Category: Random Coolness

A Father’s Day gift that’s worth its weight in sterling

You can tell a lot about a guy by the way he dresses, and in my mind, cufflinks say sophisticated, successful, and now, daddy. Give your kids’ dad these sterling silver Dada cufflinks by Tali Gillette for Father’s Day, so he can wear his love for his kids on his sleeve. Dapper, darling Dad. Awww, right? We found these back in the spring and think they are the perfect gift for any dad, including new dads, which is why we included them in our 2016 Baby Shower Gift Guide. At less than 1-inch long, they’re understated yet stylish enough for his power meetings at work. Plus, they’ll remind...

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The new TOMS shoes let you dip a toe into the political process

You may be vaguely aware that another US presidential election season is upon us, unless of course you’ve been sequestered in a Himalayan yurt somewhere, totally unplugged until just this very second. (In which case, hey! Thanks for making a visit to Cool Mom Picks one of your first stops!) While we can all agree that the next several months should be…interesting, to say the least, leave it to TOMS Shoes to turn our civic responsibilities into some generous do-gooding with the new election edition TOMS shoes. You’ve got your choice of two styles, featuring a patriotic pattern of either Democratic Donkeys or Republican Elephants....

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Web coolness: Super cool new kids’ toys, female heroes we love, and breastfeeding at a wedding. (Wait, that’s still news?)

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Kartell launches a line of ride-on toys for kids that we’re coveting, hard. Also check out the super cool rocking horse, Nendo “smile stools,” and a Phillipe Stark designed swing on Design Milk. Speaking of which, 14 of the coolest baby gifts we wish we had as new moms. The Teletubbies are back this month. Is that good? You tell us. Best prom story ever. Sniff. 8 great ideas for non-toxic cleaning with a simple ingredient you already own, guaranteed. We love these...

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Web Coolness: Boys who like dolls, everyday words that gross us out, and one serious giveaway

Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Check out #aboycantoo — a fascinating photography project documenting boys who like dancing, dolls, and dressing up too. (Top image © Trinity Design/Aboycantoo) Did you know we’re helping to give away a huge $2500 shopping spree to Land of Nod to a lucky reader? Final days to enter, and it couldn’t be easier so go! Because that’s a whole lot of shopping. Thanks so much to People Magazine for naming us among 12 favorite parenting sites and social media accounts....

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A $2500 shopping spree from The Land of Nod? Win one right here!

It’s probably no surprise that The Land of Nod is one of our most favorite shopping destination for all things kids, so we’re beyond thrilled to be teaming up with them, along with our friends at Pop Sugar Moms and Mommy Shorts for a huge $2500 giveaway. That’s right! One lucky winner is going to walk away with $2500 to spend at The Land of Nod and wow, just think of all the possibilities. A baby nursery. A new playroom. A holiday gift extravaganza for some very lucky kids. The list goes on. Entering is easy! Just head over...

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The absolutely remarkable things you don’t know about St. Jude’s hospital, but should.

You’re probably familiar with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital — you’ve seen the ads with the adorably sweet, brave children, featuring Marlo Thomas, daughter of actor and St. Jude’s founder Danny Thomas. You may have caught some of our suggestions to support them with a benevolent gift in our various gift guides. You might even know their reputation as the world’s leading cancer research hospital for kids. This hospital alone has helped raise cancer survival rates from 20% to 80%, and leukemia survival rates from 4% to 94% since they opened in 1962. Basically if, heaven forbid, your kid gets sick, St. Jude is the place...

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Web Coolness: Mother’s Day edition, of course

Here are some Mother’s Day links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too! top photo: Ahna Tessler for Babble.   Still need some Mother’s Day gift ideas? We’ve got you covered with our 2016 Mother’s Day gift guide! A few posts in particular that might be especially helpful right now: 21 ideas for last-minute gift Mother’s Day gifts that still feel special 18 handmade Mother’s Day gift ideas from the kids 28 ideas for special Mother’s Day gifts under $25 9 sweet DIY Mother’s Day cards from the kids Mother’s Day tech gifts we’d love...

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Mother’s Day flowers that come in a vase that’s even more special

We love Mother’s Day gifts that give back and so I was happy to learn about ProFlowers’s collaboration with All Across Africa, an organization that handcrafts the most beautiful woven vases and baskets in crisp, colorful patterns. Every one is locally sourced and handmade in East Africa, where weaving is providing sustainable employment and income to the women artisans. It’s the perfect way to add a little extra joy to a Mother’s Day bouquet, especially knowing she’ll have something special long after the flowers are gone. Related: Presenting our 2016 Mother’s Day Gift Guide! What I love even more is that for every two baskets that are sold,...

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Web coolness: Mother’s day gift ideas, a cool dad photography project, the question about eunicque baby names

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   Have you visited our 2016 Mother’s Day gift guide yet? Check out our ideas for: –18 handmade Mother’s Day gifts from the kids (printable crown, above, via Mr. Printables) –the coolest affordable keepsake jewelry for moms –cool, creative custom Mother’s Day gifts –The coolest gifts for the coolest grandmas –9 gorgeous homemade food gifts for Mother’s Day –6 beautiful lockets for Mom           …with more to come! How we can help you win a $2500 giveaway to Land...

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Web coolness: The kid behind the Harriet Tubman bill, Sesame Street’s new muppet, and RIP Prince.

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   RIP Prince. We love this lovely Little Prince artwork by RoboKat on Red Bubble. You can order it on a t-shirt, iPhone case (below) tote bag, stationery and more.   Need some shopping therapy while you listen to Purple Rain on a loop? Our Mother’s Day gift guide is here. We have new categories rolling out daily for all the awesome moms, grandmas, and other mother-like figures in your life. Meet the 11 year old girl responsible for the new Harriet Tubman $20 bill. Take a...

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Put a poem in your pocket: A fun way to celebrate National Poetry Month

By this point in the school year, my kids know not to expect the sorts of lunchbox love notes they got from me daily in September. But there are a few days on the calendar that inspire me to scribble something special to surprise them: Valentine’s Day (of course), St. Patrick’s Day (a must in our Irish-American household), and Poem in Your Pocket Day. Poem in Your Pocket Day (today!) is my favorite part of National Poetry Month each April. The idea is that everyone should carry a poem in their pocket to read in quiet moments or share with friends. Because, who...

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Web coolness: Cards against the humanity of parenting, BB-8 the untold story, and maternity clothes on a mission

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Hilarious Cards Against Humanity parody made for parents. Dads: What people think they do. Adding these to our Mother’s Day wish lists, stat. The first year of parenting documented in comic form. Snoop Dogg on parenting. Yes, really. Good news for parents: Staying in is the new going out! (We’re such trendsetters.) 11 essential things to teach your kids about email before they start using it. Wow: Marriage proven to lead to better cancer survival rates. Well…sort of. Charles Darwin’s list of...

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Give an orphan the gift of a birthday, through the charity With My Own Two Hands

We’re entering birthday party season in my house, and as my kids’ party requests are growing more and more over-the-top (rein it in, kiddos), I’m feeling emotional about an amazing charity we discovered just this week, which provides birthday gifts for orphans who otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to celebrate their big day. Such a brilliant idea; we’re really excited to get behind it! With My Own Two Hands is a small non-profit founded by yoga instructor Lindsey Pluimer. They are doing some very cool work in Africa — from teaching yoga to kids as a way to heal to giving girls an education. But...

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Web coolness: Healthier kids’ birthday cakes, babies and hair extensions, and paid family leave at last!

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Brilliant! Healthier first birthday cake alternatives for little kids that don’t skimp on the fun. Like this Apple Spice Cake with Maple recipe at Simple Bites. The most influential celebrity baby names right now. Did yours make the list? The fun kids’ app that will bring you back to your own childhood. Amazing POV from a mom-to-be on what it looks like to watch your baby being born…via a surrogate. An amazing 9-year-old reporter. (Does she need an internship?) After writing about our mild disappointment with...

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Happy birthday Jane Goodall! 5 fun, easy ways to introduce her to your kids

Is there one kid in the world who isn’t fascinated by animals? (Answer: no.) So today, Jane Goodall’s birthday, is a perfect opportunity to cozy around your tablet or computer together and dig into her life just a bit. Especially if you think her legacy is limited to her work with Chimpanzees. Here are five places to start.   1.  Read a quick bio of her on the wonderful The Reconstructionists site, an homage to amazing women through history. Their Jane Goodall page includes a fantastic illustration and Goodall quote from Lisa Congdon, that would happen to make a nifty screensaver for...

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Web coolness: April Fool’s pranks for parents, girl power movies, and Top Gun 2?

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   6 awesome April Fool’s food pranks that will get the kids. Not just on April 1, by the way. Above: Really captivating photo series of people blending in with their IKEA furnishings by Margeaux Walters. 9 fantastic girl power movies for kids, that you can find streaming right now The Cool Mom Tech free app of the week Big help for parents: How to talk to your kids about politics (and kindness) during a heated election season. Beautiful post about being a mom and a stepmom How...

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5 tech tips, tricks, and ideas you’ll want to know about

In case you missed them, here are 5 tech tips, tricks, and ideas we featured this week on Cool Mom Tech that we think are pretty awesome.   1. If you’re hitting the road for spring break, read these essential tech tips for traveling with kids. 2. Waze just added a feature that’s a big deal for anyone who spends any time in the car. 3. Our cool free app of the week is perfect for spring cleaning season. (Even if you get the kids to do the cleaning!) 4. A 15-minute trick to get your home office organized. 5. These brilliant smartphone...

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Web coolness: Awesome Easter treats, the new LEGO Batman trailer, must-see commercial of the week and more.

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Fun last minute Easter egg sprinkle cookies recipe from Sprinkle Bakes. 6 absolutely amazing Easter cake recipes. 14 super easy Easter crafts for kids. 24 DIY pop culture Easter eggs featuring your kids’ favorite characters. Win! More easy Easter treats to make with the kids Color wheel eggs – so fun! Laughing so hard at the new LEGO Batman trailer. Speaking of which, a great crowdsourced LEGO set to vote for: LEGO I am Amelia Earhart. Ha! 21 baby milestone photos every parent must...

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The hottest tech picks on Cool Mom Tech this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. 15 brilliant smartphone camera hacks that will help simplify your life. 2. This gadget lets you watch your favorite channels live from all of your gadgets, wherever you are. 3. Tech tips for travel with kids that save us every time. 4. We’re loving this new adult coloring trend, and we’ve got the geeky coloring books to prove it. 5. Parents of preschoolers, you’ll want to download this cool, free app....

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Web coolness: Frida Kahlo Easter eggs, bad news about homework, big Mo Willems news and more

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   It’s Women’s History Month! Check out this DIY Frida Kahlo Easter egg tutorial (or Easter huevos?) at Little Inspiration. Learning about Jane Goodall. 10 celebs standing up for women’s empowerment. Get hopping…or shopping with this list of the coolest bunny Easter basket gifts for kids of all ages. Another challenge to homework: Kids should learn primarily through play until they’re 8. Wow, huge: Birth months correlated with ADHD diagnosis. Or, misdiagnosis? (h/t blurb) Recovering from St. Pat’s? Check out Kristen’s honest post on what...

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