Tag: shopping

70% off the cool gifts you know you want anyway

We’re always sad when we see the small businesses we love come and go, but the one silver lining are the sales for their customers. And this one happens to be a great shop with a really great sale.     For years, Spoon Sisters, has been one of our favorite destination for clever little gifts, stocking stuffers (stock up now!), and fun doodads, from alphabet cookie cutters to tattoos for your Converse shoes. And now, everything in the shop is 70% off. Just a few of my favorite picks right now: Scrabble Letter mugs, from $11 to $3.30 Kids’ birthday tees,...

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BRIKA is more than another flash sale site. It’s less–in a good way.

While overall, I admit I’m growing a little weary of all the membership-only shopping sites (and the subsequent eight million “OUR SALE IS STARTING!” alerts in my inbox each day), there is a new one I’m excited about. I love its focus on artistry, creativity and the kind of talented designers that we always get excited about when we discover them on Etsy. The new site BRIKA seems to me a bit like a cross between Fab, Uncovet and Joyus. It’s a rather minimalist site–all about beautiful items from artists and small brands you get to learn a little...

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Is an American Express Platinum Card really worth it? Here’s the scoop.

I am a frequent business traveler, an entertainment junkie (jazz hands!) and a big fan of not cooking on special occasions when a great restaurant can do it for me. That’s why I’ve been an American Express Platinum holder for a long time. I know, I know, it sounds totally fancy. But for me, it’s always paid for itself; I have heard the Platinum Card referred to as a “benefits card” and not a charge card, which seems pretty apt. And since becoming a parent, I’ve realized there are a ton of benefits just for families–like an upcoming special...

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Hooray, at last! The only Holiday Gift Guide you’ll need: ours!

It’s holiday time! And around here, that means our editors have been burning the midnight oil to bring you our 6th annual Holiday Gift Guide featuring more than 150 (!) truly inspired gifts for all the special people in your lives–plenty from the small shops and indie businesses that we love to support this time of year.  {Don’t miss the amazing $1800 giveaway after the jump!} You’ll find everything from the sweetest baby’s first Christmas gifts to beautiful Hanukkah keepsakes, as well as the coolest presents for hard-to-shop-for dads, grandparents, nieces and nephews, movie buffs, foodies, fans of a...

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Small Business Saturday deals: some of our very favorite kinds of deals

We’re all about supporting small businesses here at Cool Mom Picks, so as you might guess, Small Business Saturday is one of our favorite days! Even though we already rounded up some of the best Black Friday deals from lots of our favorite indie-owned small bizzes yesterday, many of which extend through the weekend (so be sure to check!), we found a few more great deals in honor of Small Business Saturday that we wanted to share with you.  And, just a note of thanks to you, as we’re a small business ourselves. Thank you so much for your...

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Small Business Saturday: Shop small, save big. What’s not to love?

We’ve been proud supporters of Small Business Saturday since it began in 2010, and we’re so happy to see it take off in a big way. (Pun intended.) Then again, are you surprised? Every day is pretty much small business day at Cool Mom Picks. However this year, there’s one more added benefit: If you’re an American Express cardholder, you can simply register your American Express card, and get an automatic $25 credit on your account when you spend $25 or more at a local small business in person today. We typed in our own zip codes and found...

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The best Black Friday deals from our favorite small businesses

Whether you’re up stalking the best Black Friday deals at o’ dark thirty or you’re waiting until you’ve had a few cups of coffee before checking out the sales, we wanted to share the best Black Friday deals and discounts we’ve seen. Now if you’re looking for tech deals, we suggest you head over to Cool Mom Tech, we’re you’ll find a monster round-up of some amazing discounts on electronics, accessories, and all sorts of cool geekery. Here you’ll find some of the best deals from our favorite small businesses. Happy Shopping! KANGAROOBOO: Save 15% off regular priced items...

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

Here are a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. This free kids’ app is so amazingly simple, which is exactly why we (and our kids) love it. 2. Which app does Angela from The Office use to keep her daughter entertained on the plane? Hint: it’s not a cat calendar. 3. One of our favorite apps goes to the web, finally. Whoo! 4. If you’re already holiday shopping for gadgets, this site is going to save you plenty of money and trouble. 5. Like we needed another reason to...

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Neighborhood Toy Store Day 2012: shop local today and score discounts and karma points

Whether or not you’re ready to deck a hall, or any other symbol of holiday festivity that will be here before we know it, we’re pretty sure that some of you are already starting to make your holiday lists. Well, today just so happens to be a brilliant to day to start checking the kids in your life off your list, help your community, and maybe score a few discounts while doing it. Eli and Sheri Gurock of Magic Beans in Boston, one of our favorite neighborhood toy stores! As a site that’s always been committed to supporting the...

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Shop green and do good? Count us in

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy shopping. Because, uh, I do. But a brand-new partnership between two very green sites, Vine.com and Healthy Child Healthy World, has me even more giddy about my shopping habit. And with a nice little discount for all of us too. Vine.com is a new online shop from the same people behind Diapers.com and Soap.com. Currently in beta, Vine is devoted to green, natural and sustainably sourced products, like Cool Mom Picks favorites gDiapers, Method and Plum Organics. Great premise for a shop, right? But here’s the cool part: when you make a purchase of $49 or more...

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Good Food on a Tight Budget, EWG’s new shopping guide

The Cool Moms (me especially) always check EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database before reviewing a product to make sure the ingredients meet a persnickety mom’s health and safety needs. Now we’re excited to announce that EWG is going further than Skin Deep–straight into our bellies and grocery carts. If avoiding pesticides and supporting healthy farming practices are important to you, you won’t want to miss this great new resource. Good Food on a Tight Budget is a free and easy resource for planning healthful, cost-effective meals for your family while avoiding nasty pesticides and artificial ingredients. The Environmental Working...

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ThredUp reinvents itself and now buying discount designer kids clothes–or selling them–is a joy

You know how it goes: your kids wear their clothes for a ridiculously short period of time. Sure, there’s always hand-me-downs, or consignment and Craigslist, if you’re motivated enough to try to make some money. But those routes require time and energy that many of us are sorely lacking at this time of year. So we’re happy to discover that thredUP has newly relaunched, as a very easy, very good-looking online consignment shop. Related: Buy and sell designer clothes for the whole family, right from your smart phone Related: Chairish: Shop the country’s coolest vintage shops, all from your couch ThredUP features...

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Web Coolness: LEGO Japan, family vacation tips, and a can’t-miss Pinterest board

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We’re stunned by this futuristic-looking model of Japan, made by 5,000 children with almost two million LEGO bricks. Liz shares 5 tips for keeping kids and parents happy on vacation–at the same time, even! Check out her contribution on the Chevy Culture blog.  Why I Hated Meredith’s First Grade Teacher: A lovely must-read for parents and teachers. Our obsession with Fab.com runs deep, so we are especially thrilled to see our very own Editor Liz on their Back to School Pop-Up Shop. We’re so inspired by...

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The only Back to School Shopping Guide you’ll need: ours!

The summer is almost officially over and that means one thing: The launch of our sixth annual Back to School Shopping Guide, featuring close to 150 goodies that will help make your little and big kids’ school year the coolest one yet. You’ll find everything from cool preschool backpacks and lunch boxes, to hip back-to-school clothes for kids and tweens, parents’ lifesavers, free printables, plus exclusive discount codes galore, all in one handy place. This year, we’ve also added an entire back-to-school craft section courtesy of our fabulous guide sponsor Scotch Colors + Patterns Duct Tape, which has just launched than...

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Stylish clothes for kids, no shopping required

We’re happy to introduce you to our new sponsor, Wittlebee. We think you’ll like them! The hard thing about buying nice kids’ clothes is facing the inevitable: the clothes will be outgrown. Quickly. What that means is yet another trip to the store, spending more time scouring the web for sales, and dropping even more cash to basically redo your kids’ wardrobe. Again. That’s why WittleBee is genius: it’s a subscription clothing club where stylish kids’ clothes come to you. All you do is sign up for the service, have a phone chat with a stylist about your clothing preferences, and...

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Shoes of Prey – Shoegasm, defined

Four words: design your own shoes. No, really. Choose the shape, the toe, the leather, the cloth, the bow. Everything. Just don’t blame us if you get addicted. Shoes of Prey is possibly the most magical shopping site I’ve visited in a while– because I design the shoes. For example, how cute would this be with a little black dress? And, yes, my taste is a little eccentric. But I absolutely love that luscious plum hair with the pop of kimono fabric on red rosettes. As for our Editor Liz, she designed the tan/black pumps at the very top....

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The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store – where else are you going to find Kryptonite at 2 AM on a Sunday?

If you have got super hero fan at home, and we are talking a comic-con diehard, we have found the place to make all of their comic book dreams come true. Welcome to The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. Sure, we have featured capes and costumes here before, but this clever shop has waaaay more than that to offer. Selections start with a fabulous superhero baby romper, but you’ll also find mind readers, vacuum suction cups for scaling walls, x-ray glasses, gallons of antimatter and loads more in their wide selection of must have real hero items. It’s like the back page of those comic books of your youth,...

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Web Coolness – Changing fatherhood, summer ideas, and encourage kids to read

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Changing fatherhood starts with mothers: Kristen’s inspired call to mom to let dads step in more often. Love this collection of literary-themed artwork that encourages kids to read more books. (via Pinterest) We also want to let kids have their books and eat them too with inspiration from Playing By The Book’s Edible Book Festival. (via Colour Me There) Ready to start Father’s Day shopping? Check out this gift recommendation site, and keep your eyes out for loads more Father’s Day gift ideas from Cool...

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Marni for H&M – the ultimate cheap chic collaboration

At the very top of my bucket list of designers I hope to have hanging in my closet one day is Marni. I’ve always loved the Italian design house’s eclectic mix of prints and modern offbeat silhouettes. Now, thanks to a collaboration with fast fashion chain H&M, I won’t have to wait (or save a zillion dollars) to snag a piece of Marni for my wardrobe. The collection promises to be a stunner. Expect Marni’s signature geometric prints and creative mixes of color on everything from formal suits to loose dresses and summer coats. I have my eye on...

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Adorable, eco-friendly baby clothes and gifts, 50%-80% off until they’re gone (sniffle)

It’s bittersweet when we see a mom-owned boutique that we love, close up shop. What Every Baby Needs, say it ain’t so! But if there’s an upside, it’s the amazing discounts. You can now score 50% off everything on the site and up to 80% off sale and clearance items. Serious steals here, mamas. We’ve always adored the huge selection of cute baby boy shirts and toddler boy shirts shirts (so hard to find!) at the shop not to mention the great selection of girls clothes, baby slings, baby toys (like these awesome crochet rattles from Anne Clare-Petit) and...

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