Category: Link Roundups

Web Coolness: an amazing photo series, blog comments that save lives, and a hilarious line of pretend to toys for kids

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. This photo series of four sisters taken over 36 years is a fascinating look at the passing of time. A lovely and thoughtful post, Unexpected Milestones, on why we should give kids time to develop at their own rate. And if you leave a comment on the post, you’ll give one vaccination to a child in need via Shot@Life. Can You Be Happy Without Children? Good discussion inspired by this week’s controversial TIME Magazine cover story. The Muppets Most Wanted Movie trailer!...

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Web coolness: Toys in space, the best ads for parents, and unbelievable cakes that are out of this world

Here are some things we’ve loved reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. This LEGO Spaceship Alphabet sure is out of this world! Honored to have participated in this PR Week Magazine parenting roundtable, which looks at how marketing to parents is evolving–and who could do better. Eight Awesome Outdoor DIY Projects for Kids. Why your kids’ bedtime may be more important than you think. Would you believe that these models of Jupiter and Earth are cake? Whoa! (via Handmade Charlotte) Do you still sleep soundly after having kids? If the answer is no, here’s where to commiserate. Our own Liz shares...

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Web Coolness: DIY chalk paint, amazing yarn bombs, and royal baby chat

Here are some things we’ve loved reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. Check out this collection of crazy and colorful yarn bombs from around the world. Don’t let back to school season sneak up on you–use this clever Back to School Countdown printable from Alpha Mom. Not your ordinary bunk beds, these custom beds are truly spectacular. DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint is such an easy and colorful way to get your little artists outside. Six clever ways to reuse those pool noodles after summer ends. Our Editor Kristen talks all things royal baby in this Google...

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Web Coolness: Disney princesses redressed, NYC for free, and more LEGO women

Here are some things we’ve loved reading around the web this week. We hope you do too!   Disney princesses get beautifully outfitted in more historically accurate clothing. (via Laughing Squid) If serving dinner to your kids is a big production, you’ve got to see this hilarious video that turns it into just that. The kids will have geometric fun making these smiling polyhedra characters from Minieco. NYC for free: Check out Mommy Poppins list of free New York attractions for kids. Do you remember fourth grade? This photographic series captures the wishes and worries of special kids from around the globe. (via Design Mom) Ice Cream...

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Web Coolness: DIY tricycle car wash, the “selfless” mom, and Barbie resized

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. How cute is this DIY Tricycle Car Wash? Even better, just follow the instructions to make for your own kids! What do you want your kids to remember about you? Such insightful, lovely comments on this post over at Mom-101. This trio of family crafts is perfect for the next rainy day indoors.  Why the “selfless mom” should rest in peace.  This cardboard box becomes an adorable playhouse with a little time and imagination. Summertime is such a great time for the kids to...

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Web Coolness: Vintage Sesame Street, July 4th eats and cool IKEA hacks for kids

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too.   When Oscar was orange: Design Mom takes us back with the first Sesame Street episode. A great post from our editor Liz in defense of kids’ music. (The good kind.) And we love Stefan Shephard of Zooglobble’s A Kindie Manifesto–which lays out why kids’ music IS important for kids.  This Summer Camp Word Game printable will make for some zany Mad-Libs type notes from your little camper. Our Editor Kristen shares what she thinks is the best lesson you can teach...

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Web Coolness: LEGO hits the big screen, DIY summer fun, and is expensive baby gear worth it?

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.  The LEGO Movie in 2014? Whoa. We have some very excited kids here. So proud to see our own editor, Liz Gumbinner, chosen among the Beast Best Awards winners on the Daily Beast for her entertaining Tweets. If you need ideas for DIY summer fun with kids, check out Welcome to Camp Whattawedo. And NYers: This weekend is the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn! Love hearing kids’ music favorite Lucky Diaz singing this commercial jingle. Great way to teach the value of a dollar: Motivating Children To Save...

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Web Coolness: Father’s Day and bacon, chalkboard babies, and Sesame Street tackles a tough subject

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Take one cute baby and some basic supplies, and you’ve got the  most adorably inventive photographs of babies against chalkboards.  This Father’s Day, say “I love you” with bacon. Yum. Taking on one of the most difficult subjects, Sesame Street tackles incarceration. Our editor’s Liz piece on the Huffinton Post, There Is Only Now, really has parents thinking. Support Climb Out of the Darkness on June 21st to help raise awareness for postpartum depression and other anxiety disorders. (via Boston Mamas) Breastfeeding Wouldn’t Matter to Me...

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Web Coolness: Super Father’s Day links, teacher appreciation, and being the relaxed parent this summer

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.  Artist Giulia Pex turns her dad into a superhero, just in time for Father’s Day.  (via Laughing Squid) Get the kids some crayons for this fun, free Father’s Day Card/Printable Coloring Sheet. We love being included on this great “For Dad” Pinterest feed. And don’t miss our own Father’s Day board for great gifts and cards for dear ol’ dad. Sage advice: Make Time for Your Friends Because Moms Need Them Most of All. These printable School House Gift Boxes could hold something sweet for...

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Web Coolness: Father’s Day inspiration, The Sisterhood of Mothers, and what to do with bored kids this summer

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Similar to the Mother’s Day photo we found, we love this cool way of capturing four generations in a single shot for a very special Father’s Day gift. Speaking of which, check out the first post in our Father’s Day Gift guide series–and don’t forget to enter a truly killer giveaway for Dad. The Sisterhood of Mothers will make you cry and make you proud. Go and read. Why Every Mom Should Make Sure She’s in Photos With Her Kids. If your kids...

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Web Coolness: helping Oklahoma, summer learning tips for kids, and parenting hilarity

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.     Our thoughts are still with Oklahoma, and if you’d like to help, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite charities, as well as ways technology can come to the aid of those affected. Do your kids now have a ton of questions about tornadoes? This Parents magazine article has some good answers. Such important food for thought in Kristen’s post, Embrace Your Physical Flaws Now — Before It’s Too Late. Need a laugh this week? Brooklyn Parents will especially appreciate the...

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Web Coolness: mind-blowing photos of a five-year-old, the deal site that’s freaking out moms, and three cheers for Angelina Jolie

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Amazing photos taken by a photographer mom of her 5 year old daughter dressed like great women through history. Take a look at Isabella Rossellini’s Creature Moms. Great uses for over the door shoe bags. Smart! Our Editor Kristen’s new Cafe Mom column, If I Knew Then What I Know Now launches with a post on Why a baby book is more important than you think. (Good thing we found this one this week!) Our own food blogger, Stacie Billis, launches a...

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Web Coolness: Happy Mother’s Day for grandma too, modeling joy, and getting in the picture

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too!   Awesome: Four generations in the same photograph, by Moose Photography. Make Grandma’s Mother’s Day really special with this free printable Grandma Book.  When did you realize you were a mother? Love all these answers from some of our favorite online moms (including Liz!) Check out our Editors Kristen and Liz as featured tastemakers on Rebecca Minkoff’s blog. How thrilling! Say Cheese! Easy ways for Mom to get in the picture. Check out how awesome wallpaper looks on something other than...

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Web Coolness: super girls, Mother’s Day gifts, and what the working mom debate should be about

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! How awesome is Alexandria Law’s illustration that was inspired by a little girl sporting her favorite superhero gear? Check out her ongoing collection of drawings in her Tumblr, Little Girls Are Better At Designing Superheros Than You. Just over a week until Mother’s Day, but our Mother’s Day Gift Guide and bunch of shopping collections have got you covered. If mama is a tech-lover, don’t miss Favorite Tech Gifts Under $30 that she will love. 5 Cool Mother’s Day Gifts...

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Web Coolness: Mother’s Day gifts, guerrilla gardening, and the coolest Star Wars walker

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! We’re so proud of our brand-new Mother’s Day Gift Guide and think you’ll love it too! Don’t miss your chance to win some pretty awesome prizes. And stop by the Cool Mom Picks Shop for several Mother’s Day-themed collections. Love seeing people committing “random acts of gardening” in unlikely places. Such pretty spring flower gift tags from Mr. Printables. Be ready for any gift-giving occasion with a well-stocked gift closet. 20 Kinds of Mom Guilt, and why we should ignore them...

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Web Coolness: Talking to kids about Boston, touching photos of special kids, and Earth Day ideas

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too!  Our thoughts are with Boston this week. If you are struggling with how to talk to your kids about tragedies, there is a lot of help online for families. Great read: Five Certainties Following the Boston Marathon Bombings, from our friend Christine of Boston Mamas. Beautiful photography series shows how a photographer helped a child with Muscular Dystrophy go to all those places in his mind. (above, via Laughing Squid) This is Autism: Add your own photo to this amazing slideshow...

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Web Coolness: Leafy critter crafts, baby shower ideas, and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too!    Love the 25 Ways to Play With Nature, like making little bugs out of found objects. Who will you nominate for the 40 Women to Watch Over 40 list? Maybe yourself? Why your teen should join the marching band. Man, we love this. (And not just because it’s from former CMP contributor Mir Kamin.) Want to have an awesome baby shower? We’ve got some great tips! And check out Kristen’s list of the Best Baby Shower Gifts Under $30. Love how this one mama’s...

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Web Coolness: Crazy crayons, the best baby shower gifts ever, and an app we wish were real

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Crayons become tiny works of alphabetical art. Amazing! Did you see our brand-new and super amazing (if we do say so ourselves) Baby Shower Gift Guide? Don’t miss all the great picks, and the chance to win $500 from Gap! That bittersweet moment when growing-up-kids stop believing in “magic.” We parents of tweens wish this clever app for parents was more than an April Fool’s joke. Hilarious! No, this one isn’t a joke, and it’s not from 1952: New Study Says Dads Want Moms...

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Web Coolness: Peeps diorama contest winners, Laurie Berkner’s musical, and Victoria’s Secret backlash

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Creativity and the cuteness abound in this year’s Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest. RIP, Mr. Twinkie. New mamas, don’t miss Kristen’s post about 5 New Mom Things I Wish I’d Done Differently.Although Victoria’s Secret is now rethinking its decision, you all have a lot to say about the company’s marketing of provocative underwear to younger teens. This Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents and Terrorising Toddlers is music to our ears.  You could help give some special kids a very special...

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Web Coolness: art on a plate, awesome Easter and Passover ideas, and calling a truce to the “Mommy Wars”

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Check out artist “RED” Hong Yi’s Instagram project, where she will create a mini work of art on a plate every day this month. Wow. If you’ll be celebrating Passover, love this post and comments with Tips for a Successful Family Seder. Our editor Liz takes issue with the media’s constant talk about the “Mommy Wars”, and what we should be talking about instead. Do you agree? We’re thrilled to see one of our own editors–and lots of women we...

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Web Coolness: playing with food, working at marriage, and ignoring our kids

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Playing with your food is pretty cool when the results look like Vanessa Dualib’s creative pictures. (via Laughing Squid) Funny and smart advice: Top Ten Success Tips For My 25-Year-Old Self. The Toy Story photo series is such an interesting peek into the lives of kids from around the world. Do you think marriage, with kids, is work? Catch Kristen’s appearance on WPIX in NYC talking about Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. LEGO lovers, check out “Michael Jackson” dancing in LEGO...

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Web Coolness: Art from breakfast food, empowering books for girls, and Sesame Street’s major milestone

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Cracking up over these famous works of art created out of breakfast food. These ten empowering books for girls are ideal for starting a mother-daughter book club with your tween. Knowing when to hit delete: From our editor Liz, a must-ready post about life and our many relationships, whether you’re a parent or not. More fun with cardboard, this time to create an impressive play kitchen! Loving Mermag’s new site, especially those sweet newborn photos. Congratulations to Sesame Street for...

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Web Coolness – Creative inspiration for families, great tips for kids who love sugar, and go FLOTUS go!

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! We’re enjoying this new creative blog by one of our favorite comfy clothing companies. Tons of great ideas! February’s Shot @ Life 28 Days of Impact series about global vaccinations ends with this wildly creative—and inspiring—read from a favorite dad blogger. Have you seen our First Lady dancing with Jimmy Fallon? Hilarious. How to Fake Being a Cool Mom. These easy tips for managing sugar consumption with our sweets-loving kids is so helpful. On Huffington Post, Liz talks about the...

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Web Coolness: DIY cardboard toys, the best family memory books, and remembering to play

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! DIY and upcycle fans will love these 15 toys you can make out of a cardboard box like Estefi Machado‘s adorable washing machine. When we are gone, will our stories go with us? Liz explores why it’s important for us to record our family stories for those who follow us. And, if you are so inspired, don’t miss her favorite memory books for busy parents. This Pinterest for Parents parody from Kristen is cracking us up. Some of the most imaginative...

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Web Coolness: Calvin & Hobbes IRL, hilarious Pins for Parents, and great books for strong girls

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Calvin & Hobbes in real photographs – love these! (via Laughing Squid) Big smiles for this mama who fulfilled her adoptive 13 year old son’s wish for a birth announcement in such a warmhearted way. Is Girl Power Hurting Our Boys? Interesting read for those of us raising sensitive sons. Kristen’s parody of Pins for Parents takes a hilarious look at what reality looks like for parents. Does your daughter need some reading material? Some great picks in this list...

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Web Coolness – Valentines ideas, Chinese New Year with Kids, and some required reading for parents

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too!  Need to get ready for Valentine’s Day? Don’t miss our huge Valentine collection of cards, gifts, treats, and other goodies to love. And don’t miss our Valentine’s tech gift picks too! Think you’ve seen enough winter? Wait until you see this other-worldly winter wonderland at the International Ice and Snow Festival. Does Valentine’s Day give you and your spouse a reminder to reconnect? Today is National Girl Scout Cookie Day: Those of you in New York City can even follow...

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Web Coolness: Sample sale savings, Super Bowl treats, and saying yes to our kids more often

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. C’est magnifique! Don’t miss Ses Petites Mains amazing sample sale, with special savings for Cool Mom Picks’ readers! (Use the code “cool” for an extra 15% on sample sale items–until they run out.) Lil Sugar has a roundup of the cutest little football gear for Super Bowl Sunday. And it’s not the Super Bowl without great snacks, so don’t miss our collection of delicious nachos recipes.  Throughout February, check out The 26 Valentines Project remembering the Sandy Hook Elementary 26. This dad makes bagged lunches...

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Web Coolness: Brotherly love, Valentine pins, and how movies teach manhood

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Such a wonderful story about an older brother’s love for his younger sibling which made the duo the Sport Illustrated Kids 2012 SportsKids of the Year. Our own contributor Eva writes lovingly in the uplifting My Brother Used to Have Down Syndrome. Our Valentine’s Day Pinterest board is packed with much to adore. Check it out! How Movies Teach Manhood: Such an interesting TED Talk about what messages are out there, and how they could be improved for our boys. (via Shelly Kramer) This sweet...

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Web Coolness: Valentine love notes, talking to kids about Dr. King, and IKEA hacks

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! What do your kids love? Grab Mr. Printables free Valentine’s writing activity sheets and see how your kids fill in the blanks.  And don’t miss Kristen’s picks for The Sweetest Valentine’s Gifts for Babies. Talking to Kids About Martin Luther King Jr  gives us some great jumping-off points for talking to our kids about Dr. King’s contributions to history.  Some of our kindie music favorites, like Gustafer Yellowgold, Uncle Rock, and Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke, have come together to raise money for Hurricane Sandy Relief with...

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Web Coolness: Maurice Sendak in pictures, Valentine’s Day, and our LEGO love grows stronger

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too!  A poignant interview with Maurice Sendak before his passing gets even more lovely when illustrated. You may want to have the tissues nearby. It’s that time again! Check out our Valentine’s Pinterest board for tons of great ideas. Excited to hear that CMP favorite Baby Loves Disco will be kicking off 2013 with dance parties in five cities. Get out your dancing shoes!  The Year I Was a Stay-At-Home Dad – good read. Is fitness a goal for 2013? We love Kristen’s top...

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