Month: December 2011

The Nutcracker at BAM – magical holiday perfection

If you’re going to be in New York City this holiday season (shockingly, many tourists do this very thing each year!) this native New Yawker has an awesome tip for you. At least if you’d like to squeeze a performance of The Nutcracker into your festivities, without having to hock your plane tickets and hitchhike home. Now I’m a huge, longtime fan of Balanchine’s NYC Ballet production at Lincoln Center–there’s nothing quite like it–but if you’ve got young kids, it’s pretty hard to justify the $110-150 for orchestra seats. If you can even find them now. As an alternative,...

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Glove love

It feels like only yesterday that I was making excuses for forgetting the kids’ sunscreen, and now I’m making excuses for forgetting the kids’ gloves. It’s the season for cold fingers, at least in my neck of the woods, and gloves make a great last minute stocking stuffer–or gift–maybe even for yourself? If you haven’t yet found the perfect hand warmers, and want something a little more unique than the $4.99 poly-blend special from a street vendor, here are just a few cute gloves that have caught my eye, all under $40. The wool-cashmere girls’ gloves from Jacadi are...

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Last minute Hanukkah crafts from Martha Stewartstein

If you’re still scrambling for a little something to make your Hanukkah celebration a bit more dazzling and festive, Martha Stewart (of course) has the most amazing roundup of Hanukkah craft ideas. Here, just a few of my favorites that seem like you could manage to get together in time for latkes and your family’s Competitive Dreidel Deathmatch. For decked out dreidels (shown at top)  just coat regular wooden ones in glue and dip in glitter. Plop them all into a big glass jar or vase and you’ve got a great centerpiece. [see more great Hanukkah craft and decor...

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HoneyBells – The gift that won’t arrive in time for Christmas. Which is exactly the point.

If you are not familiar with HoneyBells, you are not familiar with the sweetest, most delectable, lipsmackingly awesome nectar of the gods. Or as my kids call it, good orange juice. (Silly kids.) Each year, my dad has sent us a shipment of these amazingly sweet HoneyBell Tangelos that put standard navels to shame and we’ve come to look forward to it every year. They’re not actually oranges–they’re a rare hybrid of a Dancy Tangerine and a Duncan Grapefruit, and the result is unreal. While several companies ship HoneyBells, we’ve never been disappointed with the ones from Albritton Fruit....

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Last minute holiday gifts: Don’t panic!

We loved putting together our biggest ever Holiday Gift Guide for you this year. But we also know that with a few of you are still hunting for the perfect last-minute holiday gift, now that it’s officially less than a week before Christmas. (No judgments, promise!) Here, a whole bunch of ideas for everyone on your list that you can still have wrapped and under the tree by Christmas Eve. As for you Hanukkah revelers–well, you’d better hurry. Or you can look at it as an extension, if you’re still giving gifts on the eighth night this year. 1....

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Presenting Cool Mom Picks’ 5 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

At Cool Mom Picks, we’ve always been big advocates of the ‘Tis better to give than to receive thing, especially around the holidays. So we decided it would be a fun holiday treat to say thank you to our amazing subscribers with a week’s worth of fabulous giveaways. No string attached. If you’re already a Cool Mom Picks subscriber (yay!), watch your inbox every morning this week for a chance to win some seriously amazing prizes — fabulous toys, luxury strollers, and much, much more. We promise–they will be awesome. And entering will be a snap. If you’re not...

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5 picks you might have missed at Cool Mom Tech

Gadgets, apps, and gifts galore is what we’re all about. In case you missed them, here are some tech posts from the past week. And if you don’t see what you need, don’t forget about out our ginormous Cool Mom Tech Holiday Gift Guide, with plenty of gifts you can still get in time for Christmas. 1. Geeky cards for that special techie in your life? We’ve got five that are perfect. Even better with a gift card stuck inside.  2. Gift wrapping goes stylishly multimedia with this sleek black and red Twitter hashtag paper. 3. A little bird...

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11 of our families’ favorite holiday books, with a whole lot of surprises

One of my favorite aspects of the holidays is pulling out all our holiday books and reading together with all my kids huddled under a blanket with popcorn and hot chocolate. But even though we really only read our books once a year, I’m sort of ready to retire our same version of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and add a few new books to our collection. So, we asked our editors and contributors to share their own family’s favorite holiday books and why they love them. Here’s hoping you enjoy this list as much as I will. The...

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The Perfect Puff

Boys need accessories. It really takes their outfits to another level. The trick is one or two key pieces that emphasize fun, comfort, and flavor. That’s why I am just loving Little Z Kids green puff vest. If you don’t know Little Z Kids, it’s a great company to support. It’s completely family owned and priced just right. The styles are all so different and worldly, with lots of Japanese influence. It’s like Harajuku meets hipster. As for their Puffer Vest, it’s the perfect piece for layering this winter, and I know all three of my boys will fight over it....

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Lovely leather for the ladies

Perusing Etsy has become an occupational hazard because I just end up finding more gorgeous handmade goodies that I swear are screaming my name. Such is the case with these beautiful leather bracelets that I can’t stop thinking about. I can’t quite decide which EmilydeMolly laser cut leather cuff I want. I’m not usually a flower person but the metallic gold rose cuff (pictured) is fantastic. But then my eye caught the red ornate cuff design which I like as well.  Oh, who am I kidding? I’d be happy with any of them. But at just $35, I might...

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