Tag: tips and tricks

18 little holiday joys with your kids–mostly free. As most little joys are.

As much as we love shopping and big surprises and our seasonal visit to the Nutcracker at BAM and shopping some more, I’m well aware that some of the greatest treats of the season are the little things. So I hope you’ll like this list that I put together as a contributor to the Amex Tumblr: 18 Little Holiday Joys with Your Kids. I thought about the small joys that shouldn’t be overlooked in the craziness of the season, like sharing favorite holiday movies together, knowing every lyric to Partridge in a Pear Tree, or watching a child suspend disbelief...

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How do I organize Rainbow Loom bands?

If your kids are like mine, they are completely obsessed with making Rainbow Loom bracelets, which means your house is covered in those teeny, tiny rubber bands. Well search no longer! Here, lot of ways to organize Rainbow Loom bands and hopefully keep them on their wrists and off your floor. You could use plastic jars or mason jars to store rainbow loom bands, if you’re anal and want to separate everything by color. Though you’ll want to make sure they’re fairly easy for your kids to open, unless you want to always be on call during bracelet making time....

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Kid style: How to wear tutus out in the real world

Don’t miss an exclusive discount for our readers! I once feebly resisted my children’s love for tutus, until I realized that they could be way more than the beginnings of a fairy princess outfit. Tutus are now on trend as outerwear, as in publicly appropriate skirts. So we wanted to help you out with a few ways to wear tutus in a cool, stylish way, on behalf of our awesome new sponsor eden & zoe, whose gorgeous kids clothes we’ve been drooling over for ages now. Including, yes, their tutus. Think of the multi-layered, lined Alessandra tutu in black, white, or...

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5 tips for making Halloween safer for kids with peanut and tree nut allergies

With some of our own kids at Cool Mom Picks grappling with peanut and tree nut allergies that range from mild to life-threatening, we really have a heightened awareness of making Halloween fun and safe for all kids. If you don’t have children with allergies yourself, but want to make sure classroom friends and neighborhood kids are in good hands with you on Halloween, here are some helpful tips. (Note: This post has been updated for 2015.) Related: Allergy free Halloween treat recipes and great tips for keeping things safe   1. Read the labels: Even for things you’re not expecting...

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3 of the best quick, before-school makeup tips from Bobbi Brown

It’s been two weeks since school started and to say that I’ve been leaving the house for drop-off looking halfway decent would be very generous. I haven’t quite figured out the whole three-minute beauty routine, so thankfully I have some tips and great products from Bobbi Brown to help me get it down.  I asked the talented Kim Soane, the director of global artistry at Bobbi Brown, for great beauty tips for women in a hurry. She’s a mom herself so she totally gets it. If you can only do three things, here are her busy morning pointers for...

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Tips for taking your baby to the zoo: A celebration of motherhood firsts

This post is part of our year long series celebrating our favorite milestones and motherhood firsts on behalf of babyGap and their new Red Wellies Collection. Some of our fondest memories of our own children are taking them to the zoo for the very first time. There’s hardly a child whose eyes don’t light up seeing their favorite animal from picture books in real life for the first time, hearing the sound of the monkeys, or watching the sea lions underwater from behind glass. [above: stuffed elephant via kaleidescope stitches] Here are just a few tips to help make your first...

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The best advice for pursuing your passions and finding success. (Or at least we think so.)

One of the things I love about the Cool Mom Picks community is how entrepreneurial so many of you are. Every week we hear from bloggers finding their voices, start-up owners pursuing long-held dreams, mothers returning to work in new fulfilling ways, and of course all the artists turning their passions into businesses. So I am absolutely thrilled to be contributing to the American Express Tumblr community, sharing tips and advice on how you can best pursue your passions. I launched with the best career advice worth taking that I ever ever received myself–a lot of which has come...

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10 of the world’s most simple tips for enjoying a Disney vacation with kids

I just got back from a four days at Disney, all expenses paid…by me. Phew. All I can say is, if you’re going to shell out the small fortune to take your children on the vacation of their dreams, you’d best enjoy it ourselves with the help of these simple tips for a Disney vacation with kids. There are plenty of great resources and websites that offer money-saving tips, Fast Pass tips, trip planning advice and more–including Kristen’s great tips about Disneyland. So I thought I’d put together just a few really simple common sense tips, one parent to...

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Last minute Valentine’s Day ideas. As in, super last minute.

Don’t panic, mamas, if you realize you’ve forgotten cards for the sitter, or the teachers or uh…your actual Valentine. We’ve got you covered with some last minute crafts, recipes and more that you can have done before the kids get home from school. And well, if all else fails, there’s always chocolate. – Send a little love from your iPhone with the Treemail app, which lets you carve a sweet message into a tree, virtually, of course. – Hit Paperless Post for Valentine’s ecards that look way prettier than a plain email. – Pack the kids special Valentine’s Day...

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Undeck the halls: Tips for taking down the Christmas decorations. Sniff.

No one likes taking down those holiday decorations, but mamas? Trust us, you don’t want to be “that one house” with the lights still up on Valentine’s Day. That’s why we’ve got 5 great ideas on how to store your winter holiday decorations and make next year’s light untangling a breeze.   1. Simple, smart storage for Christmas Lights Tangled light cords are never fun. Fortunately, they will be a thing of the past with this ridiculously brilliant, simple way to store Christmas lights courtesy of decorating (and undecorating!) doyenne Martha Stewart. Bonus: you don’t have to buy anything....

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Online meal planner? – Reader Q&A

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...

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Organizational tips from Sarah Welch of Pretty Neat and Get Buttoned Up

I consider myself to be a pretty organized person, save for the junk drawer and my backpack graveyard of a hall closet (shhhhh). But since adding another kiddo into our mix, I can use all the organizational help I can get. That’s why I was anxious to get a copy of Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch’s new book Pretty Neat. These ladies are the masterminds behind the ButtonedUp organizational products we love, and they also share their expertise over at Babycenter’s blog (like we do!). While there are a ton of awesome, real life, easy to implement tips in...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest services, sanity savers, and helpful websites for parents

While some people think of us as shopping blog, we’re not only about shopping. We love tracking down the helpful websites and resources that make our lives easier. Yeah, okay, and things that make our shopping easier too. Consider me a new Shopafrolic-aholic. I adore this website which is like having designer Liz Lange and her equally chic sister, Jane Wagman, as your very own personal shopping consultants. –Liz I anxiously await the daily deals from Plum District, a handy new site aimed at moms like me that makes saving money super easy. So far the deals have been...

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RightCliq by Visa – making online shopping fun, easy, and more affordable. Did we mention fun?

Since we’re all about shopping online here, we’re also about ways to make online shopping easier. And more affordable. And more fun. We’ve been eagerly following Rightcliq by Visa in the last few months since their launch and it seems it’s a dandy little tool for doing all of the above. Now that Rightcliq is a CMP sponsor (yay Rightcliq!) I took some time time to create a Wishspace and it was so cool, I thought I’d show you how it works. Also, maybe one of you will get me that Prada cruise collection leather bag at Bergdorf’s. Heh....

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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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A Universal Orlando Vacation for younger kids? Totally.

Here’s a fun secret: For many years, Universal Orlando resort used to be an ad-world client of mine, which means I’ve been there more times than I can count. Not bad to get to ride the Hulk Coaster and suck down a Red Stripe at Bob Marley’s bar in between meetings. (In that order, necessarily.) That said, I’ve never been there as a parent, unless you count toting a baby around in a Bjorn. And boy that’s a different experience. I was never sure whether you could do a Universal vacation in Orlando with kids too young to care...

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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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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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