Editors Top 10 of the Year: What wowed us in 2017

From the silly to the profound, we’ve looked through our favorite new discoveries of 2017 and narrowed them down to the very coolest.

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One-word New Year's resolutions: The trick to making one you can actually keep

If ideas like “exercise more” or “eat fewer carbs” stress you out, this may be the solution that keeps your resolutions positive and achievable!

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12 of the very best printable calendars we hope are as inspiring as 2018 will be.

2017 was...quite a year. And if you're anything like me, you find the idea of a fresh calendar for a fresh New Year a great way of wiping the slate clean and getting a fresh start (to use a cliche or two). That's why I poked around to find some of the coolest 2018...

Feeling overwhelmed? Try this one-thing-a-day method to stay organized. You got this!

As a working mom of four kids, with a husband who often works from home too, our home has a tendency to be...out-of-control crazy. I love organization -- the pages of Marie Kondo's book are my happy place -- but over the last year it seems that I've been forced to...

Moms of big families share 7 brilliant, time-saving laundry hacks.

Over the years, we've figured out plenty of tricks to make the whole laundry process a lot easier. Because oof, who wants to spend more time than we have to doing laundry? It presents a particular challenge for those of us with bigger families; Kristen has six people...

How to create the perfect kids’ workspace so it actually gets used.

You know, we joke a lot about how hard it is to convince our kids to do their homework, because — well, it usually is. But the truth is that we understand -- it's hard to do our own work when we're not in a workspace we love and look forward to visiting each day....

The most brilliant small space solution for kids and homework

This week, I got the most amazing tip for small space organization when it comes to kids, desk space (or lack thereof) and organization, thanks to professional organizer Laurie Palau of Simply B Organized, host of This Organized Life podcast, and author of the...

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Say it With Your Necklace

I like to think that the jewelry I wear says a lot about who I am – stylish, funky, and a little bit crazy. However, there’s something to be said about jewelry that sends a message.Literally .

Babysitter on Board

It's hard for me to keep track of my multiple kids with their bursting-at-the-seams schedules, food allergies, bedtimes, assorted likes, dislikes and various pertinent telephone numbers--let aone for the sitter or the grandparents. From now on, I'm going to sync my...

No More Fighting Over Old Tees

I found the perfect solution fighting over the old way-too-small-yet- still-kind-of-cute-and-comfy Air Force Academy shirt that my husband refuses to get rid of. Instead of allowing it collect dust in the huge box labeled "Old tees that I'm forced to save because if I...

Take Me Out to the Diaper Genie

Oh the poor diaper wipe. It spends its brief time here on earth smashed against its brethren, crammed into some cheap plastic sheath, and finally covered in human waste and tossed away without so much as a goodbye.

You’ve Got Moxie, Kid!

If you had a best friend that was really friendly, smart and level-headed and knew a thing or two about parenting, she might be a lot like Moxie of Ask Moxie. Ask Moxie is an advice blog where parents can submit questions and receive answers on a plethora of parenting...

Trojan House

For moms who aren't quite ready to be a mom again just yet, an exceedingly chic solution: The Prophopot. These ceramic pots were made for the very singular purpose of nestling your condom collection in style, as the tell-tale lids cleverly indicate. You can find them...

The Only Thing Missing is the Baby Nurse

WhileI was more thantickled to getthe oodles of"welcome-baby" gifts, I have to say that I wouldn’t have minded a little something for myself. Sure, a medal of honor would have been nice, butI would have taken one of You’re Sucha Baby’s New Mom Kitsin a heartbeat.

Gemini: There is Twice the Drool in Your Future

Today the sun enters Gemini. Oh admit it, you love that stuff. Who among us doesn't feverishly turn to her local paper's horoscope page on her children's birthdays and look up "For those born on this date..." In any case, it's hard to resist the line of children's...

Go Ahead and Cuff Me

I’m one of those mothers who always forgets to put a picture of myamazingly adorabledaughter in my wallet. Maybe it’s because I feel like she’s always with me (not so far off, really), or because all our pictures are still stored on our digital camera.

Folk for the Little Folks

If you’re curious about children’s music artists like Trout Fishing in America or Justin Roberts, but are too indecisive to actually purchase an entire CD, here’s an easy solution.

Empowering Teens, One Showtune at a Time

One of the coolest and most underrated nonprofits I know is City at Peace, which uses performing arts as a way of promoting positive development in urban teens. They bring together a diverse group of kids for a year, during which time they mine their lives for stories...

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Lately I’ve been on the lookout for a cute little change purse that I can toss into my diaper bag when I head out to the playground.

Who Needs Paper?

My daughter has recently discovered the wonderful world of coloring. You name it- she isdrawing on it, and sadly, it’s rarely on actual paper. So instead of squashing her inner artiste, I’m thinking a Chalkboard Table from Sparkability might be just the way to go.

Cool Cats, No Hairballs

I don’t entirely understand all the ducks and lambs and barnyard animals on children’s stationery. I mean in my urban neck of the woods, where does a child even see any of those things, let alone grow to love them?

Buggin’ Out

Lots of kids go bonkers for bugs. But if you’re like me, you’d rather not be collecting those winged suckers in your house, thankyouverymuch. You can keep nature outside and still enable your child to explore the intricacies of living things, with the Butterfly Alphabet Poster.

They Take the Words Right Out of My Mouth

Sometimes I get tired of being the go-to gal for any kind of creative writing. Need a poem for your second cousin’s daughter’s fifth grade graduation? An apologetic letter to overbearing in-laws? A newsletter for the softball team?I’m the one who gets the call. So when I found Story People, I felt like I’d happened upon my own personal nirvana.

Now It’s Easy Bein’ Green

We here at Cool Mom Picks are all about being kind to the environment. But trying to live that way can be a challenge, particularly in you live in a not-so-green state like I do.

Reversible Can Be Cool, I Promise

I have to admit that I haven’t had much success with reversible stuff. I mean, sure, it’s great in theory. Butit always seems like one side is way better than the other, and that just sort of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?

These Pants Were Made For Crawling

Trade my gorgeous hardwood floors for wall-to-wall? No chance. Fortunately I've been alerted to crawling pants. No, I'm not kidding. Crawling pants. Pants. Just for crawling. These inventive and thoughtfully constructed toddler trousers from mom Tammany Atkinson's...

Better Than Cucumbers

As if I don't have a hard enough time falling asleep already, I am constantly dealing with my night-owl neighbors whose bright kitchen light shines right into our bedroom window.Tying to avoid any neighborly conflicts, I'm thinking of scoring an eye pillow from...

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