Month: December 2012

13 fun holiday activities to keep the kids occupied all week long

If your kids are anything like mine, they’re dogging your heels and sneaking under the Christmas tree to peek at presents any chance that they can get. So I’m desperate to find anything to keep them occupied for the next 24 hours until Santa arrives–and frankly, through the rest of winter break. Here’s a handy round-up of some of the crafts, activities, fun apps, holiday movies, and other ideas we’ve featured that are sure to keep your kids entertained while you finish up your gift-wrapping, or start your own thank-you note writing. Which, by the way, is one of...

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A babysitter for New Year’s Eve? No problem! A comparison of the top two caregiver websites.

I’ve personally had good fortune finding babysitters using both Sittercity.com and Care.com, national services which help members match up with trustworthy child care providers. In fact, that’s how I found our current beloved nanny who’s been with us for two years. Now it’s rare that my husband is home for any of the major holidays given his work (including Christmas, unfortunately). But this year, he’s going to be home for New Year’s Eve. This is big news, people! And big enough for me to start hunting down a babysitter so that we can ring in 2013 outside of the...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Whether you need last-minute gifts or a way to make the tech under the tree extra special, here are some of our favorite picks from the past week. 1. Giving the gift of a fancy tech gadget? Take this extra step to make a tech gift truly special and unique. 2. Want a personalized visit from Santa in your own home? You won’t believe what this app can do, and the website version is free! 3. Maybe the best ever free holiday tag printables we’ve seen. Seriously. 4. When is a Silent Night not actually silent? We have three...

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Add some mad, merry scientists to your Christmas tree

My kids are finally at the age where I can outsource most of the tree decorating duties to them and still be pretty darn pleased with the results. It’s true: I haven’t tweaked a single strand of lights or rearranged the glass balls. But I just discovered that my tree is missing something: these super cool scientist ornaments. Brooklyn-based Eavesmade creates laser cut wood ornaments featuring scientists whose specialties range from astronomy and ecology to chemistry and engineering. I was thrilled to see old school greats like Galileo, Copernicus, and Tesla on the list, along with accomplished female scientists...

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Sugar Wish: a last-minute gift that’s super sweet

I love candy. But being a bit of a candy connoisseur, I’m very particular about my sugar. Personally, I like a combination of sweet and sour, with just the right amount of gummy. But it’s hard to know what will delight someone’s particular sweet tooth, you know? That’s why Sugar Wish is such a cool way to give sweets to your favorite sweeties. When you gift a Sugar Wish, you choose a recipient and a box size. You write a sweet message (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) and then, boom, your friend’s inbox lights up. He then gets to...

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The prettiest 2013 calendars for the prettiest walls

If you’re like me, you tend to get your brand-new 2013 calendar sometime…say, in March, when it’s on sale. Or you can be smart (like I’m trying to be this year) and get ready for January by starting now, with one of these gorgeous 2013 calendars. –Liz I am so taken with this beautiful modern 2013 wall calendar by Wendy Chung of Etsy’s Dozi. Printed on cover weight paper, just hang the binder clip on your wall or bulletin board for a quick glance at the days and weeks. ($22) Ana Bond’s handpainted designs for Rifle Paper Co. are...

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7 make-ahead Christmas brunch recipes for a no-fuss, all-delicious morning

Now that I have kids, breakfast has become my favorite meal of Christmas day. I want it to feel special–a quiet, cozy time to wind down after a whirlwind of gift opening and before a whirlwind of family–but making a special Christmas breakfast can feel like a serious chore. Who wants to be in the kitchen while everyone else is opening presents?Enter make-ahead Christmas day brunch recipes. These seven Christmas breakfast recipes can all be made, or at least prepped, ahead of time. Do the work the night before, pop a delicious breakfast in the oven, and spend the...

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The best last minute gift for a mom, dad, grandparent, best friend, or just someone you really love.

I get it–you’re busy. We all are. Sometimes the people we love most in the world are the hardest to shop for so we put it off; or sometimes they just get relegated to the “last minute gift list” after all the earlier deadlines with teachers and coaches and sitters. If you’ve got a few moments this weekend, a truly special gift doesn’t have to require a ton of craftiness or even a ton of money. Rag & Bone Bindery, makers of some of my favorite ever journals, photo albums, and baby books, has taken care of both. I...

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9 free, fabulous printable gift tags to top off your Christmas gifts

It’s never too late for more awesome free printable gift tags. In fact, I’m pretty certain I will be in good company this weekend when I start–and finish–all my wrapping for Christmas. There’s still time to stock up on tape, double check the gift wrap supply, and print out some of these lovely (and free!) gift tags to top off those thoughtful gifts. –Christina I adore how these¬†printable bauble gift tags from fellow fellow look like they were printed on kraft paper, but were really just printed on regular card stock. So festive and pretty in muted colors, plus...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest like we are? Follow us and find goodies like this every day. 1. Last minute holiday gift tag printables–got you covered! 2. Some awesome baubles for New Year’s Eve that are affordable, and give back in a beautiful way. 3. 6 babysitter gifts that you can still get together this weekend–don’t forget your caregivers! 4. The most gorgeous homemade holiday lollipops–and you can make them too. 5. Great holiday music from an unexpected source. (Sick of the traditional stuff yet?)...

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