Month: December 2012

Gifts with girl power: inspiring shirts featuring great American women

Fans of Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, Sakakawea (otherwise known as Sacagawea), and Eleanor Roosevelt, rejoice! We found some really cool shirts that celebrate the resilience, imagination, and bravery of these strong American women.  The Great Americans shirts from Okllo Kids Goods are a refreshing take on the powerful women who helped to shape our country. Each shirt is made in the USA of 100% cotton and features an artistic rendition of one of our heroes. The Amelia Earhart one even has a plane on the back. Sizes for Amelia, Harriet, and Sakakawea run from 18 months to 11 years....

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A personalized gift guaranteed to make you happy

I can’t imagine that Gretchen Rubin offers a money-back guarantee on happiness after reading her best-selling book Happiness at Home, but based on Kristen’s review, I think we would be inclined to do it for her. To sweeten the deal, here’s something neat: Gretchen is willing to send you a personalized copy ready for gifting. Just order your copy by Monday, December 10, and Gretchen will include a free bookplate, personalized and signed over to the recipient of your choice. (It’s a cute bookplate too!) Just email Gretchen with the number of copies, the name, and include your mailing...

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The coolest red holiday dresses for the coolest girls

‘Tis the season for cute red dresses for girls! We found the most festive and fun of the bunch, so you know they’ll be perfect for everything from the annual family holiday photo to Christmas dinner at the grandparents’. Hey, a kid in a dress is still a kid–and she’ll be able to make all the merry she wants in these beauties. -Lexi This adorable Jason Wu dress ($59.99, above) was the standout of his Neiman Marcus for Target collection–love the collar detail. And if Wu doesn’t fall into your pricepoint but Target does, this Harajuku Mini dress is a...

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New blocks on the block: awesome LEGO alternatives to get kids building

We’re not saying you need to leggo your LEGO (like your kids would ever let that happen). We’re huge LEGO fans! But this holiday season, we just want you to know about some really cool alternative building systems out there that’ll get little hands playing and little minds working. As a bonus, some of these blocks and things are a little softer than LEGO bricks. Which might matter to you if you have a knack for stomping on them barefoot, like I do. Just sayin’. Like wooden blocks gone through a major makeover, Twig blocks come in vibrant colors and cool...

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Make menorah magic: the world’s easiest Hanukkah craft for kids

The potatoes are peeled, the menorah is polished and the kids are sniffing around for the gift stash. Yes, Hanukkah is kicking off and excitement is in the air. So we’ve got the perfect little Hanukkah craft project to keep the kids busy long enough for you to wrap those last few presents. We found this adorable little handprint menorah craft over at Kiwi Craft Studio. We have previously raved about this online craft resource, which is chock full of hundreds of ideas and activities. This one couldn’t be any simpler–a piece of paper, some finger paint and your cutie’s hands, and you...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool pins like this every day. 1. We may have found the motherlode of affordable earrings right in time for accessorizing with that holiday LBD. 2. This game-changing camera may be one of the hottest gifts this holiday. 3. The one complaint about these cool kids’ pajamas: all our readers want them for themselves! 4. Reportedly the best sugar cookie recipe for all those holiday cookies you intend to make. 5. A great holiday craft for kids that anyone can do. Just get the vacuum...

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Kid-friendly makeup even nervous moms can feel good about

I give up. My daughters like the idea of makeup as part of their dress-up routine. Uncle! Still, I insist on two things: it’s not for wearing to school, and it needs to be kid-friendly makeup, as in all-natural, with no harmful stuff. So I love a company putting together little organic cosmetic gift sets filled with just that. The Eco Princess kid-friendly makeup set is filled with all-natural and organic mineral makeup that’s free of sulfates, parabens, and other toxins (all of which I should probably be avoiding myself). While it doesn’t have as much as I was hoping...

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The perfect holiday gifts for your mother-in-law: 16 smart ideas

Whether you love your mother-in-law or you wonder where the heck your husband came from, I’ve always found MILs to be the toughest to shop for when it comes to the perfect holiday gift. So instead of leaving it up to my husband (which would probably mean a really scary reindeer sweater), I’ve rounded up a bunch of cool mother-in-law gifts that are sure to make even the most challenging other-mother happy. FOR THE MOTHER-IN-LAW WHO’S A WONDERFUL GRANDMOTHER If you always catch her showing off photos of her gorgeous grandchildren to random strangers, then I’m pretty sure these...

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Fun in a box: 7 cool gift subscriptions for kids

The only thing more exciting than a present under the tree is a big box on the front porch with a kid’s name on it. Whether you’re looking for cool kids’ crafts and activities to keep your kids busy at home well past December, or a really special holiday gift for your nieces and nephews across the country, you’ll find just what you’re looking for on our list of the best in kids’ gift subscriptions for the holidays. And if you’re looking for a subscription box gift for a teen or adult, we’ve got that covered, too. For discovering and...

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Web Coolness: holiday gifts galore, Hanukkah tunes, and free Christmas printables

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! This free printable Christmas Bingo Game from Say Yes to Hoboken will keep the kids busy while they’re counting down the days until the 25th. Clever! Want some fun ideas to help celebrate the holidays with kids? Love The A to Z Family Guide to the Holidays which includes some tips from our Editor, Liz! Our Holiday Tech Gift series is rolling out now and we have an amazing prize for one reader over on Cool Mom Tech! Need some more...

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8 spectacular holiday cookie recipes to kick off the holiday baking season

If you ask me, the best part of the holiday season are the holiday cookie recipes. Holiday cookies are affordable and easy to make, they never fail to make everyone happy, and they always give us a good reason to get together with friends and family. (Hello, cookie swap!) Holiday cookies make both a great dessert and a fabulous gift. Enough said. As your faithful cookie elf, I’ve rounded up 8 amazing holiday cookie recipes so that you can start getting your holiday baking on. And, no, it’s not too early. Make, bake, eat, freeze, then make more. I’ve even...

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May the Force be with you. And may it put you to sleep at bedtime without a fight.

What happens when you combine some of our favorite, super soft kid pajamas and our favorite geeky movie franchise? Let’s just say the Force is strong with these jimjams. Clearly I’m excited to learn that one of our favorite play clothes brands, Hanna Andersson, now has new line of Star Wars sleepwear for kids for kids that are just as awesome as you would expect.That is, if you know about their super soft, 100% organic cotton without all those itchy stitches and appliques.  These Star Wars pajamas fit the bill in both Long John and Short John versions, with durable, silky cotton Ribbknit...

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A wonderful way to help cancer patients that has nothing to do with pink ribbons.

When my mom had cancer, one of the things that truly lifted her spirits (and ours) was when friends would drop off home-cooked meals. Beyond the comfort in knowing that people cared, the meals themselves were warm, delicious, and time-saving. Lifesaving, really. And that’s why I’m so happy to share this wonderful that we found, which makes a fabulous gift for friends and family battling cancer–both for the holidays and year-round. {Keep reading for a discount on this amazing service, especially for CMP readers and their families and friends!} Meals to Heal really couldn’t be simpler: patients (or their...

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10 cool Christmas ornaments that give back

It feels like the world is in a very give-back kind of mood this year, doesn’t it? And while we have quite a few gifts that give back on our holiday gift guide, there’s something particularly special about ornaments that support a great charity or cause. Every year, you (or the lucky recipient) gets to be reminded of the do-gooding aspect of the season, which I think is my very favorite part. Here, a few favorites which support an incredibly diverse range of causes, some for as little as $5 an ornament. –Liz Ornaments that support children in South Africa...

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Little Golden Records brings back a tune of nostalgia

The world of children’s music has come a long way, baby. I definitely grew up in simpler times, lying on my bedroom floor listening to record-album recordings of my favorite stories. While it’s incredible to have such diverse offerings for our kids today, there is something about that timeless, pure, old-school style of storytelling that I still have a soft spot for deep down. Naturally I was thrilled when I discovered the new re-imagined Golden Records collection. Golden Records has revived the series which began way back in 1948 by music producer Arthur Shimkin, and is bringing it back to life with...

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12 gorgeous holiday jewelry picks for less than $50

As mamas, sometimes the only sparkle we get to wear with any real regularity is what sticks to our shirts from our kids’ glitter-and-glue projects. And while we obviously love our kiddos’ creations, it’s nice to have some purposefully placed glitter every once in a while…like the holidays! We love these beautiful baubles–holiday jewelry that’s sparkly, fun, and all costs less than $50. -Lexi [DON’T MISS AN AWESOME JEWELRY GIVEAWAY (WORTH MORE THAN $50!) AFTER THE JUMP] Proof that holiday jewelry need not reference the snowman pin your great-aunt Maude wears to Christmas dinner every year: this It Girl Collar...

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8 of the coolest (and easiest) holiday crafts for kids

If you score not-so-high on the Official Scale of Craftiness (which, I swear, should be a real thing), fear not. You and your kids will have a blast making these eight super-easy, super-cute holiday crafts we’ve rounded up just for you.   This Christmas tree craft by LooLeDo is so very cool and colorful–and, best of all, it’s made entirely with things you have lying around the house anyway, like paper clips, a paper towel tube, tape, construction paper, a paper plate.   The prettiest solution in the kajillion holiday catalogs clogging up your mailbox? Gorgeous DIY paper snowflakes...

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Winter white: decorate the French way with these fab wall decals

We’re dreaming of white…walls, that is. A white wall in a child’s room just begs to be noticed. You can go crazy expensive and find a muralist (we can dream!), or make a statement in a much less pricey way, like with these cool, quirky, totally new designs from a mom-run business in France. I am smitten with this group of wall decals featuring little illustrated birds from the new shop, Bumoon. I even clicked on the French version (there are English, Spanish, French and Italian vinyl applications) and am quite tempted to go that route. In France, birds...

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Highlighting Hanukkah with 7 sensational latkes recipes

Hanukkah is around the corner. That means it’s time to get our best latkes recipe on! The humble potato pancake is a traditional Hanukkah food loved by Jews and non-Jews alike, and with good reason. Who can resist crispy fried cakes of shredded potato and onion served with sour cream or applesauce? Certainly not me.But what if we veered off the traditional path? What if we maintain the basic principles of latke-making, but ditch the classic recipe, which calls for little more than potato, onion and egg? Then…magic, is what. Here are 7 amazing latkes recipes to prove it,...

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A very Pantone holiday

If you’re a design fan, or just like a lot of color besides red and green in your hoildays, then these ornaments from Pantone might be the ten most perfect ornaments for your Christmas tree. I am having trouble picking a favorite from among the Pantone Christmas Ornaments, but then again, Pantone has that effect on me. They all look so lustrous and they’re beautifully packaged for giving. My solution? Get the enitire gift set which comes with all 10. Just order soon to make sure that they make it on time. You can find them at A +...

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