Month: May 2014

Groovy and modern batik shirts and clothes for kids that don’t feel hippie at all.

The hippie in me has a soft spot for batik style. I love dressing my child in a way that softly suggests our family’s peacekeeping ways, and yet, I know it’s not 1966. So I am all over the funky modern batik  shirts, dresses and pants for kids new from Hiho Batik. Hiho Batik’s new spring collection for kids really has us seeing the handmade light. With throwback images like ring pops, hipster headphones, dreamy clouds and the radness of Brooklyn, I love the 60s-meets-80s vibe. (Except for the Woodstock tee which is definitely 60ss-meets-60s, although the 80s did bring back the whole hippie batik thing…but...

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Last-Minute Mother’s Day food gift ideas: Breakfast in bed in a bag. Oh yes.

If you’re a procrastinator like yours truly, you just got lucky because there’s still time to order up this delicious last minute artisan gift for the foodie mom in your life in time for Mother’s Day. The champions of indie, small-batch food over at Mouth.com, already a favorite of ours, have put together several Mother’s Day food gift ideas that will send any mom into a blissful, welcome food coma this Mother’s Day. From a World’s Greatest Mom set to something called The Mother Load to a number of coffee, chocolate, cocktail and cheese–centric packages, there’s literally something for everyone. However...

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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 cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. We love this geeky upcycled jewelry — a perfect Mother’s Day gift for a techie mom. 2. You’ll never guess what this new selfie app can do. 3. Could someone really hack into your baby monitor? Editor Liz offers some facts to put your mind at ease. 4. This hot new tech toy might be at the top of every kid’s (and dad’s) wish list. 5. Is Amazon Fire TV a good fit for families? We’ve...

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9 easy ideas for handmade gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week or end of year teacher gifts from the kids.

We feel strongly that teachers deserve our appreciation each of the 180-or-so days that school is in session, though this week’s Teacher Appreciation Week gives us a good reason for our kids to tell their educators just how important they are. Especially during a particularly rough year for teachers around the country. So, take a look at this list of easy but special handmade DIY projects the kids can help make that will give our favorite educators the warm fuzzies.   1. One of the gifts teachers tell us they value the most of all:  a heartfelt homemade card...

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Lucky Diaz’s new Spanish-language kids’ music release will turn any day into a Cinco de Mayo feista

I am exactly 0% Spanish, but I’ll be celebrating Cinco de Mayo tonight and blasting some cool tunes like yesterday’s Cool Mom Tech Download of the Week and the latest Spanish-language kids’ music release from CMP favorite Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Aqui, Alla. Lucky, Alisha, and friends will have you kicking up your heels for a family fiesta faster than you can say uno, dos, tres. Starting with a party-song if I ever heard one, Viva La Pachanga will leave you breathless from dancing, but hold onto your sombrero because there is more to come. The...

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Congrats to the winners of the Iris Awards honoring the best of the parent blogs.

Last month when we heard we were nominated for the first annual Iris Awards for Outstanding Blogs in the Best Sponsored Content Campaign category, we were thrilled to be recognized for our Baby Shower Gift Guide and Celebration of Motherhood Firsts series with babyGap. (A seriously fantastic partner in every way.) Cliché though it may sound, we were sincerely honored just to be nominated, especially considering the amazing work of our friends and fellow bloggers who were listed among us. When our names were actually called as winners at the ceremony this past weekend at the Mom 2.0 Summit in Atlanta, we were completely and...

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Custom peg dolls that become fun, modern family portraits. Bonus: you don’t have to pose on a chaise lounge.

Family portraits have come a long way since mom was draped across the chaise lounge, dad stood stoically behind, and the kids and cat were perched stiffly around them. I’m not sure when this was ever a good idea, but I’m thrilled that artists these days are taking a fun, interpretive play on the traditional family portrait, from the personalized embroidery hoops in our Mother’s Day gift guide, to custom embroidered portraits on pendants to the awesome custom LEGO family portrait we just found. One of my new favorites at the moment are the custom wooden Waldorf peg dolls by Bazar...

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12 of the most awesome Star Wars posters and artwork for Star Wars Day

We love Star Wars posters and the fact that its imagery, icons and lines never get old. The evidence being that there are still so many great artists finding inspiration from the series and creating terrific Star Wars inspired artwork of all styles. If you’re looking for a cool, modern Star Wars poster for a kid’s room–or just you know, your own room–here are a few of my favorites in honor of Star Wars Day. May the Fourth be with you, friends. Retro-modern Star Wars posters at the Handz Shop   DIY Star Wars cross stitch pattern at Wee Little...

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Chill out, Rapunzel. We found a new natural conditioner for kids even if their hair is 7 stories long.

Natural, nourishing baby shampoos are plentiful, but it can be a challenge to find an all-natural conditioner made for kids that can tame my daughter’s own  locks which hang down to her waist and curl at the end. Adorable until I’m trying to untangle it and she starts screaming and asks me if I’m actually her evil stepmother. So hooray for me–or us–because one of my favorite natural hair care brands  has just released two new natural hair  conditioners that are as fabulous as their other products.  – Find a terrific discount for our readers below –  I’m a huge...

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The new Project Kid craft book offers ideas beyond pasta necklaces. Hallelujah.

We are starting to get really excited about summer break around my house, but I know the inevitable chorus of We’re booorrred will start up before too long. Luckily, I am armed and ready with a copy of Project Kid, the new kid craft book by Amanda Kingloff, former lifestyle director at Parents magazine. If my crew stays focused, we can probably tackle all 100 crafts in this terrific, well-curated collection of fun DIY projects. I’m debating between starting with the photo tree made from twigs and Play-Doh lids, or the rock garden made with rocks, tissue paper, and Mod Podge. Because what...

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Scabib: Kind of a bib, only cooler.

With the popularity of the infinity scarf, why are we not surprised that clever designers are now making them for babies. Presenting the adorable–and yet surprisingly practical–scarf-bib called Scabibs, on Etsy. Is it a scarf? Is it a bib? It’s both, and we’re kind of in love. My kids drooled when they were babies. A lot. So I’m pretty sure I would have velcroed one of these Scabibs on my own kids  had I’d known about them back then.   This is no mere fashion choice. Scabibs are actually really effective in keeping babies’ drool where it belongs, as...

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8 easy, elegant Mother’s Day dinner recipes to celebrate motherhood

It’s funny that Father’s Day recipes are always hearty dinners like steak or chili, while Mother’s Day tends to focus on light brunch. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good brunch (and we’ve got plenty of Mother’s Day brunch recipes to show for it)  but this year, I’d like to toast the joys and travails of motherhood over dinner, thank you very much. If you’re looking to whip up—or request—a Mother’s Day dinner, too, these Mother’s Day recipes that can help you put together a thoughtful, homecooked meal are a delicious place to start.   Did someone say champagne cocktails? We’ve got those....

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Here are some our faves from this week. Follow us for more like this every day.    1.  Can’t stop laughing at this Mother’s Day card. 2.  A Mother’s Day brunch recipe to die for. 3.  Very cute party decoration idea. 4.  Best ever family portrait. We want one! 5. Super hot handbag for spring and summer on our...

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Cool Moms agree: #WeNeedDiverseBooks

#WeNeedDiverseBooks is currently the #1 trending topic on Twitter and is taking over tumblr with user photos of people from all walks of life holding up handmade signs about why we need more diversity in literature–especially for kids. It was created as a response to a national literary convention that put together a panel of “luminaries of children’s literature” and only included white male authors. The uproar demanded more diversity in books, in authors, and in the attention given to books by and about people of color, LGBTQ, and the otherly abled. Today through May 3 (and beyond!) it’s easy...

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Web Coolness: Why we love Emma Stone, when college-readiness goes too far, and the ultimate Mother’s Day gift guide.

Here are our favorite links that we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.    The ultimate guide to 100 Mother’s Day gift ideas is here with our 2014 Mother’s Day guide! There’s still plenty of time to shop. Must watch: lip sync battle between Jimmy Fallon and Emma Stone. She’s our new hero. The school Kindergarten show that was cancelled in favor of “college readiness.” Whoa. The truth about whether Wi-Fi baby monitors can be hacked. A poem from an 8 year old (okay, our editor Liz’s daughter) that’s making us all go, “wow.” The hilarious...

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Home is where the art is

It’s pretty clear by now that we’re going through a major handmade embroidery hoop phase, especially when the designs are smart and modern and not too twee. So I love the clean, geometric designs from Sara K Benning on Etsy. This It’s Good to Be Home embroidery hoop art is such a sweet thought. I could see it as a lovely Mother’s Day gift, something unexpected for a new baby, or even a surprise over your returning college student’s bed. There are some other designs in the shop so look around.  Every one feels so clean and contemporary, making use...

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Orange Is the New Black lockets, now coming to a neck near you.

I’m a huge fan of the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, and I’m also partial to gorgeous jewelry that supports a great cause. So I was pretty excited to discover this lovely limited edition Orange is the New Black locket from KIRAKIRA, co-designed by Suz Somersall and actress Alysia Reiner to benefit the Women’s Prison Association. Reiner plays the assistant warden on OITNB (see, I use the acronym like the cool kids on Twitter), which, as you probably know by now provides a seriously raw look at women in prison and their often unexpected backstories. One...

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Easy chalkboard paint DIY projects you can do this spring. Then erase, and do again.

Chalkboard paint is a big trend that we’re seeing everywhere lately. We love that it help you customize all kinds of things with a fun vintage flair. So I’ve been searching for the coolest easy chalkboard paint craft projects that I can DIY with my kids and came across some pretty great ones you could tackle this spring. Stock up on some chalk. You’re going to need it! Buntings fun for parties, and Delia Creates has this brilliant DIY tutorial for a chalkboard fabric bunting (at top) that can be reused for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Flag Day, or . ....

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a girl doll in a superhero costume that you design.

We were so excited when we discovered Lottie, a doll who skips the stilettos and miniskirts (and curves) for clothes that look like what an actual kid would wear. Lottie comes with lots of skin and hair colors and has oodles of outfits and activities from martial arts to horseback riding to butterfly-catching. Until now, she didn’t have a superhero costume, but that’s about to change. Until May 7, kids can help design Lottie’s superhero persona, and one winner will see her costume actually made for Lottie dolls everywhere. We love Lottie, and we can’t wait to find out...

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