Tag: photography

The cutest printable photo props to put the Merry in your Christmas

We love how grownups and kids alike will totally let their silly side show when you leave out some easy-to-DIY printable photo props. We’ve seen this trend at many birthday parties and even outlined how to make your own photo booth for your next shindig. And now we’ve changed up the props for Christmas, with a roundup that we’ve made sure are all printable and either free, or very affordable PDFs for download. Tet ready to smile so wide it hurts when Uncle David or cousin Lucas starts mugging for the camera. Oh Happy Day’s illustrated free holiday printable photo...

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Web Coolness: free holiday printables, postpartum selfie madness, and cookies galore.

Must make: Free printable holiday envelopes ready to assemble. Too cute! Must read: The little joys of holidays with the kids. We love this list. Must watch: Adorable video of a little girl signing a holiday concert. Must eat: The perfect winter salad recipe on Food 52 if you’re OD’ing on holiday treats. Today is the last day to nominate your favorite kids and family brands for a Cribsie award. (We’re excited to be among the judges!) We are super impressed with this Winter reindeer craft made from fallen branches or boughs. Grab the drill. A father-daughter photo series to make you count your proverbial...

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A comparison of our 11 favorite custom photo book services, for one of our all-time favorite gifts.

This is that time of year when I start thinking about putting together a photo book with all my pictures from the year, but I usually get hung up on wanting one that will actually last until my kids are adults, so they can enjoy them for years to come. There are so many options out there, I know! So to help you wade through them all, we’ve put together this round-up of 11 terrific options, and what makes each one so special. UPDATE: Please see An updated comparison of our 13 favorite custom photo book services Blurb Photo...

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Web coolness: Thanksgiving help galore, free holiday printables, and cookies to crave

You won’t want to miss this special Thanksgiving edition of web coolness! Every Friday, we comb the web to find some great links worth reading. Here are some of the cool things we found around the internet this week. We hope you like them, too! Love this free holiday gift tag printable from Sea Urchin Studio. What a nice treat. We have Thanksgiving help galore! Try: Thanksgivukkah recipes you don’t have to be Jewish to love 6 of the cutest Thanksgiving treats for the kids Make-ahead Thanksgiving side dishes to make cooking easier Thanksgiving take-out boxes for the morning...

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

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this week just in case you missed them.   1. We cannot wait to get our hands on this new gadget. When you see it, you’ll understand why. 2. Looking for a unique school fundraising idea? We’ve got it! 3. Wondering whether you should upgrade to iOS7? You’ll definitely want to read this post first. 4. A cool, free app for kids that will help you talk about a tricky, but very important subject. 5. This pillow is cracking us up. And yes, if you’re wondering, it...

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New photo gifts for kids: The ultimate vanity project. Not that that’s a bad thing.

My kids love nothing more than looking at photos of themselves. In fact, if I’m hard pressed to find something to amuse them in the waiting room at the doctor’s office or on the train, my go-to source is the camera roll on my iPad. Now if only there was a way to get them to do something meaningful with their vanity. Enter the new photo puzzles and drawing pad from one of our favorite sites for gorgeous personalized photo gifts, Pinhole Press. When it comes to creative and cool ways to display photos, Pinhole Press is a great destination....

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Tips for taking your baby to the zoo: A celebration of motherhood firsts

This post is part of our year long series celebrating our favorite milestones and motherhood firsts on behalf of babyGap and their new Red Wellies Collection. Some of our fondest memories of our own children are taking them to the zoo for the very first time. There’s hardly a child whose eyes don’t light up seeing their favorite animal from picture books in real life for the first time, hearing the sound of the monkeys, or watching the sea lions underwater from behind glass. [above: stuffed elephant via kaleidescope stitches] Here are just a few tips to help make your first...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow Cool Mom Picks and find fun pins like these every day. 1. Does this remind you of any families you know?  2. Coolest photo booth props ever. 3. So in love with this iPhone case, and not surprised so many of you agree. 4. The website that helps you explain almost anything to your kids.  5. Awesome, easy vegetable recipe that your kids will eat–or at least our picky kids do. Hooray!...

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Web Coolness: Lisa Simpson for fashion week, more flex-work for parents, and the best baby photos ever.

Here are some of our favorite links around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   Karate babies rule! Love this ad campaign featuring strong babies by Eric Sahrmann. You’ll laugh at these 21 kids who sold out their parents through their artwork. Interesting: A teacher explains why homework isn’t necessarily good for kids. [via Nancy Letts] Cartoon characters reinvisioned for fashion week. By far our favorite: Daria. (Also, they didn’t skinnify her like Lisa Simpson.) Brain, Child is back and better than ever, with tons of must-read articles for smart parents. The NFL’s Arian Foster on...

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Fantastic felt party props for great photo booth opps.

There you are, planning a nice simple kid’s birthday party, and bam! Suddenly your best laid plans to keep everything simple go haywire and you’ve reached wedding planning levels of crazy. Gearing up for my 4-year-old’s birthday party this year, I was determined to keep things as handmade and low(ish) budget as possible. After a bit of Internet hunting I found a fun party helper that will definitely add to the festivities–and the photos–with a minimum of fuss.  We settled on a Scooby Doo theme–my kid’s major obsession. While searching Etsy for Scooby artifacts, I discovered these cool handmade felt...

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

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks on Cool Mom Tech this week, just in case you missed them.   1. You won’t believe what this cool iOS app does to your kids’ doodles. 2. Does mama need a brand new bag? We say yes. Or in this case, YES. 3. Our readers are going nuts for these creative ideas for photographing your kids’ first days back to school. 4. What a cool way to wear your Instagram photos. 5. Breaking Bad LEGO. Enough said (and we know, not for kids. Still awesome). BONUS: Have you seen our...

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Web Coolness: Simpler school scheduling, banishing first-day jitters, and getting to know the teacher

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. Make easing back into the school routine a little more organized with Kiwi Crate’s printable weekly schedule. Love this post in support of summer slide, instead of summer school.  Go check out Liz’s walk down memory lane–complete with awesome photos–and leave a comment to give a child a Shot @ Life. What adorable kids’ music video does Giuliana Rancic love? (We love it too!) 10 Ways to Minimize Back-to-School Anxiety is such a timely read. Have you seen our Back-to-School Tech Guide? Loads of great apps, gear,...

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Web Coolness: Sharks, back to school fun, and safe tech talk for tweens

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. Shark! We adore Japanese photographer Toyokazu Nagano’s entire photo series starring his very animated four-year-old daughter. The featured shot seems especially apropos for Shark Week. So important for new parents to read: Katherine Stone shares A Mother’s Postpartum Depression Bill of Rights. How Kristen realized she suffered from postpartum depression, and didn’t even know it.   This not-too-difficult Back-to-School Bento Lunch gets an A+ from us! A great new tradition! Interview your kids with the All About Me worksheets at the start of each new school year and get...

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Web Coolness: an amazing photo series, blog comments that save lives, and a hilarious line of pretend to toys for kids

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. This photo series of four sisters taken over 36 years is a fascinating look at the passing of time. A lovely and thoughtful post, Unexpected Milestones, on why we should give kids time to develop at their own rate. And if you leave a comment on the post, you’ll give one vaccination to a child in need via Shot@Life. Can You Be Happy Without Children? Good discussion inspired by this week’s controversial TIME Magazine cover story. The Muppets Most Wanted Movie trailer!...

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How to get the most out of Origami

If you’re like us, then you’ve got tons of photos and videos on your smartphone that you end up texting and emailing to friends and family fairly frequently. Well, if you’re looking for a safe and more efficient way to keep your family updated on your many adventures without having to use Facebook, you might want to give Origami a shot. To help show you how to get the most out of this smart platform, our Editor Kristen put together this quick, handy video that highlights how easy Origami is to use (seriously, so easy!) and why you might really like it. EXTRA COOL: WIN IT! We’ve got 15 free one-year subscriptions to Origami ($50 value) up for grabs, courtesy of our sponsor. Just download the free Origami app and sign in or sign up (also free), then send us the email address you used as your login. Mail it to contests@coolmompicks.com with ORIGAMI in the subject by midnight PT Thursday 8/8. We’ll pick 15 lucky winners at random. And if you can’t wait and want to get started, Origami is offering a free 30-day...

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Tips for taking the first family photos with baby: A celebration of motherhood firsts

This post is part of a monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap celebrating motherhood firsts. We hope you enjoy our tips! Great close-up of baby June Blair with her older sister, via Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom. We all remember that first big gathering with a humongo group of relatives to meet the baby for the first time. For some people it’s in the hospital but for others of us, it’s a big party or even a trip, where you can count on dozens of hands begging for turns with the newest members of the...

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

Here are 5 of our favorite picks from this week, in case you missed them.   1. If you’re a teacher or know someone who is, you’ll want to see (and share) this awesome initiative that’s helping keep our kids safer online. 2. We’ve found quite possibly the best tablet for kids. Don’t buy anything before you read this. 3. We’re still amazed at what this photography gadget does with your smartphone. We bet you will be too! 4. This brilliant gadget helps keeps kids safer around water. 5. A fitness tracker unlike anything we’ve ever seen....

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Forget the baby book: 6 creative ways to document baby’s first year in photos.

Baby books and photo albums are great, though we love how so many people are getting super creative in documenting their baby’s first year using photography. Still, “super creative” doesn’t have to mean “super hard” as you can tell from these inventive and adorable photo shoot ideas that are easy enough to manage every 30 days or so. Chalkboard Baby Stats J Davis Squared’s monthly baby photo, at top, takes the place of a lengthy baby book entry by putting all the necessary (and just plain cute) “stats” onto a chalkboard behind baby. (via Honest on Pinterest) Months on a...

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Web Coolness: Father’s Day and bacon, chalkboard babies, and Sesame Street tackles a tough subject

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Take one cute baby and some basic supplies, and you’ve got the  most adorably inventive photographs of babies against chalkboards.  This Father’s Day, say “I love you” with bacon. Yum. Taking on one of the most difficult subjects, Sesame Street tackles incarceration. Our editor’s Liz piece on the Huffinton Post, There Is Only Now, really has parents thinking. Support Climb Out of the Darkness on June 21st to help raise awareness for postpartum depression and other anxiety disorders. (via Boston Mamas) Breastfeeding Wouldn’t Matter to Me...

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Web Coolness: Super Father’s Day links, teacher appreciation, and being the relaxed parent this summer

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.  Artist Giulia Pex turns her dad into a superhero, just in time for Father’s Day.  (via Laughing Squid) Get the kids some crayons for this fun, free Father’s Day Card/Printable Coloring Sheet. We love being included on this great “For Dad” Pinterest feed. And don’t miss our own Father’s Day board for great gifts and cards for dear ol’ dad. Sage advice: Make Time for Your Friends Because Moms Need Them Most of All. These printable School House Gift Boxes could hold something sweet for...

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