Tag: YouTube

#Hairgoals: 10 cool hair braiding tutorials for girls with all kinds of hair.

My daughter’s new obsession: hair braiding videos. She’s all over YouTube, checking out the coolest braid styles she can do herself, do to her friends, do to me, do to her great-grandmother…basically anyone too nice or too tired to say no. Truth is, she’s actually come away with some really cute braid styles that are a fun change from our “hurry up and get your hair in a ponytail” routine. (And hey, if it gets her more apt to brush her hair in the morning without being reminded, I’m all in.) Need a little inspiration? Here are my top...

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4 great websites and videos that teach kids how to tie knots. Road trip entertainment, check!

One of the items on my son’s bucket list this summer is to learn to tie a bowline, a half-hitch, and a square knot…with his eyes closed. They are requirements for his scouting program, but have easily become at-home entertainment for the whole family. They’re sneakily addictive! So, whether you’re trying to help your child finish up their Girl Scout or Boy Scout requirements, or you just want to pack a bag of paracord for an easy, unexpected, and really fun activity for your kids on a long road trip, here are 4 websites and YouTube videos that teach...

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7 of the cutest kids and pets videos to keep your whole family laughing

If you’ve got kids and pets, you know how hilarious the combination can be. That’s why there is no shortage of cute kids and pets YouTube videos that…oh, we may watch on a loop from time to time, even when our kids aren’t around. C’mon, the dog singing like a toddler! So cute!   But as much as we love our human babies and our fur babies (yes, we went there), we’re not big fans of the messes they make on their own, let alone when they’re together.  That’s why we’re thrilled to have rounded up these videos on behalf of...

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Web coolness: The great big holiday edition featuring hilarious videos, articles, last minute gift help + more

Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Chewbacca singing Silent Night. That is all. Check out the funniest Christmas tweets, videos, stories and humor on the web. Who else needs these right now? Need ideas for last-minute holiday gifts? Got you covered, big time. Also, 28 cool ideas for tech stocking stuffers that we’d take any time of year. Fun twists on traditional Hanukkah recipes. Marzipan, Dark Chocolate + Orange Rugelach? ZOMG. Already onto gift wrapping? Check out the cutest printable gift tags, mostly free! (Liz went with...

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10 free educational online resources for curious kids that every parent should know

We love how the Internet can help us when it comes to raising a generation of more curious kids. There are just so many remarkable free educational online tools and resources that help support a child’s natural curiosity, and even help push them a little (or a lot) when it comes to learning about all kinds of subjects and sparking their passion about the world around them. That’s exactly what our newest sponsor, the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (or CTY, as it’s been fondly known for more than 30 years), does for bright kids and their families. And if you don’t know about...

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Cool ways to tie scarves: 7 videos that make it easy. Winter style, check!

Forget sweater weather; for me, fall is all about scarves. They’re always on trend, and to top it off, they’re practical, which is important to me. (#momlife, yo.) Having a couple of scarves in your closet gives you a lot of affordable ways to spruce up your wardrobe for the season, but the key to looking stylish is knowing how to wear them. So to help you get ready for winter, I found these 7 terrific video tutorials that offer lots of cool way to tie scarves. Thanks to these women, I feel like I have my own personal stylist! Only, free. Related: Fall accessories with big style that...

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Beyond Schoolhouse Rock: A fun new music video about Washington D.C. from the Not-Its

Looking for a fun way to get kids learning about the election — without all the awfulness of what’s appearing on the news lately? One of our favorite kindie bands, The Not-Its, are out this week with Are You Listening, a very entertaining new video for kids about Washington D.C. and all that goes on there. The way They Might Be Giants has been so great at taking on educational subjects without sounding like they’ve set textbooks to music, the The Not-Its are doing the same in their introduction to our nation’s capital. Related: The best Schoolhouse Rock videos on YouTube The rockin’ tune is quite catchy, and my...

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Chatting with Lisa Loeb about why kids music doesn’t actually suck | Spawned ep 51

If you think kids’ music is the stuff that makes you want to jab forks into your ears, then you need to listen to the latest episode of Spawned with Kristen + Liz, featuring the one-and-only Lisa Loeb! This indie alt rocker sensation turned mom of two and kindie musician has a lot to say about everything from why kids can like both Bowie and Twinkle Twinkle, and her newest projects — there are many!   Listen to our interview with Lisa directly here or right from on iTunes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast feed so you never miss an episode of Spawned!   Links from Episode 51, Chatting...

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Web Coolness: Boys who like dolls, everyday words that gross us out, and one serious giveaway

Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Check out #aboycantoo — a fascinating photography project documenting boys who like dancing, dolls, and dressing up too. (Top image © Trinity Design/Aboycantoo) Did you know we’re helping to give away a huge $2500 shopping spree to Land of Nod to a lucky reader? Final days to enter, and it couldn’t be easier so go! Because that’s a whole lot of shopping. Thanks so much to People Magazine for naming us among 12 favorite parenting sites and social media accounts....

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David Bowie, cassette deck memories, and me. | Thinking : Parent

We’ve had conversations around here from time to time about musical artists, and the few of them who are able endure over time, even managing to evolve and experiment and remain relevant for four or more decades. David Bowie is easily on that list for us and we were all pretty devastated to learn of his passing today at just 69. David Bowie heroes greeting card by Etsy’s Lost Plots Shop. I know that some think it’s strange to cry for “a celebrity” you never personally knew; but that’s the genius of real artists. They have an amazing way of burrowing their way into your soul,...

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11 fun things to learn to do that will make you coolest parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent ever.

As your kids get older, you realize you don’t have to ply them with gifts or offer extra ice cream at dessert just to be The Cool Parent. (And despite what you may have learned from Amy Poehler in Mean Girls, you don’t have to serve them cocktails with umbrellas, either.) Sometimes it’s just the little things you do, or those tricks you pull out of your hat on a rainy day that give you one more parenting win, just when you really need it. So while yes, parents prioritize those important skills like CPR and knowing how to cut the...

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Web coolness: December happiness edition

There’s a lot of tough things in the news lately and you know, sometimes we just need a break. So here are our favorite happy, inspiring, and upbeat stories we’ve been reading around the web this week, in case you want to keep the merriness going. Hope you like them too.    Can you find the panda? Oops, wrong number. Long distance charges may apply. Why Philly is awesome. Ja Rule reads How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Electric Mayhem Band sings Kodachrome and it’s a walk down Muppets memory lane. On McSweeney’s: Excerpts from my mother’s editorial notes on my letters to...

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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. You won’t believe what this iPad speaker can do. Whoa. 2. We found a very smart app that helps keep you or your family members safe when they’re walking home alone. 3. We’re calling this the hottest tech toy of the holidays. You will want this! 4. Our picks for the best first camera for kids in every price range. 5. Our new go-to website for finding the best online videos for kids....

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Web coolness: The cutest cookies, Viola Davis’ daughter steals the limelight, and a Star Wars fan film to make you smile

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   It’s cookie baking season! And Cool Mom Eats has the most adorable cookie ideas like these Hugging Bear Cookies. (It’s okay to squee. And blame it on your kids.) Cutest ever Emmy win congratulations to Viola Davis from her daughter. So many cool videos for kids in one place. Our kids can’t stop watching. Are parents intervening too much in their kids’ problems? Great points (and funny anecdotes). We look forward to following news from the Social Good Summit on social media...

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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. The big Apple announcement news that you’ll actually care about. 2. 21 of the best math apps for kids of all ages. 3. We rounded-up up 7 of the best YouTube channels to help get kids excited about math. 4. We’re pretty sure this little robot is going to be the hottest tech toy this holiday season. 5. Don’t miss our picks for best reading apps for big kids!...

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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. We rounded-up 7 of the best YouTube channels to help get kids excited about math. 2. Teach your kids coding through a board game. Cool! 3. Next up in our Back to School tech guide: The best reading apps for young kids and early readers. 4. A helpful comparison of 6 different pairs of kids’ volume-limiting headphones all under $30. 5. We’re calling this app a game-changer in educational apps for kids. Yep, it’s just that good....

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Our favorite cool tech picks of the week week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. It’s all about kids this week, and here’s what you might have missed!   1. Check out our review of the new online LEGO Minifigures game! Our LEGO loving kids are going nuts for it. 2. 6 fantastic, educational YouTube channels just for big kids. Way to optimize screen time. 3. Hooray for this new Dr. Seuss app for early readers. 4. We tried out the new VTech Kidizoom action cam for kids. Make sure you read our review before you buy it. 5. How do you pick...

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Web Coolness: Amazing summer books for kids, #unstoppable girls, and a video to leave you smiling.

Here are some of the things we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   15 picture books celebrating great artists, scientists, and writers. (Above: Pablo Neruda, Poet of the People by Monica Brown, Julie Paschkis) Also, 12 fantastic picture books to help talk to your kids about prejudice. Cool summer tech camps for kids. On Cool Mom Eats: 15 awesome camping recipes. We’d go camping just to eat these. Green Gorilla Project: A cool little Indiegogo campaign to deliver school supplies to remote villages.   Girls toys v boys toys: A hilarious discussion about what the heck...

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Spawned Episode 2: There Will Be Blood!

First, we need to thank you all so so much for being so supportive of our new podcast. To see it jump to #1 in the Kids + Family category on iTunes, well…we were floored. And we appreciate every one of the very nice reviews and ratings. Wow, we love our listeners. Next: Don’t worry, no one got hurt in the making of our 2nd episode of SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz. Our headline is referring to our Cool Mom Eats Twitter bio that launched us into a whole discussion about parenting and pop culture and then, well, you’ll just need...

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Bystander Revolution: The anti-bullying site every parent should know

There’s not one of us who didn’t grow up facing some sort of bullying. Did I ever tell you about the girls who called my number in high school and hung up every half hour, for hours and hours into the night? (That was before caller ID.) Then there was the girl at summer camp who handed out birthday cake to every other girl in our bunk, and when she got to me, she looked right at me, threw my slice on the floor, and said, “oops…I guess yours fell.” Some of it still stings, all these years later. And I can imagine you all have...

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