Month: May 2013

5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool stuff like this daily. 1. Free Father’s Day printables for your own (easy!) DIY gifts. Plus scores of other Father’s Day gift ideas. 2. A brilliant new app for parents to help organize iPhone photos and more. 3. The new summer handbag making our wishlists. 4. Such a sweet personalized teacher gift for the end of the year. 5. We need to drink 8 of these, like, right...

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How to build your own monster trucks without having mastered pre-calc

All of my kids–yes, even the girls–love to play with toy cars, but there’s only so much you can do with them, right? That’s why I’m in love with this new line from Manhattan Toy that lets them unleash their creativity on all things four wheeled. The new MOTORWORKS line of cars and trucks has been in heavy play rotation around my house, and I’m not surprised considering it gives kids the opportunity to build and create the vehicles they’ll race on your kitchen floor (or is that just my house?). The cars and trucks like the Monster Truck...

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Lisa Loeb’s kids’ music gets you ready to move and shake. (Yes, you too.)

I’ve been a fan of Lisa Loeb’s voice ever since her days singing 90s hit Stay, but I really fell in love with her when she crooned the lovely, mellow Catch the Moon album for babes with Elizabeth Mitchell. Now Lisa’s back with a bunch of kids’ songs that aren’t made for napping, but for getting up and moving. And shaking. And yes, dancing. Get those smartphone video cams ready. Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Movin’ & Shakin’ includes ten tunes for doing just that. Half of the songs are originals like Turn it Down (The Air Band Song) that’ll...

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Web Coolness: Father’s Day inspiration, The Sisterhood of Mothers, and what to do with bored kids this summer

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Similar to the Mother’s Day photo we found, we love this cool way of capturing four generations in a single shot for a very special Father’s Day gift. Speaking of which, check out the first post in our Father’s Day Gift guide series–and don’t forget to enter a truly killer giveaway for Dad. The Sisterhood of Mothers will make you cry and make you proud. Go and read. Why Every Mom Should Make Sure She’s in Photos With Her Kids. If your kids...

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The coolest personalized Father’s Day gifts: 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Personalized Father’s Day gifts are always some of our favorite to track down, but this year we kept an eye out for personalized gifts for dad that were a bit off the beaten track. So no mugs. Just these cool custom gift ideas. Don’t miss our huge Father’s Day Gift Guide Giveaway! Details below Personalized Keychain for Dad We’re not sure if there’s anything sweeter than this sterling keychain personalized from your very own kiddo. The more imperfect the handwriting, the more perfect the gift. ($48+ from Cherished Sentiments)   Custom Pocket Square  We love that this pocket square...

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An end of year teacher gift for the teacher with the biggest heart

In the south, your kids may already already be out of school (and you parents scampering for activities to keep them occupied), but up where I live we still have an entire month left. That also means, a whole month left to think of thoughtful teacher gifts. Looking at Donors Choose this week, I’m so thrilled to see a donation category dedicated just for schools in Moore, Oklahoma that need rebuilding after the recent tornado. Making a donation to the Donors Choose fund to help Moore, OK Schools in a teacher’s name is such a special gift. This is...

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Subscribing has its benefits. Like, say, your very own free Bumbleride stroller?

Subscribe to Cool Mom Picks this month, and you just might win that swanky Bumbleride Indie stroller in Aquamarine (value $555). Pretty cool ride, right? But there’s more. Cool Mom Picks subscribers get all our best steals, deals, scoops, monthly picks and exclusive offer.. And subscribing is totally free! Just click here and enter your email address in that adorable little box. Early this week, you’ll get all the info in your inbox on how to be strolling like the stars with one of our favorite strollers. And psst…our existing subscribers are eligible too. Good...

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A baby gift that’s adorable, organic, and only $15. For real.

The perfect stuffed animal I want snuggling up against my kids’ face at night? Soft, cuddly, machine-washable, and made of safe, organic fabric. And it’d be nice if it didn’t cost a small fortune, so I wouldn’t mind my kids drooling on it in their sleep. Target located! Check out how this cute kid-stuff company is repurposing the scraps from their soft and safe baby clothing to create precious loveys at a price that makes me love ’em even more. Under the Nile’s adorable Scrappy Dogs are the cutest little hounds, all dressed up in 100% Egyptian organic cotton scraps that...

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6 irresistible lemonade recipes and variations you’ll sip all summer long

It’s (unofficially) summer and I’m thirsty for lemonade, limeade and orangeade. I know how much we all love a good cocktail: the proof is in the love you’ve shown for these 6 spring cocktails and also these 10 margarita recipes. Sometimes, though, you just need a simple sip that you can share with the kids, especially on long, hot summer days. That’s when it’s time to break out the water, sugar and lemons. And limes and oranges. Berries, watermelon and herbs, too.  These 6 lemonade and other citrus-ade recipes will save you from the heat all summer long. That’s right,...

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A crown fit for a queen

She already thinks she runs the house, why not adorn her tiny little head with something that will fit the role? Plus, you’ve got to love a princess-y dress up prop that isn’t pink, plastic, or sparkly, but is still totally adorable. Rita J Felt’s Petite Crown Headband will make any child feel regal during dress-up, a birthday party, or just when her heiness travels to the supermarket. Handmade in Lithuania of golden-yellow wool and affixed to a flexible headband, this comfy crown not only conveys stature, it keeps the hair from fluttering into her eyes. Just make sure...

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