Month: June 2014

Beautiful Native American jewelry that does beautiful things for the artists too

They alway say its not what you know, it’s who you know. I say most often it’s both, and this is true for some talented Native American women in New Mexico whose jewelry making craftsmanship is celebrated and shared by a group of super supporters at Etkie. – Don’t miss an exclusive offer for our readers below –  Founder Sydney Alfonso grew up in rural New Mexico, and founded Etkie for the financial and social empowerment of Native American jewelry artisans there. And you know how much we love businesses that empower women. Etkie partners with Kiva to offer the women micro-loans and business resources...

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Karlie Kloss and Warby Parker sunglasses = Cool shades for a cause

Over the years, I’ve gotten a little more playful with my shades — actually purchasing more than just my one go-to “please children don’t break them” pair per summer.  So when I saw the new Karlie Kloss and Warby Parker sunglasses collaboration that supports an awesome cause, well, heck yeah I’m in.     If you wear glasses then you know Warby Parker, so how fun that they teamed up with Karlie Kloss to create three cool sunglasses styles. I’m partial to the Marple cat-eye style myself,  but the Julia aviators (at top) are a classic that seem to look great...

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A whoopie pie recipe to die for, or a way to have them delivered if you’re not up to the task.

First it was cupcakes, then Rice Krispies treats and donuts, too. Next up on my approved-dessert-trends roster: whoopie pies. Father’s Day is the perfect excuse to get in on this trend and Batter & Cream, an online specialty whoopie pie bakery, makes it easy with this whoopie pie recipe that Cool Mom Picks has got exclusively for you. And this is no ordinary whoopie pie recipe my friends–this is their Chocolate Stout Ganache Whoopie Pie with Peanuts, which sounds perfect for Father’s Day, don’t you think? Or you know, any day.   Chocolate Stout Whoopie Pie with Peanuts (printed with permission) Makes 12-14...

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12 Mom-approved two-piece swimsuits for girls. Because they can dress like teens when they are teens. (Maybe.)

It’s our new June tradition for the last several years: Warm weather hits, we’re here with recommendations for very cute, decidedly non-hoochie two-piece swimsuits for girls. In other words, no high cut leopard bikinis (oy), no padded bras (heaven forbid), no appliques that spell out “I’m a heartbreaker” in purple sequins, and definitely no thongs (kill me). Just cute, on-trend two-piece suits in stripes, florals and solids that let little girls just be little girls–as long as we can manage to keep it that way. CMP is an rstyle affiliate   This tankini for girls at Mini Boden comes in three totally...

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Recycled book journals are utterly cool, even if they’re older than Grandpa

I love when vintage books are given new life, and I found that very thing in these gorgeous handmade recycled book journals from Renovated Books on Etsy. They’re made by carefully pulling apart old and rare books and recombining them with 70 pages of fresh, smooth paper to create an utterly unique journal with a mysterious past. Each book is beautifully hand-bound with Irish linen thread to lay flat, and 28 pages of the original book are thoughtfully placed throughout like mile markers. The spine even becomes a bookmark. Isn’t that clever? I love the dashing, Clark Gable look of the more manly volumes for...

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15 of the best free Father’s Day printables, cards, gift wrap, and other goodies to make his day.

With Father’s Day less than a week away, we can help you get things ready for dad. We are here for you! We’ve tracked down the very best free Father’s printables (these are all fabulous, if we do say so) that include coloring pages for the kids, gift wrap, labels, coupons, and of course cards to help make his Father’s Day just a little more special without a big expense. All you need is printer ink and a willing kid or two. And we are eternally grateful to all the fantastic artists, designers and bloggers who come up with these terrific free printables in...

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Dan Zanes new web series gives parents one more thing on YouTube for kids that we’re not terrified of.

For the past 14 years, the likable, talented, and crazy-haired Dan Zanes has been putting out some of the very best family music with albums like House Party, Catch that Train, Little Nut Tree, and, most recently, Turn Turn Turn with Elizabeth Mitchell. But his latest venture brings the magic to life through video at a new home on YouTube with the Dan Zanes and Friends web series that lets fans (young and uh, formerly young) enjoy this prolific performer in a whole new way. Dan Zanes and Friends is a series of nicely produced and edited videos, each about 9-10 minutes long, which follow the adventures...

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Love and Salt hair and body spray: The next best thing to a trip to Hawaii

I don’t have a beach trip planned this summer, but I really wish I did. There’s something about the smell of the salt water that makes me feel so relaxed–or maybe it’s the margaritas on the sand. I recently discovered Love + Salt hair and body spray by Olivine Atelier, and even though I’m just watching my kids play in the sprinkler in our backyard, I feel just a little bit like I’m at the beach. And I’m loving it. The thing about salt water, and that amazing ocean air, is that at least for me, it gives my hair these impossibly perfect...

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The new Dove Men+Care Calls for Dad Video: Way to go, Dove! And way to go dads.

It’s been so awesome working with Dove Men+Care on our Father’s Day Gift Guide this year, because, they really believe in celebrating dads in the best, most insightful, most 21st century way. In fact, they’re way ahead of so many other brands that still portray bumbling, lazy dads, that we’re absolutely delighted to share this Dove Men “Calls for Dad” video with you. Got the tissues out?   What an exquisitely produced, lovely and insightful way to honor the kinds of caring, involved dads we are seeing more and more these days; not just playing with their kids, but kissing boo-boos, smothering them...

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Being eco-friendly just got more stylish with these 5 very cool reusable swim diapers

Summertime means pool time for my family, and while I’m so so glad we’re finally all out of diapers this summer, I’m a little bit jealous that we missed the boat on so many adorable reusable swim diapers that are now out there. Not that jealous, mind you, because I’d much rather spend my extra cash this summer on popsicles, not diapers.(And heaven knows I’m delighted to be out of the diaper phase all together.)  But if you’re in the market for cute, eco-friendly, and cost-effective alternatives to those disposable swim diapers, check out these favorites of ours that look more like bloomers...

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10 cool DIY gifts from the kids: 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

While Pinterest is a great source for DIY gifts for dads (hey, we kind of like our own DIY and Printables board) it can be hard to sort through it all to find the good stuff. You know what we mean. So as we wrap up our 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide, we searched high and low to do the work for you, putting togehter what we think are some of the coolest DIY gifts from the kids for dads and grandpas. Our criteria: They’re realistic, they’re fun for kids to do, they look good, and they don’t require a degree from RISD...

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Gifts for the dad who has everything: 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

You know the dad who has everything? The one who’s impossible to shop for? Yep, so do we. So even though we’ve now suggested dozens of Father’s Day gifts of all kinds, you might still be looking. And we feel for you. So here, we present some of our favorite gifts for the dad who seems to have everything. Some are splurgey, some are free, some just a little off the beaten-path. Hopefully there’s something here for the lucky paternal superstar in your life.  Besides your undying love and affection, of course. Which may in fact be all he needs. We’re happy to welcome our friends at Dove...

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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 tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. Fantastic tech gift ideas for college students. Or you know, you. 2. For dads on the go, don’t miss our recommendations for cool fitness gifts for Father’s Day. 3. A little overwhelmed by the iOS 8 announcement? We’ve got all the details, including what it means for parents. 4. Wait until you see the new LEGO minifigs featuring female scientists. Finally! 5. The ultimate Father’s Day gift for a Star Wars fan. Let’s just say it could make you...

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Here come more healthy kids snacks, if the Goodkid Kickstarter takes off.

We’re always searching for new delicious and healthy kids snacks, and we found another snack bar to add to the list. Goodkid bars are made with a short list of simple ingredients and I like that they have only 6 grams of natural sugar. For perspective, that’s nearly half of what you’ll find in other popular snack or energy bars. (Because kids totally need more energy—ha!) With a little Kickstarter help from us, these better bars can hit supermarket shelves, giving us much-needed better options in the snack aisle. Like with so many great family products, Goodkid bars were invented in the Mitchell family kitchen...

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13 cool gifts for dad under $20: 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

As much as we love shopping and splurging and splurging some more, we are also big supporters of the thought that counts, especially when it comes to Father’s Day Gifts. So if you’re looking for an affordable but cool gift for dad under $20 to go along with a picnic in the park, breakfast in bed, or just some handmade cards and a day to himself to do…whatever, we’re hooking you up with some really neat ideas. We hope they all feel like actual gifts, not trinkets from the dollar store. Speaking of affordable gifts, we’re happy to welcome our...

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Best books for dads: 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

We are always fans of giving books as gifts, so we put together some of the best books for dads of all kinds as part of our 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide. Whether the dad of the house is a book junkie like mine is, or would simply appreciate some funny bathroom reading (you know what I mean), we’ve got plenty of ideas for you. Plus, because we all adore the dads, granddads and stepdads in our lives so much, be sure to check out our massive Father’s Day giveaway below, valued at over $900, that we’ve put together from some of our very...

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The Mastrad Purefizz Soda Maker: The ultimate soda maker, as in, get one.

UPDATE AUGUST 20, 2015: So, it’s been a year now that I’ve been using Mastrad’s Purefizz Soda Maker and suddenly…it just wasn’t working. Ugh. Like, the cap wasn’t fitting correctly and required (i.e. wasted) sometimes 4-5 CO2 chargers to get one bottle that worked. I contacted the company and they have indeed discontinued the product because of some manufacturing problems. However customer service is extremely responsive, and if you own a Purefizz Soda Maker and are experiencing issues, I suggest you contact them too. Sorry for any inconvenience. Looks like it’s time to finally break down and get a Soda Stream.  -Liz  ...

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Get dirty this summer with 52 cool gardening project for kids

We’ve featured some really great micro-gardening tools here over the years, like the cool Foodie Garden Kits and the Click & Grow smart herb garden which help to create gardening projects for those of you with kids, but not a lot of space for traditional sowing and planting. However if you’re ready to take it outside, be sure to take a look at Gardening Lab for Kids by Renata Fossen Brown. This fun collection of DIY activities–or gardening “experiments,” as the author calls them–ranges from building rain barrels and gardening tool boxes to making a desert terrarium or growing a tropical porch container. My kids were immediately drawn...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins of the week: Father’s Day ideas, hot summer accessories, and more

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins like these every day from our site and beyond. As you can see, we have Father’s Day on the brain this week. Also, hot accessories.    1. Love this how-to for paper airplane cards. Perfect for kids to give to dads. 2. Liz is filing this gorgeous summer necklace in her Want category. 3. The super sexy designer shoes that Kristen is coveting. Rowr. 4.  World’s coolest cookie cutters? We’ll go with yes. 5. Sweet Father’s Day photo book idea. Sniff And for more inspiration, don’t miss our board dedicated to...

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11 totally cool Sugru ideas

So, if someone told you there was a product that might totally change your life in the coolest of ways, you’d be interested, right? Me too. And when I noticed a friend raving about Sugru on her Facebook page, I had to learn more. So, in the name of research, I decided to find out what Sugru was all about. And I’ve slowly been sticking it to everything I can imagine ever since. With astounding results. Sugru is a self-setting rubber product. What does that mean, exactly? It’s a squishy, plasticine-like substance that bonds to almost anything and cures...

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