Posts in the ‘Cool Kids Stuff’ Category

Featured Modern Mom

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

american consignment company

Featured Modern Mommy of the Week:

Sally Miller from San Jose, California is mom to 2 year-old Charlotte and also a budding entrepreneur. She has left corporate America behind to launch her own consignment business, American Consignment Company.

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Tell us about your favorite pair of shoes:

My favorite shoes have to be my summer wedges. I bought them in London at a UK store called Russell & Bromley. They look great with jeans and yet are incredibly comfortable. I purchased these shoes over 5 years ago and have worn them many, many times since but they are still going strong!

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Tell us about your fabulous business:

I’ve always dreamt about building a business. And when I discovered consignment sales events, I knew I’d found the answer. This was something I could do and feel passionate about.

One of the things I love most about consignment sales is that they offer families a way to make and save money. I’ve met Moms who buy a complete wardrobe for their kids at one event and then sell the entire collection the following year. It’s that easy and a lot of fun!

In starting American Consignment Company, my goal is to hold well organized and friendly events that families look forward to each season. My company values are: Quality, Community, and Convenience. We check all consigned items for quality and only accept boutique and name brands. We organize sellers’ items and display them just like a retail store. An event typically runs for 2 to 3 days over a weekend and features thousands of gently used items at great prices.

I love this business and hope that shoppers and consignors enjoy coming to my events as much as I enjoy organizing the sales for them! The first event will be held March 2-3 in Los Gatos, California. Check out the website for more details.

Xtracycle

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Xtracycle radish family bike

 

Santa Claus brought my son an brand new, bright blue “big boy” bike. Surprise, surprise….he loves it! Seeing him out there riding around makes me excited to get a new tube for my bike tire so I can go out there and join him. It is just nice to be outside, enjoying the fresh air and getting out of the house and away from the iPad and the couch. Spring will be here before we know it so it is a perfect time to get ready for outdoor fun.

Last week a high school classmate of mine was telling me about these super cool family bikes from Xtracycle – the FreeRadical and the Radish. They are awesome. I just had to spread the word because I thought they were so cool and so great for families. They are ideal for peddling to spring picnics, trips to the farmers market and even for little cruises in the neighborhood. What I love is that the bikes are extra long so you can actually carry 2 kids, not just one. How practical and fabulous is that?! And there is still room for toys, a diaper bag, a frisbee and groceries too.

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Here is the scoop straight from the source: “Xtracycle’s LongTail innovation is a hitchless trailer that evolves the bike rack, bike bag (or pannier or basket), bike trailer, passenger seat, and baby seat into one cargo bike or sport utility bicycle system. With a long wheelbase, balanced center of gravity, and versatile carrying capacity, your Xtracycle LongTail may open the door to car-free or car-lite transportation in your life.”

So go check their site out today and see what you think. It might be time to make a little room in your garage for one of your own. A cool ‘toy’ the whole family can enjoy.


Valentines Day Card from Tiny Prints

Spruceling

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

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I don’t know about you, but after the holidays I am totally ready to clean the house and get organized. The first place I am going to start is my son’s closet. And this time I am going to try using a brand new company called Spruceling to help me de-clutter, make a few bucks and help others too.

Have you ever taken clothes to a consignment store? It is nice to get rid of things and clean out your closet but I found that I hardly got any money, and the money I did make was spent on gas to drop off the items and to go pick up the ones that didn’t sell. And it is never fun to have a stranger inspecting all of your clothes and telling you that the $75 dollar sweater your son wore once (for about 7 minutes) just wasn’t good enough. Uggh – never again!

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Spruceling is great because it is all online so you can do your selling and shopping any time of the day or night. For sellers, they make it easy with free shipping labels so it is easy to just drop off your box and go. And they handle all of the returns too so you don’t have to. Best part of all, you get a full 60% of the sale instead of the typical 25-35%. And for buyers, of course you get the perk of saving money (who doesn’t love that?) and not having to walk into a mall with your small children (so not fun!). The other thing that is kind of cool is that you basically purchase a box of items that are all the same size, instead of picking out items one by one. Just like getting a whole new little wardrobe. The interface of the site is super easy to navigate and you simply find a box that has cute things you think you and your child will love. And if you end up not liking the items, there is even a 30 day guarantee. You get to rate the seller too, and Spruceling makes sure that people who try to sell dirty, ripped, or worn out clothes will get a permanent time out. Who has time for someone else’s dirty clothes?

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So you are probably thinking that there are many options when it comes to selling and buying gently worn kids clothes. Yes that is true. But there is one thing about Spuceling that made me love it – the charitable giving component of its business model. They donate a percentage of all sales to a different children’s charity every month. And for the month of December they are actually donating 100% of their proceeds to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital. Love that!

2012 Family Photo Book

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

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So all year long you have been snapping photos with your phone and having so much fun trying out every Instragram filter. I don’t want you all to end up like me with 1000s of photos that never see the light of day again. When you have a little downtime over the holidays, you can take some time to pull together a family photo book to recap your favorite moments for 2012. I have a few friends who actually create a separate book for each of their children and one for the grandparents too. Luckily Blurb makes it super easy.

So take some time and download all of your 2012 photographs, including vacations, birthdays, and special occasions so you can put all of these wonderful memories into a keepsake book. From now through January 7th, 2013 you can save 15% on your entire book order with code BOOKS15OFF.

And one other fun idea – at Blurb you can also create 2013 planners full of your favorite photos! For more ideas and inspiration go to: Blurb.com orBlurb.ca.

Shwings

Monday, December 17th, 2012

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My new obsession….Shwings! How cool are these little wings that you can add to your shoes? I actually bought these gold ones for myself and as soon as my son saw them he insisted that we put them on his shoes instead. Considering he shares a name with an Olympic gold medalist who was once the fastest man alive, it is probably appropriate that he has wings on his shoes.

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Shwings are available in a whole array of colors for both lace up shoes and the ‘slot’ style for velcro shoes. They look just as cool on boots as they do on sneakers. Great for gifts and stocking stuffers too! You can order them directly from the Shwings website, Amazon, or check for local retailers.

Winter Sled

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

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Heading to the snow this holiday season? No doubt your little ones are going to want to go sledding. I stumbled upon this heirloom quality sled last week and fell in love. Who needs a neon snowboard?  The sled’s seat is “beautifully hewn in the traditional manner from thick birch planks and detailed with hand-carved willow rails, but it’s the custom-molded high-grade plastic skid that ensures a brisk, exciting ride” in all types of snow conditions. Instead of zipping down the slopes, I was actually thinking about using the sled as holiday decor. It might sound a little crazy but it would look great by the tree or perched out on the front patio. I am sure my son would love to fill it up with stuffed animals and gifts and pull it around the yard pretending it is Santa’s sleigh.

The sleds are built by Mountain Boy Sledworks, based in the Colorado mountain town of Crested Butte, and are available online at Restoration Harware.


Tiny Prints Weekend Sale

Friday, November 30th, 2012

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Despite the wet and windy weekend ahead, I am happy to share at least some good news – Tiny Prints is extending their sitewide sale all weekend long. You can SAVE 25% on just about everything and it looks like you can score FREE shipping too. What a great way to wrap up Tiny Prints week here at Sweet Peas & Stilettos. So go ahead and kick off December with some great holiday deals. As most of you know, they’ve got photo gifts, holiday cards, invites and more. And one little hint – now is a good time to buy thank you notes for the kids so they will be ready to thank friends, relatives and Santa Claus for all of those wonderful holiday gifts.

Tiny Prints Sale Extended

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

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Still haven’t ordered your holiday cards yet?? Guess what – you are in luck! The folks over at Tiny Prints have decided to extend their Cyber Monday Sale even longer! You now have today and tomorrow to save big at their 30% OFF Sitewide Sale. Jot down the promo code: CB12 so you can enter it into the little box when you checkout.

In case you don’t spend as much time as I do on the Tiny Prints website, just remember that there is so much more to Tiny Prints than birth announcements and children’s birthday party invitations. They have so many cool personalized gift ideas that are all very well priced (and even cheaper today and tomorrow!). They make is super easy to personalize everything by writing your own text, uploading cute pictures, and making everything unique and extra special.

Don’t forget, this super Tiny Prints sale ends Thursday night (11/29/12) at midnight PST. Go go go and start creating (and saving) now….

Personalized Notebooks

Monday, November 26th, 2012

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Tiny Prints week on Sweet Peas & Stilettos continues with another fabulous daily deal. Today it is all about notebooks and they are 35% OFF all day today. Yes yes yes – I know we all have our iPhone and great online calendars and organizational tools, but I will be the first to admit that there is just something about paper, and pulling out a pen, and jotting down notes with real ink. These personalized notebooks from Tiny Prints are 5 x 8 inches so they should fit right into your tote bag. They also make great gifts for a wide variety of people. Here are a few ideas:

1) For children, you can create a book in their school colors and use a cute picture of your child with her best friends.

2) Grandma (or mom or your mother-in-law) would love a notebook with an adorable picture of her grandchildren.

3) Make notebooks for your girlfriends too. You don’t have to use a photo of people, maybe a picture of the beach, your favorite flowers, a bottle of wine, a cupcake, or your favorite pair of shoes.

4) And don’t forget to make a notebook for yourself!!

The 35% OFF sale ends tonight at midnight PST.

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Toy Box Sale at OKL

Monday, November 26th, 2012

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Just in time for Christmas — welcome to the Toy Box Sale at One Kings Lane going on now through Thursday, 11/29/12. You will find a great selection of toys at every price range. From a classic wooden yo-yo to stuffed animals, puzzles and Melissa & Doug favorites you’ll find fun toys for boys and girls alike. For your littlest car lover there is everything from these great wooden car push toys (only $8!) to this very cool Mercedes. You know your kids will love taking it for a spin around the driveway. If you want to go all out – you have to check out the ride on Lamborghini Murcielago too!  Hope you find something your kids will love.

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