Category: Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day treats for your foodie sweetheart

My husband spends his spare time watching Top Chef, reading restaurant reviews and weeding through the artisanal chocolates at our local gourmet markets. So needless to say, a box of red hots isn’t going to cut it for his Valentine’s Day gift. Which is why I breathed a sigh of relief when I found Tasting Table’s Valentine’s Day marketplace. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Tasting Table, it’s a free daily email that delivers delicious tidbits of culinary info to adventurous foodie types. Their city editions, which at this time include New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC,...

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Presenting a Valentine’s Day gift guide from Cool Mom Picks and AHAlife

We fell in love with AHAlife the second we discovered them. This website’s beautiful collection of high-end gifts and goodies curated by the likes of Tim Gunn, Tina Brown, and Nina Griscom definitely appeals to our inner design snobs. So we were tickled when they asked us to put curate our own Valentine’s Gift guide on their site. We’ve chosen ten remarkable, romantic gifts for men and women from their collection, ranging in price from “ooh, I hope I get one of those!” to “If I only had a spare $800 lying around…” Pictured here: the gourmet food baskets...

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The Valentine’s gift that made me go Wow.

I love the Valentine’s cards my husband picks out for me each year. Truly, I save each and every one of them. But wouldn’t it be amazing if you got a personalized piece of hand-painted art to hang on your wall and enjoy it year after year? If you said yes, well then I’d have to agree. Check out these exquisitely personalized Heart Portrait Prints from Rifle Paper Co. The artist makes them complete with illustrations of you and your sweetheart, and a little banner featuring your hand-lettered names. Although it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day it doesn’t scream it,...

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Valentine’s Day shirts even a boy (and his mama) could love

Even with two older sisters who keep him well in touch with his feminine side, it didn’t take long before my son had decided pink was a “girl” color and that his sweet puppy tees should be traded for race cars and dinosaurs. But he still loves Valentine’s Day for all the candy and cards he gets, so I have been thinking about getting him a shirt to go along with the occasion.  Check out the cool boy tees we found—they’d look sweet on any boy this Valentine’s Day, but not too sweet. Who’s your favorite girl? I’m pretty...

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Great boy stuff for Valentine’s Day? Reader Q+A

I always find so much cute stuff for girls, especially for Valentine’s Day, but I don’t know what to give the boys. -Shannon As a mama of a son, I am definitely on the lookout for great boys’ items for Valentine’s Day. And while you had a great idea for a handmade gift in the comments of our post about handmade Valentine’s crafts for girls, you inspired me to look for even more items for the little guys in our life. Hope you find something in what I’ve dug up for you! -Christina Want a project the whole class...

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Valentine’s table for two. Hold the whining.

During these days of expensive childcare and daytime exhaustion, I’d imagine that for many of us, a romantic Valentine’s Date means putting the kids to bed and praying they stay there while you sit down to a romantic dinner in the dining room. Fondue perhaps? I thought this Valentine’s Card from Cocodot was kind of a cool thing–send it to your love digitally or the ye olde fashioned snail mail way, and make a stay-at-home date for the 14th. Then put on something lacy under your clothes, grab some bubbly and you’re ready to go. Romance is still alive....

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Putting the “need” in needlework

Any hipster with a scarf can tell you: The fiber arts are enjoying a renaissance. I can knit (poorly) and spin (horribly), and I sometimes consider trying needlepoint. But no kittens and flowers for me. No, I’d start with the wacky but lovely PDFs from bombastitch to make a charming Valentine’s or Father’s Day gift. Okay, fine. Knowing my life right now, I’d just order a finished piece. The wonderful bombastitch offers a selection of hilariously sharp cultural references through the fine and noble art of cross-stitch. From Tron and Dexter to Donnie Darko and the Blues Brothers to...

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Cool Mom Picks readers have a heart

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and now, a week later, we just want to say thank you thank you thank you for your absolutely overwhelming support for our artist-created color-your-own Valentine’s Day cards we put together with Etsy. The numbers are in and more than 400 of you helped us raise more than $1700 for The Children’s Heart Foundation. All $3.99 at a time. We couldn’t be more pleased! If you loved the work of the twelve generous artists who contributed their talent to the cause (and really…who wouldn’t?) feel free to visit their shops and support them...

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Valentines for kids with very big hearts

This is the week, mamas. The week that your kids are going to have to bring in Valentine’s cards for every single kid in the class, the teacher, the assistant teacher, the art teacher, the dance instructor, the janitor, and probably the neighborhood dog. But we’ve got you covered with our  affordable Cool Mom Picks printable, color-your-own Valentine’s Cards at the Etsy Store. For just $3.99 you’ll get 12 downloadable cards from each of 12 phenomenal artists, that you can print as many time as you’d like. Just print them on some nice paper and let your kids add...

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Paper Culture is giving it all to Haiti for Valentine’s Day

I’m not in the habit of sending out custom photo Valentine’s cards—heck, I can barely get my Christmas cards out in time—but CMP favorite Paper Culture has given me good reason to reconsider. Not only do their lovely modern cards give me another chance to show off my kids’ adorable mugs, but 100% of profits from this year’s Valentine’s Day cardss are being donated to Haiti Relief. Yes, 100%.As the big-hearted designers at Paper Culture describe it, they’re particularly empathetic to those in Haiti, considering their¬†location in earthquake-threatened San Francisco. And, while custom photo cards for Valentine’s Day may...

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Foodzie knows the way to my heart

Even though I’ve put on ten pounds just looking at all the Valentine’s Day treats that hand-crafted and artisan food marketplace Foodzie has to offer, I’m going to be an extra-good girl this week in the hopes that Cupid leaves me something delicious. I can’t even look at those big red hearts that have been sitting on the store shelves since New Year’s Day knowing that I could instead receive fresh-made treats like the Tahitian Vanilla & Dark Chocolate Caramels from Burbank’s Have it Sweet, or the gorgeous 1OVE Raspberry Dark Chocolate Truffles from Rochester’s aptly named Hedonist (shown)....

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Sexy nursing bras for Valentine’s Day — or any day

Since the first time I breastfed back in 2004, nursing bras have come a verrrrry long way from the boring hefty brassiere I was stuck with. Now you even can snazz things up with a little satin and lace. Perennial nursing bra fave Bravado! Designs has added a sexier bra to their mix of well-designed bras and tanks with the Sublime, a lacy but subtle new choice (love the wine color!). It’s definitely on the daintier side and the lace detail over the decolletage might end up showing more than you normally would if you’re uh, well endowed. That’s...

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Wearing 77 hearts on your sleeve

Valentine’s Day or not, I am so taken with the new heart pajamas from Kideko, it’s almost a shame that they’re designed to be worn in the dark. The color is wildly vibrant in person, reminiscent of European brands like Kit+Lili and Plastisock. And the cotton jersey is so soft and stretchy and bedtime-ready, it’s not surprising they come from the same Australian company whose funky kids’ bedding we adore (and also happens to be on sale for up to 70% off right now). If you’ve got a boy, check out the other sleepwear styles including the fun blue...

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Taking a bite out of love

Our love for the creative handmade wooden teethers from Little Sapling Toys runs deep, and this adorable American Sign Language “I love you” teether is no exception. And just in time for Valentine’s Day to boot. Using reclaimed or FSC certified hardwood that’s sanded smooth and finished with local beeswax and organic jojoba oil, all their teething toys have love written all over them, even without the sweet ASL sentiment. So surprise your favorite baby with one of these on February 14. Just don’t forget the big box of chocolate for her mama. -Kristen Visit Little Sapling Toys for...

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Gold keepsake lockets, now free

We’re always excited to learn when there’s something new going on at The Fine Art of Family, one of our favorite-est ever independent designers of heirloom keepsake jewelry. Because it’s inevitably something we will covet. But while not all of it is within everyone’s budgets right now, here’s one lovely new item that everyone can afford: The new MRK eLocket. This iPhone app lets you upload and crop your favorite photos, insert it into the “locket,” type a personalized engraved message on the back, then put it up on Facebook or send it out to friends and family. It’s...

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Love notes you’ll love

Are you stuck in a never-ending search for Valentine’s Day cards that don’t embarrass you to send to anyone over the age of five? Let’s just say glossy, cheap, mass produced images of kittens tangled in yarn don’t always convey the message for me. Instead, check out the textured, funky, eco-friendly cards from Green Shanti. The cards are made by hand in India and Nepal by communities of artisans, and no trees were destroyed to get your love message out there–instead they use raw materials such as silk, jute, cotton rag, coconut shells, banana fiber, dried leaves, beads and spices. They’re expensive, so it’s definitely the kind...

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Many ways to say I love you. All of them sterling.

After yet another visit to the Beehive Co-op in Atlanta, Kristen ran home to tell me about some great new finds, and I’m starting to get jealous that the one in New York is up in Westchester and not in the city. Or better, Brooklyn. Right on my block. I was really taken with the beautiful handcrafted sterling necklaces from Christine Kober including this sweet conversation heart necklace, right in time for Valentine’s Day. You can choose any number of engraved sayings, or customize your own for no extra charge. (Personally I’d like one that says OMG WTF but...

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Three cheers for the Etsy & Cool Mom Picks Valentine’s Day contest winners!

After much, much deliberation, we are soooo pleased to announce the winners of our first Valentine’s Day color-your-own card contest with our friends at Etsy. We scoured through your amazing entries and picked our 12–yep, we just couldn’t do 9!–favorites, based on originality, creativity, and colorability (is that a word?) of the design for young kids. So, thank you to all who entered, and our deepest congrats and much admiration go to (in no particular order!): Spaceboy Out of this World by Olliegraphic Bunny at Mailbox by Nakisha VanderHoeven Airplane Be My Valentine by One Cool Mom All You...

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I gave my heart to Lil Scribblers

With three kids who keep having birthdays, I feel like I’m forever on the lookout for cool, affordable party favors that won’t end up immediately in the trash which is why when I saw the assortment of Lil Scribblers’ chunky crayons by Philly’s Lil Boo & Co., I knew I had struck birthday-party gold. (And if you recognize the photo, yes – it’s the one we used to help promote our Valentine’s Day card design contest!) Using only Crayola crayons for reliable color blending, Nicole of Lil Boo & Co. melts her crayons into the coolest shapes like chunky...

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Heart in the right place

If you’ve been following the news, or at least this website, then you’re probably not going to be poking around your favorite big box store over the next few weeks, looking for some little inexpensive heart-shaped metal charms for the kids. Cadmium is so very 2009. At The Silly Wagon, I stumbled on this sweet mini heart necklace from Julie the Fish Designs. The modern heart design is hand stamped onto a disc-shaped pendant made of solid sterling silver, which last I heard is not a banned substance. Even the ball chain is real silver. For just under $25,...

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Heart shaped box

I am an advocate of the notion that great gift wrap can make everything more special, and poking around 1000 Markets, I was happy to stumble upon the Valentines Heart Favor Box from designer Jennifer Jermantowicz of Pasaii Design Studio. The set comes with the crimson gift box, the sweet cardinal-adorned gift tag, some bakers twine and directions to get it all looking purdy. Or order the set of 8 and have the tag personalized with whatever you’d like; the studio specializes in wedding stuff so you know they know what they’re doing. Crafty types might be able to...

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The pendant with real heart

How do I love this anatomical heart necklace? Let me count the ways: Let’s start with the hand-cut sterling silver. Continue on to the fact that it’s, you know, a pretty darn realistic rendering of a real heart without being gross or macabre. In fact, I’d argue it has an incredible beauty in those delicate, branching vessels. Sweethearts, take note: This would be the perfect Valentine’s gift for the woman who doesn’t do cutesy, but who does have an appreciation for the modern and unique. I’m completely smitten. Form, function, fabulous. -Mir Order the anatomical heart necklace from Laurel...

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Our Valentine’s Day Card Contest entries are making our hearts go thump thump

We are so excited by the phenomenal entries flying in for our Valentine’s Day color-your-own card design contest in partnership with Etsy to support the Children’s Heart Foundation. Competition is getting so tough we may just have to let our kids call tiebreakers! There’s still time to get your entry in by linking it up in comments on the post, or emailing it to us directly, but make sure you get it in by this Friday, 1/22 at midnight PST. We want to make sure parents have plenty of time to buy the cards before Valentine’s Day, and that...

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A Valentine’s Day card design contest presented by Cool Mom Picks & Etsy

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it seemed appropriate to team up with one of our first and favorite loves, Etsy, for a super cool Valentine’s Day color-your-own card design contest. We’re looking for fun, original cards that kids themselves can color and hand out to their friends and family. We’ll pick nine winning cards from all the entries and whip them into a downloadable and printable PDF that will be sold in Etsy’s own shop. Best of all, 100% of the proceeds from the sales of these awesome cards (and we know, they will be awesome) will...

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Scribble me an I Love You

If I had to contribute one bit of mom wisdom to the new parents of the world, it would be to always have a stack of kid-friendly cards at the ready. My favorites have been the ones with space for your own children to scribble a drawing or scratch out their names, and make it personal. Even when the gift is not. (What! Sometimes I run out of ideas after the 15th classmate birthday party in a row.) So I was thrilled to learn that a friend with a family-run letterpress studio developed the brilliance that is letterpress Scribble...

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Love is all you need

Hearts, schmearts. Not every printed proclamation of love needs to involve pink or red or lacy frilly things. Me, I’m digging the screenprinted love poster from Jennifer Ramos of Made by Girl that simply says love. What more do you need? The poster does come in more traditional colors, but there’s something about the steely gray that may be just the thing for sentimentalists who don’t want to get all that sentimental. In other words, the husband might not be like, get that thing off our wall. Ah, romance.  –Liz Happy Valentine’s Day, cool...

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Come on baby light my fire

Hands down, this Perfect Match necklace gets the award for most creative expression of true love handcrafted out of metal and meant to dangle from your neck. Far more original than an “eternity band” and definitely more affordable, the matchbox pendant is roughly stamped with Perfect Match and has two little matches inside. And because the boxes fit together, you can wear the pendant open, closed, or somewhere in the middle. It’s pretty snazzy as a 925 sterling necklace, but there’s something about the brass (shown) that just works for me. It’s too late for Valentine’s Day, obviously –...

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Forgot the valentines? No you didn’t!

You didn’t forget that the class party is on Friday and you’re baking cupcakes and, by the way, your kid needs 24 cards to share with her friends. Of course you didn’t; you were just waiting for us to tell you where to find the best printable Valentine’s Day cards, so that you can whip them out last minute. We like this heart balloon stationery from Little Brown Pen(above), which comes in different sizes so you can print your own tiny cards now, and even full-size stationery later. [ed note: They’re now known as the Paris Print Shop] Cool...

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All you need is love

I made the mistake of not purchasing “holiday” themed clothing for my daughter and I heard all about it, thanks to all her friends dressed in pumpkin and snowman covered t-shirts. So, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’m not going to make the same mistake– except I’m playing by my own rules and snatching up a kids’ Recycle Love shirt from CMP fave Tiny Revolutionary. Along with the super cool message, the shirt is made of 100% recycled cotton and printed with safe water-based inks. And instead of being limited to a two week wearing window, she can...

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Nothing says “Be Mine” like a little leather

My husband and I decided to forgo the Valentine’s Day gifts this year, mostly because we could use the money to furnish our new basement, and my butt does not need any more chocolate. But when I saw this gorgeous red necklace from Babetteworld, I was sort of wishing I hadn’t told him not to get me anything. British artist Geeta Patel combines beautiful red patent leather, suede, and vintage glass beads to create a stunning unique necklace that’s perfect for a special night out (Valentine’s or not). If red isn’t your thing, then you’ll want to check out...

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