Tag: PBS

Downton Abbey Valentines: What an Earl Wants

Last year we swooned over the printable Hunger Games Valentines and while the Peeta/Gale competition still rages on, this year it’s all about Downton Abbey Valentines for us. The references are clearly from Season 4–I would have loved to see a Lady Rose I Go Wild For You, a bandleader Jack Ross Let’s Break New Territory, or a Daisy Mason I’m Not That Innocent. But overall they are a charmingly adult way to spread some love around your Masterpiece Theater-addicted office or playgroup. All said and done, it’s nice to see a little pop culture that’s heavier on the culture...

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Downton Abbey teas: A holiday gift of which even Lady Grantham would approve.

Nanny always said sweet tea is the thing for frayed nerves. (And we think Black Friday weekend might fit the bill, eh?) That means elegant teas are a fantastic gift for the holidays, especially when troublesome relatives like Cousin Isobel are involved. If you have a Downton Abbey fan in your life, they’ll be sure to enjoy a hot cuppa inspired by everyone’s favorite period drama. And it’s perfect to sip on a weekend — whatever that is. The new Downton Abbey teas from The Republic of Tea are the perfect gift for the Anglophile or BBC fan on...

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PEG + CAT adds up to a fun, smart math-based series for preschoolers

If you’re waking up this Monday morning with a busy preschooler to entertain, we’ve got some good news for you: PBS Kids has added a smart new show to their roster that isn’t just adorable to watch, but also will feed those growing brains with some fun math concepts that you can then incorporate into the rest of their day. Perhaps as in, You need to take one nap today, but you have so far taken zero naps. How many naps are left to take? Starring one precocious little girl named Peg and her sidekick Cat, each 11-minute episode...

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Downton Abbey returns to the States tonight! Oh, how we missed you, Cousin Matthew

It may be so very middle-class, but as a Downton Abbey addict, I’m so happy to see that season 3 is kicking off tonight–and along with it, some awesome Downton Abbey goodies on sale at Fab.com. For a limited time, Wonder-Shirts’ Downton Abbey totes and tees will proclaim your love for the Crawley family and their entourage. Thomas fans can wear his image with a cheeky “Trust Me” message under it, while those of us who are still upset about his uh, legal troubles can grab a “Free Bates” tote. But my absolute favorite item is the tote that captures the...

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Politics for kids: the Democracy Project gets kids involved in the election, no mudslinging allowed

With all the attack ads on TV, the l-o-n-g debates, and the lack of cartoon characters, it’s no wonder that my kids aren’t exactly enthralled with politics and the upcoming presidential election. But there’s now a cool, non-partisan website that allows kids to learn a little more about the process and the candidates (and even lets them try being Commander in Chief). Plus there’s plenty of kid-friendly cartoon drawings to hold their attention much longer than the next :30 plea for your vote. PBS Kids’ The Democracy Project is an adorable and navigable site to help young kids learn...

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Web Coolness – Childhood photos revisited, Back-to-School picks, and going organic

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Four adult sisters recreate their childhood photos with sweetly poignant results. (via buzzfeed) Didn’t get to all your big plans for this summer? Read The Lament of the Bad Mother and laugh away all that mama guilt.  Start the school year off with all the coolest gear, treats, and fashion with our brand-new 2012 Back to School Shopping Guide. And don’t miss your chance to win more than $700 of back-to-school essentials! New Yorkers, get ready to stock up on Beatrix NY...

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Why PBS should bring this circus to your town

Last summer, our editor Liz gushed about the wonders of Circus Smirkus, the amazing single-ring circus whose performers are all kids. And for those of us in the New England or upstate New York areas, every summer brings us another chance to catch this innovative circus, now approaching its 25th year. But for those of you in other parts of the globe, and for those of us who adore these young performers and want to see more, more, more, there is a way to bring the circus right into your home. The new documentary Circus Dreams, A Movie Journey...

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Web coolness – heart-y eggs, baby shower gifts for moms, spring cleaning your computer

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too.   Something special for Easter – A tutorial for heart-shaped boiled eggs (via leel, rebecca) Kristen shares 3 great baby shower gifts just for moms. Like! 5 ways to spring clean your computer on Cool Mom Tech. Want to laugh? Check out the post on this new humor site about trademarking your baby name. (Psst…Allegra is already taken.) We admire one mom’s grassroots attempt to take on use of the word “retarded” through social media. For Autism Awareness Month, PBS Newshour will air...

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SAVE ELMO!

Here’s the bad news: In the next few days, Congress will vote on a bill that could completely eliminate all federal funding for public broadcasting. That’s not an exaggeration. Here’s the good news: There’s still time to save Elmo. The government spends only $1.35 per person per year to provide us with PBS, NPR, and the 1000+ local stations that are enjoyed  by 170 million Americans each month. If you’re one of them, then you’re probably as scared as we are at the thought of losing Super Why, All Things Considered, all the wonderful local programming, and of course...

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Prima Princessa presents the Nutcracker on PBS

One of my all time favorite holiday shows is the Nutcracker Ballet, but I didn’t imagined I would get tickets to see it with my toddler for quite a long time–like, ten years, at least. Performances are expensive in New York! Which is one of the reasons that Cool Mom Picks has been fans of the mom-created Prima Princessa series of dance videos, and especially Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker. Well good news: Now it’s free. Prima Princessa Ballerina will be airing on PBS this December so set your DVRs and get ready to be charmed. It tells the...

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Calling all you mama inventors

Are you one of those people who is always coming up with good ideas for products? In our support for you mama entrepreneurs and all the genius we seem from you in our inboxes every day, we thought we’d tip you off to a chance to audition for season for the PBS show, Everyday Edisons. They’re looking for people with ideas for kids toys, kids gear, and products for the home, kitchen and bath.  Got any? Go to Edison Nation and submit your idea and maybe you’ll be one of the ten inventors chosen for the show–meaning you’ll actually...

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For kids who walk around with a light bulb blinking over their heads

Earth Day is fast-approaching, but this isn’t just any Earth Day. This year happens to mark the 40th anniversary of the eco-celebration and to celebrate, Design Squad on PBS KIDS GO is launching the nationwide 2010 Trash to Treasure competition on April 5th. Think your genius of a kid has what it takes to beat someone else’s genius of a kid in an attempt to recycle, reuse and re-engineer everyday materials into the world’s next how-did-we-live-without-it invention? Well, if they’re between the ages of 5 and 19, this is their chance. The rules are simple: Kids have to invent...

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A trip around the world this Christmas for $19.99? Sign me up.

I don’t do much overseas traveling. Okay, none, really. And I can’t even blame my kids, since I barely did it before they were born, either. A passionate desire for a reduced carbon footprint or sheer laziness? I’ll let you decide.   But, I have to admit, my kids might like to venture out of the country once in a while. So, while I intend to remain close to home this holiday season, the least I can do is expose them to the rest of the world from the comfort of our story corner.  Barefoot Books now offers a lovely...

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