Month: February 2014

Kick off the Sochi Winter Olympics with 7 excellent party treats, printables and activities for kids

The Sochi Winter Olympics will kick off this Friday night with their Opening Ceremonies, which is possibly my favorite part of the Olympics. My family loves watching this huge party on TV, but to be honest, the kids get a little bored by the time Hungary or Moldova is sending their teams through the Parade of Nations. If yours are the same way, try some of these fun Winter Olympics printables and games and treats to set the mood and keep your kids entertained (and maybe even educated a little) during the big show. Set up a fun dinner...

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10 easy-to-make DIY Valentine’s Day classroom treats for crafty kids

If there’s one time of year you’ll find me getting crafty with the kids, it’s around Valentine’s Day. But only under two conditions: 1) I get to sip wine while we craft and 2) the craft involves treats. These printables, crafts, and recipes make for perfect Valentine’s Day classroom treats and Mama stays happy. Sweet deal all around.     Printable Teddy Graham Valentine’s Day cards  Instead of  kisses, kids can be giving out bear hugs! The Big Bear Hug Valentine’s Day tags (above) by Bloom Designs on Skip to My Lou are the cutest things ever and pair...

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A custom photo gift for babies too young to make one themselves

We all know how much babies and toddlers love to look at photos of the people they love, and so a custom photo gift can be a wonderful baby gift. But if you are like me, those puffy, plastic photo albums aren’t your idea of great nursery decor. And framed pictures in glass? Well, we all know how that is going to turn out. Enter BéBé Blocks. This great shop, started by a stay at home mom and her own dad, takes your favorite digital photos to create beautiful custom photo blocks to display. Don’t miss an exclusive offer for CMP...

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10 indulgent Nutella recipes for World Nutella Day: Time to look for the comfy pants

Any day could be Nutella Day in my home, but since today has been decreed World Nutella Day, we have an excuse to serve up some yummy Nutella recipes, and celebrate its hazlenutty, chocolatey goodness even more. We’ve mined our site for some of our favorite recipes over the years that let you enjoy this creamy spread, and even a recipe to make your own homemade version if you find yourself without a jar on hand.   Nutella-stuffed French Toast Nutella for breakfast would get my kids out of bed pretty quickly, especially if it was found in this...

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Welcome that new tiny overlord with a card for parents who need to laugh.

They’re demanding, loud, unstoppable, and more than capable of completely taking over our lives. Yes, babies are overlords, but we love them right down to their scrunchy little toes. And this cute new baby card might even get your sleepless friend who’s been nursing nonstop for two weeks to laugh. Maybe. Made by Little Low, it’s printed on thick card stock, available in pink or blue (natch) and a charming way to congratulate new underlings…I mean, parents. Not included: Starbucks gift card from you to the tired parents, considering most overlords wake up before dawn, howling. Find the Love to...

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A lovely keepsake Valentine’s Day necklace for moms (and it’s affordable too, hint, hint)

I’m a sucker for personalized jewelry, especially on Valentine’s Day, but not so stoked about the expensive pricetags. But when I found these affordable heart necklaces at My Tiny Star Shining, I felt like Oprah. “You get a necklace! And you get a necklace!” which is pretty much not a joke, considering they start at just $34. Nice! So lovely for a new mom, especially with her own initial added for bonus points, or hey, any mom. Yes, that was a hint. You can order the keepsake personalized heart necklace at My Tiny Star Shining, but do it soon, so you’ll...

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How to drop baby weight realistically? 8 tips and tricks from a mom who’s been there.

So many new moms want to know how to drop baby weight and having gone through it myself–four times–you could say I have a few tips to offer. I felt extremely fortunate that I had a fairly easy time dropping my baby weight after my first and second kids. But then I had my third and I found myself down only 10 of the 50 pounds I had gained three months after giving birth. Fourth trimester indeed. Add in the prospect of having to wear a strapless bridesmaids dress to a wedding and I was nervous–but more determined to...

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8 extremely cool sets of modern alphabet blocks

I don’t know if there’s a more perfect gift for a baby than a great set of modern alphabet blocks. (Besides maybe a great alphabet poster.) They start as decor in the nursery, become a great toddler toy, and eventually you get to watch as your kid turns them into towers, cities, fortresses of all kinds. My grade-schoolers still play with a set they got as babies — I’d call that a great shower gift. Here, I’ve put together some of the coolest modern alphabet blocks. I especially love how each one is perfectly gender neutral. Modern indeed.  ...

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A fantastic option for winter skin relief, besides a trip to a different climate.

I still remember reading an article in Cosmo in my twenties and laughing at the thought of eye wrinkles. I’m not laughing anymore. When I resolved to be better to my skin in the new year, I spent an hour at the health food store, reading packages and selecting my arsenal. As it turns out, the Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Capsules from one of my favorite natural beauty brands, Weleda, have become my favorite weapon. I’ve been reading for years about how aging skin loves oil, but until now, I’ve been unsure of how much to use on my face to...

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The best Super Bowl ads portraying parents this year. Because it’s 2014, not 1914.

We’ve come a long way, baby, from the days when Super Bowl ads necessarily meant the Swedish Bikini Team and disconcerting depictions of women with anthropomorphic animals (RIP Spuds McKenzie). Now, some of the best Super Bowl ads in 2014 portray parents in a progressive, positive way. That said, we haven’t come as far as we’d like. But in between a creepy candy bar threesome and Uncle Joey’s ploy to get a date to lick yogurt off his pants (or something) we found  a few bright spots.  Here, shout-outs to our favorite portrayals of parents among the 2014 assortment...

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Lay off those tree trunks, lovers. This personalized ring holder will do just fine.

Yes, we all hope our love will be as everlasting as engraving our initials into a tree. But let’s lay off the trees and opt for a more modern approach, shall we? Check out this sweet little monogrammed ring dish from the oh-so endearing Wandersketch. Put aside the fact that I love the faux bois (that’s fake wood, folks) trend in personalized gifts, like this favorite personalized pillow cover from Cozy Blue, and Lisa Leonard’s Sweetheart necklace. A ring dish is one of those house items I have always wanted but have never secured. And I want it. Now. This...

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Custom portrait pendants: A modern mom jewelry alternative. (Just uh, don’t wear your own portrait.)

The classic locket in which we keep our gorgeous children close to us at all times is a wonderful tradition but we always love seeing updates, from custom Instagram  photo necklaces to USB necklaces with hundreds of photos of your beloved brood. There’s also the awesome embroidered portrait necklaces from Dandelyne and now we’ve turned up another great find for you in the form of Todd Borka’s fabulous wooden customizable portrait pendants. These are a wonderful gift for the mom who wants a more modern version of personalized keepsake jewelry to flaunt her kids, or the family that’s already thinking ahead to Mother’s...

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5 of our favorite tech picks this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular Cool Mom Tech picks from this past week.   1. This handy device is like having a second brain. Couldn’t we all use one of those these days? 2. Our kids are obsessed with these awesome educational e-books. We bet yours will be too. 3. This one goes out to all our Android mamas. We iPhone users are jealous! 4. A must-have book for any geeky girl (or boy). 5. If you’ve got kids using social media, you should be sure to read...

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Dozens of last minute Super Bowl recipes: Delicious help is on the way!

Lately we’ve been putting together some of our favorite Super Bowl recipes to keep everyone’s stomach coated for the party during big game tonight. (Presuming beer could potentially play a part in your festivities. Just a guess.) None are too difficult, and they’ll all taste way better than ordering in pizza. Unless you live in New York. But I’m biased that way. From dips to main courses, to mocktails for your designated drivers these are great recipes to bookmark for any party at all, really. And did we mention guacamole? Oh yeah.   Above: 3 fun Super Bowl dessert...

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The Super Bowl commercial we’re most excited about: Bono’s Project (RED) song, Invisible

Because we’re huge fans of moms everywhere, we’re also fans of Bono and his ONE organization and Project (RED). Especially because of what they’re doing during the Super Bowl tonight: U2 will release their new single, Invisible, (produced by the very cool Danger Mouse) on iTunes, all to help raise money to provide HIV/AIDS medicine to go to the 250,000 babies still born with HIV each year. Here’s the thing — it is free! But it will only be available from 6:00 pm Sunday night until 11:59 pm EST Monday night through the Project (RED) Site. [update: here’s the link for the U2...

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Irreverent (and irresistible) Valentine’s Day cards for you non-mushy types.

Count me in the camp of Valentine’s Day cynics. It’s not that I object to the sentiment and the sugar, but I don’t need to set aside a special day to cover my family in kisses and stuff my face with chocolate — both are everyday occurrences around here. Still, I might be persuaded to send one of these awesomely irreverent Valentines from CMP-fave Wit & Whistle.   (Oh, don’t even tell me that doesn’t strike a chord.) If your sensibilities are on the delicate side — or hey, if they’re even more vulgar — grab the Valentine Decoder...

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Adorable earmuffs to keep your kid (or you!) toasty during the next winter storm.

Are you sick of the cold yet? It’s snowing in the deep south. Pigs are flying. Brrr. So, in our house, instead of dolls or video games, the thing my daughter is begging for at the moment is earmuffs. Kinda sad, but not when mama finds kids’ earmuffs as fabulous as these from the Etsy shop Rainbow Mittens. I love the fluffy and huge pale pink muffs on these (they also come in white, brown or black). And the headband is covered in pretty lace, just for some fancy. Moms, they make them in your size too, in case...

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Typography humor: Gets us every time.

We admit it: We stopped in our tracks and immediately emailed a dozen Type Geek friends with the link when we saw this Seven Deadly Sans t-shirt at one of our favorite little online shops, Shana Logic. From the name alone you could probably tell where it was going. And if that’s not cool enough, it’s now on sale for just 12 bucks. Now of course we have to believe they mean “deadly” as in killer, because the only actual deadly sans serif I can think of is Comic Sans and all of its horrifying variations. Find the Seven Deadly...

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5 delicious recipes for Valentine’s Day pancakes that will really hit their sweet spot.

Love is in the air. Or is that the smell of Valentine’s Day pancakes from truly creative recipes? I can think of no better way to treat your family this Valentine’s Day (or the whole Valentine’s Day weekend) than to surprise them with a stack of fluffy, gorgeously festive, super indulgent pancakes. Okay, fashionista mamas, we’re bringing ombre to the breakfast table. These beautiful pink ombre pancakes (above) from This Mama Loves feel like French macarons, don’t they? They’re easy, too. All you need is your favorite pancake mix and food coloring. You can get three coordinating colors or try one color...

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