Tag: harry potter

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...

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Fantastic Beasts movie review: The magic is back, but is it okay for young kids?

We Harry Potter fans have waited very patiently. As in, it’s been five years (yes, really) since Deathly Hallows Part 2 came out. But friends, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is just out in theaters, living up to the magic we expect from J.K. Rowling’s universe in every way with blow-your-mind imaginative worlds, multiple layers of meaning that will spark interesting conversations with your kids, outstanding performances, and some impressive action scenes that will truly thrill. I still remember that breathtaking feeling I got when I first saw the grand hall at Hogwarts and the shops on Diagon Alley, and it’s the same feeling with the reveal of...

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Web coolness: A healing Leonard Cohen playlist, the cutest Harry Potter baby, and a fun way to countdown to Gilmore Girls

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too You can’t not smile at this Harry Potter baby photo shoot. (via Kayla Layla Photography; also see her work on her Instagram feed!) Random acts of kindness as a Starbucks customer buys coffee for military personnel. A good mantra for today and every day. Thoughts on mending fences effectively after the election. How to talk to kids if they’re feeling scared about world events. Our picks for must-read graphic novels featuring cool, creative, strong heroines. The excellent We Need Diverse Books is hosting a fundraiser and Gayle Forman...

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5 spellbinding Harry Potter cosmetic collections — for muggles and wizards alike.

By now you know we fell in love with the Harry Potter wand brush set from Storybook Cosmetics (currently sold out). So if you’re in dire need of more Harry Potter makeup goodness to tide you over until you can make it to Ollivander’s, here are some other great potions and powders (many of which we found on Etsy) that will make you feel like a million galleons.   The Marauders, Mugwumps, and Muggles Collection | Shiro Cosmetics These mineral eyeshadows named for Harry Potter-isms come in a wide range of neutrals and brights in all the lush colors you’d expect to...

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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...

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Web coolness: New Harry Potter books, ridiculous first day of school traditions, the birthday cake every kid needs and more.

These are the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Ooh, new Harry Potter books! The most absurd first day of school traditions, and more, on this week’s episode of Spawned. Terrific snack recipes for kids with food allergies It’s National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and we’re laughing at these funny breastfeeding tweets we can all relate to. 7 tips to help nursing moms return to work, including resources that detail your legal rights. Great list of books that help kids be more kind to children with special needs. ZOMG — this baby was born...

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A Harry Potter crafts book that renews your faith in magic and hot glue guns

With all the buzz about the brand new Harry Potter and the Cursed Book and JK Rowling’s recent birthday this past weekend, our kids are starting to catch Harry Potter fever all over again. And whether or not they’re ready to imagine him as a full-grown Ministry of Magic employee and dad (gulp!), get them doing more than zoning out to the first eight movies, with the brand new The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter. Jamie Harrington has put together 30 clever crafts for kids of all ages into a beautifully produced book, that help reinforce a belief in the...

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24 pop culture Easter eggs featuring your kids’ favorite characters: Parenting win!

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...

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Web coolness: Oscar party ideas, Oscar nights alternatives, Quidditch in the Himalayas, and one very important birthday.

Here are some of the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. (There are so many this week!)     Cool Mom Picks turns ten this week! Today’s the last day to enter to win 10 really amazing giveaway gifts — and it’s easy. Good luck! A magical Quidditch match in the Himalayas (above). These photos by Anshu Agarwal are a fun way to start the day. Get ready for the Oscars with 12 easy Oscar party ideas and a feast of easy Oscar party food recipes . Funny cheat sheet to the Oscar-nominated movies. Timely: What it’s like to...

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Web Coolness: Everything you need for Valentine’s Day, modest Barbie, and Frozen coming to Broadway

Here are lots of links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Get ready for the 14th! We have tons of Valentine’s Day printable cards and over 120 easy Valentine’s Day recipes, drinks and last-minute DIY treats you’re going to love. (Top photo: Candy Arrows DIY at A Subtle Revelry) If you still need a gift, check out our last-minute Valentine’s gift ideas for your sweetheart. Fun Valentine’s Day lunch recipes on Cool Mom Eats. Amazing Kickstarter worth checking out: A college degree for $1000, and it’s legit. (See the comments for lots of good...

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Pop culture peg dolls, for fans of The Penguin, Harry Potter, pirates, princesses, or Percy Jackson.

Though there are sure to be many awesome high-tech toys out there this holiday season, our latest obsession is the adorably low-tech wooden peg dolls by Wooly Llama on Etsy. I mean, what could be better than hearing your kids playing their own imaginary game of Star Wars while making their best beep-beep-boop noises for the wee little R2D2 peg? Or doing their own version of Harry Potter complete with a rolly-polly Hagrid? Beyond those two huge franchises, Wooly Llama has even more incredibly cute wooden peg dolls, with sets paying homage to the casts of Lord of the Rings, and Percy Jackson so you can pick one that appeals...

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Adorable handmade baby crib mobiles let your baby fall asleep dreaming of Cinderella. Or ninjas.

I was never a musical crib mobile kind of parent. And now that there are so many options for piping in lovely music into a child’s room — as in, lovelier music than that tinny awfulness in most crib mobiles — I love the idea of just a simple, pretty crib mobile that you can hang above a crib or changing table to dazzle a baby and lull her to sleep the old fashioned way. I just discovered an Etsy artist called Wonderfeltland who is doing the cutest things with handmade felt baby mobiles. Check out the selection from...

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Web coolness: The Full House rap, why Sandra Bullock and Robert Downey Jr win the week, Mother’s Day gifts, and more.

Here are the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Have you checked out our 2015 Mother’s Day gift guide? Go! Custom wine labels for new moms, ha. Check out our Instagram every Thursday for #ThrowbackPicks – you might not believe this week’s pick was ever a “small” struggling little business. We’re supporting March for Maddie tomorrow, Heather and Mike Spohr’s March of Dimes Walk in honor of their beautiful daughter they lost 7 years ago. How to deal with over-opinionated mom friends. Know a few of those? One more reason to love Robert Downey Jr. Why yes,...

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Cool summer camps for kids that go way beyond swimming and archery

With spring break in the rearview mirror, our kids are already looking forward to heading off to camp. So we thought it would be fun to explore the coolest summer camps out there. We were blown away by what we found — from camps with long histories and cool new programs, to camps with activities that we had no idea you could even do at camp! It’s sure come a long way since we were kids and your choices were pretty much limited to art, music, or sports. Now we just wish we were young again, so we could...

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A LEGO Hogwarts that’s not to be believed.

I am always a little proud of myself when I help my kids with a difficult LEGO design, or find just the piece they’ve been searching for in our big bin, but my accomplishments pale in comparison to what one dedicated mom in Seattle did with those little plastic pieces. She made an entire LEGO Hogwarts. Alice Finch’s labor of LEGO love took 18 months and more than 400,000 bricks. The finished version of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is so detailed and accurate, Hermione Granger herself would approve.  You can read the full story and see more of...

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Lovely literary pencils for your favorite young writer

Why settle for #2 pencils when these literary pencils are bound to be #1 on any bookish kid’s school supply list? Whether you’ve got a tween into Harry Potter and Ramona Quimby or a teen with a soft spot for Alice or a hankering to be Divergent, those plain yellow wood pencils on the school supply list are  yesterday’s news. Bouncing Ball Creation on Etsy hand-rolls #2 pencils with book pages to create pencils that will please the most persnickety teacher and amuse the writer. Each set includes five standard pencils, pre-sharped and ready for the first day of school,...

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Web Coolness: Grumpy Cat pancakes, a high-fashion rainbow loom dress, birth photos on Facebook, and more.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you enjoy them too.   Cracking up over these Grumpy Cat pancakes. Download: Dan Zanes’s first ever greatest hits album. A beautiful letter to a child about finding balance as a mom. Going viral: 99 texting acronyms every parent should know Congrats to our editor Liz, one of Mom.me’s Top 50 mom bloggers. Very well deserved. (Also, she has some thoughts on lists like this–and who was left out.) Copycat Kandinsky paintings with your kids. Easy and we love the results. Another kind of crafting: could a rainbow loom dress be worth $250,000? (And you know...

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We Leia-Osha-Voldemort-Ewok these geeky cross stitch alphabets

When you combine cross-stitch, geekery, and the alphabet, you get crafty projects cute enough to hang on Dolores Umbridge’s wall, right next to all those kitten plates. We L-O-V-E these patterns from Amazing Cross Stitch on Etsy, which have captured all of our favorite characters from pop culture phenoms like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and more. Pick your favorite characters and check out the Alphabets section of the store. Patterns starring superheroes, books, movies, Star Trek, Muppets, and more are available for affordable instant download. There is a character to match each letter of the alphabet. It’s a great DIY gift...

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Cast a spell on little wizards with this DIY Harry Potter Quiet Book

Kids may need to wait until their 11th birthdays before they can start looking for a Hogwarts acceptance letter, but there’s no reason to keep the magical world of Harry Potter away from our youngest wizards.  If you’ve got some good ol’ muggle sewing skills and a penchant for the Boy Who Lived, here’s one quiet book for which you’ll want to yell, Accio!  Created by Julie Gillrie, whose quiet books we have loved for quite a while, Harry Potter and the Quiet Book has totally put a spell on me with its special little details and hands-on tricks. With...

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

In case you might have missed them, here are some of our favorite Cool Mom Tech picks from the last week. 1. Picnik who? When it comes to free photo editing, we’re all about PicMonkey now. 2. Accio Harry Potter on our e-readers! It’s like magic! 3. Which hot, wet, electric appliance would you have to pry out of our editor’s cold, dead hands? Click here to find out. 4. Get ready for your close-up with this fantastic Kickstarter project that lets you finally jump into your own pictures and videos. 5. We’re digging this adorable, affordable interchangeable wardrobe...

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