Tag: christmas

Web Coolness – Halloween pumpkin decoupage, weird foods, and the magic of daddies

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week – we hope you will too. Make and Takes has a fun tutorial to decoupage a Halloween pumpkin – great for kids who aren’t yet ready for carving knives. At Slashfood, a fun story on weird foods kids love NASA and Etsy – an unlikely pair? They’re partnering to host a space-themed crafts contest that looks out of this world. (Couldn’t resist.) As we start to think holiday gifts (eek) a smart discussion on Design Mom about families’ Christmas gift rules. Bullying is big news right now...

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Unwrap a free holiday playlist of kid-friendly songs

If your holiday music collection needs a little boost of something you haven’t heard ten thousand times already, check out  the list of 7 free downloadable holiday tunes from Jitterbug.tv. They’re all original songs from cool bands for kids. In other words: not one cheesy remake of The 12 Days of Christmas in the bunch. Jitterbug’s gift to my ears features festive, fun, and kid-friendly holiday songs from such CMP favorites as The Hipwaders, Brady Rymer and Princess Katie & Racer Steve. Each one can either be downloaded to your mp3 player, iPhone, or played straight off the laptop...

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Charitable giving makes great last minute gifts and yeah, tax deductions

It’s been a tough year, mamas. We all know it. But we also know how absolutely incredible and giving and generous this here community of parents always is for those in need. While our holiday gift guide has a whole category of terrific charitable gift ideas, we thought we’d ask our editors and contributors for their own favorite charitable orgs that could maybe use a little extra push this year.  Liz: White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood This year I discovered the remarkable work of the White Ribbon Alliance and am, from here on forward, an evangelical fan. Mostly...

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Last-minute gifts that will last long into the new year

Any moment now, I’m going to realize with a start that I’ve overlooked someone on my Christmas list. You too? Don’t panic. Check out some of these monthly gift services which will deliver a gift card or acknowledgment right away or at least allow you to print the info and stick it in a card. That way you’re not showing up empty-handed, and the excitement starts brewing as your lucky giftee waits for the first installment. It’ll seem like I totally planned it this way. -Christina FOR CURIOUS KIDS I know my six year old is going to flip...

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Six of the cutest (and free-est) printable gift tags

Now that I’m in the thick of holiday gift-wrapping, and starting to look for finishing touches, nothing warms my heart more than the words free and you don’t have to go to the store for this. Which is why I love these awesome gift-worthy gift tags that you can print from the comfort of your own home without spending another dime. Just make sure your printer ink cartridges are full, and you use a good quality card stock. You want to look crafty — not cheap, right? Insert a sweet photo of your kids in the Photo Ornament Tags...

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Need Santa? There’s An App For That

I don’t need to tell you that it might be handy to be able to program calls from Santa into your phone, for when you want to remind the kids that he knows when they’re naughty or nice. Or to be able to pull, right out of your pocket, video to show a fidgety preschooler what Santa is doing right this minute, the better to point out that if he can feed his reindeers in a snowstorm, we can eat our carrots, right? Call From Santa is exactly what it sounds like: it’s an app that allows you to...

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My favorite girls’ dresses go on sale and suddenly I need 47 of them

Last night I was yapping with my sister-in-law about holiday dresses, when I clicked over to the Noko Baby site to show her some of my all-time favorite dressy dresses for girls. And wouldn’t you know it, I get an email this morning, letting me know that for the first time ever, all the dresses are all discounted by 25%. Even if you’ve already got your Christmas clothes and New Year’s Clothes and Valentine’s Day clothes picked out for your girls this year (I’ve heard there are in fact moms like this out there, even if I don’t know...

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Web Coolness – eco-friendly gift wrap, crafty ornaments, last minute shopping tips and more

Here’s some stuff we’ve liked reading around the web this week, and we hope you will too. Mighty Girl: Some really really great ideas for eco-friendly giftwrap Armelle Blog: Need an idea for gift wrapping cookies and baked goods this holiday? Here’s a fabulous one. (via Design Mom)Boston Mamas: Check out Cool Mom Picks’ own last minute shopping tips for beating the holiday craziness Ohdeedoh: So many great crafty ideas this week, like felt gingerbread ornaments and a super easy gingerbread house idea – that will also keep you from eating it. Because you can’t. Design*Sponge: A DYI Christmas...

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P’Kolino Art Supplies can’t wait to get into your stockings

Every December, I take stock of the state of our coloring, drawing and painting supplies and weed out the lost-caps, tiny crayon bits and crusty paints so they can be replaced. It’s a great tradition that both keeps us organized, and presents some Christmas gift opportunities. This year, P’Kolino has introduced enough art supplies to fill the stockings of all three of my kids. As with their much-loved and CMP-approved Klick Table and Chair Set and Book Buggee, everything from P’Kolino is cleverly designed and looks oh-so-cool, and these are no exception. The tube of five primary-color, no-smell finger...

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Want an incredible collection of Modern Art? Go Fish

I learned long ago that the best way for my son to learn about “boring” things was to find creative ways to teach him. Although I personally am fascinated by Modern Art, he could probably not be able to withstand an extended visit to the MoMA. Which made the Go Fish for Modern Art card game the perfect way to introduce him to the subject. It’s played just like the traditional game of Go Fish, but each card features beautiful contemporary art from the likes of Andy Warhol, Paul Klee and Marc Chagall. Younger kids can just match colors...

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Cool Stocking Stuffers under $10 that still bring the Christmas magic

Seeing the kids make a beeline for their stockings is a favorite moment on Christmas morning. But, even though this is their first taste of Santa for the day, “he” can’t afford to spend a small fortune on their stockings. So I thought I’d turn Santa onto some of my favorite sites to help you fill a stocking without needing to mortgage the sleigh. -Christina Stubby Pencil Studio is my go-to site for creative, eco-friendly gifts for creative kids, and I love their time-saving gifts under $10 section. Grab a tin of Hopscotch Chalk in a cool retro tin,...

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Last minute holiday shopping tips – Join Cool Mom Picks at the Motherhood

There’s only one week of holiday shopping left, mamas, but do not fear! In addition to our handy Holiday Gift Guide and our daily holiday picks, we’ve got a few extra last minute shopping tricks up our sleeves that we’ll be sharing all day today (Wednesday, December 16) over during the Cool Mom Picks Circle Chat at The Motherhood. Simply hop over to our chat page and click “Join Chat” to ask a question and join in the discussion. We’ll be tackling your holiday shopping dilemmas (Picky mother-in-law? Kid who has everything? To wrap or not wrap that bicycle...

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Just in time, the children’s Christmas dress I’ve been looking for

I’ve just learned at the very last minute that my daughters need a dressy dress for the holidays. So I’ve been checking frantically to see if one of my favorite labels, Ses Petites Mains has anything new and fabulous, and wouldn’t you know it – today they actually do. The brand new Greta Dress looks just lovely; all romantic and flowy, in a fuchsia tissue silk that girls are going to love to spin in until they’re dizzy. The detailing is amazing (as Beth Miles’s work always is), with soft elastic under the empire waist tie, and pretty little...

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Holiday chocolates designed by your kid

Every year it becomes a challenge as to how to make my daughter’s artistic talent into an awesome holiday gift. This holiday season’s winner is the design your own chocolates from Rogue Confections which I had the chance to taste test at the One of a Kind Show in NYC this past weekend. The process is simple – download and print their template and let your kiddos decorate the six circles, and the folks at Rogue will turn their masterpieces into your choice of six white, milk, or dark chocolates. Then you get to wow your kid’s teacher, grandparents, or whoever...

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Hearthsong is a sanity saver

We at Cool Mom Picks may be great at finding stuff, but that doesn’t mean we’re so great at remembering to actually buy it ourselves in a timely manner. With an uncompleted shopping list that includes a newborn, a few toddlers, some kids and a couple of tweens, Hearthsong is making it easy to knock a whole bunch of them off in one visit. Although I can’t say I love everything on their site, and they aren’t exactly a small, independent shop, I do love their selection of crafts and games and their collection of environmentally-friendly, low-tech toys from...

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Eco-friendly holiday cards give you the best of both worlds

Every year we send special holiday cards to our close friends and family, so I’m always on the look out for cool, unique alternatives to the traditional Hallmark cards – like these festive letterpress and wood cards from Night Owl Paper Goods. We’re already huge fans of their wooden holiday cards, but these new beauties, like the adorable mistletoe panda (pictured) combine their signature eco-friendly sustainably harvested wood and my personal fave, gorgeous letterpress, making them the perfect pick for the close friends and family whom you might typically buy for individually.  In fact, these cards seem too lovely to be packed...

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For a child’s first bike, skip the training wheels, and go right to Tyke Rider

I’ve long been a fan of the wooden, pedal-less early rider bikes which get kids more confident and more able to ride a real bicycle than anything I ever had back in the Stone Age. But the prices? Holy heck. And by heck, you know – I don’t mean heck. Well praise the gods of affordable fabulosity for the new learning bike from Britain’s Tyke Rider which starts at around half the price of the $300+ LIKEaBike, and is now available in the states. Right in time for Christmas, yes! They were kind enough to send me over a...

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A Kindie Christmas provides a much needed Christmas carol break

I’ve reached that time of the season when I hit the wall when it comes to Christmas carols, and yet I’m not ready to totally go cold turkey. Let’s just say I need a little holiday music palate cleansing, and The Hipwaders’ new A Kindie Christmas CD is just the ticket. With their distinctive sound we lauded not-too-long ago for their EP Goodie Bag, A Kindie Christmas keeps me in the spirit of the holidays with lyrics about Santa, reindeer and tinsel. But other than the sound of a few sleigh bells and a ho-ho or two, only the...

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Memorable Christmas gift for Daddy-to-be? Reader Q&A

My husband and I are having our first born, a girl, next year. I want to get him something Daddy related for Christmas this year that is sentimental but not cheesy. . . Any ideas? -E Congratulations! We love this question and there are so many great ways to celebrate your almost-parents status this Christmas. A Christmas keepsake will remind you of this special holiday together, and we love Paloma’s Nest custom holiday ornaments (shown above) for their simple elegance. For the custom text, we adore “3 is the magic number” which is reminiscent of one of our all-time-favorite...

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