Tag: organization

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

What is that pagoda of power in the photo? What’s even better than Pinterest? Where the heck is my iPhone? To answer these questions, we present some of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. If you’re in the market for a kid-friendly Android tablet, we’ve got four new ones you’ll want to check out. Or 5 if you count this new big NOOK! 2. Miss the instant fun of shaking an actual Polaroid picture? Click here and prepare to freak out. 3. What’s like Pinterest and Evernote but… better? It’s Springpad...

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Party perfection: raise the roof AND raise money for your fave nonprofits

Planning a kids’ party isn’t for the faint of heart, even though the end results (adorable cake-face photos! happy wee ones!) are always worth it.  Let’s face it: life is crazybusy. So I can totally see why more and more parents are turning to online party-planning services to lighten the load. But we’ve found one with a little extra do-gooding awesomeness to sweeten the deal. A few years back we discovered ECHOage, a site which helps you can organize a fete for your kiddo that directly benefits more than 120 nonprofits. They’ve evolved since then, with adorable invitations, and even...

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A stylish solution for storage needs

Finding storage solutions is one of our obsessions. I love buckets and bins, but I need them to be on budget and, just as important for me, not boring to look at. Chewing The Cud has solved both of those problems by creating these adorable fabric storage buckets that are modern, whimsical and easy on the wallet. You can choose from a variety of colors and patterns as well as different sizes. These buckets are perfect for for display, gift presentation and storage. I can already think of so many ways to use them around my house!                                   Use them...

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Custom embroidery on just about any kids’ gifts you can imagine

We all know that personalized items make a baby’s or kid’s gift ten times more special. While many of the big catalog stores offer custom embroidery, they’ll usually only personalize their own brand’s items–which is kind of limiting. So I’m so happy to find a shop that features some of our own favorite small brands, and allows you to personalize their items with a name. For ages we’ve loved companies like 3 Sprouts, Apple Park and Myself Belts. And now the site Makaboo features them as part of a smart selection of items, from loveys and baby gifts, to back-to-school gear, decor, and clothing. The...

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Great organization solutions now that September is here (sigh)

While spring may be best known for cleaning, for me, September is my big organization solution month. As the kids get back to school and we start falling into routines, I feel like if I don’t get organized now, I’ll never catch up. I went through our archives to put together just a few of my favorite products, tips and ideas to help you get ahead of curve. If you’re like me, you’ll need it. GENERAL ORGANIZATION A dry erase board (at top) can work wonders, and I love this modern wall decal version at Wall Pops designed by Jonathan Adler....

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DIY silhouette storage organization tutorial that makes organization pretty!

Considering how well the drawer organization stickers we found have been working for my kids, I thought it might be cool to try some new storage organization around our house thanks to a little inspiration from this tutorial at See Jane Work. Now I’m not exactly the craftiest mom on the block, but even I think I could make these DIY silhouette storage boxes  which would be an awesome addition to our family room. Unfortunately, as much as I try to organize our bins by category, without labels they end up becoming a jumbled mess by the end of the week. ...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Here’s just 5 of the pins we’ve loved this week. Silver wellies for kids that will brighten any rainy day this fall. A super helpful list of the best organizational sites and gadgets for parents. A Miu Miu bag we want so so badly. Soooo badly. (Have we made that clear?) A DIY composition book cover tutorial right in time for the school year to begin. Free DIY printable recipe cards–pretty ones,...

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WhyTripIt is keeping me sane when I travel

Exactly a year ago I discovered the genius that is TripIt, a super simple organization and travel management app for pretty much any smartphone you’ve got. And we’re talking simple. If you’re a frequent traveler like I am, it is nothing less than a lifesaver. Including right now this very second–in fact, I’m waving hi to all of you from sunny Copenhagen. Hej! Here, I’m going to show you how I’ve been using it this week so far to keep me from going insane, and just why I love it so much. It’s also why I’ve been so happy...

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Poketo for Target – Back to school shopping gets cooler and more affordable

When the first Poketo for Target collection hit stores, I snatched up a few awesome pieces before it was too late. And so you can bet I’m ready to track down their newest Target collection, ready for the picking starting now.   Poketo’s 2012 Target collection is perfect for the back to school season, with a series of modern, functional date planners, desktop calendars, and wall calendars from artists Betsy Walton, Joe Rogers, and Katharina Leuzinger. And I just love that buying these items supports smaller artists who might not otherwise see their work available to the masses.  I’ve already...

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A little bit of back to school calendar organization brilliance

It only took my husband a good three months to install our large wall calendar system in the kitchen. And I won’t even tell you how much it cost. Ouch. Too bad I didn’t know about Wall Pops, whose awesome wall decals we featured in our back to school shopping guide, and would have saved me a whole lot of time and money.   If you’re not familiar with the Wall Pops wall decal calendar sets, then allow me to introduce you to their awesomeness. These pretty decals are actually dry-erase calendars that are stuck to your wall–kitchen, office,...

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Get ready for back to school with Cool Mom Tech

These days, there’s just no way we could head back to school without a little (okay, a lot of) help from technology. That’s why we’ve put together our second annual Cool Mom Tech Back to School Guide, which launched this week. You’ll find tons of stylish, practical things to help keep you organized all school year long, plus awesome gadgets and gear for your little and big kids. First up, the 5 coolest laptop backpacks for big kids that you might want to snatch up for yourself. And don’t miss our helpful round-up of the best back to school apps...

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This book belongs to…

With school starting soon–or for some it’s already started–books are being bought and soon, books will be lost. There’s nothing like a “this book belongs to…” label to make sure that the rightful owner remains the rightful owner. Especially when that rightful owner is your own child. You can find the cutest (and I mean cutest) personalized book labels at TinyMe.com, the same website with those great Olympics printables we loved.  With more than 50 different styles and lots of colors to choose from for each style, the possibilities are endless. And fun.                                This vintage style, also seen...

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Because every kid’s a winner when you’re the mother

A few years ago we fell in love with the MomAgenda School Year Journals, so much so that I raved about them everywhere, from my own kids’ classes to the TODAY show (where I also confessed my inability to maintain even a baby book). So I thought it was so clever to discover that this year they’ve come up with a new version, just for you parents of athletes and athletes-to-be.   The Sports Years Memory Journal has 14 folders for storing those rosters, certificates and other mementos, from a pre-k soccer club, through Varsity anything. On each one,...

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A Truffle you’ll love, without all the calories

Lately, my handbag has become a bottomless pit, full of everything from loose business cards to computer cords and bottles of milk and lip gloss. And my idea of using old make-up bags to keep everything separate was brilliant until I couldn’t remember what I had put in each one.  But now thanks to these beautiful see-through pouches, I can find everything I need, without having to unzip or rifle.  {Don’t miss the exclusive limited-time discount after the jump!} The Truffle No 1 clarity pouch is a busy mom’s dream, with a sturdy waxed cotton canvas trim, clip zipper,...

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Are we freaking there yet?

Are we there yet? It’s one of those perpetual jokes paid forward by each generation. You’re going to torture your parents? That’s fine. One day, your kids will torture you in turn. And that day is now. And even your noise-canceling headphones and some yodeling Gotye can’t stop it. But at least you can enjoy the freaking ride in style, right? It’s kind of amazing, how much one pretty luggage tag can affect one’s mood while traveling. I know that when I see the little mod pear dangling off my blue rolling suitcase on the conveyor belt after a...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as much as we are? Here are 5 pins we loved this week 1. Gorgeous leather cuffs that can go from summer to fall and beyond. 2. One of our favorite retro kids’ books turns out to be one of our readers’ favorites too. 3. Yummy herbal teas made just for kids make extra yummy iced tea for them when you want a break from juices and sugary drinks. 4. A cool way to keep your desk beautifully tidy. 5. Hilarious merit badges made just for moms. Are you following Cool Mom Picks on Pinterest? We’d love...

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A cool passport holder – you won’t believe what it’s made out of.

Not everyone gets excited about cool passport holders. But I do. While I’m not the most organized of people in my normal, day-to-day life, I turn into an organizational queen when my family travels, so I’m always on the lookout for organizational tools so amazing, I might actually get to relax a little. All the better if said tools are upcycled and totally gorgeous. Poketo’s Upcycled Leather Passport Holders will do the job quite nicely. These sleek cases are handmade entirely from leather of vintage sofas. Cool right? The results are textured collages, and no two are the same. Kind of a...

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

The summer’s getting hotter, and so is tech! In case you missed them, here are a few of our favorite picks from Cool Mom Tech the last week. 1. We love this adorable gift for babies of tech fans. 2. This super gorgeous lomo camera will wow everyone at the cocktail party. (Pinterest is going nuts for it!) 3. One of our favorite productivity apps finally comes to Android. And it’s free. 4. Our inner crafting are squealing over Martha Stewart’s new crafting app— hurry and grab it while it’s still free for a very limited time!. 5. Spruce...

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Kids’ name labels get the chevron touch

We love chevrons around here–on everything from baby blankets and hats to birthday favor bags and onesies. Their cool, retro School House Rock vibe somehow translates into the perfect pattern for modern kids. So the name labels from Namemaker, for things like water bottles, sippy cups, and containers, are right up our chevon-loving alley. Even better that these are stickers with serious substance. They’re made with a special durable polyester that renders them totally waterproof–even in the dishwasher, which is a huge plus. You can have up to three lines of text if you so choose, and, even though the stickers are durable,...

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The Serenity Star is here, and every new parent’s dream has been answered.

Let me tell you a little about why I’m in love with the Serenity Star: when our daughter was first born, we were– like all parents of newborns– suddenly ruled by sleep and eating schedules. It was exhausting and stressful, made even more so because she came five weeks early. I know my story isn’t unique. Which is why I think this just-released baby product from Aden + Anais is about to be the new must-have baby product of the year. I so wish the very brand new Serenity Star had been around when I was a new mom…...

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