Here are lots of links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. An adorable museum made up of children’s imaginary friends. This is a great weekend to get busy with Valentine’s crafts and DIY projects and we can help. All the Super Bowl commercials in one place. If you are meh on the game. Or if you watch for the food, a round-up of amazing game day nacho recipes. First graders cycling at their school desks? This might be our kids’ dream room. What is it like to raise a superhero? So cool! (h/t Kelly Wickham) So good: 28 Black...Read More
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Web coolness: Cross-stitch tattoos, a LEGO minifig that’s overdue, and talking to your kids about kindness during a bitter election cycle.
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. First, here’s how to follow us on Facebook. It’s been feisty over there lately! Cross-stitch tattoos from an amazing tattoo artist, @evakrbdk Whoa. Wonderful, important essay on talking to your kids about kindness and decency during an ugly election cycle. What to tell your kids instead of “nice try.” Getting more protein into your kids, especially if they’re not big meat-eaters. 10 books that encourage kids to stand up and speak out. Nice seeing some of our own faves on the list, like...Read More
Web Coolness: Star Wars in schools, smart ways to be more playful, and the most amazing new car seat.
Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Love these sweet Star Wars’ illustrations by James Hance in the style of classic children’s book illustrations. (via Bored Panda) How teachers can bring Star Wars into the classroom with these great lesson plan ideas that cover everything from Shakespeare to economics. We had our own theory on the Spawned Podcast last week about “Where is Rey?” Sadly, our theory was confirmed nearly verbatim by a toy manufacturer who confessed as to why there are so few Rey toys on shelves. Just wow. A great resolution: 52 ways...Read More
Web Coolness pop culture edition: Sesame Street, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Star Wars, Spinal Tap and more.
Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Fantastic article about Sesame Street’s Move to HBO…and why some parent will be bummed. 5 things that happened to one mom when she cut the cable cord. (That mom also happens to be Kristen.) We love this letter from Alan Rickman to JK Rowling. 16 things kids can learn from David Bowie. How to introduce your kids to the Beatles. We tracked down 19 Rey toys and gifts for little Star Wars fans since we couldn’t find too many in stores. Turns out that...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. We’re loving these clever Star Wars t-shirts . 2. 4 awesome apps to help you tackle your New Year’s resolutions. 3. This might be the screen time management solution you’ve been looking for, parents. 4. We found an eco-friendly printer that doesn’t need ink cartridge changes every five minutes. Whoo! 5. 3 free fitness apps that you should have on your radar....Read More
Here are some of the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. One of our top must-bingewatch series, Downton Abbey, is back, yay! (It should hold us over until the return of Game of Thrones on April 6.) 11 ways to be the fun parent. Interesting idea: Spending more money on play. The 10 happiest countries in the world with some very big surprises. Reading more in the new year? 16 books coming out in 2016 the critics are excited for. 28 authors on the books that changed their lives. Zora Neale Hurston would have turned 125...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. We are loving this custom 2016 calendar that is sure to make you smile all year long. 2. Our favorite apps for parents from 2015 that will make your life easier in 2016 too 3. Wow, these are really awesome free Star Wars tutorials that your kids will love. 4. Some of the most amazing new gadgets from 2015. 5. In case you didn’t catch them, here’s a recap of our most popular posts of 2015....Read More
There’s a lot of tough things in the news lately and you know, sometimes we just need a break. So here are our favorite happy, inspiring, and upbeat stories we’ve been reading around the web this week, in case you want to keep the merriness going. Hope you like them too. Can you find the panda? Oops, wrong number. Long distance charges may apply. Why Philly is awesome. Ja Rule reads How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Electric Mayhem Band sings Kodachrome and it’s a walk down Muppets memory lane. On McSweeney’s: Excerpts from my mother’s editorial notes on my letters to...Read More
Printable gift tags via Creative Index Need a little last minute Christmas help? Don’t panic! We’ve got lots of help just for you. DIY and printable Christmas gift tags, gift wrap and decorations Festive table setting ideas for your holiday table Printable gift card holders Free printable gift tags and gift wrap Even more printable gift tags and gift wrap 10 ways to package Christmas cookies Lots of creative gift wrap ideas Gorgeous modern table settings for Christmas Christmas crafts and apps to keep the kids busy 20 cool pop culture snowflake patterns Easy DIY ornaments the kids...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1.Check out some of the best tech finds under $25 in our 2015 Tech Gift Guide. Plus, a really awesome giveaway where you can score an iPad Air 2. 2. This educational app for kids is fun and gives back. Pretty cool! 3. Our picks for the most secure tablets for kids. 4. Need help managing your kids’ screen time? You need to see this new gadget. 5. A smart iPhone tip that you might not know about....Read More
Here are some things we’ve liked reading this week. We hope you will too. Gingerbread Wookiee cookies from Sugared Nerd: A mashup of America’s two biggest December holidays. An awesome infographic guide to Star Wars curses and insult from nerf herder to bantha poodoo. The coolest Star Wars holiday gifts, should anyone you know catch the fever at this late date. Kelly Clarkson wins Christmas cards. DIY Minecraft ornaments – cute! Holiday cookie help: One sugar cookie recipe, 10 variations. (Wookiee gingerbread men excluded.) More cookie help with 5 easy cookie swap recipes. Yum. Tons of fun, free printable gift tags for holiday gifts, including these printable Star...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. Wow, you have got to check out these cool and stylish tech gifts for the holidays, plus a fun giveaway! 2. What’s new about Guitar Hero Live, and why it should be on your holiday wish list. 3. Amazing personalized photo gift options for everyone on your list. 4. Friendship bracelets go high tech. This is a gift your crafty kids will love! 5. A cool learning app that gives you an extra brain. Well, sort of....Read More
Web coolness: Outrageous gingerbread houses, movies no parents have seen, and the year in review according to children.
Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Fantastic TV and movie inspired gingerbread houses including this amazing Game of Thrones gingerbread house. Mmm…Westeros. Possibly the most insane gingerbread house of them all — because it’s life size! Creative eggnog drink recipes. Yes, please. Cute Hanukkah craft to get you through the final nights. Awesome emoji gifts! Bad dad jokes for the holidays. Ha. 17 cool tech gifts under $25 Speaking of which, have you entered to win a free iPad Air + designer case from the Cool Mom Tech holiday gift guide? It’s...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. Some of the coolest STEM toys for kids for the holidays, plus an iPad Air 2 up for grabs! 2. Whoa, you have got to see this amazing Hubble Telescope advent calendar. 3. Look for some of these features when you’re shopping for that first cell phone for your kids. 4. This new creative app lets your kids become authors and illustrators right from your phone. 5. We have the photographer in your life covered this holiday...Read More
Web coolness: Action figures for girls, a must-hear rap for kids, and a most interesting nail trend.
Here are some of the things we’re liking around the web this week. Hope you like them too. One of our favorite small toy brands, I Am Elemental, is now out with a complete set of their action figures for girls that champion powers like honesty, bravery and courage. Super cool. Love the beautifully curated Mommas Gone City online pop-up shop with gift boxes created by our friend Jessica Shyba. Tutorial: 7 ways to wrap a bottle of wine. We need this! And have you checked out the Cool Mom Eats holiday gift guide? Amazing stuff. Yum. 14 cool custom photo gifts, the...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. Check out some of the coolest tech gifts for travelers, plus a giveaway for an iPad Air 2 and a gorgeous designer case. 2. Capture the stories of your family’s history in this cool new app. 3. We found a sleek new portable charger that is pretty and practical. 4. Here’s why these amazing gadgets are at the top of so many kids’ wish lists this year. 5. Create and print straight from your phone with this...Read More
Web coolness: So much holiday shopping help, the best shopping apps, and the Jerry Seinfeld line all parents can relate to.
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too So many holiday gift ideas. OH so many holiday gift ideas! Start by supporting our favorite small shops and online children’s boutiques (shown above: Sarah + Abraham); making use of Black Friday deals that last all weekend; and checking out some cool smaller tech accessory companies that could use your support too. Also have you visited our holiday gift guide? With categories for hard-to-shop-for men, your favorite grandparents, hilarious 90’s pop culture gifts, even the coolest Hanukkah gifts, we’re hooking you up! Lots of delicious ways to use up...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. We are swooning over these really fun geeky gifts for babies. 2. We found some really great solutions to help you manage those awesome photos you can’t stop taking of your kids. 3. This luggage may just help to make your next trip less stressful. 4. These helpful food apps are going to make your turkey day prep so much easier. 5. Sharing this special music download as a tribute to our friends in Paris....Read More
Here are a few of our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you like them too. The perfect funny wine bottle tags to get you through Thanksgiving. Get a head start on your holiday shopping with our brand new 2015 holiday gift guide. Or just focus on next week now with some awesome Thankgiving crafts for the kids. Mmm…secrets for making the best Thanksgiving gravy. Really cool Hanukkah craft for kids on this craft blog. How tech is making it easier to send holiday cards. Fun stories of celebrities in restaurants. Go Kevin Smith! Best gift ever? At...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. Fancy fitness trackers that actually make us want to work out. 2. Manage the madness and crush productivity with these simple tips for work-at-home parents. 3. Awesome new smart phone cases that are like a work of art. 4. This cool gadget keep homes connected and safe and will look pretty stunning in your home. 5. Wake up to a virtual French dude with this new morning app. Now, if he could only get us our coffee....Read More
Web Coolness: The video that wins the week, the most honest Thanksgiving card, and Leia: Princess no more?
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you’ll like them too. Most honest Thanksgiving card ever. Amazing way to get kids to eat more fruits and veggies. Thoughtful: With Thanksgiving coming up, how to honor Native Americans without cultural appropriation. Why dads need family leave too. Good list of natural immune boosters to help the kids avoid cold and flu season. 7 smart photo storage options for families. (Clear off those phones! You’ll need that room soon.) Richard Scarry updates Best Word Book Ever to be more inclusive. Terrific to see father bunny in the kitchen. Tons of...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. Awesome new curly-haired emojis. Because, finally. 2. Stay of top of the holiday hustle with this free app that helps you create and send your party invites. Plus, the chance to score $200 from Target. 3. Stream your audio wirelessly with this small and super efficient speaker. 4. A way to dread the shorter days (a little less) with a light therapy lamp. 5. This free communications app is totally going to help us remember all those...Read More
Web coolness: A Charlie Brown Morrissey mashup, essential books for girls, and the best parenting advice in 6 words
Here are some links we’ve liked around the web this week. Hope you like them too. In honor of the Peanuts Movie launch this weekend, 12 amazing ideas for a Peanuts themed party. Also, laughing so hard at This Charming Charlie tumblr, a mashup of Peanuts strips and Morrissey lyrics. Still trying to get rid of leftover Halloween candy? We have 9 smart options for you. Worried about processed meats: Here’s a smart guide to choosing better bacon. 3 things never to say to your kids: Do you agree? Nice list of 30 empowering books for girls including some...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. The newest app from Instagram that we’re obsessed with. Yay GIFs! 2. A very cool STEM kit for kids you’ll want to have on your radar for the holidays. 3. A super helpful Facebook trick that you might not know about. 4. Our favorite photo booth apps: Because why have one selfie when you can have four? 5. For those of you with a bajillion photos, this gadget is for you....Read More
Web coolness : Last-minute Halloween help up the whazoo, creepy books to read the kids this weekend, and the world’s scariest lollipops.
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. A massive guide to last-minute Halloween ideas. No-stress, promise. Great creepy books to read to your kids this weekend: Hit the library, your local bookshop, or the Kindle store. 9 fun, free printable Halloween coloring pages to keep the kids busy. On the kitchen front, links to 171 Halloween recipes all in one place, from treats to healthy dinners to adults-only cocktails. 9 creative recipes for those pumpkin seeds. (Mmm…really good ones.) Ha, we need this trick-or-treat bag immediately! Now those are...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. 7 simple tips for taking Halloween photos at night so they come out scary good. 2. Cool Halloween apps for kids of all ages, from spooky to scary. 3. These are fun: DIY glowing Halloween trick or treat candy bag. 4. 17 geeky DIY costumes for kids in case they haven’t picked one yet. 5. Emoji pumpkins!...Read More
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. If you weren’t aware, Halloween is coming up. We’ve got you covered for everything from decor to easy costumes to kids’ Halloween crafts to Halloween apps to adult beverages and seriously delicious homemade party treats. How about a sweet discount on Halloween candy just for adults? Got you covered. Tips for making Halloween safe for kids with food allergies. Meet Sesame Street’s first character with autism (at top) and an accompanying website. Are you a terrible person if you don’t send handwritten thank you notes? Great post...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. Emoji pumpkins you guys! 2. Oh, you know, just a side table that charges your phone. 3. A fashionable phone clutch alternative that requires no clutching at all. Think holidays! 4. Everything you need to know about getting your kids on email. 5. Kristen’s new favorite iPhone 6S case. Also, another reason to head to Target (like you needed one)....Read More
Web coolness: Costumes that defy gender norms, advice from Alice Walker, and more digs on Millennial parents?
Here are some links we’re reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Awesome Halloween costumes from kids that defy gender norms. (Well, mostly girls but a few very cool boys, too.) We are so inspired by 31 days, 31 girls, 31 hopes for the future on ONE.org. (scroll down) Lots of great reads on the Forbes Most Powerful Women Summit page. Love this post about kindergarteners trying to do a simple classroom assignment about family. The last line is the best part. What do you need to teach your kids about email that you probably haven’t considered?...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. A very cool new tech toy that goes way beyond car racing. 2. This photo app goes way beyond preserving your snapshots. Try family stories. 3. If you’re missing a keyboard on your tablet or smart phone, you’ll want to see this cool gadget. 4. We’re digging these STEM kits for girls, which probably don’t need to be called “kits for girls.” 5. A new Twitter feature that might make it a quicker and easier news source....Read More