Humans can’t live by keyboards alone, and for actual old school writing, we’re big fans of Moleskine notebooks. (Who isn’t, right?) Looking at the new Limited Edition Moleskine notebooks collection has my girls — and me — eager to put pen to paper, to journal our deepest thoughts. Or write a to-do list. Or jot down ideas. Or doodle. Anything really just to score one of these cool notebooks. I think this year’s collection especially speaks to teens (and the grown-ups who love them). With themes from rock n’ roll to pop culture, modern art to Minions, Disney characters...Read More
Teachers deserve it all, and boy would we love to give the most wonderful teacher appreciation gifts to all of them. But when you multiply your number of kids by the many teachers your kids have — classroom teachers, teaching aides, music and art teachers, coaches, tutors — well, you’ve learned enough math to tally it up. According to teachers we’ve spoken to over the years, gift cards tend to be one of the most popular teacher appreciation gifts. But we know that can feel impersonal, especially when you’re saying “thank you” to the people who do so much for our families. So I did some homework and found these 6...Read More
So once you’ve gotten the hand sanitizer, the tissue boxes, and everything else on that classroom shopping list, it’s time to have a little fun with some colorful school supplies! We always recommend getting a little goodie or two for the kids that gets them more excited about going back to school, whether it’s a cute backpack charm, a personalized notebook, a pencil case with their favorite character, or even a set of #2 pencils that are just that much cooler than your standard issue yellow pencils. With that, we had the best time putting together a rainbow of cool school...Read More
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...Read More
While there are certain must-haves for school, like backpacks and lunch boxes, we always love finding the coolest school supplies that just make things a little more fun this time of year. Whether you’re helping your kid express his or her individuality with a cool backpack charm, making reading time more special with personalized bookplates, or tracking down file folders in different styles — so that there is no fighting among your kids about whose is whose — we love these little indulgences that make for big smiles. [click here for our 2016 back to school guide] And so we’re thrilled...Read More
Do you know how much the average parent spends on back to school shopping? Let’s just say, a lot. We love supporting smaller indie brands, and finding the cool school supplies out there that helps make this time of year a little more fun — but we also love a great bargain. Which is why we are beyond happy to be working with our sponsor Ebates, which is now helping us all do both. From July 21 to August 3, when you sign in with your Ebates account, you get double cash back from tons of online retailers you may be shopping anyway, like Old...Read More
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....Read More
This review almost didn’t happen, because my daughter “lost” this writer’s notebook; she’d written so many hopes, dreams, and ideas in it that she didn’t want anyone, to see it. Ever. It’s that kind of book. It inspires trust and sparks imagination. And she only let me have it back briefly, if I promised not to read what she’d written. And I’m trying really, really hard not to. It’s called Fireflies: A Writer’s Notebook, and although it’s been written for all ages, it’s especially perfect for my precocious eight-year-old writer. The idea is that ideas are like fireflies, which can spark...Read More
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Here’s what we found on the Internet this week. Hope you like them too. We can’t wait to get our hands on the upcoming Portlandia cookbook! (via Laughing Squid) This travel guide for chocolate lovers has us drooling. We can’t believe our friend, fellow blogger and former Cool Mom Picks contributor Rebecca Woolf’s twins have turned three. Her birthday post to them is lovely. 9 questions moms are tired of answering, from our own Nicole Blades. Get the very most money for your old iPhone (as in $200 for an iPhone 4!). How fun are these DIY headboards for kids? A helpful...Read More
While yes, you can–and I have–let the kids go to town on that plain canvas pencil case with Sharpies, I’ve been on the lookout for cool back to school crafts that might be more fun and interesting. And I do mean cool ones; I spent ages really combing the web for craft ideas that look fantastic, they’re not ridiculously hard to do, and none of them suck up to the teacher with something with an apple painted on it. (Save that til holiday time, eh?) This is the kind of stuff we’d gladly buy, but if you have the inclination, some of the most brilliant crafters and...Read More
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...Read More
I do a whole lot of roleplaying with my daughter. Whether we’re reading books or playing dolls, my daughter assigns us our roles: “That’s you mommy, and that’s me!” She loves to picture herself in whatever imaginary world we visit. So imagine her elation when I presented her with a beautiful sketchbook–with a character customized to look just like her. I was already a big fan of the folks that created these wonderful personalized birthday books, and wow, they continue to impress. Paper Hat Press now creates personalized notebooks and sketchbooks customized with your kid’s resemblance and name. So now little Caden’s notebook won’t be...Read More
From retro to oh-so-new, we’ve got the tech for you. Here are a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1.Even little babies can get in on Instagram, thanks to this adorable handmade toy. 2. Store your kids’ artwork using your smart phone! Just hurry and snatch up these awesome apps while they’re still free. 3. Our readers are going nuts for this smart tech-fabulous notebook developed by Moleskine and Evernote together. Trust us, you’ll want this. 4. Check out the stylish, tech-savvy laptop bag that goes with everything– and we...Read More
Our favorite notebooks and Star Wars, our favorite sci-fi franchise, have finally come together in two beautiful limited edition designs. The only question: Are you going with the Empire or the Rebel Alliance? Moleskine has gone fully operational with new Star Wars Limited Edition notebook designs. Whether you’re joining the Dark Side or tripping AT-ATs with the Ewoks, you’ll enjoy that great Moleskine quality. The Empire Edition features the classic Star Wars logo and a hyperspace jump in metallic silver foil. The Rebel Alliance Edition showcases the logo, along with the Episode IV title crawl in bronze foil. Inside each,...Read More
At the beginning of every new year, I treat myself to a pretty, new notebook. It’s an almost-literal way to start the year with a clean slate. New year, new notebook, new thoughts. The only problem with this method, now that there are children afoot: my fancy new notebook is invariably trashed long before the next January 1. But I think I’ve found the perfect solution. Let’s judge these Robert le héros notebooks from Quo Vadis by their covers: lovely colors, beautiful designs… on silkscreened leatherette, which is sturdier than standard-issue notebook coverstock, and way harder for little hands to maul....Read More
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