Posts in the ‘Mommy Must Haves’ Category

Photo iPhone Cases

Monday, November 26th, 2012

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Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? Today is the day to save on these fantastic personalized photo iPhone cases from Tiny Prints. You may have seen that Tiny Prints already has an amazing 30% off sitewide sale going on right bow but you can save even more on their new photo iPhone cases. All you need to do is enter promo code: CYBER1126 to save on these great phone covers. And guess what – they even have covers for the iPhone 5! This great deal expires tonight, 11/26/12, at 11:59 pm PST, so click on over there pronto.

And one more thought – personalized cell phone cases & covers are great gifts for friends and family who live far away because they will be so easy & inexpensive to ship anywhere.

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Treat Card Club Daily Deal

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

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Have you heard about Treat? The folks over at Tiny Prints and Shutterfly have created this cool division of their company where you can create personalized, one-of-a-kind cards for every occasion – from birthdays and congratulation notes to sympathy cards and everything in between.

For ONE DAY ONLY (today), you can save up to 60% on Treat greeting cards with the Treat Card Club. You can use the promo code CYBERTREAT all day long on Cyber Monday and save 30% on their already discounted card packs. By pre-ordering your cards in bulk, you save a bundle now and then you just send the cards out whenever you want to.

If you have a little extra time on your hands, you can literally create individualized holiday greeting cards for every friend and family member. Such a cool idea! Or you can order (or pre-order) personalized birthday cards and thank you notes you will be ready to send cards all year long.

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Here are the Cyber Monday Prices:

18 Card Pack: $1.39/card, 60% Off Regular Card Price
12 Card Pack: $1.57/card, 55% Off Regular Card Price
6 Card Pack: $1.74/card, 50% Off Regular Card Price

The more cards you send, the more you save. I just bought a birthday card for my mother-in-law at the drug store a few weeks ago and it was almost $5.00! And it wasn’t even that cute… Shopping at Treat is the certainly the way to save.

Treat’s card plans take the hassle out of buying and sending cards, and they make it super easy, crazy fun, and totally personal to create a card for someone special. Treat takes care of the rest.

To take advantage of this amazing CYBER MONDAY deal (it ends at 11:59 PST on 11/26/12) remember to use the Treat promo code: CYBERTREAT.

Layla Grace Relaunched

Friday, November 9th, 2012

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One of my favorite online shopping destinations has just gotten a little facelift & tummy tuck of sorts, just in time for the holidays. Layla Grace is a fabulous place to shop for holiday gifts and also happens to be a great place to pick up little treasures for yourself. Layla Grayce recently launched their newly redesigned website so now it is better than ever. They’ve added some new bells and whistles like customer reviews and a brand new design board, where you can mix and match different products and perfect your look before you purchase. You simply drag the product over to this little widget on the side of the screen. You can also create your own ‘I love this’ list which comes in super handy when you are picking out Christmas presents.  Luckily they have kept their great mix of products in every price range – from furniture & decor to table top, baby items, personalized gifts and more. Be sure to visit the newly designed Layla Grayce website today and get a head start on your holiday shopping.

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Tea Collection Party Dresses

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

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Whether you are shopping for a cute outfit for your kids to wear in your family photo Christmas card or you want to pick out something for upcoming holiday parties, time and again I always tell moms to start at Tea Collection. Your children don’t have to look like Christmas tree ornaments to look adorable for the holidays. The main thing is that they actually look like children. Don’t you agree? And if your kids are comfortable, they are more likely to be happy (less complaining about the velvet sleeves), which will in turn make for a better day for mom. Cheers to that!

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Nobody combines colors in such a creative and fun way as Tea Collection. Their prints are bold and bright, but in a very subdued way – does that make sense? Your kids can wear festive colors and look vibrant without wearing a neon sign. And these colors always look great in photographs so if you are trying to pick out some great holiday clothes for your Christmas picture, Tea is the place to shop.

Being half Swedish I am very excited that Tea Collection Fall 2012 collection was inspired by the people and cultures of  Scandinavia. Check out their wonderful Nordic Design story boards to see more.


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.

Minted Party Decor

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

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I am so excited about Minted’s new line of party decor! These decorations are fabulous. There are a number of themes and holidays to choose from so you can find the perfect items for your event. From baby showers and birthday parties to Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations – you will find a wonderful selection of decorations to make your party one of a kind.  I know that there are a number of you out there who have the time, energy and creative know-how to make wonderful DIY decorations, but then there are the rest of us who like to leave it up to the pros. At Minted, independent designers have done all of the heavy lifting and all we need to do is place our orders.

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The most important part of any party is the guest list. With great friends and family – you really don’t need much else (except for yummy cupcakes). But after people (and food!), what truly makes events of any size extra special are the little details. Minted’s party decor includes everything from personalized bunting banners, cupcake toppers, favor bags, table confetti, signage, stickers, plates, napkins, crowns, centerpieces and more. They have thought of everything and you can buy them all together in different party packages. They are adding more party themes regularly so check back often. Of course you’ll be able to order your chic invitations too.

 SAVE 10% and receive FREE shipping at Minted until 10/31/12 with promo code SWEETPEA12

 

Stella & Dot Scarves

Friday, October 5th, 2012

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Have you heard the great news?? Stella & Dot has just launched a line of chic, colorful scarves. I am so excited because I love love love to wear scarves. These scarves are the perfect accessory for modern moms everywhere because they are so versatile and so easy to wear. In two seconds you can add a pop of color to any outfit with a luxuriously printed rayon scarf. Love that! The Stella & Dot scarf collection offers 5 different colors and each one has a unique pattern. And yes – it will be hard to choose just one so yes – you can buy 2 or 3….

Shop this pretty pink scarf during the month of October and all net proceeds will be donated to the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising women’s cancer research funds and promoting early detection awareness.

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I know there are many of you out there who are thinking, “Yikes! I just don’t know how to wear a scarf.” A few of my dearest friends find scarves to be a much bolder accessory than a necklace or bracelet and are simply too scared to give them a try. I happen to think they are the easiest accessory to just throw on over a simple t-shirt or even a big sweater. Depending on the rest of your outfit (and the weather of course) you can let it hang down, wrap it around closer to your neck, or do just about anything. Scarves are not just for bundling up in the winter! Stella & Dot created a little video called 10 Ways to Wear a Scarf in case you need a little inspiration. You will see the video icon on this page to check it out.

And for moms with little ones… a colorful designer scarf can easily cover up any ‘little mishaps’ your child has on your favorite top so you should always have one tucked in your bag.

Christmas Card Preview

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

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I can’t believe I am posting anything about Christmas or the holidays in September because it really goes against everything I believe about the holidays. I am the first to admit I freaked out when I saw Christmas lights at Target last week! I am trying to be a little more organized and on top of things this year so I have been busy updating and creating some new pages on Sweet Peas & Stilettos to feature all of the fabulous holiday cards and invitations I can find and have just been having so much fun. I have to tell you, the selection of cards is better than ever this year.

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Whether you are looking for something super simple, super modern, one photo, lots of pictures, traditional colors, funky colors, you name it – there is everything. So you won’t be too overwhelmed – I have scoured all of my favorite sites and pulled together my favorites. Come take a look at the Photo Christmas Cards 2012, Modern Holiday Cards, Photo Hanukkah Cards and Holiday Party Invitations. I will continue to keep them updated with the latest designs, coupons and promo codes too.

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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We want the scoop – please tell us all about your fabulous company!

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!

We want the scoop – please tell us all about your fabulous company!

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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