Category: Link Roundups

Web Coolness: Resolutions for parents, interactive wallpaper, and a sledding party

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Nature Trail, the interactive LED wallpaper, makes boring walls so much more fun. We especially love that it was installed in the UK’s Great Ormond Street children’s hospital to make the journey to surgery a little less scary for kids and their parents alike. (via Inhabitots) These 10 tech resolutions are much less painful than going to the gym, and we think you’ll love the results. Five New Year’s Resolutions for Parents by Caleb Gardner has some great advice as we...

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Web Coolness: New Year’s printables, Disney Housewives, and a new take on the family vacation

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Free printable New Year’s Eve hats from Ellinee. Are you ready for 2013? Printable champagne bottle tags from How About Orange make that bubbly a little more gifty. It will have you reaching for a tissue, but The Lives They Loved from the New York Times is a beautiful tribute to some well-loved people who passed away this year from their own families. Watch this super-fun video! Let’s just say it’s got a kid, a washing machine and…you have to see....

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Web Coolness: Snowflakes for Sandy Hook, DIY Christmas villages, and gift wrap inspiration

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! We have been heartbroken all week over last week’s tragedy. Here are links to some of the best online responses to Sandy Hook that put into words a bit of the deep sadness we feel, even as we try to maintain a sense of normalcy for our children. In addition, What Six Looks Like is an achingly beautiful reminder of just how young and full of life this age is. Such a pretty DIY Christmas village can be made out...

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Web Coolness: holiday tech gifts, an easy Christmas craft, and a must-read post for every mother

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Have you seen our Cool Mom Tech holiday tech gift guide? So many awesome goodies for everyone in your family, plus wow, fabulous $500 giveaway! Let your kids make a Christmas tree with Washi tape as shown over at Modern Parents Messy Kids. Liz shares her top 5 things to do with the kids this holiday on the Bing blog–and some of them might be surprising. How many of them does your family do? We love this Hurricane Sandy Holiday Toy...

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Web Coolness: holiday gifts galore, Hanukkah tunes, and free Christmas printables

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! This free printable Christmas Bingo Game from Say Yes to Hoboken will keep the kids busy while they’re counting down the days until the 25th. Clever! Want some fun ideas to help celebrate the holidays with kids? Love The A to Z Family Guide to the Holidays which includes some tips from our Editor, Liz! Our Holiday Tech Gift series is rolling out now and we have an amazing prize for one reader over on Cool Mom Tech! Need some more...

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Web Coolness: Holiday Gift Guide, swim-noodle menorah, and a Museum of Math

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Have you seen the Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide yet? It’s jam-packed with greatness for everyone on your list. And we’re especially excited that you could win two amazing giveaways: one to keep and one to share! The super-clever swim-noodle menorah from Bible Belt Balabusta is a clever way to teach kids about the symbolism and ritual of the menorah, without setting anything on fire. (via Apartment Therapy) Join CMP favorite Dan Zanes and Friends at 11am on December 8th...

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Web Coolness: holiday deals, a song for Hurricane Sandy relief, and an unusual idea for fighting bullies

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Follow us on Twitter! We’re tweeting the best holiday deals all weekend long, especially those that support small shops and indie designers and crafters. On Babycenter, we’ve rounded up 5 of the best baby keepsake holiday gifts, all for under $50. This may be more challenging than stringing up the lights, but this hand-drawn chalkboard Christmas tree makes a big impact (above). And check out more Christmas tree ideas for small spaces over at Apartment Therapy. Fighting bullies with sarcasm (and...

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Web Coolness: napping DJ baby, Thanksgiving treats, and understanding autism

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. A while back, she was photographing her daughter napping in fanciful scenes. Now, Adele Enersen is doodling around her sleeping son who becomes a rocking DJ, runway model, or cellist in his dreams. If you’ll be the one hosting Thanksgiving dinner check out this amazing list of Thanksgiving resources from our own Stacie. If someone else is cooking you Thanksgiving dinner (lucky!), grab one of these free printable wine labels and gift tags from Sarah Hearts and bring something delicious for...

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Web Coolness: Kung Fu toddler, NYC Marathon aid, and lying about lice

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Our hearts were warmed to see the photos of New York City Marathoners going to help the people of Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy. And this story of their day is incredibly touching. One of CMP’s favorite kindie voices (and overall great guy) Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could will donate a portion of sales at this Sunday’s concert and fundraiser in Tribeca to the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. What a lovely post about a child whose love of running keeps her...

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Web Coolness: reflecting on Sandy, Star Wars goes to Disney, and free art for all

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  Such an important piece to read this week: How to be a good fellow citizen in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. And, go here if you’d like to sign up to volunteer to help clean up the city in the weeks ahead. (via new york family) How will our kids remember these traumatic moments? Turns out, some of our scariest moments may become some of their favorite memories. Riding out the storm with small children. . . one family reflects on...

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Web Coolness: superhero photo opps, resonant moments, and healthy-ish Halloween snacks

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Cereal boxes, duct tape, and some high-flying kids create the cutest superhero photo booth from One More Mushroom. (via mer mag)  Paying Attention to Resonant Moments: A gorgeous post about those important moments in time. This amazing piece in the New York Daily News about our own Editor Liz’s trip with ONE to Ethiopia is a must-read. (Yes, we’re biased, but for good reason). We are so touched to read what one woman is doing help her young nephew who was...

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Web Coolness: Felix’s jump, World Food Day, and “Tricky People”

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Relive Felix Baumgartner’s unbelievable jump, this time with LEGO bricks and one brave minifigure. Bittersweet news that beloved blogging parent, Susan Niebur, who passed away from cancer last year, was awarded the prestigious 2012 Harold Masursky Award for outstanding service to planetary science and exploration. “Pin it forward“: Such smart and thoughtful ways to use Pinterest other than as simply a place for your favorite things. What a cool kid! This little girl dresses like a different historical figure or...

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Web Coolness: artsy Halloween costumes, ONE Moms, and an organized playroom

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  Looking for a creative costume for your little art-lover? How about a trick-or-treating Warhol, Kahlo, or Van Gogh by Oh Happy Day. The Unbelievable Strength of Women: a glimpse of what our editor Liz is experiencing with ONE Moms in Ethiopia this week. If only every playground was as imaginative, fun and huge as this one in Sydney! Love to read? Join the new Alpha Mom Parenting Book Club for some shared reading and monthly discussion with other mamas. We’re smiling ear...

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Web Coolness: artwork for a children’s hospital, speaking out against bullies, and National Hispanic Heritage Month recipes

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  Love seeing the adorable Wooberry Custom Dolls in a series of endearing prints for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Today marks the second annual Strong Start Day for Postpartum Progress, a day to help build awareness for postpartum depression and other pregnancy- and childbirth-related mental health issues. Do you shy away from the camera? Read this beautiful post by Allison Tate, and it may change how you feel. Whoa! Check out this oversized Stokke Tripp-Trapp on display at New York’s...

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Web Coolness: A whole rainbow school, a better baby carrier, and vintage Jim Henson you’ll love

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Somewhere over the rainbow (actually Paris) lies a most colorful rainbow kindergarten. Check out which baby carrier allowed Kristen to get rid of three other baby gear items. A fabulously different idea for what to do with goodie bag swag your kids bring home.  Nothing to Fear: A poignant piece by one mama of grown children that will provide comfort to new moms everywhere. See Jim Henson’s first animated short, Alexander the Grape, from way back in 1965. Women everywhere are...

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Web coolness: musical swings, special needs kids, and free museum passes

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. This cooperative musical instrument in Montreal has passersby stopping to smile and swing a tune or two.  If your child is asking questions about his or her special needs, you’ll want to read this thoughtful piece on Alpha Mom. Do you judge other moms? Hear what gets Kristen and her Coffee Shop Confessions panel all riled up. An important post to read after last week’s Suicide Prevention Week, written by our own Delilah. Cool story about an entrepreneurial teen’s nifty...

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Web Coolness: insane duct-tape art, kids music gets cooler, and the scoop on iPhone 5

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Check out what artist Aakash Nihalani can do with colorful tape. So fun! (via Design Milk) One NYC mama offers poignant reflection on a terrible day in What I Want My Daughters to Know about 9/11. Is Every Single Subject Taught in High School a Mistake? Interesting take on education. (via Going Public) Don’t miss the new Sirius XM Kids Place show, The World Playground with Putumayo, which debuts this Sunday, September 16. It is sure to features many of...

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Web Coolness: Fall style, flying with babies, and a sneak peek at Downton Abbey

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.    Love the European back-to-school style inspiration found in the pages of the new issue of MyLittleSquare online magazine. Props to Target from one dad of an autistic child who meets a very special cashier. Would you pass out Goodie Bags on a plane when flying with an infant? Google Chrome features the story of one of our favorites mom-run businesses, The Cambridge Satchel Company, in their new TV ad. Hooray! Want to stop bullying? This is one solution we...

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Web Coolness – Fun printables, hilarious kid movies, and Minnie Mouse–the fashion model in need of a sandwich?

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Such a cute, free, and easy printable Labor Day party for your Monday barbecue (and Happy Labor Day!) What a lovely idea: Saving for Someone Else’s Rainy Day. Kristen has found some cool, age-appropriate dresses for tweens from the land down under that won’t be on every other girl in class. Disney icons go anorexic, as some say, in the name of fashion. What do you think? What are you grateful for? A wonderful post with ideas for living a gratitude-filled...

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Web Coolness: LEGO Japan, family vacation tips, and a can’t-miss Pinterest board

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We’re stunned by this futuristic-looking model of Japan, made by 5,000 children with almost two million LEGO bricks. Liz shares 5 tips for keeping kids and parents happy on vacation–at the same time, even! Check out her contribution on the Chevy Culture blog.  Why I Hated Meredith’s First Grade Teacher: A lovely must-read for parents and teachers. Our obsession with Fab.com runs deep, so we are especially thrilled to see our very own Editor Liz on their Back to School Pop-Up Shop. We’re so inspired by...

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Web Coolness – Childhood photos revisited, Back-to-School picks, and going organic

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Four adult sisters recreate their childhood photos with sweetly poignant results. (via buzzfeed) Didn’t get to all your big plans for this summer? Read The Lament of the Bad Mother and laugh away all that mama guilt.  Start the school year off with all the coolest gear, treats, and fashion with our brand-new 2012 Back to School Shopping Guide. And don’t miss your chance to win more than $700 of back-to-school essentials! New Yorkers, get ready to stock up on Beatrix NY...

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Web Coolness – The coolest movie posters, inspiring art by kids, and Sesame Street’s 43rd season

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We hope those are safety scissors in this adorable Brazilian Cineplex ad featuring children —can you guess all the other movies featured in the series? Use your words to help a child in the Blogust blog relay where every comment you leave on participating blogs means $20 donated to Shot@Life for life-saving vaccines. In fact you can leave a comment on any of the participating blogs all month long to count, including our own Editor Liz’s blog. If you’ll be...

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Web Coolness – Magazine art, LEGO Olympics, and free nursery decor

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  So impressed by these famous-art copies by Brooklyn’s Vik Muniz, made entirely of bits of torn magazine pages.  Love this Parents.com article which advises us to think like an athlete in order to become a better parent.  Great ideas for decorating your baby’s nursery for free using these fun printables.  Our editor Liz has something to say about Mayor Bloomberg’s breastfeeding plan, and her readers leave much food for thought. The London Aquatics Centre made in LEGO bricks is even more adorable with...

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Web Coolness – A coloring book for girls of color, flying with kids, and raising confident men

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We adore this mama’s plan to create a coloring book for girls of color. This has been a long time coming! My Parenting Mistakes: Kristen takes a look at our parenting choices in the wake of the Aurora shootings. A six year old judges classic books by their covers with really hilarious results. This one is even worth putting up with a slideshow, promise. Bostonians, don’t miss this weekend’s Summer Arts Weekend where our favorite Dan Zanes and Friends will...

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Web Coolness – DIY sewing cards, the coolest crochet playground, and things we wish we had known as new moms

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Handmade Charlotte has some of the cutest printable sewing cards that you can print right from home. Great hand-eye coordination practice for kids! New moms: Don’t miss Liz’s list of the 12 things I wish I had known as a new mom at Babycenter. And if you’ve got some wisdom of your own, please stop by and leave a comment. Reading about how these moms got into the best shape of their lives after having kids is totally inspiring. And...

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Web Coolness – A bicycle built for 7, awesome Cookie Monster video, and the funniest birth plan ever.

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We’re blown away by this biking mom in Portland who transports her six kids–without a car. She must have some calves! A “life-size” LEGO forest sprouts up in the middle of the Australian outback. At least there are no little pieces to step on in the night. (h/t My Modern Met) Kristen’s lovely and sage, What Will Be Precious, looks at all the “stuff” we save for our kids and questions if we should be keeping it all. You think...

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Web Coolness – Can you unplug? Also gifts for geeky girls, cheers for Seventeen Magazine, and new life for an old sandbox

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Do you have trouble unplugging? Liz shares her thoughts in her new column at the Katie Couric website. (And psst…Katie’s new show debuts September 10. We’re excited!) Kristen’s list of cool gifts for geeky girls includes great picks for brainy boys too. They Might Be Giants needs your help to get their Alphabet of Nations video finished!  Turn that old sandbox into a planter box and get your kids gardening before the weekend is through. (h/t Modern Parents Messy Kids)...

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Web Coolness – Superhero silhouettes, Fourth of July, and great summertime learning ideas

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. The striking Superhero Silhouettes by Andy Fairhurst brilliantly capture a child’s dreams of grandeur. And of leaping tall buildings in a single bound. (via Comics Alliance) Independence Day is right around the corner, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Patriotic Picks for the Fourth of July to make sure your holiday sparkles. Do you take care of the kids before you take care of yourself? In this article, our own Kristen looks at why it’s so hard to put...

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Web Coolness – Amazing mocktail recipes, the baby products you can live without, and internet love for a bullied grandma

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Two yummy mocktail recipes for summer, from our own Stacie Billis. (We’ve got you covered in this heatwave, pregnant mamas!) Rootbeer float popsicles? Save one for us! Is Sesame Street coming to the big screen? Great decorating ideas at Apartment Therapy for your next summer party without spending a fortune or tons of hours of prep time. Design fans will be blown away by these ceramic dishes. So cool. Loving this gorgeous boy’s nursery which blends modern with vintage. What baby products...

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Web Coolness – Super Dads, the worst foods for kids, and Michelle Obama joins Pinterest

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Check out this over-the-top superhero-themed Father’s Day luncheon for a Super Dad.  Ooooo, this giant Lite Brite has us all nostalgic for our childhood toy. And these pegs won’t get lost in the shag carpet. (via notcot) We’re fascinated by Helen Levitt’s photographs of young children playing, without parents hovering nearby, in the gritty New York City streets in the 70’s. No matter what language you speak, Estefi Machado’s creative website is full of playful, kid-friendly crafts and party ideas. First it...

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