Tag: parenting

Minimalist Parenting: The must-read parenting book of the year.

When we first heard that Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks and Christine Koh of Boston Mamas, two of the women I love and respect most in the world, were putting their clever heads together to write a parenting book, well there was no doubt in my mind that it would be awesome. As it turns out, it’s more than awesome–Minimalist Parenting is easily the new must-read parenting book of the year. And hopefully, every year. Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less is the right book at the right time: an antidote to the pervasive uber...

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Web Coolness: art on a plate, awesome Easter and Passover ideas, and calling a truce to the “Mommy Wars”

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Check out artist “RED” Hong Yi’s Instagram project, where she will create a mini work of art on a plate every day this month. Wow. If you’ll be celebrating Passover, love this post and comments with Tips for a Successful Family Seder. Our editor Liz takes issue with the media’s constant talk about the “Mommy Wars”, and what we should be talking about instead. Do you agree? We’re thrilled to see one of our own editors–and lots of women we...

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

In case you missed them, here are five of our favorite tech picks from this past week. Enjoy! 1. Look what this cool geeky dad did for his daughter. Love! 2. Here’s an amazing gadget that will make your iPhone camera even more versatile. (Our pinterest fans are going nuts for it!) 3. The hottest bag for spring happens to hold your DSLR. Or diapers. Or both. 4. Never lose your keys, your phone, or anything else for that matter, ever again. Whoa. 5. Drop those pounds before spring hits with this fantastic new app we...

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Web Coolness: playing with food, working at marriage, and ignoring our kids

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Playing with your food is pretty cool when the results look like Vanessa Dualib’s creative pictures. (via Laughing Squid) Funny and smart advice: Top Ten Success Tips For My 25-Year-Old Self. The Toy Story photo series is such an interesting peek into the lives of kids from around the world. Do you think marriage, with kids, is work? Catch Kristen’s appearance on WPIX in NYC talking about Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. LEGO lovers, check out “Michael Jackson” dancing in LEGO...

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Web Coolness – Creative inspiration for families, great tips for kids who love sugar, and go FLOTUS go!

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! We’re enjoying this new creative blog by one of our favorite comfy clothing companies. Tons of great ideas! February’s Shot @ Life 28 Days of Impact series about global vaccinations ends with this wildly creative—and inspiring—read from a favorite dad blogger. Have you seen our First Lady dancing with Jimmy Fallon? Hilarious. How to Fake Being a Cool Mom. These easy tips for managing sugar consumption with our sweets-loving kids is so helpful. On Huffington Post, Liz talks about the...

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The Dot Girl First Period Kit: a lifesaver for moms of tween girls

Even though my oldest daughter is still a little young for the official period talk, that doesn’t mean I’m not prepared. In fact, I still have the Original Dot Girl First Period Kit we discovered a few years ago bookmarked on my computer for when the time comes. As it turns out, they just recently updated the already useful kit to make it an even better tool for parents with tween girls, which I (gulp) will soon be. The new and improved Dot Girl First Period Kit still contains everything it had before that I appreciated, but now comes...

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Web Coolness: DIY cardboard toys, the best family memory books, and remembering to play

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! DIY and upcycle fans will love these 15 toys you can make out of a cardboard box like Estefi Machado‘s adorable washing machine. When we are gone, will our stories go with us? Liz explores why it’s important for us to record our family stories for those who follow us. And, if you are so inspired, don’t miss her favorite memory books for busy parents. This Pinterest for Parents parody from Kristen is cracking us up. Some of the most imaginative...

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Web Coolness: Calvin & Hobbes IRL, hilarious Pins for Parents, and great books for strong girls

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Calvin & Hobbes in real photographs – love these! (via Laughing Squid) Big smiles for this mama who fulfilled her adoptive 13 year old son’s wish for a birth announcement in such a warmhearted way. Is Girl Power Hurting Our Boys? Interesting read for those of us raising sensitive sons. Kristen’s parody of Pins for Parents takes a hilarious look at what reality looks like for parents. Does your daughter need some reading material? Some great picks in this list...

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Web Coolness – Valentines ideas, Chinese New Year with Kids, and some required reading for parents

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too!  Need to get ready for Valentine’s Day? Don’t miss our huge Valentine collection of cards, gifts, treats, and other goodies to love. And don’t miss our Valentine’s tech gift picks too! Think you’ve seen enough winter? Wait until you see this other-worldly winter wonderland at the International Ice and Snow Festival. Does Valentine’s Day give you and your spouse a reminder to reconnect? Today is National Girl Scout Cookie Day: Those of you in New York City can even follow...

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Web Coolness: Sample sale savings, Super Bowl treats, and saying yes to our kids more often

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. C’est magnifique! Don’t miss Ses Petites Mains amazing sample sale, with special savings for Cool Mom Picks’ readers! (Use the code “cool” for an extra 15% on sample sale items–until they run out.) Lil Sugar has a roundup of the cutest little football gear for Super Bowl Sunday. And it’s not the Super Bowl without great snacks, so don’t miss our collection of delicious nachos recipes.  Throughout February, check out The 26 Valentines Project remembering the Sandy Hook Elementary 26. This dad makes bagged lunches...

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Hilarious new baby cards, because heaven knows new parents need to laugh

When I laugh out loud reading a new baby card, that’s saying something–especially on the floor of the NY International Gift Show where there’s oh, 600 million or so greeting cards. But hey, I should expect no less from CMP fave design studio 9 Spot Monk. Typeset perfectly in the most understated, gentle, letterpress font, these hilarious new baby cards are such a refreshing break from the same old “welcome baby!” They’re sold individually, but personally I’d stock up on about ten, ready for each new baby that comes into our lives in the coming months. Or should I...

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Web Coolness: Maurice Sendak in pictures, Valentine’s Day, and our LEGO love grows stronger

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too!  A poignant interview with Maurice Sendak before his passing gets even more lovely when illustrated. You may want to have the tissues nearby. It’s that time again! Check out our Valentine’s Pinterest board for tons of great ideas. Excited to hear that CMP favorite Baby Loves Disco will be kicking off 2013 with dance parties in five cities. Get out your dancing shoes!  The Year I Was a Stay-At-Home Dad – good read. Is fitness a goal for 2013? We love Kristen’s top...

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Web Coolness: holiday tech gifts, an easy Christmas craft, and a must-read post for every mother

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Have you seen our Cool Mom Tech holiday tech gift guide? So many awesome goodies for everyone in your family, plus wow, fabulous $500 giveaway! Let your kids make a Christmas tree with Washi tape as shown over at Modern Parents Messy Kids. Liz shares her top 5 things to do with the kids this holiday on the Bing blog–and some of them might be surprising. How many of them does your family do? We love this Hurricane Sandy Holiday Toy...

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Web Coolness: napping DJ baby, Thanksgiving treats, and understanding autism

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. A while back, she was photographing her daughter napping in fanciful scenes. Now, Adele Enersen is doodling around her sleeping son who becomes a rocking DJ, runway model, or cellist in his dreams. If you’ll be the one hosting Thanksgiving dinner check out this amazing list of Thanksgiving resources from our own Stacie. If someone else is cooking you Thanksgiving dinner (lucky!), grab one of these free printable wine labels and gift tags from Sarah Hearts and bring something delicious for...

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Web Coolness: Kung Fu toddler, NYC Marathon aid, and lying about lice

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Our hearts were warmed to see the photos of New York City Marathoners going to help the people of Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy. And this story of their day is incredibly touching. One of CMP’s favorite kindie voices (and overall great guy) Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could will donate a portion of sales at this Sunday’s concert and fundraiser in Tribeca to the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. What a lovely post about a child whose love of running keeps her...

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Web Coolness: reflecting on Sandy, Star Wars goes to Disney, and free art for all

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  Such an important piece to read this week: How to be a good fellow citizen in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. And, go here if you’d like to sign up to volunteer to help clean up the city in the weeks ahead. (via new york family) How will our kids remember these traumatic moments? Turns out, some of our scariest moments may become some of their favorite memories. Riding out the storm with small children. . . one family reflects on...

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Web Coolness: superhero photo opps, resonant moments, and healthy-ish Halloween snacks

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Cereal boxes, duct tape, and some high-flying kids create the cutest superhero photo booth from One More Mushroom. (via mer mag)  Paying Attention to Resonant Moments: A gorgeous post about those important moments in time. This amazing piece in the New York Daily News about our own Editor Liz’s trip with ONE to Ethiopia is a must-read. (Yes, we’re biased, but for good reason). We are so touched to read what one woman is doing help her young nephew who was...

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My Prudent Advice? This mother-daughter keepsake is a keeper

Looking for a shower gift for a baby girl? Something that is original, meaningful, and will never, ever go out of style? I’ve got just the thing. And I’m calling dibs on gifting it at every baby-girl shower I ever attend. Jaime Morrison Curtis has created a stunning keepsake journal to be passed down from mother to daughter. My Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Daughter is inspiring, thoughtful, and simply creative.  Jaime is the founding editor of Prudent Baby, a site that encourages even the least craftiest among us (read: me!) to go out and make some awesome happen.  Not surprisingly, her journal...

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Web Coolness: A whole rainbow school, a better baby carrier, and vintage Jim Henson you’ll love

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Somewhere over the rainbow (actually Paris) lies a most colorful rainbow kindergarten. Check out which baby carrier allowed Kristen to get rid of three other baby gear items. A fabulously different idea for what to do with goodie bag swag your kids bring home.  Nothing to Fear: A poignant piece by one mama of grown children that will provide comfort to new moms everywhere. See Jim Henson’s first animated short, Alexander the Grape, from way back in 1965. Women everywhere are...

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Don’t miss NBC’s smart new season of Up All Night

Sitcoms have to be seriously good to get my attention at the end of the day. The kids are asleep and the house is quiet, so if I’m going to watch some telly instead of calling it a night, then it had better be worth my time…and crack me up. Make me laugh, or I’m out, people. Thankfully, one of my favorites, NBC’s Up All Night, is back for another season. And it’s starting off with a bang. (Nice going, writers!) I’m a huge SNL fan, especially the old-school SNL. Up All Night creator Emily Spivey and Maya Rudolph...

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