Tag: journals

7 smart sleepaway camp essentials that help stave off homesickness.

If your little camper is heading off to sleepaway camp this summer, possibly for the first time (sniff), you’ll likely receive from the camp a long list of all the essentials to pack — extra socks, bug repellent, water bottles, headlamps. But, on top of all those must-haves (and they really are), we think that a few special items that connect them to home can help make the transition from bed to bunk a little easier. We spoke to our experienced sleepaway camp parents around here, and put together 7 of our favorite ideas for sleepaway camp essentials that help stave off homesickness and ensure the transition...

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24 wonderful DIY Father’s Day gifts, crafts + printables to fill him with love

DIY Father’s Day gifts are always so special, especially from the youngest kids. (Once we hit voting age or so, those handprint mugs just don’t really cut it in the same way, huh.) So for our next installment of our 2016 Father’s Day Gift Guide, we’ve put together two dozen of the most creative, sweet DIY Father’s Day gifts including crafts, cards, and printables — some new and some favorites from years past. We hope these become treasured keepsakes in your family. Except maybe the food ideas. Those we’d suggest you don’t treasure or keep for too long.   More Father’s Day...

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New and cool: Personalized Moleskines. Notebooks, journals, you name it. (Get it?)

I never leave home without my Moleskine notebook, as I’ve recently shared — or really, I should say “notebooks” considering how many I have for lists, ideas, and… more lists. Now I’m so excited that you can finally order personalized Moleskine notebooks online, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Or really any day in my book. (I can’t stop the puns!) Related: Illustrated handmade Moleskine journals. Ooh. If you love this as much as I do, hit the site, then choose from a huge selection of personalizable notebooks and journals — there are tons! Next click Personalize  under Add to Shopping Cart. You...

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The perfect little affordable best friend gifts. Or really, anyone gifts.

I’m on the lookout for some cute small gifts to give out to some of the people I love, or even for my girls to give to their own BFFs. And then I came across the collection of awesome eco-friendly, recycled brown kraft paper journals from Journaling Jane on Etsy and I was like, yup. That’s what I need. I love the artist’s mission to get people back to handwriting — as you can tell from journals with sayings like Write Your Thoughts Here and Not on Facebook — and she has hundreds of ways to do that. You can...

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Great savings on some of the coolest back-to-school shopping

When we were growing up, the best part about back-to-school season was always shopping for school supplies. But things have come a long way from the small thrill of finding a Trapper Keeper pattern that matched your personality. In fact, our friends at Minted are back as a sponsor (yay Minted!), and they’ve gotten into the back to school shopping game, too. You thought Minted was just stationery? Turns out they’ve now got personalized notebooks, name labels, cards and more, all to help your kids express themselves through a few special school supplies. Plus, we are so thrilled that Minted is offering 15% off all their kids’ essentials for back...

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Free printables for happy campers.

With my girls heading off to sleepaway camp in a few weeks, getting everything together has been definitely consuming many brain cells. And with a few of our writers in the same boat, that explains why you’ve been seeing recent posts here for awesome care package treats, camp labels, and cool camp stationery. Now here’s one more — and it’s free! Our friends at Tiny Me have created this super cute new updated 2015 free printable, personalized camp journal that I totally love. Related: 6 cool sets of summer camp labels for kids There are two beautifully designed cover options, each...

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Go Minted! It’s your birthday! And a special discount to celebrate.

We’ve all been huge fans and supporters of Minted long before they were a Cool Mom Picks sponsor, so it seems hard to believe that they are turning seven! It’s no surprise their ever-growing collection of stationery, invitations, and gifts designed by indie artists around the world are so popular with parents, including us. They really are some of the most beautifully designed options that we see anywhere. So in honor of the big Minted birthday celebration (aw, seven is such a fun year), they’re offering a special store-wide discount on everything. We’ve gone through and picked some of our own personal favorites on...

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Because you can never have too many Moleskine journals. Especially cute handmade ones.

As a writer, I’m of the mind that you can never have too many journals or blank books on hand. I stockpile them like a zombie apocalypse conspiracy theorist, hoarding canned goods and ammo. But unlike gunshot, they also happen to make great impromptu gifts. So I love the made-to-order, illustrated, handmade Moleskine journals from Elena Mazzali of Etsy shop La Douceur du Miel (“The sweetness of honey”). This plain, unlined journal is just made for recipes, honey-based or otherwise. But the other journals–which the artist cleverly calls “Mieleskins”–are pretty great too. Like a bear rocking out to a Beatles cassette....

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Love letters to your baby. Future you will thank you.

If we ask my four-year-old to help out with something, he’s taken to tipping an imaginary hat and saying, “Happy to sublige.” As in, happy to oblige. How Downton Abbey of him. He’s always cracked us up, but when I try to think of specific things he’s said, all I can hear in my head is the grandparents in my life who told me a million times, “I hope you’re writing this stuff down.” Thus: Letters to My Baby by one of our favorites, Lea Redmond of Leafcutter Designs. Related: Baby memory books for parents who find others a little too traditional This keepsake book is way more...

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The coolest school supplies to make school more fun: Back to School Guide 2014

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impression, and when it comes to back to school shopping, it may be the backpack we spend all our time stressing about, when it turns out to be the $1 hamster eraser or the personalized pencil case that our kids love and cherish like nothing else. So we’ve scoured the web for you to track down two dozen of the very coolest school supplies and fun accessories to make all this preparation a little more fun. For both of you.   Flying colors rainbow tape dispenser ($11.99, coming soon to Perpetual Kid) And...

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Cool journals from ecojot that get inspirational but not sappy. Just how we like it.

I used to be a journal junkie, until time and obligations got in the way of collecting my deep thoughts and poetry on paper. So I can see why our Cool Mom Tech team is going nuts for the new ecojot Connect journals which let you turn your grocery lists and inspiring doodles digital with a companion app. But if you still think old fashioned journals and notebooks are just fine, thanks so much, I’m loving this new collection of recycled paper journals from ecojot. We have been fans of ecojot’s quality Earth- and people-friendly notebooks for years, which help donate...

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Summer camp care package ideas so cool, the kids might even miss you. Maybe.

If your kids are headed to camp this summer, sending them a cool summer camp care package will make their day. Or week. Even if they didn’t even look back to wave when you dropped them off. We’ve got a whole bunch of fun ideas for care package goodies that, according to our own kids, will make yours proclaim you the best parent in the world to all of his or her bunkmates. Short of sending a life’s supply of candy. Just be sure to check with your camp before sending one out–they all have different care package rules, especially when it comes...

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12 favorite sloth picks to kick off Sloth Week. Yes, that’s a thing now.

They aren’t as sly as a fox, as wise as an owl, or as puffy as a hedgehog, but the unassuming sloth is poised to be the next big thing for kids, as Liz and I noticed as we toured Toy Fair earlier this year. These slow-moving, surprisingly adorable creatures even have their own week dedicated to them, with Sloth Week 2014 beginning today, June 20 so you and the kids can view online videos and sloth-related TV programming on Animal Planet all week long. (Kind of the kinder, gentler alternative to Shark Week.) If you too want to surround yourself or your kids with all things sloth,...

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Recycled book journals are utterly cool, even if they’re older than Grandpa

I love when vintage books are given new life, and I found that very thing in these gorgeous handmade recycled book journals from Renovated Books on Etsy. They’re made by carefully pulling apart old and rare books and recombining them with 70 pages of fresh, smooth paper to create an utterly unique journal with a mysterious past. Each book is beautifully hand-bound with Irish linen thread to lay flat, and 28 pages of the original book are thoughtfully placed throughout like mile markers. The spine even becomes a bookmark. Isn’t that clever? I love the dashing, Clark Gable look of the more manly volumes for...

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Gorgeous graduation gifts that give back, which might just be the very best kind.

Raven + lily has been one of my favorite go-to gift sources ever since we first featured them a long time ago here on Cool Mom Picks and discovered their wonderful selection of gifts that give back. So it’s not surprise they’ve got a lovely selection of graduation gift ideas right now, plus a cool promotion if you shop this weekend. The shop’s mission is to support marginalized women around the world by employing them in a safe work environment and providing them a sustainable income and health care as a means to break the cycle of poverty. All of their beautiful eco-friendly...

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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 kinds of gorgeous personalized gifts that make us really love giving personalized gifts.

-Don’t miss an amazing $350 giveaway for our readers!- We love being able to knock as many people off our holiday gift list as we can at a single online shop, don’t you? That’s why we’re always featuring shops that have more than a couple of great things. It’s also one of the reasons we’re so thrilled to find that one of our favorite sponsors, Minted, has added some really spectacular personalized gifts to their shop that are just as lovely as the holiday cards that our readers love. Their personalized gift selection really is amazing, in part because they’re all designed by talented indie artists from around the country. No vector art here. Plus, it’s affordable which is always a plus...

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Creative ways to capture baby’s first words: a celebration of motherhood firsts

This post is part of our monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap, celebrating motherhood firsts. And there are lots! No milestone may be more exciting than hearing a baby's first word. Whether it's "ba" for ball, "da" for dog, or a perfectly articulated cronut (it could happen) it's a thrill to see kids starting with the basics and building from there. Which is why we love finding wonderful resources for capturing and documenting them.  1. Write it down You think you'll remember your baby's first word forever but those of us parents with more than one can assure you that's not always...

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What I did over my summer vacation

With so much talk about summer brain drain, I’m always looking for activities to keep my kids learning without realizing it. That’s why I love this DIY that helps kids answer the perennial question: What did you do over your summer vacation?   At Dana Made It, you’ll find a tutorial for handmade summer story journals that you can hand sew, although if you’re me, I’d bet a binder or some staples would be just fine. She includes a 3-page template you can copy too. I know my kids would have a blast filling it out with their memories,...

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The best baby’s first year calendar: Precious and totally low pressure. (We like low pressure.)

I am a planner: to-do lists, calendars, and Post-Its rule my universe and make me feel complete. You would think that I would have been all over the baby book record keeping, right? Looking back, I think it was a commitment issue, the same way I never feel right about writing in nice journals. The concept was just a little too permanent and formal for my freewheeling, note-scribbling self. So while I might have to tune into my husband’s YouTube channel to see what my babe was doing when, I have found the perfect solution for others looking to...

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