I’ve seen all these DIY tutorials around the web lately for handmade knot pillows and if you have as well, these images may look familiar. Only after a whole lot of searching and secret sourcing, turns out the original photos are not from loads of brilliant crafters who all remarkably had the exact same idea (and photography styling), but from a wonderful little shop called Umemi from Icelandic product designer Ragnheidur Osp Sigurdardottir. Thus begins a new series we’re launching called The Originals, in which we attempt to track down the original makers who have invented products so wonderful, they quickly become copied and passed off...Read More
Tag: holiday decorations
As much as I love party decorations, I hate throwing them out at the end of the day. I don’t even like throwing out paper tablecloths, after they’re torn, which, I know. My own issue. So I always love finding party decor that can be reused. I think the reusable personalized birthday banners from our friends at Blue Without You Kids are just adorable. The Etsy shop is known for their handmade soft mobiles and gorgeous but affordable embroidery hoop art, so banners seem to be a perfect addition to the line. While there are some cool handmade pennant buntings and a really...Read More
Need some last minute Christmas help? We are here for you, friends! 16 last minute ideas for Christmas gifts you can still get 40 creative stocking stuffer ideas, beyond bubbles The best gift card apps to make last-minute gifts easier 6 fun Santa apps for kids to help prove he’s real 7 of the best apps and websites for sending last-minute holiday ecards Handmade craft gift ideas that kids can make themselves Tons of gorgeous free printable gift tags and gift wrap 14 creative gift wrap ideas Easy holiday table setting ideas for a dinner with kids How to take better...Read More
I’ve woken up a few times over the last couple weeks to the sound of ornaments falling from my tree and crashing to the floor. Not good. I’ve got a few gaps in my tree now, but with just a couple days until school is out and the kids are home, I don’t have time to make a run to the store for more ornaments. Our editor Liz forwarded me these cool printable Christmas ornaments from Smallful the other day, and now I don’t need to go anywhere. I love tradition and vintage and classic at Christmas, but these fresh, modern designs...Read More
Here are some of the things we’ve loved reading around the web this week, with special emphasis on last-minute holiday help, and humor to get you through the week. Enjoy! The final days to enter our seriously amazing 2014 Holiday Gift Guide giveaway and our equally awesome Holiday Tech Gift Guide giveaway featuring a new iPad Air 2. Someone has to win–how about you? 15 seriously hilarious Christmas cards Christmas song playlist compiled by top parent bloggers. (Also, their least favorites. Sorry, Dominic the Donkey) 11 creative gift wrap ideas including these adorable parcels “from the North Pole.” Ideas for gift...Read More
Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for great ideas like these from our site and beyond. 1. One of the easiest, most adorable DIY Christmas gifts from kids. 2. Nice ideas for gift-wrapping a bottle of wine. 3. If you’re heading out of town, you might need this cool gadget for travelers. 4. Great last minute gift idea for guys. 5. Perfect New Year’s Eve jewelry....Read More
If all your kids want for Christmas is more LEGO pieces to add to their never big enough collection, they’ll be thrilled to discover that you can even cover the Christmas tree with those beloved bricks in the form of LEGO ornaments. Here are three great shops to start to help them on their quest for LEGO domination of the world! Or okay, maybe just Christmas tree domination. If your LEGO fanatics like the building part of LEGO most of all, they’ll be thrilled to receive one of LEGO building master Chris McVeigh’s LEGO ornament kits. I absolutely love the modern designs and cool...Read More
Web coolness: Holiday gift help, ideas for kids who don’t need toys, TIME person of the year, and a hilarious takedown of a top gift catalog
Here are our favorite links around the web this week. Hope you like them too. With less than 2 weeks to Christmas and only a few days to Hanukkah (eek!), check out more than 200 gift ideas on our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Plus there’s still time to enter that awesome giveaway filled with luxury goodies for you and the kids. Emoji gifts. Love it. Great ideas for kids who don’t need more toys. (Even if they think they do.) Helpful source for free toy, craft, and stocking stuffer ideas. What happens when boys want princess toys? Must-read post for Etsy sellers and...Read More
15 of the most gorgeous printable holiday crafts for kids and families. Better get those printers warmed up!
Each year, I love rounding up the best printable holiday crafts that so many amazing designers, artists, and all-around crafty people develop so that people like me can create beautiful things with our kids. In fact, they make it so easy for me to print out not only holiday paper crafts, but also beautiful gift tags and vibrant wrapping paper, I never have to make a night-before-Christmas run for those things anymore. (If only I could print tape.) So I’ve put together 15 of my favorite printable holiday crafts to do with the kids this season. And with three kids, you...Read More
If you’re short on space, before you spring for any new holiday decorations this year, check out Milani’s bright and bouncy beechwood-and-steel small modern Christmas tree on a Spring which does a great job of combining contemporary and fun. It’s small, but doesn’t look kie a Charlie Brown tree. And hey, it won’t shed needles all over your floor. At 12-inches high, this tree doesn’t need a lot of space to liven up a room and, though I love it as is, it can be customized with your own small ornaments and decorations. Grab it in green, red, blue, or multicolored, or set...Read More
The Big Last Minute Thanksgiving Help Guide: Recipes, printables, hotlines and more recipes. We’re here for you!
You need last minute Thanksgiving help? We’ve got it for you. We’ve put out so many amazing features from the best Thanksgiving recipes of all kinds to fun printables to keep the kids busy, that we wanted to put them all in one place for you. Happy prepping, cooking, serving, and then? Sleeping. You can do it! How to cook a turkey: 5 easy Thanksgiving turkey recipes If you’re still deciding how to make it, these should help. How to cook your first Thanksgiving turkey Right down to carving tips. So helpful! Thanksgiving 911: 4 cooking helplines to save your Thanksgiving Put them on speed dial; they’re not just for turkey. 13 Make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes to make cooking easier Ready to put that slow cooker to work? 8 seriously amazing mashed potato recipes for Thanksgiving Stuffing or mashed potatoes? We vote both. 7 cranberry sauce recipes for every taste From sweet to savory to spicy, we’ve got you covered. Best ever Thanksgiving stuffing recipes We can’t pick just one, and often don’t. 6 cute Thanksgiving treats for kids On the chance that some of yours won’t eat that turkey you slaved over. Like ours. Sigh. How to make homemade pie perfectly: 8 easy tips And some of our favorite classic recipes too. The best Thanksgiving mail order pies It’s not too late to have someone do it...Read More
Wonderful vintage Christmas ornaments and decor on Etsy: And a very merry, mid-century Christmas to you too.
I think bringing vintage Christmas ornaments and other goodies into your celebration can bring so much personality to your holiday table setting and the rest of your decor. I really love mid-century items, so anything past the late ’60s gets a little modern kitsch for me–not that there aren’t a few goodies. So I’ve combed Etsy and put together some spectacular vintage Christmas ornaments and other finds I hope you’ll love as much as I do. Hey, sometimes one perfect, perfectly cool ornament makes the perfect little gift and it hasn’t cost you much at all. Mid-century Christmas tree ornament...Read More
Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out these 5 Thanksgiving Pinterest pins, plus lots more from our site and around the web. 1. If you’re heading out of town for Thanksgiving, you need this hilarious tote bag. So awesome, right? 2. A delicious gluten-free stuffing recipe. So helpful if you’ve got family with food allergies. 3. Sweet and very easy decorating ideas for your Thanksgiving table. 4. Smart tips for organizing your tech (aka hiding all those wires and cords) before company arrives. 5. Here’s a sweet potato pie recipe that we’re...Read More
Let me first be totally upfront: The idea of setting a holiday table kind of terrifies me. I am not someone who can just effortlessly whip up an Elsa’s castle centerpiece made of handmade gingerbread, or pick up a calligraphy pen and go to town on place cards. I don’t even own fancy china or “holiday” dinnerware because we tend to have holiday dinners elsewhere. I quietly envy the spectacular holiday table settings and place card ideas on Pinterest, and repin them, but in my head I’m thinking, yeah, right. In other words, I’m not living the glorious home decor blogger dream. I’m...Read More
We can’t believe it, but it’s time to start thinking about holiday cards–if you haven’t already. (And if you’re already done, we bow down to you.) We have to admit we’re a little excited though. Don’t you love checking your mailbox in December and seeing stacks of cards (i.e. not bills) inside? If you want your holiday cards to stand out from the rest, we’ve put together some creative ideas for you on behalf of our newest sponsor, Pear Tree Greetings. We’re so happy to discover how beautiful and surprising affordable their custom cards are. Check out these ten ideas, and we hope...Read More
The ultimate last-minute Halloween idea guide: Costumes, treats, recipes, printables, crafts, decor, pumpkins and more.
We have featured so many fun Halloween posts this year–and years past, too–featuring our favorite Halloween ideas of all kinds. Including the last minute ones. We’re talking dozens of recipes for treats both healthy and uh….well, you know. Plus costume ideas, printables, decor, pumpkin carving ideas, crafts, music and apps for kids, even cocktails just for you. Can you tell we like Halloween? Since we tend to be among those parents out there who always need last minute Halloween help–let’s call us busy, not procrastinators–we’ve put together the kind of list we’d like to find ourselves, featuring more than 50 helpful Halloween posts (whoa!) to...Read More
Pumpkin decorating might be my kids’ favorite part of Halloween–second only to gorging on candy, of course. So I’ve been on the lookout for new and different ways to dress up our pumpkins this year, and in addition to last year’s round up of awesome no-carve Halloween pumpkin decorating ideas, I found a bunch of new, very fun, no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas that I really love. Hope you can put them to good use! These painted mini pumpkins at Studio DIY (above) look so much like frosted donuts that you may need to remind the kids not to take a bite. They...Read More
Looking for last minute Halloween awesome? Follow our Pinterest boards for these 5 fun Halloween pins, plus lots more of our daily picks and more coolness from around the web. 1. Helpful tips for taking great Halloween photos of kids. 2. A huge round-up of free Halloween coloring pages that have been keeping our own kids busy. 3. DIY Halloween mummy juice boxes. So fun (and easy) for class parties! 4. Easy Halloween party recipes that are super simple and tasty. 5. Such a fun printable Halloween garland that the kids can decorate themselves....Read More
Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find coolness like this from our site and around the web every day. 1. Now that’s one Halloween lunchbox idea that we can actually do. 2. iPhone cases that bring back childhood memories. Awwww. 3. The designer handbag we just added to the fall fashion covet list. 4. Awesome educational app for kids that they’ll love. 5. An easy no-carve pumpkin decorating idea that even little ones can help with. And if you’re looking for more Halloween help, don’t miss our boards for Halloween Coolness, Halloween DIY, Printables + DIY, and of course,...Read More
Web coolness – Movies recreated in LEGO, Halloween costumes to avoid, and the Brandy Melville debate
Here are our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you like them too! Stop-motion scenes from 60 movies all recreated in LEGOs. By a 15-year-old! Brilliant. A great reason to become a Cool Mom Tech subscriber today. As in…today. Right now. Stat. Mingos, Rapartment, and Extrasize: We never get tired of funny words that kids mispronounce. A popular brand of tween and teen clothes that only comes in small: Heated debate on our Facebook page. When does social media start to feel not-so-social? Tough discussion about racially sensitive Halloween costumes. Would this change how your kids dress...Read More