Posts in June, 2011

SweetSeat

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

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Are you ready to get rid of the highchair? Do it! I found these fabulous SweetSeat booster seats at the PLUSH show in Los Angeles. I want them all. Their collection of colors and fabrics is so modern, fun and stylish. They carry a variety too so you should be able to find something that works well in your home.

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Here is the really cool part. Each and every SweetSeat is handcrafted on a farm in San Antonio, Texas by a husband and wife team. “We love working together as a family to produce a product that your children will use and love for years to come.” They have three young boys and found a need for something small, yet functional. In designing their solution, they made it super cute too. I also like the idea that it is portable so you can take it to a restaurant if you don’t want your child sitting on the booster chair that has some scary stories to tell….

Don’t worry if your daughter drops her marinara sauce on her SweetSeat – you can easily wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

Lollia Hand Creme

Monday, June 13th, 2011

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Last month I received this wonderful Lollia hand creme as a birthday gift from my dear friend Liza. I just love it and have been using it every day. It is full of macadamia nut and avocado oils (2 of my favorite things to eat) and many other hydrating ingredients that leave your hands feeling soft and fresh without the slimy or sticky feeling that you get with other hand cremes.

The packaging itself is so lovely. I actually can’t throw the box away because I adore the print and colors so much and don’t want to see them end up in my recycle bin. WIth such cute packaging the hand creme makes a great gift that you don’t even have to wrap. Lollia also carries a beautiful selection of candles, fragrances and other pretty items for the bath and lounging.

And if you don’t trust my word – when I went to their website to grab the links I noticed on their home page that Oprah Magazine loves Lollia too. Lollia made the all time list of favorite things. Oprah and her team have great taste!

Father’s Day Deals

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Here are some deals and discounts from some of Sweet Peas & Stilettos’ affiliate partners just in time for Father’s Day…

Apple iTunes – Download music, movies, TV and more on iTunes

eBags – Extra 20% Off + Free Shipping on Orders over $100 at eBags.com!

Expedia – Jackpot! Save up to 30% on Vegas and More. Flight + 4 nights from $225! – Expires 6/26/2011

Footlocker – Free shipping when you spend $75. Use code LKS1V635. Valid 5/29 – 7/2. Online only; some exclusions may apply.

Gap – Everyday FREE Shipping on $50!

Saks Fifth Avenue – Take up to 40% off selections for her and 30% off selections for him at saks.com. Prices go back up on 7.6.11.

Sur La Table – Tools for your Grill 20-40% off

Target –Spend $75 Get 20% Off + Free Shipping Select Men’s Apparel & Accessories

Yoox.com – Shop the Men’s Denim Guide on yoox.com!


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Fab Flip Flops & Thongs

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

I love love love flip flops and barely there sandals. Luckily, I live in California so I can wear them all year long. Here are some cute ones I have recently had my eye on…
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I totally love my silver sequined FitFlops – now I want to get a black pair like these pictured above. I can not begin to tell you how comfortable these are. I wear them as my house shoes too, instead of slippers.

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If you have flipped open any magazine this month you have inevitably seen these super chic Missoni for Havaianas. Unfortunately, it looks like they are sold out. Bummer! Hopefully they will be back in stock soon. I might have to get a pair of the go-with-everything basic white Havaianas to hold me over until I can get a pair of super festive ones.

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I know these aren’t technically ‘flip flops’ but I was flipping through a Fossil catalog last week and stumbled upon these adorable Alice Braided Toe Sandals.  I of course love the light shimmering gold ones but they do come in brown too. The braid detail makes me want to braid my hair to match…

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The best part about these stylish Cole Haan thong sandals is that they are incredibly comfortable thanks to the magic of the hidden Nike Air padding that is tucked into that sleek sole. The only problem is that these come in so many cute colors it may be hard to pick just one. You must check them out in yellow and the green is very cute too…

Congrats

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

I wanted to congratulate Susan W from Utah, she is the winner of the Petunia Pickle Bottom backpack. Her baby boy is due in 2 weeks so she can put it to use right away. Congrats!!

Magnet Alphabet

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

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Are you looking for the perfect airplane activity? Need to keep the kids occupied for a long (or even short) road trip this summer? I just bought my son this super cool A to Z Magntab from KidO Products and I just love it. It is a wonderful travel activity to keep your little ones busy and it is super easy to pack.

Here he is above in action…. With your magnet pen you can practice writing your letters and the little silver balls pop right up. It is genius. I love the design, the size, and the simplicity of it all. At $20 it makes a great gift item to have on hand for both boys and girls. And to top it off, I think it is an eco-friendly and cost effective way to learn your letters – it saves me from buying stacks of tracing paper and alphabet activity books.


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Books for Sports Fans

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Sports Fans by Susan Fry

Most kids sleep with stuffed animals. My youngest son, on the other hand, likes to curl up around a very different toy – his basketball.

I’ve met lots of other toddler sports fans. But except for Madlenka, Soccer Star, which I reviewed as one of the books of author-illustrator Peter Sis, I haven’t found a sports story that my kids ask for again and again.

Even though she doesn’t officially write fiction, Gail Gibbons may fill the gap.

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Gibbons is the queen of kids’ non-fiction. She writes and illustrates books about everything from gorillas to vegetables, hurricanes to dinosaurs. Like many of her other books, Gibbons’ delightful sports mini-series – My Soccer Book, My Baseball Book, My Football Book, and My Basketball Book – has just the right mix of low-key simplicity and educational punch, all combined with a dash of drama.

Gibbons begins with the equipment a player needs to play each game – useful for clueless adults who may not realize that their sons need shin guards and long socks for soccer. Then, top-view diagrams of a football field, a baseball diamond, and a basketball court carefully label every line and player’s position – again, useful for clueless adults. Finally, Gibbons breaks the sports’ complex rules down into a few lines. “There are usually eleven players on a team,” she writes in My Soccer Book. “These players work together, trying to score the most goals for their team. To score, the ball must go into the other team’s goal.”

While the text is often simple, the illustrations – friendly line drawings filled with bright colors – contain more detailed information. This technique allows a parent to choose which level of information to present to children of different ages.

My favorite part of each book, however, is when Gibbons cleverly veers into fiction, dramatizing a game in each sport. She introduces two teams, with names like “The Honeybees” or “The Dragons” and different-colored uniforms. She nicely includes kids of both genders and multiple ethnicities, too. As she describes how the games progress – with a smattering of strategy for the older kids – Gibbons’ voice takes on the cadence of a sports announcer: “There are only a few seconds left in the game . . .  the Rockets try for one last field goal. BOOM . . . and it’s in for three points!”

Kids – and clueless adults – may close the books feeling as though they’ve experienced the game as well as learned the rules.

The four books are even satisfying to hold. Each one has a jaunty, distinctive stripe around the edges, and the unusual square shape, about the size of a CD case, is perfect for little hands.

My Soccer Book, by Gail Gibbons

My Baseball Book, by Gail Gibbons

My Football Book, by Gail Gibbons

My Basketball Book, by Gail Gibbons

Susan Fry is a writer and mother in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s written for Stanford Magazine, salon, the San Jose Mercury News, and many other publications. You will find links to all of her children’s book reviews on our Toys & Books page.


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Fresh Flower Footwear

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Fresh Flowers on Your Shoes? Yep!

Beautiful Blooms are the Ultimate Spring Accessory.

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It is time to get a little creative with all of the blooms in your garden. How about some fresh pretty petals to decorate your toes. Yes – your toes! What a fabulous way to show off a new pedicure and the pretty flowers from your garden. There is no reason they should be trapped in a bud vase in your bathroom. Take your flowers with you for the ultimate accessory.

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It is super easy. All you need is a little pipe cleaner and a few cut flowers – just about any size, shape and color can work. Put the flowers in place, wrap them with the pipe cleaner and you are ready to take a fresh step into spring. I added a little feather to my flip flops for a little extra color and I think it looks so cute.

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While you are at it – tie a little bouquet to your handbag too.

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Enjoy!

If you like this idea – please please please VOTE for Sweet Peas & Stilettos on Circle of Moms for the most creative use of spring flowers. It just takes a click. Thank you!

 

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

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Check out the Sweet Peas & Stilettos Ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide. This year’s list was focused on dads who like thrills, adventure and the good life. I hope this list inspires you to find the perfect gift for the men in your own life this year. Good luck!