Author: Liz

Web coolness: Disney heroines as warrior princesses, baby names that need to come back, best end of year teacher gifts + more!

Here are some links we’re liking around the web this week, with lots of time this holiday weekend for your to read them all. Hope you like them too.   From here on forward, this week shall forever be known as Chewbacca Mom Won the Internet Week. Whoo, it’s summer! If you plan on dusting off the grill, we’ve found the best grilling recipes to kickoff summer cookout season. 3 wonderful way to support our troops this Memorial Day. (It’s not just about barbecues, of course.) What else we’ll be doing with our kids Monday: Watching The Roots miniseries reboot on the...

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Make it Easy: A guilt-free cookbook for busy parents. So, all of us.

We are always thrilled to find new cookbooks that make life easier for parents, especially because meal planning (and cooking and serving and cleaning and cajoling the kids to eat any of it in the first place) can be…well, not our favorite part of the day. But we’re doubly thrilled when that new cookbook is from our very own Cool Mom Eats editor Stacie Billis. Whoo! The smart, encouraging, and beautifully presented Make it Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch–with Smart Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them is the right cookbook for busy parents at the right time. As in, I...

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The new TOMS shoes let you dip a toe into the political process

You may be vaguely aware that another US presidential election season is upon us, unless of course you’ve been sequestered in a Himalayan yurt somewhere, totally unplugged until just this very second. (In which case, hey! Thanks for making a visit to Cool Mom Picks one of your first stops!) While we can all agree that the next several months should be…interesting, to say the least, leave it to TOMS Shoes to turn our civic responsibilities into some generous do-gooding with the new election edition TOMS shoes. You’ve got your choice of two styles, featuring a patriotic pattern of either Democratic Donkeys or Republican Elephants....

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What’s black and white and cool all over? Hip new kids swimwear from Nununu

I pretty much love all the hip, modern kidswear from Nununu. Some of it pushes design boundaries though, so when I heard they introduced new swimwear for kids this season– well, I wasn’t sure if it would be a little too avant-garde for most parents, or as wearable as the few Nununu basics that my youngest daughter owns and never wants to take off. Turns out, the swimwear is not only wearable, it’s modern, fun, and even modest. Which is the trifecta for this mom. You’ll find Nununu swimsuits for kids and babies in every shade of black. And okay, a little gray or white thrown...

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D is for Dress-Up: Not the alphabet book you’d think it is

When I receive a book with the subtitle, The ABC’s of What We Wear I admit I’m thinking oh great, another “boys like transportation, girls like fashion” book. But it turns out I am utterly charmed by Maria Carluccio’s D is for Dress-Up, which uses her texturally rich illustrations to take early readers through the alphabet, from Apron and Bow Tie to Yoga Pants and Zippers. (No judgment here about yoga pants, by the way. It’s just kids doing yoga in them.) I absolutely love the authentic diversity of the children depicted throughout the book by artist and textile designer Carluccio. She’s...

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21 ideas for awesome last-minute Mother’s Day gifts that don’t feel last minute. You can do it!

Around here we have the same problem each year: We start looking for cool Mother’s Day gifts for all of you weeks in advance…and that means, we sometimes forget to get our own gifts taken care of.  (Cobblers’ children and all that). Hey, we’re moms. We know how busy things can get, regardless of what you’ve been doing the last few weeks. So we’re here to help! We’ve got plenty of wonderful last-minute Mother’s Day gifts that won’t feel last-minute, whether you’re shopping for a special mom, grandma, stepmother, or mother-in law. You can also check out our 2016 Mother’s Day...

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12 wonderfully empowering Mother’s Day gifts for progressive moms

I happen to have a mother who’d be more happy with a political biography or a “smash the patriarchy” print for Mother’s Day, than a salt scrub. (Not that she’d turn down a nice salt scrub.) It got me thinking, that I’m sure she’s not alone! So for those of you looking for a cool Mother’s Day gift that’s a little more empowering, a little more forward-thinking, a little more radical than most traditional options, here are a few gifts for progressive moms that I’m totally loving. Just be sure to check ship dates if you’re trying to get them...

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14 wonderful ideas for first Mother’s Day gifts for new moms

I kind of want to say that you never forget your first Mother’s Day — but depending on how recently you’ve had your baby, the truth is, you may very well forget it! Which is why if you have a special, brand new mom in your life, it’s really wonderful to get her a special first Mother’s Day gift she can cherish. Even if she has no recollection of opening it, whatsoever, in years to come. (Ha.) We hope these Mother’s Day gifts for new moms  spark some terrific ideas. And of course, be sure to check our 2016...

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Web coolness: Mother’s day gift ideas, a cool dad photography project, the question about eunicque baby names

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   Have you visited our 2016 Mother’s Day gift guide yet? Check out our ideas for: –18 handmade Mother’s Day gifts from the kids (printable crown, above, via Mr. Printables) –the coolest affordable keepsake jewelry for moms –cool, creative custom Mother’s Day gifts –The coolest gifts for the coolest grandmas –9 gorgeous homemade food gifts for Mother’s Day –6 beautiful lockets for Mom           …with more to come! How we can help you win a $2500 giveaway to Land...

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Flora and the Peacocks: A simply glorious picture book

If you’re already a fan of Molly Idle’s other popular children’s picture books, Flora and the Penguin and Flora and the Flamingo, then you’re in for a treat with the brand new Flora and the Peacocks. It’s part wordless picture book, part lift-the-flap interactive book, and all parts wonderful. Here, Flora is back with a pair of marvelous peacocks, as you may have guessed from the title. She tries to dance with them, mimic them, play with them…but it’s not quite as easy as she thinks. Three can be a crowd, as we’ve learned — and I’d imagine even young children...

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10 of the best glass baby bottles for Earth Day and any day.

With news that even Phthalate-free and BPA-free plastic baby bottles may not be all they’re cracked up to be, more parents are on the hunt for glass baby bottles. While not long ago, the idea of glass baby bottles once inspired panic in the hearts of new parents — and I remember those days! — glass in the diaper bag is becoming increasingly prevalent. Even old school bottle brands that were holding out for years are now out with glass alternatives and hey, we’re all for choice when it comes to our baby gear. Glass baby bottles, for the uninitiated are made of...

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Chrissy Teigen proves celebrities are moms! Just like us!

Oh bless you, Chrissy Teigen. Because for every perfectly retouched celebrity baby photo all over Instagram, every “look how hot I am in a bikini 6 seconds after giving birth” celebrity selfie, every quote from a sanctimonious lucky-gene-club winner about how pregnant women who gain weight and “let themselves go” should be flogged with their own illegal crib bumpers…we have Chrissy Teigen. Yes, she does look beautiful. And so does her baby. But we love her best for her humor. After announcing the birth of Luna Simone Stephens to Chrissy and husband John Legend on April 17, check out some of...

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Hurts Like a Mother: The alphabet book you read after the kids are asleep.

We can never have enough irreverent books about parenting to keep us laughing, amirite? If you’re with me, you have to check out the brand new, very dark and very hilarious Hurts Like a Mother: A Cautionary Alphabet, by Jennifer Weiss and Lauren Franklin, out just in time for Mother’s Day. Well, for a very particular kind of mother at least. Those of you familiar with the Gashlycrumb Tinies (one of my own longtime favorites) will smile before you’ve even cracked a page. But when you do? Get ready for an alphabet of parenting like nothing Dr. Sears ever imagined: Amy overdid the...

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Melanites: The brilliant new doll line celebrating brown boyhood

I am so happy to discover Melanites, a new line of dolls created in a “celebration of brown boyhood,” thanks to the wonderful mind of Boston entrepreneur and minority youth mentor, Jennifer Pierre. While we’re always on the lookout for cool dolls for boys, as well as multicultural dolls that represent the varied ethnic and racial identities of our kids who want to play with them, this is one toy line that aims to accomplish both. Related: Target removes boy and girl toy aisles, Internet implodes. Jennifer’s goal is to take on the normalization of hypermasculinity, and help more boys of color to feel valued and empowered in society through a...

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New study: Married people have an advantage when it comes to cancer survival

This week, a new study was published in the journal Cancer, indicating that married people have a “marked survival advantage” when it comes to cancer. And this here single mom sat up and took note. (If, admittedly, a little defensively at first.) As reported by HealthDayNews on the nih.gov site, researchers from the non-profit Cancer Prevention Institute of California looked at more than 800,000 adults in California diagnosed with invasive cancer over 10 years and the results indicated: -Married men had a 27% higher cancer survival rate than single men -Married women had a 19% higher cancer survival rate than single women. Wow. This also...

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The single best dry shampoo ever, according to someone who has tried them all

Okay so maybe it’s a wee bit of an overstatement to say I’ve tried every dry shampoo — but definitely enough that I can state with all confidence that I have discovered the very best dry shampoo. After several years sampling the dry shampoo promises from blow dry chain brands, high end salon brands, fancy haircutters-to-the-stars with their names on their own products brands, the only one I keep coming back to is Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. As a busy working mom, there is no way I’m washing and drying my super-thick hair every day. Or even every other...

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A hot new line of diaper bags from a designer who’s not so new to them at all.

I recently got wind of the hot new line of Newlie diaper bags created by Leslie Newton, who might be best known as the Leslie of Timi and Leslie. I have to say, I’m impressed. And I’m a mom who doesn’t impress that easily when it comes to accessories, whether they’re meant to hold spare diapers or not. As with so many diaper bags these days, Newlie diaper bags are designed to look like nothing of the sort. It’s only the a wipe-clean interior, zillions of pockets, and a sizeable insulated pocket on the inside of each bag that gives its primary use away. That pocket is perfect...

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Fisher-Price hires Jonathan Adler, and wait until you see what’s coming for babies and toddlers

This post has been updated with corrections. Fisher-Price is of course the brand behind many of our favorite childhood toys like that now iconic telephone and the little gumball machine looking push-toy. So their big announcement this week that Jonathan Adler — yes, that Jonathan Adler — has signed on as their new creative director in charge of baby and children’s items is huge news for those of us fans of his modern, clever design work. And those of us fans of modern, clever children’s gifts and gear that won’t break the bank. It’s not a totally shocking move for him considering he’s got...

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The adult coloring book that’s perfect for Mother’s Day

Just when you think you’ve seen every adult coloring book concept on the planet, along comes another made just for moms — or those who love them. My Mother, My Heart: A Joyful Book to Color is so much more beautifully designed than I, admittedly, was expecting from the title alone. As a typography geek, I appreciate Eleri Fowler’s exquisite hand-lettering that she uses throughout the book to bring to life inspirational quotes and poetic messages of love for mothers, from the likes of Robert Browning, Louisa May Alcott, and Marcel Proust. But of course the star of the show are the fabulous, intricate illustrations that cover 96 pages....

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Parent Hacks is the book that will literally change parents’ lives. Here’s why.

We’ve been friends and fans of Asha Dornfest, and her brilliant website Parent Hacks, for a full decade, since we both got started at the very same time. In fact, if you click that link, you’ll see we first touted the brilliance of her site back in April of 2006 (wow!) referring to it as the antidote to the disappointing Dr. Expert parenting book that everyone raved about. Over that time, Parent Hacks grown to be such a helpful resource for millions of parents that, at long last, Asha has compiled the best of the best of 10 years of parent-generated tips in a new must-have parenting book. Parent Hacks: 134...

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