June
21
23:00

A Valentine’s Day card design contest presented by Cool Mom Picks & Etsy

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it seemed appropriate to team up with one of our first and favorite loves, Etsy, for a super cool Valentine’s Day color-your-own card design contest. We’re looking for fun, original cards that kids the...
June
21
23:00

Guess it was the way the Flaming Lips segued into that Ella Fitzgerald live bootleg track

Not every relationship is sappy and sentimental and traditional. If I were to get my sigOth some kind of flowery Hallmark card for Valentine’s Day and a bottle of cologne I think he’d wonder who’d replaced me with the fembot. But the custom cross...
June
21
23:00

Down with manilla! (The folders, not the town in New South Wales)

I just had a discussion with a friend about how beautiful file folders can make an instant difference in your mood when you sit down at your desk, whether that desk is in a cozy nook of your bedroom or in the midst of white cubicle hell. The firs...
June
21
23:00

A glider that has beauty and brains

I remember waddling over to the glider section of the baby mega-store. I eased myself onto one of the basic floor models. It wasn’t much to look at (which is a nice way of saying, butt ugly), but I felt like I had discovered heaven in chair form....
June
21
23:00

Parenting tips from the (cool, funny) mom next door

I used to love reading parenting guides. My oldest child was an overachiever from the start, and the guides served as affirmation that she was a prodigy and I was a model parent.Then my middle child – my obstinate, tantrum-throwing, speech-delaye...
June
21
23:00

A Ray of sunshine in nursery decor.

I hate my hand-me-down crib with the passion of a thousand fiery suns, which is why it’s in pieces in the attic while my kid sleeps in an old pack-and-play the color of used hospital scrubs. In my dreams, I’ve got something from Muu Furniture – I...
June
21
23:00

Love notes you’ll love

Are you stuck in a never-ending search for Valentine’s Day cards that don’t embarrass you to send to anyone over the age of five? Let’s just say glossy, cheap, mass produced images of kittens tangled in yarn don’t always convey the message for me...
June
21
23:00

Whatchoo talkin’ bout, Emma?

I am dying over the awesomeness that is the “Say What” personalized stationery gift sets from past CMP pick, Just Jenn Designs. Just email the designer a good headshot of your child (or dog or BFF) that can be easily silhouetted, and she’ll send ...
June
21
23:00

Getting the Pretty Back – Reason #112 why I’m still a huge Molly Ringwald fan

My relationship with Molly Ringwald spans several decades (oh God, that’s scary). From the minute she stepped into detention in The Breakfast Club to the birthday cake-eating moment on the dining room table with the cutest boy ever in Sixteen Can...
June
21
23:00

Hip art for cool dudes (and the moms that love them)

I know, I know. When you get down to it, most boys are just drawn to things with wheels and pointy teeth. In a world devoid of gender-specific toys, they would still manage to nibble a piece of cheese into the shape of a gun. But what about moms ...
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