What Mini Social essential would you recommend for summer? Giddy Giddy clips! I love those so much...I've been a fan of Giddy Giddy hair clips since we first discovered them back in 2006. I was willing my daughter's hair to grow so I could put them on her.
What inspired you to launch Cool Mom Picks?
Mom entrepreneurs! I saw so many moms deciding to leave the traditional work force to try to spend more time with their kids while bringing in an income by selling their creations. I thought it would be cool to showcase their work with short, cheeky editorial for consumers trying to find fabulous off-the-beaten-path goodies. A win-win for everyone involved!
How does life change for you/your family during the summer break?
Since my family and I live in Atlanta, we spend most of our days submerged in the pool or sitting over an air conditioning vent. There are lots of impromptu “scooter gang” playdates on our street too, since we've got around 30 kids on our cul de sac alone.
Any great tips to keep the kids busy and moms sane over the summer vacation?
Camp! We're a fan of week long day camps, which seem to be just enough time to keep the kids occupied but not so much where you feel tied down that you can't go away anywhere. And for playtime, keep it simple. Give your kids some buckets and a magnifying glass and send them out in the yard (if you have one). It's amazing how busy they can keep themselves with just a couple of toys.
As a mom of four and editor at Cool Mom Picks, any tips for other working moms?
Just accept the fact that you'll always have some level of guilt - whether it's that you're not spending enough time with your kids and your spouse/partner or that you're not getting enough done around the house. But instead of letting the guilt bog you down, use it as a call to examine your schedule and your priorities. Sometimes those pangs are a good reminder to do a little check-in to re-evaluate and reorganize.
Anything new & exciting happening at Cool Mom Picks that you can share?
We're thrilled to announce the launch of our new sister site www.CoolMomTech.com, which is the intersection of tech and style, parenting, practicality, and fabulosity. We feature tech-related products, services, tips, and tricks for moms who use tech (not techies who parent - big difference). We hope our picks help to make moms' lives easier, simpler, and more enjoyable.