The A Cream is a firming body cream that promises to tighten, moisten, and generally fortify skin while giving it a nice glow and soft scent.  It’s great as an after-shower lotion, especially on my pasty, dry, winter-dull legs as I prepare for spring dresses. But what really impresses me is how well The A Cream works at soothing sunburn. Confession time: I came a lobster recently, after...

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Kidstir: Yummy new subscription boxes for kids to learn about good food

We cool moms love great subscription boxes for kids. We also love a good meal kit delivery. Put the two together and you’ve got Kidstir, a clever new cooking kit for kids delivered to your door every month that’s aimed at getting them excited about cooking and eating good food, something we’re on board with too. That pretty much makes Kidstir my new favorite thing. Fortunately, my kids agree. The parents behind Kidstir bring together the fun of kids cooking classes with the delivered-to-your-door convenience of kids’ cooking magazines like ChopChop. And, as every busy parent knows, fun and...

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What one remarkable family is doing to support adoption

We are lucky to have Kate Etue, one of the most incredible writers and all-around loving, wonderful people on our staff. And when she showed me what she was doing to help support the 147 million orphans around the world, and her own pending adoption, let’s say I grabbed the tissues. Then rushed here to tell you all about it. In that order. It started out with the design of their own lovely adoption t-shirts to raise money from friends for their own adoption. But I think they’d be awesome shirts for anyone supporting adoption in any way. Isn’t the message...

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Mother’s Day gifts that give back, because they save lives.

We’re getting down to the wire on Mother’s Day gifts, and if you’re looking for last minute inspiration, we always love gifts that give back. When you buy a beautiful, artisan gift from Given Goods this Mother’s Day, like the gorgeous Shaya necklace at top, they’ll donate a birthing kit to a mother in a region without access to proper medical care. This could literally save the life of a mother this Mother’s Day, and that’s a pretty amazing gift to give. But what’s I love about this company is not just the giving back that they do; their product selection...

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Say it with clay: 7 gorgeous handmade gifts for mom from easy to wow

My favorite Mother’s Day gifts from the kids are homemade gifts they make with their own two hands, whether it is a sweet card, a homemade breakfast, or an item they crafted especially for me. And it’s especially wonderful if that item is as gorgeous as these baked-clay crafts that are easy enough for even the youngest kids to help create. DIY Clay Heart Necklace I get verklempt just thinking of how cute this clay heart necklace (at top) would be to open while eager little faces watch. Just a tiny cookie cutter is needed to make a perfectly...

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