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Custom Photo Pillows

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Sprinkled Spots - Custom Pillows - Printerette Press - Nutmeg - Brown : Front

There are so many amazing things you can create today with photos. Every year they seem to think of something new. I am loving these Sprinkled Spot Custom Pillows available at Tiny Prints. Perfect for grandparents, your mother-in-law, your great aunt, and really just about everyone. I am thinking it would be fun to do a whole sofa at home full of our favorite family photos. What a creative way to showcase your favorite cherished memories. They have a number of other custom pillow designs to choose from. And as an added bonus – you don’t have to worry about this holiday gift breaking in transit….

Please note: Tiny Prints is an affiliate partner of Sweet Peas & Stilettos and we receive a small commission on sales – hat is how our website it able to stay in business. cheers!

Wash Away Labels

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

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Back-to-school time seems to be all about labels these days. Labels labels everywhere! I am sure I am not the only mom who has been putting labels on her kids’ clothes, shoes, backpack, lunchbox, water bottle, PE uniform and soccer cleats. You want these labels to stick and stay put and not come off in the washing machine. But there are other times when you don’t want the label glued to your item. Like when you head over to the school potluck and you just want to make sure you get your casserole dish back.  Or when you drop off a tray full of snacks to your child’s classroom and you hope to one day see your favorite tray again. Mabel’s Labels has created a line of dissolvable labels are perfect for potluck dishes, bottles for daycare, containers of leftovers, canning jars and much more. They are even freezer and microwave safe. When you no longer want or need the darn label, you simply pop your item into the dishwasher or put it under running water to rinse it right off. Wash Aways™ disappear completely, leaving no sticky residue. If only the same thing could be said for all of the super sticky monster truck stickers my son has put all over the windows in my car…

Trina Turk Sale

Friday, September 6th, 2013

TRINA TURK PILLOW EMBROIDERED LINEN GEOMETRIC TILE BLACK TAN

I fell in love with Trina Turk the moment I stepped foot into her Palm Springs shop a decade or so ago. I was obsessed and just wanted everything in the store. The bold colors, the modern prints, the chic patterns, the whole mid-century California vibe just sucked me right in. In fact I literally wanted to move right in to the store and live there forever. I just loved how the floor was covered with these spectacular white pebbles and I still dream of the day I can redo the foyer of my home to look just like the shop. Until that day comes I can obsess about Trina Turk pillows and rugs and fabrics….

I just found out that one of Sweet Peas & Stilettos favorite partners, Layla Grayce, is offering a 15% off Trina Turk now through 9/30/13 so of course I had to spread the word. Here is the promo code to use: TRINA15. In addition, you can also save an additional 15% off already reduced sale items at Layla Grace with the promo code EXTRA15. Don’t miss your chance to shop furniture, home decor, fashion (super cute handbags & iPhone covers!), baby and more with prices as low as $5! I hope you find a few items you love at prices you adore. Happy Shopping!

ModCloth Home Decor

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Perfect Ten-tickles Wall Decal

I have been a long time fan of ModCloth and all of their vintage inspired clothes, shoes and accessories. But now I have a whole new reason to visit their site – their wonderful collection of really cute and unique home furnishings. And the other night while I was catching up on a few episodes of Real Housewives of Miami, I was also tracking funky decor ideas that would look just as good in my home as they would in my niece’s college dorm room.

One of my favorite pieces is this Perfect Ten-tickles Wall Decal. My son loves fish and creatures of the sea and I think this cephalopod’s navy-blue appendages would look so cool peeping out behind his bed and with it’s modern look. I think it would create a bold look in a beach house living room too.

This vinyl sticker set can accent most flat, smooth surfaces including doors, windows, or mirrors, and ModCloth insists that they are easily removable when you decide to change the tides of your decor.

Trina Turk Decorative Pillows

Monday, July 15th, 2013

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I’ve been looking to find some summer color to help brighten up my family room and our very large grey couch and it looks like finally found was I was looking for tonight. I just love the fabulous colors of these Trina Turk decorative pillows. They are available at Layla Grace in case you want to pick up one or two for yourself.
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Tech & Grandparents

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Petunia Pickle Bottom Stowaway iPad sleeve

iSeniors — Connecting Technology & Grandparents

My parents are amazed to see how my 6 year old son adeptly navigates his iPad and how he doesn’t shy away from letting us know when he thinks the wireless network is too slow. Living in Silicon Valley, there is so much focus on small children and technology. But what about the other end of the spectrum – grandparents? Technology has transformed the lives of my 75+ year old parents and in-laws. They are having just as much fun with technology as my son’s kindergarten class. Here are 5 great tech innovations for seniors:

1)     iPad: iPads are wonderful for older parents and grandparents who aren’t comfortable using a mouse and don’t like squinting at a computer monitor. The ease of swiping their fingers across the screen to see photographs of their grandchildren, to search for news, and to play games is amazing. Their ability to easily make the text larger with a simple finger gesture on the screen has really transformed their connection with the Internet. They also love the portability of the iPad. My parents are no longer tethered to their home office, like they were with their desktop computer, and the iPad is much easier for my mom to carry around the house and hold than a laptop. My 80 year old father-in-law rarely leaves the house without his iPad. He was able to easily set up his stock portfolio on Yahoo! Finance by himself so he can keep a close eye on his investments. He may not be ready to trade stocks online, but he loves having up-to-date information at his fingertips so he knows when to call his broker.

2)     FitBit: The only thing my mother loves more than her iPad is her FitBit One™. To say it has changed her life completely would be an understatement. Her FitBit has become her new best friend and she genuinely loves the words of encouragement and humorous messages that appear on the screen. She is so motivated to reach 10,000 steps every day, and she now has the personal trainer she never knew she wanted. She shows it off to all of her friends, and strangers too for that matter.  I helped her with the initial setup and now she can easily charge her device and view her summary metrics with ease.

3)     Wireless Access: Even if your parents or grandparents don’t have a laptop or tablet, I still recommend getting wireless Internet access in their home. I recently upgraded the wireless in my parent’s home so that my husband and I knew we would always be well connected when we were visiting. My extended family benefits from it too when they visit. Having a wireless network actually encourages the younger generations to visit their elderly relatives more often and not be in such a rush to leave. It is also nice for long term caregivers as well, as they appreciate having easy Internet access while they are caring for your loved ones.

4)     Video Cameras: The mother of a friend of mine lives over 600 miles away from his home. His feisty mother is over 80 years old and is still living on her own. He has tried to convince to move closer to him and his family, but she doesn’t like the idea one bit. Since she has had trouble walking, he wanted to be able to keep a close eye on her, even when he is far away. His solution – video. The last time he visited her, he installed cameras throughout her condominium, and he is able to watch the video footage from his computer, anytime from anywhere. There is a little peace of mind knowing that if she were to fall, he would be able to call for help. Some people may question this act as an invasion of her privacy, but she was onboard with the idea. They have also been very upfront with people who work in her home and notified them that the condo is monitored. He likes to be able to keep a close eye on the caregivers, handymen and cleaning crews that come in and out of her home. Thanks so the wonders of technology, he can.

5)     Facebook: At first my mother and mother-in-law were downright fearful of Facebook. I tried so many times to get them to sign up but they wanted nothing to do with it. I finally sat down with my mom and realized that her main concern was that she didn’t want to share anything personal with strangers. She didn’t want her ‘friends’ to know what she was making for dinner. After a few long months, I finally convinced her she could sign up for Facebook and that she didn’t need to tell anyone a thing. Just because she registered didn’t mean that people were suddenly going to know what she has picked up at the supermarket.

Facebook is actually a great way for grandparents to keep connected with their families. We set up my mom with a basic account (no photo or personal information other than her name) and had her become ‘friends’ with her children and grandchildren and a few very close family friends. Now she can easily sit on the couch, open her iPad and simply click on Facebook to see what her family is up to. My husband uploads videos of my son’s little league game and my parents, who are hundreds of miles away get to watch him hit the ball out the park too. She also can keep tabs on her other grandson’s surfing adventures and her sister’s magnificent farm and garden. She still gets a little spooked when a classmate from college that she has spoken to in 50 years asks to be her ‘friend’, but she relishes in the stories, photos and ability to stay connected.


Lamps, Rugs & More

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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It is time to hop over to One Kings Lane to dream about all of the new home furnishings we desperately need to obsess about for our homes. I must admit, I get a little sucked in to OKL because I  have so much fun picking out items for my dream house. Tonight I was totally obsessed with all of the fabulous black and white I found. And these patterns – love them! It makes we want to paint my whole house and have a do over of sorts.  But I have also found a few things that I can use today. In an attempt to follow my new year’s resolution to cut back on online impulse purchases (it is not going that well by the way) I am going to sleep on it before I put the items into my magical shopping cart.

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And while I am obsessing about One Kings Lane tonight, have you ever heard of the company Safavieh?  Starting today, the Safavieh Event at One Kings Lane is launching too. They are an ever stylish home furnishing brand offering incredible deals on so many of their products right now, so you can check them out too.

Hope you find a little something you can’t live without! Happy Saving!

 

Furniture Sale at OKL

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

one kings lane furniture sale

Looking for some new furniture pieces to liven up your home in the new year? Look no further than the One Kings Lane – Day of Furniture Sale! The sale ends tomorrow (Thursday, 1/31/12) so go check it out now. This event features furniture pieces for every room in your home and they are stocked up with great options for every design aesthetic – modern, traditional, eclectic – you name it. From ottomans & benches to headboards & beds, chairs & tables and everything else, don’t miss out on this opportunity to grab a great new piece for your home! I actually think furniture makes a practical Valentine’s Day gift. My husband and I often do a joint home gift on special holidays and I have to race over to the One Kings Lane myself to see what I can find. Maybe we’ll all get lucky!

Wedding Inspiration

Friday, January 11th, 2013

minted wedding inspiration board

 

In a few short months my husband and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary and it is fun to think back to our wedding and all of the choices I made (yes – I made them all – he got plan the honeymoon). Of course I thought it was perfect and looking back there is very little I would change. I loved my dress, I loved my red Louis Vuitton shoes and I loved that so many of my friends were able to join us in Montecito for a fabulous party. Thank you mom and dad!!

With summer wedding planning in high gear right now, there are many brides to be who are in the process of trying to envision their perfect wedding celebration. Sometimes is starts with a color, maybe it is a favorite flower, or maybe the location. In my case, my shoes (surprise, surprise!) were the centerpiece of my planning and set the tone for everything.

minted wedding inspiration board

 

So I have had so much fun with Minted’s wedding inspiration boards. First of all – they are gorgeous! Each and every one of them. Of course my favorite thing is that most of them include a super fabulous pair of shoes. They are so inspiring and so much fun to look at. You get ideas for decorations and table settings and of course stationery too. Even if you aren’t planning a wedding – they are full of creative ideas for any party really. And I have also gotten great ideas for color combinations for my home too. Love them!

And guess what – you can make your own inspiration board on Minted too. Hop on over to Minted and go take a quick peek. I promise, you won’t be disappointed…

 

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.