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Web Coolness: Emotional back to school photos, the 72-year-old new mom (!), and one of the top reasons to love libraries.

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. We love the Back to School photos we’re seeing on social media! One day, our kids may grow up to be like Charles Brockman III, sharing this photo of his dad walking him to kindergarten…and later to college. (No wonder it went so viral!) Laughing so hard at some moms’ true feelings about the first day of school. Still getting stocked up for September? Be sure to check out our Back to School Shopping Guide and School Lunch Guide. And psst… join us for...

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How one little gadget is making parents’ busy lives a whole lot easier.

Technology has the amazing power to simplify the lives of parents, which is exactly the case with the our newest sponsor, Wemo Mini. This little plug can turn any small appliance — think lamps, fans, humidifiers, coffee makers — in a smart appliance. And so affordably, too. There are so many ways one little gadget can make your life easier, it’s pretty amazing. For more information about everything the Wemo Mini can do, plus a very special discount just for our readers, head over to Cool Mom Tech. But hurry! The discount ends on August 30, so you’ll want to...

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29 very cool, very affordable back-to-school finds for tweens and teens

Back-to-school shopping with tweens and teens is like a whooole new thing. They have pretty strong opinions about what they love and don’t love. Even more than preschoolers, if you can believe that. (Though at least they don’t insist on wearing their swimsuit and flip-flops to school in the winter, ha.) So we had a great time putting together this third back-to-school shopping miniguide on behalf of our partner JCPenney, to help you fin tons of cool stuff for your older kids. And it’s all so affordable. Yes! From backpacks and school gear to clothing essentials and those fun...

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Secrets, lies, and Jello shots: Confessions of a class mom | Spawned 81

We’re back! After a little summer time off (we missed you all!) we’re back with a new Spawned podcast episode, chatting candidly with Laurie Gelman, humor writer, mom of two, former broadcaster, and current author of the hilarious new Class Mom: A Novel. It’s “loosely” (yeah, right) based on her own experiences as a class mom for many years. She’s sharing the pettiness and the perks, the reason she was fired (what?!) and the reason she took the job again. Beyond being a masochist. Take a listen to the latest episode of Spawned here: A few highlights from the show -Buy...

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23 of the coolest, affordable back-to-school goodies + gear for grade school

We are in full-on back-to-school shopping mode here at CMP. And considering how much our kids love it too (well, they are our kids), they’ve been spending a whole lot of time helping us out on behalf of our partner JCPenney, scouring their website, and looking for the coolest school gear and gifts that we know other grade-school kids will love too. As for parents, we think you’ll love all these backpacks, school gear, clothing basics, and other essentials not just because your kids love them, but because they’re wildly affordable. Yay for that! Psst…check out our guide to...

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Web Coolness: Best school locker idea ever, a peek at Malala’s new picture book, and the Snapchat feature that has parents freaking out.

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   We adore this photo from educator Karen Buffalo showcasing how third-graders in one SC school decorated their lockers to depict their favorite books! They have great taste, huh? Amazing photos of how kids get to school around the world. Wow. The new Snapchat feature we’re kind of freaking out about. And our kids don’t like it much either. Did you watch our Facebook Live video on our back-to-school shopping haul? Do it now — there’s $200 worth of goodies we bought that can...

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10 smart tricks for using personalized labels to keep you more organized

One of the biggest tasks on our back-to-school to-do lists: Get organized. If only that list didn’t come with 6 parts, each with about 10 subsections (sigh). One of the things we’re trying to get better at is labeling all those clothes, shoes, books, and shiny new back-to-school supplies our kids go off to school with, because we certainly want all those goodies to come back home with our kids too! So we’re happy to be bringing you some of our best labeling tips and tricks on behalf of our sponsor Stuck On You, which makes the personalized name labels...

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The coolest affordable back-to-school gear for preschool. (Like, crazy affordable!)

We know that feeling of realizing that whoa — that little baby of yours is now a preschooler (sniff) and it’s time to start on back-to-school shopping. We also know how special those first years of school can be, which is why we had so much fun putting together this back to school shopping guide just for you parents of preschoolers, on behalf of our partner JCPenney. We’ve scoured their site and put together our picks for the coolest backpacks, school gear, clothing basics, and other essentials that can help make September just a little — or okay, a...

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Web Coolness: In a Heartbeat steals the internet’s heart, Rihanna’s awesome education initiative, and the newest air travel controversy.

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. In a Heartbeat is the animated short by Beth David and Esteban Bravo that’s swept the internet this week — our older kids can’t stop watching it, and neither can millions of us. Because love is love. Also trending: The #BookPhoneChallenge celebrates reading and the power of knowledge, and we’re here for it! Kristen +Liz’s kids joined us for a Facebook Live about favorite back to school tips. Tune in (and yes, Thalia really is completely obsessed with that one backpack.) We’ve also launched our 2017 back...

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Bouncie: The simple, powerful device that’s keeping families safer on the road.

If you’re like most parents (us included!) you spend a whole lot of your time in your car. Whether it’s shuttling the kids to and from school, activities, sports, and playdates, running errands, or just hitting the road on the weekends. And when you’ve got a teenager behind the wheel, well, we know that road safety becomes even more top-of-mind. Like, all the time. That’s why we’re excited to share info about our newest sponsor, an amazing new car safety device called Bouncie, which is keeping so many families safe on the road. Click over to Cool Mom Tech for...

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How you can do your back-to-school shopping affordably, while helping kids in need.

We love when big brands put energy toward doing good, especially when it positively impacts the lives of children. That’s why we’re so pleased to be teaming up with JCPenney, to help spread the word about their wonderful new Pair Up program and just in time for back-to-school season, we really hope you’ll check it out. Essentially JCPenney and the Y are partnering to help get clothing basics, like socks and underwear, out to underserved kids across the country. The *stats from a national survey are pretty sobering: -Nearly half of all US kid are considered low-income. – 40% of...

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Web Coolness: Yoga breastfeeding, stretch marks get beautiful, and the sexist pregnancy announcement that got between friends

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Holy moly…breastfeeding yoga photos! What an incredible way for this athlete to bond with her daughter while practicing handstands. Check out Carlee Benear’s Instagram feed — it’s awesome. And for us mortal moms, here are some apps to make breastfeeding easier. No yoga required. Be sure you’re aware of these updated breast-pump cleaning guidelines! Picky toddlers at home? These tips will help. Our Facebook fans have a lot to say about the idea that second-born children are more likely to be troublemakers.   Would...

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Web coolness: The best dressing room mirrors, our dream Star Wars gift, Jane Austen is so money and more.

Here are some of the links we’ve loved reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Totally fascinated by this article in the Daily Mail about the differences in dressing room mirrors. Fascinating to read how the same woman in the same dress looks totally different in 10 different retail dressing rooms. Also, great tips on what makes for flattering lighting that you could use in your own home. (PS Remind us to shop at Selfridges when we’re in London!) We all want this new Star Wars gift so so badly! Family summer TV ideas you...

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Eliminating food dyes from your kids snacks? Start with these 3.

When it comes to treats and candy for our kids, we’ve always take a pretty common sense “everything in moderation” approach around here. Hey, we love candy! What’s a trip to the movie theater, a birthday party, or a special occasion lunchbox treat without some sweet stuff? We’re also fans of the 80/20 rule that a lot of families practice — eat well 80% of the time, and you can enjoy treats without guilt the other 20%. But even when it comes to candy, we still want to make the best choices we can for our families. And ourselves....

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11 of the coolest emoji accessories for back to school. Or any time of year!

If your kids are like ours, they still can’t get enough of emojis and emoji accessories, whether on their smartphone cases, their notebooks, or their name labels. Insert praise hands emoji here. With World Emoji Day coming up (it’s July 17!), and back to school season right around the corner, we’re so thrilled to be teaming up with Avery, who’s always had us covered with school supplies and organizational help going back to when we were kids. What we didn’t have? Three very cool new Avery binders and dividers with emojis that your kids can customize free, with Avery’s...

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Web Coolness: Nickelodeon green slime ingredients revealed, the world’s worst baby onesies and more

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Finally! The Nickelodeon green slime ingredients, revealed! (image via NickSplat) Speaking of vintage Nickelodeon, children of the 90s are all over these super hip Nicktoons accessories. Want! How to get free glasses for August’s solar eclipse. Why one mom cares what her teens wear, and it’s not what you’d expect. Adore this inspiring, inspirational series from one of our favorite authors and photographers, in celebration of a big milestone. Fantastic tips for managing summer screen time. Or if you’re looking to get rid of screen...

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Web coolness: July 4th ideas, Care Bears are back, amazing high school girls making headlines

Here are some of the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Care Bears mocs from Freshly Picked! Okay, so shoes are on the brain because we’re also obsessed with these shark Vans (on sale!) and insane unicorn Vans for big kids that our Facebook fans are flipping over. Remember those awesome Wonder Woman bracelets we featured? We’re giving away a pair here in celebration of supermoms! Go enter — it’s easy! If your kids are heading to camp — or may be already there — you have to listen to the latest Spawned podcast about surviving...

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Damn you, Facebook ads: An honest review of Function of Beauty custom shampoo and conditioner

We’re so glad you’ve all been loving our Damn You, Facebook Ads article series, in which we purchase products from those ads we see over and over, then test them out just for you. Today, we’ve got the honest scoop on Function of Beauty custom haircare products. As that harried mom you see in the aisles of Target or CVS, I tend to be completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of hair care products in the shampoo aisle. My M.O. is to grab something cheap and fast so I can move onto the fun stuff. (Hello seasonal candy!) But I...

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Bandages to heal kids’ emotional boo-boos: Helicopter-y or helpful? | Thinking: Parent

This post is written by guest contributor Anna Caudill, Executive Director of PALS (Post Adoptive Learning Services) and adoptive mom of two. Recently, Dutch bandage company Hanasplast created a limited time box of Hearts bandages designed to “heal emotional wounds.” Now before I became a parent, I’m pretty sure I would have laughed at the idea. In fact, some parents are probably laughing at the idea now. You’re upset? Here’s a popsicle. Moving on… My friend Kate, an associate editor at Cool Mom Picks, told me that her first reaction was to roll her eyes, thinking of the bandages as...

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Do you know where your kids are? This new device could help. | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Jiobit Keeping track of your kids just got a whole lot easier thanks to Jiobit, a location tracker designed to help give parents peace of mind. Don’t miss the special offer for Cool Mom Picks readers, below. The Jiobit works with a parent’s smartphone app to delivery notifications about a child’s location no matter where they are, indoors or outdoors, in over 120 countries. All thanks to a small, discreet device that can go more than week before needing another charge. And it’s designed for kids, which means it’s tiny, durable, and waterproof....

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