Author: Liz Gumbinner

Keeping little hands busy without a screen in sight

While you’re getting those Easter basket toy ideas together for the kids, we’ve shared a ton of fabulous ideas, including plenty of non-candy Easter basket gifts if you’re trying to go easy on the jellybeans. And now we’ve got one more: This fab little French Woody the Sheep knitting toy. Isn’t it just adorable? Related: The coolest gifts for five year olds for 2017 It’s a sweet way to teach kids problem-solving and patience (ahem) as they wrap him up with the organic wool yarn that comes included. I love this toy for keeping little little hands busy instead of screens, whether the kids stuck...

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Lunch-shaming stories from children who can’t afford school lunch will disgust you.

Yes, lunch shaming is a thing, as I just learned from this New York Times article from Bettina Elias Siegel that is so disturbing, I had to stop physically shaking after reading it before I could come here and write this. Evidently in a number of states, children in need are being publically humiliated and emotionally abused — by administrators — if they can’t afford to pay for school lunch or are behind on payments. One Alabama third-grader came home with an “I Need Lunch Money” stamp on his arm, with a happy face on it to presumably soften the blow. How kind of the...

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DIY Passover craft for kids: The cutest printable 10 plagues finger puppets.

Like we’re not going to have enough fun at our seder this year with our new Hamilton Haggadah, now I find this: An awesome set of free printable Passover 10 plague finger puppets found at Tori Avey’s blog. Oh, like you already have a Cute Cartoony Person Infected with Lice finger puppet lying around? I don’t think so. Related: An edible Passover craft our kids are flipping for! The truth is, as morbid as the plagues are when you really start to break them down (especially that tenth one, yeesh) the seriously adorable drawings from artist Brenda Ponnay (A.K.A. Secret Agent Josephine)...

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How to help the Syrian victims: A comprehensive list of 20+ outstanding organizations.

If you’ve taken some time to watch the atrocious results of the chemical gas attack on Syrian citizens in the village of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib this week, I’m sure you’ve spent some time feeling as outraged and helpless and heartbroken as I have and wondering how to help the Syrian victims. Doing something positive has always made me feel somewhat less helpless, and gives me a constructive way to channel my feelings, even if it’s just donating a few dollars where I can. Two nights ago, I found a brilliant Twitter thread from Eeman Abbasi, a Muslim-American student at the University...

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Move over Kim: 10 awesome celebrity parents on Instagram who aren’t afraid to get real

Not all of us moms are so genetically blessed as to fit into our skinny jeans two weeks postpartum — let alone thick-skinned enough to “love ourselves as we are” all the time. #NOnomakeupselfie #sorrynotsorry So bless those awesome celebrity moms — and dads! — who are willing to show us the truth about parenting, so that we can all feel a little better about our bad days, our toddler tantrums, and yeah, our cellulite. Top photo: Kelly Clarkson on Instagram   Would you believe I'm 160 pounds and 5'3"? By 'regular standards' that makes me obese. I know I'm not at...

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The free Hamilton Haggadah: History is happenin’ at the Passover seder table

How can this family of obsessive Hamilton fans slash-Passover revelers not be totally thrilled to discover a Hamilton Haggadah? Yep, you read that right. How does a Hebrew, poor man, son of a slave and a Bondsman, born to nothing in a  Rigged system of Imperial oppression Fished from the Nile River Grow up to be a prophet and a leader? This totally free PDF Hamilton Haggadah download comes courtesy of creative Philly-based Rabbinical students Emily Cohen and Jake Adler, who clearly have caught Hamilfever . (Which is not to be confused with any of the plagues.) Related: The coolest Hamilton gifts for the...

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Relive your youth with the cool new Power Rangers toys and gear

With the much-anticipated release of the new Power Rangers movie tonight (!!), we’re not sure if kids are more excited — or those of us who grew up with them in the ’90s are. Which is why we’ve had the best time browsing the cool new Power Rangers toys and gear from our sponsor, Saban’s Power Rangers and doing a little virtual shopping of our own. Got a kid — or adult — on your gift list who’s obsessed? Here are a few of our picks for the coolest of the Power Rangers toys, tees, and gear that were just released. Power up,...

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40 pregnant women in one prison forced to give birth in shackles and leg irons. Horrifying.

A new lawsuit, as reported by the Associated Press, alleges that more than 40 women have been forced to give birth in shackles in the Milwaukee County Jail over just the past six years. And the details are just horrifying. The plaintiff of this civil class action case was admitted for a 7-month sentence while pregnant. She was forced to endure all of her prepartum care in shackles, then give birth to her newborn baby while wearing a restraint called a belly chain, keeping her wrists tied to her waist, while her legs were attached with irons. Even as her own doctors and OBs demanded the...

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Where’d you get those bracelets?! Well, I’ll tell ya….

I’ve had a thing for layering multiple bracelets for a while now, which has slowly replaced my former compulsion to wear massive cocktail rings all the time. I will say it’s a little easier to put on gloves in cold weather, ha. If you’ve been stuck in a jewelry rut, it’s such an easy, fun way to jazz up even jeans and a t-shirt or make a stuffy black dress a little more contemporary. When I’m running out the door, I just grab four or five bracelets, like the ones here and suddenly I feel “dressed.”   Since people are always asking...

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She Persisted: Chelsea Clinton’s new children’s book becomes a best-seller in one day.

It’s no surprise that She Persisted is now the title of an upcoming book about history-making American women. What’s more interesting though, is that it’s a book written for children, by none other than Chelsea Clinton. The phrase has certainly blown up over the past month, becoming a deeply personal mantra for women. It began back in February when the statement was first uttered — not as a compliment, but as as a scolding of Senator Elizabeth Warren after she was silenced in an attempt to read a letter from Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor during a hearing. Since then, I’ve seen those words on more than...

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Auspect: A luxury skincare line that does wonders for aging skin, no Botox required.

The more my skin (ahem) matures, the more I’m willing to spend a little more to step up my skincare game without succumbing to Botox. If you hear me, then definitely take a look at the new-to-the-US luxury skincare line called Auspect. Especially with spring right around the corner. The line is all about medically developed formulas that skip the gross chemicals and artificial fragrances. Just ethically sourced, natural ingredients you can identify. And wow, are the results fantastic. Let’s just say I have tried a whole lot of luxury skincare products for potential review lately, and very very few make...

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When words aren’t enough: A goodbye to Amy Krouse Rosenthal

It’s always a strange and complex feeling to feel the loss of someone you’ve never actually met, but that’s just what I feel right now, learning of today’s passing of author and mom of three, Amy Krouse Rosenthal. This is one woman who definitely left us way too soon. F*ck cancer is right. While a lot of you may have learned her name recently, as the author of the unforgettable You May Want to Marry My Husband Modern Love column in the NY Times, we’ve known her for years as a remarkable children’s author who has filled our kids’ bookshelves with the kinds of titles you...

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Strong like mom. It’s the new strong like bull.

After years in a job for which I’m forced to click past baby tees with slogans like “I get my mom’s looks and my dad’s ability to nap all day” (not even kidding) what a joy to find this new Strong Like Mom t-shirt at Target. The best part: It’s in the boys department. Of course my girls now want one too, which is just fine. They already know they can shop in the boys section at Target; that’s where all all the good navy shorts are each summer. Target has already gotten rid of the gender-specific toy aisle, and we applauded them for that....

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Striking or not, here are 11 ways to honor International Women’s Day to make an impact long after March 8

This March 8 is International Women’s Day, and for many, it’s also become A Day Without A Woman, which is described as an action “for equity, justice, and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.” Plenty of women will wearing red as an easy way to recognize your fellow sisters on the street. Some will be attending peaceful, local Day Without A Woman gatherings Others will be blacking out social media, or refusing to shop. But a lot of the focus has been on the women choosing to strike, by taking the day off...

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Beyond Tarot cards: Even skeptics find guidance and clarity with these 4 methods of divination.

I confess that when I’m struggling with an issue or looking for guidance, wisdom or just calm, I have always been a fan of various oracles and methods of divination. And I don’t mean the fortune teller at a street fair years ago, who looked at my palm and told me I would have nine children. I know, this topic may sound a little nutty to some of you. But take it from a science-loving skeptic: when life feels overwhelming, these are the tools that have helped me focus, find clarity, stay mindful and often feel more empowered and in control of my...

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Feminist babies: Meet Feminist Baby

I can’t stop smiling at the new board book, Feminist Baby by Loryn Brantz. Filled with adorable, colorful illustrations of a chunky little wide-eyed baby, it paints a picture of a baby who chooses what to wear herself, rejects pants, plays with both dolls and cars, and makes lots of noise — banging on pots and pans with kitchen utensils. Of course the irony is that these are descriptions that apply to pretty much all babies. Especially the part about hating to wear pants. Related: Fantastic children’s board books about activism for our future world changers I would definitely call this Feminist-Lite™, especially compared with outstanding...

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Web coolness: Beyoncé lips, fab scarves, sex during pregnancy (or not), and the Moonlight acceptance speech we all missed,

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   If you can’t have lips like Beyoncé, how about Beyoncé lips? Follow Jazmina Dial for mindblowing makeup art and tutorials! (Her galaxy lip art video on YouTube is insane.) Sweet ideas for keepsake gifts for adoptive parents. The household hack we’ve been waiting for our whole lives! When voicemail transcription gets your kid’s name…very very wrong. Hilarious video guide to sex during pregnancy. Or lack thereof. The viral mom-shaming post…that turned out to be a fraud. Interesting take on the Oscars Best Picture fiasco:...

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Bitchen! Found these totally tubular 80’s clothes for rad babies, like, yours, you know?

So like, the 80s are toooootally back, you know? And like, as much as we loved the rad shark romper from Rosie Pope that we just shared, turns out there’s a lot more to love in her collection of righteous new 80s inspired baby clothes for little dudes and dudettes? All those rainbows, surfboards, and unicorns like, make me want to dig up some Bangles cassettes and do that Molly Ringwald in Breakfast Club happy dance. The prices teeter between Target and Gap; you can grab a five-pack of 80s baby bodysuits at our affiliate Amazon for just $32, or a five-pack of awesome bibs on Rosie’s...

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A sweet 7 year old stripped of his bowling medal for the craziest reason. What is going on?

While I am not a fan of the “everyone gets a medal” school of thinking, I do believe in earned accolades. So I was startled to read a story about 7-year-old Canadian student Grayson Powell, a little bowling wunderkind who actually earned a trophy at a Canadian Youth Bowl tournament the old fashioned way — by kicking some pre-adolescent bowling booty in the lanes three times in a row. It wasn’t until the medals ceremony that he was stripped of his win. For a wardrobe violation. And no, he wasn’t wearing an OLD BOWLERS NEVER DIE [blah blah blah] BALLS t-shirt;...

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Can it be summer now? Please?

If we ever needed one more reason to wish we could blink and have it be June, it’s so we could slip our girls in this ridiculously adorable shark romper from Rosie Pope. A shark romper! For babies! And girls! You can understand my excitement, right? Of course you can. Because it’s a shark romper. For girls. And okay, boys too. Hammerheads are equal opportunity outfitters, of...

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