Tag: greeting cards

Plant Stamps: Seeded stickers that do more than ruin your car windows (says this mom)

Stickers can be the bane of a parent’s existence, especially when they’re plastered to the car windows or gumming up the vacuum cleaner. Ask me how I know. But a mom-and-pop company from Massachusetts caught our attention among the Martha Stewart American Made finalists for turning boring old stickers into a craft project for kids, a nifty wedding gift, a way to make the world a prettier place, and a great business employing people with disabilities. Sweet… basil! Plant Stamps are made in the USA and come in a variety of styles to suit any occasion from a wedding to a baby...

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15 of the best free Father’s Day printables, cards, gift wrap, and other goodies to make his day.

With Father’s Day less than a week away, we can help you get things ready for dad. We are here for you! We’ve tracked down the very best free Father’s printables (these are all fabulous, if we do say so) that include coloring pages for the kids, gift wrap, labels, coupons, and of course cards to help make his Father’s Day just a little more special without a big expense. All you need is printer ink and a willing kid or two. And we are eternally grateful to all the fantastic artists, designers and bloggers who come up with these terrific free printables in...

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18 seriously funny Father’s Day cards. Because a dad who laughs is a dad to celebrate.

While you’re busy looking for the perfect Father’s Day gifts, you can’t forget the perfect funny card, right? If you’re like me (and your dad like my dad) then you’ll appreciate these 18 funny Father’s Day cards that I tracked down on Etsy this year. We promise they’re all SFW–unless maybe your work is in a monastery–and somehow, we managed once again to avoid tired references to lazy dads, power tools, remote controls, golf, and mowing the lawn. Hey cardmakers: Take a cue from these artist and get with the 21st century. If It Wasn’t For You…Father’s Day Card ($4.50, Hello Small World) A...

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A free printable Mother’s Day crown that celebrates your queen for a day

We may never be royals, as the song says, but I know that my kids will still treat me like a queen on Mother’s Day. And since every queen deserves a crown, I love this clever printable Mother’s Day card that doubles by a crown. I know it would look really cute on the breakfast tray the kids will carry up to me on Sunday morning. (Hint.) This free printable crown is super easy to create and leave as is, or add on your own little Mother’s Day note and attach with a piece of string as shown above. I...

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9 easy ideas for handmade gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week or end of year teacher gifts from the kids.

We feel strongly that teachers deserve our appreciation each of the 180-or-so days that school is in session, though this week’s Teacher Appreciation Week gives us a good reason for our kids to tell their educators just how important they are. Especially during a particularly rough year for teachers around the country. So, take a look at this list of easy but special handmade DIY projects the kids can help make that will give our favorite educators the warm fuzzies.   1. One of the gifts teachers tell us they value the most of all:  a heartfelt homemade card...

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19 funny Mother’s Day cards for moms not worried about peeing when they laugh.

If you have a mom who responds more to humor than sentiment, here are some of the absolute best (IMHO) funny Mother’s Day cards, all created by independent artists and small companies on Etsy. Warning: some are not safe for…well, for moms who don’t have a sense of humor. But don’t worry, not a single MILF joke. Too 1999 for me. Related: 15 funny Mother’s Day Cards for mamas with sass   Lucille Bluth Mother’s Day Card ($4.25, Seas and Peas) Is mom an Arrested Development fan? Eh, it almost doesn’t matter. Toddler Years Mother’s Day Card ($4.50, Row House 14)...

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Cool wrapping paper as nice as the gift inside.

I get tired of the same old gift wrap I seem to see everywhere. I’m one of those people who would rather show up at a party with cool wrapping paper instead of a package that looks identical to everyone else’s. So when I discovered the original, very cool wrapping paper and cards from Lily & Val, I swooned. Featuring hand-lettered chalk art by Valerie McKeehan, it’s all super fun, isn’t it? The Flower and Vines wrapping paper (at top) comes in a pack of three sheets and is great to keep on hand for any gift at all that you...

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Quirky cool note cards to send just for fun. Because mustaches are awesome.

How fantastic are these mustachioed cards from Doo Daa Studios? Each of the cool note cards features a face with a quirky personality and an interactive, reshapeable mustache, which our kids will love to play with. Looking to bring back the fun of sending cards in the mail for no reason whatsoever? These should help that along.   The mustache cards are blank inside, so you can add a little fun and your personalized message to any occasion, and they’re made from recycled paper right in NYC.  They’re a bit pricey compared to ordinary greeting cards as you might suspect, but stationery this special–and the recipient’s...

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Web Coolness: Last-minute Valentine’s treats, hot marriage tips, and the first rule of Valentine’s day for all men

Every Friday we share some of our favorite links from around the web with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Happy reading!   If you’re still scrambling for last-minute Valentine’s Day treats, we have you covered. We’re loving this sweetly unsentimental love song by the Walkmen’s Walter Martin today. Want to keep your long-term relationship hot? Check out Esther Perel’s TED talk. A lot of love for an exceptional teacher. A must-read. Valentine’s tips from 800 of America’s oldest and wisest couples.   Valentine’s candy rules to live by from some very smart men at Guy Code. What...

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7 sophisticated, printable Valentine’s cards for adults–or very precocious teens.

If you’ve run out of time to order some of the fantastic Valentine’s cards we’ve already featured on Cool Mom Picks, don’t stress. We’ve got your back with some printable valentines for adults. Unlike these cute 14 printable classroom Valentines for kids, this selection is a little more quirky, sophisticated and beautiful–perfect for yourself or a more sophisticated teen. Even a few for the single mamas out there. The sweet Hello Darling Valentine’s cards (above) look like anything you’d see in a fancy card boutique, but are actually free printables from Love vs. Design.   These classically simple Love Notes cards are...

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14 of the best printable Valentine’s Day cards for the classroom

Save yourself the last-minute crunch for classroom Valentine’s Day cards by printing the cutest, most stylish Valentines now, right from the comforts of home. We just featured all sorts of DIY Valentine’s classroom cards including printables made for handing out treats, but we couldn’t resist offering up more than a dozen more. Best of all? If your child comes home from school on the 13th with three more kids’ names (and a teacher and an assistant teacher and a gymnastics coach) that he forgot, you can just print the extra cards and have them ready before he heads off to...

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Welcome that new tiny overlord with a card for parents who need to laugh.

They’re demanding, loud, unstoppable, and more than capable of completely taking over our lives. Yes, babies are overlords, but we love them right down to their scrunchy little toes. And this cute new baby card might even get your sleepless friend who’s been nursing nonstop for two weeks to laugh. Maybe. Made by Little Low, it’s printed on thick card stock, available in pink or blue (natch) and a charming way to congratulate new underlings…I mean, parents. Not included: Starbucks gift card from you to the tired parents, considering most overlords wake up before dawn, howling. Find the Love to...

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Irreverent (and irresistible) Valentine’s Day cards for you non-mushy types.

Count me in the camp of Valentine’s Day cynics. It’s not that I object to the sentiment and the sugar, but I don’t need to set aside a special day to cover my family in kisses and stuff my face with chocolate — both are everyday occurrences around here. Still, I might be persuaded to send one of these awesomely irreverent Valentines from CMP-fave Wit & Whistle.   (Oh, don’t even tell me that doesn’t strike a chord.) If your sensibilities are on the delicate side — or hey, if they’re even more vulgar — grab the Valentine Decoder...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool pins like these every day.   1. An awesome free printable coloring page for kids. 2. Gorgeous idea for framing your favorite Instagram photos. 3. Every woman in the world would want to get this sweet Valentine’s card on Etsy. 4. Will someone please buy us these hot designer shoes? 5. Nachos! (Well, it is Super Bowl weekend.)...

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Olive Box monthly subscription boxes: no olives, but still pretty cool.

Recently we featured 10 of our favorite subscription box gift boxes, and as the market gets increasingly saturated, we have to work harder at paring down the good ones for you. (Sorry, I don’t think you need to pay $35 a month for $9 worth of face cream samples.) So it’s nice when a trusted shop we love jumps into the game, like Pink Olive. I’ve long admired this local NYC shop, which is so beautifully curated with lovely cards, gifts, and announcements, and they’ve just added an Olive Box card box subscription. -Don’t miss a limited time discount for Cool...

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Valentine’s Day cards and gifts for people who don’t take Valentine’s Day too seriously

As much as I love funny Christmas cards and sarcastic Mother’s Day cards, I have to admit I have a thing for beautiful, artful Valentine’s Day cards — although yeah, I like funny Valentine’s Day cards too. So much to my delight, I found an artist on Etsy who delivers on both fronts. Look at this beautiful Valentine’s Day card from Emily McDowell Draws on Etsy. Then look closer…and suddenly I love it even more. That’s kind of the spirit of the whole shop — beautiful, feminine design with a whole lot of edge. The same goes for the...

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Three card draw: always have the perfect stationery on hand, stamped and ready to go

As I sit here feeling guilty how very far behind I am on sending thank you notes for gifts, I come across this little bit of genius from Hello, Lucky!, one of our favorite sites for funky letterpress cards and birth announcements. The monthly card subscription is such a fun alternative to box sets, if you always want to be sure to have greeting cards that are original and cool on hand. For $4 a card, you’ll get three of their wonderful designs a month, keeping you covered for all different seasons and occasions. Even sweeter, each one comes...

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5 Tech Picks You Won’t Want to Miss

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our favorite holiday posts on Cool Mom Tech from this week. 1. An awesome round-up of easy photo tutorials to help make your holiday photos brighter. 2. 6 of the best ways to send cards online. Yep, there’s still time! 3. The best Santa apps for kids, although shhhh, we like them too. 4. Turn your family into LEGO mini figures. So much fun. (And not at all painful). 5. Want to change up your holiday playlist? Here are some wonderful tunes from some of our favorite kindie rock artists....

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15 of the funniest christmas cards. Zero fruitcake jokes.

As much as I love loving, sweet, from-the-heart holiday greetings, there are those family members of mine I can always count on to send the funniest Christmas cards. Here, 15 cards that made me laugh out loud. No guarantees we have the same sense of humor — but I do promise you no fart jokes, fruitcake references, or allusions to Christmas balls of any sort.   Above: Christmastopher Walken Christmas Card ($4.25, Seas and Peas) (Just who you want coming down your chimney in the middle of the night.) I’ve Been Watching You Christmas Card ($5, Finch and Hare) Hot Cocoa Christmas...

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Hallmark rewards you for sending the cards you’d send anyway. Hey, thanks!

– Don’t miss a $500 giveaway we put together just for Cool Mom Picks readers! – As big proponents of sending cards (and saving the ones we receive ourselves, for all of eternity), we’re pretty excited to see just how many beautifully designed, modern cards are being offered by our partner Hallmark these days. Because let’s be honest, we’re often the ones in the local drugstore days before Christmas, stocking up for all those last minute invitations and visitors. And we are picky. As you well know.  No, we didn’t design this but we want to hire whomever did.  ...

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