Posts in July, 2010

Mila’s Dayreams

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

The most creative mom on the web right now is Adele Enersen from Helsinki, Finland. Her brilliant photo blog, Mila’s Daydreams, will bring you such joy. Please go take a peek and enjoy the enchanting photos of her sleeping baby girl. Hard to believe it all started as her “maternity leave hobby”….

Back to School

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

I have an envelope sitting on my desk full of the 27 forms I need to fill out for my son’s preschool. I started on them a week ago, but I got side-tracked watching The Bachelorette and somehow found myself more interested in Ali, Roberto, Chris, Frank and the boys and not in filling out my son’s school forms. Definitely on the weekend to do list so he doesn’t lose his spot! Is it really time to go back to school already?

I have always loved shopping for back to school – getting new binders, a new backpack, a lunchbox and of course new lots of new outfits. I have recently posted my list of back to school favorites for you and your kids. I think these Primigi mini driving moccasins are just adorable and have them on my list. Perfect for the first day of school…. Remember when you are shopping for your own kids that there are many kids less fortunate. Let’s all pledge to buy 1 backpack or pair of shoes for a needy child in our community so they too can feel good about going back to school.

Nowhere Hair

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Like millions people all over the world, my family has been devastated by cancer. My father is a two time survivor (go daddy!), but sadly I lost both of my grandmothers to the disease.  The thought of having to watch my son battle cancer is my worst nightmare, but it would be devastating to have him watch me suffer (and fight it) as well.

Nowhere Hair is an absolutely adorable new book from Sue Glader and illustrated by Edith Buenen. “The little girl in Nowhere Hair knows one thing: her mother’s hair is missing. In trying to solve that mystery, the story reveals that her mother, although going through cancer treatment, is still silly, attentive, fashionable, happy, and yes, sometimes very tired and cranky. Nowhere Hair helps prepare young ones for living with someone going through chemotherapy. It addresses a child’s guilt, fear, sadness and anxiety with a light touch. But it is a children’s book after all. It is silly and fun and upbeat and involves many crazy hats and a strikingly cool-looking bald woman. What elevates this from a book simply about cancer to something worthwhile for all children is the underlying and clear theme of being kind to those that might look different than you, and realizing that what is inside of us is far more important than how we look on the outside.”

If you know a chic modern mommy who is going through chemotherapy, particularly one with children aged 3-7, this is a perfect book to buy for her. Let’s all send our best wishes to Sue and all of the cancer survivors out there and to all of the children who have lost their parents to the disease.

Kolo Photo Albums

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

I am totally old school when it comes to photographs. I have a digital camera and all, but I must have real prints to fill up my photo albums. My son loves them too – looking at hundreds and hundreds of pictures of himself and all of the places he has been. (I assume that is normal behavior and that he is not too full of himself just yet…) I adore these Kolo photo albums and picked out three colors I liked together early on. As you can see, they make a colorful addition to my bookshelf. They are classic and simple – perfect for those of us who don’t want to make scrapbooks.

You probably have loads of pictures from your summer travels. I have lots of great resources for online scrapbooks, frames, photo gifts and more so you can make the most of your memories.

Browse the entire product catalog too if you are a big fan of photo albums like me… home

The Spa Los Gatos

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

My Silicon Valley spa tour continues…..For many many years now the spa I most regularly go to has been The Spa Los Gatos. I have tried a number of different services and have always been very happy. I had prenatal massages while I was pregnant which were wonderful, and Veronica is fabulous for facials. It is the perfect neighborhood spa – not over the top – just super mellow and relaxing. After you slip into your big terry robe you can meander over to their library where you can enjoy tea, juice and nuts (if you arrive after I have been there all of the cashews and little chocolates will be missing from the mix) while you read a magazine or just close your eyes and relax. They also have a cute little shop that is full of tempting little spa treasures – from bumble and bumble hair products to lemon drop lotion. Grab a girlfriend or two and enjoy a great afternoon. Insider tip…Cold Stone Creamery is just a block away so you can get a little treat afterwards too….

Rent Maternity Clothes

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

A quick update to the new pregnancy & maternity page… I’ve just added a list of companies where you can rent fabulous designer maternity clothes – you will see them listed right under the other links to maternity clothes. I think it is such a fabulous idea. I know I was so miserable getting invited to a wedding when I was 7 months pregnant and not knowing what I was going to wear and not wanting to spend a lot of money on something I literally would wear only once. This adorable Olian Maternity dress is from With all the money you save on a dress you’ll be able to treat yourself to a super cute new pair of shoes

Shoe Shopping Stories

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Have you had a chance to check out the Sole Searching section of Sweet Peas & Stilettos? I have written a number of stories about shopping for shoes that I think you will be able to relate too. I am sure I am not the only one who headed straight for the mall after a stupid boy broke her heart or made a big shoe purchase on vacation to ensure I would have a memorable souvenir. I bought these fabulous shoes in Brazil and made my poor friends waste an entire afternoon trying to find them. Just what they wanted to do on their vacation!

I have put my shopping tales into a bunch of categories, The Beginning, High School & College Days, European Princess, Working Girl, Around the Globe, Family & Friends and Searching for a Soulmate. If you have a few minutes, please take a peek.

I am looking to add a new page dedicated to YOUR shoe shopping tales. If you have a great story about shopping for shoes send it my way. I will get the stories posted so we can all enjoy them. Include your first name, city and state. Email stories to sweetpeasandstilettos (at) yahoo (dot) com. I am really looking forward to reading about your fun shopping adventures. Please include a photo of your shoes too!

Note: I know this is where the legal mumbo jumbo comes in. If you send me your story and photo, you are giving Sweet Peas & Stilettos LLC indefinite rights to reproduce it, display it on the website and use it in the future too.

Pregnancy & Maternity

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

So you just found out you are pregnant – now what? I am so excited to finally launch my new page completely dedicated to all things related to your pregnancy. From pregnancy websites, the best pregnancy books, journals and blogs to maternity clothes and chocolate cravings, I’ve got you covered.

Hybrid Mom

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

I was thrilled to find out today that Sweet Peas & Stilettos was selected as one of “The Top 50 Websites Moms Need to Know About” by Hybrid Mom. A huge thank you to Beth and the staff at Hybrid Mom for the honor. I am excited to comb through their list to find more great online resources too.

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Books & Websites for Working Moms

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

I’ve just updated my ‘books for working moms‘ page to include websites and blogs for working moms too. I really like Jane Has A Job. It is geared towards women in their 20s and 30s who don’t have children but it is a cool resource for working women of any age really. Please email me if you know of any other great books or sites I should include. Thanks!