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Share your own hometown hero and they could win $5000 for charity and a big celebration | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Mrs. Fields It’s always a good time for the heroes in your community to get the recognition they deserve. And here, that recognition also comes with a $5000 donation to their favorite charity and a local hometown hero event, all courtesy of Mrs. Fields. Nominating your own hero in your life is easy! Is it your child’s teacher? A volunteer fireman? A neighbor who’s always looking out for everyone else? Your own grandmother? Whoever it is, share their name at the Share Your Hero website, with a brief explanation of why they deserve this award. One worthy hero will be...

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Olive Us are excited about the new 1st Film Festival

Have you heard? Our favorite filmmaking family of 8 just announced a film festival for children and we couldn’t be more excited! Our love of Gabrielle Blair and her beautiful family runs deep. From her amazing new Design Mom book to her delightful short film series, Olive Us, featuring all of her gorgeous six (yes, six!) children, she inspires all of our children to get up and “move or make or do,” so we’re quite obviously big fans. And now the Blair family is launching another fabulous creative endeavour called 1st Film Festival, a celebration of films made by,...

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Sponsored Message: How to win free haircuts for a year

This is a sponsored message from Joico   To help save families a little time and money this new year, JOICO hair care products and Great Clips salons are teaming for a huge giveaway that could score you free haircuts (and some awesome products) for an entire year. Enter their Savvy Savings Sweepstakes, which is giving 10 lucky winners free Great Clips haircuts for a year, plus a JOICO haircare package that includes a year’s supply of the popular K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor. That’s over $420 worth of prizes, and entering is easy.   While you’re on the site, don’t miss a special offer on JOICO K-PAK Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor,...

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Plant Stamps: Seeded stickers that do more than ruin your car windows (says this mom)

Stickers can be the bane of a parent’s existence, especially when they’re plastered to the car windows or gumming up the vacuum cleaner. Ask me how I know. But a mom-and-pop company from Massachusetts caught our attention among the Martha Stewart American Made finalists for turning boring old stickers into a craft project for kids, a nifty wedding gift, a way to make the world a prettier place, and a great business employing people with disabilities. Sweet… basil! Plant Stamps are made in the USA and come in a variety of styles to suit any occasion from a wedding to a baby...

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a girl doll in a superhero costume that you design.

We were so excited when we discovered Lottie, a doll who skips the stilettos and miniskirts (and curves) for clothes that look like what an actual kid would wear. Lottie comes with lots of skin and hair colors and has oodles of outfits and activities from martial arts to horseback riding to butterfly-catching. Until now, she didn’t have a superhero costume, but that’s about to change. Until May 7, kids can help design Lottie’s superhero persona, and one winner will see her costume actually made for Lottie dolls everywhere. We love Lottie, and we can’t wait to find out...

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The most adorable spring clothes for kids + babies from Jacadi, plus a chance to win them, free.

After what seemed to be the winter that would never end, we’re all ready for warmer climes and adorable spring clothes for kids and babies. Which is one of the reasons we love partnering with Jacadi–they make it so easy to find  that very thing. (Well, maybe not the weather. But definitely the clothes.)  We could browse their website for hours, fantasizing about the classic, sophisticated styles, all designed with a lovely French flair. But right now, you might not have to dream, since they’re giving away a $200 gift card as part of their spring photo contest. Yeah, we’d...

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Hallmark rewards you for sending the cards you’d send anyway. Hey, thanks!

– Don’t miss a $500 giveaway we put together just for Cool Mom Picks readers! – As big proponents of sending cards (and saving the ones we receive ourselves, for all of eternity), we’re pretty excited to see just how many beautifully designed, modern cards are being offered by our partner Hallmark these days. Because let’s be honest, we’re often the ones in the local drugstore days before Christmas, stocking up for all those last minute invitations and visitors. And we are picky. As you well know.  No, we didn’t design this but we want to hire whomever did.  ...

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Web Coolness: Crazy crayons, the best baby shower gifts ever, and an app we wish were real

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Crayons become tiny works of alphabetical art. Amazing! Did you see our brand-new and super amazing (if we do say so ourselves) Baby Shower Gift Guide? Don’t miss all the great picks, and the chance to win $500 from Gap! That bittersweet moment when growing-up-kids stop believing in “magic.” We parents of tweens wish this clever app for parents was more than an April Fool’s joke. Hilarious! No, this one isn’t a joke, and it’s not from 1952: New Study Says Dads Want Moms...

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Web Coolness: Peeps diorama contest winners, Laurie Berkner’s musical, and Victoria’s Secret backlash

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Creativity and the cuteness abound in this year’s Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest. RIP, Mr. Twinkie. New mamas, don’t miss Kristen’s post about 5 New Mom Things I Wish I’d Done Differently.Although Victoria’s Secret is now rethinking its decision, you all have a lot to say about the company’s marketing of provocative underwear to younger teens. This Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents and Terrorising Toddlers is music to our ears.  You could help give some special kids a very special...

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Web Coolness: Calvin & Hobbes IRL, hilarious Pins for Parents, and great books for strong girls

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Calvin & Hobbes in real photographs – love these! (via Laughing Squid) Big smiles for this mama who fulfilled her adoptive 13 year old son’s wish for a birth announcement in such a warmhearted way. Is Girl Power Hurting Our Boys? Interesting read for those of us raising sensitive sons. Kristen’s parody of Pins for Parents takes a hilarious look at what reality looks like for parents. Does your daughter need some reading material? Some great picks in this list...

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Martha Stewart American Made Awards – a big chance for your small biz

We love small businesses, and we love Martha Stewart. And now they’re coming together in a marvelous opportunity for one lucky entrepreneur or crafter. Could that be you? Second question: could you use $10,000? Martha Stewart’s American Made competition is searching for the next generation of creative entrepreneurs launching their own small businesses, just as Martha herself once did. Although Martha and her editors are currently selecting their top ten entries, you can nominate yourself (or someone else, of course) for the 11th spot, the Audience Choice Award. Simply go to the nomination form and provide all the necessary...

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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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Eco + Beauty + Free = Hello!

Good news mama! We are so excited to get to offer one of you a huge prize pack of amazing eco-friendly beauty, skincare, and haircare products, thanks to our exciting collaboration with PureWow and ecomom. We’re so pleased to be partnering with PureWow, a free daily lifestyle email for women that will keep you in the know about culture, fashion, beauty and more, and ecomom, a fantastic e-commerce site that’s a one-stop shop for safe products for kids and parents. Together, we’re offering one lucky winner $1000 worth of goodies (we know!) from CMP fave eco-brands like Pangea Organics,...

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“Mominate” a do-gooding mama to win $5,000 for her favorite charity

Moms are a busy lot. And when we’re not tending to scrapes, taking kids to library story hour, and finding random tater tots on our person, some of us are doing stuff like– oh, changing the world through charitable initiatives and smart business ideas. You know. No big whoop. Actually, it’s a huge whoop. That’s why Babble is now taking “mominations” to find mothers who are working to make a difference in their communities and around the globe in all kinds of ways. Like Jennifer Ramo, who secured federal funding for before-school breakfast programs for students without enough food to...

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It’s time to raise the curtain…

Last month, cool-tee-site Threadless held a Muppet design contest to jump on the excitement many of us feel about the new Muppets movie coming out this fall. (New Muppets! Whee!) Threadless invited anyone to submit a Muppets tee-shirt design and promised to make the winning design into a tee all of us could buy for ourselves. Out of a whole bunch of submissions, the winner was chosen, and we love it. The colorful Together Again was picked as the winning tee—how quickly can you name the characters? If you love more than the tee, a special Muppets bundle also includes an exclusive poster and...

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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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The winners of the 2011 Handmade Olympics! Gold hand-embroidered medals all around.

One of the fun things about judging the children’s category of the Handmade Olympics this past week, was discovering so many super incredible new finds for you all. It certainly balanced one of the hard things–actually having to pick among about a zillion gorgeous items. The winners are now posted and we’re proud to announce the big winner that all of you chose: the gorgeous paper doll blocks from Tiny Giraffe previously seen right here! What can we say, great minds… Congrats also to silver winner bybido for this totally awesome doll in a trunk by bibido, and mazska’s...

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Birthday Goody Bag Giveaway – Day 2

The fun continues in our big fifth birthday week celebration! It’s like the birthday gift that keeps on giving. To you. How fun! Today we’re giving away five more goodie bags, packed with some of our faves. Starting with a super swanky, celeb-favorite Timi & Leslie bag filled with: 1. A beautiful PAIGELAUREN Baby newborn set featuring a baby hat and sac2. A muslin swaddler set from well-loved aden + anais3. A $50 gift certificate towards the wonderful Heart & Stone Jewelry4. Baby Face nesting blocks from Chronicle Books TO ENTER: Leave us a comment here with *the link...

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Happy 5th Birthday, Cool Mom Picks! (And prizes!)

KRISTEN: Back in early 2006, a few months after I started blogging, I thought it might be fun to start another blog that highlighted the cool, handmade goodies I found so many online moms making and selling to help keep their households afloat. It’ll be cheeky! And fun to read! And it’ll save moms time! And it’s called ‘Cool Mom Sh*t, I said in an email to a few of my newfound online friends and writers I admired. Liz emailed me back with a few ideas for the blog and asked if I wanted a partner. Then she told...

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The Handmade Olympics – Let the voting begin!

A couple of weeks ago, we invited you to nominate yourselves or your favorite handmade artisans for the Handmade Olympics, a fun, entirely unathletic competition featuring amazing handmade creations. Cool Mom Picks was invited to be the official judges of Event 2, Children’s Items, and let’s just say, our job was very hard. Crazy hard! We have a tough enough time narrowing our gift guides down to 100 or so items, but ten? Phew. There’s a lot of talent out there. But now, our job is done and it’s up to you to choose a winner.Your votes can help...

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