Tag: organization

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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Building your calendar year in LEGO bricks

Last week, I realized I forgot to grab a calendar for the new year when I glanced over to check the date on my desk and saw nothing but a gaping hole where the 2011 calendar once stood. Though I know I could grab a majorly discounted ’12 version this late in the year, I instead fell for this fun colorful calendar that lets my kids put the days together brick-by-brick. The LEGO Brick Calendar is part plaything, part useful desktop accessory. Yes, it is an actual working calendar complete with days of the week and the names of...

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The best arts and crafts storage solutions – Reader Q&A

My apartment has been taken over by art supplies! I want to hold on to many of the supplies and keep them in an organized manner…if this this possible with a 3 year and 5 year old. –Holly   Hi Holly, With three of my own little artists, I can empathize! It’s easy for a small space to be quickly overrun byall those supplies–not to mention the results of your kids’ artistic labor. Here are some of my favorite ideas for storing art supplies and projects. Ikea’s Expedit bookcase (at top) is my hands-down favorite for art-supply storage, holding...

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Tips for reorganizing your closets with a pro – everything you’ve ever wanted to know

I know I am not the only one who has looked at those photos of professionally reorganized closets and wept with envy. I am pathetic in the organization department, and my closets are the worst example of it all. In fact, they’re less closets and more like black holes. It’s always been a dream for some professional closet organizer to swoop in and organize the mayhem. Dream! (above) Reality! (Includes bent clothing rod and recently discovered squash racket that doubles as handy child-sized air guitar) So when the kind folks at Closet Factory offered to help me customize my...

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Baggu with a bang

I love my Baggu bags so much that I’ve been tempted to use them as actual handbags, especially with all the junk I schlep around in my purse. Well, now I can actually do it without having to compromise my love for a swanky bag. The new Baggu leather bag is the same shape as their popular reusable shopping bags, just much fancier. Made from super soft leather, you get the laidback feel of a less-structured bag but with loads of style. I’m partial to the Platinum myself, which I think adds some flair to what might seem like...

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How to get started on Pinterest – The perfect 101 guide

Pinterest, pinterest, pinterest! That’s all it seems my on and offline friends are talking about these days–and for good reason. This virtual corkboard that allows you to “pin” and share your online inspiration can help make life easier, craftier, and from what we can see, much more delicious. But as much as I love Pinterest, the site at first look a little overwhelming for newbies (like, “oh no–one more thing to learn?”) but the truth is, it’s super easy. So I’ve put together five tips to help you get started. Happy Pinning! 1. Get an account Pinterest is still...

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Cool branch and robot hanging thingies. (Not actual name, but works for me)

This weekend at the NY International Gift Show, there was so much exciting new design that I can’t wait to share with you all! But one of the first new items that caught my eye was from Hangups and Baggage, a mom-run operation that’s giving boring old coatracks a run for their money. The powder-coated steel ROBOT hangup mounts to the wall, and gives your kids a fun place to hang jackets, jewelry, hats and backpacks. More fun than any hooks I’ve ever seen. Nice touch: It’s magnetic, so you can move that little bow from the neck to...

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Getting the home organized and prettified at once

Why yes I still am in full-fledged January organization mode, thank you so much for asking! I am spending wayyy too much of my free time (when I’m not organizing, of course) searching for beautiful and functional storage solutions. Aren’t these screenprinted linen/cotton zippered pouches from Ontario’s Jenna Rose Handmade just beautiful? I’d love them for makeup, travel, or the piles of business cards that end up all over my office. It’s the details that are so special, like the leather zipper pulls and the “handmade in Canada” stamp on the inside. I also really like the small cotton canvas hamper which would...

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