Tag: organization

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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Got bling? Here are some of our favorite jewelry storage ideas.

We love fabulous jewelry around here, so, naturally, we love to find new, innovative ways to store all of it. Recently we shared a great jewelry storage tip in our post about solving 10 tricky organization problems, making us thinking about some of our other favorite ideas for jewelry storage. So here they are, including DIY projects, repurposed vintage items, and some amazing purpose-made storage pieces should you want to splurge. One of my favorite ideas comes from the Love and Lace blog. In fact, I’m swooning over the way she’s organizing her amazing jewelry collection. This wooden serving bowl (at...

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Clever, creative storage solutions for 10 tricky storage problems from LEGOs to jewelry.

Now that my house is overflowing with too many toys (thanks to very generous grandparents), it’s time for some serious storage solutions. I’m desperate for some organization for all those Rainbow Loom bands, LEGO pieces and  American Girl doll clothes, just to name a few. So, here’s a list of some of our favorite storage ideas, from kids’ stuff to your stuff. Storage Solutions for LEGOs (above) The one toy our readers keep trying to figure out how to best store are their LEGO collections. Do you sort by color? By kit? All in one huge bin, which gets...

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How do I organize Rainbow Loom bands?

If your kids are like mine, they are completely obsessed with making Rainbow Loom bracelets, which means your house is covered in those teeny, tiny rubber bands. Well search no longer! Here, lot of ways to organize Rainbow Loom bands and hopefully keep them on their wrists and off your floor. You could use plastic jars or mason jars to store rainbow loom bands, if you’re anal and want to separate everything by color. Though you’ll want to make sure they’re fairly easy for your kids to open, unless you want to always be on call during bracelet making time....

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Our free holiday shopping survival guide notebook template from Springpad helps keep you sane.

featured partner If you’re like us, then you’re already swimming in holiday to-do lists. With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah running right into December, we’re feeling a little behind. Or actually a lot. And so, we look for holiday shopping tips and lists to help us out. But as much as we love pre-made lists, they’re definitely not one-type fits all, which means we use them for a few days and then often end up ditching them. You too? That’s why we’re so excited to tell you about our new collaboration with Springpad, who we’ve loved even before they became one...

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Awesome food storage labels that won’t come off in the dishwasher

I have become a label whore. Nope, not designer jeans. I’m talking about the sticky variety. I’m using a different sticky name label for virtually every sippy cup, water bottle, food container and lunchbox for my two kids, and the bane of my existence has become scraping the yucky remnants off said items after putting them in the dishwasher. Luckily, the label gods have heard my cry and answered with these new dishwasher-safe labels from past CMP pick, Emily Press.   Besides the fact that the Write Your Own waterproof labels don’t wash off and are super easy to apply, I love...

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

Here are 5 of our most popular tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech, just in case you missed them.   1. We can’t be the only ones ridiculously excited about Bill Nye’s return, right? 2. A calendar app that could actually help your marriage. 3. 5 of the best storytelling apps for kids. Let the creativity flow. 4. We’ve got the scoop on all the big news from Apple and whether parents should care. 5. The new SnapChat copycat app parents should know...

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

Here are 5 of our coolest picks from this week just in case you missed them.   1. We’re digging this cool app from one of our favorite celebrity dads. Take a peek to see who paid us a visit this week! 2. This is a must-read: 4 apps kids are using that parents should know about. 3. Our new app obsession that’s so perfect for parents. 4. If you’ve got a penchant for losing things, then you need to see these amazing gadgets. 5. A brilliant way to tackle all those annoying cord nests and tangles once and...

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Web Coolness: The best classroom rules, overscheduling kids, and a hilarious chart for new parents

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you do too!   Cute DIY chalkboard project–and love the fun Washi tape detail.  10 classroom rules for kids of any age. Any new ones for you? Hooray for the first female scientist LEGO minifig! Some fun (if over-the-top) party ideas found on Instagram at Lil Sugar.  Why work-at-home moms should not feel guilty about childcare help.  Do you overschedule your kids after school? Nice perspective. Congrats to our friend Erin Loechner on her beautiful new site Clementine Daily. Definitely worth a click.  A must-read post about her kids first day...

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P’kolino’s new Monster Storage Bins are coming to eat your kids’ stuff

Having a monster in his room is something my son has worried about since he was old enough to speak. But, I think he’d be more relaxed about welcoming one into his bedroom if it were super helpful, kind of silly looking, and kept his toys safely tucked away while he slept…with the closet light on, of course. Created by long-time Cool Mom Picks favorite P’kolino, their new Monster Storage Bins are ready to gobble up all the toys, stuffed animals, and trinkets that appear in my kids’ rooms seemingly overnight. Sturdy rope “arms” make it easy to drag...

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Best disappearing act ever? Wash-away labels

We have a saying in our family: sticky is icky. It applies to gooey hands and chunks of granola bar in the car, but it also applies to labels. I hate scraping sticky sticker residue off anything. Ever. Which is why these labels are so cool. When you’re done with them, they literally disappear. Magic…or pretty darn close. When I heard about the new Wash Aways from Mabel’s Labels, I was highly skeptical. Write on the label, peel it off, stick it on…then wash it away with water? No way. So I tried it. Several times. And the dang things...

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Super cool wall hooks that bring the outdoors in

See ya, summer chaos. It’s time to get organized–with some fun style too. The modern Twiggy Hooks from StudioLiscious on Etsy are a pretty twist on your basic wall hook. Each one is made by hand in Ontario using only birch plywood and tung oil. (Not to be confused with tongue oil. That would be gross.) Whether you’re hanging a forest of necklaces or a tree full of keys, we love the clean, modern lines. One teensy drawback? There are two holes on back for mounting, but the hooks don’t come with mounting hardware. I’d recommend stopping by your local...

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Awesome kids’ room organization solutions with a Japanese flair

I can totally justify buying new things to decorate my kids’ rooms if they’re useful. And we’re all huge fans of bins for storage. That’s why I’m completely falling over these adorable Japanese storage solutions from an awesome online shop. I might even clean up while my kids are at school, just for fun. (yikes) Remember the cute unicorn and gorilla storage bins we mentioned a couple weeks ago? Well, now My Sweet Muffin (possibly my new favorite online shop) has brought us some sweet and functional designs from Japan that will make your heart–and kids’ rooms–happy. Their Small Collapsible...

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Printable personalized school labels: No, you can’t stick one to the head they’d lose if it wasn’t attached

With kids heading back to school (um, where did summer go?), it’s time to start that long process of putting their names on everything they own. And that’s where school labels makes it so much easier. Especially this DIY version which can save you a ton of money, and let you have some fun in the process. Sometimes (like when you have a whole lot of children) investing in a whole bunch of labels when you’re also buying new school supplies, clothes, gym uniforms, and shoes can seem a little daunting. So that’s where the Printable Personalized Label Set from the...

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Web Coolness: Simpler school scheduling, banishing first-day jitters, and getting to know the teacher

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. Make easing back into the school routine a little more organized with Kiwi Crate’s printable weekly schedule. Love this post in support of summer slide, instead of summer school.  Go check out Liz’s walk down memory lane–complete with awesome photos–and leave a comment to give a child a Shot @ Life. What adorable kids’ music video does Giuliana Rancic love? (We love it too!) 10 Ways to Minimize Back-to-School Anxiety is such a timely read. Have you seen our Back-to-School Tech Guide? Loads of great apps, gear,...

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

Here are 5 of our favorite picks from this week just in case you missed them.   1. Just what we needed: another reason to shop at IKEA. 2. You don’t even really need to be a Ryan Gosling fan to get a chuckle out of this. 3. Smart tips for talking to your teen about smart tech use. Bookmark! 4. A fantastic budgeting app that will help you easily track your daily expenses. BONUS: Don’t miss our back to school tech guide, with new, helpful posts rolling out almost every day on our...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool pins like these every day. 1. A s’mores ice cream sandwich. Really. 2. Our latest beauty obsession. (How did we just find this?) 3. Kids’ storage boxes so cute we can’t stand it. 4. The smartphone wallet our fans are going nuts for. 5. Words to live...

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