Category: Cool Websites

4 Kids or More helps larger families find good company

I remember the time I told a friend that I was pregnant with my third child in less than four years. She shook her head and said sagely, You’re about to be outnumbered. Good luck with that. While there are definitely times my husband and I could use another pair of hands to wrangle our trio, I know plenty of people who manage much bigger families than ours, often with a huge sense of humor to get them through the more chaotic moments. For all you maxi-families who are juggling four, five, six (or more!) kids, there is now...

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Support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with one easy act of kindness

I’m only one person with one meager budget and very limited time. How can I do something important and meaningful this October to show my support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when I can’t donate a gazillion dollars and don’t have the hours to donate to a bigger cause? The first thing I’ve found is as quick and simple as sending a note. Yes, it really is that easy. KIND Healthy Snacks, those people behind the KIND bars we love so much, have created a movement called Do the KIND thing that sounds so awesome, I signed up...

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Eco + Beauty + Free = Hello!

Good news mama! We are so excited to get to offer one of you a huge prize pack of amazing eco-friendly beauty, skincare, and haircare products, thanks to our exciting collaboration with PureWow and ecomom. We’re so pleased to be partnering with PureWow, a free daily lifestyle email for women that will keep you in the know about culture, fashion, beauty and more, and ecomom, a fantastic e-commerce site that’s a one-stop shop for safe products for kids and parents. Together, we’re offering one lucky winner $1000 worth of goodies (we know!) from CMP fave eco-brands like Pangea Organics,...

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3 ways to give back to schools

Now that the kids are fully back in school, that means unfortunately, there are a lot of teachers out there thinking about all the out-of-pocket money they’re going to have to start spending on their classrooms. Which, if you ask me, is just plain wrong. But we’ve found a couple of neat options for families who–in the midst of all that back-to-school shopping–want to help provide schools, teachers and students across the country with support, supplies and funding. DonorsChoose.org This is the original citizen philanthropy website, connecting donors to individual teachers who need specific supplies. Some requests are as...

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More than a dozen ideas for Talk Like a Pirate Day: YARR invited!

This  Monday is TLAPD. That’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day, in case you were too busy getting keelhauled to check your calendarrrrrrr. We’ve been celebrating for years, of course and we’ve got the pirate underwear to prove it. But if you’re on board, we’ve got some great ideas for gettin’ yer grog on. Did a scurvy dog poke out your eye? You’re going to need an eye patch. And they even have hot pink. Or you can always get some from the party store and give the kids glitter pens and paint markers to personalize. Setting up a photo...

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Learning how to really take pictures of our kids

I take a lot of pictures of my kids. Some of them end up in the digital abyss crying to be turned into scrapbooks and canvases on my wall. But then there are plenty that I look at and think hm. That should have turned out better. Now, there’s a way to make sure that happens. [don’t miss an awesome giveaway and a great discount after the jump] Photographer Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick has come up with a brilliant solution for a parent’s busy life: Photosanity. It is a twelve week online workshop that covers all of the fundamentals of proper...

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Celebrating our National Day of Service with kids

Today is a tough day for a lot of us, especially those of us in the New York and DC areas who lived through the horror of 9/11 ten years ago. But we do love how it’s been turned into something positive as a National Day of Service. We thought it was a good time to point you towards some helpful past posts that we’ve published: Quick, Easy Ways to Volunteer With the Kids While They’re Still Young 9/11, a Day to Remember Through Service 9/11, A Very Good Day for Doing Good National Family Volunteer Day They’ve got...

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A new hipper-than-thou men’s shopping site from the folks at Gilt Groupe

The day my husband and I got engaged is the day he stopped clothes shopping for himself. Partly upon my request. It’s now up to me to pick out everything from his sleeping t-shirts to his ties. Seeing as how I’m not a big fan of department store shopping for myself, I’m even less into venturing out to the retail world for men’s clothing. Now, thanks to those fashion-savvy geniuses at Gilt Groupe, I can order up my man the coolest threads without leaving my comfy couch. Park & Bond, which refers to two very stylish streets in Manhattan...

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Finally, you can register for anything, and we mean anything.

It was so empowering, the first time I held that price gun and started registering for baby stuff. I assumed that the store would have everything I needed. (Yes, you can laugh at me now.) As I now know, the best baby carriers, bibs, and swaddlers are generally found online, not in the big baby stores, and you can’t register for them. But wait–now you can! And it’s easy! BabyList is an idea a long time coming. This free service allows you to build a baby registry for anything at all that you can find online, including stuff on...

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will.i.am is here to tell your kids that science rocks

Science is awesome! Who said that? Maybe DJ Lance Rock. And parents trying to convince skeptical kids. Well, now we parents have the help of mega pop star and Black Eyed Peas front man, will.i.am, of all people. He is currently using his star power and celeb connections to support a side project meant to get the brainy science kids some positive attention and the respect they deserve. And it involves something even the most reluctant, science-phobic kid can appreciate: Robots. {keep reading to see our exclusive interview with will.i.am} Kicking off with a special program, i.am.first- science is...

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Suddenlee – your own personal shopper. And it’s gooooood.

I love shopping online. Real brick and mortar stores can’t compete with the ease and convenience of e-commerce. The only real drags are the cost of shipping, especially when you’re shopping from a dozen different online retailers, and the waiting for your stuff to arrive. Thanks to the geniuses behind the new shopping site, Suddenlee, multiple shipping fees and the 7-10 day delivery becomes obsolete. And I am rejoicing. [don’t miss a huge gift card giveaway after the jump!] Suddenlee lets you shop from over 300 retailers for both you and your kids, including CMP faves like Giggle, J...

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It only takes ONE mom

At Cool Mom Picks, we get a kick out of finding cool stuff to make moms’ lives easier. Then along comes a community partnership like ONE Moms that’s helping make moms’ lives easier in a truly profound way: Keeping mothers and babies safe and healthy. Right now, our friends from TheMotherhood and some of our favorite mom bloggers are in Kenya right now with the ONE Campaign, a non-partisan grassroots organization that advocates for smart policies to help combat extreme poverty and preventable disease. As part of the ONE Moms community, these moms are doing what I bet so...

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Facebook Fans – Introducing the Cool Mom Picks Deal of the Day!

We love a great deal as much as you do, so we’re thrilled to be introducing a cool new deals program just for our Facebook fans. We set it up so that our readers can score awesome discounts on some of our favorite, rarely discounted brands. Starting next week, keep your eyes on our Facebook page for a one-day only deal. Act fast to take advantage, before the discount code ends at midnight. All you have to do to gain access is “like” the Cool Mom Picks Facebook page. Easy! Along with these fantastic deals, liking our page brings...

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Zutano baby clothes just got way easier to find

I remember with fondness my very first Zutano purchase. It was a cozy fleece newborn hat with perky animal ears for my son, who’s now almost three. I immediately became hooked on the affordable, well-made and adorable options from Zutano, but their website was definitely not a shopper’s paradise, more geared towards wholesale than me. Well finally, with an awesome redesign, Zutano.com is so fun and easy to peruse that I added a dozen things for my boys to my cart on my first visit. My fave purchases include the kimono wrap Lions Short Sleeve Newborn Onesie, pictured, ($18),...

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How to travel with kids when you’ve outgrown a hotel room

Though three kids doesn’t seem like such a big family anymore, whenever we travel I’m reminded that our party of five was never meant to be the norm for hotel rooms. We’ve had to squish cots into a standard room, spring for two adjoining rooms, or even go-for-broke with two-room suites in order to travel a few times a year. But then a few years ago, I ventured into the world of renting homes from private owners, and we are officially hooked. Interested? I have some tips on how you can get a place big enough for your brood,...

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Sponsored Post: The Family Vacation Reel 2.0

This message is brought to you by Visa The family vacation is a rite of passage, whether it’s that first big trip to your child’s dream amusement park, a weekend camping trip, or a European tour. If you’re the one walking around with camcorder in one hand, camera around your neck and backup cell phone camera in the other hand, you’ll love what Visa’s Memory Mapper application on Facebook will do for your family’s travel memories. The best part is that it’s user friendly, so you can create a travel chronicle masterpiece before your toddler’s naptime is over. Forget...

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Cool Mom Picks wishes you a Happy Birthday. Yes, you.

Considering my oldest daughter just turned seven (7!) last week, I’ve spent the better half of the last few days singing Happy Birthday. So it seemed only fitting that I’d have barely any voice left when I filmed myself doing the same for you, on behalf of our sponsor The American Cancer Society. Of course kids don’t really care about how your voice sounds or even if it’s in tune – it’s the celebration of yet another birthday that counts. And that’s exactly what the ACS is celebrating with their new Create More Birthdays Contest. You certainly don’t need...

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Last day to help us give $10,000 to Baby Buggy.

This post is sponsored by Yahoo! Every time someone clicks here to make Yahoo! your homepage, you’re showing your support for our charity. Last week we told you how thrilled we were that our sponsor Yahoo! is donating $10,000 to our truly deserving charity, Baby Buggy. And all you have to do is make Yahoo! your homepage today to show your support for our charity, and their work with families in need. We think that’s a darn good reason to do it, but here are a few more: 1.The Yahoo! homepage customizes content for you based on your interests...

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Help us raise $10,000 for Baby Buggy with a single click

This post is sponsored by Yahoo! Every time you click here to make Yahoo! your homepage, you’re showing your support for our charity. Recently, our sponsor Yahoo! came up with a cool idea: Ask our readers to make Yahoo! your homepage this week, and for every change, they’d make a $1 donation to our favorite charity for us up to $10,000. We were like, heck yeah. The Yahoo! home page is so fun anyway. (Who isn’t addicted to their trending topics category? And the customized content? It’s like they know we’re addicted to Real Housewives.) Because we especially love...

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Posterous – Safe and easy summer photo sharing for families

We’re thrilled to be working with Posterous, a free service helping parents safely and easily share photos and videos. With four kids and very photo-hungry grandparents, you can only imagine how much we get badgered every time we return for vacation. Before we can even get the laundry unpacked, we’re flooded with requests to send photographs and videos of all the fun. Facebook is a little too public for my personal taste (plus not all our family members are on Facebook). And family videos on YouTube? Uh, no. It takes all of five seconds (or three if you’re a...

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Stencils that help draw out the creativity in anyone

I bum out watching my daughter draw a self-portrait, or even a dog, stop midway, then scribble all over the entire thing in frustration because her picture doesn’t look “perfect.” Maybe that’s why I am particularly fond of these new artist-created stencil kits that are more about being creative, and not so much about what the piece is “supposed to” look like. Although the end results are pretty cool too. {don’t miss a great art supply giveaway after the jump!} After running a bunch of popular creative workshops featuring nature-inspired stencils, LA artist Karen Kimmel decided to make them...

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Why mamas should check out Moomah

Though I love my suburban life south of Boston, there are times I glance over at what is going on in NYC and get envious of all the cool stuff they have. You know, like great deliver-to-the-door sushi, endless entertainment options, and a lovely little creative art playspace and cafe in Tribeca called Moomah, built just for kids “and their parents.” It’s the kind of place with a sign in the front door that says “unaccompanied children will be given an espresso and a free puppy.” While Moomah has no plans to move to other cities just yet, they’ve...

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Muppets + Threadless = Awesome

I grew up watching The Muppet Show, but like many of us, didn’t completely get all the awesome humor until I was an adult watching it again with my kids. So when I heard that there’s a new Muppets movie on the way come November, I may have squealed louder than my kids. And, as it turns out, in honor of this new release, Threadless is teaming up to host one heckuva cool contest. It’s pretty simple. The cool site Threadless is in search of a uber cool Muppet shirt created by, well, you. They’re hosting a Muppets T-shirt...

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Gilt Taste is a Virtual Feast

If you have yet to visit, there’s a deliciously gorgeous, high-end new site for the foodies mamas among us: Gilt Taste. It’s like everything that’s great about Gilt plus everything that was great about Gourmet. Gilt Taste in fact is helmed by former Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl. So not surprisingly, you’ll find tips on cooking and introductions to new foods, dishes and ideas written by the in-the-knows of the foodie world, like Gourmet‘s Barry Estabrook and Orangette‘s Molly Wizenberg. The free membership site includes an online market, giving you direct access to artisan products often only available to elite urban foodies...

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Kids’ books that take the road less traveled

It’s a Pinkalicious world, but I am not a Pinkalicious girl, and neither is my kid. We’re more into the Cowboy & Octopus thing. Of course there’s nothing wrong with loving the books prominently displayed at big box stores, because, honestly, there’s a good reason they’re popular. But there’s also an underground world of independent kids’ books– forgotten books, rare books, books that march to a different drummer. And now there’s a great and trusted way to find and capture these roguish tomes. It’s called One Potato, and it’s a lovingly run blog with corresponding shop on Amazon. One...

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Chirply – Chirp if you love community design

As much as I love Threadless, I only need so many t-shirts, y’know? But it was only a matter of time before someone would realize that the model of letting the community submit artwork and then vote submissions up for production would catch on for other products, too. Like these greeting cards at Chirply Both the way the submissions and voting process work, and the wacky designs seem to take a page from my beloved crowdsourced t-shirt website, only here I can buy as many cards as I want. Because hey, there’s always a reason to send someone a card,...

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Hopscout – The coolest stuff for families at even cooler prices

There are no shortage of deals sites out there these days, and I’m all for it. Who wouldn’t want a few extra bucks in their wallet? But after getting hordes of emails for 55% off dental services and a bunch of other stuff I wouldn’t consider buying in a million years, this new site is a refreshing addition to the sea of discount shopping sites and coupon services out there. Enter Hopscout, my new obsession, and I’m guessing in about two seconds, it’ll be yours too. This beautifully designed site makes deal shopping a high-end experience, with cute sketches, ...

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B Kind 2 Earth Day

I can hardly believe that Earth Day is older than I am. (Ah, feeling young — what mom doesn’t love that?) Begun in 1970 as a means of demonstrating broad public support for the environmental cause, Earth Day is a reminder that this planet is a pretty cool place to live, and we don’t want it to look like it belongs on an episode of Hoarders. To that end, the National Wildlife Federation, Nickelodeon, and our friends at The Motherhood have joined forces to create B Kind 2 Earth Day. We’re super excited to be on board too, and...

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Two green thumbs up for these Earth Day ideas that don’t cost you a dime

If you’ve been reading Cool Mom Picks for a while, you know that we are always looking for sustainably-made, eco-friendly products from conscientious companies, big and small.  So for this Friday’s Earth Day, instead of giving you more green products you can buy (although hey, we might do that too), we want to point out some cool Earth Day-related initiatives that don’t require you to open up your pocketbook for that other kind of green. –Christina Paper Culture has long been one of our favorite sites for gorgeous photo and greeting cards, and for their unwavering commitment to protecting...

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Now, kids can get paid to do good

You might remember when we told you about YesKidzCan!, the folks who are helping your kids figure out ways they can start changing the world for the better right now. We love their mission and their Act of Kindness kits, but now they’re taking it even further. Check it out: They’ve just launched the Social Kidpreneurz Awards, and it’s all about helping kids give back to society in creative ways that work for them. Applications are open now and run through June 1, 2011; fifty recipients will win $100 of seed money apiece to fund their “business-like activity that...

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