Author: Caroline Siegrist

We’ve got 8 cool summer coloring pages for teens and tweens that they won’t roll their eyes at. (Maybe.)

We’re all about awesome printable coloring pages, especially if they’re free, and the designs are cool enough that even our most cynical teen and tween artists can appreciate them. These 8 summer coloring pages are just perfect because they celebrate the magical things about summer — lightning bugs, flower wreaths, chilly lemonade, and of course, enough free time away from homework to actually create some artwork. Sounds like the perfect summer pastime to me. At top: Free Floral Flag Printable | Canary Jane Related: 16 fabulous, famous women coloring pages celebrating our favorite boss ladies. We’ve finally found some beautiful...

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So many cool shark shoes for kids! Because…shark shoes!

It’s that time of year again: Shark Week! Which is a favorite of ours around here. And it’s become a bit of a tradition for us to round up our favorite shark picks for kids. This year, we couldn’t help but notice how many awesome kids’ shark shoes there are. (Seriously, do they make these in our sizes too?) So here are our very favorites. Be sure to snatch up a pair this summer. Just don’t go dangling them off any boats. At top: Joules Shark Flip Flops | Nordstrom  CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Hey, swimmers! Scare your...

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The 10 most read fiction books on Amazon this week: Are they worth adding to cart?

Beach reads are one of the greatest things about summer — whether or not you actually make it to the a beach. To help you find your next great literary escape, I checked out the top 10  most-read books on Amazon this week a new list they’ve started publishing. It’s fantastic for finding a change from your standard genre, discovering a hot new author, or rediscovering an older one. The latest fictional books on the Amazon list include page-turning thrillers, best-selling children’s books, and even a must-read (or must-reread) classic, and we’ve got a little more about each of them....

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4 stylish summer diaper bags to make schlepping your crap bit more glam

Now that my son is 4 months old, I’m craving a diaper bag that’s a little more stylish and summery than the workhorse tote I hauled around when he was a newborn. Because now that he’s screaming slightly less often — or at more regular intervals, anyway — I’ve been bringing him to so many more places, like the local paleta shop or an al fresco dinner with friends. So I searched around and found some really fun and stylish diaper bags that might make you feel a little sunnier during those dog days of summer schlepping. CMP is...

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A new baby swaddler that completely reinvents the baby swaddler. Whoa!

Is there really anything new in baby swaddlers. Not much, generally. Mostly variations on fabrics and Velcro positioning. But as a new mom myself, I am flipping out over the Kepi Kozy Support Swaddle and Dock. You heard that right: It’s got a dock. This swaddler system was created by a BTDT dad in order to not just help your baby get a good night’s sleep, but to support your newborn’s head and neck with a body-hugging “spoon” that tucks right into the fabric. As I recently discovered, supporting a baby’s delicate head and neck can be surprisingly hard work (and...

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4 of the most gorgeous baby bassinets you’d keep in the bedroom, even when the baby has moved on.

Since my husband and I sleep with our 3-month-old in our bedroom, I wanted to share some of the more gorgeous baby bassinets I’ve come across as a new mom. Because I know I don’t want to look at swirls of neon plastic every time I lay my exhausted head down on my pillow. The good news is there are lots of great looking baby bassinets out there for those new parents like me, who are still in the sharing-a-room-with-baby phase. And I found four of them with such clean lines and great design, that while you will probably spend...

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The Rebel Girls are back, and they’re more badass and inspiring than ever.

It’s hard to overstate how excited I was about the first volume of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. A whole book full of the biographies of stereotype-busting sheroes? Illustrated with gorgeous portraits from female artists around the world? Heck yeah, I was sold! And this beautiful book far exceeded my already sky-high expectations and became a permanent fixture on my coffee table. So obviously I’m now bouncing up and down for the second volume, which by the way, includes Beyoncé. Okay, now I’m really freaking out. Related: Launch Ladies: The new children’s book all about the trailblazing women of space...

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We’ve found the cutest pool floaties known to man…or bird.

Pool accessories have come a long way since I was a kid. Back then, we made do with inner tubes and foam noodles, but now there’s larger-than-life, lounge-able swans and rainbow unicorns. Not to mention huge floating hashtags. But my favorite new pool must-have takes the trend small-scale, with these magical inflatable Pink Flamingos Arm Floaties. OMG, adorable. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: We’ve got five of the cutest reusable swim diapers for boys.  Love that these long-legged wonders have graduated from kitschy lawn art (no offense, Grandma!) to seriously cool summer garb, and we predict they’ll be...

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The bed rail cover that makes you hate bed rails a lot less.

Oh, bedtime. Why do you have to be so difficult for so many parents? From infant swaddlers to resources for big kid sleep anxiety, parents with kids of all ages will always crave solutions to make bedtime safer and easier. While my baby is still a few years away from making his way into his own bed, I know I’m going to jump all over these clever Cosie Covers bed rail covers when we hit the toddler bed with bed rail milestone. So smart! Related: Baby registry essentials that help kids (and parents!) get more sleep Designed by mom Cori Sinclair, the...

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11 creative DIY Father’s Day cards kids can make! Awwww…. | Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Sometimes the sweetest Father’s Day gifts don’t come from a store, but come cobbled together with Scotch tape and glue sticks — like these awesomely creative DIY Father’s Day cards kids can make for a special dad, grandpa or stepfather in their lives. Of course we hope you’ve already  checked out all of our 2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide recommendations. If not, there’s still time to find something special for cool dads, practical dads, new dads, or or techy dads on your Father’s Day list. But we’re the first to say that any Father’s Day gift will only be more special when it comes...

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Too cool for the kiddie pool: We’ve got 5 of the cutest reusable swim diapers for boys.

While I love a classic sailboat print as much as the next mama, I’ve been looking to find something a little fresher for my son’s big debut at the kiddie pool this summer. And OMG these reusable swim diaper for boys (and, hey, girls too!) are just the prints I was hoping for. These vikings, pirates, and turtles will let my little dude rule the kiddie pool in epic style — even with his floaties on. At top: Nageuret Premium Reusable Swim Diaper | Amazon CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 2017 EWG best safe sunscreens for kids and babies: Which is the most affordable? Turtles Reusable Swim...

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10 fantastic DIY Father’s Day that kids can make themselves. Mostly. | Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

I had so much fun rounding up these fantastic DIY Father’s Day gifts that kids can make themselves — well, maybe with a little help. I mean surely new motherhood is making me a bit biased, but I think there’s nothing better than a handmade gift for Father’s Day. Especially when it comes from a kid (even grown ones) who love him to pieces. At top: Free Printable Dad & Me Father’s Day Coupons | Craft Create Cook Related: 13 of the coolest personalized gifts for dad.  Easy DIY Father’s Day Mug (Little Button Diaries) It doesn’t get much easier for the little...

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10 incredibly special Father’s Day gifts for new dads | Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Have you been checking out our 2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide yet? Good! Well for all you new parents out there, this list of gifts for new dads is for you. And I’ve been especially excited to write it. As a mom who’s immersed in the first year of parenthood myself, I know how special this time is — and, how quickly it flies by. So, I’ve put together what I think are 10 awesome and special Father’s Day gifts for new dads to help him show off his new title, care for the baby in superb style, and commemorate the magic of that first special...

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8 surprising rules about flying with children that every parent should know

If you’ve watched the news recently, you’ve probably heard a disconcerting story or two about air travel passengers — which can be all the more troubling when the story involves parents flying with young children who were subject to rules that no one knew, or worse, subject to rules made up on the spot. As a new mom, I poked around to get myself informed (and avoid becoming the subject of a viral YouTube clip, eek!), and found some really surprising rules about flying with children. I certainly didn’t know all of these, so I’m posting them here because you might not...

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16 awesome first Mother’s Day gifts for new moms | Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

As a new mom myself celebrating my very first Mother’s Day this year (yay, I made it!) I know how meaningful first Mother’s Day gifts for new moms can be. I’ll be the first to admit that these days, having a thoughtful piece of jewelry to commemorate the year, or a first family portrait with our new growing family can serve as a sweet reminder that all those dirty diapers and around-the-clock feedings are worth it. Because, of course they are! So I looked around and found 16 awesome first Mother’s Day gifts for new moms that I think any...

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21 ways your family can volunteer for your own community. Small scale, big impact!

If your news feed has been dragging you down lately, take heart. Volunteerism is a great way to put that energy to positive use, and spring is the perfect time for you and your family to discover ways to volunteer for your own local community, Leslie Knope style. To help, I’ve put together tons of easy do-gooding activities that are high on fun and family bonding, big on impact, but low on long-term commitment. Fortunately, you don’t have to repurpose your living room to shelter stray cats or hand-craft a community swing set to make a difference (although if you’re up for it,...

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Launch Ladies: The new children’s book all about the trailblazing women of space exploration.

We’re all about women in STEM here at CMP, so I was stoked to discover Launch Ladies, a new children’s board book celebrating the inspiring women who’ve pioneered in the field of space exploration but may not be household names like their male counterparts. Yet. But, as we learned in Hidden Figures, they totally should be. Related: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: The best bedtime book you’ll ever read. The Launch Ladies project on Kickstarter aims to give these engineers, computer scientists and astronauts the recognition they deserve for their contributions in the field of space. Which happens to include launching rockets and masterminding the...

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Cool Beauty and the Beast birthday party ideas: 40+ of the most inspired treats, activities, decor and more.

With the much hyped Beauty and the Beast movie coming out today, we have the feeling more than a few kids will be raring for a Beauty and the Beast themed birthday party this year. And have we got ideas! We scoured the web for the very coolest, most fun, most enchanting inspiration for invites, decor, games and activities, and a whole lot of treats, all sure to capture the imaginations of revelers of any age. Are you ready? Go on… be our guest. (Ha, sorry. Couldn’t resist.) -Caroline + Liz CMP is an rstyle affiliate Top image: Beast cake tutorial from Zoe’s...

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6 celeb-worthy, creative birth announcement ideas for twins + multiples. We’ve got you covered, Beyoncé!

First Beyoncé and Jay Z, now the Clooneys and Madonna? In case you haven’t heard, twins are seriously hot right now. So I’ve rounded up some super creative birth announcement ideas for twins with a little extra oomph — for those of you lucky enough to be in on the doubles game. I had so much fun finding these adorable birth announcement photo ideas for twins and multiples making their red carpet debut, but hey…if you’re expecting just one baby this year (like me!), we’ve got you covered too. CMP is an rstyle affiliate At top: custom birth announcements by Todd Borka Related: 15 creative birth announcement ideas way...

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4 fabulous DIY Mardi Gras masks for kids to save you a trip to New Orleans

Your kids may not be ready to attend the parades in NOLA just yet, but they can get into the spirit with fabulous, feathery, jeweled-up DIY Mardi Gras masks for kids. So for those of us who’ll be eating our King Cake at home, it’s a good time to start procuring beads and baubles at the craft store ahead of next week’s Fat Tuesday festivities. These four easy DIY masks for kids — many of which you can print for free, yay! — are fun for the whole family and will help you usher in Mardi Gras in style. Even...

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