Author: Kristen

3 fun long lasting lipsticks for the holidays that actually work

I’ve been obsessed with bold lip colors ever since I got a pixie cut a couple of months ago, but after reapplying way too often during the day (hello, coffee addiction) I decided I needed to switch to long-lasting lipsticks. But if you’ve tried them, you know that too often they’re not really long-lasting. So I decided to put three popular brands to the test (yes, I even kissed my hand to show you how well they stayed on), all in colors that I think are perfect for the holidays. “What, no red?”  you ask. And sorry, no reds, ladies. It’s all...

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Cool craft kits for kids that give back

If you’ve got big kids like mine who love to DIY, then you need to snatch up one of these KidKnits craft kits for kids that help give back to people in need. Founded by 9-year old (yes, 9!) and avid knitter Ellie, KidKnits is a non-profit organization that helps families in Chile and Rwanda through the sale of hat craft kits. Each kit features everything you’ll need to make your own hat, including your color choice of hand-dyed yarn from the artisans in both countries the charity supports, as well as a round loom, hook, needle, and instructions, all...

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The best teacher gift ideas from people who know: actual teachers.

We are always on the lookout for the best teacher gift ideas every year, and it may in fact be one of the top gift questions we get from readers every year about this time. (Then again in May.) And hey, I get it; if there are any people on my holiday shopping list that I’m most grateful for, it’s my kids’ teachers. They’re with my kids all day every day, and go above and beyond the job description, from purchasing supplies for the classroom from their own wallets to sending personal emails and notes home to let me know how my kids are doing....

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We pity the fool who doesn’t love this Mr. T holiday onesie

If there was anything ever that made me think to myself boy I wish I had a baby right now it’s this hilarious Mr. T holiday onesie by Cool Mom Picks favorite Mi Cielo. This isn’t the first time I’ve been in love with the baby gifts from Mi Cielo. You might have seen owner Kayo Master’s work on our site several times before, including in our baby shower gift guide, but this holiday Mr. T onesie takes the cake. Or smashes it to bits. Each onesie is made by hand, available in newborn size up through 18 months, and unofficially guaranteed...

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11 hot holiday dresses, all under $100. For real.

When you think hot holiday dresses, you probably imagine your budget flying out of the window. And if you’re like me, you’d rather save the money for holiday gifts and not necessarily drop a couple hundred dollars on a dress you might only wear once or twice. Of course, you could always rent a fabulous holiday dress on Rent the Runway, but for close to the same price, you could snag a stylish dress for yourself that you’ll wear for New Year’s or even way beyond the holiday season. Here, I rounded up 10 hot (and dare I say...

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Hot bags for a cause from Angela and Roi

I have no specific name brand requirements for the bags that I carry. As long as it’s stylish, functional and well-made, I’m happy. And even happier if it happens to give back to great causes, which is exactly what happens when you buy an Angela & Roi bag. Every single one of these simple yet stylish bags gives back to a charity, with the brand creatively connecting each one’s color to a specific charitable foundation that will receive $5 with your purchase. So a green bag helps support the Anxiety and Depression Society of America. The yellow bags give back to the American Childhood Cancer Association. Red goes towards the fight against HIV and AIDS.  There are 11 colors in all, each dedicated to a particular health-minded charity. What’s so wonderful is that these beautifully-crafted, vegan leather bags are the kinds you’d drool over at your big department store or small neighborhood boutique. Each one has a small embedded stamp or engraved ribbon logo on the outside–though both  are extremely subtle because I’m sensitive to that–and each comes with a special paper tag explaining the charity that’s being supported by your purchase. I know that $5 isn’t a huge amount when you’re talking about a $70 or $100 bag, but it’s a wonderful gesture. And hey, to make this a really special gift, perhaps you pick one for someone already dedicated to that particular charity and include an additional donation in her name. That’s...

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Dream big and help others keep on dreaming too

The spirit of giving is alive all over social media today thanks to #GivingTuesday, including in our Instagram feed where we found these lovelies at baby Jives co. Today only, you can score these exclusive downloadable prints and support a wonderful cause while doing it. When you purchase a Dream Big or People Will Never Forget PDF for $10 each, half of that (yes $5) will be donated to two charities, St. Jude Medical Research and Feeding America, two causes we personally love and who can certainly use your support. Just print and hang, or add a frame to turn them into a gift....

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6 of the best YouTube hair tutorials for girls that you can actually do. Even if you’re not Ken Paves.

With three girls in my house, I’ve got an awful lot of hair to brush and style, and with the holidays almost here, I’ve been wanting to change up from the usual hairband. It’s true you’ll find no shortage of YouTube hair tutorials, but after watching hundreds of videos (not even kidding you), I found that most of them were really hard to follow, were way too complicated and advanced, or didn’t offer up styles that were great for little girls. No sexy loose curls for my 10-year old, thank you very much. Plus, I don’t have the time or budget to...

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10 cool custom photo gifts for the holidays

If your kids are like mine, it’s no small feat to actually get one fabulous, shareable photo of them. So when I have a perfect one, I love looking at ways to incorporate it into great custom photo gifts for people on my list I know will appreciate it (hello, grandparents). This year, I’m really digging the growing collection of excellent custom photo gifts from Minted. We are so so happy to have them back as a sponsor (we love you, Minted!) because long before they were, we were fans of Minted holiday cards, which are not only printed beautifully, but help to support so many amazingly talented indie designers...

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6 reasons why Micro Kickboard could be the best first scooter for your kids

Like many of you parents, I wanted to purchase the best first scooter for my little kids when they were old enough, but was overwhelmed by all the choices in the stores. But after reading a review of the Micro Kickboard Mini Micro scooter by our associate editor Christina ages ago, I purchased them for my own kids back in 2010. They even still have the pink and orange scooters I bought after they had outgrown the trikes and toddler bikes that kept them limited to our driveway. The second they hopped on these scooters, I was amazed at how quickly they could ride....

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