Author: Caroline Siegrist

Target’s new Modern by Dwell line is chic and affordable home good perfection.

I’ve always relied on Target for super affordable, stylish basics like tees, sweaters, swimwear. And it helps that they partner with designers I really love, but can’t necessary afford, to bring great fashion to me and others among the wallet-conscious masses. So when I heard about Targets new collaboration, partnering with Dwell Magazine, I was so excited. I’ve been a fan of the chic and modern home design aesthetic for a while — clean lines, Scandinavian influences, Frank Lloyd Wright — but it’s always seemed unattainable for my budget. Until now. Target’s new Modern by Dwell line arrives today, and with it comes cool architectural furniture...

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7 inspirational 2017 planners to help you own the new year like a boss.

If you’re anything like me, the end of 2016 may have hoping that 2017 will somehow offer something better than where we feel we are now. However that’s something that happens by planning and doing — not just hoping. Which is why finding inspirational 2017 planners may have even more meaning right now than it has in years past for lots of us. There’s nothing quite like opening the pristine white pages of a new day planner to make me feel like this year is going to be totally different and better than ever before. You know, the year I finish that novel,...

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13 of the cutest printable coloring pages for Christmas, to keep kids away from those presents just a little longer.

I know that the days before Christmas can seem unusually long, especially when kids are out of school and the presents are taunting them (my nieces’ word, not mine). So if you’ve got a household of over-excited kids, we’ve got just the thing to help you keep them occupied and away from those presents under the tree. All you need is a printer and some freshly sharpened colored pencils. Or crayons, or markers too. From your basic coloring pages, to wall art, cards, foldable villages, and even placements, these coloring pages — most of them for free! — are just the...

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The ultimate list of awesome last-minute holiday gift ideas. We’ve got you covered, procrastinators!

Every year, I convince myself that this is the year I won’t be scrambling to find great last-minute holiday gifts; that this is the year I “shop all year” for great stuff for my friends and family and stash it away. But..nope. How is it Christmas week already? Oof. Fret not, fellow procrastinators! You don’t necessarily have to shell out for express-expedited-Santa’s-reindeer-special-overnight-shipping. I mean you can, but instead we’ve got some brilliant last-minute holiday gift ideas and tips so you can get those presents under the tree or by the menorah in record time. (And don’t forget, lucky Hanukkah revelers, if you’re...

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My holiday gift wish list: 5 splurge items I’d love for my baby! (Any family members listening?)

I tend to be a pragmatist when it comes to buying baby gear. I want great, smart products that won’t break the bank, so you won’t find me shopping for a diamond-encrusted baby rattle or a WiFi-enabled wipes warmer (is that even a thing?) anytime soon. But that doesn’t stop me from daydreaming about some of the more luxurious baby gifts out there. High-tech, heirloom, handcrafted, and just plain awesome. So I searched through the Cool Mom holiday gift guides to share my own top holiday gifts I wish I had for my new baby. In other words, these are the things I won’t buy...

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3 artsy, whimsical craft kits for kids with big imaginations

For the little girls in my life, ages 6–9 has been a craftaholic phase. One that’s moving away from cardboard and pipe cleaners and more toward DIY craft kits for kids that result in beautiful finished products they can keep themselves or give to others — like to their favorite aunt on Christmas (hint). And since crafting can be a fun bonding time for us, I’ve been looking for artsy DIY kits for kids that don’t require too much painstaking detail work and that are totally self-contained, so we can eliminate any frenzied last-minute trips to the art supply store. Three cheers...

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We’re spreading the love with these 6 great places to donate toys this holiday season.

It should be obvious by now that here at Cool Mom Picks, we love presents. (We have 350 of them in this year’s holiday gift guide, which we think you should check out, if you haven’t already.) But even more, we love when our gifts give back in big ways. And what better way to get in the spirit of giving this holiday season than with toys for kids who need it most? So, here, I’ve rounded up some of the best ways for families to donate toys to children this month. Add them to your list, and get your own...

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Chic winter accessories that look great, and give back in a big way too.

Everyone has that person on their list who’s impossible to buy for because they already have it all. And while I try to opt for more meaningful gifts in these situations — like donations to a cause they’d appreciate — a printed receipt shoved in an envelope always feels a bit anti-climactic in the midst of the ribbon-snapping, wrapper-flinging reverie. But since working at Cool Mom Picks, I’ve discovered that there’s a whole world of amazing tangible gifts that also give back. Which is why I love these chic winter accessories by Echo and their Share the Warmth initiative. For every scarf, hat, or pair of gloves...

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Bring on the holiday cheer with 4 great gifts for new moms that support amazing causes too.

If you’ve already checked out our awesomely extensive holiday gift guide this year, which of course we hope you have, you know we’ve handpicked the very best gifts for pretty much everyone on your nice list — from your hard to please mother-in-law to that coworker you want to impress without spending more than $15. And, of course, we couldn’t forget about gifts for new moms. So here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gifts for new moms that support amazing causes too. Because we all know new motherhood is one gigantic step toward remembering to put others before ourselves,...

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6 unexpected nativity sets your kids can actually play with

Let’s face it: Some nativity sets are just begging to be played with. Their tiny animal figurines and family of little dolls is simply irresistible to little hands. And as anyone who’s ever tried to convince a preschooler that these are not actually toys knows, not touching the pieces is an uphill (and, often, losing) battle. I can’t even count the number of shepherds and cows my sisters and I lost or shattered as kids. And let’s not even get into all the places we hid the baby Jesus (cough, hamster cage). So maybe this year, instead of breaking out (heh) your ceramic Jesus, Mary, and...

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12 of the coolest menorahs for kids, from rainbows to dinosaurs to emoji.

While I think using an heirloom Hanukkah menorah that has been passed down from previous generations is a lovely idea, it’s also nice to have a menorah just for kids, to help get them as excited about lighting the candles as they are about eight days of gifts. And there are so many fabulous, kid-friendly menorahs out there this year, we could barely narrow it down. From cute menorahs for younger kids, to edgier options that will appeal to tweens and teens, take a look at these 12 cool options that Liz and I found, and see if one makes it...

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Color your home grateful with these cool printable Thanksgiving posters from Caravan.

If you’ve been following us this season, you know we’ve already discovered some amazing printables for Thanksgiving. And while these activities should buy you at least some free time Thanksgiving morning to conquer your cooking, we thought a larger-scale printable could be helpful too. I was excited to discover these printable posters from Caravan, which encourage kids to creatively express their gratitude and decorate the walls — all without damaging the interiors of your home. I love the GIANT Thanksgiving Coloring Poster that offers a mind-boggling amount (seriously, whoa!) of Thanksgiving-themed detail for kids to fill in with a marker or crayon. And check...

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4 fun DIY mobile kits that you won’t be able to stop looking at either.

As a first-time pregnant lady, I’ve been dreaming up color schemes for a nursery for oh, the past 5 months or so. And with my recent gender reveal party (it’s a boy!), I’m now even closer to honing in on colors, patterns, and styles for my baby’s room. And one thing I’m really on the lookout for is a bright, fun, friendly mobile. Which is why I was so excited to find these really cool DIY mobile kits on Etsy that let you create the perfect mobile for your baby’s nursery. None of these seem to require too much skill, and they all look amazing....

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13 amazing, free Thanksgiving printables from a cute pie box to a fun I Spy game for kids.

I’ve always loved Thanksgiving and although I have been looking forward to it for weeks now, it feels like the events of the election may loom over the dinner table like 50-foot floats in the Macy’s Day Parade (except not as cute and friendly). It’s been an emotional November for many of us, but at the end of the day, Thanksgiving is all about gathering together, practicing gratitude, and remembering how important our friends and family are. So in the spirit of this special holiday, I’ve rounded up 13 free Thanksgiving printables — games, coloring pages, decor ideas, and more — to help us...

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What the world needs now… you know the rest.

So many shopping holidays are just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’re busy keeping a spreadsheet of all the best deals around. (And, hey, if you’re late to the task, don’t worry, we’ll be sharing all our best deals finds and holiday gift ideas with you soon!) But as you juggle the upcoming deals on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Small Business Saturday, don’t forget about Giving Tuesday, which is exactly as it sounds — a day promoting the selfless acts of volunteering, donating, and generally showing love. With the new collaboration between Nest and QVC, you can give back and shop, thanks...

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Gorgeous pajamas by Sudara that help women in India find safe, sustainable work.

I may be the only person I know who gets excited about daylight savings time because the earlier sunset gives me an excuse to slip into something soft and forgiving for many more hours of the day. Oh yeah, and being pregnant hasn’t helped with this habit, at all. As a shameless pajama fiend, I was super excited to learn about Sudara, a company that makes gorgeous loungewear inspired by the art and culture of India. What’s more, is that these pants by Sudara are handcrafted by women in these communities who have bravely escaped sex trafficking. Sudara actively fights sex slavery in India by providing safe,...

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8 fun and easy Thanksgiving crafts for preschool kids beyond tracing a hand to look like a turkey.

I truly love spending autumn weekends doing fall crafts with my nieces, and now that we’re done with pumpkins and ghosts, I’m looking into cool craft projects for Thanksgiving. I searched around and found some favorites — corn on the cob, the Mayflower, and of course, turkeys (so many turkeys!) — that are perfect for even the youngest preschool kids. Here are 8 of my favorites — all super fun and easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids. And all fridge-worthy.  Related: 6 adorable pinecone crafts that go way beyond wreaths. Hello, fall! Love that this Fork-Painted Turkey Craft at I Hear Arts n Crafts, doesn’t even require a...

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We’re in love with these Rookie Humans crib sheets for amazing naptime instagrams without all the effort.

If you follow the magical baby portraits at Wengenn in Wonderland or the instagram glory of Laura Izumikawa, you know that naptime photography is no joke. I’m mesmerized by the way these moms create whimsical worlds for their babies and keep them peacefully sleeping long enough to capture the moment on film. But for others, like me, who may not have the same level of imagination, skill, and ahem, patience, to pull off these elaborate scenes, there’s now an amazing easy alternative. Rookie Humans creates photo-ready crib sheets that frame babies in the cutest way possible, without all that work. Even if you’re not the...

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Send some pampering to a mama-to-be with The Stork Bag subscription service

Finally escaping the morning sickness and extreme fatigue routine of the first trimester of my pregnancy has been a big reward in and of itself. And while I’m finding the second trimester and its nesting phase to be so much more enjoyable, it too brings its own challenges (hello, heartburn). So I was more than willing to sign up for a little pampering with The Stork Bag. The Stork Bag is a subscription service that delivers a bag full of goodies geared toward the specific needs of each stage of pregnancy, from the first trimester all the way to a post...

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What to do with leftover Halloween candy: 10 creative ideas besides you know, just eating it.

We’re always happy to offer up parents lots of ideas for what to do with all that leftover Halloween candy you’ll surely end up with. Well, at least after the small gorge-fest that your trick-or-treaters may be entitled to after all their hard work. So I’ve put together some crafts, causes, recipes, and even experiments you can do with leftover Halloween candy that are just as much satisfying as eating it all. Well, kind of. Top Photo: Sam Howzit on Flickr via Compfight cc 1. Donate Halloween Candy to a Good Cause One of our favorite ways to get candy out of the house is to send...

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