Category: Link Roundups

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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Web Coolness – Father’s Day gifts from the kids, Pinterest board of the week, and the coolest desk probably ever

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   These three DIY Father’s Day gifts from the kids will help you wrap up things long before June 17th. We love this Kickstarter campaign to help three teachers create better public schools for everyone. Rockin’ Baby...

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Web Coolness – Dad and teacher gifts ideas, unbelievable home design, and free music throughout NY

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  Up, up, away, in a beautiful balloon: Such a cute photo opp at a kid’s birthday party! Need Father’s Day gift ideas? We have loads in both our Father’s Day Gift Guide series and in our Collection of favorite picks. Don’t leave home without first downloading some fun apps to keep the kids busy on your next road trip. You won’t want to miss our collection of teacher end of year gifts ideas. Here’s one more: a clever craft idea...

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Web Coolness – Father’s Day gifts, the LEGO Art Movement, and one really big slice of cake

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  This delicious photo series has a big message behind it. But, first get a look at the size of that burger! (via Design for Minikind) Don’t miss our list of 10 great personalized Father’s Day gifts, and your chance to win an amazing gift basket for that special man in your life. (Really. Truly. Amazing.) That’s my last baby: A funny and poignant post about a husband’s decision to uh, get snipped. Our own Liz tackles stupid dad stereotypes and...

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Web Coolness – Changing fatherhood, summer ideas, and encourage kids to read

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Changing fatherhood starts with mothers: Kristen’s inspired call to mom to let dads step in more often. Love this collection of literary-themed artwork that encourages kids to read more books. (via Pinterest) We also want to let kids have their books and eat them too with inspiration from Playing By The Book’s Edible Book Festival. (via Colour Me There) Ready to start Father’s Day shopping? Check out this gift recommendation site, and keep your eyes out for loads more Father’s Day gift ideas from Cool...

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Web Coolness – Maurice Sendak, Mother’s Day do-gooding, and great multicultural books for kids

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. In remembrance, of Maurice Sendak, some of our favorite Maurice Sendak books for kids and parents to enjoy together. For future generations of “Maxes,” we love this Wild Rumpus Birthday Party idea. You can honor someone this Mother’s Day besides your own mother. Check out Liz’s post about some organizations she supports and then feel free to add your own. Also, considering paying it forward to a mama of a special needs child. Don’t miss these wonderful, free Mother’s Day...

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Web Coolness – Mother’s Day help, super finger puppets, and getting boys to read

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Superhero Finger Puppet!  (via Laughing Squid) Mother’s Day will be here in just over a week, so check out Kristen’s 3 cool DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas, as well as our Mother’s Day Collections page. Plus you still have time to order from our Mother’s Day Gift Guide and make use of some of those great discount codes. Is reading a “girl thing”? Such an interesting and important post about boys and books. Lunchbox Awesome...

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Web Coolness – Mother’s Day ideas, a hilarious family video, and Kindiefest!

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. And boy, there are a lot this week! A striking and inexpensive DIY silhouette tutorial in time for Mother’s Day. We’ve got 5 sweet Mother’s Day gifts for geeky moms, plus even more picks in our new Mother’s Day Gift Guide. (Have you entered the awesome giveaway yet?) Such pretty decorating ideas for a big girl’s room NYC area moms: Grab the kids and head over to Kindiefest on Sunday for a great lineup of kid-friendly music in Brooklyn that...

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Web Coolness – Earth Day activities, the best Mother’s Day gifts, and Survivor moms

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. (photo) Celebrate this Sunday’s Earth Day with this round up of Earth Day Crafts at Living Locurto. Also, check out this easy and cool way to make a play-dough Earth! (via apartment therapy)  Mother’s Day is May 13th and our Mother’s Day Gift Guide is now here to make that gift hunting so much easier. Have you heard the most awesome follow-up to Caine’s Arcade? The Goldhirsh Foundation has pledged a $250,000 dollar-for-dollar matching donation to help foster creativity and entrepreneurship in...

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Web Coolness – Caine’s Arcade, Anti-Mommy Wars, the coolest Disney movie posters

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Can cardboard boxes make a dream come true? If you’ve seen this beautiful Caine’s Arcade video, you know they can. Do yourself a favor and make 10 minutes to watch it. On the second installment of The Kristen Chase Show, Kristen takes on The Anti-Mommy Wars. Good stuff here. Speaking of which, Liz is writing about putting an end to the mommy wars and we’re all for that. Getting something back from Uncle Sam? (lucky you!) We’ve got some splurge...

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Web Coolness – Sweet carrot treats, The Kristen Chase Show, and getting kids to eat your cooking

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. A sweet Easter treat that looks so easy to make, even us craft-phobics can make a bunch for our little bunnies. Have you seen the first episode of The Kristen Chase Show? It’s smart, funny, and filled with great advice, especially if you have a less-than-perfect mother-in-law. We are so moved by this mama’s words about raising children with special needs and her wish for a little more compassion for parents like her. Before you do any spring cleaning, you...

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Web Coolness – Outrageous Peeps dioramas, April Fools tricks, and kid-friendly Passover recipes

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Totally impressed by the creativity in this year’s Peeps Diorama Contest by The Washington Post. See Peep-filled recreations of the Royal Wedding, The Republican Debates, Downton Abbey, and the winner, Occupy Wall Street by Cory E Wright [photo: Deb Lindsay] Also, see our own Christina’s children’s Peeps dioramas–we think they’re just as creative! What an eggscellent April Fool’s prank by Oh Happy Day! You can totally pull this off. It’s time for the 2012 Handmade Olympics by Rikrak Studio. Head on over to...

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Web Coolness – Flying Babies, Easter tips, and our blogs as our legacy

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We’re not sure how she did it, but we love this series of Flying Babies photos by Rachel Hulin (via Swiss Miss) Inhabitots’ tutorial for dying Easter eggs naturally is super easy to follow, with great tips for even brighter eggs. Our own Kristen has her own smart and funny show coming to Cafemom Studios! Sign up now to be notified of all weekly episodes of The Kristen Chase Show. This mama has some sage advice (and the cutest baby...

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Web Coolness – Art with tape, help for working parents, and the most creative first birthday party theme we’ve seen.

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Amazing tape sculptures by street artist Mark Jenkins are way more amazing than what our kids create when they use up all the tape in the house.  Our readers have the greatest ideas in the second post in our series on Great Productivity Tips for Working Parents. Have a child who’d rather play with the box than the toy that was inside? We love this cardboard box-themed first birthday party which is anything but drab. And don’t miss the bubble...

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Web Coolness – world’s craziest bed, ending the r-word, and spring cleaning your tech

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. So what if it doesn’t match anything in the house, we want a Giant Birdsnest to curl up in any time of day. (via Laughing Squid) An impassioned, intelligent and heartwarming video from Max’s mama, Ellen Seidman, who is doing her part to end use of the r-word.  We already love Psychobaby’s cool kids’ clothing, and during the month of March, we love them even more as they’ve partnered with Little Kids Rock to help revitalize music education in public...

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Web Coolness – Dr. Seuss treats, better school lunches, and parenting around the world

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. {photo: Muffin Tin Mom} Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Check out Kristen’s fun ways you can celebrate his birthday, as well as these adorable craft-and-treat ideas that pay homage to some of his most beloved characters. How do you feel about standardized testing in public schools? Take a look at what two NYC parents are doing to try to boycott school testing. The lovely series of films called Made By Hand features people who are so passionate about what they do,...

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Web Coolness – amazing playgrounds, our Baby Shower Gift Guide and Downton Abbey paper dolls

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  We wish more playgrounds were as inspired as the ones in this list of fun outdoor play spaces from all over the world. So proud of our new Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide which is loaded with over 150 great picks and discount codes too! Cracking up over this parody of Justin Bieber’s Baby, made for all of us new (and tired) moms. (via OWTK) Excited to hear that two of our favorite online mamas will be publishing Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less,...

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Web Coolness – Creative birth announcements, a space-saving doll house, and getting started on Pinterest

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week.  We hope you like them too. Want a really clever birth announcement? Check out this list of ten creative ones that will have you going awwwww again and again. [see more after the jump] Shine and The Moonbeams’ soulful sound brought down the house at last year’s Kindiefest. Now we can help them get their first record made with this new Kickstarter project.  Would “Designed in the USA” labeling matter to you? (via @trendoffice) Kristen has discovered a sweet line of tees that looks at the...

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Web Coolness – Valentine’s Day links, cool Disney picks, and the blogging community mourns

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We’ve got everything you need for Valentine’s Day–from printable cards, to last-minute gifts, and even adorable lunch box treats. Let them sip their morning OJ through Cupid’s arrow with this easy DIY from Wild Olive. Kristen wants you to get your sexy back with her hot series this month on Mom 365. These beautiful modern staircases may not be safe for kids, but they have such big impact in this Design Milk roundup. We love what happens when Disney characters meet indie design. And speaking of Disney, we...

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Web Coolness – Super Bowl printables, Valentine’s lunches, and one rocking dad

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. Liven up your Super Bowl party–and keep Half Drunk Beer Bottle Syndrome to a minimum–with these free Super Bowl printables from Hostess with the Mostess. If you’re not a drinker, check out our yummy mocktail recipes for Super Bowl Sunday. How adorable is this dad and his wee backup band rocking out to Depeche Mode? Need some great gift ideas for Valentine’s Day? Check out our list of red tech gifts for Valentine’s Day, as well as Kristen’s three favorite “anti-Valentine’s gifts” that the kids will still...

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Web Coolness – Special Valentines, getting organized, and hugs from the internet

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We’re digging these Valentine’s garden recipes, like these colorful plantable paper hearts. Had it with hearts already? Kristen has rounded up some pretty arrow jewelry that we’d love to get from a special someone. Take charge of the clutter with these 20 smart and easy ideas for getting organized. Oooo, Hobbits! A sneak peak at the new LEGO Lord of the Rings minifigs. Let your kids play movie critic by voting on their own favorite films of 2011 at Kids Pick Flicks. ...

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Web Coolness – the coolest face book, Valentine’s Day treats, and the organizational advice we’ve been looking for

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Love these “face” books in 3D that feature the actual autobiographies of the figures captured, like Anne Frank (shown) and Vincent Van Gogh.  Kristen has found some great Valentine’s Day outfits for kids without a drop of pink or red. Cool! We can’t wait to see the International Museum of Women’s latest exhibition, MAMA: Motherhood Around the Globe which launches January 24th. Love these free printable Valentine’s Day coupons. (via How About Orange) A clever way of  sneaking veggies into puff pastry...

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5 picks you might have missed this week

From snuggly owls to cozy baby beds, here are some picks you might have missed on Cool Mom Picks that will warm you inside and out. 1. Winter’s getting cold. If your lips or baby’s bottom is getting chapped, you’ll go all quivery for this non-petroleum jelly we tried and loved. 2. Carrying a baby can be hot, even in the winter. This new baby carrier takes that into account with the utmost comfort for you and your portable, snuggly heater. 3. Nothing warms our heart more than finding a new girls’ clothing line that’s devoid of jewels and...

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