Tag: Easter

Web coolness: Children’s books they’ll never make, avoiding smartphone interruptions, and why parents are like serial killers.

Here are the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Laughing at this parenting truth from The Daddy Files. Smart tips for new parents getting back to work after a baby. Yes it’s snowing AGAIN for some of us. Here are 9 awesome hot chocolate recipes to keep you warm. The unexpected extra you may get with your next Starbucks order. Provocative thoughts on underscheduled children. A good reason to start thinking Mother’s Day gifts.   A Pixar artist turns R-rated films into children’s storybooks. Ha. 10 women authors to read for Women’s History Month. Tom...

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5 ridiculously adorable and remarkably easy DIY Easter treats we can’t resist.

With so many iconic Easter candies to buy, Easter brunch recipe to make, and fancy Easter cakes to bake, it’s easy to forget how simple it can be to make DIY Easter treats. So I’ve put together a few that I love. These special sweets are such a nice way to add a homemade touch to your holiday without taking up a whole lot of your time. This way, there’s more time for egg hunting, Easter brunching, or just hanging out with the kids instead. Related: DIY Easter Cake Pops almost too cute to eat. Almost. Jordan almonds are a staple filler in my Easter baskets....

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19 very (very) special non-candy Easter basket gifts kids will love.

Between school parties and Easter baskets from their grandparents, my kids will be coming home with chocolate bunnies and cream-filled eggs to last us till the Fourth of July. So I’ve been looking for some extra special Easter basket gifts for kids that go beyond what you might find on your drugstore shelves. They’re perfect for those of you who want to ease up on the sugar; or for kids like ours, who are already going to have more than their fill from other sources. Mix them in with some traditional Easter fare (it is hard to resist jellybeans after all), or limit...

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17 super cool Easter egg decorating ideas that are all about the color.

Every year, my family looks for cool ways to decorate Easter eggs that doesn’t require crafting skills far beyond what I have myself — which is not much. That said, my kids adore the tradition and love experimenting with new ways to play around with decorating eggs. As for me, I like them to look pretty when we’re done. (I’ve never been one for all those stickers that come in the egg-dyeing kits.) So I’ve tracked down 17 really great tutorials that are all about color and pattern, but that the kids can still have fun with on Easter Sunday without getting too...

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The Easter Bunny is coming to town. And he’s naked. For now.

This is the time we start thinking Easter for you all, and as always, we love finding special little treats for the Easter baskets that aren’t necessarily your typical drugstore-shelf chocolate bunny. So I think this Easter Bunny painting kit is just perfect, especially considering it’s under $15. It’s not only a great craft in itself, but makes a cool keepsake that kids will proudly display when they’re done. And while it’s recommended for kids 6 and up, I’d imagine that preschoolers would do just fine with a little parental supervision. Coloring in the lines is overrated anyway. Related: 14 easy Easter crafts...

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Time for Easter outfits for the kids! Luckily, it’s also time for the mid-season Jacadi sale.

For those of us still digging our way out of winter, it’s hard to believe that spring is nearly here — and that Easter is less than a month away. Which means it’s time to start thinking about swapping our kids’ Sunday sweats for their Easter best. Thankfully, the big mid-season sale from our partner, Jacadi Paris, happens to be timed perfectly with our kids Easter outfit and other special occasion needs. Considering the Jacadi 30% off sale going on right now, if you were planning on putting together a little something fancy for the kids, this is the time to do it at a...

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Sponsored Message: I See Me! personalized books make a special gift kids will enjoy way beyond Easter

This is a sponsored message for I See! Me books If you want to cut down on sugary treats this Easter and instead grab gifts that your kids will enjoy way beyond the holiday, check out the range of the award-winning I See Me! personalized books which are wildly popular with both kids and parents. – Don’t miss an exclusive discount for Cool Mom Picks readers below –  There tons of books to choose from featuring all sorts of interests, whether it’s pirates or princesses, race cars or farm animals, or alphabet and counting basics. So you’re sure to find something for everyone’s Easter basket whether you’re shopping for a little pre-readers...

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We are all Grinning Face about these cute DIY emoji Easter eggs

Considering emoji are like the new Angry Birds (or Minecraft creepers, or Anna and Elsa, or name your favorite humongo pop culture icon here), I couldn’t help but smile when I saw the emoji Easter egg DIY craft from Studio DIY. Your text-happy kids will get a huge kick out of the various smiley faces. I know mine will. I do think because eggs are not round, the ones that work best to sell the emoji face idea are designs like “Smiling Face with Heart-Shaped Eyes,”  “Face Throwing a Kiss,” and “Face with Tears of Joy.” (And yes, they all have actual names like that.) Related: 9...

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Web Coolness: the power of family, parents who judge, what to do with leftover Easter candy.

It’s Friday again, and we’ve collected our favorite links from around the web for you to enjoy too!   Adorable pics of a rescue dog and her little boy at Zoey & Jasper, with a great story too. (And if you don’t already follow Theo and Beau on Instagram, this is a good time.) Parents: You’re doing everything wrong. Words of wisdom from our editor Liz that’s struck a cord. Kristen write about learning to stop judging other moms. Frank Bruni’s column on the power of the family connection: Absolutely moving. 10 simple things to make you happier at...

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Sweet Chocolate Jesus Saves Your Easter

Lent is over, Easter is here, and while the kids are swimming in jelly beans and Peeps, we think it’s only fair that the adults get a little indulgence of their own. And that’s where the Chocolate Jesus comes in. This is no ordinary chocolate Jesus (should you be accustomed to the ordinary ones). Handcrafted at Bond Street Chocolates in NYC from solid chocolate and covered in gold foil, he’s primed to steal the thunder back from the Easter Bunny in all his delicious, chocolate-y glory. Plus, one would hope he’d be more forgiving of his own calories. You...

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5 last-minute Easter egg printables and craft ideas for kids.

It’s the day before Easter, you have a million things to do, and the eggs still need decorating? Give yourself a break, skip the dye (as much as we love dyeing Easter eggs), and go straight for these adorable Easter egg printables and craft ideas that the kids will be eager to help with. Plus, eggs like these will add a whole lot of personality to your dinner table–along with the jellybean fueled kids themselves, of course.   Mr. Printables’ car-driving printable Easter Egg People will be ready to zoom onto your table with these colorful, zippy, and free...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! We’re fun. Plus, you’ll find cool pins like these every day. And don’t forget to check out our Easter Pinterest board for tons of last minute Easter recipes, crafts for kids, gifts and more.   1. Will someone please buy us this gorgeous jewelry for Mother’s Day? You don’t even have to be our kids. 2. An easy Easter craft for kids that you can eat when you’re done. 3. Great grandma gift from the kids. 4. . The newest tech gadget we can’t leave home without.  5. Get ready for warm weather these with...

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How to dye Easter eggs naturally: Step by step instructions and inspiration

As much as we’re fans of finding creative ways to decorate Easter eggs without dye, we have a few die-hard dyers (or dye-hards?) in my family. Specifically my stepfather, who pretty much refuses to add a single sticker, wrapper or otherwise unnatural Easter egg decoration to his pristine, colored eggs. So for him–and all of you–we’ve got a great step-by-step DIY for how to dye Easter eggs naturally, using colors from actual food, courtesy of Chris McLaughlin, the author of A Garden to Dye For now on preorder. By the way, these colors are also perfect for play dough or watercolor paints....

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Web Coolness: Fun Easter crafts, The world’s toughest job (or is it?), and some shocking news about daycare

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Adorable: Easter bunny ears DIY for dress-up any time of year. [via MiniStyle] Must read: Thoughts from a less than perfect mom. Watch: Charlie Hope’s Did You Ever See a Lassie video for kids. The salute to “the world’s toughest job” that everyone is buzzing about. More thoughts on that: Does praising moms mean dissing dads? Cool: An Easter dyeing guide for every color using traditional food coloring. 20 ways to decorate Easter eggs besides dyeing them. Stumped for Easter basket gift ideas for the kids? Here are...

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No need for a hunt, we’ve got your last minute Easter recipes right here.

We’ve been looking forward to Easter for a while now, excitedly collecting Easter recipes. Most are decadent sweets—from Easter cakes (lots of cakes) to cake pops—but we’ve thrown in a few healthy Easter snacks, too. Because children can not live on chocolate alone. At least, that’s what we’re told. And then there’s brunch. Ahhhh brunch. Which brings us to this collection of last minute Easter recipes all in one place.   Last year we rounded up six fabulous Easter brunch recipes that you can prep in 30 minutes or less. If you’re in charge of Easter eats this year, make sure...

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6 cool cakes for Easter that are actually easier than they look. No pastry degree required.

Most cakes for Easter are elaborately decorated beyond the point that I’m interested in or, um, able to take on. Tired of gawking at fabulous no-can-do cakes (you know what I’m talking about), I decided to find six easy but cool cakes for Easter with recipes that anyone can make. Even me and I’m no uber-bakerBonus: While these cakes make great Easter desserts, most are just plain pretty for any occasion, like a spring party or a fabulous baby shower. You’re probably thinking that there’s no way you can make a cake as pretty as the Pastel Swirl Cake (above) on...

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14 easy Easter crafts for kids + fun Easter printables all of which eliminate the need for vacuuming up glitter.

Easter is one of my favorite holidays, and I love that it lends itself so perfectly to involving my kids in the celebration with Easter crafts. If you’ve already bookmarked our ideas for decorating Easter eggs and are ready for some fun but fairly easy Easter crafts for kids to keep you busy over spring break, try one of these 14 ideas we’ve rounded up. One of them might just become your new family tradition. Related: 5 ridiculously easy DIY Easter treats that look amazing Easter Crafts This pretty paper Easter egg craft by Craft and Creativity is so simple to make,...

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Healthy easter treats for the kids, should they need a little something in their bellies besides jelly beans

Provided you’re not giving up cute sandwiches for Lent, we are so taken with the round up of healthy Easter treats for kids on the Red Stamp blog, including these totally adorable Chicken and Egg Cookie Cutter Sandwiches. While I’m not the mom who could ever pin my kids’ lunches on Pinterest (Hey! Look at this boring sandwich and a side of carrot sticks!) With a few extra minutes I could totally whip this up. Even if my kids would ask me to hold the mayo. And the spinach. And the avocado. And one of them would balk at...

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6 remarkable Easter cake pops almost too cute to eat. Almost.

If you want to add a deliciously homemade touch to your kid’s Easter basket or if you feel like surprising your Easter guests or hosts with a fun Easter dessert, these recipes for Easter cake pops are for you. Tasty and irresistibly cute, these cake pops are almost too fantastic to eat. Almost, but not quite. If you’ve never made cake pops before, start with our cake pop 101 tutorial. Written for cake pop beginners, we break the steps down in plain language. No baker-ese or expectations that you’ll know what “candy melts” are. (And if you don’t know...

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5 of our favorite pins on Pinterest this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool, useful, or just fun ideas like these every day.   1.  Fun Easter egg hunt signs kit: Buy or make your own. 2. An awesome Mother’s Day gift idea from the kids. (Are you thinking Mother’s Day yet?) 3.  Best ever doormat. Yes, a doormat. 4. Amazing street art in an unlikely place. 5. Love this new baby gift courtesy Laurie Berkner....

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