Author: Georgette Gilmore

Everybody in the pool! 10 of the coolest pool floats for the whole family that are sure to make a big splash.

Sure you can bring out the boring inner tubes at the pool this summer, but we say go big with one of the coolest pool floats around. Sure, some of these are a bit spendy, but these 10 inflatables offer fun and lazy lounging for the whole family. Plus, they’re totally Instaworthy. Everybody in the pool! CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Life saver! 8 super cool swimsuits for picky tweens and teens that their mothers will approve of too. Chocolate Donut Pool Float ($20, Big Mouth Inc.) The good news is that this super sweet Chocolate Donut float won’t melt...

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6 fantastic children’s books celebrating LGBT families, because #LoveisLove

If there’s one thing we know for certain, it’s that all families should be celebrated, all the time. Because, love is love. So we pulled together these 6 excellent children’s books that celebrate LGBT families. The way it’s important for children of color to see themselves represented in the books they read, for children with special needs, and for children with single parents, the same applies for children in LGBT families who may not have the same family experience as many of their peers. So we’re so grateful to these authors who are looking out for so many kids. Whether...

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5 funny books on fatherhood from dads who definitely know funny | Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Being a parent really does require a great sense of humor, especially in those early years. And these five funny books on fatherhood should help. All written by fathers who also happen to be hilarious (Michael Ian Black? Jim Gaffigan? Hello!), these memoirs and cheeky advice books are sure to put a smile on a dad’s face, make him LOL, and possibly make him cry — in a good, joyful, heartfelt way. CMP is an Amazon affiliate Related: 5 of the worst Father’s Day gifts: Steer clear of if you want to stay in his will! Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons...

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A book club that supports Black women authors sets its sights on a festival you should know about.

From Brooklyn to beyond! The Well-Read Black Girl Book Club (WRBG), which has been bringing together women of color to celebrate and raise awareness of Black literature, will be hosting its first-ever The Well-Read Black Girl Writers’ Conference & Festival this fall and we couldn’t be more excited! Since its launch in 2015, WRBG has rapidly grown its Brooklyn chapter, as well as its nearly 20,000 online community members nationally, to meet monthly to discuss celebrated works from literature greats, such as Toni Morrison and Alice Walker, as well as contemporary authors like my personal favorite Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and our amazing friend and former CMP contributor...

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5 of the worst Father’s Day gifts: Steer clear if you want to stay in his will!

With every dad’s special day coming up, we feel that it’s our duty to point out some of the worst Father’s Day gifts we’ve been seeing. Not because we’re mean. But because we love dads. And we have their backs. Kristen and Liz had a hilarious discussion on Spawned about the very worst Mother’s Day gifts last month, featuring items they had actually been pitched by brands like uh, oil change gift cards. And discount bikini wax packages. (Yeah, that bad.) But, I have to say, these 5 terrible gift ideas I found for dads may be even worse. On the flip side, we’re here to...

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15 of the funniest Father’s Day cards that will have him laughing til he cries

Father’s Day is coming up, which means we’ve been busy searching for the coolest, most unique and fun gifts for dads. And one of our favorite roundups we do every year is finding the funniest Father’s Day cards, because we’re suckers for a good laugh. If the dads in your life love a good laugh too, then we’re sure you’ll find the perfect card for him here. At top: Push That Stroller Father’s Day card | Just a Wink CMP is a rstyle affiliate Related: Super rad Father’s Day T-shirts? Check. Sarcastic Father’s Day Card (Tense and Urgent) Because, when you have a teenager, the sarcasm is...

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10 inspirational art prints for grads that will encourage them to work hard, be kind, and follow their dreams.

I’m a real sucker for a feel good, motivational quote, so I love the idea of giving an inspirational art print as a gift to a recent grad. They can hang it on a wall or prop it up on a desk, and it’ll be a daily reminder to go out there and go get ’em! These 10 inspirational art prints for grads are the ones I feel will most encourage hard work, kindness, and a belief in themselves to follow their dreams. Cue the Pomp and Circumstance… At top: Work Hard and be Nice to People Print by Stars and Type...

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8 tips to compliment your kids in ways that are meaningful and empowering

As parents, we’re our kids’ biggest fans, right? That’s why a lot of us tend to compliment them. A lot. Whether it’s the first time they learn to ride a bike, the masterpiece they created in art class, a stellar report card, or even that time they remembered to clean up their toys without being told, we want to praise them like we should, as the song goes. But it turns out, those positive words and our best intentions can have some unintended consequences. And I know, that seems like such a backward way of thinking. Related: Should every kid get a trophy?...

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5 important dystopian novels for tweens and teens to inspire critical thinking and positive action

In the age of “alternative facts,” it’s no surprise that classic dystopian novels, which encourage readers to take a critical look at things, are dominating bestseller lists right now. While dystopian literature has always been popular with middle and high schoolers — probably because adolescence is a time when kids start focusing on their individuality and independence, questioning authority, and caring more about issues in the world — since January of this year, sales of the quintessential dystopian book 1984 has spiked, putting the 70-year-old George Orwell novel at the top of the Amazon bestseller list. Other classic novels warning of oppression, propaganda, and government control have had...

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How a new children’s book is helping Black families discuss police encounters.

Having “the talk” means something different to different families. Your mind may automatically go to the birds and the bees. But for thousands of Black families, it refers to essential conversations they’re having with their children — especially their sons — about encounters with the police. The tragic rise of unarmed Black men (and in some instances, unarmed Black children) tragically killed by police officers has inspired one mother to tackle this very tough subject through a children’s book. Her goal: to help families navigate “the talk.” And as a mother of two biracial children myself, I’m grateful. Momma, Did You Hear the News? by Sanya Whittaker Gragg is about a 10-year-old boy...

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21 fierce feminist Mother’s Day gifts for the mom who stays woke | Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

All moms are fierce, no doubt about that. But if a mom in your life is a loud and proud fighter for equality, we’ve found some really fantastic feminist Mother’s Day gifts that will mean a whole lot to her. (Hey, as moms, we love when the people closest to us really get us.) So here are 21 of our favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas that send an empowering message of love and support to some of fiercest people we know. At top: Shattered Glass Ceiling Necklace | Uncommon Goods CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 12 more wonderfully empowering Mother’s Day gifts for progressive moms Raging Feminist Mom mug...

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18 of the funniest Mother’s Day cards to help her momentarily forget all the pain you’ve caused

Every year we have the best times seeking out the funniest Mother’s Day cards for those moms who prefer a little sass to sentimentality. (You know the ones.) There are so many good ones out there — and man, so many bad ones — so we did our best just to put together the ones we’d love to get ourselves. Hopefully one is just perfect for a mom in your life, whether she’s the wittiest mom in school, the honest-to-a-fault mom who keeps you in check, or the mom who’s irreverent that she makes you blush. Related: 13 amazing Mother’s Day gifts for...

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Over 25 ideas to throw an exciting Escape Room party at home. Let the adventures begin!

If you’ve got a kid who’s into mysteries, detectives, and solving puzzles, you’re in for a real treat. We pulled together the most awesome list of Escape Room party ideas — from cool invitations and mind-boggling activities to rewarding treats. As you probably already know, actual Escape Rooms are popping up all over the country as popular party venues for older kids and adults. But if you’re not wanting to be locked in a room to crack codes and solve logic puzzles in order to be crowned victorious at the end of it all, you can easily find ways to pull off an Escape Room party right...

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A fierce new shop supporting equality, inclusivity, and self-sufficiency for women everywhere. Hell yes!

As you may be well aware, women continue to have to fight for equal pay and equal rights, but there is great strength in numbers, as the Women’s March on Washington has shown us. When we work together, our power is great. That’s why I was so happy to see the new indie Etsy shop Damsel in Success. Related: 2 fantastic tees we’d wear even if they didn’t support the ACLU. But they do. The fierce brand was created by two women working in male dominated fields who wanted to send a positive message to themselves and women everywhere — that...

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Mom Up to let your representatives know Equal Pay Day needs to be every day.

Yesterday was Equal Pay Day which feels kind of empowering while it’s happening — and then honestly a little depressing the day after it’s over. Like, who’s still fighting for us? You may already be aware that the gender pay disparity disproportionately impacts working mothers. While white mothers make an average of 71 cents for every dollar white males make, African-American and Hispanic mothers make even less than their male counterparts. Honestly, it’s shameful.   Which is why we are loving a brand new campaign Mom Up America. Launched by The Mom Project, a digital platform that helps connect working women –particularly mothers — with excellent, often flexible work opportunities,...

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Huge EpiPen recall, parents: Check those expiration dates!

If you have a child or family member with food allergies (like I do) , you need to check those EpiPens. Like, right now! Mylan, the company that makes EpiPen, has issued a voluntary EpiPen recall of 13 lots of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr Auto-Injectors distributed in the U.S. The recall was actually expanded to the U.S. after a recall was issued outside the country because of two reported incidents where the device failed to activate. Related: The silver lining of the Mylan EpiPen price hike news, from a mom of a child with food allergies At the moment, the EpiPen recall is for...

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15 gorgeous Easter egg decorating ideas all about color

Easter Egg decorating these days is not your mama’s store-bought kit with hard pellets and a bottle of vinegar. Every year it seems like our favorite craft and mom bloggers are going above and beyond to bring us the brightest and boldest Easter egg decorating ideas. Some of which aren’t even too difficult to pull off. And so on behalf of all of us who don’t consider ourselves very crafty parents, we thank you. This year, I pulled together 15 of my favorite easy(ish) Easter egg decorating ideas that are fresh, fun, and oh so colorful. Prepare to be amazed. At top:...

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We’re All Wonders: Now, R.J. Palacio shares Auggie’s message with younger children too.

A few years ago, R.J. Palacio gave the world Wonder, a middle reader book that we here at Cool Mom Picks believe should be mandatory reading for all children and their parents, which is why we named it among our best children’s books of 2015. The truly moving novel about August (Auggie) Pullman, a boy who was born with a congenital facial abnormality and was heading to school for the first time in the fifth grade, is an important reminder to kids that everyone needs understanding, deserves friendship, and should feel free to be themselves. We couldn’t be more excited that this week,...

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Damn you, Facebook ads: Trying out the Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyebrow Liner

Next up in our series of products from Facebook ads that we see, purchase, and review is the Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyebrow Liner. They claim it “holds like a wax, blends like a powder and intuitively adjusts to match your brows,” so how could I not try it? Especially considering I’ve been obsessed with my big fat Greek eyebrows since I was a child idolizing Brooke Shields, and I love the look of a fuller, well-groomed brow now. Related: A pro makeup artist picks her 5 best mascaras right now The Infinity Waterproof Eyebrow Liner: Putting it to the test You choose from...

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9 genius art prints that reimagine Disney princesses as woke AF

On the outside chance you have been hiding out in a yurt without access to technology for all of 2017, you know there’s been a massive revival of women protests this year and it’s pretty incredible to witness. Women and girls from all walks of life have been woke to activism — including now, it seems our very favorite Disney princesses. Well, at least in the mind of one artist. Inspired by the Women’s March on Washington, comic illustrator and artist Amanda Allen Niday reimagined what Disney princesses would say as women’s rights activists in these amazing Protest Disney Princesses prints. Related: Tons of empowering gift ideas for...

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