It’s that time of year when your kids will be getting lots (and lots) of gifts, which means it’s also that time when we as parents try to teach our kids a little something about gratitude, and a great way to do that is by having them write out thank you cards. Real cards. With a pen. When my daughters were younger, it was easy to get them to sit down and write notes of thanks to family and friends. Now that they are 9 and almost 13, not so much. But getting tweens and teens to send out actual thank you notes (because, no,...Read More
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When we asked teachers what they thought made the best teacher gifts a couple of years ago, an overwhelming number of them said a personal note from their students was the one thing that really made their day. Yes, gift cards, classroom books, and handmade gifts are nice (and always appreciated!), but getting a handwritten note of thanks takes very little work and goes a very long way in showing appreciation to teachers after a long year. However, I think we can all agree that getting all kids to sit down a write a thoughtful note isn’t always so easy, so we’ve...Read More
Since you guys had such strong opinions about handwritten thank-you notes on our Facebook page last week, we decided that we needed to tackle the topic on today’s episode of SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz. Is a text or email message okay or completely unacceptable? And when did we start sending thank-you notes for baby gifts from the baby? Plus, our tips for not eating all the Halloween candy before it’s Halloween (please tell us we’re not the only ones), and our cool picks of the week that had us cry-laughing in the podcast booth. You can listen via SoundCloud right...Read More
I’ve been known to blow it up with rapid-fire text messages, but I still adore handwritten letters sent by snail mail. I’m also a child of the 80’s who passed notes folded just like the ones pictured on these old school text note cards from laLa Grace on BRIKA. Kids, these are what text messages looked like in the olden days. Note proper spelling and apostrophe placement. Since they’re blank inside, I could use these notes for just about any reason, but I think it would be clever to write a note to my child’s teacher on one of these cards, since back in the day...Read More
Back in December, when we asked teachers for the Best Teacher Gift Ideas, by far the most cherished gift mentioned was a handwritten note or card from their students. Just a few words to let them know that all their hard work made a difference to our kids; according to our Very Important Teachers, this small gesture goes a long way. But the other idea that received a lot of thumbs-up for its usefulness was a gift card to either a local establishment or national chain, where teachers could treat themselves or buy something for the classroom. Turns out, what some think of...Read More
We’ve all been huge fans and supporters of Minted long before they were a Cool Mom Picks sponsor, so it seems hard to believe that they are turning seven! It’s no surprise their ever-growing collection of stationery, invitations, and gifts designed by indie artists around the world are so popular with parents, including us. They really are some of the most beautifully designed options that we see anywhere. So in honor of the big Minted birthday celebration (aw, seven is such a fun year), they’re offering a special store-wide discount on everything. We’ve gone through and picked some of our own personal favorites on...Read More
If your kids are like mine, it’s no small feat to actually get one fabulous, shareable photo of them. So when I have a perfect one, I love looking at ways to incorporate it into great custom photo gifts for people on my list I know will appreciate it (hello, grandparents). This year, I’m really digging the growing collection of excellent custom photo gifts from Minted. We are so so happy to have them back as a sponsor (we love you, Minted!) because long before they were, we were fans of Minted holiday cards, which are not only printed beautifully, but help to support so many amazingly talented indie designers...Read More
We love finding gorgeous designs from indie artists, but sometimes what you really need is a way to make your very own custom design–preferably without hiring an artist or earning a degree in graphic design. The new Makr app for iOS helps you do exactly that, and it’s fast, easy, and a lot of fun, even if you’re not artistically inclined. Interestingly, the same free Makr app is different whether you’re using iPad or iPhone, including how it looks and what you can do with it. I’ll cover both here, but keep that quirk in mind when you download it. (Because...Read More
Over the summer months, we love any excuse to host a party–July 4th, birthday parties, backyard barbecues. And the more we do it, the better we get at finding the right places to find the right stuff to make it easy. So we’re so excited to welcome back one of our very favorite sponsors, Minted, which also happens to be one of our very favorite sources for beautiful custom invitations. And right now, this is a great time to visit. Oh, did we mention the sale? The Minted Baby & Kids Summer Event Sale right now gets you 15% off all baby announcements, kids’ personalized stationery,...Read More
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...Read More
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