Category: Cool Websites

Thought you could never afford to be an art collector? Think again with Exhibition A.

I’m a big fan of all the members-only online shopping sites. I’ve bought many outfits, handbags and even a vacation through them, but now I can expand my shopping arena to the world of art. Real art. As in, by real artists. And the best part is, it won’t break the bank. Check out Exhibition A, started by one of my fave designers, Cynthia Rowley. She, along with Bill Powers and Laura Martin, owners of Half Gallery, created this smart service for bringing art to the masses. Sign up for your free account and start cruising works by contemporary...

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ReCrib – Discount baby gear from brands that simply don’t discount

I’ve often said to new mom friends that if I had to do it over, I’d have spent less on the crib. Not that I didn’t adore our crib for the four years that we used it; but there has to be a better way than shelling out a fortune, even for those of us who have high-end tastes. Now, fortunately, there is an amazing option: a fabulous new website that’s like Craig’s List for high end baby gear. ReCrib is a place you can buy and sell only gently used, high end nursery furniture and toys. The site...

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I’m a real fan of the meal plan

A year ago, I never would have thought I’d be excited about weekly meal planning. I was far too cool and spontaneous to be one of those people who actually planned what dinner we would be eating a day in advance. Please. What a silly mama I was! A year of meal-planning later, I have come to my senses. So I was excited to have a look at e-mealz recently and check out a couple of their family-friendly meal plans. With a variety of specialty plans available (think gluten-free, low fat, vegetarian) based on sales prices at the grocery...

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Happy birthday from Jack Blaaa-aaaack…

We’ve so enjoyed being a part of the More Birthdays campaign on behalf of our amazing sponsor, the American Cancer Society. Over the past few months, we’ve shared some of the ways you can send a personalized celebrity birthday wish to anyone on your list. (Seriously it’s cool! Try it out. ) To round out the campaign, here are just a few of our recos, to help you pair the next birthday boy or girl on your list with the very most perfect More Birthdays video artist. For your cool tween niece or nephew: Justin Bieber + Usher Who...

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Design, organization, and playfulness all in one space. The mom trifecta!

My kids have some of the greatest toys in the world. In one of the messiest playrooms in the world. If there’s anyone who needs some design and organization tips, it’s me. And I’ve found just the resource. [don’t miss a cool giveaway after the jump!] Mariah Bruehl’s inspiring Playful Learning Spaces e-course has a new session starting on April 13 and it runs every Wednesday for six weeks. Sign up and learn design thoughtful environments that encourage kids to learn and create. It may sound like a tall order, but with weekly updates that include a video, assignments,...

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Heartsy – like Etsy and Groupon had a thousand adorable babies and then I went broke

I’ve got one word for you: Heartsy. Oh, and a few more words: Etsy, like Groupon, and huge discounts on awesome handmade stuff. Sold, right? It’s called Heartsy, and you get the picture. You give Heartsy your email. Every day, they send you one outrageously deep deal on handmade stuff from an Etsy artist. If you like what you see, you buy the deal. And then you spend all day long ogling, choosing, and putting things into and out of your shopping cart with glee, finally using your voucher to buy the pretties. Right this moment, deals include 60%...

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The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood. (Which are no longer secrets.)

I’ve been a long time reader of Meagan Francis’ blog The Happiest Mom, not only because any mom of five who can string together coherent sentences has my utter respect, but because her straightforward, friendly, and non-judgmental approach to motherhood is refreshing. So when I heard that her blog was the inspiration for a new book, you can bet I wanted to get my hands on it. [See why you need a copy of this awesome book after the jump] The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood is the book I wish I had read instead of all...

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5 great picks you might have missed this week – March Madness Edition

If your kids have acted a little nuts this week, it’s totally not your fault. Blame it on supermoon–we do. Here are a few of our favorites from the last week, in case you were too busy pulling out your hair to have caught them. 1. The new AAP’s new car seat and booster recommendations for kids 7-12 may your big kid hopping mad. Luckily, we’ve rounded up 3 awesomely cool booster seats for the car to keep everyone legal and safe. 2. If you’re going crazy trying to find the perfect baby book, we’ve rounded up some of...

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Finally, a made-up holiday I can appreciate. Hint: CHOCOLATE.

Guess what, mamas? It’s American Chocolate Week! Or at least the end of it. The way we see it, you just have to suck it up and do your patriotic duty by gorging on chocolate, right? If you love chocolate as much as we do, here are some of our favorite picks from the past for every occasion. Because we’re all about helping you celebrate the very important holidays of this world. [don’t miss a deeeeelicious giveaway after the jump!] For moms who want cocoa without the calories: Crio BruThis “drink of the gods” brews up in your coffeemaker...

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Living la vida cumpleaños with Ricky Martin and more

Anyone who’s been following the amazing efforts from our sponsor, American Cancer Society’s More Birthdays campaign, knows that there’s a pretty impressive roster of celebs and otherwise cool people getting in on the do-gooding and sharing their artistic interpretations of Happy Birthday. And peeking at the site this week, we realize they’ve added three more awesome headliners to the group. Who wouldn’t love getting a personal birthday video wish from cancer survivor Kylie Minogue, or from Ricky Martin, who croons in both English and Spanish. Plus superstar new mom Celene Dion’s version of the song is gorgeous. Seriously, it’s...

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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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RightCliq by Visa – making online shopping fun, easy, and more affordable. Did we mention fun?

Since we’re all about shopping online here, we’re also about ways to make online shopping easier. And more affordable. And more fun. We’ve been eagerly following Rightcliq by Visa in the last few months since their launch and it seems it’s a dandy little tool for doing all of the above. Now that Rightcliq is a CMP sponsor (yay Rightcliq!) I took some time time to create a Wishspace and it was so cool, I thought I’d show you how it works. Also, maybe one of you will get me that Prada cruise collection leather bag at Bergdorf’s. Heh....

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Make it a handmade Christmas

Still looking for a few last minute gifts for the family? Clearly we’re crazy, mad, marry-us-in-Vegas in love with Etsy and all the wonderful artists and crafters we’ve discovered there. That’s why today, on Etsy’s The Storque blog, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite handmade holiday gifts on Etsy. Click over for lovely ideas that we’ve hand-selected for babies, kids, moms, dads, and even the cool grandparents of the world. You know how we love those cool grandparents. –Liz + Kristen What are the handmade gifts you’ve procured this year? We’d love to hear about...

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Deck the YOU.

Hanging boughs of holly and popcorn is fine for the mantel, but you wouldn’t want to wear them yourself. I mean, think of all the cleavage sap full of popcorn crumbs. If you’re looking to decorate yourself for the holidays while staying comfortable and chic, you won’t want to miss this free tutorial on how to make adorable, wearable garlands out of felt. Bonus: it’s easy! The Purl Bee Blog, which represents the popular yarn and fabric shop Purl Soho, always has loads of adorable projects to knit, embroider, and sew. But we really love the cheery Twisted Felt...

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Lilluxe offers lots of luxury without the luxury prices

I’m the first to admit that discount sites can get overwhelming. I get so swept up in the dealiness of everything that I put a bunch of too-good-to-be-so-cheap things in my cart, second-guess every one, and then abandon the whole thing in favor of a calming cup of tea. Okay, maybe I’m not that bad. But even if I was–or if you are–Lilluxe offers the perfect antidote. [don’t miss some great offers after the jump] Why? Because everything on it is a) seriously cool (see the KidKraft Harley-Davidson over there?), and b) an amazing deal (on Lilluxe, that rocker is $50...

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The Tegu Website – Reality TV for blockheads

So you know how much we love Tegu blocks? Because, really, who doesn’t love beautiful, magnetic wood blocks responsibly made in Honduras by a company committed to social and ecological betterment. These things are so hot, they sell out. But even if you don’t have your own set (yet!), you can now enjoy the magic with Tegu Live, which is basically America’s Next Top Block Genius. [don’t miss a super cool holiday-ready giveaway after the jump] Starting this week, during certain hours of the day, you will find the Tegu Block Genius (wouldn’t you love that on your business...

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Three cheers for the red, white and gently used

This Veteran’s Day, we’d like to not only remember the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our country, but also that little boy over there who is riding his bike with grape jelly on his shirt. And there is his sister, hula-hooping in the front yard.  Right now there are thousands of military families stationed all over the globe, many with young, growing-like-a-weed children. I can only imagine how difficult clothes shopping is from foreign bases, with selections that probably don’t mirror what I get in my local mall. So, we are thrilled that one...

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Designer inspiration, if not designer purchases

Since having kids, my insatiable hunger for all things art, fashion, and design has been unsatisfied. And rightfully so. I barely have time to eat an actual breakfast, let alone devour the piles of magazines I once looked to for inspiration for my spending habits. But then I discovered the gorgeous offerings at AHAlife, and I felt a little bit of the old me was awakened The site features one amazing product that’s up for purchase for just 24 hours – all lifestyle goodies, all united in being exceptionally cool. Think meticulously curated boutique where you might not necessarily...

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Abe’s Market goes QVC, only not QVC. More like your laptop.

When I first discovered Abe’s Market last year, I thought of it as an online Farmer’s Market – goodies like small batch natural soaps, handmade baby blankets, organic vinaigrettes, and pretty much everything I love about our local Farmer’s Markets; besides the heirloom tomatoes and hot cider. Well they just introduced Abe’s Live, and starting today, if I were home at 2pm, I’d totally be watching that instead of whatever WHO’S THE BABY’S REAL FATHER! show is on then instead. On Abe’s Live, you can tun into a live, streaming webcast of the very vendors and artists who make...

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The only thing better than making photo memories is reliving them hilariously

You loved Awkward Family Photos. You haz a cheezburger. You enjoy a good FAIL. Now we’ve found one more awesome place to waste even more time on the web. At Young Me Now Me, regular people re-stage their childhood photos in hilarious ways. This giggle-inducing new(ish) blog by online performance artist Ze Frank has me aching to sort through that huge box of unmarked photos in my mom’s attic to find something funny that doesn’t involve a leotard. The user-contributed content ranges from old women recreating the somber sepia-toned portraits of their childhood, to grown men swaddling themselves in...

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Babble’s 50 best design blogs for moms. Yay!

Well, what an honor to wake up to find Cool Mom Picks on Babble’s List of the 50 best design blogs for moms. We are in such amazing company we can hardly stand it. Click over for 49 other blogs we know you’ll adore too, including some of our own favorites. Thanks Babble and thanks Elina! –Liz, Kristen + Team Mom Picks Do you have a favorite design blog for moms? Or heck, dads, aunts, or design junkies with no kids at all?  (We don’t discriminate.) We’d love to hear it. We’re always looking for kindred spirits to recognize...

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