Tag: back to school

A free printable to get your kids excited about back to school. (Also: cheaper than a new outfit.)

With my kids starting a new school in a new city this year, I’m doing everything I can to take the edge off what could be a pretty nerve-wracking experience. That’s why I’m loving these adorable free printables that are sure to make the first day of school an extra special one. This super cute, free First Day of School printable over at Alphamom is already downloaded to my computer, ready to fold and print and surprise them at the breakfast table on my kids’ own first day of school. I can’t think of a sweeter way to send...

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Best Lunchbox Snacks: Back to School Guide 2013

Many of my Cool Mom Picks comrades swear they prefer backpack shopping to planning school lunches, but I admit it: I enjoy the challenge of getting creative with packed lunches. Sure, I get in a rut sometimes, but a pantry full of go-to school lunch snacks helps keep things interesting when the main lunch course is yet another PB&J. (Sorry, kids.) So check out my favorite healthier, store-bought snacks for kids, many of which you might not know. They’re all free of icky ingredients that lots of packaged snacks have, and still full of flavor. –Stacie Recently I offered up...

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Cool Mom Picks back to school best on Kids Place Live

Just yesterday you might have caught our Editor Kristen and her cute daughter Quinlan live on SiriusXM Kids Place Live chatting with host Mindy Thomas about back to school. If you missed the show or weren’t able to track down all the coolness we chatted about, we rounded up all the cool tips, tricks, products, and apps that were mentioned.   Lunchbox ideas: – For a yummy peanut butter alternative, we love Sunbutter. But if your kids don’t like that, you could try Biscoff cookie spread as a special treat. – Here are Quinlan’s favorite treat for lunch: GoPicnic...

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Cool backpacks for big kids: Back to School Guide 2013

One of our favorite annual traditions is shopping for a cool new backpack with our big kids to get them excited for the school year. With any luck, these picks should last you beyond a year–or at least give a second kid some joy with a gently used backpack next September. We’ve found cool backpack ideas for grade schoolers through early teens. Also: Good luck getting a say in choosing things, the older your kids get. You’ve been warned. Stars and Stripes Bag with 1967 Label ($55 at Jansport) Fur Zebra backpack (PB Teen, $79) MadPax Blok Pak (Kitsel,...

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Best preschool backpacks: Back to School Guide 2013

We are so excited to bring you our annual back to school shopping guide, all fresh and fun for 2013. What’s the fun of going back to school–making lunches every morning? No! It’s finding your kids’ first new backpacks. That’s why we’re starting out with 11 of the best preschool backpacks, for all kinds of tastes in all kinds of price ranges. And hey–kindergarteners might like them a whole lot too. Shark Backpack in silver (Pkolino, $54.99) Panda Zoopack (Skip*Hop, $20) Kitty Personalized Backpack (Pottery Barn Kids, $34.50) MadPax Bubble Half-Pack (Madpax, $48) Milkdot Topkat Backpack (Milkdot, $40) Retro...

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Got back to school questions? Ask us live today on Kids Place Live!

With summer almost over, our Editor Kristen and her daughter Quinlan are headed back to the SiriusXM Kids Place Live studios this afternoon to talk all things back to school! Tune in live today at 4pm ET to Channel 78. You’ll catch cool apps and websites for parents, healthy snacks and lunchbox tricks, plus lots of fun shopping tips and picks from our new 2013 Back to School Shopping Guide launching today. And even more fun, you can call in to The Absolutely Mindy Show and ask Kristen and Quinlan a question live! So set your alarm and make...

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Web Coolness: an amazing photo series, blog comments that save lives, and a hilarious line of pretend to toys for kids

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. This photo series of four sisters taken over 36 years is a fascinating look at the passing of time. A lovely and thoughtful post, Unexpected Milestones, on why we should give kids time to develop at their own rate. And if you leave a comment on the post, you’ll give one vaccination to a child in need via Shot@Life. Can You Be Happy Without Children? Good discussion inspired by this week’s controversial TIME Magazine cover story. The Muppets Most Wanted Movie trailer!...

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Some of our favorite lunch bags for kids get even cuter

My kids have loved Milkdot lunch bags since we first found them. And Milkdot’s brand new styles give us one more reason. Or, three.   Milkdot reusable lunch totes are the right size to shove in multiple bentos and a small water bottle or juice box, complete with a little net pouch on the side for a piece of fruit or a note from you (awwww). The handle makes them easy to carry around. and I really like that the bags are structured, but still soft so I can cram them into a backpack if need be. I love...

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Web Coolness: DIY chalk paint, amazing yarn bombs, and royal baby chat

Here are some things we’ve loved reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. Check out this collection of crazy and colorful yarn bombs from around the world. Don’t let back to school season sneak up on you–use this clever Back to School Countdown printable from Alpha Mom. Not your ordinary bunk beds, these custom beds are truly spectacular. DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint is such an easy and colorful way to get your little artists outside. Six clever ways to reuse those pool noodles after summer ends. Our Editor Kristen talks all things royal baby in this Google...

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The cutest backpacks and bags for little kids just got cuter

Back to school shopping season gets earlier every year, doesn’t it? I have to say, there’s something about a shiny new backpack ready for new learning and new adventures that makes the season more fun. I mean, for the kids. Of course. We’ve loved, owned, and cherished Beatrix NY kids’ backpacks, wheelie bags and lunchbags since the day they launched. And while the adorable owl and the dinosaur are old friends, I’m happy to see some new designs added to the menagerie. The new little kids’ backpacks add some slightly more feminine options, like Katarina the Frog (Katarina was...

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Web Coolness: Disney princesses redressed, NYC for free, and more LEGO women

Here are some things we’ve loved reading around the web this week. We hope you do too!   Disney princesses get beautifully outfitted in more historically accurate clothing. (via Laughing Squid) If serving dinner to your kids is a big production, you’ve got to see this hilarious video that turns it into just that. The kids will have geometric fun making these smiling polyhedra characters from Minieco. NYC for free: Check out Mommy Poppins list of free New York attractions for kids. Do you remember fourth grade? This photographic series captures the wishes and worries of special kids from around the globe. (via Design Mom) Ice Cream...

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Summer camp backpacks with serious standout style

The first summer I sent my son to day camp, I tried to cram his lunch, towel, bathing suit, rain jacket, and various other doodads into his cute little preschool backpack. Epic mommy fail. This summer, we are ready with a standout backpack. It’s got plenty of room for camp gear, all with a personality that really pops. We’ve been big fans of MadPax ever since their Spiketus Rex backpacks hit the scene. My son adores his big red BUBBLE pack, which always gets a ton of comments wherever he goes.  Their latest creation, the MadPax BLOK, has a...

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Web Coolness: Fall style, flying with babies, and a sneak peek at Downton Abbey

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.    Love the European back-to-school style inspiration found in the pages of the new issue of MyLittleSquare online magazine. Props to Target from one dad of an autistic child who meets a very special cashier. Would you pass out Goodie Bags on a plane when flying with an infant? Google Chrome features the story of one of our favorites mom-run businesses, The Cambridge Satchel Company, in their new TV ad. Hooray! Want to stop bullying? This is one solution we...

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Esperos Backpacks – Buy a bag and help send a kid to school

During this back-to-school season, it can be kind of easy to forget that there are some kids in the world who don’t go to school at all. But you can help–all with the purchase of a super-cool bookbag or backpack from an amazing company. After a trip to rural Central America, ESPEROS founder Oliver Shuttlesworth was struck by how few children were able to attend school because their parents just couldn’t afford the $20 a year tuition. The philosophy behind ESPEROS was born: buy a bag, help send a kid to school. The process is blessedly simple: ESPEROS subtracts...

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Great organization solutions now that September is here (sigh)

While spring may be best known for cleaning, for me, September is my big organization solution month. As the kids get back to school and we start falling into routines, I feel like if I don’t get organized now, I’ll never catch up. I went through our archives to put together just a few of my favorite products, tips and ideas to help you get ahead of curve. If you’re like me, you’ll need it. GENERAL ORGANIZATION A dry erase board (at top) can work wonders, and I love this modern wall decal version at Wall Pops designed by Jonathan Adler....

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

From retro to oh-so-new, we’ve got the tech for you. Here are a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1.Even little babies can get in on Instagram, thanks to this adorable handmade toy. 2. Store your kids’ artwork using your smart phone! Just hurry and snatch up these awesome apps while they’re still free. 3. Our readers are going nuts for this smart tech-fabulous notebook developed by Moleskine and Evernote together. Trust us, you’ll want this. 4. Check out the stylish, tech-savvy laptop bag that goes with everything– and we...

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Poketo for Target – Back to school shopping gets cooler and more affordable

When the first Poketo for Target collection hit stores, I snatched up a few awesome pieces before it was too late. And so you can bet I’m ready to track down their newest Target collection, ready for the picking starting now.   Poketo’s 2012 Target collection is perfect for the back to school season, with a series of modern, functional date planners, desktop calendars, and wall calendars from artists Betsy Walton, Joe Rogers, and Katharina Leuzinger. And I just love that buying these items supports smaller artists who might not otherwise see their work available to the masses.  I’ve already...

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6 of the best of the robot backpacks for kids

It’s 2012, and we still don’t have our jet packs, hovercars, and personal house-cleaning robots. But we have found that robot backpacks are super hot, so we’ve rounded up a fantastic collection of the very best ones, to keep your kid company at school. And no, they do not do homework. Alexander the Robot Backpack is a structured bag sized for ages 5 to 10, with plenty of space for lunch, homework folders, and those old-fashioned “book” thingies. He’s free of PVC, lead, pthalates, and Daleks and is available from one of our favorite little labels, Beatrix NY. Alexander’s...

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A little bit of back to school calendar organization brilliance

It only took my husband a good three months to install our large wall calendar system in the kitchen. And I won’t even tell you how much it cost. Ouch. Too bad I didn’t know about Wall Pops, whose awesome wall decals we featured in our back to school shopping guide, and would have saved me a whole lot of time and money.   If you’re not familiar with the Wall Pops wall decal calendar sets, then allow me to introduce you to their awesomeness. These pretty decals are actually dry-erase calendars that are stuck to your wall–kitchen, office,...

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The coolest metallic and glitter shoes for back to school

Much to my daughters’ delight, metallics and glitter are a hot trend for the back to school season, but with so many options, it can be tough to pick. So we scoured the web for the coolest kicks that will let your little or big girl shine for the entire school year–because these are shoes that are meant to last. Maybe even through a second kid. As seen on our back to school shopping guide, TOMS glitters are now out, in slip-on styles for big kids and babies, or mary janes for little ones. They come in 6 gorgeous...

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