I like to keep things simple when it comes to shopping for beauty products, but I have to admit that it’s far from easy. I want high-quality, conscientious beauty products and I want them inexpensive. (A big ask, right?) That’s why I was intrigued to order a few items from the new online concept store Brandless on my own dime and see if their beauty products are everything I hoped they’d be. This just-launched online grocery store was co-founded by former BabyCenter Chairman, entrepreneur and friend of CMP Tina Sharkey, who seeks to reinvent shopping for household essentials. Related: 3 of...Read More
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If you’re like me, you’re currently scrambling to find ways to keep your kids occupied — and better, still learning — during summer when school’s out. That’s where our newest sponsor The Great Courses Plus comes in. They turn screen time into educational time, offering unlimited courses on topics from science and history, to music and art, and pretty much everything in between. Plus, the video courses can be streamed from any device, anywhere you are. Because you know, kids and devices. Whether you want to start yoga, learn a language, or brush up on your chess skills, there are so many...Read More
5 top-rated military family support charities on Charity Navigator: A list to bookmark on Memorial Day
Quite a few of us here come from military families, or have enlistees and veterans in our own lives, which is why we have always been strong supporters of charities for veterans, enlistees and their families. So in honor of Memorial Day, and America’s brave fallen soldiers and their amazing families, took at look at Charity Navigator’s list of top military family support charities to find a few top-rated charities worth sharing.Turns out they have their list of top- rated military charities broken into wounded troops services,military social services, as well as military family support, which is where I found the ones here. There are so many terrific...Read More
Damn you, Facebook ads: We tried the FLEX disposable tampon alternative, and here’s how it worked for us. In full detail (sorry).
I’m coming up on my 25thish anniversary of my first visit from Aunt Flo. And over that those 2.5 decades, I’ve had the same exact routine every month: tampons and pads. I wasn’t necessarily looking to spice things up in that department, but when I saw the ads on Facebook for a free trial box of FLEX disposable tampon alternatives, I figured, why not give them a try? And then share every sordid detail with the entire Internet. So, here’s how my tampon-free week went, so you can see if making the switch is right for you. FLEX: What is it? (No, really.) Okay, so...Read More
As someone who left a full-time advertising career behind to become a writer, website publisher, and public speaker — all while raising tiny children, all while being the sole earner in my household — I totally get how scary it is to change courses. It is! It’s scary! But, there are times that opportunities fall in your lap, passions make themselves known, and big dreams call so loudly, you just can’t ignore them. So, I’ve put together some of my own favorite real world tips for a few important things to do when you’re embarking on a career change or starting...Read More
Go forth and reinvent! 10 terrific resources for women ready for a career change or entrepreneurship.
We know a little something about reinvention after motherhood and women entrepreneurs. Hey, Kristen did an entire TedX talk about it! And I’ve made a few career switches myself — finally landing on this sweet gig that Kristen and I created for ourselves. The best part is, Cool Mom Picks has allowed us to support so many other entrepreneurial women who have found themselves in similar situations, wanting to embark on a new business venture that will enable them to wake up every day feeling excited. Just like we do. So we’re always down to share any companies, organizations, or resources that for women entrepreneurs — and not just...Read More
So let’s talk brows. Or more specifically, how to get the perfect brow. Because as I’ve said before, if there is one single thing you can do to make you look polished — even if you wear no other makeup — it’s making sure your brows look great. In fact, I so fell in love with the Boom Boom Seamless Brow pen, that I reached out to its creator, eyebrow queen Malynda Vigliotti — also known as Boom Boom, founder and namesake of NYC’s Boom Boom Brow Bar — to give us her tips for how to get the perfect brow....Read More
I’m a long-time contact wearer here, especially in those glasses break now and then moments (or when a style moment hits hard). And as much as my optometrist has tried to get me to try daily wear contacts because they’re waaaay better for my eyeballs, they dry out by mid-afternoon. No, thanks. And so, I’ve stuck with the ones I take out at night, wear for a couple of weeks (or um, months, shhhh), and pay a pretty penny for. That is, until Hubble send me a pack of their daily wear contacts a try. Related: The best mascara for contact wearers. And...Read More
This is a sponsored message from Brightly Gifts Whether you’re shopping for a special gift for your own child, grandchild, niece, nephew or best friend’s cool kid, books are at the top of so many wish lists. Which is why you’ll want to check out Brightly Gifts, a brand new shop filled with thoughtfully curated, high quality gift boxes of books to suit babies and early readers. Special offer for Cool Mom Picks readers: Save 20% off your order + get free ground shipping at Brightly Gifts with code CMPGIFTS2016. From the creators of Brightly, a popular site trusted by thousands...Read More
I spent a few solid months tightening up my buns thanks to Barre3 barre workouts a couple of years ago, so when I decided to hit the workout circuit again after a very long summer hiatus, I gave Pure Barre a try instead (thanks to a very tempting new client special). After almost a month taking regular Pure Barre classes, I’ve got a pretty good handle on what makes these two barre workouts different. If you’re wondering which one is right for you, or if barre classes in general should be on your fitness radar, I’ve got the inside scoop. Pure Barre vs. Barre3:...Read More
This is a sponsored message from Le Tote If you’ve got a love of fashion, but don’t necessarily have the budget to support your fabulous taste, check out Le Tote, a fashion subscription service that lets you borrow from hundreds of popular brands without the huge investment. Sign up, then pick the clothes and accessories that best suit your style. Le Tote will curate your very own box of items, which you can even change before they ship it to you. No dressing rooms with screaming kids, no waiting in checkout lines, and definitely no laundry or dry cleaning. Just return your worn, unwashed items to...Read More
Brooklinen: Amazing modern sheets when you don’t have the zillion hours it takes to look for amazing sheets
As someone who dreads sheet shopping with the fiery hatred of a thousands suns (seriously, why why why are 99% of all the sheets online so darn fugly?), I breathed a sigh of relief when I first clicked over to Brooklinen, a new site offering beautifully packaged, well-made sheet sets in go-with-anything modern fabrics. If you’re into big florals or wild colors, this is not going to be your thing. But it certainly is mine. They sent out a core set to try out (windowpane if you’re curious, which I looooo-oooove) and I admit I’m about a zillion times more impressed than I had...Read More
This is a sponsored message from Home Headquarters Kit Parents can use all the organizational help they can get, and now it’s even easier thanks to the Home Headquarters Kit, an all-in-one organization system designed to make life easier for busy families. Each kit includes a ready-to-hang wall calendar, family goal tracker, and meal planning system — essential tools for family organization — plus a family motto board, and even a pen holder. Their free downloadable templates can even be customized to suit the size of your household and your family’s unique needs. Need help getting started? They’ve got video tutorials to get you...Read More
This is a sponsored message from Leesa Mattress The key to getting better sleep is often about finding the best mattress for your body, and that’s exactly what Leesa Mattress delivers. Designed by a group of smart entrepreneurs who had their own sleep issues, they designed the Leesa Mattress after having tried out all sorts of beds with all all sorts of reported benefits — that they never actually saw. The result was the Leesa Mattress, a premium, thoughtfully designed mattress made entirely in the USA. It features three layers of foam including a top cooling layer, and what’s most special is that it’s been designed with their unique universal adaptive feel feature which means it...Read More
This is a sponsored message from EasyKicks Shoe shopping with kids can be pretty challenging, then when you do find just the right pair, it’s like the shoes are outgrown or destroyed before their time. That’s where EasyKicks comes in, to make buying shoes for kids a whole lot easier. This new kids’ subscription service delivers stylish, high-quality sneakers right to your door for $30 a month. No need to leave your house, no dragging anyone to the shoe store. Just sneakers from a carefully-curated selection of brands, that magically arrive on your doorstep, ready for tearing up the playground. Your kids...Read More
We are running out of words for the unbelievably tragic week America has had, with the latest loss of American lives being the devastating sniper attack on Dallas law enforcement officials last night, after an otherwise peaceful protest. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the fallen officers, who by all accounts, were unimaginably heroic and protective of their community even in the face of overwhelming horror. While I’m nowhere near Dallas, as someone who lived through 9/11 just blocks from the World Trade Center, it brings back so much of the heartache we all witnessed in the ensuing...Read More
Budgeting for a new baby can be overwhelming for many of us. You need clothes, diapers, a crib, a stroller — the list goes on. And on. While some items like rattles and burp clothes are relatively inexpensive, others — like a car seat and high chair or even crib bedding — can be beyond pricey. It’s hard to know where to splurge on something you’ll use for years (hint: go for the nice stroller) and where to save (skip the expensive bassinet you’ll use a couple months, at most). So, when I found out about the cool new site...Read More
If you see cool stuff on Instagram that you need to buy (or, if you’re like us, really, really want to buy), now you can, Thanks to LikeToKnow.It. This cool service lets you shop lots of the great stuff you discover right from our Cool Mom Picks Instagram feed with just a couple of clicks — and (bonus!) you help support our site when you do. Signing up is easy! Simply head over to LikeToKnow.It and register — it’s free. Then, when you see a photo in our Instagram feed with a LikeToKnow.It link and #Liketkit hashtag, simply like the photo, and in just...Read More
After 25 years as a woman with a period, you can’t blame me for growing tired of the monthly tampon, pad, and pantyliner rotation. Sorry, no menstrual cup love from me — though I know lots of ladies love them. So, after seeing the Facebook ads for THINX period underwear and then a review from a fellow, trusted blogger, I figured it couldn’t hurt to get a pair and try them. Not just for myself but quite honestly, more for my tween who is about to be entering her period years. (And sorry Sweetie, for embarrassing you completely.) If you’re wondering “Hold...Read More
5 terrific book recommendations for summer reading, from 5 of our favorite people, like Ellie Kemper and David Sedaris
Celebrities! They’re just like us! They get coffee at Starbucks, they wear sweats to the grocery store, and… they read books. Of course, it’s not like we can just give every one of our favorite movie stars, authors, and television personalities a phone call and ask them what’s on their nightstand (our rolodexes aren’t that good) which is why we’re pretty excited to share our newest sponsor, Book of the Month Club which pretty much does that very thing for you. – Don’t miss a huge limited time discount just for Cool Mom Picks readers below! – Instead of using algorithms, Book of the Month...Read More
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