Category: Cool Websites

Our favorite new words just added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, from Seussian to humblebrag.

Yesterday, Merriam-Webster announced they had added more than 1000 new words to the dictionary, and wow, word nerds like me could lose ourselves in here for ages. Actually, I kind of did. According to the editors the terms come from everything from tech to science and medicine, pop culture, sports, slang, foreign languages, and more. But what’s as fascinating to me as the words themselves, is just how long it took some of them to make it into print. Humblebrag is like a baby down there! Take a look at a few of my favorites, then be sure to click over...

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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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National Voter Registration Day: Helpful resources to get you to the polls this November

The election is just over a month away, and what better time to check your voter registration status than on National Voter Registration Day? If you can’t make any of their hundreds of events across the country today, you can easily hop online to get the voter registration help you need. Here, a few online resources that can do it all for you in a matter of minutes. If you simply search the word “vote” on Google.com, you will get a nifty pop-up box that will give you voter registration deadlines, info on how to go about registering, and tips to walk...

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Why I’m emotional about 19th Amendment Day this year, and links to help kids understand the importance.

I am finding myself a little choked up today, on the anniversary of the 19th amendment, in a way I can’t recall ever feeling before. Maybe it’s because this is the first August 18 in which we have a female presidential nominee from a major party. Maybe it’s because this is the first presidential campaign year in which my daughters are old enough to be interested and following along, and I can start to see their own paths as educated and engaged voters of the future. Or maybe it’s just because I’m hitting the age myself where I have enough life behind me to be...

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Put a poem in your pocket: A fun way to celebrate National Poetry Month

By this point in the school year, my kids know not to expect the sorts of lunchbox love notes they got from me daily in September. But there are a few days on the calendar that inspire me to scribble something special to surprise them: Valentine’s Day (of course), St. Patrick’s Day (a must in our Irish-American household), and Poem in Your Pocket Day. Poem in Your Pocket Day (today!) is my favorite part of National Poetry Month each April. The idea is that everyone should carry a poem in their pocket to read in quiet moments or share with friends. Because, who...

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Everything you need to know about Handmade at Amazon: Is it the Etsy competitor everyone says it is?

We started Cool Mom Picks shortly after Etsy launched, and we’ve been big fans ever since, discovering and happily sharing some of the coolest indie artisans and their handmade goods here on our site for nearly ten years now. So as huge supporters of the handmade movement and indie artist in general, it’s probably no surprise that our interest was piqued when Handmade at Amazon launched last week. So, we took a closer look to understand what it’s all about, and whether we think it’s something you’ll want to have on your radar, as a consumer, and for those...

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Online shopping: One of our favorite #UnguiltyPleasures

Next up in our series of #UnguiltyPleasures (you did catch us confessing all our binge watching secrets, right?) is online shopping. And yes, that’s probably kind of obvious considering what we do here at Cool Mom Picks. But we just love how little treats for yourself can go a long way toward making you feel fantastic, and those small indulgences are something far too many women feel guilty about. Sometimes we moms do get to put ourselves first, right? Helping us share our next #UnguiltyPleasures video with you is our sponsor Kindle Love Stories, a thriving online community where you can purchase recommended romance reads in...

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A terrific new online encyclopedia for kids that will help answer all those kid questions.

I want to answer my kids’ questions and help them with their homework, but I can’t always drop everything to help them find the answer rightthisverysecondplease–nor do I want my younger ones doing a Google search on their own. Instead, I’m thrilled to have discovered the new DK Find Out! online encyclopedia for kids which offers a solid introduction to a variety of topics in an easy-to-understand format. Oh, and without pop-up ads, questionable links, or shoddy research and questionable “facts” that sends readers down the wrong path. Written primarily for kids ages 7-11,  DK Find Out is a free resource covering science, math, English, history, geography, the human body,...

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Cool Mom Picks opens an indie shop and we couldn’t be more thrilled

Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our site. We are so pleased to announce the launch of the Cool Mom Picks Boutique at the wonderful new website Great.ly. This makes us so happy, you can’t imagine; if we could have designed a retail experience ourselves, this would be it–filled with wonderful handmade and indie items from some of the most talented makers around the world, all curated by top tastemakers into boutiques. And we’re honored to be among them! Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer...

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Congrats to the winners of the Iris Awards honoring the best of the parent blogs.

Last month when we heard we were nominated for the first annual Iris Awards for Outstanding Blogs in the Best Sponsored Content Campaign category, we were thrilled to be recognized for our Baby Shower Gift Guide and Celebration of Motherhood Firsts series with babyGap. (A seriously fantastic partner in every way.) Cliché though it may sound, we were sincerely honored just to be nominated, especially considering the amazing work of our friends and fellow bloggers who were listed among us. When our names were actually called as winners at the ceremony this past weekend at the Mom 2.0 Summit in Atlanta, we were completely and...

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What’s the story of the real St. Patrick’s Day? History Channel to the rescue.

If you’re one of those parents who can answer any question without saying let’s go check the internet! like I do, then more power to you. As for me, I was researching the story of the real St. Patrick’s Day to help explain it to my kids, and came across the wonderful History Channel website as a new must-bookmark resource. File under “parents’ life savers.” Not sure why I never thought of going there before, but History.com is packed with info that curious kids will adore. Especially because the pages and videos are a little more bite-size than the...

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Goldbely: Your favorite regional eats from around the country delivered to your door. No plane tickets required.

Ever dreamt about dropping everything to eat your way across the USA, or is that just me? For my fellow food explorers, we’ve got just the site for you. Goldbely  is a new online marketplace that makes the most legendary regional foods available to anyone across the United States. Yum. It may not be the same as leaving the kids (you know, just for a few days) and dining out every meal, but it hits the spot when you’re craving a real-deal Philly cheese steak or, in my case, a slice of Candy Bar Pie (below) from my beloved...

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Bklyn Beauties Tumblr: an extraordinary perspective from a 15-year-old

This week, I met the most lovely young girl in my local coffee shop. Aminata is a first-generation American (her mother, her biggest fan, is from Sierra Leone) and she publishes the Bklyn Beauties tumblr, in which she simply documents the cool, interesting people she meets all over Brooklyn. I couldn’t stop scrolling through it, and it’s not hard to see why. The thing that drew me in was how positive the site is. Aminata defines beauty as kindness, warmth, positivity — something that radiates from the inside. Then I was struck by the notion that while there’s so much...

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Poems by New Yorkers: The website that will inspire you to talk to strangers

When I first heard about 365 Day Subway: Poems by New Yorkers, a project started by friend, neighbor, and prolific author Madeline Schwartzman it was like one of those instant, “d’oh! Why didn’t I think of that!” moments. Well there’s a good reason why–because she’s way cooler than I am. And evidently fearless when it comes to approaching random New Yorkers on the subway and asking them to write a poem for her on the spot. Yes, you read that correctly. She’s just launched a website featuring beautiful, poignant, funny, sassy, and incredibly profound poetry from all kinds of...

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Holiday gift shopping made easy with The Prowl. And a big giveaway to make it even easier.

We’re the first to admit that holiday gift shopping online can be a little overwhelming. Yes, even us. So many shops, so many items, and really, no one perfect way to keep track of who wants what and who bought what. But that’s why we love what we do here at Cool Mom Picks. Because we get to help you with all that. It’s also why we’re digging what our new sponsor The Prowl is doing too for shoppers. -Don’t miss an amazing $500 American Express gift card giveaway below!- Once you join (it’s free!), you can peruse a ton...

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Welcome to the new Cool Mom Picks. We are so happy you’re here!

In 2006, when we started this site, we were just…having fun. Our aim to support entrepreneurs and the cool things that women were making and sharing online was serious, but the way we originally built our site was kind of hilarious. It’s not our fault entirely that for a category name, we referred to kids’ clothes as kidduds  (it sounded funny to us at the time) or that we have post urls in our archives like coolmompicks.com/please_hold_this_post_for_something_good_liz. We were making it all up as we went along; but really, we never could have imagined that we’d have more than...

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You can haz kittens and cupcakes on National Cat Day

I miss many things about working in New York, but today I have a totally unexpected and thoroughly awesome reason to miss my old office. Or one in Seattle and San Francisco too. Because today it would have been filled with kittens and cupcakes. Private driver service Uber has teamed up with meme site Cheezburger today on National Cat Day to deliver kittens and cupcakes in New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. $20 will get you fifteen minutes of kitten snuggles, plus cupcakes from Ace of Cakes, yum. Local shelters will provide the kittens (to borrow), and Uber will...

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Domino Magazine is back!

If like me you shed a tear or two or sixty over the sad departure of Domino Magazine a few years back, you’ll be happy about this awesome news.    Yes, Domino Magazine is back as a print quarterly, so rejoice all ye shoppers and browsers! But what’s really great is how they embrace the digital age, with an all new website. It includes well curated products (but of course); posts about decor, home, travel, and entertaining; and plenty of tips and tricks for those of us always looking for them.  I mean, how to throw a cocktail party in under...

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The greatest quotes from the greatest female role models: Bookmark The Reconstructionists, stat.

As we move to empower our daughters, to help them find strong role models (you know, whose accomplishments don’t include “twerking”), and to get them excited about their potential, I’m so delighted to find a new website that helps do those very things.   The Reconstructionists is a Tumblr blog which is celebrating remarkable women for a whole year. Created as a partnership between Maria Popova of Brainpickings and amazing illustrator Lisa Congdon, I cannot stop poring through it. Gather your daughters–and sons–around, read the short bios, explore the quotes, and get some good discussions going.  You’ll of course find ususal female role model...

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Gilt launches personalized sales, and a few other reasons this is still one of the best flash sale sites

If you’re like us and visit Gilt every day (fine, three times a day), to find chic new items for your wardrobe, home, or kids, you’ll be excited to hear about a new feature they just launched to make your shopping experience even nicer. As if getting great deals weren’t enough, Gilt’s new “Your Personal Sale” will present a curated 24-hour sale designed just for you on a daily basis. As in…you! Basically they look at your past purchases and browsing history to figure out what will be interesting to you, so when you log in you’ll see a...

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A very good day to visit Fab.com. As in, a 25% off kind of day.

There’s something nice about waking up to a little notice in our inboxes that every single thing at Fab, one of our favorite online sale sites, is an extra 25% off today.  I hardly know where to begin. Looking around, I don’t know where to start with housewares, jewelry, vintage finds, tech and more. Here, just a few faves. Can you tell that once I start browsing I can’t really stop? Amy Fine leather bangle, now $27.75 (retail $42) Baba Kids Chair now $277.50 (retail $370) Bleeker Street Studded Leather Tote now $186.75 (retail $352) Velvet Moustache Caribou Plush...

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10 ways to make the most out of the last weekend of summer, most of them free

With the final unofficial days of summer so close (wah!), we’ve got one more long weekend to milk the most out of the late sunsets with the family. So here, our editor Liz offers up 10 little things that make the biggest summer memories for kids. The best part: you hardly have to spend any money at all. Click over to the Amex #passionproject Tumblr and get fun details about all ten ideas. And hey, maybe there are a few you can even squeeze in this very weekend. Personally, we’re all for more Sno-Cones. Even after Labor Day. ...

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The best advice for pursuing your passions and finding success. (Or at least we think so.)

One of the things I love about the Cool Mom Picks community is how entrepreneurial so many of you are. Every week we hear from bloggers finding their voices, start-up owners pursuing long-held dreams, mothers returning to work in new fulfilling ways, and of course all the artists turning their passions into businesses. So I am absolutely thrilled to be contributing to the American Express Tumblr community, sharing tips and advice on how you can best pursue your passions. I launched with the best career advice worth taking that I ever ever received myself–a lot of which has come...

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A cool free Scandinavian online magazine for parents and kids: Ja tack!

Every once in a while, something amazing comes along in the land of kids and parents that makes me giddy with excitement. And more often than not, whatever that amazing thing may be ends up costing me a lot of money. Not so with my recent discovery of a totally free online magazine devoted to all things Scandinavian.   The brand new Danish online design magazine from the website Lille Nord, is dedicated to showcasing Scandinavian designers, artists, products and shops in the trendiest of ways. And it’s all free. Which I love, of course. The fourth issue of...

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12 natural products we love that are now easier to find. Thanks Vine.com!

featured partner As huge fans of natural products, we know first-hand that you usually have to shop at a few different stores–sometimes more–to get the exact brands that you love. So imagine our excitement when we were introduced to our newest sponsor Vine.com, who has an unbelievable (seriously) selection of natural products, including bath and beauty products, household cleaning supplies, organic snacks, even clothes for babies and kids. This is our kinda shop. What’s cooler: These are the very brands we’ve been raving about here for years, only all in one place! It was tough, but we rounded-up a...

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How to talk to kids about the Boston Marathon tragedy: A list of great resources

As a runner who lives just south of Boston, and whose husband spent his lunch break photographing sites at the beloved Boston Marathon that ends mere blocks from his office, yesterday’s tragic events all hit way too close to home. Like so many people, wherever you may live, I spent yesterday afternoon fighting back tears, checking my Twitter feed, sneaking glimpses of the news when the kids were outside playing, and feeling sick over what had happened. Then, I turned to the internet for help. Mr. Rogers Since it was impossible for me to come up with something meaningful...

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Ippinka: the shopping site for the minimalist crowd

I know these days it feels like there’s a new shopping site born every minute. But there’s one I’ve just discovered that’s fast becoming an obsession for me, because the products are so sharp, stylish and imaginative. The site is Ippinka, and they sell only products that adhere to their four principles of good design: functional, well-made, minimalist, and environmentally- and socially conscious.  Love when someone else does all the research for me. Now one huge caveat (and pet peeve) is that you have to register to be able to see the products–though I think I got around that when...

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Helpful resources and products to help talk to your kids about bullying

featured partner As someone who dealt with bullying as a young girl, like so many of us, you can bet it’s something I’m preparing to talk to my own kids about. Especially now that almost all of them are in school. So we’re happy to be working together with Secret and their Mean Stinks campaign by sharing a plethora of helpful products and resources that I’ve tracked down to help me–and hopefully you–open up the conversation about bullying with your kids. 1. Bully in a Box This is an excellent interactive series of three iBooks which covers all aspects...

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The best online responses to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy

As we do our best to get back to some sense of normalcy today here on Cool Mom Picks after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, we wanted to share some of the lovely online responses and tributes to the families of Newtown, Connecticut that we’ve read around the web. We hope they touch you as much as they did us, and help you cope and carry on as best you can after something like this. A round-up of reactions about Sandy Hook from various parents on Twitter, including our Editor Liz. A wonderful essay about how we as...

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How to talk to your kids about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

Like probably all of you, we are completely overwhelmed with sadness about the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings that happened this morning in Newtown, Connecticut. Along with our thoughts that are with the families affected by this tragedy, and we’ll be honest, our desire to run and scoop up our own children from school, we’re struggling with how we even begin to explain something like this to them. Thankfully, Katherine Stone, mom and founder of Post Partum Progress shared helpful information with us that we wanted you to know about, including the APA.org’s resource helping your children manage distress...

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