Category: Cool Websites

BRIKA is more than another flash sale site. It’s less–in a good way.

While overall, I admit I’m growing a little weary of all the membership-only shopping sites (and the subsequent eight million “OUR SALE IS STARTING!” alerts in my inbox each day), there is a new one I’m excited about. I love its focus on artistry, creativity and the kind of talented designers that we always get excited about when we discover them on Etsy. The new site BRIKA seems to me a bit like a cross between Fab, Uncovet and Joyus. It’s a rather minimalist site–all about beautiful items from artists and small brands you get to learn a little...

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Get inspired to pursue your life list at Go Mighty

My boring ol’ to-do list may grow hourly, though it’s way more fun to think about my “want to do” (often more morbidly called a bucket list) which is filled with all those things that sound like fun, an adventure, or just something I know would make my heart sing. And now there’s an amazing place online where I can share these thoughts, no matter how crazy or trivial, and maybe even find others who might be able to give me the nudge to check them off my list. Go Mighty is a new community website that offers a...

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Etsy Gift Cards! Whoo! We’re officially thinking holidays now.

In Italian, “Etsi, finalmente!” translates rather perfectly into, “Oh, yes, finally!” Which was pretty much my exact sentiment upon hearing that the famously uber-cool online marketplace Etsy is now offering gift cards, just in time for the holidays. [don’t miss a great limited time offer after the jump!] Rejoice fellow Etsy fans, the site now offers a “Choose Your Own Adventure” Etsy gift card that can be emailed to a friend or printed out the old-fashioned way. I know I have a very soft spot in my heart for Etsy, having purchased a one-of-a-kind painting from an artist in Israel last year...

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Welcome to The Studio: a brilliant resource for budding artists, scientists, chefs and their parents

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Kiwi Crate here at CMP. We love the concept: a subscription service for kids that sends out monthly boxes filled with superfun, educational activities. But now, we can also benefit from the creative minds behind the wonderful Kiwi Crate kits without spending a dime.  The Studio is a brand new online directory that’s packed with more than 500 projects, recipes and activity ideas to keep your family’s creative juices flowing. I’m already obsessing over all the Halloween ideas. My kids would go batty (heh) for the 3D Yarn Spider Web.  But The Studio’s...

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Know an inspiring mom? Something tells us you do.

I’m of the mindset that nearly every mom I know inspires me in some way. Even so, there are some that simply live in a way that is inspirational to many. That’s why I’m so excited that our friends at mom-run Tea Collection have created the Inspiring Mom Awards–and equally excited that I get to be a judge, and give out a veddy veddy nice prize indeed. [Click over and see what you could win…just for nominating someone!] The Tea Collection Inspiring Mom Awards is intended to honor mothers in three categories: Entrepreneur, Making a Difference, and Globe Trotter....

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Politics for kids: the Democracy Project gets kids involved in the election, no mudslinging allowed

With all the attack ads on TV, the l-o-n-g debates, and the lack of cartoon characters, it’s no wonder that my kids aren’t exactly enthralled with politics and the upcoming presidential election. But there’s now a cool, non-partisan website that allows kids to learn a little more about the process and the candidates (and even lets them try being Commander in Chief). Plus there’s plenty of kid-friendly cartoon drawings to hold their attention much longer than the next :30 plea for your vote. PBS Kids’ The Democracy Project is an adorable and navigable site to help young kids learn...

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Things to do in Manhattan that aren’t your typical things to do in Manhattan

Even as a lifelong New Yorker (more or less), I love that there’s always something new to do in Manhattan. Not just because there are new shops and museums and restaurants popping up all the time; but because there are so many old ones that you simply never noticed before. It’s probably why when visitors to Manhattan ask me, “what should I do when I’m here?” It’s hard to offer a quick answer besides Central Park and walking the Brooklyn Bridge. That’s why I’m excite about a super clever new website that helps turn you onto the Manhattan you...

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Good Food on a Tight Budget, EWG’s new shopping guide

The Cool Moms (me especially) always check EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database before reviewing a product to make sure the ingredients meet a persnickety mom’s health and safety needs. Now we’re excited to announce that EWG is going further than Skin Deep–straight into our bellies and grocery carts. If avoiding pesticides and supporting healthy farming practices are important to you, you won’t want to miss this great new resource. Good Food on a Tight Budget is a free and easy resource for planning healthful, cost-effective meals for your family while avoiding nasty pesticides and artificial ingredients. The Environmental Working...

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Decorating takes (wicker) balls, but owning the book about it is easy

I love paging through home-furnishings catalogs and feeling that combination of envy and absolute astonishment. Have you ever looked through a spread and thought: “who the heck lives like that?” Of course you have. Well get ready to laugh. The new book, Catalog Living at its Most Absurd: Decorating Takes (Wicker) Balls, is every bit as hilarious as it sounds. You may already be a fan of comedienne Molly Erdman and her blog, Catalog Living. It follows the life of Gary and Elaine and their ridiculous furnishings in a mockumentary style that is such an addictive read, entry after...

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ThredUp reinvents itself and now buying discount designer kids clothes–or selling them–is a joy

You know how it goes: your kids wear their clothes for a ridiculously short period of time. Sure, there’s always hand-me-downs, or consignment and Craigslist, if you’re motivated enough to try to make some money. But those routes require time and energy that many of us are sorely lacking at this time of year. So we’re happy to discover that thredUP has newly relaunched, as a very easy, very good-looking online consignment shop. Related: Buy and sell designer clothes for the whole family, right from your smart phone Related: Chairish: Shop the country’s coolest vintage shops, all from your couch ThredUP features...

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