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Birthday parties in the age of social distancing: 10 ideas to make it a special day for your kids

Whether you’re celebrating a toddler or a teen, we’ve got ideas that can help make some beautiful memories. 

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Our Ultimate Birthday Gift Guide: Because gifts need to be extra special this year

Birthdays are so meaningful for kids, especially when parties aren’t an option. We can help you find the perfect gift.

200+ of the best baby gifts of 2020

Whatever your budget, we think 2020 babies (and their parents) deserve some extra pampering right now.

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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...

Wood if I Could

Plastic, plastic everywhere. Argh, I’m going out of my head with all the neon plastic around our house! Er, what I mean is…anything for the kid.

Word to Your Mother

Feeling a little unhip these days? Having a hard time understanding "the kids" on MTV? Don't worry. We've all been there. Weknow how those Gymboree classes, playgroups, and never-ending Barney episodes can suck the cool right out of you. Sodon’t despair — there’s...

Boring Bandages, Be Gone

For eons, adhesive bandages came in that weird pseudo-skin tone color. Then someone got smart and decided they would make bandages with graphics on them. Yay!

Give Your Pringles to Someone Who Really Needs Them

Do you really need to be eating that can of barbeque pringles? Or that bag of red hot cheetos? I'm thinking that perhaps there's no time like the present (cough-bathingsuitseason-cough) to put the junk food away and send it to someone who could actually use it - like...

The Pod(cast) People

In many ways, technology has made raising children a whole lot easier. Just look at the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! But one of the greatest inventions for moms and dads, in our opinion, is the podcast.

Stop and Frame the Flowers

I always think I’m taking the most beautiful, professional, ready-to-be-blown up to 22×30 photos–only to process the film and realize just how mistaken I was. Not Alicia Bock. A mother of two, ecclectic gardener, and award-winning photographer who "records the passage of time through fading flowers and weathered landscapes."

Not Any Card Will Do

Shadesofviolent_1They struggled for four plus years. Dealt with an annoying roommate, egotistical advisor, and really bad food. So, you can’t just give them any old graduation card.

These Clips Make Me Giddy

Giddy1We’re just getting to the point that my daughter might actually have enough hair for a clip. However, I have been forced to put the kibosh on my victory dance due to the poor offerings of sassy hair clips that work on a head with barely any hair. Seriously, if you are not into satin bows or glittery claw clips, you are way out of luck.

Tee shirts squared

New moms of twins need everything. EVERYTHING. Times two. But that doesn't mean you want to be the practical friend who shows up at the shower with two packs of diapers, two boxes of wipes, and two snot-sucking nasal thingies. At least not without throwing in...

Washi and Wear

While I’m a huge fan of origami art, I never know exactly what to do with them. I’m thinking a row ofswans on my mantle may not be the greatest design decision I ever made. But, now I can actually wear my washi (the beautiful paper used to create origami) in beautifully handcrafted pendants by Blend Creations.

Get Your Own Derby

Derby_1With today being the annual running of the Kentucky Derby, we tried to come up with something apropos for cool moms. But, quite frankly, we can’t see anyone wearing a huge hat or taking the time to make a mint julep (I just pour whiskey in my coffee nowadays).

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