Posts in November, 2010

Celebrity Holiday Cards for Charity

Monday, November 29th, 2010

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A bunch of our favorite celebrity moms (and one fabulous mom-to-be) have partnered with Tiny Prints to design a collection of fabulous ornament holiday photo cards. I love ornament cards because your family and friends can hang them up year after year, and they are far less likely the end up in the recycle bin. Courtney Cox, Brooke Shields, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Kate Beckinsale and Rachel Zoe each designed a card and I have to admit they are all very very cute. I picked Rachel Zoe’s card to feature for 2 reasons – first because she is expecting her first child (congrats!) and also because I love the non traditional holiday colors she used in her design.

Proceeds benefit EBMRF, a volunteer, non-profit foundation helps scientists study, treat and cure Epidermolysis Bullosa — a painful childhood disease and genetic disorder that causes skin to tear at the slightest touch.

Personalized Cell Phone Case

Monday, November 29th, 2010

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Looking for the perfect gift for that friend who has absolutely everything? How about that far away family member you can never find a gift for? I just love these personalized cell phone cases. They make them for iPhones, iPod Touch and a few Blackberry models. They come in 12 different colorful patterns – from traditional damask, to zebra print (even pink zebra!) and lots of modern bold graphic designs too. No more lost cell phones buried at the bottom of your bag. Buy one for a friend and one for yourself! These cool cases are available at Layla Grace for $52. Order soon so you can take advantage of the sale and get them delivered in time for the holidays.

Greeting Cards for Charity

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

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Many of you will spend a small fortune on holiday cards. It is the perfect time of year to reach out to friends and family all over the globe. It is also a great opportunity to show your support for a charitable cause. I recently found a website created by Anne Furse in Houston, Texas, dedicated to charity greeting cards. What I love about Cards That Give is that the charities featured are both large and small and are helping people in our own backyards and all over the world. There is something for everyone.

This colorful holiday card was designed by Bob Monahan and is printed on recycled paper.  The inside mesage reads, “Celebrate the season with all you hold dear.” This card is part of the collection supporting Project Bread. Project Bread’s mission is to alleviate, prevent, and ultimately end hunger in Massachusetts.

If you are shopping for your family holiday cards, take a little peek at Cards That Give – you may find exactly what you are looking for. Thanks Anne for putting together such a useful site and inspiring so many people to give back this holiday season.

Here are many more wonderful modern holiday cards to choose from.

Mini Photo Books

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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Are you looking for an alternative to the traditional photo holiday card?  Are you having a hard time selecting just one photo to share? Do you want to turn your holiday card into a little gift or memory album? I love the Minibooks™ from Minted. They come in a wide selection of designs and are available with Christmas, Hanukkah or a simple holiday greetings. You can include 3-6 of your favorite family photos. The best part of all – no extra postage is required. Get 15% Off Holiday Cards. Use code CYBERAFF or $20 Off Your First Minted Purchase.

Here are many more wonderful modern holiday cards to choose from.

Thanksgiving Weekend Deals

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

I got a little scared when I saw that stores were opening at 3 and 4am on Friday. Really? Are people going to get up that early to go Christmas shopping? As much as I love to go shopping, there is no way I would be at the mall at 3am – no matter how good the sale was. For my fellow friends who prefer to shop online, I’ve collected some great deals from some of Sweet Peas & Stilettos’ affiliate partners to help you kick start your holiday shopping. I hope you save a bundle!

Benefit Cosmetics – Get FREE US standard shipping with any purchase of $50 or more. Enter promo code PRETTY50 at checkout.

Canvas on Demand – SHOWCASE your ARTWORK when you Convert your digital photos to CANVAS at CanvasOnDemand.com and SAVE $20 on $200 Order NOW! CODE: AFF20 at checkout.

Destination Maternity – Fall Sale: save up to 30% at Destination Maternity- expires November 30th.

Diamond Studs Only – Certified diamond stud earrings at 50% off retail. FREE $20 gift certificate towards any purchase! Plus FREE shipping!

Disney Store – Ship your entire order for Free when you spend $75 or more at DisneyStore.com with Promo Code: SHIPTODAY. Shop Now!

eBags – Need a New Bag? Get up to 70% Off Top Brands at eBags!

Hanna Andersson – Presents & Joy! Shop For Gifts at Hanna Andersson and Receive FREE SHIPPING on Orders Over $100. Offer Valid 11.26 -12.5.

Minted – 20% Off Holiday Cards on Recycled Paper. Use code AFHOL20.

momAgenda – save 15-40% site-wide with momAgenda’s limited time, holiday sale

Pillow Pets – 10% Off on all orders. Promo Code: CHRISTMAS10

Red Envelope – Save 10% off all orders, 15% off $80+ and 20% off $125+ – enter code REDTIER

The Land ofNod – Free Shipping on select holiday gifts at The Land of Nod!

The Limited – Quality Fashion. Value Pricing. See Limited Offers & Shop Online Now!

Saks Fifth Avenue – saks.com Thanksgiving Sale: Take 60%–70% off sale items! Sale runs 11.25.10–11.28.10.

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Princess Diana’s & Kate Middleton’s Engagement Ring

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

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I was 10 years old when Lady Di married her prince and I was totally obsessed with The Royal Wedding. I remember sitting on the floor wrapped up in a leopard print blanket glued to the TV watching every riveting minute of the whole affair. I was lucky because my father had to travel to London for work that year so my Christmas was filled with every Royal Wedding piece of paraphernalia he could fit in his suitcase. In fact, I need to figure out where I stashed it all. My favorite item was my very own Princess Diana ring. I still have it, and though one of the diamonds has fallen out, I still love it and wear it every now and then.

Will and Kate’s wedding date is set (April 29, 2011 in case you were wondering) and Kate now has the very famous ring on her hand.  You don’t have to be a princess to wear fabulous jewelry.  You too can get your hands on a ring inspired by Princess Diana’s and Kate Middleton’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring for only $60. It is a lot cheaper than a flight to London! Who needs prince charming when you can have a little sparkle and bling?

Holiday Clothes for Kids

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

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This classic navy blue velvet dress is from Papo d’Anjo, a Portugal based company that is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Their children’s clothes are perfect for holiday portraits and family celebrations. My preference for the holidays is to go with very traditional, timeless looks for the children. I have found a lot of great choices this season to select from for both boys and girls and have added many of my favorites to the children’s clothes and shoes page. Come take a peek….

zulily: Daily deals for moms, babies and kids

Holiday Gift Ideas

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

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Are you ready for the holiday shopping frenzy? I don’t think I am but I must say I had a lot of fun combing through every magazine and catalog I could get my hands on, and spending some time shopping in San Francisco, Los Angeles and around Silicon Valley so I could compile my list of holiday gift ideas. I was kind of all over the board this year and have come up with quite an eclectic list of gifts. I hope you find something you like. At the very least I hope the list helps get you thinking about potential goodies for the lucky ones on your list. Don’t forget to order your holiday photo cards soon!

Broccoli Bag

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

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It is dark and rainy at my house today so I decided to go to one of my favorite online galleries, Share Some Candy, to cheer me up.  That is where I stumbled upon the wonderful photograph by Fulvio Bonavia that instantly put a huge smile on my face. I think it is brilliant. He has a amazing blueberry and raspberry versions on his website too. I encourage you to go to Fulvio’s website and Share Some Candy too and check out all of the beautiful artwork.

Here are a few more Art resources too.

Books to Gobble, Gobble Up!

Friday, November 19th, 2010

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With Thanksgiving day right around the corner, Susan’s latest installment is all about that yummy food awaiting us next week…

Food can be the best part of Thanksgiving Day. Or the worst.

Let’s face it – the “traditional” meal is darn hard to prepare, especially for those of us who are kitchen-challenged. Who hasn’t wound up eating a turkey that’s dry on top, burnt on the wingtips, or, my personal nightmare, still a block of ice? And I won’t even mention the time I forgot to take the “innards” bag out before cooking the bird . . . .

The meal can also lead to delicate family negotiations. My husband and I are now vegetarians, for example, while my parents are overly-enthusiastic meat eaters. My mother wants to teach my sons to make her famous apple-celery stuffing, but they gag on anything green. And if someone is on a diet, well, the feathers start to fly.

This Thanksgiving, if I can’t stand the heat, I can at least get my kids out of the kitchen with these books.

Turkey Trouble, by Wendi Silvano, illustrated by Lee Harper. When Turkey realizes it’s Thanksgiving Day on the farm, he disguises himself as a cow, a pig, and a rooster to avoid becoming the main course. The farm animals’ pop eyes and oversized teeth are just as laugh-inducing as Turkey in a sheep wig. But it’s Turkey’s final costume that saves his day, and his skin – he dresses up like a pizza delivery man. The book doesn’t shy away from the fact that animals are eaten, but there’s no axe in sight.

A Plump and Perky Turkey, by Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Jeff Shelly. The people of Squawk Valley are facing a Thanksgiving of shredded wheat – unless they can trick a turkey into jumping into the pot. But “The birds have gotten smarter,/and they all seem quite aware/that it’s best to disappear/when autumn leaves are in the air.” Pete the turkey does answer their ads for a turkey model for a pretend “arts and crafts fair.” But just as the townspeople are licking their lips, Pete escapes. The final scene shows Pete vacationing on the beach with the other “doggone clever” turkeys.

This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story, by Laura Krauss Melmed, illustrated by Mark Buehner. Kids can follow Pilgrim and Native American children as they help prepare for the Thanksgiving Feast. Modern kids will be intrigued not only by the type of food the children eat, but also by the amount of work they do — gathering nuts and turnips, hunting fish and rabbits, carrying water, and making baskets. The book counts up from one sleeping boy to twelve tables filled with people eating. The scenes have a serene, archaic feel, beautifully painted in an unusual palette of muted autumnal colors and brighter blues. And the book might even give mom and dad some new ideas for chores . . . .

Harvest Year, by Cris Peterson, photographed by Alvis Upitis. Although this book doesn’t mention Thanksgiving, it’s a fascinating way to introduce kids to how their Thanksgiving dinner makes its way to the table. Each two-page spread features several foods produced in the U.S. during a single month. The same map appears on each page, with different states colored in to show the foods’ origins. There’s something for all ages here – big machines and familiar fruits for the younger kids, more unusual foods and facts for older children. The photographs are brightly-colored, and although the pages are information-packed, the white space and clear drawings keep the subjects accessible.

Susan Fry is a writer and mother in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s written for Stanford Magazine, salon, the San Jose Mercury News, and many other publications.