Category: Link Roundups

Web Coolness: The new Frozen movie, a good reason to buy more children’s books, and important breaking news for kids with peanut allergies.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Ooh, gorgeous new accessories from a new-to-us designer in our indie shop this month. Like our kids won’t go totally nuts for the new Frozen short film that’s coming out next spring. Turns out peanut oil is in the least likely place. Must-read for parents of kids (or their kids’ friends) with serious allergies. 5 much-needed tips from our editor Kristen on how to bring your vacation back home with you. Sigh. It’s Child Protection Month, and our friends at Little Pickle Press are donating 25% of...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. A huge round-up of the best science apps for kids of all ages. 2. A helpful website that tells you all about those ingredients you can’t pronounce. 3. Need reading help? Our picks for best reading apps for kids to the rescue. 4. Turn your iPad into a sketch book with these cool apps and tools. Wow! 5. Boy, we wish these emoji were real. Hilarious!...

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Web Coolness: Women who’ve changed history, life-saving nail polish, and how to talk to kids about tragedy

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Jell-O Rainbow playdough recipe-o. What fun colors! Should you trash all your parenting books? 2014: The year fashion smoked crack. One word: Overalls. Bookmark this: A website that helps you figure out all those long ingredients you can’t pronounce. Our editor Kristen rounds up 5 entrepreneurs leading this year’s back to school trends.   From roller girls to rebel fighters: photos of women who have changed history. Limited edition cashmere hoodies for your kids. Does this mean winter is coming? Ack. The nail polish that can save...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. Pop one of these cool optical illusion flash cards with a handwritten note into your kid’s lunch box, and voilà — you’ve turned lunchtime into a learning experience. 2. We’re big believers in how small steps can add up, like these 9 simple ways to live more sustainably. 3. Of course you need a new iPhone case for fall, and we’ve found some gorgeous ones. 4. This beautifully illustrated ebook for kids has us...

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Web Coolness: Parenting trends that will have you laughing, what your preschooler’s drawings mean, and more.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Love seeing women of all shapes and sizes being celebrated. Words of wisdom: Sometimes the best thing you can do for your kids is do something for yourself. Does food in clear packaging taste better? Hilarious: The top parenting trends of 2014 according to The Onion. We’d expect no less. This would make a perfect little back-to-school gift for your kids heading back to school. Don’t miss our incredible green living giveaway at Cool Mom Tech. (But only if you like cash.)     This printable placemat at Design Mom just...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. This new camera is so small you could eat it. But don’t. You know, because it’s a camera. 2. Cool interactive storybooks starring your child that actually look like your child. Wow! 3. A safe outlet that’s a must for parents. 4. Here’s a cool idea for all those Instagram photos you want to get off your phone. 5. And we’d be remiss not to mention our sadness about the passing of Robin Williams....

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Web Coolness: Back to school giveaway, a babysitter sharing controversy, and Ryan Gosling wallpaper

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Our Back to School Shopping Guide series is up now, have you seen it? And don’t miss that huge giveaway! The science activity our kids are begging us to do again and again, and we don’t even mind. Remembering Robin Williams with our staff’s favorite movie clips. Did yours make our list? What would you do if someone asked for your best sitter’s number? Interesting comments. Here’s how to take the perfect back to school photo of your kids Hint: This free printable can help. Leave...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. In light of the recent security breach (yep, another one), our tips for making strong passwords. 2. These 6 tips for teaching kids photography are so helpful. 3. If you’ve ever imagined yourself as a LEGO portrait, you’ve got to see this site. We’re addicted! 4. Here’s an app that might actually pay you to stick to your diet and exercise plan. 5. Trust us, you’ve never seen a cheese slicer like this. Whoa!...

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Web Coolness: Hilarious librarians, the kind of spam we like, and the hidden danger of trying to be a supermom.

Here’s our favorite links from what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Must see: the handmade items that fill Lucy Sparrow’s corner convenience shop. Huge congrats to our own Delilah Dawson! Reviews for hew new YA horror book, Servants of the Storm are great. Current obsession: Website that lets you turn any photo into a LEGO portrait. Is ballet a sport? Check out this video (and prepare to want to work out more.) [via DesignMom] Why every mom could use a little yoga in her life, from a surprising source. At least to us. The hidden danger of trying to...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. Best use for old plastic toys we’ve seen in a long time. 2. A cool docking station that will make you organized. And happy. 3. This amazing gadget helps you keep track of something more valuable than your keys. Your kids! 4. A smart phone case that might be more fun than the apps that are on them. 5. If you use Netflix as much as we do, you will want to see...

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Web Coolness: How to raise nice kids, Game of Thrones fashion, and the Gwen Stefani photo that rocked Instagram

Here are our favorite links from around the web that we’ve enjoyed reading this week. Hope you like them too.   Well. This photo of Gwen Stefani breastfeeding sure got a lot of discussion going. An outstanding (and hilarious) post on what it means to be a feminist. We’d expect no less from Jenny Lawson. Our editor Liz has lots of thoughts about mothers being arrested for letting their children play or walk  alone.   Fascinating: Nate Silver and Allison McCann explain how you can tell someone’s age just from their name. This app is changing the way we watch Netflix for the better. (Much better.) Why you...

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Web Coolness: The best apps for new parents, hilarious tips for dads, and should you let your daughter wear princess dresses?

Here are our favorite links that we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Words of wisdom to start any day. 10 of the very best apps for new parents – and some of us BTDT parents too. Bumni Laditan on missing the village she never had. Baby gift alert: Check out the new exclusives in the Cool Mom Picks indie shop. 6 tips for new dads. Must watch. And laugh. Who really created Batman? Geek out on this article. Old washers + nail polish = trendy DIY necklaces your kids will love making. Thanks to the Guardian UK for...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. Our favorite protective smart phone cases just got waaaay more stylish thanks to a well known design icon. 2. We bet your kids will love these 4 Minecraft game ideas that don’t involve screens at all. 3. Like we needed another reason to love IKEA. 4. Our new favorite new tech accessory at a pretty awesome price. Now to figure out which color we want. 5. A must-read: 99 texting acronyms and phrases every parent...

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Web Coolness: Grumpy Cat pancakes, a high-fashion rainbow loom dress, birth photos on Facebook, and more.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you enjoy them too.   Cracking up over these Grumpy Cat pancakes. Download: Dan Zanes’s first ever greatest hits album. A beautiful letter to a child about finding balance as a mom. Going viral: 99 texting acronyms every parent should know Congrats to our editor Liz, one of Mom.me’s Top 50 mom bloggers. Very well deserved. (Also, she has some thoughts on lists like this–and who was left out.) Copycat Kandinsky paintings with your kids. Easy and we love the results. Another kind of crafting: could a rainbow loom dress be worth $250,000? (And you know...

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Web Coolness: Pantone skin colors, the case for handwritten lists, and the one-ingredient ice cream everyone is buzzing about.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you enjoy it too.   Pantone skin colors. [via DesignMom] Good news for pregnant women over 33. Our editor Liz’s beautiful love letter to her daughter on her birthday. Get the tissues. Oh Joy’s video series on how to dress your bump and still look great. The perfect earrings for active summer days   The one-ingredient ice cream that’s taken the Internet by storm. The exploding spices video: Show your kids, they’ll love it. How NOT to prepare your kids for a big move. Would you use this way to keep...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. Well, here’s a serious way to curb your Candy Crush addiction. (Or their Minecraft obsession. Maybe). Would you? 2. 7 super helpful tech accessories for car rides with kids to help make summer road trips easier. 3. One of the coolest power strips we’ve ever seen. Pretty! 4. Need a little summer review help? Don’t miss these 7 awesome math apps for kids that are fun too. 5. Old gadgets become gorgeous conversation piece jewelry. Aren’t...

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Web Coolness: Where to watch the fireworks, the PSA everyone is talking about, and a very unorthodox way to unplug with the family.

Here are our favorite links we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   If your Fourth of July plans get rained out or you just need to get babies in bed, here’s where to watch the fireworks in NYC–or Boston, Chicago, or DC right from home. Too funny: What if Independence Day never happened? [via designmom] We chatted with the Washington Post about some fun, inexpensive or free things to do with kids this summer that they’ll actually love. Yum: Delicious Red, White & Blue treats that we think will be good long past the 4th. The perfect cocktail napkins for summer entertaining...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. You will not believe what this ring can do. Other than look great on your hand, of course. 2. Download these 7 fun math apps for summer review stat. 3. Use LEGO minifigs to organize your computer cords. Genius! 4. 6 helpful tips for getting the best Instagram photos of your kids. 5. One of the most gorgeous, mind-blowingly cool apps we’ve seen in a long...

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Web Coolness: The coolest Bento box lunch for kids, when Internet comments blow up, and lots to laugh about

Here’s our favorite links we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Make your kids’ day with these awesome Transformers bento box lunches. Have you seen this dads’ funny Frozen parody video yet? If so, watch it again. Worth it. Kittens vs Babies. (We can always count on How to Be a Dad to make us laugh.) One kid’s hilarious memory of this past school year. Must read: the comment apocalypse on this cake tutorial. Oh, Internets.  [h/t @schmutzie, @suebob] New in our indie shop: Downton Abbey Floor Plan art. Too awesome. Don’t make the same kids’ summer camp mistake that our...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. We’ve never seen an activity tracker like this before. So pretty! 2. A chic, hands-free way to carry your smart phone. 3. A brilliant method for managing your kids’ screen time this summer – our readers are flipping for it. 4. A cool board game that teaches kids programming? We’re in. 5. One of the most protective smart phone cases on the market just got waaaay more stylish....

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Web Coolness: Important sunscreen news, what to do with bored kids this summer, and totally fun Orange is the New Black trivia

Here are the links to what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Important sunscreen news: Why not to spray. (Also, our favorite non-toxic sunscreens.) OITNB Junkies: A guide to all the books the women of Orange is the New Black are reading. We’re proud supporters of this mom’s right to breastfeed somewhere people say she shouldn’t. The best grilling and cooking apps for summer  10 hotels to visit before you die. Probably not with the kids. Wow, twins delivered holding hands at birth. Confessions from our editor Kristen about really listening to your kids when their words hurt....

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. An awesome wireless speaker that does so much more than blast your tunes. 2. Coolest iPad accessory ever. 3. We’re loving this new feature on one of our favorite photo editing sites. 4. You won’t believe what someone did with upcycled vintage toys. We want all of them! 5. Don’t miss these smart tips that could save you from a worst case tech...

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Web Coolness: Last-minute Father’s Day DIY, the country’s best indie coffee shops, and hilarious kid letters from camp

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   A bunch of free Father’s Day printables that dad will love, from cards to gift wrap and lots more. Hurry! Our huge $900 Father’s Day giveaway ends soon!  A comment on each post = an entry! Good luck. Great read over on How to Be a Dad: 13 dads reveal their struggle. We’re so laughing at the “I’m So Pregnant” spoof. Did your favorite home away from home make this list of the best coffee shops in the country? Here’s why adults should read YA. Hilarious. Last...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. Fantastic tech gift ideas for college students. Or you know, you. 2. For dads on the go, don’t miss our recommendations for cool fitness gifts for Father’s Day. 3. A little overwhelmed by the iOS 8 announcement? We’ve got all the details, including what it means for parents. 4. Wait until you see the new LEGO minifigs featuring female scientists. Finally! 5. The ultimate Father’s Day gift for a Star Wars fan. Let’s just say it could make you...

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Web Coolness: Father’s Day printables, must-read mom tips, dads on Pinterest (what?) and more.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Surprise dad with this free Father’s Day printable poster. Too cute. (Updated with cached link since the site no longer exists; here is the direct link to the poster download) The beauty of summer boredom. Love this. Similarly, why we should just let the kids run wild. 10 TED talks every graduate should watch. Nominate your favorite makers for Martha Stewart’s American Made awards. We’re happy to support the #DadsRead initiative: Check out these infographics on dads and reading. Mona Lisa LEGOs. Awesome. Speaking...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. We’re coveting this gorgeous new tablet bag that’s perfect for summer. 2. This iPhone was made for a baby. Talk about an awesome shower gift. 3. Aspiring young coders will love this cool free iPad app that we are totally taken with. 4. Father’s Day is coming and we’ve got the start of some great gift suggestions for cool dads. 5. Junior fashion designers in training, your app has arrived , complete with virtual...

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Web Coolness: Maya Angelou, #YesAllWomen, and tough questions for parents to ask themselves.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Fantastic (and free!) DIY DIY printable paper bags for Father’s Day picnics. Impressive: The college graduate of the year. A sweet moment from  the surprise Sandra Bullock commencement speech in NOLA. Important male perspective on the #YesAllWomen hashtag trending this week. Our small tribute to the passing of Maya Angelou.   Another goodbye to iconic designer Massimo Vignelli. [via LisaCongdon] Reinvent your Friday nights with this date night in series on Bleubird. Is the importance of children’s table manners becoming overstated? Can you be honest about your parenting? Bacon-wrapped balsamic dates and truffled mac n...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. This new gadget lets kids play with iPads in a totally different way. We want one. 2. Here’s 9 smart ways to get more out of Google Maps and make your road trips way way easier. 3. This mini Bluetooth speaker may be teeny, but the sound it produces isn’t. Cool gift! 4. Wait until you see what this 3D printer can create. Watch out YSL. 5. Check out this handy smartphone gadget that’s perfect for germaphobes. Or...

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Web Coolness: Best commencement speeches ever, mind-blowing cardboard creations, and Breast Milk: The Movie

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like it too.   With Father’s Day coming up, we have dads on the brain. This week, it’s Cardboard Dad. Awesome. [via Handmade Charlotte] NPR features the best commencement speeches. 5 special needs friendly amusement parks near NYC. Thanks, Mommy Poppins. 9 cool Google Maps features you may not know about. Just in time to save you from Memorial Day weekend traffic. We want this gorgeous scarf for summer so badly!   Oh boy, our kids cannot wait until this awesome toy is available. More on what it’s like to...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. We found the perfect gift for the camera lover in your life. 2. The latest news on Snapchat and what parents should know about it. Eep. 3. What do you get when Kickstarter and the MoMA Design Store come together?Lots of awesome. 4. Wait until you see this cool accessory’s secret technological superpower. 5. We’re amazed by this free app that’s perfect for parents–especially ones with baby book...

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