Category: Link Roundups

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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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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