Tag: organization

Swanky metallic cosmetics cases: Coveted accessory? Or organizational essential.

Buying a new cosmetics case isn’t a bad annual tradition, at least if yours gets as beat up as mine do, with spills and smudges and that glittery who-knows-what embedded in there. It’s more affordable than buying a whole new handbag, and a great way to stay organized if you tend to carry bigger bags and totes all day like we New Yawkahs do. If you’re in the market, I am loving these handmade metallic leather cosmetics cases from Etsy’s Gift Shop Brooklyn.  Artist Annie Olean Bukhman claims they can work on their own as small clutches when you’re running quickly out the...

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10 cool printable chore charts to motivate kids of all ages to clean up. Even your toddlers.

Have your kids been slacking on their daily chores lately? Or really, have you been slacking on enforcing them? First, give yourself a break; summer just unofficially ended. Second, I’ve got help for you: download one of these cool printable chore charts for kids. They will help. I find this time of year is perfect to introduce (or reintroduce, as the case may be) daily chores and tasks, as kids are in adjustment mode. The new school year means new routines — at home, at school, and on the field.  And yes, even toddlers and preschoolers can be tasked with daily...

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Fun new parent gift: Peripop is a baby play mat, blanket, and floor cushion all in one.

The nursery in our apartment was used by the previous tenant as a walk-in closet so as you can imagine, it’s small.  Every item our baby’s room has to earn its place by either looking great or serving us with high functionality. Ideally both. Sadly this means when I come across sweet pillows, blankets and other decorative additions I have to pass, but multi-purpose baby gear? You’ve got my attention. Hello to the Peripop baby play mat. Coming to us from Oribel, the makers of our beloved Portaplay exersaucer, I’m so happy to have a chance to try Peripop, which it turns out is actually way more...

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The coolest school supplies to make the year a little more fun | Back to school shopping guide 2015

While there are certain must-haves for school, like backpacks and lunch boxes, we always love finding the coolest school supplies that just make things a little more fun this time of year. Whether you’re helping your kid express his or her individuality with a cool backpack charm, making reading time more special with personalized bookplates, or tracking down file folders in different styles —  so that there is no fighting among your kids about whose is whose — we love these little indulgences that make for big smiles. [click here for our 2016 back to school guide] And so we’re thrilled...

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12 awesome DIY back to school crafts your kids can actually do: Back to school shopping guide 2015.

We are not the parents who are going to put together a list of back to school crafts that require 6 kinds of sandpaper and a drawer full of spare x-rays to turn into DIY stencils. (Seriously. We’ve seen this.) Like most of you, we’re looking for the kinds of crafts we can actually do with our kids, that only require some basic supplies. Or okay, maybe a very few not-so-basic supplies if you count Modge Podge. We think all of these cool DIY projects and back to school craft ideas give you the opportunity to spend a fun hour or afternoon with your family, to help get kids of...

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The chalkboard calendar that stays as flexible as you are. Or probably should be, if you have kids.

I’ve been feeling like my house has gotten a little out of control here at the end of the summer, so I’m taking advantage of our new back-to-school routine this week to get started. (And yes, I’m one of those moms with the crazy early school start dates this year.) First step: a family calendar that includes chores, meals, and appointments all in one place. I need it to be flexible, because I know my kids and they get bored with the same responsibilities every day. And, of course, our commitments will change week to week. So I’m absolutely taken with the idea...

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Why you’ll eat up Gobble’s adorable cardboard furniture for kids

I have long loved finding unique, eco-friendly, and easy-to-assemble cardboard furniture and toys for kids. But while most of the cardboard items I’ve found to date are unfinished, I’m so intrigued by a new company on Kickstarter that marries adorable kid-friendly design with cardboard to create room-ready pieces. Related: Cardboard food truck playhouses for kids that aren’t the same old cottages and castles. Gobble by Form Maker is a brand-new line of cardboard chairs and room organizers from Australia that you can quickly assemble to add a whole lot of personality to your child’s bedroom or playroom. The cleverly designed pieces which feature four toothy animals–Croc, Hippo,...

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6 cool sets of summer camp labels for kids, so that what goes to camp comes back from camp

One of the first rules of summer camp, other than Sunscreen Sunscreen Sunscreen, is to label every single thing your kids take with them. Including the sunscreen. While a Sharpie can do the trick on some products, we love colorful labels that affix to all of their things in seconds, and never accidentally bleed through a label onto the other side of a t-shirt. Related: Summer camp care package ideas so cool, the kids might even miss you. Maybe. So, I’ve put together 6 cool summer camp label designs for kids for different needs, including bundled camp packs to help save you money....

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Our favorite cool tech picks of the week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. 4 of the most stylish fitness trackers for Father’s Day that look great out of the gym too. 2. We’re loving these 2 new cord clutter solutions. So helpful! 3. We found the world’s slimmest iPhone case and we’re in love. 4. We’ve got the scoop on the newest photo app that you should know about. 5. A phone that might help you curb your phone addiction. Well, you or “a friend.”...

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Our favorite handmade toy boxes: Now personalized, on sale, and supporting a really special cause

June is going to be a busy month in the studio of one of our favorite modern kids’ furniture makers, Kiersten Hathcock of Mod Mom Furniture. The Shark Tank winner, cool mom, and handmade toy box builder extraordinaire — along with her dad (love that!) — are going back to basics, and building some really beautiful custom toy boxes in the garage by hand, just like she used to back in 2007 when she founded the company. And when we first shared her toy chests with you.  If you need to get your playroom or a kid’s room more organized, this is a perfect opportunity. While all her...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. 6 of the coolest YouTube videos for kids from around the world. 2. A very smart feature for parents that you Apple users might not know about. 3. The best calendar apps for families that will help you all get on the same page. 4. A fun, easy DIY cell phone case you can still whip up for Mother’s Day. 5. Turn screen time into learning time with these awesome online camps....

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Thinking: Parent | 15 things you should stop putting off and do right now.

One of my most prized possessions is a photo of me holding my daughter, flanked by both my mother and grandmother, Momsie. Four generations of strong, first-born women together for a brief time on this earth. As we come up on what would have been her  97th birthday, I often think how fortunate I am that Momsie got to know my girls before she passed five years ago. I’m especially grateful that my older daughter still has a few nice if simple memories of her: A swimming pool with a frog in it. Hide-and-seek behind her gauzy Florida curtains. An impromptu karaoke party. Her special...

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Our 5 coolest tech picks of the week

Here are 5 cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this week, just in case you missed them.   1. These hot bags for spring have something special hidden inside: Your camera. 2. Is the Apple Watch the best thing ever or the end of human interaction as we know it? 3. With this new gadget, you might be able to ditch your house keys forever. 4. 5 of the coolest new photo apps for iOS and Android out right now. 5. Everything you need to know about the new MacBook 2015. Other than it comes in gold. Oooooh....

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5 of the hottest tech posts from the past week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech, in case you missed them. Well, now you won’t!   1. Who said LEGOs were just for kids? 2. Gorgeous photo books in a couple of clicks. So smart. 3. Clever tips for freeing up storage space on your gadgets. 4. Calling all busy parents (isn’t that all parents?): Learn a new skill or just get some creativity back in your life with this awesome website. 5. We can’t believe everything this smart mattress cover does. Whoa. The future is here....

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The Konmari Method: Does it work for families?

With daylight savings coming up, I know I’m not the only one itching to open up windows and start spring cleaning the house from top to bottom. So I decided to try out the popular Konmari method of organization from the book by Japanese sensation Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, if a little reluctantly as a parent. All I can say is, this book has rocked my world. And soon will rock my entire house. However there are some aspects that parents should be aware of. Related: The best of the eco-friendly cleaning...

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The hottest tech posts from the past week

Here are the hottest tech picks on Cool Mom Tech from this week. Look what you might have missed!   1. A thermometer that plugs into your smartphone. Brilliant! 2. This small little gadget might make a huge difference when it comes to organization in your home. 3 . You can still send (belated!) Valentine’s Day cards using this handy website. It’s one of our favorites! 4 . Talk about awesome: This amazing kit will get your kids super excited about STEM. 5. This cool app turns your kids into photo editors and designers. Love!...

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IKEA alternative: The cool new modern shelving and storage bins from Sprout Kids

Keeping the playroom clean is a regular battle at our house, and I’m ready for a truce. But when I start to get sick of the mess, I usually turn to storage bins as my go-to method for keeping clutter to a minimum. It’s a system that’s easy enough for my kids follow when they clean up—they just dump their toys in the bins. And it works for me, because I don’t see a mess everywhere. Lately, I’ve added the modern shelving and storage bins from Sprout Kids to my wish list. If you’re looking for an IKEA Kallax storage system alternative, take a look at...

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IKEA Kallax: The best storage for families gets a makeover and a name change

I’ve purchased six Expedit storage units from IKEA for our three-child house, so you can imagine my shock when I discovered that they were no longer selling what I consider their most versatile, affordable, and useful storage solution for families. Turns out that the new IKEA Kallax storage system is actually the Expedit system, with a makeover and name change. Hooray! The furniture looks very similar to Expedit, which is good news for those of us who want to add more coordinating pieces. But Kallax has some neat features for families, like slightly rounded edges to make it a bit safer around young kids, and a more durable finish...

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The hottest tech posts you missed this week

Here are the hottest tech picks on Cool Mom Tech from this week. Look what you might have missed!   1. This amazing iPad case turns your favorite tablet into a laptop. Sort of. 2. 7 awesome cord management solutions to get you organized! 3. The new Sleep Number bed for kids. Is it worth the hefty price tag? 4. If you’re not sure which fitness band is right for you, this smart new service can help. 5. Helpful tips for getting your digital photos organized finally....

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The hottest tech posts you missed this week: Stylish fitness trackers, smart organizational help and more.

Here are the hottest picks on Cool Mom Tech from this past week. Look what you might have missed:   1. An amazing selection of fitness trackers that don’t look like fitness trackers at all. 2. A smart way tech is letting you skip the airport security lines with your family. 3. You won’t believe these Frozen online games for kids we found. Not what you want your kids playing. 4. 7 awesome new cord management solutions for your home office, or that tangle behind your TV. 5. This smart little gadget lets you ditch all your remote controls. Yes!...

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