Tag: summer activities

New York City for kids. And their suburban parents.

The first time I took my daughter New York City, she spent so much time swiveling her head in every direction, I was afraid she’d tip over. I could have done a better job planning New York City for kids, and prepping my little suburban dweller for the “big city”, but I was too busy trying not to forget to pack her bedtime lovey. Little travelers nowadays have a cool new way of learning about their destination in a way that is much more relevant than mommy pointing to the globe and talk, talk, talking. [don’t miss our giveaway...

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Web Coolness – cool summer drinks, a children’s garden, and a maternity collection that’s freaking us out

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. The wonderful Food 52 rounds up some great summer drink recipes, and with the weather we’ve been having we think we need to try all of them immediately. A beautiful children’s garden at Ohdeedoh that makes us yearn for bigger, greener backyards. Sigh. The new maternity collection from Forever 21 is making us a little nauseous. This post at Forty Weeks takes the words out of our mouths. Smart tip at ParentHacks for keeping towels off the bathroom floor when your kids...

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Happy Fourth of July cool moms!

Whether you stay up late enough for fireworks this year or you’re lying in bed in the dark, fingers crossed that the loud noise does not wake the baby (PLEASE GOD DO NOT WAKE THE BABY), all of us at Cool Mom Picks wish you a  Happy Fourth. May the drinks be cold, the marshmallows be perfectly grilled, and the kids let you almost feel relaxed. And to all of our non-U.S. readers, Happy regular old Sunday. The very cool American flag image is made using Uncle Goose’s President blocks which you will find at our affiliate...

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The Cool Mom Picks Guide to surviving Disneyland

We’re hardly Disney fanatics around my place, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a princess loving daughter who still gets giddy at the sight of Ariel and Tiana. And so, I was pretty excited when we were invited on a press trip to check out Disneyland, California Adventure, and especially their new World of Color water and light show. If you’re planning your own visit, learn from my experiences! Here’s a simple Cool Mom Picks guide to help make your visit a cooler and more enjoyable one. Avoid the lines (yes, it’s possible!) There are a few ways...

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The picnic blanket you’ll actually use… I promise

I’m always kind of envious of those other more-prepared-than-I-am moms. You know the ones: They have an extra sippy cup when one falls on the ground, they carry Band-Aids everywhere, and they’re never without an extra snack or two. Ah, but do they have a picnic blanket in that bag of theirs? Because now I do. (Hmmm, I wonder if that makes me one of them?) Either way, the Central Park Picnic Blanket from Skip*Hop has been making my spring and summer much easier (and way more fun!) ever since we received one to check out. From trips to...

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Web Coolness – swim safety, summer fun, and creative inspiration

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We love the roundup of free 4th of July Printables at Living Locurto, from cupcake topper pinwheels, to wine tags and fun decorations. At MomTrends, excellent tips for baby’s first swim. Summertime Fun Cards – a smart and easy craft project to make the most of summer with your kids, via Teach Mama. Our friends at Babyccino blog launch a fun NYC kids guide. Between that and Mommy Poppins, now we’ll always have something to do when we’re hitting the Big Apple...

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Haba beach toys: Not your ordinary shovel and pail

Well, July is here. And if you are anything like me, you don’t even start looking for the beach toys until beach season is well underway, and the kids are sitting in their car seats, eager and ready to go. And that’s when you discover that you’ve lost half of your shovels, broke the plastic watering can and can only find a couple of pails that still have dead marine life in them from last summer. Don’t be like me. Get some shiny new beach toys now! I really like the cute new beach toys from Haba, who make loads...

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Mommy, where do organics come from?

This here city mama is lucky that my children have grandparents in the country who grow tomatoes and kale and sweet peas and wild strawberries, so that they can learn that no, vegetables do not come from aisle 3. I’ve always thought that learning about food, from planting to harvest, was the best way to get kids interested in it. And, hopefully, eating it. So I was delighted to discover We Grew It, Let’s Eat It, an absolutely lovely book by NPR producer Justine Kenin. It’s the kind of book you’d expect to find in the most progressive preschool or...

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Easy Summer Travel Week pick: SuperGoop Swipes

Unless your family summer plans involve hibernating in the local million-plex theater and surviving on popcorn and Twizzlers, you can be assured of one thing: There will be sun. Which means we mamas can’t leave home without packing plenty of sunscreen. But since I am still skittish about putting anything white and liquidy in my checked baggage after the Great Moisturizer Explosion of ’94, I’m pleased to see that Doctor T’s SuperGoop! has created a new sunscreen application that should set my mind at ease: SuperGoop! Swipes. Much like a package of diaper wipes, SuperGoop! Swipes are little towelettes...

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Presenting Easy Summer Travel Week with Cool Mom Picks and Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine

We’re thrilled to be partnering with Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine this week to present some of our favorite picks to make summer travel a bit easier with baby in tow. Check out our picks each day this week, then make sure to click over to Pregnancy & Newborn’s website to see all of their great picks too, with a chance to win all of the featured products on both sites! Any parent who gets to the airline’s gate on time carrying a baby, a car seat and any semblance of a smile should be immediately given a first-class seat,...

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5 stylish must-haves for traveling with kids

If you’re looking for some cool gear for your family’s summer travels, we’ve got you covered, from you cool mamas of babies, to kids old enough to walk four feet in front of you in the museum and pretend they don’t know you. Click over to the See Jane Fly blog right now (one of our favorite sites ever) and see 5 of our ideas for super chic, must-have gear for traveling with kids. We feel like, if we can keep you just two degrees cooler as you’re stuck in summer Friday tunnel traffic, or navigating the airport metal...

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Free movies are back!

I don’t care that it’s only the first day of official summer, when it’s almost 100 degrees every single day. And in the Deep South, that means planning a lot of indoor activities–preferably free ones–like the Free Family Film Festival from Regal Theaters back again for 2010. Regal is offering free (free!) G and PG rated movies throughout the summer at their movie theaters nationwide. Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10AM through mid-August, you can catch some fantastic kids’ movies for free on a first-come first-served basis. And they’re good ones too, like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,...

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Summer is here, which means good news for moms of boys from Tea

Two of my favorite words are “simply elegant”, but I’ve never gotten to apply that concept to my son’s wardrobe before. Which is why I have a total adoration for the summer Daily Tea collection just out for boys and girls. We’ve already described how much we love the spring collection, and the summer collection is a perfect follow-up. [killer giveaway after the jump!] I love the gorgeous but masculine palette of the boys’ clothes, which goes from newborn to age 8. The designs marry boy-friendly symbols with Korean aesthetics for animal shirts that are miles from cutesy. I...

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Lilith Fair is back!

I’m sad to admit that it’s been a very loooong time since I’ve been to a music concert, but I still have vivid memories of the amazing Lilith Fair, the awesome all-female touring music festival back in the late 90s. Well, it’s back, mamas, and if you missed Lilith Fair the first time around then I strongly suggest you snag a sitter now, grab some girlfriends, and make a night of it. The brainchild of superstar (and mom) Sarah McLachlan and friends, this phenomenal gathering of women artists features some of the hottest musicians bridging across all musical genres...

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Baby sunscreen lotion grows up a little bit

I had a May baby and a July baby and as such, I still remember those panicky early days of taking the baby out into the (gasp) sun. I don’t think I could have had enough muslin swaddling blankets and floppy brimmed sunhats to put me at ease. So I love that there are so many choices of gentle baby sunscreen lotion now with more natural ingredients and lighter scents, like the new SPF 30+ Mineral Sunscreen from Little Twig. The formula is now “extra mild,” which I can only imagine is a step up from the ordinary “mild”...

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Having a ball

With my daughter’s birthday coming up, I’ve got party decor on the brain. (Expect more on these pages in the coming weeks!)  So when I saw these awesome beach ball decorations made out of waxed Japanese washi paper I went oooohh…You just blow them up like a balloon, but unlike balloons you can actually reuse them again. I love this for a summer party of any kind. Just don’t let the kids try and toss them around the pool, okay? -Liz Find wonderful Asian-inspired party supplies and paper goods at Ginko Papers. [via...

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LOL with Mabel’s Labels

No matter what season it is, I can always find a reason to use our Mabel’s Labels, and with everything from summer camps and lessons, to pool playdates and picnics these days, I’m always putting those handy labels on something. Now if you’ve got a camper, then you don’t want to send them out the door without Mabel’s Labels’ handy camp pack, which includes their sticky labels, bag and shoe tags, as well as their iron ons – basically everything you need for camp, school, daycare or if you’re at my house, just marking who’s is who’s amongst the...

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Geek may be a four letter word, but then, so is cool

My husband’s favorite childhood memory may involve cracking open his brand new Atari game system and having a marathon Pong session, so it’s no surprise that he grew up to be a tad tech-obsessed. Which is why I got him a copy of Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share for Father’s Day. Written by popular Wired.com blogger, Ken Denmead, this book has dozens of family-friendly activities that are as simple as finger painting with wind up toys or as intricate as an amazing project to create a light-up kite. Each chapter includes...

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Caps off to you

I have hostess gifts on the brain these days; maybe it’s just wishful thinking that I’ll get lots of fancy summer house invitations this season? Or maybe I’m just dying to get someone a little gift as cool as this sleek little Urban Creature bottle opener. I actually prefer the plain one that looks like a little…well, creature, and goes by the name of “Fang.” But there are 9 different graphics like this pretty floral pattern and the more graphic drink design. They’re about $28 plus shipping from London’s ultra-fab Vitamin Living. So if you’re in love, stock up...

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The long of board shorts

With summer officially underway, I am busy getting my beach bag stocked so I can run off to the pool at a moment’s notice. Along with towels, my unfashionable floppy hat and tons of sunscreen, I’m going to be including the new UV Board Shorts from Baby Banz for my son. They have a UPF 50+ rating of sun protection, as all Baby Banz clothing do, so I don’t have to worry that after an hour in the pool he’s completely at the mercy of the sun’s burning rays. The shorts are generously cut enough that certain kids —...

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