Category: Link Roundups

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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Web Coolness – New uses for old cribs, creative art projects and (yawn) the mommy wars. Again.

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. So smart: Repurpose that outgrown crib by turning it into a desk for the kids! From A Little Learning for Two, via Pinterest Superman flying over this animated LEGO TV is simply amazing.   What mommy wars? Liz has something to say about this overdone (yet, still heated) subject.   Must-see video: This magic product will have you looking camera-ready in an instant! Banish some of those icky household germs with Kristen’s picks for natural hand sanitizers. A little boy who loves “girl colors” gets much-needed support from an awesome older brother.   See who Kristen picked as the celebrity who most inspires success in her.   Unleash your toddler’s inner Jackson Pollack with this creative art project.   Not too appetizing: See what’s being served for lunch in the US, compared with schools all over the world.   Love these photos of beautiful kids with Down Syndrome, and we love the mama who is trying to raise $200,000 for their cause. (via OWTK) If you’re looking for cool family website ohdeedoh you’ll find they’ve moved to Apartment Therapy’s new family channel.   One of our favorite scat-filled Lucky Diaz songs, Say What?, gets a video that is pure get-up-and-go fun.  ...

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Web Coolness – Resolutions to keep, an unusual alphabet, and L.A. family fun

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We love this clever alphabet video that is cool enough for us grown ups to enjoy too. Love this post: Make New Year’s Resolutions you’ll want to keep. Overindulged this holiday? Kristen lists smart ways to meal plan your way to weight loss. We’ve got 4 great ways to get more organized using tech on our sister site, Cool Mom Tech. Leftover candy canes become sweet treats in this tutorial from The Artful Parent. (Quick, before they get stale!) Kids plus stickers –...

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Web Coolness – Santa for all, LEGO for girls, and treats for the sweet

We’re here to spread some holiday cheer with cool links from around the web.    Yum! Creature Comforts‘ roundup of 16 (!) great food gifts will have your mouth watering. An elf’s lament: Occupy the North Pole is a fun read for 99% of us. Kristen asks, “Does Santa wrap your gifts?” and gets an earful.  We’re so pleased to hear that funding for public broadcasting has been approved for the next fiscal year. Trying to let kids be kids in this age of overparenting. Kids’ music powerhouse Laurie Berkner picks out her favorite kindie albums of 2011 and...

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5 picks you might have missed at Cool Mom Tech

Gadgets, apps, and gifts galore is what we’re all about. In case you missed them, here are some tech posts from the past week. And if you don’t see what you need, don’t forget about out our ginormous Cool Mom Tech Holiday Gift Guide, with plenty of gifts you can still get in time for Christmas. 1. Geeky cards for that special techie in your life? We’ve got five that are perfect. Even better with a gift card stuck inside.  2. Gift wrapping goes stylishly multimedia with this sleek black and red Twitter hashtag paper. 3. A little bird...

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Web Coolness – Christmas help, Hanukkah treats, and school fundraisers

We’re here to spread some holiday cheer with cool links from around the web. . . A truly “green” Christmas tree, made from 40,000 recycled plastic bottles!  If you still need a great tech gift, Kristen’s rounded up a few of her favorites. A dreidel made of marshmallow and chocolate? You’ll want to give these a spin. (via Steamy Kitchen) Karen Walrond’s list of gifts that give back remind us of the true meaning of the holidays. Loving this list of eight last-minute homemade Teachers Gifts at 4 Kids and More. Foodies and cooks: Check out this advent calendar full...

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Web Coolness – loads of holiday fun, OB’s mea culpa, and a Nook vs Kindle smackdown

We’re here to spread some holiday cheer with cool links from around the web. The prettiest thing to happen to junk mail: Snowflakes! Get the tutorial at Michele Made Me. Woo hoo! Tech gifts for everyone on your list in our 2011 Cool Mom Tech Holiday Gift Guide! (and psst, we’re giving away an iPad2!) Get a big dose of Christmas cheer with this fun Holiday Flash Mob, starring the lovely Loralee and the American Festival Chorus. Inject a little “sunny” into your Christmas with this new Renee & Jeremy download. Can you guess the top names of 2011?...

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5 picks you might have missed at Cool Mom Tech

Surprise, surprise, we’re in holiday mode over at Cool Mom Tech. In case you missed them, here are some holiday picks you’ll want to check out stat, with plenty more to come all month long. 1. Shopping for that special shutterbug? Here are 4 cool camera necklaces she’d love to have around her neck, all of which are waaaay cheaper than a DSLR.  2. Since it’s not 1989, there’s no Game Boy in that box. But there just might be one *on* it, if you get these radical gift tags. 3. Thinking about a great, helpful tech gift for...

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Web Coolness – Holiday cheer (and free printables!), instilling thankfulness, and toys for special kids

We’re here to spread some holiday cheer with cool links from around the web. The DIY candy lights from Oh Happy Day are so sweetly festive, we’d love to see them around our homes. Have you seen our Holiday Gift Guide? It’s full of great gift ideas for everyone on your list, and maybe even a thing or two for you! Also, Kristen lists her favorite gift ideas for tech accessories in this Momformation post. The world’s largest LEGO Christmas tree is truly impressive. We’re just glad we didn’t have to build it. Twenty years of musings from a...

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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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