Tag: photography

Web Coolness: How to raise nice kids, Game of Thrones fashion, and the Gwen Stefani photo that rocked Instagram

Here are our favorite links from around the web that we’ve enjoyed reading this week. Hope you like them too.   Well. This photo of Gwen Stefani breastfeeding sure got a lot of discussion going. An outstanding (and hilarious) post on what it means to be a feminist. We’d expect no less from Jenny Lawson. Our editor Liz has lots of thoughts about mothers being arrested for letting their children play or walk  alone.   Fascinating: Nate Silver and Allison McCann explain how you can tell someone’s age just from their name. This app is changing the way we watch Netflix for the better. (Much better.) Why you...

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Pretty food photographs spice up the kitchen. Literally.

I don’t have much space on my kitchen walls these days (I blame it on that folder that comes home on the last day of school filled with more art than my kids could have possibly created in only one year). But if I did, I know exactly what would be going up there. Food photographs! No, not the Instagrammed, look at my meal type of food photographs. I mean lovely (and hopefully even inspiring) food photographs. The kind that feature parsley and dill and cinnamon, oh my. Right now, there are a few charming kitchen art images available at the Temporary...

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Thought of the day: On pursuing dreams

Sometimes a quote just speaks to you, and these decidedly non-cheesy, very cool inspirational quotes (geez, that phrase really is getting a bad name) come courtesy of illustrator and hand-letterer Noel Shively. I’m trying to figure out just what project we could hire him for, since his sensibility is so fresh and optimistic but still with the slightest edge that keeps it from being flowery or trite. Maybe it’s the project of “I’d like to frame one of these and hang it somewhere.” That would work.     You can find just a few of of his designs for sale...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest finds of the week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins like these every day.   1. Some of the best Instagram photos of kids and what we can learn from them. 2. Words every tween and teen daughter should read. 3. Healthy, yummy homemade popsicle recipe. Yes please! 4. Gorgeous kids’ room decor inspiration 5. Shoes to live in this summer....

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. The hottest bag for spring actually carries a laptop. Sweet. 2. If you love your coffee as much as we do, you need to see this app. 3. This amazing gadget makes it even easier to shop at Amazon. Uh-oh. 4. A significantly faster charger for your iPhone and iPad. 5. 10 cool camera apps for your smartphone, and why we love...

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5 of our favorite tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular posts from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. We dare you not to laugh at this round-up of Sesame Street movie spoofs. 2. We had way too much fun looking up our own first tweets on Twitter. What was yours? 3. Here are really smart tips for taking a selfie with your kids. 4. Cool new apps for kids that are educational and entertaining. We’re in! 5. One of our favorite tech picks: A hilarious smartphone case if you’re like us still say tapes instead of...

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5 of our favorite tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular posts from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. Amp up your smartphone photography with this affordable little gadget our readers are loving. 2. A creative website for kids that we bet your little artists will love. Ours certainly do. 3. Important: 2 anonymous social apps that kids are using that parents should know about. 4. Here’s a super smart safety gadget for cyclists, runners, and kids. 5. This short, helpful video about how Internet ads work is worth a watch with your...

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Web Coolness: Saving money on baby gear, RIE parenting (huh?), and the end of celebrity baby photos

It’s Friday which means we feature our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.   Check out these outrageous dream home add-ons like this indoor kids’ treehouse. Whoa. Britax has pledged not to use unauthorized photos of celebrity children. Will other brands follow suit? Words of wisdom about tech from Humans of New York. Remember that sometimes actual people make the products we love.   Must-read for home-cooks: A fascinating theory on cooking by ratio, not recipe.  Celeb parenting trend watch: RIE parenting. What do you think? [via design mom] Tip: How to save money on expensive...

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Web Coolness: LEGO as art, perfect nail-polish pairings, the coolest dresses you’ll ever see.

It’s Friday again, so it’s time to share our favorite links from around the web this week. We think they’re some pretty fantastic finds. Enjoy! Show your kids: This LEGO photographer photography series is wonderful. Must wear: Love this chart pairing nail polish colors for the flip-flop season we’re dreaming of. Good reminder:  How to parent with respect. Watch this: The Okee Dokee Brother’s new trailer, just released today. We love them so. Read this: We’re so thrilled for our friend and cool dad Whit Honea on his new book, The Parents’ Phrase Book. So helpful for new and seasoned parents alike. Oscars...

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5 of our favorite tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular posts from Cool Mom Tech this past week.   1.Viewmasters are back, sort of, and cooler than ever. 2.These funny, sweet, and all-around gorgeous romantic ecards aren’t just for Valentine’s Day–save for anniversaries, or just to steam up date night. 3. Like we needed another reason to shop at IKEA. This one helps a good cause. 4. Polaroids are back thanks to this awesome photo app. 5.  How to get totally free cell phone service. No catch, and a great money-saving...

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The first memory game we’ve seen that helps your kids remember happy memories, too.

What kind of cruel punishment is it that parents, with the brain fog that comes from raising children, are expected to compete with their kids’ fresh brains in memory games? We featured scented memory games and modern art memory games, but they usually end up with the same outcome for me: loss. My kids crush me every time. Don’t miss an exclusive offer for Cool Mom Picks readers below. So how much more wonderful will it be to lose if we’re playing Paper Culture‘s beautiful new custom photo memory game? Simply upload 16 of your favorite pictures and pick out a...

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Cool Mom Picks on Instagram! Only oh…a few years late.

Considering it’s 2014 and all, and considering how many fun, weird, interesting, adorable, cool and otherwise entertaining things we tend to see in our lives, we thought it was time to get Cool Mom Picks on Instagram. And so, we did. Visit us for our first photo today in honor of #throwbackthursday, a snapshot which gets us a little sentimental and sniffly. But who knows, maybe the next one will be outrageous kids’ street fashion, hot new toys, a random celebrity run-in, or Kristen wearing a Snuggie back in 2008. We think this is going to be fun. Money-back guarantee....

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool pins like these every day.   1. An awesome free printable coloring page for kids. 2. Gorgeous idea for framing your favorite Instagram photos. 3. Every woman in the world would want to get this sweet Valentine’s card on Etsy. 4. Will someone please buy us these hot designer shoes? 5. Nachos! (Well, it is Super Bowl weekend.)...

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Web Coolness: Trapeze kids, Pentatonix on Sesame Street (yay!), and snowflake photos that will leave you speechless

Happy Friday! Each week we share some of our favorite links from around the web. We hope you like them too.   Must pre-order: We can’t wait to browse Playful by Merrilee Liddiard. Don’t you love the page shown at top? Must follow: The Design Brooklyn tumblr is packed full of Brooklyn coolness. Must watch: Our kids are obsessed with this cool band that uses no instruments. Check out this video featuring Pentatonix as the musical guest on Sesame Street next Friday. Must buy: Awesome alternative to Valentine’s Day jewelry for a digital sweetheart. Must See: incredible photos of snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov. Wow. Must read: What...

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7 beyond adorable baby photo ideas for Valentine’s Day

Since you can’t give the gift of sleep for Valentine’s Day, we love the next best thing: An adorable photo of your sweet baby. We’ve scoured the web and rounded-up some of the most creative baby photo ideas ideas for Valentine’s Day, whether it’s for a card to send the relatives, or just a cute photo for the nursery wall. Best part, they’re all super easy; while the professionals provide wonderful inspiration, you can recreate plenty of these yourself. This post is part of our monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor babyGap, with tips to help you celebrate motherhood...

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5 of our favorite tech picks this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular Cool Mom Tech picks from this past week.   1. Some of the coolest custom jewelry we’ve seen because of how they’re made. Valentine’s Day gift for geeks perhaps? 2. Our new favorite calendar app. See why we love it so much. 3. Got school fundraisers coming up? You need to see this cool gadget which can help. 4. You won’t believe what this brilliant case does to your smart phone. Trust us, it’s a parent’s dream. 5. This is our latest camera app obsession: Wait until you see...

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Web Coolness: Breastfeeding confessions, celebrity dads on fatherhood, free printable crafts

Every Friday we share our favorite links that we’ve found around the web. Here they are, and we hope you like them too!   Must buy:  Mike Boon’s Pixar Alphabet. [h/t whatanart] Must see: The worst apps for kids. Beyond what we could have imagined we’d find in the App Store. Must read: How one woman got over breastfeeding in public. Must watch: Hank Azaria’s new video series on Fatherhood featuring every awesome celebrity dad. [h/t blurbomat] Must look: London photographer Chino Otsuka‘s amazing series of her..with herself as a child. Makes you think: Adoptee Brett Hunneycut’s memoir of meeting his birth mother...

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Bklyn Beauties Tumblr: an extraordinary perspective from a 15-year-old

This week, I met the most lovely young girl in my local coffee shop. Aminata is a first-generation American (her mother, her biggest fan, is from Sierra Leone) and she publishes the Bklyn Beauties tumblr, in which she simply documents the cool, interesting people she meets all over Brooklyn. I couldn’t stop scrolling through it, and it’s not hard to see why. The thing that drew me in was how positive the site is. Aminata defines beauty as kindness, warmth, positivity — something that radiates from the inside. Then I was struck by the notion that while there’s so much...

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Fine art photos of vintage children’s toys that transport you to Coney Island, without the temptation of Nathan’s fries

I’ve always liked the idea of decorating with vintage children’s toys (I now own that there very toy typewriter), but there’s another way to achieve that feeling, should you not have the shelf space or the inclination to go thrifting every weekend. Take a look at David Levinthal’s wonderful photographs of vintage children’s toys that you can find exclusively at children’s fine art mecca Little Collector. They’re all from his Coney Island series, which feature — you guessed it — tiny amusement park replicas in the most wonderful colors. Each fine art photograph is only printed in editions of 50, 150, and 250...

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5 Tech Picks You Won’t Want to Miss

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our favorite holiday posts on Cool Mom Tech from this week. 1. An awesome round-up of easy photo tutorials to help make your holiday photos brighter. 2. 6 of the best ways to send cards online. Yep, there’s still time! 3. The best Santa apps for kids, although shhhh, we like them too. 4. Turn your family into LEGO mini figures. So much fun. (And not at all painful). 5. Want to change up your holiday playlist? Here are some wonderful tunes from some of our favorite kindie rock artists....

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