Category: Cool Websites

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. RogersSince it was impossible for me to come up with something meaningful to...

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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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