Tag: shopping

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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Shop local, for Small Business Saturday is back. Hooray!

Last year we were overjoyed to learn that Small Business Saturday is now “a thing.” Not that it hasn’t been a thing around Cool Mom Picks for the last five years or so. And not just on Saturdays either. Even so, it’s a great excuse to get out today–or heck, stay home–and support some of the amazing local merchants in your neighborhood who could surely use a boost this holiday season. The Small Business Saturday Facebook Page has a nice little app for finding small businesses in your area. But we’ve got another way…asking our own contributors! Here, just...

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The best Black Friday deals and discounts from our favorite small businesses

Whether you are reading this in the wee hours of the morning or at a more civilized hour of the day, we want to make your kickoff to the holiday shopping season as fruitful as possible with some great Black Friday deals that have come our way. If you’re looking for the gihugic Black Friday deals on tech goodies and big purchases, you can find it all at our sister site Cool Mom Tech. As for right here, we’ve put together a great roster of discount codes just for some of our favorite smaller businesses. Happy indie shopping, mamas!...

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Sidepon–Discount codes that save you a lot of money. And all that valuable time.

We tell our readers time and again, do nooooot make an online purchase without first searching for discount codes. Especially at the big online retailers. There’s nothing more frustrating than hitting that “purchase” button to find out you could have gotten it for less. We were just introduced to SidePon.com who happens to be our newest, coolest CMP sponsor. And they just may have one of the smartest systems ever for finding and using discount codes. Once you find the retailer you want–everyone from Saks to the Sundance catalog, even Frederick’s of Hollywood (rowr!)–you’ll see all their existing codes...

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Neighborhood Toy Store Day – go forth and buy toys!

Before the 24-hour carols, the jammed parking lots, and those news stories about people fighting over the latest Elmo toy, there is Neighborhood Toy Store Day today, November 12. This is one that hits near and dear to our indie-loving hearts, as a great opportunity to support your local independent retailers while getting a head start on holiday shopping. Whether you live near such CMP toy shop favorites as Giggle (save 20% with code FF11) Magic Beans (10% off all toys all weekend, even online), Psychobaby, Acorn Toy Shop, Cheeky Monkey, Area Kids, Mini Jake or have your own...

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Shop. Get deals. Give back. Why we love Pure Citizen.

Oh, honey. You know we love our flash deal sites. Gilt for designer duds? Check! Fab for home goods? Totally! Little Rue for kids? Please! Ideeli for splurges? You get the picture. And it goes on. But this one has a unique twist that makes our hearts feel as light as our wallets. It’s called Pure Citizen, and it’s making the world a better place through shopping. Pure Citizen works like similar deal sites–daily curated collections of goods that are available for a very limited time. But here’s the twist: everything on the site is carefully vetted to be...

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You recycle, you upcycle…and now you can Hipcycle

There is nothing that gets my inner MacGyver going more than upcycling. The creativity it takes to see something useful in a random everyday object–love it, not to mention the fact it can be an earth-friendlier way to shop. It totally explains my current bag of choice: it’s woven out of seatbelts and utterly indestructible, no matter how many leaking sippy cups are in it. It’s also the best conversation starter practically ever.  So this brand-new upcycling site has got 100% of my attention. The just-launched Hipcycle has some of the coolest upcycled gear I’ve seen in a long time–all...

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Are you t-shirt obsessed and time-starved? Join the club.

Spending time shopping for myself is basically a joke with two kids under the age of three, but it’s certainly nice to receive a little fashion treat every month in the mail. And that’s just why I joined StyleMint, the newish online, members-only club for T-shirts from fashion arbiters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. I never thought I was the type to subscribe to a monthly retail club, but StyleMint has definitely changed my mind. It’s pretty straightforward–you answer some questions about your personal style and which kinds of brands you prefer (i.e. if you need retail therapy, do you...

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sneakpeeq turns Facebook into a boutique

These days, I keep up with most of my friends via Facebook, even the ones who live close to me; our schedules are so crazy, with carpool and homework and sports commitments, that the only way we can visit is virtually. Which is sad, because those women are some of my favorite shopping partners. Now, with sneakpeeq, I can shop with my Facebook friends, and get a great deal at the same time — all without leaving the house (or the little league field or the karate gym, wherever it is that I’m logging on to Facebook). This app...

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Little Rue is made for kids and their grownups

I don’t know about you, but I’m totally addicted to all the flash sale sites out there. These days you can snap up everything from design-y coffee tables to contemporary art at awesome prices. Now, one of my favorites, Rue La La, has launched a a sister (or should I say daughter) site for stylish and adventurous families, with a charity angle we love. Little Rue is the newest launch from one of the original flash sale leaders. I love browsing Rue La La for deals on fancy jewels, weekends at the Canyon Ranch spa in Arizona and Orrefors...

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Yay Zara! One of our favorite offline stores goes online.

Recently, I wrote about Zara and what a fantastic option it is for affordable, European-styled kids clothes, and how amazing their sales can be. The one downside: no online shopping. So 2002! Well now Zara has gotten their e-commerce capabilities as 2011 as their styles, and mamas, if I have one word of advice about that, it would be rejoice. Starting today you can shop their collection of kids’ clothing and baby clothing right from your ‘puter, just in time to fill out the rest of those back-to-school needs. I am in love with so much of it I...

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Shop it to Me turns your laptop into a personal sale shopper

I love a bargain, but I often hate the effort it takes to find one. Wouldn’t it be great to have someone keep tabs on all your favorite retailers for you, and let you know when the things you love go on sale? Yeah, that would be super. Fortunately, that is totally doable, thanks to Shop it to Me. This free service updates you on sales at your favorite brands and stores via their Sale Mail; you fill out a profile that includes size and brand information, as well as specifics of what you’re shopping for (dresses, shoes, accessories)....

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A new hipper-than-thou men’s shopping site from the folks at Gilt Groupe

The day my husband and I got engaged is the day he stopped clothes shopping for himself. Partly upon my request. It’s now up to me to pick out everything from his sleeping t-shirts to his ties. Seeing as how I’m not a big fan of department store shopping for myself, I’m even less into venturing out to the retail world for men’s clothing. Now, thanks to those fashion-savvy geniuses at Gilt Groupe, I can order up my man the coolest threads without leaving my comfy couch. Park & Bond, which refers to two very stylish streets in Manhattan...

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A new website offering haute couture for the highchair set

As if I needed more cute kiddie clothes to covet, an uber-hot European shopping site for kids under 14 is launching stateside, with free shipping to boot. Hold on to your credit cards! Alex and Alexa is every fashionista-in-training’s dream come true. With the latest mini-me styles from very grown up labels like Chloe, Dior and Marc Jacobs (well, Little Marc Jacobs), this site is not for the frugalista. That said, their sale section does have some awesome deals–70% off a cool striped skirt by Kid by Phllip Lim, or a pair of fab skinny trousers for $17 down...

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5 picks you might have missed

It’s still dark outside. You clutch your coffee and yawn. Here comes the bus. Grab your bag and hop on. Next stop? Coolville. But not for your kids: For you. We’ve been collecting all the coolest gifts, best deals, and most helpful gadgets, just for you. In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite cool picks from the last week.  1. Want to wow a new mom with a gift that knows what her baby needs right then? Try this amazing new gift subscription that times things right, and then sends them right to her door....

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Back to school shopping – the coolest kids’ shoes

With metallics being all the rage in footwear, our kids can shine in more ways than one this school year. But as with any trend, too much of a good thing can take a metallic detail from “cool” to “disco ball” pretty quickly. So take a look at some of our favorite fall footwear finds that do metallic right—no sunglasses needed. Livie and Luca Buck Gold Cowboy BootsThe cutest mini cowboy boots get a bit of shine to fancy up your little cowpoke.($47.50 at Livie and Luca) {keep reading to see 8 more fabulous back to school shoe styles...

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Back to school shopping – the best lunchbox accessories

You can’t have a back to school lunchbox without all the cool goodies inside. We’ll let you take care of the yummy food and snacks. But we’ve got you covered when it comes to all the cool accessories that definitely make lunchtime every kids favorite subject. [Don’t miss eleven tasty school lunch accessory picks after the jump!] shinzi katoh bento boxThese sweet Bento boxes are perfect for preschool snacks or lunches. ($18 at My Sweet Muffin) Lunch LinesIf their lunch doesn’t make them smile, these silly riddles will. ($10 at Chronicle Books) Robot Sandwich KeeperWe love these cool one-piece...

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Back to school shopping – the coolest kids backpacks and bags

We’re pretty sure that back to school is synonymous with a brand new backpack and not one that’s ragged and torn from last year’s heavy load of school books and homework. Here are a bunch of our favorite book bags that are not only cool, but will stand out in the sea of licensed character packs on the hooks and in the cubbies. Madpax Available in four sizes and eight colors, we’re pretty sure these super cool Madpax (at top) won’t ever end up in the lost and found. ($28 and up at Madpax) Diaper Dude We love the...

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Suddenlee – your own personal shopper. And it’s gooooood.

I love shopping online. Real brick and mortar stores can’t compete with the ease and convenience of e-commerce. The only real drags are the cost of shipping, especially when you’re shopping from a dozen different online retailers, and the waiting for your stuff to arrive. Thanks to the geniuses behind the new shopping site, Suddenlee, multiple shipping fees and the 7-10 day delivery becomes obsolete. And I am rejoicing. [don’t miss a huge gift card giveaway after the jump!] Suddenlee lets you shop from over 300 retailers for both you and your kids, including CMP faves like Giggle, J...

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5 picks you might have missed

Whether they’re dog tired after their first week of school or howling like baboons, chances are your house has a lot in common with a zoo this week. Here are five picks you might have missed while tending to your herd. 1. This board game based on the Awkward Family Photos website will have you laughing like a bunch of hyenas. 2. Forget a better mouse trap. We’ve found a better sleep sack. 3. A portable restaurant high chair based on a lobster? We’ll belly up to the table for that! 4. Put this pretty peacock box on your shelf...

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