Category: Back to School Shopping

Best preschool backpacks: Back to School Guide 2013

We are so excited to bring you our annual back to school shopping guide, all fresh and fun for 2013. What’s the fun of going back to school–making lunches every morning? No! It’s finding your kids’ first new backpacks. That’s why we’re starting out with 11 of the best preschool backpacks, for all kinds of tastes in all kinds of price ranges. And hey–kindergarteners might like them a whole lot too. Shark Backpack in silver (Pkolino, $54.99) Panda Zoopack (Skip*Hop, $20) Kitty Personalized Backpack (Pottery Barn Kids, $34.50) MadPax Bubble Half-Pack (Madpax, $48) Milkdot Topkat Backpack (Milkdot, $40) Retro...

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Get ready for back to school with Cool Mom Tech

These days, there’s just no way we could head back to school without a little (okay, a lot of) help from technology. That’s why we’ve put together our second annual Cool Mom Tech Back to School Guide, which launched this week. You’ll find tons of stylish, practical things to help keep you organized all school year long, plus awesome gadgets and gear for your little and big kids. First up, the 5 coolest laptop backpacks for big kids that you might want to snatch up for yourself. And don’t miss our helpful round-up of the best back to school apps...

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Welcome Today Show viewers!

If you caught our Editor-in-Chief Liz Gumbinner on NBC’s TODAY this morning talking about the coolest back to school gear for kids, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find all the items featured on the show, plus over 100 more awesome back to school goodies for your little and big kids, on our brand new Back to School Shopping Guide. And along with the fact that many of the cool kids’ clothes and school supplies we’ve featured in our guide are made and sold by small, family run businesses (like us, actually!), you’ll find a slew of amazing...

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Catch Cool Mom Picks on the Today Show tomorrow!

We’re so thrilled to tell you that we’re celebrating the launch of our Back to School Shopping Guide on NBC’s Today Show tomorrow morning. Whoo! Our Editor-in-Chief Liz will be highlighting some of the coolest picks from our guide, like backpacks and lunchboxes, back to school fashion, plus a bunch of great stuff for parents. So make sure to tune in around 9:30am or set your DVR now. Bonus: You’ll catch the 98 Degrees reunion concert. Maybe Liz will get to give soon-to-be-dad Nick Lachey a few parenting tips. Heh! -Kristen If you can’t catch Liz tomorrow morning, don’t worry! We’ll have...

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The only Back to School Shopping Guide you’ll need: ours!

The summer is almost officially over and that means one thing: The launch of our sixth annual Back to School Shopping Guide, featuring close to 150 goodies that will help make your little and big kids’ school year the coolest one yet. You’ll find everything from cool preschool backpacks and lunch boxes, to hip back-to-school clothes for kids and tweens, parents’ lifesavers, free printables, plus exclusive discount codes galore, all in one handy place. This year, we’ve also added an entire back-to-school craft section courtesy of our fabulous guide sponsor Scotch Colors + Patterns Duct Tape, which has just launched than...

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Back to school shopping – the coolest kids backpacks and bags

We’re pretty sure that back to school is synonymous with a brand new backpack and not one that’s ragged and torn from last year’s heavy load of school books and homework. Here are a bunch of our favorite book bags that are not only cool, but will stand out in the sea of licensed character packs on the hooks and in the cubbies. Madpax Available in four sizes and eight colors, we’re pretty sure these super cool Madpax (at top) won’t ever end up in the lost and found. ($28 and up at Madpax) Diaper Dude We love the...

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Back to school shopping – the coolest lunchboxes and lunch bags.

It’s a tradition for so many families – the school year starts off with a clean new lunch box, full of promise (and not so full of last year’s peanut butter crud). Here are a few that we love because they’re not only adorable, they’re built to last. Pink Robot Lunch Box Our readers have begged us for pink robot items; leave it to Beatrix NY (at top) to have that very thing covered. ($34 at Beatrix NY) Laptop Lunch Bento System For older kids, a bento system is so practical, especially in this season’s hot purple. ($25 and up...

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Back to School Shopping – Parents’ lifesavers

We’re so excited to introduce our much anticipated 2011 Back to School Shopping Guide! Every few days, check back for more categories, more great picks, and of course, discount codes for all the coolest back to school goodies. Today’s category, Parents’ Lifesavers, is brought to you by our amazing sponsor Mabel’s Labels, who happens to be one of our longtime favorite sanity savers. Their adorable personalized labels, like this Ultimate Back to School Combo pack have made September way easier for us and our kids (and thousands of moms and their kids) more than a few years in a...

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