Where the Real Stars Hang

Where the Real Stars Hang

If you’re a frequent reader of Cool Mom Picks, then you know we believe that being a cool mom transcends what kind of diaper bag you carry. For the past three years I’ve balanced my love of stuff with my work for the Starlight Starbright Foundation, a...
Even Better Than Being Made By Elves

Even Better Than Being Made By Elves

We’re suckers for charming handmade baby toys, doubly so when they’re crafted from natural materials like recycled wood, and double that when buying them does a little good for humanity. Pastel Toys hits the Trifecta for sure. These nine endearing wooden...
Booking Agents

Booking Agents

Hurricane Katrina’s wrath was devastating for sure, but it also did damage in ways we don’t always think about. Consider the public libraries, for example. Seeing as how water and paper aren’t a very good combination, several libraries lost entire...
Keeping Daddy as Close to Home as Possible

Keeping Daddy as Close to Home as Possible

As a military wife, I’ve been fortunate to have avoided deployments. And while some days I wouldn’t mind if my husband took a short trip across the ocean, I imagine it really stinks for the kids. My daughter gives my husband the cold shoulder after a long...
Empowering Teens, One Showtune at a Time

Empowering Teens, One Showtune at a Time

One of the coolest and most underrated nonprofits I know is City at Peace, which uses performing arts as a way of promoting positive development in urban teens. They bring together a diverse group of kids for a year, during which time they mine their lives for stories...
Fat Has Taken On a Whole New Meaning

Fat Has Taken On a Whole New Meaning

I have a tough time with the word “fat,” mainly because since having a child, it’s how I feel on most days. And quite frankly, I prefer it be used to refer to babies, the singing lady, and these new handmade stuffed animals I found by Jen at The...
Rise Up, Moms!

Rise Up, Moms!

“Women shouldn’t be discriminated against simply because they are mothers.” Any organization with a manifesto like that has our full attention. Introducing Moms Rising, a new organization that’s creating a grassroots movement of moms on the...
Leggo of your Lego

Leggo of your Lego

I hit the jackpot today. My couch cushion diving expedition uncovered $2.32, a pen, some cheerios, and way too many LEGOs. It’s general parenting knowledge that if you have a kid, you have LEGOs, and they are everywhere. So, instead of throwing them back in the...

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