It seems like our annual Back to School Guide gets earlier each year, because hey – we’re here for you, parents! Whether you’re already scrambling to get those school shopping lists covered or you’ve got a good month left to track down the best backpack or lunch box or pencil case or kawaii eraser, we’ve got you covered. So we’re excited to kick off our back to school shopping recos with an amazing selection of the coolest backpacks for preschoolers and little kids! We’ve scoured the web to find the most adorably fun backpacks that are sized or designed just for little ones, who don’t...Read More
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You don’t need to live in a galaxy far, far away to grab one of these cool inner-space worthy Star Wars kites from Think Geek on May the Fourth or any other day. And you won’t even need the force to get one of these babies into the air — just a decent breeze and an open field. Made of nylon sail material, they’ll be durable to withstand just about anything except for enemy fire and power lines, so keep them free from both. Related: More than 40 cool Star Wars The Force Awakens birthday party ideas! Word at the cantina...Read More
Despite living in the land of spring seersucker and smocking — also known as The South — my boys aren’t exactly preppy. And getting them to wear a bow tie on Easter seemed like an impossibility, until I found RougeBox. This little gem of an Etsy shop has amazing pop culture bow ties my boys and I can’t help but love. Owner Joanne Kim creates these handmade ties in Los Angeles, and that big-city cool comes through in every piece. Whether your boy is more a fan of Thor, Star Wars, Wimpy Kid, or Dr. Seuss, I can’t imagine you won’t find one...Read More
If your kids are looking for their Easter eggs to have a little more personality this year, we’ve found tons of ways to make some fabulous pop culture Easter eggs, all representing some of kids’ favorite characters. While it’s always fun just to dunk eggs in dye or color them with markers, these ideas just might keep your kids decorating the entire day. Or…us. (If we’re honest about it.) However while some of these pop culture Easter eggs require a steady hand and some pro skills to make them come out just like the photos, you can also use these ideas as a jumping-off...Read More
More than 40 cool Star Wars The Force Awakens birthday party ideas: invitations, decor, treats, and activities. Now THAT’S how the force works!
Since the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, kids all over planet Earth and Jakku are begging for a Star Wars Force Awakens birthday party that incorporates Rey, Finn, BB-8, and yeah, Kylo Ren along with our favorite pals from the original franchise. So, in addition to the 40 awesome Star Wars party ideas we featured last year — which is among our most popular posts with you all, for good reason — we’ve pulled together another 40+ ideas for this next generation of Star Wars fans who can’t even imagine what Star Wars looks like without Rey! Go ahead, mix...Read More
Still digging out of the winter storms? Scrambling to change the calendars to February? No worries — if you haven’t checked in on Cool Mom Tech lately, let us save you time with these 5 cool tech posts we think you’ll like. 1. Star Wars fans, these are the geeky Valentine’s Day gifts you’ve been looking for. 2. How to get your kids started on Minecraft PE, especially if you have no idea what that means. 3. Finally, a smart gadget that saves you energy and money even if you don’t have central air or heat at home. 4. 2 creative,...Read More
Web Coolness: Star Wars in schools, smart ways to be more playful, and the most amazing new car seat.
Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Love these sweet Star Wars’ illustrations by James Hance in the style of classic children’s book illustrations. (via Bored Panda) How teachers can bring Star Wars into the classroom with these great lesson plan ideas that cover everything from Shakespeare to economics. We had our own theory on the Spawned Podcast last week about “Where is Rey?” Sadly, our theory was confirmed nearly verbatim by a toy manufacturer who confessed as to why there are so few Rey toys on shelves. Just wow. A great resolution: 52 ways...Read More
Web Coolness pop culture edition: Sesame Street, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Star Wars, Spinal Tap and more.
Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Fantastic article about Sesame Street’s Move to HBO…and why some parent will be bummed. 5 things that happened to one mom when she cut the cable cord. (That mom also happens to be Kristen.) We love this letter from Alan Rickman to JK Rowling. 16 things kids can learn from David Bowie. How to introduce your kids to the Beatles. We tracked down 19 Rey toys and gifts for little Star Wars fans since we couldn’t find too many in stores. Turns out that...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. We’re loving these clever Star Wars t-shirts . 2. 4 awesome apps to help you tackle your New Year’s resolutions. 3. This might be the screen time management solution you’ve been looking for, parents. 4. We found an eco-friendly printer that doesn’t need ink cartridge changes every five minutes. Whoo! 5. 3 free fitness apps that you should have on your radar....Read More
19 cool Rey Star Wars toys and gifts: She might not be in Monopoly, but she sure is here. | Spawned episode 28
We’ve been super frustrated with the lack of Star Wars toys for kids featuring Rey. Not just because she’s a woman, and all of our kids — male and female — love her, but uh…she’s the hero. How the heck do you make a Star Wars Monopoly set or a Star Wars 6-piece Action Figure set “with all your favorite characters” but not the main character of the entire movie? above LEGO Force Awakens Rey and BB-8 art photograph | Holtzman Customs Even JJ Abrams doesn’t get it. We discussed the issue on this week’s Spawned Show: Where is Rey? — especially Mike...Read More
Total Star Wars score! I just discovered these awesome printable Star Wars Force Awakens coloring pages from Etsy’s DJ Penscript and I know my kids will be clamoring to get their markers on them, stat. This is no rudimentary clip art; New Mexico illustrator Devyn Brewer has created some darn cool illustrations that incorporates zentangle patterns into coloring pages that I can imagine a few adults will be downloading too. You’ll find Rey on her Speeder (whoo!) plus BB-8 and R2D2, the iconic Millennium Falcon, and everyone’s favorite Dark Lord. There’s an x-wing fighter too, but it doesn’t offer nearly as much coloring potential...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. We are loving this custom 2016 calendar that is sure to make you smile all year long. 2. Our favorite apps for parents from 2015 that will make your life easier in 2016 too 3. Wow, these are really awesome free Star Wars tutorials that your kids will love. 4. Some of the most amazing new gadgets from 2015. 5. In case you didn’t catch them, here’s a recap of our most popular posts of 2015....Read More
Here are some things we’ve liked reading this week. We hope you will too. Gingerbread Wookiee cookies from Sugared Nerd: A mashup of America’s two biggest December holidays. An awesome infographic guide to Star Wars curses and insult from nerf herder to bantha poodoo. The coolest Star Wars holiday gifts, should anyone you know catch the fever at this late date. Kelly Clarkson wins Christmas cards. DIY Minecraft ornaments – cute! Holiday cookie help: One sugar cookie recipe, 10 variations. (Wookiee gingerbread men excluded.) More cookie help with 5 easy cookie swap recipes. Yum. Tons of fun, free printable gift tags for holiday gifts, including these printable Star...Read More
The Ultimate Star Wars Guide: Dozens of geeky gifts, party ideas, DIY projects, recipes, and random Force-inspired insanity.
Okay, so the world is obsessed with Star Wars right now in light of the premier of The Force Awakens. And hey, we count ourselves among you all. Now we can’t exactly say we’ve covered Star Wars “since before it was cool” because 1.) no such thing and 2.) we were not blogging in 1978. But we have put together an awesome Star Wars guide, filled with so many fun finds from over the years — gifts, guides, party ideas, recipes (Chewbacca donuts!) and just random awesome stuff. It’s so fun seeing them all here in one place. Or, you can always...Read More
It’s beginning to look like it’s time to start wrapping the gifts, so we’re coming to the rescue with 20 of the cutest, coolest, and most beautifully designed printable gift tags and gift wrap for the holidays, from all over the internet. This list should make it clear that we’re picky — we’ve really spent a lot of time finding just the very best ones. Because hey, we get it…it’s totally disheartening to realize Christmas eve that you don’t have enough gift tags or wrapping paper to get the job done, and then have to scour the web for something that fits your standards. So...Read More
Clearly we love finding adorable things of all kinds for kids, and cool cell phone cases is one of them. Before you think, wa-ait…kids and cell phones? indeed it’s more common than ever. With prices dropping on early cell phone models, and parents buying themselves shiny new phones then passing down their old ones, plenty of kids are going to be getting cell phones this holiday — whether they’re using them for safety reasons, to connect with friends and classmates, or just as gaming devices when they’re home with a little down time. Of course when kids are out and about, we...Read More
Okay so yeah. The Starbucks red cup controversy. We just couldn’t help but weigh in on whether we approve of Satan’s own minimalist design on this week’s Spawned with Kristen and Liz. Then we talk about raising kids in a world that’s so obsessed with beauty and image. How do we talk to them about makeup, retouching school photos, Instagram trickery, self-esteem and other tough questions? Plus, we’ve got two very cool, and very different, cool picks of the week. You can listen via SoundCloud right now (why wait?), or just subscribe to Spawned on iTunes and listen in the...Read More
Web Coolness: The video that wins the week, the most honest Thanksgiving card, and Leia: Princess no more?
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you’ll like them too. Most honest Thanksgiving card ever. Amazing way to get kids to eat more fruits and veggies. Thoughtful: With Thanksgiving coming up, how to honor Native Americans without cultural appropriation. Why dads need family leave too. Good list of natural immune boosters to help the kids avoid cold and flu season. 7 smart photo storage options for families. (Clear off those phones! You’ll need that room soon.) Richard Scarry updates Best Word Book Ever to be more inclusive. Terrific to see father bunny in the kitchen. Tons of...Read More
Pop culture peg dolls, for fans of The Penguin, Harry Potter, pirates, princesses, or Percy Jackson.
Though there are sure to be many awesome high-tech toys out there this holiday season, our latest obsession is the adorably low-tech wooden peg dolls by Wooly Llama on Etsy. I mean, what could be better than hearing your kids playing their own imaginary game of Star Wars while making their best beep-beep-boop noises for the wee little R2D2 peg? Or doing their own version of Harry Potter complete with a rolly-polly Hagrid? Beyond those two huge franchises, Wooly Llama has even more incredibly cute wooden peg dolls, with sets paying homage to the casts of Lord of the Rings, and Percy Jackson so you can pick one that appeals...Read More
Custom Star Wars family portraits: The ultimate holiday gift from a galaxy far, far away. Or you know, Etsy.
Since Star Wars is back this year in full force (ha, get it?) we bet a whole lot of you will be thrilled to see your families done up as your favorite characters in these custom Star Wars family portraits. (Update: The shop is sadly no longer operating. For a similar option, be sure to check out the custom Star Wars family portrait from Henry James Paper Goods, another fave Etsy shop!) Illustrator and designer Thomas Brush of the Modern Brush has a really charming, modern style that I’d say makes the result more playful and fun than intensely realistic. In other...Read More
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