Tag: Valentine’s Day

11 of the coolest personalized Valentine’s Gifts: Valentines Day Gift Guide

Hooray! It’s the launch our 2015 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, jam packed with the coolest Valentine’s gift ideas for everyone on your list. We’re starting today with personalized Valentine’s gifts, and we scoured the web to find the very coolest. (Hope you agree!) Not that there’s anything wrong with a monogrammed scarf, but you hardly need our help with that. Just be sure to check the shipping dates and order policies for each of these shops so your gift arrives in time for the big day. We’re so happy that our guide is sponsored by Kindle Love Stories, a vibrant Amazon community that chats...

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9 very creative Valentine’s cookies on Etsy. In case you’d rather spend your time on….other things.

I absolutely love homemade treats for Valentine’s Day, but not all of us have the time–or the talent, speaking for myself loudly and clearly. Also, shipping cookies yourself to a loved one who’s out of town can be less than ideal, as I once discovered firsthand. So I started looking around Etsy for some creative Valentine’s cookies and wow! There is so much talent and ingenuity out there that goes beyond heart-shaped sugar cookies. So I put together some of my very favorites, all of which support small bakers around the country. Also, small gyms around the country. At least if you plan on eating all these cool...

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Good reason to order your Valentine’s Day flowers now from The Bouqs

Oh, how I would love to see bright beautiful flowers arriving at my doorstep for Valentine’s Day, especially midway through this cold winter where everything outside my window is frozen. And those of us who are planning to give or hoping to receive flowers for Valentine’s Day–not the Anti Valentines Day flowers, but the traditional ones–one of our favorite socially and eco-responsible online florists, The Bouqs Co., is giving us a couple of good reasons to order, stat. You know how roses seem to inflate in price the closer you get to the 14th until they are about a gazillion dollars a dozen? Well, I...

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7 DIY Valentine’s Day candy recipes that you can make with kids.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about candy, of course. But I don’t see why it shouldn’t be, if you make the candy from scratch, with love. Okay so maybe I’m justifying. but still, these DIY Valentine’s Day candy recipes–all of them easy enough for your kids to make along with you–are a fun project for the givers and a delicious treat for the receivers. My goal: to be both.   Turn plain conversation hearts into something special with this recipe for Conversation Heart Marshmallows from Passion 4 Baking. (Manuela has her blog set up to translate from...

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Anti Valentine’s Day flowers for all the single ladies. Because we deserve them too!

Being a single mom on Valentine’s Day just means I focus my love on my four kids, but that doesn’t mean I’m not just a little bit jealous of all the Valentine’s Day flowers being exchanged between couples. That’s why I had to chuckle when I discovered the Anti Valentine’s Day bouquets at Flower Muse. They make the perfect, slightly snarky, and very fun gift for your own single self or someone else in your life who needs some platonic love on Valentine’s Day this year. The Anti Valentine’s Day bouquets aren’t gag gifts–far from it, actually, considering the fresh farm-to-door process for each bouquet.. The...

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The Valentine’s gift for the baby who stole your heart

It’s coming up on Valentine’s Day, which means it’s the time we start looking for cute Valentine’s gifts for babies that don’t make our teeth hurt from the sweetness. One of my favorite fallback recommendations is the personalized heart tattoo onesie, and this one from Psychobaby is just perfect. Instead of arguing whether it should say mom or dad, it’s personalized with your own child’s name–or nickname. I think it would be pretty cool if his name was Bruiser or something. The shop also features blankets, hats and bibs with the same design in red or pink. All complete with the...

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The Valentines gift for the romantic with a naughty streak

A little secret about me: I am a serious romantic. I’d always rather get a heartfelt card for Valentine’s Day–or any day, really–than even a box of fancy chocolates or some sexy lingerie. But if you’re looking for a cool Valentine’s gift for a special lady that offers two out of three, you’ll find it with the clever, brand new, Hidden Love Letter Panties from lingerie company Naja. You specify some sweet (or racy) words of love, and provided your special message is 35 characters or less, they’ll print the note on the inside of a pair of navy or red-hot red panties. And...

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Wooden love blocks you have to love, any way you look at them.

It’s not hard to find signs of love all around us today, like these gorgeously designed wooden blocks that spell out love in 12 different languages. And when you take a closer look at how artful these blocks are, you’ll understand why I think they’d be equally at home as a piece of room decor as they would be a plaything for the kids. House Industries makes such incredible stuff we included several designs in our roundup of the best modern alphabet blocks for kids. Similarly, their Love Heart Blocks are so intricately designed, they are truly unique from every...

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Web Coolness: Last-minute Valentine’s treats, hot marriage tips, and the first rule of Valentine’s day for all men

Every Friday we share some of our favorite links from around the web with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Happy reading!   If you’re still scrambling for last-minute Valentine’s Day treats, we have you covered. We’re loving this sweetly unsentimental love song by the Walkmen’s Walter Martin today. Want to keep your long-term relationship hot? Check out Esther Perel’s TED talk. A lot of love for an exceptional teacher. A must-read. Valentine’s tips from 800 of America’s oldest and wisest couples.   Valentine’s candy rules to live by from some very smart men at Guy Code. What...

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Downton Abbey Valentines: What an Earl Wants

Last year we swooned over the printable Hunger Games Valentines and while the Peeta/Gale competition still rages on, this year it’s all about Downton Abbey Valentines for us. The references are clearly from Season 4–I would have loved to see a Lady Rose I Go Wild For You, a bandleader Jack Ross Let’s Break New Territory, or a Daisy Mason I’m Not That Innocent. But overall they are a charmingly adult way to spread some love around your Masterpiece Theater-addicted office or playgroup. All said and done, it’s nice to see a little pop culture that’s heavier on the culture...

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8 ridiculously easy, last-minute Valentine’s Day treats. Because procrastinators need love, too.

At first I thought that Valentine’s Day on Friday was a good thing. What a fun way to kick off the weekend. But now I’m wondering when exactly I’m supposed to make treats for my kids? I guess I should have thought of that last weekend but, really, a whole week ahead of time? If, like me, you’re going to need to make quick Valentine’s Day magic with hours to spare, these super easy, last-minute Valentine’s Day treat recipes are for you.   The 4-ingredient Butterscotch Peanut Butter Marshmallow Hearts (above) from Sweetapolita are so pretty! And with that ingredient...

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Super cool last minute Valentine’s gift ideas you can still get delivered in time. Because IOUs aren’t sexy.

Let’s not call us procrastinators. Let’s just say…we’re busy. Because we are. So we get it.  if you’re still looking for a last  minute Valentine’s Day gift for a special someone, here are a few ideas that go a little further than a hastily scribbled, wrinkled card that was the second to last one left on the shelf. Candygram from Sugarfina I am in love with this Beverly Hills confectionary which isn’t as big on the fancy gourmet truffles as they are on kitchy, playful ways of repackaging childhood favorites as in a Sweetheart Bento Box, a Pucker Up...

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7 sophisticated, printable Valentine’s cards for adults–or very precocious teens.

If you’ve run out of time to order some of the fantastic Valentine’s cards we’ve already featured on Cool Mom Picks, don’t stress. We’ve got your back with some printable valentines for adults. Unlike these cute 14 printable classroom Valentines for kids, this selection is a little more quirky, sophisticated and beautiful–perfect for yourself or a more sophisticated teen. Even a few for the single mamas out there. The sweet Hello Darling Valentine’s cards (above) look like anything you’d see in a fancy card boutique, but are actually free printables from Love vs. Design.   These classically simple Love Notes cards are...

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17 wonderful last-minute Valentine gifts and crafts to make with the kids.

While a full school week left until Valentine’s Day may not feel “last minute,”  those of us with kids who are busy with after-school activities and homework need to get our crafty selves in gear stat. And these last-minute Valentine gifts to make with the kids should help. Last year we featured 17 DIY Valentine’s Day gifts to make and now we have 17 all new favorites that are all easy enough for kids to do themselves, or with some help from you (which they’ll love anyway). Whether you need to decorate the front door, fun up a Valentine’s Day...

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A super sweet DIY Valentine’s Day gift for tea lovers

I’m a huge fan of handmade gifts, but rarely have the time or the patience to actually make anything myself. But when I saw these DIY polaroid photo tea bags on Photojojo (love them), I knew I had hit the jackpot for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for the grandparents and teachers in our life. With some card stock, double-sided tape, and a bunch of your favorite photos (off Instagram perhaps?), you can whip up some adorable photo tea bags for Valentine’s Day, or really any gift-giving holiday. It’s completely frivolous and ridiculous–and yet, totally adorable. You know if you...

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7 indulgent, easy homemade chocolate treats for your little Valentines (and the big ones, too).

What I want for Valentine’s Day: LOVE! What my kids want for Valentine’s Day: CHOCOLATE! Okay, I want chocolate, too, but I like fancy chocolate. For the kids, I’ll be whipping up one of these super easy, homemade chocolate treats for Valentine’s Day. The pricey stuff may be mine, but the stuff made from the heart is theirs. They always get the better deal. The Chocolate Cherry Candy Cups (above) from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles make me smile. These no-bake treats are festive on the outside, but when you take a bite and realize they are pink inside, your kids will swoon....

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14 of the best printable Valentine’s Day cards for the classroom

Save yourself the last-minute crunch for classroom Valentine’s Day cards by printing the cutest, most stylish Valentines now, right from the comforts of home. We just featured all sorts of DIY Valentine’s classroom cards including printables made for handing out treats, but we couldn’t resist offering up more than a dozen more. Best of all? If your child comes home from school on the 13th with three more kids’ names (and a teacher and an assistant teacher and a gymnastics coach) that he forgot, you can just print the extra cards and have them ready before he heads off to...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins of the week

Obsessed with Pinterest like we are? Hey we are too! Follow Cool Mom Picks and you’ll find cool pins like this every day.   1.  Love this DIY Valentine’s heart craft your kids could make this weekend. 2. The super cool new appliance our follower are coveting–and we don’t blame them. 3. Ready to put away the black? This spring designer handbag has our names all over it. 4. Cute classroom Valentine alternative to handing out sweets. 5. Brilliant idea for keeping cords out of sight around the house. For more Valentine’s Day ideas from treats to crafts to gifts, be sure to...

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Say Je T’aime on Valentine’s Day with a playful heart pendant

We’ve found such an abundance of cool jewelry for Valentine’s Day lately that I wanted to throw one more into the fray. Just in case you needed even more choices: a cloisonne Je T’aime heart pendant at Poketo. I shouldn’t be surprised that it was designed by Kristine Schmidt of Yellow Owl Workshop, because I love so much of her work. As for the pendant, it’s playful, it’s bold, and it’s got a kick of 22k gold gilding to keep it a little more grown up. Plus the packaging is wonderful if you take a look — all for a...

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A huge, free Valentines coloring page that could keep your kids out of the candy jar for 6 seconds or so

My son’s favorite activities lately are puzzles and coloring. So you should have seen his face when I hit the free printables and handed him this giant free Valentine’s coloring page coloring page with a Candyland theme from Mr. Printable, one of our longtime favorites. This quirky, modern design is a refreshing change from so much of the syrupy Valentine’s fare the kids come across, but what my son really loved is the sheer size of this thing. It prints out on 12 pages of paper, and you match it up and tape it together like a puzzle. He couldn’t have...

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