Category: Random Coolness

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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Web Coolness: Emotional back to school photos, the 72-year-old new mom (!), and one of the top reasons to love libraries.

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. We love the Back to School photos we’re seeing on social media! One day, our kids may grow up to be like Charles Brockman III, sharing this photo of his dad walking him to kindergarten…and later to college. (No wonder it went so viral!) Laughing so hard at some moms’ true feelings about the first day of school. Still getting stocked up for September? Be sure to check out our Back to School Shopping Guide and School Lunch Guide. And psst… join us for...

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How one little gadget is making parents’ busy lives a whole lot easier.

Technology has the amazing power to simplify the lives of parents, which is exactly the case with the our newest sponsor, Wemo Mini. This little plug can turn any small appliance — think lamps, fans, humidifiers, coffee makers — in a smart appliance. And so affordably, too. There are so many ways one little gadget can make your life easier, it’s pretty amazing. For more information about everything the Wemo Mini can do, plus a very special discount just for our readers, head over to Cool Mom Tech. But hurry! The discount ends on August 30, so you’ll want to...

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Web Coolness: Best school locker idea ever, a peek at Malala’s new picture book, and the Snapchat feature that has parents freaking out.

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   We adore this photo from educator Karen Buffalo showcasing how third-graders in one SC school decorated their lockers to depict their favorite books! They have great taste, huh? Amazing photos of how kids get to school around the world. Wow. The new Snapchat feature we’re kind of freaking out about. And our kids don’t like it much either. Did you watch our Facebook Live video on our back-to-school shopping haul? Do it now — there’s $200 worth of goodies we bought that can...

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Web Coolness: In a Heartbeat steals the internet’s heart, Rihanna’s awesome education initiative, and the newest air travel controversy.

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. In a Heartbeat is the animated short by Beth David and Esteban Bravo that’s swept the internet this week — our older kids can’t stop watching it, and neither can millions of us. Because love is love. Also trending: The #BookPhoneChallenge celebrates reading and the power of knowledge, and we’re here for it! Kristen +Liz’s kids joined us for a Facebook Live about favorite back to school tips. Tune in (and yes, Thalia really is completely obsessed with that one backpack.) We’ve also launched our 2017 back...

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Bouncie: The simple, powerful device that’s keeping families safer on the road.

If you’re like most parents (us included!) you spend a whole lot of your time in your car. Whether it’s shuttling the kids to and from school, activities, sports, and playdates, running errands, or just hitting the road on the weekends. And when you’ve got a teenager behind the wheel, well, we know that road safety becomes even more top-of-mind. Like, all the time. That’s why we’re excited to share info about our newest sponsor, an amazing new car safety device called Bouncie, which is keeping so many families safe on the road. Click over to Cool Mom Tech for...

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US means all of us

I was so happy to come across the beautiful US means all of us message, which started as a grassroots campaign from Selman Design to help attack ignorance and fear, especially about the Muslim-American community, while promoting equality and respect for all Americans. The message was so well-received (it originally accompanied a NY Times editorial board op-ed) they turned this simple statement of tolerance and love into a fantastic graphic t-shirt with 100% of the proceeds support the essential work of the ACLU. Beautiful message for a really important cause? I’m all in. Relate: A fierce new shop supporting equality, inclusivity,...

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Oh just a Blink-182 drum and a Chance the Rapper dirt bike for auction to support St. Jude’s

Usually, the amazing feeling you get when you donate to a cause you care about is enough reason to do it. But if that cause you care about just happens to be hosting an auction featuring items like signed instruments and band memorabilia, well — don’t mind if we do! That’s where Music Gives to St. Jude Kids comes in to support one of our very favorite non-profits in the world, And we’re here for it. Related: Charitable donations that support children and education This eBay for Charity auction lists truly cool music memorabilia, like a customized snare by Shinedown drummer...

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A simple way to help refugee children feel a little more confident on their first day of school in the U.S.

I can’t imagine adjusting to a new school and a new country at the same time, but that’s a challenge many refugee children will be facing this back-to-school season. Which is why I loved learning that the Tiyya Foundation is organizing a Backpacks for Refugees Drive using an Amazon wish list, to make sure kids who are new to the US can get the backpacks, notebooks, and other back to school gear they need. Such a terrific group of kids to help, right? Related: How to help the Syrian victims and refugees: A comprehensive list of 20+ outstanding organizations. The whole...

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Web Coolness: Yoga breastfeeding, stretch marks get beautiful, and the sexist pregnancy announcement that got between friends

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Holy moly…breastfeeding yoga photos! What an incredible way for this athlete to bond with her daughter while practicing handstands. Check out Carlee Benear’s Instagram feed — it’s awesome. And for us mortal moms, here are some apps to make breastfeeding easier. No yoga required. Be sure you’re aware of these updated breast-pump cleaning guidelines! Picky toddlers at home? These tips will help. Our Facebook fans have a lot to say about the idea that second-born children are more likely to be troublemakers.   Would...

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Web coolness: The best dressing room mirrors, our dream Star Wars gift, Jane Austen is so money and more.

Here are some of the links we’ve loved reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Totally fascinated by this article in the Daily Mail about the differences in dressing room mirrors. Fascinating to read how the same woman in the same dress looks totally different in 10 different retail dressing rooms. Also, great tips on what makes for flattering lighting that you could use in your own home. (PS Remind us to shop at Selfridges when we’re in London!) We all want this new Star Wars gift so so badly! Family summer TV ideas you...

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The best Amazon Prime Day deals that don’t look like leftovers from your grandmother’s yard sale

It’s Prime Day! Which means those of us savvy shoppers are kind of glued to our screens today, checking in just to see if there are any amazing deals on stuff we would be buying anyway. That being the operative phrase. Related: prime benefits Whether it’s kitchen goods, art supplies for the kids, electronics, or holiday gifts (hey, nothing like making a dent in that big holiday list in July!) you can really score today. After all, I happened to be adding some leotards for my daughter in my Amazon cart last night when all of a sudden I...

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Web Coolness: Nickelodeon green slime ingredients revealed, the world’s worst baby onesies and more

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Finally! The Nickelodeon green slime ingredients, revealed! (image via NickSplat) Speaking of vintage Nickelodeon, children of the 90s are all over these super hip Nicktoons accessories. Want! How to get free glasses for August’s solar eclipse. Why one mom cares what her teens wear, and it’s not what you’d expect. Adore this inspiring, inspirational series from one of our favorite authors and photographers, in celebration of a big milestone. Fantastic tips for managing summer screen time. Or if you’re looking to get rid of screen...

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Web coolness: July 4th ideas, Care Bears are back, amazing high school girls making headlines

Here are some of the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Care Bears mocs from Freshly Picked! Okay, so shoes are on the brain because we’re also obsessed with these shark Vans (on sale!) and insane unicorn Vans for big kids that our Facebook fans are flipping over. Remember those awesome Wonder Woman bracelets we featured? We’re giving away a pair here in celebration of supermoms! Go enter — it’s easy! If your kids are heading to camp — or may be already there — you have to listen to the latest Spawned podcast about surviving...

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Do you know where your kids are? This new device could help. | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Jiobit Keeping track of your kids just got a whole lot easier thanks to Jiobit, a location tracker designed to help give parents peace of mind. Don’t miss the special offer for Cool Mom Picks readers, below. The Jiobit works with a parent’s smartphone app to delivery notifications about a child’s location no matter where they are, indoors or outdoors, in over 120 countries. All thanks to a small, discreet device that can go more than week before needing another charge. And it’s designed for kids, which means it’s tiny, durable, and waterproof....

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Web coolness: Wonder Woman’s Black twin sister, unicorn decor, parents weigh in on “Man Bun Ken”

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Wonder Woman has a black twin. If your kids are obsessed and looking for more, read up on Nubia’s backstory — and let’s all hope she joins Diana in a future film, because she’s pretty amazing. Fan art illustration: Comic artist Marcus Williams Our Facebook followers weigh in on the new Man Bun Ken — and it’s hilarious. (You can see our take on the new Ken Dolls here.) Fantastic new ways to keep your family mosquito-free this summer. THANK YOU COOL MOM EATS for...

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Meet KOOV, a new STEM kit that lets kids build and control their own robot | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from KOOV For kids who love STEM — and those parents who want to foster their kids’ passion —  KOOV is a remarkable educational kit to help kids 8 and up create and control their own robots, bringing their own imaginative designs to life. Created by the Sony Global Education team, kids are able to manipulate the blocks into any shape, which can then be coded and controlled as an actual robot using the companion app. The combination of blocks, sensors, motors, and actuators combine to help kids learn core concepts of design, coding,...

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Web coolness: Father’s Day recipes, last minute Father’s Day gifts, summer fun + more

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Mmm…Father’s Day breakfast and brunch ideas. Get on that meal planning! (The sweet DAD pancakes here via Betty Crocker, with a few extra tricks to make it special) Still need a Father’s Day gift? We’ve got so many ideas for easy last-minute Father’s Day gifts that are still cool. Like, what dad in his right mind doesn’t need a DIY Zombie Survival Kit? Exactly. More help: Visit our 2017 Father’s Day gift guide for Father’s Day food gift ideas, last-minute Father’s Day gifts you can make...

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Web coolness: Superhero NICU babies, dad stories to make you cry, a wonderful woman behind Wonder Woman + more

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. We are touched by this story about nurse Stephanie Treherne who makes superhero capes for babies in intensive care as a gesture of hope and strength. In fact, we think NICU nurses deserve superhero capes of their own. Photo: Allen McInnis | Montreal Gazette Love this handmade breakfast tray the kids can use on Father’s Day. Speaking of which: Father’s Day breakfast recipe ideas!  Good ones! Still need a FAther’s Day gift? What are you waiting for! Visit our 2017 Father’s Day gift guide which now includes tech...

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Web coolness: Jewelry we must have now, the worst gifts for dads, a summer movie guide for kids + more

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Wow, we’re in love with Alisa Laryushkina’s incredibly intricate, whimsical clay jewelry in her Etsy shop. She just added this unicorn brooch pendant – isn’t it amazing? But we love the hedgehog and that fox a whole lot too. (h/t Laughing Squid) Top photo: @Liskaflower on Instagram. But wait! We’re supposed to be shopping for dads right now. Have you seen our Father’s Day gift guide yet? So many great ideas! For his first Father’s Day, be sure to check out these ideas for special gifts for new dads....

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Web coolness: Inspiring Latina grads and other favorite links this week

Here are some of the coolest things around the web this week, Start of Summer Edition. We hope you like them too.   You have to see this video: Young Latina women are creating the most exquisite, empowering graduation caps around the country expressing pride, persistence, dreams, and gratitude for those who paved the way for them. We’re especially in love with the one above from Maria Angel Serna on Instagram, a mom and brand new Cal State Fullerton grad — and clearly a Frida Kahlo fan. Go Maria! We expect great things from you. #SiSePudo (Artwork by LA artist Danielle Jade) Our 2017 Father’s Day...

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5 top-rated military family support charities on Charity Navigator: A list to bookmark on Memorial Day

Quite a few of us here come from military families, or have enlistees and veterans in our own lives, which is why we have always been strong supporters of charities for veterans, enlistees and their families. So in honor of Memorial Day, and America’s brave fallen soldiers and their amazing families, took at look at Charity Navigator’s list of top military family support charities to find a few top-rated charities worth sharing.Turns out they have their list of top- rated military charities broken into wounded troops services,military social services, as well as military family support, which is where I found the ones here. There are so many terrific...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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#MyYoungerSelf campaign puts kids’ mental health first with videos from celebrities who have suffered from anxiety and depression.

Would you believe me if I told you that out of 74 million US kids, 17.1 million of them have or have had a mental health disorder? That’s a huge percentage! So huge, in fact, that the Child Mind Institute (CMI) has noted that more kids are dealing with mental health and learning issues than they are with cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. Which is why CMI’s new #MyYoungerSelf campaign for kids’ mental health is so important: It seeks to raise awareness and end the stigma of mental health disorders so that kids can get the help they need. The first step: Hearing from prominent people like...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Web coolness: Everything Mother’s Day, right down to the perfect handbag

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   The ultimate guide to last minute Mother’s Day gifts. Don’t forget your mom, stepmom, mother-in-law, grandmother — we’ve got you covered! Even if you’ve been…busy. (We get it.) Whatever you get for Mother’s Day, it can’t be as bad as these terrible Mother’s Day gifts! (Seriously…a discount bikini wax package?) 75 of the best Mother’s Day recipes from brunch to dinner to dessert. If you’re a mom, well hopefully someone else will be making them for you. A Mother’s Day gift...

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Web coolness: Mother’s Day gifts that are the bomb, Princess Charlotte’s birthday photos, a Kickstarter we’re excited about + more

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Happy Cinco de Mayo! Check out this video with the easiest recipes ever for your fiesta (plus a genius tip to keep guac from turning brown). So many Mother’s Day ideas, with only a week left!  Don’t miss: –Fabulous gift ideas from a new mom for other new moms on their first Mother’s Day –Fierce feminist Mother’s Day gifts for empowered moms –13 fantastic Mother’s Day gifts all under $20 that don’t feel cheap at all –9 gorgeous homemade food gifts for Mother’s Day. Yum....

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Web coolness: Funny Mother’s Day cards, gift ideas for cool moms, American Girl’s new leap, the best climate march signs

Here are a few things we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   18 Mother’s Day cards that totally crack us up, including this all-purpose apology card from the always hilarious Emily McDowell. Have you been checking out our fantastic 2017 Mother’s Day gift guide yet? Do it! Must see: 13 fantastic Mother’s Day gifts under $20 that don’t feel cheap at all. Fab homemade Mother’s Day food gift ideas. Sweet Mother’s day gifts: Floral tech cases Important video on why you need a social media policy for your sitter or caregiver. Blown away by...

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A new set of trading cards featuring badass women in history. Trust me, you need these.

If you’re tired of your kids’ obsession with trading Pokemon cards (yeah, us too), we’ve found a totally cool, totally feminist alternative: Persistent Sisters trading cards featuring activists, scientists, artists, and other trailblazing women in history. Seriously, how awesome are these? The project is the brainchild of artist Ellen Schaeffer and designer Tamara Hoffbauer, who were inspired to make these cards after the election to remind people how much women have accomplished and overcome, even if we didn’t quite shatter that glass ceiling on November 8. All decks feature exceptional women your kids may not know about — yet — like: Hypatia, a kick-ass mathematician, astronomer, and...

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