Here are some links we’re reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Laughing at the kids from Stranger Things reviewing retro toys like Gak, Slap Bracelets, and Furbies. Happy to check out the launch of the new Mom2.com website featuring some of our favorite parenting writers and editors. Also excited about the brand new AMAZEparents, helping us talk to kids about hard stuff, like bodies. 14 of the best organizational apps to keep parents sane Very thoughtful: 6 things white people can do about racism, from Luvvie Ajayi. Now you can stop arguing about who your kids get their...Read More
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Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too! The empowering Kazoo Magazine for girls is finally out with its first issue, yay! Laughing so hard at 11 times new parents thought, WTF how is this my life? Olivia Wilde takes down subway riders who won’t stand up for pregnant women. NSFW. Which is why it’s awesome. Comparing the two candidates’ policies on child care and paid family leave. Diapers for families in bipartisan households. Ha! The ultimate multi-tasking working mom? Yay for parents helping parents — especially on airplanes. Where fussy...Read More
Web coolness: Amazing lunchbox notes, bad news for middle school parents, the PTA mom story everyone is talking about
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Amazing lunchbox notes from a dad to his daughter. (Hold the parent guilt; Rob Biddulph happens to be a professional illustrator too.) Cool Mom Tech is out with our back to school tech guide, starting with 15 of the best science apps for kids and 12 of the best reading apps for kids. Check out Facebook and Glamour’s 51 million voices campaign, amplifying the voices of voting women 18-45. Just as Liz + Kristen’s kids start middle school… research that middle school is the worst. For parents. If you...Read More
Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too! Thank you to Laura Begley Bloom of Forbes for this fantastic feature about the start and growth of Cool Mom Picks. We’re honored! So sad to hear about the passing of one of the comedic greats, and love Gretchen Rubin’s lesson in happiness learned from Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner. ( above image via Getty for ABC News) The ultimate Labor Day grilling + recipe roundup. Bye summer! Sniff. Cannot stop watching this Kenzo perfume video by Spike Jonze. Cannot. Stop. Another must watch: Kristen’s...Read More
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Yeah…our kids have never done this with their Etch-a-Sketches. Check out all the remarkable sketches from Jane Labowitch on Instagram. Every like/comment on this Instagram post of ours donates one lifesaving vaccine to a child in need. (Plus…that photo!) The Rio Summer Olympics are over but the sexist media coverage lingers, and our kids are hearing it.Great discussion here. Move over helicopter parents…now there’s lifeguard parenting. And it’s interesting. Great tips from parents on how to get kids talking. (And hey! Pay special...Read More
Web coolness: New Harry Potter books, ridiculous first day of school traditions, the birthday cake every kid needs and more.
These are the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Ooh, new Harry Potter books! The most absurd first day of school traditions, and more, on this week’s episode of Spawned. Terrific snack recipes for kids with food allergies It’s National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and we’re laughing at these funny breastfeeding tweets we can all relate to. 7 tips to help nursing moms return to work, including resources that detail your legal rights. Great list of books that help kids be more kind to children with special needs. ZOMG — this baby was born...Read More
Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. You have to see these extraordinary photos of the US Olympic team’s parents as their children medal. Grab the tissues. Above photo: Leslye Davis for the NY Times It’s okay to call Simone Biles’s mom and dad, “her mom and dad.” 41 year-old mom Kristin Johnson wins her 3rd gold medal in cycling and she’s the one crying with her son. (More tissues.) In fact, there are 10 mothers on Team USA this year, from rugby to track to volleyball. Is the sexism in the Olympic reporting killing...Read More
Web coolness: Getting excited for the Rio Olympics, The Game of Thrones election, the best happy birthday tweet ever, and more
Here are some of the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We’re so excited for the Olympics to kick off tonight! To get you in the mood, watch this genius US Olympic Swim Team Carpool Karaoke Video. For the kids, check out these easy Rio Olympics themed crafts, recipes and printables. And if you need them to stop doing “pole vaulting” over the couch, check out these activities for your own backyard Olympics with the kids. Love The Game of Thrones election website! (You can imagine who’s winning.) Our 2016 Back to School Guide...Read More
Web coolness: The new Wonder Woman stamps, picky eater lifesavers, and an inspiring Twitter meme for all of us.
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Our 2016 Back to School Shopping Guide is live! Get ready for some seriously cool finds for the kids. If you’re feeling patriotic these days, this baby and kids’ flag tee has a message we love. Wonder Woman stamps are coming, yes! What happened when one mom stopped worrying about feeding her picky eater. Similarly, what happened when Kristen stopped making her daughter clean her room. Smart ideas from parents to help stop mealtime food battles. How giving birth has changed decade to decade....Read More
Web coolness: The latest from LEGO, Pokemon GO does some good, the indie designer vs Goliath, and more
Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Comic-Con is here, and so are some cool new LEGO Brick-Headz! Check out the Secret Superhero video from one of our fave kindie bands. Should you force kids to be tidy? If so, should you pay kids to do chores or will it make them less likely to help around the house? If you’re trying to conceive, this fertility device could double your chances. Wow, an amazing use of Pokemon Go that makes us think about it differently. Summer...Read More
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too! Candy rainbow party platter! Yes, please. Everything you need to know about Pokemon Go before you let your kids play. How are they still making these shirts for little boys? C’mon now, Forever 21. A mom filmed her own c-section birth. Whoa. Win $1000 worth of cool eco-friendly baby gear! Get your kids in the kitchen with these 5 awesome cookbooks just for kids. Our friends at Tattly turned 5. Save 50% off your Tattly order with TATTLYTURNS5,...Read More
Web Coolness: Iron Man gets one amazing makeover, rooting for Simone Biles, the most popular baby names of 2016 and more
Here are some links that have been brightening our week. We hope you like them too. Marvel’s next Iron Man comic is going to look a little different and it’s awesome. (But perhaps their writers should look a little different too?) We’re all paying close attention to Simone Biles as the next breakout US gymnast superstar — and the other remarkable young athletes who are going to bring it home this summer! Thanks Washington Post for including Spawned with Kristen + Liz among your list of 11 parenting podcasts worth checking out. We’re glad you find us friendly and entertaining! Speaking...Read More
Each Friday we offer up web coolness, a collection of our favorite links, videos and articles we’re liking around the web that week. But this week, in light of the horrific murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile that are weighing so heavily on our hearts right now, we wanted to share some links specifically around the subject of these tragedies. You’ll find an array of diverse voices and points-of-view that have resonated with us, personally, in various ways. You may not relate to all of them. That’s okay. We think it’s important to hear lots of perspectives. If you are hurting so much you can’t...Read More
Here are some of the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. How adorable are these chocolate dipped ice cream cones for the 4th of July! More easy red white and blue recipes for an Independence Day celebration. 6 fun 4th of July crafts for kids that are safer than sparklers. What you should know before you see Finding Dory. What you hope you don’t see before you see Finding Dory. Amazing campfire recipes that actually make us want to go camping. Thanks for HuffPost for including Spawned among 15 funny podcasts for parents...Read More
Web Coolness: Disney’s first Latina princess, keeping kids reading over the summer, why a dad stunt is going viral
Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Cheers to NY for making history with tampons. (Seriously, this is fantastic.) More cheers for the three fashion brands committing to an Equal Pay Pledge in addition to plenty of other major companies. May they be the first of many. You’ve seen the viral hit featuring dads stacking Cheerios on babies? Now see moms stacking donuts on dads. Here’s how to get a free Amazon credit from early ebook purchases which is probably already waiting in your account. While you’re at it, go get those free Ticketmaster...Read More
Web Coolness: Last-minute help for Father’s Day, the ultimate bacon recipe, and our vote for Father of the Year
This has been some week. A lot of ups, a lot of very down downs, and a whole lot to read. Here are some of the links that we’ve been reading this week and we hope you like them too. Still scrambling to celebrate your favorite dad in your life? We can help. Start with this insane (but easy) Oven-Baked Maple Glazed Bacon recipe from Cool Mom Eats (above). We’re all in. Then check out these 11 creative last-minute gifts for dads, and 24 ideas for DIY Father’s Day gifts and printables. There’s still time! Working dads don’t feel...Read More
Web coolness: A big week for girls, Father’s Day gift help, the cutest teacher gift, and what you might not know about Muhammad Ali’s views on family.
Here are some of the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. This week, parents let their daughters stay up late to witness history. One of our favorite mom bloggers explains why she brought her young daughter with her to vote in California. Female political trailblazers your kids should know, from Jeanette Rankin to Shirley Chisholm to Sandra Day O’Connor. So many beautiful tributes to Muhammad Ali this week, but we love these reflections from his daughter Hana, about his wonderful views on family. Plus her Instagram feed, including the photo above, is just lovely. Another day,...Read More
Web coolness: Cool gift ideas for dad, lifesaving tips for moms, and the biggest parenting laugh we’ve gotten all week
Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. We’ve launched our annual Father’s Day Gift Guide! Yay! We’ll be rolling out a new one every day or so, but be sure to check out our picks for 13 of the coolest personalized Father’s Day gifts right now (like the beautiful tie clips made from children’s artwork from Formia Designs, shown above) because you’ve got to hurry on those. Also check out our Cool Mom Tech guide to cool audio gifts for dads who love their music and movies. (We kind of want them all ourselves....Read More
Web coolness: Disney heroines as warrior princesses, baby names that need to come back, best end of year teacher gifts + more!
Here are some links we’re liking around the web this week, with lots of time this holiday weekend for your to read them all. Hope you like them too. From here on forward, this week shall forever be known as Chewbacca Mom Won the Internet Week. Whoo, it’s summer! If you plan on dusting off the grill, we’ve found the best grilling recipes to kickoff summer cookout season. 3 wonderful way to support our troops this Memorial Day. (It’s not just about barbecues, of course.) What else we’ll be doing with our kids Monday: Watching The Roots miniseries reboot on the...Read More
Web coolness: Super cool new kids’ toys, female heroes we love, and breastfeeding at a wedding. (Wait, that’s still news?)
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Kartell launches a line of ride-on toys for kids that we’re coveting, hard. Also check out the super cool rocking horse, Nendo “smile stools,” and a Phillipe Stark designed swing on Design Milk. Speaking of which, 14 of the coolest baby gifts we wish we had as new moms. The Teletubbies are back this month. Is that good? You tell us. Best prom story ever. Sniff. 8 great ideas for non-toxic cleaning with a simple ingredient you already own, guaranteed. We love these...Read More
Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Check out #aboycantoo — a fascinating photography project documenting boys who like dancing, dolls, and dressing up too. (Top image © Trinity Design/Aboycantoo) Did you know we’re helping to give away a huge $2500 shopping spree to Land of Nod to a lucky reader? Final days to enter, and it couldn’t be easier so go! Because that’s a whole lot of shopping. Thanks so much to People Magazine for naming us among 12 favorite parenting sites and social media accounts....Read More
Here are some Mother’s Day links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too! top photo: Ahna Tessler for Babble. Still need some Mother’s Day gift ideas? We’ve got you covered with our 2016 Mother’s Day gift guide! A few posts in particular that might be especially helpful right now: 21 ideas for last-minute gift Mother’s Day gifts that still feel special 18 handmade Mother’s Day gift ideas from the kids 28 ideas for special Mother’s Day gifts under $25 9 sweet DIY Mother’s Day cards from the kids Mother’s Day tech gifts we’d love...Read More
Web coolness: Mother’s day gift ideas, a cool dad photography project, the question about eunicque baby names
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too! Have you visited our 2016 Mother’s Day gift guide yet? Check out our ideas for: –18 handmade Mother’s Day gifts from the kids (printable crown, above, via Mr. Printables) –the coolest affordable keepsake jewelry for moms –cool, creative custom Mother’s Day gifts –The coolest gifts for the coolest grandmas –9 gorgeous homemade food gifts for Mother’s Day –6 beautiful lockets for Mom …with more to come! How we can help you win a $2500 giveaway to Land...Read More
Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too! RIP Prince. We love this lovely Little Prince artwork by RoboKat on Red Bubble. You can order it on a t-shirt, iPhone case (below) tote bag, stationery and more. Need some shopping therapy while you listen to Purple Rain on a loop? Our Mother’s Day gift guide is here. We have new categories rolling out daily for all the awesome moms, grandmas, and other mother-like figures in your life. Meet the 11 year old girl responsible for the new Harriet Tubman $20 bill. Take a...Read More
Web coolness: Cards against the humanity of parenting, BB-8 the untold story, and maternity clothes on a mission
Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Hilarious Cards Against Humanity parody made for parents. Dads: What people think they do. Adding these to our Mother’s Day wish lists, stat. The first year of parenting documented in comic form. Snoop Dogg on parenting. Yes, really. Good news for parents: Staying in is the new going out! (We’re such trendsetters.) 11 essential things to teach your kids about email before they start using it. Wow: Marriage proven to lead to better cancer survival rates. Well…sort of. Charles Darwin’s list of...Read More
Web coolness: Healthier kids’ birthday cakes, babies and hair extensions, and paid family leave at last!
Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Brilliant! Healthier first birthday cake alternatives for little kids that don’t skimp on the fun. Like this Apple Spice Cake with Maple recipe at Simple Bites. The most influential celebrity baby names right now. Did yours make the list? The fun kids’ app that will bring you back to your own childhood. Amazing POV from a mom-to-be on what it looks like to watch your baby being born…via a surrogate. An amazing 9-year-old reporter. (Does she need an internship?) After writing about our mild disappointment with...Read More
Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. 6 awesome April Fool’s food pranks that will get the kids. Not just on April 1, by the way. Above: Really captivating photo series of people blending in with their IKEA furnishings by Margeaux Walters. 9 fantastic girl power movies for kids, that you can find streaming right now The Cool Mom Tech free app of the week Big help for parents: How to talk to your kids about politics (and kindness) during a heated election season. Beautiful post about being a mom and a stepmom How...Read More
In case you missed them, here are 5 tech tips, tricks, and ideas we featured this week on Cool Mom Tech that we think are pretty awesome. 1. If you’re hitting the road for spring break, read these essential tech tips for traveling with kids. 2. Waze just added a feature that’s a big deal for anyone who spends any time in the car. 3. Our cool free app of the week is perfect for spring cleaning season. (Even if you get the kids to do the cleaning!) 4. A 15-minute trick to get your home office organized. 5. These brilliant smartphone...Read More
Web coolness: Awesome Easter treats, the new LEGO Batman trailer, must-see commercial of the week and more.
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Fun last minute Easter egg sprinkle cookies recipe from Sprinkle Bakes. 6 absolutely amazing Easter cake recipes. 14 super easy Easter crafts for kids. 24 DIY pop culture Easter eggs featuring your kids’ favorite characters. Win! More easy Easter treats to make with the kids Color wheel eggs – so fun! Laughing so hard at the new LEGO Batman trailer. Speaking of which, a great crowdsourced LEGO set to vote for: LEGO I am Amelia Earhart. Ha! 21 baby milestone photos every parent must...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. 15 brilliant smartphone camera hacks that will help simplify your life. 2. This gadget lets you watch your favorite channels live from all of your gadgets, wherever you are. 3. Tech tips for travel with kids that save us every time. 4. We’re loving this new adult coloring trend, and we’ve got the geeky coloring books to prove it. 5. Parents of preschoolers, you’ll want to download this cool, free app....Read More