As the carefree days of summer wind down and the structure of the fall rounds the bend, its time to start thinking about curricular activities. While sports and school clubs are great, I like the idea of encouraging a teen to take on a hobby or activity that does something positive for others. There are tons of fantastic volunteer possibilities everywhere around the country, but if you’re in the NYC area, definitely check out one of our favorite charities, Baby Buggy. This terrific organization, which supports families in need by providing essential baby products and other support, is inviting local youth ages 13-16 to get...Read More
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Geez, Target! Change a few signs in your store and you blow up the whole entire Internet! In the past, we’ve discussed our issues with labeling girls toys vs. boys toys, as opposed to just calling them, oh…you know. BLOCKS. And DOLLS. Well, apparently Target has been listening to our podcast (ha) because when they revealed their plans to remove gender-based signs from Target stores, the bigger surprise was some of the negative response. Aw, Internet Outrage. You’re so entertaining. Catch our thoughts on the oddly controversial news, plus more fun chat on this week’s SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz. You’ll feel like you’re hanging out right here around...Read More
The Day the Crayons Quit, written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by the amazing Oliver Jeffers, has been sitting on my kids’ bedside table — and getting read every night at bedtime — since the day it came home from the bookstore. It’s quickly become a classic that teaches kids to challenge the “rules” when it comes to creativity. No coloring inside the lines here. Daywalt encourages kids to think outside the (crayon) box in a really fun way. So when the sequel — The Day the Crayons Came Home — showed up in my mailbox, my kids immediately grabbed it to...Read More
This past Sunday, August 9, marked one year since the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent uprising in Ferguson, Missouri. Despite the many months that have passed, trying to make sense of the heartbreak and horror of everything that’s happened in this country recently remains a challenge for so many us. Processing the racial injustice, the hate, the death and devastation is difficult, to say the least. And as parents trying to explain any of it to our children — so many of us don’t even have the words. This is where the children’s book Painting for Peace in Ferguson can...Read More
Sharing, liking, or commenting on this post donates one life-saving vaccine to a child around the world. Please read on for the full story. One of the most wonderful things about social media is that it gives every single one of us a voice. One of the challenges however, is that sometimes it’s easy to stop at so-called awareness; we may discuss topics and causes we’re passionate about but that doesn’t always translate into tangible action. I get it. We’re all busy, and we’re all guilty of this from time to time. That’s why I’ve been so thrilled to be...Read More
Wow, it’s been a long time that we’ve been fighting the good fight for smart girl tees, as an alternative to the future diva and future golddigger tees we used to see way too often when our own girls were babies. Clearly we weren’t alone. Because look where we are now! Related: 11 cool career t-shirts for girls who don’t need reminders that they can do anything By now you probably know about Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls — which isn’t just Amy by the way (hey, Meredith!) — and not only are they doing great things for girls, but their organization name happens to lend itself to a...Read More
Cool kids’ tees that help support the endangered animals we love, and make kids feel more empowered too.
We’ve all been saddened by the story of Cecil the Lion this week, and we know a lot of you feel the same way. It’s an especially hard thing to explain to kids who may have heard the news too, since children always have such an an innate fondness for animals. But one thing you can do is to help them feel more empowered, by finding ways to support endangered animals. We’ve talked about many charities in the past that support wildlife around the world. And so many of them sell some really cool tees that support some great animal related causes. Take a...Read More
We first featured Krochet Kids a few years back, and immediately loved this non-profit’s mission of creating gifts that give back, to help provide job training and a sustainable income source in impoverished communities around the globe. While they have big hearts, they have great taste too; their items are really stylish and wearable, something I also look for when we find fantastic fair trade companies to share here. Related: To the Market: Fashionable gifts and accessories that reinvent women’s lives. Now the organization has added one more cool item to their catalog: A t-shirt created in collaboration with Jeff Sheldon, who you might better know as Ugmonk. The...Read More
Web coolness: The long lost Dr Seuss book, picky eater help, and one beauty trend we never ever ever want to see. Is that clear enough?
Here’s are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. World’s scariest beauty trend. But, world’s funniest article. A truly refreshing take on parents and school stress at Design Mom. Do you agree? Picky eater help: The top 10 tips from the experts. But do they all work? Our new must-have tech accessory. Want. How to get kids kindergarten ready. It’s National Tequila Day! We might need to make this refreshing twist on a margarita recipe after the kids are in bed. We’re so honored that our co-founder Liz Gumbinner and Cool Mom Picks...Read More
Here are some of our favorite reads from around the web this week. Hope you like them too. An amazing, kick-ass female athlete won Wimbledon and Kristen wonders why even the big media outlets are body shaming her. (Grrrrr…) Team Serena! Great summer reading ideas from female authors from the NY Time’s KJ Del Antonio. We have Brené Brown’s Rising Strong on our lists too. This week on Spawned: Do kids belong in nail salons? Is working from an office totally outdated? You might not believe who thinks so. Interesting perspective on Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman from Errin Whack of NPR’s Codeswitch that’s...Read More
It’s been a big few weeks for America, hasn’t it? From the heartbreak of the Charleston shootings to the landmark #LoveWins Supreme Court decision to the Girl Scouts donor dust-up, people everywhere are talking about prejudice. While I’ve seen such a beautiful swell of love, support and compassion for all kinds of people all over my social media this past month, I’ve also talked to lots of moms who are wondering how to talk to kids about prejudice and racism. Because even as my kids help me pick out wedding presents for all our friends, prejudice most definitely still exists whether it’s because of the color...Read More
I was a two-year Brownie, a Girl Scout for less than a year and then…well, I okay, so I was never much of a joiner to begin with. It all came down to the dress in the end; I didn’t want to have to wear one — this was the 70’s after all — and my troop leader wouldn’t allow me the tomboy sash-only concession that my Brownie leader did. That’s how I became a third-grade Girl Scout drop-out. Don’t worry, it didn’t lead to a pre-adolescent life of petty crime and clove cigarettes. That would come way later. Top photo: Authentic peace and love Girl Scout tee at...Read More
I love the popularity of crowdfunding independent projects, especially since it’s helped to launch so many companies we love on platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. And now there are two new platforms I’m so happy to learn about, because they really are dedicated to artists and indie makers, and have yet to be taken over by companies that already have $4 million in VC funding: Fund on Etsy, and Seed & Spark. FUND ON ETSY Fund on Etsy is just as it sounds — a pilot program to help support makers who want to stretch beyond “mom who sews things on...Read More
There’s not one of us who didn’t grow up facing some sort of bullying. Did I ever tell you about the girls who called my number in high school and hung up every half hour, for hours and hours into the night? (That was before caller ID.) Then there was the girl at summer camp who handed out birthday cake to every other girl in our bunk, and when she got to me, she looked right at me, threw my slice on the floor, and said, “oops…I guess yours fell.” Some of it still stings, all these years later. And I can imagine you all have...Read More
June is going to be a busy month in the studio of one of our favorite modern kids’ furniture makers, Kiersten Hathcock of Mod Mom Furniture. The Shark Tank winner, cool mom, and handmade toy box builder extraordinaire — along with her dad (love that!) — are going back to basics, and building some really beautiful custom toy boxes in the garage by hand, just like she used to back in 2007 when she founded the company. And when we first shared her toy chests with you. If you need to get your playroom or a kid’s room more organized, this is a perfect opportunity. While all her...Read More
Web Coolness: How to help the Texas flood victims, free Lyft rides for women who need it, and guess who’s making a plus-size line.
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. First, our hearts are with our friends, readers, and their families affected by the Texas flooding. (Above photo via CNN.com) Just a few of the organizations doing good work that can use your donations: –Central Texas Red Cross –United Way of Austin –United Way of Hays County –Austin Pets Alive –Austin Disaster Relief Network –Hays County Food Bank Thanks to NY Times Motherlode columnist Jess Leahy for including our post on DIY teacher gifts in their article on…great teacher gifts. Reading: Luckyish, a...Read More
I found out today that 30 percent of moms living below the poverty line can’t afford the diapers they need for their babies. As in, sometimes their kids have to wear the same diaper all day long because that’s all they have. I shouldn’t be entirely surprised when you look at the poverty issues with mothers in particular, but no mom should have to choose between food and diapers for her kids at the end of the day. And with Mother’s Day coming up, it really makes us think about those moms who could use a lot more than a...Read More
If you’ve parented toddlers, you’re probably familiar with Todd Parr’s children’s books, and his distinctively child-like illustrations. Well, my interest was piqued when I found out about his free new ebook that happens to be for parents this time. Add the fact that they’re donating $1 to Project Night Night for every download up to $10,000: I’m sold. We’re Pregnant by Todd Parr is perfect for first-time parents who are experiencing all those ups and downs. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about an illustrated picture book written for me, but the story is actually very sweet. With a reassuring tone, Parr reminds us that, yes, it’s...Read More
There are plenty of online retailers (and PR emails in our inbox) declaring, “Find your mom the perfect gift this Mother’s Day!” Turns out they’re talking everything from hair color to bathing suits. But one site that I think totally delivers on the suggestion: The Body Shop. Not just because of their fair trade purchasing and ethical practices, but because they have so many smart, affordable Mother’s Day gift ideas, like the limited edition Treat Me Like a Queen tote bag. Spend $30 on products to fill it, and the bag is yours for another $30.There are great options among their limited edition skincare products with...Read More
Most of my friends, family, even my kids’ classroom teachers know by now that FashionABLE is my go-to for gifts because they’re all wearing something from them. Gorgeous scarves, fabulous totes, the list goes on. Well, now they’ve added wallets, I have to say might just be the gift from them I finally give to myself, and not just because they match their amazing leather totes I carry around daily. Okay, maybe a little. As I just mentioned, I’m a huge fan of black and cognac leather, which is exactly what these handmade leather wallets are made from. But the size is perfect for...Read More