Month: March 2014

20 of the best easy, artful Easter egg decorating ideas that look very, very impressive

Easter egg decorating ideas have risen to a whole new level what with Pinterest Easter ideas and all. I’ve been a holdout, still sitting at home with my kids popping dye pellets into cups of vinegar, mostly because I’ve been afraid of how complicated these new egg dying methods seem to be. But thanks to some amazing bloggers who’ve come up with fantastic free printables and tutorials, we can come close to achieving glossy magazine level artistry, even if we don’t have a crafty bone in our bodies. I’m planning to try a couple of these easy Easter egg decorating...

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Embossed custom rolling pins: Mad tools for mad baking skills.

I finally understand the benefit of those embossed, custom rolling pins. I love to bake for my family, especially a yummy batch of homemade cookies, but it all turns tragic when I try to decorate them. As in, my kids aren’t quite sure if they’re supposed to be Easter eggs or basketballs. Well, I don’t have to be awesome at it to love baking, so I’m itching to get my hands on one of the amazing custom rolling pins from Valek’s Rolling Pins on Etsy. These wooden rolling pins remind me of my grandmother’s kitchen, but they are embossed...

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Chimeras mix-and-match plush toys: Lend me a hand. And an ear. And a bat wing.

If your kids are always drawing their own magical animals, these wacky and adorable Chimeras plush toys from Walrus Toys can bring their dreams to life in a way that doesn’t involve a trip to the Island of Dr. Moreau. When I was a kid, we had the Wuzzles, and we liked them–remember Ellaroo and Bumblelion? But now, kids get to mix and match all sorts of animal parts to make a Munny, a Batephant, or a Pog. Or a Munbatephanog, if you get the full set. These Chimeras come in sets of two creatures, each of which can be...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular posts from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. Owls and foxes, out. Adorable sloths, in! Consider us obsessed. 2. Cool videos for kids that aren’t actually made for kids. We’re in love. 3. A simply brilliant app for parents. 4. A must-have summer gadget just got a whole lot smarter. 5. This will make Star Wars fans very...

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Tegu’s new 130-piece magnetic block building set lets kids build to infinity and beyond.

We have played with Tegu and drank the KoolAid. From their mind-bending explorer sets to mobile toy kits, they simply rock the block. Our favorite eco-friendly block-makers have just rolled out a super tricked out magnetic block building set for the master builders out there, and we want it (for our kids) bad. This 130-piece classroom set is the ultimate for kids who want to get serious about their Tegu construction. We can only imagine what creations could come of out this totally souped-up box. If you are looking to kick up the playroom, add to your home school set-up, or...

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Salma Hayek Nuance Makeup Remover gets us over our fear of celebrity cosmetics

I’m not usually one for celebrity cosmetics or perfumes. I always wonder how much they actually have to do with the development, beyond licensing their names. And I’d definitely be a little sheepish if I knew a houseguest was poking through my medicine cabinet and saw some pop star’s name on my foundation or something. So you can imagine why a sample of Salma Hayek Nuance Dual Phase Makeup Remover received in a goodie bag from who-knows-where sat unopened in my bathroom for months. Well, what a mistake that was. I can never quite find a makeup remover I...

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Adorable spring clothing for kids, because it’s almost warm. Really. It is.

Time to peel your child out of the seventeen layers of winter clothing and think about short-sleeved dresses, rompers and sunhats. No, seriously. All you have to do is look at that gorgeous kurta top in the Rikshaw Design line of spring clothing for kids to know why this small label one of our major faves.   With their hand block-printed florals and animals on the softest Indian cotton voile, these cap sleeve dresses, bubble rompers, and burp & bib sets just (gently) scream warmer temperatures and comfy lounging for babies and toddlers. Oh, and did we mention the perfect sunhat? If only we could get a...

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Not just chocolate covered matzah…chocolate covered buttercrunch matzah. Best Passover food ever?

In years past, we’ve strongly suggested that you bring chocolate covered matzah as a gift to your seder hosts. Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers? Because this time, I say you keep this Chocolate Buttercrunch Matzah from Undercover Chocolate all for yourself. Selfish? It’s the matzah talking! Just look at this genius Passover treat we spotted at Mouth, all layered with buttery toffee, dark chocolate, and roasted pecans. Can you blame me for wanting it all to myself? I suppose you could buy two boxes, one for you and another for your host. That’s definitely the more generous...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Are you obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Make sure you’re following us to catch all our daily picks plus the coolest tech finds from around the web.    1. Now those are some cool free printables for kids. 2. A classic kids game reinterpreted beautifully in wood. 3. A sloth phone case that we totally need. 4. The modern dollhouse that all our kids are pining for. 5. We want this gorgeous designer tote bag so badly. Look at that...

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Rain rain go…oh okay. You can stay.

After a winter that pummeled us with snow I’m actually looking forward to a few spring showers.  So not surprisingly, this little happy kawaii cloud tee for kids is making me happy too. There’s not a huge selection at Canadian indie label Whistle + Flute, but what there is, is adorable. You can also get the tee as a baby onesie, raglan, or sweatshirt and yes, they come in adult sizes too.   Or hey, if happy clouds aren’t your thing, check out the kawaii ice cream cone tees. Because ice cream follows April showers, too. Visit  Whistle + Flute for...

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A baby gift box subscription that makes the giving as wonderful as the receiving.

Whether you are looking for just the right gift to wow your favorite new parents, or if you just welcomed your own little one and know you’re worth a splurge, we’ve got A Little Bundle  is making some of the most amazing baby gift box subscriptions we’ve seen. Be prepared to swoon. A Little Bundle has been sending out gorgeously curated monthly boxes for mother-baby pairs since last August. Each box of goodies includes indie brands that we know and love, like Aden +Anais swaddlers, Soopsori wooden rattles, PlanToys eco-friendly toys, and plush toys from Maileg. Most of the baby gift boxes I’ve...

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Web Coolness: Reasons not to help with homework, invaluable parenting advice, and a Star Wars rocking horse. Oh yeah.

It’s Friday again, which means it’s time for our roundup of the best links that we found on the Internet this week. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Toys, nature, and illustrations collide in a really fun way with this clever Instagram feed by @Khiesti. [ht handmade charlotte] Why you should reveal your baby’s name: A hilarious letter from our editor Liz’s daughter. Perhaps parents shouldn’t help kids with their homework after all. Reminiscing over this list of 24 children’s books we should read again as adults. Tough love help for spring cleaning. (We need it too!)   Bunny food:...

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Trend alert: The coolest girls’ floral clothes. And one for boys, too.

One of my favorite trends for kids this spring, besides the whole dip-dye ombre look, is floral clothes. Normally I think of them as a little twee, but what I’m seeing is bold, fun without frills, and nothing like what Laura Ingalls wore back in the day. Here are a ton of great girls’ floral clothes and even a little something just for fashion-forward boys who are digging the look too. Cool Mom Picks is an rstyle affiliate Girls’ floral printed dress ($42.90 pictured above at Zara Kids) How great is this pattern which starts and stops at the bottom...

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Modify custom watches: Arm candy that’s Mod-to-Order

If you’ve been searching for a fun, vibrant watch that looks just the way you–or your kids–want it to, we found it. Visit Modify Watches, a small business specializing in custom watches that lets customers to mix-and-match from over 3,000 combinations of watch faces and bands, all with fun names like The McQueen (Steve, not Alexander). Modify seems to have a fantastic reputation for involving loyal customers in their product development (just check out their Facebook page), which we think is really cool. But it’s ultimately about the watches. The way it works is simple, really. Pick your watch face, pick your band...

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Shadow Puppets from Moulin Roty let kids see storytime in a new light

Though I think I do a pretty good “bunny” with my hands, nothing beats a great set of shadow puppets for turning a rainy afternoon or evening story time into a lively theatrical production played out behind a sheet or against a blank wall. And with a set of Moulin Roty’s Les Petit Merveilles line of Nighttime Shadow Puppets, all the kids can get in on the action. What makes these puppets superior to anything I can make with my two hands is the level of detail in the card stock that looks so cool when hit with light...

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The Pigeon Needs a Bath: Yay for the newest book from Mo Willems!

I am an unapologetic Mo Willems groupie, in part because I don’t think the author/illustrator has ever had a miss. Now, the .500 streak continues with his newest in the popular Pigeon Series, The Pigeon Needs a Bath. All just in time for our favorite wry, difficult, endearingly persistent urban bird’s tenth anniversary. He’s up to his same shenanigans, devising  tons of reasons why a bath would be a very bad idea, as you can imagine. (I took one last month! All these flies buzzing around me are purely coincidental!) Some of them may even sound familiar to parents. Which...

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Healthy snacks for kids: Our favorite homemade granola bars for any diet

At the beginning of the school year, the web is brimming with recipes for healthy snacks for kids. I love kicking the year off with tons of lunchbox and after-school inspiration, but spring is about the time when I run out of steam. These easy homemade granola bars—with nut-free, gluten-free, and even vegan options—are the delicious new ideas I need to get through the rest of the school year. No-bake Biscoff Granola Bars (above) from Cooking and Beer had me at Biscoff. (You know, the airplane cookies?) Though they are also packed with good stuff like flax seeds and raw...

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Rag and Bone personalized baby books are for all loving families. Because so are babies.

In a way, we’re less surprised that someone has come out with the first ever personalized baby books for same sex couples–and more surprised that it took this long. That said, we’re thrilled, since we love finding baby books and baby memory books that are just perfect for the families who choose them. And no one does that better in the first place than Rag & Bone Bindery. The traditional, entirely handmade baby book from Rag & Bone now has an option which allows you to add Two Moms or Two Dads pages right into their beautifully simple baby books.  While beautifully illustrated prompts like...

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The Simpsons LEGO minifigs are here! The Simpsons LEGO minifigs are here!

Well, here’s your first look. (Second if you count our photo on Pinterest from Toy Fair.) Itchy! Scratchy! Millhouse! Nelson! Krusty! Apu! Burns! Plus? Actual Simpsons family members. Is there anything else more to say? Yeah, probably not. Find the collection of 16 Simpsons LEGO minifigures all over the place starting in May. It will go nicely with that sweet, spendy Simpsons LEGO house....

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The best things to do in Daytona Beach with families that don’t involve the beach.

Daytona Beach isn’t all NASCAR and college kids on spring break, you know. They also have culture, relaxation, and great opportunities for family bonding, provided you know where to look and are up for adventure.  If your Florida vacation ideas end at Disney World, Universal Orlando, and a crowded ocean hotel, here are some of the best things to do in Daytona Beach with families that you might not find in that soggy brochure kiosk. Having spent some time there thanks to the Daytona Beach Area CVB, I was surprised to discover that Daytona has a lot to offer families with older...

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