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6 brilliantly easy ways to make inexpensive teacher appreciation gifts more special.

Teachers deserve it all, and boy would we love to give the most wonderful teacher appreciation gifts to all of them. But when you multiply your number of kids by the many teachers your kids have — classroom teachers, teaching aides, music and art teachers, coaches, tutors — well, you’ve learned enough math to tally it up. According to teachers we’ve spoken to over the years, gift cards tend to be one of the most popular teacher appreciation gifts. But we know that can feel impersonal, especially when you’re saying “thank you” to the people who do so much for our families. So I did some homework and found these 6...

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18 free Mother’s Day printables that are thoughtful, lovely, and creative. Just like Mom.

Every Mother’s Day, we want to go all-out to celebrate the women in our lives who have done so much for us. But, as moms ourselves, we don’t always have the time to plan big brunches or create one-of-a-kind gifts for all the special moms, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers we love. That’s why we adore these unique, free Mother’s Day printables — they instantly make events more festive and presents even more special (and some of them are even standalone gifts!). When it comes to Mother’s Day gestures, every mom will agree that it’s the thought that counts…but it’s especially nice when the thoughts are as lovely as...

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How to get free admission during National Park Week

If this gorgeous spring weather has you itching to get outside with your family, we’ve got the perfect excuse to head out to one of our national parks this weekend: it’s free! This year, the National Park Service turns 100 years old, and to celebrate, during National Park Week (April 16-24), admission at all national parks will be free. As in, totally free. For everyone. Whoo!   Related: 22 National Parks and Sites you can visit without hiking boots. Maybe even without a plane ticket. Of course, we’ve been motivated do whatever we can to support to the awesome National Parks program lately, as...

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We hunted down 10 of the cutest free Easter printables for kids. So you don’t have to.

You don’t have to hunt all over for the cutest free Easter printables for kids…because we already did! The 10 here are our absolute favorites for Easter this year, and we picked them precisely because they’re easy to make and fun to do, which means that you and your kids will have that much more time to enjoy what really matters on Easter morning: hunting for all those chocolate Easter eggs. At top: Sticker Art Easter Printables | Hello, Wonderful Related: Free Easter coloring pages for kids who’ve moved past fat, washable markers. Free Easter Printable Lacing Cards | Everyday Dishes...

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The free Hamilton Haggadah: History is happenin’ at the Passover seder table

How can this family of obsessive Hamilton fans slash-Passover revelers not be totally thrilled to discover a Hamilton Haggadah? Yep, you read that right. How does a Hebrew, poor man, son of a slave and a Bondsman, born to nothing in a  Rigged system of Imperial oppression Fished from the Nile River Grow up to be a prophet and a leader? This totally free PDF Hamilton Haggadah download comes courtesy of creative Philly-based Rabbinical students Emily Cohen and Jake Adler, who clearly have caught Hamilfever . (Which is not to be confused with any of the plagues.) Related: The coolest Hamilton gifts for the...

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A simple skincare regimen for busy moms, and 5 things I learned after sticking to it for 10 days

I’m pretty sure I can’t be the only mom who barely has enough energy to wash her face at night and slap some moisturizer on, since I’m so darn tired I just want to brush my teeth and hit the sack. Yes, the 30 seconds it would take me always seems like 30 seconds too long. Let alone the time I can spend in the mornings. Yeah, nope. So as you can imagine, the idea of sticking to an actual skincare regimen twice a day for 10 days — like, not just washing but using actual serums and ointments — seems pretty unlikely to me. But when our...

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TONS of free printable coloring pages from top libraries + museums…but hurry!

My printer is no stranger to the many free printable coloring pages it churns out for my kids, and if you know what I’m talking about, then joy of joys! You can currently get access to dozens and dozens of free printable coloring pages from top libraries, museums and cultural institutions, allowing kids to color in real artwork and vintage illustration to make them all their own. The one catch: This global coloring fest ends Friday, February 10 so hurry! Related: 21 of the coolest coloring books for adults The effort is called #ColorOurCollections and while lots of options probably fall more into adult coloring page territory, I’ve...

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The 2017 Oscars, A.K.A. things that change after you have kids | Spawned Episode 65

We got all excited to do a 2017 Oscars episode on our Spawned podcast until we realized….we hadn’t seen any of the movies. Unless you count a couple of the animated features. Ah, parenting. So on this episode of Spawned, we don’t talk about the Oscars at all!  Instead, we laugh (and maybe cry a little) about all the things that change after you have kids. We bet you can relate to a few of them! Plus, we share our cool picks of the week — and trust us, you’re not going to want to miss those. Listen right...

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19 wildly creative, free printable valentines for the classroom

Here at Cool Mom Picks we’re hopelessly devoted to finding the best of the best free printable Valentine’s Day cards and these that we’ve tracked down happen to be wildly creative! They not only make much easier (really, so much) for our kids to deliver the sweetest of sentiments to their friends and classmates, but they can really show off your own kid’s individual style, interest and hobbies, from sharks to skateboards to LEGO. So we cross our hearts that your kids will fall in love with these 19 creative, free printable valentines for classmates. Did we mention free? Related: More of our favorite free...

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How The National Park Service is letting families visit free!

I’m all about supporting our nation’s National Park Service in any way we can, especially because of the myriad ways they support us right back. So I’m thrilled to share the brilliant initiative to get even more kids to our National Parks and Monuments around the country: Every Kid in a Park. Created by President Obama to get more children excited about science, nature, and understanding the beauty and history of our nation, the program will grant your family totally free access (yes, free!) to all Federal lands and waters. Plus, you’ll get a massive discount on Amtrak tickets for kids if you’re training it there....

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10 free educational online resources for curious kids that every parent should know

We love how the Internet can help us when it comes to raising a generation of more curious kids. There are just so many remarkable free educational online tools and resources that help support a child’s natural curiosity, and even help push them a little (or a lot) when it comes to learning about all kinds of subjects and sparking their passion about the world around them. That’s exactly what our newest sponsor, the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (or CTY, as it’s been fondly known for more than 30 years), does for bright kids and their families. And if you don’t know about...

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7 fun political activities for kids to do on election night. No mudslinging included.

This election in particular has been a tough one for me to wade through all the issues with my kids, so I’ve been getting creative with how I’m involving them in our family’s political discussions. I’ve been implementing Kristen and Liz’s great tips for talking politics with your children in a nasty election year, and I’m also planning to take mine with me when I vote so they can see firsthand what that experience is really like. I’ve also been looking for some fun political activities for kids to help mine get a little involved and learn a thing or two about our election process....

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The coolest free printable adult coloring pages on the web. Because we deserve a little Prismacolor action too!

The adult coloring trend is here to stay, and rightfully so, considering it can help you focus and give you some much-needed relaxation. And best of all, no special skills required, just some cool coloring material and art supplies. That’s exactly what you’ll find at our sponsor Staples, who’s the go-to for the popular Prismacolor art supplies that now happen to be on sale. So, snatch some up for yourself (sorry kid-proof lock not included), then check out these 14 cool, free printable adult coloring pages we found on the web that we hope will bring you some much-needed zen. Don’t miss a...

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7 smart sleepaway camp essentials that help stave off homesickness.

If your little camper is heading off to sleepaway camp this summer, possibly for the first time (sniff), you’ll likely receive from the camp a long list of all the essentials to pack — extra socks, bug repellent, water bottles, headlamps. But, on top of all those must-haves (and they really are), we think that a few special items that connect them to home can help make the transition from bed to bunk a little easier. We spoke to our experienced sleepaway camp parents around here, and put together 7 of our favorite ideas for sleepaway camp essentials that help stave off homesickness and ensure the transition...

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8 of the best teacher appreciation printables to help your kids say thanks

When we asked teachers what they thought made the best teacher gifts a couple of years ago, an overwhelming number of them said a personal note from their students was the one thing that really made their day. Yes, gift cards, classroom books, and handmade gifts are nice (and always appreciated!), but getting a handwritten note of thanks takes very little work and goes a very long way in showing appreciation to teachers after a long year. However, I think we can all agree that getting all kids to sit down a write a thoughtful note isn’t always so easy, so we’ve...

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A $2500 shopping spree from The Land of Nod? Win one right here!

It’s probably no surprise that The Land of Nod is one of our most favorite shopping destination for all things kids, so we’re beyond thrilled to be teaming up with them, along with our friends at Pop Sugar Moms and Mommy Shorts for a huge $2500 giveaway. That’s right! One lucky winner is going to walk away with $2500 to spend at The Land of Nod and wow, just think of all the possibilities. A baby nursery. A new playroom. A holiday gift extravaganza for some very lucky kids. The list goes on. Entering is easy! Just head over...

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Our favorite gifts inspired by our favorite Children’s Book Week posters

I hate to admit it, but every once in a while I find myself fussing at my kids, “Put that book down and come on!” But, I have to say, I truly love when they’re nose-deep in a book. And I’m on a lifetime quest to forever encourage my kids’ love of reading. So, in honor of Children’s Book Week this week, we think everyone should grab a copy of the 2016 Children’s Book Week poster created by illustrator Brian Won. It’s free, while supplies last, from Book Week Online. Whoo! Related: The ultimate list of the best kids’ books of 2015 And if you’re feeling a wee bit nostalgic for...

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15 of the cutest and free-est Easter printables for our kids

We’ve been hopping all over the internet to find our favorite free Easter printables to help you get ready for Easter Sunday. Our hunt turned up some of the cutest printable Easter coloring pages, decorations, and DIY treat boxes that you can just click and print in time for the 27th. (Yes, it’s coming soon!) Bunny bandit masks and playdough mats? Yes, found them too. And since they’re all free, you can go ahead and splurge on some fancy chocolate bunnies for yourself. And we hope you do. Related: 14 easy Easter crafts for kids, hold the glitter.   Printable Easter Bunny Treat Cones | We...

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We heart this free printable Valentine’s Day gift wrap!

Once you’ve found a special gift for your Valentine — perhaps from our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide? — you’ll probably want to wrap it in something other than leftover holiday gift wrap. Got nothing at home but yesterday’s newspaper and arts-and-crafts scraps? You’re in luck. At Design is Yay, you can download two free printable Valentine’s Day gift wrap options that will make whatever you wrap up look like you put in whole lot of TLC. Isn’t it awesome when great designers create beautiful free things just for us?   Click over to choose between a super sweet pink little heart matchstick design or a blue love you...

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20 pretty, printable 2016 calendars to start your year out right. Lots of them free!

It’s amazing how many printable 2016 calendars there are online now — although admittedly they’re not all style. Now that I’ve finally investing in some good thick paper and become like a printable maniac, I spent a ton of time looking for the printable calendars that I would be happy to have on any of my own walls — clean, modern, pretty. Some are free, some cost a few dollars (but support small indie designers), some actually have space for scheduling, while some are just a date-at-a-glance style that’s perfect over a desk or on a refrigerator door. Hope you...

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