Month: November 2013

6 delicious Thanksgivukkah recipes for a once in a lifetime meal

This year marks the first Thanksgivukkah–when the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving day–since 1888. That pretty much requires amazing Thanksgivukkah hybrid dishes, considering the next one isn’t going to happen for another 78,000 years or so. Traditional Hanukkah foods like donuts, fried potato pancakes, apples, and sweet potatoes pair perfectly with classic Thanksgiving ingredients (like uh, apples and sweet potatoes), which means that Thanksgivukkah has opened the doors to the ultimate holiday food mash up. Donuts meet cranberry sauce. Latkes and turkey. Challah for stuffing. Yes, yes, yes! Check out these six ultimate Thanksgivukkah recipes for a...

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9 of the most wonderful Advent calendars to get you ready for the Christmas countdown with a smile

Even procrastinators like me should start thinking about our annual Advent calendar since, with Thanksgiving falling on the 28th, we’ll still be eating turkey when December begins. Fortunately, there are loads of cool-looking Advent calendars you can order, print, or DIY now. December 1st will be here before you know it. –Christina 1. Colorful modern papers from libelu become a modern advent calendar made of cool-looking triangular packages in which to hide little treats for the kids. ($40.07, ships from Germany) 2. Such adorable laser-cut cherry wood ornaments decorate cotton drawstring bags on Peppersprout’s Woodland Ornament Advent Calendar. A definite splurge, but...

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Holiday card guide: 6 beautiful, foil-pressed options for every style

Don’t miss a big exclusive discount below! For as much time as we spend capturing the perfect holiday photo, you can bet we’re pretty picky when it comes to our holiday cards. That’s why we love our sponsor Minted (since long before they were a sponsor, that’s how cool they are) and how easy they make choosing the perfect card that’s sure to wow the lucky recipient. This year, they’ve launched an exclusive line of foil pressed cards (like the one above by Lehan Vinker) that add a beautiful touch of festive shine to their already gorgeous offerings, all customizable with your...

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Babies’ and kids’ toys and gifts on major sale just in time for holiday

Don’t miss a big discount and a special offer just for our readers We’re always sad when one of our favorite indie shops close, but it’s nice to wish the owners well as they are off on other pursuits. It’s also nice when we get to pass on big savings to all of you, as they clear out their baby and kids’ gifts. Cattiwampus has been a top pick of ours for years now, and now you have a great chance to scoop up some cool deals–as in, 30% off, plus an extra $10 off if you spend more than...

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The Thanksgiving Leftovers Kit and Free Printables: Just add turkey

I had a friend who always said “it’s not a dinner party unless there are leftovers” and Thanksgiving is probably the most perfect example of this. So I think this is the most genius idea to get your leftovers home. Unless you want six pounds of stuffing in your fridge? At TomKat Studio, makers of tons of cute printables (like these personalized party printables), they’ve just come out with a limited time 67-piece Thanksgiving Leftovers Take-Home Kit. For just $29.99, you get eight each of Chinese style take-out boxes, pint containers, mini containers, and even jute twine to wrap it...

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Dried flower arrangements for people who don’t even like dried flower arrangements

I am a real, live, blooming flower kind of girl. I don’t mind the short-lived nature of them, just to have something fragrant and alive around the house if only temporarily. But when the weather gets cold and the imported tulips in our local bodega get more and more gangly and small, I can see the value in a gorgeous dried flower arrangement and I think I’ve found the nicest ones. Flores de Sol on Etsy chooses modern, tasteful dried flower designs that don’t pretend to be live ones. A thistle mound, an assortment of dried hydrangea with berries and poppy...

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Glow on: 3 natural skincare oils worth the splurge

Motherhood has definitely taken a toll on my skin–especially the chronic lack of sleep. Remember that gorgeous glow of youth? Sigh. Me too. Which is why I am such a huge fan of skincare oils. Ready to glow? Skincare oils hydrate and protect the skin amazingly well, without leaving it looking like you’ve just run a half-marathon. Oils also work great in conjunction with your anti-aging cream, as they help your skin absorb all of the cream’s beneficial ingredients. Now, the best skin oils contain pure essential oils with no fillers, which means the good ones don’t come cheap. But...

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Make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes for a delectably easy menu.

If you’re as busy as I am — and I’ll bet good money that you are — you’re starting to feel the crush of the holiday season. Take a deep breath: everything will get done, and with a little planning you can have some fun, too. Even while cooking. The trick? Relying on make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes. Whether you’re bringing one dish to Aunt Wanda’s house or are responsible for the whole shebang, these classic Thanksgiving day recipes will pace your holiday cooking so that you can breathe easy and enjoy the ride. A Thanksgiving-must, stuffing is one of the...

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Kid style: How to wear tutus out in the real world

Don’t miss an exclusive discount for our readers! I once feebly resisted my children’s love for tutus, until I realized that they could be way more than the beginnings of a fairy princess outfit. Tutus are now on trend as outerwear, as in publicly appropriate skirts. So we wanted to help you out with a few ways to wear tutus in a cool, stylish way, on behalf of our awesome new sponsor eden & zoe, whose gorgeous kids clothes we’ve been drooling over for ages now. Including, yes, their tutus. Think of the multi-layered, lined Alessandra tutu in black, white, or...

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15 of the best Hanukkah gifts for kids in every price range

This year, zomg THANKSGIVUKKAH. I can’t believe I have to get ready for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah all at once, and I’m sure I’m not alone. So we’re kicking off the season with our mini guide of some of the best Hanukkah gifts for kids. While of course all the toys and games and gifts we feature on Cool Mom Picks make perfect Hanukkah gifts for any kid, these 15 are the special ones we’ve tracked down just for Hanukkah revelers. And only the cool stuff, promise. Hey, you can giftwrap while the pumpkin pie bakes. –Liz Engraved wooden dreidel ($3.50,...

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