We know that feeling of realizing that whoa — that little baby of yours is now a preschooler (sniff) and it’s time to start on back-to-school shopping. We also know how special those first years of school can be, which is why we had so much fun putting together this back to school shopping guide just for you parents of preschoolers, on behalf of our partner JCPenney. We’ve scoured their site and put together our picks for the coolest backpacks, school gear, clothing basics, and other essentials that can help make September just a little — or okay, a...Read More
Get out the scissors! Check out these 7 sets of cool, modern, free printable paper dolls, from Wonder Woman to Hamilton
We’re big fans of free printable paper dolls and find ourselves downloading them all the time for our kids. But while vintage Betsy McCall paper dolls from our childhood still hold a nostalgic place in our hearts, our older kids are often drawn to more modern paper dolls with an edgier vibe, or at least pop culture references from their own lifetimes. With that in mind, I searched and found tons of fun, free printable modern paper dolls that get a big thumbs up from my older girls, including my picky teen. Related: The motherlode of free printable paper dolls for...Read More
With all of us completely obsessed with Wonder Woman these days — and can you blame us? — I am so glad that our brand partnership director Lisa spotted this awesome Wonder Woman bracelet by Alex and Ani. Because it may have just risen to the top of my birthday wish list. The price is pretty sweet — under $50. And while you can buy them in either a gold or silver finish, c’mon. Is there really any choice besides gold? Perfect for your favorite super mom, super grad, or newly minted Wonder Woman fangirl. Related: Cool Wonder Woman gifts...Read More
Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Mmm…Father’s Day breakfast and brunch ideas. Get on that meal planning! (The sweet DAD pancakes here via Betty Crocker, with a few extra tricks to make it special) Still need a Father’s Day gift? We’ve got so many ideas for easy last-minute Father’s Day gifts that are still cool. Like, what dad in his right mind doesn’t need a DIY Zombie Survival Kit? Exactly. More help: Visit our 2017 Father’s Day gift guide for Father’s Day food gift ideas, last-minute Father’s Day gifts you can make...Read More
Wonder Woman — let alone an exclusive all-female screening of the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman movie — does not frighten the boys and men in my life, and for that I am grateful. I mean, what kid wouldn’t want to look up to a badass superhero who’s a natural born athlete, fighter, and can bench press 15,000 pounds? And that was before she earned the bracelets. Not to mention that iconic magic lasso which so many of us coveted as kids. Related: 13 amazing superhero gifts for girls who can (and will) do anything So while we’ve featured tons of cool Wonder...Read More
Kids’ activewear is kind of a funny phrase, if you think about it, since kids are such constant blurs of motion — it’s like every piece of clothing turns into activewear, purposefully or not. Which is what makes the new GapKids and Marvel collection even more super — the adorably Avengered clothes are designed with kids’ movement in mind, which makes it all the easier to unleash their inner superhero. Related: The Gap’s Star Wars kids’ collection is everything we ever dreamed it could be. The “Fit to Be Super” GapKids and Marvel collection debuts on May 30 in stores and online with some seriously...Read More
Feats of strength, superhuman powers, outrageous costumes…our superheroes (and beloved supervillains) have it good. Which is why it was so much fun to pull together this list of amazing superhero party themes for girls we know our girls will love. Of course, we know our boys will love these party ideas too, just as our girls love Batman, Spidey, and Captain America. But, here, we’re giving some extra super-props to some super-fierce females who are capturing the hearts of our girls right now. We searched the web to find the most wow ideas out there. From Wonderwoman and Batgirl to Harley Quinn and ooooh...Read More
With the much-anticipated release of the new Power Rangers movie tonight (!!), we’re not sure if kids are more excited — or those of us who grew up with them in the ’90s are. Which is why we’ve had the best time browsing the cool new Power Rangers toys and gear from our sponsor, Saban’s Power Rangers and doing a little virtual shopping of our own. Got a kid — or adult — on your gift list who’s obsessed? Here are a few of our picks for the coolest of the Power Rangers toys, tees, and gear that were just released. Power up,...Read More
6 celeb-worthy, creative birth announcement ideas for twins + multiples. We’ve got you covered, Beyoncé!
First Beyoncé and Jay Z, now the Clooneys and Madonna? In case you haven’t heard, twins are seriously hot right now. So I’ve rounded up some super creative birth announcement ideas for twins with a little extra oomph — for those of you lucky enough to be in on the doubles game. I had so much fun finding these adorable birth announcement photo ideas for twins and multiples making their red carpet debut, but hey…if you’re expecting just one baby this year (like me!), we’ve got you covered too. CMP is an rstyle affiliate At top: custom birth announcements by Todd Borka Related: 15 creative birth announcement ideas way...Read More
The Wonder Woman movie isn’t out until June, but the new Wonder Woman doll from Mattel will give little girls plenty of fierce dreams until then. Ahead of this weekend’s New York Toy Fair (which we’ll be covering, of course!), Mattel unveiled several Wonder Woman figures to support the film (as one does these days) exclusively through Entertainment Weekly, and you have to check it out. Based on Gal Gadot’s arse-kicking depiction of her in the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman (whoo, more girl power!), you’ll find Diana in training gear, a party dress disguise, and fantastic armor. There are also majestic horses,...Read More
Ideas for an awesome LEGO Batman Movie party theme, with inspiration from the Hollywood premiere party
Thanks to our awesome partner Warner Bros. Pictures, I had the opportunity to jet out to LA this past weekend (wow, did I need that) for the launch party and red carpet — okay, black and yellow carpet — premiere of The LEGO Batman Movie. If you’ve got a kid who’s obsessed — and trust me, after your kids see it, they will be — I gathered some fantastic ideas for throwing a creative, memorable LEGO Batman themed party. And by gathered, I mean I have shamelessly stolen them from the studio’s brilliant party planners. But you know, I adapted them....Read More
With Marvel and DC pretty much taking over entertainment for the past decade or so, plenty of kids are clamoring for superhero action figures for the holidays. But what I think is even cooler than Chris Evans in miniature (not that I’d complain if I had the full-size version, ahem) is a new company that lets you customize your own superhero action figure, right down to the sex, skin tone, name, and superpowers. Started by a husband-wife team, Hero Me Lab is a small company I discovered when they reached out to send me an action figure to check out and…wow. Color me super impressed. (Get...Read More
Here are the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. The new LEGO DC superhero girls are here! (But more superheroes of color, please!) In more LEGO news, how much do we love this LEGO inspired bike helmet? Why parents humblebrag about our kids: What’s up with that? A Serial style podcast for middle schoolers. What a smart idea. Laughing at this “honest birth announcement.” This 8-year-old is our kind of girl! How to raise kinder kids, according to science. Great read. The cool dad award of the week definitely goes to this one! Can we...Read More
Web coolness: The new Wonder Woman stamps, picky eater lifesavers, and an inspiring Twitter meme for all of us.
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Our 2016 Back to School Shopping Guide is live! Get ready for some seriously cool finds for the kids. If you’re feeling patriotic these days, this baby and kids’ flag tee has a message we love. Wonder Woman stamps are coming, yes! What happened when one mom stopped worrying about feeding her picky eater. Similarly, what happened when Kristen stopped making her daughter clean her room. Smart ideas from parents to help stop mealtime food battles. How giving birth has changed decade to decade....Read More
I love that it’s become par for the course these days to raise our girls with the knowledge that they can do whatever they want and be whomever they aspire to be — astronaut, organic farmer, singer, plumber, President. And we’re all hoping they use their undeniable powers for good, which, if you think about it, is kind of the essence of a superhero. So, in honor of National Superhero Day (yes, that’s a real thing!), we’ve rounded up some of our favorite superhero gifts for girls who can do, well, anything. (Top image: superhero capes from Lovelane) From dolls and capes to books and artwork, I think these are some wonderful gifts that...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
I’ve been searching for the perfect gift for my niece this Christmas. You know, the one that will make me the favorite aunt. (Kidding. Well, kind of.) As I was scouring Etsy, I found these adorable handmade superhero dolls at La Loba Studio, and I think they would make an amazing heirloom gift at a great price. Emese, the Hungarian artist who creates these dolls, has such a fun eye for color and personality. I love that so many of these dolls celebrate adventure and strength with their superhero capes and masks on. And yet they are sweet and cuddly and excellent bedtime companions,...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
Meet the awesome new superhero Robeez: Able to leap all that baby gear all over your floor in a single bound.
Robeez has been a favorite of mine since before my kids were even born; I was literally buying them when I was still pregnant. With awesome styles like the little peanut elephant shoes, football frenzy shoes, and monogrammed options – could you blame me? Well this fall they’ve taken things up a notch from cute-to-super-cool with their new superhero Robeez shoes. Let’s just say, they are awesome. This is the first time I’ve seen an all-over print on Robeez, and I love the modern black-and-white graphics with the red letters that make these shoes pop. They would also go great with the bright, bold colors that we’ve been spotting this...Read More
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