Category: Cool Websites

Cool Mom Picks Loves Sprout for Parents

Considering our kids have spent many a minute (okay, more like hours) watching Sprout TV, it seemed like the perfect fit when they asked us to join them as guest experts on their blog. Along with brand spankin’ never seen before weekly picks from us, Sprout for Parents offers all kinds of great tips, articles, and videos based on monthly themes from a variety of experts. So, stop on over, or add them to your favorites. Seems only fair since we’re betting your remote control probably already knows its way there without you even typing in the channel. –...

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Maggie Mason is in the Haus

Magie Mason’s Mighty Girl network continues its path towards online design world domination today’s launch of Mighty Haus, her much anticipated–at least by us–shopping and design blog covering the world of covetable loveliness for your home. Click over and find always excellent recos written in quick read-’em-during-the-commercial blurbs cleverly crafted by Maggie and partner Melissa Summers. If you’re not familiar with her other wonderful design and shopping blogs (and occasional CMP resources) Mighty Goods and Mighty Junior, this would be the time to bookmark them all. As for me, I’ll be heading to the MOMA store to check out...

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Aha! So That’s Why I Have Random Hairs in Bizarre Places.

Congratulations!  You’re pregnant!  And, if you are anything like me, it’s time to start logging some serious hours on the computer reading everything you can about it. But with so much of it out there, how do you wade through it all? Well you, you do not have to wade through it all. Not now that there is Aha! Baby, a pregnancy-specific search engine that compiles the best articles around the web on everything from baby naming to medical questions, all in one place. I do not even want to think about how much work this poor team out...

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Social Networking For a Cause

Having kids didn’t make you forget about the worthy causes you’ve championed — in fact, there’s something about becoming a parent that often activates the save-the-world gene. But with time at a premium now, how do you reconcile passion for change with a mom’s busy schedule? Check out YourCause.com, a social networking site specifically for the charity-minded. You can set up everything you need to back your favorite cause; build an informational page, start a blog, add pictures, collect donations, and connect with others doing the same. Best of all, when your kids are older like mine and they...

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E-Cards That Don’t Make You Cringe As You Press Send

For those of you who woke up this morning thinking Oh [your favorite expletive], I forgot to send a Father’s Day card! we’ve got you covered with the hilarious free e-cards from Rattlebox. Click over now and you have a whole selection of honest-to-goodness, very funny e-cards, hold the bad animation. That’s because the two women behind the company are actual film and tv producers who employ stock video and film clips and decent enough writers. Actual production values! In a free e-card! Who’d have thunk it. I’m partial to the black and white Father’s Day option that has...

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Education.com: Just Tell Your Kids It’s Called FunStufftoDo.com

Summer can be l-o-n-g when the weather is bad, the kids are bored and I refuse to turn the television on to pass the time. Thankfully, I have just discovered hundreds of activities on education.com. With a neat feature that lets me choose activities for kids based on grade level (pre-k through 12) I am assured that I’ll pick something that won’t have my kids whining about baby games. My oldest often complains that I try to turn everything into “a learning opportunity” so I’m most happy that the site’s activities teach kids something without being so blatantly obvious...

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Shopping Gets Greener by the Second

Well it’s about time that someone finally developed a decent shopping engine for more eco-conscious consumers. That honor is going to Greenzer.com. At first glance (the site is still in beta), they seem to have relationships with relatively progressive brands including Patagonia, Seventh Generation, Herman Miller and Burt’s Bees, plus CMP faves like Sigg (shown) and gDiapers. It’s a cool way to help guide your purchase decisions, like hey – I never knew that Toshiba laptop was Energy Star rated. But where there’s real value added is with Greenzer’s editorial. Click on lifestyle and you’ll catch daily posts, green...

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Sk*rt Is Now Kirtsy. Cool.

What is cool? This site. And now it’s got an even cooler name: Kirtsy. Just makes you want to flit around in a little floral twirly skirt to the Nutcracker Suite, doesn’t it? Click over and check out the same awesome link sharing, same enjoyable time suck. In fact, leave a comment anywhere on the site and email about it and you’ll be entered to win $1000 worth of prizes. Seems fair. By the way, any time you see something you love on CMP, feel free to share it with the world just by clicking that little "add to kirtsy" button below the post.  Seriously, try it now. Just for fun. To see what happens.   This concludes our kirtsy public service announcement for the day.  -Team CMP    ...

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What’s In a Name?

Our friends at Sk*rt, soon to be known The Website Formerly Known as Sk*rt, are in a bit of a pickle. It seems they want a new name, stat. We suggested Pilot Inspektor but rats, it was already taken. Maybe you have a better idea? Head to their What’s In a Name contest and suggest it in the comments or just vote for one of eleven possibilities by Friday at midnight. You’ll be entered to win all sorts of expensive goodies but more so, you could be helping some of the coolest women on the www. (Is it cheating...

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Hey, Someone Forgot to Make the Online Invitations Look Ugly

In an increasingly paperless world, online correspondence is rapidly replacing snail mail even for major events. Does evite ring a bell? But I haven’t lost my love for beautifully designed correspondence, whether offline or online, and the folks at pingg feel the same way. This www invitation service features hundreds of gorgeous – and free – designs for all kinds of events that are infinitely more sophisticated and personal than the standard templates you’re used to. Even cooler, if you’re a budding artist/ photographer/control freak yourself, you can upload your own artwork or photos to create a custom invitation....

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Junking Junk Mail

Recently we reviewed Catalog Choice which I continue to love (love! love!) but recently I’ve been turned onto a similar service to help cut down on junk mail: Green Dimes. Any service that guarantees to get rid of 90% of all your unwanted solicitations–not just catalogs–and plant trees on your behalf is totally worth looking into. It’s only 20 bucks for the service, and then $10 to renew each year or change your address. Seems so worth it, when you consider they not only purge your names from countless mailing lists, they keep an eye on them each month...

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Presenting the Ultimate Mother’s Day Shopping Guide. (If We Do Say So Ourselves.)

Today is April 11. Which in most parts of the country doesn’t mean a whole lot. (Except for you, Joss Stone – happy birthday!) But around CMP it means it’s exactly one month until Mother’s Day, a perfect time to launch our second annual Mother’s Day Gift Guide. This year our guide is filled with dozens and dozens of indie-minded gift ideas to help make your own mama, wife, grandmama, sister, pregnant best friend one very happy mama. So go! Browse! Shop! It’s your time of the year, dahlink. Make the most of it. EXTRA-COOL: WIN IT! We’re giving away a $400 gift pack courtesy of our yummy sponsors tj and co keepsake photo jewelry, and Earth Mama Angel Baby organic skincare. Just post our Mother’s Day button on your blog or website and email kristen@coolmompicks.com with the url. We’ll draw one way lucky mama at random on Mother’s Day. More details on the...

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Clean Up The House, Win 900 Bucks. Sounds Good to Us.

My place is admittedly a mess these days – toys everywhere, clothes hanging from doorknobs, feral animals roaming the halls. So I am probably not the odds-on favorite to win the new Now You See It, Now You Don’t storage solution contest put together by the wonderful folks at Ohdeeoh, Cookie Magazine, and Dwell Studio. But you can bet I’ll be looking closely at the winning entries. Enter by April 7 with your best decluttering and organizational solutions and nine Ohdeeoh readers win $250 gift certificates for Dwell stuff. Then you move onto the finals along with all the...

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Free Kids Music. As in Gratis. Complimentary. On the House.

Back in 1940, a gallon of gas cost 11 cents, a new car to put it in cost $850 and a big house to drive it to would run you right around $3,000. So we’re guessing the music you could have played in your giant $3K house was super cheap too. But not nearly as inexpensive as it is today. Today, thanks to Kiddie Records Weekly, it’s free. Kiddie Records Weekly has digitized one great dime-store 1940s-1960s children’s 78 album each and every week since 2005. Starting with Walt Disney’s Story of Robin Hood and ending, so far, with...

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Delaying Mommyhood But Not Mommy Friends

Sometimes moms of (ahem) advanced maternal age just need some kindred spirits to hang out with. You know, so we can reminisce about our assymetrical prom hairdos and our crushes on Scott Baio while the rugrats run circles around our arthritic ankles. Well if you’re 35+ with young’uns around the house, put down the knitting needles and hit Motherhood Later, which helps connect you with other moms in your community live and in the flesh. The org was cofounded by Aliza Sherman Risdahl of Webgrrlz fame, and her partner, author Robin Gorman Newman who’s also known to singles as...

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Allergy Mom: Not Quite the Title Anyone Hopes For

It was over seven years ago, but I will never forget that day: My perfect, happy toddler stuck one chubby finger into the square of peanut butter sandwich I’d just handed him. In less than five minutes he was covered in welts, eyes swelled shut, gasping and wheezing. I was calling for help, completely panicked. Surprise — that’s how we discovered my son had a deadly allergy to peanuts. There’s no page in the baby book for "Baby’s first anaphylactic reaction," even with food allergies on the rise. If you’re feeling anxious and alone in all this, check out...

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Child Development Expert? Yeah, Me Neither.

As much as I would like to believe I’m an expert on my own child, I’ve been known on occasion to bring home a book before realizing that yeah, maybe she’s not quite ready for the whole "and then Bambi’s mother dies" thing. Now Savvy Source is helping me out quite a bit in this department. The website (that we’ve reviewed in the past) has evolved quite a bit from its original premise as an interactive preschool database, and one of their newest features is  a very helpful quiz to help match your kid up with the learning toys,...

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Attention: Lazy Gift Card Redeemers

Not to look a gift (card) horse in the mouth, but I when I get one I often forget to use it in time. I guess it’s people like me who account for the $8 billion in gift cards that gets wasted each year. Yikes. If you anticipate a few gift cards this holiday season, you must know about Leverage, an innovative new service that lets you register your cards for free (along with frequent traveler and reward programs) so you won’t lose track of them. It seems you can earn interest on what you’re not spending and best...

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From the Cradle to The Cradle ™

There are more "mom" websites and social networking sites popping up than we can shake a BPA-free baby bottle at. And who can blame them? We are collectively awesome, thus everyone wants us to grace them with our virtual presence. One of the more promising sites is The Cradle, which for starters, looks a lot better than your average parenting site. As in, fewer cheesy stock photos of moms with too-white teeth hugging "their" babies, more relevant lifestyle kind of content. While they’re just ramping up, so far we’ve caught a section on eco-friendly nurseries, expert advice like kids...

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Cool Mom Picks: The TV Show

While we haven’t sold out to the Hollywood machine just yet (Watch out Harvey Weinstein, we’re coming for you!) we are excited to tell you about the nine short Cool Mom Picks videos we taped for Alpha Mom TV launching this week. Catch editors Liz (pregnant) and Kristen (very pregnant!) showing the world the cool gifts and gear that we spend an inordinate amount of time tracking down, with themes like Organic baby gear, Rock n Roll baby gifts, cooler clothes for baby boys, and great gifts for new moms that you won’t see on their registries. You can...

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Scrapbooks Out, Storybooks In

Those fill-in-the-blank baby books didn’t work well for me. While some of the questions didn’t apply, I just didn’t like to leave the pages completely empty–or worse, use the bureaucratic Not Applicable. Eventually, I decided to eschew the preformatted books and put together a baby book of my own design.

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All the Stuff You Convince Yourself You Need

I think I can safely say that I was not alone in my amazement that something so small and helpless as a new baby could possibly need so much stuff. I didn’t know what gear was necessary and what was merely clever marketing, and after factoring in all the unsolicited advice from well-meaning veteran moms about bouncy seat A versus bouncy seat B, I was overwhelmed to say the least.

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