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Subscribing to Cool Mom Picks is like winning the lottery! (Says us.)

We wish we could give every single one of our subscribers a million dollars. Tax-free. That’s just how much we love you. Until that day, we can make at least one of you happy with a super awesome giveaway worth $1200. (Really!) [Super fabulous giveaway after the jump!] Of course every Cool Mom Picks subscriber gets access to exclusive features, hot celeb trends, and cool picks delivered right to your inbox, plus our dedicated emails that score you discounts and deals to boutiques and brands that are pretty hard to beat. But this month, one of you will win...

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Cool Mom Picks loves Babycenter!

We were so happy to hear that Babycenter was planning to relaunch their popular blog Momformation with truly awesome bloggers. So you can imagine we were even happier that they invited us to be contributors! Visit us every Thursday each week for, you guessed it, cool picks you won’t see here. We’re especially flattered to be amidst some of our own favorite trendsetters and fabulous writers, like Marie LeBaron from crafty blog Make and Takes, Allison Czarnecki who pens style blog Petit Elefant, and the lovely, lifesaving mamas Heather Flett and Whitney Moss, also known as The Rookie Moms....

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Subscribe to the coolest newsletter around and make yourself happy.

If you’re a regular Cool Mom Picks reader but have yet to become a newsletter subscriber, then let us just say that this is the perfect time to join.  Because you might just win an incredible prize package valued at $500 from Micralite, Lillebaby, and Polka Dot Peacock. Of course, there’s a slew of other benefits to being a subscriber, like exclusive features and hot celeb trends, as well as our popular dedicated emails offering fantastic deals and discounts from hand-picked boutiques and brands that you just won’t find anywhere else. Granted, you won’t get any spam from us,...

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It’s great to be a Cool Mom Picks subscriber

You know, it’s been a while since we mentioned our awesome newsletter subscriber program, and all the stuff you might be missing if you’re not a part of it. Especially this month. Because if you sign up for our newsletter before April 30, you’ll have a chance to win a $2000 package of extreme awesomeness from environmentally friendly nursery furniture and decor company, Q Collection Junior. That is, on top of all the amazing offers and exclusive deals and news that are in our newsletter every month. The giveaway includes a Solare crib in your choice of finish, an...

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Cool Mom Picks wants to hear from you. Right here. In comments.

We’re so excited today to let you all know:  Comments at Cool Mom Picks are officially open! We’ve just enjoyed the lively, helpful, and thoughtful discussions on our Facebook fan page so much, we thought it would be fun to bring it over here. We can’t wait to hear your feedback, your thoughts, your questions, and your suggestions for other readers who might have questions. After all, some of our best ideas come from right from our readers. Of course we do want to keep the community productive and supportive and free of GET UR VIAGRA CLIKK HERE NOW, so comments are moderated and open to registered members of the community (it’s easy).  So keep it classy and clean – not that you wouldn’t. You’re too cool for that. Now go say hi. We can’t...

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Cool Mom Picks loves ABC!

So maybe March winds bring April showers, but around here, that means baby showers. Wait–before we scare our spouses, we’re talking about Cool Mom Picks co-founder and editor-in-chief Liz’s appearance on Parenting with Annie Pleshette Murphy on ABC News Now. Click over to see Liz showcase a few of our favorite indie, handmade gifts that will make that lucky mama-to-be or new mom (and all her shower guests) go “ooooh” – which is really the point of the baby shower anyway. There’s even some goodies in there for new dads. And if you’re here visiting from ABC, welcome! We’ve...

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Our prediction for 2010 – More green!

We were honored when one of our favorite blogs, Inhabitots, asked us to offer up some of our green parenting predictions for 2010, along with bloggers we respect like Ecorazzi, Green & Clean Mom, and Jennifer of The Smart Mama. Click over for some really interesting eco-predictions, from consumer rejection of greenwashing, to the proliferation of the locavore movement, and see if your own predictions line up with any of ours. If you don’t know what any of that means, then stick with us, mama. We’ll help guide you through it.  –Liz+Kristen Got some of your own thoughts? Weigh...

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Happy 2010!

We’re sure taking the day off today and we hope you are too. (Get it? That’s mom humor! Moms don’t get the day off!) We are so so very grateful for your support this year, for your support of smaller businesses, and for your choice to devote even an iota of your precious, limited time with Cool Mom Picks. We have so much to be thankful for right now and each one of you are so much a part of that. Thank you thank you thank you. Wishing you all the peace, joy and success you deserve in 2010....

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Last minute holiday shopping tips – Join Cool Mom Picks at the Motherhood

There’s only one week of holiday shopping left, mamas, but do not fear! In addition to our handy Holiday Gift Guide and our daily holiday picks, we’ve got a few extra last minute shopping tricks up our sleeves that we’ll be sharing all day today (Wednesday, December 16) over during the Cool Mom Picks Circle Chat at The Motherhood. Simply hop over to our chat page and click “Join Chat” to ask a question and join in the discussion. We’ll be tackling your holiday shopping dilemmas (Picky mother-in-law? Kid who has everything? To wrap or not wrap that bicycle...

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Cool Mom Picks loves CBS 4 Denver

Thanks so much to CBS 4 in Denver for the lovely coverage of our Holiday Gift Guide and their focus on our support of mom-run businesses and more affordable options for parents this year. Click over (while you can!) to see CMP VIP and Denver resident Julie Marsh, plus Anna Woltz of Wonder Toast, a brand our readers fell in love with earlier in this month. You’ll find the segment here while it lasts, under It’s Easy To Give Great Gifts While Saving Money. (Not to be confused with Fort Collins Pot Dispensary Applications Increases.) And if you’re here...

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Etsy and Cool Mom Picks, sitting in a tree…

It’s no secret that at Cool Mom Picks we love Etsy. Love, adore, want to marry. But what we recently found out is that Etsy loves Cool Mom Picks and as you can imagine, we couldn’t be more excited! Kristen and Liz recently spent a lovely afternoon checking out their new DUMBO Brooklyn space, getting inspired by the creativity that radiates from every corner (even accounting), and eating some damn fine sticky rice. We’ll get our own photo essay up soon, but in the meanwhile, check out the article on The Storque. You might even learn some stuff you...

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We’re in the running!

Thank you all so much for your support of Cool Mom Picks in the best fashion mommy blog on The Bump this past week. It would seem we might actually have a chance .  .. but we need your help. And today is the last day of voting. So if you think that what we do here helps keep moms feeling fashionable and fabulous, would be so kind as to click over and vote for Cool Mom Picks? (As often as you’d like – seriously. It’s like a Desmond/Locke sort of contest where you can just keep pushing that...

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It’s nice just to be nominated. But still…

We were very happy to find Cool Mom Picks on the shortlist for best fashion mommy blog on The Bump. But we were more excited when we realized that if we win our category, we could win a $100 gift certificate to Pottery Barn Kids . . . and then give it to one of you. You know how much we like giving things away, after all. So click over and vote (as often as you’d like it would seem, for some reason) and we’d be happy. There’s no registration or anything. Just clicking. Easy. And if we win?...

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Back to school discount codes? Yep, we’ve got them.

Back to school shopping is rarely cheap (we know, we know) which is why we’ve made an effort to secure you mamas exclusive discounts on our back to school shopping guide. For starters: Our premier sponsor, Moxie Kids is offering $10 off orders of their fabulous kids’ clothes over $50, plus free shipping with code CPM10. (choose in-store pick up to receive free shipping) Our other premier sponsor, EMTanner Designs is giving you 20% off their personalized lunchboxes and other cool kids’ gear with code COOLMOM. Plus you’ll find codes up to 50% off (no kidding!) from more than...

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Cool Mom Picks on The Early Show – Set your alarms, mamas!

Even though most of us have little alarm clocks that tend to get us up waaaaay earlier than we’d like, you might want to set a real one tomorrow so you can catch Cool Mom Picks co-founder and editor-in-chief Liz Gumbinner on CBS’s The Early Show. At around 8:30am EST tomorrow (August 7), she’ll be talking about some of the coolest customized gifts, including the personalized books from Custom Made for Kids. And if 8:30 is cutting into your beauty sleep or work time, don’t worry. That’s what Tivos are for. Go Liz! -Kristen & the CMP...

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The Cool Mom Picks Back to School Shopping Guide! It’s here!

We know there are still a few beach days in your future, but consider this your gentle reminder that the first day of preschool, kindergarten or beyond is just around the bend. But, don’t worry, we’ve got your back and have put together our third annual Back to School Shopping Guide to help make life a little easier for parents of the littlest school kids. We’ve been ignoring the laundry for days to make sure we found only the coolest gear for back-to-school season, whether it’s eco-friendly school supplies, or clothing, shoes and backpacks that will set your little...

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Last Chance to Win One Kings Lane Shopping Spree!

If you’ve been waiting for just the right moment to become a Cool Mom Picks subscriber, now is the perfect time! Aside from getting the coolest of our monthly picks, exclusive features, celeb trends, discounts and special offers from our awesome sponsors right in your inbox, if you sign up by end of day today, you’ll be qualified for a chance to win one of five $200 shopping sprees at One Kings Lane, featuring amazing member-only sample sales on designer home decor. Just check our upcoming August email for all the details on how to win. And don’t worry....

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Off to BlogHer

Today, we’re off to Chicago for the annual BlogHer conference, and by we, we mean Kristen, Liz, and darn near all of our contributors. (Julie and Carrie and Betsy will be sorely missed.)  If you’re headed there yourself, please make sure you say hi. Surely it will be a whirlwind of panels and parties and women clamoring to meet Tim Gunn, but we’ll be somewhere in there too. Check the pic on our about page and you’ll know who to look for. We can’t wait to see...

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Cool Mom Picks + Twitter + You. A nice combo.

Observant Cool Mom Picks readers may have noticed we just added a snazzy little “retweet” button to the bottom of each post to make it easier to share your favorite posts on Twitter. So fun! If you’re not following us on Twitter, what are you waiting for? Find us there as @CoolMomPicks. (makes sense, right?) We’ll alert you to breaking sales, cool local events, or our favorite posts of the day. Say hi any time! We’ll even follow you back. PS If you don’t know what Twitter is, please return to your regularly scheduled browsing. Carry...

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Cookie’s Word of Mom Awards: Vote for your faves (and maybe us?)

Just as Mother’s Day rolls around, we got some nice news — we’re a possible contender in Cookie Magazine’s Word of Mom Readers’ Choice Awards, a really cool annual survey of mom favorites. We would be mighty honored if you would take a few minutes to click over and nominate Cool Mom Picks in the “online” category under Best Mom Blog. The top five in each category end up in some final contesty something or other and well, that would just make us happy. But even if you have some other favorite mom blog (not that that’s even possible),...

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Presenting our Mother’s Day Gift Guide -New! Improved! Recession friendly!

Okay, you can stop emailing us already! Our annual Mother’s Day Gift Guide is finally here and we’re extra excited about it this year. We’ve put together a discerning list of fantastic gifts for Mom, Grandma, your BFF and more in every price range. We’ve even got an entire section of fabulous Mother’s Day gifts under $20–none of which will make you look like you cheaped out–plus a whole ton of exclusive discount codes as high as 50%. And because we love giving gifts as much as the next gal, we’re giving you a chance to win a $380...

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Clean Freak Confessions – Ours and hopefully, yours

Most of our sponsors are kind enough to run banner ads here which help support us so we can keep doing that thang we do. But sometimes we have a sponsor like Hoover who does something really cool like develop a site as fun as Clean Freak Confessions. Essentially, it’s a place we — along with bloggers like Dooce, Ree of Pioneer Woman, Amalah and more–can wax on about about all of our weird germ issues, stain obsessions and cleaning conundrums, – and we’d love if you’d weigh in too. (Please? We really don’t want to feel alone with...

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Calling Cool Mom Picks Readers – Can you spare two minutes?

As you might remember, once a year we ask you, our fine, beautiful readers, to tell us a little more about yourselves so that we can keep telling you about the products, services, and other picks that matter to you and your families. It also helps ensure that we have cool sponsors, and not say, tobacco companies or nuclear bomb manufacturers. If you would be so kind as to fill out this quick survey (we promise – two minutes!), you’ll be entered to win a gorgeous sterling silver necklace from Blue Poppy Jewelry ($125 value, and a great Mother’s...

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Eh, moms get enough freakouts all year long. Let’s skip the April Fools joke this year and go right to the giveaway.

If you happen to get the Medela Mom Mavens newsletter which came out yesterday, you might just have noticed that your humble Cool Mom Picks editors are featured. We’re so honored! We’re offering up a few As to some good Qs about blogging, how we pick our picks, and why sleep isn’t generally in the cards around these parts. It’s particularly cool for us because, well, we all are Medela Moms, if not actual mavens. Seriously, have you nursing moms even tried the Medela Freestyle handsfree pump? Try it. Trust us, you and your two free hands will like...

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Shower the people you love with love – and baby gifts

After many weeks in the making, we’re so excited to launch the Cool Mom Picks Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide! You’ll find a full 100 of our editors’ favorite baby gifts to give in 2009, from the cutest organic onesies to affordable personalized baby blankets, to must-have gadgets and gear. There’s even a few goodies for the poor neglected new dads of the world. Also? Discount codes (of course!), all of them good for the entire year. So click over mamas and get shopping, bookmarking, and oohing and ahhing. Because if there’s one thing we can universally agree is pretty nice about pregnancy — it’s the...

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February 10 is here. And if you’ve been following the CPSIA you know what that means.

February 10 is here – the day the Consumer Protection Safety Improvement Act goes into effect. Sort of. The rules are here to stay but the penalties have been delayed for a year provided manufacturers are not selling any bad stuff with knowledge. If you make stuff for kids and you’re confused about the guidelines, download this CPSC release which offers guidance specifically to small businesses, resellers and crafters (pdf). It spells out quite clearly that items presumed safe include wood, natural materials, yarn, and textiles unless they contain metallic thread, rhinestones, zippers or snaps. Children’s books printed after...

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Last day to vote – Save handmade from the CPSIA

Today is the last day to vote at Change.org for “Save Small Businesses for CPSIA“, a proposal from the Handmade Toy Alliance that help to save handmade. If you have a minute (or a few seconds if you’re a fast clicker), hop over and vote digg style. The top 10 ideas will be presented to the Obama Administration. If you want to learn more about the CPSIA and how it will gravely affect the handmade items we’ve grown to love and cherish for both ourselves and our kids, visit our Save handmade resource page. You can also listen to...

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Cool Mom Picks loves Brazil!

We just wanted to give a huge thanks to Época, Brazil’s popular weekly magazine, for naming Cool Mom Picks among their top 20 international blogs! We are beyond honored to be in such esteemed company as the Huffington Post, Boing Boing, Post Secret, Perez Hilton, Treehugger and Chez Pim.  And special thanks to our friend Isabel Kallman of Alpha Mom, who was kind enough to translate the article from Portuguese for us. Because the excerpt of our Baby Loves Salsa review, according to Babelfish’s online translator, read: With the new album Baby Loves Parsley…now the children can use to...

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