This is a sponsored message from Dynacraft In celebration of #PrincessWeek, Dynacraft will be giving one lucky little princess her own Disney Princess Carriage. This way she can hit the road in royal style, whether she’s racing around to save the world, or just heading back from the magical forest to the castle, when her royal parents call her in for dinner. To enter the Dyncraft Princess Contest, all you have to do is create a 15-second video answering the question What does it mean to be a Princess? and submit it on the Dynacraft contest page any time between now and Sunday, May...Read More
Who among us hasn’t sat around thinking, if I ran the world… Well, our newest partner, STARZ, asked me to do just that, and took me, oh, about a minute to decide what I would do if I assumed the throne. Don’t miss a fun giveaway below! Now of course I’d want to devote billions of dollars or pounds or yen or rupees toward ensuring my citizens were safe, healthy and prosperous. That should go without saying. But my very first act: Legislating timely RSVPs for children’s parties. (What? I’m a queen! I can totally make that a law. And if you’re a parent I know you support...Read More
Web Coolness: The making of the newest American Girl doll, hilarious pregnancy costume, and last chance to enter our huge sweepstakes
Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. The making of Melody Ellison, the newest American Girl doll. Amazing read. Can’t wait to take our kids to the brand new National Museum of African American History & Culture! Until then, check out the website which is pretty great too. What happens when you try to live life as the perfect traditional mom for a week? Bless these moms for trying! Would you intervene if you saw this happening to a kid in public? A new study suggests racial bias is pervasive...Read More
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too! Candy rainbow party platter! Yes, please. Everything you need to know about Pokemon Go before you let your kids play. How are they still making these shirts for little boys? C’mon now, Forever 21. A mom filmed her own c-section birth. Whoa. Win $1000 worth of cool eco-friendly baby gear! Get your kids in the kitchen with these 5 awesome cookbooks just for kids. Our friends at Tattly turned 5. Save 50% off your Tattly order with TATTLYTURNS5,...Read More
It’s probably no surprise that The Land of Nod is one of our most favorite shopping destination for all things kids, so we’re beyond thrilled to be teaming up with them, along with our friends at Pop Sugar Moms and Mommy Shorts for a huge $2500 giveaway. That’s right! One lucky winner is going to walk away with $2500 to spend at The Land of Nod and wow, just think of all the possibilities. A baby nursery. A new playroom. A holiday gift extravaganza for some very lucky kids. The list goes on. Entering is easy! Just head over...Read More
We are so, so excited to present our 2015 holiday gift guide, which we have to say is our biggest and our best yet. And we’ve been doing this a while, so that’s saying something! Click over and you’ll find more than 325 truly fabulous holiday gifts ideas for every single person on your list, in every price range. And of course, so many are from the small brands and indie makers we love to support all year long, but especially now. Whether you’ve got a tight budget or sky’s the limit, we’ve scoured the far reaches of the internet to find the coolest holiday gifts...Read More
Our favorite Tea Collection spring/summer clothing for kids: Exploring the colors and patterns of India without a passport
From Eat, Pray, Love to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, we’ve been enamored with the colors and textures of India for a while now. And now Tea Collection (we just can’t quit you, Tea!) has us obsessing once again with their spring/summer collection of brightly-colored, durable, intricately-patterned boys and girls clothing inspired by Jaipur, India. So we are so so happy to welcome them as sponsor, especially since we can safely say that everyone on the Cool Mom Picks team has had our kids in head-to-toe Tea from their very early days. – Don’t miss an outrageously amazing family travel giveaway...Read More
Web Coolness: Parenting trends that will have you laughing, what your preschooler’s drawings mean, and more.
Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too. Love seeing women of all shapes and sizes being celebrated. Words of wisdom: Sometimes the best thing you can do for your kids is do something for yourself. Does food in clear packaging taste better? Hilarious: The top parenting trends of 2014 according to The Onion. We’d expect no less. This would make a perfect little back-to-school gift for your kids heading back to school. Don’t miss our incredible green living giveaway at Cool Mom Tech. (But only if you like cash.) This printable placemat at Design Mom just...Read More
Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too. Our Back to School Shopping Guide series is up now, have you seen it? And don’t miss that huge giveaway! The science activity our kids are begging us to do again and again, and we don’t even mind. Remembering Robin Williams with our staff’s favorite movie clips. Did yours make our list? What would you do if someone asked for your best sitter’s number? Interesting comments. Here’s how to take the perfect back to school photo of your kids Hint: This free printable can help. Leave...Read More
Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean kids will be hanging up their scooters anytime soon. In some neighborhoods, we’re even scooting to school and hopefully safely. Our partner Micro Kickboard (we love them so much!) is a brand we all have trusted and loved and owned for years, which is why we are thrilled to work with them again. (And apologies to our kids, but no, this doesn’t mean “we can get another one.”) Micro Kickboard also knows a thing or two about scooter safety for kids, because they really care about them. Hey, a lot of them are parents...Read More
We’re so excited to bring you our annual Back to School Shopping Guide! Whoo! While you were busy drinking in the rest of summer, we were all busy combing the web to find our favorite back to school goodies to help get everyone a little more excited for September…or uh, early August, for a few of you. (Sorry Nashville.) We’re kicking things off today with the coolest backpacks and bags for preschoolers and the younger kids in your life, which is always one of our favorites. How sweet is it to pick out your child’s very first backpack that no doubt will...Read More
– 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. ...Read More
We’re the first to admit that holiday gift shopping online can be a little overwhelming. Yes, even us. So many shops, so many items, and really, no one perfect way to keep track of who wants what and who bought what. But that’s why we love what we do here at Cool Mom Picks. Because we get to help you with all that. It’s also why we’re digging what our new sponsor The Prowl is doing too for shoppers. -Don’t miss an amazing $500 American Express gift card giveaway below!- Once you join (it’s free!), you can peruse a ton...Read More
Want the best deals, tips, and trendspotting from Cool Mom Picks? Then you’ll definitely want to become a subscriber. This month, one lucky subscriber will win an exclusive prize package from CMP favorite Corolle, including a Bebe Classique Happiness doll, a gorgeous carriage, and two outfits. Just in time for the holidays, right? To subscribe, just click here and enter your email in the handy dandy box. You’ll soon get our monthly newsletter with exclusive deals and editors’ picks, not to mention the deets on how to win that giveaway. But you won’t get spam, because we’re just not...Read More
If you like our daily posts on Cool Mom Picks, well, we can’t wait to tell you about subscribing. We save the best deals, local happenings, and hottest trends for our subscribers. They’re eligible for special monthly giveaways, too, the smarties. This month, one lucky subscriber will win a Petunia Pickle Bottom Beginnings Baby Book that’ll make it easy to stay organized during the year you’re pregnant–and the year you’re toting around a memory-sucking sweetie-pie. Subscribing is easy and free. Just click here and enter your email in that handy dandy little box. Soon, you’ll receive our monthly newsletter...Read More
We like back to school shopping for kids, obviously. And we like giving things away. So we’re super excited that our sponsor Gap is hosting an amazing event in more than a dozen of their stores–and letting us give one of our readers a $200 to spend with them. Whoo! [Enter to win a $200 gift card from Gap by leaving a comment after the jump] As part of the Gap Back to Cool Event, you buy one pair of Gap Kids 1969 Premium Jeans, and get a second pair at 50% off. Smart, because as we parents know,...Read More
Summer brings out serious nostalgia in me–maybe because it doesn’t seem so long ago that I was the one learning how to dive off the dock into the pond. And as I watch another summer unfolding before my eyes, I’ve also had the pleasure of hearing a brand-new release from beloved kindie-folk artist Frances England, which gorgeously captures these little moments in time. It’s just spectacular listening. And I think you’re going to love it too. [We’re giving away a copy of this new CD! Details after the jump.] With her pretty, lilting voice which reminds me a bit...Read More
If you’re like us, then you’ve got tons of photos and videos on your smartphone that you end up texting and emailing to friends and family fairly frequently. Well, if you’re looking for a safe and more efficient way to keep your family updated on your many adventures without having to use Facebook, you might want to give Origami a shot. To help show you how to get the most out of this smart platform, our Editor Kristen put together this quick, handy video that highlights how easy Origami is to use (seriously, so easy!) and why you might really like it. EXTRA COOL: WIN IT! We’ve got 15 free one-year subscriptions to Origami ($50 value) up for grabs, courtesy of our sponsor. Just download the free Origami app and sign in or sign up (also free), then send us the email address you used as your login. Mail it to email@example.com with ORIGAMI in the subject by midnight PT Thursday 8/8. We’ll pick 15 lucky winners at random. And if you can’t wait and want to get started, Origami is offering a free 30-day...Read More
Pssst. Are you a Cool Mom Picks subscriber yet? And: Know any cute babies? Because this August, one of our subscribers will win this posh Boon FLAIR high chair, worth $279.99! But even if you don’t win, hey, you still win. Because Cool Mom Picks subcribers score with the very best of our hot deals, exclusive discounts, and our super rad monthly newsletter with top picks, celebrity trends, and more. Subscribing is easy–just click here and enter your name in that handy little box. Flair will soon arrive in your inbox (and possibly on your doorstep, if you’re our...Read More
In case you missed them, here are 5 of our favorite tech picks from this week! 1. Great news for Android users, especially if you’ve got kids who use your phone. 2. Two awesome camps for geeky kids that are worth a look. 3. The smartest power outlet ever. Why didn’t we think of this? 4. A brilliant app for parents, especially if you take lots of photos with your smart phone. 5. Helpful tips for clearing out your phone cache. Hooray for faster speeds and more memory in a couple of clicks. BONUS: We’ve got a huge...Read More
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