Tag: back to school

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – from the big screen to your kid’s lunchbox

If Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the hit at the box office that it was on TV back in the 80’s I suspect a whole lot of kids will be flipping for this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bento box lunch found at Alpha Mom. I am so not the Pinterest-approved, bento-making mom; if I pull out a lunch punch and go to town on my kids’ sun butter sandwiches, they think I got all creative on them. But this? I could actually pull off with a little effort. Especially since it’s made with food my kids will actually eat–right down to the goldfish and...

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Healthy back to school snacks: 4 delicious food trends every parent should know about.

I’m a sucker for new food trends, but I usually wait to see what sticks–and what I really like, of course–before spreading the word. Let’s face it, not every new food product is worth reporting (looking at you, green ketchup). Sometimes, though, not-to-miss food trends emerge from the fray. I recently caught on to four that I think parents should know about, just in time for back to school snacks. Some of these brand new foods may be hard to find in your local supermarket, but everything listed here–with one exception that I just couldn’t resist–is available online and seriously worth your...

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These cute personalized lunch boxes that go beyond monograms and first names

The sting of summer ending can be hard to bear, but I know that accessories always make me feel better. I mean uh, my kids. So take a look at this adorable line of personalized lunch boxes  by Itzy Ritzy for, of all places, Shutterfly. Maybe it will help? We have covered many lunch boxes,  but the Lunch Happens lunch bags may be the first line I’ve seen where you can personalize a lunch box with your kid’s name and pictures. It being Shutterfly and all. The designs are pretty cute — robots, fruit with faces, colorful photo bubbles. Once you’ve picked one, it’s really easy to upload photos from your...

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The coolest lunch box accessories: Back to School Guide 2014

In the next installment of our Back to School Guide, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest lunch box accessories–always one of our favorite categories. We’re not miracle workers or anything, but here’s hoping they’ll make you look forward to school lunch packing. Or at least, encourage your kids to gobble up everything you’ve so thoughtfully prepared. And what would our guide be without a killer giveaway? We’ve got over $1000 worth of prizes up for grabs, including goodies for your kid and goodies for you. Just scroll down to the bottom of this post for the details. We promise, it’s super easy...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins

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. The hot bag for fall our editors are fighting over. (Okay, not really, but we might!). Plus, it supports a great cause. 2. A simply brilliant way to pack fruit in school lunches. Easy, too. 3. We bet these tips for making the fluffiest pancakes will make everyone at your house very happy. 4. One of the coolest birthday gifts for toddlers we’ve seen. 5. Three words: Hello Kitty backpack....

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Web Coolness: Back to school giveaway, a babysitter sharing controversy, and Ryan Gosling wallpaper

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Our Back to School Shopping Guide series is up now, have you seen it? And don’t miss that huge giveaway! The science activity our kids are begging us to do again and again, and we don’t even mind. Remembering Robin Williams with our staff’s favorite movie clips. Did yours make our list? What would you do if someone asked for your best sitter’s number? Interesting comments. Here’s how to take the perfect back to school photo of your kids Hint: This free printable can help. Leave...

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The coolest lunch boxes and lunch bags: Back to School Guide 2014

Next up in our back to school shopping guide: The coolest lunch boxes and bags. And wow, there are so many, whether it’s your first year sending your preschooler off to school with lunch, or (lucky you) your kids are finally packing their own. And what would our guide be without a killer giveaway? This year it’s a $1000 back to school giveaway that we like to think of as a little something for you, a little something for the kids. Scroll down for all the details; entering is as easy as leaving a comment. This all comes to you thanks to...

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Cool journals from ecojot that get inspirational but not sappy. Just how we like it.

I used to be a journal junkie, until time and obligations got in the way of collecting my deep thoughts and poetry on paper. So I can see why our Cool Mom Tech team is going nuts for the new ecojot Connect journals which let you turn your grocery lists and inspiring doodles digital with a companion app. But if you still think old fashioned journals and notebooks are just fine, thanks so much, I’m loving this new collection of recycled paper journals from ecojot. We have been fans of ecojot’s quality Earth- and people-friendly notebooks for years, which help donate...

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High protein snacks: A healthy snack trend parents can get down with. (Just in time for back to school!)

As much as it drives you bananas, it’s true: there’s no way to control what or how much your kids eat at lunch. (Say it with me: I’ll pack healthy food, the rest is up to them, everything will be fine.) The biggest worry for many parents is that their kids aren’t getting enough protein, which is where these high protein snacks come in. I’ve tracked down some super snacks help alleviate parental-protein-anxiety—yes, that’s an official diagnosis, according to me—by packing at least four grams of protein into every serving. And they are snacks, as in kids will actually eat...

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The coolest backpacks and bags for big kids: Back to School Guide 2014

Next up in our Back to School Shopping Guide series are the coolest backpacks and bags for big kids. And you may know that’s no easy task, especially when kids suddenly have an opinion (or two or 27) about what they’re carrying. Here, you’ll find the coolest styles from preppy to funky to everything in between, all big enough all those books and homework folders (ack!) and snacks and even laptops they’ll be toting around. Plus as moms, we’re aiming for packs that will still look pretty great in May, too.   We’re thrilled to bring you all these cool picks courtesy of our awesome...

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The coolest backpacks and bags for preschoolers and little kids: Back to School Guide 2014

We’re so excited to bring you our annual Back to School Shopping Guide! Whoo! While you were busy drinking in the rest of summer, we were all busy combing the web to find our favorite back to school goodies to help get everyone a little more excited for September…or uh, early August, for a few of you. (Sorry Nashville.) We’re kicking things off today with the coolest backpacks and bags for preschoolers and the younger kids in your life, which is always one of our favorites. How sweet is it to pick out your child’s very first backpack that no doubt will...

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When back to school shopping goes awry: Can you relate?

Of all the things I thought I’d grow up to be in life, a cartoon character was never one of them. But, here I am! A cartoon. It’s a little strange. And yet? My butt never looked so good so no complaints from me. For the last year, I’ve worked with American Express in various ways, which is a joy; I love getting to partner with the brands I love and respect and actually use myself. Proud member since 19-mumblemuble. So as a spokesperson for the Amex EveryDay Credit Card (you know, Maroon 5, Tina Fey…me. Ha.) I am so excited to share...

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Cool messenger bags for back to school. For you and the kids.

I love pretty much every part of back to school shopping, but picking out the new school bag might just be the best part. And it’s even more fun these days now that there are so many cool options, like these cool messenger bags (and backpacks) from The Medium Control on Etsy.   If you’re shopping for a big kid or yourself, I’d definitely take a whirl around their cool shop full of fun printed messenger bags and backpacks. I’m partial to the old school turntable bag myself, or the Eames chairs backpack. Monogrammed bags are a cool way to help identify your...

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Lovely literary pencils for your favorite young writer

Why settle for #2 pencils when these literary pencils are bound to be #1 on any bookish kid’s school supply list? Whether you’ve got a tween into Harry Potter and Ramona Quimby or a teen with a soft spot for Alice or a hankering to be Divergent, those plain yellow wood pencils on the school supply list are  yesterday’s news. Bouncing Ball Creation on Etsy hand-rolls #2 pencils with book pages to create pencils that will please the most persnickety teacher and amuse the writer. Each set includes five standard pencils, pre-sharped and ready for the first day of school,...

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Web Coolness: Hilarious librarians, the kind of spam we like, and the hidden danger of trying to be a supermom.

Here’s our favorite links from what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Must see: the handmade items that fill Lucy Sparrow’s corner convenience shop. Huge congrats to our own Delilah Dawson! Reviews for hew new YA horror book, Servants of the Storm are great. Current obsession: Website that lets you turn any photo into a LEGO portrait. Is ballet a sport? Check out this video (and prepare to want to work out more.) [via DesignMom] Why every mom could use a little yoga in her life, from a surprising source. At least to us. The hidden danger of trying to...

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Back to school snacks: 6 exciting, creative ways to pack fruit for school lunch

They say that a balanced lunch box should include at least one serving of fruit. Apples count, but only if your kid actually eats them–and apparently they can get boring after a while. (Psh, kids these days.) This year, I plan on switching up our back to school snacks with these six fresh ways to pack fruit for school lunch. Fruit roll-ups are one of the most popular back-to-school snacks, but I’m not so sure you can consider most varieties actual fruit. These health,  homemade Mango fruit roll-ups (above) from Just a Taste are different, though. Made with just pureed fresh mango—yup, nothing added—these...

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Panda school supplies: Our vote for cutest 2014 back to school trend.

We thought hedgehogs, foxes, even narwhals would hit it big as the hot animal for kids his year. And yes, they have. But of all things, we’re also noticing a ton of adorable panda school supplies and we can’t say we’re complaining. If your kids awwww at them as much as ours do, here are some of our favorites.       Panda preschool Backpack and Panda Zoo Lunchie ($20, $14 Skip*Hop) What preschooler or little kid would not want to skip to school holding one–or both–of these cute panda supplies in their paws. Actually, my seven-year old likes the lunch...

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Back to school stress-buster: 5 tips to get kids out the door in time for school

It’s back to school time and we would love to go on and on about how structured and peaceful the morning routine is in our homes, what with getting the kids ready, making a healthy breakfast, packing the perfect lunches, signing permission slips days in advance, creating exquisite french braids “just like Elsa,” and walking the dog–maybe twice. You know, just like you do, right? We admit it: Mornings are crazy, and a little help can go a long way. That’s where the kids earn their keep. Having your kids shoulder some of that school morning burden can really...

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Get the write stuff with cool pencils for a back to school ego boost

Of course we are all guilty in today’s society of overpraising our children; everyone gets a trophy right? Yeah, not in my world. However, there is nothing wrong with a little extra parental encouragement. So, as I am starting to assemble the back to school shopping goodies, I came across these cool pencils that double as a clever “you can do it!” back to school goodie, and just could not resist. This update on the classic No.2 pencil reads Not No. 2…. Always No. 1, and is just straight up smile inducing. These cool pencils are a perfect addition to the pencil...

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The Creeper ate my homework!

If Minecraft ate a bunch of your kids’ time this summer, this Minecraft Creeper backpack is the perfect way to head back to school, where sadly, Stampy Longnose videos are not part of the daily curriculum. Of course teachers will not accept “The Creeper ate my homework,” as a viable excuse but that shouldn’t stop your young Minecraft fan from begging for a creeper backpack to start the school year. With oodles of compartments, pockets, organizers, and sturdy double zippers, the Minecraft Creeper backpack from our pals at ThinkGeek is an unusually savvy way to merge video games and a workhorse of a...

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