Tag: humor

A coloring book to inspire art, creativity and belly laughs

A little bit Shel Silverstein, a little bit Mo Willems, a little bit Seuss, a little bit Lemony Snicket, and a little bit Taro Gomi. If those names–especially together–sound like your idea of heaven on paper, then you’re going to love this awesome new coloring book for kids from Calef Brown. Dragon, Robot, Gatorbunny (yes, Gatorbunny is one thing, not two) has the subhead Pick one, draw it, make it funny! and that should give you a good sense of why your kids will never want to put it down. This wonderfully imaginative book from the illustrator of my...

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Pillow fight!

There’s something I need to get off my chest with Valentine’s Day nearly upon us. As much as I cherish my spouse, sometimes this girl needs her space. In bed. I know you know what I’m talking about. Well CMP fave Twisted Twee clearly gets my frustration, and delivers in a major way. I like think of these Your Side, My Side pillowcases as pillowcases with a purpose.  In short: payback for the bed hoggers of the world. And a great V-day gift for couples with a sense of humor. I can’t wait to throw these on the bed to...

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Flummox and Friends: Because quirky can be funny

There are a lot of days when having a kid with social challenges isn’t particularly funny; when his feelings get hurt, when making friends is difficult, when he despairs of ever “getting it right” when it comes to following society’s rules… that’s not particularly giggle-worthy. But the truth is that any “social skills program” that isn’t entertaining is just a great big downer and something to be tuned out. So maybe you heard my squeals of glee, just now, at discovering the Flummox and Friends website and associated Kickstarter site. The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism just put up...

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Awkward Family Photos – The board game that made me laugh until I cried

Aside from that time I won Scrabble by placing VULVA on a triple word score, I don’t generally get excited over board games. But the other night, I laughed until I was wiping tears off on my husband’s t-shirt, all because of the Awkward Family Photos Board Game. If you like Awkward Family Photos the website, you’re going to love the game. When I showed up at a friend’s house with the Awkward Family Photos board game tucked under my arm, I had some of those frozen margarita packets and a big box of cherries in my other hand...

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Butt Art that isn’t raunchy, promise

As all parents know, kids laugh at the word “butt.” There is something very funny about a word that is used constantly as a conjunction, a sometime preposition and also as a word for your behind. What could be funnier than that to a five year old? The answer? Nothing. Now combine the humor of a butt with a bona fide art book. It doesn’t get any cooler than Everything Butt Art at the Zoo. The premise is awesome: all of the animals that you see at the zoo can be drawn with the fabulous gluteus maximus as the...

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Flip flop chic

We all know socks and sandals together are a big no-no in civilized society, but there are exceptions. Jazzy Toes, the clever people who bring us some of the cutest baby shoe sock designs, have come up with a new design just in time for summer- the flip flop sock.  Necessary? No. Cute as a button? Yes. These ultra cutesy accessories are a conversation piece for sure but will also keep your wee one’s tootsies cozy in over-air conditioned places through the summer months. Bottom line- if you have a friend expecting a baby girl this summer, show up...

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Fathers-in-law deserve love (and humor) on Father’s Day too.

It’s no news that Cool Mom Picks loves cards from Kiki Parry’s Alternate Greetings. Her slightly inappropriate and hysterical quips are perfect for those moments when you want your message to be just a little different. This Father’s Day card is perfect for the non-fathers in your life who have been influential and supportive and who, um, hopefully have a sense of humor. Maybe a father-in-law ? It reads: You’ve been like a father to me. / Except you never knocked up my mom. Did you? Now this is awkward. Just don’t give it to your grandfather. That would...

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It’s a toddler’s world after all

I’ve read enough expert-y books about how to deal with toddlers to know that the only way to really remain sane through those challenging years is to laugh it off.  And that’s exactly what this new hilarious book had me doing. The World According to Toddlers is the new release from CMP fave duo Shannon Payette Seip and Adrienne Hedger, whose funny books If These Boobs Could Talk and Momnesia had us shooting lukewarm coffee out of our noses. This one however,  is the funniest one of the trio, because what better comedic material is there than toddlers, right?...

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Enhancing the bromance

Only in New York. It might be a cliche, but it’s true. Especially when it’s the one city offering a new online service that provides the men in your life with a menu of options to send their homies thoughtful thank you gifts of beer, beef jerky or a Top Gun DVD. So why are we telling you? Because we know that women are the ones who have to say, “uh honey…did you ever thank your cousin Al for that thing he did for us?” The website at Thanks, Bro has a very simple multiple choice order form where...

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Warning: Reading this book during pregnancy will make you pee yourself. Even more.

We have eagerly been awaiting the Let’s Panic About Babies book every since we first became pregnant with our own babies. And that’s saying something. Because back then, we didn’t even know anything about authors Alice Bradley and Eden M. Kennedy, how funny they are, or that they were even considering writing a book together. That’s just how awesome this book is: It transcends the impossible! If you’ve ever seen the Let’s Panic About Babies Website, you might have an inkling of what to expect–new babies referred to as “recently freed fetal captives,” and the suggestion that your first...

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That’s right honey, you can’t win

While I’ve never taken my husband to task for only buying three lemons instead of the dozen I requested (“Who asks for a dozen lemons anyway?”), I have to confess that I avoid sending him to the grocery store because…well, whatever he gets is usually wrong. So when I saw this reusable grocery bag from CMP fave Twisted Twee, I felt like it was made just for me. Or actually, just for my husband. Hand printed on washable cotton, “Whatever I get, it will be wrong” is absolutely right. I think I’ll buy it and stash it in his...

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No ifs, and, just lots of butts

“Eyes and ears are much respected, but the butt has been neglected.” And so begins the masterful and hilarious The Butt Book, by Artie Bennett, illustrated by Mike Lester. Let’s face it, few things are funnier to a little kid (and those of us who are young at heart) than butts. [don’t miss a fun giveaway after the jump] Bennett has channeled Dr. Suess to create a picture book that sings the praises of this particular piece of anatomy in perfect bouncy rhymes. Even my 10-year-old son, who has outgrown picture books (but not butt humor) cracked up from...

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Prank Pack – The gift wrap that gives back. In laughter.

Around my place, we’ve got a house full of practical gift giving jokers. I see the old “huge box for a teeny tiny gift” trick almost every year and humor my husband each time he does it. Well this year, pay back is going to be a you know what when I stuff his Christmas present in a Prank Pack. Just imagine the box that the best most ridiculous white elephant gift comes in and that’s what Prank Pack is. Think about the look on your mother-in-law’s face when she believes you got her a Snuggie-esque Family Blankeez (ha!)....

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I got your Situation right here, baby

I am horrified to admit that I have, upon occasion, watched Jersey Shore. I mean uh, I was just flipping through the channels on the way to a very educational nature show and accidentally stumbled upon it. Once. For four seconds. It’s clear that this is the guilty pleasure show of the year. Although some feel less guilt about it than others. For them, may I suggest the talking Jersey Shore bobbleheads? DJ Pauly D is probably the most realistic, followed by Mike “The Situation” who says things like I check out the mirror and like… woooh, today’s gonna...

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Holiday cocktail napkins that say it all

This year I’ll be on crutches trying to pull together the perfect holiday meal, which I’ve already realized is going to have to be super “good enough.” So, I’ve decided I should focus on cocktails, and lots of them. These fun cocktail napkins sum up in five words what the holiday is truly about–Family, Turkey, Nap…Good times. The Thanksgiving cocktail napkins make a perfect small hostess gift at $4.95 for a package of 20. Or, just keep them for yourself like I would. While my turkey may not be Food Network ready and the cranberry sauce may come from...

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The low-tech answer to high-tech organizers

I’m so high tech that, sometimes, I need to go low tech. For those of you like me, or those who just plain reject iPads and online organizers and anything with a plug, may I recommend the MEpad from LobotoME? Okay, so you can’t surf the web on the MEpad, watch videos, listen to music, or gaze lovingly at your baby photos (unless they’re paper clipped to the top). But you can write on it with a pen. Yes, a glorious pen. Remember those? Write your shopping lists, to-do lists, lists, notes to the husband on this hilarious recycled...

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The only thing better than making photo memories is reliving them hilariously

You loved Awkward Family Photos. You haz a cheezburger. You enjoy a good FAIL. Now we’ve found one more awesome place to waste even more time on the web. At Young Me Now Me, regular people re-stage their childhood photos in hilarious ways. This giggle-inducing new(ish) blog by online performance artist Ze Frank has me aching to sort through that huge box of unmarked photos in my mom’s attic to find something funny that doesn’t involve a leotard. The user-contributed content ranges from old women recreating the somber sepia-toned portraits of their childhood, to grown men swaddling themselves in...

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Cartoons for the thinking mama

When I was in high school, an artist friend of mine and I wrote a graphic novel during biology class featuring the adventures of our teacher’s prominent nose, thus beginning my love affair with random and edgy hilarity. If you adore the absurd, you are going to love Nicole Chaison’s graphic memoir, The Passion of the Hausfrau: Motherhood, Iluminated which is one part memoir, one part modern illuminated manuscript, and all parts brilliant. The narrative from cartoonist, writer and mom-of-two Chaison is funny enough, but the cartoons that illustrate every page take it to another level. From Chaison’s adventures...

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Let’s panic about babies! (You know you want to)

The funniest thing I’ve seen in a good long time is the satirical new website, Let’s Panic About Babies! which just launched today. Think of it as a cross between What to Expect When You’re Expecting and The Onion. It might even be funnier than the Onion. It might even be funnier  than What to Expect, which was pretty darn funny. (And you know what I’m talking about if you read that passage that cautions you against receiving oral sex when pregnant because it could cause an embolism.) Let’s Panic! hails from the hilarious if twisted minds of popular...

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