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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
This post, and the awesome giveaway, is brought to you by our amazing sponsor Tea Collection! When Tea Collection asked us to share our favorite clothing of their fall collection with you were were like uh…is there a maximum number we can do? For years we’ve been avid fans of the beautiful design, sturdy construction, and timeless styling of their cotton wear for kids. In fact, our own kids live in it. Each year, their collection is inspired by a different culture or region of the world. We loved last spring’s nod to Spain, and this year’s wearable...Read More
We’re so excited to introduce our much anticipated 2011 Back to School Shopping Guide! Every few days, check back for more categories, more great picks, and of course, discount codes for all the coolest back to school goodies. Today’s category, Parents’ Lifesavers, is brought to you by our amazing sponsor Mabel’s Labels, who happens to be one of our longtime favorite sanity savers. Their adorable personalized labels, like this Ultimate Back to School Combo pack have made September way easier for us and our kids (and thousands of moms and their kids) more than a few years in a...Read More
I love shopping for clothes. But what I really, really love is shopping for clothes and getting a great deal. That’s why finding out about this private fashion deal site set off my Pavlovian response–just subtract the drool. Oh, who am I kidding; add the drool back in. Especially considering they just launched an entire section for home decor too. MYHABIT is the private fashion deal site by Amazon. Think Gilt or Rue La La, but with at least 60% off designer clothing for men, women, and kids, plus free shipping (always!). The brands are rad, trending toward things...Read More
When I was six months pregnant with my second baby, the company I worked for was putting on a big, fancy shindig. Said shindig required me to go on a stage and speak in front of 800 people. I started to stress–mostly about what to wear. I wanted a stylish, non-mall-bought maternity dress–but I didn’t want to spend tons of cash on a frock I wouldn’t be able to wear ever again, no matter how designer it was. Mine for Nine, where were you 18 months ago? The site is a treasure trove of maternity dresses that would normally...Read More
Maybe “cool” isn’t a word you’re using a lot this summer. But even when the temperature is in the 100’s, we’re always looking to hook our subscribers up with cool giveaways, because they are…yep. The coolest. This coming week, five– yes, five— lucky Cool Mom Picks subscribers will each win a $50 Target gift card courtesy of the Baby Clothing Network. If you’re not familiar with our latest sponsor, you won’t want to miss their ingenious service, which allows you to swap boxes of gently used kids’ clothes simply for the price of shopping. These are high quality baby...Read More
We love a great deal as much as you do, so we’re thrilled to be introducing a cool new deals program just for our Facebook fans. We set it up so that our readers can score awesome discounts on some of our favorite, rarely discounted brands. Starting next week, keep your eyes on our Facebook page for a one-day only deal. Act fast to take advantage, before the discount code ends at midnight. All you have to do to gain access is “like” the Cool Mom Picks Facebook page. Easy! Along with these fantastic deals, liking our page brings...Read More
Today is the official launch of American Eagle’s 77Kids Style Lab shop in Times Square, and while that’s not a sentence I ever thought I’d utter with any level of excitement, after getting a sneak press preview yesterday I gotta say…I’m excited. Let’s just say the ghosts of CBGBs are in there somewhere, hold the nasty dressing rooms. When you walk down the industrial staircase right towards a giant LCD screen projecting music videos featuring the kids in the shop, Jib-Jab style (kids can take pics in a nearby “rock band” photobooth), you know this is no ordinary mall...Read More
We’re always sad to see shops close, particularly when it’s two of our all time faves like Oliebollen and Nico and Zoe, but there is one small bright side, that is if you’d like to score huge discounts on their gorgeous inventory. [Don’t miss the amazing discounts after the jump] You’ll find no shortage of designer kids clothing brands at Oliebollen, where you’ll find Tea Collection (left), Sea Kai Run, and Misha Lulu, plus gifts for babies and toys galore, all marked down 25-80%. Nico and Zoe is known for their excellent taste in safe toys for kids, with...Read More
I don’t know about you, but these days, my inbox is totally overwhelmed with messages from good-deal sites. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all awesome deals–I’m glad I signed up for all of them, and wish I could nab every bargain. But for me to sign up for a new one these days, it has to be different from the others. That’s why Social Goodies is rocking my casbah. Social Goodies is the newest in daily-deals sites–but with a twist. Every day, there’s a new, awesome deal up for grabs, like $12 for $24 worth of trendy sunglasses from 80’s...Read More
One of our favorite curators of cool is stepping up their game. We have long relied on Babyccino’s blog to find us the best, cutest, most unique goods in Europe, and now these clever ladies have taken their passion one step further. The popular site has just become the Babyccino Kids shop, an online shopping portal featuring handpicked items from over 100 of the boutiques we love–and some that are new to us. Regulars should check out the pick of the day, weekly top ten selections and the special deals pages, while newbies can start off with the “my...Read More
As a design junkie, imagine my delight at learning that Fab.com, a new flash-sale site featuring daily design deals, just launched today. Fab is a carefully curated collection of all the coolest stuff, for your home and your life, all at seriously great discounts. [don’t miss an invitation link after the jump!] I’ve been getting rid of things around my house this summer, which means that suddenly I have no lamps in the guest room and no coffee table in the game room. I’m tired of the cluttered, hand-me-down look of our space. What I really want is to...Read More
If you have yet to visit, there’s a deliciously gorgeous, high-end new site for the foodies mamas among us: Gilt Taste. It’s like everything that’s great about Gilt plus everything that was great about Gourmet. Gilt Taste in fact is helmed by former Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl. So not surprisingly, you’ll find tips on cooking and introductions to new foods, dishes and ideas written by the in-the-knows of the foodie world, like Gourmet‘s Barry Estabrook and Orangette‘s Molly Wizenberg. The free membership site includes an online market, giving you direct access to artisan products often only available to elite urban foodies...Read More
There are no shortage of deals sites out there these days, and I’m all for it. Who wouldn’t want a few extra bucks in their wallet? But after getting hordes of emails for 55% off dental services and a bunch of other stuff I wouldn’t consider buying in a million years, this new site is a refreshing addition to the sea of discount shopping sites and coupon services out there. Enter Hopscout, my new obsession, and I’m guessing in about two seconds, it’ll be yours too. This beautifully designed site makes deal shopping a high-end experience, with cute sketches, ...Read More
A year ago, I never would have thought I’d be excited about weekly meal planning. I was far too cool and spontaneous to be one of those people who actually planned what dinner we would be eating a day in advance. Please. What a silly mama I was! A year of meal-planning later, I have come to my senses. So I was excited to have a look at e-mealz recently and check out a couple of their family-friendly meal plans. With a variety of specialty plans available (think gluten-free, low fat, vegetarian) based on sales prices at the grocery...Read More
There’s plenty of websites where you can go check out this week’s grocery sales, if you’re into that sort of thing. (Not judging, just, um, snore.) And we’ve reviewed plenty of websites and apps to help you do your weekly meal planning, too. But this is the first we’ve seen of a glorious melding of the two. At Food on the Table, you enter some basic information like your family’s food preferences, plus your preferred grocery stores, and then not only can you then pick from amongst suggested recipes, it’ll highlight items on sale this week with approximate savings...Read More
I am looking for an online meal planner and shopping list generator…any suggestions? As I sit down to plan the meals out and do up a shopping list, I think to myself, there has to be a digital way to do this. -Aine If you really want everything from soup to nuts (heh), check out Relish. For a totally reasonable monthly fee, they’ll email you recipes each week from which you can pick the ones you want to make for your family. After scaling the recipes to fit your family size—-an awesome feature if you have just one child...Read More
I don’t know about you, but the past couple of snowy weeks have been kind of blah. No, not kind of blah. Very blah. My two kids have been home with colds and I can’t think of the last time I got to do something all for me. A little retail therapy is in order here. Lucky for me (and for all of us), we’ve found a doozie of a sale from one of our favorite jewelry and accessory shops. [don’t miss a super sale offer after the jump!] No stranger to the pages of CMP, Polli is discounting...Read More
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