Month: January 2014

Ways to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the kids

From books that celebrate his life’s story, to activities you can do with the kids on this Day of Service, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, or any day of the year.    Volunteer opportunities If your local newspaper or websites don’t list any special events, check out All For Good’s searchable database for Martin Luther King Day events in your area. In the Boston area, I was able to find events where people of all ages will make fleece scarves for homeless people, serve at...

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5 Tech Picks You May Have Missed

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular Cool Mom Tech picks from this week. 1. Looks like you’ll be able to cook dinner with your smartphone soon. 2. If you’ve got a Minecraft fan in your house, you need to see these! 3. Like we needed another reason to love Otterbox cases. 4. Here’s a gadget every family with kids using computers needs to have, stat. 5. Getting fit in 2014 just got so much easier with...

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Ever tried to resell something with a monogram? Well, now you can.

Growing up in the age of The Official Preppy Handbook, I coveted Izod shirts and monogrammed sweaters. While my mother agreed to the Izods, she argued that a monogrammed sweater was a waste, since we knew no one else with the initials JRW and couldn’t hand it down. As a mother myself now, I can concede that she had a point. But if Match My Monogram (and, uh, the internet) had been around back then, I might have scored someone else’s outgrown JRW-emblazoned sweater. This smart site helps gently used monogrammed items find matching initials in new homes. Just...

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Olive Box monthly subscription boxes: no olives, but still pretty cool.

Recently we featured 10 of our favorite subscription box gift boxes, and as the market gets increasingly saturated, we have to work harder at paring down the good ones for you. (Sorry, I don’t think you need to pay $35 a month for $9 worth of face cream samples.) So it’s nice when a trusted shop we love jumps into the game, like Pink Olive. I’ve long admired this local NYC shop, which is so beautifully curated with lovely cards, gifts, and announcements, and they’ve just added an Olive Box card box subscription. -Don’t miss a limited time discount for Cool...

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I won’t grow up.

I’m a fan of typography for decorating the kids’ rooms and nurseries. It’s a nice way to change things up from all the cute animals and fairy tale characters that so many of us lean towards. So when I saw this gold-foil printed artwork from The Penny Paper Co, I was like, yep. Have to have that. Don’t miss a VERY limited time discount below The Don’t Grow Up print is perfect for a child’s room, or at least ours, considering I’m always telling my kids that they’re not allowed to get older. (They ignore me, of course.) But the...

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Star Wars alphabet and counting posters: Learn ABCs and 123s, you will.

We like learning with Star Wars, provided it’s not while doing a handstand in the swamps of Dagobah. Luckily, these gorgeous Star Wars alphabet posters teach the ABCs and there’s even a counting poster to teach numbers 1–10 without a single drop of Hutt sweat or sleen spit. It’s a fantastic way to merge your inner geek with your outer interior decorator. Pick from a variety of color schemes, or request a custom palette. We love the not-too-bright rainbow version, but the monochrome prints could definitely swoop from nursery to kid room to home theater with the ease of a...

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Black Wagon’s first ever toy sale starts now. As in right now. Don’t miss it!

Cool. Cheap. And your kids will like, oh, everything. Doesn’t get better than that, right? Then check out this weekend’s huge sale at Black Wagon starting today. It’s one of our favorite go-to sites for apparel and toys for babies and kids. The toys are all 20% off, and the clothing up to 50% off on our favorite brands, plus flat rate shipping which you should get while you can, because it’s changing February 1. Here are a few (very few) CMP-approved goodies I have my eye on. Especially at these prices. Soopsori Wooden Rattle Blocks  What a lovely eco-friendly baby gift, or...

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5 delicious ways to jazz up your morning oatmeal

Oatmeal is a favorite breakfast at my house, but after a while, plain cooked oats get boring — even when doused in maple syrup — and boring, to me, is never worth the cook time. These five new ways to prepare oatmeal are definitely worth the time it takes to make them. Which isn’t much at all. I’ve even got a from-scratch version for you, should you be ready to stockpile your own homemade stash of quick morning oats. My current obsession is overnight oatmeal. Mix together 5 or so ingredients in 5 or so minutes the night before...

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The new Yes to Carrots line is a delight for the fragrance-free fans among us

Anything overly fragranced gives me an insta-headache so I am committed to finding the best fragrance-free beauty products. The chemicals in synthetic fragrances are known to cause some nasty allergic reactions; I’ve even had to change seats on the train to get away from strong perfumes so for me, strong scents are more than an annoyance. I know I’m not alone in the anti-scent camp, and I love the fact that now perennial fave Yes To Carrots is offering a new fragrance-free line.   The collection is made up of five new products to tackle every skincare need. I have always...

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Sole Hope: Throw a shoe party, save lives

There are a lot of things we can take for granted living in the US, like the fact that our children are probably not going to lose their limbs to bug bites. But now that I’ve found this incredible organization called Sole Hope that helps prevent that very thing in Africa, I’m not only enlightened, I’m inspired to help. Essentially there are these bugs in Africa called jiggers. Ever heard of them? I hadn’t. They are little sand fleas that burrow into bare skin, lay eggs, and can lead to huge problems like tetanus, gangrene, and even paralysis and amputation which...

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