Month: December 2013

The coolest jewelry, handbags and accessories: Editors’ Best of 2013

As much as we love picking gear, goodies, and gifts for kids, we just can’t help ourselves when it comes to picking pretties for ourselves, especially from indie brands and small artists. From cool jewelry and handbags to gorgeous accessories to bring our wardrobe staples to the 21st century, we think moms need special somethings too. Maybe even lots of them. So to close out our Editors Picks of 2013, here are our very favorites from 2013, which we think will still look fabulous in 2014 too. Good, because we’ll still be wearing them.   K20 by Karen Ko...

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The coolest new baby gear: Editors’ Best of 2013

A lot of great new baby gear was born in 2013 and, though we hate to play favorites, we have 9 picks that deserve special mention for being extra-cool, innovative, practical, and helping make life with baby a little bit easier. Maybe even more stylish. Even if you’re working on only two hours of sleep and the idea of matching your diaper bag to your stroller is wayyyy down on the list of priorities.       Kinderwagon Hop Double Stroller We waited a long time for the widespread release of this lightweight and narrow double stroller since we...

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DIY New Year’s Eve party favors full of good fortune

I’m all for noisemakers and bubbly to ring in 2014, but I love the idea of infusing a little inspiration into the New Year’s Eve celebration as well. That’s where these adorable — and very easy — DIY new year fortune cookie messages come in. All you need is some paper, scissors, and a bit of glue to make these adorable fortunes, which you can fill with typed or handwritten messages for the new year. Round up your favorite inspirational quotes, or just share your own resolutions, good thoughts, or well wishes for the year ahead, whether you’re throwing...

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Outstanding ideas for that last-minute charitable contribution for the year

Before the ball drops and the bubbly pops, don’t forget those last-minute charitable contributions that help your year-end tax bill and a worthy cause. Here, one of our favorite annual traditions: a list of our own staff’s favorite charities that could use your support now and every day of the coming year. Or hey, maybe they’ll just inspire you to discover a great new one or remember an important organization of your own. Kristen: Team Rubicon Every year, Team Rubicon gets my vote as a worthy cause. Not only do they assist the needs of individuals affected by tragedy...

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The ultimate collection of 15 of the most lovely, printable 2014 calendars. Some of them free.

Tracking down the best printable 2014 calendars online for you was so much fun this year. Because right up there with the fall tradition of splurging on school supplies, picking out a new calendar has always been one of my favorite shopping moments of the year. The truth is, now instead of limiting yourself to a few picked-over selections at the stationery store, there are thousands of printable calendars online to fit every taste. If searching through all those possibilities is overwhelming, rest easy. I’ve curated a list of the best designs the web has to offer. Modern Printable...

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6 delicious champagne cocktails for New Year’s Eve. Bring on the bubbly!

Well, cool moms, one thing is clear: you love your drinks as much as I love mine so of course I’d put together some delicious champagne cocktails for you just for New Year’s Eve. Together we’ve filled our glasses with festive holiday cocktails, sipped on boozy eggnogs, and even whipped up cocktail/mocktail pairings to keep our non-drinking loved ones in the party mix. But bubbles seems the perfect way to end the year. So raise your glasses one last time this year: here’s to an awesomely fantastic 2014! Featured photo: Bubbly cocktails by Maxime Lattoni, via Saveur.   I have...

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13 stunning New Year’s party printables and DIY ideas

We have been seeing so many cool New Year’s party printables and DIY ideas around the web, that we have carefully culled it down to 13 of our very favorites to spare you the challenging Pinterest search with promising how-to photos that  lead to dead ends or instructions in Japanese. Whether you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve with a hundred of your closest friends (because you know, parents get to do that every year), or you just want to feel festive while you’re snuggled on the couch watching Ryan Seacrest, we hope these DIY ideas help make your evening sparkly and...

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The 10 coolest kids’ albums of the year: Editors Best of 2013

My favorite of the coolest kids’ albums of 2013 are as eclectic and diverse as the kids who listen to them. So whether you like it loud and rocking, prefer your music to have a bit more soul, or would like to sing along en Espanol, here’s our top picks for you stock up on and freshen up those playlists.     1. Shine and the Moonbeams by Shine and the Moonbeams Soulful and smooth, with the unforgettable voice of Shawana Kemp at the helm, this is my #1 pick of 2013.    2. Singing our Way Through–Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids...

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The coolest kids’ clothes and accessories: Editors’ Best of 2013

One of our favorite things about our job is tracking down the coolest kids’ clothes, whether it’s casual tees, trendy but affordable pieces, or the splurgey stuff that makes you yearn for four more kids for hand-me-downs. You’ll find all of them here, in our picks for our favorite kids’ clothes of 2013. Wunway Clothes for Girls We want pretty much every single thing Wunway makes in our own sizes, but we’ll settle for dressing our girls in it. Moms with growing girls will be thrilled to discover their stylish, age-appropriate clothes that let girls be girls, not teens....

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The coolest kids’ toys: Editors’ Best of 2013

There are always so many of the coolest kids’ toys from small companies for us to discover each year and 2013 was no exception. In our Editors’ Best of 2013 series, we offer you our very favorites of the year, each of which was chosen for its originality, craftsmanship, great design, and low wear-out factor. They’re not all the toys you’ll find in the big stores, and that’s in part what we love about them.       The Rainbow Loom As our editor Liz said on CNN this year, 2013 was the year of the Rainbow Loom! Girls...

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The best cookbooks for families (that you’ll actually cook from!): Editors’ Best of 2013

By now, you’ve probably come across several Best Cookbooks of 2013 lists, each filled with drool-worthy tomes that would make great coffee table staples. But if you want to gift your favorite family cook — including yourself — a cookbook that’s actually useful in a busy home kitchen, check out my favorite family cookbooks of 2013 as part of our Editors’ Picks of 2013 series. Filled with mouthwatering photos and doable dishes, these books not only make pretty gifts, but they also make practical ones. Which is pretty much what every parent needs.   Keepers (above) is among my favorite cookbooks...

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The coolest kids’ furniture and decor: Editors’ Best of 2013

The coolest kids’ furniture and decor of 2013 is next up in our series of Editors’ Picks of the Year. We love daydreaming about all the ways to make our nurseries and kids’ rooms even cooler–or to rewind time and start over from scratch when we see some of the awesome options available now.  And yes, they are awesome.   Snurk Kids’ Bedding This is easily the coolest bedding we’ve ever seen. It looks fantastic on its own, but even better with a real live kid in there. And when you think about it, it’s a pretty smart way...

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The cutest baby clothes: Editors’ Best of 2013

We’re so excited to present our Editors Best of 2013 series. As always, no voting, no vote-begging, no entrance fees. Just the stuff we really really loved this year–starting with the cutest baby clothes of the year in 0-12mo. This is always one of the hardest for us–not necessarily because there are thousands of great ones, though there are lots, but because every single one makes us miss those little toes and little fingers and sweet little baby heads. (Though not so much the diapers.) Nununu (at top) It’s always refreshing to find cool clothes for baby that go beyond...

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Merry Christmas, cool moms and dads!

We hope that whatever you end up doing today (and whatever your kids are playing with) that your day is full of joy, love, and, if you’ve been very very good this year, a big fat afternoon nap. Wishing you a very merry Christmas! -Kristen, Liz, and Team Cool Mom...

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Link Roundup: Last minute holiday help. We’re here for you!

We’re winding down around here for the holidays because hey, we’ve been so busy putting together helpful posts for all of you, we have our own families to start tending to! If you’re like us, and still scrambling a bit, we hope these links can help you out.   Easy treats for Santa so quick, the kids can help make them too. Need a great gift for a kid? Check out the best books for kids of 2013. Free printable gift tags and gift wrap. 14 Creative gift wrap ideas… and then 12 more gift wrap ideas. Holiday Pinterest boards filled...

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Sad Santa, a new Christmas classic that will make you happy

You’d think a book called Sad Santa, complete with a morose bearded guy in red on the cover, would be a real downer at the holidays. But fortunately, illustrator and author Tad Carpenter’s story will put a smile on your face. And–spoiler alert–Old St. Nick will be just fine too. In this wonderfully illustrated picture book, Santa finds himself with a case of the post-holiday blues. The excitement of Christmas is over, and now the kids are busy with all their wonderful toys, leaving Santa with not a lot to look forward to. Those cheery elves do their best...

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Last minute gift ideas: Lots of ideas when you have little or no time to spare

Last minute gift ideas are always the toughest. You have all these last minute people you forgot about (with no offense to them–we get busy!) and suddenly you’re stuck with whatever you can find in the drugstore aisles. Fortunately the drugstore chains have gotten way better with the gift selections if happen to be any left by now. But as an alternative, try any of these gift ideas you can pull together fairly easily. I promise they’re actually quick–no tracking down beeswax to make candles or breaking out a sewing machine. And of course, make sure you wrap it...

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6 last-minute treats for Santa that the kids can help make

The big man is set to arrive in just less than 48 hours! Word from the North Pole is that if you leave Santa something extra tasty, he’ll throw in a little extra something for mom. That — and having “leftovers” — is reason enough to make one of these 6 delicious holiday snacks. So pull the kids into the kitchen: it’s time to make treats for Santa! Cookies are traditional, but these chocolate and caramel dipped marshmallows (above) from One Charming Party are chic and modern. Easy to make, too. (No oven!) These are fun to make with the kids...

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The ultimate guide to the best holiday cocktail recipes and winter drinks. Because you’ll need these long past Christmas.

We’ve covered so many fantastic holiday cocktail recipes over time, we thought we’d put them together in one handy guide to our very favorites. Find links to more than 30 of only the very best recipes, both boozy and non-boozy. And don’t be thinking we won’t be drinking that candy cane martini well into February. What else are leftover peppermint candies good for, anyway?   8 Delicious Holiday Cocktail Recipes to Toast the Holiday Season: From candy cane martinis to the perfect mulled wine. 5 Apple Cider Recipes including variations for mean mocktails, for those abstaining this holiday. Cheers to...

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5 Tech Picks You Won’t Want to Miss

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our favorite holiday posts on Cool Mom Tech from this week. 1. An awesome round-up of easy photo tutorials to help make your holiday photos brighter. 2. 6 of the best ways to send cards online. Yep, there’s still time! 3. The best Santa apps for kids, although shhhh, we like them too. 4. Turn your family into LEGO mini figures. So much fun. (And not at all painful). 5. Want to change up your holiday playlist? Here are some wonderful tunes from some of our favorite kindie rock artists....

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