Category: Link Roundups

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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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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