featured partner If you’re like us, then you’re already swimming in holiday to-do lists. With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah running right into December, we’re feeling a little behind. Or actually a lot. And so, we look for holiday shopping tips and lists to help us out. But as much as we love pre-made lists, they’re definitely not one-type fits all, which means we use them for a few days and then often end up ditching them. You too? That’s why we’re so excited to tell you about our new collaboration with Springpad, who we’ve loved even before they became one...Read More
Featured Partner If you’re looking for a way to put a personal touch on your Christmas or Hanukkah celebrations this winter, we were surprised to learn that our latest sponsor, Zazzle (yay, Zazzle!), has really upped their game this year. In a big way. There’s a huge new selection of everything related to holiday cards–from stationery to return labels and even custom postage stamps–plus amazing custom gift ideas. We were really surprised ourselves to see what the site has become, and think it will be a great, affordable resource for our readers this year. We discovered they have millions (literally) of...Read More
Featured Partner We all hope you’ll get out tomorrow (yes, tomorrow! Saturday Nov 9.) to support Neighborhood Toy Store Day, and find something on your holiday list right from your local businesses. Especially considering how much money that helps put right back into your own community. Plus we always love the personal help from shopkeepers who get to know our kids as they grow. If there was ever a shopping day of the year that grabbed our hearts it’s this one. On behalf of our wonderful sponsor ASTRA, the association for all the American specialty toy retailers, as in past...Read More
Need a Halloween costume and don’t want to get stuck with the last Sexy Teletubby costume at the store? The good news is that with a little DIY cleverness, you might find the answer in your own closet. Or, we have an extra easy idea courtesy of a partnership between Rent the Runway and Etsy. But you have to act fast! In addition to getting designer dresses at a fraction of the cost, Rent the Runway just launched amazing, curated costume ideas using their available dresses– genius. Each costume includes a dress you can rent, and then you can check...Read More
On my now frequent visits to Manhattan, I’ve become smitten with many adorable kids’ boutiques that I’m unable to share with you (boo!) since they don’t yet have online stores. But that’s not the case with this lovely shop, which just launched a new online shop full of some of my favorite brands for kids (and some new-to-me discoveries). Amechan Bubbles Set Originally a Lower East Side dress shop founded by style maven Ashley Hanosh, Honey in the Rough now caters specifically to parents with well-curated high-end gifts and goodies for that special little one, plus cool stuff for...Read More
featured partner Hi, I’m Liz and I’m a CVS addict. It’s been a long slow build, only made worse–or better?–with the establishment of a brand new CVS in a charming old building a mere two block’s walk from my home. Danger! Danger! Now, I’ve become That Mom who gets all excited when I pay, waiting to see if my receipt is one of those 8-foot long deals with a zillion ExtraCare rewards printed all over it. Seriously. [Visit the CVS Extra Care Adventure video series to learn more about saving money at CVS doing the things you already do.] One of the things...Read More
Because I have a thing for typographical art, I’m geeking out over the typography shop online at Fab right now. There’s so much cool stuff to see right now, from prints of the litograph book shirts we recently featured, to lots of cool tees and artwork. But the thing that really grabbed my eye is this You Can Do A Lot In A Day embroidery hoop art. Not to play too much into the whole “women can do it all” thing that drives us all crazy–but at least for me, it’s a nice reminder that if I spend a little less time...Read More
As if they didn’t already fit the bill for most everything, J Crew has gone baby. It’s almost hard to believe that this is a new line, but yes, now J Crew Baby is here, meaning your tiniest members of the family can be groomed from day one to start craving cute cardigans and classics with a twist. It begins with the basics which they are notorious for. The new baby collection features totally adorable onesies, baby hats in a dozen colors, pants and leggings, baby shoes and baby booties, bibs and more. There are wearable solids and easy stripes and dots–even graphic prints...Read More
For some reason, finding cool eyewear at decent prices is one of the great impossibilities of our time. Sure, you can clip coupons for the discount optometrist in the mall, but you’ll never find affordable, straight-from-Paris frames or those to-die-for vintage shades. That’s why we’re such big fans of this online company with seriously sweet eyewear and a mission we love. The philosophy behind Ivory + Mason is similar to so many other products that give back, most notably Warby Parker. You get gorgeous eyewear, fair prices, and for every pair of frames you buy, they’ll give a pair to a...Read More
You could say a few of us here have become quite the evangelists for Rent the Runway. After seeing Kristen strut her stuff on a Las Vegas business trip in two gorgeous designer dresses, I tried it myself for an event this past spring, and fell in love with the clothes, the service, the style–everything. So I’m glad even more women will get to reap the benefits with the addition of their brand new plus size line. Rent the Runway Plus is so awesome for women sizes 14-22 who feel more Badgley-Mischka than Lane Bryant. In fact, they happen...Read More
We always love websites with gifts that give back, and now there’s another one that’s not just all about do-gooding, but selling truly fabulous products. Let’s just say you’re not going to have to click all that much to find something you want to add to your wishlist. Given Goods Company offers accessories, home goods, and all kinds of gifts that are amazingly well curated. Don’t expect a world of big beaded necklaces here (not that they can’t be great too), but the kinds of items you’d find in a favorite local boutique. Toggle over the little blue G icon,...Read More
featured partner If you’re looking for a list of the Best Toys for Kids, we’ve found a great one featuring tons of the smaller brands we love, curated by the indie retailers who actually sell them and interact with parents and other customers day to day. In fact, I’m really excited to be working with ASTRA, the American Specialty Toy Retailers Association, which is the nonprofit that supports those community retailers, bookstores, and smaller children’s toy brands. I’ve always had a heart for mom-and-pop stores that are such an important part of their communities, like the toy shop 3...Read More
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...Read More
Browsing through Fab today (we can’t stay away), we found out you’ve still got until tomorrow to snatch up eco-conscious, high-end baby furniture and stylish crib bedding from Argington during this flash sale. And even if you’re not in the market, there’s some sweet news at Fab today for all their members. Whatever you’re in the market for, Fab.com just announced a fab new Smile Guarantee, which means you get free shipping for items over $49 or those that take more than five days to ship. Returns are now free within 30 days (whoo!), and they’ll even offer price...Read More
One of our favorite annual traditions is shopping for a cool new backpack with our big kids to get them excited for the school year. With any luck, these picks should last you beyond a year–or at least give a second kid some joy with a gently used backpack next September. We’ve found cool backpack ideas for grade schoolers through early teens. Also: Good luck getting a say in choosing things, the older your kids get. You’ve been warned. Stars and Stripes Bag with 1967 Label ($55 at Jansport) Fur Zebra backpack (PB Teen, $79) MadPax Blok Pak (Kitsel,...Read More
We are so excited to bring you our annual back to school shopping guide, all fresh and fun for 2013. What’s the fun of going back to school–making lunches every morning? No! It’s finding your kids’ first new backpacks. That’s why we’re starting out with 11 of the best preschool backpacks, for all kinds of tastes in all kinds of price ranges. And hey–kindergarteners might like them a whole lot too. Shark Backpack in silver (Pkolino, $54.99) Panda Zoopack (Skip*Hop, $20) Kitty Personalized Backpack (Pottery Barn Kids, $34.50) MadPax Bubble Half-Pack (Madpax, $48) Milkdot Topkat Backpack (Milkdot, $40) Retro...Read More
Well parents, your retail desires have been granted. Or at least one of mine has. Because it’s official: H&M is now selling clothes online. Whoo! Following in the 2011 footsteps of Zara online, I am so happy to find H&M online now up and running starting today. It’s always been one of my favorite options for affordable, European-styled clothes and they happen to offer very cute kids wear too. Some of my kids’ favorite tees and little summer dresses are from H&M. The only problem is, not every store near me has a children’s department. And that’s New York...Read More
The idea of a service that let’s you order bras online with “virtual” fitters–well, call me a skeptic. A big skeptic. Until I found this brilliant (seriously) service that…wow. This is not like any online bra shop I’ve ever seen. True & Co is like having a personal lingerie shopper at your service, without the indignity of her feeling you up in the fluorescent-lit dressing room. You just answer a few very specific, multiple choice questions about the fit of your bra: Things like how the bra straps fit, the shape of your breasts, which hook on your bra...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite picks from this week just in case you missed them. 1. A helpful round-up of the safest search engines for kids. 2. Meal planning just got a whole lot more awesome with this free app. 3. Here’s a fabulous, free way to snazz up your laptop or iPad. 4. A new site for finding family-friendly movie recommendations. Check here before you rent or stream anything. 5. Shop tech for much less with this fabulous new service. Join...Read More
Since we’re unabashed Pinterest fans, we were excited when we got an invitation to try out a new social shopping and curation site called Luvocracy. It feels a lot like Pinterest, only you can purchase the items directly from the site, all curated by some amazing tastemakers, like Joyce Cho of Oh Joy, Jamie Derringer of Design Milk, and now… Cool Mom Picks! If you click around it’s not too hard to get a sense of it. Basically you’re curating a shop made of various “collections” – in our case, style, cool kids + baby clothes, awesome jewelry, fabulous...Read More
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