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Yippee kai yo kai cupcake

Whether you’ve got a tiny horse fanatic, a country themed shindig, or just some really unruly cake pops that need to be rounded up like little dogeys, we’ve found the perfect cupcake wrappers for you. Bonus: Hello, ponies! I’ve got a case of the blahs regarding the store-bought party decor available right now. And I love horses. No wonder I totally dig these printable horse cupcake wrappers from Spaceships and Laser Beams on Etsy– you know, the folks who brought us those adorable bacteria cupcake wrappers on Valentine’s Day? When you buy the wrappers. you’ll receive an Adobe PDF...

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Turn those kiddos into busy bees

Spring break is on its way, and I’m making plans. But my spring break plans don’t involve beaches, bikinis, or beer. Instead, I’m looking for ways to keep my kids busy. (Besides cleaning the bathroom, my standard fallback response to the cry of boredom.) If you’re in my same boat, crafty DIY site WhipUp.net has a cool solution. The inaugural issue of the Action Pack Mini-Mag is all about paper and beeswax, with instructions for making origami boats (dipped in beeswax so they really float), beeswax candles and lip balm with printable labels, plus how-to steps for drawing bees,...

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Lovely printables for Valentine’s Day

If you’re a mom, you could pretty much rename Valentine’s Day, Lots and Lots of Random Paper That My Kids Won’t Let Me Recycle Day. Wouldn’t it be great if you could start with a PDF and just print the paper you actually wanted? And wouldn’t it be even greater if that PDF was so cute that you wanted to print everything? If you’re finding yourself in a panic about the yet unmade Valentine’s Day cards for your kids to hand out, enter the Lovely Print-It-Yourself Booklet by Joie from IndieFixx. This adorable–and extremely useful–collaboration brings together 18 different...

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A Super Bowl requires super cupcakes

It’s Super Bowl Sunday(tm), that day of pigs-in-a-blanket, three-million dollar commercials featuring talking animals, and of course, Puppy Bowl. Also there’s a football game. Or so we hear. Without any Green Bay or Pittsburgh mamas among us, we’re going to remain impartial today, and instead turn our attention to the snacks. Like, say, cupcakes?If you’re scrambling to pull together some themey treats for guests, or to haul over to a wide-screen owning friend’s house today, we love these printable football-themed cupcake wrappers. A recent fun Etsy find for us, Spaceships and Laser Beams, makes it easy to get these...

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Web Coolness – Valentines printables, Chinese New Year crafts, and cold weather fun

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Are you a Cool Mom Picks newsletter subscriber yet? This is a pretty awesome month to sign up. On Momformation, Liz is sharing printable Valentine’s cards to help you save money like the one shown here from Piggybank Parties. Have you checked out our fancypants Valentine’s Gift Guide on AHAlife? A year of the rabbit printable craft project at AlphaMom. Kelcey Kintner shares activities to keep kids busy inside on cold days. Which is all of them, lately. You crafty types will...

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A chore chart that doesn’t look like a chore.

The chore chart that has worked the best for my family so far been a (not-so-pretty) laminated list with my kids’ pictures that I made myself. But even then, I can’t really add or change jobs unless I make a whole new chart, which made them obsolete a few months ago. But now my kids are back to working hard for their money, since discovering personalized printable chore charts from one of our favorite designers Olliegraphic. . Artist Meg Bartholomy will create a cute, totally personalized chore chart based on your kiddo’s likeness; just pick the features that best...

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Web coolness – printable calendars, New Year’s resolutions, and other ways to start your year off right

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We’re in love with this calendar of the month club that let’s you download a fun, free simple calendar craft each month. For more printable calendars, Kristen rounds up 5 beautiful ones at Momformation. (And see her New Year’s resolution here. It’s a good one!) Stuck for a New Year’s resolution? Gretchen Rubin has a great suggestion. Rookie Moms has a 52 week challenge for new moms. Are you in? A great initiative to support breast cancer survivors from one of our...

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2011 calendars that are printable. And pretty. And free.

I love looking at a fresh, crisp, blank calendar. There’s something about it so filled with promise–and unfilled with scribbles and scratch-outs and reminders of stressful days. I think our friends at Red Stamp Cards feel the same way, since they’re offering four lovely free printable calendars. These free 2011 printable calendars use the year-at-a-glance format, perfect for hanging over the desk or by a nightstand. My favorite is the multi-colored modern one, of course, but I’m sure any of them wold make me happy. At least until I start writing on them. –Liz Get your free 2011 printable...

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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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Lovely print-at-home gifts to save you from the 11th hour mall run

Doing all of my shopping online sounds like such a brilliant way to avoid a lot of the stress of the holidays, except for now, when my choices are to email a gift card, which doesn’t seem very personal, or pay gigantic overnight shipping charges. I had just about resigned myself to having to hit the mall, when I found the neatest little online shop that has some great gift ideas–all of them printable. Everything at New Hampshire’s Salt & Paper from the Robot Art Print (below) to the personalized stationery, is made to be printed from the comfort of...

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Raise your crayons for the Cool Mom Picks & Etsy ornament contest winners

You talented artists, you! You made it so hard for us to choose among all the amazing entries to our Cool Mom Picks + Etsy color your own paper ornament design contest to support Housing Works, and we have, after much deliberation, finally picked our 8 winning designs. You can purchase them as 2 downloadable, printable PDFs for sale at the Etsy store for a mere $3–with all proceeds being donated to Housing Works, an incredible organization. Just $3 for an endless number of ornaments that kids can color, assemble, hang from a tree, or use to make their...

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Cool Halloween printables that don’t look like bad clip art

You know what’s scary? Realizing you’ve invited a bunch of little butterflies and superheroes to invade your home for a pre-trick-or-treating soiree, and then realizing your house is not ready. Ahem. Since making a last-minute dash to a party-supply store sounds about as appetizing as a vampire bite, my strong suggestion is you settle back and DIY. Particularly if you can call hitting “Print” on your computer “doing it yourself”.   Besides the obvious convenience, the printable Schlock Horror Halloween party from the UK’s happythought is way cooler than anything you’ll find lying in the ravaged racks of any store’s Halloween section. How cute...

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An “amuse bouche” of tunes from Lucky Diaz

After watching a few seasons of Top Chef, I now know what an amuse bouche is: a bite-size appetizer that is supposed to give you an idea of the chef’s approach–and hopefully make you hungry for more. And though Lucky Diaz’s 15 minute debut EP is more than a single “bite” of songs, this short collection of excellent music has us all eager for what he’ll put together next. Lucky Diaz’s downloadable EP, Luckiest Adventure, kicks offf with a retro bass line in the danceable Blue Bear, a song about a big ol’ bear who is soooooo hunnnngry. The bear’s empty-belly pleas weave...

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Web coolness – Pumpkin decorating, mobile making, Barbie zombifying

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. No-carve pumpkin decorating ideas from Amy Atlas. Sign us up! On momformation, Kristen shares an awesome coloring book that doubles as a babysitter. Download this adorable free template to make your own owl mobile, perfect for fall. In time for Halloween – a Barbie Zombie garden! (Only a little bit passive aggressive). Via Karianna. Homemade lunch flash cards at Parenthacks help your kid make better lunch choices, especially during candy month. At Rookie Moms, 4 useful baby feeding tools we love. How...

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Free books from Borders. Yes, free.

They say you don’t get something for nothing but today, that’s not quite the case. Because Borders Books has got a special deal going right now when you download one of the Borders eReader apps, which are also free.  Downloads are for both Mac and PC, plus BlackBerry, Android, iPhone and iPads so you pretty much have no excuse not to try it out–unless you’re like our associate editor Delilah who’s using duct tape and bubble gum to hold together her relic of a cell phone. And the books aren’t bad either – while you won’t quite get the...

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Thanks to Happythought’s free printable garland, our Father’s Day message will be loud and clear

We’re sure you’re all set for tomorrow, but if you are still looking for a way to wow dad when he first stumbles down the stairs for breakfast, check out the awesome free printable banner that you can have ready and hanging before the coffee is finished brewing.  Happythought Printshop’s free We Love You Daddy garland will be emailed to you in an easy-to-print pdf. With some scissors, string and a few minutes, you can have a ready-to-hang message that will make any dad’s Father’s Day. -Christina To get your copy of Happythought’s We Love You Daddy printable pdf garland,...

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PDFs for DIY PB+J

This is one of those times when I find myself wishing I owned a sewing machine. And that I had a single crafty bone in my body. Check it out: Gulf Coast Cottage, a wonderful shop filled with soft toys, has an entire category filled with nothing but PDF patterns for felt toys you can make yourself. Many of the patterns are food–like the PB&J lunch set or the toaster set shown here (ah, so kids can play with the toaster!), but there’s also a doctor’s kit, tools, a child’s tea set, and even a retro robot plushie. If...

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Paper & Cake’s downloadable halloween party is a treat

One of my kids thinks that Mickey Mouse is a horror figure, so I’ve learned to keep our Halloween “unscawy.” Instead of settling for whatever I can find in the big box stores, I get to look so put together by downloading CMP fave Paper&Cake’s   downloadable Trick or Treat Halloween Party decor which gives my gathering a pulled-together look without costing more than my Halloween candy budget. [Edited to add: The specific Halloween party decor reviewed here is no longer available; however, Paper & Cake has plenty of new printable Halloween decor in their shop!]   I used to...

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