Tag: organization

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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Storage so cute, you’ll be tempted to buy your kids more toys

We’re big fans of the clever, charming designs over at 3 Sprouts. I mean, have you seen their adorable warthog hoodie towels¬†and their fun walrus bathtub storage caddy? Too. Cute. Well, 3 Sprouts has combined modern and playful once again–this time with a new collection of kids’ toy storage boxes. At my house, the kids’ playroom has a way of encroaching on the living room. I frequently find myself tearing hrough the house, stashing toys away just as guests are headed to the front door. That’s why I love these stylish storage boxes from 3 Sprouts. They’re both efficient–hey,...

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How to get the most out of Origami

If you’re like us, then you’ve got tons of photos and videos on your smartphone that you end up texting and emailing to friends and family fairly frequently. Well, if you’re looking for a safe and more efficient way to keep your family updated on your many adventures without having to use Facebook, you might want to give Origami a shot. To help show you how to get the most out of this smart platform, our Editor Kristen put together this quick, handy video that highlights how easy Origami is to use (seriously, so easy!) and why you might really like it. EXTRA COOL: WIN IT! We’ve got 15 free one-year subscriptions to Origami ($50 value) up for grabs, courtesy of our sponsor. Just download the free Origami app and sign in or sign up (also free), then send us the email address you used as your login. Mail it to contests@coolmompicks.com with ORIGAMI in the subject by midnight PT Thursday 8/8. We’ll pick 15 lucky winners at random. And if you can’t wait and want to get started, Origami is offering a free 30-day...

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How do you store towels and sheets? Martha Stewart knows!

A couple of weeks ago, I moved from Atlanta to Philadelphia and discovered that my new lovely rental home did not have a linen closet. I was about to just stuff my family’s towels and sheets in my own closet when I had the opportunity to ask Martha Stewart (yes, her!) a question and voila, I knew exactly what I needed her help with. Take a peek at her smart suggestion, as well as what I came up with to help make her magic happen in my own home. –Kristen   Now, I love the idea of folding towels...

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The best bag for vacationing with baby…and baby’s 14 tons of stuff

I consider myself a pretty light packer, but traveling with kids can make an overpacker of the best of us. Especially if a baby is involved. Those tiny people sure don’t travel light. Luckily, the wise folks at Phil & Ted’s have found a way to make packing tons of stuff a total breeze.   Phil & Ted’s new Universal Travel Bag is designed to protect and carry all of the baby’s essentials (and then some). First and foremost, it’s a stroller bag. Because of its unique wrap design, this bag is adaptable to almost any stroller you want to pack. It’s...

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Store your stuff in a bean bag. Or is it a macaron bag?

It’s a clever storage container, a cozy chair, a toy, an ottoman…and it looks just like a giant French cookie. What’s not to love? The Storage Bean Bag from Mimish Designs combines almost everything we look for in furniture: hip design, a useful home organization tool, a cozy place to sit, an object that intrigues children to spark imaginative play…and, okay, the looks of a delicious macaron cookie. (Not to be confused with macaroon.) Available in 14 vibrant colors, each chair is made in the USA of microfiber and cotton, so it’s comfy, it’s filled with post-consumer recycled “beans”,...

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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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