Tag: back to school

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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Fun zipper pulls: The fall accessory our kids are collecting

When I walked down my son’s school hallway this week I couldn’t help but giggle when I saw four identical backpacks hanging from the hooks outside his classroom. (Take note: purple leopard print is a big hit with third graders right now. That may or may not scare you.) One way to let your kid stand out when he wants to match with his friends—or to at least be able to quickly figure out which bag is his—is to seek out some trendy backpack accessories, and my kids happen to be big fans of fun zipper pulls these days. They’re super cute, very collectible, and they can even...

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Lunch box snacks the kids will go nuts over

Finding nutritious lunch box snacks that my kids won’t toss when I’m out of eyesight can be a challenge, so I get excited when I find something our whole family likes. Our latest favorite crunchy treats are the single-serve packs of 180 Snacks’ Nut Crunch Variety Pack that fill us up with ingredients–think oven-baked nuts and cranberry– that I can feel good about feeding to my kids. The Blueberry Pomegranate, Cranberry Pomegranate, and Cashew Crunch flavors are all delicious, and also 100% vegan, gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free and Kosher, so they can be safely enjoyed by kids and adults with varied dietary...

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I am Groot. Well, these cool, sprouting pencils are.

Thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy, a sentient tree who can only say three–fine, four–words is this summer’s coolest superhero. And when I think of how cool these plantable, sprouting pencils will look once they bloom in a pot of soil, all I can think about is baby Groot, dancing. Which means your kids can do their homework with Groot. Sprout pencils are made of sustainably-grown cedar with a special, water-activated seed capsule where the eraser should go. Once your pencil is too short to write with, just follow the included directions to plant it. Soon you’ll have a pot...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins of the week

Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out these 5 cool Pinterest pins plus lots more from our site and around the web.   1. 6 school lunch ideas beyond sandwiches. It’s that time, parents. 2. A sweet DIY family necklace craft to help make the first day of preschool easier on kids. 3. Hitting the road this weekend? Load up the iPad with these cool math apps for kids. Bonus: They’re fun. 4. Our pick for the hottest studs for fall. (And no, we’re not talking about Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. Sorry!)....

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The new Appaman outerwear line has us craving the cold. Well, almost.

When I moved back to the northeast last year after nearly ten years in Atlanta, my children and I were sorely unprepared for winter. My first purchase: An Appaman long down coat that I’d seen on Liz’s girls several winters in a row. This year, I’m determined to be ready for the colder climes, which just got a whole lot easier with our scoop on the new Appaman outerwear line. How very, very convenient. It’s not just that I love their modern twist on classic looks that never go out of style. Appaman makes coats that truly last, not...

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Web Coolness: Women who’ve changed history, life-saving nail polish, and how to talk to kids about tragedy

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Jell-O Rainbow playdough recipe-o. What fun colors! Should you trash all your parenting books? 2014: The year fashion smoked crack. One word: Overalls. Bookmark this: A website that helps you figure out all those long ingredients you can’t pronounce. Our editor Kristen rounds up 5 entrepreneurs leading this year’s back to school trends.   From roller girls to rebel fighters: photos of women who have changed history. Limited edition cashmere hoodies for your kids. Does this mean winter is coming? Ack. The nail polish that can save...

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Herschel toddler backpacks: The kinds that won’t break before circle time

We featured Canadian brand Herschel in our 2013 Backpacks for Big Kids Guide because we’re so impressed with their sturdy construction and stylish design. Now we’re digging on the the Hershel toddler backpacks at My Sweet Muffin, which are slightly smaller but just as long-lasting. because as parents know, toddlers sure are rough on their backpacks for people without homework. I even discovered a faulty zipper on my kindergartner’s first bag–right after he tore off the tags on the day before school started. Yay. With gender neutral colors, padded straps, and plenty of reinforcement, we love Herschel Supply’s Plaid Survey Bag, Cobalt Blue Bag,...

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A bird in the hair…

One of our back to school shopping traditions (besides the annual fight about how no, you don’t need a new _____  because last year’s is just fine thank you very much) is an affordable one: My girls each pick a cute new hair accessory. Of course this is as much for me as for them, because on days that my youngest daughter simply refuses to brush her hair, a ponytail saves the day. In honor of my seven-year-old who is going through a total bird thing right now (well, that and tigers) here are a few bird themed hair accessories she likes...

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Put your junk in this cute recycled bag. Now it’s not junk!

Whether your kid needs a school supply pouch like no other, or you want to keep your own makeup organized while traveling, check out this Junk Drawer Pouch, a cute recycled storage bag. It harkens back to the days when every kitchen had a junk drawer that, like Mary Poppins’s bag or Doctor Who’s Tardis, was bigger on the inside. Our pals at Perpetual Kid are always serving up fun ways to do normal things (they’re all over our back to school guide, you may have noticed) and I’m sure you can come up with a ton of uses for this pouch...

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Superfruits: How to pack 5 favorites as part of a super-boosted, healthy school lunch.

Though there isn’t substantive research behind claims that Superfruits Save The Day by helping you live longer (seriously, be wary of such grandiose claims on food packing), some fruits are just plain better for you than others. In fact, there are a handful of fruits that nutritionists consider “super” thanks to high concentrations of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and eating one to two cups of these Superfruits a day can help keep your family in tip-top shape. These are five of our favorite so-called Superfruits, along with some of my favorite Superfruit recipes and the products that help make packing...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins of the week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins every day from our site and beyond.   1.  We are so crushing over this chic fall look. 2.  Could this free printable be the school morning lifesaver we’re looking for? 3.  If your kids haven’t started school yet, here’s a simple, fun first day of school photo idea. 4. Tech meets fashion in a most clever way. 5. Ninja pencils. That is all.   For plenty of help of all kinds, as we head into back to school season and beyond, be sure to follow our parents’ life...

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Web Coolness: Parenting trends that will have you laughing, what your preschooler’s drawings mean, and more.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Love seeing women of all shapes and sizes being celebrated. Words of wisdom: Sometimes the best thing you can do for your kids is do something for yourself. Does food in clear packaging taste better? Hilarious: The top parenting trends of 2014 according to The Onion. We’d expect no less. This would make a perfect little back-to-school gift for your kids heading back to school. Don’t miss our incredible green living giveaway at Cool Mom Tech. (But only if you like cash.)     This printable placemat at Design Mom just...

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12 truly cool back to school crafts that beat macaroni art

While yes, you can–and I have–let the kids go to town on that plain canvas pencil case with Sharpies, I’ve been on the lookout for cool back to school crafts that might be more fun and interesting. And I do mean cool ones; I spent ages really combing the web for craft ideas that look fantastic, they’re not ridiculously hard to do, and none of them suck up to the teacher with something with an apple painted on it. (Save that til holiday time, eh?) This is the kind of stuff we’d gladly buy, but if you have the inclination, some of the most brilliant crafters and...

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Adorably personalized library tote bags give kids one more reason not to lose those books.

As this crazy summer winds down I’m really looking forward to returning to our town’s library for after school hangs and rainy weekends. We’re there often, but no matter how hard we try to keep track of those borrowed books they tend to get lost in the household shuffle, so I exceptionally love the idea of this personalized library tote bag from our friends at Sarah + Abraham. This adorable customizable tote featuring the popular olligraphic designs we love will get your kids a little more excited when it’s time to make a library run. Kids can make this bag truly their own, choosing among four colors...

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5 of the best websites for school lunch recipes that are easy, healthy, and realistic. In other words, no wacky food art allowed.

If you need back to school lunch recipes and inspiration, you are not alone. Which is why we have lots of it–websites and other online resources that are jam-packed with awesome school lunch recipes that are easy to make, healthy and even creative. Not like, make-a-sculpture-out-of-cheese-and-toothpicks creative, but healthy-and-the-kids-might-actually-eat-it creative. And that’s something we can all use a dose of in our school lunches.   ONE HUNGRY MAMA For years on my own site, I’ve put together so many great school lunch recipes that I think you’ll find helpful. Think easy rice and grain bowls that come together as quickly as you can throw four or five...

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Cheery, color coordinated desk accessories in colors to make you happy.

As soon as both of my kids got on the school bus for the first time, I couldn’t wait to get back to work in the delicious silence of an empty house. Reclaiming my home office is my first step in getting back in the zone, which means I have a little shopping to do. Forget gray staplers and black trays; it’s 2014, when Pantone rules and boring drools which is why we’ve loved Poppin since they launched last year. Poppin offers color coordinated office supplies and desk accessories in now 16 (!) vibrant colors from lime (which we love so...

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The coolest school supplies to make school more fun: Back to School Guide 2014

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impression, and when it comes to back to school shopping, it may be the backpack we spend all our time stressing about, when it turns out to be the $1 hamster eraser or the personalized pencil case that our kids love and cherish like nothing else. So we’ve scoured the web for you to track down two dozen of the very coolest school supplies and fun accessories to make all this preparation a little more fun. For both of you.   Flying colors rainbow tape dispenser ($11.99, coming soon to Perpetual Kid) And...

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PLAE shoes make playing more stylish and comfortable for kids

With four kids to outfit in back-to-school clothes and shoes this year, you can bet I’m extra picky about what I purchase because I simply can’t afford to keep rebuying items throughout the year. And while I have my go-tos that are tried and true over the years, I’m happy to have found PLAE shoes — and so are my kids. Designed by a former designer from one of the big-name, stylish athletic shoes, he definitely nails the balance of great style and wearable play shoes. My littlest ones have spent the summer running around in PLAE’s stylish, funky kicks, and while...

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