Tag: christmas

A star to top the one on top of the Christmas tree

While I love the silhouette ornaments in our Holiday Gift Guide this year as a fabulous grandparent gift, here’s one more idea. And if you’ve got up to 5 cousins (or kids) in the family, even better. The customized star ornament from CMP fave Lisa Leonard is a beautiful way to commemorate a new baby’s first Christmas. But since you’ve got five lines to play with, another lovely idea is to engrave the name of each of the kids, and send it off to all doting grandparents. Or heck, just write something heartfelt about loving Grandma and Papa. That...

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Celebrity designed holiday cards that give back. And they’re actually nice!

OK, so you’ve probably never wondered what a holiday card designed by Jennifer Aniston or Zoe Saldana would look like, but here’s a hint: They’re stylish. Stylish enough that it surprised us. And stylish enough that they are carried by paper goods powerhouse Tiny Prints this holiday, and come with a fabulous charitable component too.  You are familiar with Tiny Prints, aren’t you? They brought hip back to cute paper goods, and this celebrity-designed line of cards is no exception. The irony (and I mean this in a good way) is that these celebrities have come together to raise funds...

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Web Coolness – loads of holiday fun, OB’s mea culpa, and a Nook vs Kindle smackdown

We’re here to spread some holiday cheer with cool links from around the web. The prettiest thing to happen to junk mail: Snowflakes! Get the tutorial at Michele Made Me. Woo hoo! Tech gifts for everyone on your list in our 2011 Cool Mom Tech Holiday Gift Guide! (and psst, we’re giving away an iPad2!) Get a big dose of Christmas cheer with this fun Holiday Flash Mob, starring the lovely Loralee and the American Festival Chorus. Inject a little “sunny” into your Christmas with this new Renee & Jeremy download. Can you guess the top names of 2011?...

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Beautiful holiday photo cards that are easy to make. So you might actually send them.

Last year we discovered the beautiful new holiday card company, Pinhole Press. And this year, the company has a whole new lineup of cards–so I’m glad to have discovered them myself. Let’s just say making holiday cards stresses me out so much, I usually put them off for a long time. Like until February. But this year, I just may have cards out to family and friends in time for the holidays. And I don’t mean Groundhog Day. [don’t miss an exclusive discount just for cmp readers!] The process is incredibly simple. You choose from one of the stunning...

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Life is like a box of handmade snowflake ornaments

Because I live in the desert, snowflakes are as rare as… well, snowflakes in the desert. We dream of white Christmases but they don’t often happen. So snowflakes are my holiday totem, and I absolutely love how they’ve come together in this affordable, handmade set of wooden ornaments. The absolutely gorgeous mini snowflake ornaments collection from Timber Green Woods are the closest I’ll get to the real thing–and I’m perfectly content with that. Made with sustainable wood harvested from the company’s family farm, each unique design is laser-cut and finished with nontoxic oil. Then they’re all popped into an...

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5 picks you might have missed at Cool Mom Tech

Surprise, surprise, we’re in holiday mode over at Cool Mom Tech. In case you missed them, here are some holiday picks you’ll want to check out stat, with plenty more to come all month long. 1. Shopping for that special shutterbug? Here are 4 cool camera necklaces she’d love to have around her neck, all of which are waaaay cheaper than a DSLR.  2. Since it’s not 1989, there’s no Game Boy in that box. But there just might be one *on* it, if you get these radical gift tags. 3. Thinking about a great, helpful tech gift for...

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A step up from Hanukkah gelt and candy canes

Not to be dissing those chalk gold-wrapped coins with an actual chocolate content of about .03%, but if you’re going to treat your dreidel winners with sweets this Hanukkah, we’ve got a better idea. The Hanukkah chocolate disks from CMP fave Rogue Confections are just beautiful. There are two collections but I happen to love all these pretty menorahs. For 18 bucks you’ll get 6 gorgeous chocolate disks–your choice of dark, black or white–that make a fitting place setting treat at the table, or just a reward for the kids at the end of the party. These are not...

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The Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide is here!

We’re kicking November to the curb and happily welcoming December with our highly anticipated, super spectacular 2011 Holiday Gift Guide! Whoo! For the 6th straight year, we’ve scoured the web for the best gifts ever–150 this year at every price point for everyone on your list — from babies to brothers-in-law, girlie girls and budding architects, the mother-in-law that’s impossible to shop for, yes even you. Because mamas need cool gifts too! [Don’t miss the amazingly huge giveaway after the jump!] As always, we’ve featured loads of indie artisans, small boutiques, and family-run businesses, so you’re in good hands....

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4 modern nativity sets, not one of which lights up

Though my religious affiliation can best be summed up with a long puzzled silence, there are certain things from my youth that I carry with me to this day, like praying when the plane jets down the runway, and setting up the nativity scene before Christmas. Our nativity set is a bit battered though, so I’ve been on the lookout for something a bit more contemporary to add to our decor this holiday season. Here, a few beautiful (and sometimes pretty funky) sets that may fit into your holiday as well. –Christina As a long time fan of the...

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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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Keep your elves busy with these Color-in Gift Tags

My kids really want to be helper elves when it comes to wrapping the gifts, but after a roll of tape and a yard of paper, I’ve learned to enlist their help in other ways. So instead of handing them the safety scissors and gift wrap, I’m going to hand them a box of crayons and let them get to work doing something they already love to do. The new Color-In-Sticker Gift Tags from CMP favorite and letterpress masters 9SpotMonk are the perfect keep-the-kids-busy project for the holidays because I can really use them on our Christmas gifts. Plus,...

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What thanks and giving is all about.

It’s the perfect spirit of the holidays come to life: Give a little, get a little, and well, a collectible holiday keepsake doesn’t hurt either. I just discovered the Heart 2011 Designer Ornament Collection from HSN, a partnership with a ton of celebrities and the ever so spectacular St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Browse a wide selection of ornaments including designs by some favorite celebrities. Big names featured in this year’s selection include Nate Berkus, Mariah Carey, Liz Lange and Martha Stewart. The foodie in me personally loves the selections from Emeril Lagasse and my personal inner goddess, Padma Lakshmi–that’s her design...

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Beautiful ornaments with a past life.

Garfield has never been called elegant, nor is Snoopy considered stylish. And yet, in the right hands, the Sunday comics are being transformed into stunning holiday ornaments. The Sea Urchin Recycled Newspaper Ornament from kissadesign on Etsy is a fun new twist on traditional Polish folk art. In fact, the artist’s family has been hand-creating such decorations for over fifty years. This is serious crafting–each ornament includes eighty meticulously hand-formed points for a delicate and celestial look. Hang them from a tree, dangle them from a chandelier at a party, or even use them for a year-round splash of...

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Holiday cards that are truly a work of art

Every year after I spend half the day trying to get myself ready, and then wrangling my four kids and my husband for our annual holiday card family photo extravaganza, I vow to do something different the next year. I have found it! With one of a kind cards featuring original artwork of your very own family. I’m completely smitten with the beautiful one-of-a-kind holiday cards from Dear Ida. This is the brainchild of four friends, including mom, artist, and children’s book illustrator Lisa Mundorff, whose annual hand drawn Christmas cards were so famous among her friends and family that...

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Minted makes the holiday cards that make us swoon

We fell in love with Minted back when we first got wind of their holiday cards, all created by indie designers, many of whom happen to be talented stay-at-home moms. The customization process is a snap and the quality has never failed to make us say, “oohh…” So when they asked if we’d pick a few of our favorites and share them with you this year, we were like, where do we start? Here, a brief holiday mini guide to help you find the card you had in mind anyway. For families with a sense of humorHow can you...

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The holiday cards for people who love paper

One of my favorite holiday traditions is sending and receiving cards in the mail — especially the photo kind. (I can’t possibly be the only one. Who doesn’t love getting real mail? And photos? Everyone does!) It’s the best part of December, by far. Here’s the thing, though: Most of the photo cards out there are a little meh for my taste. I’m kind of obsessed with good quality paper. I want to send crisp photos that my friends and family will treasure — after all, it’s likely to be the only printed photo they will get all year....

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Happy happy and merry merry.

From the bottom of our hearts, we wish all you cool moms, cool dads, cool aunties + grandmothers, and all of your beautiful families, a very merry Christmas. –Kristen, Liz, and everyone at Cool Mom Picks. [poster via salt & paper shop. download yours...

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Holiday printables for the last minute-gift wrapping frenzy

I cannot be the only one who sequesters myself in the bedroom oh, say around midnight on December 24, frantically trying to wrap, ribbon, and generally beautify Santa’s hard work. If you’re still looking for a few finishing touches for your holiday gifts, we’ve got the scoop with a whole bunch of holiday printables. Click over to Kristen’s post on Babycenter’s Momformation today and you’ll find five awesome options! My favorite just might be the cool printable gift tag round-up. Did I mention they’re all free? Happy Christmas Wrapping. And yes, now you have The Waitresses stuck in your...

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Three good reasons to wash your hands.

Forget germs or flu bugs or anything like that. The way I see it, there are three new reasons to wash your hands right now: The three new holiday scents from Method. I can’t remember the last time I bought a hand soap that didn’t smell marvelous. These days, even frugal girls don’t have to settle for anything less! But my all-time favorites are the holiday scents. The relaxed comfort of peppermint vanilla, the spicy warmth of cinnamon bark, and the tart, juicy bite of hollyberry are the perfect complements to Method’s usual eco-conscious and skin-friendly formula. You can’t...

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