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Cool Mom Picks voted top Pregnancy Mom Blog on Babble.com!

How lovely to discover that Cool Mom Picks was voted the #10 best pregnancy blog on Babble.com. Let’s just say we’re blushing! We’re thrilled to be included in Babble’s Top 50 Pregnancy Mom Blogs list with some of our own faves, like Ohdeedoh, Postpartum Progress, and DaddyTypes, even though we’re pretty sure Greg is not a mom. (Though he’s definitely one cool dad). And before you think we’re paying off Babble.com with homemade cookies, just wait for their next list – “Super Ninja Baking Mom Blogs.” We’re pretty sure you won’t see us anywhere on that one. Thanks so much,...

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Subscribing to Cool Mom Picks: It’s right on Target.

Maybe “cool” isn’t a word you’re using a lot this summer. But even when the temperature is in the 100’s, we’re always looking to hook our subscribers up with cool giveaways, because they are…yep. The coolest. This coming week, five– yes, five— lucky Cool Mom Picks subscribers will each win a $50 Target gift card courtesy of the Baby Clothing Network. If you’re not familiar with our latest sponsor, you won’t want to miss their ingenious service, which allows you to swap boxes of gently used kids’ clothes simply for the price of shopping. These are high quality baby...

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3 ways to get your daily dose of cool

Never miss a day of Cool Mom Picks! Here’s how: 1. Follow us on Twitter 2. Like us on Facebook 3. Subscribe to our RSS feed *Bonus! Become an email subscriber. It’s not daily, but feel free to read our newsletter every day if it makes you...

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3 ways to get your daily dose of cool

Never miss a day of Cool Mom Picks! Here’s how: 1. Follow us on Twitter 2. Like us on Facebook 3. Subscribe to our RSS feed *Bonus! Become an email subscriber. It’s not daily, but feel free to read our newsletter every day if it makes you...

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3 ways to get your daily dose of cool

Never miss a day of Cool Mom Picks! Here’s how: 1. Follow us on Twitter 2. Like us on Facebook 3. Subscribe to our RSS feed *Bonus! Become an email subscriber. It’s not daily, but feel free to read our newsletter every day if it makes you...

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Cool Mom Picks voted #1 shopping site on Babble.com. Whoo!

We were beyond thrilled to discover that Cool Mom Picks has been chosen as Babble.com’s #1 shopping site! Thank you, Babble! To be honored alongside 50 cool sites that we admire and love ourselves, like Inhabitat, Stroller Traffic, and Shopafrolic (just to name a few) is amazing and quite frankly, overwhelming. And a hearty congrats to our sister site Cool Mom Tech, which nabbed the #1 shopping site for best tech and gadgets as well as #4 overall. Go CMT! We’re so thankful for you, our amazing, supportive readers. And to new visitors, welcome. We hope you enjoy our...

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3 ways to get your daily dose of cool

Never miss a day of Cool Mom Picks! Here’s how: 1. Follow us on Twitter 2. Like us on Facebook 3. Subscribe to our RSS feed *Bonus! Become an email subscriber. It’s not daily, but feel free to read our newsletter every day if it makes you...

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Subscribe to Cool Mom Picks to be in the know and on the go

This is a fabulous day to become a Cool Mom Picks subscriber. If not just for our exclusive discount codes, celebrity trends, and picks you won’t find on our site, there’s that dandy subscribers-only monthly giveaway like this one: One lucky CMP subscriber will win the ultimate on-the-go gift pack valued at over $250, including a fabulous Timi + Leslie convertible diaper bag filled with goodies from some of our favorite boutique brands–Stokke, Maclaren, skip+hop, and more. All to keep your little one comfy and happy while you’re on the go this summer. All the details will show up...

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3 ways to get your daily dose of cool

Never miss a day of Cool Mom Picks! Here’s how: 1. Follow us on Twitter 2. Like us on Facebook 3. Subscribe to our RSS feed *Bonus! Become an email subscriber. It’s not daily, but feel free to read our newsletter every day if it makes you...

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Subscribe to Cool Mom Picks and you can be strolling in style in June

We’d be happier than a bunch of Junebugs on a blackberry bush if you subscribe to Cool Mom Picks before June 1. Like all our subscribers, you’ll get free (free!) access to the hottest trends, coolest deals, sunniest discounts, and biggest lifesavers we can find, many of which are just for our subscribers. And for an extra added burst of sunshine, you’ll be be eligible to enter to win this month’s subscribers-only giveaway, a $450 Cool Travel with Baby Package from Scandinavian Child! In the next couple of days, one lucky subscriber will win their very own Micralite FastFold...

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A Quinny for Jenny (and you, and Beth, and Ann)

We started Cool Mom Picks because we just had to share all of our amazing finds with someone besides each other. It’s all about sharing– deals, discounts, splurges, handy helpers, giveaways, and so much more. Our subscribers have an extra chance every month to win a super-huge, extra-awesome giveaway that can only be found in our newsletter. But now there’s a new way to share the goodness. See that Invite button at the top of the page? You can use that to invite more Cool Moms into the fold. And just because you invite them doesn’t mean they’re required...

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Happy Mother’s Day, mamas!

We’re wishing the happiest of Mother’s Days to all the cool moms out there, the cool grandmas, stepmoms, mother-in-laws and just-like-moms.  May your day be filled with lots of love, bear hugs, crayon-scribbled cards, and maybe some really good ice cream. -Liz, Kristen and Team Cool Mom Picks {letterpress Mother’s Day card from...

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Invite a friend (or three) to Cool Mom Picks and win a Quinny. (Or four.)

Want to win your own super fab Quinny Zapp Xtra stroller, valued at $299? And how about one more for each of your three closest friends? We can do that. Our Cool Mom Picks newsletter subscribers already know how much we adore them. (After all, without them we’d just be telling ourselves about all this cool stuff we find). But we’re always trying to come up with new ways to share the love, and this one’s so fun! See that new option in our nav bar up there, where it says invite? Go ahead and click that link, or...

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Further proof that we go-go-go crazy for our subscribers

Once you have kids, you’re on the go for the next– oh, eighteen years. Going to music class, going to preschool, going shopping to replace all the shoes they outgrow. But one way you can stay put is with our free newsletters which deliver exclusive deals, discounts, cool editors’ picks, celeb trends, and giveaway opportunities right to your inbox. Sign up now (did we mention it’s free?) and you’ll get more than that this month. Because we know your kids are constantly on the go too, we’ve arranged a super sweet subscribers-only giveaway, hooking up two of you with...

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We like you so we want to put some bling on it

One of our favorite sections of Cool Mom Picks is titled Baubles & Bags (and one of yours too, based on the comments here), because we know that being a mom doesn’t mean you have to give up your bling. From diaper bags that are prettier than regular purses to necklaces that celebrate your sweet baby while foiling her grabby little paws, we do the work and let you reap the blingy benefits. If you want to up the accessory ante, we highly suggest becoming a Cool Mom Picks subscriber. Much like a long rope of pearls, the possibilities...

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Birthday Goody Bag Giveaway – Day 5 (This is a good one, mamas)

As if our birthday week giveaways couldn’t get any better, we’ve got another five goody bags to give away to five lucky readers. Today, it’s five stylish, versatile diaper totes¬†from Kokopax that we still can’t believe are for carrying diapers. Inside those gorgeous bags you’ll find: 1) A $50 gift certificate for uber-stylish shoes from See Kai Run 2) A sleek, smart momAgenda desktop planner 3) A MacLaren Travel Kit with yummy body products just moms 4) A $25 gift certificate for custom hand-stamped jewelry from the wildly popular shop The Vintage Pearl TO ENTER: We discover so many...

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Birthday Goody Bag Giveaway – Day 4 (This just keeps getting better!)

We weren’t kidding when we said we had a week’s worth of awesome birthday giveaways to celebrate Cool Mom Picks’ fifth birthday. It’s been so fun for all of us to read all your comments and suggestions in your entries and get to know you all a little better through them. How cool and different you all are!  Meanwhile, may we offer up another goody bag or five? Why, yes we may! Today, we’ve got five super versatile Bento ultimate diaper bags (love!) from perennial fave skip*hop, and we’ve got each one filled with 1. Reader’s choice of one...

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Happy 5th Birthday, Cool Mom Picks! (And prizes!)

KRISTEN: Back in early 2006, a few months after I started blogging, I thought it might be fun to start another blog that highlighted the cool, handmade goodies I found so many online moms making and selling to help keep their households afloat. It’ll be cheeky! And fun to read! And it’ll save moms time! And it’s called ‘Cool Mom Sh*t, I said in an email to a few of my newfound online friends and writers I admired. Liz emailed me back with a few ideas for the blog and asked if I wanted a partner. Then she told...

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Talking parenting with Katie Couric

Yesterday, Cool Mom Picks editor-in-chief and publisher Liz Gumbinner joined NurtureShock co-author Ashley Merryman to talk with Katie Couric about some of today’s hot parenting topics on Katie’s excellent CBS News webshow, @katiecouric. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the video yet, we’ve got it right here. Liz and Ashley discuss how we handle tough topics like racial differences and bullying, along with the trends of overpraising kids, bolstering self-esteem, minimizing competition, and how these affect the way our kids view themselves and the world. Such an awesome discussion of parenting strategies and insights. And the answer, according to Liz is, “Yes, Katie is awesome in person. One more cool mom in the world.” Why are we not surprised? If you’re a new visitor to Cool Mom Picks, welcome! Hope you enjoy all the cool gifts, gear, resources and discounts we’ve got for kids and the parents who love...

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Happy 2011 cool moms!

2011. Is it even possible? It just sounds so…future-y! From Kristen, Liz, and everyone at Cool Mom Picks, we wish you and your family a peaceful, beautiful, happy, healthy new year. We hope it’s filled with all the joy, all the success, all the nights of pure uninterrupted sleep that you deserve. Not necessarily in that order. party hats via paper n...

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We resolve to bring you more awesomeness in the New Year.

Here at Cool Mom Picks, we’ve got a whole lot of New Year’s Resolutions: 1. We resolve to offer a most excellent giveaway in our newsletter every single month. This month, we have two gift certificates to Polarn O. Pyret worth $125, only for subscribers of the Cool Mom Picks Monthly Newsletter if you’re signed up by Friday. (And there’s a Polarn O. Pyret discount code over at that link too, if you’re into beautiful European designs that will last forever.) 2. We resolve to present your inboxes with only the good stuff–our editors’ favorite picks, exclusive deals and...

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Happy happy and merry merry.

From the bottom of our hearts, we wish all you cool moms, cool dads, cool aunties + grandmothers, and all of your beautiful families, a very merry Christmas. –Kristen, Liz, and everyone at Cool Mom Picks. [poster via salt & paper shop. download yours...

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Subscribing: So fabulous it’s scary

Yeah, we know. It’s the week before Halloween, and pretty much everything is “so fabulous it’s scary.” Still, subscribing to the Cool Mom Picks newsletter truly is a treat. And there’s no trick– we promise. So what’s coming to haunt you? Oh, just our free monthly newsletter with great deals and hip finds, including our free CMP (for less) email with exclusive discounts. Plus a chance to enter our utterly amazing monthly subscriber-only drawing. This month, it’s a Pretend Play Prize Package from Little Passports and Cattiwampus worth over $200, and including wonderful toys to inspire creativity from Melissa...

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Cool Mom Picks loves InStyle!

Well what a nice surprise to discover that the November 2010 issue of InStyle includes Cool Mom Picks in their big Best of the Web feature! We are so beyond thrilled that one of our all-time favorite magazines mentions us us as one of four favorite blogs in the kids category. (Psst…page 256. The one with the adorable Rachel McAdams cover.) It’s a great honor considering we’re in the company of sites Planet Awesome Kid, Mamaista, and EcoChildsPlay. Plus we loved seeing the inclusion of CMP favorites like Rikshaw Design, Polarn O Pyret, Little Lunalu, TadaShop and more. As...

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Cool Mom Picks has a new baby in the family!

Huge congrats to publisher/co-founder Kristen, whose beautiful, still unnamed baby girl was born in the wee hours of the morning. At home. On her guest bed. Thanks to an Atlanta fireman named Kelly. Mom and baby #4 are doing beautifully, Mom is laughing about not making it to the hospital in time, and no doubt Baby will share Kristen’s always inspiring sense of humor. –Liz + Team Cool Mom Picks [it’s a girl button: mahar dry...

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Subscribing: It’s like an inbox full of awesome

If you’re reading this, you are fabulous, and we love you, and we want to bring further awesomeness to your inbox a couple of times a month, plus chances to win fantastic prizes. All you have to do is subscribe to Cool Mom Picks before Thursday (hurry!) and here are 5 reasons why that’s a good thing. 1. Our subscribers are just a wee bit more special than other subscribers. It’s true. 2. In addition to our fab monthly newsletter, CMP subscribers have the chance to enter to win a delicious prize pack designed to make family dinner time...

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Cool Mom Picks and ABC – Saving your sanity, mamas!

As moms ourselves, we really value our sanity – and fortunately, there are a slew of awesome products out there that help us do just that, several of which have been rounded up by our own Publisher and Editor in Chief Liz Gumbinner on the ABC News Now show, Parenting with Annie Pleshette Murphy. Click over to check out some of our favorite sanity savers, a few you might recognize and a couple of new picks as well. Almost all are invented by parents, and all will help make life easier (and help keep most of hair firmly planted in our heads). Hooray for that. Search our site for more details on every product seen here. And if you’re visiting from ABC, welcome to our site! We hope you’ll find plenty more handy must-have products and tons of fantastic goodies for you and your...

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Cool Mom Picks loves the Today Show!

If you missed Cool Mom Picks editor Liz Gumbinner on the Today Show this morning, fear not: We’ve got the clip right here. Catch Liz chatting with Meredith Viera (who was wearing seriously killer shoes!) and sharing some of our favorite back to school picks from our 2010 Back to School Shopping Guide. And if you’re new to CMP from the Today Show, welcome! We’re so happy to have you here. Feel free to subscribe to our free newsletter for cool picks, exclusive discounts and giveaways you won’t find on our site. But not spam. We hate spam. We spit on you,...

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Catch Cool Mom Picks on NBC’s Today Show Thursday!

We’re so excited that Cool Mom Picks editor Liz Gumbinner will be joining The Today Show tomorrow to talk about some of the cool back to school picks in our Back to School Shopping Guide. The best part might be that Liz gets to share the green room with one of our favorite bloggers, Ree Drummond, a.k.a. the Pioneer Woman, who will be cooking up something fabulous in another segment. Yay for Today Show and their support of cool bloggers! So set your alarms (or your DVRs) and send us some virtual love. Or heck, show up live with...

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Chat with us about Back to School at The Motherhood

It seems as though the back to school season starts earlier and earlier each year, with many kids already heading back today! With that in mind, we’re so excited to launch our annual Back to School Shopping Guide first thing tomorrow, and to celebrate, we’re hosting a live back to school chat over at The Motherhood. [Cool giveaway opp after the jump!] Not only will you get first dibs on our awesome guide (if we do say so ourselves) as well as a chance to win a great prize pack valued at $150 from Emily Press, Cattiwampus, Tiny Revolutionary,...

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