Tag: organization

Kids’ name labels get the chevron touch

We love chevrons around here–on everything from baby blankets and hats to birthday favor bags and onesies. Their cool, retro School House Rock vibe somehow translates into the perfect pattern for modern kids. So the name labels from Namemaker, for things like water bottles, sippy cups, and containers, are right up our chevon-loving alley. Even better that these are stickers with serious substance. They’re made with a special durable polyester that renders them totally waterproof–even in the dishwasher, which is a huge plus. You can have up to three lines of text if you so choose, and, even though the stickers are durable,...

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The Serenity Star is here, and every new parent’s dream has been answered.

Let me tell you a little about why I’m in love with the Serenity Star: when our daughter was first born, we were– like all parents of newborns– suddenly ruled by sleep and eating schedules. It was exhausting and stressful, made even more so because she came five weeks early. I know my story isn’t unique. Which is why I think this just-released baby product from Aden + Anais is about to be the new must-have baby product of the year. I so wish the very brand new Serenity Star had been around when I was a new mom…...

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Stroller technicians are the new massage therapists.

Raise your hand if your stroller needs a good fixin or deep cleaning? Great! Now that I have your attention–every single one of you–I’m thrilled to tell you about a new baby gear detailing service that will reduce the stress of maintaining kiddo’s wheels. At the height of my insanity, I had three strollers. Yup, three. I’ve dealt with nearly every kind of stroller issue imaginable, from flat tires to torn handle bar foam, a bent chassis to missing rivets. All. On. My. Own. (Can you tell I’m a little bitter?) Thanks to Stroller Spa, you don’t have to...

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A babysitting coop that’s smarter than your average babysitting coop

Babysitting coops, in which a group of parents agree to exchange babysitting services with each other aways sound like a great idea — until you realize that someone has to keep track of who babysat whom and manage a complicated point system. And then there are those times you need a sitter, but none of your neighbors are around. Enter a smart service called SittingAround. SittingAround is a valuable online source for your babysitting coop, and more. You create a mix of trusted parents (or join an existing one) who are willing to trade babysitting hours with you, along with...

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A valet tray – cool Father’s day gift idea

At least once a day (sometimes more), my husband is searching for his keys and wallet. And don’t even get me started about the piles of change all over my house. So that’s why I think this new Etsy find might be a cool, surprising Father’s Day gift for the sometimes-scattered dad in our lives. Or maybe just for the really organized ones. This locally salvaged Maple Key tray might just be the answer to all our woes, with a special cut-out that’s big enough for what my husband needs to keep track of — nothing more, nothing less. Handcarved with...

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The 6 best new products for babies (because I couldn’t narrow it to five)

Picking just five of the best new products for babies? That’s hard! And yet, a few weeks ago, I was honored to be one of the terrific judges at the New York Baby Show Expo put on by New York Family Magazine, and was asked to do that very thing. Narrowing down from about a zillion, all of which are wonderful (and sure to appear here soon), here are the winners by popular vote among us…plus one product that I voted for that I can only assume came in a very close sixth. Because it’s awesome. Ubbi Diaper Pails (above)...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Here are five of our favorite picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week: 1. Presenting the first actual Instagram camera, which instantly prints out photos like a Polaroid. Would you buy one? 2. If the dad in your life loves music, this unadvertised Sonos deal at Target is too good to pass up. 3. This fantastic pre-trip packing app does everything but sit on the suitcase and zip it up. Although it can remind you to do that, too. Heh. 4. We may have found the perfect accessory for you iPhone users. Hint: it’s the size of a tissue...

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Ubbi – Building a better diaper pail

The best diaper pail is the kind of topic that inspires some raging debates on mom message boards. They’re essential. They’re a waste of money. They’re too expensive. I couldn’t live without it. So what’s a first-time mama to do? My advice: Get the diaper pail. And this is from a woman in an apartment in which space is a premium. My other advice: Get the Ubbi diaper pail. The Ubbi Diaper pail is easy on the eyes–nice considering you will be engaging with it upwards of a dozen times daily (I’m sorry to report, new moms). The tough...

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Somewhere over the rainbow

Rainbows are a classic design staple.  When I was a little girl, my entire room was decorated in rainbows, which might have been a little too much, come to think of it.  But one here and there adds color and whimsy. This hand painted rainbow wall shelf is a not-so-distant cousin of the handmade cloud shelf from the same artist, and it’s simply adorable! More than just decor, it offers storage and a place to display your child’s favorite books and knicknacks–up to 75 pounds of them.                                   The cloud detail on each side of the shelf isn’t just...

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Hey kid, your underwear goes here!

On most days, I don’t even know why I bother folding and putting the kids’ clothes away because the drawers just end up in complete shambles. Forget even trying to maintain any level of organization within a drawer, I’m lucky if the underwear doesn’t end up with the tees with the single socks. That is, until I found these handy little stickers that have completely changed our lives. All for just $5. Ever since I started using the I-Know-Where-It-Goes drawer stickers, I’ve had no issues with the kids getting themselves dressed and even better, putting their clothes back where they belong....

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a hair clip holder!

We finally found an adorable hair clip holder that doesn’t have a princess on it. Or a fairy. Or a fairy princess. Now how super is that? Straight from girls’ hair clip pioneer and longtime CMP favorite, giddy giddy, the handmade Hero Hair Clip and Ponytail Holder is here to save our smallest citizens from evil villains like Dr. Disorganization and the Haphazard Hair Band Hulk. Instead of a grappling canon, it’s equipped with twenty-one inches of ribbon for hair clip clipping and a convenient S-hook for rubber band wrangling. You can even personalize the heroine’s hair color and the...

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Boon + Plum Organics = Baby food pouch organizational zen

We’re all big fans of Plum Organics baby foods in my house, which we pack as snacks for the whole family all the time. But I’ve yet to figure out a good way to organize them, except other than toss them in a plastic bowl in my pantry. Nice, huh? Turns out, they’ve just figured it out for me. The new Pouch Rack, made in a collaboration with Cool Mom Picks fave Boon, helps you organize up to 12 baby food pouches neatly in your cabinets or pantry. It’s freed up a ton of space for us and made dealing...

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From piggy banks to paychecks, one chapter at a time.

I’d prefer one dozen versions of the “where do babies come from” talk with my kids before I’d sign up for even one “and this is how money works” discussions. I can cheerfully rattle off twenty-seven slang terms for body parts, but ask me how something amortizes and I break out in hives. Piggy Banks to Paychecks: Helping Kids Understand the Value of a Dollar, written by accountant and financial consultant Angie Mohr, explains it all to help me explain it to my kids.      Each chapter focuses on an aspect of financial savvy, from learning how to explain earning,...

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Keeping it clean

Sippy cup: check. Snacks: check. Wipes: darn tootin’. This is my leaving the house with a toddler checklist, and they come even before my own sunglasses and lip gloss. If wipes are still one of your must-haves when you head out, then, this nifty new carrying case for them can’t hurt. This adorable and bright wipes case by Funktion is both handy and cute. This bag comes from Mommassentials, a new line of mom and baby goods designed to fit a not so frilly family lifestyle. As a woman drowning in princess accoutrements, I am thankful.  We road tested...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Ah, Spring. When our thoughts turn lightly to disinfecting the keyboard and running away from zombies. Yours will too, once you check out these top picks from the last week. 1. Kids and parents of all ages will love this amazing atlas iPad app that makes us want to travel the world– and poke camels. 2. Don’t forget to spring clean your tech! We’ve got loads of great tips for cleaning your tech, many of which are completely free and use things you already have in your kitchen. 3. Need motivation for your run? We’ve found an app that...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Technology is all about learning, growing, and now, going to camp at the Apple Store. Here are some of our favorite picks you might have missed from the last week. 1. With these ten smart tips for photographing your kids, you’re sure to get the perfect Easter pic for Grandma’s mantle. 2. Apple Camp takes on a whole new meaning when it happens at the Genius Bar and involves your kids learning iMovie. 3. Free talking and texting on our smart phone? Don’t mind if we do! 4. Are you there, Kindle? It’s me, Margaret. We’re stoked that one...

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Reading high up on a cloud

I am such a huge fan of decorating kids spaces with clouds. They are whimsical, delicate and playful.  Clouds seem more popular now than ever, but they have such a timeless feel to them. When I first saw this cloud wall shelf, I quickly imagined the perfect spot for it, right by my daughters bed. What a great solution to display books, small toys and even art. Made by Etsy’s Kate Greenway of Shop Littles, it comes with all the hardware you need to mount it, and you can even order it in blue or gray. But I think...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

With the new season, comes new tech gadgets, games, and guides on Cool Mom Tech. In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite picks from the past week. 1. We’ve got the scoop on the new iPad release, such as the fact that it’s not actually called the iPad 3. Do you want it as much as we do? 2. The only thing nearly as exciting as the new iPad is this new Star Wars Xbox 360 Kinect game. Is the Force with you? 3. Spring means lots of tweeting and new nests–both outside and on...

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Presenting the Productivity Guide for Working Parents (And who doesn’t need that!)

As busy parents ourselves, we know (we know! we know!) how valuable our time–and space–can be. Fear not; we’re here to help you out. That’s why we’re so happy to introduce a month-long series on Cool Mom Tech, the Productivity Guide for Working Parents, sponsored by Motorola. This week, we’re starting out with 7 great home office organization tips. We know #6 can be challenging–but we have faith in you. Keep an eye out for more helpful ideas, products and resources next week. And what’s really cool? A comment on each of our posts gives you a chance to...

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