This post is part of a monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap celebrating motherhood firsts. And there are lots! These days, it’s not like you need a professional portrait photographer to make sure you’ve got those newborn baby photos covered. With 8 million relatives (more or less) visiting in hospital, we’ll guess that one or two of them just might have brought a camera along. But when you’re ready for something a little less blurry, a little more stylized and maybe your own hair is a little more brushed, here are some tips that professional...Read More
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Our thoughts are with Boston this week. If you are struggling with how to talk to your kids about tragedies, there is a lot of help online for families. Great read: Five Certainties Following the Boston Marathon Bombings, from our friend Christine of Boston Mamas. Beautiful photography series shows how a photographer helped a child with Muscular Dystrophy go to all those places in his mind. (above, via Laughing Squid) This is Autism: Add your own photo to this amazing slideshow...Read More
Here are five of our favorite picks from this week just in case you missed them. 1. These smart phone cases were hugely popular with our Facebook fans. And they’re for Android and iPhone, hooray! 2. Even if you already have free texting, this new app is truly awesome. And a little addictive. 3. Don’t toss those frayed or damaged cords! Here’s a simple DIY fix for them. 4. We’re loving these geeky DIY party favors that are great for birthdays, baby showers, or just for fun. 5. This handy little gadget will have you taking way better smart...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out our favorite pins from this week that you won’t want to miss. 1. We love finding stylish shoes for girls that come in our sizes too. 2. An awesome app that will completely replace your baby book. Even if your baby is uh, 5. Or 10. 3. St. Paddy’s Day crafts for kids that even we can make. No luck required. 4. You don’t even have to be a LEGO fan to appreciate these. Wow. 5. The coolest use for an old t-shirt that we’ve ever...Read More
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...Read More
If you’re a LEGO fan, a fine art photography fan, a kid, or just a cool adult (which, of course you are) you’re going to flip over this exhibit. Nathan Sawaya, an inspiring LEGO sculptor, has put his talents together with those of photographer Dean West to create the InPieces Collection currently on display at New York’s OPENHOUSE gallery. And wow, is it cool. Look closely at the photos, and you just may catch a dog, a beach flip-flop, an umbrella, a fluffy white cloud, or even an entire red gown on a woman made out of LEGOs,...Read More
Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for fun finds like this daily. 1.Turning Instagram photos into artwork just got easy and affordable. 2. The most hilarious baby hats we’ve seen? Entirely likely! 3. A gorgeous handbag in one of the season’s hottest colors. Want! 4. The ultimate road trip coloring book for kids. Especially loooooong trips. 5. Okay, can’t stop laughing at this one. Are we just hopelessly...Read More
You know Instagram and Hipstamatic have gone mainstream when suddenly there’s a rash of square photo frames and photo books popping up on the market, one more lovely than the next. And now I’m so thrilled to see that CMP favorite Rag & Bone Bindery has just served up their own gorgeous offerings as well. Aptly named InstaBooks, these mini, accordion-style square brag books blend old and new just beautifully. They are as artfully handmade as their other albums (as brides-a-plenty know), with your choice of more than two dozen clothbound covers from elegant linens to pretty florals and several...Read More
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...Read More
Here, just a few of our favorite tech picks of the last week on Cool Mom Tech, just in case you missed them. 1. With cold season here, here’s how to de-germ your tech, safely. It’s easier (and cheaper) than you think. 2. Awesome, affordable gadgets, that can make a big difference when it comes to getting your tech organized. 3. Enjoy going to the movies right in your living room with this amazing new device, and save that babysitter money. 4. Don’t rent a photo booth for your next kid’s party. Learn how to make your own photo...Read More
Here are a few of our favorite tech picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. The latest Facebook announcement has sent us straight back to our privacy settings. We’ve got the need-to-know scoop on the new Facebook Graph Search. 2. Turn your smartphone into funky camera with this hip mod case. Or check out this crazy new photography gadget, if you’re a little more retro. 3. Feeling iffy about Instagram? Here are some fabulous, free photo apps that will give it a run for its money. 4. We’re beyond excited about this technology for those...Read More
Clever photo gifts aren’t just for grandparents, you know. 5 great photo gift ideas that kids will love.
When you think of custom photo gifts, most people probably think of calendars for Grandma–sweet, but a bit predictable. So why not use photos to make gifts for the littlest members of your family too? Kids love to look at faces–especially familiar ones–so we think it’s a terrific idea to make custom photo gifts for our kiddos. For a few years, we’ve happened to love the quality of Pinhole Press holiday cards and photo products, so we’re thrilled to see some of the amazing new products they have out just in time for the holidays. Check out the collection...Read More
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...Read More
From everyone’s favorite droid to the only phone compatible with LEGOs, here are a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. Would you give your preschooler a cell phone? We never thought we’d say yes until we saw this. 2. It was tough, but we tracked down the four best Halloween apps for kids. All treats, no tricks! 3. Star Wars geeks, you don’t have to bargain with Jawas to get your hands on the cutest droid this Halloween. 4. Turn your Instagram and smart phone photos into holiday gifts...Read More
Obsessed with Pinterest like we are? Follow us, then check out these 5 awesome pins you won’t want to miss. 1. These recipe cards make such cool, thoughtful gifts, and even better? They’re free. 2. Hilarious DIY Halloween costumes, no crafty genes required. 3. A deliciously sweet party garland, literally. 4. Much needed school lunch inspiration. Easy, too. 5. Super helpful tips for taking better smartphone...Read More
We’re all about laps, apps, and yapping with the stars–at least, according to some of our favorite picks from the last week. 1. Want a happier lap? We’ve got the perfect bedroom accessory. (Get your mind out of the gutter–it’s a tech gadget!) 2. This retro-cool app for the little dudes will tickle everyone’s funny bone better than Tickle Me Elmo. Hint: it involves tickling. 3. If you like movies, food, and apps–and who doesn’t?–then you’re going to squee for our favorite Springpad notebooks of the week. 4. Kelly Bundy–er, Christina Applegate–told us all about her favorite app, and...Read More
Web Coolness: artwork for a children’s hospital, speaking out against bullies, and National Hispanic Heritage Month recipes
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Love seeing the adorable Wooberry Custom Dolls in a series of endearing prints for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Today marks the second annual Strong Start Day for Postpartum Progress, a day to help build awareness for postpartum depression and other pregnancy- and childbirth-related mental health issues. Do you shy away from the camera? Read this beautiful post by Allison Tate, and it may change how you feel. Whoa! Check out this oversized Stokke Tripp-Trapp on display at New York’s...Read More
What is that pagoda of power in the photo? What’s even better than Pinterest? Where the heck is my iPhone? To answer these questions, we present some of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. If you’re in the market for a kid-friendly Android tablet, we’ve got four new ones you’ll want to check out. Or 5 if you count this new big NOOK! 2. Miss the instant fun of shaking an actual Polaroid picture? Click here and prepare to freak out. 3. What’s like Pinterest and Evernote but… better? It’s Springpad...Read More
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