Month: November 2013

Some of the best building blocks for kids: Larsen Toy Lab makes them even better

We’re always looking for the best building blocks for kids. You just can’t go wrong with a good set of wooden blocks for hours of open-ended fun. So I love how the indie company Larsen Toy Lab has made blocks even better by creating them sustainably in the USA, personalizing then, then packaging them with easy-to-play games and original stories to give our kids one more reason to choose their blocks when it’s time to play. While Larsen Toy Lab sells incredible sets of blocks in either sustainable, Vermont-harvested naked Maple, or a mix of naked Maple and beautiful beeswax-finished Cherry, there...

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Web Coolness: The best weekend shopping deals, creative gift wrap, and kids’ art like you’ve never seen it

Every Friday, we comb the web to find some great links worth reading. Here are some of the cool things we found around the internet this week. We hope you like them, too. There are still plenty of Black Friday deals and discounts right now and we rounded-up some of the best. Psst: Don’t miss the big tech deals too! Love these photos of grandparents recreated from kids’ drawings. [via swiss miss] Children and chores: interesting discussion at Design Mom Do noooot head home from a holiday road trip without loading up your devices with our must-have road trip apps for...

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The best Small Business Saturday online deals from some of our very favorite small businesses

Every year for the last few years, it’s been one of our great joys to support Small Business Saturday, since small businesses doing wonderful things are the heart and soul of our site. Here, just some of the best Small Business Saturday deals and discounts you can shop right from home. We’ll be updating all day as we find more so keep checking back! SHANA LOGIC: Up to 50% off select items (great stocking stuffers, like the heart necklace at top) plus free US shipping on orders $50+ JULIAN + CO: 20% off sitewide with code BLACKCYBER through 12/2...

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7 delicious, easy recipes to put your Thanksgiving leftovers to good use

I know: the last thing you (still) want to think about right now is food. But  whether or not you cooked on Thursday, you probably have a pile of Thanksgiving leftovers in your fridge and another plate of sliced turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce just won’t cut it. Check out my seven favorite Thanksgiving leftovers recipes. These ingenious ideas are the antidote to Thanksgiving meal fatigue while still making it possible to enjoy every last bite of Thanksgiving day. (Above) Grilled cheese with a slice of turkey may seem obvious, but this Thanksgiving Leftover Grilled Cheese (above) from Serious...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week: Holiday coolness edition

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for cool finds like this every day, including these awesome holiday pins. Hint: Pin now, read later! 1. One of the coolest personalized gift for kids we’ve seen. 2. This holiday appetizer recipe is making us drool. Talk about party hit! 3. We might have found the perfect holiday gift for the grandparents. Affordable, too. 4. These free printable holiday gift tags are adorable. Stock up on printer ink! 5. Aren’t these creative gift wrap for kids ideas amazing? We are so doing these! BONUS: Looking for the coolest holiday toys for...

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Downton Abbey teas: A holiday gift of which even Lady Grantham would approve.

Nanny always said sweet tea is the thing for frayed nerves. (And we think Black Friday weekend might fit the bill, eh?) That means elegant teas are a fantastic gift for the holidays, especially when troublesome relatives like Cousin Isobel are involved. If you have a Downton Abbey fan in your life, they’ll be sure to enjoy a hot cuppa inspired by everyone’s favorite period drama. And it’s perfect to sip on a weekend — whatever that is. The new Downton Abbey teas from The Republic of Tea are the perfect gift for the Anglophile or BBC fan on...

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The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for the best readers: Ours.

We do love shopping on Black Friday, but we just might love sharing the best Black Friday deals with our readers even more. While we know there are huge discounts at the brick and mortar stores today (and uh, last night), we’re partial to shopping from home. Preferably with a cup of coffee in hand. So we’ve rounded up the best Black Friday deals we could find, and we’ll be updating our list all day, so keep checking back. And for the best Black Friday tech deals, don’t miss our post on Cool Mom Tech with discounts on electronics...

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7 of our favorite family board games for family game night

-Featured Partner- At Cool Mom Picks, we all love family game night, even since before it was a thing called Family Game Night. (It’s a thing now! It’s true!) And with the holiday season officially upon us, we’re seeing lots of family time in our futures. And lots of people big and small looking for something to do that bring them together. Sometimes we get so caught up in the newest/latest/greatest toys hat we forget that the classic games are essentials for your family room or game closet. We love getting them as holiday gifts and introducing our kids...

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Need Thanksgiving meal help? We can help!

This Thanksgiving, whether you’re feeding dozens or just your immediate family, you just may need some last minute Thanksgiving meal help. We all know that getting Thanksgiving dinner onto the table  can be a huge undertaking, especially when you’ve got kids underfoot. So check out our big list of helpful posts that will help you figure out everything from what to do with that big butternut squash, to yummy cocktails for the grownups, and delicious treats for the kids that can be done in a flash. Because Thanksgiving is a lot more fun if you get to enjoy it...

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