Yep, I’m one of those suckers who dives head-first into the self-help section every January. Not only because I actually have a few days of leisure to read as long as I wish, but also because the cold, dreary weather makes me want to hit my reset button and make a little sunshine of my own. Here are some of my favorite self-help books that focus on laughs, positive steps, good health, loving yourself, and focusing on the things you can actually control. No impossible goals, fasting, six-hour workouts, tough love, or house-wide decluttering. Promise. CMP is an rstyle affiliate...Read More
There’s something so special about sharing our very favorite childhood books with our kids. When we see our kids falling in love with Anne of Green Gables, or imaging themselves racing through Narnia to defeat the White Witch, there’s a certain jolt of nostalgia that just makes you want to be a kid again, discovering these books for the very first time. So we are so happy to welcome our newest sponsor Epic!, whose affordable e-book subscription service lives right on our kids tablets and gives them access to more than 15,000 books they can read anytime. (And yes, the exclamation point...Read More
Anyone of us parents who can still recite the Preamble to the Constitution thanks to the animated shorts of Schoolhouse Rock knows how much kids can learn (and retain) when information is presented in the right way, a.k.a, learning without realizing you’re learning. So, we are so intrigued by a series of beginner chemistry books that hope to make the behaviors of protons, neutrons, and atoms as absorbable as, say, the superpowers of Spiderman. My First Science Textbooks by Genius Games founder John Coveyou is currently blowing up Kickstarter by reaching over 10 times its goal. Clearly, there are a lot of us parents who want...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
I want to answer my kids’ questions and help them with their homework, but I can’t always drop everything to help them find the answer rightthisverysecondplease–nor do I want my younger ones doing a Google search on their own. Instead, I’m thrilled to have discovered the new DK Find Out! online encyclopedia for kids which offers a solid introduction to a variety of topics in an easy-to-understand format. Oh, and without pop-up ads, questionable links, or shoddy research and questionable “facts” that sends readers down the wrong path. Written primarily for kids ages 7-11, DK Find Out is a free resource covering science, math, English, history, geography, the human body,...Read More
Sometimes I see the same crafts in crafting books for kids over and over again, but the ideas in the new e-book Happy Handmade, are fresh and fun, with diverse perspectives from 17 creative contributors. We’re talking respected craft and DIY bloggers like Mari Richards at Small for Big, Eva Monleón at Misako Mimoko, and Ana at Babble Dabble Do. From scented orange-peel candles to a braided belt to sock puppets and doll houses made from shoe boxes, there’s something for every crafty kid here. And fear not crafting newbies; these are mostly simple, 101-level craft projects you can make with materials you likely already have at home, like toilet...Read More
Join us for a Twitter Social to help you get ready for a great Valentine’s Day. (And laugh about the ones that weren’t so great.)
We love celebrating Valentine’s Day because it’s a chance to show the people we love just how much we love them. Which we already do, but you know, there’s work and school and homework and activities, so we’ll take every opportunity we can get to step things up just a bit. That’s why we put together an amazing Valentine’s Day Gift Guide (did you catch the first installment featuring 11 of the coolest personalized Valentine’s Gifts yet?), and why we’re looking forward to our upcoming Twitter Social, where we’ll dish on everything Valentine’s Day with you. We’re so excited to be teaming up with Kindle Love Stories for a...Read More
Hooray! It’s the launch our 2015 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, jam packed with the coolest Valentine’s gift ideas for everyone on your list. We’re starting today with personalized Valentine’s gifts, and we scoured the web to find the very coolest. (Hope you agree!) Not that there’s anything wrong with a monogrammed scarf, but you hardly need our help with that. Just be sure to check the shipping dates and order policies for each of these shops so your gift arrives in time for the big day. We’re so happy that our guide is sponsored by Kindle Love Stories, a vibrant Amazon community that chats...Read More
In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy! 1. Pop one of these cool optical illusion flash cards with a handwritten note into your kid’s lunch box, and voilà — you’ve turned lunchtime into a learning experience. 2. We’re big believers in how small steps can add up, like these 9 simple ways to live more sustainably. 3. Of course you need a new iPhone case for fall, and we’ve found some gorgeous ones. 4. This beautifully illustrated ebook for kids has us...Read More
We’re in that long middle stretch of summer, moms. My kids have been out of school for a while now, and we don’t start back for weeks, and I’m getting desperate for things to do to keep my kids busy. We happen to be big book lovers at our house, so I can’t believe my luck in discovering the free Alphabet Glue‘s downloadable magazine, which is all about DIy projects, crafts and other activities that help us explore our favorite stories more. For $4 an issue (or $7 for the past two), which helps support Annie Riechmann, crafty New England mom behind the zine, you’ll find easy step-by-step...Read More
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