Tag: holidays

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 delicious recipes for Valentine’s Day pancakes that will really hit their sweet spot.

Love is in the air. Or is that the smell of Valentine’s Day pancakes from truly creative recipes? I can think of no better way to treat your family this Valentine’s Day (or the whole Valentine’s Day weekend) than to surprise them with a stack of fluffy, gorgeously festive, super indulgent pancakes. Okay, fashionista mamas, we’re bringing ombre to the breakfast table. These beautiful pink ombre pancakes (above) from This Mama Loves feel like French macarons, don’t they? They’re easy, too. All you need is your favorite pancake mix and food coloring. You can get three coordinating colors or try one color...

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Valentine gifts for babies: 10 ideas for our littlest loves.

Yeah, they’re too young for chocolate hearts. But if you’re the sentimental type like me, Valentine gifts for babies aren’t entirely out of the question. Here are some ridiculously cute ideas. Bonus: You won’t mind having these items around for a long time after February has come and gone.   1. Baby hat with tattooed heart Since it’ll be a while before he can scrawl an “I Love You” card of his own, let him wear his heart on his sleeve — or head — this Valentine’s Day with this super-cute, crocheted winter hat with a tattoo-style MOM on the...

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Happy Year of the Horse: How to celebrate Chinese New Year at home

Growing up as an Asian American kid, the Chinese New Year was a pretty big deal with my family. I admit that I’ve let that tradition go a bit as I’ve gotten older, but it’s so fun for kids to discover how to celebrate Chinese New Year at home, whether you’re of Asian heritage or not. Here is a ton of inspiration for ringing in the Year of the Horse with your own kids. GIFTS If someone you know is welcoming a Year of the Horse baby this year, Tree by Kerri Lee’s Chinese Zodiac Birth Year Boxes (pictured above) have...

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7 beyond adorable baby photo ideas for Valentine’s Day

Since you can’t give the gift of sleep for Valentine’s Day, we love the next best thing: An adorable photo of your sweet baby. We’ve scoured the web and rounded-up some of the most creative baby photo ideas ideas for Valentine’s Day, whether it’s for a card to send the relatives, or just a cute photo for the nursery wall. Best part, they’re all super easy; while the professionals provide wonderful inspiration, you can recreate plenty of these yourself. This post is part of our monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor babyGap, with tips to help you celebrate motherhood...

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6 delicious champagne cocktails for New Year’s Eve. Bring on the bubbly!

Well, cool moms, one thing is clear: you love your drinks as much as I love mine so of course I’d put together some delicious champagne cocktails for you just for New Year’s Eve. Together we’ve filled our glasses with festive holiday cocktails, sipped on boozy eggnogs, and even whipped up cocktail/mocktail pairings to keep our non-drinking loved ones in the party mix. But bubbles seems the perfect way to end the year. So raise your glasses one last time this year: here’s to an awesomely fantastic 2014! Featured photo: Bubbly cocktails by Maxime Lattoni, via Saveur.   I have...

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Merry Christmas, cool moms and dads!

We hope that whatever you end up doing today (and whatever your kids are playing with) that your day is full of joy, love, and, if you’ve been very very good this year, a big fat afternoon nap. Wishing you a very merry Christmas! -Kristen, Liz, and Team Cool Mom...

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Sad Santa, a new Christmas classic that will make you happy

You’d think a book called Sad Santa, complete with a morose bearded guy in red on the cover, would be a real downer at the holidays. But fortunately, illustrator and author Tad Carpenter’s story will put a smile on your face. And–spoiler alert–Old St. Nick will be just fine too. In this wonderfully illustrated picture book, Santa finds himself with a case of the post-holiday blues. The excitement of Christmas is over, and now the kids are busy with all their wonderful toys, leaving Santa with not a lot to look forward to. Those cheery elves do their best...

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Last minute gift ideas: Lots of ideas when you have little or no time to spare

Last minute gift ideas are always the toughest. You have all these last minute people you forgot about (with no offense to them–we get busy!) and suddenly you’re stuck with whatever you can find in the drugstore aisles. Fortunately the drugstore chains have gotten way better with the gift selections if happen to be any left by now. But as an alternative, try any of these gift ideas you can pull together fairly easily. I promise they’re actually quick–no tracking down beeswax to make candles or breaking out a sewing machine. And of course, make sure you wrap it...

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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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Joyfolie: Fancy shoes for little girls ready for New Year’s Eve and beyond

My girls have vowed to stay up late enough to see the ball drop this New Year’s Eve, but their plans are bigger than that. Evidently they have also planned to dress up, wear fancy shoes, and I think I heard murmuring about tiaras (and knowing my youngest, a Griffindor robe to top it all off). Fortunately we’ve got another few years until they ask for champagne, but I do know where to get the fancy shoes. Joyfolie is a mom-run shop that made the leap from a small Etsy shop and now makes quite the selection of dress...

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The cutest printable photo props to put the Merry in your Christmas

We love how grownups and kids alike will totally let their silly side show when you leave out some easy-to-DIY printable photo props. We’ve seen this trend at many birthday parties and even outlined how to make your own photo booth for your next shindig. And now we’ve changed up the props for Christmas, with a roundup that we’ve made sure are all printable and either free, or very affordable PDFs for download. Tet ready to smile so wide it hurts when Uncle David or cousin Lucas starts mugging for the camera. Oh Happy Day’s illustrated free holiday printable photo...

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Last minute holiday gifts, ideas and help on Pinterest. We’re here for you you. (Strokes head lovingly.)

Each week we feature our favorite pins on Pinterest, but today we’d be remiss if we didn’t point you towards just a few of our our own Cool Mom Picks Pinterest boards, which we’ve been packing with last minute holiday gifts and ideas for you from fashion to decor to those gifts you realize you need at the 11th hour. Follow us–it’s fun, and we love checking your boards too!   Holiday Fabulosity on Pinterest  (above) – a great big board of everything festive and everything cool (In partnership with Minted through December)   Printables + DIY on Pinterest – So many...

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Wrap it up with the coolest free printable gift tags and gift wrap

Running low on gift tags and holiday wrapping paper right when you really need them? Want to avoid a shopping center parking lot at all costs this close to Christmas? Yeah, us too. No worries:  Download some of these gorgeous printable gift tags or holiday gift wrap designs and print them right from your home printer. We’ve tracked down only the very nicest ones for you–and huge thanks to all the wonderful designers who provide such a kind service to all of us over the holidays.    Hand-illustrated free printpable Christmas labels and tags by Emily McDowell Oversized tags with a...

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Our favorite gift subscriptions for kids, from toddlers to teens

There’s still time to give a special child a special gift that keeps giving each month with one of these awesome subscription boxes. We’ve recently rounded up our picks for the 10 best subscription gifts for adults, but kiddos get their own choices too! With hours of activities packed into each box, they are perfect for rainy — or snowy — days. And coming in 3-month, 6-month, or even annual subscriptions, gift subscriptions for kids extend the excitement of Christmas longer than the lights will stay up on my house, which is saying something. Who says Christmas comes but once a...

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Web Coolness: free holiday printables, postpartum selfie madness, and cookies galore.

Must make: Free printable holiday envelopes ready to assemble. Too cute! Must read: The little joys of holidays with the kids. We love this list. Must watch: Adorable video of a little girl signing a holiday concert. Must eat: The perfect winter salad recipe on Food 52 if you’re OD’ing on holiday treats. Today is the last day to nominate your favorite kids and family brands for a Cribsie award. (We’re excited to be among the judges!) We are super impressed with this Winter reindeer craft made from fallen branches or boughs. Grab the drill. A father-daughter photo series to make you count your proverbial...

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18 little holiday joys with your kids–mostly free. As most little joys are.

As much as we love shopping and big surprises and our seasonal visit to the Nutcracker at BAM and shopping some more, I’m well aware that some of the greatest treats of the season are the little things. So I hope you’ll like this list that I put together as a contributor to the Amex Tumblr: 18 Little Holiday Joys with Your Kids. I thought about the small joys that shouldn’t be overlooked in the craziness of the season, like sharing favorite holiday movies together, knowing every lyric to Partridge in a Pear Tree, or watching a child suspend disbelief...

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10 of our favorite subscription gift boxes. Because it’s never too late to give gifts in the future.

Last year, we brought you 10 of the best subscription gift boxes we could find. And this year, we’re adding on to the list because there are so many new exciting entries. (Geez, remember when it was just Birchbox? Although we do still love them.) So put down that boring last-minute gift card and instead give a card promising indulgent goodies into the new year, even after all that Christmas glitter has worn off. For the classy dame who’s not afraid to take beauty risks: Bergamot This is hands-down my favorite subscription box ever. Each month, three carefully curated artisan...

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Printable Nutcracker paper dolls bring the magic to a coffee table near you.

Forget overpriced seating and an emergency potty break right before the Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy. Thanks to these gorgeous printable Nutcracker paper dolls from CMP favorite Sarah Jane, now you can enjoy the magic of one of our favorite holiday traditions any time, any place, and with the most beautiful or ridiculous dances your kids can devise. The Nutcracker Paper Dolls and Puppet Theater includes PDF printables of the stage proscenium and 13 Nutcracker characters. Just print them out on heavy card stock, cut and assemble. Then, crank the Nutcracker soundtrack from Spotify (The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra recording...

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Great experience gifts for kids, because memories make for awesome presents.

When we’re asked for ideas for a great gift for the kid who has everything–or even those who don’t–the first thing that comes to mind for me are experience gifts . They don’t have to be expensive at all, or they can be super splurgey. An experience gift can be an activity you do with the kids, or something they do on their own. So broaden your mind if you’re still stumped for gifts–we’ve got some fun idea starters, along with some thoughts on how to package an experience gift so your kids have more to open under the...

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