Posts in April, 2012

Raskullz Bike Helmets

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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It was a huge huge weekend for my family. My son rode a 2 wheel bike for the very first time! It was especially cool because he did it on my brother’s 35+ year old red Schwinn. He is over the moon with excitement. We’ve had this rusty old bike in the garage forever and this weekend it became the coolest bicycle on the planet.

I think his new Raskullz helmet gave him the confidence to just get the bike out of the garage and try to ride it all on his own. My son had grown out his very cool Nutcase watermelon helmet (which we loved) and I had taken him down to REI to pick out a new bike helmet. As soon as he spotted this funky red and white mohawk we were done. He could not wait to put it on. And luckily, he doesn’t want to take it off either.  As a funny side note, this morning when I opened my phone I noticed about 3 dozen photos he had taken of his new helmet, including the one above.

Get ready for those summer bike rides and scooter races and check out these fabulously silly but safe Raskullz helmets your kids will love. You can also purchase your Raskullz Helmets at Amazon. (Star sighting…I’ve seen photos of Gwen Stefanie’s cute boys wearing these bike helmets too.)

Bamboo Wall Art SALE

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

 

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Looking for a fun eco-friendly gift idea? Just in time for Mother’s Day Paper Culture is offering 40% off their Bamboo Wall Art. The 40% off sale ends April 30, 2012. Be sure to use the code: BAMBOOMOM at check out.

So here is the scoop about Paper Culture’s bamboo wall art. First of all, you can select from a range of modern designs, many of which include the ability to personalize your art with your own photo, name or custom phrase. You can make wonderful gifts for mom or grandma with these. I also think they make charming decor for your child’s bedroom too.

Every piece of art is mounted on an eco friendly bamboo panel. They have made it super easy to hang on the wall too with their pre–drilled, easy–centering hole. And if great design and simple installation wasn’t enough, you can feel great about your purchase because bamboo is one of the fastest growing, most renewable plants on the planet. Love that!

So pop on over to Paper Culture and check them out today. Maybe you’ll end up designing one for mom and one for yourself….

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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It is that time of year again – Mother’s Day. I think moms everywhere deserve a special month, not just a single day, but I guess we will take what we can get. I have compiled the Sweet Peas & Stilettos 2012 Mother’s Day Gift Guide – a list of fun and fabulous Mother’s Day gifts in a wide range of prices. A little something for everyone… I hope you find the perfect gift for your mom, your grandmother and your mother-in-law. At the very least,I hope these ideas help inspire you to find just the perfect gift for everyone special in your family. Happy Shopping!

The Honest Company Product Review

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

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Many of you have probably read about Jessica Alba’s company, The Honest Company by now. They have been getting a lot of press lately and I must tell you – the products are fabulous! This picture shows a number of the products we have been trying at my home and I am here to fill you in on my thoughts.

1 – The packaging is close to perfect. I swear – even the cardboard box that arrives at your doorstep is cute. (I actually converted it into a recycling bin in my office because I didn’t want to part with it.) And then you open the cardboard box and you are greeted with vibrant turquoise blue happiness and a surprise ‘thank you’ note at the bottom. They have not skipped a single detail and have been incredibly thoughtful in making every aspect of interacting with, and consuming their products a delight. The colors and flowers on the individual packages are so pretty too. These are not items that you will want to hide in a cupboard under your sink. They are so fabulous you will want to proudly display them near every sink and bath in your house. If I was giving out grades here, I’d give a hands down ‘A+’ to the graphic designers and packaging team at The Honest Company. Kuddos!

2 – They smell so so so so good. I hate most scented products for the bath and end up sneezing away whenever anyone lights any sort of scented candle. Of course I love the smell of warm chocolate cookies baking in the oven – but this is not about cookies… (Maybe I am just hungry tonight for something sweet…) All of the products from The Honest Company smell incredibly clean and fresh. Not that powdery fresh – just really crisp and clear and clean smelling. The items that are in fact scented, like the tangerine dream bubble bath and sweet orange vanilla conditioner, are farmer’s market fresh. The scents are subtle but delicious. My son has been asking me why I have been putting so many bubbles in his bath lately and the answer is easy – because they smell so darn good.

3 – Light but effective products. It is one thing for the products to be pretty and for everything to smell yummy, but do they actually work? Yes! The face and body lotion is so sheer – perfect for an infant and his 40 year old mother alike. The conditioner, the hand soap, everything I have tried, I have honestly loved. When I first saw that they had dish soap, I thought it would be good for baby bottles and sippy cups. I have to tell you it has actually worked on all of my pots and pans too.

4 – Giving back in an honest way. At the heart and soul of The Honest Company is a foundation of giving back. “That’s why with every product you purchase, The Honest Company donates product, money, time, and effort to addressing critical health & social issues affecting children and families.” It doesn’t get better than that.

I want to thank the team at The Honest Company for their generosity in sending me some of their products to try out. I can honestly tell you it has been a sheer delight to use them.

Stella & Dot Sale

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

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Looking for a fabulous piece of jewelry to give to your mom this Mother’s Day? Stella & Dot is offering 25% off their La Coco Collection in honor of Mother’s Day. These cool chains will be a great accessory you or your mom can wear all year long. I think I am going to order this one for myself.

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Everyone loves these sweet ‘mom’ charms. Stella & Dot’s Signature Mom Charm is available in both silver or gold and can hang from a necklace or bangle. So many options! They are very affordable too.

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I am a sucker for bold, colorful beaded necklaces. I own many and wear them often! I always get compliments when I wear my multi strand red beads. It is the easiest way to pull together a simple outfit and a little color around the face always helps you look and feel bright and cheery. This La Coco Rope Necklace is also available in turquoise and black too.

Just remember….to ensure delivery by Mother’s Day via standard shipping all orders must be placed by May 6th.

Olympia Le Tan Book Clutch

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

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As much as I love the Kindle and iPad, there is something to be said for a good old fashion book. I actually miss bending down page corners before I put my book down. And what will happen to book covers with the digital age? Book covers are great works of art and design that can lure us into reading captivating stories and enchanting tales. Luckily, some classic book covers continue to live on as super chic handbags.

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Cool kids read the classics and chic women carry them as handbags. Every wonderful Olympia Le-Tan embroidered canvas book clutch, has a brass structure and Liberty print lining. There is a beautiful library of numbered, limited-edition book bags to choose from. Whether you prefer Emily Dickenson or Franz Kafka these literary accessories will certainly be a unique addition to your wardrobe and will look equally cool on your coffee table.

Saks Fifth Avenue Sale

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

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Just wanted you to know about the great sale going on at Saks Fifth Avenue. Happy Shopping!

FREE Treat Greeting Cards

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

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Have you heard about Treat.com?? The creative folks at Tiny Prints & Shutterfly have joined together to create the ultimate online greeting card company with literally thousands of unique cards to choose from and tons of options for customization. For a limited time they are offering everyone a FREE CARD (details below). You never have to settle for an average card again! Some of the popular categories of cards include: BirthdayFriendshipMother’s Day, Thank You, and Thinking of You.

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You can import your friends’ birthdays from Facebook so you will never miss another one again. They even have a feature where you can order and include a gift card from lots of great stores (Zappos, Target, Pottery Barn, Amazon, and more) in the card too. Love that! And one of my favorite features – they will mail your card for you so you can skip the trip to the post office.

You can order unlimited cards for $0.99 each through Mother’s Day. Use the code AFFTREAT at checkout to get this special deal. Or, you can also choose to get just one card for free. Use code FREETREAT for that. If you are ordering more than one card, the $.99 cent offer will save you the most as each card is normally $2.99. (Note: You can not combine offers so pick the one that will be the best deal for you)

Book Cover T-Shirts

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

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Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Their products (t-shirts for men, women and kids, totes, coasters & more) feature iconic and often out of print book covers. The t-shirts are even treated to feel soft and worn just like a well-read book. Love that! And for every product they sell, Out of Print donates one book to a community in need through their partnership with Books For Africa. Help spread the joy of reading today.

Newport Cottages Cribs

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

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Color color color! I love the idea of colorful cribs in nurseries and Newport Cottages has an endless rainbow of colors to choose from. A bright crib is a simple way to add delightful cheer to any child’s bedroom. It is easy to go with a basic white or neutral wood color for your crib, but these fabulous colors will add a bold burst of color. Above you will find Newport Cottages Hamptons Crib. You don’t have to have a house in the Hamptons to let your baby sleep there!

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The colorful Newport Cottages Cape Cod Crib is also very traditional in its design but the bold color gives it a perfect pop in any nursery. You can keep the walls and floors neutral and let the furniture be the added spice.

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If you prefer more of a modern look, check out this Newport Cottages Cody Crib. What I love about this crib is you get to choose both the main and contrasting colors so your options are endless.

Check out the entire Newport Cottages Collection at Layla Grayce. There are tons and tons of colors to choose from. And guess what… Layla Grace offers FREE shipping on the entire Newport Cottages Collection (much better than finding out about a hidden $150 shipping charge at checkout!).