Category: Random Coolness

TIA Girl Club for Tweens: A monthly subscription of role models

While I can’t pick my daughters’ friends for them, I do try to help my girls grow up with smart, healthy, and interesting women as role models. You know, not the ones whose biggest life advice has to do with how to take a great selfie. So, I’m really interested in the new monthly club for girls, the TIA Girl Club — TIA stands for Today I Am . It was was designed by mom Vanessa Schenck to help tweens 8 to 13 navigate those tricky years with advice and inspiration from wonderful, successful women in a whole range of fields. The club is built around the notion that girls should use their...

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Web Coolness pop culture edition: Sesame Street, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Star Wars, Spinal Tap and more.

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Fantastic article about Sesame Street’s Move to HBO…and why some parent will be bummed. 5 things that happened to one mom when she cut the cable cord. (That mom also happens to be Kristen.) We love this letter from Alan Rickman to JK Rowling. 16 things kids can learn from David Bowie. How to introduce your kids to the Beatles. We tracked down 19 Rey toys and gifts for little Star Wars fans since we couldn’t find too many in stores. Turns out that...

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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. We’re loving these clever Star Wars t-shirts . 2. 4 awesome apps to help you tackle your New Year’s resolutions. 3. This might be the screen time management solution you’ve been looking for, parents. 4. We found an eco-friendly printer that doesn’t need ink cartridge changes every five minutes. Whoo! 5. 3 free fitness apps that you should have on your radar....

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Web coolness: Bingewatching faves are back, life-changing books, Powerball winner true stories

Here are some of the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   One of our top must-bingewatch series, Downton Abbey, is back, yay! (It should hold us over until the return of Game of Thrones on April 6.) 11 ways to be the fun parent. Interesting idea: Spending more money on play. The 10 happiest countries in the world with some very big surprises. Reading more in the new year? 16 books coming out in 2016 the critics are excited for. 28 authors on the books that changed their lives. Zora Neale Hurston would have turned 125...

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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. We are loving this custom 2016 calendar that is sure to make you smile all year long. 2. Our favorite apps for parents from 2015 that will make your life easier in 2016 too 3. Wow, these are really awesome free Star Wars tutorials that your kids will love. 4. Some of the most amazing new gadgets from 2015. 5. In case you didn’t catch them, here’s a recap of our most popular posts of 2015....

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Web coolness: December happiness edition

There’s a lot of tough things in the news lately and you know, sometimes we just need a break. So here are our favorite happy, inspiring, and upbeat stories we’ve been reading around the web this week, in case you want to keep the merriness going. Hope you like them too.    Can you find the panda? Oops, wrong number. Long distance charges may apply. Why Philly is awesome. Ja Rule reads How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Electric Mayhem Band sings Kodachrome and it’s a walk down Muppets memory lane. On McSweeney’s: Excerpts from my mother’s editorial notes on my letters to...

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Super last minute Christmas help: Printables, crafts, recipes, apps and more

Printable gift tags via Creative Index Need a little last minute Christmas help? Don’t panic! We’ve got lots of help just for you.     DIY and printable Christmas gift tags, gift wrap and decorations Festive table setting ideas for your holiday table Printable gift card holders  Free printable gift tags and gift wrap Even more printable gift tags and gift wrap 10 ways to package Christmas cookies  Lots of creative gift wrap ideas  Gorgeous modern table settings for Christmas   Christmas crafts and apps to keep the kids busy 20 cool pop culture snowflake patterns  Easy DIY ornaments the kids...

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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.Check out some of the best tech finds under $25 in our 2015 Tech Gift Guide. Plus, a really awesome giveaway where you can score an iPad Air 2. 2. This educational app for kids is fun and gives back. Pretty cool! 3. Our picks for the most secure tablets for kids. 4. Need help managing your kids’ screen time? You need to see this new gadget. 5. A smart iPhone tip that you might not know about....

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Web Coolness: Star Wars meets Christmas, special edition

Here are some things we’ve liked reading this week. We hope you will too.   Gingerbread Wookiee cookies from Sugared Nerd: A mashup of America’s two biggest December holidays. An awesome infographic guide to Star Wars curses and insult from nerf herder to bantha poodoo. The coolest Star Wars holiday gifts, should anyone you know catch the fever at this late date. Kelly Clarkson wins Christmas cards. DIY Minecraft ornaments – cute! Holiday cookie help: One sugar cookie recipe, 10 variations. (Wookiee gingerbread men excluded.) More cookie help with 5 easy cookie swap recipes. Yum. Tons of fun, free printable gift tags for holiday gifts, including these printable Star...

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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. Wow, you have got to check out these cool and stylish tech gifts for the holidays, plus a fun giveaway! 2. What’s new about Guitar Hero Live, and why it should be on your holiday wish list. 3. Amazing personalized photo gift options for everyone on your list. 4. Friendship bracelets go high tech. This is a gift your crafty kids will love! 5. A cool learning app that gives you an extra brain. Well, sort of....

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Web coolness: Outrageous gingerbread houses, movies no parents have seen, and the year in review according to children.

Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Fantastic TV and movie inspired gingerbread houses including this amazing Game of Thrones gingerbread house. Mmm…Westeros. Possibly the most insane gingerbread house of them all — because it’s life size! Creative eggnog drink recipes. Yes, please. Cute Hanukkah craft to get you through the final nights. Awesome emoji gifts! Bad dad jokes for the holidays. Ha. 17 cool tech gifts under $25 Speaking of which, have you entered to win a free iPad Air + designer case from the Cool Mom Tech holiday gift guide? It’s...

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10 super cool cell phone cases for kids. (You might want them too. Just saying.)

Clearly we love finding adorable things of all kinds for kids, and cool cell phone cases is one of them. Before you think, wa-ait…kids and cell phones?  indeed it’s more common than ever. With prices dropping on early cell phone models, and parents buying themselves shiny new phones then passing down their old ones, plenty of kids are going to be getting cell phones this holiday — whether they’re using them for safety reasons, to connect with friends and classmates, or just as gaming devices when they’re home with a little down time. Of course when kids are out and about, we...

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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. Some of the coolest STEM toys for kids for the holidays, plus an iPad Air 2 up for grabs! 2. Whoa, you have got to see this amazing Hubble Telescope advent calendar. 3. Look for some of these features when you’re shopping for that first cell phone for your kids. 4. This new creative app lets your kids become authors and illustrators right from your phone. 5. We have the photographer in your life covered this holiday...

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Web coolness: Action figures for girls, a must-hear rap for kids, and a most interesting nail trend.

Here are some of the things we’re liking around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   One of our favorite small toy brands, I Am Elemental, is now out with a complete set of their action figures for girls that champion powers like honesty, bravery and courage. Super cool. Love the beautifully curated Mommas Gone City online pop-up shop with gift boxes created by our friend Jessica Shyba. Tutorial: 7 ways to wrap a bottle of wine. We need this! And have you checked out the Cool Mom Eats holiday gift guide? Amazing stuff. Yum. 14 cool custom photo gifts, the...

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Unnecessary gun violence: Don’t lose hope. Here’s how.

Kristen and I each went to bed distraught last night, and woke up no less unsettled after yesterday’s news about two mass shootings in San Bernardino and Savannah —  the 354th and 355th in the US in 2015 alone. We alternate between outrage and grief, wondering just kind of world we are raising our children in right now. Especially when 10,000 US children a year are injured or killed as a result of guns. As far as we’re concerned, even one is one too many. While this is not a site where we tend to discuss politics, we have never shied away from sharing the causes and...

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Little Loving Hands reimagines monthly craft kits for kids in the most amazing way

My kids’ holiday gift requests are coming in fast and while I’m sure Santa appreciates the early input, I want to make sure my kids don’t forget how it feels to give to others as well. That’s why Little Loving Hands is one of my favorite new gift ideas: It not only makes a wonderful monthly gift for kids who enjoy arts and crafts, but their creations become gifts for others who are going through a difficult time. Much like other monthly craft kits we love like Kiwi Crate or Green Kid Crafts, Little Loving Hands sends a boxed project...

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Saving children’s lives: A pretty amazing way to honor #GivingTuesday

There are a lot of worthy causes out there, plenty of which we feature here. And there are a lot of amazing gifts that give back to support those causes through your holiday shopping. But one cause that’s profoundly personal to us as parents is saving children’s lives, especially from preventable diseases. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been a proud ambassador to the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign for the last several years. Today, in honor of #GivingTuesday, the big-hearted folks at MAM pacifiers have agreed to double all donations to Shot@Life today only, dollar for dollar. Donate just a buck, and...

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Sponsored Message: Buy and sell designer clothes for the whole family, right from your smart phone

This is a sponsored message for Totspot. Whether you’re looking to add to your own wardrobe on a budget, shop for your kids, or just clean out your closets to make some extra cash for the holidays, Totspot lets you do all of that with just a couple of clicks on your smartphone. Don’t miss the special offer below!  Download the free Totspot app for iOS or Android, then shop for gently used items for everyone in your family. Choose from popular kids’ designers like Boden, CrewCuts, and Tea Collection, plus brands grown-ups love including Michael Kors, Tory Burch, and Kate Spade. With Totspot, you...

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19 beautiful gifts that give back beautifully, on #GivingTuesday or any day at all.

Each year, we love putting together some of our favorite gifts that give back in substantial and specific ways — not just some undetermined percentage of your purchase going to “charities.” While we try to share these kinds of gifts year round, it has special meaning to us today on #GivingTuesday, in which we take a moment to count our proverbial blessings, while finding ways that we can do good for others. Now we know that with Giving Tuesday coming right on the heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday (phew) you may be experiencing a little bit of shopping...

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The best of the Cyber Monday Deals: More than 80 amazing deals from our favorite shops, big and small

Okay, let’s be honest. Cyber Monday deals are kind of like Black Friday deals, since now all the great shopping deals are available online anyway, and even last more than a day or two. Not that we’re complaining. So we’ve put together the best of the Cyber Monday deals for you, including some terrific deals leftover from Black Friday as well as some awesome new discounts and deals just for today. Be sure to take an extra good look at the discounts that support smaller businesses and indie shops. Though hey, we love getting our hands on some snazzy designer items, beauty products, and...

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Our favorite cool tech picks of the week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. Check out some of the coolest tech gifts for travelers, plus a giveaway for an iPad Air 2 and a gorgeous designer case. 2. Capture the stories of your family’s history in this cool new app. 3. We found a sleek new portable charger that is pretty and practical. 4. Here’s why these amazing gadgets are at the top of so many kids’ wish lists this year. 5. Create and print straight from your phone with this...

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Web coolness: So much holiday shopping help, the best shopping apps, and the Jerry Seinfeld line all parents can relate to.

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too   So many holiday gift ideas. OH so many holiday gift ideas! Start by supporting our favorite small shops and online children’s boutiques (shown above: Sarah + Abraham); making use of Black Friday deals that last all weekend; and checking out some cool smaller tech accessory companies that could use your support too. Also have you visited our holiday gift guide? With categories for hard-to-shop-for men, your favorite grandparents, hilarious 90’s pop culture gifts,  even the coolest Hanukkah gifts, we’re hooking you up! Lots of delicious ways to use up...

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The best Black Friday deals: Shop right from your couch!

If you’re looking for some of the best Black Friday shopping deals and discounts around the web, we’ve rounded them up for you right here, along with the best Black Friday tech deals over on Cool Mom Tech.We’ll continue to update the post all day long with sales all day (and weekend) long, so be sure to check back, and follow us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting them. And don’t forget to check out our 2015 Holiday Guide for even more gift ideas featuring indie designers and small businesses. APPAMAN (above) 40% off site-wide with the code: FRIDAY40 DYLBUG: 20%...

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Happy Thanksgiving, cool moms!

We hope you all have a wonderful, happy, pie-filled, turkey-stuffed Thanksgiving. We’re enjoying some much-needed time with our families, but we will be back early tomorrow with lots of amazing Black Friday sales, plus more coolness to get you through these coming weeks. And of course, don’t forget our holiday gift guide, which is full of amazing discounts already. And from Liz, Kristen, and entire team, thank you for being such amazing readers. Wishing you and yours the best today. (Thanksgiving print via Pretty Penny Prints on Etsy)...

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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. We are swooning over these really fun geeky gifts for babies. 2. We found some really great solutions to help you manage those awesome photos you can’t stop taking of your kids. 3. This luggage may just help to make your next trip less stressful. 4. These helpful food apps are going to make your turkey day prep so much easier. 5. Sharing this special music download as a tribute to our friends in Paris....

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Web coolness: Holiday shopping season starts, Thanksgiving help, and why kids always make you laugh

Here are a few of our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   The perfect funny wine bottle tags to get you through Thanksgiving. Get a head start on your holiday shopping with our brand new 2015 holiday gift guide. Or just focus on next week now with some awesome Thankgiving crafts for the kids. Mmm…secrets for making the best Thanksgiving gravy. Really cool Hanukkah craft for kids on this craft blog. How tech is making it easier to send holiday cards. Fun stories of celebrities in restaurants. Go Kevin Smith! Best gift ever? At...

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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. Fancy fitness trackers that actually make us want to work out. 2. Manage the madness and crush productivity with these simple tips for work-at-home parents. 3. Awesome new smart phone cases that are like a work of art. 4. This cool gadget keep homes connected and safe and will look pretty stunning in your home. 5. Wake up to a virtual French dude with this new morning app. Now, if he could only get us our coffee....

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Web Coolness: The video that wins the week, the most honest Thanksgiving card, and Leia: Princess no more?

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you’ll like them too.   Most honest Thanksgiving card ever. Amazing way to get kids to eat more fruits and veggies. Thoughtful: With Thanksgiving coming up, how to honor Native Americans without cultural appropriation. Why dads need family leave too. Good list of natural immune boosters to help the kids avoid cold and flu season. 7 smart photo storage options for families. (Clear off those phones! You’ll need that room soon.) Richard Scarry updates Best Word Book Ever to be more inclusive. Terrific to see father bunny in the kitchen. Tons of...

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A great new reason to support Friends of Maddie

If you’re a fan of great parenting blogs, you may be familiar with the difficult story of our friends Mike and Heather Spohr, of the popular site The Spohrs are Multiplying. They experienced the unimaginable after the death of their daughter Maddie in 2009, and yet they channeled their efforts with so much positivity, eventually creating a successful charity that allowed them to send numerous support packs and needed technology to Level III NICUs around the country. Over time, so many other organizations have started providing similar support, and the Spohrs spent a lot of time determining a new way to make the most difference. So  this week, in honor of would have...

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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. Awesome new curly-haired emojis. Because, finally. 2. Stay of top of the holiday hustle with this free app that helps you create and send your party invites. Plus, the chance to score $200 from Target. 3. Stream your audio wirelessly with this small and super efficient speaker. 4. A way to dread the shorter days (a little less) with a light therapy lamp. 5. This free communications app is totally going to help us remember all those...

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