Month: June 2014

How to get the best shave at home: 8 tips from a master barber who knows

With Father’s Day coming up, we know a lot of you are considering fancying up the shaving collection of the  menfolk in your lives. So we’re thrilled to be teaming up with our newest sponsor, Dollar Shave Club, who if you don’t know, is one super cool company. Just look at their website. Go. Do it. We can wait. Essentially Dollar Shave Club delivers the best razors and coolest grooming supplies right to your doorstep every month, all for just a few bucks. (Thus, the name, get it?) These aren’t just any products, by the way; how could we not be smitten with a razor nicknamed The...

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Web Coolness: Father’s Day printables, must-read mom tips, dads on Pinterest (what?) and more.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Surprise dad with this free Father’s Day printable poster. Too cute. (Updated with cached link since the site no longer exists; here is the direct link to the poster download) The beauty of summer boredom. Love this. Similarly, why we should just let the kids run wild. 10 TED talks every graduate should watch. Nominate your favorite makers for Martha Stewart’s American Made awards. We’re happy to support the #DadsRead initiative: Check out these infographics on dads and reading. Mona Lisa LEGOs. Awesome. Speaking...

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Camp labels: The bane of your summer parenting existence made easier

I admit I have been lax in the clothes labeling department, inadvertently donating way too many cardigans and water bottles to mysterious children at our school. But now that my kids are going to summer camp for the first time, it has been mandated in no uncertain terms, ALL ITEMS MUST BE CLEARLY LABELED WITH THE CAMPER’S NAME. So of course I turned to our label mainstay, Mabel’s Labels, whose labels actually stay on well and don’t get all worn away in the wash. Turns out their personalized label camp combo which they launched about 6 years ago is now wonderfully updated with loads more design...

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Father’s Day gift ideas for new dads: Father’s Day Gift Guide 2014

A dad’s first Father’s Day may be the most special of all–if he can even remember it through the whirlwind of those early months. So for them, we present these Father’s Day gift ideas for new dads as part of our 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide. They range from the sweet and sentimental to the “Wow, you got me what?” Just don’t forget a great card. First rule of Father’s Day: There always, always has to be a great card. (Because it’s totally fine to talk about Father’s Day.) And because we all adore the dads, granddads and stepdads in our lives so much, be sure to check...

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A clever new way to get discounts on Tea Collection clothes for kids.

The downside to loving Tea Collection‘s well-made, comfortable, stylish clothes for my kids is that they outgrow them, as kids are wont to do. They even outgrow them while the clothes still look fantastic and nearly new. So you can hand them down to siblings or friends, or try this: A new collaboration between Tea Collection and online consignment shop thredUP  will give me credit towards new clothes for every piece of gently used Tea that I send to thredUP. To get started, just order an empty bag from thredUP  and start filling it with Tea Collection clothing that your kids have outgrown or just don’t need anymore. Mamas who love...

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Going coastal; better than going postal.

I am a sucker for kitsch, as long as it’s clever. My apartment is filled with funky knick-knacks that I believe add to its charming–or what my mother likes to call “eclectic”– style, so these witty coastal Reed Wilson Design coasters are perfect for me. Spotted  in part of the Martha Stewart American Made collection on eBay, you’ll find a set of four coasters repping the North, East, West and Gulf Coast. Get it? Coaster?    These double entendre wooden coasters add a touch of artisanal fun to a coffee table. Along with protection from dreaded drink rings, of course. And how great are they for a Fourth of July hostess...

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Gifts for the stylish dad: 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

We’re excited to present our next post in our 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide, gifts for the stylish dad. Oh, you must know one: He cares about which socks go with which shoes, he knows which cream gets him the closest shave, and he knows a mobile phone is an accessory too. For him, boy do we have some swanky gift ideas, and they don’t all cost a fortune either. And hey, if he’s a new dad? All the more reason. He’s probably not enjoying his undereye bags much either these days. Speaking of which, we’re happy to welcome our...

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A new hedgehog backpack from Skip Hop. Like that won’t be the most popular thing ever.

Skip Hop is inextricable from my memories of my boys in their early years. My older son started preschool with a frog backpack and ended Pre-K with a very well worn monkey on his back. My three-year-old is currently toting the fox around on his tiny shoulders, but the replacement this September will undoubtedly be the adorable hedgehog backpack. And you may know how we feel about hedgehogs. He was just added to the Skip Hop Zoo Pack lineup this month, along with a pretty butterfly and kids will love them.   Matching butterfly and hedgehog lunch boxes— which Skip Hop refers to as the cutesie “Zoo Lunchies”–are...

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Gourmet gifts for dad: 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

If your dad and baby daddy are anything like my dad and baby daddy, they love food. I can skip the clothes, tech, and even the cute pics of the kids and make their Father’s Day gifts deliciously edible. Which is why we present some awesome Gourmet Gifts for Dad in today’s installation of our 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide series. Also, don’t miss our insanely awesome Father’s Day giveaway below, valued at more than $900! It’s filled with some of our very favorite Father’s Day gifts that we hand curated just for you. Or your dad. Or your grandpa....

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These 3D cookie cutters are anything but cookie cutter.

Cookie cutters have come a long way since I was a kid and we could choose between Jelly Jar and Lopsided Heart. Thanks to 3D printers, we can now have our cookies cut like charcuterie diagrams, our favorite literary characters, three-dimensional gems, or, well, basically anything your lopsided heart can hope for. Printmeneer is shop printing out 3D cookie cutters in the Netherlands. It  grew from the shop owner’s frustration at not being able to find a miter cookie cutter for Dutch cookies to celebrate Sinterklaas at Christmas. Now thanks to the wonders of 3D printing technology and a little creativity, you can...

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Kale for your face? New Eminence Organics skin care products are a new way to get your greens.

It seems like everywhere I turn there’s a new way to eat kale. From chips to salads, the curly green leaf is easily the roughage du jour. So when Cool Mom Picks skin care fave Eminence Organics introduced me to their two latest products, each featuring kale as the star ingredient, I was interested to discover that it could be healthy for my face as well. I thought kale was best used in a green juice with pineapple and cucumber, but the new Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Serum changed my mind. I fell in love with the way the super-lightweight serum disappeared into my...

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Personalized gifts for dad: 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

We’re thrilled to present our annual Father’s Day gift guide series, starting off with the coolest personalized gifts for the men in our lives we love. But hurry–personalized gifts need to be ordered stat! This year, we’re also so happy to welcome back our friends at Dove Men+Care who are in part sponsoring our gift guide, since they really do get the importance of celebrating men who care for themselves and (our favorite part) care for their families. 21st century dads FTW! Plus, because we all adore the dads, granddads and stepdads in our lives so much, be sure to check out our massive Father’s Day giveaway below, valued at over $900, that...

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POW! It’s a superhero gift for dad on Father’s Day. Because he is obviously a superhero.

Father’s Day is a red letter day, and now maybe even a Green Hornet day. If you need a beautiful, geek chic gift for the Superman in your life–or just the dad who really really loves comic books–this framed Custom Superhero Letter is here to save the day. This is one superhero gift that’s super easy to customize.  Spell out DAD or POP (or BIF OR POW) in his favorite comics, do his initials, or let that iconic “S” speak for itself. Just let the artist from Spotted Flats know which recycled comic, which letters, and what color frame you want, and...

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The Maker Dad book: A Father’s Day gift for the DIY dad in your life

I love the idea of a father’s day gift that’s actually an experience rather than, you know, another tie (not that there aren’t some cool ties out there), and that’s exactly what you’ll get with Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects, a new book from Boing Boing co-founder Mark Frauenfelder. A big DIY-er himself, Mark scoured books for cool projects that he could create with his daughters, but couldn’t find just the right fit. (Maybe he hasn’t seen our Pinterest boards?) So he complied his own ideas in Maker Dad,...

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Pharmaca delivers an eco-conscious, calming shopping experience. That’s a good prescription.

We’ve covered tons of smart skin care and beauty products, along with natural and organic products for babies and kids over the years. As in…tons. And so I’m really excited to discover so many of our favorites at Pharmaca, a natural, integrative pharmacy specializing in eco-conscious brands like the ones we already love and trust. Pharmaca’s headquarters are in Boulder near me, and they have over two dozen brick-and-mortar locations from Washington State to New Mexico. (Sorry east coasters, but that’s what online shopping is for.) I explored their newest location in Colorado, and I had the best time pointing out all of the awesome products on their shelves that we’ve featured on...

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An easy way to find cool, contemporary art for kids

None of us at Cool Mom Picks has an original Picasso in our living rooms as far as I know, but we do believe in finding cool art for kids that engage, inspire, and yes, decorate. LittleCollector has long been a favorite online spot of ours for their carefully curated selection of kid-friendly, affordable contemporary art. So we are happy to learn that they have partnered with Artsy, one of the world’s biggest online art platforms, to bring the cool artwork they feature to a wider audience and make it even easier to find. The LittleCollector gallery on Artsy features art from quirky to sweet, colorful...

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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 tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. We’re coveting this gorgeous new tablet bag that’s perfect for summer. 2. This iPhone was made for a baby. Talk about an awesome shower gift. 3. Aspiring young coders will love this cool free iPad app that we are totally taken with. 4. Father’s Day is coming and we’ve got the start of some great gift suggestions for cool dads. 5. Junior fashion designers in training, your app has arrived , complete with virtual...

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Eat out to #86AIDS with Project (RED), the best reason we’ve had not to cook in ages.

We are big fans of Project (RED) here at Cool Mom Picks, so we’re really excited to eat out in June (zomg it’s June already) in support of EAT (RED) DRINK (RED). From June 1-10, restaurants, all those trendy food trucks, and bars around the country are teaming up with this amazing organization to give a portion of their sales to the outstanding Global Fund to Fight AIDS. There’s even an amazing growing movement of social media photo shares, with the requisite hashtags, to get everyone spreading the word in fun ways.   With life-saving antiretroviral drugs costing a mere $.40 per dose–that’s the kind of change...

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High-waisted bikinis: The summer trend that has us channeling our inner ’50s pinups.

High-waisted bikinis are trending in a big way this summer for women, and we’re loving the fun retro vibe that has us channeling our inner Brigitte Bardot. (In our dreams, we know.) Those of us with less-than-flat abs are excited for the extra forgiveness that comes with the coverage, and many of these styles have nice ruching to hide that donut (or three) that we may sometimes sneak in after the kids have gone to bed. It’s also a great option for women with longer torsos, as it makes your core look not quite so long. One tip for this trend: some...

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