Tag: Memorial Day

You won’t believe that an 11 year old wrote this Memorial Day poem

When a dear friend of mine published this poem for Memorial Day, I gasped when I realized it was written by her 11-year-old son (and nephew of our own associate editor Christina) who I’ve known since he was a baby. Lucas has always been a sweet, remarkable kid — and yes, I’m biased — but I think you’ll agree his writing is extraordinary, so I’m thrilled I have permission to republish it here. This poem would be an exquisite tribute to our fallen troops from any poet of any age, but the fact that Lucas wrote this in a competition for his sixth grade ELA teachers…well, wow....

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5 top-rated military family support charities on Charity Navigator: A list to bookmark on Memorial Day

Quite a few of us here come from military families, or have enlistees and veterans in our own lives, which is why we have always been strong supporters of charities for veterans, enlistees and their families. So in honor of Memorial Day, and America’s brave fallen soldiers and their amazing families, took at look at Charity Navigator’s list of top military family support charities to find a few top-rated charities worth sharing.Turns out they have their list of top- rated military charities broken into wounded troops services,military social services, as well as military family support, which is where I found the ones here. There are so many terrific...

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An easy Memorial Day craft for kids to help celebrate the real reason for the holiday

We definitely want our kids to know that Memorial Day isn’t just about burgers, swimming, and a day off from school, but rather, the military service from people who have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedom. We thought this easy Memorial Day craft for kids is the perfect way to show them. These DIY patriotic rocks from our friends at Kiwi Crate present a nice opportunity to take a break from the heat and chat with your kids about what Memorial Day is really all about. And even better, no need to make a run to the art supply store–all you need are some rocks from the backyard and...

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An indoor s’mores recipe in case your campfire plans get rained out. Consider it a chocolately, silver lining.

Monday is Memorial Day, and my family has big plans for swimming and grilling which of course means s’mores. I’ve been hoping we’d be outside all day, lathering on the sunscreen and catching up on some summer reading but there’s one problem: The weather forecast. Boo. Our just-in-case back-up plan includes making s’mores indoors with Style Me Pretty’s one-bite s’mores recipe that we just found. They’re simple enough to make that the kids can help–which keeps them from running through the grandparents’ house like crazy people–and these s’mores look so delicious they may just move from plan B to plan A. Even if we’re singing, Rain,...

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How to make ice cream without a machine: Our favorite easy ice cream recipes

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer (whoo!), which is also the official start of ice cream season (double whoo!) So break out the cones, whip up some homemade magic shell, and start making ice cream. No worries if you don’t have an ice cream maker, because we’re going to teach you how to make ice cream without a machine. And, of course, we’ve got lots of easy ice cream recipes so you can give one—or all—of these three methods a try and see what works best for you. Oh, the drudgery…   If we’re going to make ice...

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Gorgeous waterproof picnic blankets: if only they kept the rain away too.

Even though it’s not quite summer feeling everywhere just yet, it’s the official start of summer, which means picnics. Yay! We recently featured this post with our top picnic tips for parents with new babies, and number one: Use a waterproof blanket. Fortunately, we found a great Etsy shop selling a ton of them.   Sewn Natural makes lovely handmade blankets of all kinds, but it’s the thoughtfully-designed waterproof picnic blankets I’m really digging right now. In polka dots, chevrons (of course), traditional checks and even Marimekko fabrics, they all roll-up into a super convenient 14″ roll and button closed. They’re...

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How to support our troops on Memorial Day

With a husband in the military, our troops are always on my mind, even beyond Memorial Day. Even though today is a great day just to celebrate family and the beginning of summer, if you’re so inclined, here are a few very simple ways to show your thanks, and honor military service today and every day. Support a worthy cause: You’ll find no shortage of amazing military charities, from Operation Gratitude and Fisher House Foundation that help provide support for military families, to Team Rubicon, which utilizes the skills of veterans to help people in need and has blown...

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7 sizzling summer burger recipes

Fire up the grill! Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and that means burgers. And grilling. And yum. To kick off hamburger season, we’ve rounded up a collection of 7 sensational, mouthwatering burger recipes. There’s something for everyone: griller or broiler, carnivore or vegetarian. Sizzle on. Let’s start big and bold: Blue Cheese Burger with Bacon Onion Marmalade from Serving Seconds (above). I honestly don’t know what to say about this burger except that it must get in my belly. Now.   I’ve been looking for a great Tex-Mex inspired burger recipe for a while. Mission accomplished! Introducing the Green...

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Cool patriotic kids’ shirts beyond the red, white, and blue

With a husband in the Air Force Reserves, you can bet that Memorial Day means more to us than the unofficial start of summer and a long lazy weekend. And while in years past I deck the kids out in red, white, and blue, this year I’ve got the coolest t-shirts that pay a little homage to exactly what my husband does when he goes off to work. [don’t miss a sweet giveaway after the jump!] The new military kids’ t-shirts from Cool Mom Picks favorite and dad-run business Shirts That Go are so cool that my husband brought them into work to...

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Patriotic printables for your summer picnic

After I run a 5k with my girls (their first!) and hit our local Memorial Day parade, I plan to do a whole lot of nothing but eat, drink and spend a few moments thanking those brave men and women who gave everything so I could live in this wackily lovable country. But before I enjoy some food and drink with the family, I plan to spend a few moments with my printer grabbing a few decorations for our picnic table. Look at the sweet designs I found! With thanks to Amy at Living Locurto who pulled together a...

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Cuter than the average pic-a-nic basket

I don’t care if Toronto hasn’t quite gotten the spring memo yet– I’m already dreaming about park visits and picnic lunches. And when I spotted this adorable insulated picnic lunch bag at ModCloth, I fell in love. And I knew right away that I wouldn’t be handing it over to any of my kids. Oh, no. That sweet thing will be all mine. The Blueberry lunch bag is cute, but I think my heart belongs to the Watermelon one. (Gosh, even the color names are adorable.) The red checkered pattern on the Watermelon lunch bag reminds me of a...

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Hey kids – Go play outside!

Here in Atlanta where I live, the weather has been nice since the beginning of March, which means my kids have already exhausted Hide n’ Seek, Freeze Tag, and two entire boxes of sidewalk chalk. So when I saw this book when I was at the Mom 2.0 Summit in New Orleans last week, I knew I had to pick it up. All it took was one quick flip through Jennifer Ward’s Let’s Go Outside!: Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get Your Kids Closer to Nature for me to know that I had to buy it. Packed with great...

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The picnic blanket you’ll actually use… I promise

I’m always kind of envious of those other more-prepared-than-I-am moms. You know the ones: They have an extra sippy cup when one falls on the ground, they carry Band-Aids everywhere, and they’re never without an extra snack or two. Ah, but do they have a picnic blanket in that bag of theirs? Because now I do. (Hmmm, I wonder if that makes me one of them?) Either way, the Central Park Picnic Blanket from Skip*Hop has been making my spring and summer much easier (and way more fun!) ever since we received one to check out. From trips to...

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It’s Memorial Day – get out the linen!

Memorial Day is here which means goodbye wool, hello breezy, beautiful linen. Even when it comes to your kids’ playthings. Have you ever loved a doll so much that you wanted to hug it? Wait, that’s ridiculous, even for a rhetorical question. Of course you want to hug dolls. But have you ever loved a doll so much that you didn’t want to hug it, so that it would last forever and ever? That’s how I feel about these linen dolls by Leilalou just into CMP fave, DC area boutique The Pajama Squid. Especially the Little Prince. Each vintage-inspired...

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Picnic Week: Built NYC’s Neoprene Six-Pack Tote

My memories of picnicking as a child include my poor dad struggling to carry a giant plastic cooler weighing approximately 100 pounds to our picnic site.  He’d heave the monstrous beast onto a picnic table and then go sit down to mop the sweat off his brow. Fun start to the day! Now that I have children, I’m determined not to become their pack mule. Instead of using a huge cooler, we pack things in smaller, easy-to-carry containers and share the load. Built NYC makes the most amazing neoprene totes in different shapes, sizes and colors to keep cool drinks insulated stylishly and...

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Picnic Week: The Diaper Dude Blanket

Life’s a picnic, or so the saying goes, until you try to take three kids on one. Just when I need them all to carry something, they all decide it is too heavy, they are too tired, and where are we stopping? The fine folks over at Diaper Dude must feel my pain because they’ve come up with a convenient and stylish picnic blanket that can be rolled up and carried by a shoulder strap, leaving my hands free for everything else. Okay, it’s really a baby blanket with a removable diaper and wipes pouch onto the outside of...

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Picnic Week: The Mod Bento Lunchbox

I’m tired of unpacking a picnic lunch and finding that the sandwiches have been squished or the plastic containers have spilled their contents all over the inside of the cooler.  Next time, I am putting things in the colorful, streamlined bento lunch box from LA’s Plastica boutique.  With 2-4 separate melamine layers, the tuna and potato salad can be packed separately from the PB&J and cookies. Just stack the layers, grab the metal handle and go. Afterward, toss right into the dishwasher.  Considering grabbing the one of the great-looking two-level bento boxes (shown) for each child, and they can...

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Picnic Week: Cool Handmade Napkins and Eco-Tableware

While in the great outdoors, someone once said, Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints, which is really a polite way of saying, Don’t You Dare Throw That Cup On The Ground, Bucko. If only everyone heeded this, my picnics in the park would not be marred by the errant soda can or piece of litter. So we suggest you do your part the next time you decide to dine al fresco by packing beautiful cloth napkins and colorful plates, cups and cutlery that’s meant to come back home with you. Using cloth napkins is practical since you can just...

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Cool Mom Picks and Cookie Magazine Do Picnics: The picnic tote from Hable Construction

We’re excited to be partnering with Cookie Magazine this week to present some of our favorite picnic picks of the season. (Picknics?) Hit our site, then make sure to click over to Cookie to double your picnic pleasure, double your fun. And don’t miss the fabulous giveaway opportunity this week! Every time I meander through the West Village, I have to make a detour up Perry Street to see what’s new at Hable Construction. They just seem to get the combo of modern textiles with practical design every single time. So it’s no surprise that their picnic tote is...

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