Category: Link Roundups

Web Coolness: Saving money on baby gear, RIE parenting (huh?), and the end of celebrity baby photos

It’s Friday which means we feature our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.   Check out these outrageous dream home add-ons like this indoor kids’ treehouse. Whoa. Britax has pledged not to use unauthorized photos of celebrity children. Will other brands follow suit? Words of wisdom about tech from Humans of New York. Remember that sometimes actual people make the products we love.   Must-read for home-cooks: A fascinating theory on cooking by ratio, not recipe.  Celeb parenting trend watch: RIE parenting. What do you think? [via design mom] Tip: How to save money on expensive...

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Web Coolness: LEGO as art, perfect nail-polish pairings, the coolest dresses you’ll ever see.

It’s Friday again, so it’s time to share our favorite links from around the web this week. We think they’re some pretty fantastic finds. Enjoy! Show your kids: This LEGO photographer photography series is wonderful. Must wear: Love this chart pairing nail polish colors for the flip-flop season we’re dreaming of. Good reminder:  How to parent with respect. Watch this: The Okee Dokee Brother’s new trailer, just released today. We love them so. Read this: We’re so thrilled for our friend and cool dad Whit Honea on his new book, The Parents’ Phrase Book. So helpful for new and seasoned parents alike. Oscars...

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Web Coolness: The start of fashion trends, smashing gender toy stereotypes, and the cutest DIY birthday invitation ever.

It’s Friday, time for us to round up some of our favorite things online this week. We liked reading them and we hope you will too.   Ever wondered how fashion trends start? Must watch: Kelly Corrigan’s Ode to Motherhood has brought us to tears. Must read: After finding some smart girl toys that aren’t about princesses at Toy Fair this week, our editor Liz gets feisty on her own blog about gender toy stereotypes. Must see: Speaking of transcending stereotypes, amazing photos of the real biker women of Marrakesh Gasping at:  Portrayals of women in the Victorian era. Whoa. On Cool Mom Tech: How to borrow...

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Web Coolness: Last-minute Valentine’s treats, hot marriage tips, and the first rule of Valentine’s day for all men

Every Friday we share some of our favorite links from around the web with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Happy reading!   If you’re still scrambling for last-minute Valentine’s Day treats, we have you covered. We’re loving this sweetly unsentimental love song by the Walkmen’s Walter Martin today. Want to keep your long-term relationship hot? Check out Esther Perel’s TED talk. A lot of love for an exceptional teacher. A must-read. Valentine’s tips from 800 of America’s oldest and wisest couples.   Valentine’s candy rules to live by from some very smart men at Guy Code. What...

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Web Coolness: Amazing Valentine’s treats, a commercial to make you cry, and big news for the Downton Abbey obsessed

It’s Friday! That means it’s time for us to share some of our favorite links from around the web with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.   Love these adorable and easy arrow cupcake toppers for Valentine’s Day. Nice touch. [h/t Handmade Charlotte] From our editor Kristen: The one thing you’re doing wrong that’s making you feel like a failure.  Must-read. From our editor Liz: An encouraging look at the future of fatherhood. Check out the Home Hour podcast, this week featuring not one but two of our very favorite parent bloggers. Tearing up at this Argentinian Coke...

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Web Coolness: Trapeze kids, Pentatonix on Sesame Street (yay!), and snowflake photos that will leave you speechless

Happy Friday! Each week we share some of our favorite links from around the web. We hope you like them too.   Must pre-order: We can’t wait to browse Playful by Merrilee Liddiard. Don’t you love the page shown at top? Must follow: The Design Brooklyn tumblr is packed full of Brooklyn coolness. Must watch: Our kids are obsessed with this cool band that uses no instruments. Check out this video featuring Pentatonix as the musical guest on Sesame Street next Friday. Must buy: Awesome alternative to Valentine’s Day jewelry for a digital sweetheart. Must See: incredible photos of snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov. Wow. Must read: What...

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Web Coolness – Fun fashion tips, surprising news about autism, and two of the coolest Celebrity moms

Here are some of the stories we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   A little fashion help: Our friends at Modern Kiddo share 8 fun ways to wear vintage pins. Lots of chatter about this lingerie campaign featuring unretouched models (though they all happen to be gorgeous). Great design blog to check out: Little Green Notebook. The coming Common Core meltdown: required reading for all parents of school-aged kids. Why autism rates may be dropping soon. Based on her Instagram selfie, we love how Gwen Stefani is owning that baby bump. Also the shoes....

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Web Coolness: Breastfeeding confessions, celebrity dads on fatherhood, free printable crafts

Every Friday we share our favorite links that we’ve found around the web. Here they are, and we hope you like them too!   Must buy:  Mike Boon’s Pixar Alphabet. [h/t whatanart] Must see: The worst apps for kids. Beyond what we could have imagined we’d find in the App Store. Must read: How one woman got over breastfeeding in public. Must watch: Hank Azaria’s new video series on Fatherhood featuring every awesome celebrity dad. [h/t blurbomat] Must look: London photographer Chino Otsuka‘s amazing series of her..with herself as a child. Makes you think: Adoptee Brett Hunneycut’s memoir of meeting his birth mother...

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Web coolness: Cool ABCs, naked families, moms of Olympians, and the strangest cafe ever.

Every week we share some of our favorite links we’ve been reading around the web. we hope you like them too.   Loving: The design of this Hungarian ABC project by Anna Kovecses. [via today’s mama] Laughing at: Are you from a naked family? Tearing up at: Moms of Olympic Athletes. Watching: the newest episode of Design Mom’s Olive Us. Blown away by: The world’s first 3D printed book cover. Inspired by: Kelly Rae Roberts’s  painting ecourse. Rolling eyes at: And people complain about kids in cafes? Pinterest board of the week: Fashion inspiration with an Asian bent from Miss Sotoka on...

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Web Coolness: New Year’s resolution tips, terrible movies, and Alyssa Milano rocks our world

Every week, we share the coolest links around the web that we’ve been enjoying ourselves. We hope you like them too.   While we love our roundup of the best printable 2014 calendars on the web, another lovely option is this blogger fundraising calendar to support the ASPCA. Aw. Tips from The Happiness Project‘s Gretchen Rubin on how to keep your New Year’s Resolutions. We need more cool moms like Alyssa Milano in the world. Way to rise above. Speaking of which, congrats to newest cool mom, Gail Simmons. Love the name. Great advice on Alpha Mom about what to...

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Web Coolness: free holiday printables, postpartum selfie madness, and cookies galore.

Must make: Free printable holiday envelopes ready to assemble. Too cute! Must read: The little joys of holidays with the kids. We love this list. Must watch: Adorable video of a little girl signing a holiday concert. Must eat: The perfect winter salad recipe on Food 52 if you’re OD’ing on holiday treats. Today is the last day to nominate your favorite kids and family brands for a Cribsie award. (We’re excited to be among the judges!) We are super impressed with this Winter reindeer craft made from fallen branches or boughs. Grab the drill. A father-daughter photo series to make you count your proverbial...

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Web coolness: Outrageous photos with Santa, a must-follow Pinterest board, and holiday gift ideas galore

Every week we scour the web for our favorite stories. Here are the ones we’ve liked reading, and we hope you do too.   Here’s a new twist on an old tradition: Visit PADI to find out where to take underwater photos with Santa. At least toddlers can’t wet his pants leg? Must-read: The What is Family? blog series on Brain, Child. Must-watch: Brene Brown on The Power of Empathy. We love her. Must-watch for a big laugh: Lord of the Crumbs. Must-listen: A nice, chill Christmas playlist. Have you visited our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide yet? More than...

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Web Coolness: The most adorable gingerbread house, the hottest toy of the year, and how to get a little break from the holiday madness.

Each week, we scour the web and share some of our very favorite posts with you. We hope you like them too.   How to make a gingerbread gnome home. Or just gawk at this one. A favorite from our archives: 11 handmade holiday gifts that aren’t hard to make at all. On CNN Wire, our editor Liz talks the hottest toy of the year. Can you guess? Ninja gifts! We looove the hand-lettered holiday cards from illustrator Linzie Hunter. We wish she’d sell them! A lovely piece on celebrating the holiday with teenagers. Have you downloaded our free holiday shopping survival...

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Web Coolness: The best weekend shopping deals, creative gift wrap, and kids’ art like you’ve never seen it

Every Friday, we comb the web to find some great links worth reading. Here are some of the cool things we found around the internet this week. We hope you like them, too. There are still plenty of Black Friday deals and discounts right now and we rounded-up some of the best. Psst: Don’t miss the big tech deals too! Love these photos of grandparents recreated from kids’ drawings. [via swiss miss] Children and chores: interesting discussion at Design Mom Do noooot head home from a holiday road trip without loading up your devices with our must-have road trip apps for...

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Web coolness: Thanksgiving help galore, free holiday printables, and cookies to crave

You won’t want to miss this special Thanksgiving edition of web coolness! Every Friday, we comb the web to find some great links worth reading. Here are some of the cool things we found around the internet this week. We hope you like them, too! Love this free holiday gift tag printable from Sea Urchin Studio. What a nice treat. We have Thanksgiving help galore! Try: Thanksgivukkah recipes you don’t have to be Jewish to love 6 of the cutest Thanksgiving treats for the kids Make-ahead Thanksgiving side dishes to make cooking easier Thanksgiving take-out boxes for the morning...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week: Holiday ideas galore

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for cool finds like this every day…and loads of holiday help and inspiration starting now. (Psst, don’t be stressed. Pin now, save ’til you’re ready. Easy!) 1. Found a fun Christmas garland that’s an alternative to the tinsel versions. 2. Great little handmade Hanukkah gift on Etsy. 3. A Secret Santa Party invitation. So clever–and very James Bond. 4. All-natural food colors and sugars for cookie decorating. Finally. 5. Gorgeous, dressy holiday shoes for those of you not inclined to wear heels. You are in style, flats-lovers! BONUS: Check out our new kids’...

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Web Coolness: Boys who love Rainbow Loom, a spooky cool baby announcement, Pinterest price drops, and more

Every Friday, we comb the web to find some great links worth reading. Here are a few links we’ve liked this week. We hope you like them too.   This just might be the coolest baby announcement idea we’ve ever seen. No postage, either. (via Mom-101) We’re pretty excited to be Etsy Page tastemakers. Follow our recommendations including some great gifts for holidays. Looks like our Editor Kristen’s son is one of many boys interested in Rainbow Loom. Awesome! Get a peek at the new Ralph Lauren Winter Olympics uniforms, this time all smartly produced in the USA. Love these eco-friendly...

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Web Coolness: Best pancake recipes, Thanksgiving crafts, and the biggest baby of the year. Eek!

Here are the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you do too!   8 mouth-watering pancake recipes. The biggest baby of 2013. Wow. #NAPHOPOMO begins–national photo posting month. Be prepared to be inspired. Habits of extremely happy people [via boston mamas] DIY pipe cleaner puppets tutorial-Thanksgiving craft? Harvest & Thrive launches if you need inspiration and motivation. Great tips on how to help with math homework. Finding the best pets for kids with allergies. Yesterday was National Brush Day. Do you have the best toothbrushes for your kids? Funniest tweets from parents via Huffington Post, including one from our own editor Liz @mom101....

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Web Coolness: Halloween links galore, a must-see ad campaign, and the worst Pinterest inspirational quote

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Fun Halloween lunch ideas to surprise your kids with. Zombie vs Baby. A helpful comparison in honor of Halloween. Especially if your kids don’t have food allergies, read these important tips for keeping kids with peanut and tree nut allergies safe on Halloween. Found the motherlode of Halloween tips for parents at Parenthacks. Cute apple recipes and crafts for kids.   Today’s the last day to save 30% off the scarves at fashionABLE. Every woman in your life will love one–we can attest to that. Another sale: Use code “happyfall”...

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Web Coolness: Fall craft projects for kids, DIY cardboard Halloween costumes, stunning portraits of autism

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Awesome fall craft project for kids: DIY leaf animals. A father’s beautiful portraits of his autistic son. Fascinating infographic on the rise of moms as the head of household. We’re longtime fans of artist Lisa Congdon and we want to help spread the word about a company that’s plagiarising artists, including her own work and how to help. We’re admiring Jason Vanderberg’s hand-lettering, especially this piece which strikes a chord. Ahem. Are parents happier than non-parents? Interesting statistics in Lisa Belkin’s HuffPost column....

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Web Coolness: Pet costumes, teaching kids to be thankful, and great ways to support moms who need it right now

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.  Great DIY craft, especially as Thanksgiving looms nearer: how to make a gratitude journal.   Huge congrats to our Editor Liz Gumbinner who made Forbes list of 25 working moms to follow on Twitter. We kind of like her too–and so many of the other women on the list.  5 things to do while you’re breastfeeding and bored. Love the honesty. Keep an eye on our new weekly beauty column from our contributor and cosmetics guru Melissa Schweiger. We’re grateful for all the...

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Web Coolness: Mom-baby Halloween costume ideas, LEGO girls we’d love to see, and the best children’s books of 2013

Here are some of our favorite finds on the web this week. We hope you like them too. If you’re a new parent, check out these 10 great mom-baby Halloween costume ideas perfect for babies in slings. (And yes, they’re perfect for dads, too.) Catch our Publisher Kristen Chase on the Today Show being charming and funny with Hoda and Kathie Lee, even when talking about disciplining kids. We want more! One perspective you might not have considered: how the government shutdown is affecting sick children. Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list includes American Express, Citibank, Dell, HP, and General Mills. Smart tips for...

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Web Coolness: Powerful women, iPhone iOS7 problems, hilarious kids’ music parodies, and lots of freebies for kids

Here are some of our favorite links around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  Don’t miss this Tumblr blog that’s celebrating remarkable women for a whole year. Read this before you upgrade your iPhone: 7 big problems with iOS7 Finally, a toy store realizes that girls like trucks and boys like dolls too. Did your kids look like this on the first day of school? Love the inspiration! You’re not alone if you’re an adult wearing Rainbow Loom Bracelets. (And here’s a great roundup of Rainbow Loom how-to’s.)   How insane are these homemade Halloween cookies?  NYC parents: Visit the Artstar/Little Collector...

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Web Coolness: Superhero princesses, real mothers’ bodies, and the snarky letter every parent wishes they’d written.

Here are some of our favorite links around the web this week. Hope you like them too.  In love with this illustrated series of Disney Princesses in superhero costumes. The post every parent wishes they could have written to non-parents who complain about their children. [h/t craig brockman] Great idea for parents and kids this Saturday: Celebrate the International Day of Peace with Music Together.  Funny post from our own Christina about overscheduling your kids.  Love this Please Draw Me A Wall photo series, that portrays people cleverly interracting with street graffiti. [via laughing squid] Cutest little animated video ever: The Knitted Slipper Book Trailer. Jade Bealle’s A Beautiful...

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Web Coolness: Lisa Simpson for fashion week, more flex-work for parents, and the best baby photos ever.

Here are some of our favorite links around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   Karate babies rule! Love this ad campaign featuring strong babies by Eric Sahrmann. You’ll laugh at these 21 kids who sold out their parents through their artwork. Interesting: A teacher explains why homework isn’t necessarily good for kids. [via Nancy Letts] Cartoon characters reinvisioned for fashion week. By far our favorite: Daria. (Also, they didn’t skinnify her like Lisa Simpson.) Brain, Child is back and better than ever, with tons of must-read articles for smart parents. The NFL’s Arian Foster on...

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Web Coolness: The best classroom rules, overscheduling kids, and a hilarious chart for new parents

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you do too!   Cute DIY chalkboard project–and love the fun Washi tape detail.  10 classroom rules for kids of any age. Any new ones for you? Hooray for the first female scientist LEGO minifig! Some fun (if over-the-top) party ideas found on Instagram at Lil Sugar.  Why work-at-home moms should not feel guilty about childcare help.  Do you overschedule your kids after school? Nice perspective. Congrats to our friend Erin Loechner on her beautiful new site Clementine Daily. Definitely worth a click.  A must-read post about her kids first day...

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Web Coolness: Must-see creative lunches, kindie concerts to catch with the kids, and helping kids in need without giving a penny

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. Too cute to eat? Totally impressed by Samantha Lee’s adorable lunch creations!  Need to get the kids back on a “school schedule?” Check out Kristen’s 5 easy steps for a better back-to-school bedtime routine. You still have two days to leave a comment on any Shot@Life Blogust post! Every comment means a life-saving vaccine will be donated to a child in need. Get out your dancing shoes: Justin Roberts is going on tour to promote his new Recess album! A must-read response from...

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Web Coolness: Simpler school scheduling, banishing first-day jitters, and getting to know the teacher

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. Make easing back into the school routine a little more organized with Kiwi Crate’s printable weekly schedule. Love this post in support of summer slide, instead of summer school.  Go check out Liz’s walk down memory lane–complete with awesome photos–and leave a comment to give a child a Shot @ Life. What adorable kids’ music video does Giuliana Rancic love? (We love it too!) 10 Ways to Minimize Back-to-School Anxiety is such a timely read. Have you seen our Back-to-School Tech Guide? Loads of great apps, gear,...

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Web Coolness: Sharks, back to school fun, and safe tech talk for tweens

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. Shark! We adore Japanese photographer Toyokazu Nagano’s entire photo series starring his very animated four-year-old daughter. The featured shot seems especially apropos for Shark Week. So important for new parents to read: Katherine Stone shares A Mother’s Postpartum Depression Bill of Rights. How Kristen realized she suffered from postpartum depression, and didn’t even know it.   This not-too-difficult Back-to-School Bento Lunch gets an A+ from us! A great new tradition! Interview your kids with the All About Me worksheets at the start of each new school year and get...

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14 of the coolest Shark Week picks for kids (whether they’re old enough for Shark Week or not)

If Sharknado registered on your personal pop culture radar, you know that everyone is talking about Shark Week, which started as a Discovery Channel programming block, and has now turned into an actual…Thing. Don’t be surprised if your kids start wanting all things shark after this week. Or hey, if they’re too young (or you are!) to watch, then just settle for one of these fun shark picks. –Liz   Custom kids’ shark tee, made to order from this awesome Etsy seller. Too cute. I mean…scary. (above, $23, Oh Bananas) Handmade shark pencil case: one of our favorites that...

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