Posts in August, 2011

Lulu Frost Bangles

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Lulu Frost for J Crew Deco Bangle
At 11 o’clock last night I finally got myself tucked into bed. In lieu of a book, I had a stack of catalogs to flip through before I turned out the light. I opened the latest J. Crew catalog and there on page 051 was a gorgeous tall stack of these Lulu Frost for J. Crew bangles.

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My immediate thought was simple, “I need all of them!” These fabulous resin bangles come in many rich colors and the glass crystals add the perfect hint of deco glamour. A perfect way to add a hint of color to your fall wardrobe.

Hello Kitty Vans

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

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I was a huge Hello Kitty fanatic throughout my entire childhood. I still have boxes full of my old Hello Kitty treasures. I have also always loved Vans and you will still catch me wearing by checker board slip ons.

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Needless to say I am a huge fan of the Hello Kitty Collection for Vans. If you are looking to add one more pair of shoes to your daughter’s shoe collection, look no further.

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These are three of my favorite pairs from the Hello Kitty Collection, and yes, it was hard to pick three. They were nice enough to make Hello Kitty Vans for infants and adults too so no one will feel left out.

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Unusual Pets

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Some Unusual Pets by Susan Fry

As everyone knows, there are cat people and there are dog people.  I fall firmly into the cat camp.  While dogs can be adorable, there’s just something about the drooling, the jumping, and the wet-doggy smell that makes me cringe.

Unfortunately, my husband is so allergic to cats that his nose runs at the slightest “meow.”  So we find ourselves debating the merits of the less common animals, such as skunks, snakes, guinea pigs, and ferrets.  Or perhaps we should consider something even more exotic, like one of the pets in the books below . . . .

While We Were Out, by Ho Baek Lee.  When a family goes away overnight, their pet rabbit makes herself at home in their apartment.  Behaving just like a human child, she fixes herself a snack, watches a movie, and even tries on mommy’s lipstick.  Best of all, the rabbit shows her enterprising personality by figuring out how to race around on skates that are far too big for her:  by propelling herself with chopsticks.  But though she thinks the family will never know about her adventures, kids will giggle at the traces she’s left behind.  Little rabbit pellets dot every page!  The soft colors and lines bring the rabbit’s cuddly nature to life.

The Egg, by M. P. Robertson.   Robertson explores the parallels between pet ownership and parenting in this realistically illustrated book about every child’s fantasy.  George finds a gigantic egg and adopts it, carrying it to his warm bedroom and reading it stories.  When the egg hatches, the dragon that emerges calls George “Mommy.”  George doesn’t blink an eye, either at his new responsibility or at the gender confusion. “George had never been a mother before, but he knew that it was his motherly duty to teach the dragon dragony ways.”  Over the following enchanting pages, George teaches the dragon to fly, to breathe fire, and to fight a knight.  But when the dragon misses his own kind, George learns the hardest lesson of all:  having to let his “child” go.  Luckily, the dragon comes back for a visit, and he even returns again in a sequel, The Dragon Snatcher.

Hieronymus Betts and His Unusual Pets, by M.P. Robertson.  Robertson again strikes literary gold with this hilarious parade of a little boy’s unusual pets, each one more disgusting, dangerous, and wittily named than the last.  The slugapotamus oozes slime, the porcupython sprouts prickles, and the grizzly hare growls.  But no matter how slimy, noisy, or smelly the animal may be, Hieronymus knows of something even slimier, noisier, or smellier . . . Hieronymus’ own little brother.  Before siblings can get peeved, however, Hieronymus points out that even though his brother is “smellier than a bog hog and stranger than a whatchamacallit . . . he’s more fun than any pet could ever be.”

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.

You can check out the Sweet Peas & Stilettos’ children’s books page for quick access to all of Susan’s wonderful children’s book reviews.

Minted Free Mommy Calling Cards

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

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I have had a little obsession lately with mommy business cards. As much as I embrace technology and love my iPhone, when I am talking to someone at school pick-up, at the park or at a party, and decide to exchange contact information, I would much rather be able to hand over a chic little card than try to type in someone’s contact information into my phone. With my son grabbing one hand it is often impossible to do that anyway.

I know a lot of you have small businesses, Etsy shops or blogs. A cool business card will leave a great impression and it is a great way to help spread the word and market your company.

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Now here is the best part of all. Minted has the fabulous promotion going on right now where you can order 25 mommy calling cards for FREE. All you pay for is shipping. There are over 100 wonderful designs to choose from. On many of them you can even include a photo. I have ordered many things from Minted over the years and their quality has always been excellent.

Order your cards today. The promotion runs through September 23rd.

Baby Onesies

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

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I want to send a huge thank you to Julie for sending me these adorable photos of her daughter wearing her Sweet Peas & Stilettos onesies. I just love her expressions. She could not be any cuter!

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Shop the Sweet Peas & Stilettos store to order a few onesies for your little girl or for a friend. There are eight different styles to choose from. They make great baby shower gifts.

Little Passports Subscription

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

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With the new school year here I can’t help but think about play dates and birthday parties.  I am always on the lookout for something new, or using something old in a new way. I have featured Little Passports on Sweet Peas & Stilettos before because I think the company has a great concept and I love the idea of teaching kids about geography, history, culture, and language. I had two ideas pop into my head this morning that I wanted to share.

1) Birthday party gifts – I know my son does not need 20 $20 gifts when his birthday rolls around in a few months. Why not chip in with a few other families and buy a subscription to Little Passports for the birthday boy or girl? What child isn’t going to love getting a birthday gift every month, all year long! The child will be able to learn and enjoy and you will feel good about giving a meaning, educational and fun gift.

2) International play dates. I am usually not very creative when it comes to play dates. The kids come over and tear my house apart and leave 2 hours later after the hurricanes get tired. I love the idea of theme play dates that will keep kids engaged and interested. Subscribe to Little Passports for your own child and then they can host international theme play dates for their friends. They can learn about Brazil and then play soccer outside, or check out the Japanese kit and have fun making sushi. The kids can learn all about the world around them and have fun too. I love it.

Here is a little more scoop about Little Passports:

Little Passports is a subscription service for children featuring two loveable characters, Sam and Sofia. Sam and Sofia travel to a new country every month and share their experiences with your child. Your child will receive an exciting package via postal mail that includes an adventure letter, fun souvenirs, activities, and access to the Little Passports Boarding Zone full of games and activities. Visit www.littlepassports.com to learn how to bring the world to your door!

Feed 15 Clarins Pouch

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

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One of the latest items from FEED is the new FEED 15 Pouch made in collaboration with Clarins. This very handy pouch is made from 100% white organic cotton and is accented with the signature Clarins red. The pouch comes filled with some of Clarins most popular products – Moisture-Rich Body Lotion, Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, and Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. Fabulous beauty products and a great little bag you can use for just about everything, all for $30 – love it!

Of course the very best part of every FEED purchase is the impact it makes to help people in need. Each FEED 15 Clarins Pouch provides 15 school meals to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). I can’t think of a better back-to-school purchase.

Best Diaper Bags

Friday, August 19th, 2011

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I have no idea why it took me so so long to create a page completely dedicated to the best diaper bags. I was buying diaper bags before I was even pregnant! Every year the designs, fabrics and selection just keeps getting better. Above you will find the classic Gucci baby bag as well as a great bag from Skip Hop. Come check out the rest of my picks for the best baby bags. Please let me know if I have missed your favorite.

I’m on TV!

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

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I had so much fun being a guest on the Moms Are Talking! TV Show. Luckily, I like to talk so when they invited me to be on their show, I had to say yes. The shows hosts, Michelle, Amy and Susan, were great. They asked me questions about Sweet Peas & Stilettos, how I started a company while working full-time, and how I keep my sanity. I also got a chance to show off my new line of baby onesies. If you have a few minutes, you can watch the show online. A huge thank you to everyone at Moms Are Talking!


Handmade Baby Shoes

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

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You certainly don’t need me to tell you how absolutely adorable these handmade baby shoes are. The colorful fabric, the ribbons and the simple design all come together to make baby shoe perfection.

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My friend (and Sweet Peas & Stilettos featured modern mom) Kelly loves to buy these shoes for her daughter and she was the one who told me all about the cazhoffy shop on Etsy.  There is a wonderful selection of handmade baby booties to choose from, and even some fun matching kimono style slippers for mom.


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