Author: Kristen Chase

The coolest indie Mother’s Day gifts, now with totally free worldwide shipping

There’s only just under two weeks left until Mother’s Day, so if you’re shopping online for Mother’s Day gifts, especially gifts from small makers and independent artists (arguably our favorites) that might even be made to order, you had better get cracking! Fear not, we’ve got a ton of lovely ideas right in our Mother’s Day boutique from our Cool Mom Picks indie shop. What’s even better, the entire shop is now offering free worldwide shipping on every single purchase. Hooray! We love how this makes it a little easier to get your hands on some of the coolest picks from indie...

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The Nepal Earthquake: What you can do to help the victims

As the massive rescue and recovery efforts are underway to assist those affected by the devastating Nepal Earthquake, we are all feeling like we want to help in some way, even though we feel so far away. Fortunately, there are lots of ways you can help the many NGOs and charities that are sending teams over. If you’re looking to contribute, we rounded up some organizations that could certainly use your support right now. – Over at CNN, there’s a helpful list of charities supporting Nepal Earthquake relief, including the Nepal Red Cross Society, Global Giving, and UNICEF, just to name a few. They...

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How to foster a love of music in your little kids: 6 simple, no-stress things you can do right now

Music is such an important part of children’s lives from both an educational and entertainment standpoint. As a former music therapist and college professor I might be a little biased, but there are plenty of personal stories and scientific studies to back up the theories. What a lot of parents don’t know is that it a child’s music aptitude (think, music IQ) is still forming up through the age of 9. So while some kids are definitely “born with it,” even if your kids don’t seem to be, you can still absolutely raise their level of musical intelligence in those early,...

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Because girls like dinosaurs. And well, boys like purple.

I just love when parents get fired up about not being able to find the kinds of off-the-beaten-path things their girls are interested in. Because really, that just inspires entrepreneurs to come up with such things and now we all get to reap the benefits. Such is the case with everything at mom-run shop Nawi Kids. – Don’t miss an exclusive discount below –  Moms Nas and Whitney started their company years ago when Whitney’s daughter was potty training and into dinosaurs. Surprise, there was no dinosaur underwear for girls anywhere to be found. So, smart mom that she is, Whitney decided she...

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Give us a kiss

Ever since I saw these amazing kiss necklaces at the Architectural Digest Home Show a few weeks ago, I can’t get them out of my head. They’re really wearable art, and I still still can’t believe I had the willpower to not grab one when I saw her at the show. Fortunately I found I can grab them online. Hand-cast by Los Angeles artist Elyse Graham, each bold, modern piece is made from colorful shades of urethane, which has a light, resin-like feel to it. Definitely more substantial than plastic, and with beautiful chains to match. But if you’re like me and happen to be obsessed...

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Blue Apron review: Is it worth the price for families?

I’ve been wanting to check out Blue Apron for awhile now, especially after seeing so many friends, whose foodie sensibilities I trust implicitly, give this subscription food delivery service a thumbs up. If you’re not familiar with Blue Apron, they deliver recipes complete with all the ingredients you need right to your door, so all you do is put them together and cook them. Sounds awesome, right? However as a busy single mom of four kids ranging in age from ten down to four, I was curious to see whether the service is worth the price, which as you might guess is on the higher side; the...

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Free labor! A helpful guide to chores for kids by age

With four kids in the house, you can probably imagine the amount of cleaning and vacuuming and picking up (oh, the picking up) that needs to be done on a daily basis. That’s also why you can bet my kids each have their own list of chores. I’m a firm believer in getting kids involved from an early age because not only does is it a huge help (free labor!) but it teaches kids important lessons about responsibility. As our friend Asha from Parent Hacks says, “Frame your kids’ chores as move-out skills. No one wants a roommate who...

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Angela and Roi Crossbody bags for a cause. You know, beyond your spring wardrobe.

I only have one crossbody bag in my closet, which given my bag obsession seems ridiculous, I know, but I use it so much that I think it might be time to add another, like say this new one from Angela & Roi. How convenient! I love how each color of their bags connects to a specific worthy cause, so not only are you getting a gorgeous vegan leather bag, you’re also giving a little back to a charity with your purchase. The new Arc Crossbody definitely fits in with their line of sleek, simple bags, though I have to say I like how this particular...

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2 fabulous new natural laundry products that actually work

With a houseful of kids with sensitive skin, I stick to my free and clear laundry detergents and skip the boosters, fabric softeners, and stain sticks just to be safe. But after discovering these two new natural laundry products, I’ve enjoyed clothes and towels that are softer, smell much nicer, and have fewer, if any, stains. Hooray! So I couldn’t wait to share them, should you also want some cool natural laundry detergents. From the folks at B&N Laundry, I’m loving the felted goat milk stain stick (above). Yes, I know that sounds totally bizarre, but wow, it really works well! This family-run company discovered that goat milk...

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The new Bottlerocket Water Bottle from PlanetBox: Is it worth the price?

When PlanetBox, the makers of those uber popular stainless-steel lunch boxes, asked if I’d like to check out their new Bottlerocket water bottle, I didn’t even blink before saying yes. I recently ditched juice boxes from my kids’ lunches to save a little money and cut down on their sugar intake, which means they now fill and pack their own water bottle every day. So I’m always looking for the exact perfect one. However at $28, this is probably one of the priciest water bottles I’ve seen for kids — a good $10 more than the popular Klean Kanteen bottle. So I...

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5 fashionable things I’m coveting right now

With all this warmer weather, I can practically taste spring, which means slowly putting away the sweaters and boots and maybe, just maybe, getting ready to add a few new pieces to my wardrobe. The kind that aren’t designed primarily to keep me warm and dry. After poking around my favorite online shops, here are 5 fashionable items  I’m crushing on right now that I hope you love too. -Kristen CMP is an rstyle affiliate   1. I know, I know, it’s hardly time for sandals. But I’m all about being prepared should it happen warm up sooner than expected. Wishful thinking?...

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Our favorite Hayden-Harnett cuff bracelets, now 75% off! That’s your cue to shop.

Editor’s note: Post updated with new sample sale link on June 25, 2015. Happy shopping! If you want to score an amazing deal on one of our favorite accessories that we pretty much wear every single day, hurry over to the Hayden-Harnett sale section. Their cool leather cuff bracelets are marked down all under $25, which is a huge savings considering they’re usually $98. Yes, you read that correctly.   I have Liz to blame for making me a Hayden-Harnett fan, and since discovering them a few years ago, I keep an eye on their sales because the deals are pretty...

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Etnies Spring 2015: Cool skater shoes for kids, even if they’re not skaters. Yet.

My son hasn’t pulled out his skateboard in a couple of years but that hasn’t stopped him from wearing his new etnies from their Spring 2015 collection. And considering how picky he tends to be about footwear, I’d say that’s nothing short of amazing. If you’re looking for something a little cooler than your average sneaker for your kids, I’m really digging the new etnies spring collection, particularly the Lo-Cut SC Kids that don’t even look like your typical skater kicks. They’re ridiculously light, though still supportive and comfortable thanks to a foam mid-sole. And my son, who is still not super keen on...

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House of Bricks: The hilarious Sesame Street House of Cards parody

If you are as obsessed with House of Cards as I am, please take a few minutes out of your day to watch House of Bricks, the hilarious Sesame Street House of Cards parody, because it is pure genius. I have barely come up for food or air–and oh right, my children–over the past week in an attempt to catch up on House of Cards Season 2 so I can then binge watch the newly-released House of Cards Season 3. But somehow this parody was worth taking my attention away from the real Frank Underwood for a few minutes. Because you guys,...

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VIDA scarves by Karen Walrond: Gorgeous photos brought to life around your neck

We always love sharing awesome style collaborations between artists and cool companies, but even better when it’s a friend, like the amazing author and photographer Karen Walrond, who’s launched a line of VIDA scarves. We’ve known Karen and her outstanding work for we-won’t-say-how-many years, so how exciting that she’s collaborating to bring her beautiful photographs to life and with such a wonderful company that brings the vision designers, artists, and creatives alive with the help of artisans in Pakistan, who are paid a fair wage and provided with literacy programs to help them further their own lives.   The scarves,...

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The coolest free printable Year of the Goat coloring page to ring in the Chinese New Year

For a little Chinese New Year celebration this evening, I’ll be tracking down some delicious take-out dumplings at my local Chinese food joint (in lieu of my Chinese mom’s amazing cooking, sniffle), and printing out a few copies of this free Year of the Goat printable coloring page that I know my kids will love. What a cool, modern design to bring the Chinese Zodiac to life–which trust me, is pretty hard to find, if you’ve ever searched for free Chinese New Year printables. All you need is your printer, some crayons, and you’ve got a fun, simple way to share a cultural experience with your kids....

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8 of the coolest Year of the Sheep baby gifts for your little lamb

I’ve always loved the Chinese Zodiac and not just because I’m a Chinese American. I am fascinated by the history of the signs and their meanings. So with the Chinese New Year just a couple of days away, we thought it would be fun to round-up cool Year of the Sheep baby gifts. If you happen to be expecting a little baby lamb (we’ll go with the lamb instead of the ram) in 2015 or know someone who is, here are some wonderful Year of the Sheep baby gifts to help celebrate. Kung Hei Fat Choi!   The beautiful knit dolls from BlaBla Kids have...

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I saw the signs.

I’ve seen my fair share of beautiful initial necklaces, many of which I own (funny how that happens), but none like these beautiful Sign Language Alphabet necklaces by Monserat De Lucca. I recently discovered them and wow. Talk about a thoughtful, creative, and super affordable Valentine’s Day gift. The detail of each letter as it is formed by the hand is really pretty cool, and such a special way to wear a favorite letter — whether it’s your own initial or someone else’s — around your neck. Related: Cool heart necklaces as stylish as sentimental   The only bummer is that not all letters are...

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3 of the best BB creams for any busy woman without a lot of time in the morning

I’ve been using BB creams since I first discovered them years ago thanks to my Birchbox subscription, and I’ve never gone back to using anything else, though surprisingly enough, not a lot of women I know have used one. If you’re wondering what the heck a BB cream is, it stands for Beauty Balm, but I describe it as a product that falls in between a tinted moisturizer and foundation; light to medium coverage that evens your skin tone and gives your skin an extra boost of nutrients and SPF. I realize that everyone’s skin is different, and I’ll...

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Candy gifts for Valentine’s Day that go way beyond the ordinary.

I know what you might be thinking:  Candy gifts for Valentine’s Day? Could you be more cliché, Cool Mom Picks? And well, if you’ve never been introduced to Sugarfina, a favorite here with our staff, well then you will understand why I’m all excited about their offerings for Valentine’s Day this year. I fell in love with Sugarfina after our Editor Liz gave me their Love Bites gift set after a break-up, and made me laugh with the apple frogs (as in, stop kissing them) and the fish representing the many others in the sea. This may look like kid stuff, but it’s gourmet candy, which...

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