Tag: organization

Cool handbag organization tips and accessories for the (sometimes) organizationally challenged.

As organized as I may be in other aspects of my life, I consider myself a bit organizationally challenged when it comes to my handbags. No matter how big or small it is, I always manage to lose things I need in the black hole of my tote or purse, or pull out the wrong thing at the wrong time. Have you ever tried opening the door with a crayon? Or a tampon? Yeah. So in an effort to reorganize my stuff and make my life slightly easier, I put together a few handbag organizing tips, then scoured the web for some of my favorite...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. You will not believe what this ring can do. Other than look great on your hand, of course. 2. Download these 7 fun math apps for summer review stat. 3. Use LEGO minifigs to organize your computer cords. Genius! 4. 6 helpful tips for getting the best Instagram photos of your kids. 5. One of the most gorgeous, mind-blowingly cool apps we’ve seen in a long...

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Pretty herb labels that help you tell your sorrel from your sage

It’s the time of year that I can go for a nice, beautiful little indoor herb garden on my urban windowsill. I love the idea of always having fresh basil for pesto, and fresh mint for lemonade or iced tea.  A Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden is a great way to start, but when you’re ready to replant into larger individual containers, it’s nice to make them pretty. These herb labels for flower pots can help. And aren’t they sweet on a simple, handpainted, two-tone flower pot? Even I can do that. It’s a neat idea if you have...

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Felted wool bowls full of love. Or better, jewelry for Mother’s Day.

I bought a few felted wool bowls a long time ago and while they seemed a bit of a frivolous purchase at the time, they turned out to be really useful. They sat on my dresser to catch all my rings, dainty bracelets, and tiny necklaces just perfectly–that is, until my mom liked them enough to take them home with her. So upon discovering these custom felted bowls at The Felterie on Etsy, I decided was a sign for me to add some new ones back into my home decor mix, especially considering how much I use them.  ...

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Pretty desk organization: Make it your tax day resolution for next year.

This is the day, my friends. Tax Day. Which is more than simply the day that you cringe as you drop that massive check into the mailbox or break open the bubbly to celebrate a refund. At least for me, it’s always the day I vow to get my receipts and accounting more organized for the year ahead. And…it rarely happens. Just being honest here. But hey, this year could be different. See Jane Work, a longtime favorite spot of ars for all things organization, has some great storage products and solutions for catching those wayward receipts, insurance forms,...

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New toy storage solutions from P’kolino Mess Eaters

If your little monsters can tear up a room in under 15 minutes, check out how the new P’kolino line of monstrous Mess Eaters storage units are ready to put it all back together again in a snap.  And now that we can find this playful line in our local Target store, it’s even easier to stock up on the toy storage solutions that help keep parents sane. We saw the collection introduced Toy Fair just a few weeks back, and we’re so happy it’s now available so quickly. The line consists of brightly-colored, friendly monsters that can live in...

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Beautiful custom labels for gifts, home storage, and generally looking more organized than you feel.

Let’s face it: clutter happens. And I’m always looking for new ways to get our stuff (er, my kids’ stuff) organized at home. Since I don’t have a line item in our family budget for custom crates labeled toys and blocks, I’ve been using the (even better, cooler) custom labels recently introduced by one of our favorite eco-friendly stationers on the web, Paper Culture. – Don’t miss a great discount below for today only –   Like most everything in Paper Culture’s store, these tags are customizable, using their modern designs or your very own. There are all-text options or you can...

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A free printable chore chart we love for preschoolers. No bribing necessary.

My toddler loves to help out around the house. It makes him feel big, and like the needed part of our family that he is. I want to respect his efforts, even like that time he completely emptied out the closets when he “brought me the laundry.” I have chore charts that are fantastic for my older kids, but they’re not as helpful for my three-year-old pre-reader. This free printable chore chart by Kersey Campbell for Momtastic (via her blog And We Play) is perfect for him. He can see pictures of age-appropriate chores, and color them in as he finishes each...

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5 of our favorite tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular posts from Cool Mom Tech this past week.   1. Safety technology goes high fashion. You won’t believe what these bracelets can do. 2. Here’s how to borrow a Kindle book for free. You know, the ones you actually want to read. 3. Love this chic way to carry your smartphone. 4. Such cool iPhone and iPad accessories that will make your life a whole lot easier. 5. Post-it notes go digital. Welcome to...

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We would never lie about how adorable these pushpins are

These might be the coolest pushpins we’ve ever seen–no lie. And they’re handcrafted with the same care Gepetto used bringing Pinocchio to life. The good news is that instead of running around, causing mischief with a cricket and smoking cigars, these Real Boy Pins just look cute on your cork board, holding up your notes. Each pack of two Real Boy Pins from the Duncan Shotton Design Studio are cast in Cornwall, UK then sent to Tokyo, where they’re cleaned up with X-acto knives and painted by hand with exquisite details. Then they’re packaged with hand-cut cork and individually...

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The best train table for kids with plenty of storage? Reader Q & A

There are so many train tables out there! Can you help let me know what’s the best choices? Storage is an important factor for me.   Looking more like a low coffee table than a cartoon-colored train table, I love Pottery Barn Kids’ Caroline Activity Table for one really smart design feature: The table actually “grows up” with your kids. With two sets of legs, you can just replace the shorter ones when your toddler gets taller and turn the train table into a crafting table that is high enough to fit kid-sized chairs underneath. For storage, the two wooden bins...

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Instacart: Grocery shopping right from your couch with a very awesome twist.

Taking four kids to the grocery store is like a full-on workout. But really, taking even one cranky toddler shopping can be no easy task. Especially in this weather. So when Instacart offered Cool Mom Picks an exclusive first look to try out their brand new Philly service, which happens to launch today in addition to Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., and the San Francisco Bay Area, you can bet I jumped at the chance. Grocery delivery from Whole Foods (as well as Costco and coming soon, a few smaller groceries) within two hours of your order? Yes please. That’s...

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Personalized wooden hangers: Just girlie enough

Sure, we like pink and girly decorations for our daughters’ room–unless they’re too much like visual cotton candy. That’s why I love these personalized wooden hangers from the Etsy shop RedHandGang; sweet, but not saccharine and dare I say adorable. There, I said it. Because it’s true. With their clean, cheerful lines and hand-painted charm, these would make a lovely gift for that girl who’s a little bit girlie and a whole lot chic. You’re not going to hang a winter coat on them, but for some kid costume jewelry, belts, or other accessories, they’d look great right on...

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Lay off those tree trunks, lovers. This personalized ring holder will do just fine.

Yes, we all hope our love will be as everlasting as engraving our initials into a tree. But let’s lay off the trees and opt for a more modern approach, shall we? Check out this sweet little monogrammed ring dish from the oh-so endearing Wandersketch. Put aside the fact that I love the faux bois (that’s fake wood, folks) trend in personalized gifts, like this favorite personalized pillow cover from Cozy Blue, and Lisa Leonard’s Sweetheart necklace. A ring dish is one of those house items I have always wanted but have never secured. And I want it. Now. This...

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5 of our favorite tech picks this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular Cool Mom Tech picks from this past week.   1. Some of the coolest custom jewelry we’ve seen because of how they’re made. Valentine’s Day gift for geeks perhaps? 2. Our new favorite calendar app. See why we love it so much. 3. Got school fundraisers coming up? You need to see this cool gadget which can help. 4. You won’t believe what this brilliant case does to your smart phone. Trust us, it’s a parent’s dream. 5. This is our latest camera app obsession: Wait until you see...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for great finds on Pinterest daily, like these.   1. A handmade baby mobile we’re going nuts for. 2. Whoa, sexy shoes for spring we could actually walk in. Must. Have. Now. 3. Hilarious board book for babies. Smart babies. Nerdy babies. 4. A Valentine’s Day gift that’s making us all sentimental. Sniff. 5. Kitchen drawer organization tips from Martha. We need these! Also, don’t miss our Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board, chock full of gift ideas, crafts, recipes, and a whole lot of things with...

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5 Tech Picks You May Have Missed

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular Cool Mom Tech picks from this week.   1. If you’re wanting to drop a few pounds in 2014, you need this awesome app. And just seven minutes a day. (For real). 2. Dog lover or not, you won’t believe what this cool, innovative collar can do. Whoa! 3. These 9 amazing apps and websites will make you a super organized parent. (Or more organized if you already are on the ball). 4. Our Editor Liz (above, in knife-wielding maniac pose) reports on the hottest new kitchen...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins like this every day.   1. Awesome camera app for your phone to keep you from lugging an actual one. 2. Smart organizational tip from Martha Stewart (as always). 3. Baby board books like you’ve never seen them. 4. The apps and websites every classroom parent and school volunteer needs. 5. The cutest Valentine’s snack for kids–no,not one of those chalky heart...

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Beat the January blues and get the kids organized with 9 bright, colorful toy storage options

We are always on the lookout for great toy storage options that will help tidy the mess in the most stylish way possible. And these frigid, colorless days — combined with the dozens of new toys strewn everywhere — have me eyeing some colorful, modern storage options that give me renewed hope that this is the year I finally win the battle of the clutter. LEGO Storage Bricks Within about four seconds of entering my abode, you’d know you’ve stepped into a serious LEGO house. I’d prefer you discover this by seeing these clever LEGO Storage Bricks and not...

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Round up your kids’ toy horses into one of these 7 play stables

Want to round up those toy horses and ponies scattered around the playroom and put them into a proper stable? Whether your kids own one of the coveted, gihugic American Girl Doll horses or something a bit smaller, we’ve rustled up a few options for all kinds of ponies. Including one you crafty parents can make yourself. It can be tough finding nice play stables, but we feel great about all 7 of these options.   Breyer Wood Horse Stable I coveted a couple of my BFF’s horses from her huge Breyer collection several decades ago, and little collectors today...

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