Category: Holiday Picks

The ultimate last-minute Halloween idea guide for parents: costumes, treats, pumpkins, printables and more.

We have featured so many helpful posts lately on Halloween treats, tricks, costumes and beyond, we wanted to put them all in one place. After all, we can’t be the only ones who still have plenty to do–or uh, haven’t gotten started?–when it comes to Halloween. Good luck out there! Last-Minute Halloween Costume Help 5 zero-effort Halloween costumes for babies Easy geeky Halloween costumes Halloween costume ideas for moms and new babies Handmade Halloween costumes for kids who don’t really want to wear costumes Easy DIY baby Halloween costumes that just require onesies DIY cardboard Halloween costumes The perfect...

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8 healthier Halloween candies for trick-or-treaters (no, not carrot sticks)

Though I always complain about the full-to-bursting sacks of candy my kids bring home on Halloween night, they just wouldn’t be as excited by carrot sticks and apple slices. With that in mind, I try to buy treats from companies who take great care to make yummy things with better ingredients and no artificial dyes or fake flavors.  Fortunately, a lot of these higher-quality treats can be found on the shelves of your local stores, like Whole Foods and Target, making it even easier to stock up in this week before the big day. But hurry–we all know the...

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22 of the most amazing DIY kids Halloween costumes that definitely warrant extra treats

We’re divided on kids’ Halloween costumes around Cool Mom Picks. Some of us spend a good few months planning, sewing, and executing the most wonderful costumes, while the rest of us are happy just finding some Halloween costume shortcuts and knowing our kids will look adorable either way.  If you’re still looking for inspiration, or just want to ogle the effort and creativity (and uh, free time) of other parents, here are 22 amazing, outrageous, and inspired kids Halloween costumes that make us smile every time. –Liz Little Old Lady (Costume Works, above) Chief Brody from Jaws costume  (via Think Geek)...

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Non-candy Halloween treat ideas that are still pretty sweet

Though candy and Halloween go hand-in-hand, there are plenty of non-sweet treats my kids would still love to find in their bags at the end of the night. And for kids with severe food allergies, I think it’s always a good idea to have a few food-free treats set aside to hand out too. Check out the ideas we’ve scared up for you that we can fairly promise won’t be seen as a “trick” to those who ring your doorbell. With their friendly, cartoony candy corn and ghost, Tattly’s temporary Halloween Boo Crew tattoos are perfect for all ages...

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Rebecca Minkoff makes the leap from gorgeous bags to gorgeous holiday cards.

Okay, so I admit I’m not quite ready to think holiday cards just yet. (And to all you uber moms who already have them done–I bow to you.) But our inbox is starting to be flooded with gorgeous new holiday cards for 2013, including a brand-new collection from one of our favorite accessory designers, Rebecca Minkoff. [Don’t miss a special limited time discount after the jump!] The collection of six Rebecca Minkoff holiday cards for Tiny Prints are as chic and well-designed as you’d expect. Even the backs of the flat cards have cool patterns, making them that much more special....

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3 cool Halloween treat ideas for classrooms or Halloween parties.

I know I know, kids get so much candy on Halloween that sometimes it’s fun to find treats and goodie bag ideas that don’t involve candy at all. Sometimes, yes, and sometimes now. Instead of handing out plain ol’ bags of candy, here are a few treat ideas for your classroom Halloween party that I really love, complete with the printables to pull them off.  At the Anders Ruff shop, you’ll find a Halloween printable for pretty much any need at all, including this very awesome DIY S’mores Bag topper. Just insert a mini chocolate bar, graham crackers and a marshmallow...

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The best (and easiest) Fourth of July party ideas and printables

I love me some red, white, and blue around Independence Day, but I’d rather not break too much of a sweat prepping for our Fourth of July festivities. It’s hot enough as it is! So here’s a few perfectly easy, perfectly patriotic ideas for your July 4th celebration. Then all you have to do is kick back with a cool drink…and leave the fireworks to the pros. –Christina This free printable Patriotic Subway Art (above) would look great leaning on the picnic table, or even just in the entryway of my house. Or follow The 36th Avenue’s links to find out...

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16 of the funniest Father’s Day cards. Hold the tired remote control jokes.

Looking for the perfect (and perfectly funny) Father’s Day card, it’s hard to find ones that aren’t all about tools, beer, golf, remote controls and yardwork. Stereotypes abound in 2013, whoo! Instead, here are ones that made us chuckle. There’s a lot of sex references here. And yeah, we couldn’t resist one good fart joke. You’ve been warned. –Liz   Pulling Out ($4, The Defiant Peanut)If he has a good sense of humor…well, only you know for sure. Bucket Card (Seas and Peas, $3.75)Truer words have not been spoken.   Thanks for Teaching Me (Pink Orchid Press, $5)Because some...

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This Father’s Day, let the kids show their love on their chests

Everyday dads are heros, from giving superman flights in the hallways to chasing away the monsters in the closet. So this Father’s Day, why not let Dad know how their biggest fans really feel with these awesome Father’s Day tees.   The adorable Daddy Is My Super Hero shirts from Alison Scott’s Etsy shop Once Upon A Story will make any Daddy’s heart swell with love. Bold comic book colors combined with the hand cut and stitched designs give this shirt a really sweet homespun quality. Available in toddler and youth sizes, this made to order shirt is a great standout that beats...

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What to do with Easter Peeps (besides eat them all)

Every year at this time, I get lured into buying way-too-many packages of those brightly colored Easter Peeps. And though I have no problem consuming sugar, even I can only eat a few of them before I get the jitters.  So, I’ve pulled together some adorable—and easy—Easter crafts that use Peeps for some sweet decorations this month.   This centerpiece idea from La Jolla Mom (above) just screams “Easter” and is so simple to create. I love how the yellow Peeps bunnies look with sunny chrysanthemums, though you could chose to do multi-colored bunnies around an assortment of flowers too.  ...

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