Month: October 2012

Sugar-free ways to keep kids busy on Halloween

Trick-or-treating is still hours away and my kids are already talking nonstop about Halloween candy. So to help maintain a bit of my own sanity today, I’ve rounded up a few ways to keep my kids busy and entertained until the evening rolls around. Here’s hoping these ideas help you too!  It’s the perfect day for a movie marathon, and we’ve got 14 family-friendly Halloween movies you can stream right from Amazon Instant Video.  If you’ve got a smart phone or tablet, download these 4 cool Halloween apps for your kids, a couple of which are free.  All you...

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Creature comforts

My first thought after seeing these handmade plush cameos and pillows was, “So cute that it hurts.” I mean, look at these faces! And shapes! I have a list of children that I want to make happy with these adorable creatures.                            Three Bad Seeds have created this collection of quirky and modern pillows. Each one is made from reclaimed, upcycled and repurposed linen and wool clothing. They cut every piece by hand and design its color combination according to the materials that they find locally. So cool!                                                     Look...

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Ghost stories. Ooooooooo!

My tween is finally beyond the check-under-the-bed-for-monsters stage, and is now onto reading scary stories “for fun.” So once she hangs up her Halloween trick-or-treat bag for the night, I know she’ll enjoy digging into this smart and spooky guide that deals with all of those things that go bump in the night.  The Girls’ Ghost Hunting Guide may look sweet and light—that ghost has eyelashes!—but don’t let the cover fool you. The content in this little guide is packed with loads of information for those interested in the paranormal. And some of it is spooky enough that I...

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Cool clothes for sporty girls. Yes, they exist.

I’ve been a fan of the INKnBURN running clothes ever since I discovered them at the Disneyland Tinkerbell half-marathon earlier this year. So I have to admit that I was pretty excited to see their ultra cool girls’ athletic wear, particularly the newest styles that I know my own active girls would love to get their hands on. The INKnBURN girls’ styles are bright and playful and even a little quirky–just check out the awesome Tokyo Pop Tech shirt or the funky neon skeleton ribs shirt. These comfy fashions aren’t just cute, they’re made to handle dirt, sweat, and...

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Funky kids’ furniture that’s not your average kids’ furniture

When I started searching for furniture to fill my kids’ bedrooms, I was on the lookout for pieces that were kid-friendly yet well designed.  I wanted something that didn’t feel predictable.  And above all, I wanted something that didn’t look like it was rescued from a daycare. (You know what I’m talking about.)  We have featured a lot of great furniture pieces here on CMP and now one more can be added to that list.  Tot Republic offers unique designs along with a truly sustainable and Earth-friendly approach to construction and materials. You can tell that through their designs,...

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Sharing science, superheroes, Tolkien and more, Geek Mom style. (What, you think that stuff is just for dads?)

What’s faster than a speeding Mario with a star, stronger than a Wookie with a grudge, and able to build a lava-lamp egg timer in her kitchen? It’s Geek Mom, and she’s here to entertain, educate, and spread the fun of geekery to families everywhere, thanks to this fun new book. The Geek Mom crew at Wired.com are a coterie of gals after our own hearts, and we’re excited to share the fun of their new book, Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st Century Families. Most of the project books we see are dominated...

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The coolest dreidels ever. One word: LEGO

I know, I know…Halloween is not even here and already we’re diving headfirst into holiday picks. But it’s hard to resist when it’s a Hanukkah goodie as cool as these dreidels. [find out how to get a great limited time discount after the jump!] Made by artist Val Glaser, who does all kinds of cool things with LEGOs, the LEGO dreidel set is no different. They’re all hand-made from upcycled bricks, with the Hebrew letters handstamped. Hand these out, and easily they will be the best ones any kid brings home.  Plus, for a limited time, you can find...

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Hey, doll. Are you a subscriber?

Baby, have we got a good deal for you. All you have to do is subscribe to our newsletter, which is jam-packed with awesome offers, exclusive discounts, top picks, style trends, and of course, our monthly subscriber-only giveaway. This month, FOUR lucky Cool Mom Picks subscribers will win this Corolle “First Doll” Collection valued at over $200 each. Right in time for holidays too. Want a chance to win one? Just subscribe to our newsletter and find the details this week. All the cool picks, none of the spam. Yeah,...

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The best scooter for little kids? The one that’s the best for big kids.

There is no question in my three-kid household that one of the favorites in our fleet of ride-on toys is the Mini Kick scooter. From the moment they could balance on the stable footrest, my kids were cruising the driveway and declaring it “best scooter ever.” But now, even the youngest kids can fall in love with their own Mini Kick without having to wait until they are “scooter ready.” And, even better, this Mini Kick is made grow with them, making it a toy they’ll use for years. The all new Mini Micro 3-in-1 Scooter is basically the...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Here are a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them (while drooling over the next round of Apple releases, of course). 1. Is the new iPad Mini good for kids? You might be surprised by our answer. 2. Such an awesome, easy way to create a baby book or document your family history with all your photos. Brilliant! 3. If you’ve got kids who love to read at bedtime, we’ve got the perfect gadget for you— and for less than $12! 4. This cool, free app is perfect for road trippers, homeschoolers, or just anyone who loves...

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Morphology Jr: Pictionary for the 21st century

Board games have a lot to compete with these days. Ever tried to get your older kid to put down Angry Birds in favor of Monopoly? That’s why I’m thrilled to find this interactive (albeit battery-free) board game that’s not boring in the least. And my kids agree. Meet Morphology Jr. It’s like Pictionary (remember that game??) for the 21st century. Teams have to guess secret words from a stack of cards, but instead of drawing the objects, you have to assemble them using things like string, and blocks which are all provided with the game.  It’s really fun...

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Book log for kids? Reader Q&A

Do you have a recommendation for a good “Books I’ve Read” journal or notebook for kids? -Suzanne, via Facebook Book logs or journals are a great way to give kids tangible pride in all the reading they’ve done, as well as a place to look back to remember some of their favorite titles. Keep reading for some of my favorite options for helping kids keep track of the books they’ve read. –Christina I love The Bookworm Journal for younger kids because it offers a nice, simple format to record the books they’ve read. Kids are also encouraged to tear...

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Launch a successful home business with a little help from Mom, Inc.

As a mama, I have big dreams: making cute-yet-healthy snacks, being a role model, kissing boo-boos like a champ. As an employee, I have the same dreams (except maybe the boo-boos part). I want to do it all…but I’m not always sure where to start. You know how it goes. This new book might help us accomplish our lofty goals–well, at least a few of them. Mom, Inc., by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto, is full of smart, accessible advice for busy mamas seeking to launch home businesses. And believe me, these women know their stuff: Ilasco is an...

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Get inspired to pursue your life list at Go Mighty

My boring ol’ to-do list may grow hourly, though it’s way more fun to think about my “want to do” (often more morbidly called a bucket list) which is filled with all those things that sound like fun, an adventure, or just something I know would make my heart sing. And now there’s an amazing place online where I can share these thoughts, no matter how crazy or trivial, and maybe even find others who might be able to give me the nudge to check them off my list. Go Mighty is a new community website that offers a...

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Need a pretty alternative to pierced ears? Try temporary tattoos

So you can probably guess what happened when my 8-year-old got her ears pierced, right? My two younger daughters freaked out and begged to get their ears pierced as well. Too bad I didn’t have these cute temporary tattoo earrings back then.  The Poppy Drops temporary tattoo earrings are an adorable alternative to pierced ears. And while they look pretty realistic, they’re just applied with a bit of warm water and pressure: no needles involved.  You’ll find all sorts of different styles for every different taste, all of which stay on very well. In fact, we’re going on two weeks...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Here are 5 of our favorite pins this week Ooh, we’re kind of loving this skull patterned lace. Not just for Halloween, either. The app that we’ll get for our kids…but kind of want to play with ourselves. Super easy last-minute pumpkin decorating idea. No carving required, yay! A pretty baby shower party kit that works whether you know the sex of the baby or not. Awesome easy way to display kids’ artwork. Which seems to grow exponentially each...

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Special delivery: awesome DIY cardboard toys for kids

When I was a kid, my father ran a factory and on the rare special evening he would come home with big cardboard boxes for my sister and I to play with. I have memories of late nights setting up giant playhouses in the basement where we spent hours cutting, decorating, coloring and making it all our own. I had kind of forgotten about that feeling until I was introduced to Metamorphic Toys. Metamorphic Toys is a green toy company that provides kids creative freedom by enabling their imaginations through design. We’ve featured cardboard DIY toys before, like this cardboard playtown, an...

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Count us in: BabyLit scores with a spooky number book

Jennifer Adams and Allison Oliver hooked us with their beautiful BabyLit counting and color board books based on classic literature like Alice in Wonderland and Jane Eyre. They’ve done it again–this time, with a counting Count Dracula. Little Master Stoker’s Dracula is a very different counting count, spookier than the snuggly number-maestro of Sesame Street, and perfect for Halloween. Just a little bit dark (think semisweet chocolate), and just as modern and pretty as the other books in the BabyLit family, Dracula uses imagery from Bram Stoker’s original Dracula tale to teach counting from one to ten. The illustrations are atmospheric and...

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Web Coolness: superhero photo opps, resonant moments, and healthy-ish Halloween snacks

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Cereal boxes, duct tape, and some high-flying kids create the cutest superhero photo booth from One More Mushroom. (via mer mag)  Paying Attention to Resonant Moments: A gorgeous post about those important moments in time. This amazing piece in the New York Daily News about our own Editor Liz’s trip with ONE to Ethiopia is a must-read. (Yes, we’re biased, but for good reason). We are so touched to read what one woman is doing help her young nephew who was...

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Sew sweet: DIY embroidery gifts for under $15

I realize it’s not even November yet, but since I’m a fan of DIY holiday gifts–especially for my family from my kids–I try to start early. And in my search for easy, affordable crafts that my daughter and I can make, I found these lovely little needlepoint kits from Red Gate Stitchery. I snatched up a bunch of these affordable DIY embroidery kits that include everything you or your kiddo needs to make a pretty holiday gift. These are so small and easy that your child can finish one in only a sitting or two, like the pretty DIY bamboo pendant...

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