Category: Cool Websites

A new website offers designer handbags at bargain prices (just ignore the name)

Some women are shoe shoe addicts. Not me. My vice is bags. I’ve got a closet full of hobos, totes, clutches and now diaper bags. Storage space is tight these days, so I’ve had to limit myself to just browsing designer handbags on the web. But a new site is really, really making me want to pull the trigger. Despite its name. It’s called (don’t laugh),Bags Bonanza. Okay, before you stop reading, I promise you Bags Bonanza does not sell pleather purses with plastic daisies affixed to the zipper–but rather lusty confections from Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch....

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Food Pickle – answer your cooking questions faster than you can burn those cupcakes

I’m one of those passionately clueless cooks who often doesn’t know what she’s doing until she’s elbow-deep in a soup gone wrong. It would be so great to have savvy cooking support close at hand, to help me figure out how to fix my overly salty soup, or to brainstorm about what to do with all this leftover pasta, or help me identify what horror is growing in the produce drawer. Happily, there is a food brain trust in Food Pickle, a real-time food Q&A at Food 52, the cooking website of respected food writers Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs. Have a...

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Personalized gifts for kids at Snapfish. Way way way beyond photo mugs.

I’m one of those diehards (or gluttons for punishment) who still orders hard copies of digital photos so that I can shove them into a photo album. I’ve used Snapfish for years for these prints, including last month’s order of 1,370 prints. (No, that’s not a typo) But, outside of photo prints or the occasional calendar, I haven’t really thought of Snapfish as a must-visit place for gift ideas. Turns out, they’ve got a lot of cool partnerships with some very creative smaller companies which makes them a cool place to bookmark when you need a special gift. Keep...

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Sole Society: A monthly club perfect for Carrie Bradshaw and Imelda Marcos types

Imagine a club where you receive a brand new pair of shoes hand-picked just for you, every single month. And at a killer sale price too. Dream no more. The people behind the private sample sale site HauteLook just launched a site to do that very thing. Through Sole Society, $49.95 a month gets you a new pair of flats, wedges, sandals or platforms delivered to your doorstep every month. Here’s how it works: You take a personal style quiz so the folks at Sole Society can determine your “Style Bio” and curate your virtual shoe closet. Then each...

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Design my own shoes? Totally pumped.

Even though I spend a good portion of my time with two people under three feet high who would just as soon chew a shoe than appreciate the fabulosity of a truly cool pair, I refuse to have anything less than awesome on my toes. And, like most shoe-loving mamas, I don’t have time to hunt for the perfect pair. But, thanks to this amazing site, now I can design my own. Milk & Honey Shoes has become my newest obsession. The smart brainchild of two sisters, the site lets you design your own shoes in every possible combination. Peep-toe, three-inch...

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The Happiness Project: The book that changed my life

I first got to know Gretchen Rubin when she was kind enough to include me in one of her Happiness Project interviews on her popular blog. At the time, I had no idea that she was about to come out with the #1 New York Times best-selling book that would absolutely change my life and the way I see the world. I’m not much of a self-help book kind of gal. I’m really more of a make-fun-of-self-help-books gal. But The Happiness Project, or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right,...

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The winners of the 2011 Handmade Olympics! Gold hand-embroidered medals all around.

One of the fun things about judging the children’s category of the Handmade Olympics this past week, was discovering so many super incredible new finds for you all. It certainly balanced one of the hard things–actually having to pick among about a zillion gorgeous items. The winners are now posted and we’re proud to announce the big winner that all of you chose: the gorgeous paper doll blocks from Tiny Giraffe previously seen right here! What can we say, great minds… Congrats also to silver winner bybido for this totally awesome doll in a trunk by bibido, and mazska’s...

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Meal planning just hooked up with your local grocery store

There’s plenty of websites where you can go check out this week’s grocery sales, if you’re into that sort of thing. (Not judging, just, um, snore.) And we’ve reviewed plenty of websites and apps to help you do your weekly meal planning, too. But this is the first we’ve seen of a glorious melding of the two. At Food on the Table, you enter some basic information like your family’s food preferences, plus your preferred grocery stores, and then not only can you then pick from amongst suggested recipes, it’ll highlight items on sale this week with approximate savings...

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Posterous groups – Making life easier for everyone. Mostly parents.

We’re always on the look out for cool services that help make our busy lives easier. Over at Cool Mom Tech, we recently introduced our readers to our sponsor Posterous and their new smart Posterous groups service, and our readers were really, not surprisingly, really excited about it. No wonder – it’s a very smart way to share photos and posts with family, or connect with your real life groups (New moms group? Book club?) in ways that save busy parents plenty of time and energy. [Don’t miss the super amazing $500 gift card giveaway after the jump!] If...

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Enter the 2011 Handmade Olympics. We give it a 10!

We’ve been long time supporters of handmade here at Cool Mom Picks. In fact, it’s our original reason for being. And so when Kristal from Rik Rak Studio (love her stuff!) asked Liz and me to judge her amazing Handmade Olympics, we said “Absolutely!” without a moment of hesitation. Whether you’re a popular Etsian or a crafter by hobby, entering in each of the seven categories is super easy. (No triple salchows required!) Just comment on the event page at the Rik Rak blog with the name of the item, the creator, and a link to the image or...

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