Tag: shopping

Online shoppers – prepare to save a ton of money

If you work on Firefox–as about half of you do, judging from our site stats–you probably know that there are all sorts of interesting add-ons you can add to the browser to make things faster, easier, and more functional for you. I’ve been poking around looking at apps for our sister site, Cool Mom Tech, and came across a really nifty one that’s already saved me a ton of money as I shop online. The PriceBlink add-on for Firefox essentially price compares the baby doll or shearling boots or garden hose you’re looking at on a major retailer site,...

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Web Coolness – holiday gifts, holiday gift wrapping, holiday decorating. What else!

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. If you’re in NYC this Saturday, come to the Etsy labs in DUMBO for a kids holiday craft party to benefit Housing Works. Kids will even get to color their own ornaments, designed by the winning artists from our contest! On Momformation, Kristen shares 7 cool iPhone cases, some even handmade. Awesome stocking stuffer alert! Our own editor Christina shares her top 10 tech toys for toddlers on My Life Scoop. A new Christmas video from Dan Zanes with an acoustic rendition...

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Cool personalized gifts that can still make it to you by Christmas

Oh sure, I try to be all nonchalant at this time of year: Christmas cards? I’ll get to them! Wrapping? I have weeks! But, don’t let my cool exterior fool you. I am quaking as the clock ticks down to Christmas. But before I tackle my never-ending Christmas list, let me remind you of some very important dates.  Keep reading to find out when a few of our favorite personalized items from both our Holiday Gift Guide and Cool Mom Picks’ archives need to be ordered to make it under the tree by the 25th. And then get shopping! –Christina...

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Lilluxe offers lots of luxury without the luxury prices

I’m the first to admit that discount sites can get overwhelming. I get so swept up in the dealiness of everything that I put a bunch of too-good-to-be-so-cheap things in my cart, second-guess every one, and then abandon the whole thing in favor of a calming cup of tea. Okay, maybe I’m not that bad. But even if I was–or if you are–Lilluxe offers the perfect antidote. [don’t miss some great offers after the jump] Why? Because everything on it is a) seriously cool (see the KidKraft Harley-Davidson over there?), and b) an amazing deal (on Lilluxe, that rocker is $50...

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Bid, borrow or swap your way to a fabulous wardrobe

If eBay, Net-a-Porter, Rent the Runway and Gilt Groupe (all of my favorite shopping websites) had a baby, their progeny would look like I-ELLA.com. Launched by a fashion-obsessed entrepreneur in New York, I-ELLA weaves enough elements into the shopping experience to make my head spin (in a really good way). Here’s the gist. I-ELLA translates the social aspect of shopping with friends to the online setting by letting you “share” your closet with the rest of the invitation-only community, which includes celebs, models and assorted fashionistas. Once you post your new or gently worn goods on the site for...

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It’s Small Business Saturday – Have you hugged your mom + pop today?

Well hello! And happy Small Business Saturday –quite possibly our new favorite shopping day. (It certainly sounds better than Black Friday, right? So dark! So ominous!) Today is an amazing opportunity to devote some of that holiday budget to the local merchants you know and love–online or off. For some of our own writers’ favorite mom and pops in their hoods, from Boston and New York to Albuquerque and Santa Cruz, check our own Small Business Saturday recommendations and you’ll even get some awesome holiday ideas. Or heck, search this site. 99% of what we do is support the...

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The long lost potholder loom of my misspent youth!

With all the awesome Black Friday sales online today, I’ve had the best morning avoiding the crowds at the stores. I’ve been cuddling up with my girls, watching the Mahna Mahna video for the zillionth time on you tube, and jumping online to grab a deal or two. When I got word that CMP fave Oliebollen was offering 25% off everything in stock today only, I clicked right over and oh man, am I glad I did. I was so excited to find the potholder loom of my own youth! I grabbed two right away. I can only hope...

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Accessories make the world go round. (Says us.)

Now that I’m expecting baby number two, accessories are the only fashion items I will allow myself to indulge in. I mean, who knows what form my figure will take after I pop out this little dude? To that end, I will certainly be hitting up Style Tryst, a new online shop devoted to both up-and-coming and well-known accessories designers. [BLACK FRIDAY ALERT: Don’t miss an exclusive offer after the jump!] With price points ranging from $10 all the way up to $5,000, there’s literally something for everyone at Style Tryst. (Don’t you love that name?) I’ve been on...

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25 super cool Black Friday shopping deals from sites we love. Aka Stay in your pjs tomorrow, mamas!

I’d like to think I’m fairly adventurous, but get up before 2AM to join the crowds running out on Friday to get a flat screen? That’s one adventure I think I’ll miss. So instead, we’ve gathered the best deals, discounts, and free shipping offers that start this weekend, from some of our favorite shops. Your first stop of course should be the Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide, with discount codes towards toys from shops like Wild Dill,  Franklin Goose, Creative Toy Shop and Jade’s Toy Box (shown here), decor from O’Brien Schridde, jewelry from Lisa Leonard and Darlybird, and up to 20%...

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Giving the gift of reading. Really, really good reading.

It’s awfully daunting, standing in the hustle and bustle of a huge bookstore during the holidays and trying to find one book among millions for the bibliophile or budding reader in your life. Luckily, there’s a fabulous new service to help you choose  just the right book–not surprisingly, it’s called Just the Right Book. This amazing service is the brainchild of the fine folks at Connecticut’s award-winning R.J. Julia Bookstores. You select the age of your lucky recipient, then answer some basic questions, even if all you know is that your niece loves Twilight or your toddler nephew loves trains....

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Small Business Saturday: That’s our kind of Saturday!

This post and the first ever Small Business Saturday, November 27, is sponsored by American Express. You can “like” the Small Business Saturday Facebook Page to help generate a $1 donation to Girls Inc., and help spread the word about supporting the kinds of small businesses that Cool Mom Picks know and love. If there is any day that screams Cool Mom Picks, it’s one totally designed to support the small local businesses, boutiques, and hard working mom-and-pops in your neighborhood. Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the idea is to support the little guys (and gals!) near...

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It’s here! The 2010 Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide!

There’s no escaping the holiday music in the stores and tinsel in the windows — the holiday season is upon us. You know what will make your life easier? Our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide! Whoo! For the fifth straight year (wow), we’ve done the legwork for you, tracking down more than 120 gift ideas at every price point for everyone on your list — from newborns to old friends, the impossible-to-buy-for men in your life, tweens and teens, art lovers and bakers, and there’s even a category just for Glee fans. You know who you are. As always, we...

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This week on Cool Mom Tech

Here are a few cool things we found the past week on Cool Mom Tech, that we thought our Cool Mom Picks readers would appreciate too. Adorable, portable USB speakers that beat your kid ignoring you with headphones on. A guide to the 7 best online shopping sites with great mobile apps, so you never miss those kids clothes at 70% off. A smart online baby book making it easier to remember the first tooth or the first embarrassing spit-up incident with company over. A new National Teacher’s Registry to help get our educators what they need for the...

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Designer inspiration, if not designer purchases

Since having kids, my insatiable hunger for all things art, fashion, and design has been unsatisfied. And rightfully so. I barely have time to eat an actual breakfast, let alone devour the piles of magazines I once looked to for inspiration for my spending habits. But then I discovered the gorgeous offerings at AHAlife, and I felt a little bit of the old me was awakened The site features one amazing product that’s up for purchase for just 24 hours – all lifestyle goodies, all united in being exceptionally cool. Think meticulously curated boutique where you might not necessarily...

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Abe’s Market goes QVC, only not QVC. More like your laptop.

When I first discovered Abe’s Market last year, I thought of it as an online Farmer’s Market – goodies like small batch natural soaps, handmade baby blankets, organic vinaigrettes, and pretty much everything I love about our local Farmer’s Markets; besides the heirloom tomatoes and hot cider. Well they just introduced Abe’s Live, and starting today, if I were home at 2pm, I’d totally be watching that instead of whatever WHO’S THE BABY’S REAL FATHER! show is on then instead. On Abe’s Live, you can tun into a live, streaming webcast of the very vendors and artists who make...

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Easy-peasy deals on local stuff you just might love

I’m not what you’d call the decisive type. When I shop online, I put my almost-purchases in the cute little cart icons and let them rest there while I construct (and reconstruct) mental pro and con lists as to why I should get them. (Yeah. I know.) Who has the time for this complex decision-making process? No one! That’s why Plum District is sorta right up my non-decisive alley. It’s a deal site geared mostly toward mamas, offering special prices on cool kiddo- and parent-gear from your city’s own local stores. Once a day, you get an email from...

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This week only, Hasbro will take back your child-ravaged board games.

We’re board game freaks around my place, and now that I have kids old enough to play, we usually have game night at least once a week. That is, if we have all the pieces to them these days. Well hallelujah for a new event that’s letting you trade in your old, damaged, crayon-scribbled, or otherwise compromised board games for sweet savings on brand new ones. Now through Saturday, October 16, you can take any Hasbro board game you might have stuffed in a closet somewhere, bring it into Toys R Us, and get 30% off a new board...

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What can you get for $15? Oh, just something awesome.

If you love deals and surprises, then you have to fly on over to CMP favorite Darlybird and snatch up one of their very limited and very discounted Bags O’ Goodies. Yes, a Bag O’ Goodies. Here’s how it works: Pay $15 for your Bag O’ Goodies, and the web shop’s own curator, Rachel, uses her exquisite taste to hand-pick at least $45 worth of accessories, stationery, vintage tags, and other adorable extras just for you. That’s a 66% discount, mamas. [don’t miss a special CMP discount after the jump!] Some of the goods are limited editions, some have...

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The 6 most fabulous purchases for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Shopping is not really our first line of defense against breast cancer. But even so, we’re proud to support some of the companies, big and small, that are offering special items to help raise funds for research and patient support during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’ve worked hard to only pick out the items that are so great, they really do justice to this noble cause. Every day I pass a photo of my sister-in-law’s smiling face and am reminded of how breast cancer tried to take that smile from all of us who love her so much. So, mamas, remember: Do those...

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Gaggle of Chicks – If you can get over the name, there’s savings to be had

I am not going to mince words here, so let me just say it: I hate that this site is named “Gaggle of Chicks.” Truly. I am not a chick, I am not part of a gaggle, and since when are great deals only for moms? C’mon. So, yes, if you need to take a minute to get past the name, please take it (with my blessing) and then read on. But what Gaggle of Chicks gets wrong on the name, they get absolutely right on the concept.  This is a site for NYC moms to hop on the...

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