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The Star Wars bed for kids that would make you you the intergalactic queen of the world on #ForceFriday

Star Wars fans everywhere (and pretty much the rest of us) know that today is #ForceFriday –the day a whole bunch of new Star Wars gifts and toys goes on sale to help build excitement for the December release of Episode VII The Force Awakens. Also known as The One Where Luke, Leia, and Han are Old. But, you know, not everything new is better. So I have my eye on this super cool new gift that harkens back to the original Star Wars movie that we parents grew up watching. You know, the one when everyone was young. Related: The Sphero BB-8 droid that wins...

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10 cool backpacks and bags for LEGO lovers heading back to school

While kids may not be able to bring that 647 piece LEGO x to school, it’s not to say they can’t bring bricks along in the form of a cool LEGO backpack or bag. There are quite a few neat ones to choose from this year for back to school — and even a few vintage ones you can still track down if you’re a good searcher. But we’ve done the legwork for you. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: The coolest backpacks for preschool and little kids | Back to school guide 2015 The Officially Licensed Stuff LEGO Future Backpack...

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The coolest backpacks for kids who carry more than a change of clothes | Back to school 2015

We’ve already shared our picks for this year’s coolest preschool backpacks in our Back to School Guide, but now we’ve got you covered for backpacks for big kids too. Older kids, tweens and teens, as you probably know, have slightly more sophisticated taste (aw, we’ll miss those cute penguins and bunnies), plus they need more room, more pockets, and maybe a sleeve for a laptop or tablet. You might even spend a little more on a great quality backpack for older kids, since it won’t be outgrown quite so quickly. But hey, we’ve got options for every budget. Hope you love them! Related: Click...

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CoverGirl Star Wars MakeUp: We love you. (And yes, we know you know.)

I heard rumors about the CoverGirl Star Wars MakeUp line a couple of months ago, and now, it’s a reality. Yep, coming this Fall, you’ll be able to snatch up the CoverGirl Star Wars: The Force Awakens inspired line at your local drugstore. Sweet! I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect in terms of the color palettes. R2D2 gold? Darth Vader black? Padmé Amidala red that you only wear on half your lips?  But I have to say they look pretty fun, including lipsticks, nail polish, and mascara with very clever packaging. In fact, I might just have to snatch up one...

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Simple tips for getting kids to brush their teeth more independently. You know, beyond begging.

With four kids running around my house, that’s a whole lot of teeth to keep up with, and as much as I’d like to say my kids are always excited and enthusiastic about brushing their teeth on their own for those seemingly endless two minutes that’s recommended by our dentist, it’s just not true. Don’t even get me started about flossing. We’re thrilled to welcome our newest sponsor Reassurance Dental, which offers a dental discount plan that covers your entire family. It’s not dental insurance, but rather, a really affordable alternative; in fact, even if you have dental insurance, it can also act as a...

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Web Coolness: Star Wars Lego movie posters, #IncludetheGirls, and our Mother’s Day gift guide!

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too.   We’re so excited to launch our 10th (!) annual Mother’s Day gift guide. This video with Sean Hayes (of Will and Grace fame) is our new favorite thing on the Internet. (via Isabel Kallman) A frustrated mom looking for the fabric with the two female Big Hero Six characters sparks a movement to encourage toymakers and manufacturers to #IncludetheGirls. Such an important read: Why an award winning principal feels she must retire early. Lots of great reasons to shop indie this Mother’s...

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17 of the most incredibly clever pop culture Easter eggs, from Star Wars to Frozen to Minecraft and beyond.

Looking for your Easter eggs to have a little more personality this year? We’ve got lots of amazingly creative ideas for pop culture Easter eggs that give a nod to those characters and creatures we all know and love, like our favorite superheroes, more than a few Star Wars characters, and of course, Minecraft. While some of these ideas are so spectacular, only the most artistic among us should attempt, several ideas are totally doable. In fact, good luck to those of you who are about to end up with two dozen Minecraft Creeper eggs. Related: 17 super cool Easter egg decorating ideas that...

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Web coolness: The dress that ate the Internet, worst children’s party games, and Star Wars awesomeness

Here’s some of our favorite links we’re reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   #FashionbyMayhem, starring the cutest little girl ever, is back, this time modeling dresses from the Oscars that she helped make. The hot fashion trend we can actually afford. The worst children’s party games. Cute straight men like cats too, you know. Why moms get nothing done: Hilarious video. (Though maybe if her husband helped it would be easier? Just a thought.) Really liking Dove’s #speakbeautiful campaign about changing women’s body image.   The science behind the black and blue / white and gold dress debate that...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins like these from our sites and around the web.   1. This funny mug does double duty. We want one! 2. Because every baby needs their own Millennium Falcon. 3. Here’s what parents should know about the new iPhone 6 and iOS 8. (Psst: You can pre-order today). 4.  Love these kid-designed bandages that help heal boo boos — and fight pediatric cancer too. 5. Such a creative way to use gorgeous fall leaves. Better than raking...

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We Leia-Osha-Voldemort-Ewok these geeky cross stitch alphabets

When you combine cross-stitch, geekery, and the alphabet, you get crafty projects cute enough to hang on Dolores Umbridge’s wall, right next to all those kitten plates. We L-O-V-E these patterns from Amazing Cross Stitch on Etsy, which have captured all of our favorite characters from pop culture phenoms like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and more. Pick your favorite characters and check out the Alphabets section of the store. Patterns starring superheroes, books, movies, Star Trek, Muppets, and more are available for affordable instant download. There is a character to match each letter of the alphabet. It’s a great DIY gift...

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Spit-up stains? A Jedi suffers not this embarrassment, thanks to geeky baby bibs on Etsy.

The future is now, and geeky babies don’t have to put up with spit-up on their Bazinga! onesies. Whether you (and your Padawan) are into Star Wars, Star Trek, video games, ninjas, cassette tapes, or mustaches, this adorable Etsy shop has you covered–figuratively and literally. Bitti Bottom Designs is run by a geeky mom and offers all sorts of baby gear with a pop culture twist. From blankets to paci clips to baby carrier drool pads, you can even custom order the design of your choice with your favorite geeky fabric. Of course, we’re into the baby bibs, because spit-up...

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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 tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. Fantastic tech gift ideas for college students. Or you know, you. 2. For dads on the go, don’t miss our recommendations for cool fitness gifts for Father’s Day. 3. A little overwhelmed by the iOS 8 announcement? We’ve got all the details, including what it means for parents. 4. Wait until you see the new LEGO minifigs featuring female scientists. Finally! 5. The ultimate Father’s Day gift for a Star Wars fan. Let’s just say it could make you...

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Star Wars Vans: Coming in June, these limited-edition kicks are the Sith.

For Star Wars fans, every day is May the Fourth (Be With You). That’s why I have a LEGO Boba Fett riding shotgun in my cup holder. Heh. But if you like your Star Wars with high fashion and limited-edition bling, you’re going to dig the just-announced Vault by Vans x Star Wars, which combines the classic sneakers with Yoda, Vader, At-Ats, and a galaxy of star style. The line includes six Star Wars Vans in high and low styles–and they’re only making 300 of each.   Whether you’re into classic leather skate shoes, pirate-inspired prints with helmets with crossed lightsabers, or...

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12 of the most awesome Star Wars posters and artwork for Star Wars Day

We love Star Wars posters and the fact that its imagery, icons and lines never get old. The evidence being that there are still so many great artists finding inspiration from the series and creating terrific Star Wars inspired artwork of all styles. If you’re looking for a cool, modern Star Wars poster for a kid’s room–or just you know, your own room–here are a few of my favorites in honor of Star Wars Day. May the Fourth be with you, friends. Retro-modern Star Wars posters at the Handz Shop   DIY Star Wars cross stitch pattern at Wee Little...

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Web Coolness: Tattooed Easter eggs, Push Presents, and the insanity of a $1000 Elsa doll.

It’s Friday, and we’ve rounded up our favorite links for the week for you to enjoy as much as we did. Have a great weekend!   Terrific Easter egg DIY. With tattoos. Add it to all the other Easter egg decorating ideas we love. The new Frozen dolls are going for more than $1000 on eBay. Our readers have a lot to say about that. Laughing at this funny blog post about push presents. Great advice on how to raise inquisitive kids. Bookmark: Helpful advice on choosing the best Instagram collage app. Why some parents do over-the-top ridiculous things to delight our children....

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Slip into the Dark Side with Darth Vader shoes for kids

Don’t be a Vader hater–these rad Star Wars Darth Vader shoes for kids rule the galaxy with benevolent coolness. Plus they’re well-made and will actually last until your kid grows out of them. The Vader Slip-On Shoes from Stride Rite have a canvas upper and flexible sole and come in sizes for toddlers through young kids. I really like the way the red and black is stylish and classically Star Wars but not too “Hey, giant logos everywhere!” Vader’s helmet and red-and-black color scheme are iconic enough on their own, with little flashes of the Death Star on the sides. And I...

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Web Coolness: Reasons not to help with homework, invaluable parenting advice, and a Star Wars rocking horse. Oh yeah.

It’s Friday again, which means it’s time for our roundup of the best links that we found on the Internet this week. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Toys, nature, and illustrations collide in a really fun way with this clever Instagram feed by @Khiesti. [ht handmade charlotte] Why you should reveal your baby’s name: A hilarious letter from our editor Liz’s daughter. Perhaps parents shouldn’t help kids with their homework after all. Reminiscing over this list of 24 children’s books we should read again as adults. Tough love help for spring cleaning. (We need it too!)   Bunny food:...

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DIY cross-stitch patterns meet pop culture? Inconceivable.

Of course we love Westley, even in tiny yarn form. But it doesn’t stop with the crew from The Princess Bride. Whatever your favorite iconic movie is, chances are, the adorable Wee Little Stitches shop on Etsy has a DIY cross-stitch pattern and instructions ready for instant download. In fact there are more than 100, from the geeky to the 80s to a custom design of your family. So grab your needle, you’re going to need it. Does anybody want a peanut? Check out patterns from Star Wars and Doctor Who, to Labyrinth and the Goonies with a quirky shot of The...

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8 of the most amazing DIY snowflake patterns, from beginner to whoa.

DIY snowflake patterns have such a place in my heart. When my grandfather would come visit from New Mexico when I was a kid, the first thing he’d do after he pulled his big RV into the driveway was grab a gin and tonic and some copy paper, then sit down with us to cut out paper snowflakes. But they’ve come a long way since then, so  I’m so glad to have found these amazing tutorials that show how truly creative you can get with paper and some scissors. But maybe hold the gin. (For the kids, at least.)...

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10 of the most awesome alphabet posters for nurseries of any style

It’s no secret that we love alphabet posters around here, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorites from the past few years. Whether you like it when X stands for X-ray, X-wing, or Malcolm X, we’ve got an ABC poster you’ll love.   1. The Cutest French Alphabet Poster Pourquoi? Because it’s si mignon and that’s a fact. Also because it’s fun to see the bee under the letter A, for Abeille. 2. The Most New York Alphabet Order an entire set of Joanne Dugan’s funky alphabet decals (complete set shown at top) or just the letters you need to spell a certain...

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