Back-to-school season is in full swing, some of us just starting this week and others already a month in. But however long your kids have been in school this year, you know how hard it can be to adjust to the new schedule — homework, activities, volunteering — the list goes on. So we’re excited to be teaming up with Staples for a fun Twitter Social to talk about getting into the back-to-school groove and we hope you’ll be there too! Join us on Thursday, September 10, 9pm ET sharp to chat with our editors Liz and Kristen, a few of...Read More
As busy mamas, we admit we don’t always find the time to shop for ourselves. As we’ve heard more and more about Stitch Fix from friends posting photos of themselves in cute outfits from the online shopping service on social media, we’ve grown intrigued. We also had heard some controversy about the style choices, the return policies, and the mark-ups on the items they send, so we wondered whether paying fees for a service like Stitch Fix is worth it. So we thought it would be helpful for our readers to have two of our editors, each with different tastes and different lifestyles, try it out for...Read More
Do you know how much the average parent spends on back to school shopping? Let’s just say, a lot. We love supporting smaller indie brands, and finding the cool school supplies out there that helps make this time of year a little more fun — but we also love a great bargain. Which is why we are beyond happy to be working with our sponsor Ebates, which is now helping us all do both. From July 21 to August 3, when you sign in with your Ebates account, you get double cash back from tons of online retailers you may be shopping anyway, like Old...Read More
One of my favorite go-to blogs for design inspiration, whether it’s a fun kids’ bedroom, an unexpected party theme, or a cool DIY project is Oh Happy Day. Jordan’s impeccable taste and fun use of color just makes me, well, happy. And now that I’m hitting birthday party season in my family — we’ve got four in the next couple months, eep! — I’ll be shopping at her brand new Oh Happy Day party store online. It’s chock full of beautifully curated party supplies from around the world. You can find everything you need for your party here, well, except the cake. (Though we wouldn’t...Read More
It’s probably no surprise that I have a penchant for shopping, but for about the last six months in particular, I’ve actually been trying to cut back, seeing as how we’ve now got braces, and summer camp, and hopefully a family vacation to save for. I’m not an overspender, but I admit I do make the extra trip to Starbucks for a coffee when I could easily just make a cup at home (there’s value in getting out of the house when you work at home a lot); and I do have a hard time passing up a hot pair of platform sandals...Read More
I’ll be honest that after having four kids, I wasn’t sure I’d ever be adding skinny jeans to my wardrobe. While I eventually lost the baby weight (well, most of it anyway), the extra skin made me feel self-conscious. But with some careful shopping and lots of trial and error, I feel like I’ve at last mastered the art of wearing skinny jeans as a not-anywhere-near-size-2 woman. To show that you can do it too, I’m thrilled (like, super thrilled) to welcome AYR as our newest sponsor. They’re a really smart company that was founded to offer perfect fitting jeans, along with versatile, high quality...Read More
Next up in our series of #UnguiltyPleasures (you did catch us confessing all our binge watching secrets, right?) is online shopping. And yes, that’s probably kind of obvious considering what we do here at Cool Mom Picks. But we just love how little treats for yourself can go a long way toward making you feel fantastic, and those small indulgences are something far too many women feel guilty about. Sometimes we moms do get to put ourselves first, right? Helping us share our next #UnguiltyPleasures video with you is our sponsor Kindle Love Stories, a thriving online community where you can purchase recommended romance reads in...Read More
Go ahead, spring. Rain on my parade. There are so many chic women’s rain boots available nowadays that I’d be happy to slosh around in puddles from now until… well, maybe just May. Stylish rain boots may elevate my wet-weather ensemble, but my hair will still be a frizzy mess. Although if my shoes make a big enough statement — and any of the ten rain boots below certainly would — maybe nobody will be looking at my hair. Plenty of these are investment rain boots, but unless you’re living in the Pacific Northwest and wearing them 200+ days a...Read More
We recently alerted you to the upcoming launch of Bezar, a new members-only marketplace from Bradford Shelhamer, one of the original founders of Fab. We knew we’d be able to expect the same phenomenal design sense, curation and discovery that we’ve come to know and love from him, and checking out the Bezar site launch today, it does not disappoint. Because this is a member’s only site, use our invitation link for immediate access right now to some wonderful designers who will be gone in a few days, along with some cool pop-up shops that will last a bit longer. You’ll notice there’s definitely...Read More
Well no sooner did Fab co-founder Bradford Shelhammer move onto new ventures, he announced the launch of Bezar, a new members-only site that will feature the same gorgeous products, emerging designers, and great prices that helped put Fab on the map. He has always has amazing taste, and I’m so excited about this new site. Update April, 2017: Bezar is sadly no longer online. For great design, we highly recommend Fab, Gilt Home, RueLaLa Home, Haute Look Home and Chairish, all also accessible through our exclusive invitation codes A quick look at the teaser homepage and I see brands we already...Read More
I’m not surprised that Mavenhaus Collective instantly turned me into a fan before I was even off the homepage, especially considering it was created in part by our friend, Pinterest tastemaker extraordinaire Traci French of Blissful Blog, along with equally desing-passionate sister, Tara Schlosser. The site features limited-edition designs from amazing designers who specialize in women’s fashion. In other words, if you see something you love, grab it now or forever hold your peace. I could link to my favorite items, but with no more than 50 of each–and often fewer–who knows if they will still be there by the time you get to...Read More
Maybe you’ve been there, too–out holiday shopping or enjoying a lovely family day when your kid hops out of the stroller and down it goes. Thanks, overstuffed stroller bag! There is a chance that tipped strollers could be a thing of the past with SureShop, a new stroller bag designed to keep your baby’s vehicle upright no matter the cargo. This reusable shopping bag connects to the back and sides of your stroller with a simple clip. It redistributes weight up to ten pounds on each side of the stroller, keeping it standing. I really like the handle pocket that holds the bag straps in place on an umbrella...Read More
We’re always looking for ways to save time and money grocery shopping, especially during the holiday season when we’re all feeling stretched thinner than usual in every way. We’re spending more on holiday gifts and family travel, and even on household groceries for all those relatives coming to visit. Some longer than others. (Just kidding, we love you relatives! All of you.) Because every minute and every penny counts for us these days, we’re really happy to be working with our newest sponsor hiku, a very cool new gadget and app combo designed to streamline your grocery shopping list and save you tons of time. Let’s just...Read More
As much as we love online shopping (and yes, we loooove it), shopping in person is satisfying in its own way. It can even save you money this time of year. In fact, I know first-hand (ahem) how tempting it can be to click and click on all the pretty things and suddenly you’ve spent way more than you ever intended. That’s why we’re happy to be working with our newest sponsor Flipp, a completely free app which is one great way to save money shopping in stores–and save time, too. In fact, it was a Cool Mom Tech pick when we discovered it earlier this...Read More
The best local chocolatiers around the USA: The most delicious way to support Small Business Saturday
Every year, we are huge supporters of Small Business Saturday, ever since the first grassroots effort. You can look back through our archives for our writers’ favorite small businesses from Brooklyn to Albuquerque but this year we wanted to point out another way to support small businesses today while tearing through your holiday lists: Local chocolate gifts. Independent chocolatiers are some of my favorite small businesses to support any time of year, because fresh local ingredients combined with regional flavors and packaging means treats you just can’t find anywhere else. And whether you want to send a special gift or have something delicious...Read More
If you’re looking for the best Black Friday Deals from retailers both big and small (you know, the ones who can’t afford to buy huge ads) we have the biggest and best deals and discount codes here. Plus, we’ll be updating it with new Black Friday sale info as the day goes on, so keep checking back and follow us on Twitter (what, you’re not already?) to keep up as well. Also, don’t forget we have tons of great discount codes from small businesses in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, all good through the end of the year. Happy holiday shopping! And...Read More
Web coolness: Amazing Thanksgiving recipes, Anna and Elsa have a new career, and celebrities doing an awesome thing.
Here are our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you like them too. The Thanksgiving countdown begins! Check out the most amazing recipes for mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, fall salads, and perfect pies. 6 cute Thanksgiving treats for the kids. New York’s top food writers debate pie crusts. A sneak peek of the new Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade floats. 7 easy holiday place setting ideas. Common Sense Media’s Best and worst pop culture moments of 2014. New to our indie shop: I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry print. We need this. Often. New study: Mothers may be...Read More
It used to be that you couldn’t find funny reusable grocery bags. Back when we started seeing them blow up for the first time, if anything at all was printed on them, it was usually some chest-beating statement about how super eco-friendly you are–pretty obvious considering you’re carrying a reusable grocery bag. Also, is a message on a bag really going to shame people into changing their habits? Eh, probably not. Well, now we’re seeing more and more reusable grocery bag that are less preachy, and more downright funny. Here, 10 of the funniest ones I’ve found that will give you (and your fellow shoppers) a giggle while you...Read More
I realize that kale does not need any more positive publicity these days, but now it’s not only super healthy and delicious (mostly, anyway) but it’s funny too, thanks to this reusable grocery tote bag at West Elm. Especially perfect for those of us currently suffering Halloween candy hangovers. I’m a total sucker for a little word play so when I saw the Oh Kale Yeah! market tote bag I let out a hearty chuckle, and my guess is anyone who sees you carrying it at your local food co-op will too. Made from 100% cotton canvas, it’s perfect for carrying your...Read More
Web Coolness: An amazing shopping deal, the coolest kids’ tees of the year, and John Malkovich doing what?
Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too. Have you shopped our favorite indie fashion + accessories lately? Do it now while global shipping is free! How parent entrepreneurs are revolutionizing school lunches. There are a lot of amazing women out there. A lot. Interesting take on why the Ice Bucket Challenge was so successful. In honor of Banned Books Week – How many subversive books do your kids own? Fantastic post. The coolest STEM tees for kids. Because kids who love STEM are cool anyway. Our friends at MOUTH.com add Food & Wine selects....Read More
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