Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool finds like these from our site and beyond. 1. Free printable paper dolls for Christmas. Perfect for stocking! 2. Super affordable jewelry to bring your inner sparkle, out. 3. A cool kid’s gift idea we all want for ourselves. And just might get it. 4. Huge list of really easy appetizer ideas for holiday entertaining. 5. Now that’s a Star Wars gift. Great Pinterest boards to search for holiday help and inspiration •Holiday Fabulosity •Printables + DIY •Cool Toys •Hostess Gifts •Kids’ Holiday Style •Food (Nom Nom Nom) •Holiday Gifts for...Read More
8 of the best jelly donut recipes for Hanukkah. Or for anybody, anytime. Because donuts are non-denominational.
If you’re not Jewish, get ready to wish that you were: Jelly donuts are a traditional Hanukkah food. As in, you must eat them to celebrate the holiday or you get kicked out of the tribe. Okay, you don’t really have to eat them, but you can and should, and these delicious jelly donut recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers and editors are proof. By the way: no judgments if you make one of these jelly donut treats and don’t celebrate Hanukkah. If anything brings us together as one, it’s donuts. These Blackberry Jam and Custard Donuts (above &...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
Some women obsessively collect shoes or handbags, but for me it’s jewelry. It always fits (of course), and makes me feel polished no matter how raggedy the rest of me may be. I love giving jewelry as gifts, too, as it just seems to make everyone feel special. Luckily for you we made it easy to find some gorgeous steals in the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop with a category solely dedicated to killer jewelry gifts all under $75. From statement cocktails rings and gemstones to initial pendants, here are some of my personal favorites from our collection, all made by so many independent artists we really love...Read More
These days, there’s no shortage of ways to save money, which is certainly welcome over the holiday season and our growing shopping lists. And it’s not just about coupons, discounts, and deals, which we love, of course. Taking steps to live more sustainably can actually save you money, and not just over the holidays. That’s where our sponsor PUREEnergies comes in. We really admire all they do to save families money and get them to live more sustainably. And their recent trip to the Amazon to learn more about sustainability got us thinking about how we can do the same...Read More
There may be more talk of picky eaters than foodie kids, but some kids really dig food. I know for sure that these seemingly rare creatures exist because I happen to be mother to one. My older son loves eating, looking at food magazines, and is fearless in the kitchen. If you’ve got one like him on your hands too, and are like, eh, he has enough toys…then check out these fun ideas for holiday food gifts for kids. And come to think of it, take a look at these holiday food gifts even if you have a picky eater. Sometimes giving...Read More
11 essential cleaning tips before your holiday party. Whether you’re a neat freak or a “hide everything in the closet” kind of person.
It’s that time of year when pretty much everyone is entertaining. And yeah, we all know how to run the vacuum and wield a toilet brush (or hire someone else to do it, if you’re lucky), but as the resident Cool Mom Picks neat freak, I’ve got a few pre-holiday party cleaning tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over the years to help you get the place in even better shape. Don’t worry — they’re simple, and they’ll actually make your job easier. [Editor’s note: We like that because uh, not all of us around here are neat freaks...Read More
Whether we like it or not, all of us parents become the family cook at some point, and even those of you who hate to cook know that it doesn’t get us out of it. (Darn kids and their need to eat.) These fab kitchen gadget gifts are some of my very favorites. They make the job a little bit easier, or at least more fun. And I imagine that every family cook—from the passionate to the uh…reluctant—will love having a cool new kitchen gadget like these. Some products may contain affiliate links from Amazon or reward style Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper ($19.99 at Bed,...Read More
We love personalized jewelry which makes such a special gift, but buying personalized jewelry–or personalized anything, really–also means planning ahead, especially at the holidays. And hey, sometimes we parents aren’t able to look further ahead than what we’ve planned for tonight’s dinner. So I did some planning for you and put together some wonderful personalized jewelry options with all the last order dates for holiday shipping. Of course there are some rush shipping opportunities for a little extra too. Hey, we’re all about making you (and someone very lucky in your life) look good. Stacking rings are so popular these days, and these cool ones...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
I’d like to think that calories don’t count over the holidays. In fact, that IS what I think while indulging in classic holiday treats like decadent hot chocolate and gingerbread desserts. Cocktails, though, are a place where I can skimp on calories without missing out on taste, too—these 7 skinny holiday drinks are proof. And, hey, the fewer calories I use on cocktails, the more I’ll happily enjoy Christmas cookies. This seasonal Apple Spiced Martini created by Chef Marcus Samuelsson and found in Redbook is packed with warm holiday spice. The simple syrup used to sweetened this drink is made...Read More
Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins like these from our site and beyond, just in time for holiday help. 1. Free printable holiday gift tags and labels–with a sense of humor. 2. Awesome STEM gift for crafty kids. 3. Free printable coupons that make terrific stocking stuffers. 4. A holiday cocktail recipe that gets us very excited for babysitter night. 5. Best Hanukkah gift ever? Possibly. 6. Now that’s a cool holiday card idea! For more holiday ideas and inspiration, check out these Pinterest Boards: •Holiday Fabulosity •Printables + DIY •Cool Toys •Hostess Gifts...Read More
Web Coolness: Outrageous gingerbread houses, the best tech toys for kids, and links to help you talk to your kids about race.
Here are the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Outrageous gingerbread houses way nicer than ours (This one: Kapowka on Instagram) The best tech toys and gifts for kids of all ages. Have you entered our holiday gift guide giveaway yet? You’ll want to. A woman in STEM shirt presents an alternative to, uh, That Other Shirt 8 creative hot chocolate recipes for any taste. Can we call it comfort food? More hot chocolate variations via SheKnows. Hanukkah is coming 12/16! Here are 8 fun Hanukkah gift ideas for...Read More
Compared to last year (holy Thanksgivukkah!), it may seem like we have tons of time to prep for Hanukkah, but I have a feeling that the time will fly. Quickly. Before we know it, we’ll be on the hook for eight crazy nights of festivities and, probably Hanukkah gifts for your kids, too. Of course, all of the toys and gifts in this year’s Cool Mom Picks gift guide make great options, especially our ideas for Baby’s First Hanukkah if you have a new baby or toddler. But for older kids, I’ve tracked down these great Hanukkah gifts for kids...Read More
We love how #GivingTuesday has become such a widespread tradition across the US in just two years, and we’ve been thrilled to share some of our favorite ways to give back–on this day and any day. We love promoting our favorite charities and causes, and gifts that give back, but this year, in honor of #GivingTuesday, we’re highlighting family volunteer opportunities. I can’t think of a better way to balance out the post-Thanksgiving retail focus, and maybe even to start a new tradition for your kids, than to get out there and give back to others. In fact, it’s become a really wonderful aspect of...Read More
With 8 days of gift giving, Hanukkah is a time for creativity: Something they need, something they want, and so on and so forth until you get to something they can eat. These edible gifts for Hanukkah are a perfect addition to the holiday mix and also make great hostess and family gifts. There’s a tasty little treat in here for everyone, from big to small, silly to gourmet. Edible gifts for Hanukkah for kids Ugly Hanukkah Sweater Cookie Why should Christmas get all the ugly sweater fun? These adorable Ugly Hanukkah Sweater cookies are hysterical and, made...Read More
Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins like these daily, from our site and beyond. Can you tell we’ve got holidays on our brains? 1. A very cute free printable Advent calendar for kids. 2. Creative holiday photo card idea that anyone can do. 3. Great list of easy, homemade holiday food gifts. 4. One designer tech accessory we’re all coveting for our stockings. 5. Wine glasses that are cracking us up. Great Pinterest boards to follow for holiday help and inspiration: •Holiday Fabulosity •Printables + DIY •Cool Toys •Hostess Gifts •Kids’ Holiday Style...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 best local chocolatiers around the USA: The most delicious way to support Small Business Saturday
Every year, we are huge supporters of Small Business Saturday, ever since the first grassroots effort. You can look back through our archives for our writers’ favorite small businesses from Brooklyn to Albuquerque but this year we wanted to point out another way to support small businesses today while tearing through your holiday lists: Local chocolate gifts. Independent chocolatiers are some of my favorite small businesses to support any time of year, because fresh local ingredients combined with regional flavors and packaging means treats you just can’t find anywhere else. And whether you want to send a special gift or have something delicious...Read More
If you’re looking for the best Black Friday Deals from retailers both big and small (you know, the ones who can’t afford to buy huge ads) we have the biggest and best deals and discount codes here. Plus, we’ll be updating it with new Black Friday sale info as the day goes on, so keep checking back and follow us on Twitter (what, you’re not already?) to keep up as well. Also, don’t forget we have tons of great discount codes from small businesses in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, all good through the end of the year. Happy holiday shopping! And...Read More