Tag: back to school

Web coolness: Kids on airplanes, Dascha Polanco, and Marvel’s next female superhero. Who is awesome.

Here are the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   There’s still time to leave a comment on this post to donate a lifesaving vaccine to a child in need. if you click on any link here, consider making it this one. The kids-only airplane: The answer to semi-monthly outrage about families who deign to travel. A very special R-rated edition of Spawned with Kristen + Liz. Spoiler alert: Lenny Kravitz. Funny read: I’m Not Ill, I Just Have kids, from the author of The Parent Normal. School lunch help is here! If...

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The chalkboard calendar that stays as flexible as you are. Or probably should be, if you have kids.

I’ve been feeling like my house has gotten a little out of control here at the end of the summer, so I’m taking advantage of our new back-to-school routine this week to get started. (And yes, I’m one of those moms with the crazy early school start dates this year.) First step: a family calendar that includes chores, meals, and appointments all in one place. I need it to be flexible, because I know my kids and they get bored with the same responsibilities every day. And, of course, our commitments will change week to week. So I’m absolutely taken with the idea...

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The coolest affordable small appliances for college | Back to school guide

It’s like you blink and you’ve gone from back to school shopping for toddler backpacks to those annoying extra-long twin sheets for dorm room beds. So whether you’re sending your own kid off to college this year (sniff!), or maybe your niece, nephew, or even grandchild, we’ve got a ton of ideas that will help make their dorm room feel more like home. Or maybe even better in some ways. [click here for our 2016 back to school guide] That’s why we’re thrilled to be partnering with Best Buy, which is more than just tech. In fact, it’s more like a one-stop...

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Emoji backpacks! Your kids want one, trust us.

We can’t believe it’s August and we’re already thinking about back-to-school shopping. Although what’s crazier is that some of you parents have to think about it now because your kids go back to school next week. WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THIS WORLD? (Sorry, New Yorker here whose kids go back to school after Labor Day.) So as we start to poke around for the coolest school supplies to bring you in our upcoming annual back to school shopping guide, I came across these emoji backpacks and honestly, I just couldn’t wait another week to share them. Seeing how emoji is like the new...

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Great savings on some of the coolest back-to-school shopping

When we were growing up, the best part about back-to-school season was always shopping for school supplies. But things have come a long way from the small thrill of finding a Trapper Keeper pattern that matched your personality. In fact, our friends at Minted are back as a sponsor (yay Minted!), and they’ve gotten into the back to school shopping game, too. You thought Minted was just stationery? Turns out they’ve now got personalized notebooks, name labels, cards and more, all to help your kids express themselves through a few special school supplies. Plus, we are so thrilled that Minted is offering 15% off all their kids’ essentials for back...

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12 creative tips for getting your kids ready for kindergarten. Because, kindergarten! Also, pass the tissues.

We are having so much fun with our kids home for summer break, the occasional sibling squabble aside, but we’re already thinking about back-to-school. Especially on behalf of those of you in the south who start in what, like four minutes?  There’s so much to do to get ready any given school year, but those of us with kids going off to kindergarten for the first time (sniff, sniff), we are always looking for tips for getting kids kindergarten ready, to be sure that they — and we — have a successful first year at school. So we are really excited to...

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The coolest back to school shopping finds on Etsy, all with cash back. Thanks, Ebates!

Do you know how much the average parent spends on back to school shopping? Let’s just say, a lot. We love supporting smaller indie brands, and finding the cool school supplies out there that helps make this time of year a little more fun — but we also love a great bargain. Which is why we are beyond happy to be working with our sponsor Ebates, which is now helping us all do both. From July 21 to August 3, when you sign in with your Ebates account, you get double cash back from tons of online retailers you may be shopping anyway, like Old...

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How to keep your kids from forgetting their lunch boxes. Maybe? Hopefully?

When I saw the brand new Skip Hop Forget Me Not backpack and lunch bag sets earlier this year at Toy Fair, it was like an instant, I HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THIS. And now, at long last, they’re available for purchase from their site, our affiliate Amazon, or indie kids’ boutiques everywhere. The idea is so clever: Backpacks in little kid sizes that is smartly designed with a matching lunch pack that actually fits right into a zippered flap on the outside of the bag with a see-through window. If that window isn’t showing the lunch box pattern on...

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Adorable new photo memory cards for the last day of school, and other big moments

With another school year coming to an end, it’s a great time to capture a photo of your grinning student on their last day of school. To make sure you remember the moment years from now, I love the new Picture Me Proud photo memory cards from the smart folks at Sticky Bellies. They’ll make sure the memory of their last day of kindergarten, first, second, or even fifth grade stays clear, as well as many other moments of importance in their young lives. Related: The best teacher gift ideas according to people who know: actual teachers. A set of Picture Me Proud photo memory cards...

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The new Bottlerocket Water Bottle from PlanetBox: Is it worth the price?

When PlanetBox, the makers of those uber popular stainless-steel lunch boxes, asked if I’d like to check out their new Bottlerocket water bottle, I didn’t even blink before saying yes. I recently ditched juice boxes from my kids’ lunches to save a little money and cut down on their sugar intake, which means they now fill and pack their own water bottle every day. So I’m always looking for the exact perfect one. However at $28, this is probably one of the priciest water bottles I’ve seen for kids — a good $10 more than the popular Klean Kanteen bottle. So I...

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Organic Slammers are a slam dunk. Yeah, I went there. (Sorry.)

Let me start by saying that I have to make four school lunches every night of the week, so if there’s anything to make the whole lunch packing process easier–and of course, healthier–I am willing to try it. That is how I ended up with a new BFF (best food friend) Organic Slammers. We’re already big squeezy fans in my house, as we call them, and GoGo SqueeZ applesauce and squeezable yogurt tubes are regular fixtures in my kids’ lunchboxes. So it wasn’t a huge stretch for us to try Organic Slammers. They combine a lot of our favorites only with more nutrients, because they include fruit and...

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ToGoKins: Little cloth napkins with a big impact

My kids’ backpacks are filled to bursting every morning as they leave for school, with books, lunch, snacks, and whatever else they can find to cram in there, it seems. Adding something else to that haul might seem ludicrous, but I love the environmental aspect of sending them off with cloth napkins like ToGoKins. Those of you who are crafty might be able to make them yourself,  but for me, it would be June before I pull out my sewing machine and actually do it. So this little Etsy shop is a great resource. Their adorable little cloth napkins are just that. Little. (And...

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Web Coolness: Big Apple news, DIY popsicle stick dolls, and how to start the school year off strong

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   What moms need to know about the new iPhone 6 (and the 6 plus. Yes, there are two). Smart advice for starting the school year off strong, especially if you have older kids. Ever wonder the best way to remove temporary tattoos? This adorable video from our friends at tatt.ly is perfect. Sometimes, just PB&J is good enough for the kids (or sun butter, if you’ve got nut allergies!). DIY popsicle stick dolls, perfect for little hands (at top) Powerful short documentary on the Great Boatlift Rescue on 9/11....

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. This is a genius app your kid’s teacher needs to get stat. 2. If you’ve ever dropped your smart phone then you need this very smart case. 3. Don’t shop online again without these three money-saving browser extensions installed. 4. Looking to purchase a computer for your child? Here’s a helpful shopping guide. 5. A new photo management and storing service that’s blowing us away....

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Beyonce-approved backpacks that give back: We’re crazy in love.

Listen, we know how tough it can be to find a fierce backpack for older kids that will last, which is why some of our kids still don’t have the perfect one yet. It’s also why we put together an entire Back to School backpack round-up of the darned things. So you can understand our excitement when Queen Bey herself helps to design a high-end bag that looks like Darth Vader and will last almost as long, while giving a backpack to a kid in need. (Which is a very un Vader-like act of benevolence, of course.) This limited edition...

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I want to see you be brave: Kids’ jewelry to help them feel strong

Going to school can be an adventure for many kids, but I know firsthand what it’s like to have a preschooler clinging to my leg and begging me not to leave her. If you too are feeling like back-to-school–or any change in your kids’ lives lately–has been causing more anxiety than excitement, check out this new kids’ jewelry that will help remind you both of the power of a little courage and support. Created by mama Sandy Magura, the silver-plated Brave bracelets are sold in packages of two; one for your child and one for you. It’s a reminder to her that you aren’t...

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Chu’s First Day of School is the coolest new book for kids. Not just because it’s by Neil Gaiman.

I love how books can help kids adjust to new life events, like going to school for the first time. If your preschooler or young elementary student is nervous about these early weeks of school, or you have a kid heading off to a new school this year and having to make all new friends, I am so excited to have found Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex. Because, Neil Gaiman. Just one of my favorite authors, that’s all. Chu may already be a favorite in your household, considering his inaugural book, Chu’s Day, was a New York Times bestseller. In this...

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15 super funky print pants and leggings for kids this fall. Fear not the patterns!

As we’re doing all our back to school shopping around my house, my kids and I are getting excited about the funky print pants and leggings for kids that we’re seeing everywhere. I’m looking for fun, bold, unexpected patterns that will really set my kid apart from the crowd, and still pair well with the basic shirts, shoes and sweaters. It’s so fun to splurge on one or two special new things that really freshen up your existing wardrobe, and I hope these 15 we’ve found fit the bill, whether your kids’s preferred fashion statements are subtle or huge. Cool Mom Picks is an rstyle partner and...

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How to hard boil eggs perfectly. Plus 5 ways to use them for quick school day breakfasts

A perfectly hard boiled egg can be an elusive thing, even for those of us who cook–and cook with kids underfoot, and into everything, all the time. I’m here to help fix that! Hard boiled eggs are a super easy, nutritious go-to food that I have on hand all of the time and, when you follow these easy directions for how to hard boil eggs perfectly, you may too. They’re great to have around for any meal of the day, but especially for one of the five quick school day breakfast ideas. I’ve rounded up for you.   How to Hard Boil Eggs Perfectly First,...

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A custom backpack our kids can’t wait to design themselves

My kids wear uniforms to school, which makes it hard for them to find ways to express their personalities while staying within the dress code. One great option is of course custom backpacks (and backpack accessories) that reflect their fun spirits, like the new ones we just discovered from Adelaide NYC, already one of our favorite spots for kids’ accessories. They’re pricy, but definitely something we haven’t seen before. DIY backpack in this case means design it yourself, which is definitely easier and less messy than handing your kids a sewing machine and some backpack fabric. Kids can choose from 12 different geometric...

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