Tag: contests

Enter the 2011 Handmade Olympics. We give it a 10!

We’ve been long time supporters of handmade here at Cool Mom Picks. In fact, it’s our original reason for being. And so when Kristal from Rik Rak Studio (love her stuff!) asked Liz and me to judge her amazing Handmade Olympics, we said “Absolutely!” without a moment of hesitation. Whether you’re a popular Etsian or a crafter by hobby, entering in each of the seven categories is super easy. (No triple salchows required!) Just comment on the event page at the Rik Rak blog with the name of the item, the creator, and a link to the image or...

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The giving that keeps on giving

We’ve had the best time this month just giving away $500 Best Buy gift cards at Cool Mom Tech to our deserving and ever-awesome readers. But our mad benevolent giving frenzy is not over yet — click over to our Best Buy Wish List post about eReaders and tablets, and you can enter to win two more of those sweet sweet cards if you enter by tonight. And after that? Click over to today’s post about our must-have mobile accessories and enter to win two more $500 gift cards. (And after that, there will be two more. And after...

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Raise your crayons for the Cool Mom Picks & Etsy ornament contest winners

You talented artists, you! You made it so hard for us to choose among all the amazing entries to our Cool Mom Picks + Etsy color your own paper ornament design contest to support Housing Works, and we have, after much deliberation, finally picked our 8 winning designs. You can purchase them as 2 downloadable, printable PDFs for sale at the Etsy store for a mere $3–with all proceeds being donated to Housing Works, an incredible organization. Just $3 for an endless number of ornaments that kids can color, assemble, hang from a tree, or use to make their...

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Designing ornaments for kids. And charity. And Etsy. And because it’s awesome.

If you’re an artist, a wannabe artist, or even an artist-in-training, we sure hope you’ll enter our Color Your Own paper holiday ornament design contest that we’re putting on with the fine folks at Etsy. All it takes is your design for a festive, seasonal paper ornament that kids can cut, color, and hang on their tree. And tomorrow is the deadline! You can find all the details here. (And peek at some of the awesome entries already!) What’s in it for you? The winning designs will be sold in Etsy’s own shop to raise money for Housing Works,...

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Martha Stewart wants your input on what’s cool. Seriously.

It’s like Miss America for crafters, and you’re a judge. But there’s no Miss Congeniality. This one’s all about looks, and you only get one vote. Actually, it’s the competition for Martha Stewart’s annual Holiday Craft Fair at her company headquarter in NYC. Vendor spots are highly competitive and you can vote for your faves. Of course, we’re always excited to see handmade, gorgeous crafts in the limelight, but we’re especially proud to know that two of CMP’s favorite mom-run businesses are among the finalists. There’s perpetual craft crush Little Alouette, who makes gorgeous wood toys and teethers in...

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Subscribing: So fabulous it’s scary

Yeah, we know. It’s the week before Halloween, and pretty much everything is “so fabulous it’s scary.” Still, subscribing to the Cool Mom Picks newsletter truly is a treat. And there’s no trick– we promise. So what’s coming to haunt you? Oh, just our free monthly newsletter with great deals and hip finds, including our free CMP (for less) email with exclusive discounts. Plus a chance to enter our utterly amazing monthly subscriber-only drawing. This month, it’s a Pretend Play Prize Package from Little Passports and Cattiwampus worth over $200, and including wonderful toys to inspire creativity from Melissa...

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The next best thing to the Cool Mom Tech launch party? The Cool Mom Tech launch party swag.

To celebrate the launch of our new sister site, Cool Mom Tech last week, we got together and threw a bicoastal launch party sponsored by the amazing techcessory mavens at Logitech. And what a party it was! Because we couldn’t invite every one of our readers, supporters and friends, we figured we’d do the next best thing – give you a chance to win one of five VIP swag bags. It is filled with awesomeness from companies like  Belkin, Jabra, Cocoon, Rogue Confections, Least Likely 2 Breed…and includes your very own  Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote. We only wish...

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Planting the seeds of greatness (and also tomatoes)

Right now, I’m looking at the wilted, brown leaves of my dying container garden and ruing the white-hot Atlanta sun. I’m pretty sure we spent $30 on supplies that produced four very small tomatoes and one hideous cucumber. But the joy on my kid’s face as we sprouted, planted, and nurtured our little garden on the back porch? Priceless. [don’t miss learning about a cool giveaway after the jump] Knowing what it can mean to our children to take an active part in gardening ups my appreciation of the Seed Savers Exchange, which is the largest non-governmental seed bank...

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Tennis, anyone?

The US Open has always been one of the coolest thing about living and parenting in New York. It’s one of the few sporting events that doesn’t cost your family six hundred gazillion dollars, you’re pretty much guaranteed not to have a drunken, obscenity-spewing fan next to you, and it’s not too hard to explain the rules. See, that guy hits it and that guy hits it back, okay? Well this Saturday is is more than just the US Open, it’s the 15th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day, and our friends at Stonyfield Farm are sponsors once again. Which...

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Technology is getting smaller; your chance of winning some, kind of big.

In case you missed it, you’ve still got until tomorrow, Sunday, to enter to win the super fabulous new HP Mini 210 netbook and the utterly adorable HP V5040u Camcorder. No, seriously. You can win both of them. Would we kid? (Well, maybe. But not about this.) For all the details, check our original post. And don’t forget, if you’re a Blogher conference goer this weekend, you’ve got one extra chance to...

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One thing that gets smaller on a mom – her technology

I love small things. I do. Crazy about little things. So when HP offered up the new HP Mini 210 and the utterly adorable HP V5040u Camcorder to review, we leaped at the chance to see if they were as fabulous as they looked. The answer: Yes! The purse-sized HP Mini 210 is drool-worthy in colors including Preppy Pink and Pacific Blue.  This is the perfect PC for moms on the go like me, small enough that you can pop it into an average sized purse or even your diaper bag. (Just keep away from leaky sippy cups!)  It...

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Subscribe to the coolest newsletter around and make yourself happy.

If you’re a regular Cool Mom Picks reader but have yet to become a newsletter subscriber, then let us just say that this is the perfect time to join.  Because you might just win an incredible prize package valued at $500 from Micralite, Lillebaby, and Polka Dot Peacock. Of course, there’s a slew of other benefits to being a subscriber, like exclusive features and hot celeb trends, as well as our popular dedicated emails offering fantastic deals and discounts from hand-picked boutiques and brands that you just won’t find anywhere else. Granted, you won’t get any spam from us,...

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Do you have a quotable kid? (Of course you do!)

Certainly you have a whole list somewhere of all the funny things your kid has said. My youngest daughter named her stuffed horse Puke Bok, and the oldest has been known to say things like I’m not licking the gingerbread house..I’m just kissing it. If your own kid’s sayings are funny even to people who aren’t reading your blog or your baby book, consider sending it to Kico Kids for their second annual Quotable Kids t-shirt contest. One of our favorite boutique children’s brands, they’re compiling their favorites and putting each one on a limited-edition tee by Japanese illustrator...

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Let Cool Mom Picks and Ideeli shower you with roses for Mother’s Day

We are all staunch devotees of the members-only luxury sale site, Ideeli, which has perhaps the most consistent array of high-end designer clothing and accessories at fabulous prices, along with giveaways that even we find ourselves entering. So we are thrilled and honored to have curated our own Cool Mom Picks – Ideeli giveaway just for Mother’s Day. And we want one of you to win! While there’s nothing wrong with roses for moms, we took it a step further with a $500 rose pampering package that will please everyone from a first-time mama-to-be, to your family’s esteemed matriarch....

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It’s great to be a Cool Mom Picks subscriber

You know, it’s been a while since we mentioned our awesome newsletter subscriber program, and all the stuff you might be missing if you’re not a part of it. Especially this month. Because if you sign up for our newsletter before April 30, you’ll have a chance to win a $2000 package of extreme awesomeness from environmentally friendly nursery furniture and decor company, Q Collection Junior. That is, on top of all the amazing offers and exclusive deals and news that are in our newsletter every month. The giveaway includes a Solare crib in your choice of finish, an...

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For kids who walk around with a light bulb blinking over their heads

Earth Day is fast-approaching, but this isn’t just any Earth Day. This year happens to mark the 40th anniversary of the eco-celebration and to celebrate, Design Squad on PBS KIDS GO is launching the nationwide 2010 Trash to Treasure competition on April 5th. Think your genius of a kid has what it takes to beat someone else’s genius of a kid in an attempt to recycle, reuse and re-engineer everyday materials into the world’s next how-did-we-live-without-it invention? Well, if they’re between the ages of 5 and 19, this is their chance. The rules are simple: Kids have to invent...

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This Sesame Street contest is brought to you by the letter A and the number $50,000

Question: Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Answer: 1. Be a puppet.2. Be Ricky Gervais.3. Win the 4th Annual Aniboom Awards 4 Sesame Street Competition. It’s that easy, animators. We’ve just learned that Sesame Street has teamed up with Aniboom Virtual Animation Studio to showcase talented animators leading the next generation of savvy children’s educational programming. And if seeing your winning work on the most iconic kids’ television program ever isn’t enough, there’s also $50,000 in prize money up for grabs. Let me guess– you’re making Cookie Monster googly eyes now, aren’t you? Submit your...

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Cool Mom Picks readers have a heart

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and now, a week later, we just want to say thank you thank you thank you for your absolutely overwhelming support for our artist-created color-your-own Valentine’s Day cards we put together with Etsy. The numbers are in and more than 400 of you helped us raise more than $1700 for The Children’s Heart Foundation. All $3.99 at a time. We couldn’t be more pleased! If you loved the work of the twelve generous artists who contributed their talent to the cause (and really…who wouldn’t?) feel free to visit their shops and support them...

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Valentines for kids with very big hearts

This is the week, mamas. The week that your kids are going to have to bring in Valentine’s cards for every single kid in the class, the teacher, the assistant teacher, the art teacher, the dance instructor, the janitor, and probably the neighborhood dog. But we’ve got you covered with our  affordable Cool Mom Picks printable, color-your-own Valentine’s Cards at the Etsy Store. For just $3.99 you’ll get 12 downloadable cards from each of 12 phenomenal artists, that you can print as many time as you’d like. Just print them on some nice paper and let your kids add...

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Three cheers for the Etsy & Cool Mom Picks Valentine’s Day contest winners!

After much, much deliberation, we are soooo pleased to announce the winners of our first Valentine’s Day color-your-own card contest with our friends at Etsy. We scoured through your amazing entries and picked our 12–yep, we just couldn’t do 9!–favorites, based on originality, creativity, and colorability (is that a word?) of the design for young kids. So, thank you to all who entered, and our deepest congrats and much admiration go to (in no particular order!): Spaceboy Out of this World by Olliegraphic Bunny at Mailbox by Nakisha VanderHoeven Airplane Be My Valentine by One Cool Mom All You...

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