Category: Link Roundups

Web Coolness – Holiday ideas & deals, top tunes, and drawing on walls

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Love how these pretty potted Christmas trees look, and that they can go into the backyard after the holidays. Kristen and Liz have many things to be thankful for this year, and one of them has a six pack. Kick off your holiday shopping with some great weekend deals in tech, as well as some amazing discounts on toys, clothing, accessories and even cookies! Crazy or cool? Would you let your kids color on their walls? (via ohdeedoh) Did you catch this...

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Web Coolness – Thanksgiving placecards, holiday inspiration and best books of 2011

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Easy-to-make, fall pumpkin placecards will look so perfect at the Thanksgiving table this week. For more inspiration, check out the Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Pinterest board put together by their editors. Do your kids have a colorful room? Check out the Small Kids, Big Color Contest. Big congratulations to our editor and publisher Liz whose personal blog, Mom 101, was named Parents Magazine’s Best All Around Mom Blog by their editors. Hilarious! A baby recreating iconic scenes from movies. Don’t miss our Five...

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Web Coolness – Jellybean magic, brighter kids’ rooms, and resources for military families

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We are totally charmed by a stop-motion music video made with almost 300,000 jelly beans! So honored to be among the Top 9 Sites to Find Cool Kids Gear by My Life Scoop. Which 90210 alum stopped by Cool Mom Tech this week? Love these ten ways to transform a boring dresser into a focal point in your kids’ room. Kristen raves about some of the new yummy flavors from Ella’s Kitchen. . .for your baby, of course. Just in time for...

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Web Coolness – Awe-inspiring art, Mo Willems’ plea, and free musuem visits

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. The Anthropologist showcases the works of some amazingly unique artists. (via Design Mom) Still not sure what to do with the leftover Halloween candy? We do! Children’s author/illustrator Mo Willem’s impassioned plea to save “real” books has us bibliophiles nodding in agreement. (Though his new Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App is pretty awesome too.) Kristen offers 3 smart ways to turn your instagram photos into holiday gifts and shares some secrets to giving a good child’s birthday gift in the...

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Web Coolness – Halloween decor, ethical holiday ideas, and an online art museum for your kids’ work

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. This printable Spooky Russian Doll Garland isn’t just adorably unique. . .it’s free! (via poppytalk) With all the new changes, here are some ways to make sure your Facebook feed has more of what you want in it. We’re so happy to be part of this great Publishers Weekly article on mom blogs and book reviews. Preppy personalized iPhone cases that we love. Have yourself a more ethical Halloween with these smart ideas and tips. Painted pumpkins? Why not! Great artwork from...

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Web Coolness – TV for tots, chat with Michelle Obama, and tips for Halloween

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Loving this gorgeous black nursery that is super hip, yet still perfect for baby. (via lil magoolie) Kristen’s found the cutest new toddler pillow for your little one’s head. Beloved children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth turns fifty years old, and you can help get its documentary made through this Kickstarter campaign. Creepily clever, this Itsy Bitsy Spider party would be great for Halloween. The AAP steps back a bit from their “No TV Ever” stance for kids under 2. You mean Michelle...

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5 picks you might have missed at Cool Mom Tech

One of the things we love about tech is how very pretty the gadget can be– and how you can’t always judge a tech solution by its cover. In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite picks from the last week. 1. Is it time to buy or upgrade that pretty gadget? Let this handy website help you decide. 2. Wish there was a less expensive, less-breakable tablet for kids? Oh, well, now there is. 3. It’s not often you find a beautifully made wooden solution to a high-tech problem, but this one’s handy. 4. Ring-ring-ring! Surprise! Ludacris is calling to say...

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Web Coolness – Photo ideas, iPhone add-ons, and Halloween treats

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Have a lot of photos or kids’ art work to display? Check out these cool ways to show them off. Do girls only care about cupcakes, ponies and looking cute? A sobering look at the disparity in t-shirt messages marketed to our girls and boys. Are you getting a shiny new iPhone 4S? Here are Kristen’s recommendations on what you should get next. Get ready for Halloween with some adorably creative Cake Pops. Just save a few for us, ok? We love...

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5 picks you might have missed at Cool Mom Tech

Here are five picks you might have missed this week from our sister site Cool Mom Tech. We hope you enjoy them. 1. As the world bids farewell to Steve Jobs this week, we find ourselves so grateful to his imagination and audacity, which touched all of our lives. We offer our thoughts on Steve Jobs here, and bid him goodbye. 2. In a sadly ironic coincidence, the new iPhone 4S is now on sale. Here’s why we think parents will be particularly interested. 3. If you’re not in Camp iPhone, we’ve got the scoop on the much buzzed...

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Web Coolness – Halloween treats, Four Seasons’ getaway, and a Dan Zanes download

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. How cute is this roundup of not-too-spooky Halloween treats? Kristen is (understandably) gaga over Muppets smart phone cases! And, get this: a Pigs In Space ringtone. Liz shares her favorite children’s books with Apartment Therapy’s Ohdeedoh. Are they yours too? Have you ever seen pumpkin trees? Perfect for this time of the year. We love this giveaway from Ciao Bambino – a chance to win one of three amazing Four Seasons family getaways. Meet Sesame Street’s newest special character during a special...

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Web Coolness – fun with chalk, Angry Bird pumpkins, and new life for LEGO sets

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Check out this neat way to use sidewalk chalk to make your kids’ photos unique. (photo: babychaser) Love Kristen’s pick for cool Halloween shirts for kids that will look especially spooky in the dark. Angry Bird pumpkins! Just don’t throw them. Be a rebel and vow to read one of these banned stories during Banned Books Week. (Oh no! Not Harry Potter!) Cracking up over this review of Pixar’s new abstract photo journal. NYC new mamas: Sign up today to attend the...

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Web Coolness – Halloween crafts, free printables, and a killer giveaway

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We’re honored to see our sister site, Cool Mom Tech, nominated as Best Mom Tech Blog in Parents Magazine’s Best Blog Awards! Feel free to vote for us. We wouldn’t complain. An easy Halloween craft that doesn’t require a trip to the craft store or our kids inhaling 25 pounds of sugar (photo at left, from Multiple and More) Don’t miss your chance to win a $1,000 basket of beauty goodies from Cool Mom Picks, ecomom and PureWow–no strings attached! Support one...

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5 picks you might have missed

This has been some week at Cool Mom Picks! If you’ve missed even a day, you’re missing some of the best picks of the whole year so far, and not just the week. But don’t worry–we’ll catch you up right here. 1. Not all princesses need saving, which is why plenty of princesses will love this quartet of gorgeous, girl-power prints for their wall. 2. Who’s your main squeeze? This cool fruit puree dispenser that our readers are loving. 3. Celebrate your kids’ super powers and help them leap tall couches in a single bound with these affordable custom...

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Web Coolness – Educational games, cloth diapering, and creative ways to get kids to eat their veggies.

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We love these creative ways to get kids to eat their veggies, or their Brobee. Tired of hearing Are they all yours?!? Check out our publisher Kristen’s new website 4 Kids or More made just for bigger families. Don’t miss this great list of our favorite free educational online games for kids. Everything you ever wanted to know about cloth diapering but were afraid to ask, from one of the funniest bloggers around. We’re intrigued by cleanclothes.org, which is supporting labels like...

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Web Coolness – Important causes, dolled-up ponies, and our very own Cool Mom Picks Readeez

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We’re cracking up over these pop-icon inspired sculptures by Mari Kasurinen that use My Little Pony as the muse. Cool Mom Picks has its very own Readeez! Many thanks to Michael Rachap for creating this for us. Chicago bans crib bumpers making it the first city to do so. Who’s next? This smile-inducing video from Operation Smile’s medical mission to Brazil is our feel-good pick of the week. For this weekend and beyond, an important post about teaching our children about 9/11....

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Web Coolness – back to school tech ideas, chefs help you with school lunches, and standing up to sexism

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. It’s time to put on makeup..or maybe just some Muppet-inspired nail polish? Don’t miss our ongoing Back to School Tech series, with apps and gadgets to make this school year easier. See why Kristen is crushing for her Baggu Bags. No, we aren’t buying snack-sized treats yet, but we couldn’t resist sharing this amazing Vintage Halloween Party on Hostess with the Mostess. (and Happy 5th Anniversary to HWTM!) How to be a Man–it’s more than what you think. Great read for moms...

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Web Coolness – tips for toys, cool for school, and putting mean girls in their place

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. This tutorial for bright and adorable jewelry made from colored pencils will set your little scholar apart. Check out these personalized school supplies that Kristen has found for your independent learner. A major fist bump to the photographer who stood up to bullying mean girls. Have you heard this great music download from CMP favorite Caspar Babypants? Find beautiful photos and great product picks in our Back-to-School slideshow for Kirtsy that Cool Mom Picks curated! What a smart and eco-friendly way to...

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5 picks you might have missed

It’s still dark outside. You clutch your coffee and yawn. Here comes the bus. Grab your bag and hop on. Next stop? Coolville. But not for your kids: For you. We’ve been collecting all the coolest gifts, best deals, and most helpful gadgets, just for you. In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite cool picks from the last week.  1. Want to wow a new mom with a gift that knows what her baby needs right then? Try this amazing new gift subscription that times things right, and then sends them right to her door....

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Web Coolness – back-to-school crafts, BPA in unexpected places, and bloggers come together

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Leave it (pun intended) to Martha Stewart to come up with this clever alphabet project (via ohdeedoh) Kristen asks Are We Overbooking Our Kids? and gets so many intelligent, thoughtful comments. Definitely worth a read. Why ground turkey’s troubles should be a wake-up call to all of us. Such a beautiful story of kids whose dream of being soccer stars comes true, even when their only practice field floats on water. Love this roundup of Back-to-School DIY’s from Modern Parents Messy Kids....

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5 picks you might have missed

Whether they’re dog tired after their first week of school or howling like baboons, chances are your house has a lot in common with a zoo this week. Here are five picks you might have missed while tending to your herd. 1. This board game based on the Awkward Family Photos website will have you laughing like a bunch of hyenas. 2. Forget a better mouse trap. We’ve found a better sleep sack. 3. A portable restaurant high chair based on a lobster? We’ll belly up to the table for that! 4. Put this pretty peacock box on your shelf...

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Web Coolness – handmade help, lunchbox love and family fun in Philly

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Yummy chocolate shells will make any summer treat taste even better. (via Bakerella) Send them to school with a little love in their lunchbox with these sweet notes. Have a handmade business? Here are 60 great places to promote it (one of them may look familiar!) Happy 3rd Birthday to Inhabitots! Check out their great “green” birthday coverage. Do you have a small, cool outdoor space? It could win in the re-nest photo contest. Or, just check out the entries and be...

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5 picks you might have missed at Cool Mom Tech

Whether you’re charging up for a busy week ahead or winding down for a good night’s hopefully restful sleep, we’ve got a collection of gadgets and apps to get you where you’re going as smoothly and happily as possible. 1. Double your pleasure, double your USB charging with this super helpful gadget. 2. This fabulous travel app makes every facet of travel easier, from itineraries to flight times to reservations to tracking rewards. Ahhhhh. 3. The old fashioned photo booth goes digital with this hot app, and we’re lining up to make silly faces. 4. Blast off into uninterrupted sleep...

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Web Coolness – adorable school lunches, breastfeeding gear and amazing children’s bedrooms from around the world

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. First-day-of-school coming up? Make lunch worthy of the big moment with these amazing boxed-lunch ideas. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, check out Kristen’s 5 favorite breastfeeding products. (and search our archives for more great breastfeeding aides) Great read: The oxygen-mask principle as it applies to parenting. This modern dollhouse is gorgeous, inspiring and a DIY project. Just don’t let the kids see it, or they’ll ask you to make them one. (via lil magoolie) Such a smart use of under-stair space...

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Web Coolness – Hot-weather meals, ONE mom reveals, and special kids’ wheels

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We’re inspired by the photos and story of Karen Walrond after her recent trip to Kenya for the ONE organization. Family of four sails across the Atlantic: The youngest in their crew was a mere nine-months old! Wow. (via ohdeedoh) Kristen loves this clever baby log for parents that makes record-keeping easy, day or night. Get a little help with this nice roundup of books for kids explaining same-sex marriage. You think a meat dress was cool? Check out some amazing couture-esque fashion...

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Web Coolness – Found hearts, cooler strollers, and a truck with a huge nipple on the top

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too.  Boy Sees Hearts: Such a simple idea with results we love. (via Design Mom)   Waitstaff tells you to nurse your baby in the bathroom?! Who you gonna call? The Milk Truck! (via @royhandy) The simple joys of a tire swing, with a few tips for getting it just right. Muppets invade Manhattan? Actually, it’s the new Jim Henson’s Fantastic World exhibit at the Museum of Moving Image. If you feel like freshening up the kids’ bedrooms, we love these three DIY...

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Web Coolness – A butterbeer recipe, a slippery slide, and the top 50 picture books for kids

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too.  Take a look at this humungous, hilarious DIY slip-n-slide. (via ohdeedoh) Is your favorite kids’ book in Design Mom’s list of her Top 50 Picture Books for kids? We love this Magic Party for a little magician who is turning another year older. And don’t miss Kristen’s ideas for an adorable Harry Potter birthday party. Speaking of Harry Potter, check out the Golden Snitch butterbeer cake pop recipe–a must-have for any pre-movie parties. Be Part of the Band with great kindie download from The...

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Web coolness – lemonade stands, fun birthday plans and fulfilling Harry Potter demands

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too.  Make your kids’ lemonade stand the best on the block with these free printables. (via Living Locurto) Do you care about the new Google+? Kristen has five reasons parents should. Love this roundup of great birthday party ideas from Modern Parents Messy Kids.  A really unexpected way to find new summer reading. One of our favorite bloggers, SueBob Davis, has just completed an amazingly inspirational series of 50 charity posts in honor of her 50th birthday. So worth a click (or 50). Fun new website...

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Web Coolness – Fourth of July treats, dad-made feats and hitting the books (instead of cleats)

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too.     Who wants to make us some of these 3D Cookie Cupcakes for the Fourth of July? Pretty please? Some tips on how to find balance between work and play this summer.   Help us earn $10,000 for a great charity–it just takes a couple of clicks. Love Kristen’s pick for cool patriotic wear for kids. And don’t miss this post on red white and blue clothes for kids that still look cool after the Fourth.  Some great comments here about the role...

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Web Coolness – floating pools, homemade rocketship, and finding balance between work and home

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. CMP-and-toddler fave Eebee has a free video download about water play just in time for summer.  A floating pool in the rivers of New York City? Dare to dream. . . Interesting perspective on achieving balance as a working mother.  Creepy or hilarious? We’ll let you decide with these most-unusual family portraits. This dad-built rocket ship swing set and playhouse is totally out of this world.  We love Charlie Hope’s voice, and we think you’ll love this free download off her latest...

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5 picks you might have missed at Cool Mom Tech

Who’s number one? In our humble opinion, you are. Two can be a crowd, if those two are siblings, and they’re fighting over the last yogurt pop. Three is for bears, Musketeers, and Billy Goats Gruff. Four– or, really, fore– is what dad might be saying today on Father’s Day. And five is for these choice picks from the last week. But who’s counting? 1. Dr. Harvey Karp shared his favorite app with us. Can it help you have the #1 Appiest Baby on the Block? 2. Just the fax, ma’am. And the fact is that this amazing new...

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