This past weekend, I was one of the millions of people who piled into a very crowded movie theater (behind a birthday party full of restless, giggly 6-year old girls, no less) to see Beauty and the Beast. And boy, I am so glad I did. I honestly haven’t smiled so much through a movie in a really long time, which is why I’m surprised so many people are reacting so negatively to it. Related: 9 fantastic girl power movies for kids Without giving away too much, this live-active Beauty and the Beast mirrors the animated feature pretty closely,...Read More
Cool Beauty and the Beast birthday party ideas: 40+ of the most inspired treats, activities, decor and more.
With the much hyped Beauty and the Beast movie coming out today, we have the feeling more than a few kids will be raring for a Beauty and the Beast themed birthday party this year. And have we got ideas! We scoured the web for the very coolest, most fun, most enchanting inspiration for invites, decor, games and activities, and a whole lot of treats, all sure to capture the imaginations of revelers of any age. Are you ready? Go on… be our guest. (Ha, sorry. Couldn’t resist.) -Caroline + Liz CMP is an rstyle affiliate Top image: Beast cake tutorial from Zoe’s...Read More
On the outside chance you have been hiding out in a yurt without access to technology for all of 2017, you know there’s been a massive revival of women protests this year and it’s pretty incredible to witness. Women and girls from all walks of life have been woke to activism — including now, it seems our very favorite Disney princesses. Well, at least in the mind of one artist. Inspired by the Women’s March on Washington, comic illustrator and artist Amanda Allen Niday reimagined what Disney princesses would say as women’s rights activists in these amazing Protest Disney Princesses prints. Related: Tons of empowering gift ideas for...Read More
Web coolness: Gifts for activists, outrageous Christmas tree decorations, Cookie Monster covers PPAP and more.
Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. (CMP is an fstyle affiliate) The perfect gift for your socially conscious activist friends with a sense of humor: Handmade protesting elf wooden figurines. We’re in love! Been to our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide yet? What are you waiting for! We’ve just added even more discount codes. One of our favorite categories: Empowering gifts for girls who will rule the world one day. The hot tech holiday gift for kids that you’ll want to steal from them. Cool Mom Eats holiday guide...Read More
Web coolness: The Maya Angelou doc, an entire city of women, the ultimate in cosmetic geekery + more
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. And….it’s been a tough week. So nothing heavy. Just optimism and fun. We hope you like them too. Tonight, the premier of the Maya Angelou documentary, Still I Rise. Here’s where to find tickets. 15 terrific strong girl costume ideas for Halloween. (Add Maya Angelou to the mix, while you’re at it.) Absolutely love this story: A barber who charges less when kids read aloud to him. Bravo, Alex Fuller! Whoa — our kids never had a science fair project like what this 12-year-old girl created. Why...Read More
We all know that there are some pretty amazing possibilities when it comes to LEGOs, from the skills they develop to the fantastical forms they can take. But the new LEGO Disney Castle is honestly pretty jaw-dropping. Disney fans, this is no glorified plastic silhouette of the castle. It’s incredibly detailed, with over 4,000 pieces (yep, you read that right) for your kid’s construction pleasure, along with a few of their favorite characters. But before you get lost in a Fantasia-like stupor looking at these pictures, know that the asking price is definitely a little steep ($349.99) for a...Read More
Web Coolness: Disney’s first Latina princess, keeping kids reading over the summer, why a dad stunt is going viral
Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Cheers to NY for making history with tampons. (Seriously, this is fantastic.) More cheers for the three fashion brands committing to an Equal Pay Pledge in addition to plenty of other major companies. May they be the first of many. You’ve seen the viral hit featuring dads stacking Cheerios on babies? Now see moms stacking donuts on dads. Here’s how to get a free Amazon credit from early ebook purchases which is probably already waiting in your account. While you’re at it, go get those free Ticketmaster...Read More
Web coolness: Disney heroines as warrior princesses, baby names that need to come back, best end of year teacher gifts + more!
Here are some links we’re liking around the web this week, with lots of time this holiday weekend for your to read them all. Hope you like them too. From here on forward, this week shall forever be known as Chewbacca Mom Won the Internet Week. Whoo, it’s summer! If you plan on dusting off the grill, we’ve found the best grilling recipes to kickoff summer cookout season. 3 wonderful way to support our troops this Memorial Day. (It’s not just about barbecues, of course.) What else we’ll be doing with our kids Monday: Watching The Roots miniseries reboot on the...Read More
Now that they’ve been revealed, I’m looking at the new Disney LEGO minifigures with great interest. I mean, I doubt there’s a kid on this planet who doesn’t imagine an array of 18 Disney characters transformed into LEGO minifigures and know right away that there will be at least one they absolutely have to have, please Mom, I’ll do anything, pleeeeeease….! Related: 19 cool Rey Star Wars toys and gifts, from LEGO to tees to wall art It’s a fairly diverse selection, with characters ranging from classic Mickey and Minnie, to Pixar faves, and even less blockbuster-ish characters like Stitch, all available in May in those $3.99 surprise packs. But looking...Read More
If your kids are looking for their Easter eggs to have a little more personality this year, we’ve found tons of ways to make some fabulous pop culture Easter eggs, all representing some of kids’ favorite characters. While it’s always fun just to dunk eggs in dye or color them with markers, these ideas just might keep your kids decorating the entire day. Or…us. (If we’re honest about it.) However while some of these pop culture Easter eggs require a steady hand and some pro skills to make them come out just like the photos, you can also use these ideas as a jumping-off...Read More
Since what’s old is new again, how are we not surprised that America’s favorite mouse is now part of a cool new collaboration with those Herschel Supply backpacks that are now favored by hipster kids everywhere. Starting today, you can find retro Mickey Mouse all over a limited edition collection of Herschel’s navy and white backpacks, pouches, and wallets. What we really like is that this is Steamboat Willie era Mickey here. As in, the imagery is taken from his original American and Japanese illustrations — none of that new-fangled CGI stuff. Now if only Strawberry Shortcake, Dora and My Little Pony would go back to their original looks, too. Find the limited edition...Read More
Here are lots of links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. An adorable museum made up of children’s imaginary friends. This is a great weekend to get busy with Valentine’s crafts and DIY projects and we can help. All the Super Bowl commercials in one place. If you are meh on the game. Or if you watch for the food, a round-up of amazing game day nacho recipes. First graders cycling at their school desks? This might be our kids’ dream room. What is it like to raise a superhero? So cool! (h/t Kelly Wickham) So good: 28 Black...Read More
Sponsored Message: Flare Play gaming platform streams kid-friendly video games and educational content, right on your TV
This is a sponsored message from Flare Play Kids love video games, but understandably, parents can justify the gaming time better when kids are actually playing something educational. That’s where Flare Play comes in to make everyone happy. This new gaming platform gives kids a huge variety of age-appropriate video games, with lots of parental controls and no clutter of discs or cartridges. Be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance win your own gaming console! With more 150 educational games and interactive ebooks designed just for kids from LEGO, Disney, Pixar, Warner Brothers, even Hooked on Phonics, the compact Flare Play console easily plugs into your TV’s...Read More
If you missed Disney Pixar’s Inside Out when it came to the theaters, perhaps you thought that getting kids to watch an animated movie about “feelings” would be about as exciting to them as one of those hour-long health movies that they have to watch in school. And yet, after laughing and crying through the film together — even my picky young teen — we can’t wait to do it all over again in the comfort of our home with the release of Inside Out on Blu-Ray/DVD. Just in time for a long, active weekend with family, when a little quiet time in front of the TV might be...Read More
21 of the coolest free Halloween printables for kids. Because we’re all for fun that costs zero dollars.
As we start to get excited for Halloween around here — as in, endless costume discussions considering my girls have a new idea every 17 minutes or so — I’ve been distracting them with Halloween crafts projects, front door decor request, and coloring pages. In other words, I’ve spent a whole lot of time scouring the web lately for free Halloween printables that can keep them busy. While we’ve covered plenty over the years, there’s so much great new stuff I’m coming across that I figured I’d put together some of my favorite new Halloween printables, all thanks to some generous...Read More
If you have a Disney crazy kid (do I need a pun in here about kids not being able to “let it go?”) you’re going to love this one: Paperless Post, our go-to site for high quality online invitations and stationery has just announced a new line of Paperless Post Disney ecards. Actually, calling them ecards almost does them a disservice; even as someone who isn’t always so keen on the licensed character stuff, I liken the whole series to beautifully designed digital stationery, right down to the typefaces. Hey, when’s the last time you found a Whinny the Pooh or Mickey...Read More
Thanks to a Disney-fanatic grandmother, we’ve just returned from our fourth trip to Disney World since my kids were born. And yes, I know we are lucky! However while it is indeed a magical place, there are definitely some challenges if you’re thinking about taking a Disney World vacation with a baby. There isn’t much time to relax and recharge your batteries in the parks, and there are a lot of long days and complaints about tired feet. But with the right planning, I’ve found it can still be a whole lot of fun. I’ve now taken two Disney World trips with babies and...Read More
Several years ago, my youngest daughter fell in love with paper dolls, so I scoured the Internet for tons of free printable paper dolls for her, then shared my favorite ones with you all. Well now she’s gone through them all–multiple times. She’s insatiable, I tell you. In looking for more for her, I found the most remarkable artist in Cory Jensen and I am officially obsessed. Also known as Cor104 on Deviant Art where I originally found him, Cory is seriously a master of illustration. I adore his style so much, and his clear devotion to the fan art he creates. The fact that he’s made so many (many,...Read More
Here are some of our favorite links around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Hilarious doorbell notes from moms with sleeping kids. We can relate! We love this: Children photographed with their most prized possessions. (h/t Yahoo Parenting) The Simpsons + Minecraft. You may never see your family again. Really disappointed in the lack of diversity of the Oscar nominees. New study: Keep reading to your kids. Even when they’re 12. Speaking of which, a sneak peek at a funny new children’s book that we’re loving. Our new favorite Pinterest board: Storage and organization ideas. Just the...Read More
Web coolness – The ultimate list of holiday gift ideas, Thanksgiving help, and the toy NOT to get your kids.
Here are our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Our 2014 holiday gift guide is here filled with more than 200 gift ideas for everyone on your list, plenty of discount codes, and a huge giveaway. We hope it helps! (Find those personalized Christmas plates for kids right here.) The most beautiful Advent calendars to help you start the countdown. Still focused on Thanksgiving? Bookmark these 4 Thanksgiving cooking hotlines that can help. Start loading up the tablet for road trips, starting with this excellent, brand new Toca Boca app. New to the Cool Mom Picks Indie...Read More