Category: Random Coolness

Thinking about adopting? Here’s how to get started, from a parent who’s been through the journey.

If your family has been thinking about adopting, I’m here as a BTDT mom to help. This year, my family grew by one more child when my husband and I adopted our daughter, a spunky 2-year-old from South Korea. It feels like we’re experts on adoption at this point, having waited a full three years to get her home, but it doesn’t feel that long ago that we were totally clueless about where to start. I’m not going to lie, the process is long and bumpy. And it can be exhausting, both emotionally and physically. But without hesitation I’d highly recommend it to anyone who feels...

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Web coolness: 2 fun Passover haggadahs, a celeb bracelet for a great cause, schoolkids who give us hope for the future.

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Passover starts Monday night and a few of us will be jazzing up our seder with the Hamilton Haggadah! (Hamgadah? Chamilton?) A printable Haggadah made just for kids. 5 favorite Passover dessert recipes to enjoy any day of the year. Forget gingerbread…how about decorating a Passover Matzoh house? 10 fun and super easy Easter crafts using stuff you already have around the house Smiling at these 10 celebrity parents on Instagram who aren’t afraid to get real about parenting. Need to...

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How to help the Syrian victims: A comprehensive list of 20+ outstanding organizations.

If you’ve taken some time to watch the atrocious results of the chemical gas attack on Syrian citizens in the village of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib this week, I’m sure you’ve spent some time feeling as outraged and helpless and heartbroken as I have and wondering how to help the Syrian victims. Doing something positive has always made me feel somewhat less helpless, and gives me a constructive way to channel my feelings, even if it’s just donating a few dollars where I can. Two nights ago, I found a brilliant Twitter thread from Eeman Abbasi, a Muslim-American student at the University...

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Move over Kim: 10 awesome celebrity parents on Instagram who aren’t afraid to get real

Not all of us moms are so genetically blessed as to fit into our skinny jeans two weeks postpartum — let alone thick-skinned enough to “love ourselves as we are” all the time. #NOnomakeupselfie #sorrynotsorry So bless those awesome celebrity moms — and dads! — who are willing to show us the truth about parenting, so that we can all feel a little better about our bad days, our toddler tantrums, and yeah, our cellulite. Top photo: Kelly Clarkson on Instagram   Would you believe I'm 160 pounds and 5'3"? By 'regular standards' that makes me obese. I know I'm not at...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Calling Cool Mom Picks Readers: Can you spare two minutes?

Every year we ask you, our amazing readers, to tell us a little more about yourselves so that we can keep telling you about the products, services, and other picks, tips and tricks, and advice that matter to you and your families. If you would be so kind as to fill out this quick survey (we promise — two minutes!), you’ll be entered to win a $100 Target gift card. Just make sure to include your email at the end of the survey so we can enter you. And if you happen to be a Cool Mom Tech or...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Web coolness: Girl Scouts dressed as their heroes, Sesame Street gets a new muppet, the teen we all hope to have one day

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Girl Scouts dressed as their favorite female heroes, from Amelia Earhart to Vera Wang to Condoleeza Rice. Above: 5-year-olds Bella, Troy and Sidney as the trio of NASA heroes from Hidden Figures. You have to see them all — they’re amazing! (Photo: Tricia Messeroux from Toddlewood for Girl Scouts USA) We’re all cheering for the newest muppet on Sesame Street! Also cheering for this unanimous Supreme Court ruling that expands rights for special education students. The most hilarious fake reviews of those clear-knee “mom jeans.” Totally non-scammy...

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How to help families affected by the devastating flooding in Peru.

Our hearts have been so heavy watching the news come in from Peru, where families have been displaced by the worst flooding they’ve seen in 30 years. To date, 115,000 homes have been destroyed, 72 people have died, 117 bridges have been washed out, and the capital city of Lima hasn’t had drinking water in a week. Latest reports estimate that more than 62,000 lives have been impacted. Related: The best resources to help you talk to your children about tragedy The situation is dire, and we know so many of you have been asking how to help. Even if you just have a...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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The Wipebook dry erase notebook: One random office supply gift your kids will absolutely love.

My kids are obsessed with their dry erase boards (it’s the little things, you know?). In fact, my daughter has figured out she can use the dry erase markers on her glossy coloring book covers and wipe those down too. Now, they’re playing games like teacher and student whenever they can, with their markers and books in hand. So when I spotted the reusable Wipebook dry erase notebook over at The Grommet, I instantly knew this would be a huge hit with my kids. Related: The coolest birthday gifts for 7 year olds This notebook has 20 reusable pages that can be written and drawn...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Striking or not, here are 11 ways to honor International Women’s Day to make an impact long after March 8

This March 8 is International Women’s Day, and for many, it’s also become A Day Without A Woman, which is described as an action “for equity, justice, and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.” Plenty of women will wearing red as an easy way to recognize your fellow sisters on the street. Some will be attending peaceful, local Day Without A Woman gatherings Others will be blacking out social media, or refusing to shop. But a lot of the focus has been on the women choosing to strike, by taking the day off...

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Try and guess the number of girls worldwide who are denied an education. Nope…higher.

When you look at the data of the number of girls who don’t go to school around the world, it’s nearly inconceivable. The number: 130 million girls. Million. That’s about equal to the entire populations of Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois combined. These millions of girls aren’t missing school because they don’t feel like going, or because they’re home sick; they are actively denied the chance to get an education because of poverty. And as ONE.org has been reminding us, Poverty is Sexist. School means more than just education to girls; it means healthier, less dangerous lives, and the opportunity break the...

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Web coolness: Beyoncé lips, fab scarves, sex during pregnancy (or not), and the Moonlight acceptance speech we all missed,

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   If you can’t have lips like Beyoncé, how about Beyoncé lips? Follow Jazmina Dial for mindblowing makeup art and tutorials! (Her galaxy lip art video on YouTube is insane.) Sweet ideas for keepsake gifts for adoptive parents. The household hack we’ve been waiting for our whole lives! When voicemail transcription gets your kid’s name…very very wrong. Hilarious video guide to sex during pregnancy. Or lack thereof. The viral mom-shaming post…that turned out to be a fraud. Interesting take on the Oscars Best Picture fiasco:...

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Web coolness: 2017 Oscar party help, postcards for politics, the world’s creepiest invention ever.

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Lots of 2017 Oscar Party ideas including the requisite free printable ballot for the 2017 nominees from Studio DIY (above). 11 more fun Oscar party ideas, from printables to decor and snack ideas to the world’s coolest celeb paper dolls. Mmm…Oscar party food ideas. A list of all the Oscars presenters this year. Where to stream all the 2017 Oscar Best Picture Nominees since you know. We’re parents and we’ve seen nothing. Praise for the diversity of Oscar nominees this year from...

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The courageous action figure that helps kids with cancer. Now that’s super!

This fierce, courageous action figure does something pretty amazing: She helps kids fight the toughest battle of their lives. For each Courage Core Power action figure purchased, one is donated to a child affected by cancer who could use a little courage. That’s her real super power. But she can also run, stand, and sit on a My Little Pony without it getting awkward, thanks to 30 points of articulation. And we like her rad accessories — check out that flaming energy sword and her awesome courage shield — and the fact that she has the body of a fit, strong woman (no...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Web Coolness: Dads playing with dolls, Frog & Toad revelations, Adele and Beyonce, a big tech warning.

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Hot off the big intro of their new Wonder Woman action figure, kudos to the Dads who Play Barbie campaign…but wow. Who knew that it would be so groundbreaking to see dads playing with their daughters? On the latest episode of Spawned, Dr. Harvey Karp saves the day with answers to parents’ top questions about sleep! A mom arrested for homeschooling her kids? Doubleyou. Tee. Eff.  Should you stop charging your phone with public ports? Yikes! GoFundMe is launching 500 campaigns to send athletes to...

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An easy way to help more kids learn from real news, not fake news.

We’re big fans of supporting quality journalism, especially in this age of where fake news is running rampant. Because, facts matter. (Not that this is a big stake in the ground, mamas. I mean, is any normal person really like, “Whoo! Fake news! We need more of it!” Let’s hope not.) So when I learned about The New York Times Sponsor a Subscription Program, I was so excited to share this with other parents and educators who feel the same way. Related: 10 free educational online resources for curious kids that every parent should know. A donation of just $2–4 provides a free subscription...

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A clever RBG Dissent Pin that supports organizations doing good

I’m a super fan of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She’s an incredible, inspiring female role model for my girls and a serious badass too. Plus she can throw shade like nobody’s business. So when I found these RBG Dissent Pins honoring the Notorious RBG I immediately placed an order for myself and my daughters. Related: The Ruth Bader Ginsburg coloring pages. Free, printable, and making history. Ameenah posing with her RGB dissent collar pin, via @dissentpins on IG This cool pin was created by Nick Jehlen and artist Caitlin Kuhwald, and inspired by the collar Justice Ginsburg wears over her robe on days she dissents on decisions being handed...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Web coolness: A very Hamilton Valentine’s Day, support for U.S. Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad and more

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web. Hope you like them too.   On this week’s Spawned: Genius tips for raising kids to be better with money, from financial expert Beth Kobliner — including answers to our own listeners’ many questions about allowances. Valentine’s Day sneak up on you? We’ve got loads of Valentine’s Day gift ideas in our 2017 gift guide! Awesome ideas for Valentine’s Day treats for kids If you need to laugh, check out these 12 hilarious Valentine’s Day cards, like the Hamilton King George III Valentines Day card above from Jamie Fevre. Printable Valentine’s Day cards for Minecraft...

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Our favorite new words just added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, from Seussian to humblebrag.

Yesterday, Merriam-Webster announced they had added more than 1000 new words to the dictionary, and wow, word nerds like me could lose ourselves in here for ages. Actually, I kind of did. According to the editors the terms come from everything from tech to science and medicine, pop culture, sports, slang, foreign languages, and more. But what’s as fascinating to me as the words themselves, is just how long it took some of them to make it into print. Humblebrag is like a baby down there! Take a look at a few of my favorites, then be sure to click over...

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Web coolness: Rosie the Riveter 2017 style, the next all-female movie we can’t wait to see, how to make Facebook fun again

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Love the Feb 6 New Yorker magazine cover…and the story behind the artist, Abigail Gray Swartz. How to argue intelligently and criticize with kindness. Know anyone who could use this? 5 ways to make Facebook fun again. We needed this! The things that change when you become a parent. (Like, not knowing any of the Oscar nominees. Ahem.) Can’t stop watching: 1000 musicians perform Smells Like Teen Spirit. Together. For the word nerds: Merriam-Webster + the ACLU debate the spelling of whoa. (Or is...

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We asked 17 creative kids to invent something on paper. You’ll love the results!

Our kids never cease to amaze us. Those minds are just so fluid and open, they’re always coming up with brilliant ideas and creative inventions that our cynical adult brains would probably nix before the ideas got halfway off the ground. So we asked a whole bunch of our favorite kids of all ages to come up with any invention at all that solves a problem — and we can’t stop smiling at what they invented! As you can tell, there’s a whole lot of focus on pets and on food. Sometimes both together. Because, kids. And we’re so happy to present...

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2 fantastic tees we’d wear even if they didn’t support the ACLU. But they do.

Our friend Christine Koh, she of the wonderful gold personalized unicorn tee (featured as one of our favorite cool birthday gifts for tweens and tweens) is at it again. Her shop, which features beautifully designed advocacy tees each supporting an excellent cause, now has two new designs with 20% of the proceeds going to one of our favorite orgs, the ACLU Nationwide. Check out the shop for the fierce Rise Up tee and the gold stamped Equality tee, both of which I love so much…well, considering the cause, the designs themselves, and the opportunity to support an indie maker mom with my purchase,...

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Here’s how you can follow Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech, Cool Mom Eats. We promise we’ll make it worth your while.

Whichever social media site is your guilty pleasure du jour, we’re there, making sure you don’t miss our favorite posts on parenting, fashion, apps, recipes, deals and discounts, and random awesomeness from around the web. Plus our favorite part: we love hearing from you and getting to chat back! So find us on… Cool Mom Picks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And now, you can shop right from our Instagram account. It’s easy! Just register with LikeToKnow.It — it’s free. Then, when you see something you love in our feed with the #liketkit hashtag, like the photo and in just...

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Condoms for Valentine’s Day that give in (ahem) more than one way

You could buy the special man in your life a traditional romantic gift on the 14th. And hey, we have tons of creative and inexpensive Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him that we bet he’ll love. But if you’re looking for something to really spice things up, we may have found just the thing with Sir Richard’s condoms. Yes. Really. For every one of their stylishly packaged condoms you buy, thanks to the partnership of the global org Partners in Health, Sir Richard’s donates one condom to a developing country with the aim to stop the spread of unwanted pregnancies and STIs around the world....

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16 creative, inexpensive Valentine’s Day gifts for him, all under $35 | Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Looking for ways to spoil your guy rotten this February 14, without breaking the bank? Lucky for you, we’re kicking off this year’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide with some really cool, creative, and inexpensive Valentine’s Day gifts for him. Even though the gifts are all under $35, he’s sure to appreciate any one of these. Nothing ho-hum here. So, have fun spoiling! And reaping the benefits (wink). CMP is an rstyle affiliate Alcohol-Infused Cupcake Jars Chocolate Chambord, Amaretto Chocolate Hazelnut, Maple Bacon Whiskey — these flavors and more can be his no matter how far away you’ll be on Valentine’s Day...

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