My criteria for selecting rain boots for my kids is pretty simple: The boots need to keep their feet dry. But, now that I’ve found Western Chief Kids’ lighted boots, and I know my kids are going to be begging for their boots to do more than just keep them warm, I am certain I’ll be adding one more box to that checklist: Light up. With a bright neon light in the heel that is activated with every step, Western Chief’s lighted boots will make jumping in puddles a bit more dazzling. I also like that their blinking steps will make our kids a bit more visible while...Read More
Author: Christina Refford
To commemorate what would have been Mister Rogers’ 88th birthday today, we’re going to get him all dressed up for the special occasion. How about a purple cardigan and a pair of roller skates? Or maybe a fireman’s hat, sunglasses, and a bowtie? With the Hello Neighbor! Mister Rogers magnetic dress up set, you can dress up one of your childhood favorites in a whole host of getups — iconic smile included. Related: Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Mister Rogers sticky notes The magnetic wardrobe and props, which include King Friday XIII, Lady Elaine Fairchild, and X the Owl, come...Read More
My girls are ready to put away their furry boots and welcome in spring with prettier shoes in bright, sunshine-y colors. And I’ve found the cutest little fashion statements in Faux Pas Paris’ Opera ballet flats — new to the U.S. just in time for changing out the winter wardrobes. What I love most about Faux Pas Paris ballet flats is the bright “JAM” that affixes to the top of the shoe. These interchangeable adornments will make it so easy for girls to change up their look without changing their shoes — hooray for savings. All shoes come with the heart; additional JAMS include candy-colored lollis,...Read More
When I first saw a copy of Where’s Warhol?, I had to laugh at this clever twist on the incredibly popular Where’s Waldo books that I devoured when I was a kid. I mean, Andy Warhol was better known for donning a platinum wig than a red-and-white striped cap, but the super-social iconic artist was always just as easy to spot in a crowd. In this new book by art historian Catherine Ingram and illustrator Andrew Rae, it may be a little easier to spot him than Waldo, but no less fun. Here, Andy Warhol makes an appearance in a dozen famous moments you may recall from Art History...Read More
We’ve been hopping all over the internet to find our favorite free Easter printables to help you get ready for Easter Sunday. Our hunt turned up some of the cutest printable Easter coloring pages, decorations, and DIY treat boxes that you can just click and print in time for the 27th. (Yes, it’s coming soon!) Bunny bandit masks and playdough mats? Yes, found them too. And since they’re all free, you can go ahead and splurge on some fancy chocolate bunnies for yourself. And we hope you do. Related: 14 easy Easter crafts for kids, hold the glitter. Printable Easter Bunny Treat Cones | We...Read More
Along with eating an entire bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs (ugh), I’ve kicked off the Easter season by dyeing dozens of Easter eggs with my kids. And since our family consumes a ton of hardboiled eggs, I like to use natural dyes on them whenever possible. I’ve used the eco-kids eco egg coloring kit before and this year it has gone even more green, so to speak, with the inclusion of a grass-growing kit that is way more eco-friendly and educational than packages of neon-colored synthetic grass. Related: How to dye Easter eggs naturally: Step-by-step instructions and inspiration I have to admit I was a bit skeptical that anything more...Read More
Ready for Easter? We weren’t either until we started searching the web for ideas, and got excited when we found so many totally adorable bunny gifts for Easter out there! And there’s no chocolate, Peeps, or jelly beans in this bunch — not that there’s anything wrong with those. We just thought it would be fun to find some cool, non-candy gifts for Easter baskets, for babies all the way up to our not-too-old-for-Easter-gift tweens and teens. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Shaped like those iconic Peeps candies we can’t stop eating despite ourselves, these Easter bunny crayons from Custom Crayons by...Read More
We love seeing crazy fun socks for women have become such a massive trend. And since I’m hoping that my socks continue to be not-boring, I started digging around for more statement-making socks. And naturally we fell down laughing when we saw the sassy socks from Blue-Q on a friend’s Facebook page. Warning: Blue-Q socks aren’t your typical socks you want to be wearing when you’re kicking back, feet up, on the couch with your kids watching Saturday morning cartoons. They’re a bit more…shall we say, spirited than that? Second warning: If you’re uncomfortable with four-letter words, don’t click over to the site. Just stay here with us. We’ll protect you. There are definitely...Read More
For the last few years, we’ve been finding more and more Easter egg decorating ideas that skip the traditional dip and dye, and go straight to Sharpies. What’s cool for us as parents is that not only is there less mess, but what kids don’t jump at the chance to get a Sharpie in their hands? So, I’ve sought out 19 of the coolest Sharpie Easter egg ideas to try out. For what it’s worth, we don’t suggest you use Sharpies on the shells of hard-boiled eggs you actually plan to eat. But if you’re worried your kids won’t be able to resist devouring your...Read More
An honest review of Marie Kondo’s newest book, Spark Joy: Does it light a fire or lack a certain spark?
It was with immense excitement that I ordered Marie Kondo’s newest book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. After all, it’s been a year since I wrote about her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and put it to the test in my own home. Turns out, my post on whether her Konmari method of decluttering will work specifically for parents ended up being one of the most popular posts of 2015 on Cool Mom Picks. I guess “tidying” is a hot topic among us parents. Go figure. As for Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy, while the...Read More
More than 40 cool Star Wars The Force Awakens birthday party ideas: invitations, decor, treats, and activities. Now THAT’S how the force works!
Since the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, kids all over planet Earth and Jakku are begging for a Star Wars Force Awakens birthday party that incorporates Rey, Finn, BB-8, and yeah, Kylo Ren along with our favorite pals from the original franchise. So, in addition to the 40 awesome Star Wars party ideas we featured last year — which is among our most popular posts with you all, for good reason — we’ve pulled together another 40+ ideas for this next generation of Star Wars fans who can’t even imagine what Star Wars looks like without Rey! Go ahead, mix...Read More
Web coolness: Oscar party ideas, Oscar nights alternatives, Quidditch in the Himalayas, and one very important birthday.
Here are some of the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. (There are so many this week!) Cool Mom Picks turns ten this week! Today’s the last day to enter to win 10 really amazing giveaway gifts — and it’s easy. Good luck! A magical Quidditch match in the Himalayas (above). These photos by Anshu Agarwal are a fun way to start the day. Get ready for the Oscars with 12 easy Oscar party ideas and a feast of easy Oscar party food recipes . Funny cheat sheet to the Oscar-nominated movies. Timely: What it’s like to...Read More
This post has been updated for 2017 Even if the only movies you’ve seen this year are the animated kind (no judgment, parents!), it’s always fun to have an excuse to get together with friends and ogle all the Hollywood glamour over a glass of bubbly. If nothing else, then to see just how Jimmy Kimmel takes on this year’s Academy controversy. We have high expectations. For those of you so out of it you’re like, “the Oscars are coming up?” we’re here to help. The 89th Academy Awards show is airing this Sunday, February 26 and to make watching the Oscars even more fun, we’ve pulled together some...Read More
What’s even better than snuggling your baby in the soft, stylish swaddle blankets we love from Buttermilk Babies? Knowing that your purchase is going to help low-income kids get the things they need to feel well-cared for. That makes me feel all the warm fuzzies inside, too. To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Buttermilk Babies will donate 50% of the proceeds from every single sale to Baby2Baby, a terrific LA-based organization that distributes new and gently used items to underprivileged kids. But this campaign is only through February 29, so hurry! The hard part will be picking the item you love best. Buttermilk...Read More
I still remember how special it would feel to get a brand new box of 64 Crayola crayons just for myself — and that was before Crayola My Way, a super cool new way to create a box of totally custom Crayola crayons. Not only can you personalize the outside of the box with photos and a short message or name, but you can also choose which colors go inside. Does your child only color with Cornflower blue? Always run out of the metallics first? Love everything purple? No problem. Best birthday gift ever! Related: Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide It’s super simple to personalize...Read More
There’s something special about getting a doll that looks “just like you.” It’s one of the many reasons Cool Mom Picks loves companies like Corolle who make baby dolls of color as well as boy dolls for our sons to love. Of course it’s partly why American Girl Dolls became so beloved. And it’s the reason I was stoked to stumble upon Naturally Perfect Dolls at this year’s Toy Fair this week. The idea for the Naturally Perfect Dolls line, created by parents Angelica and Jason Sweeting, was inspired by their young African-American daughter asking for yellow hair and white skin — for herself — so she...Read More
Since Cool Mom Picks started a decade ago, we’ve made it our mission to find small, independent stores that sell unique, eco-friendly, hard-to-find toys for your kids so that all you have to do is scroll and shop. My newest favorite, Oh! Toys, goes to great lengths (or maybe I should say great distances) to find beautifully made toys that encourage open-ended play. Just think of the airfare they’ve saved you! Here are just a few of the really special, creative gifts there that you simply aren’t going to find at your local mall or big toy store chain. Related: The ultimate birthday fift guide: Coolest gifts for...Read More
Here are lots of links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Get ready for the 14th! We have tons of Valentine’s Day printable cards and over 120 easy Valentine’s Day recipes, drinks and last-minute DIY treats you’re going to love. (Top photo: Candy Arrows DIY at A Subtle Revelry) If you still need a gift, check out our last-minute Valentine’s gift ideas for your sweetheart. Fun Valentine’s Day lunch recipes on Cool Mom Eats. Amazing Kickstarter worth checking out: A college degree for $1000, and it’s legit. (See the comments for lots of good...Read More
Once you’ve found a special gift for your Valentine — perhaps from our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide? — you’ll probably want to wrap it in something other than leftover holiday gift wrap. Got nothing at home but yesterday’s newspaper and arts-and-crafts scraps? You’re in luck. At Design is Yay, you can download two free printable Valentine’s Day gift wrap options that will make whatever you wrap up look like you put in whole lot of TLC. Isn’t it awesome when great designers create beautiful free things just for us? Click over to choose between a super sweet pink little heart matchstick design or a blue love you...Read More
There’s no question that David Bowie had a huge impact on the world of music, which is partly why we can’t stop talking about him. So today we are so happy to discover that the iconic 1987 David Bowie READ poster has been reissued by the American Library Association. As part of an entire series of ALA celebrity posters started in the 80’s, David Bowie, an avid reader, was one of the first celebrities to agree to pose for the campaign. He looks pretty spry for 40 in his letterman jacket, doesn’t he? A far cry from his look in Labryinth. At 22″ x 34″,...Read More
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