Category: Random Coolness

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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21 ways your family can volunteer for your own community. Small scale, big impact!

If your news feed has been dragging you down lately, take heart. Volunteerism is a great way to put that energy to positive use, and spring is the perfect time for you and your family to discover ways to volunteer for your own local community, Leslie Knope style. To help, I’ve put together tons of easy do-gooding activities that are high on fun and family bonding, big on impact, but low on long-term commitment. Fortunately, you don’t have to repurpose your living room to shelter stray cats or hand-craft a community swing set to make a difference (although if you’re up for it,...

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Web coolness: A tribute to Carrie Fisher (sniff), an upcoming March for Moms, and research that may explain lots of marital tensions

  You have to watch this video tribute to Carrie Fisher from the Star Wars Celebration. RIP, General. April the Giraffe gives birth, internet gets happy. And snarky. Guess which major paper now is the first to have women covering every sports beat? Congrats to Malala Yousafzai, the UN’s youngest ever Messenger of Peace. Lovely post about a new way to look at giving birth. A new favorite Etsy shop supporting empowered women! A great way to celebrate Mother’s Day: The March for Moms in DC, to help advocate for maternal health issues around the world. A statistical analysis from fivethirtyeight about the frightening impact...

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A fierce new shop supporting equality, inclusivity, and self-sufficiency for women everywhere. Hell yes!

As you may be well aware, women continue to have to fight for equal pay and equal rights, but there is great strength in numbers, as the Women’s March on Washington has shown us. When we work together, our power is great. That’s why I was so happy to see the new indie Etsy shop Damsel in Success. Related: 2 fantastic tees we’d wear even if they didn’t support the ACLU. But they do. The fierce brand was created by two women working in male dominated fields who wanted to send a positive message to themselves and women everywhere — that...

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Thinking about adopting? Here’s how to get started, from a parent who’s been through the journey.

If your family has been thinking about adopting, I’m here as a BTDT mom to help. This year, my family grew by one more child when my husband and I adopted our daughter, a spunky 2-year-old from South Korea. It feels like we’re experts on adoption at this point, having waited a full three years to get her home, but it doesn’t feel that long ago that we were totally clueless about where to start. I’m not going to lie, the process is long and bumpy. And it can be exhausting, both emotionally and physically. But without hesitation I’d highly recommend it to anyone who feels...

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Web coolness: 2 fun Passover haggadahs, a celeb bracelet for a great cause, schoolkids who give us hope for the future.

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Passover starts Monday night and a few of us will be jazzing up our seder with the Hamilton Haggadah! (Hamgadah? Chamilton?) A printable Haggadah made just for kids. 5 favorite Passover dessert recipes to enjoy any day of the year. Forget gingerbread…how about decorating a Passover Matzoh house? 10 fun and super easy Easter crafts using stuff you already have around the house Smiling at these 10 celebrity parents on Instagram who aren’t afraid to get real about parenting. Need to...

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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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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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Calling Cool Mom Picks Readers: Can you spare two minutes?

Every year we ask you, our amazing readers, to tell us a little more about yourselves so that we can keep telling you about the products, services, and other picks, tips and tricks, and advice that matter to you and your families. If you would be so kind as to fill out this quick survey (we promise — two minutes!), you’ll be entered to win a $100 Target gift card. Just make sure to include your email at the end of the survey so we can enter you. And if you happen to be a Cool Mom Tech or...

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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: Girl Scouts dressed as their heroes, Sesame Street gets a new muppet, the teen we all hope to have one day

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Girl Scouts dressed as their favorite female heroes, from Amelia Earhart to Vera Wang to Condoleeza Rice. Above: 5-year-olds Bella, Troy and Sidney as the trio of NASA heroes from Hidden Figures. You have to see them all — they’re amazing! (Photo: Tricia Messeroux from Toddlewood for Girl Scouts USA) We’re all cheering for the newest muppet on Sesame Street! Also cheering for this unanimous Supreme Court ruling that expands rights for special education students. The most hilarious fake reviews of those clear-knee “mom jeans.” Totally non-scammy...

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How to help families affected by the devastating flooding in Peru.

Our hearts have been so heavy watching the news come in from Peru, where families have been displaced by the worst flooding they’ve seen in 30 years. To date, 115,000 homes have been destroyed, 72 people have died, 117 bridges have been washed out, and the capital city of Lima hasn’t had drinking water in a week. Latest reports estimate that more than 62,000 lives have been impacted. Related: The best resources to help you talk to your children about tragedy The situation is dire, and we know so many of you have been asking how to help. Even if you just have a...

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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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The Wipebook dry erase notebook: One random office supply gift your kids will absolutely love.

My kids are obsessed with their dry erase boards (it’s the little things, you know?). In fact, my daughter has figured out she can use the dry erase markers on her glossy coloring book covers and wipe those down too. Now, they’re playing games like teacher and student whenever they can, with their markers and books in hand. So when I spotted the reusable Wipebook dry erase notebook over at The Grommet, I instantly knew this would be a huge hit with my kids. Related: The coolest birthday gifts for 7 year olds This notebook has 20 reusable pages that can be written and drawn...

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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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