Tag: summer camp

ParaKito: A natural alternative to mosquito repellents for kids.

My son will be heading off to day camp later this month where he will swim, run, climb, and, quite possibly, be eaten alive by mosquitoes. Since I’m not too keen on him reapplying toxic chemicals all over himself midway through the day, I’m glad to have found a natural option in the ParaKito mosquito repellent band that will help keep those itchy biters away from his limbs. This soft, colorful neoprene band is one of the easiest ways I’ve found to get kids ready for a full day in the great outdoors. Just fasten the velcro tab around their arm or ankle and off...

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Free printable kids stationery. Since you’re already spending enough on camp as it is.

I’m all for splurging a bit on special camp stationery as my kids head off later this week (sniff), especially since it seems to compel them to use it more. But after about 25 cards or so — wishful thinking, I know — the costs add up.  So I like the idea of supplementing with either an affordable stationery pad, or making my own with some free printable stationery for kids. I just spotted these cute templates at Kiki + Co, featuring fun mermaids and not-too-scary sharks; and if you click over to The 36th Avenue, you’ll find some of her more generic free printable stationery designs featuring pretty...

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SPAWNED Episode 7 (because we skipped 6): PANTIES. AGAIN.

We know, we know, we’re talking about panties again on our latest SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz podcast episode. But this time, it’s literal grown-up panties at the request of a listener, not metaphorical ones like we did a couple of weeks ago. We chat about whether kids seem to be growing up too soon these days, plus as always, our cool picks of the week. Take a listen here: Or go right to Spawned on iTunes or listen in the Podcast app that comes totally free with your iOS device. Links from SPAWNED Episode 7 (because we skipped 6) So, upon listener...

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Free printables for happy campers.

With my girls heading off to sleepaway camp in a few weeks, getting everything together has been definitely consuming many brain cells. And with a few of our writers in the same boat, that explains why you’ve been seeing recent posts here for awesome care package treats, camp labels, and cool camp stationery. Now here’s one more — and it’s free! Our friends at Tiny Me have created this super cute new updated 2015 free printable, personalized camp journal that I totally love. Related: 6 cool sets of summer camp labels for kids There are two beautifully designed cover options, each...

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Treat House wins at camp care packages

As I sat online with Kristen, trying to figure out just what we will send our girls by way of care packages when they attend sleepaway camp together this summer (sniff) we got wind of the most awesome idea: Treat House creates delicious rice cereal bars, amped up with crazy flavors and toppings. But the super cool thing is that they will customize them and even add your camp logo on the top, pretty much guaranteeing your kid MVP status with her bunkmates. They sent us a few samples and we forced ourselves to try them out for you all because basically we love you....

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Some of our favorite camp stationery for kids: Here’s hoping they write to us.

When I was a kid at summer camp, mail time was always one of the best parts of my days. And I’d imagine now, a time when hardly any of us get actual personal snail mail at all, camp mail is an even more exciting ritual. So we’ve got some cool ideas to help arm your campers with some awesome camp stationery for kids, so they can write you about everything they’re enjoying — and everything they’re missing from home). Because the only thing better than letters from home while you’re at camp, are letters from camp when you’re the parent back home....

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. Ditching the landline? Here are two really smart alternatives for families who don’t just want to rely on their cell phones. 2. A very cool charging case that doesn’t use cables or cords. Awesome! 3. 4 tech camps for kids that parents will think are way cool too. 4. Here’s a verrrrry good reason to be an Amazon Prime member next week! 5. We love finding free apps for kids that encourage creativity and imaginative play....

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Nature Bingo! A free printable project to keep the kids busy all summer

We’re all about helping you with summer boredom busters for kids this week. First, there’s that awesome giant coloring poster for indoor creativity when the weather gets icky. But when the sun is shining and you need one more trick up your sleeve to lure the kids outside, you have to check out these smart free printable nature Bingo cards found on Handmade Charlotte. Related: 13 fun summery crafts for kids to keep away the boredom   It think this would be fantastic to send off to the whole bunk in a summer camp care package. Or, just use it at home. Now of course...

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6 cool sets of summer camp labels for kids, so that what goes to camp comes back from camp

One of the first rules of summer camp, other than Sunscreen Sunscreen Sunscreen, is to label every single thing your kids take with them. Including the sunscreen. While a Sharpie can do the trick on some products, we love colorful labels that affix to all of their things in seconds, and never accidentally bleed through a label onto the other side of a t-shirt. Related: Summer camp care package ideas so cool, the kids might even miss you. Maybe. So, I’ve put together 6 cool summer camp label designs for kids for different needs, including bundled camp packs to help save you money....

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15 of our favorite mom-approved, totally adorable, non-hoochie two-piece swimsuits for girls this summer

It’s become a tradition for us now to track down our favorite two-piece swimsuits for girls that are, shall we say, age appropriate? As a mother of two girls, the eldest of which is pretty much hitting tweendom (eep) I’m really glad that they still gravitate to tankinis, halter tops, rash guards and other not-so-teeny bikinis, but I also know first hand that those swimsuits can be hard to find. Besides, I admit I get a little freaked out seeing ruching on the chest of a low cut size 2 bikini top. Are we trying to simulate cleavage on a toddler? Other things...

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The EWG list of the safest sunscreens for kids. Just in time for summer

Each year, I check out the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Sunscreens to find the safest sunscreens for kids. With a slew of fair-skinned redheads in my family, I feel like I go through gallons of sunscreen each summer, and while I’m not all-organic-all-the-time, I do tend to splurge on lotions that are safer for my kids and lower in chemicals since we use so much of them all season. Related: What is the safest sunscreen for kids and babies? If you haven’t yet been to the site,  EWG ranks an impressive 1700 products, from spray sunscreen to lip balm with SPF, and scores them (lower numbers are...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. 6 of the coolest YouTube videos for kids from around the world. 2. A very smart feature for parents that you Apple users might not know about. 3. The best calendar apps for families that will help you all get on the same page. 4. A fun, easy DIY cell phone case you can still whip up for Mother’s Day. 5. Turn screen time into learning time with these awesome online camps....

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Cool summer camps for kids that go way beyond swimming and archery

With spring break in the rearview mirror, our kids are already looking forward to heading off to camp. So we thought it would be fun to explore the coolest summer camps out there. We were blown away by what we found — from camps with long histories and cool new programs, to camps with activities that we had no idea you could even do at camp! It’s sure come a long way since we were kids and your choices were pretty much limited to art, music, or sports. Now we just wish we were young again, so we could...

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Handmade kid-sized hammocks that rock. In both senses.

When my kids try climbing onto the huge woven rope hammock in their grandparents’  back yard, it inevitably flips over and leaves them dangling inches above the ground, hanging on underneath for dear life. It’s so hilarious. I mean…awful. Right, it’s awful. Either way, it’s not nearly as relaxing in awesome kid-sized hammocks from Sluice. This Etsy shop-turned-small-business out of North Carolina (where they know a thing or two about getting outdoors and enjoying nature) creates handmade hammocks that hold up to 400 pounds. Just in case the whole family wants to enjoy an al fresco nap together. But what I like is the Hammie, a kid-sized hammock, which makes it easier...

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For MLK Day, a whole new twist on a day of service just for kids.

We love finding service opportunities for kids and families as a way to get kids excited about public service and volunteering early. So I was so delighted to learn that the wonderful NYC is My Backyard camp, which my own girls attended a couple summers back, is hosting a Martin Luther King Day community service camp on Monday, January 19, as a way of honoring Dr. King’s legacy. With schools out of session to commemorate the holiday in New York (I am actually disappointed to learn that this still isn’t recognized nationwide; so, go NYC!), it gives kids an opportunity to participate in community service projects, compile supplies for...

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ToGoKins: Little cloth napkins with a big impact

My kids’ backpacks are filled to bursting every morning as they leave for school, with books, lunch, snacks, and whatever else they can find to cram in there, it seems. Adding something else to that haul might seem ludicrous, but I love the environmental aspect of sending them off with cloth napkins like ToGoKins. Those of you who are crafty might be able to make them yourself,  but for me, it would be June before I pull out my sewing machine and actually do it. So this little Etsy shop is a great resource. Their adorable little cloth napkins are just that. Little. (And...

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Fun summer craft for kids: Story starters grab bag, with free printable artwork

Whether you’re hosting a sleepover in your backyard under the stars, sending the kids off to summer camp, or packing up the camping gear and heading out on a family retreat in the car, make-your-own stories can be a fun, low-tech way to stay entertained. So I came up with the easiest craft idea: A fun story starter grab bag themed around campfire stories, filled with little icons to help generate ideas and make things more fun. In fact, you don’t even have to be around a campfire to use it. Though marshmallows are always a plus, in any situation....

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Babyganics: The safe spray sunscreen we’re using, because it actually works.

Parents everywhere groaned when we heard the recommendation earlier this summer that parents should stop using spray sunscreen because of the danger of inhaling the stuff. Not to get alarmist (you can also tell your kids to close their mouths when you spray?), that means some of us were back to rubbing our kids with greasy, sticky lotions. Fun, right? Well, the SPF-50 mineral-based sunscreen from Babyganics, a long-trusted brand of ours, is a safe spray sunscreen, which is a nice option if you have concerns. My kids have tried this spray out this summer and they really love it. It was actually a little weird how excited...

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BeautyCamp NYC: Why it could be huge.

When a friend of mine emailed to tell me about her new endeavor, BeautyCamp NYC, I have to admit I was like…what? Why would a girl spend an entire week in the summer at a beauty camp learning about makeup tips, when she could be playing or swimming or learning coding or pretty much anything else? But then I looked closer. And you know? It’s grown on me. Here’s why. BeautyCamp would probably be more accurate if it were called ConfidenceCamp  or OhMyGodDon’tDoThatToYourEyebrowsEverAgain Camp (as our own Kristen once said when her daughter got a hold of some tweezers), but those names just...

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Summer camp care package ideas so cool, the kids might even miss you. Maybe.

If your kids are headed to camp this summer, sending them a cool summer camp care package will make their day. Or week. Even if they didn’t even look back to wave when you dropped them off. We’ve got a whole bunch of fun ideas for care package goodies that, according to our own kids, will make yours proclaim you the best parent in the world to all of his or her bunkmates. Short of sending a life’s supply of candy. Just be sure to check with your camp before sending one out–they all have different care package rules, especially when it comes...

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