Category: Cool Websites

It’s actually pretty easy being green

As I am just beginning to realize, there is no end to the fears we have as parents. Just as our kids outgrow the SIDS risk, we’re worried about mercury in water. When they’re done with the finger in the electric socket phase, we’re reading up on what’s in those plastic Halloween masks.

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One-Stop Rocking

Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was one site that sold all the cool music that CMP recommends? And wouldn’t it be even more amazing if you didn’t have to dig through a bunch of other music–the kind we don’t recommend–on that site to find the good stuff that has been carefully tucked away?

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Your Business is Our Business

If you read Cool Mom Picks for all of about 10 seconds, you’ll realize we’re huge supporters of the community of mom-trepreneurs. We know how hard it can be to get a business off a ground, particularly while chasing small children around, and so part of our mission is to help get the word out about cool stuff that moms are making and selling.

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Radio Moosehead

For the past two years, this household’s been on a steady musical diet of Sesame Street and The Wiggles. Don’t get me wrong–I love me some Rubber Duckie–but I’ve been meaning to try something a little more exotic.

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The Working Mom’s Survival Guide

Surfing around in search of online resources for working moms, the good ones seem to be far and few between. Most look a lot like…well, work. Blech.Mom and GAP bigwig Amy Keroes knew better when she developed Mommy Track’d, the working mother’s online guide to managed chaos. The site positions itself as a survival guide for working moms, but that betrays its contemporary look and refreshingly playful tone. Click around and you’ll find tips to help you get organized, shortcuts that buy you more free time, and ways to treat yourself when it feels like you’re too busy taking...

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It’s a Crafter’s World. We Just Live in It.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, we here at Cool Mom Picks love the crafty types. We’ve also learned that you can’t call yourself crafty without having Kiddley bookmarked in your browser. Kiddley is the brand new website from Claire Robertson (the mastermind behind Loobylu) that provides everyday do-it-yourself ideas for parents and their kids. At just a quick glance, you’ll find easy craft ideas, helpful website links, andfungames and projectsthat even the craftily-challenged could tackle. We love the yummy Dahl recipe (Indian + Lentils = Nirvana) and the button bouquet is not only cute, it’s relatively idiot-proof....

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Why is This Woman Smiling? Because She Has the Day Off.

Recently, calculated that the 10.6 million stay-at-home moms in America are each worth an average of $134,000 a year. And yet–do they get overtime? No. Do they get year-end bonuses? No. Do they get to call in sick after a night of Jager shots and dirty dancing at the office Christmas party? If only. And certainly, they don’t get vacation time. Which is why mom and author Jen Singer devised the ingenious Please Take My Children To Work Day. What started as wishful thinking is now a bona fide holiday, as the governors of six states have officially...

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You’ve Got Moxie, Kid!

If you had a best friend that was really friendly, smart and level-headed and knew a thing or two about parenting, she might be a lot like Moxie of Ask Moxie. Ask Moxie is an advice blog where parents can submit questions and receive answers on a plethora of parenting issues ranging from how to combat pushy in-laws when you’re about to give birth to how best to handle a toddler that likes to streak. How is Ask Moxie better than any of the twenty seven parenting books you already own? Her advice is personalized to YOU. Some “expert”...

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Making Life Easier: A Web Magazine After Our Own Heart

If you have read through this site for more than one minute, then you have figured out that we are all about trying to make life easier. We know moms have very little time to themselves, and reading may not be on the top of your list. However, we suggest that after you’ve perused our daily picks (of course), you head on over to Momready, a web magazine "designed to ease the everyday challenges of parenting." Mom/founder Elisa Taub created Momready as a means to provide parents with short, informative articles with tips and pertinent topics that arrive in...

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The Parenthacks website: That Wasn’t In The Manual

Feeling a little disappointed with that Dr. Expert parenting book that everyone raved about? Would you rather have a root canal sans novocaine than listen to yet another round of “well-meaning” advice from your mother-in-law? Does it seem like NOBODY on the planet has practical, useful (and non-annoying) suggestions to your parenting issues? If you answered yes to any of the above, then let me introduce you to Parent Hacks, the holy grail of quick, helpful solutions for anyone raising children. Parent Hacks is a collaborative weblog that collects parents’ tips, recommendations, workarounds, and bits of wisdom and serves...

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The Mod Hatter: Contest for a Cause

mod*mom, that mama with the hippest, most happening retro-modern design blog, is on the lookout for those of you with a good eye and a big heart. You see mod*mom, also known as Kristen (no relation to CMP’s Kristen), was diagnosed earlier this year with breast cancer and just this week lost her hair to chemo treatments. While she is kind of digging the free time it’s bought her in the mornings, she would prefer to sport a little more happening look. Not a fan of wigs, she opted instead to sponsor a mod hat design contest to help...

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