Author: Cool Mom Staff

5 tips for getting back into the workplace after kids… and finding balance after you do: Tips from Samantha Ettus

As many moms who have done it before (including us!) can attest, re-entering the workforce after taking time off for kids, whether it’s been six months or sixteen years, is no easy feat. You may have taken a break from your career for personal reasons, financial reasons, more flex-time, or just some much-needed extended time off, but either way, we know it can be a huge source of frustration trying to get back in the game and reestablish yourself as a professional, once you’ve been “mommytracked.” (And man, don’t you hate that term?) So we reached out to Cool Mom Picks friend...

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Handmade Charlotte Kids: Fun activity kits and art supplies at crazy affordable prices

With the cooler weather around the corner, we’ve got one terrific way to get ready for lots of indoor play: The fun new craft kits and art supplies from our most excellent sponsor, Handmade Charlotte Kids, now available at Michael’s stores nationwide, and online. We absolutely adore this collaboration between Creativity for Kids and Rachel Faucett, she of the uber popular DIY design blog Handmade Charlotte. Especially since we’ve featured her work on Cool Mom Picks for so many years — like, even going back to before she had a blog and was selling cool handmade items at craft fairs! So now we’re so thrilled for this terrific collection of fun, colorful, creativity-inspiring craft...

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30 things you can clean, fix, or straighten up when you’ve only got 10 minutes

Keeping a house clean when you’ve got work and kids and pets and all of the things can be a pretty ominous task if you think of it all at once. However if you can break it down, and tackle a single chore or maybe even a couple of smaller tasks when you’ve got a free 10 minutes in your day (or evening), you’ll be amazed at how much better your home can look, and how great it can make you feel. (We aren’t the only ones who experience clean counter zen, are we?) We’re thrilled to be teaming up with our newest sponsor Pyoure, a...

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A pro’s tips for how to choose the right sports bra. Finally.

No matter what size your chest is, a sports bra is an important — if not the most important — part of a workout wardrobe. But, so many women, including plenty of us at Cool Mom Picks, don’t really have an idea of how to pick the right sports bra for our fitness routine or what constitutes the perfect bra for your body type. And, don’t even get us started on how to decide whether it’s the right fit or not, other than being smacked in the face with a boob. (ED: Ha, I wish. -Kristen) So we enlisted the...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Web coolness: The kids from Stranger Things, the hilarious mug we need, and the worst car idea ever

Here are some links we’re reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Laughing at the kids from Stranger Things reviewing retro toys like Gak, Slap Bracelets, and Furbies. Happy to check out the launch of the new Mom2.com website featuring some of our favorite parenting writers and editors. Also excited about the brand new AMAZEparents, helping us talk to kids about hard stuff, like bodies. 14 of the best organizational apps to keep parents sane Very thoughtful: 6 things white people can do about racism, from Luvvie Ajayi. Now you can stop arguing about who your kids get their...

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Le Tote: A fab fashion subscription service that keeps you in style, affordably | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Le Tote If you’ve got a love of fashion, but don’t necessarily have the budget to support your fabulous taste, check out Le Tote, a fashion subscription service that lets you borrow from hundreds of popular brands without the huge investment.   Sign up, then pick the clothes and accessories that best suit your style. Le Tote will curate your very own box of items, which you can even change before they ship it to you. No dressing rooms with screaming kids, no waiting in checkout lines, and definitely no laundry or dry cleaning. Just return your worn, unwashed items to...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Chatting with Lisa Loeb about why kids music doesn’t actually suck | Spawned ep 51

If you think kids’ music is the stuff that makes you want to jab forks into your ears, then you need to listen to the latest episode of Spawned with Kristen + Liz, featuring the one-and-only Lisa Loeb! This indie alt rocker sensation turned mom of two and kindie musician has a lot to say about everything from why kids can like both Bowie and Twinkle Twinkle, and her newest projects — there are many!   Listen to our interview with Lisa directly here or right from on iTunes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast feed so you never miss an episode of Spawned!   Links from Episode 51, Chatting...

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Web coolness: An empowering magazine for girls, cool iPhone 7 cases, and Kim took HOW many selfies?

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   The empowering Kazoo Magazine for girls is finally out with its first issue, yay! Laughing so hard at 11 times new parents thought, WTF how is this my life? Olivia Wilde takes down subway riders who won’t stand up for pregnant women. NSFW. Which is why it’s awesome. Comparing the two candidates’ policies on child care and paid family leave. Diapers for families in bipartisan households. Ha! The ultimate multi-tasking working mom? Yay for parents helping parents — especially on airplanes. Where fussy...

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Sponsored Message: An easy way to get your family organized, all with one simple system.

This is a sponsored message from Home Headquarters Kit Parents can use all the organizational help they can get, and now it’s even easier thanks to the Home Headquarters Kit, an all-in-one organization system designed to make life easier for busy families. Each kit includes a ready-to-hang wall calendar, family goal tracker, and meal planning system — essential tools for family organization — plus a family motto board, and even a pen holder. Their free downloadable templates can even be customized to suit the size of your household and your family’s unique needs. Need help getting started? They’ve got video tutorials to get you...

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Sponsored Message: Leesa Mattresses are designed to help you sleep better, whatever your body type

This is a sponsored message from Leesa Mattress The key to getting better sleep is often about finding the best mattress for your body, and that’s exactly what Leesa Mattress delivers. Designed by a group of smart entrepreneurs who had their own sleep issues, they designed the Leesa Mattress after having tried out all sorts of beds with all all sorts of reported benefits — that they never actually saw. The result was the Leesa Mattress, a premium, thoughtfully designed mattress made entirely in the USA. It features three layers of foam including a top cooling layer, and what’s most special is that it’s been designed with their unique universal adaptive feel feature which means it...

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Savitude lets you shop based on body type, so every woman can feel her most beautiful | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Savitude   If you’ve ever struggled to find stylish, quality work clothes — let alone the time to buy them — the new Savitude app and Savitude website are about to make it easier than ever.  Especially if you’re switching careers, returning to work post-baby, or just trying to update your wardrobe for the new season without spending time you don’t have. What makes Savitude different is a clever “shape-driven” shopping experience that helps you build a personalized, curated list of clothing options that’s just perfect for your own body type and tastes, thanks to combo of expert guidance and smart technology....

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Handcrafted fairy doors that invite magical visitors from Hobbits to House Elves. No lost teeth necessary.

When I discovered the incredibly adorable, beautifully handcrafted fairy doors from Sugar Bush Fairies on Etsy, I instantly fell in love. Because I’m all about bringing a little magic and enchantment into my kids’ lives — but I’ll be honest, I’m kind of a failure when it comes to Pinteresty crafts. After filling up a bag with glitter and scrawling the words “Fairy Dust” across the front, I’m kind of at a loss. This is where these enchanting wooden fairy doors come in. They’re all handcrafted and handpainted by a husband and wife team, then adorned with bronze or silver knobs and accents. You’ll find Hobbit...

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Sponsored Message: Celebrating a brand new Rosemary Wells book with a $250 giveaway

This is a sponsored message from MacMillan In honor of the launch of Hand in Hand, the beautiful new book from popular kids’ author Rosemary Wells of Max and Ruby fame, you could win a special $250 literary prize pack, plus everyone who enters wins a special magnet with art from this new book. Perfect gift for a baby shower, new baby, or first birthday, Hand in Hand celebrates the sweet joys of being your child’s first teacher, and all the moments you share, whether walking together, playing, dreaming, and of course, reading together. And oh the reading you’ll be able to do with...

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A fun interview with Anne Holton, wife of Tim Kaine, about parenting, politics + funny tweets | Spawned ep 50

This week on Spawned with Kristen + Liz, it’s our golden anniversary, and we’re extraordinarily thrilled to be joined by an incredibly special guest, Anne Holton, wife of  Senator Tim Kaine, the Democratic candidate for Vice President. But wow, Anne is a powerhouse working mom in her own right, having raised three “independent, strong-willed children” (in her words) while working as a legal aid attorney, a Judge in Richmond Juvenile Court, and until very recently, the Virginia Secretary of Education. We honestly didn’t expect to laugh so much, and we think you’ll love Anne like we did, in this incredibly enjoyable, relatable discussion. We talk...

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Web coolness: Amazing lunchbox notes, bad news for middle school parents, the PTA mom story everyone is talking about

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Amazing lunchbox notes from a dad to his daughter. (Hold the parent guilt; Rob Biddulph happens to be a professional illustrator too.) Cool Mom Tech is out with our back to school tech guide, starting with 15 of the best science apps for kids and 12 of the best reading apps for kids. Check out Facebook and Glamour’s 51 million voices campaign, amplifying the voices of voting women 18-45. Just as Liz + Kristen’s kids start middle school… research that middle school is the worst. For parents. If you...

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How to set up a playroom for kids when you don’t have a lot of space: 8 expert tips.

We love the idea of our kids having their own playroom, but not all of us has an actual room to spare for play. Still, that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice half your living room or give up your dining room table. There are so many ways to create an amazing playroom for your kids in a small space, whether you’re an apartment dweller just in a home with smaller rooms. We’re thrilled to be partnering with VTech to bring you this post, since their engaging early learning toys blend education, discovery, technology and creativity, making them perennial parent favorites. And now they’ve launched a new line of products, including a clever convertible Activity Desk...

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11 of our favorite nursery must-haves | Baby Registry Essentials Guide

We’re so excited to share our own favorite baby registry nursery must-haves as part of our ongoing Baby Registry Essentials Guide series, which we’re bringing to you thanks to our partner, Gugu Guru. Some of our picks we bet you’ve seen (or maybe recommended yourself!), some of them are definitely worth a look if they’re new to you. You will find all of our nursery must-haves right on the Gugu Guru site where you can easily add them (or anything on the web at all) to your baby registry there with a single click. It’s seriously a lifesaver for expectant parents, with completely custom product recommendations that they offer you based...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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