Category: Around the House

Well Played: The new must-read parenting book to make sure you’re having as much fun as the kids. Maybe more.

There’s been a rush on books about happiness lately, spurred the breakaway success of Gretchen Rubin’s life-changing The Happiness Project, which I still turn to all the time. And if there’s one new theme in non-cheesy inspirational books we’re excited to hear more about, it’s playfulness. I mean, can’t we just have a little more fun already? Ideally, without first being all introspective and angsty about life, artfully Konmari-ing our homes, Tiger Momming our kids into after-school activity oblivion, and perfecting the art of mediation? The answer is a resounding yes! And the absolute best place to start is with the brand new Well Played: The Ultimate Guide...

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The most outrageous beds and bunk beds for kids. Just, whoa.

I have big dreams of redesigning my kids’ bedrooms with one-of-a-kind, fun furniture that will capture their personalities and make way for the most awesome sleepover destination ever. Which is why my jaw dropped when I saw the amazing VW camper bunk bed. Created by the UK’s Fun Furniture Collection, is there any kid (or child of a former hippie, ha) who wouldn’t want one? The entire line of beds and bunk beds for kids at Fun Furniture Collection lives up to the promise in the name. Fun styles in addition to the camper include a Land Rover Safari bed, a way cool 1964 Mini...

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A reusable tablecloth our kids can draw on? Yes, please.

With family picnics and outdoor parties on the horizon, I’m loving Jaq Jaq Bird’s Chalk Board Table Runner that gives kids — and adults, if we’re being honest — a creative canvas on which to doodle while they (cough) patiently wait for their food. It’s a much better way to keep kids occupied and in their seats than playing with their utensils. At 6-feet long, this portable table runner offers ample space for an entire group of kids to draw side-by-side. Or, hang it on a wall for some space-saving art opportunities. I even love that this table runner can be used to deliver...

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5 terrific book recommendations for summer reading, from 5 of our favorite people, like Ellie Kemper and David Sedaris

Celebrities! They’re just like us! They get coffee at Starbucks, they wear sweats to the grocery store, and… they read books. Of course, it’s not like we can just give every one of our favorite movie stars, authors, and television personalities a phone call and ask them what’s on their nightstand (our rolodexes aren’t that good) which is why we’re pretty excited to share our newest sponsor, Book of the Month Club  which pretty much does that very thing for you. – Don’t miss a huge limited time discount just for Cool Mom Picks readers below!  –  Instead of using algorithms, Book of the Month...

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What I Told My Daughter: The perfect gift for feminist Moms (and Dads).

In my opinion, a good book is a great gift. And since you’re probably shopping for Mom this week (but hurry!), I’d recommend you stop by your local bookstore to take a peek at What I Told My Daughter by Nina Tassler. This collection of essays about raising empowered girls will leave your mom feeling inspired, whether she’s a new mom whose girls are still young or a mom whose girls are already grown. Related: 12 wonderfully empowering Mother’s Day gifts for progressive moms These essays are written by a powerful group of women leaders — Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Laura Bush, and Gloria Allred, plus Blythe...

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Our favorite gifts inspired by our favorite Children’s Book Week posters

I hate to admit it, but every once in a while I find myself fussing at my kids, “Put that book down and come on!” But, I have to say, I truly love when they’re nose-deep in a book. And I’m on a lifetime quest to forever encourage my kids’ love of reading. So, in honor of Children’s Book Week this week, we think everyone should grab a copy of the 2016 Children’s Book Week poster created by illustrator Brian Won. It’s free, while supplies last, from Book Week Online. Whoo! Related: The ultimate list of the best kids’ books of 2015 And if you’re feeling a wee bit nostalgic for...

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A new detergent that really works — no more sweaty smells. (Really!)

My kids have gotten to the age where they play sports year-round. Their favorite is basketball, so I don’t have as many of those irritating grass and dirt stains that you football and baseball parents have. But wow, the sweat in those jerseys… so bad that I lift them and the matching smelly socks with a broom handle. But even after the uniforms are washed, they stink. So, when I heard that HEX Performance Advanced Laundry Detergent claims to get to the root of sweat odor in a new, eco-friendly way, I thought I’d give it a try. Related: The all natural laundry detergent...

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13 amazing Mother’s Day quote prints that say it all, when we can’t.

I love the idea of Mother’s Day quote prints featuring our favorite quotes about motherhood. Whether it’s coming from kids who don’t always know how to express their affections (I’m looking at you, teens) or just from those of us adult children of mothers who know just what will light up our own mothers’ eyes on Mother’s Day and find a permanent place on a wall or desk. These mom quote prints we’ve found run the gamut from modern but sweet to a little sassy and sarcastic — and I imagine there’s one that will be very much appreciated for a special mom in your life....

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A sweet Mother’s Day gift for grandma, or any other name she goes by.

My kids call my mom Mimi. And my husband’s mom is Grama. They also have a Nana, and their cousins have a Honey. They have friends with a Lolly and a Marnie. But we almost never find gifts for our grandmothers with their actual grandmother names on them — not surprising, right? That’s why I’m loving these beautiful handmade, personalized ornaments from Magic Moon Pottery. With their special grandmother name hand-stamped on it, they’ll know it was made with love just for them. Related: The coolest Mother’s Day gifts for grandmas | 2016 Mothers Day Gift Guide I’m planning to treat the grandmas in our life...

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26 of the coolest custom portraits that make seriously amazing gifts

When it comes down to it, you really can’t go wrong with pictures of your kids as gifts. We’re huge fans of photo gifts — from custom memory games to marshmallows (yes, really) and of course, photo books. But the gifts that are really melting our hearts are cool custom portraits of our families from some of the most talented folks we’ve ever found on Etsy. These artists are totally nailing it with modern portraits that are anything but the pastel chaise-lounge portraits your grandmother still has hanging on her wall. To help you shop for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts this year, we’ve rounded up all...

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