Category: Random Coolness

Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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We’re spreading the love with these 6 great places to donate toys this holiday season.

It should be obvious by now that here at Cool Mom Picks, we love presents. (We have 350 of them in this year’s holiday gift guide, which we think you should check out, if you haven’t already.) But even more, we love when our gifts give back in big ways. And what better way to get in the spirit of giving this holiday season than with toys for kids who need it most? So, here, I’ve rounded up some of the best ways for families to donate toys to children this month. Add them to your list, and get your own...

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A brilliant way to figure out how to be the change you want to see in the world.

In order to stay positive in life, I always try to find the good in a bad situation. Sometimes it’s easier said than done. But I honestly believe that actually doing something about the issues that concern me, give me hope, even if busy parents like me struggle with that. That’s why I love the Personal Impact Canvas created by top-level digital strategist and social impact advocate, Caleb Gardner. (Oh, and he’s also a very cool dad and great friend to CMP.) The Canvas is essential a printable self-reflection tool and organizer all in one. Just download the form and take some time to fill it out....

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Web Coolness: Princess Leia gingerbread, the Hamilton Rudolph mashup, gift ideas for the hardest people on your list and more

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   Princess Leia Gingerbread Cookies! Total win from the always brilliant Just Jenn (and one of our favorite geeky Twitter follows) for the Star Wars blog. Gifts that give back: The HSTRY Black Santa Ugly Christmas Sweater designed by Nas is donating proceeds to prison reform. (And it’s definitely cooler than the Royal Family’s Christmas sweaters. Eek!) Be sure to check out the brand new 2016 Cool Mom Tech holiday gift guide, and a chance to win your own iPad Air! Terrific ideas for 15 cool...

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Chic winter accessories that look great, and give back in a big way too.

Everyone has that person on their list who’s impossible to buy for because they already have it all. And while I try to opt for more meaningful gifts in these situations — like donations to a cause they’d appreciate — a printed receipt shoved in an envelope always feels a bit anti-climactic in the midst of the ribbon-snapping, wrapper-flinging reverie. But since working at Cool Mom Picks, I’ve discovered that there’s a whole world of amazing tangible gifts that also give back. Which is why I love these chic winter accessories by Echo and their Share the Warmth initiative. For every scarf, hat, or pair of gloves...

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Bring on the holiday cheer with 4 great gifts for new moms that support amazing causes too.

If you’ve already checked out our awesomely extensive holiday gift guide this year, which of course we hope you have, you know we’ve handpicked the very best gifts for pretty much everyone on your nice list — from your hard to please mother-in-law to that coworker you want to impress without spending more than $15. And, of course, we couldn’t forget about gifts for new moms. So here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gifts for new moms that support amazing causes too. Because we all know new motherhood is one gigantic step toward remembering to put others before ourselves,...

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8 of the coolest high-tech baby gifts that new parents will actually use | Baby registry essentials guide

There’s a ton of high-tech baby gear out there these days — but not all of it is stuff we’d actually use or recommend. I mean, just because you can invent a training potty with an iPad stand that doesn’t mean you should. So we put our heads together and took a good look at some of the very best high-tech baby gifts you can find, narrowing it down to 8 we think are definitely worth a spot on your own baby registry. Speaking of which, we’re thrilled to present this next post in our monthly Baby Registry Essentials Guide on behalf...

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Bitsbox: The fantastic STEM gift idea that taught my 4 kids to code their own apps.

It’s no secret that parents love finding tech gifts for kids that we can justify as being both fun and educational, but the true test isn’t whether we think they’re cool — but rather, whether our own kids play with them. Over and over again. That’s why we we’re so thrilled to have partnered with our newest sponsor Bitsbox. (And you dedicated Spawned podcast listeners already know just how thrilled!) This clever subscription box gift masterfully and clearly teaches kids how to code their own apps that actually work on smartphones and tablets. Like my 9-year-old son’s Burping Obama app. (Not coming to an app store near you,...

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Retail is for suckers! Save money shopping online with these expert tips and resources | Spawned Ep 60

After ten years of browsing retailers for a living, putting together shopping guides of all kinds (like Holiday Gift Guides, ahem) and getting to know the ins and outs of online shopping, we thought it would be helpful to devote an entire episode of Spawned to all of our favorite smart money-saving tips and tricks, apps and websites that we’ve discovered work best for us. You’ll hear lots of expert tips we’ve shared over the years with national newspapers, magazines, and on programs like The TODAY Show — plus brand new ones that you may never have considered. Listen right now (this very second!) through the link...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Web coolness: Gifts for activists, outrageous Christmas tree decorations, Cookie Monster covers PPAP and more.

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. (CMP is an fstyle affiliate) The perfect gift for your socially conscious activist friends with a sense of humor: Handmade protesting elf wooden figurines. We’re in love! Been to our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide yet? What are you waiting for! We’ve just added even more discount codes. One of our favorite categories: Empowering gifts for girls who will rule the world one day. The hot tech holiday gift for kids that you’ll want to steal from them. Cool Mom Eats holiday guide...

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Free printables + activities that help grow kids’ hearts 3 sizes this Grinch-mas

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. We read that line in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas every year, but it can sometimes be difficult to drive home the message with kids who are a bit more focused on their shiny, wrapped presents. (Not that we blame them entirely.) Related: Deck the house with the coolest Christmas printables, lots of them free If you want to find the strength of 10 Grinches plus two this holiday season — and mobilize your kids to do good in the community...

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5 wonderful ways to give back as a family all year long

It’s #GivingTuesday, a day we look forward to every year because we’re happy to share some of our favorite ways to give back. And while we love a dedicated day that nudges people to do good, we also love to help you find ways to give back as a family on this day — and any day of the year. While making donations to charities you support gives fulfillment to you, and a lifeline to the recipients, giving your time as a family can offer that, plus some really good bonding time. There’s something special that happens when you serve someone a meal, play some music...

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TogetherList makes it easy to do good in the world on #GivingTuesday

We celebrate #GivingTuesday each year right after Thanksgiving, and with good reason — it’s the perfect way to focus on giving back to our communities, especially at a time that we’re all so mindful about gratitude and thankful for what we have. Plus (cough) we taking advantage of the many great shopping deals this time of year too. There are a lot of worthy causes out there to support on #GivingTuesday — and throughout the year — plenty of which we regularity feature here on Cool Mom Picks. But sometimes it can be difficult to find every one of the great charities and groups trying...

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The best Cyber Monday deals from 150+ of our favorite shops big and small. Yay for savings!

If you’re looking for some of the best Cyber Monday shopping deals and discounts around the web today, we’ve we’ve put together only the biggest and best (sorry, get $1 off purchases of $100 — no room for you here) all from our favorite shops! We’ll continue to update the post with new deals all day long, so be sure to check back, and follow us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting ones you don’t see here. And don’t forget to check out our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for even more gift ideas featuring indie designers and small businesses. There are some great discounts in...

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The best Small Business Saturday deals: 75+ ways to save big while you shop small.

We love supporting our favorite small businesses every day of course, but to encourage you to make the most of Small Business Saturday, so many of them have offered up the best shopping deals and discounts today. We’ve rounded up more than 75 of them for you right here and we’ll even keep updating the post as more roll in — and be sure to follow us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting them all day. What’s more, be sure to shop our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for even more gift ideas from indie designers and small businesses, lots of which include their own discount codes too....

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The ultimate Black Friday Deal roundup: 150+ amazing deals from favorite shops, big and small

If you’re looking for some of the best Black Friday shopping deals and discounts around the web, we’ve rounded them up for you right here, along with the best Black Friday tech deals over on Cool Mom Tech. We’ll continue to update the post with sales all day (and weekend) long, so be sure to check back. And you definitely want to follow us on Twitter where we’ll be sharing great ones as they come up. We’re happy to support a lot of these businesses, indie makers, and brands, which can always use a boost this time of year. So, happy shopping —...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Web coolness: Fall crafts, Thanksgiving survival, must-read book award winners, and a big viral grandma oops.

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   The turkey countdown has started! Here are 8 fun and easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids beyond tracing a hand to look like a turkey. Get the kids outside with these 6 adorable pinecone crafts, like the DIY ombre pinecones from Whimzeecal shown above. Love! A little help for surviving Thanksgiving for those of you dreading it this year.   Thoughtful list of articles and posts about taking action and taking care of your feelings if you’re struggling post-election. SO many Thanksgiving recipes and...

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What the world needs now… you know the rest.

So many shopping holidays are just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’re busy keeping a spreadsheet of all the best deals around. (And, hey, if you’re late to the task, don’t worry, we’ll be sharing all our best deals finds and holiday gift ideas with you soon!) But as you juggle the upcoming deals on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Small Business Saturday, don’t forget about Giving Tuesday, which is exactly as it sounds — a day promoting the selfless acts of volunteering, donating, and generally showing love. With the new collaboration between Nest and QVC, you can give back and shop, thanks...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Gorgeous pajamas by Sudara that help women in India find safe, sustainable work.

I may be the only person I know who gets excited about daylight savings time because the earlier sunset gives me an excuse to slip into something soft and forgiving for many more hours of the day. Oh yeah, and being pregnant hasn’t helped with this habit, at all. As a shameless pajama fiend, I was super excited to learn about Sudara, a company that makes gorgeous loungewear inspired by the art and culture of India. What’s more, is that these pants by Sudara are handcrafted by women in these communities who have bravely escaped sex trafficking. Sudara actively fights sex slavery in India by providing safe,...

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A lovely way for kids to send a letter of thanks to our troops on Veterans Day (or any other day).

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day. And while every day is a good day to honor our brave veterans and give thanks to soldiers and vets for their service, it’s always good to have a national holiday to inspire us. So many of us here come from military families, and as the stepdaughter of a veteran myself, I know just how much a message of thanks and gratitude can mean. My own girls call their Pop-Pop every year on Veterans Day to thank him and they write him letters of gratitude, like this one my youngest wrote last year, shown below. (You have to love...

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Web coolness: A healing Leonard Cohen playlist, the cutest Harry Potter baby, and a fun way to countdown to Gilmore Girls

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too You can’t not smile at this Harry Potter baby photo shoot. (via Kayla Layla Photography; also see her work on her Instagram feed!) Random acts of kindness as a Starbucks customer buys coffee for military personnel. A good mantra for today and every day. Thoughts on mending fences effectively after the election. How to talk to kids if they’re feeling scared about world events. Our picks for must-read graphic novels featuring cool, creative, strong heroines. The excellent We Need Diverse Books is hosting a fundraiser and Gayle Forman...

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Election Day! Everything you need to know, and everything you need to know that you didn’t know you need to know.

You might have heard, but there’s this election coming up in the US on Tuesday, November 8 and it’s kind of a big deal. Here are just a few links we’ve been reading to help you, enlighten you, stress you out, or de-stress you completely.   Above: Vote street art via StreetArt SF Visit Vote.org to confirm your registration, polling place, and everything else. Iwillvote.com is a fast way to look up your polling place. And it goes without saying that NO, YOU CANNOT VOTE VIA TEXT. It’s a suppression tactic being disseminated by trolls to try and disenfranchise...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Web coolness: The Hamilton mixtape (whoo!), election party help, a favorite comfort food made better

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   You can preorder the Hamilton Mixtape now now now! (There’s also a clean version.) Hear two new songs from it right here. Leave it to an artist, Daveed Diggs of Hamilton, to cover policy pretty much better than any news channel. More election news distractions: 8 shows to bingewatch right now. (Well, after the kids are in bed.) Cool election night evites, because massive election anxiety loves company Why women are the key to peace in the world. Rad Women Worldwide: You...

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Freshly Picked Marketplace: The new indie marketplace you need to bookmark for your holiday shopping

When Kristen and Liz started Cool Mom Picks, their desire was to highlight cool, indie shops that make innovative products with fresh ideas for kids and families. A decade later, that’s still our driving passion, and the chic handmade baby moccasins at Freshly Picked is one of our favorite indie shops to recommend for baby gifts. We’ve always loved Susan Petersen’s eye for style, and now she’s using that to highlight other small businesses too, with the Freshly Picked Marketplace. This online community is a hub of small shops curated by Susan, and when I browsed through the site I immediately added gifts from each one to my holiday shopping...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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