Author: Kristen

9 terrific baby gift ideas to help baby (and mom) get more sleep | Baby Registry Essentials Guide

If there’s one thing we know that every new mom needs, it’s sleep. Lots of it. Lots and lots of it. So what better baby shower gift to consider than one aimed at getting her just what she needs? We are so excited to put together tons of recommendations in this next installment of our Baby Registry Essentials Guide series on behalf of our partner, Gugu Guru. It’s a free online baby registry that actually gives you custom product recommendations based on your taste and lifestyle, though when it comes to sleep, that’s something every single parent wants and needs. You’ll find all 9 of these smart gift...

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6 Sephora Collection products you need in your makeup bag, stat

If you’re anything like me, you could spend hours shopping for makeup. But, if you’re like me, you don’t even have those hours to shop for makeup. (I wish!) That’s why I was so thrilled to team up with our newest sponsor, JCPenney, to visit their in-store JCPenney Sephora store, and check out the latest Sephora Collection products — turns out, it’s so easy for a busy mom like me to run right in, grab what I need, and run right out again. Even though they’re celebrating 10 years together, I think this might just be the best-kept beauty shopping secret out there. Plus, the...

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Newly gives old materials new life in the most beautiful way

It used to be that clothes and gifts made from recycled materials compromised on style. But these days, companies are finding creative ways to make fabulous products using resources we already have, making a huge, positive impact on the planet we live on and the one we’re going to leave our children. That’s why we’re so thrilled to get the exclusive first look at Newly, a new company offering some of the most gorgeous home goods we’ve ever seen, all made from 100% recycled materials using sustainable, energy-efficient methods. The five founders, including Barrett Ward, the creator of Cool Mom Picks favorite FashionABLE, established Newly...

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Everyday Bravery Pins by Emily McDowell: Because sometimes just getting out of bed deserves a medal

There’s a reason why we love artist Emily McDowell so much. She has this way of taking exactly what we’re thinking and turning it into sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching quotes that turn into wonderful gifts and greeting cards. And her new Everyday Bravery Pins that just launched today are no exception. In fact, I got a little teary (in a good way) reading through each of them.   Related: Make your mornings a whole lot brighter with these 5 funny mugs These enamel pins capture the little and big moments we overcome every single day that rarely, if ever, get recognized. From...

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Barre Workouts: What’s the difference between Pure Barre and Barre3?

I spent a few solid months tightening up my buns thanks to Barre3 barre workouts a couple of years ago, so when I decided to hit the workout circuit again after a very long summer hiatus, I gave Pure Barre a try instead (thanks to a very tempting new client special). After almost a month taking regular Pure Barre classes, I’ve got a pretty good handle on what makes these two barre workouts different. If you’re wondering which one is right for you, or if barre classes in general should be on your fitness radar, I’ve got the inside scoop. Pure Barre vs. Barre3:...

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Sleep anxiety in kids: 5 solutions for big kid sleep issues that really work

I still remember celebrating when I was finally out of the baby and toddler no-sleep days, only to discover that I had a big kid with sleep anxiety. Once I realized the incentive of Star Wars Legos wasn’t keeping him in his bed through the night, I knew it was a bigger problem than a normal behavioral issue. My son, now 9, has quite an overactive brain, which makes it terribly hard for him to fall asleep. And then, if he wakes up in the middle of the night, he can’t fall back asleep unless he’s with me. In my bed. Over...

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National Voter Registration Day: Helpful resources to get you to the polls this November

The election is just over a month away, and what better time to check your voter registration status than on National Voter Registration Day? If you can’t make any of their hundreds of events across the country today, you can easily hop online to get the voter registration help you need. Here, a few online resources that can do it all for you in a matter of minutes. If you simply search the word “vote” on Google.com, you will get a nifty pop-up box that will give you voter registration deadlines, info on how to go about registering, and tips to walk...

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All the favorite people in your life, written in stars.

We’ve always been fond of mom jewelry that doesn’t look like mom jewelry, and hooray for us, there have been no shortage of beautiful options over the years. From braille jewelry to roman numeral necklaces, we’ve seen it all. And now, this custom family zodiacs necklace from Lulu Frost. Related: Cool personalized jewelry for every taste and style I’ve been a longtime fan of Lulu Frost, in fact, the necklace I own garners me compliments every single time I leave the house in it, and my guess is that anyone wearing this necklace will get the same. It features up to...

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I see London, I see France, I see your new favorite underpants.

We haven’t been shy about talking about our underwear here on Cool Mom Picks, which means you might already know that we’re big Hanky Panky fans. And so, I just had to share my new favorite style that I recently discovered on a shopping trip. Related: Spanx faux leather leggings are our newest fashion obsession As much as I love the low rise Hanky Panky thongs, with all the higher-waisted pants and skirt styles that I’m wearing now, they tend to slide down and I find myself pulling them up during the day. But, since I discovered their new retro lace thong,...

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Honest election diapers for bipartisan babies

Now your baby’s bottom can get political this election season with these limited edition Honest election diapers that are eco-friendly and bipartisan-friendly, too. (Great for split households.) Related: Get political with these new TOMS shoes We’ve been longtime fans of Honest diapers and not just because we have a girl crush on Jessica Alba (who doesn’t, seriously?). Not only are they freaking cute, they’re made from sustainable, plant-based materials, without chlorine processing or additives, but still keep babies dry. Not included, however, is the Sharpie. To make them your own DIY partisan diapers, of course. Heh. You can order the Honest election diapers...

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