Tag: back to school

Yubo – The BPA free lunchbox that practically packs itself

Now’s the time in the school year that moms are figuring out whether that cool lunchbox you bought for your kid actually does the trick, or whether it was more cute than functional. Luckily, I fared pretty well (thanks Cool Mom Picks – heh), but if you didn’t, then don’t suffer for the rest of the year — snatch up a Yubo and thank us later. This super smart lunchbox, created by two parents with the help of the design team behind the Adiri Nurser, practically packs the lunch for you. The Yubo comes with three mix and match...

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Great schools deserve free money

It’s music to any educator’s ears: The chance for big bucks for the school, just because it’s great. GreatSchools.net and Care2.com have partnered up to create the America’s Favorite School Contest, and they’re giving away everyone’s favorite recession prize — cash. And while I’m happy to send in Kleenex and wipes and extra pencils, and even to write a check to the PTA now and then, I’m certainly not going to turn my nose up at the opportunity to help my kids’ school win the $20,000 grand prize. There’s another $11,000 to be split amongst four runner-up schools, and...

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Dapper is the word for fall

The television show Mad Men isn’t just influencing adult styles for Fall. We’ve seen some pretty awesome retro-inspired kid’s clothes and shoes this back to school season, like the adorable Elliott shoes from See Kai Run. Even though these super sharp kicks are definitely on the dressier side, they still pair well with jeans or khakis. And since my son has wider feet, it’s nice to find trendy kids’ shoes that actually fit him comfortably, other than the three pairs of sneakers that are in our current rotation. Like every other pair of See Kai Run shoes we own,...

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Crust haters of the world, your day has come!

Before I had kids, I vowed that I would force them to eat the crusts on their sandwiches.. And then I had children who hated crusts. Now I’m eating their crusts and my words. With the Lunch Punch, you kill two birds with one stone — cutting off the crusts while making a sandwich in a cute shape your kids will eat. These sandwich cutters are actually taller than cookie cutters so they cut through both pieces of bread without flattening your sandwich. And since they’re shaped like puzzle pieces or animals, think about how cool you’ll look when...

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School uniform help? – Reader Q&A

My daughters attend a school that requires uniforms: Khaki pants and navy blue shirts.  They can wear any solid navy top — no logos or words, and no polos.  Any creative suggestions for some cute tunics, or tees, cardigans? -Shannon I admit I’m a little jealous, Shannon, since my daughter is stuck with a pretty strict uniform for school. Finding a few options other than the typical polo is a nice way to let your kid’s express their style within the confines of the school uniform policy. A lot of navy can be found in so-called “unisex” sections, so our first...

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Hello Earthlust, helloooooo beautiful stainless steel bottles

Since the recent revelation that SIGG bottle liners contain BPA, we’ve been on the look out for more alternatives made of stainless steel and not aluminum, which requires a liner in the first place. There’s the Safe Sporter which we’ve featured on site, and several options in our Back to School Shopping Guide. But we hadn’t found anything with designs as beautiful as some of the SIGG offerings until we found the awesome stainless steel bottles from Earthlust. Created by an earth conscious San Francisco mom, the bottles are made from food grade stainless steel with a carabiner for...

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Cool Mom Picks Loves Psychobaby – Back to School Edition

We just had so much fun picking our favorite summer clothes and accessories at Psychobaby last month that we decided to switch things up just in time for back to school shopping.  Which is now. Cue the “holy crap it’s September already?” shrieks. If you’re looking for kids clothes, shoes,and more that are a bit different than your run-of-the-mill, everyone in 3rd grade has the same darn thing thing, then head to Psychobaby and take a look at our personal favorites. I’m coveting the Appaman punker cord skirt (pictured) for both my girls, which would be adorable with funky tights or even over a pair of...

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Shinzi Katoh bento boxes get me more excited to pack my kids’ lunches. And that’s saying something.

I know every week lately, one of us shows up here saying OMG I found the cutest lunchbox EVER, but I think I may have just topped them all with the Shinzi Katoh Japanese bento boxes for kids. Spotted at the adorable e-boutique My Sweet Muffin, each bento box features absolutely charming designs from the popular Japanese artist, featuring birds, bunnies, or his interpretation of characters like Pinnochio or “Princess Mermaid.” Guaranteed, they will make you happy. The small, snack-size single box with two small compartments side by side is a snap for even my preschooler to open and...

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The end to “reply all?” It’s a miracle!

My kids have been back to school for a few weeks already, and my inbox runneth over. I need more volunteers for the coupon drive, says the coordinator. This is quickly followed by a bevy of reply-alls which are making me crazy, so I can only imagine the poor coordinator is already drinking heavily. If only we were using VolunteerSpot, a free online volunteer scheduling tool, everyone would know exactly what was needed when, without reply-all-ing the entire school. The coordinator simply hops online, creates the necessary schedule of needs (slotting both people to participate and items for drop-off),...

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Back to school clothes that don’t wear out by October. Promise.

My kids wear uniforms to school. In general, I’m a big fan because it makes getting out the door that much easier (white polo! navy shorts! let’s go!). But I get a little wistful when I’m shopping for school clothes — after all, how excited can you get about white polo shirts? Not very, I’ll tell you what. This year, Sweden’s Polarn O. Pyret is totally cheering me up with their first foray into fall for the states. Their selection of cool, slightly quirky, high quality European pieces are the perfect antidote to boring basics with retro patterns and...

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CMP Does Etsy: Not your everyday pencil cases (But maybe they should be)

We’re so excited to bring you the first of our new weekly Etsy round-ups. Tune in every Wednesday for more delicious handmade goodness. Everyone knows that when you go back to school, it is IMPERATIVE to have the coolest stuff. (Although I believe I had Holly Hobby materials three years in a row). One option is to grab some handmade school supplies from Etsy, like this selection of pencil cases which caught my eye. The little guy up top makes me giggle. I love the teeth. I love the eyes. I love the bright colors. Okay, I admit it....

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Packing school lunches gets more fun. And more eco-friendly.

I pack school lunches for my kids every day. I don’t mind actually making the lunches; it’s the packaging that gets me, all those little plastic bags bound for the trash, stored in a garish character tie-in lunchbox. That part is depressing. CMP has brought you plenty of alternatives lately and now here’s one more: Citizenpip’s Soup to Nuts Kit brings cool design and eco-friendly storage together — for lunch. Each stylish, insulated lunch box holds a thermos, water bottle, four airtight reusable food containers that can be opened by little hands, a fork and spoon, and five washable,...

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Funky lunch – that’s a good thing

I do not have six million free hours in my day but if I did, I just might consider turning my kids’ sandwich into a giraffe. Or a caterpillar. Or Sponge Bob. Just because I could. And if I were to do that kind of a thing, I would have to hit the website Funky Lunch, which has the most remarkable gallery of sandwiches cum children’s art that you’ve ever seen. There are no instructions, but a book from the creators is forthcoming. Although if you look closely, you can kind of figure the simple ones out. I’d bet...

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Back to school dresses that go way beyond dresses

Yes, I know that the dresses from Pink Chicken are not the least expensive in all the land, but I’ll tell you why I love them beyond nearly anything else in my girls’ wardrobe: They’re well made, the styles are adorable and I can toss them in the wash along with the cheap stuff. But beyond that, I get so much use out of them because after they’re too small to wear as dresses, the flowy, flouncy shape continues to look fantastic over leggings or jeans as a tunic. My two-and-a-bit year-old is still wearing a 12-month size dress...

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Backpacks and lunch boxes and monograms oh my.

So okay, we’ve been fawning over Dante Beatrix way too much lately. First it was their fabulous eco-backpacks made out of 100% recycled bottles which now come in little kid sizes. Then it was their adorable wheelie bags for kids. Next up it was their super cute BPA and PVC-free lunchboxes that we featured on our Back to School Shopping Guide. But wait – there’s more! Just in time for the school season to start, they’ve got two new items of note – first, their new robot backpacks and robot lunchboxes available exclusively at Giggle. They come in pink...

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Back to school discount codes? Yep, we’ve got them.

Back to school shopping is rarely cheap (we know, we know) which is why we’ve made an effort to secure you mamas exclusive discounts on our back to school shopping guide. For starters: Our premier sponsor, Moxie Kids is offering $10 off orders of their fabulous kids’ clothes over $50, plus free shipping with code CPM10. (choose in-store pick up to receive free shipping) Our other premier sponsor, EMTanner Designs is giving you 20% off their personalized lunchboxes and other cool kids’ gear with code COOLMOM. Plus you’ll find codes up to 50% off (no kidding!) from more than...

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The Cool Mom Picks Back to School Shopping Guide! It’s here!

We know there are still a few beach days in your future, but consider this your gentle reminder that the first day of preschool, kindergarten or beyond is just around the bend. But, don’t worry, we’ve got your back and have put together our third annual Back to School Shopping Guide to help make life a little easier for parents of the littlest school kids. We’ve been ignoring the laundry for days to make sure we found only the coolest gear for back-to-school season, whether it’s eco-friendly school supplies, or clothing, shoes and backpacks that will set your little...

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Eco-friendly lunches are in the bag

I don’t even want to think about how many plastic sandwich bags I go through a month. Every day my son takes at least two or three in his lunch bag, and I’ve felt it’s either use a disposable sandwich bag or buy the much more expensive pre-packaged bags of snacks. But Graze 100% organic cotton reusable sandwich and snack bags seem to be a pretty cool alternative. Heather Jacobs and Leslie Sarracino are the brilliant moms behind these eco-friendly reusable, resealable cloth sacks. Each certified organic reusable bag features a charming silk-screened print (all water-based inks) of a...

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Recession shopping tip: Last season it was new, this season it’s a sale

If you’ve been known to lust after designer backpacks and dream of sending your kid back to school in impeccable style, but can’t quite bring yourself to face the designer price tag, I have some great news. Now’s a great time to buy those gorgeous designs you drooled over a couple of seasons ago, at a price you might be able to stomach. Behold: Right now you can choose from an adorable array of Room Seven backpacks–sure, not this season’s, but who cares?–at a savings of up to 40% (or more) at Popodona. I won’t tell anyone you didn’t...

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The back to school sneakers for climbing a tree or cutting a rug

While all of the trend forecasting is pointing to the 80s for fall, I’m loving the 80s-meets-50s footwear mashup of the new Keds saddle shoe sneaker, right in time for back to school shopping. It’s that rare hybrid that’s got all the comfort and support you want in a sneaker, but can still look adorable with a twirly skirt or little belted dress. The only drawback is that my own dainty-footed preschoolers can’t fit in them since they start at a 8.5. But on the good side – they go up to a 6. So I’m wondering if I...

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