Author: Liz

Web Coolness: Easter and Passover fun, parenting fails we can relate to, and Mad Men the Untold Story

Here are our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Fun last minute Easter crafts and printables, and Easter coloring pages. 5 fantastic Passover dessert recipes. How to make Peeps Sushi. Make-ahead Easter brunch recipes. Liz shares social media privacy tips with Real Simple. A terrific list of children’s books for social good. Why Kristen put away her smartphone around her kids for a week. (It’s not judgy, promise!) Did we get you on April Fool’s Day? It’s okay, you can admit it. Funny parenting fails: You fill in the pictures. Buzzfeed...

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The most fun printable Haggadah for kids we’ve ever seen

While mostly what kids look forward to in a Passover Seder is finding the matzoh, reading the four questions and stuffing their faces with as many macaroons or chocolate-covered Matzoh as possible, a few years back we discovered a clever Passover Haggadah for kids that I think gives them one more reason to look forward to the holiday. And now, what’s better, it’s been turned into a printable Haggadah so it’s even easier to get your hands on it. Equal parts conversation starter and interactive activity book in the style of Taro Gomi, My Haggadah: Made it Myself by Francine Hermelin Levite is a remarkably...

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Getting back to basics. Affordable, lovely basics.

While I’m all for buying a few special items for my kids, like a crazy pair of polka-dot Doc Martens or some fun fuzzy vest they’re coveting, mostly their wardrobes consist of affordable basics that can mix or match with the rest. Like, 20 different pairs of black leggings. Which is why the new kids label, Primary, is the kind that will make parents ask, “where have you been all my life?!” Or at least all your kids’ lives. If they’re about ten and under. – Don’t miss a fantastic offer exclusively for CMP readers below –  The goal of...

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10 cool free printable Easter coloring pages for kids who’ve moved past fat washable markers

If you’re looking for some last minute Easter crafts for your kids, and making your own hand-stitched Easter bunny doll from vintage fabrics you scavenged from estate sales isn’t quite on the agenda, printable coloring pages are always a hit. At least in my home. (See also: My front door. Any time of year.) Unfortunately, most of the Easter printables I see are kind of cutesie for my own kids, who have outgrown the whole connect-the-dots to make an egg and chick. So taking a cue from the coloring mandalas that they love, I found some more intricate, advanced, free printable Easter coloring pages that will...

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How to dye Easter eggs with food coloring and get just the right shade? Ask the experts.

I am imagining that the McCormick’s website must get more traffic this time of year than any other, considering that it’s pretty much homebase for anyone wanting to know just how to dye Easter eggs with food coloring, and just which exact combo of those teeny little drops will yield the perfect hues. While we’ve shared some cool natural ways to dye your Easter eggs, I also understand that when it comes to kids, sometimes a pale kinda-yellow-brown isn’t going to cut it when what they really want is bright neon orange. And that a kid like mine who loves turquoise (this year) will probably...

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9 adorably modern Easter dresses for girls, all under 50.

When I look around for girls’ Easter dresses, there’s a whole lot of smocking and seersucker and box pleats and classic peter pan collars. Which can be utterly adorable, of course. (Is any little girl not super cute when she’s all dressed up? Exactly.) Even so, not everyone is quite so traditional or dressy on Easter. So I thought I’d put together a few more modern options for Easter dresses for girls that are all pretty without being fussy. I love all nine of these dresses — the shapes, the colors, the patterns,  the styling. The best part: They’re all under $50. So maybe...

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Adorn Milk is here, and we’re going jewelry shopping

I’ve been holding out on you, accessory-obsessed readers, and for that I apologize. The wonderful Adorn Milk, a beautifully curated new jewelry shop from our friend Jaime Derringer of Design Milk has been up for a few weeks and I’ve been so busy browsing and coveting, I have not taken the time to share it with you. If you’re into modern design, statement pieces, and spending a little money on one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories from indie designers, this is your new online home away from home. I love seeing work like Melissa Zook‘s handmade leather pieces (I still wear my own...

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The Design Mom book: How to live with kids and still love your home. Wow, I need this.

When I first learned that long-time friend, mom of (how many now?) six amazing kids, and blogger extraordinaire Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom was coming out with a book, my first thought was, finally! I imagined it would be as beautifully produced, thoughtful, and inspirational as every single post she’s ever written. Let’s just say my imagination has not failed me, because the brand new Design Mom: How to Live With Kids: A Room by Room Guide is a keeper, whether you’re a fan of her blog or just want to make your space a little — or a lot — more...

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Web coolness: Children’s books they’ll never make, avoiding smartphone interruptions, and why parents are like serial killers.

Here are the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Laughing at this parenting truth from The Daddy Files. Smart tips for new parents getting back to work after a baby. Yes it’s snowing AGAIN for some of us. Here are 9 awesome hot chocolate recipes to keep you warm. The unexpected extra you may get with your next Starbucks order. Provocative thoughts on underscheduled children. A good reason to start thinking Mother’s Day gifts.   A Pixar artist turns R-rated films into children’s storybooks. Ha. 10 women authors to read for Women’s History Month. Tom...

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Bezar, the new members-only shopping site is here. Design fans, hold onto your wallets.

We recently alerted you to the upcoming launch of Bezar, a new members-only marketplace from Bradford Shelhamer, one of the original founders of Fab. We knew we’d be able to expect the same phenomenal design sense, curation and discovery that we’ve come to know and love from him, and checking out the Bezar site launch today, it does not disappoint. Because this is a member’s only site, use our invitation link for immediate access right now to some wonderful designers who will be gone in a few days, along with some cool pop-up shops that will last a bit longer. You’ll notice there’s definitely...

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