Tag: Valentine’s Day

7 sweet, non-candy Valentine’s Day treats for Candy Meltdown Avoidance. (C.M.A.)

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about sugary sweets, of course. Though kids do clamor for those conversation hearts and pink jelly beans, they may get enough of them elsewhere this week. So I’ve put together ideas for non-candy Valentine’s Day treats that make a sweet surprise for your little ones without the sugar of candy—and hopefully without a major letdown. I think they’re all deliciously cute. In other words, your kids will definitely feel the love, just not the massive sugar rush.   Serve up the color of the day with this naturally pink Strawberry Applesauce spied on Lemon Tree...

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12 ideas for fabulous last minute Valentines gifts you can still get in time. Procrastinators, this one’s for you.

So yes, of course you can brave the crowds, hit the store, and track down something perfectly lovely as a last minute Valentines gift this week. But should you have actual kids to wrangle, or you know, job responsibilities or Netflix to catch up on, I could see where you might want to stay home and shop online. So here are a few last minute gift ideas for Valentine’s Day that you can still order in time, plus drop-dead shipping deadlines from lots of stores that are keeping FedEx in business this week. Just be sure to confirm them before you...

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Last minute Valentine’s Day help: Printables, crafts, gifts, and recipes. We have you covered.

If somehow Valentine’s Day snuck up on you–or oh, say, you’ve spent the last month tracking down cool Valentine’s picks for your readers and totally forgot to do anything about it yourself (ahem)–fear not! We have hundreds of resources, recipes, gift ideas, DIY projects, crafts for kids and more to help you out. Go forth and be romantic!  [at top: DIY heart crayon craft from 100 layer cakelet]    VALENTINES CARDS AND PRINTABLES     19 of the best printable Valentines for kids from around the web 15 more of our favorite printable Valentine’s cards for kids (Above: Heart printables from The...

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3 adorable free Valentine’s printables that let kids make their own Valentine’s gifts.

I’ve noticed that old school “Cootie Catchers” have been making a comeback lately, but I particularly like the rebranding of them as Chatterboxes. After all, that’s a little more palatable than the idea of picking bugs off of your friends, right? (Ew.) If your kids adore them them like mine, check out the sweet new printable just out from our talented friend Lonela of Tiny Me, who’s always whipping up something adorably crafty and cool and generously offering it up for free download.   The free printable Chatterboxes are perfect for Valentine’s Day, with fortunes like You have a heart of...

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The Hottest Tech Posts You May Have Missed This Week

Here are the hottest tech picks on Cool Mom Tech from this week. Look what you might have missed!   1. Ooooh, gorgeous USB jewelry for Valentine’s Day or any day. 2. You won’t believe what gadget this awesome fridge comes with built right in. Whoa! 3. We’re chuckling at these 3 hilarious Valentine’s Day cards for tech lovers. We bet you will too. 4. Stock up on paper and ink! We’ve got 9 cool printable valentines for Minecraft lovers, gaming geeks, and techie kids. 5. This funny nerdy mugs are cracking us up....

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Designer LEGO jewelry for the kid at heart.

We’ve been fans of jewelry designer JacQueline Sanchez‘s  Forever Young collection of LEGO jewelry since, well, forever ago. The artist makes rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and more with LEGO bricks that are more like designer pieces than a craft project you might find on Etsy. There are even blinged-out LEGO jewelry pieces embellished with a diamond, for the fanciest kids at heart. So when shopping for my husband’s Valentine’s Day gift, I was so glad to discover her LEGO heart cuff links–now on sale for 20% off, too! I’m always looking for something romantic yet playful, sentimental but not stuffy. And since watching him play LEGOs with with...

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12 of the most fun, easy Valentine’s crafts for kids that we’d like doing too.

With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, I’m going to take advantage of this weekend with the kids to finish up their printable Valentine’s Day cards and make a few yummy Valentine’s food gifts to hand out to all our favorite people. We’re also going to keep our hands busy and out of the bowl of candy hearts by doing some of these awesomely unique, fun, and easy Valentine’s crafts for kids. I hope you’ll agree they’re all pretty simple, and definitely kid-friendly, with supplies you already own or are fairly easy to find. No need for buzz saws. Yet.   Recycled Valentine’s treat bag...

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3 ideas for family-friendly Valentine’s Day dinners: How to adapt them from kid-friendly to adult-friendly later on.

Every time we parents make dinner, family cooks work to strike a balance between what the kids are willing to eat and what the grown ups actually want to eat. Sometimes holidays make this balancing act even harder. Ever make a heart-shaped pizza and call it dinner on Valentine’s Day? Yeah, me too. This year, if you’re staying home for Valentine’s Day, we’ve got a better idea. With the help of Ashley Rodriguez, a favorite family cookbook author and a top food blogger to follow in 2015, we’re offering up 3 great ideas for Valentine’s Day dinners that will make all of your loved ones happy, even if you...

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Web coolness: Valentines ideas, the best Super Bowl ad, college-ready first graders and more.

Here are some of our favorite links around the web this week. We hope you like them too.    You’ve got one week, and we have dozens of Valentine’s gift ideas for your beloved. Funny Valentine’s Day cards for tech lovers, like the one above from Emily McDowell. Download the coolest Valentine’s printables for your kids. This is the weekend to get them done! Also, cool idea for a printable light-up Valentine for science-loving kids. Love the idea for this DIY Black History Month matching game. Asking for money as a child’s birthday gift? Uh… Our favorite Super Bowl ad: #LikeAGirl. Yet, oddly controversial. Hooray for...

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16 of the sweetest first Valentine’s gifts for babies.

You didn’t think we’d forget little ones in our 2015 Valentine’s Gift Guide did you? While of course we dig all the romance of the day, we also can’t resist showering babies with love, which is why we put together this list of 16 Valentine’s gifts for babies, should you feel the need to do something ridiculously cute. Plus, just think of the awesome photo opps you’ll have to send to the grandparents on the 14th. Or, maybe you have a friend expecting around Valentine’s Day. Or a February shower that requires a thoughtful gift. No big splurges here–just little tokens...

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8 easy homemade Valentine’s food gifts, because you know what they say about the way to someone’s heart.

We’re suckers for easy DIY Valentine’s Day crafts that make thoughtful gifts, especially when they’re deliciously edible. So I’ve put together some ideas for homemade Valentine’s food gifts that are easy to make with the kids—even little ones and those not gifted in the craft department—and can be churned out in big batches to take care of a whole classroom. They’re also inexpensive to make, so that you can save the decadent store-bought chocolates for you and your special Valentine. Or just you.   My name is Stacie and I cannot decorate a cookie for my life. Yet even I can make...

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Share the love: 19 of the best printable valentines for your (very thoughtful) kids.

Yes, parenting in the digital age comes with the hassle of monitoring screen time and wondering if our kids are using social media for good. But there are also printable valentines, so we never have to comb through boxes of Dora and SpongeBob cards in a last-minute rush again. Instead, I’m letting my kids shop from some of the best printable valentines online. These cards will stand out from the crowd and score your kid major cool points with their friends. Plus, you don’t have to make them choose just one because almost all of them are free. So stock up on ink, because life just got way...

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Cool heart necklaces that are as stylish as sentimental.

I am a total adherent to the “thought that counts” school of Valentine’s gift giving, but sometimes that thought counts just a little more when you really know your sweetheart’s taste. There’s nothing wrong with classic jewelry from big-name designers, but if you have someone special in your life who likes her heart necklaces just a bit funkier than most, here are a few I have my eye on.     The clear pave sapphires set into a rose gold heart pendant (well, gold-plated sterling) are blingy in a very modern way. There are other styles too, in various combos of hot pink, black, silver...

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15 romantic Valentine’s gifts for her under 50: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

For the next post in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, we decided to do things a little differently this year, and find some of the coolest Valentine’s Day gifts for her — your wife, your girlfriend, your relationship that defies mere titles — all under $50. Because the truth is, there are so many fantastic Valentine’s Day gift ideas that can show your love without maxing out your credit cards whether it’s a great deal on some gorgeous jewelry, or something so thoughtful, she can’t resist. We’re so happy that our Valentine’s Day gift guide is sponsored by Kindle Love Stories, a vibrant Amazon community that...

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Candy gifts for Valentine’s Day that go way beyond the ordinary.

I know what you might be thinking:  Candy gifts for Valentine’s Day? Could you be more cliché, Cool Mom Picks? And well, if you’ve never been introduced to Sugarfina, a favorite here with our staff, well then you will understand why I’m all excited about their offerings for Valentine’s Day this year. I fell in love with Sugarfina after our Editor Liz gave me their Love Bites gift set after a break-up, and made me laugh with the apple frogs (as in, stop kissing them) and the fish representing the many others in the sea. This may look like kid stuff, but it’s gourmet candy, which...

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14 romantic Valentine’s gifts for him under 50: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

The truth is, if you want a romantic Valentine’s Day for him, it doesn’t have to be plane tickets to Paris. (Not that we’d discourage that.) In fact it can cost a whole lot less. So we took the time to track down some really fun Valentine’s gifts for the lucky man in your life, all under $50. Not including the card of course. Which can possibly be the most romantic of all. We’re so happy that our 2015 Valentine’s Day gift guide is sponsored by Kindle Love Stories, a vibrant Amazon community that chats about the best recommendations and deals for fun romance...

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The Hottest Tech Posts You Missed This Week

Here are the hottest tech picks on Cool Mom Tech from this week. Look what you might have missed!   1. A Minecraft Valentine’s Day t-shirt. Need we say more? 2. This hilarious app will make you laugh when the weather outside makes you want to cry. 3. Yes, they have made a selfie light for your smartphone. And we’re intrigued. 4. A very clever way to print your Instagram photos, which we think would make very cool classroom valentines and party favors. 5. If you’ve ever wanted to unsend an email, your wish has just come true....

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10 easy Valentine’s Day crafts that make cool DIY gifts: Valentines Day Gift Guide

We love homemade gifts, and have always had a heart for Valentine’s Day crafts that make truly thoughtful gifts. But then we look around, and…eek! Unless you have your own woodworking shop and an MFA in jewelry design, not all the ideas floating around will come looking like those gorgeous Pinterest photos. (You know what we mean.) So we searched high and low, and put together some of our favorite Valentine’s Day crafts that look amazing, but that regular people can reasonably do. We hope one of them is just right for your kids, your sweetheart, your BFF, or anyone else who needs to feel the...

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Web coolness: The Minions take on the big game, Last minute Super Bowl recipes, and #ThisGirlCan

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Yes it’s an ad for the movie, but your kids will love this Minions Super Fans spot. And hey, no naked models in it! The motherlode of last minute Super Bowl recipes. One Super Bowl ad we’re applauding: This domestic violence PSA from NoMore.org. (Warning: It’s a gut-punch.) Another must-watch: The #ThisGirlCan video. Motivating, empowering, and just awesome.   Fantastic story about the birth announcement that went viral. Shouldn’t there be seatbelts on school buses? Uh, yes? Beautiful post from a mom about the cause...

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Join us for a Twitter Social to help you get ready for a great Valentine’s Day. (And laugh about the ones that weren’t so great.)

We love celebrating Valentine’s Day because it’s a chance to show the people we love just how much we love them. Which we already do, but you know, there’s work and school and homework and activities, so we’ll take every opportunity we can get to step things up just a bit. That’s why we put together an amazing Valentine’s Day Gift Guide (did you catch the first installment featuring 11 of the coolest personalized Valentine’s Gifts yet?), and why we’re looking forward to our upcoming Twitter Social, where we’ll dish on everything Valentine’s Day with you. We’re so excited to be teaming up with Kindle Love Stories for a...

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