Tag: websites for parents

Ideal Bite – How to go green when you don’t have time to go green

My crush on Ideal Bite began with the first sentence of their philosophy: If we all knew what we could do in the day to day to impact the planet and our communities in a positive way, we’d do it. I used to say that I would live a greener life if only it wasn’t so expensive to do so. Then a lot of the more eco-friendly products came down in price, and I started being able to afford a bit more, but then it became an issue of time. There are barely enough hours in the day to...

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Read it again (and again and again and again)

We’ve all been there; the kid has found his Most Favorite Book Ever, and he wants to hear it over and over. Sure, you were a patient and loving model parent the first 5,000 times, but after that I think you get a pass. With One More Story, not only your kid get his book fix, he can start learning how to read on his own, too. Their online library of awesome children’s books (about 50 so far of both old classics and new favorites) allows your child to view and listen to the actual book pages on screen,...

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Like a craft fair without the parking hassles

I just discovered the wonderful Poppytalk Handmade, and I am wondering where it’s been all my life. This online craft fair comes from the minds behind the wonderful Canadian design blog Poppytalk and each month there’s a new theme (right now it’s summer fun) that lends itself to a well-curated and vast showcase of etsy artists, crafters and indie designers. You’ll find artwork, photography, housewares, clothing and accessories, paper goods and a smattering of cool kid stuff. Hey, kind of like here! In fact we were happy to see some CMP faves represented like art from Tutti Studio,  Kiki...

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Go play outside!

While I wholeheartedly support the idea of grandparents getting outside to play with the grandkids, don’t let the fact that this downloadable Go Play Outside guide is being offered through Grandparents.com dissuade you from checking it out yourself, mamas. It’s packed with 97 different suggestions for outdoor fun for just about anyone. And it’s totally free. As are plenty of the suggestions. Of course if you can con, er, convince a grandparent to hang out with the kids in the great outdoors and log their hours on the site, Grandparents.com and KaBOOM! will donate up to $10,000 towards building...

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Brag book lite

My husband is a photographer, and the good news is that we have countless professional-quality photographs of the kids. The bad news is that almost all of them exist only on my husband’s computer. Ahem. Because just as the shoemaker’s children go barefoot, the photographer’s wife tires of reminding him to please, just order some prints already. Now I can take matters into my own hands–or pocket, or purse–with these adorable ZoomAlbums; each kit comes with everything I need to make three 3″ square photo books, and the best part is that I just drop the family pictures into...

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Mamapedia – Like Yahoo Answers just for moms

I’ll confess that I don’t really have the time or the patience for most community bulletin boards and the drama that sometimes seems to come with them. But the concept has always appealed to me — a quick way to pose a question to the masses and get feedback. If only there was a way to take that model and streamline it.  Ah, wait! There is! Meet Mamapedia. The site not only allows you to ask your question and gather responses from other moms, it allows users to rate answers as useful or not — ostensibly to get rid...

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Let’s panic about babies! (You know you want to)

The funniest thing I’ve seen in a good long time is the satirical new website, Let’s Panic About Babies! which just launched today. Think of it as a cross between What to Expect When You’re Expecting and The Onion. It might even be funnier than the Onion. It might even be funnier  than What to Expect, which was pretty darn funny. (And you know what I’m talking about if you read that passage that cautions you against receiving oral sex when pregnant because it could cause an embolism.) Let’s Panic! hails from the hilarious if twisted minds of popular...

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Supermom might be a myth but SuperCook is all real

On a good week, I plan our meals but in reality, I sometimes find myself facing a nearly-empty fridge, wondering what I can cobble together for dinner out of half a lemon, some mustard, and a handful of mushrooms. (Oh, like that’s never happened to you.) Thanks to SuperCook, those what-to-make-for-dinner panics are a thing of the past. Simply type in the ingredients you have on hand and it generates a list of links to recipes from tried and true sites like Epicurious, AllRecipes.com, and Recipezaar. It even sorts by missing ingredients, so you don’t have to wrack your...

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Maybe not the final frontier, but possibly the cutest

Ever on the search for more money-saving ideas that don’t compromise your design sense, we’ve found there’s no need to pay for stickers when you can download awesome designs for free and print them right in the comfort of your own home. Lotta Bruhn is now offering a free downloadable stickers PDF with an adorable space theme, and all you need is a printer and some adhesive paper. Actually, if you’ve got kids like mine who’ll be happy with a glue stick, just print the designs on regular paper and let them go nuts. I certainly won’t tell anyone....

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A whole new level of gift organization

I pride myself on my “gift closet”–I always have a few goodies stashed for those unexpected invitations, and it saves me tons of time and money to stock up at my leisure (and when things are on sale). But if I had a nickel for every time I had to stop and ask the kids if we gave one of those games to Jonathan at his party last year–well, I could buy my gifts at full price. Other gifting organizers let you input people and dates, and send reminders, sure. But Gift Elephant does all of that and it...

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Sassy Web Watch iC: A video baby monitor for the truly obsessed.

When I put my little guy down for a nap, I close the door and don’t look back. I’m not one for compulsively checking on him (because with my luck, I’ll wake him up) and I’d never even considered using a video baby monitor. Until now. Lately I’ve been satisfying my inner voyeur — and my mother’s and my mother-in-law’s — with the Sassy Web Watch iC. This amazing video monitor not only works here at home, but on the Internet too, with a free Skype or MSN account. Isn’t that cool? So I can watch my baby toss...

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Read only the best, seriously.

I bet you’ve wondered how we find the great children’s books we review here at Cool Mom Picks. Well, we will share one hot tip: Bookmark sites like the brand new One Potato. This children’s book site is like literary nirvana for book-loving parents. Jay Bushara, a Columbia-educated SAHD features up to ten forgotten or stand-out kids’ books a week, and I find they are always worth reading.  It’s a great way to bring back truly worthy kids’ books and avoid a sea of badly rhymed grocery store endcaps. (My daughter loves those, too.) And of course, you can...

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animoto: Video editing a non-techy mother could love

Not to brag, but for a non-geeky girl I know my way around a computer.  I’m not even afraid to dive into code. But where it comes to video editing, I’m a complete dolt. So when I created my very own free (free!) 30-second video at animoto, I was astonished at the results. Just upload photos, add a few text slides, choose music (or upload your own, but be mindful of copyright laws), and let animoto take care of the rest. And by rest, I mean wow, this is some professional looking video in just seconds. Then  email it...

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Cookie’s Word of Mom Awards: Vote for your faves (and maybe us?)

Just as Mother’s Day rolls around, we got some nice news — we’re a possible contender in Cookie Magazine’s Word of Mom Readers’ Choice Awards, a really cool annual survey of mom favorites. We would be mighty honored if you would take a few minutes to click over and nominate Cool Mom Picks in the “online” category under Best Mom Blog. The top five in each category end up in some final contesty something or other and well, that would just make us happy. But even if you have some other favorite mom blog (not that that’s even possible),...

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Still Tasty – Answering the age old question, Does this mayo smell okay to you?

I’m going to go out on a limb, here, and say that nothing strikes fear into my husband’s heart quite the same was as those three little words: Honey, smell this. Try as I might to keep track of what’s in our fridge and use it up in a timely manner, sometimes things get shoved to the back, or sometimes I buy unfamiliar produce and simply don’t know how long it’s supposed to last. Or sometimes I strongly suspect that jar of sauce has been in there for months, but it smells okay, and I just don’t know if...

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It’s a JuiceBoxJungle out there

For the last few weeks, we’ve been following the launch of the offbeat online video series for parents, JuiceBoxJungle, and we like what we’re starting to see. Each episode takes on the kinds of topics that moms like to discuss (or stress about) from co-sleeping, to dads helping around the house, to this week’s episode, Losing It — which is not about virginity — thank God! I’m not ready! — but losing your temper in front of the kids. The videos, from two moms and former HBO execs, present different points of view from parents which are at times...

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It’s a Wee Web after all

Those of us who spend a lot of time online tend to be early adopters.  Even if we don’t think we’re particularly tech savvy, our friends and neighbors give us a good reality check when they ask, “What’s a blog?”  No wonder they never read ours.  Don’t even bother mentioning Twitter. For those moms and dads who want to share kid-centric news with friends and family, but aren’t ready to leap into the blogosphere, we’d like to suggest Wee Web.  Share stories, photos, and videos with only those whom you’ve invited– no random Google searchers allowed.  The really cool...

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