We are so excited by the phenomenal entries flying in for our Valentine’s Day color-your-own card design contest in partnership with Etsy to support the Children’s Heart Foundation. Competition is getting so tough we may just have to let our kids call tiebreakers! There’s still time to get your entry in by linking it up in comments on the post, or emailing it to us directly, but make sure you get it in by this Friday, 1/22 at midnight PST. We want to make sure parents have plenty of time to buy the cards before Valentine’s Day, and that...Read More
The nicest thing about our recent XBox 360 giveaway was seeing all the fabulous local children’s charities that you wanted your second XBox donated to should you win. The lucky winner was reader Marcela W (Go Marcela!) along with her charity, Ann Arbor’s Ele’s Place which helps grieving children coping with death or life-threatening illnesses of family and friends. (We kind of get a catch in our throats just thinking about it.) But we thought there were winners in all the lesser-known organizations who got a little recognition on our Facebook Fan Page. So we wanted to give a...Read More
We’ve been blown away by the awesome entries to the Shutterfly contest so far. We love seeing your families and your amazing books – so keep them coming! You have until tomorrow night to share your own book and win a bunch of great prizes – seriously, did you see the goodies they’re giving away? Just load up your pictures into a photobook template on Shutterfly and add it to the Cool Mom Picks sharing site and you’ll be entered. We’ll announce the randomly drawn winners on our site, plus give a hat’s off to a few of our...Read More
Steer clear of the fruitcake and stinky pine candles, mamas! If it’s cool holiday gifts you’re looking for, then we’ve got you covered with our brand spankin’ new 2009 Holiday Gift Guide. We’ve scoured the web to help you solve every holiday gift giving dilemma and keep your butts out of the mall with over 100 (Yes that’s right! 100!) of the coolest holiday gift ideas in every price range – whether you’re shopping for that vehicle-obsessed toddler, the perfect grandparents, or your Twilight obsessed niece. Niece – riiiiiiight. And aside from the recession-friendly prices, like a whole bunch of super cool Hanukkah...Read More
With all due respect to the latest pop star du jour, most modern renditions of my favorite classic holiday songs leave me wishing for stronger eggnog. But now that I’ve started playing the Putumayo Presents awesome new A Family Christmas CD well before Thanksgiving, I’ve found the perfect soundtrack to take the kids and me straight through to the new year. Starting with Johnny Bregar’s peppy acoustic version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town and ending with a Mardi Gras-esque Frosty the Snowman, A Family Christmas will get me through even my Scroogiest moments. Traditional songs like Sleigh...Read More
Deep down, I’m a 13 year-old boy with a thing for video games, as any of my friends who have ever seen my “drum face” when playing Rock Band will tell you. So I am totally coveting the new Microsoft Xbox 360 which I had a chance to try out at the recent launch of Beatles: Rock Band–although all too briefly. Now of course the Beatles game – well, it rocks. It’s as beautiful as everything you’ve read says it is, and the attention to detail in the recordings is spectacular. You can even get more friends or family...Read More
Yes so we rag on the ubiquitous Elmo merch here from time to time. But the truth is, our heart has always been with Sesame Street which turns forty today. Forty! Amazing considering Grover doesn’t look a day over 6. Everyone seems to be getting in on the action, including Google, which has a special Google Doodle just for the occasion. We’re also wondering if the Empire State Building will be lit up in Kermit green tonight. As for us, we thought we’d bring you just a few cool Sesame Street picks and a cool contest to boot: First...Read More
Thank you all so much for your support of Cool Mom Picks in the best fashion mommy blog on The Bump this past week. It would seem we might actually have a chance . .. but we need your help. And today is the last day of voting. So if you think that what we do here helps keep moms feeling fashionable and fabulous, would be so kind as to click over and vote for Cool Mom Picks? (As often as you’d like – seriously. It’s like a Desmond/Locke sort of contest where you can just keep pushing that...Read More
The Microsoft Office Parent Toolbox helps picky eaters, social butterflies and military wives all at once.
If you are into lists or DIY cards and invitations, or organization in general (or wish you were, ahem ) then you’ll definitely want to check out the smart Parent Toolbox group over at Slideshare. Basically Federated Media authors like Pioneer Woman, ParentHacks, Craftzine, Mama Pop and Cool Mom Picks (hi!) are offering up some of the ways we use Microsoft Office at home for family stuff, on behalf of our sponsor, Microsoft. And really some of the ideas are very cool. Kristen used Powerpoint to create a really great little slideshow to explain Daddy’s current Afghanistan tour of...Read More
We were very happy to find Cool Mom Picks on the shortlist for best fashion mommy blog on The Bump. But we were more excited when we realized that if we win our category, we could win a $100 gift certificate to Pottery Barn Kids . . . and then give it to one of you. You know how much we like giving things away, after all. So click over and vote (as often as you’d like it would seem, for some reason) and we’d be happy. There’s no registration or anything. Just clicking. Easy. And if we win?...Read More
So I just got home from Barcelona. Yes, that Barcelona – the one with the chorizo and the Gaudi buildings and the people saying grathiath. Believe it or not, I won a trip there from a Tweet Your Trip contest sponsored by the travel site, Voyage.TV. Which is was so cool and unexpected considering I spend all my time giving away prizes at Cool Mom Picks, not entering to win them. As it turns out, you too are welcome to tweet your dream trip (and win!) too, so I figured it would only be fair if I tell you...Read More
It’s starting to feel like contest judging week at Cool Mom Picks. Which is fantastic, considering how much we like giving things away to deserving people. But this time, we need your help. And you can win stuff too. One of our favorite sponsors, Minted (and a card shop we totally adore – so thanks for the sponsor love, guys!) is hosting a “Joyful Celebration” design contest for indie designers to create modern, cheerful, baby shower and baptism invitations. The winners get cash, the top ten will be sold on Minted, and we even get to pick a Cool...Read More
If you haven’t noticed, it’s become increasingly cool to be savvy about money these days. We love the iPhone apps that point out deals, the online swap sites, and even the shopping blogs that offer up discount codes as often as possible (ahem). So we’re really honored that we were asked to be among the judges of the Savvy Supermarket Cents contest in the next couple of weeks. Simply upload a You Tube video at YouTube.com/SavvyCents describing how you manage to be savvy with money you spend at the grocery or drug store — and that doesn’t have to...Read More
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...Read More
We’re so happy to announce the twelve winners of the Shutterfly learning photobook contest. Each was drawn at random and yet, all so clever. Suddenly we want to go make like a hundred Shutterfly DIY photobooks ourselves. Thanks so much to our sponsor Shutterfly and to Federated Media for so generously offering free photobooks for all the winners. We can’t wait to see the results! GRAND PRIZE: (Because wow, we love this) Suzanne Bastien‘s Grandma’s Molasses Cookies Recipe Book(read all about it after the jump) I would love to do a DIY book that gives the kids my grandmother’s...Read More
One of the fun things about what we do here is getting the occasional invitation to an event so cool, we have to pinch ourselves. Next week, I’m heading to Radio City Music Hall with my kids and some other bloggers for a behind the scenes look at one of my favorite NYC landmarks. The afternoon includes a meet and greet and photo ops with the Radio City Rockettes and Santa (hellooooo, holiday cards!) to help promote the annual Christmas Spectacular, plus cupcake decorating courtesy of Magnolia Bakery, and then a chance to join in the public Christmas in...Read More
I have a giant soft spot in my heart for Threadless, already–my kids and I all wear the community-centered shop’s artist designed shirts–but now there’s one more reason to love them. Threadless Kids has recently teamed up with Babycenter to create the Threadless Loves Childhood design contest. Just create a tee inspired by the “fascinating journey of childhood” and it could win you a cool $2,500 in cash and prizes. And best of all? The winning design will be printed on both child- and adult-sized shirts, so the whole family can snag the latest and greatest design when it’s...Read More
My days of drawing rock band logos on my knees are long gone, but life would have been a lot easier if the non-toxic Tee Juice fabric markers were around back then. My son and his friends tried them out during the world’s best playdate, and I found the thick roll-tip markers were especially good for little hands. The vibrant colors are great on everything from white tees to canvas sneakers, tote bags or nylon laundry sacks–good news for parents of scouts and sleep-away campers. The paint flows easily without being too gooey or too dry; just make sure...Read More
If you’ve been waiting for just the right moment to become a Cool Mom Picks subscriber, now is the perfect time! Aside from getting the coolest of our monthly picks, exclusive features, celeb trends, discounts and special offers from our awesome sponsors right in your inbox, if you sign up by end of day today, you’ll be qualified for a chance to win one of five $200 shopping sprees at One Kings Lane, featuring amazing member-only sample sales on designer home decor. Just check our upcoming August email for all the details on how to win. And don’t worry....Read More
I’m a sucker for cute kids’ tees. You can tell by taking one look at my kids’ drawers…er floor. And one of my new favorite eco designers, Barley & Birch, is doing amazing things with photography to create beautiful t-shirts for kids, right along with a corporate responsibility program that should make light green brands blush. Organic cotton children’s tees, onesies, pants and hats feature beautiful bright designs, like Wave (pictured) or my other stand out favorite, Flowers. But I really I love that the company is seriously committed to being as environmentally friendly as possible, even sourcing production...Read More
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