Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate delivered to your door!

You don't have to go to New York to enjoy the world famous Hot Chocolate from Serendipity!  You'll even get one of their dessert glasses in this gift set, which also includes the world famous hot chocolate mix packets (2), a Serendipity spoon, and two straws (just in case you want to share with someone special ...but they would have to be real special for you to share this stuff!  Get this kit and other great gifts at FredFlare.

All Things Etsy! Great Gift Ideas for Her...

Are you familiar with Etsy?  Maybe that's a stupid question, but I'm sure there are many people out there who have not yet heard of or ventured over to Etsy.  If you don't know about it, it's basically a place where someone can open an online store and sell their handmade "stuff" - because Etsy is established, it could potentially make someone's business more easily found by people searching for gift ideas and more as opposed to someone starting their own website from scratch. 

I have found lots of great stuff on Etsy.  Recently, my 5 1/2-year-old daughter got her first loose tooth - the first thing I did was head over to Etsy in search of a great homemade tooth fairy pillow and I found a really great one.  Here's a few more great Etsy shops:

  • Pretty Faces, Portrait Silhouettes by Jackie - You may remember these from years past, but these are not your grandma's portrait silhouettes!  Jackie creates beautiful custom silhouette gifts of all kinds like pendants, prints, boxes, and even dishes.  They are simply adorable and have a cool retro yet modern feel.  Here's one example:


  • Made by Jenschell - Turn your favorite photos into custom illustrations!  Actually, send your favorite photographs to Jenschell and she will work her magic turning them into custom illustrations, like this:


  • Stemellina - you can find some really pretty and very cool flowers, accessories and jewelry made out of felted wool here.  From brooches to wedding hair pieces and many beautiful items in between...

  • Calabasascandyco - Have you ever seen such beautiful caramel before??  I just want to jump through my computer monitor and eat it all up!  There are many flavors available and even flavored marshmallows like peppermint and more...I'm drooling just writing this!


Pecan Caramel





Cranberry Caramel


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Rediscover Keds!

If you're anywhere around my age - well, let's say 30s to 40s - then you for sure remember Keds as being a big hit, or staple if you may, in many of our closets.  They are still popular, but perhaps not as much.  Well, I thought I'd take a look at what's new and I came across these adorable Keds booties - I didn't even know that Keds made booties!  I want these!  What do you think?  Here's a link if you want to see more: LINK!

Fun, Hip, Cool, Pretty .... Hair Accessories...

I just discovered this website, Handle & Spout, which has some really terrific hair accessories from hair pins to headbands and more.  I'm just loving these fabric pom-pom hair pins:

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Gifts for Her and Her Home...


MollaSpace Paper Pot Toilet Paper and Tissue Paper Holder, Green
Click image to purchase or learn more
I don't know about you, but I really don't like having tissue boxes in my house because I just don't like how they look sitting on my furniture.  Also, I think it's a waste of money to buy tissues when toilet paper works just as well - of course I haven't taken the necessary steps to calculate it out to know if I'm saving money or wasting it by using toilet paper instead of tissue from a box.  I digress -- well, if someone in my household get sick, I do make an exception ...but when I saw this pretty tissue "pot" it definitely made me reconsider my no-tissue-box-on-the-side-table rule. 

 It comes in several great colors (green, matte black, orange, pink, turquoise blue, and white).  The top half comes off and you can fill it with tissues or even a roll of toilet paper - how cool is that!  You can also mix and match colors for a custom look.  I would absolutely place one of these on a piece of furniture in my house whether someone is sick or not!


Great Gifts for Her

Here's a great inexpensive little gift for her that's simply adorable - a cute little purse mirror that can be tossed into a bag or purse.  It's available at Smitten Kitten for $8 and comes in several different disigns.  

Cool Gift Ideas for the Home!

Koziol,Babell 3180525, Indispensable White Tiered Tray, 12,36X12,36X13,39-Inch

Koziol Piep 3108578 Salt & Pepper Set with a Brown Tree and Green Bird Salt Shakers, 1,73X7,09X6,50-InchDear Online Shopper,
Have you met Koziol?  If not, I would like to introduce you to a really cool, really fun, really functional line of products for the home - great for yourself or for giving as gifts.  Think Christmas, Hanukkah, house warming, hostess gifts and more....  I just love this Bird Salt-and-Pepper Shaker Set - isn't it adorable?!  It's also available with black and white colored birds.  All the Koziol products have an air of modern yet quirky and useful!  Amazon has lots of products from this line at great prices, including the pictured tiered tray (which comes in several colors and two different sizes, by the way - AND easily comes apart to use pieces separately!).  Other products from Koziol include Elvis the Tape Dispenser, Fresh Vitamins (fruit peeler/slicer) gift set, Oscar the Sticky Note Holder, Pelle the Pencil Holder, Luigi Gondola Spoonrest, and lots more.

Click one of the images above to see the item pictured and more at Amazon.

More Unique Gift Ideas ...

This is not only a cool looking clock, it's an alarm clock.  It's made out of acrylic and shaped like an old-fashioned alarm clock and sounds like one, too!  It's available in red or white for $35 at Naked Decor, where all kinds of cool products for the home are sold.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Phone - MP3 Holder - Stand ...


More great gift ideas from Spoon Sisters.  Do you have an iPhone or a Smartphone or MP3 player that you watch videos on or need a stand for it for any other reason?  These are not only practical phone stands that will prop up your phone horizontally or vertically, but they are kind of funny and silly at the same time!  Check them out - they're are like easels for your phone - a strong suction cup attaches to the back of your phone and it holds it steady for viewing.  Get one for yourself or as cheap gift ideas for others! Here's a link for the angel wings, and click this one for the hilarious plunger stand!

The Perfect Little Purse Pen!

I recently ordered a whole bunch of gifts from Spoon Sisters and I ordered one of these pens just for the heck of it because Ithought it was cute and funny and just might come in handy.  I was right!  This is my new purse pen!  It's the perfect size to fit in that inside pocket of my purse so I can hget to it easily when I need it and it writes very nicely and comfortably.  If you are loking for an inexpensive (okay, I'll say it - cheap) Christmas (or other event) gift idea for "her", check out this lipstick pen - it comes in a set of two for $5.95, can't beat that!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Christmas Gift Idea for Friend, Mom, Sister, Aunt...Her!

I don't know about everyone else, but if I don't have a notepad within reach when I'm at my desk or even in the car when inspiration strikes (or my memory kicks in!), then I'm in trouble.  Even with the advent of technology to keep track of appointments and to-do and the like, I still like to write myself reminders and things to do on a piece of paper; it's so easy to just fold it up and stick it in my pocket for easy reference while out.  I wouldn't just give any notepad as a gift to someone, but these Tower of Notes from Spoon Sisters (one of my most favorite go-to websites for gift ideas) are beautiful and ready to gift-give!  I would love to receive on of these (Mom, if you're reading this, that's your hint!)  There's also a Sister Tower of Note Pads that say "Simple", "Incredible", and "Sister" - notice the first letters spell out S-I-S?!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Undercover Tissue Box - Too Cute!

I like to use tissues, but I usually opt for just going into the bathroom and using toilet paper because I just really dislike seeing tissue boxes on table surfaces - call me weird (many people do) but I just don't like it.  This, however, is one of the cutest tissue box holders I've ever seen. 

Now I don't have a room in my house besides my daughters' room that this would actually "go" in, but I don't think that it matters - it's a giant cute cupcake and it camouflages the ugly tissue box!  It's great!  It's also another thing I just found at one of my new favorite websites, Karma Kiss.  Check it out here.

Cool Gift Idea for Yourself or Anyone - Hand Bookends

Can you picture how cool these would look at the end of a row of books?  They are bookends and they come in black and white.  I think they are just the coolest, and perhaps even a great conversation piece to have or give.  Give as a hostess gift or any occasion gift to a friend or pick up a pair for yourself.  I've featured many other items from this website (I have no affiliation at all with Karma Kiss - I just think they have great stuff) because they're different and funa nd cool!  Check out these hand bookends and all their other cool gift ideas!

Great Gift Ideas for Anyone on Your List

If you haven't already heard of The Spoon Sisters, then it's about time you check out this website.  Even if you are familiar with this website, go back and check out what's new!  I actually completed my Christmas and Hanukkah gift shopping there just last night.  My family decided this year to exchange gifts amongst the adults, but limit the spending to $10 per person. 

Guess what?  The Spoon Sisters site actually has a category of items that are $10 or less with lots and lots of great stuff!  I like to get gifts for family members that are things that they (most people) wouldn't buy for themselves - fun things.  For instance, for my dad who adores his little Yorkie, "George", I got him a book titled "Test Your Dog's IQ - Find Out What You Never IKnew About Your Best Friend" which I know he'll enjoy, or at least get a laugh out of.  There are tons of great things to choose from at every price point - go check it out!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Calling All Moms - Check out the new Amazon Mom!

I just signed up and if you're a mom, dad, or caregiver to a child and you do any shopping at Amazon, or want to start, go sign up for Amazon Mom!  It's free to join and can be a great way to save on baby and kid items - like 30% off diapers and wipes, and more. 

The best part, in my opinion, is that when you sign up you get three months of Amazon Prime two-day shipping benefits, and during that time if you purchase $25 or more within a single order in the Amazon's Baby Store, you'll be granted an additional month of Amazon Prime shipping benefits - you can earn up to one year from the date you join Amazon Mom!

This is a great time to join and take advantage of this Prime shipping benefit, especially with the holidays around the corner!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mini Lunch "Love" Notes for the Kiddos...

Mini Lunch NotesMy oldest just started kindergarten and I'm so thrilled for her (and me!).  I have been making her lunch most days and I love to include what she calls a "love note" - just a simple ('cause her reading ability is very limited still - she's only 5)  "I [heart] U" or Have a great day!" or something similar.  Anyway, you get the point, right?  Well, I just found these adorable Mini Lunch Notes that are pre-printed with very cute designs and sayings like "Hey there", "Eat healthy", "Have fun", "Don't forget", and more.  They come in this really cool trifold case that rolls up and snaps closed.  There's 105 colorful love notes in the case.  Check it out for you little one's lunch box!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Let Your Kids Color on the Walls!

Okay, this is so cool!  Land of Nod sells this Frames Wallpaper that has hundreds of blank frames of varying sizes and shapes and it's made to be drawn on - let your little artist go to work creating art on the walls inside each frame.  I can see this working on one accent wall in a bedroom or playroom.  I love it!  Check it out at Land of Nod.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Rainbow Pendant Lamp - Cool

Wow!  I wish I could put this beautiful pendant lamp in my bedroom, but I don't think that my husband would appreciate it as much as I.  Actually, it's "meant" to be for a kids room - of course it can be used anywhere, though!  It's 13.5" in diameter and covered all the way around with colorful round beads.  It uses a maximum 40 watt light bulb.  The light it puts out may not be the brightest (just a guess), but it's probably really cool!  Sure to please most kids!  Check it out at Company Kids.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Back To School Deals!

It's back to school time!  If you're starting to look at the list of supplies your child will need for the upcoming school year, consider taking a look at the great selection of back to school supplies at Amazon...there are some really great deals going on...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Great Summer Tote Bag

If anyone's following my blog here, you'll notice that I haven't posted in a while.  It's been tough keeping up; apparently I've piled too much on my plate and need to clean it off a bit! 

Anyway, I came across these great tote bags, called Maptotes, in a magazine and I thought they were pretty cool, so I had to post about them!  I just ordered mine and I can't wait to use it!

They're simple canvas bags with over 40 different popular destination maps printed on them, which makes them cool!  Check out all of the available designs here.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Be ready for fun at the beach with a great beach bag...

Saltwater Canvas Whale Beach BagMy absolute favorite beach bag is my Whale Bag from Saltwater Canvas; coming in at a close second is my Dolphin bag, also from saltwater Canvas.  In fact, I no longer have any other beach bags because these are too awesome to need anything else.  There are lots of pockets all around the outside of the bag that are large enough for toys, books, sunscreen and more.  The inner area is oval-shaped and can fit lots of towels and clothes, or other larger items (I've used mine for a picnic) and there's also a snap for your keys of sunglasses.  The material is a sturdy, yet movable mesh that stands up on its own (don't you just hate those bags that topple over as soon as you set them down?  Won't happen with these bags!)   These are not only beach bags - take them anywhere and everywhere and you won't be disappointed.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Swimsuit Coverups & Beach Dresses

Are you ready for summer fun in the sun?  Do you have your swimsuit already?  Well, now it's time to buy that perfect summer swimsuit cover up that can take you from the beach or pool to the store or even out to eat.

Amazon is now offering free return shipping on eligible clothing, which is a big plus.  However, you can't go too wrong with a bathing suit cover up or beach dress, because of the way they're styled.  They are meant to be worn over something, so the fit is somewhat loose, and when it's not, it has either spandex or elastic, so as long as you know your general size, you almost can't go wrong!

I browsed all the available coverups at Amazon this morning and I was shocked at all of the great styles AND prices.  I need to get one of these, but I'm having a hard time deciding.  The one pictured here is one of my favorites (it also comes in black and navy).  If you click on it, it'll take you to that item's description, and links to many, many more swim suit cover ups and beautiful beach dresses. 

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Very Cool Jewelry Holder

I just love finding new shopping websites!  I recently found this one, thanks to Real Simple magazine:  Nova68  This site has all kinds of cool gift items and stuff for the home, from bathroom products to wall decor and more.  One of the products that caught my eye was this porcelain "Milk Crown Jewelry Tray."  It comes in white, black, gold, and silver, as well as in 2 sizes, 4" or 6" across.  I love how it looks like a crown, although to others it may look more like a frozen splash of milk.  I also love how it can securely and separately hold rings on the "prongs" and there's plenty of room in the center for earrings and more.  It's modern and fun and would make a great, unique gift to yourself or someone else!  To check out this jewelry tray, click here.  Be sure to check out the whole site for more great finds!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

More Great Gift Ideas from Karma Kiss

How many of you with little kids has a bathroom in your house with a duck theme? I don't, but I do have a giant rubber ducky on display in mine! Well, whatever your kids' bathroom decor is, there's bound to be a fun wall hook to go with it ......check them out! There's a duck, flamingo, chicken, mouse, pelican, T-Rex, and a couple of other cute dinos. They have suction cup grips and can hold up to 2 pounds - perfect for washcloths or tub toys...there's also a fabulous assortment of animal suction cup toothbrush (or pencil) holders. I love the barrel of monkeys (hooks), too!

I could go on and on about the great products here at Karma Kiss (can you tell by this and my last two posts?!) because there's truly a great assortment of cool stuff for kids and grown ups - from mod room decor to novelty paper shredders and Chinese takeout trashcans to do it yourself recycling kits. Check out the Plastic Trash Bag Can - they supply the trash can "skeleton" and you supply the plastic bags, newspaper, or even scrap fabric to cut and weave onto the frame to create a one-of-a-kind "green" trash can. 

Hostess or House Warming Gift Idea

I don't know about you, but I'm always at a loss as to what to buy someone as a hostess or house warming gift.  Whether you know someone's taste or not, it can be tricky because you want to get them something that they like, but at the same time you don't want them to feel obligated to display something you gave them in their house if they don't like it!  A bottle of wine or a fruit basket is always a good idea.  However, I saw these trivets at Karma Kiss and immediately thought that they would make a great gift - well, to wine drinkers only though!  It's a wine cork trivet that you make yourself, or the person you give it to makes themselves (well, kinda)...Simply drink 8 bottles of your favorite wine, keep the corks, and then screw them onto the metal base.  It's not only cool, but it can have a special meaning, and you're repurposing the corks so it's GREEN!  At $12.99, it's a great value for you or a friend!

Great Gift Ideas for Kids - Fun Animal Alarm Clocks

I love discovering new websites with cool gift ideas! Well, actually, my sister discovered this one and told me about it. KarmaKiss sells unique gifts for kids and adults alike. If you've got a child in the stage of learning to tell time, or one who already knows how and needs an alarm clock, check out the Talking Animal Alarm Clocks - they look retro, like an old-fashioned alarm clock, but these unique alarm clocks make have cute animal faces on the clock face and the alarm makes the sound of the particular animal. The frog alarm clock says "Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit"; the dog alarm clock says "Bark, bark, bark." There's also a duck, monkey, pig, butterfly, cat, cow, rooster, birdie, owl and even a raccoon alarm clock. They're $20, which is pretty reasonable for what it is; it would make a great gift!

Check out the website for more great gift ideas...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Essential Baby Gear - A Portable Play Yard Playpen...Check it out!


A playard is an essential piece of baby gear.  I love Joovy’s Room2 Play Yard - it’s the largest one on the market, with 10 square feet of floor space!  It has sturdy 600 Denier material, mesh windows, plus an easy unfold and fold, so it's easy to take with you to grandmas house or on vacation, even to the park! It comes with one 100% cotton sheet as well as a travel bag.

It doesn’t come with a changing pad or bassinet, but that’s not what it's purpose is, it's main purpose is to use it as a space to safely place the baby, while your other kids run around playing, or while you cook dinenr, take a break, whatever!

Remember back in the day when every family with little ones owned a 'playpen'?  Well, the playpen is back and this is a great one at a great price to boot!

Mother's Day Gift Idea

Julian & Co. is a family run business that creates and sells gorgeous pieces of jewelery - this just in time for Mother's Day!  If you're not shopping for Mother's Day, they have many wonderful pieces for Moms, Dads, Kids and Babies - check out the adorable kids ID bracelets.

Choose from their beautiful collections of Sterling Silver & Gold hand-stamped and personalized pieces.  I LOVE the lockets, especially the Scrawling Locket - it's a modern take on the classic locket and just beautiful!

Receive $10 off your order if you use coupon code MOTHERSDAY!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Earth Friendly Floor Cleaning - Awesome Steam Mop!

Euro-Pro Shark S3501 Deluxe Steam Pocket MopIn honor of Earth Day 2010, I thought I'd feature - and highly recommend - the Shark Steam Pocket Mop. It's earth-friendly, as it doesn't use any chemicals at all. All you need is water to get your floors clean and sanitized!

I've been in search of a way to clean my tile floors for a while and I've thrown away a lot of money on different mops, from the regular stringy type, to the sponge type and even the Swiffer Wet-Jet - hated them all! I'd seen the infomercials and presentations on QVC of the Shark steam mops and I always thought it looked like a great idea, but I was skeptical. Recently, tired of not having something I'm happy with, I set out to ask around and the majority of answers I got were in favor of the Shark Steam Pocket mop, so I purchased it.

What do I think of it? I love it! Not only do I not need to spend my money on floor cleaners anymore, but I feel good about not exposing my family any more than necessary to chemicals. I have a pretty large downstairs area and one tank full of water was all I needed. The mop head is double sided, just flip it over when one side gets dirty. The mop also maneuvers so easily, it's really a joy to use. When I use this mop to clean my floors, I truly feel a great sense of accomplishment and I know my floor is clean enough for my kids to eat off of it, 5-second rule and all!  So if you're looking for better way to clean your hard surfaces, save money and be friendly to mother earth - look no further!  Click on the picture above to learn more or order one for yourself!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Dry Your Baby Accessories in the Grass!

Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack, Green/WhiteAren't you tired of ugly drying racks on your kitchen countertop?  No more of that if you get one of these!  Especially if you're a new mom and are always hand-washing all of those "liittle things" for babies, like pacifiers, bottles and bottle parts, etc.  This square-shaped drying rack looks like grass - very cool and mod!  You don't have to have a contemporary or modern decor for this to look good in your kitchen.  You don't even have to have a baby or baby "things"! 

I think it's a breath of fresh air in the drying rack department - helps that my favorite color happens to be green, too!  Click on the image to check it out.

Custom Fingerprint Jewelry - Great Mother's Day Gift Idea!

I just learned about this jewelry and website and I think it's a great concept - it's called Imprecious!  They make necklaces (charms), (charm) bracelets and earrings with your or your kids' fingerprints.  When you shop online and make a purchase, they send you a lovely tin with plenty of the putty to make the fingerprint impressions in - it takes two impressions to make one charm because each charm is two-sided, made to look like it was formed by pinching together with two fingers. 

What I love about this jewelry is that it is custom and personal, but not obviously so.  When worn, it just looks like beautiful, silver jewelry that has a real organic look to it.

Right now the site is offering a Mother's Day Special of 20% off til May 9th, 2010!  To redeem when ordering, enter Mama2010 in PayPal's "special instructions" box and your discount will then be refunded to you via PayPal.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Get Paid to Shop Online!

Have you heard of BigCrumbs.com?  If not, then you should check it out if you like to shop online and make money from doing just that!  It is completely free to join Big Crumbs and start making money right away.

What's the catch?  There is none, well except that you have to visit their site to click through to the retailer you want to shop from, which even includes Ebay!  Through their site, you can even create bigcrumbs bookmarks of your favorite retailers to make shopping and getting credit for it even easier and faster.

When you cick the picture to the left, you'll be taken to the "How It Works" page to find out more.  Basically, retailers pay Big Crumbs a commission and they then turn around and pass it on to you.  They pay you either through PayPal or onto a Big Crumbs prepaid Mastercard. 

I'm making a point to do as much of my online shopping this way as I can - it's like geting the items I buy at a discount!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ingenious Mom - Child Bag!

I think this bag is sheer genious!  Use it to tote whatever needs toting and walk safely with your child - you see, the bag has a handle attached low on one side, so while mom holds her handle, child can hold the lower handle!  I don't know about you, but my kids always want to help carry things for me, but often my bags are too heavy or too big for them.  This bag not only allows them to help, but you can feel secure walking down the sidewalk or anywhere with your child holding on to the bag.  Of course, this is not a substitute for paying attention to your child to make sure he or she is safe wherever you go!  Oh, here's the link to check it out and purchase, from one of my favorite cool stuff sites, Spoon Sisters.

Get Printable Easter Games Online!

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Teething Jewelry

What a great idea!  You can still be stylish with a baby on your hip with these great teething necklaces.  It's made from the same material as most teething toys - phthalate-free, BPA-free, PVC-free and lead free and FDA-approved silicone.  It's about 2" in diameter and hangs on a black silk cord.  It's even dishwasher safe!  Comes with a break-away clast for safety, too.  For more options, check out "nubby necklaces." The Nubby Necklace is made from FDA-approved acrylic and it's a beautiful teether in disguise!
Smart Mom Teething Bling Donut Shaped Necklace - Jade