Month: August 2013

6 helpful school lunch resources and inspiration for parents

The tips, ideas and best products for back-to-school have been flowing in from every direction all month long. But soon we’ll be back in the swing of things and the back-to-school chatter will die down, but there’s one thing you can’t do at the beginning of the school season and have it over with: School lunch. This is one back-to-school topic that isn’t just for back-to-school time, which is why we’ve rounded up 5 awesome, helpful resources that will help keep you–and your school lunches–inspired all year long. I can’t talk about school lunch resources that will serve you...

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Printable personalized school labels: No, you can’t stick one to the head they’d lose if it wasn’t attached

With kids heading back to school (um, where did summer go?), it’s time to start that long process of putting their names on everything they own. And that’s where school labels makes it so much easier. Especially this DIY version which can save you a ton of money, and let you have some fun in the process. Sometimes (like when you have a whole lot of children) investing in a whole bunch of labels when you’re also buying new school supplies, clothes, gym uniforms, and shoes can seem a little daunting. So that’s where the Printable Personalized Label Set from the...

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Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell make beautiful music together

I’ve always loved Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell for making such special music that families can enjoy together. And now they’ve joined musical forces to produce a collection of songs that is joyful, upbeat, and so very lovely. You won’t want to miss this one. [Keep reading for your chance to win your very own autographed copy for your kids, from Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell. Whoo!] In their first collaborative CD Turn Turn Turn, Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell have put together a collection of original and deserve-to-be-heard-again folk songs. It’s sure to be a new classic, a...

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10 ways to make the most out of the last weekend of summer, most of them free

With the final unofficial days of summer so close (wah!), we’ve got one more long weekend to milk the most out of the late sunsets with the family. So here, our editor Liz offers up 10 little things that make the biggest summer memories for kids. The best part: you hardly have to spend any money at all. Click over to the Amex #passionproject Tumblr and get fun details about all ten ideas. And hey, maybe there are a few you can even squeeze in this very weekend. Personally, we’re all for more Sno-Cones. Even after Labor Day. ...

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4 nursery themes for the coolest kids’ rooms

Picking a nursery theme doesn’t have to be hard–but it doesn’t have to be boring, either. We always say, skip the easily outgrown cartoon characters and go for something you won’t have to change so fast. We know it’s hard to imagine when you’re pregnant and every day seems like a year…but one day that baby will be a toddler, will be an actual kid with a say in their room decor. On behalf of our wonderful sponsor Pop & Lolli, makers of the imaginative, extremely well-made and eco-friendly fabric wall decals that we were excited to discover last...

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Swear to Mod: Amazing mid-century vintage shop on Etsy with an extra reason to shop there

Browsing around Etsy as I am apt to do…oh, every hour or so, I discovered the wonderful Swear To Mod shop, featuring so much of the mid-century, 60’s, and 70’s housewares and art that I love. Only this experience was a little different than most.   I had the best time gazing at her colorful, well-curated vintage selection and settled on a fabulous fondue fork set from the 70’s (don’t judge; I had to have them)–but right after purchasing, my money was refunded. I asked Theresa if something was wrong, and she explained that she discovered one of the...

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Cool school supplies: Back to School Guide 2013

While we love the annual ritual of picking out a new backpack or fun lunch box to start the school year, there’s something about finding just a few cool school supplies for our kids that remind us that school isn’t just about homework and tests. Well, okay, sometimes it is about homework and tests; but at least they can do them with a nifty pen stored in a super cool case, right? We’ve narrowed it down to 20 of the very coolest school supplies we’ve found to help students express their individuality and style. Enjoy! Set of 4 Rainbow...

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The best advice for new parents from parents who get it: You!

Recently, we had an awesome discussion on our Facebook page about the best parenting advice we ever got. Which led to some insightful, honest, and often hilarious contributions from our own community. Here, a wonderful range of parenting advice from our very own readers. And hey, don’t be shy on jumping in on Cool Mom Picks Facebook discussions; you never know who you might be helping. 1. When people ask if your child sleeps through the night, just lie and say yes. It helps you avoid all that sleep advice. -Nancy 2. It’s okay to mourn your old life...

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Not just backpacks: State GiveBackPacks also help kids who need them.

So here’s something I didn’t know: More than 46 million Americans are living below the poverty line right now. And of those 46 million people, 23% of them are kids. So we’re very happy to support a company that helps kids living in poverty to head back to school knowing someone’s got their back. Don’t miss a limited time discount after the jump! No kid should have to carry their school things in a plastic trash bag. But after witnessing children in NYC doing just that, the husband-wife founders of State were inspired to do something that would make a tangible...

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

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks on Cool Mom Tech this week, just in case you missed them.   1. You won’t believe what this cool iOS app does to your kids’ doodles. 2. Does mama need a brand new bag? We say yes. Or in this case, YES. 3. Our readers are going nuts for these creative ideas for photographing your kids’ first days back to school. 4. What a cool way to wear your Instagram photos. 5. Breaking Bad LEGO. Enough said (and we know, not for kids. Still awesome). BONUS: Have you seen our...

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