Tag: deals and discount codes

Make it Easy: A guilt-free cookbook for busy parents. So, all of us.

We are always thrilled to find new cookbooks that make life easier for parents, especially because meal planning (and cooking and serving and cleaning and cajoling the kids to eat any of it in the first place) can be…well, not our favorite part of the day. But we’re doubly thrilled when that new cookbook is from our very own Cool Mom Eats editor Stacie Billis. Whoo! The smart, encouraging, and beautifully presented Make it Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch–with Smart Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them is the right cookbook for busy parents at the right time. As in, I...

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Keepsake jewelry under $75 that makes a meaningful gift for your favorite grad.

‘Tis the season for graduations, whether you’ve got a new college graduate in the family, a niece or nephew graduating from high school, or like me, a sixth grader moving up to middle school. Sniff. While so many of us are looking for just the right special, personalized gift, I am always happy to share ideas that don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. (Because, hey college will do that for you. Heh.) I was really happy to find some thoughtful, affordable graduation gift ideas for anyone on your list — grade school through college — when I browsed through the selection from our newest sponsor, HeidiJHale...

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Presenting our 2016 Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

If you’re thinking Mother’s Day gifts, well you’ve come to the right place. We’re so happy to present our 10th (or 11th? We’re losing track!) annual Mother’s Day gift guide, featuring all kinds of gifts for all kinds of moms in our lives. Whether you’re looking for a super special affordable keepsake jewelry for your own mother, something totally custom and totally fabulous, a Mother’s Day gift for grandma that will become the next family heirloom, an affordable thought that counts in a special Mother’s Day gift idea under $25, or one of 18 cool homemade Mother’s Day gifts from the kids, we’re rolling...

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Marimekko for Target! Can you hear us cheering?

I have always loved the bright, bold patterns from the iconic Finnish design house Marimekko, and now I can refresh our summer wardrobes with some of their famously fun outfits without running up my credit card (well, too high) as Marimekko becomes Target’s newest designer collaboration. The collection has a whopping 200+ pieces including kids and women’s clothing, home decor and even a bocce ball set. Because if you’re going to play bocce, you might as well do it with Scandinavian style. Related: More than 40 ideas for the coolest black and white nursery   Marimekko for Target clothing is definitely geared toward beach and resort styles, with lots...

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7 drugstore beauty products that are better than the expensive stuff

Recently I shared my top 7 beauty splurges that I think are worth the money. And I still do. but to be clear, I think there are tons of great drugstore beauty products out there, and I don’t think that everything in the world is worth a splurge. In fact, there are plenty of times that even after trying a pricier alternative, I return to a drugstore beauty product. Not just because it’s more affordable either, though that’s always a plus! So here’s a list of my picks for some of the best drugstore beauty products that I absolutely swear by....

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There’s more to kids’ movies than Disney and Marvel: Top picks from the NY International Children’s Film Festival

This weekend kicks off the NYICFF, or the NY International Children’s Film Festival, which has become one of our favorite annual traditions. We are definitely a movie-loving household, and work hard to find the good stuff.  (Multiple viewings of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic not withstanding.) Which means there are times we spend more time scrolling through Netflix looking for trying to agree on something decent, than watching the actual film. For those of you nodding vigorously right now — or just want something, anything besides the latest shoot-em-up superhero flick or insipid animated franchise — take a look at some of this...

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Photo Valentine’s Cards: The brilliant solution to not having sent holiday cards

I learned soon after becoming a mom that there are just some years I will not get my you-know-what in order in time, to be able to send out holiday cards. New Year’s cards are a terrific alternative as we’ve suggested before, but look, holidays can be a busy time. Even after Christmas. We get it. So if you have even the teeniest bit of guilt about it (or should, say, one relative in particular be giving you a hard time about not having your children’s latest photo next to all the others your perfect brothers and sisters and cousins sent) go with our next best...

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Last-Minute holiday shipping deadlines: Because yep, we’re still shopping, too.

It’s just four days until Christmas and even the procrastinators are sweating. Yes, we are talking about our ourselves. Since we don’t think we are alone in the holiday hustle, we’ve been scouring the web to find out the shipping deadlines of some of our favorite stores. Not only is there time (okay, maybe a day or so), but there are tons of cool deals going on, many of which include  free shipping. It’s like we’re being rewarded for our procrastination. Hope this helps you as you search for that perfect gift. CMP is an rstyle affiliate AMAZON: Order by 12/22 for two-day...

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The best of the Cyber Monday Deals: More than 80 amazing deals from our favorite shops, big and small

Okay, let’s be honest. Cyber Monday deals are kind of like Black Friday deals, since now all the great shopping deals are available online anyway, and even last more than a day or two. Not that we’re complaining. So we’ve put together the best of the Cyber Monday deals for you, including some terrific deals leftover from Black Friday as well as some awesome new discounts and deals just for today. Be sure to take an extra good look at the discounts that support smaller businesses and indie shops. Though hey, we love getting our hands on some snazzy designer items, beauty products, and...

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The best Black Friday deals: Shop right from your couch!

If you’re looking for some of the best Black Friday shopping deals and discounts around the web, we’ve rounded them up for you right here, along with the best Black Friday tech deals over on Cool Mom Tech.We’ll continue to update the post all day long with sales all day (and weekend) long, so be sure to check back, and follow us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting them. And don’t forget to check out our 2015 Holiday Guide for even more gift ideas featuring indie designers and small businesses. APPAMAN (above) 40% off site-wide with the code: FRIDAY40 DYLBUG: 20%...

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Sponsored message: Find unique, handcrafted items for less at Etsy on Sale — and possibly win them, free!

This is a sponsored message from Etsy on Sale. What’s better than finding that perfect gift for someone special over the holidays? How about finding it on sale, all without the need to search for a parking space or stand in long lines of holiday shoppers. The huge new searchable marketplace of Etsy sellers, Etsy on Sale is now letting shoppers do just that. – Don’t miss a big giveaway just for CMP readers, below! –  Whether it’s one-of-a-kind jewelry, handcrafted leather goods, tech accessories, ceramics, room decor, or gifts for kids, Etsy on Sale makes it easy to find the sale items,...

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12 adorable winter jackets to keep your kids warm and dry: Reader Q & A

Hey, Cool Mom Picks: Any good recommendations for a waterproof winter jacket for my preschooler? I’m starting to realize it’s probably going to get cold on the East Coast fast! Thanks! – Leah, via the Cool Mom Picks Facebook page   Hi Leah! I totally feel your pain. I have been searching for the most-awesome winter jacket for my son and engaged in the online equivalent of window shopping for several hours. Some days, my job is really hard. To help me narrow down my options, I considered three things: Style, warmth, and quality. I love coats that look awesome, but they also have to keep kids warm enough to...

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Web coolness: What a baby costs based on your age, food art Instagram accounts you have to follow, and how to know if you’re a terrible parent

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Shop indie + American with the best of the Martha Stewart American Made finalists including lots of our own CMP picks! What having a baby costs in your 20s vs your 30s. Interesting. A new website made by kids, for kids, and it happens to be great. Awesome mashup of modern art and Alice in Wonderland. A good excuse not to make your bed. Warning: Ew. Choosing children’s lives over peanut butter. Must-read post.  (Tip: The comments on the HuffPost repost pretty much prove why posts...

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10 super hot purchases under $20 at Macy’s right now.

This post is sponsored by Plenti.   If you’ve been using our sponsor Plenti, or if you’re considering joining their rewards program (hey, it’s free to join after all), we thought we’d take you on a little virtual shopping trip through Macy’s. Why? Because it’s fun to spend virtual money. But it’s even more fun to imagine all the things we could save on there, after using Plenti points. There are so many terrific deals right now at Macy’s in time for fall shopping, so we’ve put together 10 fantastic items we’d love to get ourselves, all under $20. In other words,...

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Tips for styling cool back to school looks, and how to save while doing it

We’ve spoken here — a lot — about never shopping online without first searching for a discount code, and one of the first places we always turn for that is RetailMeNot.com. You too? Perfect! Because they’re our newest sponsor and we love that.  Hey, any site that saves us money pretty much all the time, is a cool pick as far as we’re concerned. You can shop by store, by the best deals, by exclusives, or even search by category on the site (a feature that was new to us) to see hot items you might be looking for — like Converse...

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The coolest lunch boxes and bags for kids of all ages | Back to school guide 2015

Our longtime readers may know that we always get excited for the back to school season, mainly because of back to school shopping. Okay, also because we have an excuse to get the kids to bed a little earlier. But mainly it’s the shopping. There’s just something about our kids’ excitement for a new lunch box that makes us nearly as excited to start packing those lunches. Well, at least for the first week. Related: Click here for our 2016 back to school guide: 34 of the coolest lunch boxes and bags Check out some of our very favorites, for big...

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Web coolness: Kids on airplanes, Dascha Polanco, and Marvel’s next female superhero. Who is awesome.

Here are the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   There’s still time to leave a comment on this post to donate a lifesaving vaccine to a child in need. if you click on any link here, consider making it this one. The kids-only airplane: The answer to semi-monthly outrage about families who deign to travel. A very special R-rated edition of Spawned with Kristen + Liz. Spoiler alert: Lenny Kravitz. Funny read: I’m Not Ill, I Just Have kids, from the author of The Parent Normal. School lunch help is here! If...

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Museum Day Live: How to visit more than 1,200 museums for free. Well, not all at once.

You know that museum in town you’ve been meaning to take your kids to but you just haven’t gotten to it? Yep, I have one too.  Well turns out you have a chance to do it free. Because on September 26 this year, tons of museums, zoos, aquariums and science centers across the country are participating in Museum Day Live! and opening their doors to visitors for free and we think that’s just awesome. If you visit the page on Smithsonian.org — which is a pretty amazing site to explore with your kids, by the way — to print out a ticket you can take to a participating...

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Great savings on some of the coolest back-to-school shopping

When we were growing up, the best part about back-to-school season was always shopping for school supplies. But things have come a long way from the small thrill of finding a Trapper Keeper pattern that matched your personality. In fact, our friends at Minted are back as a sponsor (yay Minted!), and they’ve gotten into the back to school shopping game, too. You thought Minted was just stationery? Turns out they’ve now got personalized notebooks, name labels, cards and more, all to help your kids express themselves through a few special school supplies. Plus, we are so thrilled that Minted is offering 15% off all their kids’ essentials for back...

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The coolest back to school shopping finds on Etsy, all with cash back. Thanks, Ebates!

Do you know how much the average parent spends on back to school shopping? Let’s just say, a lot. We love supporting smaller indie brands, and finding the cool school supplies out there that helps make this time of year a little more fun — but we also love a great bargain. Which is why we are beyond happy to be working with our sponsor Ebates, which is now helping us all do both. From July 21 to August 3, when you sign in with your Ebates account, you get double cash back from tons of online retailers you may be shopping anyway, like Old...

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