Tag: holidays

Last-Minute holiday shipping deadlines: Because yep, we’re still shopping, too.

It’s just four days until Christmas and even the procrastinators are sweating. Yes, we are talking about our ourselves. Since we don’t think we are alone in the holiday hustle, we’ve been scouring the web to find out the shipping deadlines of some of our favorite stores. Not only is there time (okay, maybe a day or so), but there are tons of cool deals going on, many of which include  free shipping. It’s like we’re being rewarded for our procrastination. Hope this helps you as you search for that perfect gift. CMP is an rstyle affiliate AMAZON: Order by 12/22 for two-day...

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Fun holiday party ideas that we put to use at our our own Cool Mom Picks shindigs this season.

We had the best time over the past month, partnering with Amazon Free Time to throw a couple of fun press and blogger holiday cocktail parties in Philly and Atlanta. Our aim was to give parents a little more me time (Get it? Free Time for me time?) in a completely adults-only environment. Remember that? Of course the great company and the chance to meet some of our favorite publishers and editors from around the country was the absolute highlight. But we thought we’d share some other fun things we did that could inspire some fun holiday party ideas for your own gatherings this season....

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Web Coolness: Star Wars meets Christmas, special edition

Here are some things we’ve liked reading this week. We hope you will too.   Gingerbread Wookiee cookies from Sugared Nerd: A mashup of America’s two biggest December holidays. An awesome infographic guide to Star Wars curses and insult from nerf herder to bantha poodoo. The coolest Star Wars holiday gifts, should anyone you know catch the fever at this late date. Kelly Clarkson wins Christmas cards. DIY Minecraft ornaments – cute! Holiday cookie help: One sugar cookie recipe, 10 variations. (Wookiee gingerbread men excluded.) More cookie help with 5 easy cookie swap recipes. Yum. Tons of fun, free printable gift tags for holiday gifts, including these printable Star...

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DIY and printable gift card holder ideas: 10 absolutely lovely options that make that piece of plastic something special.

Though I spend an awful lot of time picking out the perfect gifts for the people on my Christmas list, there are many times when a gift card really is the perfect gift, which is why I’ve rounded up ten DIY gift card holder ideas to dress that little card-sized piece of plastic nicely for the holidays.  Because I know my teenage daughter would love a gift card to a local clothing store or iTunes card; our many dance teachers and coaches could use a few free skim Ventis; and I like the idea of cards that support a local lunch joint...

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A great big list of 20 of the best free printable gift tags and gift wrap for the holidays

It’s beginning to look like it’s time to start wrapping the gifts, so we’re coming to the rescue with 20 of the cutest, coolest, and most beautifully designed printable gift tags and gift wrap for the holidays, from all over the internet. This list should make it clear that we’re picky — we’ve really spent a lot of time finding just the very best ones. Because hey, we get it…it’s totally disheartening to realize Christmas eve that you don’t have enough gift tags or wrapping paper to get the job done, and then have to scour the web for something that fits your standards. So...

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Web coolness: Outrageous gingerbread houses, movies no parents have seen, and the year in review according to children.

Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Fantastic TV and movie inspired gingerbread houses including this amazing Game of Thrones gingerbread house. Mmm…Westeros. Possibly the most insane gingerbread house of them all — because it’s life size! Creative eggnog drink recipes. Yes, please. Cute Hanukkah craft to get you through the final nights. Awesome emoji gifts! Bad dad jokes for the holidays. Ha. 17 cool tech gifts under $25 Speaking of which, have you entered to win a free iPad Air + designer case from the Cool Mom Tech holiday gift guide? It’s...

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Web coolness: Action figures for girls, a must-hear rap for kids, and a most interesting nail trend.

Here are some of the things we’re liking around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   One of our favorite small toy brands, I Am Elemental, is now out with a complete set of their action figures for girls that champion powers like honesty, bravery and courage. Super cool. Love the beautifully curated Mommas Gone City online pop-up shop with gift boxes created by our friend Jessica Shyba. Tutorial: 7 ways to wrap a bottle of wine. We need this! And have you checked out the Cool Mom Eats holiday gift guide? Amazing stuff. Yum. 14 cool custom photo gifts, the...

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7 unique nativity sets for families with young kids. So basically, not glass.

Now that it’s officially December, I will soon unpack and set up my childhood nativity set, even if our holidays are largely secular nowadays. However after three kids who turned my nativity into a sort of dollhouse toy each year, it’s time for me to consider something new. Which is why I have been looking around the web for a beautiful and unique nativity set for families that won’t be easily destroyed, should the kids get a little handsy with the Wise Men. In other words, no $800 porcelain figurines painted with 14k gold leaf. So I came up with seven nativity sets I really...

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3 of the ultimate gourmet food gifts for anyone on your list with great taste. And a sense of humor

From the day that Mouth.com launched we were like…whoa! If we had come up with a Cool Mom Eats retail site it would be just that — wonderfully curated gourmet food gifts and subscriptions, all from the best artisanal indie makers from around the country. So we’re beyond thrilled to announce a new partnership: Kristen and I teamed up with Mouth, came up with some super fun ideas, and put together 3 really awesome food gift bags of our own that we thought our readers would really love. Plus, our readers save 10% off everything at Mouth with code CMP10 But we think you...

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Counting down to Christmas with acts of kindness

We’ve covered lots of cool Advent calendar over the years, because what kid doesn’t want to countdown to the big day of toys and treats with…well, okay. A lot of little toys and treats. So I was really touched by this sweet Acts of Kindness countdown to Christmas printable calendar at She Lives Free. Her post has more than just the free printable — there are some lovely thoughts about small actions that help children (and all of us, really) to be more mindful about others and how we all fit in together. I mean, hopefully you are holding a...

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Web coolness: So much holiday shopping help, the best shopping apps, and the Jerry Seinfeld line all parents can relate to.

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too   So many holiday gift ideas. OH so many holiday gift ideas! Start by supporting our favorite small shops and online children’s boutiques (shown above: Sarah + Abraham); making use of Black Friday deals that last all weekend; and checking out some cool smaller tech accessory companies that could use your support too. Also have you visited our holiday gift guide? With categories for hard-to-shop-for men, your favorite grandparents, hilarious 90’s pop culture gifts,  even the coolest Hanukkah gifts, we’re hooking you up! Lots of delicious ways to use up...

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The best Black Friday deals: Shop right from your couch!

If you’re looking for some of the best Black Friday shopping deals and discounts around the web, we’ve rounded them up for you right here, along with the best Black Friday tech deals over on Cool Mom Tech.We’ll continue to update the post all day long with sales all day (and weekend) long, so be sure to check back, and follow us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting them. And don’t forget to check out our 2015 Holiday Guide for even more gift ideas featuring indie designers and small businesses. APPAMAN (above) 40% off site-wide with the code: FRIDAY40 DYLBUG: 20%...

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7 Thanksgiving books for kids written from the Native perspective

Looking for the best Thanksgiving books for kids to share this week is a no-brainer for us; Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s low pressure (unless you’re doing all the cooking), no fancy outfits to shop for, no gifts. Just a weekend with the people I love most in the world. But while the spirit of the holiday for my family is really about togetherness, I’ve also been thinking a lot about the true history of Thanksgiving, and how we’ve become more enlightened in recent years about the longtime misrepresentation of the Native people whose land was decidedly...

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It’s here! Our 2015 Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide! Whoo!

We are so, so excited to present our 2015 holiday gift guide, which we have to say is our biggest and our best yet. And we’ve been doing this a while, so that’s saying something! Click over and you’ll find more than 325 truly fabulous holiday gifts ideas for every single person on your list, in every price range. And of course, so many are from the small brands and indie makers we love to support all year long, but especially now.   Whether you’ve got a tight budget or sky’s the limit, we’ve scoured the far reaches of the internet to find the coolest holiday gifts...

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15 of the coolest Advent calendars to make waiting for Christmas more fun.

Even though I’m still finding Halloween candy wrappers hidden under the couch (kids!), I’m keenly aware that December isn’t that far away. Which means that it’s time to start thinking about which Advent calendar we want in our home to help us count down the days to Christmas. As we’ve done for the past seven (wow!) years on Cool Mom Picks, in 2015 we’ve searched high and low for all kinds of options for your home. From clever DIY calendars, to fun kid-like designs, to gorgeous pieces you can reuse each year and treasure, here are 15 of the best Advent calendars I really love this year....

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Peace, Joy, Color: Cool Christmas coloring pages for adults in a book of tear-out postcards

As we get closer to the launch of our big holiday gift guide (next week, you guys!) we’ve been keeping our eyes out in particular for lots of affordable gifts. You know, the stuff for people on your list who deserve more than a stocking stuffer, but aren’t gong to get a $150 cashmere scarf. I just found such a perfect $10 gift in the new Peace. Joy. Color. book of tear-out Christmas coloring page postcards. It’s like the best of the adult coloring book trend meets holiday cards, and I love all the festive notecards in the book, which are very...

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Web coolness: A Charlie Brown Morrissey mashup, essential books for girls, and the best parenting advice in 6 words

Here are some links we’ve liked around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   In honor of the Peanuts Movie launch this weekend, 12 amazing ideas for a Peanuts themed party. Also, laughing so hard at This Charming Charlie tumblr, a mashup of Peanuts strips and Morrissey lyrics. Still trying to get rid of leftover Halloween candy? We have 9 smart options for you. Worried about processed meats: Here’s a smart guide to choosing better bacon. 3 things never to say to your kids: Do you agree? Nice list of 30 empowering books for girls including some...

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20 awesome stocking stuffer ideas under $20 all from The Container Store. Convenience FTW!

As the holiday season gets kicking into high gear, we’re reminding ourselves to simplify as much as possible so that we can really enjoy the holidays with our families. That means cutting down the time we spend running — or clicking — from store to store to get everything we need. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Which is why we’re excited to welcome our newest sponsor The Container Store, who we happen to love. (Seriously, has anyone in history ever walked out of that store with only one thing? Exactly.) They are far more than bins and organizational needs, if you...

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Awesome holiday cards from Minted: You pick them, they address them. Actually, they may pay for them, too.

If thinking about your holiday card photos already is stressing you out, take a deep breath. Because we’re about to make it easier for you in a whole lot of ways. First off, our amazing sponsor Minted (yay, Minted!) is back with a brand new indie designer-created holiday card collection for 2015 and we’re sharing some favorite holiday cards from Minted to help you pare down your choices from the zillions of gorgeous designs. Trust us, it was tough. If you’re familiar with them, you know that we’ve all been huge fans of their cards for years, because they not only support small designers from around the...

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6 delightfully creepy books for kids for Halloween and long, long after. If you dare.

With Halloween coming up, I did some browsing at my local library and bookstore to find some creepy books for kids. But, I wanted books that weren’t necessarily tied to Halloween so that we could read, enjoy, and be spooked by them all year long. These six books range from funny and little spooky, to downright scary. So fair warning, you might not want to read some of them at bedtime; and not just for the kids. You can find all these titles at our affiliate amazon or at your local indie bookstore.  At the lighter end of the creepy book spectrum is Creepy Carrots! written by Aaron Reynolds...

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