Month: July 2012

5 blueberry recipes we can’t get enough of

The start of blueberry season has arrived, calling for easy, fabulous blueberry recipes that make delicious use of the little blue dynamo. Grab several pints–since it’s peak season, you’ll need some to nosh on naked (the berries, not you) then use the rest to give any week in July some sparkle with one of these easy blueberry recipes. –Stacie  Cool down from the heat with this Blueberry Peach Sorbet recipe from Tutti Dolci. The recipe requires only three steps and any old ice cream maker. Don’t have one? Turn it into granita! Instead of chilling the mixture in the...

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Last minute 4th of July picks that sparkle

Oh say can you see… how awesome your 4th of July party or barbecue is going to be? Whether you need a last minute nosh or pretty party printables, we’ve got you covered like strawberries on a flag cake. 1. Need to keep your little patriots busy? Check out  this round-up of DIY 4th of July crafts and projects for the family. 2. We salute these easy (and gorgeous!) 4th of July recipes with creative takes on the red, white, and blue. 3. Need some sweet signage or pretty picks for your patriotic party? You’ll get a lot of bang for...

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How do you get girls excited about science? Try music.

My oldest daughter is about to enter sixth grade and if statistics are correct, her current love of science will likely wane as society subtly spreads the message that science and engineering studies are “not for girls.” But, I’m going to do everything I can to help change that perception with loads of science kits and talk about everyone from Marie Curie to Sally Ride.  And we’ll be playing a lot of a new CD whose mission is to empower girls to explore science and engineering fields their entire lives.  Bill Childs of Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child and...

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Circus Smirkus – the must see kids tour of the summer

Last year for the first time, I discovered the genius that is Circus Smirkus, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that my kids have been counting the days for an entire year until we could return. Well, we did. And you can too, now that they’re on tour again for their 25th annual summer (wow). There’s a whole lot of great reasons to nab your family some tickets for this special show this year. The non-profit Circus Smirkus is everything kids inherently love about the circus–acrobatics, humor, clowning, aerial stunts, hula hoops–only all performed by a cast of...

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Glow-in-the-dark glasses. What a bright idea.

These days, there’s no doubt that prescription glasses are totally cool. Exhibit A: Justin Bieber. (Oh, OK, his aren’t prescription. But the fact that the kid likes geek chic enough to fake it says something, right?) Still, it’s always possible to make something cool even cooler. And that’s exactly what Converse did with its new glow-in-the-dark Flutter frames. Made for kids 5 to 15, these are a sophisticated version of glow-in-the-dark. During the daylight hours–while the frames are soaking in all of the sunlight and getting ready for their big glow–the frames look cool, like pink ice. Then, once they’re...

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Mermaids are alive, well, and living in Coney Island

This past month, New York celebrated the 30th annual Mermaid Parade. For those of you not familiar, hoo boy . . . where to start. Well, maybe this gorgeous children’s book that will charm all mermaid wannabes, regardless of age. Or sex. Once a year when vacation starts I march in a parade to celebrate the opening of the ocean during the summer solstice… Thus begins Melanie Hope Greenberg’s Mermaids on Parade, a wonderful tribute to the most lively, most exuberant, most exciting parade of joy and craziness probably anywhere. It tells the story through the eyes of a...

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

The summer’s getting hotter, and so is tech! In case you missed them, here are a few of our favorite picks from Cool Mom Tech the last week. 1. We love this adorable gift for babies of tech fans. 2. This super gorgeous lomo camera will wow everyone at the cocktail party. (Pinterest is going nuts for it!) 3. One of our favorite productivity apps finally comes to Android. And it’s free. 4. Our inner crafting are squealing over Martha Stewart’s new crafting app— hurry and grab it while it’s still free for a very limited time!. 5. Spruce...

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Play with blocks, learn Korean. It’s child’s play!

We admit it: we’re blockheads. We love blocks. Old fashioned blocks. Presidential blocks. Chemistry blocks. Alternative blocks. So when we find beautiful blocks that look like a designer’s dream and can teach over 100 words in Korean? Our happiness isn’t just squared– it’s cubed. Korable Blocks are really kind of brilliant. Designed by a Korean dad in New York and handmade in Michigan by one of our favorite little companies, Father Goose, each set includes four beautiful, handprinted wooden blocks that can be combined to make over 120 Korean words. The enclosed booklet shows you how. So not only...

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Hooray for July and the Magic Beans 31 Days of Giveaways!

The realization that it’s already July is being made much easier knowing that it’s also the start of Magic Beans’ 31 Days of Giveaways. If you’re not familiar with this wonderful mom + pop owned shop, this is the perfect opportunity to make its acquaintance, and perhaps score yourself some amazing goodies (coughBugabooDonkeycough), many of which we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Picks.  {See how you could win $12,000 worth of prizes after the jump!} As part of their 5th anniversary celebration back in 2009, Boston-based and family run Magic Beans hosted an outrageous 31 Days of Giveaways. Lucky...

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We scream for New York’s best ice cream

Being named the #1 anything in New York is a major badge of honor. Not to brag, but this city is chock full of the best of pretty much everything our country has to offer. Knowing that, when I found out there was a new #1 Zagat rated ice cream shop but 4 blocks from my office, the little kid in me did the happy dance right on over. If you’re in the NY area or heading here this summer, it’s a must-visit. Ample Hills Creamy in Brooklyn, NY is not your typical ice cream shop. Founded by Brian...

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