Category: Around the House

Geeky sheets for geeky kids

I’ve spent who knows how long trying to track down cool kids sheets for my daughter who, unlike her older sister, could care less about princesses, fairies, and Dora offerings. Secretly (or not too secretly), that makes me verrrry happy. But it also makes it a little more challenging. Of course I spent some time perusing the cool kids sheet sets we’ve featured at Cool Mom Picks, but I decided to poke around at one of my favorite geeky shops–and look what I found! The Geeky Kids sheet set features original artwork based on a poem called “The Geekling’s...

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Limited-edition robot pouches are adorably useful too

Back when I was a Jetsons-loving adolescent, I used to think how cool it’d be in the year 2000 when we’d all have our own robots who followed us around and carried our stuff for us. So, it’s 2011, and I was wondering where my robot dreams had gone when I stumbled upon a whole flock of robots that are definitely ready to serve. Or just look cute on the dresser. The Robot Pouches from Toronto’s Anatomy of a Skirt are part handy zippered pouch, part room decor and part ZOMG is that a Ninja Robot? Not sure about...

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Let me Google that…for your bum.

What do Justin Bieber, Glee, iPad, and bankruptcy have in common? They were all the top Google searches between 2005 and 2010. And you can sit on them. Thanks to Etsy store Elasticco, you can now order your own Google pillow¬†showcasing the top Google searches from the year of your choice. The Google pillow is made of natural army duck cotton canvas with black screen printing, and it’s stuffed with a mix of down and feathers. There’s even a zipper on back for cleaning purposes, although it also reminds me of one of Lady Gaga’s outfits, so that’s topical,...

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5 CES tech discoveries just for moms

We love hearing that more and more, tech companies are reaching out to moms and understanding that we’re fans of technology too. And I’m happy to report there was plenty of evidence of it last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Last week I fought through more than 140,000 people on multiple exhibit floors at CES, to find things will make our lives more fun and maybe even easier. Some of which just might be the next “I can’t live without it” gadgets. Here are just five of my favorite picks just for moms that will...

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Bed trays as laptop trays. Why not!

Embarrassing confession: I spent so much time with my laptop on my lap one summer, I have permanent, if faded, dark marks on my thighs. Now I’m always telling myself that one day, I’m going to invest in a laptop tray of some sort. In looking around I realized hey, there are some cute bed trays that do great double duty as a laptop tray. You know, when the kids aren’t serving me breakfast in bed at 11 AM. Ha. I kind of love this mahogany wood veneer bed tray from CB2 complete with a heat-proof finish that means...

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Hone your techorating sense in the New Year with tips from Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

With the influx of devices that we all seem to be accumulating, our homes have started to be overrun with wires, cords, chargers and the like. Not a good problem to have when you’ve got kids running around. As such, design guru to all of us, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, founder of the site we love to love,¬† Apartment Therapy, and author of Big Book of Small Cool Spaces, has developed the art of “techorating”–the ability to reflect the ways in which we can maximize and re-configure our living spaces to co-exist peacefully with our gadgets. Does that sound up our...

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Herman Miller does it to me again

When holidays roll around, I definitely start thinking about how I can wrangle the chaos in my home to something, shall we say, a little more guest-friendly? Piles of papers away, cords hidden, bookshelves prettied up. One of the things that needs a shot of new around here is the big messy desk at the center of our living room. (Friends, you know of which I speak.) When I saw this one from Herman Miller I got all sweaty in a happy way. Introduced in 2008, the Herman Miller Airia Desk is such a gorgeous mid-century inspired classic, with...

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The Neato robotic vacuum sucks. In a good way.

For the past two Christmases, my mother has given me vacuums, a gift I try not to take as judgment on the state of my house. And while the Dyson was–and still is–great, my little robotic Roomba continues to make me positively giddy as it whirls around my house.    But, look out Roomba, there’s a new vacuum in town and this guy really sucks. It sucks so much in fact that I’m hoping to score a hat trick by finding another vacuum under the tree again this year.  {don’t miss the super great giveaway after the jump!} The best...

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Quirky.com: Why didn’t I think of that?

As I was looking around the website Quirky, I kept using words like Genius! and Awesome! This web site helps people develop and produce super interesting product ideas. And better–lets those of us who simply appreciate super interesting product ideas, buy them. You’ll find everything from electronics and accessories, to kitchen gadgets, to cool stuff for parents and kids like the splash stacks that save your knees while you’re bathing the babies. But what’s really interesting – not all of it is made yet. Basically the community commits to purchasing something and if enough people do, it goes into...

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See Jane Work Cyber Tuesday Sale – Get organized for 25% less

Call me crazy, but I could spend hours shopping at an office supply store. So you can only imagine how much fun I have perusing the virtual shelves at See Jane Work, which is like an office supply store only with pretty things. Things you really really want. Particularly today with their very cool Cyber Tuesday sale. [Don’t miss the great offer after the jump] Whether you need to stock up on swanky office supplies, complete your holiday shopping list, or prepare yourself early for 2011, today is the day to do it. I found 25% off every single...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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