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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Lullabies for EMOmmies

Daycd1_1 Music is very important to us here at Cool Mom Picks Headquarters, even more important, rock-a-bye’ing our babies to sleep with style.

Binky Bling

Admit it, the only reason to stick around for the whole gift-opening shebang at baby showers is to make sure no present receives bigger oohs and ahhs than yours. Let’s just say your title of World’s Most Awesome Gift Giver will never be challenged when the hipster...

How Do You Spell Relief?

Being the extremely mistrusting first-time mother that I am, you might imagine the lengthy pre-evening out monologue that my poor babysitter must endure every time I leave the house. I'm sure I lose her after the first 15 seconds and God only knows how much after that...

Around The World in 39 Minutes

Putamayo Call me crazy, but I think if I hear another cheesy kid’s song belted by an extremely happy male and female duo, I may just lose my lunch. I’m not sure what makes us think that kids like to listen to purple dinosaurs and four men in matching shirts when it’s perfectly obvious that if they’ll listen to that stuff, they’ll probably listen to anything.

This is My Kind of Scrapbooking

Isn't there a saying that goes something like The Road to Hell is Paved in Good Intentions? Well, that seems to be where I'm headed when it comes to putting together my daughter's baby scrapbook. I haven't been lax in saving items; her memory box (as I like to call...

Tag, You’re It

After cruising through way too many websites full of beaded mommy jewelry that look like something my daughter could have made at preschool, I nearly gave up on my search for the perfect personalized mommy necklace. But amidst the sites featuring fake-jeweled charms...

Why Don’t I Just Give You My Card?

EventblisscardDon’t you wish you could just say Here, take my card when a friendly new mom asks for your phone number or email, instead of digging through your overstuffed diaper bag turned bad mommy purse?

You Know Where to Stick It

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It may be a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, but that’s small comfort when your walls are defiled with telltale nail holes. Fickle decorators, take comfort. Modernseed, purveyor of all things fabulous, has an amazing selection of reusable peel-and-stick wall decals to splash across your child’s room or playroom.

Something for the Swinger in All of Us

AirplanetireswingI never had a tire swing growing up. There’s something that creeped me out about them. I remember always being concerned about the stagnant water that had pooled in the bottom and the dirt that would get on my clothes. Yes. I was that kid

This Stuff Even Makes My Tushie Happy

If you haven't heard, cloth diapering is all the rage. So, that means I was popular for the first six months of my daughter's life. While I don't do the cloth diaper thing anymore, I still love Kathleen's stuff. At Happy Tushies, you will find boutique-style cloth...

Those Other Shoes Are so 2005…

PedoodlesThe soft leather soles of those cutie-booties just don’t cut it on our hard bumpy local sidewalks. And so we’ve upgraded to Pedoodles wonderful leather shoes, made with a seamless footbed and their trademarked PedFlex rubber soles.

The Stylish Tushie

I never thought twice about diapering my son with the eco-not-so-conscious disposable diaper. I have to admit, I thought that cloth diapers were still big cotton towels that required safety pins, manual dexterity, and a whole lot of free time.

Show Your Boobs, But Please Cover Up That Belly!

Greyglamourtank Once you get past the sore nipples and engorged breasts, your can focus your attention on a more flab-ulous issue – how to avoid flashing your post-baby-belly-roll when you go to nurse your child. I think it might be every nursing mom’s biggest gripe.

This Organization Goes to 11

The brilliant mind that brought us This is Spinal Tap has made a massive--and welcome--leap to the world of non-profits. Parents Action for Children is Rob Reiner's very cool parent advocacy group. The website features the standard fare on topics like schools, safety,...

Cool Duds For the Whole Fam

While cruising the net for cool picks this evening, I happened across Tot Rocket, a Cafepress site selling shirts for the whole family. The minds behind the gear describe themselves as specializing in hip baby clothing with style and attitude. With shirts for baby...

Pads Can Be Cool

When my 3 year old was a newborn we planned a trip to Europe and before I could say auf viedersehn, my brain pictured all the filthy traveling potties we would encounter while changing her diaper.

Because A Baby In Lame Clothes Makes You Want To Kill Yourself

You're not a conventional parent. You do not have a conventional child. As such, it's time to donate those my heart belongs to grandma onesies that remain crumpled and unused in the back of the drawer, and replace them with something a little more your speed. Lucky...

Wax On/Wax Off

The last time I tried an at-home hair removal system, I ended up waddling to the phone with 29 applicator strips hanging from my crotch so I could dial the emergency consumer hot line listed on the package. And yet yesterday, I gave it another go. Quickly, rush to the...

You Are What You Carry

Before you turn away in utter disgust from overexposure to the dreaded and bejeweled "Elvis-Marilyn-Audrey" bags, I have to say that these bags are tres sassy. The various designs are fabulous, as are the quality of the photos. I carry my bigasstote everywhere, and...

The Kind of Softy You’ll Thank Me For Later

Softie1Don’t get any sick ideas, dear readers. We’ve all seen our share of those softies and we certainly don’t need a stuffed one of THOSE laying around the house. Heather who blogs over at MilesEtc started making these fabulous little creatures for her little one, and as you might imagine, a few people got a hold of them and she’s decided to sell them to the masses.

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