Author: Cool Mom Staff

The 2017 Oscars, A.K.A. things that change after you have kids | Spawned Episode 65

We got all excited to do a 2017 Oscars episode on our Spawned podcast until we realized….we hadn’t seen any of the movies. Unless you count a couple of the animated features. Ah, parenting. So on this episode of Spawned, we don’t talk about the Oscars at all!  Instead, we laugh (and maybe cry a little) about all the things that change after you have kids. We bet you can relate to a few of them! Plus, we share our cool picks of the week — and trust us, you’re not going to want to miss those. Listen right...

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Easy recipes your family will love? This Instagram account can help!

We know people love Instagram for pretty photos and funny memes, but now you can get delicious, easy recipes thanks to the Cool Mom Eats Instagram account. Our food editor and mom-of-2 Stacie Billis shares everything from last-minute dinner ideas to a tasty Super Bowl party food to tons of school lunch inspiration, all right there in our Instagram feed. Yep, no clicking to somewhere else! Just make sure you’re following (and if you feel so inclined, turn notifications on for our posts), so you never miss a recipe.   And be sure to check out our Instagram Story...

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We asked 17 creative kids to invent something on paper. You’ll love the results!

Our kids never cease to amaze us. Those minds are just so fluid and open, they’re always coming up with brilliant ideas and creative inventions that our cynical adult brains would probably nix before the ideas got halfway off the ground. So we asked a whole bunch of our favorite kids of all ages to come up with any invention at all that solves a problem — and we can’t stop smiling at what they invented! As you can tell, there’s a whole lot of focus on pets and on food. Sometimes both together. Because, kids. And we’re so happy to present...

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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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How much water should you be drinking? This smart bottle can help.

Our whole staff pshaw-ed the idea of a smart water bottle until our Editor Kate gave it a try for a week. Turns out, it can actually help you drink more water, which so many of us really need to do. Not only does the Hidrate Spark track your water intake with its companion app, but it will also give you reminders to drink more water. Granted, a smart water bottle is an investment, at least compared to what you might be using right now, but if you’re like us and tend to reach for the coffee or tea...

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Web coolness: Self-care pins we love, help for political burnout, the new ALA book award winners and more

Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   Love these enamel self-care pins on sale from Alex Elle. Great self-care gift for yourself or a young woman in your life. A sad goodbye to an icon: Mary Tyler Moore’s best quotes on comedy and life. Our response to readers and social media fans who’ve written to us about politics and whether we should discuss them here. (And thanks for all your thoughtful comments in response!) Speaking of which, are you feeling political outrage burnout? Good article on how to stay outraged...

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All you do is eat tacos on this diet. Cue angels singing.

If you’re looking to drop some pounds in 2017, there are no shortage of diet plans out there, many of which we’ve tried ourselves. (Hello, Whole30). But when we saw this new diet in which all you do is eat tacos, well, you can bet it got our attention. The Taco Cleanse doesn’t come without rules, which I suppose I should have known I wouldn’t just be able to eat tacos all day and all night, but hey, if you’re looking for something that involves eating tasty food and lots (and lots) of it, this might just be the...

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Dinner time just got a whole lot easier

We know first hand how hard it is to juggle work and activities and homework, and then meals, well, that’s just a whole lot of balls in the air. That’s why we’re so thankful for the helpful weekly dinner meal plans over on Cool Mom Eats. Every Friday, our fabulous food editor (and mom-of-two herself) Stacie Billis curates some of the tastiest recipes for your entire week. So instead of all that time wasted trying to find recipes, you can use it to shop and cook. And to make it even easier, we drop them in your email box every...

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This supermarket shopping tip could save you a lot of money

We’ve featured lots of supermarket shopping tips here because who doesn’t love to say a little money? But here’s a tip for one our favorite grocery stores that you might not know about, and it just so happens to be at one of our favorite grocery stores, Trader Joe’s. Now, you might be thinking it’s their generous return policy, which yes, is so, so awesome, but nope, that’s not it! This little-known trick would will actually save you time and money, before you even leave the store. And if you don’t shop at Trader Joe’s, keep your eye out on...

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Web Coolness: The most beautiful photos of Obama and children, inspiring advice from Betty White and more.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   President Obama still has a lot of letters from kids to answer. A look at some of the President’s sweetest photos with kids. Top photo via White House on Flickr. (And yeah, we’re kind of weepy looking at them all. Let’s hear it for cool dads.) The most beautiful letter from Barbara and Jenna Hager Bush to Sasha and Malia Obama. (Let’s hear it for girls supporting girls!) Octavia Spencer wins Amazing Person of the Week. How you can help send more girls to see Hidden...

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Meet the cool dogs of Cool Mom Picks and the stories of what they’ve done for our families.

Update: This post was originally created on behalf of a brand that regretfully no longer aligns with our core values, and that we have removed from the content here. But we love the stories that our writers have shared, here and we hope you enjoy them too.   If you’ve ever had a dog in your life, you know they can be like your other child. They’ve taught us love, they’ve taught us responsibility, they’ve taught us that we may never need to sweep up around the dining table again. (Ha.) Clearly having a special dog in the house brings a special kind...

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F*ck yeah, Meryl Streep! | Spawned Podcast Episode 64

While yes, 8 zillion other outrageous things have happened since Sunday night’s Meryl Streep speech that brought down the Golden Globes (and a certain volatile twitter account), we still think it bears discussing. So today on the latest Spawned podcast episode, we’re chatting candidly about what she said, why we think her speech is worth defending (if you hadn’t guessed from the spisode title), and why we think it’s important that more people engage in politics and the issues they care about — not fewer — whatever their careers or backgrounds or hometowns. It’s a passionate, fun discussion and we think you’ll...

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The Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide is back, newly updated for 2017!

One of our favorite guides we’ve ever put together has been our Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide, featuring the coolest gifts for kids of all ages, from those sweet first birthdays right through to picky tweens and big kids. And seeing as how it’s the start of a new year, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to give our readers a fresh look at the coolest toys, games, crafts and other gifts that kids are loving right now. We’re particularly excited that our  guide is sponsored by Sew Plain Jane, a mom-run small business we discovered years ago at the party of one of our...

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Web Coolness: The son we want ours to be like, books you need to read this year, and inspiration for the new year

Here are some links to what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   17 inspirational quotes to help you rock 2017, via Mom Spark. Laughing so hard at this satirical trailer for 2016: The Movie. Books that inspire young readers to be activists. We want to raise all our sons to be like this one. Sniff. The 100 trendiest baby names of all time. The reason behind #1 is pretty fascinating. The big parenting trend of 2016 is one we can relate to for sure. 7 female trailblazers of 2017. 16 women of color...

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7 of the cutest kids and pets videos to keep your whole family laughing

If you’ve got kids and pets, you know how hilarious the combination can be. That’s why there is no shortage of cute kids and pets YouTube videos that…oh, we may watch on a loop from time to time, even when our kids aren’t around. C’mon, the dog singing like a toddler! So cute!   But as much as we love our human babies and our fur babies (yes, we went there), we’re not big fans of the messes they make on their own, let alone when they’re together.  That’s why we’re thrilled to have rounded up these videos on behalf of...

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Have a magical Christmas, cool parents!

Hope today brings you everything magical you’re hoping for, whether it’s a fancy gift, your favorite cookies, a Netflix binge-fest, quiet time with your family, a day with no political arguments, a really good port, the ultimate holiday playlist with no sign of “I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus,” a long winter’s nap, or just someone else to pick up the teeny little shards of wrapping paper off the floor. We’ll be back over the next week with our favorite editors’ picks of 2016. Until then, enjoy your Christmas! And your Hanukkah! And hopefully, those cookies. Mmmm. – Liz, Kristen + Team Cool...

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Web coolness: The great big holiday edition featuring hilarious videos, articles, last minute gift help + more

Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Chewbacca singing Silent Night. That is all. Check out the funniest Christmas tweets, videos, stories and humor on the web. Who else needs these right now? Need ideas for last-minute holiday gifts? Got you covered, big time. Also, 28 cool ideas for tech stocking stuffers that we’d take any time of year. Fun twists on traditional Hanukkah recipes. Marzipan, Dark Chocolate + Orange Rugelach? ZOMG. Already onto gift wrapping? Check out the cutest printable gift tags, mostly free! (Liz went with...

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The best holiday humor from around the web. Because we needed a laugh, too. | Spawned Episode 62

If you’re like us, then you could reallllly use a laugh right about now. The last-minute holiday rush. The news. More news. Well, you get the idea. So, on this episode of Spawned we scoured the web for some of the best holiday humor we could find. Ridiculous Pinterest holiday crafts you won’t believe exist, laugh-out-loud funny holiday blog posts and articles, hilarious Christmas tweets, and a whole lot more. You can listen right now here (do it!), and make sure you subscribe to Spawned on iTunes so you never miss an episode. Seriously, go now! It’s easy. (Funny card...

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7 smells that every parent will know. For better or for worse.

This post was created for our partnership with Suave Essentials There are definitely certain smells that every parent comes to know. In fact, we think you’ll be pretty familiar with those fragrances — wonderful and uh, otherwise — that we are subjected to on a daily, if not hourly, basis. So we had the best time putting together this fun video about those very things, for our partnership with a brand who gets it too: Suave Essentials body wash. You know, the stuff from the commercials where three Suave body wash fragrances are chosen over three body wash fragrances from a premium brand? Take a look at our video, laugh with...

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How Boppy is making it easier for pregnant mamas to get some zzz’s | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from The Boppy Company Finding a comfortable position when you’re pregnant — whether you’re sitting, laying down or sleeping — can be pretty challenging, which is why the new line of prenatal pillows from Boppy might just be the respite you moms-to-be are looking for. They’re all designed specifically for expectant moms to be used in bed, the couch, or wherever you’re trying to get comfortable. And the companion slipcovers help make cleaning a breeze. The uniquely-shaped Boppy Pregnancy Support Pillow with a Jersey Slipcover and upcoming Boppy Bump and Back Support Pillow can be used sitting up or laying down to give your back and...

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