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It’s the most wonderful time of the year: The time our holiday shopping guide launches.

The winter sweaters are out, the tinsel is already in the store windows, and the annual Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide is live and, if we do say so, kicking. We’ve scoured the web to help you solve your every gift giving dilemma, from your adorable pirate-obsessed son to the grandparents to your hard-to-shop-for vegan sister. Even tons of cool ideas under 12 bucks for the kids in your life. Plus, lots of discount codes. Must have the codes! And since it’s often better to give than to receive, we’ve got two $250 gift cards up for grabs...

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More words of CMP wisdom at The Momspeak

Want to know CMP editor Kristen’s down and dirty tips on which green products actually get your house clean? Click over to The Momspeak where for the next couple of months, we’re keeping the mom speaky-ness going. You can comment too! In fact, we’d love it if you’d contribute, and then we can talk back, and then you can say something else…Like an actual discussion. Cool how that works, right? (And by the way, if there’s a topic you’d like us to cover that you haven’t seen there yet, email us at info@coolmompick.com and perhaps we can oblige you.) Also thanks to our sponsor Luvs for keeping us…well, in...

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And the tech makeover winners are…

Holy cow people, do you have some amazing stories. It was tough trying to pick just three winners of the $5000 tech makeover from Intel, but pick we did. Without further ado (because we know you’re dying to know)…the winners. Congrats to all three of the very deserving tech makeover winners. And to the rest of the entrants, we hope that next time we can pick 100 of you. –Liz and...

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Another Libra is born.

We’re so pleased to announce the birth of CMP editor Kristen Chase’s daughter, a.k.a. Baby #3, a.k.a. the beautiful Margot Laine. (Loving the name!) She weighs in at 7 lbs, 15 oz, and an even 20″. And she shares a birthday with both John Lennon and Sean Lennon. Considering her own mama’s musical background and penchant for overachievement, we’re expecting great things from her. Feel free to send notes of “whoo!” to Kristen@coolmompicks.com – just don’t expect a note back any time soon. Did we mention this is baby...

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Last chance to win a $5,000 tech makeover. This is it. Door’s closing. Say goodbye to 5k…

You know you’ll be entirely bummed if you wake up Tuesday morning and spring out of bed thinking, “Oh SHOOT. I forgot to enter the $5000 tech makeover contest from Intel.” But you know? It could happen if you don’t enter stat. Monday is the last day. Psst…we’re one of the judges So go! Tell us your tale of technological woe. Show us some pathetic photo evidence. Or enter a worthy friend and do your good deed for the millenium. Someone’s got to win and with any luck it could be...

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Cool Mom Picks sponsors: Good for us but especially good for you

As you probably know, we’re staunch advocates for our readers at CMP – we score you exclusive discount codes, awesome giveaways, $5000 tech makeovers… What? What’s that you say? You weren’t aware that our esteemed sponsor, Intel, was giving away a $5000 tech makeover and we get to help pick the winner? Well, now you know. Just go to the site, dazzle us with a true tale about your (or a friend’s) rotary phone or your dial-up modem on your Commodore 64, and upload some photos or video (if your pathetic computer allows you to do such things) so...

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Want to come to a baby shower? Because you’re totally invited

If you weren’t aware, Kristen Chase, CMP super editor, co-founder, and neverending source of energy, hilarity and abject good taste, is about to churn out baby #3. So to hide our complete panic at being without her for 24 hours (seriously Kristen, you don’t think you’re actually taking a maternity leave from Cool Mom Picks do you?) we’ve put our efforts into throwing her a little online baby shower. And we’d love to see you there. No gifts necessary, just offer up some happy reminiscence of your own new baby days–or that of a friend or relative. Post it...

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Sleep is For the Weak book signing, Brooklyn edition

Okay all you tri-state mamas, we’re counting on you to come out to the fine borough of Brooklyn tomorrow, September 12, for a star-studded (well, in our own minds) book party for Sleep is for the Weak sponsored by the very good folks of Graco. Participating signers/ hand-shakers/glass-clinkers include editor and CMP contributor Rita Arens, CMP co-editor Liz Gumbinner, Redbook editor-in-chief Stacey Morrison, plus the extremely fine bloggers and essayists from Finslippy, Laid-off Dad and Cheek. Door prizes too! It’s all happening at the Tea Lounge in Park Slope. Stop by any time from 4-7, bring the kids, bring...

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Come See Us at the Disco. Well. Sort of.

We’re huge fans of any activity that we’ll enjoy just as much as our kids, and Baby Loves Disco is clearly at the top of our list. So when mom Heather and dad Andy, the master minds behind these family friendly disco parties asked us to team up with them this Fall to offer prizing for their dance contests, we jumped at the chance. If you’re lucky enough to live in one of the 30 US locations, then definitely make the trip to one of their events. You and your kids will love cutting the rug to real live...

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Calling All Atlanta Readers!

If we hadn’t made it blatantly clear just yet, then we’re happy to let you know (again) that the Cool Mom Picks co-founders Kristen and Liz are among the contributors to Rita Arens‘ new anthology Sleep is for the Weak, along with CMP contributor Rita and Mir Kamin and they’ll be appearing at a couple of venues (sounds fancy, right?) in the next couple of weekends. You can visit with Kristen, Mir, and Rita in Atlanta Saturday 9/6 from 4-7 at local artisan hot spot and mom-owned, The Beehive Co-op. Get your book signed and win some door prizes from CMP local...

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If you haven’t had your fill of Cool Mom Picks for the day…

We’ve been so busy lately doling out shopping wit and wisdom for various websites that we almost forgot to tell you all about them! *At PBS Sprout for Parents we’re offering up shopping tips for parents of preschoolers each month. This month fo back-to-school time you’ll find our picks for eco-conscious pencils and one of our favorite kids backpacks. *Our sponsor, JC Penney’s Linden Street, has started a very cool Home Style Guide featuring posts on design from an impressive array of bloggers: Maggie Mason of Mighty Goods, Jean Aw of NotCot, Nathalie Zee Drieu of Craftzine, Asha of...

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Presenting the Cool Mom Picks Back-to-School Shopping Guide

It may be sweltering out today, but in no time your kids will be off to that first day of preschool, kindergarten and beyond, and we’re here to make things a wee bit easier on you with our second annual Back to School Shopping Guide. We’ve spent many sleepless nights scouring the web for the coolest goodies out there so you don’t have to. Whether you’re looking for a funky new backpack, a safer lunchbox choice than those vinyl PVC ones (ack!), eco school supplies, or even some extra-special lunchbox treats, we’ve got you covered. And we’ve scored you...

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BlogHer? I hardly know ‘er! (Oh okay, so it’s a chestnut.)

The CMP editors and a few of our writers are packing our bags and brushing up on Apple Martini Drinking 101–at least those of us who aren’t with child–in preparation for the BlogHer conference in San Francisco this weekend. If you’ll be there, please make sure you say hi! Swear, we’re friendly. We’ll be speaking on various panels, signing the very first copies of Sleep is for the Weak: The Best of the Mommybloggers and joyously co-hosting The People’s Party Thursday night. You’d better stop by or we’ll be downright insulted. We’re especially excited to get to spend time...

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Proud to be an American

Oh sure, today you could dig out the Old Navy flag tees that you get to wear once a year–or that your kids get to wear once, total. But we love the idea of showing your true red white and blue by grabbing the conceptual American Civil Liberties necklace from Stories and Divinations. Handmade by very pedigreed Ann Arbor artist, mom, and super cool chick Laurie Longo, it was created, like all her items, from found ephemera; in this case  an academic paper from 1942. The entire political category has loads of eye candy for the civil libertarian in...

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The Cool Mom Picks™ Father’s Day Guide

Looking for a whole bunch of cool Father’s Day picks all in one place? Look no further than our Father’s Day Gift Guide, graciously sponsored by Diaper Dude. (Yay diaper dude! We love diaper dude! And have you seen the actual diaper dude? Totally hot.) Our newsletter subscribers got a sneak peak at it a few days ago – one more benefit of being a subscriber. And if you need another, how about a chance to discover your inner twelve year-old with a Nintendo Wii giveaway courtesy of Nestlé Crunch. Like the dad of the house needs help with that. Details are on the guide. Happy shopping! [tee: childish...

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Happy Mother’s Day, cool moms

Hope you’re enjoying plenty of pampering, relaxation, a few goodies to unwrap, and most of all, the love of your doting family. With major emphasis on the doting. Big, big big time doting. That’s almost as important as the love part -Liz, Kristen, Julie, Nancy, Tina, Laura, Mir and Rita  [card via...

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Like answering questions? Like getting free stuff? You’ve come to the right place.

Cool Mom Picks is partnering with Munchkin to find a wee bit more about all the cool parents of the world. Stuff like what kind of toys you like, whether the sigOth is a better housekeeper than you are, what TV mom you best relate to. (Us=Peggy Bundy)  If you’d be so kind as to fill out this short questionnaire, the first 100 respondents will get a free White Hot Safety Bath Duck and TWO respondents from the entire pool will be drawn to win an Ultimate Munchkin Basket worth $100. We’d love your answers by Sunday. (And we’re...

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Cool Mom Picks loves San Francisco!

A big welcome to all of our new San Francisco area readers who caught us on ABC’s The View From the Bay Thursday showcasing some of our favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas. If you missed it, you can catch the segment here. If you’re looking for info on these gift suggestions – and way, way more – they’re all in our handy Mother’s Day Gift Guide, complete with discount codes galore. And a huge thanks to Spencer, Janelle, and the amazing crew from The View From the Bay who were absolutely a delight. Even if they didn’t offer us...

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Cool Mom Picks and The View From the Bay

Hey, Bay Area CMP readers – got anything to do at 3PM PST today? Well stick the kids in front of the computer with a DVD so you can tune in to watch co-editors Kristen and Liz live today on ABC’s The View From the Bay or watch it streaming online if you’re in any other part of the country. We’ll be the ones showing off some of our favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas, not the ones demonstrating fun and easy exercise tips to get your body beach ready. In case you were...

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Ensuring yours is the prettiest baby on the block

One of those things that no one warns you about in Lamaze class is newborn acne. It’s devastating seeing those beautiful baby cheeks – and forehead, and chin, and nose, and neck – absolutely obscured by that ugly red rash. The docs say it goes away in six to nine months. But six to nine MONTHS? Ack. What about photos? What about daytime social occasions? What about baby modeling? Fear not, for we’ve uncovered Ultimate Baybee’s  innovative Ultimate Baybee Concealer Stick. Just slather a thick layer of this (not yet FDA-approved) cover up all over those nasty spots and...

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You ask, we answer: The CMP FAQ

First, we just wanted to thank so many of you for helping us out by answering our Federated Media survey last month. But even more, we wanted to thank you for all the amazing words of support (seriously! We cried!) and excellent comments and suggestions you left in the process. We thought we’d spend a minute answering some of the more common suggestions. And as always, the email lines are open 24/7 and operators are standing by at info@coolmompicks.com if you ever have others. Can you do more posts? It may kill us, but we’ve upped our daily posts...

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Speaking of cool…Tell us more about you

If you, lovely CMP reader, would be so kind (seriously, seriously kind) as to fill out this simple little anonymous survey and tell us a little more about you, we will do you one in return and automatically enter you to win the beautiful freshwater pearl and silver Motherhood necklace from Blue Poppy Jewelry. Why do we want to know more about you? We’re proud to have entered into a new partnership with Federated Media, joining the very exclusive FM-Babycenter parenting federation, along with some of the best blogs out there – think Dooce, Amalah, Sweet Juniper, Parenthacks, Mommytrack’d....

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