July
02
23:01

Clearance sales abound! Avast ye bargain shoppers!

It’s probably pretty clear that my favorite time for shopping is anytime, but I do so love the end of season sales – and what a doozy we found over at Parasols Kids Boutique. If you act fast, you can grab designer duds for your kids ranging in p...
July
02
23:01

Fred’s XYZ Blocks FTW!

CMP loves to turn ABC into ROFL, and we are totally digging on these XYZ Blocks by Fred & Friends. They stack, tumble, and teach letters just as well as more traditional blocks, but they’re beautiful, unusual, and entertaining, too. E is for...
July
02
23:01

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...
July
02
23:01

Randy Kaplan is the thinking kids’ musician

Super storyteller/singer Randy Kaplan is no ordinary kids’ music performer. Oh, sure, he may sing about monkeys, bears and queen bees, but on his latest CD he also has my kids asking me to explain Freud, the definition of Hebrew terms, and even w...
July
02
23:01

Youtopia

I’ll be honest — as an art teacher, I was once opposed to rubber stamps. Then I realized that giving children some handy, thoughtfully designed building blocks for their two-dimensional world can be the perfect springboard into confidence and ima...
July
02
23:01

Birthday gifts for 5 year old boy? – Reader Q&A

Danielle asked us on Twitter for the best birthday gift ideas for a 5 year old boy, since her son is about to hit the big number five. She says he likes “things that go” but already has 400 cars. He also likes art projects and writing notes.     ...
July
02
23:01

The Cool Mom Picks guide to a cooler Orlando vacation: Part 3 – New stuff! New stuff!

This is the third post in a three-part series on Orlando vacation tips from Cool Mom Picks. We know that for some parents, an Orlando trip is something you do once in a lifetime. But for some, it’s something you do once in a while. Or maybe even ...
July
02
23:01

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 Disne...
July
02
23:01

There are no small parts, only small children who are super cute playing Cinderella.

One of the most all-time hilarious family moments of ours was the time my mom (the awesome elementary educator) got my kids (the hams) into handmade masks and acted out Little Rabbit Foo Foo for the whole brood. Let’s just say a kid’s crayon inte...
July
02
23:01

Coloring meets funhouse mirror magic

I’m not going to lie to you: When I opened the Morph-O-Scopes Kit box my daughter received for her birthday one year, I was unimpressed. Some crayons. A shiny cup. And a bunch of coloring pages with a hole in the center, the images all stretched ...
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