Author: Liz

Happy Valentine’s Day for the real world, parents!

Whatever your Valentine’s Day looks like tonight (Netflix and pass out seems pretty great to a lot of us TBH), we hope it’s a good one! So Happy Valentine’s Day to those of you in love, in like, or just crushing on a special someone. And an extra congrats to those of you who managed to get those 28 little classroom Valentine’s cards out on time for the kids. Will they ever appreciate our sacrifices? Eh, we do it for love.  – Liz, Kristen + the Cool Mom Team   And if you plan on doing something a little more before...

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Livelihood: Ashley Biden’s brilliant hoodies for good initiative

Just this week, the launch of Livelihood has brought together four of my favorite things: Fashion, indie women-run businesses, products made in the US, and purchases that do good for people in need. Founded by Delaware social worker and former Veep offspring Ashley Biden (you might have recognized the name) with support from friend and actress Aubrey Plaza, this new line of comfy, stylish hoodies for men, women, and kids does so much. They were designed to help create US jobs — all the products are designed and manufactured right here — all while providing funding to underserved communities via donations. They limit their beneficiaries to two zip codes...

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Ideas for an awesome LEGO Batman Movie party theme, with inspiration from the Hollywood premiere party

Thanks to our awesome partner Warner Bros. Pictures, I had the opportunity to jet out to LA this past weekend (wow, did I need that) for the launch party and red carpet — okay, black and yellow carpet — premiere of The LEGO Batman Movie. If you’ve got a kid who’s obsessed — and trust me, after your kids see it, they will be — I gathered some fantastic ideas for throwing a creative, memorable LEGO Batman themed party. And by gathered, I mean I have shamelessly stolen them from the studio’s brilliant party planners. But you know, I adapted them....

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TONS of free printable coloring pages from top libraries + museums…but hurry!

My printer is no stranger to the many free printable coloring pages it churns out for my kids, and if you know what I’m talking about, then joy of joys! You can currently get access to dozens and dozens of free printable coloring pages from top libraries, museums and cultural institutions, allowing kids to color in real artwork and vintage illustration to make them all their own. The one catch: This global coloring fest ends Friday, February 10 so hurry! Related: 21 of the coolest coloring books for adults The effort is called #ColorOurCollections and while lots of options probably fall more into adult coloring page territory, I’ve...

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Our favorite new words just added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, from Seussian to humblebrag.

Yesterday, Merriam-Webster announced they had added more than 1000 new words to the dictionary, and wow, word nerds like me could lose ourselves in here for ages. Actually, I kind of did. According to the editors the terms come from everything from tech to science and medicine, pop culture, sports, slang, foreign languages, and more. But what’s as fascinating to me as the words themselves, is just how long it took some of them to make it into print. Humblebrag is like a baby down there! Take a look at a few of my favorites, then be sure to click over...

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5 fabulous new pairs of spring shoes I want at Nordstrom right now

I’ve always been a fan of Nordstrom. The company pays their employees well, they offer a lot of flexibility to part-time or telecommuting workers (like parents),  they’ve lead the way with strong anti-discrimination policies, and they always make the Fortune list of the top 100 companies to work for. Plus, best customer service. (Especially you bra fitters in the White Plains store. Yeah, you!) And if you’re online…free shipping! So I thought it was a good day to do a little online window shopping and check out some of the hot new spring shoes I’d love from Nordstrom right now. A little...

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Super Bowl recipe help? Got you covered with hundreds of last-minute ideas

Whether you’re watching the Super Bowl this weekend for the game, for the commercials, or just for an excuse to get together with friends, Cool Mom Eats and Cool Mom Picks have got you covered with lots of great ideas for last minute, easy Super Bowl recipes. We’ve even got you covered for mocktail recipes. Because designated drivers? You’re all of our MVPs on game day. Above: From DIY Nacho bar ideas via What’s Gaby Cooking. So much great help there!   200+ last minute Super Bowl recipes, drinks, and party-planning help! 5 Instant Pot recipes that make Super Bowl food easy. 5...

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What did Frederick Douglass do? This wonderful book helps kids find out.

This week, I am under the impression, for some reason, that lots of folks are searching for information on Frederick Douglass: Who was Frederick Douglass? What did he do that was so important? How did he earn a place in the new Smithsonian African-American history museum? If you’re a parent or educator, this is a good opportunity to rush to your local library, Amazon, or your local bookstore. Then check out the brand new biography picture book, Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History, by the late Walter Dean Myers. Related: 10 outstanding Black History Month books for kids of all...

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15 amazing Langston Hughes quotes to help start important discussions with your kids

Today marks not only the beginning of Black History Month, but the birthday of the beloved, brilliant, prescient poet Langston Hughes, who would have been 114 today. As with all essential writers throughout history, his words live on long past his death in 1967. In fact, so many Langston Hughes quotes, thoughts and lines from his poetry are as relevant today as they ever were. One of the things I like to do with my kids from time to time, is read them a quote then discuss it. It’s actually amazing how kids even as young as four or five can have some basic...

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2 fantastic tees we’d wear even if they didn’t support the ACLU. But they do.

Our friend Christine Koh, she of the wonderful gold personalized unicorn tee (featured as one of our favorite cool birthday gifts for tweens and tweens) is at it again. Her shop, which features beautifully designed advocacy tees each supporting an excellent cause, now has two new designs with 20% of the proceeds going to one of our favorite orgs, the ACLU Nationwide. Check out the shop for the fierce Rise Up tee and the gold stamped Equality tee, both of which I love so much…well, considering the cause, the designs themselves, and the opportunity to support an indie maker mom with my purchase,...

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