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Mum Cool: Action Movie Kid

Daniel Hashimoto is one cool dad & has  just trumped every single other dad who thinks they’re doing a pretty good job.  How? He’s an After Effects artist for DreamWorks studios, and he’s taken to adding animations to clips of his toddler son playing at home. As a result, little James sets fire to shelves with his light sabre in toy shops, falls through puddles on the street, jumps over hot lava bouncing from sofa to sofa in his living room and he shoots things left, right and centre. He even has his very own dedicated YouTube Channel, The Action Movie Kid.

Now that is one cool dad & one very lucky wee man.

Mum Cool: Kids Were Here. favourite single dad of ours has 50:50 custody of his two kids.  Each Sunday they return to their Mum’s he returns home form dropping them off but can’t bear to tidy up the little tableaux each child makes. This project made us think of him…

At Mums on Top we love a good photography project and especially one that has family as a central theme. The ‘Kids Were Here’ Project is a collaboration of 30 photographers and described perfectly by one of the members Stephanie Beaty

“These still life images serve as a daily reminder that my days are awash in chaos, whimsy, laughter and laundry (sometimes all at once). They capture toys and spills and puddles and piles. Sentimental, solitary moments of childhood ephemera. A gentle prodding to live in the now and stop looking toward the ‘then.’ And though sometimes I pray for clean and quiet and still, I know all too well it will come. And I will yearn for tiny shrieks of laughter in my bedroom. For toys and loveys strewn about. For signs of a daily life well lived. For traces of my babies who once were. For reminders that Kids Were Here–and they were life and light and love.”

As Mums we all know that moment of coming across a scene where kids have recently departed – sometimes it is the perfect description of the inner working of a child’s mind, sometimes it is a piece of writing that breaks your heart.  This project is a summary of those moments – charming, funny and at times heart-breaking.

Mum Cool: Spiralizing the veges

yam0Spiralizing is AMAZING. “How did we not do this as kids?”

This cool invention turns veges in to spiral goodness, which will surely (?) help make the kids job of eating everything on their plate much easier.

Where can we buy in New Zealand? If anyone needs a volunteer to trial this, I’m keen – just saying.

Mum Cool: Jobs that don’t exist anymore

SwitchboardThey say that the jobs our kids will do are yet to be invented – even 10 years ago the idea of a “social media manger” would have seemed strange.

Take a look at this post that shows now extinct jobs (thankfully the personal waker upper” problem is solved with the clever invention of the alarm clock!). Plenty of jobs exist today that didn’t exist 10, 20 or 30 years ago – social media analyst, app developer, etc. – but we’re not exactly awash in jobs, either. So what happened to all of those old jobs? This list of pictures will go over a few jobs that have gone the way of the dinosaur.


Win: My Family Food Bag

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 12.13.08 pmDoes the eternal question of “Muuuum, what’s for dinnnnnaaaah?” make you want to stick needles in your eyes?  Step away from that sewing kit, put the needles down and read on…it could be your lucky week.

You might have recently read the two mouth-watering My Family Food Bag reviews we shared over the weekend and turned green with envy, well now it’s your turn. You too can have the luxury of five days worth of evening meals planned out for you along with the freshest quality ingredients delivered straight to your door – thanks to My Family Food Bag.

If you would like to go into the draw to win a My Family Food Bag all you need to do is:

This competition is now closed.  Thanks for taking the time to enter.



Mum Cool: Selfiecity

SelfiesWe say we are queen of the selfies – and our twitter profile is proof of this.

Imagine our delight we we found this website dedicated to selfies.  Selfiecity investigates selfies (now officially a word in the dictionary) using a mix of theoretic, artistic and quantitative methods.

You can check out how people in Berlin, Bangkok, New York, Moscow and Sa0 Polo take their selfies – I wonder if they are any different to NZ selfies? Nothing beats the laughter that we always break in to when we see our effort though…


Mum Cool: How old are your boys? love this for the simplicity of it if nothing else.  Mums spend a lifetime answering this one question – How old are your kids? Now you have these super double triple wicked t-shirts to do it for you. Some crafty Mum has thought this one through – age appropriate sizes as well (upstairs fr thinking right there!).

This is kind of like that trend (that happened for a while) with the birthday cards that came complete with colourful “I am 6″ badge.  Somehow though the set-shirts are much much cooler.

Our only complaint is why they chose to stop at Age 6 ?  What happens when your 7 year old has a meltdown that there is no 7 year old t shirt of coolness in his birthday present stash?  Disaster.

Mum Cool: Terrarium Making

Last year the MoT office took the annual Christmas day out to a new level.  Rather than go out for a big lunch, we decided to test all our patience by attending a terrarium making class (post a yummy lunch and wee shopping treat).After all, what can go wrong with bunting, dinosaurs, ribbon, ferns, succulents, glitter, gravel and stones?

The poor Annie and Amber at Studio46 realised what type of “novices” they had rather quickly, and after a few peppermint tea and shortbread biscuits, let us loose to create our own masterpieces.

A whole lot of fun was had, and there’s been a lot of bragging in the office lately as I have the only terrarium that’s managed to survive the summer heat (clearly a case of good terrarium management rather than good luck).






Win A Leni Mag Rack from Mocka

Leni Mag Rack

MoT loves Mocka for many reasons.  Mocka is a small family run New Zealand business and since launching six years ago with their very first product the Original High Chair, Mocka has grown into a successful New Zealand business that supports the community around it.

Mocka design a vast array of contemporary furniture that is designed to complement the existing décor in your home. Whether you’re updating, purchasing for your first home, or want to add additional pieces to your home, Mocka’s furniture will surpass your expectations in quality, comfort and design.

One piece in particular is Mocka’s new Leni Mag Rack. The Leni Mag Rack is a stylish piece that will add a sophisticated yet functional element to any room in your house. Use it as a side table, coffee table, magazine rack or stool, the possibilities are endless with this beautiful piece from Mocka.

Recently the MoT team have fallen in love with ‘Leni’ our beautiful magazine rack.  Our super cool friends at Mocka have offered us three Leni Mag Racks to giveaway to three lucky MoTs.

If you would like to go into the draw to win your very own Leni Mag Rack from Mocka, all you need to do is:

This competition is now closed. Thanks for taking the time to enter.

Mum Cool: Silhouettes

Sweet peach blog When I first met my husband’s parents the thing I noticed straight away were the black and white silhouettes that my mother in law had as you entered their house.

Each of the 3 kids were there – all done at the same age. They looked stunning, and have been something I have always thought I should do with my kids.

Fast forward 17 years, and I still haven’t done it for my mine – but have found these cool examples on another blog today.

Does that count?

Mum Cool: Mocka Leni Mag Rack Review

At Mums on Top we love a good magazine.  In fact we have rather a large stash of very high quality magazines in our office for a variety of purposes ranging from intensive research to light stress-relief and last but not least, Mocka  - Leni Mag Rack Review Imagefor propping up laptops to an ergonomically correct height.  Sadly however, there is only so much paper-based hoarding that one office of five females can manage before it becomes unsightly clutter (yes, we do all suffer from varying levels of self-confessed OCD).

You can imagine our excitement when our super special friends at Mocka sent us an extraordinary Leni Mag Rack to review – and along with that came the realisation that we could continue our magazine addiction in style.  Oh lucky day!

The Leni Mag Rack is a stunning piece of furniture.  Leni (as we fondly refer to her) is made from beech ply-wood and stands 35cm high by 39cm wide.  Leni has a very clever design which allows you to stack things on her, under her and beside her and better still – she doesn’t mind one bit – even if those things happen to be your feet at the end of a particularly exhausting morning…and that was just making it to the office.

Your imagination is the only restriction on the limitless ways the exceptionally stylish yet functional Leni Mag Rack from Mocka can best be utilised in your office or home.  Go on, we know you want one.


Mum Cool:

http://recitethis.comI read something very clever the other day that said that most of those quotes – the big ones, the ones that are usually in some stylish font against a slightly transparent mountain scene, black and white photo or patterned background – the article said that most of them are fake and the person never said it in the first place, the quote is actually real but is attributed to the wrong person or worse still – the person who made the poster in the first place has missed an apostrophe and now the quote means something entirely different.

Truth is – I’m a sucker for all those lovely quotes on all those lovely backgrounds.  All you need to do is check out our Pinterest Boards to discover just how little willpower I have when it comes to whether or not I will re-pin the latest moment of genius.

Even cooler is the fact that I discovered recite this - the site lets you take your own life changing quote and monumentalise it for all to see.  It is fab – about 20 different designs to choose form and you can post to my beloved Pinterest, email it to yourself or download it to your desktop so you can look like the graphic designer/connoisseur of literature you are.


Mum Cool: Ninjas wanted.

NinjasMuch like the Dinovember we posted about last week, here in NZ we have our own secret ninjas.

They are looking for up to 20 fairy ninjas who live in different locations around the country, to join their secret cause. You’ll need to commit to up to 3 hours and be available on April 26th to perform your mission.

Who is keen? We’d love to hear about any MoTs who accept the mission!


Mum Cool: Dinovember

DINOVEMBERThis is a must do – turn those plastic toys (hunt out the dinosaurs, racing cars, dress up dolls, or any figurine you can find) in to a make believe world for your kids.

Named Dinovember, the thought behind this cool idea is this:

In the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs.  Refe Tuma. 

We think this is genius – and a must on the top of your list for the next round of school holidays, your child’s birthday month, or just because you want to have a bit of fun!

Mum Cool: Upside Downton Abby

Here in the office we are avid fans of Downton Abby, so loved this Upside Downton Abby spoof by Sesame Street.

Brought to you by the letter D.