Category: Kids

The song reminding kids of all the goodness in the world, just when they need it.

This past week has been so difficult. For me, for all of us here…and probably for you. The events in Charlottesville have shined a bright light on bigotry and hate, which can do real damage to your soul. And if we feel scared and heartbroken — well, imagine what it does to our children. There have been lots of hugs and ice cream in my house, because like Tina Fey’s sheet caking idea, we’ll take all the edible comfort we can get. But besides dessert — and discussion — music can do a world of good to ease worries and...

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Scratch n’ sniff tees for kids! That probably smell better than our actual kids!

Australian brand Cotton:On Kids makes some really cool kids’ clothes, and they may have just outdone themselves with a new line of  100% cotton scratch n’ sniff tees, PJs, and accessories like a fun popsicle pencil case and jelly bags that all have this 70s child feeling really nostalgic. I mean, if I close my eyes, I can totally recall the smell of my album full of scratch n’ sniff stickers. Memories. Sweet, smelly memories. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Bitchen! Found totally tubular 80’s clothes for rad babies, like, yours, you know? The food graphics on the clothes and accessories actually...

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Here’s what happened when I took a solo road trip with my 4 kids. Spoiler: It was awesome!

As my kids get older and my status as single mom changing with the blending of my family with my fiancé and his pug (Hi Audrey!), I decided I wanted to start a new yearly tradition: a solo road trip, just me and my kids. Alone. Gulp. This year, I had my geography-loving 10-year old son pick three places within reasonable driving distance from our home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and then the rest of us would vote. And so, after his fabulous PowerPoint presentation (his idea, not mine) to help ensure his sisters were making informed choices with their...

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Easy solar eclipse party ideas for a once-in-a-lifetime bash. Literally.

We are totally geeking out over the solar eclipse that’s crossing the United States on August 21. In fact, we think it’s the perfect excuse to throw a solar eclipse party! So, if your kids aren’t in school yet, check out these easy solar eclipse party ideas. From snacks and activities to the important gear you need to watch the eclipse safely, this is everything you need to throw a once-in-a-lifetime party. Literally. Related: How to know how much of the solar eclipse you’ll see, based on where you live And no, there’s no Bonnie Tyler playlist requirement; though that’s...

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Forget history. Here’s HERstory, and it’s going to change your kid’s world.

Coming across the Modern HERstory book fundraising effort from Equality for HER founder Blair Imani’s Twitter feed this week, I was immediately like YES YES YES! Related: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is back, more inspiring than ever This doesn’t look to be your typical women’s history book for children. And that’s a good thing. When I was a kid, it was so evident that any women in our history books were either the wives of famous men (no offense, Martha Washington), or so unworthy of exploration, that the authors would squish them all together into a single chapter called “The...

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How you can do your back-to-school shopping affordably, while helping kids in need.

We love when big brands put energy toward doing good, especially when it positively impacts the lives of children. That’s why we’re so pleased to be teaming up with JCPenney, to help spread the word about their wonderful new Pair Up program and just in time for back-to-school season, we really hope you’ll check it out. Essentially JCPenney and the Y are partnering to help get clothing basics, like socks and underwear, out to underserved kids across the country. The *stats from a national survey are pretty sobering: -Nearly half of all US kid are considered low-income. – 40% of...

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New on Netflix for families in August: Top picks from cute kids’ cartoons to kitschy 80s classics to Sing! (Whoo!)

If your family is like mine, summer nights are more often Netflix and chill (like, actually chilling, not a euphemism) than theater and $7 snacks. So, I thought I’d look ahead to the next month and round up what’s new on Netflix for families in August so we can map out some fun viewing time, beat the late summer heat, and save a few bucks by popping our own popcorn. Of course the big release this month is Sing! (at very top), the Golden Globe-nominated kids’ movie that’s full of recent pop songs with impressive performances. I’m a fan, and my...

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The perfect LBD…for your toddler

Kate just turned me onto the very cool online boutique Will and Ivey, and poking around their sale section, I instantly fell in love with this super chic toddler swing dress. On sale, no less! It’s everything I always loved about dresses for my girls when they were little (besides the sale part): Lightweight, swingy and soft, made of  silky bamboo-cotton blend with just a bit of stretch. Perfect for summer and transitioning into the cooler weather too; just add leggings and a little sweater. Of course as a New Yawka I love the black, but it’s also available in a...

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Grab this Golden Snitch fidget spinner now! No Nimbus 2000 required.

Attention muggles: we’ve just discovered the fidget spinner of your Harry Potter-loving kids’ dreams.They will love taking pretend-play to the next level with this totally on-trend Golden Snitch fidget spinner. Even if a real game of quidditch is still just out of reach. (Maybe.) Related: The danger of fidget spinners: Miniature death traps! Or…not. I’d say it’s just about the perfect reward for a kid finishing their first Harry Potter novel for summer reading; or a cool desk accessory for more (hi!) grown-up HP fans. It’s a limited edition fidget spinner, though, so order ASAP if you want your kid...

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3 fantastic children’s books to get the kids to read before they become hit movies.

There are three fantastic children’s books being made into movies for release this fall and early 2018. The way I see it, that gives us plenty of time to read them before scheduling a family movie night to see them! I’m a big believer in reading the book first before seeing the movie version. Although there have been times where a movie inspired someone in my family to read the book, and that’s always a good thing, right? CMP is an Amazon and rstyle affiliate Related: 9 fantastic girl power movies for kids, streaming right now Wonder by R.J. Palacio Since...

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9 OMG emoji photo booth props you can totally make yourself.

We’ve embraced the emoji world takeover with clapping hands, champagne bottles mid-pop, and dancing twins in bunny leotards. Resistance is futile we’ve learned. And with The Emoji Movie coming out this week, we imagine even more will be psyched to discover our definitive guide to planning an exceptional emoji party. And hey, what’s any party without a photo booth these days? So I’ve looked around for some fun DIY emoji photo booth props and backdrops that you and your kids can assemble. Yes, including the poop emoji. Sorry, parents. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 11 of the coolest emoji...

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This Women’s March coloring book is what democracy looks like.

There’s no denying that the massive success of The Woman’s March on January 21, 2017, marked it as an historic day in our country, the world and the continuation of a long history of boss ladies making our voices heard. So I was so excited to discover this We March Coloring Book by art director Vivienne Wan, fundraising on Kickstarter now. Naturally I’m excited to share the lessons of that day day with my 4-month-old son, who was with me during the Women’s March — only in utero — and in a few years, this will be the perfect way to...

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Hamiltones crayons: We don’t know how to say no to this!

My daughter has been completely obsessed with Hamilton because she is a normal 2017 kid. And as an artist, she’s just as obsessed with these Hamiltones Hamilton crayons by Thespian Swag. Enough that she’s been forwarding me pictures of them for days. Now that I’ve finally clicked through…well, I get it! The dozen colors are so clever, including Alexander Hamil-tan and Burr’ple along with a green Your Daddy’s Got Money. But I admit I’m giving my own standing O to whomever came up with Maroon Where it Happens. Related: The best Hamilton party ideas: Decor, invitations, treats, and more. I’m hoping there...

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Cool hard-side kids’ luggage: 9 options that might get them to carry their own bags

There are few better moments for traveling families than the day your child is ready to carry their own luggage through the airport! (Can I get a woot?!) I’ve put together some fantastic hard-side luggage for kids that makes for fantastic first-time luggage, whether they’re a tot or a young teen. I wanted options that were rugged enough for the beating kids can give all of their items, but something fun and cool enough that they’ll want to grab it before you can even ask them to yourself.  Now that’s a win! CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate...

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The Star Wars: A Force Awakens Monopoly set was missing Rey. Then one little girl changed that.

When Hasbro’s new Star Wars: A Force Awakens Monopoly set came out in late 2015, fans discovered something was missing. Well, someone was missing: Rey. And one 8-year-old wasn’t okay with that. (And honestly, neither were we.) So Annie Rose Goldman wrote Hasbro a letter, which her mom tweeted to the company, explaining how critical it was to include Rey in the all-male token set. Without her, THERE IS NO FORCE AWAKENS! It awakens in her” she wrote, echoing so many of our own feelings. She ended her plea with: Girls matter! Boy or girl, who cares? We are all...

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So many cool shark shoes for kids! Because…shark shoes!

It’s that time of year again: Shark Week! Which is a favorite of ours around here. And it’s become a bit of a tradition for us to round up our favorite shark picks for kids. This year, we couldn’t help but notice how many awesome kids’ shark shoes there are. (Seriously, do they make these in our sizes too?) So here are our very favorites. Be sure to snatch up a pair this summer. Just don’t go dangling them off any boats. At top: Joules Shark Flip Flops | Nordstrom  CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Hey, swimmers! Scare your...

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An animated film celebrating Black dads, daughters, and a whole lot of hair love.

When I discovered a Kickstarter project for an animated children’s short film that will celebrate Black dads, their daughters, and the beauty of natural hair, my heart swelled with love. As a mom to two curly-haired biracial daughters, I personally know how important the impact of the Hair Love animated film will be on the Black community and I jumped to make a contribution to it. Writer and co-director Matthew A. Cherry was inspired after seeing the many viral videos of Black fathers doing their daughter’s hair (this link goes to my favorite) that so many of us have...

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Say Zoop! is the perfect follow-up to Press Here

Fans of the interactive children’s books from Hervé Tulle,  Press Here and Mix it Up, now have another wonderfully charming, engaging book to add to their kids’ bookshelves in Say Zoop! Once again, children are asked to perform a series of tasks related to the graphic, primary color dots on the pages, starting with putting a finger on a blue date and saying OH! From there, it gets more zany and fun, as kids OH! and AH! their way through the pages in all kinds of ways until finally, ZOOP! — those primary colors combine to create a page full of dots...

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8 must-read summer reading books for tweens and teens who want to stay woke

Lately, as my kids are getting older and the world has gotten (ahem) a little crazier, my 10- and 12-year-old have been questioning what’s going on. I chat with them about my own observations and beliefs…and ask them about theirs. But one thing that helps us both understand where other people are coming from is to read stories written from their perspectives. So I’ve recently tracked down a handful of books that can help kids stay woke. I’ve collected these with tweens and teens in mind (although check them out first, because some of the books on this list...

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Scaring your friends: The best part of summer!

If you thought Michael Phelps racing a great white was the summer’s biggest shark-in-a-pool news, that’s because you haven’t seen this hot water accessory yet. Yes. It’s a wearable shark fin. We know our own aquaphiles will get themselves into a frenzy the second they see them, so be prepared if you’ve got a kid reading over your shoulder right now. Related: The coolest pool floats for the whole family (dibs on the chocolate donut)  Just know the shark fins aren’t flotation devices, they’re scare-your-friends-in-the-pool devices, made with lightweight foamy material and adjustable straps to fit swimmers of all sizes....

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Cards Against Humanity for Her: The most absorbent pack…ever!

What do we girls do after we’ve fixed our men their martinis, fetched them their slippers, and they retire with the paper to catch up on those boring old things like economics and geopolitical conflict ? Why, we play Cards Against Humanity…for Her. Of course. The geniuses behind the play-after-the-kids-are-in-bed game have just won my heart — again — with this new deck made just for women. And what makes it just for women? It’s pink, of course! So what’s different about it? It’s pink, silly! Nothing else? God! No! What’s wrong with you? Are you getting your period? Related:...

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Come on, rap me Amadeus: Mozart meets hiphop for kids!

As long time fans of funky kindie artist and now Grammy winner Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, we knew that their latest 5-song EP Mozartistic would be cool even before we listened to it. And… it is. As you might have guessed, the album blends the classical Mozart with hip hop but there’s more to it than just mixing two genres. Related: The Best Kids Music of the Year: Editors Picks  A string quartet mimics the hip hop sound of record scratching and heavy drums and a killer bass line blend beautifully with the classical sounds of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Plus, the...

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All about that babe: 7 of the most outrageous kids’ amenities at hotels and resorts

Sometimes it’s the little things that make your vacation really special … and sometimes it’s the huge splurges you’ll remember forever. If that’s what you’re looking for on your next vacation, check out these five luxury resorts and hotels with some incredibly outrageous kids’ packages and amenities. Like, we’re-a-whole-lot-jealous amenities. Yes, they’re all over-the-top. But if you’re celebrating a special birthday, a huge accomplishment, or a massive tax refund (ha), these family-friendly resort packages could end up making for the family experience of a lifetime. Just be sure to check with the hotel or resort concierge before planning, to...

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This board book about breastfeeding wins baby shower gift of the year!

Graphic artists Tupera Tupera are known for pushing boundaries with their cheeky, irreverent books. I mean, have you seen their Japanese-language book about poop for kids? Well, their newest board book is a winner too, though it might be moms who are more interested in poring over the pages. What Does Baby Want? is all about breastfeeding, and while it celebrates this new-mom experience, it definitely does it in a…slightly more realistic than romanticized way. In other words, if you have a friend with a great sense of humor, it will garner huge laughs at her baby shower, guaranteed. CMP is...

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14 cool, creative summer camp care package ideas for your happy campers

If your kids are headed to sleepaway camp — or already there — you’re probably already planning out a great summer care package, filled with items your kids will love, to help ease the anxiety, keep them busy during quiet hours, help them make friends, or just make them even happier campers than they already are. But with a lot of camps banning the sugary stuff or discouraging food altogether, I know it can be hard to think of care package ideas besides gummi worms and Oreos. So I’ve spoken to our resident sleepaway camp parents, and we’ve put together...

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The new personalized books for kids that make the best birthday gifts

We discovered the cool parent-run company that creates personalized Lost My Name books for kids nearly four years ago, and became instant fans. From the gorgeous art to the compelling story, and the clever customization that makes every single book different, they remain one of our very favorite gifts for kids. Now they have two brand new stories to choose from — Kingdom of You and The Birthday Thief. Which means two more easy gift ideas that kids of all ages are going to love. (My kids will vouch for that.) Related: Personalized books that get kids with special needs in...

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The Hamilton Instrumentals: Now YOU (or your kids) can star in the musical

If your kids are as obsessed with the The Hamilton Musical as mine are, then they probably know pretty much all the lyrics to every single song. And, you probably do, too. Well now, you can see how well they do thanks to the release of The Hamilton Instrumentals.  Related: Everything you need to throw the coolest Hamilton party Available on both Spotify and Apple Music, you can now access the entire Hamilton Musical soundtrack with just instrumentals, no lyrics. Hence the name. Now, your kids can put on their own musical performance of it (if they haven’t tried to...

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21 fun ideas for 4th of July activities for families to make your Independence Day a blast

On Tuesday, July 4th, we celebrate America’s birthday. And ain’t no party like a 4th of July party because a 4th of July party don’t stop! That is, if you make sure to have plenty of food, festive cocktails, and plenty of fun. Don’t worry, we’ve got you families covered. Here, I’ve put together dozens of fun 4th of July activities for families that will make America’s 241st birthday one to remember. Related: The hip, historical t-shirts for kids we’re obsessed with right now 1. Keep the kids busy in the morning with loads of fun 4th of July crafts,...

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Unicorn Vans in big kid sizes! Join us in freaking out.

My girls have been eying those unicorn Vans forever (because who isn’t obsessed with unicorns right now?) but they’ve only been available in baby sizes. Until now. That’s right, they’re available in big kid sizes, and you know I’m snatching up a pair before they sell out. I have to say that I’ve always had a fantastic experience with Vans. As our go-to back-to-school shoes for years now, they hold up very well, which means I can hand them down through my three girls. Not to mention, I find my girls wear them for a solid three seasons each...

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