Author: Lexi Petronis

18 free Mother’s Day printables that are thoughtful, lovely, and creative. Just like Mom.

Every Mother’s Day, we want to go all-out to celebrate the women in our lives who have done so much for us. But, as moms ourselves, we don’t always have the time to plan big brunches or create one-of-a-kind gifts for all the special moms, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers we love. That’s why we adore these unique, free Mother’s Day printables — they instantly make events more festive and presents even more special (and some of them are even standalone gifts!). When it comes to Mother’s Day gestures, every mom will agree that it’s the thought that counts…but it’s especially nice when the thoughts are as lovely as...

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The ultimate guide to last-minute Easter ideas: egg decorating, recipes, crafts, printables, and more!

Easter is just a hop away, but if you still haven’t made a crack in your Easter list yet…don’t worry! There are still a few days left until the Easter bunny visits, which is why we put together this ultimate list of last-minute Easter ideas for you including egg decorating ideas, Easter recipes (hint: BACON!), Easter crafts, Easter printables for kids, and so much more. Let’s just say when it comes to having a special Easter with your family and friends, all your eggs are in this basket. At top: Sticker Art Easter Printables | Hello, Wonderful CMP is an rstyle affiliate Awesome Easter Egg Decorating Ideas Decorating Easter...

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We hunted down 10 of the cutest free Easter printables for kids. So you don’t have to.

You don’t have to hunt all over for the cutest free Easter printables for kids…because we already did! The 10 here are our absolute favorites for Easter this year, and we picked them precisely because they’re easy to make and fun to do, which means that you and your kids will have that much more time to enjoy what really matters on Easter morning: hunting for all those chocolate Easter eggs. At top: Sticker Art Easter Printables | Hello, Wonderful Related: Free Easter coloring pages for kids who’ve moved past fat, washable markers. Free Easter Printable Lacing Cards | Everyday Dishes...

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20+ magical unicorn birthday party ideas that are truly one of a kind. Just like the birthday kid.

They’re sparkly, mysterious, and gorgeous… is it any wonder then that kids (and, um, the rest of us too) find unicorns so entrancing? It’s why I searched the web to find the most magical unicorn birthday party ideas out there, which was so much fun because you can get as fantastical and creative as you want. Really, the sky’s the limit for glittery, rainbow-color food, favors, and party decor. When it comes to unicorn birthday parties, you can dream big, and get really imaginative. Unicorns are mythological creatures after all. Or are they? CMP is an rstyle affiliate At top: Unicorn party...

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The panicky mom’s guide to removing ticks from kids — yikes!

You may be wondering just how to remove ticks from your kids, should the need arise. And we don’t blame you one bit. With the warmer weather comes longer days spent outdoors and kids running barefoot in the yard. Also, increased warning about ticks and Lyme disease thanks to a booming tick population this spring. Eek! So to put anxious minds at ease — including our own — we’ve done the research for you and put together this handy guide to removing ticks from kids. Just know we’re not trying to set off any alarm bells here; please know that some experts put your children’s risk of getting...

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10 fun and easy Easter crafts using everyday, regular old household objects. Yay!

I am especially egg-cited about these egg-ceptionally (ha!) fun and easy Easter crafts made entirely with household objects. No schlepping to the store, no waiting in line, no expensive price tags…just good old-fashioned crafting with what we have laying around at home. Because when it comes to crafting, my kids and I share the same belief: The fewer trips to the craft supply store, the better. At top: Cork bunnies for Easter |instructions at Willowday   Related: Irresistible Easter bunny crafts you’ll like making as much as your kids do Cupcake Liner Bunnies These sweet Easter bunnies by I Heart Crafty Things prove that only good...

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Pow! 6 superhero party themes for girls that really pack a punch.

Feats of strength, superhuman powers, outrageous costumes…our superheroes (and beloved supervillains) have it good. Which is why it was so much fun to pull together this list of amazing superhero party themes for girls we know our girls will love. Of course, we know our boys will love these party ideas too, just as our girls love Batman, Spidey, and Captain America. But, here, we’re giving some extra super-props to some super-fierce females who are capturing the hearts of our girls right now. We searched the web to find the most wow ideas out there. From Wonderwoman and Batgirl to Harley Quinn and ooooh...

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15 non-candy Easter basket gifts so sweet, kids will surely forget about sugary treats. Well, maybe.

Without question, kids expect the Easter Bunny to deliver marshmallows, jelly beans, Cadbury creme eggs, bunny gummies, and what seems like a gazillion other sugary treats. Which is why we love the idea of non-candy gifts so sweet our kids might actually forget about chocolate. At least, for a little while. Here are 15 of our favorite non-candy Easter basket gifts (many are under $10!) that your kids are sure to love just as much as those foil-wrapped chocolate eggs. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Tons more non-candy Easter basket gift ideas! We just love that The Trendy Tot makes sassy-meets-sweet ribboned bunny necklaces like this one with...

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11 fun and easy flower crafts for kids to make this spring.

Spring has sprung…well, almost. Which means that yards everywhere will soon be filled with beautiful buds and fabulous flowers. And until we thaw out from winter, we can find other ways to bring the beauty of spring into our lives, like with these fun and easy flower crafts for kids. These 11 bright and colorful DIYs are the perfect way to plant the seed of an idea for getting crafty, even if your child is more into Minecraft than magnolias. At top: String Art Flower Cards | Hello, Wonderful   Related: So many easy Easter crafts for kids (no glitter required!) Bottle Cap...

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Testing household hacks: How to clean the 5 biggest kid messes, from Sharpie on the wall to Play-Doh in the rug

There are some facts about the world that are simply not up for debate. Like: Humans breathe air, cats sleep exclusively on favorite black sweaters, and parents will always be searching for how to clean the big messes our kids make. So I took a look at 5 of the most common kid-made cleaning problems that I deal with myself all the time, and I white-knuckled it to put all those quick-fix cleaning promises and household hacks to the test. My goal: To show you what really works, and what isn’t worth your time when it comes to cleaning kid messes. Chocolate ice cream stain...

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7 free St. Patrick’s Day printables that will give luck o’ the Irish to kids everywhere

To help your kids celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, you could bake pans and pans of soda bread, or painstakingly place leprechaun prints around the house…or you could download some free St. Patrick’s Day printables to add to lunch boxes or have your kids give out to friends and classmates at school. We vote for the latter. Because, it’s easy. And free! And lucky for our readers, we scoured the internet in search of these easy and free St. Patrick’s Day printables and landed on 7 favorites we just had to share. Related: A DIY Oreo Shamrock Shake. Best St. Patrick’s Day treat ever....

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Try and guess the number of girls worldwide who are denied an education. Nope…higher.

When you look at the data of the number of girls who don’t go to school around the world, it’s nearly inconceivable. The number: 130 million girls. Million. That’s about equal to the entire populations of Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois combined. These millions of girls aren’t missing school because they don’t feel like going, or because they’re home sick; they are actively denied the chance to get an education because of poverty. And as ONE.org has been reminding us, Poverty is Sexist. School means more than just education to girls; it means healthier, less dangerous lives, and the opportunity break the...

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7 cool art museum store toys under $50: Supporting the arts through shopping!

We all know that art and design museums are magical. Where else can kids feast their eyes on important paintings, goof around with hands-on exhibits, and giggle at naked statues (come on, you know that’s true), all before dinnertime? And with a lot of us nervous about major reported cuts to NEA funding, we love how shopping through museum stores are another way to help support the arts. Museum shops are often where we find some of the best toys — whimsical, unusual, and often educational. So if you’re looking for a birthday gift or just a “this made me think of you!” kind of present, check out these...

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5 natural recipes for homemade slime, all safe and Borax-free

Slime is sweeping the globe. And I don’t mean that in any sort of metaphorical way. So we looked for some good, natural, homemade slime recipes for you all because eek, there’s been a lot of talk about how dangerous the traditional Borax-based recipe can be for kids everywhere who are busy making, trading and selling homemade, gooey slime with their friends. Sodium Borate, better known by the brand name Borax, is a compound that’s often found in detergents and cleansers, so you can see where we’re going with safety warnings. When inhaled (as in, if particles are flying around the kitchen...

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7 creative winter birthday party themes for the great indoors (no jackets required).

Kids with winter birthdays may not have the same options that their summer friends have — playgrounds, parks, picnics, pools, and other outside fun is, er, out. And that’s exactly why we love these creative winter birthday party themes, and all the smart, fun ideas bloggers and party planners have come up with. Filled with cool details and awesome-yet-totally-doable touches, each winter-centric celebration brings the outdoors inside — and proves that the coldest season can offer up the coolest parties around town. Top: Penguin Jell-o treats | Giggles Galore CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: The Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide: Best gifts for kids of all ages!...

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11 fun Oscar party ideas that razzle-dazzle in all the right ways

Whether you’ve seen every film nominated for an Academy Award this year or you’re still trying to figure out what this La La Land is that everyone’s so gaga about, having friends over for an Oscars party is always a winning idea. An excuse to obsess over all the glitz, glamour, and gossip — with champagne? Count us in! And with all the food, decorations, and party games taken care of, you can contemplate the things that truly matter: Will Kate McKinnon present in character (and if so, who)? Exactly how many actors will be sporting bushy beards (and why is that so trendy right now)? Will Viola Davis’ two-decade film...

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The 2017 Grammy nominees for Best Children’s Album are all winners (to us).

Tonight, as we cheer on the nominees for the 59th Grammy Awards whose music plays in our car when our kids aren’t in it, we’ll also be rooting for the nominees whose music often is — and with good reason. This year’s Grammy nominees for Best Children’s Album are nothing short of awesome. We don’t envy the voting members of the Recording Academy — how can you pick just one of these? — but the good news for us is that we don’t have to. Here’s a look at who’s up for a Grammy this year in the children’s music category. They’re all winners to us. CMP is...

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5 creative ways to organize your kids’ books in less than a weekend

When my kids were little, their book collections were small and manageable. But as they grew, so did the mounds of books. It wasn’t long before their libraries turned into massive piles that made it challenging to find the one book they needed right-this-very-second. Sound familiar? But there are so many creative solutions for getting your kids’ books off the floor. I love these 5 easy DIY kids’ books organization ideas because they can easily be pulled off in less than a weekend — like, say, when you’re snowed in? Related: Storage solutions for kids’ artwork (goodbye, clutter!) 1. Repurpose kitchenware. A little sandpaper and white spray paint is all The Sweetest...

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10 cool non-candy Valentine’s Day classroom treats kids will love. And uh, parents will thank you! | Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Here at Cool Mom Picks, we’re huge fans of non-candy Valentine’s Day treats for the classroom. Not that there’s anything wrong with a little bag of conversation hearts or a cute chocolate kiss with your cards, but not every class allows candy Valentines — and not every parent welcomes them. So I tracked down some really cool and easy non-candy Valentine’s Day classroom treats for kids of all age to help you out. Because while there are no chocolate hearts here, with ideas this fun and creative, I’m pretty sure your kids will still skip home from school, excited about their V-day haul. CMP is an...

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18 non-lovey dovey printable Valentine’s Day classroom cards for boys (and girls!)

It can be a little tough finding printable Valentine’s Day cards for boys. Now that my son is 6, in just a year he’s gone from happily handing out heart cards to insisting on anything with a lightsaber, a zombie, or ideally, a lightsaber-wielding zombie. In other words: No embarrassing love stuff. I know there are a lot of other boys (and girls!) who second that emotion. So I searched the web for fun printable Valentine’s Day cards for kids who are over the sweet stuff, and not quite comfortable with those “you stole my heart, Valentine” messages. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 19...

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