Tag: family travel

5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. This new gadget lets kids play with iPads in a totally different way. We want one. 2. Here’s 9 smart ways to get more out of Google Maps and make your road trips way way easier. 3. This mini Bluetooth speaker may be teeny, but the sound it produces isn’t. Cool gift! 4. Wait until you see what this 3D printer can create. Watch out YSL. 5. Check out this handy smartphone gadget that’s perfect for germaphobes. Or...

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What to pack for kids: From spoons to scooters, 9 surprising items that make family travel easier and more fun

It’s officially the season for travel (whoo!) and whether you’re planing it, driving, or taking the subway uptown for a picnic in the park, we’re all for getting out with the kids. A top question from our readers is always “but what do I pack!!??” (Number of exclamation points not exaggerated.) Well, you’ve come to the right place because we’re huge advocates of traveling with kids, and we do it ourselves, a lot. Even Kristen, and she has four of them! So while yes, you need clothes and snacks and crayons, on behalf of our awesome new partner Micro...

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A perfect gift for baby-wearing dads, and their, um, sensitive areas

We’ve talked about baby carriers of all different kinds on Cool Mom Picks, but never before have we featured a product like the Kiccup, a baby carrier accessory that, shall I say, keeps all those cool baby-wearing dads’ parts protected from those dangling and kicking baby feet. My babies never really took to carriers, but in the few times I have worn them, I never considered the ergonomic challenges that dads have to face every time they wear a baby. But when you think about what’s in the baby’s kicking vicinity? A product like this starts to make a lot...

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7 celebrity diaper bags we’re drooling over from affordable to whoa.

We have to admit: sometimes it’s fun to spy into the lives of the rich and famous to see what baby gear they use. So this week we thought we’d check out a few celebrity diaper bags, should you need Halle Berry’s or Brad Pitt’s style guidance. Yes, cool dads carry diaper bags too. And even cooler, he’s carrying one that’s fairly affordable. Note: if you want to see celebrity babies, you won’t find them here. We respect and support the paparazzi photo ban of celebrity kids.   The chic leather satchel at top, which happens to be Jessica...

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Lil’ Sidekick toy strap for babies: The alternative to picking up that doll that your kid flings out of the stroller 100 billion times.

It’s been a while since we found a cool toy strap for babies and their strollers–as in, so long, that item isn’t even available anymore. So it’s nice to discover  Lil’ Sidekick, which keeps any item tethered to wherever your baby is sitting, and keep it from falling (or uh, “falling”) onto the ground. My baby is at the age where she is very grabby and will put anything in her mouth. But her coordination isn’t quite there, so whatever she grabs and gums, she inevitably drops. Over and over again. You with me mamas? If so, you’ll love Lil’ Sidekick, s a...

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The coolest travel journals for kids to help them remember every awesome moment

Travel journals for kids are such a brilliant idea. I mean, what kid doesn’t want to remember every detail of a family vacation in his or her own way? A little drawing of the world’s largest yoyo you saw in California, a ticket from the museum in Madrid, or a list of things you want to see when you land in NYC for the first time–they’re all amazing memories, and they deserve to be preserved in a really cool journal. Here are some of our favorite travel journals made just for kids, from DIY projects to ones you can...

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The best things to do in Daytona Beach with families that don’t involve the beach.

Daytona Beach isn’t all NASCAR and college kids on spring break, you know. They also have culture, relaxation, and great opportunities for family bonding, provided you know where to look and are up for adventure.  If your Florida vacation ideas end at Disney World, Universal Orlando, and a crowded ocean hotel, here are some of the best things to do in Daytona Beach with families that you might not find in that soggy brochure kiosk. Having spent some time there thanks to the Daytona Beach Area CVB, I was surprised to discover that Daytona has a lot to offer families with older...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! It’s fun. Plus, you’ll find cool pins like this every day.  1. Now that it’s spring, thinking Easter? Check out these DIY bunny cake toppers. 2. We need this designer bracelet. Immediately. 3. One of our favorite dolls, now on sale. 4. Travel tips that can save you a whole lot of money. 5. A creative use for Marshmallow Peeps–besides seeing how long they would survive a nuclear...

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Family travel tips: How to use Airbnb for your vacation

After checking hotel prices for a recent trip to Los Angeles (yikes), I decided to finally figure out how to use Airbnb for a vacation, after hearing so much about this booming community marketplace for accommodations all over the world. I’m usually a VRBO and Homeaway user for family travel, but after several friends recommended airbnb, I figured it would be worth a try. And I’m thrilled to say that it definitely was worth it. Says my wallet. If you’re planning your family summer vacation or a little getaway with your girlfriends or partner, here’s the inside scoop on some Airbnb booking tips, and...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out cool finds like these every week from our site and beyond.    1. A Dr. Seuss iPhone case we must have now. 2. Easiest way ever to get your kids to eat their lunch. 3. This looks too cool to be an inspirational quote. 4. If you have kids, here’s a new roadtrip essential for the back seat. 5. Liz caved and bought these fabulous designer shoes but doesn’t want anyone else to have them. Just so you...

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Cool, colorful carry-on luggage – should you be able to tear yourself away from black.

I was never a colorful carry-on luggage gal; I’ve spent most of my life fairly satisfied with black, until recently when I was forced to check a bag–then watched at the carousel as about six people picked up my bag and put it back down before it got to me. Eep. Clearly a cool luggage tag or tying a ribbon around the handle won’t always cut it, so here are a few great options for chic, colorful carry-on luggage that gives you plenty of inspiration to pack light.     I discovered the Hideo Wakamatsuta Jellybean Carry-On several years...

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The coolest new baby gear: Editors’ Best of 2013

A lot of great new baby gear was born in 2013 and, though we hate to play favorites, we have 9 picks that deserve special mention for being extra-cool, innovative, practical, and helping make life with baby a little bit easier. Maybe even more stylish. Even if you’re working on only two hours of sleep and the idea of matching your diaper bag to your stroller is wayyyy down on the list of priorities.       Kinderwagon Hop Double Stroller We waited a long time for the widespread release of this lightweight and narrow double stroller since we...

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Great experience gifts for kids, because memories make for awesome presents.

When we’re asked for ideas for a great gift for the kid who has everything–or even those who don’t–the first thing that comes to mind for me are experience gifts . They don’t have to be expensive at all, or they can be super splurgey. An experience gift can be an activity you do with the kids, or something they do on their own. So broaden your mind if you’re still stumped for gifts–we’ve got some fun idea starters, along with some thoughts on how to package an experience gift so your kids have more to open under the...

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Heading to NY? Free author events for kids at MoMA Design Store NYC!

If you are going to pick the perfect time to visit New York City, you could do a lot worse than fall. The family-friendly options here seem endless this time of year. So whether you live in town or you are building an itinerary for your special Saturday visiting the Big Apple, we’d like to suggest adding the MoMA Design Store to your schedule. Yes, for kids. Set on the charming Spring Street in Soho, the MoMA store has been a long time shopping favorite of ours. We were extra pleasantly surprised to discover that in addition to the killer...

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Tips for taking your baby to the zoo: A celebration of motherhood firsts

This post is part of our year long series celebrating our favorite milestones and motherhood firsts on behalf of babyGap and their new Red Wellies Collection. Some of our fondest memories of our own children are taking them to the zoo for the very first time. There’s hardly a child whose eyes don’t light up seeing their favorite animal from picture books in real life for the first time, hearing the sound of the monkeys, or watching the sea lions underwater from behind glass. [above: stuffed elephant via kaleidescope stitches] Here are just a few tips to help make your first...

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Web Coolness: The best classroom rules, overscheduling kids, and a hilarious chart for new parents

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you do too!   Cute DIY chalkboard project–and love the fun Washi tape detail.  10 classroom rules for kids of any age. Any new ones for you? Hooray for the first female scientist LEGO minifig! Some fun (if over-the-top) party ideas found on Instagram at Lil Sugar.  Why work-at-home moms should not feel guilty about childcare help.  Do you overschedule your kids after school? Nice perspective. Congrats to our friend Erin Loechner on her beautiful new site Clementine Daily. Definitely worth a click.  A must-read post about her kids first day...

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A new baby gift set that gets around

We love the whole premise of Lately Lily, who teaches kids the joy of travel and worldliness–a little like our generation’s Eloise, but without the bad attitude. And now kids can start joining her on journeys from birth, with these cute new gift sets for baby boys and girls.    Poking around Land of Nod, I happened to catch these brand new Lately Lily baby gift sets featuring the trademark vintage picture book style that I fell in love with last year. The designs are all printed on three baby onesies and packaged in a reusable suitcase gift box which will...

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Bella and Harry: Books to take children around the world in 35 pages

My kids are increasingly fascinated by travel and different cities around the world, but alas, I’ve yet to find that spare million in my old jacket pocket that will allow us to travel the globe every year. Still, this new book series for kids is a really wonderful way to get kids excited about the culture, history, landmarks and foods of the great cities of the world.  The Adventures of Bella and Harry are a series of 10 books by Lisa Manzione in which our heroes, two cute chihuahuas, hit one city at a time. They books read less like...

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Tips for getting around the city with baby for the first time: a celebration of motherhood firsts

This post is part of a monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap celebrating motherhood firsts. And there are lots! We city mamas know that getting around the city with a baby is a wee bit different than hopping in and out of the SUV all day. If you’e got a trip to a city–New York, Paris, Chicago, you name it–planned with your baby, we hope these tips will help make life easier. So you can spend less time worrying about germs (ha) and more time taking awesome photos. Our cute city outfit pick for boys...

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

Here are 5 of the coolest tech picks from this week that you might have missed.   1. A new app from Mo Willems (of the Pigeon books fame). Fans with iGadgets or NOOKs rejoice! 2. If your kids love YouTube as much as ours, don’t miss our round-up of the 12 funniest videos. 3. Just what we needed: another reason to shop at Target. 4. Hitting the road for a summer road trip? Don’t leave your house before checking out our round-up of helpful apps and websites. 5. Here’s a smart, stylish way to ensure no one takes your...

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