Posts in the ‘Cool Kids Stuff’ Category

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


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…

Photo Book Sale

Thursday, September 5th, 2013


I will be the first to admit that planning beyond tomorrow just seems impossible these days. I have friends who are making plans for the Christmas holidays while I am still trying to enjoy the end of summer. And even though I don’t have a clue where my family is headed for Thanksgiving – I do know that Blurb has a ‘Thank You’ Sale going on right now. It is time to download your favorite summer pictures from your cell phone and create some fun photo books to give to your favorite family and friends as a little special thank you gift this holiday. Add a few special words including a special memory or a simple note of thanks to complete your custom photo book. Another fun idea would be to collect a bunch of your family’s favorite Thanksgiving recipes and include a few crazy pictures of your cousins and grandparents and create a keepsake everyone will treasure for generations to come. Make your books (hard copy or electronic) this weekend so you can take advantage of this special Thank You promotion and you can cross one more thing off of your to-do list. Enjoy 15% OFF your order now through Monday, September 9th, 2013.

Oh wait – I almost forgot – the promo code you will want to enter is TAKE15. Let me know what kind of book you end up making!

Photo credit: Familjen, I Tove Freiij, Blurb

flattenme Personalized Books & GIVEAWAY

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013


I have always loved giving and receiving personalized gifts. As much as I love my “C” necklace and my monogrammed tote bags, I think personalization is a particularly fun idea when you are shopping for babies and children. I know how easy it is to grab a box of Legos at Target on your way to a birthday party (while you are keeping your fingers crossed that you are picking the one box that the birthday child doesn’t already have!), but maybe this year you can consider buying custom, personalized books for all of those birthday parties. What do you think? They are just a click away…

A month ago I stumbled upon a company called, flattenme, and I was immediately intrigued. I just loved the unique name and was so curious to find out what they did. (Evidently I was a little late to the party as Orpah and team have already featured flattenme’s products in one of her gift guides. At least I know I am in good company…) When I checked out their site I read a fabulous story about how the idea for the business came to be and I loved their focus on imagination, inspiration and gifts of the heart. I knew this would be a perfect company to feature on Sweet Peas & Stilettos.

Owl Always Love You Carl arrived in the mail a few days ago. It is written by Robyn Spizman and illustrated by Erica Leighton.  After my son’s bath, when he curled up on the couch in his favorite blue stripped Hanna Anderson pajamas, I pulled out the book as a little surprise. His eyes lit up when he saw his name on the cover. “How did you do that Mommy?” It was a sweet bedtime story that was perfect for my 6 year old. With every turn of the page, he heard me read his name and he smiled in delight.


They also offer personalized books with photos. I love the Super Dad book and its humorous pictures. I knew at that moment that these high quality books with illuminating images would make wonderful gifts for kids of all ages. Who wouldn’t love receiving a customized superhero book? (even if dad looks a little silly in a cape…)

And while you are shopping at flattenme – take a look at these hysterical personalized water bottles. Such a fun way for your kids to keep hydrated all summer long…

JULY GIVEAWAY – If you want to WIN a FREE copy of Owl Always Love You that you can customize for your own child, simply let me know on Twitter or Facebook (see icons on top right of page). The winner will be randomly selected from entries and will be notified on July 31, 2013 after 12 noon, PST. Please note, the book if free and you will only be responsible for a nominal shipping charge.

I want to personally thank the team at flattenme for my copy of the book and for sponsoring this giveaway!

Varca Sandals

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013


I certainly wasn’t expecting to find my next pair of must have shoes in the Wall Street Journal….but alas…I must thank the WSJ for spotlighting these wonderful Varca Sandals in their recent guide to summer. They are available in lots of vibrant colors and I think I will definitely need a pair of the silver ones too. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always want to put my toes on full display and I just love that a hint of your toes can get a little fresh air and you can still get away wearing them with your less than perfect pedicure. They even make them for kids too.


Kids’ Kiko+™ ashiato animal footprint toy sandals

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Kids' Kiko+™ ashiato animal footprint toy sandals


Looking for a little summer fun for the kids? How cool are these Kiko+™ ashiato animal footprint toy sandals? I just stumbled across them in the lastest J. Crew catalog and was immediately smitten. Your kids can make super fun foot prints while they walk up and down the beach. You can pick them up in monkey, cat and dinosaur versions online at J. Crew and your children will be able to create a whole zoo on the sand. They would also make great summer birthday gifts for boys and girls alike.

Jellies Experience in Monterey

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013


One of our favorite family activities is to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It is only an hour from our home so it is a great place for a weekend afternoon trip.  Many times we get a hotel room in Carmel and make a weekend out of it.

Of course there are adorable otters, scary sharks, hilarious penguins, magical seahorses and all sorts of fabulous fish for the kids to look at and even tanks where they can actually touch creatures of the sea. And what kid doesn’t love getting their hands wet! But I have been so impressed with the current jellyfish exhibit titled, The Jellies Experience, and how the team at the Monterey Bay Aquarium has incorporate technology into a wonderful interactive experience for kids of all ages.

Here is how it works. There are about six small touch screen stations arranged for the kids. Children are able to draw images on the screens with their fingers, very similar to an iPad drawing application. They can pick from a rainbow of colors and two different widths of brushes. The idea is that they are to draw a jellyfish (my son usually likes to draw a submarine or two as well). When they have completed their picture they can release it out to sea. With a click of a button their image floats up to a large screen on the wall where their jellyfish floats around in the sea with the fish designed by all of the other children. It is just wonderful and the children squeal in delight watching their creature float in the big blue sea. As an added bonus, you can enter your email address and your child’s image gets sent right to your inbox. It is brilliant. You can go home and print you the image or make it your screen saver. You can also send it directly to grandparents or friends so they can get a colorful surprise in their email too.

Needless to say, my son is hooked on this awesome exhibit. And  I am too.

jelly-fish monterey bay aquarium

Happy Birthday Minted!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

15% off

Celebrate Minted’s anniversary with 15% off everything. Anyone who has visited Sweet Peas & Stilettos knows how much I LOVE all of the products at Minted. I am so thrilled for their success and I bet the next 5 years will be full of even more creative and colorful treats for all of us. Happy Anniversary Minted! Now we can all celebrate.



Monday, February 25th, 2013


Fabulous sale alert! Starting today, through Wednesday, February 27thTea Collection (one of Sweet Peas & Stilettos’ favorite partners) is offering you the chance to buy 3 separates and get the 4th one free on select styles with promo code 4FUN. Just look for the 3+1 icon for participating styles. Stock up on comfortable and durable pants and cool t-shirts for boys. Mix and match adorable girls’ tops and bottoms for endless outfit combinations. A little tip – A number of favorites from the South Africa selection (that your kids will ove) are included in the sale.  It is a perfect opportunity to stock up on colorful basics for spring and summer.

Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of this amazing sale from Tea Collection! Happy Shopping & Happy Saving too!


Tea Collection SALE

Sunday, February 10th, 2013


I have always thought it would be so fun to work at Tea Collection and travel all over the world to find inspiration for their upcoming collections. I envision it as nothing but a creative adventure, but I know they must work really really hard. I am always excited to see what country or continent they have picked out. Since I have always wanted to visit South Africa, I was thrilled to see that South Africa was the inspiration for their latest collection. And it gets better, because from now through Valentine’s Day, 2/14/13, Tea Collection is offering 15% off sitewide with promo code GOTHERE15. You can shop the hottest spring looks inspired by Tea Collection’s travels to South Africa or take an additional 15% off already reduced sale items. Spring will be here before you know it so it is a great time to stock up for the sunshine. Hurry, don’t miss your chance to shop this great sale from Tea. Happy Shopping!