Author: Cool Mom Staff

A BTDT mom’s guide to surviving sleepaway camp (you, not the kids!) | Spawned episode 79

Today on Spawned, guest host Stacie Billis joins Liz for a great chat that should put all you first-time sleepaway camp parents — or future sleepaway camp parents — at ease. Well, mostly. Tune in for tips like when to know your kid is ready for camp, how to decide if camp is right for you, a few sleepaway camp packing tips to help make things easier, what to do if your child has food allergies, care package ideas the whole bunk will love — and even tips for getting kids to write those letters they should be writing...

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Web coolness: Wonder Woman’s Black twin sister, unicorn decor, parents weigh in on “Man Bun Ken”

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Wonder Woman has a black twin. If your kids are obsessed and looking for more, read up on Nubia’s backstory — and let’s all hope she joins Diana in a future film, because she’s pretty amazing. Fan art illustration: Comic artist Marcus Williams Our Facebook followers weigh in on the new Man Bun Ken — and it’s hilarious. (You can see our take on the new Ken Dolls here.) Fantastic new ways to keep your family mosquito-free this summer. THANK YOU COOL MOM EATS for...

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Meet KOOV, a new STEM kit that lets kids build and control their own robot | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from KOOV For kids who love STEM — and those parents who want to foster their kids’ passion —  KOOV is a remarkable educational kit to help kids 8 and up create and control their own robots, bringing their own imaginative designs to life. Created by the Sony Global Education team, kids are able to manipulate the blocks into any shape, which can then be coded and controlled as an actual robot using the companion app. The combination of blocks, sensors, motors, and actuators combine to help kids learn core concepts of design, coding,...

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8 important tips to help families store medicines safely from the kids | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Educational Foundation While medicines help families feel better and stay well, it’s important to keep those bottles safe from curious kids. Wherever you may be. Every year, about 60,000 young kids are brought to emergency rooms because they got into medicines that had been left within their reach. With June being National Safety Month, and travel at its highest, Up and Away and Out of Sight is offering these 8 tips to help parents safely store medicines whether you’re on the go, or in your own home.  ...

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Dad wisdom: Quotes from 16 of our favorite cool dads

We recently spoke to 16 of our favorite dad bloggers and put together their best Father’s Day wisdom and words of advice all in one place. It’s absolutely worth a read for these dads’ humor, their insight, their sincerity and their wit — especially this evergreen advice from our friend, and bona fide cool dad, Christopher Persley of The Brown Gothamite and City Dads Group. And hey, if you’ve got some favorite #dadwisdom on your minds today, we hope you’ll share it far and wide, and honor the words of the amazing fathers, grandfathers, and stepfathers in your own life. Here’s to all...

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Web coolness: Father’s Day recipes, last minute Father’s Day gifts, summer fun + more

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Mmm…Father’s Day breakfast and brunch ideas. Get on that meal planning! (The sweet DAD pancakes here via Betty Crocker, with a few extra tricks to make it special) Still need a Father’s Day gift? We’ve got so many ideas for easy last-minute Father’s Day gifts that are still cool. Like, what dad in his right mind doesn’t need a DIY Zombie Survival Kit? Exactly. More help: Visit our 2017 Father’s Day gift guide for Father’s Day food gift ideas, last-minute Father’s Day gifts you can make...

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Web coolness: Superhero NICU babies, dad stories to make you cry, a wonderful woman behind Wonder Woman + more

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. We are touched by this story about nurse Stephanie Treherne who makes superhero capes for babies in intensive care as a gesture of hope and strength. In fact, we think NICU nurses deserve superhero capes of their own. Photo: Allen McInnis | Montreal Gazette Love this handmade breakfast tray the kids can use on Father’s Day. Speaking of which: Father’s Day breakfast recipe ideas!  Good ones! Still need a FAther’s Day gift? What are you waiting for! Visit our 2017 Father’s Day gift guide which now includes tech...

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Man V Child: Comedian Doug Moe on surviving the baby + toddler years | Spawned ep 78

Does anyone really want to see your kids’ poop photos on Facebook? Should you lie to your kids when they walk in on you uh…wrestling? What does it mean to “walk a mile in another table’s pants?” Actually, we don’t know about that last one. Still, tune into this particularly hilarious episode of Spawned, for the answers to all of your most pressing parenting questions thanks to our guest, UCB guy, comedian, actor (Inside Amy Schumer, 30 Rock), and dad Doug Moe, author of the brand new Man vs. Child: One Dad’s Guide to the Weirdness of Parenting.  The book has been lauded by...

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Could the Kiddo wearable health tracker help kids make better choices? | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Kiddo If you want a way to keep track of your child’s health and well-being in real time, meet Kiddo, a new wearable health tracker designed to do just that. This wearable gadget gives you real-time insights about your kid’s well-being, including health status, activity, stress levels, even daily sleep quality, with the goal of helping families make better, healthier choices. – Don’t miss a special offer on Kiddo below – Using 4-in-1 sensor technology, the Kiddo measures vital bio-signs, including skin temperature, heart rate, skin perspiration and motion, all in one cute, kid-sized wearable wristband. It’s water-resistant and...

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Smart tips for tackling digital clutter with Joshua Zerkel of Evernote | Spawned episode 77

If you’re like us, you’ve got a bazillion photos sucking memory on your phone, not to mention all those unnamed documents on your computer. And we won’t even talk about our email inboxes. But that’s all about to change for us, and you, thanks to our special guest on this week’s Spawned with Kristen and Liz podcast. We’re so thrilled to welcome special guest Joshua Zerkel, an organizational expert and Director of Global Community and Training at Evernote (which our readers already love) to share his smart tips and tricks when it comes to digital clutter. You can listen right...

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Web coolness: Jewelry we must have now, the worst gifts for dads, a summer movie guide for kids + more

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Wow, we’re in love with Alisa Laryushkina’s incredibly intricate, whimsical clay jewelry in her Etsy shop. She just added this unicorn brooch pendant – isn’t it amazing? But we love the hedgehog and that fox a whole lot too. (h/t Laughing Squid) Top photo: @Liskaflower on Instagram. But wait! We’re supposed to be shopping for dads right now. Have you seen our Father’s Day gift guide yet? So many great ideas! For his first Father’s Day, be sure to check out these ideas for special gifts for new dads....

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Web coolness: Inspiring Latina grads and other favorite links this week

Here are some of the coolest things around the web this week, Start of Summer Edition. We hope you like them too.   You have to see this video: Young Latina women are creating the most exquisite, empowering graduation caps around the country expressing pride, persistence, dreams, and gratitude for those who paved the way for them. We’re especially in love with the one above from Maria Angel Serna on Instagram, a mom and brand new Cal State Fullerton grad — and clearly a Frida Kahlo fan. Go Maria! We expect great things from you. #SiSePudo (Artwork by LA artist Danielle Jade) Our 2017 Father’s Day...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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5 cool one-piece bathing suits for girls with all the benefits of a two-piece

It’s finally getting to pool and beach season (yippee!), which means time to shop for bathing suits for kids. Like many parents, we like that one-piece bathing suits keep our littlest ones covered up…although we also appreciate that a two-piece swimsuit makes bathroom trips sooooo much easier. At any age. (Raising hands here as adults!) So you can easily see why we’re excited about our newest sponsor FASTEN swimwear, an idea so smart we fell in love with it and shared it with all of you, when we first discovered it last year. – Special offer for Cool Mom Picks readers:...

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The one small spring cleaning task that makes a big difference

Spring cleaning can be a beast. Just the thought of getting everything tidier and cleaner — whatever shape your home is in now — can be so overwhelming, it can be hard to know where to start. So we reached out to household cleaning expert Dana K. White for some help. (She gets us! Hallelujah!) We asked Dana: If there is just one thing you absolutely must do when it comes to spring cleaning, what is it? Dana’s answer: Look up! If you do nothing else at all this spring, be sure to look up and knock dust down to the ground. This one...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Web coolness: Everything Mother’s Day, right down to the perfect handbag

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   The ultimate guide to last minute Mother’s Day gifts. Don’t forget your mom, stepmom, mother-in-law, grandmother — we’ve got you covered! Even if you’ve been…busy. (We get it.) Whatever you get for Mother’s Day, it can’t be as bad as these terrible Mother’s Day gifts! (Seriously…a discount bikini wax package?) 75 of the best Mother’s Day recipes from brunch to dinner to dessert. If you’re a mom, well hopefully someone else will be making them for you. A Mother’s Day gift...

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20 kids shared what they want delivered to their moms for Mother’s Day and their answers are awesome.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we thought it would be so fun to ask the kids in our lives, if you could have anything delivered to your mom, what would it be? Let’s just say our kids know us very, very well! Also, who has a direct line to George Clooney, Idris Elba, and Lin Manuel Miranda? Of course, if all these awesome (and hilarious) gifts were to actually show up at our door, we wouldn’t want to miss a single one of them. Which is why we’re glad to be teaming up with our sponsor Ring, which is...

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The worst Mother’s Day gifts ever. Ever! | Spawned with Kristen + Liz ep 74

You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll cringe! On this week’s episode of Spawned, we’ve got a totally candid and hilarious discussion about the very worst Mother’s Day gifts ever. Like, these are all pitches that have actually shown up in our inboxes, from the absurd to the banal to the totally ridiculous. (No, we do not want to get our moms “the ultimate bikini wax” for Mother’s Day, even at a discount, but uh, thanks anyway PR person?) On the other hand, a great place to find Mother’s Day gifts: Our 2017 Mother’s Day Gift Guide, of course. We’ve also got great Mother’s...

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