Category: Cool Websites

Betcha can’t find one million giraffes!

It all began with a bet: somewhere in Norway, Ola bet Jorgen that he could collect one million hand-drawn giraffes in one year. And you know what? He did. The proof is at OneMillionGiraffes.com. And now you can buy a 32-page hardcover book, aptly called OMG! One Million Giraffes featuring the giraffe images from all over the world, in a mosaic form reminiscent of an artsy Where’s Waldo? But with giraffes. Each unique giraffe had to be created by hand– not computer–and was submitted by everyday people, simply to see if one man’s wacky but interesting dream could come...

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Big news! We proudly introduce the launch of Cool Mom Tech

Well after months of work, we can finally let you know the big news that’s been keeping us all busy lately: The official launch of Cool Mom Tech! Whoo! Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a so-called techie to feel at home over there. You’re online right now mama, and that’s all the techie you need to be. Check in daily and you’ll find the coolest picks to keep us stylish, keep us organized, save us money, and keep our kids smart, safe, and entertained. Not necessarily in that order. To see the kinds of things we love,...

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Fall is coming: Is your camera ready?

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, Big Picture Scrapbooking no longer exists. Lazing in the pumpkin patch. Biting into a just-picked apple. Jumping in a leaf pile. I have all of those iconic family pictures of fall sitting in photo albums already. So what’s next? This year, to give me a little inspiration (and mindfullness before I click the shutter) I’ll be signing up for Picture Fall, the 31-day online photography workshop for both pros and photo newbies alike. Like its predecessor Picture Summer, Picture Fall is led by Shutter Sisters’ founder, pro photographer and cool mama Tracey Clark and hosted on the Big Picture...

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Have you virtually hugged a grandparent today?

You may not have realized that today is Grandparents Day. And while yes, it’s a so-called Hallmark holiday, totally fabricated to maximize card-purchasing potential, I think it’s awesome. Maybe you can make sure to call your own grandparents if you’re still lucky to have them — or to get the kids on the phone with theirs. Of course, if you want to take it one stop further, we have one easy idea you can do right this very second. It’s hard to believe I only discovered Animoto about a year ago, because I feel like I use it so...

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Books for kids who love Twilight (and the moms that love them… and Twilight)

I’m going to go ahead and admit it right here: I’m in my early thirties, and I love books written for teens. I know I’m not alone because the YA genre, or Young Adult, is awesomely popular right now. So I’m thrilled to have found a website to help parents find the best new books  for teens, or for yourself, if you’re like me. Novel Novice is a website dedicated to showcasing Young Adult literature, encouraging reading, and promoting education. They have book reviews, news, author interviews, contests, spotlights on classics, and other features designed to get teens excited...

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Turns out Keith Haring’s art can teach kids about more than just art

I can’t tell you how much I admire teachers. My son has had some good ones and some great ones and what separates the two are that great teachers don’t just instruct, they inspire. Haring Kids, a website based on the amazing artwork of Keith Haring, contains a database of more than 160 creative lesson plans that both parents and teachers can use to teach everything from shapes to social studies.  Lesson plans are arranged by subject, age-range, and even required materials with extensive descriptions of how a particular school presented the program. One of my favorite hands-on activities...

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Planting the seeds of greatness (and also tomatoes)

Right now, I’m looking at the wilted, brown leaves of my dying container garden and ruing the white-hot Atlanta sun. I’m pretty sure we spent $30 on supplies that produced four very small tomatoes and one hideous cucumber. But the joy on my kid’s face as we sprouted, planted, and nurtured our little garden on the back porch? Priceless. [don’t miss learning about a cool giveaway after the jump] Knowing what it can mean to our children to take an active part in gardening ups my appreciation of the Seed Savers Exchange, which is the largest non-governmental seed bank...

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A match made in baby nursery decor heaven. (Is there such a thing?)

If I could, I’d spend all day shopping for home decor. But with a gaggle of kids, that whole bull in a china shop analogy springs to mind. Thankfully, I an lean on the membership sales sites like One Kings Lane and their crazy mad discounted prices. And this week they’ve got a super cool sale just for the design snob parents of the world. This weekend’s doozy of a Toastmaster Tag Sale features uber cool kid’s furniture designer and rock star wife Jennifer Delonge. Head there for access to some of her fave handpicked one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, plus–bonus–you’ll...

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Free money management help just got more helpful. If not more free.

You may already know that Mint.com is a fantastic one-stop destination for money management on the Net; it’s as close to a bookkeeping genie as most of us mere mortals are going to get. I love that you can sync up your bank accounts, credit cards, stock portfolio, and more, and Mint.com will manage it all in one place. Their latest feature, however, is raising the bar for financial wizardry for those of us who can use a little wizard-like intervention. The brand-new Goals section is very smart. It allows you to not just manage what already exists in...

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At last, photo tips just for those of us who take a million photos a year. In other words, moms.

One of my favorite gifts from my baby shower was the lovely DSLR camera I received. Having spent years taking out-of-focus pictures of my cats, I’d hoped having a high quality digital camera would prevent me from taking the same out-of-focus pictures of my kid. Well, it turns out it’s not just the camera that’s the problem. I wish I’d known about the site The Photographic Life: Photo Tips for Moms back then. This beautiful site offers everything you could possibly wish for as an aspiring family photographer. There are pages of tips about photography gear, video tutorials, and...

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