What can I say? My kids just love poetry. Maybe it's because my singing voice sounds like a goat gargling, and maybe it's because they can always convince me to read just one more poem. There's also the possibility that poetry is a beautiful, rhythmic exploration of story and feelings accessible by all ages?
(Naw, probably just the goat gargling part.)
We hope you'll make a connection with this small collection of poetry books that Cool Mom Picks has covered, including two of my family's all-time favorites.
If I fall on my sword for one thing every year, it's that retailers need to provide us with more appropriately modest two-piece swimsuits for our daughters. Last year was a tough year, with triangle bikini tops making the rounds. This year looks more promising!
I hit some of our favorite go-to sites for a few recos for those of you mamas with similar girls' bikini guidelines to mine: non-hoochie, no string bikinis, no provocative statements, no plunging necklines, limited sparkles and sequins, no teeny triangle tops meant to maximize cleavage. I mean, do little girls really need ruching at the boobs? Don't answer that.
When my kids were little, Manhattan Toy's Whoozit and Skwish were among their favorite playthings. And while they are still tried-and-true gifts for all the younger nieces and nephews in our lives, I am thrilled to find a fun and creative line of toys that Manhattan Toys has developed with older kids in mind.
Cooking with the windows open, wrists slightly dirty from picking fresh veggies, knife making a crisp choppety-choppety sound--not going to lie. I live for spring and summer produce. But, with cooking comes cleanup, which pales in comparison to eating. Until you discover pure linen tea towels like these. Ahhhh.
Living just south of Boston, the recent attacks at the Boston Marathon are still a recent and raw memory. But all the amazing signs of solidarity and strength--who would have thought Yankees fans would ever sing Sweet Caroline willingly--make it clear that the motto "Boston Strong" is one that extends far beyond the city limits.
Raise your hand if you've ever felt guilt--even a little--over those unfinished baby book pages, incomplete prompts and photo spaces that really, you swear you meant to put a photo in...one day...
Yeah, well, me too. Which is why I think I may have found the best book ever for parents. Especially because your kids don't have to be babies for you to ue it.
Here are 5 of our favorite picks from this week just in case you missed them.
1. A free iOS app (and web-platform) that will make your life as a parent a whole lot easier.
2. Here's a cool techie way to serve up breakfast in bed on Sunday.
3. Why give mom one camera for Mother's Day when you can give her 100? This is awesome!
4. Need a last minute Mother's Day gift, techie or not? You need to see these!
5. You can shop for amazing gifts right from your iPhone with this new app. And some of you may get free delivery too.
While there's something to be said for sipping wine out of those big red keg cups in the summer, I admit I always feel a little fancy when my Albarino is an actual wine glass. Unfortunately, if you're picnicking, glass isn't going to cut it. So to speak.
Happy Mother's Day to all the awesome mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, and otherwise essential caretakers of the world. We hope it's the best one yet. -Liz and Kristen and Team Cool Mom Picks
[9 funny Mother's Day cards via Mom-101]