Month: March 2012

The best arts and crafts storage solutions – Reader Q&A

My apartment has been taken over by art supplies! I want to hold on to many of the supplies and keep them in an organized manner…if this this possible with a 3 year and 5 year old. –Holly   Hi Holly, With three of my own little artists, I can empathize! It’s easy for a small space to be quickly overrun byall those supplies–not to mention the results of your kids’ artistic labor. Here are some of my favorite ideas for storing art supplies and projects. Ikea’s Expedit bookcase (at top) is my hands-down favorite for art-supply storage, holding...

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Our favorite Dr. Seuss books – Happy birthday Theodore Geisel!

Of all the children’s books we have amassed on our collective bookshelves over the years, there are several Dr. Seuss books that my would be in the short stack of our kids’ favorite titles. We suspect the same would be true for many of us grown-ups. So in honor of both Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday and the Read Across America campaign begun in his honor, the Cool Mom Picks contributors have each picked one of our favorite Dr. Seuss books to share. It’s interesting how a book choice says so much about the reader! We’re pretty sure you’ve got...

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Web Coolness – Dr. Seuss treats, better school lunches, and parenting around the world

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. {photo: Muffin Tin Mom} Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Check out Kristen’s fun ways you can celebrate his birthday, as well as these adorable craft-and-treat ideas that pay homage to some of his most beloved characters. How do you feel about standardized testing in public schools? Take a look at what two NYC parents are doing to try to boycott school testing. The lovely series of films called Made By Hand features people who are so passionate about what they do,...

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Get your popcorn ready: New York’s International Children’s Film Fest is Coming.

Film fans in the New York area are preparing for the New York International Children’s Film Festival and we are too! Over the past 15 years, the NYICFF has become a huge family event, and a great chance to expose our kids to more than 100 films from 34 countries, that obviously go beyond your usual big box-office fare. If you’re thinking about going (and make your reservations now, it sells out!), the festival runs from March 2-25. And if you need some help figuring out what to see and what your kids will love, we’ve got the scoop–straight...

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Unicorns, people. Unicorns!

My five-year-old and I finally agree on something: Other than stick-on earrings and a skull, this adorable artwork pretty much includes everything we love. The Monster Puppet Unicorn Theater print from MyZoetrope on Etsy is just about the cutest thing ever. Monsters! Rainbows! Unicorns! Puppets! And a magical castle made out of cupcakes. Everybody loves all of those things all of the time, right? No? Just me and Kindergartners, then? Richly printed on super-thick Museum Etching fine art paper, the signed 7×9 image is perfectly sized to fit in an 8×10 frame. If you love it, you can even...

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Tips for reorganizing your closets with a pro – everything you’ve ever wanted to know

I know I am not the only one who has looked at those photos of professionally reorganized closets and wept with envy. I am pathetic in the organization department, and my closets are the worst example of it all. In fact, they’re less closets and more like black holes. It’s always been a dream for some professional closet organizer to swoop in and organize the mayhem. Dream! (above) Reality! (Includes bent clothing rod and recently discovered squash racket that doubles as handy child-sized air guitar) So when the kind folks at Closet Factory offered to help me customize my...

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