Category: Cool Websites

Stencils that help draw out the creativity in anyone

I bum out watching my daughter draw a self-portrait, or even a dog, stop midway, then scribble all over the entire thing in frustration because her picture doesn’t look “perfect.” Maybe that’s why I am particularly fond of these new artist-created stencil kits that are more about being creative, and not so much about what the piece is “supposed to” look like. Although the end results are pretty cool too. {don’t miss a great art supply giveaway after the jump!} After running a bunch of popular creative workshops featuring nature-inspired stencils, LA artist Karen Kimmel decided to make them...

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Why mamas should check out Moomah

Though I love my suburban life south of Boston, there are times I glance over at what is going on in NYC and get envious of all the cool stuff they have. You know, like great deliver-to-the-door sushi, endless entertainment options, and a lovely little creative art playspace and cafe in Tribeca called Moomah, built just for kids “and their parents.” It’s the kind of place with a sign in the front door that says “unaccompanied children will be given an espresso and a free puppy.” While Moomah has no plans to move to other cities just yet, they’ve...

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Muppets + Threadless = Awesome

I grew up watching The Muppet Show, but like many of us, didn’t completely get all the awesome humor until I was an adult watching it again with my kids. So when I heard that there’s a new Muppets movie on the way come November, I may have squealed louder than my kids. And, as it turns out, in honor of this new release, Threadless is teaming up to host one heckuva cool contest. It’s pretty simple. The cool site Threadless is in search of a uber cool Muppet shirt created by, well, you. They’re hosting a Muppets T-shirt...

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Gilt Taste is a Virtual Feast

If you have yet to visit, there’s a deliciously gorgeous, high-end new site for the foodies mamas among us: Gilt Taste. It’s like everything that’s great about Gilt plus everything that was great about Gourmet. Gilt Taste in fact is helmed by former Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl. So not surprisingly, you’ll find tips on cooking and introductions to new foods, dishes and ideas written by the in-the-knows of the foodie world, like Gourmet‘s Barry Estabrook and Orangette‘s Molly Wizenberg. The free membership site includes an online market, giving you direct access to artisan products often only available to elite urban foodies...

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Kids’ books that take the road less traveled

It’s a Pinkalicious world, but I am not a Pinkalicious girl, and neither is my kid. We’re more into the Cowboy & Octopus thing. Of course there’s nothing wrong with loving the books prominently displayed at big box stores, because, honestly, there’s a good reason they’re popular. But there’s also an underground world of independent kids’ books– forgotten books, rare books, books that march to a different drummer. And now there’s a great and trusted way to find and capture these roguish tomes. It’s called One Potato, and it’s a lovingly run blog with corresponding shop on Amazon. One...

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Chirply – Chirp if you love community design

As much as I love Threadless, I only need so many t-shirts, y’know? But it was only a matter of time before someone would realize that the model of letting the community submit artwork and then vote submissions up for production would catch on for other products, too. Like these greeting cards at Chirply Both the way the submissions and voting process work, and the wacky designs seem to take a page from my beloved crowdsourced t-shirt website, only here I can buy as many cards as I want. Because hey, there’s always a reason to send someone a card,...

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Hopscout – The coolest stuff for families at even cooler prices

There are no shortage of deals sites out there these days, and I’m all for it. Who wouldn’t want a few extra bucks in their wallet? But after getting hordes of emails for 55% off dental services and a bunch of other stuff I wouldn’t consider buying in a million years, this new site is a refreshing addition to the sea of discount shopping sites and coupon services out there. Enter Hopscout, my new obsession, and I’m guessing in about two seconds, it’ll be yours too. This beautifully designed site makes deal shopping a high-end experience, with cute sketches, ...

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B Kind 2 Earth Day

I can hardly believe that Earth Day is older than I am. (Ah, feeling young — what mom doesn’t love that?) Begun in 1970 as a means of demonstrating broad public support for the environmental cause, Earth Day is a reminder that this planet is a pretty cool place to live, and we don’t want it to look like it belongs on an episode of Hoarders. To that end, the National Wildlife Federation, Nickelodeon, and our friends at The Motherhood have joined forces to create B Kind 2 Earth Day. We’re super excited to be on board too, and...

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Two green thumbs up for these Earth Day ideas that don’t cost you a dime

If you’ve been reading Cool Mom Picks for a while, you know that we are always looking for sustainably-made, eco-friendly products from conscientious companies, big and small.  So for this Friday’s Earth Day, instead of giving you more green products you can buy (although hey, we might do that too), we want to point out some cool Earth Day-related initiatives that don’t require you to open up your pocketbook for that other kind of green. –Christina Paper Culture has long been one of our favorite sites for gorgeous photo and greeting cards, and for their unwavering commitment to protecting...

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Now, kids can get paid to do good

You might remember when we told you about YesKidzCan!, the folks who are helping your kids figure out ways they can start changing the world for the better right now. We love their mission and their Act of Kindness kits, but now they’re taking it even further. Check it out: They’ve just launched the Social Kidpreneurz Awards, and it’s all about helping kids give back to society in creative ways that work for them. Applications are open now and run through June 1, 2011; fifty recipients will win $100 of seed money apiece to fund their “business-like activity that...

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