Tag: art

Web coolness: Outrageous Etch-a-Sketch art, cutest Instagram feed ever, a can’t-miss sale and more.

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Yeah…our kids have never done this with their Etch-a-Sketches. Check out all the remarkable sketches from Jane Labowitch on Instagram. Every like/comment on this Instagram post of ours donates one lifesaving vaccine to a child in need. (Plus…that photo!) The Rio Summer Olympics are over but the sexist media coverage lingers, and our kids are hearing it.Great discussion here.   Move over helicopter parents…now there’s lifeguard parenting. And it’s interesting. Great tips from parents on how to get kids talking. (And hey! Pay special...

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Custom portraits of your kid with their imaginary friend. How cool is that?

We’ve seen tons of amazing portrait artists we’ve absolutely loved (and hired) over the years, but the collaboration between photographer Anna Angenend and illustrator Amy Snyder may just be my favorite yet. These artists create custom portraits of your child with their imaginary friend, inspired by their own drawings. These pictures make me so happy. Anna and Amy will brainstorm the concept with you, do a photo shoot on location in San Antonio, Texas (or anywhere you’re willing to pay for them to travel to), and add in custom illustrations of the imaginary friend that’s been inspired by your kid’s creativity. For...

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Could you use a little box of joy these days?

Our friend Marisa Cummings, the accomplished illustrator and force behind  Creative Thursday, has launched an adorable box of happiness and inspiration, as she calls it. Or, more succinctly, a Box of Joy. They’ve been so popular that there are only a limited number left, but if you have a friend, sister, niece, or tween or teen daughter who needs a little pick-me-up, this could do the trick. The box comes in two sizes, complete with a surprise selection of adorable items Marisa has created, from her original canvas wall art, to mugs, notebooks, and even fabric. Think for a moment; I imagine there’s...

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12 unique tattoo ideas for parents, beyond your kid’s name on your back.

I loved tattoos ever since I got my first one back in college (sorry, mom), but after having kids, I was all about searching for unique tattoo ideas for parents. For me, it was about honoring the journey of becoming a mom, as well as keeping a little part of my kids with me as I know that all too soon they’ll be grown up and not up my arm pit every five seconds. Ha. Turns out, I’m not the only one with unique tattoos that celebrate parenthood. I hit up a bunch of my friends — online and offline — who...

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11 wonderful inspirational nursery prints that you might not think to buy for a baby’s room

I’m long past the days of decorating a baby’s room (sniff), but when you find inspirational nursery prints this wonderful and beautifully designed, it’s a wonder we ever used to settle for those ubiquitous licensed children’s characters or generic animals. After having looked at so many of these wonderful inspirational quote prints that weren’t necessarily designed as baby gifts — but happen to make great ones — I’ll be snagging some for my friends who are having babies. And maybe even a few for our own home that my elementary-aged kids will love. Because I figure if I’ve got any job as a mom, it’s...

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12 wonderfully empowering Mother’s Day gifts for progressive moms

I happen to have a mother who’d be more happy with a political biography or a “smash the patriarchy” print for Mother’s Day, than a salt scrub. (Not that she’d turn down a nice salt scrub.) It got me thinking, that I’m sure she’s not alone! So for those of you looking for a cool Mother’s Day gift that’s a little more empowering, a little more forward-thinking, a little more radical than most traditional options, here are a few gifts for progressive moms that I’m totally loving. Just be sure to check ship dates if you’re trying to get them...

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26 of the coolest custom portraits that make seriously amazing gifts

When it comes down to it, you really can’t go wrong with pictures of your kids as gifts. We’re huge fans of photo gifts — from custom memory games to marshmallows (yes, really) and of course, photo books. But the gifts that are really melting our hearts are cool custom portraits of our families from some of the most talented folks we’ve ever found on Etsy. These artists are totally nailing it with modern portraits that are anything but the pastel chaise-lounge portraits your grandmother still has hanging on her wall. To help you shop for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts this year, we’ve rounded up all...

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The cool custom cut-paper portraits we really, really want for Mother’s Day.

I think any parent would be so happy to be gifted a portrait of their child for Mother’s Day. Not the old-fashioned, over-posed kind of photo but something unique, handmade, custom-created. I so admire indie artists who create images of families that still clearly, and without a doubt, look like them and I was so excited to find Patricia Lima at Purple Paper People on Etsy. I have been wanting a portrait of my youngest, and her custom cut-paper portraits are so full of personality and whimsy, she’s the perfect artist to capture his fun-loving spirit. With Mother’s Day coming up, this is the gift I really want. Not that...

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The coolest Easter Peeps diorama contest entries, FTW!

Easter traditions, in no particular order: 1. Dye eggs. 2. Find eggs. 3. Open baskets. 4. Steal all the Reese’s eggs from the kids. 5. Look at all the winners of all the Peeps art contests. Related: Fun ideas for what to do with Easter Peeps (besides eat them all)   I always head to the annual Washington Post Peeps Diorama winners first, followed by the excellent Seattle Times Peeps Contest. And then there’s also the WashPo’s dedicated Kids’ Peep Contest that your kids will love, featuring sugary homages to Inside Out, DC area sports teams, fairy tales, and Peep Steve Harvey whiffing the Miss Universe Peepgeant...

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15 pretty Easter flower crafts for kids of every age, from easy to whoa!

There’s nothing quite like bright bursts of color dotting the landscape to wake me up and out of winter’s hibernation. And you can bring all the colors of spring into your home with these 15 pretty flower crafts you can make with the kids,even if the real ones aren’t blooming in your neck of the woods just yet. From easy fingerprint projects to more advanced crafting like weaving and stamp making, we’ve found some amazing DIY crafts that are getting us all excited about the warmer weather and good things to come. And don’t miss our newly updated post with 11 more fun, easy flower craft ideas for kids....

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Where’s Warhol? Not hiding in a red and white striped shirt, that’s for sure.

When I first saw a copy of Where’s Warhol?, I had to laugh at this clever twist on the incredibly popular Where’s Waldo books that I devoured when I was a kid. I mean, Andy Warhol was better known for donning a platinum wig than a red-and-white striped cap, but the super-social iconic artist was always just as easy to spot in a crowd. In this new book by art historian Catherine Ingram and illustrator Andrew Rae, it may be a little easier to spot him than Waldo, but no less fun. Here, Andy Warhol makes an appearance in a dozen famous moments you may recall from Art History...

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The ultimate awesome gift: Your own custom box of Crayola crayons.

I still remember how special it would feel to get a brand new box of 64 Crayola crayons just for myself — and that was before Crayola My Way, a super cool new way to create a box of totally custom Crayola crayons. Not only can you personalize the outside of the box with photos and a short message or name, but you can also choose which colors go inside. Does your child only color with Cornflower blue? Always run out of the metallics first? Love everything purple? No problem. Best birthday gift ever! Related: Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide It’s super simple to personalize...

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Now that’s the power of love!

Whether you’re a fan of Valentine’s Day or not, what can we say — we’ll always take the chance to put a little more love out there. Or you know, just to get a Huey Lewis earworm in our readers heads for the rest of the day. Whether you’re celebrating with the kids, your beloved, or a big box of chocolates and a date with Netflix, we wish you all the the love in the world today. Happy Valentine’s Day! xo Kristen + Liz and team Cool Mom Picks   Power of Love crossstitch: Not So Modern...

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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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11 creative painting projects for kids. Get out the brushes! Or…bubble wrap?

We admit that sometimes we avoid the really fun painting and craft projects that include supplies other than the box of nice, neat, perfectly sharpened colored pencils we know will minimize cleanup time. (The glitter glue, that’s a whole other story.) But then we think, aw, the kids always have the best time painting.  Maybe it’s time to get out the brushes? That’s when we toss some newspaper or a drop cloth over the table, stick an apron or giant t-shirt over the kids, and let them get messy. And you know? We’re always glad we did. The truth is, cleanup is never as awful...

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12 romantic Valentine’s gifts for him under $50 | Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas 2016

We love the idea of romantic valentine’s gifts for him that don’t break the bank, which is why we scoured the web for some of the coolest ideas for the lucky man in your life that all happen to be under $50. Of course, we won’t discourage a bigger, more expensive gift, of course, but we think these still get the Valentine’s Day message across.  Just don’t forget the card! All gift ideas have been determined by our editorial staff. There is no compensation for recommendations. Cool Mom Picks is an Amazon and Reward Style affiliate.   Check out more of our Valentine’s...

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Kids say the darndest things…and then you frame them.

When I first got wind of the Kickstarter for Peanut Gallery Comics, how could I not smile? The idea is so simple and smart — commissioning one of four illustrators to create an original comic strip or frame of some funny, quirky, wonderful thing your kid said that you just have to preserve forever. You know, somewhere besides Facebook. Related: 20 incredible, modern custom illustrated family portraits that make the most special gift As a testament to dad Matt Tepper’s clever idea, after just a couple of days they’ve already hit their reasonable funding goal. However there’s still time for you to get...

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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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