Author: Delilah S. Dawson

The scoop on Amazon’s new Studio Ghibli series, Ronja the Robber’s daughter.

If you’re totally into Totoro and your kids howl for Howl’s Moving Castle, you fans of Studio Ghibli are going to want to know about Amazon’s newest series for families, Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter. It’s based on the book by author Astrid Lindgren of Pippi Longstocking fame.It’s directed by Goro Miyazaki, as in the son of Hayao. Oh,  and Gillian Anderson narrates it. That’s basically the world’s best recipe for a magical journey, right? Related: 9 great TV shows for tweens that you might not have considered My kids and I caught a sneak preview of this exclusive English adaptation of the Japanese series, and I...

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10 cool snow tubes to make your kid the raddest sledder on the slopes

It’s time to protect that cookie sheet and get your kid a cool snow tube this winter! What I love about snow tubes for kids is that they’re not heavy to lug around (although, maybe a bit bulky) and they don’t crack after one run like the cheap plastic sleds I bought for my kids last year at the grocery store. Plus, they deflate and fold up small to store in a box once it’s time for winter to bid adieu. So I looked around and found some cool snow tubes for kids that will really stand out on the hill. Grab...

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The hilarious adult coloring book for moms who need more HA than OM.

Full disclosure: I recently bought myself one of those fancy adult coloring books. I lined up my new colored pencils with their perfectly sharpened tips, total ROYGBIV rainbow. I colored for about 5 minutes and threw the dang thing in a drawer. Sorry not sorry, but it’s just too much pressure. It didn’t relax me at all. But then I learned about these perfectly snarky adult coloring books from Papeterie Bleu, like #MOMLIFE: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book, which gets me on a cellular level. As a mom, I have lived the pages of Threenager and Potty like a rock star, and...

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OMG! American Apparel is closing. Here’s how to comfort yourself with 40% off.

Bad news, cool kids: American Apparel is closing their factories and basically being cannibalized and moving to Canada. So much for “designed, cut, and sewn in Los Angeles.” Yes, the company has their share of controversies, but they always did make solid basics we loved for our kids. So sad. The silver lining in all this is a 40% off sale that can help you grab some great basics for women, men and kids. But you’ve got to hurry! I poked around the site to see what’s what. For women, you’ll want to check out the ongoing sale on tees, leggings, dresses, and more....

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7 books to help you feel fabulous right now (because shame is so 2016)

Yep, I’m one of those suckers who dives head-first into the self-help section every January. Not only because I actually have a few days of leisure to read as long as I wish, but also because the cold, dreary weather makes me want to hit my reset button and make a little sunshine of my own. Here are some of my favorite self-help books that focus on laughs, positive steps, good health, loving yourself, and focusing on the things you can actually control. No impossible goals, fasting, six-hour workouts, tough love, or house-wide decluttering. Promise. CMP is an rstyle affiliate...

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Causebox: The ultimate do-good subscription box for women.

We love subscription boxes, and we’ve covered so many of our favorites since they became such a hot gift to give. And now we’ve found one that comes with built-in warm fuzzies. Each Causebox subscription box is filled with about seven beautiful surprises, each one socially conscious, meaning it was produced by artisans paid living wages and using resources that aren’t hurting the earth or humanity. And, wow, is each box full of indulgent, fashionable, covetable goodies. Related: 17 of the best subscription gifts for kids, from babies to teens Four times a year you’ll receive treasures ranging from accessories and jewelry to beauty products, home goods, and artwork. And I love...

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4 amazing beauty wipes you didn’t know could do the job of messier products

There’s no denying to new parents that a bottomless stash of diaper wipes is essential in every way. But what’s awesome is how many beauty wipes are available for adults too, taking the place of messier products you might own to make our busy lives on-the-go a whole lot easier. I’m a wipes fan, but I’m awfully picky when it comes to ingredients. To earn a place in my own purse — and on my body — a wipe has to be non-toxic, gentle, and do a heck of a job, whatever its job. Whether you’re in the car, on an airplane, or sweating through your...

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Fight evil (and frostbite) with these cool superhero snowsuits.

Snowsuits have come a long way since Randy’s slug imitation in A Christmas Story. Today’s kid demands warmth and comfort — and the ability to move. And, in some cases, superhuman powers to help them take on the task of protecting their snow fortresses. Or, getting up after a fall. This season, the officially licensed Marvel and DC offerings from Funwear.com include jackets and pants to transform your super kid into their favorite superhero. The collection includes the best of the best — you know, Superman, Incredible Hulk, Thor. And while some of the jackets are great for waiting at...

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15 Glitzy and glam 2017 New Year’s party printables, recipes + DIY decorations to help you kick 2016 out the door

While every year we put together our favorite New Year’s printables for those of you partying like it’s…well, the beginning of a new year, this New Year’s Eve feels a little different for a lot of us. Maybe you’re saying goodbye to a really tough 2016; maybe you’re throwing a glam, glitzy shindig as a brief respite before the reality of what may be a tough 2017 sets in. Or hey, maybe you’ve got a lot to celebrate in your own life. As I stare at my own personal fire hazard (A.K.A. the Christmas tree) and dread taking down the lights and ornaments...

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What’s in that high performance water bottle? Not vodka.

If you’re looking for a great gift for a friend’s New Year’s party — someone who’s unique, a little cheeky, and maybe into yoga, hiking, or any other activity — you’ve got to check out these high-end, high performance water bottles with a name that’s a real conversation starter. Not Vodka water bottles are made to allow your preferred drink (water, or otherwise) to stay cold for 30 hours, hot for 12 hours, and fizzy forever. No BPA, no yucky chemicals, no annoying bottle sweat, either. And they donate $1 from every bottle sold to your choice of one of two charities — Project Thirst...

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The perfect stocking stuffer is…more stockings. If they’re these rad Star Wars socks.

You can only gift so many Star Wars shirts and toys, and — wait. Who am I kidding? You can never gift too many Star Wars shirts and toys to the fan in your life. And these posh Star Wars socks are the perfect geeky gift they’ll enjoy all year. And they’re sized just right to fill out that R2D2 stocking. The Star Wars Collection of socks by Stance has oodles of great choices — we even covered their kids’ socks over at Cool Mom Tech. But we’re really digging their luxe Limited Edition Collector Sets that bring together Light Side,...

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My holiday gift wishlist: 5 sweet indulgences to help me get my groove back.

I might be 39, but in many ways, 2016 was the year I became an actual adult. Both my father and grandmother died, my daughter got mean-girled, my son started his first real sport, I suffered some health setbacks, and I had to sell my beloved horse. I even cut my hair short for the first time since middle school…and instantly hated it. Oh, and I packed on 10 pounds of kummerspeck, which is German for “grief bacon.” Which means that heading into the holidays, my daily uniform now is pajamas and shearling boots. This is not to depress you! Only to say...

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This gift for the classroom will keep on giving. Yes, more than a Starbucks card.

Very little in life is as terrifying as being handed a wad of cash by desperate parents asking you to find a group teacher gift that’s meaningful, memorable, and not a lifetime supply of Best Teacher Ever mugs. This year, you can forego the stack of Starbucks cards and present your kid’s classroom teacher with a gift that keeps on giving: a beautiful game that helps teach empathy and problem solving, all in one. Consider it the Venti Mocha Frappuccino of classroom gifts. Related: 6 DIY holiday gifts for teachers from the kids that will get an A+ The Empathy Toy was...

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This ancestry kit is a great gift for the grandparents who have everything.

Put that boring pair of slippers back on the shelf. We’ve found the perfect gift for the grandparents who already have everything. It’s cool, it’s educational, and it involves spit and bragging rights. The Geno 2.0 DNA analysis kit from National Geographic and Helix is so, so easy to use, making it perfect for anyone’s grandparents to enjoy. Gramps, Nonna, Mimi, or whomever you choose gives a swipe of saliva and mails it in. And in just a few weeks, they will receive an email with the results. You’ll get to see a breakdown of their regional ancestry dating back oh, 200,000 years or so,...

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5 of our favorite drugstore lip balms that work as well as the pricey stuff

December brings holiday cheer, festive fun, and hella chapped lips. And considering the nearest Ulta is 38 miles from my house, I don’t always have the most posh options for lip care here in the mountains. So I’ve put together some terrific drugstore lip balms out there I love that are affordable and actually work really well too. Plus, for all us last-minute shoppers, these lip balms make the perfect little stocking stuffers. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 6 Sephora Collection products you need in your makeup bag, stat   Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in Ginger Spice ($3–5) If you’re a firm believer that Pumpkin...

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Forget waxy chocolate. Gourmet gelt is here!

Gold coins are a must for Hanukkah, but you don’t have to settle for the waxy ones at the store that make your teeth itch. Check out these six amazing kinds of gourmet gelt and revel in quality ingredients, fair trade cocoa, and posh packaging. There’s even one just for grown-ups. Really. It says so on the packaging. But, we think you can share. A little. Tis the season after all. Related: Modern Hanukkah gifts for kids that make 8 days of giving easier | Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide 2016   Gelt Pail ($32, Freds at Barneys New York)...

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Glam holiday statement jewelry under $50 that looks far more expensive.

Tis the season for looking glam! If you’ve got a calendar packed with holiday parties, we’ve got you covered with a some of the most gorgeous statement jewelry we’ve seen. And they all happen to ring in under $50, so you can kick your holiday outfits up a notch without breaking the bank. Whether you need a dash of glitter to upgrade business casual, or a stunning statement piece that will really turn heads, better order soon. Those parties won’t fa la la themselves! CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Gifts for your fashionista friend who loves all that glitters. Gold is a bonus....

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Modern Christmas tree alternatives for small spaces. And, no pesky needles.

Full disclosure: I was at Home Depot the day after Thanksgiving, picking out the perfect tree that I’ll probably keep until it’s brown and desiccated on Valentine’s Day. I’ve got plenty of space for a gigantic Douglas fir, no family members with allergies, and a dog who can usually be persuaded not to eat ornaments. But, if you’re looking for a modern Christmas tree alternative that by-Christma-passes the needles, the sap, and the enormity of it all, we’ve found some fantastic and beautiful alternatives, many of which will last for years and help create new traditions all your own. Related:...

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17 irreverent stocking stuffers for adults both naughty and nice

You can only put so much candy coal into an adult’s stocking, so here are 17 fabulous but irreverent stocking stuffers for adults who’ve been mostly nice…but a little naughty. Or for those who just need a good laugh this holiday season. Or a little extra nope. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 60+ holiday gift ideas for adults all under $15   Bah Humbug Candle ($18, Frostbeard Studio) Oh, what a beautiful candle…that will force your favorite Scrooge to inhale the scent of the holidays. Scented with blue spruce, fig, orange and pepper, and just a hint of coal,...

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Free printables + activities that help grow kids’ hearts 3 sizes this Grinch-mas

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. We read that line in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas every year, but it can sometimes be difficult to drive home the message with kids who are a bit more focused on their shiny, wrapped presents. (Not that we blame them entirely.) Related: Deck the house with the coolest Christmas printables, lots of them free If you want to find the strength of 10 Grinches plus two this holiday season — and mobilize your kids to do good in the community...

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