Tag: Valentine’s Day

Say it with heart: 3 last-minute Valentine’s Day sweets made with one Valentine’s Day cookie cutter

No need to fret if you haven’t made a fun Valentine’s Day treat for the kidlets yet. Thankfully for us last-minute types, simple surprises always do the trick. All you need to make one of these three sweet surprises is a basic recipe and a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Don’t have either? Hit the bakery and grab a knife. We can still make this work. See how easy this is going to be? Now Hug Me, you Cutie Pie! –Stacie, xox No sweet is as easy to whip up as Rice Krispie treats. And that’s a fact. Throw a heart-shaped...

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DIY Valentine’s Day craft video: Keepsake handmade handprint card

When it comes to Valentine’s Day cards, we think the best ones are those handmade by our kids. So how exciting that we teamed up with Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte (love her!) in a DIY Valentine’s Day craft video series brought to you by the U.S. Postal Service and its new limited-edition Sealed with Love stamp. Sweet! Up first, here’s a DIY keepsake handmade handprint Valentine’s Day card you can make in just a couple of minutes with your little one. And even better, we bet you’ve got everything you need right in your arts and crafts cabinet at...

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15 of the best free printable Valentine’s cards for the classroom (no cheesy ones, promise)

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, many of us will be getting our kids ready for the Annual Valentine’s Day Card Exchange, held in classrooms all over the country.  Get ready with this carefully curated list of attractive printable classroom cards. With just a color printer and some paper–and a few minutes of cutting time–voila! Your kids can all have beautifully designed, modern cards for their classmates. And they are all free! Isn’t it sweet that so many artists spread the love freely this time of year? -Christina and Liz   Book lovers will adore Positively Splendid’s Free Printable Valentine...

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Eep aap ork ah ah, that means I love you

Last week I discovered the adorable world of finger puppets from Lindy Brown of Stay Awake when I included her adorable finger puppets in our round up of awesome hedgehog toys and gifts. But it turns out, the Ontario artist is pretty good with the cute inanimate creatures as well. I’m geeking out over these love robot finger puppets totally handmade out of felt and guaranteed not to rust or need battery replacements. I could see giving the set to a lucky kid for Valentine’s Day, or even to your robot-loving sweetheart. Just include a card about the nuts...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

From helpful apps to the gadgets and bling we’re swooning over for Valentine’s Day (hint! hint!), you won’t want to miss our favorite picks from the past week. 1. If you love your tech, this will be the best $19.99 you spend, hands down. 2. Got family overseas? Frequent traveler? This app will be a lifesaver. 3. We’ve all embarrassed ourselves on Facebook. Here’s a brilliant way to find any bad Facebook photos or updates and save face stat. 4. A QR code as the perfect Valentine’s Day gift: You’ve got to see this! 5. We’re swooning over these new...

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Hunger Games Valentines: May the odds be ever in our favor

If you like your Valentine cards less frilly pink and more, uh, dark, then would you perhaps consider these Hunger Games Valentines? French graphic designer Yenniper has created these Hunger Games Valentines as free printables, which means even District 12 could afford them. I’d say the Effie Trinket card is my favorite, though several of them are quite clever. Even if the President Snow card gives me the creeps: Will you accept this rose? Still, there are so many more to be done! How about for the next round: Remember, we’re madly in love, so it’s all right to...

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6 simple and sweet Valentine’s Day breakfast recipes

It used to be that Valentine’s Day meant a romantic breakfast in bed with my husband. These days, we’re lucky if we wake up without a sneaky child nestled between us. And by nestled I mean sleeping perpendicular to us with with his heels firmly planted in my cheek. But even though I haven’t seen my breakfast-in-bed tray for, oh, 6 years, that doesn’t mean I’m not down for surprising my boys–big and small–with a special Valentine’s Day breakfast. The catch is that Cupid visits on a Thursday this year, so breakfast can’t be complicated. After all, I’ll have to...

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5 easy red velvet desserts for a red hot Valentine’s Day

Red may be the official hue of Valentine’s Day, but you don’t have to give red roses or wear a splash of red to get in the official Valentine’s Day spirit. You can also whip up something red. Red velvet, to be exact. Using a simple red velvet batter makes anything from pancakes to brownies festive. These five red-colored, cocoa-flavored sweets are proof. They’re also super easy to make and cupid approved. The color of love never looked–or tasted–so good. Be still my heart: Red Velvet Milkshakes! (above) These babies are so potent that Courtney at Pizzazzerie, the mad genius behind this...

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The Valentine’s gift baskets that should never ever be called gift baskets.

Gift baskets have a bit of a bad reputation. Most of them reek as corporate or impersonal, which are the last things you want your sweetie to think about your gift on Valentine’s Day. But then there’s New York Mouth, which is doing such cool, curated, and dare I say clever Valentine’s tasting boxes, I would personally be thrilled to get any one of these. And yes, that’s a hint. You can check out their jerky sampler that we included in our Valentines Day gift ideas for him, but there is sooooo much more to drool over here. The artisanal...

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: 17 sweet gifts you can make yourself

Next in our series of Valentine’s gift ideas, ideas for gifts you can make yourself. It’s brought to you by the US Postal Service’s new limited-edition Sealed With Love Stamp–because what’s Valentine’s Day without Valentine’s cards in the mail? And isn’t the stamp just gorgeous? (We want it on all our letters, not just Valentine’s cards!) Whether you’re super crafty, a maestro with the convection oven, or just handy with construction paper and the kids’ leftover glue sticks, here’s a great array of 17 DIY Valentines Day gift ideas you can make yourself–with varying degrees of help. clockwise from top Cupid’s Arrow Cupcakes,...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Here are a few of our favorite tech picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. Store and organize your smart phone photos once and for all with this amazing app. 2. A princess app that gets our stamp of approval. When you download it, you’ll see why. 3. One of our least favorite chores is now super easy, thanks to this brilliant website. 4. Your kids’ Minecraft obsession is now available in valentine form. 5. If you’re like us and have 45,617 videos on your smart phone, this app will edit them for you....

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8 Valentine’s cards for boys (and girls!) that aren’t too sickly sweet

For those boys–and girls–who prefer bugs and dinosaurs to pink doily hearts, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Valentine’s cards for the kids to hand out to their classrooms. After all, I tell my kids that love comes in all forms; why should their Valentine’s cards be only sweetness and light and pastel? –Christina Tossing a bug into their classmate’s Valentine’s box is totally okay if it’s on Dandee Designs’ Love Bug Valentine card. Grab the free template and print on brown kraft paper or regular white cardstock and then affix a plastic bug inside the jar. A...

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Valentines Day Gift Ideas: Gifts for Her/ Gifts for Him

Second in our series of Valentine’s Day gift ideas: ideas for gifts for him or for her. Whether it’s for your sweetheart, your fiance, your longtime spouse, an awesome niece, or even just a special friend who needs a little love. This gift series is brought to you by The U.S. Postal Service’s new limited-edition Sealed With Love Stamp–because what’s Valentine’s Day without Valentine’s cards in the mail? Especially one with a stamp that’s worthy of the love with which it was sent. We’re excited to make so many gift recommendations for so many women and men in every...

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Web Coolness: Sample sale savings, Super Bowl treats, and saying yes to our kids more often

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. C’est magnifique! Don’t miss Ses Petites Mains amazing sample sale, with special savings for Cool Mom Picks’ readers! (Use the code “cool” for an extra 15% on sample sale items–until they run out.) Lil Sugar has a roundup of the cutest little football gear for Super Bowl Sunday. And it’s not the Super Bowl without great snacks, so don’t miss our collection of delicious nachos recipes.  Throughout February, check out The 26 Valentines Project remembering the Sandy Hook Elementary 26. This dad makes bagged lunches...

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: Cute gifts for cute kids

We’re excited to present our first gift guide series of Valentine’s Day gift ideas, with lots of goodies for all the loves of your life, starting with gift ideas for kids. It’s brought to you by The U.S. Postal Service’s new limited-edition Sealed With Love Stamp–because what’s Valentine’s Day without Valentine’s cards in the mail? Especially one sealed with a beautiful stamp that makes it a treat before you even open it.  (Seriously, we’re in love with this stamp!) Whether for your own kiddo, grandchild, a favorite niece, nephew or godchild, here are more than two dozen ideas for children...

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Death Star for Cutie: A very Star Wars Valentine card

When you combine gorgeous letterpress with Star Wars and Deathcab for Cutie, you get a lovely Valentine’s Day card for your favorite chic geek. This Darth Vader Letterpress Valentine Card from Dingbat Press on Etsy combines three of our favorite things: Star Wars, good music, and beautiful design. The paper is delicious, the letterpress printing offers two beautiful colors, and the sentiment on the outside is the sweetest–the words are from one of Deathcab’s most poignant songs (okay, I get choked up just thinking about it). I recommend writing “I have PLANS to rule the universe by your side,”...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Here are a few of our favorite transformative tech picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. See that gorgeous Epiphanie bag? It is going right onto your want list, especially if you’re a shutterbug. Plus you have the chance to win your own! 2. You won’t want to miss this essential tutorial on how to make your kid’s iPod Touch safe. 3. We still can’t believe what this $17 gadget can do to your iPhone. Kids will love it too. 4. This geeky Valentine’s day card is cracking us up. Enjoy the giggle. 5. We...

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Making Valentine’s cupcakes a little sweeter

If you are one of those crazy cupcake baking parents (you know who you are. Own it! Wear it proudly!) then you probably have your secret sources for everything decorative. Here’s one more to add to your list. Dress My Cupcake has everything you need to making your cupcakes more impressive than everyone else’s cupcakes. Not that it’s a contest. But it totally is. You’ll find hearts, chevrons (but of course!), florals and even reusable glitter cupcake wrappers calling your name. There’s also a small section of cupcake accessories, including cake pop sticks, matching wooden cutlery and individual domes...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and catch cool new picks like these every day. 1. Fun, free retro Valentine’s printables that make great DIY cards too. 2. The essential guide to making an iPod Touch safe for kids. 3. The cutest black boots that don’t even need breaking in. 4. Children’s tees to make your kids look smart. Which they already are. 5. Pretty new mom keepsake jewelry that’s actually...

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9 DIY Valentine card kits for crafty kids

Last week, we shared an adorable DIY Valentine Card Kit and–wow!–so many of you wanted to grab a set, the artist had to temporarily shutter the shop while she made more. Happily, there are now a few more kits back in stock, but we also decided to find some more awesome Valentine’s card kits that are high on fun, but low on mess and effort. No need to send us a love note in thanks. –Christina This Robot Valentine’s Card Kit from Etsy’s NickWillJack is such a nice break from all the frill and foo-foo out there. Designed by...

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