Category: Cool Websites

One more fun reason to visit the Fab Back to School pop-up shop right now

It’s abundantly evident to readers of this site that I’m in love with Fab.com. That love only heightened when they launched weekly kids sales. And now–a back-to-school pop-up shop with lots of fun goodies for preschoolers, teens and even college kids. Plus a few great organizational helpers for parents. (You’ll need to register if you’re not a member yet, but it’s free.) Click over and you might even recognize a certain someone’s photo smiling back at you. (Hi!) But besides, that you’ll find great deals on cool water bottles, Wildkin bags (like the snakeprint lunchbag in our own Back...

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Guest Pinner alert! Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte

We’ve been so obsessed with Pinterest lately, we thought we’d try something fun this month and welcome a guest pinner: the amazing Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte. We’ve been huge fans of her design blog for ages now, in fact, we featured her own adorable creations as well as her kids clothing line for Anthropologie on our site. Well, as you might know, her own¬†Pinterest boards are notorious (are you following her?). So we couldn’t be more thrilled to make her an honorary CMPer for the month and have her share her awesome eye with you.   To keep...

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Hooray for July and the Magic Beans 31 Days of Giveaways!

The realization that it’s already July is being made much easier knowing that it’s also the start of Magic Beans’ 31 Days of Giveaways. If you’re not familiar with this wonderful mom + pop owned shop, this is the perfect opportunity to make its acquaintance, and perhaps score yourself some amazing goodies (coughBugabooDonkeycough), many of which we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Picks.  {See how you could win $12,000 worth of prizes after the jump!} As part of their 5th anniversary celebration back in 2009, Boston-based and family run Magic Beans hosted an outrageous 31 Days of Giveaways. Lucky...

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Everyday Food video series with Sarah Carey – Watch, learn, eat

It’s no secret that my Cool Mom Picks cohorts and I are fans of the smart folks at Martha Stewart. (And it’s not just because they’re fans of Cool Mom Picks, too!) So you can imagine how excited we were to learn that they’ve launched a free cooking video newsletter with  Everyday Food editor-in-chief Sarah Carey. I signed up immediately and couldn’t be happier. Sarah’s cooking video newsletter is my new go-to–or I should say come-to-me!–cooking inspiration, since it comes to my inbox every day. The video recipes are classic Everyday Food dishes: laid back, fresh, and truly family-friendly....

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Thank you Design Public, we’ll take that discount!

When looking for decor and something lovely for my home, one of my first stops is Design Public.  If you love modern, contemporary design, this is the site for you to find a wide variety of home accessories, furniture, art and much more.  Well lucky for us, Design Public has an outlet. It turns out that if you hit the Design Public Outlet online at their web shop, you can save anywhere from 40-80% off regularly priced items.  They list new inventory daily which includes open box items still in new condition. At the time of posting, you’ll find lots...

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Olive Us gets kids excited to move and make and do.

We imagine that anyone who’s ever read Design Mom has instantly fallen in love with Gabrielle Blair, her adorable brood, and her positive approach to beautifying life. So we’re thrilled to be able to announce Gabby’s exciting new video project that we think you’ll like. And so will your kids. Olive Us is an exquisitely produced short video series that reminds me of the little films in Sesame Street. In the first episode, we catch the absurdly cute Blair kids (dressed in Polarn O Pyret and Hunter Boots, observant readers might notice) taking care of the garden behind their...

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4 great design blogs for new moms – from new moms.

It’s exciting for us when our favorite design bloggers become new moms (or aunts!) themselves. Because that means more cool products, design, clothing and gorgeous inspiration for parents everywhere. Here, 4 phenomenal design blogs that are starting to feature more mobiles and fewer handcut steel coffee tables with sharp edges. (Ha.) DESIGN FOR MINIKIND One of our favorite design bloggers and all around adorable gals, Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind, has announced Design for Minikind. As well as the pending birth of her first baby. Expect gorgeous products, clean beautiful photography, and inspiration from around the globe you...

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5 online resources to help get parents smarter about money

When it comes to teaching our kids about money, we’ve learned that the most effective–and easiest–trick is teach by example. In other words, the better example we can set for them, the more prepared they’ll be to tackle their own budgets and spending as they get older. And while your kids may not be ready for the “this is how a credit card works” talk, even toddlers can start to understand the value of a dollar. Or a quarter. (Boy it’s tough to explain that a piece of green paper is worth more than a shiny coin!) So we...

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Presenting Stitch Labs – Small business owners and aspiring professional crafters, this one’s for you.

Many a mom has dreamed of running her own craft business– me included. My Etsy shop never got big enough to merit any sort of organizational system, but if it had, I suspect I would be totally lost, much like Lucy was in that candy factory. Inventory, shipping, and labels, oh my! When your product rocks, it gets complicated fast. Consider us thrilled by this new online business management tool just for crafters and creators, developed by one of our own favorite successful crafters. And it offers a free trial, too. Stitch Labs is the latest venture by our pal...

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Treehouse Tykes – A new flash sale site that stands out from the rest

Another members-only flash sale site, you ask? Well, yes. But this one’s got an awesome charity aspect to it, plus the kinds of kids’ brands for up to 70% off, that we’d happily buy at full price. The new flash sale site, Treehouse Tykes, not only tempts are wallets by offering CMP favorites like Manny & Simon and 7 A.M. Enfant, but has a very cool way to shop while doing major good: 10% of net proceeds will go to the school or charity of your choosing. Another way Treehouse Tykes is different is their “10-10-10” program. Every time...

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