Posts in the ‘Maternity/ Pregnancy’ Category

Layla Grace Apparel Sale

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

ELLA MOSS STELLA TIE FRONT POPPY TOP

I get a lot of questions from women asking me about my favorite maternity clothes. Back a number of years ago when I was pregnant with my son there were not nearly as many options for cute maternity wear as there are today. I actually shopped at Forever 21 for a lot of the tops I wore throughout my pregnancy. One thing you will notice if you open any magazine is that there are a lot of celebrities who wear ‘regular’ clothes while they are pregnant too. Of course, you want elastic waist bands ASAP, but I always tell people to look for stylish tops right off the racks of their favorite stores. It might be easier than you think to find great transitional clothes – especially for those first few months. Some tops will also work great after you have had your child when your stomach is adjusting back to its former state. At that point you are no longer pregnant so it seems a little weird to still be wearing maternity clothes. Though it is hard to give up all that elastic!

I was checking out the sale going on now through March 31st at Layla Grayce (you can save 20% off all apparel with promo code style20) and I found a lot of great pieces that would fit the bill for newly pregnant women and for anyone looking to keep their little waist top secret.

WAVERLY GREY LEI LEI BLUE & WHITE TOP
The red top above is the Ella Moss Stella Tie Front Poppy Top. Don’t you love that color?  I also thought this Waverly Grey Lei Lei Blue & White Top would be perfect for work or evenings out. The simple detail at the neckline will hopefully draw attention away from your tummy. They also have a number of pretty scarves that are perfect to layer over t-shirts.

Don’t miss your chance to shop this fabulous sale! Go check out Layla Grayce today to see if there is anything you can’t live without…

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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Rockin’ Baby Slings

Monday, November 5th, 2012

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Look at all of these beautiful mommies! I have always been a huge fan of the ‘one-for-one’ idea. You buy one of something and the company will donate one to somebody in need. We have seen it be so successful with TOMS and Warby Parker and now Rockin’ Baby Slings has joined the wave.

The company and its mission is spearheaded by mother of 5, Kathryn Wiley. If you purchase one of their cotton baby carriers they will donate one to a parent in need. The moms pictured above are in Haiti where Rockin’ Baby has been focusing their efforts after learning that Haiti has the highest infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere. As part of their ‘mother-to-mother’ mission, not only do they provide baby carriers, they also provide education. Rockin’ Baby educates mothers on the impact as sling can have on their lives. “In addition to making it easier to nurture and love, as well as bond and breastfeed, these slings will allow mothers to continue to gather food and water for their families. As the attachment of a mother and her infant could be a matter of survival, education and slings will impact this need dramatically.”

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I am so impressed by Kathryn and her growing company. It is always so cool to see a busy mom venture out into entrepreneurship and wonderful that she has made giving back such a core part of her company.

Modern Mommy of the Week – Jessie Salas

Friday, September 21st, 2012

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Modern Mommy of the Week:

When I arrived at my son’s new school a few weeks ago, I met one mom in particular who was full of energy and had this incredible joy about her. She seemed so genuine, so happy (even at 7:45 in the morning with kids hanging on every limb!) and so fun – immediately I wanted to be her friend. That woman is Jessie Salas from San Jose, California. Jessie is mom to 3 very cute kids – Addison (Addie) who is 5, Hudson who will be turning 3 in October and Sydney who is just 3 months old. Jessie left her hectic high-tech career to start her own photography business. Like so many of us, she wanted to make money and have a career, but also wanted to have flexible hours so she could spend more time with her growing family. Over the last 5 years she has grown her business tremendously. Silicon Valley moms go straight to Jessie Salas because they know she will capture unique images of their children that they will treasure forever.

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At Sweet Peas & Stilettos we LOVE shoes. Do you have a favorite pair of shoes?

My favorite pair of shoes – DKNY strappy sandal pump. I purchased them twelve years ago (I know, right?!?) at Macy’s in San Francisco. They have aged so gracefully (although they have had some cosmetic surgery doe over the years…and might even be in need of some now). I was with my mom when I made my purchase and these shoes have been on many dates (including one of the very first I had with my now-husband Kris), assisted me through numerous job interviews and spent time being paired with skirts and jeans alike…they were single girl shoes, shoes I wore when I was newly married and now serve as the occasional mama’s night out selection. To me they have a personality of their own and I simply love them. They are shoes I will NEVER part with…no matter how ratty they might become.

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Photography has been one of my passions since childhood…in fact I tell clients all the time that I can still remember my grandpa showing me how to use his gigantic Polaroid camera. I just loved the instant gratification of snapping a shot and watching as it processed before my eyes.

During college I spent time focusing and learning about photography but it wasn’t until my daughter was born that I decided to pursue my hobby as a fully fledged career. For ten years or so I had been a software sales rep working for organizations including Sun Microsystems, Network Appliance and Webex. I always thought I’d return to the world of technology however after falling in love with Addie within milliseconds after she arrived, the thought of ever leaving her seemed completely foreign to me…with the desire to still contribute to our household while remaining home to watch my daughter grow, Jessie Salas Photography was established.

It began as one, maybe two sessions per month with families of three or four…within a short period of time it had grown to a few sessions over the course of a weekend…before I knew it my referral base was expanding and inbound interest for my ‘little photography business that could’ was up to about ten calls or emails per week…covering the span of moms-to-be, their newborns, young children and families of all sizes.

I have found that my photography business allows me to integrate my love of art with my love for meeting new people, hearing their stories, watching their families interact and most of all encapsulating THEIR moments in time (and these moments are so fleeting). I am inspired by the thought that the instances I capture will be memories relived for many years to come. And that the time I spend with each family is fun (not just for me but for them as well!).


Modern Mommy of the Week – Renee from Stork Vision

Friday, September 14th, 2012

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Modern Mommy of the Week:

Renee Caldwell from Keller, Texas is this week’s featured Sweet Peas & Stilettos Modern Mommy of the Week. Renee is not only the founder of Stork Vision® Prenatal Imaging Centers, she is also the mom of four children – two daughters ages 9 & 13 and two sons ages 18 & 11. Based on her own experience as an expectant mother, Renee understood the emotions and excitement when a woman sees her baby for the first time. She wanted to create a safe and comfortable environment where families can truly enjoy this incredibly special moment.

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At Sweet Peas & Stilettos we LOVE shoes. Do you have a favorite pair of shoes?

My favorite shoes right now are a pair of rope wedge sandals with a braided leather top by Indigo. They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned.  They have a flexible rubber sole but are still totally fashionable! I bought them in an adorable boutique called “Clicks” in Chicago- thinking I was hot stuff only to find out that Indio is the sister brand to Clarks (hello- my Grandmother’s brand!!!)  I now own them in two colors and will be taking them with me to Europe next week. They are the perfect travel shoe!

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My company, Stork Vision 3D/4D Ultrasound introduces expectant parents to their developing babies with safe, high quality, 3D & 4D ultrasounds performed in a home theater atmosphere.   My own pregnancy experiences inspired me to establish our first Stork Vision Ultrasound center in 2004 and I am thrilled to have opened our 23rd store this summer.  The key to our success is our belief in quality, safety and unsurpassed customer service.   From the moment you walk through our doors, you will be taken care of by our endearing, knowledgeable staff.

For more information visit: www.storkvision.com.


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Sleep Tips

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Every Mom (and Mom-to-be) Deserves a Good Night Sleep

When I was pregnant with my son my number one complaint throughout my entire pregnancy was not being able to sleep comfortably. I was miserable. And as every mom knows, the problem with lack of sleep only gets worse when your baby is born. Every mom and mom-to-be deserves to get a restful sleep at least a few nights a week. Don’t you agree? Here are a few tips to help you get your zzzzzz.

Sleep Tip #1 – Starting with the basics – invest in a great mattress.  Getting a good night sleep on a regular basis is so important that your bed is your most important piece of furniture you will ever buy. Make sure you find a high quality mattress that you and your partner both love and find comfortable. I also recommend that you get the largest mattress that will fit in your bedroom. A little extra room is especially nice to have when you are expecting, and when your little ones sneak in to your bed in the middle of the night.

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Sleep Tip #2 – If you like your current bed but want some extra comfort, opt for memory foam mattress cover. They are awesome. The foam contours to your body shape to ease your weary muscles and actually helps promotes good blood circulation. At Memory Foam Express Toppers you can even find these mattress toppers with special CoolMax covers that will help keep you cool, dry and comfortable all night long.

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Sleep Tip #3 – Treat yourself to extra soft and luxurious bedding. Nobody wants to sleep on scratchy sheets. You can find some fabulous sheets at Serena & Lily, like the pretty ones pictured above, or at Bloomingdales. I also love these super soft microplush blankets from Target. I have them on every bed in the house. They are lightweight and so incredibly soft.

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Sleep Tip #4 – You need super comfortable pajamas too!  Whether it is that favorite decades old concert t-shirt that has been perfectly broken in, or a pair of pretty silk pajamas – be sure to find sleepwear that you will feel comfortable in. When I was pregnant I stocked up on sleepwear from Target. They have adorable pajamas made especially for pregnant women and nursing moms.

Sleep Tip #5 – Give yourself some time to wind down and relax before you go to bed. Everybody has their ideal 30 minutes before they fall asleep. Maybe it is watching a little TV, reading a book, flipping through a magazine, or having a cup of tea, Whether it is a soak in the tub or a hot shower, make sure you have a relaxing routine to help you calm your brain so you can sleep soundly.

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Now I just wish that I could help keep your sweet baby from crying all night long so you really could get the sleep you deserve!  Luckily there are infant sleep consultants and lots of great sleep books to help you with that one…

 

Baby Onesies on SALE

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

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Here is one adorable little girl who already loves her shoes! I just wanted to let you know that Sweet Peas & Stilettos baby onesies are now on SALE. Order one (or a few) today at the low price of $15. You will also receive free shipping in the USA. There are lots of adorable designs available and they come in white, pink, natural & black. They make terrific baby shower gifts for the stylish moms-to-be on your list.

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Tea Collection Baby Gift Sets

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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One question I get asked all the time is, “what is a great gift for a new baby?” There are so many possible answers to this question but it is good to have a few go-to gifts so that you don’t have to think about it.

Sometimes I want to pick up something for someone at the office who has had a child or my husband’s co-worker who recently adopted a baby and I just don’t know what to get. I am not sure what style they like or where they are registered. Even for my close friends, I want to give them something extra special for their new bundles of joy. The Tea Collection Keepsake Box Gift Sets are a wonderful baby gift idea and so incredibly easy and convenient. You can skip the gift wrap and simply tie a pretty bow around the box and your done.

The set pictured above is one of my favorites because it can work for both boys and girls. My son wore one of these sweaters and it could not be any cuter. They also have sets with onesies and little outfits too for both baby boys and baby girls, like this one below.

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And of course who doesn’t love the unique prints and colors available at Tea Collection? I know I do!

Baby Shower Invitations

Monday, January 16th, 2012

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I am thrilled to launch a new page on Sweet Peas & Stilettos dedicated to baby shower invitation ideas and baby shower invitation wording tips. I found so many cute invites and had a great time putting this page together over the last few days. I have four categories of invites – baby boys, baby girls, gender neutral and couples showers. I hope it helps you find the perfect invite for your next shower. This adorable invite is DwellStudio for TinyPrints – Nature’s Calling Precious Baby Shower Invitation.

Baby Onesie Holiday Sale

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

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The Sweet Peas & Stilettos HOLIDAY SALE is here! Playfully chic infant onesies designed for moms and moms-to-be who love designer shoes, fabulous handbags & shopping. These cute baby onesies make great holiday gifts for babies, moms-to-be and new moms too. Good clean fashion fun for our future fashionistas.

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