Category: Holiday Picks

Wishing you all a [grinning face] Mother’s Day filled with lots of [sparkling heart]

Happy Mother’s Day to all the awesome moms out there, whether you’re fluent in emoji or just happy to get texts from your kids at all. Hope you have the most wonderful day, filled with love, family, and a whole day without the kids stealing your tablet and running out the battery. And psst…if your mom or grandmother or stepmother isn’t with you today, it’s not too late to send her a free custom photo e-card Do it, trust us. Now go enjoy your day! You’ve earned it! -Liz, Kristen + the CMT Team Mother’s Day emoji card: Sylvan Gate design on...

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Where to stream or download your favorite Christmas and holiday movies right now

Ah, remember the days that you’d run to Blockbuster Video Christmas eve to find there was like one copy of Silent Night, Deadly Night left and that was pretty much it? No more! We asked our staff and our Facebook fans for their favorite Christmas and holiday movies, then we tracked down just how you can watch them all over the holiday. Popcorn: Not optional at all. The one thing is while a few are free to stream, you’ll have to pay to rent most of them, and some you’ll even have to purchase for instant download. But if it’s a favorite,...

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Tons of truly last-minute holiday gift ideas: tech to the rescue!

With only a few days until Christmas, we want to make it really easy for you to finish up your holiday tech gift shopping with some last minute holiday gift ideas. In other words, no need to drive yourself crazy — or drive yourself to 15 different stores and battle insane lines full of other, equally harried shoppers. Whether you still have a few people left on your shopping list who deserve thoughtful gifts (but you haven’t quite thought of the perfect thing just yet) or there’s someone important who kind of fell off your list accidentally (we won’t tell!) we’ve rounded up some of our favorite last-minute...

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Our favorite Santa apps that make the magic even more magical.

We’re big fans of Santa around here, as you might have guessed. What, us risk making the naughty list? Never!) So if you’re looking for some fun Santa apps to help bring the big guy to life on your phone, tablet, or laptop and make believers out of any kid at all, we have quite a few options for you from some mainstays to some very fun new entries. Related: 8 of the best fun Christmas apps for kids Personalized Call from Santa from Google So far, our favorite app of the year is right on your laptop. Leading up...

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Free Christmas music for the kids: Santa Flying In Your Sleigh by Todd McHatton, our kids’ music download of the week

If your kids’ Christmas music playlist is already feeling worn out, we’ve got a great tune for you to check out, with the funky Santa Flying In Your Sleigh, by singer-songwriter Todd McHatton. And it’s free! The song contrasts a young child’s excitement over Santa’s upcoming visit against their increasing wonder about how, exactly, he gets it all done.Even the biggest believers can get caught up in the logistics, wondering how Santa can get toys to all the boys and girls in one incredibly busy night. And if your answers are falling short, then you’ll appreciate the lyrics as much as I do. I really like the sound of this...

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Fun Christmas apps for kids: 8 options that they’ll still want to play in January.

Sometimes I need just a little quiet at home over the holidays, you know? And since my kids are app-crazy anyway, they always think it’s a treat to find cool new Christmas apps for kids that they haven’t tried yet. While we have a few from years past that they still adore, here are some new ones that I think are definitely worth a look. Related: 5 fun Christmas apps that make us feel like kids again   A Charlie Brown Christmas app: 50th Anniversary Edition (iOS and Android) This was one of our top recos for Christmas app for...

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The Hubble Telescope Advent Calendar: Who says faith + science don’t mix?

While we always share the coolest advent calendars on Cool Mom Picks each year, though none might be quite so 21st century as the genius, photo-a-day Hubble Telescope Advent Calendar. Visit the Atlantic online each day for a new, remarkable photo from Hubble, starting with the iconic 2014 high-def image of the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation, shown below. I kind of can’t wait to check back with my kids each day for a new reveal; or just visit the Atlantic in Focus Tumblr each day. I know I can’t wait for the next one. What a cool opportunity to parlay a countdown to...

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Bond creates, sends, and signs gorgeous, holiday photo cards for you. Put away those pens!

Sending holiday photo cards is as much a part of our holiday season as sugar cookies, sparkling lights, hot cocoa, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire — or at least listening to Nat King Cole croon about it. I always look forward to seeing my friends and their families all posed, smiling and sending me and mine wishes both merry and bright for the holidays. Last year, I received a photo card from a long-distance friend with a handwritten note on the back. It was short, but so sweet. That tiny personal touch was definitely some extra effort, but it made her card...

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Last minute Halloween costume ideas: Ada Lovelace and other notable women in STEM

Recently, we were thrilled to find Take Back Halloween, an amazing site for women (and girls) hoping for a few more Halloween costume options besides “sexy nurse.” Or sexy anything, really. I loved seeing this Ada Lovelace costume which isn’t entirely last-minute, meaning you can’t just throw it together, but if you’re resourceful I bet you can pull it off. There are other women in STEM too, and if you search the site under the “Notable Women” category, you’ll catch Admiral Grace Hopper, Marie Curie, pilots Amelia Earhart and Bessie Coleman, scientist Rosalind Franklin and nuclear physicist Lise Meitner in...

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20 free emoji Halloween pumpkin carving stencils that we red heart big time.

This being the year of the emoji, of course someone was going to rock the emoji pumpkin carving idea in a big way. What’s better, is that it’s BHG and they’re making it easy for you to follow along with a whole bunch of cool, free emoji pumpkin carving stencils. I checked them out and the instructions and templates are very simple and clear, describing just which parts of the emoji to carve and which to etch to add dimension. However to get yours looking like theirs, it does require using thin linoleum or wood-cutting knives. If you want to make...

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