Category: Link Roundups

Web Coolness – super play spaces, secret poetry and saving the environment with an app

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too.   Need some design inspiration for the playroom? Check these amazing ideas out. If you missed the live chat this week, you can still see some great Father’s Day gift ideas we shared to answer reader questions on The Motherhood. One more tip from Kristen about a cool free last minute Father’s Day gift. The coolest thing to hit thrift stores: Poetry bombing. See which earth-friendly app our hero Dr. Harvey Karp thinks is tops. Are blogs our modern-day photo albums? Love this Kickstarter...

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5 picks you might have missed

This past week on Cool Mom Picks, summer has bought out some of our favorite words that start with F. For example, flash, fabulous and utterly fine. 1. Fab: Trust us– you’re going to want our invitation link to this new invitation-only design flash sale site for home goods. 2 Fun: These paper dolls don’t just look great, they contribute to a great cause. 3. Fantastic: We’re loving this clever new nursing pillow designed by a lactation consultant. 4. Families: This stunning new cookbook supports both yours, and those in Japan affected by the earthquakes. 5. Free: The new...

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Web coolness – thinking of dads, Star Wars Muppets, and the cutest kids video

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. Toys as art? Hey, at least it gets them off the floor. Kristen rounds up four great Father’s Day photo gifts. And don’t miss the rest of our great picks for Father’s Day! Loving this new virtual book club from The New York Times’ Motherlode blog. New on Cool Mom Tech: Our family music download of the week, featuring this, the cutest kids’ video we’ve seen in a while. Super clever and adorable Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday party. Don’t miss this thought-provoking post on style,...

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Web coolness – Father’s Day ideas, flowery crafts and fudgy treats

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. Father’s Day is coming on the 19th! Don’t miss our ongoing series of great Father’s Day gifts. Kristen has some great tips for enjoying Universal Orlando with kids (as well as a chance to win free tickets for your family on Cool Mom Tech. Hurry, it ends today.) We’re loving the new look of Design Sponge and Oh Happy Day. Click over and tell them as much! Planning a baby shower? We adore the pretty ideas in this Spring Baby Shower Soiree....

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Web Coolness – summer tunes, summer parties, summer clothes for kids

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. Two days left to get ready for summer! Kristen shares three of her favorite UPF clothing brands for kids right in time. You might recognize MSG’s Blogger of the Month for June. These Photo Booth props would be a huge hit with the kids and the grown ups at our next shindig. (via Ohdeedoh) In time for the holiday weekend, fun ideas for a summer party. Check out our first Kids’ Music Download of the Week at Cool Mom Tech. You’ll want this...

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Web Coolness – teacher treats, summer science and LEGO love

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. This personalized (and edible) teacher thank-you gift gets an A+ from us. (via living locurto)   Kristen has us all / Thinking in haikus as she / uses them to teach.  Also check out Kristen’s round-up of Five Safe Sunscreens for Kids, just in time for summer. On Cool Mom Tech, we’ll tell you why we love PBS’ new The Parent Show. Motherhood summed up in six words – very clever. Cool LEGO related goodies Spilled breakfast as art. You’ve got to check this...

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Web coolness: free paper dolls, free entertainment, free apps for moms

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. See which free iphone app designer Liz Lange calls a “game changer” for frugal shoppers. Kristen wants to know do moms really need smartphones? Don’t miss the comments for an interesting discussion. Faces in Places is such a fun website: Do you see the faces? (via ohdeedoh) Just try not to smile throughout this adorable kids music video for Mister Rabbit by CMP favorites Caspar Babypants and Charlie Hope. Retro paper-doll fabulousness with these original Betsy McCall printables (shown). (via li’l magoolie) The Laurie Berkner...

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Web coolness – inspiring working moms, last minute Mother’s Day gifts, and breakfast in bed.

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. Nabbing some last-minute beauty gifts for Mother’s Day? Kristen highlights her favorites on Birchbox. And of course, there’s always our own Mother’s Day Gift Guide. 25 inspiring stories from 25 inspiring working moms on iVillage including Jennifer Garner, Kathleen Sebelius, and our own Liz Gumbinner! Sunday’s breakfast in bed looks even better with these sweet personalized love notes (shown.) Keep an eye on Ohdeedoh’s Month of Small Space Living for beautiful inspiration and ideas. A quick printable Mother’s Day card. And don’t miss...

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Web Coolness – royal wedding gifts, rainy-day crafts and the $6400 toilet

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. A simply lovely, colorful DIY mobile that requires nothing more than paper and thread. A great roundup of what moms really want for Mother’s Day Great design meets a great cause in the Kids of Kathmandu Desk Project. . .and you can bid on these one-of-a-kind pieces. Here are some great ways to reuse plastic Easter eggs for learning games and playtime activities.  The Okee Dokee Brothers‘ new video tells The Naked Truth, and it’s great fun.  Four favorite kids crafts. No need to check...

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Web Coolness – Peeps winners, Passover recipes, cool books and Easter fun

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. You’ve got to see the winners of the Washington Post’s 2011 Peeps Diorama Contest. (any idea which is our favorite?) Also, we found a whole Peeps gallery on Flickr. Hilarious! Check out Kristen’s list of 5 cool books from 5 cool moms. You may recognize one of the authors. Here’s a great contest for artistic kids: Win one of our favorite scooters by designing a Scooter Buddy. Lil Sugar has some great kid-friendly recipes for Passover for those of you going yeast-free....

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Web Coolness – beautiful bellies, lovely eggs, trashy party and real-life Barbie

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too.  This trash-themed birthday party is anything but rubbish. So clever! (via lil magoolie) A real-life Barbie doll is scary in many ways. Shakespeare meets Facebook? You’ve got to check this out. Ohdeedoh has tips on creating beautiful natural Easter egg dyes. (photo via Big Sis Lil Sis) Here’s what we’re saying about Parents Magazine for the iPad at Cool Mom Tech. (nutshell: It’s great!) Show off your belly and maybe win big in the Belli Beautiful Contest. Check out the 10 items we’re drooling over...

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Web Coolness – pretty eggs, new Seuss, tiny Muppets and a blue bear

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. Did you see our Editor Liz on The CBS Early Show? Fun Easter egg dyeing instructions on Not Martha (via DesignMom, shown)  A series of “lost” Dr Seuss stories will be published later this year! It’s your last day to enter to win a free family trip to San Antonio from Cool Mom Picks. We’re loving this fun, colorful kids video for Blue Bear by Lucky Diaz. Get ready to replay it a few times. Love how folding paper cranes can help the...

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Web coolness – heart-y eggs, baby shower gifts for moms, spring cleaning your computer

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too.   Something special for Easter – A tutorial for heart-shaped boiled eggs (via leel, rebecca) Kristen shares 3 great baby shower gifts just for moms. Like! 5 ways to spring clean your computer on Cool Mom Tech. Want to laugh? Check out the post on this new humor site about trademarking your baby name. (Psst…Allegra is already taken.) We admire one mom’s grassroots attempt to take on use of the word “retarded” through social media. For Autism Awareness Month, PBS Newshour will air...

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Web coolness – Great baby gifts, great car seat tips, great books for kids

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. I hope you will too. Have you seen our new 2011 Baby Shower Gift Guide, yet? Enjoy! Also see Kristen’s take on 3 baby shower gifts she couldn’t live without. The 50 books every child should read. With the new AAP recommendations on car seat safety,  we found a passionate discussion about rear-facing child seats at Baby Bunching. Also, Britax is offering a free webinar on car seat safety on April 14 to help new mamas with the first car ride home. Sign up through the link....

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Web coolness – Some fun stuff, some silly stuff, some noble stuff, and some news that makes us really happy.

Here are some things we’ve liked reading on the web this week. We hope you will too. First, we’re super honored that Cool Mom Picks was chosen as a finalist in the Cribsie Awards for Most Trustworthy Review Site for Parents on the web. Especially considering our impressive fellow nominees include the big (very big) guys. Wow. Today’s the last day to vote, and if you’re so inclined to support Cool Mom Picks we’d be thrilled. How great are these upcycled wooden marionettes from Juan Pablo Cambariere? (via small magazine, shown) On Cool Mom Tech, a cool app for...

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5 great picks you might have missed this week – Let’s get personal edition

Thanks to the Industrial Revolution, you no longer have to spend six months making a shirt that your husband is just going to ruin while butchering a hog. Joy! Unfortunately, it also means that life is less personalized, a point made especially poignant when four boys are all wearing the same Target dinosaur t-shirt on the playground. This week, we had five great picks that are all about making things more personal in an impersonal world. Let’s put the custom back in customer, shall we? 1. If you’ve been praying for personalized galoshes– and who hasn’t?– you’re going to...

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Web Coolness – Pretty things, funny things, and an iPad 2 giveaway (for reals)

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Win a new iPad 2 courtesy of our sister site Cool Mom Tech, and our awesome sponsor Capital One. Who loves you? In this month’s Redbook, our Editor Liz riffs on 10 things you should never say to a working mom. Love the Breast Cancer Awareness Body Paint Project. the second RL Gang animated storybook from Ralph Lauren is so clever. Cool mom Uma Thurman narrates. The movie Up comes to life with a house carried away by 300 balloons. Love the...

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Web Coolness – Kids parties, guilt free baby essentials, and breast milk ice cream. Yep.

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Gorgeous circus themed kids birthday ideas at the Hello Lucky blog (via Hip Hip Hooray) It’s Guilt-Free Week at Momformation, and Kristen offers up 5 guilt-free baby essential purchases (Hint: No wipes warmers) and 3 ways to avoid baby book guilt. So smart. We’re loving the Canadian design and baby blog Mon Petit Amour. The yellow and grey children’s room spotted at Simply Grove is sophisticated and still playful. Want! A lovely tutorial for a DIY watercolor calendar at Design Mom. More DIY...

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Web Coolness – sexy nursing bras, awesome playhouses, and a $20,000 crib

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. On Momformation, Kristen asks should nursing bras be sexy? (You can guess the answer.) Mamas of boys: You’ll love this new site, The Frog and Snail Society, started by talented blogger and CMP friend Roxanna Sarmiento. We’re blown away by these amazing kids playhouses inspired by modern architecture. (Eh, who needs to save for college.) Speaking of splurges, yes, Mariah Carey spent $20,000 on a crib. We’re digging one of our reader’s imaginative new homemade baby food blog, Yumnums. Quince Puree, anyone?...

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5 great picks from Cool Mom Tech this week – sound effects edition

Sometimes, you want your tech to be silent, but sometimes, the sound effects are the best part. ZAM! Here are the latest, greatest, just-in-case-you-might-have-missed it picks, fresh from Cool Mom Tech to you. We hope it brings you the sound of giggles, followed by sighs of happiness. 1. Ka-pow! It’s an e-reader smackdown, where digital devices go head to head, battling it out for your books. 2. Awwww! Valentine’s Day may be over for another year, but this round-up of our favorite romantic movies will love you long time. 3. Hello? Skype 5.0 for Mac is fresh out of...

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Web Coolness – Discount baby clothes, weekend fun, and homemade storage solutions

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. On Momformation, we’ve got 3 tips for scoring designer kids clothes at deep discounts. Kristen also shares great alternatives to nursing cover-ups that you can wear long after the baby’s onto juice boxes and diet soda. (Kidding!) This weekend is the Great Backyard Birdcount – super cool. (via david wescott) 12 kid-friendly facts to share for Black History Month. Really fun list! A simply awesome homemade storage solution for all those dress-up clothes at Parenthacks. A sensible post on Naturally Educational about...

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Web coolness – Valentines printables and crafts for kids

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Mostly about Valentine’s Day.   An awesome roundup of 30 Valentines printables for kids at The Long Thread (via Inhabitots) Pictured here: one of 4 printable cards from The Black Apple The cutest heart-shaped pans from the Kitchn. Gold-leafed heart-shaped cupcakes at Apartment 34. Oh lord. A roundup of great kids Valentine’s Day crafts from all sorts of cool crafty bloggers. Candy overload? Find some good recommendations for making kids menus more healthy from Out With the Kids Going somewhere fun tomorrow? On Momformation, Kristen shares 3...

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7 great picks you might have missed this week – Gimme some sugar edition.

More snow? Valentine’s Day? Groundhog’s Day? Any time is a good time to indulge in a little extra sweetness, like these totally sweet picks from the last week. Bonus: only one of them actually involves calories. 1. Your honey needs some sugar, and that can be in the form of wine, gourmet chocolates, or… um… super-eco-fabulous luxury watches? Check out our curated Valentine Gift Guide for AHAlife to see some other choice picks. 2. Girls might be made of sugar, spice, and everything nice, but boys are pretty freakin’ sweet, too. Check out our round-up of Valentine goodies for...

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Web Coolness – Valentines printables, Chinese New Year crafts, and cold weather fun

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Are you a Cool Mom Picks newsletter subscriber yet? This is a pretty awesome month to sign up. On Momformation, Liz is sharing printable Valentine’s cards to help you save money like the one shown here from Piggybank Parties. Have you checked out our fancypants Valentine’s Gift Guide on AHAlife? A year of the rabbit printable craft project at AlphaMom. Kelcey Kintner shares activities to keep kids busy inside on cold days. Which is all of them, lately. You crafty types will...

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5 great picks you might have missed this week – let’s hear it for the girls

While we love finding cool things for the cool boys of the world, this week, we want to hear it for the girls– little girls, big girls, and uh… “the girls.” 1. Who needs expensive hair clips when you can make them yourself? This free, easy Valentine’s tutorial will yield heaps of happy handmade hearts for her hair. 2. We’ve found the holy green grail of breast pumps. Finally, an environmentally conscious choice that you can legally lend or resell! 3. The prettiest, fanciest, twirliest, sparkliest, most princesstastic girls’ dress up clothes we’ve ever seen can be found here....

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Web coolness – Valentines treats, heart-y crafts, and hostess gifts

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Tutorial for a spectacular Valentine’s Crossword cake from i am baker (shown). Not for beginners, but wow. An easier option: spelling out L.O.V.E. with candy. Cool Valentine’s Day cards for kids from Kristen–all free of licensed characters! This Design Blahg post on bangin’ hostess gifts is not only handy–it’s hilarious. Have you entered the Handmade Olympics yet? Do it! It’s awesome! Chinese New Year is coming up – here are some fun craft projects for the Year of the...

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12 delicious design blogs to read, stat

If you were following the Cool Mom Picks Twitter stream this past week, you might have caught some of the wit and wisdom we were reaping from the Altitude Design Summit, an amazingly inspirational weekend with more than 300 bloggers and small biz owners in the worlds of design, photography, crafting, printing, party planning and more. While I could pretty much gush all day long about the incredible women (and a few men) that I met, instead, I thought I’d point you to a few new favorite websites and blogs that you’ll want to add to your feed reader,...

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Web coolness – Design inspiration, Valentine’s gifts, and mom blog hilarity

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Liz and Julie are having the best time at the Altitude Design Summit this week in Salt Lake City, meeting all of our design blog crushes! Follow the #altsummit hashtag today and get the scoop on some of the news and cool happenings Liz will report on next week. (Photo at left: The view from our window. Sweet!) An awesome custom Valentine’s Day gift idea from Kristen, at Momformation. One of our favorite children’s performers, Frances England makes some creative resolutions for...

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Web coolness – tooth fairy tips and snow day fun

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. What’s the tooth fairy’s going rate? A fun post at Boston Mamas. 5 board games for snow day fun – Kristen has the scoop at Momformation, for those of us not living in Miami. Our friends at Stroller Traffic and A-List Mom have collaborated to bring you the Cribsie awards. Nominate for your go-to brands and websites (hint hint) and help support your own favorites. We’re heading to the Alt Design Summit this week – follow our updates on twitter for lots...

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Web coolness – printable calendars, New Year’s resolutions, and other ways to start your year off right

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We’re in love with this calendar of the month club that let’s you download a fun, free simple calendar craft each month. For more printable calendars, Kristen rounds up 5 beautiful ones at Momformation. (And see her New Year’s resolution here. It’s a good one!) Stuck for a New Year’s resolution? Gretchen Rubin has a great suggestion. Rookie Moms has a 52 week challenge for new moms. Are you in? A great initiative to support breast cancer survivors from one of our...

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