Category: Link Roundups

Web coolness: The LEGO Batmobile, outrageous Halloween cakes, and the world’s coolest dad

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Nathan Sawaya’s lifesize LEGO Batmobile. No kids, we cannot make you one too. (And yes, ours asked.) Seriously outrageous Halloween cake ideas. 90’s pop culture Halloween costume ideas from Daria to TLC. Saying Yes: Love these 5 purposeful acts of playfulness with kids from Meredith Sinclair.   Easy Halloween themed school lunch ideas as your kids start getting excited. (We adore these Mummy Drink Boxes from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs – also fun for parties!) Candidate for world’s coolest dad? How Mythbusters teaches...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. These geeky baby onesies, you guys. So awesome. 2. One tech toy, four kids, three cool coding projects. What a cool holiday gift for families. 3. Quite possibly the best to-do app ever. 4. This cool cover turns your iPad into a movie theater. 5. You won’t believe all the cool stuff we discovered at this year’s Maker Faire. Wow....

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Web coolness: Hallowen crafts, “I am your sneaker Luke,” and the video all girls should see

Here are our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Walk a mile in the Dark Lord’s shoes: Sign up for an alert for when the limited edition kids Darth Vader sneakers goes on preorder so you can grab one. New Pinterest board just for Halloween party recipes and treats. It’s that time! Fun Halloween crafts just for preschoolers. The costumes your kids should not be wearing this year. We hope. (Eep!) We can’t believe the coding projects these young kids came up with all by themselves. Coffee cocktails. Yes please.     Change One Thing:...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. You won’t believe what this iPad speaker can do. Whoa. 2. We found a very smart app that helps keep you or your family members safe when they’re walking home alone. 3. We’re calling this the hottest tech toy of the holidays. You will want this! 4. Our picks for the best first camera for kids in every price range. 5. Our new go-to website for finding the best online videos for kids....

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Web coolness: The cutest cookies, Viola Davis’ daughter steals the limelight, and a Star Wars fan film to make you smile

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   It’s cookie baking season! And Cool Mom Eats has the most adorable cookie ideas like these Hugging Bear Cookies. (It’s okay to squee. And blame it on your kids.) Cutest ever Emmy win congratulations to Viola Davis from her daughter. So many cool videos for kids in one place. Our kids can’t stop watching. Are parents intervening too much in their kids’ problems? Great points (and funny anecdotes). We look forward to following news from the Social Good Summit on social media...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. You guys, this car charger is genius! 2. A fantastic new educational website for kids you’ll want to bookmark. 3. Our new favorite app for kids, especially if yours love animals! 4. We’re loving this app that curates your digital photos and turns them into beautiful monthly magazines. 5. A sneak peek at the new emoji, coming soon. Whoo!...

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Web coolness: What a baby costs based on your age, food art Instagram accounts you have to follow, and how to know if you’re a terrible parent

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Shop indie + American with the best of the Martha Stewart American Made finalists including lots of our own CMP picks! What having a baby costs in your 20s vs your 30s. Interesting. A new website made by kids, for kids, and it happens to be great. Awesome mashup of modern art and Alice in Wonderland. A good excuse not to make your bed. Warning: Ew. Choosing children’s lives over peanut butter. Must-read post.  (Tip: The comments on the HuffPost repost pretty much prove why posts...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. The big Apple announcement news that you’ll actually care about. 2. 21 of the best math apps for kids of all ages. 3. We rounded-up up 7 of the best YouTube channels to help get kids excited about math. 4. We’re pretty sure this little robot is going to be the hottest tech toy this holiday season. 5. Don’t miss our picks for best reading apps for big kids!...

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Web coolness: Back to school humor, ending women bullying, and the return of Ren + Stimpy

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too.   25 thoughts parents have on the first day of school. We can relate! 5 tips for school drop-offs. (#4 has us laughing out loud.) Should you pay kids for chores? One of our favorite Spawned podcast discussions yet. Helping kids balance school and fun. The new Apple products parents are going to want. Interested in checking out: New book on ending women’s bullying. Poet Mary Oliver on how differences bring couples closer together. Rugrats and Doug and Ren + Stimpy? Together? Yes!...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. We rounded-up 7 of the best YouTube channels to help get kids excited about math. 2. Teach your kids coding through a board game. Cool! 3. Next up in our Back to School tech guide: The best reading apps for young kids and early readers. 4. A helpful comparison of 6 different pairs of kids’ volume-limiting headphones all under $30. 5. We’re calling this app a game-changer in educational apps for kids. Yep, it’s just that good....

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Web coolness: Free printables for back to school, a cool new comic heroine, and putting good thoughts into meaningful action.

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Awesome cocktail recipes to get you through the final weekend of summer (sniff). Want to be That Mom, if only once in a while? Check out these 16 free printable lunchbox notes like the ones above from Elegance and Enchantment. How do you decide whether your kids are overscheduled when it comes to after-school activities? Great post on why it’s essential for dads to be equal partners. A wonderful Kickstarter from the producers of the FED UP movie that will get more kids...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. It’s here! Our Back to School Tech Guide! First up, the best organizational apps for parents. 2. Our thoughts on this new phone wristwatch for kids. Could it change the way you get in touch? 3. A cool new app for kids that teaches them about STEM too. Love! 4. Need book recommendations for your kids? You’ll want to bookmark these 5 websites. 5. The phone-brella. Because of course you need to be able to use your...

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Web Coolness: How not to screw up your kids, way cool kids toys, and the craziest pancakes ever.

Here’s what we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you do too.   Love this roundup of 10 of the coolest modern rocking chairs. 16 of the best organizational apps for parents. How not to screw up your kids. Good advice? Congrats to FashionABLE and their relaunch which now helps women in the US and abroad. Guess which countries offer the longest maternity leave. Surprising. What if your child doesn’t have a BFF? Tons of fun sleepover ideas. (If you haven’t gone there yet, trust us. You’ll need them.) Is Kristen’s daughter the next big Etsy artist? 15...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. Our review of one of the newest kids’ tablets on the market. 2. We rounded-up some of the most beautiful gaming apps out there. 3. 9 awesomely cool coding projects using a very awesome tech toy (plus a special deal just for you). 4. Such a smart way to display your photos, hold the frames (and the stinky vinyl smell). 5. For those of you obsessed with emoji. Isn’t that pretty much everyone these days?...

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Web coolness: A strike against helicopter parenting, help with picky eaters, and one must-see Instagram feed,

Here’s what we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you do too!   Love what Humans of NY on Instagram is doing to document and end slave labor in Pakistan. (Photo above.) You’ll want to read every single story published in August. Looking at PPD through the lens of diversity. Is your family gender-biased? Maybe, without realizing it. And then there’s our own take on removing gender-based labels from the toy aisle. (Warning: There will be laughing.) 25 better ways to ask your kids, how was school? Helicopter parenting doesn’t work. Fantastic piece. How to get your kids to eat zucchini....

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. Minecraft gadget cases! Minecraft gadget cases! 2. 13 of the coolest Android apps for kids, all on Google Play. 3. A free online coding camp for kids to help you fit a little more learning into summer. 4. The coolest tech for college students + a chance to win a $250 Best Buy gift card! Hurry, ends tonight. 5. A handy new app that gives parents the advice they need when they need it. And in case...

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Web coolness: Kids on airplanes, Dascha Polanco, and Marvel’s next female superhero. Who is awesome.

Here are the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   There’s still time to leave a comment on this post to donate a lifesaving vaccine to a child in need. if you click on any link here, consider making it this one. The kids-only airplane: The answer to semi-monthly outrage about families who deign to travel. A very special R-rated edition of Spawned with Kristen + Liz. Spoiler alert: Lenny Kravitz. Funny read: I’m Not Ill, I Just Have kids, from the author of The Parent Normal. School lunch help is here! If...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. Is it wrong that we’re excited about this instant camera? 2. A simple guide to finally cutting the cable cord. We share four of your best options. 3. A fun app for those of you with kids who love things that go. 4. Well, here’s one way to finally get your photos organized. Let an app do it for you! 5. Need help figuring out what your kids can watch and when? You need this amazing website...

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Web coolness: Imperfect DIYers, Disney princesses as moms, and Judd Apatow on parenting

Here are our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   How Franklin integrated the Peanuts comic in 1968. Fantastic story. Happy to discover this line of teas that provides education for girls around the world with every purchase. We’re so happy to be this month’s expert Google Play family app curators! Check out our recommendations for the best Android apps for kids. If you’re a parent of a newborn (or ever were one) you’ll want to catch this week’s episode of Spawned and commiserate with us. Also check out the new podcast Edit Your Life Show, from the authors...

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Our favorite cool tech picks of the week week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. It’s all about kids this week, and here’s what you might have missed!   1. Check out our review of the new online LEGO Minifigures game! Our LEGO loving kids are going nuts for it. 2. 6 fantastic, educational YouTube channels just for big kids. Way to optimize screen time. 3. Hooray for this new Dr. Seuss app for early readers. 4. We tried out the new VTech Kidizoom action cam for kids. Make sure you read our review before you buy it. 5. How do you pick...

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Web coolness: Saving the Up movie house, hilarious first world problems, outrageous sand castles and more.

Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope  you like them too.   The “Up” house has been rescued, hooray! New on SPAWNED: Kids and the movies we let them watch. You may not believe which movies Liz’s dad took her to as a kid. Times have changed! “What are we doing today?” Beautiful post from Amanda Magee on what kids are capable of when they’re unplugged. 6 amazing educational video channels on YouTube for when those times they are on screens. Modernist sand castles. Whoa. We need to make all of these funfetti recipes! La Casa Azul:...

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Web coolness: The long lost Dr Seuss book, picky eater help, and one beauty trend we never ever ever want to see. Is that clear enough?

Here’s are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   World’s scariest beauty trend. But, world’s funniest article. A truly refreshing take on parents and school stress at Design Mom. Do you agree? Picky eater help: The top 10 tips from the experts. But do they all work? Our new must-have tech accessory. Want. How to get kids kindergarten ready. It’s National Tequila Day! We might need to make this refreshing twist on a margarita recipe after the kids are in bed. We’re so honored that our co-founder Liz Gumbinner and Cool Mom Picks...

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Web coolness: Great summer reading, kids in nail salons, and Team Serena Williams

Here are some of our favorite reads from around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   An amazing, kick-ass female athlete won Wimbledon and Kristen wonders why even the big media outlets are body shaming her. (Grrrrr…) Team Serena! Great summer reading ideas from female authors from the NY Time’s KJ Del Antonio. We have Brené Brown’s Rising Strong on our lists too. This week on Spawned: Do kids belong in nail salons? Is working from an office totally outdated? You might not believe who thinks so. Interesting perspective on Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman from Errin Whack of NPR’s Codeswitch that’s...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. Ditching the landline? Here are two really smart alternatives for families who don’t just want to rely on their cell phones. 2. A very cool charging case that doesn’t use cables or cords. Awesome! 3. 4 tech camps for kids that parents will think are way cool too. 4. Here’s a verrrrry good reason to be an Amazon Prime member next week! 5. We love finding free apps for kids that encourage creativity and imaginative play....

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Web Coolness: Amazing summer books for kids, #unstoppable girls, and a video to leave you smiling.

Here are some of the things we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   15 picture books celebrating great artists, scientists, and writers. (Above: Pablo Neruda, Poet of the People by Monica Brown, Julie Paschkis) Also, 12 fantastic picture books to help talk to your kids about prejudice. Cool summer tech camps for kids. On Cool Mom Eats: 15 awesome camping recipes. We’d go camping just to eat these. Green Gorilla Project: A cool little Indiegogo campaign to deliver school supplies to remote villages.   Girls toys v boys toys: A hilarious discussion about what the heck...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. A fireworks app for kids that’s all fun, no fear. 2. If you use your iPhone to take photos (isn’t that everyone with an iPhone?), you’re going to want to see this cool new gadget. 3. You can now undo send emails, Gmail users. Whoo! 4. Ditching your landline but want something other than your cell phone? Here are two smart options for families. 5. A beautiful app to cool you down after a hot day....

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Web coolness: 4th of July everything, big LEGO news (ha), fun summer ideas for kids and more.

Here are some of our favorite thing from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   The ultimate 4th of July recipe guide. Get cooking! The largest LEGO American flag ever built by master builder Chris Steinenger. Whoa. (photo Steve Ruark/AP) PS We love that LEGO is spending millions to be more eco-friendly. (via @Blurb) A fun new fireworks app for kids. Even if they’re scared of the real thing. Pool safety tips for kids. Important stuff if you hit the pool this weekend. 10 simple ways to create summer fun for kids. Can our kids put the gadgets away for...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. Setting up email for your kids: Everything you need to know before you take the plunge. 2. How to get your kids a free coding education this summer courtesy of Microsoft. 3. A cool Twitter feature you might not know about that can be such a sanity saver. 4. Helpful tips for taking better photos of your kids on summer vacation, whether you’re headed to the beach or your backyard. 5. Hot new tech trend: The smart...

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On Charleston: It’s never too late to talk about things that are important.

Each Friday we share some of our favorite reads from around the web. However this week, we would not be listening to our hearts if we didn’t address the outrageous act of terror and hate that took place in Charleston nine days ago at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Since that time, there has been so much to read, to process, to watch, to learn, and to understand. So we are sharing some of the links that we’ve been bookmarking ourselves over the past week, and that have moved us, educated us, made us think the most. Some are from women we know personally and love and...

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Web coolness: Father’s Day edition. Last minute gifts, funny cards, sweet remembrances and more.

  Catch the latest episode of Spawned with Kristen + Liz and see if you agree with our take on parents on cell phones in playgrounds. (And thanks for propelling us into the #1 slot for Family + Kid podcasts last week!) 31 quotes about dads from our own readers. We still love this post so much. Need a laugh? These funny Father’s Day cards should do the trick. Daddy-daughter bonds: Liz shares the best life advice from her dad. Armin Brott offers clever Father’s Day staycation ideas. Last minute Father’s Day gifts: We’ve got lots!   DIY photo shoot ideas that...

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