Tag: advent calendars

14 festive and fun advent calendars to count down to Christmas.

I, like Buddy from Elf, loooove Christmas. Christmas is my favorite. So once November gets here, I start planning my holiday decorations, meals, and festivities. And one of my favorite ways to kick-off the season is with advent calendars. For my family, nothing creates more excitement than counting down the days until the Big Day. Getting a treat each day makes it even sweeter. Every year, Cool Mom Picks searches high and low for all kinds of advent calendar options for our homes so that our families — and yours! — can count down to Christmas in fun, festive style. From...

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15 of the coolest Advent calendars to make waiting for Christmas more fun.

Even though I’m still finding Halloween candy wrappers hidden under the couch (kids!), I’m keenly aware that December isn’t that far away. Which means that it’s time to start thinking about which Advent calendar we want in our home to help us count down the days to Christmas. As we’ve done for the past seven (wow!) years on Cool Mom Picks, in 2015 we’ve searched high and low for all kinds of options for your home. From clever DIY calendars, to fun kid-like designs, to gorgeous pieces you can reuse each year and treasure, here are 15 of the best Advent calendars I really love this year....

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12 of the most spectacular advent calendars to help you count down to Christmas

Before you deck the halls, make sure you have your advent calendar ready so you can count down the days to the night before Christmas. It’s a tradition that my kids enjoy so much,  we have a few set up around the house to remind us how much longer they have to wait for their favorite day to arrive. And whether you are super crafty, want to print a DIY calendar at home, or would rather purchase something you can use year after year, we’ve rounded up a dozen options for you to have ready by the first of December. Prices and...

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5 tech picks you don’t want to miss

Haven’t stopped by Cool Mom Tech this week? We kind of like all the posts there, but here are 5 of our very favorites.   1. Fabulous gift idea: Photobooks of your kids’ own artwork, and the app that makes it easy. 2. The most gorgeous Advent calendar app we’ve seen. 3. Must-have road trip apps to help with everything from bathroom stops to keeping the kids entertained. 4. If you’ve ever missed a call from your cell phone, you’ll want to check out these two smart gadgets. 5. The kickstarter project that could end up yielding the hottest...

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Web Coolness: The best weekend shopping deals, creative gift wrap, and kids’ art like you’ve never seen it

Every Friday, we comb the web to find some great links worth reading. Here are some of the cool things we found around the internet this week. We hope you like them, too. There are still plenty of Black Friday deals and discounts right now and we rounded-up some of the best. Psst: Don’t miss the big tech deals too! Love these photos of grandparents recreated from kids’ drawings. [via swiss miss] Children and chores: interesting discussion at Design Mom Do noooot head home from a holiday road trip without loading up your devices with our must-have road trip apps for...

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Reusable gift bags that could fit in Santa’s pockets

I like to keep a stash of gifts on hand to give to those last-minute people I totally forgot to shop for— bottles of Essie nail polish for my kids’  room moms, or Starbucks gift cards for the piano teacher—you know, just in case. But it never fails that I have the gift but no reusable gift bag to pop it in without much fuss. The Etsy shop 1 Pixie Place has a huge selection of muslin bags, and I’ve scanned through them to choose some of my favorites. Whew, it was hard to pick just a few! They’d be perfect for...

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9 of the most wonderful Advent calendars to get you ready for the Christmas countdown with a smile

Even procrastinators like me should start thinking about our annual Advent calendar since, with Thanksgiving falling on the 28th, we’ll still be eating turkey when December begins. Fortunately, there are loads of cool-looking Advent calendars you can order, print, or DIY now. December 1st will be here before you know it. –Christina 1. Colorful modern papers from libelu become a modern advent calendar made of cool-looking triangular packages in which to hide little treats for the kids. ($40.07, ships from Germany) 2. Such adorable laser-cut cherry wood ornaments decorate cotton drawstring bags on Peppersprout’s Woodland Ornament Advent Calendar. A definite splurge, but...

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Web Coolness: Resolutions for parents, interactive wallpaper, and a sledding party

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Nature Trail, the interactive LED wallpaper, makes boring walls so much more fun. We especially love that it was installed in the UK’s Great Ormond Street children’s hospital to make the journey to surgery a little less scary for kids and their parents alike. (via Inhabitots) These 10 tech resolutions are much less painful than going to the gym, and we think you’ll love the results. Five New Year’s Resolutions for Parents by Caleb Gardner has some great advice as we...

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All the handmade advent calendars were hung by the chimney with care

There are so many ways to count down the days to Christmas, from beautiful artistic calendars, to fun DIY printables, to even 24 punk-rock tunes that’ll have you oi-ing around the kitchen. But if you want an advent calendar with loads and loads of “awwwwww”—and some eco goodwill tucked inside–look no further than these super-sweet diminutive stockings from this creative mama of four. And be sure to order soon in time for December 1! Cheerful Things designer Alicia Todd takes the best wool from rescued sweaters and scarves and turns it into the most adorable little creations like this colorful...

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The most sophisticated Advent calendars for adults. (Truffles, anyone?)

I love Advent calendars as a way for my kids to count down to Christmas (did you catch our most recent picks?). But why should they be the only ones to have all the fun? If you’re looking for an Advent calendar that’s more sophisticated, here are some amazing options that you may want to grab before the first of December. –Christina I grew up eating waxy molded chocolates that I pulled out of the drugstore Advent calendar that my mom bought each year. Now that I’m grown up, I still love to find little treats, but I’d prefer them...

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