Tag: organization

Toy boxes made better than most toys these days. Also? On sale.

From the day we discovered Kirsten Hathcock’s beautifully handmade storage pieces at Mod Mom Furniture, we fell in love. A Mod Mom toy box looks as beautiful as any other furniture in the house, even if it is made to hide decapitated Barbies and wayward LEGO pieces. And now, there are not only some gorgeous new styles, but some of the classics are on sale at great prices. Check out the toy box sample sale and while supplies last, you can score some great deals on the Gracie toy box–of which Kristen and I each own one–along with the...

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7 smart ideas for trimming waste and saving money

featured partner We love that the notion of cutting down waste has gone from something for the uber-frugal, to something we all want to do, both to save money, and make sure the earth as we know it is still here for our kids in years to come. After all, the little differences we all make individually can add up to big change, right? So we’re happy to share some of our favorite ways to cut back on unnecessary waste, brought to you by our sponsors at Glad who seems to be thinking the very same thing these days–and...

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Swoop bags for LEGOS get more portable. Whoo!

Whether you need to organize LEGOs, corral Polly Pockets, or secure squirrely Squinkies, the Swoop bag has been our go-to recommendation for smart, easy toy orgnization. And now they’ve got a new to-go version made just for travel,that’s  just as sturdy and brilliant as the larger version. Plus? Ooh, the colors! We love the original Swoop bag for its ability to reduce a huge pile of LEGOs and tiny bits into a tidily contained bundle, so it’s no surprise that we adore the new Swoop Mini.  At only 16 inches in diameter, the Swoop Mini is perfect for carrying...

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Web Coolness: mind-blowing photos of a five-year-old, the deal site that’s freaking out moms, and three cheers for Angelina Jolie

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Amazing photos taken by a photographer mom of her 5 year old daughter dressed like great women through history. Take a look at Isabella Rossellini’s Creature Moms. Great uses for over the door shoe bags. Smart! Our Editor Kristen’s new Cafe Mom column, If I Knew Then What I Know Now launches with a post on Why a baby book is more important than you think. (Good thing we found this one this week!) Our own food blogger, Stacie Billis, launches a...

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Foodies, welcome to your digital recipe box of awesomeness.

There’s an avalanche of recipe sites out there, and one of my personal favorites is about to become yours, too. Foodily (which appropriately stands for “Food, I Love You”) is a social recipe network combining a massive library of curated recipes (i.e., recipes you can trust) with your social network. Think of it as recipes with benefits.    Foodily allows users to discover, save, share and discuss recipes collected from around the web with friends. Now, with the release of “Foodily Originals,” users can also add personal recipes to their collections. That means you can combine the best recipes...

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Poppin: Desk organization that actually gets you psyched to organize

If you’ve got spring cleaning your desk or home office on the brain, I’m so happy to have this fabulous new website that’s all about desk organization with colors and styles that will just make you happy. Poppin feels like the IKEA of office supplies with a little DWR and Muji thrown in. You can shop by item or by color–should you need an entire aqua desk set. Or hey, just shop by item. You’ll have fun discovering modern tape dispensers, rulers in 18 different colors, colorful pushpins (just $5 for 100!) scissors, notebooks, file folders, and pretty much...

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

Here are five of our favorite picks from this week that you might have missed. 1. You’ll want to bookmark these smart tips for monitoring your kids’ screen time. 2. A brilliant way to keep track of your luggage, or your gadgets, or anything else you might lose. 3. Personalize your smart phone charger (or just make sure no one takes it) with this easy DIY project. 4. One of the coolest gifts for a techie we’ve seen. Other than a shopping spree at the Apple store. 5. We bet your kids (and you) will love this amazing new...

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Bookends that will make you want to file. And that’s saying something.

The second I saw this desk accessory–instant swoon. The Indice Bookends are available online from the MoMA store, which is pretty much where I’d expect to find something so functional and funky. The bright colors are calling my name, but it’s that file folder tab design that really makes it special. You can slide them around or separate them like regular old bookends, or split them up into sets of 3 and 2 if that works for you. But I think the five all lined up together just gets you the whole effect. Or hey, maybe ten together? At...

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Our simple spring cleaning checklist for busy parents

When spring hits around my house, that means time to clean and kick the clutter, which isn’t such an easy task when you’ve got four kids running around. As much as I’d love to scrub the baseboards and wash all the windows, that’s probably not going to happen. But I can tackle my basic spring cleaning checklist I’m sharing here, that will still give us a fresh organizational start to the new season. 1. Organize those toys: Go through toys and books, or better yet, have older children go through themselves and sort them out into keep, donate/sell, and...

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Minimalist Parenting: The must-read parenting book of the year.

When we first heard that Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks and Christine Koh of Boston Mamas, two of the women I love and respect most in the world, were putting their clever heads together to write a parenting book, well there was no doubt in my mind that it would be awesome. As it turns out, it’s more than awesome–Minimalist Parenting is easily the new must-read parenting book of the year. And hopefully, every year. Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less is the right book at the right time: an antidote to the pervasive uber...

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Nagging is more fun with Tetris-shaped notes

Square sticky notes are so boring. It’s much more fun to use these oh-so-familiar shapes, humming Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy as you write out a reminder to take out the garbage. Did you know that the blocks used in Tetris are called Tetriminoes? It’s true. The entire time you were trying to fit the S and Z ones together, your brain was learning to think more efficiently. We can’t promise that will happen just by using the Tetrimino-shaped Block Notes from Suck UK, but you can definitely have fun arranging them at your own speed. Block Notes...

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3 cute label ideas make kitchen organization fun — really!

Why, yes, I’ve accidentally used salt when I meant to use sugar. Why do you ask? I’ll wait for you to politely spit out that cookie. In case your kitchen is as cluttered as mine–totally my kids’ fault, you know–here are three different labeling systems that can help you make sense of all those powders and spices. We love the chalkboard concept, with its clean black-and-white lines and the fact that you can erase and rewrite should a canister change uses (or a little artist get her hand on a chalk marker). Charlie Chalk on Etsy has hundreds of different...

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Home is where you hang your hat on a bunny

Need to get those coats off the floor? The bunny can help! In fact, there’s an entire menagerie ready to help keep things tidy. The source for these adorable coat hooks is Pomme, the superhip kids’ outpost in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Whether you go with the rabbit, cat, frog, or cow, each coathanger is about eight inches tall and four inches wide and made of enamel-coated metal with four round hooks. And each one looks just as trustworthy and earnest as the last. We adore these fine fellows, but keep in mind that while each coat hook is only $12,...

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

Here, just a few of our favorite tech picks of the last week on Cool Mom Tech, just in case you missed them. 1. With cold season here, here’s how to de-germ your tech, safely. It’s easier (and cheaper) than you think. 2. Awesome, affordable gadgets, that can make a big difference when it comes to getting your tech organized. 3. Enjoy going to the movies right in your living room with this amazing new device, and save that babysitter money. 4. Don’t rent a photo booth for your next kid’s party. Learn how to make your own photo...

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Forget permanent markers — laminated labels organize in style

Surely you’ve gotten the memo: Dear Parent, All of your children’s items MUST be clearly marked with their names. Every time, I know the teachers mean me. I swear, I am always looking for the darn Sharpie to write my daughter’s name on her sandwich box for the hundredth time. But eventually it washes off, and hey, I have other priorities to keep up with, like making sure there is some sort of lunch in the box suitable for consumption.  So I am now humbled and grateful for the genius of Mabel’s Labels, a longtime CMP fave. I fully believe...

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Bathtub toy storage that’s the cutest ever. (Ever!)

There’s a walrus in my bathtub. Luckily, he’s a very tidy walrus and will be glad to store all of our bath toys for us. Plus, he has friends that are just as cute and helpful for wet toy storage. We love pretty much everything from 3 Sprouts, and now they’ve moved from bedroom and changing table storage solutions into the bathroom with these adorable new bath storage caddies. Whether you’re into blue walruses, orange foxes, or purple owls, each mildew-resistant organizer has a stretchy mouth for NOMing your toys and a suction cup to hang securely from tile...

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

Here are a few of our favorite tech picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. Store and organize your smart phone photos once and for all with this amazing app. 2. A princess app that gets our stamp of approval. When you download it, you’ll see why. 3. One of our least favorite chores is now super easy, thanks to this brilliant website. 4. Your kids’ Minecraft obsession is now available in valentine form. 5. If you’re like us and have 45,617 videos on your smart phone, this app will edit them for you....

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Organize your life the old-fashioned way: gorgeous personalized day planners

We’re all about getting organized digitally, but there’s a certain appeal to writing down your plans in a gorgeous paper book that you can stick on your desk, or drop in your tote, then refer back to forever. These three customized day planners fit the bill for beauty, brains, and a little thing called never running out of batteries. If you’re looking for fewer doodads and calendars and more classic elegance, we want to pet the creamy Italian textblock paper inside these handmade journals from Oh Pangaea Books on Etsy. You get to choose your exterior from dozens of...

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12 cool kids’ toy storage solutions

What do you get when you combine an influx of holiday toys with a New Years resolution to declutter? A great reason to explore new toy storage solutions, that’s what. Whether you’re into DIY, Etsy shopping, or heirloom-quality furniture, here are a dozen of our favorite toy storage solutions that keep kids’ toys of all shapes and sizes where they belong–which is anywhere but under your tender feet. DIY Toy Storage We’re still excited over these easy DIY craft storage jars that’s doable even for moms who didn’t inherit the crafty gene. Buy a dozen Mason jars for $10,...

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New year, cool new storage bins! (Man, we love bins.)

As I continue to knock through my New Year’s resolutions, I decided it was high time to replace the scraggly looking bins sitting on my kitchen counter. You know, the ones full of mail, and chargers, and poker chips from 2004 (Oh, just me?). In addition to the stylish home storage solutions we recently rounded up, I found one more great option, in these lovely, affordable finds from Etsy. Made by Fitzcraft,  I can think of a billion uses for their felt storage bin (above), like replacing that awful letter bin sitting on my counter. It’s such a prettier option,...

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