Category: Random Coolness

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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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 Cool Mom Tech: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest Cool Mom Eats: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And remember to subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest and greatest, right in your inbox. Oh, and hey, feel free to spread...

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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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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 Cool Mom Tech: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest Cool Mom Eats: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And remember to subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest and greatest, right in your inbox. Oh, and hey, feel free to spread...

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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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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 Cool Mom Tech: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest Cool Mom Eats: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And remember to subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest and greatest, right in your inbox. Oh, and hey, feel free to spread...

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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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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 Cool Mom Tech: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest Cool Mom Eats: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And remember to subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest and greatest, right in your inbox. Oh, and hey, feel free to spread...

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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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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 Cool Mom Tech: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest Cool Mom Eats: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest And remember to subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest and greatest, right in your inbox. Oh, and hey, feel free to spread...

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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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Web coolness: St Patrick’s Day treats, an interesting reaction to Zootopia, the awesome thing 50 celebs are doing for kids.

Here are a few of our favorite links around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Naturally-colored Matcha tea shortbread cookies for St Patrick’s Day. Even more dye-free St Patrick’s day recipe for the kids at Cool Mom Eats. Fun! How to make your own DIY Shamrock Shake Recipe. DIY tattoo Easter eggs. Cool! Tips for dyeing natural Easter eggs at Design Mom with something you may have in your fridge right now. Zootopia has become so beloved, viewers are getting angry at negative reviews? The best tips for spring cleaning your tech devices. Mental health creativity break: A great...

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One good thing you can do in one minute today to change the world.

If you’ve been reading Cool Mom Picks for a while now, you know we’re strong advocates of increasing opportunity for women and girls across the globe in all kinds of ways. Sometimes it’s promoting businesses that support women in need, like FashionABLE, Raven & Lily, or To the Market. Sometimes it’s sharing organizations like Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls or simply seeking out smart toys for girls that defy the pink aisle and open up opportunities. And sometimes it’s finding ways to collectively raise our voices constructively to make substantial change in the world. In honor of today’s International Women’s Day, we ask you to spend one minute and click over...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this week. Here’s what you might have missed.   1. A new Toca Boca app is here, hooray! 2. The most technologically-advanced blender we have ever seen. 3. A new Android table that’s under $250! 4. Our free app of the week is fun for kids and grown-ups too. 5. This iPad case is made for parents....

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Web coolness: The new Ghostbusters trailer rocks, feeling good in swimsuits at any size, and Cumberbunnies are here. Really.

Here are some links we’ve loved reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   Edible Benedict Cumberbatch chocolate Easter Bunnies, or Cumberbunnies. That’s a thing. One of our favorite Spawned podcast episodes yet: Taking sex (candidly) with Rosie Pope. Just uh, get the earmuffs if you have kids in the room. Recycle your old jeans at Madewell — they will put them to amazing use. The new app your kids will want. And you will want to get it for them. Why it might be time to stop calling girls tomboys. What friends without kids can...

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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 cool app that teaches young kids about music, easily. 2. Why parents should have a social media policy for their babysitter (plus, help making one). 3. Everything you need to know about how to use Facebook’s new Reactions emoji. 4. This iPad case is made to be dropped. So, perfect for parents. 5. How to catch up on all the Oscar-nominated movies before tonight, as well as which ones are safe for kids....

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Web coolness: Oscar party ideas, Oscar nights alternatives, Quidditch in the Himalayas, and one very important birthday.

Here are some of the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. (There are so many this week!)     Cool Mom Picks turns ten this week! Today’s the last day to enter to win 10 really amazing giveaway gifts — and it’s easy. Good luck! A magical Quidditch match in the Himalayas (above). These photos by Anshu Agarwal are a fun way to start the day. Get ready for the Oscars with 12 easy Oscar party ideas and a feast of easy Oscar party food recipes . Funny cheat sheet to the Oscar-nominated movies. Timely: What it’s like to...

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Cool Mom Picks turns 10! With 10 amazing giveaways to celebrate.

Back in 2006 when I approached Liz with this silly idea for a website called… wait for it… Cool Mom Shit, we both wanted to support mom-run businesses and the community of small makers and artisans that were making cool stuff for kids. (Probably a good idea that we changed our site’s name a few days later, huh.) We also thought we could offer help to busy parents who don’t have time to scour the web themselves, maybe even help them feel a little cooler, more stylish, more organized, more connected. And hopefully, they’d laugh a little while they were here too. We never would have imagined what we —...

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Web coolness: The bike that does laundry, how to interpret your kid’s eyerolls, and one more reason to love Meryl Streep.

Here are some of the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Do laundry while you exercise with this bike-powered washing machine concept. Kid-friendly dinner ideas you can make straight from the freezer. (Bless you, Cool Mom Eats.) Interesting thinking about how to raise a happy teen. How to read an eyeroll (should your child be less than happy, every so often).   6 places to visit with kids for Black History Month Love articles like this: 7 words that came about from people getting them wrong. (No, “nucular” is...

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Web Coolness: Everything you need for Valentine’s Day, modest Barbie, and Frozen coming to Broadway

Here are lots of links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Get ready for the 14th! We have tons of Valentine’s Day printable cards and over 120 easy Valentine’s Day recipes, drinks and last-minute DIY treats you’re going to love. (Top photo: Candy Arrows DIY at A Subtle Revelry) If you still need a gift, check out our last-minute Valentine’s gift ideas for your sweetheart. Fun Valentine’s Day lunch recipes on Cool Mom Eats. Amazing Kickstarter worth checking out: A college degree for $1000, and it’s legit. (See the comments for lots of good...

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Because Of Them, We Can: Where kids honor our Black History heroes, charmingly

To be honest, Black History Month is year round for me. As a black woman, especially one living in the U.S., I’m reminded of and inspired by the endless contributions of black people to the collective betterment of this nation on a daily basis. And now, as a mother raising a brown boy here, I’m even more grateful for Black History Month to help me educate my son about the expansive history of African Americans. One remarkable non-profit campaign that I’ve leaned on to introduce him to new, significant heroes is Because Of Them, We Can. What started as a visual project...

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Web Coolness: A kids’ dream museum, raising a superhero, and the CDC said WHAT about women?

Here are lots of links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   An adorable museum made up of children’s imaginary friends. This is a great weekend to get busy with Valentine’s crafts and DIY projects and we can help. All the Super Bowl commercials in one place. If you are meh on the game. Or if you watch for the food, a round-up of amazing game day nacho recipes. First graders cycling at their school desks? This might be our kids’ dream room. What is it like to raise a superhero? So cool! (h/t Kelly Wickham) So good: 28 Black...

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Sponsored Message: The Upromise MasterCard helps you save money for college when you shop

This is a sponsored message from Upromise by Sallie Mae   Saving money for college just got a whole lot easier thanks to the Upromise MasterCard, which can help you earn up to 10% cash back just by shopping the way you already do. With 5% back when you shop through Upromise.com and an additional 5% when you use the Upromise MasterCard, you can either pocket that total 10% cash back, invest it in an eligible 529 college savings plan, pay down an eligible student loan, or transfer it into a Upromise GoalSaver account. And with special promotions for cardmembers throughout the year, you...

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5 of the coolest tech picks of the week

Still digging out of the winter storms? Scrambling to change the calendars to February? No worries — if you haven’t checked in on Cool Mom Tech lately, let us save you time with these 5 cool tech posts we think you’ll like.   1. Star Wars fans, these are the geeky Valentine’s Day gifts you’ve been looking for. 2. How to get your kids started on Minecraft PE, especially if you have no idea what that means. 3. Finally, a smart gadget that saves you energy and money even if you don’t have central air or heat at home. 4. 2 creative,...

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Web coolness: Cross-stitch tattoos, a LEGO minifig that’s overdue, and talking to your kids about kindness during a bitter election cycle.

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   First, here’s how to follow us on Facebook. It’s been feisty over there lately! Cross-stitch tattoos from an amazing tattoo artist, @evakrbdk Whoa. Wonderful, important essay on talking to your kids about kindness and decency during an ugly election cycle. What to tell your kids instead of “nice try.” Getting more protein into your kids, especially if they’re not big meat-eaters. 10 books that encourage kids to stand up and speak out. Nice seeing some of our own faves on the list, like...

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Web Coolness: Star Wars in schools, smart ways to be more playful, and the most amazing new car seat.

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Love these sweet Star Wars’ illustrations by James Hance in the style of classic children’s book illustrations. (via Bored Panda) How teachers can bring Star Wars into the classroom with these great lesson plan ideas that cover everything from Shakespeare to economics. We had our own theory on the Spawned Podcast last week about “Where is Rey?”  Sadly, our theory was confirmed nearly verbatim by a toy manufacturer who confessed as to why there are so few Rey toys on shelves. Just wow. A great resolution: 52 ways...

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