These days the web is so inundated with blogs and sites that it’s hard to know which are the good ones. Cool Mom Picks is at the top of my list for all things having to do with babies and kids. Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase founded the site in 2006 and have been finding cool products for millions of moms ever since. You may have even spotted the influential pair on the Today Show and The Early Show. They’re hip, witty, smart and – best of all – fun! So I was over the moon when they agreed to be our guest experts this week on CeciStyle! Get a load of their savvy tips for on-the-go moms this summer.
Top 5 Mom Must-Haves for Summer Travel by Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase, Cool Mom Picks
A bag that doesn’t make you feel like a mom: We won’t name names but those big, puffy quilted grandma duffels? No thank you. Instead, we’re big fans of the Longchamp Le Pliage nylon totes, which can now be personalized and monogrammed. They may not be the newest bag on the block, but they’re lightweight, stylish, relatively affordable, and can fold up into your luggage as a spare should you need it. Can thousands of French women be wrong?
Flip-flops that you wouldn’t wear in the shower: We recently rounded up more than ten stylist-recommended comfy and stylish shoes for summer. We’re addicted to Tkees leather flip-flops, which look more polished than rubber ones, but still hold up nicely all season long. And they come in so many great colors, it will be hard to pick just one.
An e-reader and a great case: Should you manage to eke out a few quiet hours for yourself this summer for 50 Shades…uh, we mean for the Steve Jobs bio, an e-reader is a must. We’re hot on the Kindle Fire these days, but the Kindle app on your phone or tablet works just fine if you don’t want another gadget to lug around. The pretty, neoprene Kindle Fire case from Built NY is not only appropriately cushy, it’s checkpoint-friendly for travel.
A real camera that didn’t come with your smartphone: While we’re as addicted to iPhoneography as anyone else, there’s something truly satisfying about the quality of family photos taken from a DSLR or even an excellent point-and-shoot like the Sony Cyber-shot. Plus it comes in silver, purple, pink and red. Sorry, no tangerine yet – but we have hope.
Sunscreen Swipes from Supergoop: Okay, so this one is for both you and your family, since they’re approved for even babies with sensitive skin. However, these travel packs of sunscreen towelettes from Supergoop mean you always have a Paraben-free, excellent SPF 30 at the ready, without the risk of spills (ugh) in that pretty Longchamp bag. All summer long, we don’t leave home without them.
LIZ GUMBINNER AND KRISTEN CHASE, COOL MOM PICKS
Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase founded Cool Mom Picks in 2006 as a grassroots review and shopping blog and it has grown to be arguably the most influential shopping and trend blog for parents on the web. It was deemed “the online arbiter of cool for the swingset crowd” by Parents magazine, and featured as a top site by InStyle, Real Simple, Martha Stewart and Time. Kristen and Liz are frequently seen doling out tips on parenting trends and culture on programs like the TODAY Show, CBS The Early Show, and venues like Babycenter and KatieCouric.com.