Posts in July, 2012

momAgenda SALE

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

2012-2013 momAgenda Mini-Daily-mom-agenda-day-planner-organizer

SUPER SALE! Do you have a busy family? Need to coordinate schedules, classes, sports and play dates for your children and keep your own life organized?  momAgenda is offering 20% off Desktops and Mini-Daily Planners (pictured above) with promo code 20DM valid now through Sunday, August 5th. A sale like this is a wonderful incentive to get your life organized now (and not put it off until next month…).  You can enter SWEETPEAS to get free shipping on any order through Sunday, August 12th. Even after August 12th – you can get 35% off momAgenda Desktop plus FREE SHIPPING on orders $40+ at momAgenda.com!

The Mini-Daily Planners are great if you are looking for something that you can easily tuck into your bag and take with you everywhere. The 5″ x 7″ x 1″ planners are set up with a day-on-a-page format with extra space for mom (you!)and up to four children. It also features monthly views too when you need to get a bird’s eye view of your schedule. I always think that is handy. To get you ready for back-to-school they conveniently runs from August 2012 through August 2013. I am a huge fan of the leopard print but it comes in all of these other great colors too. Personalization is available as well just in case you like to see your name in gold (and who doesn’t love that?).

Sweet Peas & Stilettos has tons of more great organization tips and resources for busy moms. Come check them out.

Similasan Ear Relief

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Splish Splash Summer from Similasan

Are you and your family enjoying summer as much as we are? This has been one of the most relaxing summers for my family. The one thing we’ve been doing almost every single day is swimming, splashing and swimming some more.  We love it!

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I have finally found all of my favorite swim accessories. It has taken me awhile but we now own some UV protected swim shirts that actually fit over my son’s head. You have no idea how happy we are about this. I also found some excellent extra-large pool towels that seem to be really absorbent and quick drying which is great when we go in and out of the pool all day long. I bought them in 6 different striped color combinations to make it easier for everyone to remember whose towel is whose. Between the inner tubes, floaties, goggles and pool noodles I thought we had everything we needed. The one thing I was missing was a remedy for swimmer’s ear. Now I can finally check Swimmer’s Ear Relief off my list too.

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Similasan Ear Relief product is here to help us all. For over 30 years Similasan’s homeopathic Swiss formulas are made with 100% natural active ingredients and have been providing families with symptomatic relief they can trust. Similasan is a company committed to helping people feel better.

So here is the scoop about swimmer’s ear: When children are swimming and spending time in the water they may start to complain about their ears (this can happen to adults too!). They will have the sensation of clogged, full ears that will undoubtedly make them miserable. As we all know, if our children are miserable, we will be miserable too….and nobody wants that to happen.

Similasan’s Kids Ear Relief homeopathic ear drops were created to provide soothing relief  for children aged 2 and older. The Kids Ear Relief ear drops help clear water trapped in their ears and the homeopathic ingredients help stimulate their body’s natural ability to soothe the ear, decrease the ear’s sensitivity to external factors such as water, cold, and drafts, reduce the clogged sensation in the ear, and return their ear to a water-free and comfortable condition. Your child will be happier which will make you happy too. Hopefully it won’t be long before they will be ready to strap on their goggles and jump right back in the pool.

Be sure to ask a doctor before use if your child has: ear drainage or discharge; pain, irritation, or rash in the ear; had ear surgery or dizziness.

Did you know – Similasan Ear Relief was the #1 Pharmacist Recommended ear drop formula for the 10th year in a row!

* I wrote this post while participating in a blog tour conducted by Burst Media on behalf of Similasan. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program, but my opinions are my own.  I want to send a huge thank you to Similasan for supporting Sweet Peas & Stilettos and for sending me some ear drops to try out. I really appreciate it!


Go for the Gold

Friday, July 27th, 2012

gold ANNELI BRACELET

In Lieu of an Olympic Gold Medal…

There has never been a better time to break out some gorgeous gold jewelry.  Vita Fede’s gorgeous Anneli Bracelet reminds me of the Olympic rings and their modern gold Fiero Ring looks like you are carrying the torch on your finger. Vita Fede translates to ‘Life’ and ‘Faith’, two things that connect people everywhere – just like the Olympic Games.

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For your own gold medal look, shop Stella & Dot. They have such a wonderful selection of affordable gold jewelry. Wear an On the Mark Gold Arrow Necklace, a gold chuncky La Coco Curb Chain Necklace, or a gold Rebel Pendant you will look and feel like a winner (even if you are just sitting on the couch watching the Olympics on TV and not flipping and tumbling on the gymnastics mat with a billion people watching you….)

Railroad Museum

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

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The California State Railroad Museum is awesome. I have a 5 1/2 year old son whose love of trains has not waned over the years. We have a Marklin train set, a remote control Lego train and of course there is Thomas and all of his friends who have taken over the living room floor. We recently took him to the California State Railroad Museum and were so impressed with everything about it. There is 100,000 square feet of engaging exhibits and California history.

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The museum is located in Old Sacramento and is “widely regarded as North America’s most popular railroad museum.” You will find amazing restored trains, wonderful exhibits (from dining cars to mail cars and so much more), and unique special events (weekend summer train rides). While you are walking through one of the sleeping cars, it actually shakes so you get the feeling of what is was like to actually ride on the train. My son loved that!

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One of my other favorite exhibits was a beautiful collection of formal china used in the train dining cars over the years. It was a delight to see the range of pretty patterns. In addition to all of the huge trains all around the museum, they also have a full exhibit of train toys. To top it all off, on the top floor you will find about 5 tables full of Thomas and friends so the kids can play with one another, and the parents can take a seat and check their iPhones.  A little something for everyone…

And after your trip to the museum you can have a little walk around Old Town Sacramento. Never in a million years did I think I would eat at a restaurant with “fat” in the name but we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Fat City Bar & Cafe which is conveniently located just a few blocks from the museum.

Handpainted Taika Flats

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

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Mark Rothko has been one of my absolute favorite artists since I can remember. I just love his paintings. When I saw these fabulous Handpainted Taika Flats in the Anthropologie catalog – they immediately reminded me of Rothko’s paintings.

Mark Rothko, Yellow, Blue, and Orange

Just in case you are not familiar with Rothko’s work – this is Yellow, Blue & Orange (image credit Chicago Art Review).

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LeifNotes’ classic suede toecap flats are like little works of art. In fact no two exactly alike because the pretty saturated pigments are applied by hand. These art inspired flats come in 5 different color combinations and it is a little tricky to pick a favorite.

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This is the cover of Mark Rothko by Jeffrey Weiss. It looks so much like the flats in the photo above.  If you want a Rothko of your own, check out the Mark Rothko gallery on Art.com.



School Locker Decorations

Friday, July 20th, 2012

purple-zebra-locker-wallpaper       Black Locker Chandelier

The 2012 Sweet Peas & Stilettos Back to School Guide is here. I must admit I had a lot of fun looking at all of the great products available today. My favorite category this year was school locker accessories and locker decorations for girls. I know I would have loved to have these fun items when I was in junior high. There are many great designs of locker wallpaper available at LockerLookz. And my favorite item of all – the light up locker chandeliers! Perfect for your little princess…

Jonathan Adler @ Zinc Door

Monday, July 16th, 2012

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I have had a long standing crush with absolutely everything from Jonathan Adler. I just love love love the brand’s happy chic, colorful home decor. During the month of July, Zinc Door (one of my favorite online home stores) is featuring Jonathan Adler. They are a perfect pair! They have a little bit of everything from the collection. So many cute things to choose from that will cheer up any room in your home. Starting small – I love these Jonathan Adler Acid Palm Coaster Set pictured above. How great are those colors together?

jonathan adler waves multi color bargello pillow

You can easily toss a sense of modernity to a sofa or bed with Jonathan Adler throw pillows. These pillows are fabulous with their hand-embroidered long stitches and variety of colorful patterns. This Waves Multi-Color Bargello Pillow is my favorite.

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The Hollywood Navy Printed Sheet Set is a contemporary approach to Hollywood Regency style. I think it would look perfect in my guest bedroom. This modern bedding design certainly  lives up to the “happy chic” vibe of Jonathan Adler.

Be sure to check out his entire collection of home decor at Zinc Door and design your dream space today!

Juicy Couture Feist Flat

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Juicy Couture Women's Feist Flat

I just can’t get enough pairs of sandals this summer. I was poking around online tonight and found these very fun Juicy Couture Feist Flats that just made me giggle. Everyone wants to be queen for the day. I love the gold crowns and the circle of sparkle. I may not have the guts to actually wear a tiara on my head but I think I could wear tiaras on my feet (once I get a pedicure of course…).

Thank You Notes 50% Off

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

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There is an amazing sale TODAY ONLY at Tiny Prints & Wedding Paper Divassave 50% OFF all thank you note cards. That’s huge! Just use the promo code DOD0712 anytime between 9:00 am PST today through 8:00am PST tomorrow (Friday) to get this awesome deal.

And how cute is this wonderful Love Blooms thank you note card above designed by Jenny Romanski for Wedding Paper Divas?

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I am usually not one to shop early for the holidays but today I am making an exception. Last year I bought personalized stationery and thank you note cards for a bunch of friends and family members for Christmas gifts. Note cards make such a great gift because every one needs them and they are really easy to wrap and mail to friends and family who are far away. They are great for people of every age too – from 5 years old to 105. Personalized gifts show you cared to make a little extra effort. And if we take advantage of the sale today we will all save lots of money. Love that!

I am sure you have a little girl on your list who would adore her own set of Hello Kitty note cards just like this one above…

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Here is one special tip – I love ordering a variety of cards for each person on my list. For my sister-in-law I ordered her some with just her name (you can do it informal with just a first name or use both, first and last), some that had her name and her husband’s name (ex. Pam & Patrick), and another set of family cards (The Marlborough Family). I actually bought the same variety of cards for myself too. I love having the mix of cards because that way I always have the perfect card for every occasion.  The other thing is that I always have a hard time just picking out one style so if you do a mix, it makes the whole decision making process that much easier because you don’t have to settle on just one design.

So shop at Tiny Prints with me today using promo code DOD0712 and we can all save 50%.

Staycation Ideas

Monday, July 9th, 2012

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More and more of my friends are opting for family ‘staycations’ this summer. In lieu of packing suitcases, hopping on an airplane with all of their children, and jetting away to some exotic location, they are vacationing at home. I used to think they were crazy. Why would I pass up the chance to stay at a fabulous hotel and explore the yummy food and wonderful boutiques in a new town? Staying put at home just sounded a little boring to tell you the truth. I know I live in a beautiful area, but I really didn’t think I would be able to relax and peel myself away from everything I needed to do around the house. I didn’t think my husband and son would really enjoy it much either since I would probably wrangle them into some massive cleaning project. But now that we are almost at the half point of summer vacation, I have started to come around to the idea. In fact, I think I have finally found the perfect plan to an awesome staycation for my entire family.

I recently visited a few of the properties owned by Western Athletic Clubs and I had an epiphany. If I joined their Clubs, planning a great family staycation would be a breeze.  They had just about everything I needed for a relaxing getaway – no packing, 3 ounce bottles or security lines required…

Here is how I would enjoy my week long staycation right here at home in Northern California:

#1 – Spa Treatments – A massage one day, a facial the next, and throw in a manicure and pedicure and I would be over the moon. Western Athletic Clubs has wonderful Sanctuary Spas in all of their locations so I could be enjoying my relaxing massage while my family was playing racketball or tennis. Perfect.

#2 – No Dishes – Three meals a day, the Club could take care of every meal for me so I wouldn’t need to dirty a dish. I’d get my meals delivered right to the pool so I wouldn’t even need to peel myself away from my magazines and sunshine. I’d let my husband and son order their meals whenever they were hungry – no reservations required.

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#3 – Lazy days by the poolWestern Athletic Clubs facilities have amazing pools. At Courtside the little ones can play in the fountain, and my husband could swim laps in the adult pool. I of course would soak in the jacuzzi. And up at their Redwood Shores location – the water playground is incredible. Yes – that photo at the top of the post is from their club! It is comparable to any resort. I wouldn’t have to stand at line at a busy water park for my son to laugh and splash all day long.  I’d let me son bring his best friend and I know they would have a blast all day long.

#4 – A little exercise – I always like to exercise on vacation so I don’t have to feel guilty about the extra calories. It would be a treat to find time to take a new exercise or yoga class and maybe even get back on an elliptical machine for old time sake…And now that I have started playing tennis again it would be fun to play doubles one afternoon with some of my friends.

#5 – A little alone time – I’d love to sign up my son for some special activities so I can finally have a few hours of quite time to finally read Fifty Shades of Grey (I can’t be the last woman on the planet to read it!). During my ideal vacation I want to actually find time to read a book cover to cover. Luckily Western Athletic Clubs has amazing programs and activities for kids to keep them busy and active all day long. I know my son always loves playing with new friends and I would have a few hours to just relax and finally open a book.

Mixed in with all of this we would certainly do a few local tourist activities. We’d walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy a yummy lunch at the Ferry Building and visit a few museums too. Before I know it our week would be up and I know we would have enjoyed every minute of it. Added bonus – I wouldn’t have to unpack a thing…

I want to thank Western Athletic Clubs for hosting me at their Courtside Club for the afternoon. I had a tour of the facility, enjoyed a delicious poolside lunch, took my first yoga class in 10 years and had a wonderful visit to their spa. I have many many friends who are members of Western Athletic Clubs too and they love it because there are so many activities for everyone in their family. If you don’t live in Northern California – I still recommend looking for a great Club in your own area where you can enjoy ‘staycations’ with your family all year long.