Web Coolness – amazing playgrounds, our Baby Shower Gift Guide and Downton Abbey paper dolls

playgroundsHere are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. 

We wish more playgrounds were as inspired as the ones in this list of fun outdoor play spaces from all over the world.

So proud of our new Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide which is loaded with over 150 great picks and discount codes too!

Cracking up over this parody of Justin Bieber’s Baby, made for all of us new (and tired) moms. (via OWTK)


Excited to hear that two of our favorite online mamas will be publishing Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less, coming soon (we hope!) to a bookstore near you.

The Book I Wish Didn’t Exist: One mama’s lament over her daughter’s newest favorite princess book.

Fabulous post at Mommy Shorts about 10 toys that help girly girls master math and science.

Love this parent’s way of dealing with “spontaneous vegetarianism” at the dinner table.

The force is with Kristen as she shows off three of her favorite handmade Star Wars baby gifts.

Speaking of Star Wars, don’t miss the hilarious–and free—download of Why Is Dad So Mad? Anyone with a bone to pick with George Lucas will love this one.


How do you feel about preschoolers with homework? Interesting conversation about this on Motherlode.


Watch our editor Liz with the most stylish babies on Martha Stewart’s Baby Shower Show, and talking tech on The Today Show


Downton Abbey fans: Get your own fabulous printable paper dolls of some of the top characters. It’ll have to do until Season 3 starts again. 

Cool Mom Staff

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