I’m always open to finding new ways for my family to make eco-conscious choices with our daily habits. But, truthfully, if they’re too complicated we don’t follow through. That said, an easy switch I’ve made recently is to keep a couple of Dert reusable shopping bags in my handbag, thanks to press samples I got to try out. And I love them! Whenever I check out at a store, I decline their shopping bag and use my reusable bags instead. Hey, look at me saving the planet a little bit. Bonus: the totes become adorable stuffed animals when stuffed in their...Read More
I like to keep things simple when it comes to shopping for beauty products, but I have to admit that it’s far from easy. I want high-quality, conscientious beauty products and I want them inexpensive. (A big ask, right?) That’s why I was intrigued to order a few items from the new online concept store Brandless on my own dime and see if their beauty products are everything I hoped they’d be. This just-launched online grocery store was co-founded by former BabyCenter Chairman, entrepreneur and friend of CMP Tina Sharkey, who seeks to reinvent shopping for household essentials. Related: 3 of...Read More
We love when big brands put energy toward doing good, especially when it positively impacts the lives of children. That’s why we’re so pleased to be teaming up with JCPenney, to help spread the word about their wonderful new Pair Up program and just in time for back-to-school season, we really hope you’ll check it out. Essentially JCPenney and the Y are partnering to help get clothing basics, like socks and underwear, out to underserved kids across the country. The *stats from a national survey are pretty sobering: -Nearly half of all US kid are considered low-income. – 40% of...Read More
We’ve been keeping our eyes on hot shoe trends lately (it’s hard work, but someone has to do it) and we’ve noticed a new look coming out of the Mediterranean that we’re completely obsessed with: tassel, lace-up, blinged-out boho sandals. These shoes are so fun, and the best part? They’re a hot summer fashion trend anyone can pull off. If you’re looking for a way to add some big personality to your summer style, check out these five boho sandals we’ve picked as our favorites. For each shop, click through and look around at all their styles. They’re all handmade, so each pair is...Read More
We are always on the lookout for tips and tricks to help us save money when we’re at the supermarket. Because really, who wouldn’t love to save a few bucks (or uh, a lot of bucks) on groceries? We all know about coupons and price comparing. But there are plenty of budget-conscious choices you can make while you’re shopping that you may not know. In fact, that’s something our sponsor ShopKick is all about. The free, super popular shopping rewards app just launched a brand new grocery feature that can help you earn free gift cards just for shopping at your local grocery store for the items...Read More
As you might already know if you read our site regularly, we’re suckers for Facebook ads, which is why you see our reviews of everything from THINX period underwear to Bombas socks, even those Like A Glove leggings that help you buy jeans that fit you. These ads pop up in our Facebook feed and we just can’t stop ourselves. But hey, you get the reap the benefits of me being a guinea pig because we share the honest scoop on these popular products. That’s why we decided to start a new feature here called, “Damn you, Facebook ads.” First up, the True & Co....Read More
We’ve featured lots of supermarket shopping tips here because who doesn’t love to say a little money? But here’s a tip for one our favorite grocery stores that you might not know about, and it just so happens to be at one of our favorite grocery stores, Trader Joe’s. Now, you might be thinking it’s their generous return policy, which yes, is so, so awesome, but nope, that’s not it! This little-known trick would will actually save you time and money, before you even leave the store. And if you don’t shop at Trader Joe’s, keep your eye out on...Read More
If you’re looking for some of the best Cyber Monday shopping deals and discounts around the web today, we’ve we’ve put together only the biggest and best (sorry, get $1 off purchases of $100 — no room for you here) all from our favorite shops! We’ll continue to update the post with new deals all day long, so be sure to check back, and follow us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting ones you don’t see here. And don’t forget to check out our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for even more gift ideas featuring indie designers and small businesses. There are some great discounts in...Read More
We love supporting our favorite small businesses every day of course, but to encourage you to make the most of Small Business Saturday, so many of them have offered up the best shopping deals and discounts today. We’ve rounded up more than 75 of them for you right here and we’ll even keep updating the post as more roll in — and be sure to follow us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting them all day. What’s more, be sure to shop our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for even more gift ideas from indie designers and small businesses, lots of which include their own discount codes too....Read More
If you’re looking for some of the best Black Friday shopping deals and discounts around the web, we’ve rounded them up for you right here, along with the best Black Friday tech deals over on Cool Mom Tech. We’ll continue to update the post with sales all day (and weekend) long, so be sure to check back. And you definitely want to follow us on Twitter where we’ll be sharing great ones as they come up. We’re happy to support a lot of these businesses, indie makers, and brands, which can always use a boost this time of year. So, happy shopping —...Read More
Freshly Picked Marketplace: The new indie marketplace you need to bookmark for your holiday shopping
When Kristen and Liz started Cool Mom Picks, their desire was to highlight cool, indie shops that make innovative products with fresh ideas for kids and families. A decade later, that’s still our driving passion, and the chic handmade baby moccasins at Freshly Picked is one of our favorite indie shops to recommend for baby gifts. We’ve always loved Susan Petersen’s eye for style, and now she’s using that to highlight other small businesses too, with the Freshly Picked Marketplace. This online community is a hub of small shops curated by Susan, and when I browsed through the site I immediately added gifts from each one to my holiday shopping...Read More
Savitude lets you shop based on body type, so every woman can feel her most beautiful | Sponsored Message
This is a sponsored message from Savitude If you’ve ever struggled to find stylish, quality work clothes — let alone the time to buy them — the new Savitude app and Savitude website are about to make it easier than ever. Especially if you’re switching careers, returning to work post-baby, or just trying to update your wardrobe for the new season without spending time you don’t have. What makes Savitude different is a clever “shape-driven” shopping experience that helps you build a personalized, curated list of clothing options that’s just perfect for your own body type and tastes, thanks to combo of expert guidance and smart technology....Read More
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too! Candy rainbow party platter! Yes, please. Everything you need to know about Pokemon Go before you let your kids play. How are they still making these shirts for little boys? C’mon now, Forever 21. A mom filmed her own c-section birth. Whoa. Win $1000 worth of cool eco-friendly baby gear! Get your kids in the kitchen with these 5 awesome cookbooks just for kids. Our friends at Tattly turned 5. Save 50% off your Tattly order with TATTLYTURNS5,...Read More
This post presented in partnership with Target If you’re not a total Target addict like I am (seriously, my daughter and I spent a good two hours in their Brooklyn store yesterday and I have the biceps to show for it), you may not be aware that they just kicked off their Deal Days of Summer Sale. Let’s just say…huge. Discounted items are even more discounted. And if you happen to have the Cartwheel app, which saved me a sweet 20% off the sheets I was buying anyway, then even better. Each day from now through July 4, you’ll find a different deal on home goods,...Read More
If you see cool stuff on Instagram that you need to buy (or, if you’re like us, really, really want to buy), now you can, Thanks to LikeToKnow.It. This cool service lets you shop lots of the great stuff you discover right from our Cool Mom Picks Instagram feed with just a couple of clicks — and (bonus!) you help support our site when you do. Signing up is easy! Simply head over to LikeToKnow.It and register — it’s free. Then, when you see a photo in our Instagram feed with a LikeToKnow.It link and #Liketkit hashtag, simply like the photo, and in just...Read More
If you’re thinking Mother’s Day gifts, well you’ve come to the right place. We’re so happy to present our 10th (or 11th? We’re losing track!) annual Mother’s Day gift guide, featuring all kinds of gifts for all kinds of moms in our lives. Whether you’re looking for a super special affordable keepsake jewelry for your own mother, something totally custom and totally fabulous, a Mother’s Day gift for grandma that will become the next family heirloom, an affordable thought that counts in a special Mother’s Day gift idea under $25, or one of 18 cool homemade Mother’s Day gifts from the kids, we’re rolling...Read More
It’s just four days until Christmas and even the procrastinators are sweating. Yes, we are talking about our ourselves. Since we don’t think we are alone in the holiday hustle, we’ve been scouring the web to find out the shipping deadlines of some of our favorite stores. Not only is there time (okay, maybe a day or so), but there are tons of cool deals going on, many of which include free shipping. It’s like we’re being rewarded for our procrastination. Hope this helps you as you search for that perfect gift. CMP is an rstyle affiliate AMAZON: Order by 12/22 for two-day...Read More
As busy parent with Christmas right around the corner (ten days as of today, to be exact), I am thankful for places that make it easy to get all the last-minute stuff that I forgot to get but really, really need, in one handy place, like our sponsor CVS. Who you may know we’re kind of obsessed with around here. (Those ExtraCare Rewards receipts cannot be long enough for us.) Last month I shared my list of last-minute Thanksgiving essentials and now that I’ve blinked, and it’s time to get ready for Christmas, wow, they’ve got the place stocked with lots of stuff you need...Read More
This is a sponsored message for Totspot. Whether you’re looking to add to your own wardrobe on a budget, shop for your kids, or just clean out your closets to make some extra cash for the holidays, Totspot lets you do all of that with just a couple of clicks on your smartphone. Don’t miss the special offer below! Download the free Totspot app for iOS or Android, then shop for gently used items for everyone in your family. Choose from popular kids’ designers like Boden, CrewCuts, and Tea Collection, plus brands grown-ups love including Michael Kors, Tory Burch, and Kate Spade. With Totspot, you...Read More
The best of the Cyber Monday Deals: More than 80 amazing deals from our favorite shops, big and small
Okay, let’s be honest. Cyber Monday deals are kind of like Black Friday deals, since now all the great shopping deals are available online anyway, and even last more than a day or two. Not that we’re complaining. So we’ve put together the best of the Cyber Monday deals for you, including some terrific deals leftover from Black Friday as well as some awesome new discounts and deals just for today. Be sure to take an extra good look at the discounts that support smaller businesses and indie shops. Though hey, we love getting our hands on some snazzy designer items, beauty products, and...Read More
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