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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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Christmas is coming: better grab one of these six printable Advent calendars soon

I may still be full from the Thanksgiving feast, but I’m already thinking about decking those halls, trimming the tree, and getting my hands on an Advent calendar before December 1st rolls around. But no worries: You still have about a week to get ready for the start of December. The only tricky part? Picking which Advent calendar you like best from the printable gems we’ve found. Some of them are even free! –Christina This Santa Christmas Countdown from Inviting Printables is so cute. My kids would get a huge kick adding a cotton ball to his beard each day. I...

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Treat.com: the best of ecards meets the best of real cards

Though I love the convenience of sending e-cards to those near and dear, there is still something special about getting an honest-to-goodness “real” card in the mailbox, especially on holidays like Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, I’m never, ever going to be that person who remembers to get to the card store on time, so I sheepishly type a meaningful happy whatever into my Facebook browser and hope that counts. For those of you like me, who want the convenience of an ecard with the specialness of a paper card, I think you’ll totally dig this new e-card site from the...

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Web Coolness – Christmas help, Hanukkah treats, and school fundraisers

We’re here to spread some holiday cheer with cool links from around the web. . . A truly “green” Christmas tree, made from 40,000 recycled plastic bottles!  If you still need a great tech gift, Kristen’s rounded up a few of her favorites. A dreidel made of marshmallow and chocolate? You’ll want to give these a spin. (via Steamy Kitchen) Karen Walrond’s list of gifts that give back remind us of the true meaning of the holidays. Loving this list of eight last-minute homemade Teachers Gifts at 4 Kids and More. Foodies and cooks: Check out this advent calendar full...

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Web Coolness – Holiday cheer (and free printables!), instilling thankfulness, and toys for special kids

We’re here to spread some holiday cheer with cool links from around the web. The DIY candy lights from Oh Happy Day are so sweetly festive, we’d love to see them around our homes. Have you seen our Holiday Gift Guide? It’s full of great gift ideas for everyone on your list, and maybe even a thing or two for you! Also, Kristen lists her favorite gift ideas for tech accessories in this Momformation post. The world’s largest LEGO Christmas tree is truly impressive. We’re just glad we didn’t have to build it. Twenty years of musings from a...

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10 spectacular advent calendars worthy of Christmas

We may still have Thanksgiving leftovers in the refrigerator, but December 1st is just around the corner. To my kids, this can only mean one thing: Time to get out the advent calendar so that they can start the countdown to Christmas. And just in time, we have tracked down ten (!!) gorgeous new advent calendars that might make your holidays a little more merry and bright. –Christina Love the different typography on each of the different DIY sacks from Oh Happy Day, all made with iron-on transfers affixed to little cotton muslin bags. Hang to the wall with...

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This advent calendar will stick around for years to come

Fewer things throw my kids into a tizzy of Christmastime anticipation as an advent calendar with its counting down of days. But the calendar grandma gets them with the waxy chocolate behind each door isn’t much to look at and barely makes it to the 25th. I think I’ve found the calendar worthy of such an important daily ritual that is both beautiful to look at and will make it through several annual countdowns. And while it doesn’t have chocolate, it does have something else my kids adore: stickers. The Yuletide Harvest Advent Calendar from Uusi walks that fine...

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Wrap your gift in artwork.

These days, I’m lucky if I remember to get gifts in time at all these days, let alone have the wrapping paper on hand to wrap them up. But with an unbelievable number of birthday parties and special events crammed in my calendar, I’m determined to be prepared. And I’ve probably got the best excuse ever to do it: the gorgeous, artist-designed gift wrap found, of all places, on MoreBirthdays.com. [edited to add: This campaign is now over, but you can support the American Cancer Society’s excellent work through their website, cancer.org.] Imagine, you can celebrate all the special...

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25 super cool Black Friday shopping deals from sites we love. Aka Stay in your pjs tomorrow, mamas!

I’d like to think I’m fairly adventurous, but get up before 2AM to join the crowds running out on Friday to get a flat screen? That’s one adventure I think I’ll miss. So instead, we’ve gathered the best deals, discounts, and free shipping offers that start this weekend, from some of our favorite shops. Your first stop of course should be the Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide, with discount codes towards toys from shops like Wild Dill,  Franklin Goose, Creative Toy Shop and Jade’s Toy Box (shown here), decor from O’Brien Schridde, jewelry from Lisa Leonard and Darlybird, and up to 20%...

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5 fabulous Advent Calendars that countdown to Christmas in style

I may refuse to listen to the Christmas music that has been blaring on certain radio stations since Halloween, but make no mistake: The countdown to Christmas is a big deal in this household. And what better way to countdown to the big day than with a great advent calendar that you can pull out year after year on December 1st?  I’ve rounded up a bunch of fabulous advent calendars at all price points for those of you who want to be ready when the calendar flips over to the next month. I have a soft spot in my heart...

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An advent calendar for your artistic holiday spirit

As December nears, my house is ready to to become a big, kid-friendly fun house of colored blinky lights and tinsel. With three kids, I know what to expect and have given in to All Things Christmas.  Except I’ve just seen the most beautifully refined and sophisticated Advent Calendar for the holidays that would make the perfect little wintry oasis from all the red, green and “blink” going on at this time of year. No Santa or sleighs, no reindeer or glued-on glitter, yet Uusi’s Advent Calendar looks just right for winter with its screen-printed chalet scene. The use...

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