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Blurb Holiday Gift Guide & Sale

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Can you believe that the holidays are right around the corner? I am still trying to hold on to the freedom and sunshine of summer, but I must admit that I am loving the lovely red leaves on the liquid amber trees outside of my kitchen, and all of the fabulous fall boots in the stores. Before we know it – winter will be here…

Rather than waiting to the very last minute to shop for holiday gifts, I think it might be my year to get personal, unleash a little creativity, and create one-of-a-kind gifts for my family.  I know my parents and in-laws will love receiving something special and this is the weekend to get started…


Ready for a little inspiration? Check out Blurb’s 2013 Gift Guide which is full of fabulous gift ideas – from children’s books, photo books and cookbooks too. Don’t think you have the creative juices to design a book all on your own? Not to worry….The Gift Guide is also an instruction guide for how to make a beautiful Blurb book gift for anyone in your life. They will teach you everything you need to know. It’s so much easier than you think! Get a head start on your Holiday gifts by creating your own Blurb books and save 20% through 10/7/13 with code EARLYBIRD20.

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…

Trina Turk Sale

Friday, September 6th, 2013


I fell in love with Trina Turk the moment I stepped foot into her Palm Springs shop a decade or so ago. I was obsessed and just wanted everything in the store. The bold colors, the modern prints, the chic patterns, the whole mid-century California vibe just sucked me right in. In fact I literally wanted to move right in to the store and live there forever. I just loved how the floor was covered with these spectacular white pebbles and I still dream of the day I can redo the foyer of my home to look just like the shop. Until that day comes I can obsess about Trina Turk pillows and rugs and fabrics….

I just found out that one of Sweet Peas & Stilettos favorite partners, Layla Grayce, is offering a 15% off Trina Turk now through 9/30/13 so of course I had to spread the word. Here is the promo code to use: TRINA15. In addition, you can also save an additional 15% off already reduced sale items at Layla Grace with the promo code EXTRA15. Don’t miss your chance to shop furniture, home decor, fashion (super cute handbags & iPhone covers!), baby and more with prices as low as $5! I hope you find a few items you love at prices you adore. Happy Shopping!

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

TOMS Black Wool Stripe Women’s Nepal Boots

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

TOMS Black Wool Stripe Women's Nepal Boots


With fall right around the corner it is time to shop for a new pair of boots. I’ve been on the hunt for some super comfortable everyday boots and I think I found exactly what I am looking for at TOMS. These wonderful Black Wool Stripe Women’s Nepal Boots will keep your toes warm all winter long with a super soft fleece lining. And how cool is the combination of suede, wool and moccasin-inspired whip stitching? This just might be the season to let your Uggs take a little rest on your closet floor…

Happy Family Stories from the Bright Side

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Lucky Me – The Not So Picky Eater


I love to eat. I don’t really love to cook, in fact I actually dislike cooking all together, but I do love food, especially really good food, and have always been an adventurous eater. I vividly remember eating frog legs in Singapore when I was a small child. My brother and I even picked out our frogs from the tank!  I always kept my fingers crossed that my son would love all sorts of food as much as I do. (And before I tell you my whole story I want to thank Happy Family for sponsoring this post. I love working with great companies like Happy Family.) So here goes…

Before my son was born, I feared that I would give birth to a child who came out the womb on the white diet. Don’t get me wrong –  I do have a fondness for butter, noodles, cheese pizza and hot dog buns, but I dreamed of so much more delectable goodness for my little boy and I didn’t want to have to hide the yummy flavors deep inside of some sort of mystery meat ball.  Somehow, I got lucky….

Early on we were off to a great start when I made fresh vegetable puree from organic vegetables and my son gobbled up every last bite. Well actually it was his nanny (thank you Tacy!)who made the purees every day while I was at work because I didn’t have the time or patience to cut, steam and mush up vegetables.  And I am not sure if all of the vegetables were actually organic, but they were vegetables and they were a colorful range of yellow, green, purple and orange and my son was eating them all. I was afraid of that dreary looking rice cereal for fear it would lead him down the white path so I steered clear as much as possible. Instead he enjoyed every color of the rainbow. I was thrilled to come across Happy Family so I could actually feed my son so much wonderful food without having to work too hard. I was off to a great start and thought I deserved some sort of prize for this one. My little dream was coming true.

A few years later we were still going strong and I was riding high with mommy pride. Most parents were more concerned with sleeping, walking and learning the alphabet but for whatever reason my focus was still on food. There was nothing I feared more than having a picky eater at home. I knew he would eventually learn his letters and would be running in no time, but I just wanted him to love all sorts of flavors and colors and textures.

Our next test was caviar – yes caviar. We are not talking Beluga and hundreds of dollars – believe it or not you can actually buy caviar at Ikea (and I do!).  My son had grown out of his egg allergy (thank goodness!) and I figured that it was time to introduce him to scrambled eggs. I decided to pop open a jar of caviar and pile a little dollop right on top (those scrambled eggs were a little too white for my liking – we needed a spot of color).  His eyes opened wide when I brought his plate over to the table. He had a hard time understanding the fish egg idea but just like George, he was incredibly curious. He poked them around a bit with his fingers to see what these little things were all about. Then before I knew it, he scooped them all up in one big bite. He started laughing uncontrollably at the sensation of these little beads popping in his mouth. He loved it. In fact he skipped the eggs and polished off the whole jar of delectable caviar on his own. Every last little bit….

From Indian curries and Mexican enchiladas to Swedish herring and of course the sushi bar, my son has developed an appetite for foods from all over the world. When my husband wanted to take him out for Ethiopian food – I was certain that we would finally meet our match. I was craving Ethiopian too so I thought we should just give it a try. I was silly of me to think he wouldn’t love having an excuse to eat with his hands. He was enchanted by the idea of tearing of a piece of injera (all by himself) and scooping up delicious bites of stew and vegetables. He was totally in control and loved the experience of eating and much as the flavors. It has now become a family tradition and we go out for Ethiopian food regularly. In fact it is usually my 6 year old son who requests it.

We are still working on his reading, it has been almost impossible to get him to sleep in his own bed, he stays up way too late, and getting ready in the morning is a chore for everyone in our house, but my son is a great eater. I know I have given him a lifetime of enjoyment knowing that he loves food from all over the world. We can’t win every battle and we will never be perfect parents but we can find the little things in life to make us happy and feel accomplished as parents. I know I am incredibly lucky. But when I look back I think it all started in the beginning with the rainbow of fruits of vegetables.It was a perfect step in the right direction. A dash of cumin, a few sprinkles of coriander and a sprig of cilantro – may my little Carl grow up to enjoy sharing great meals with his family and friends forever.

If you want to pick up some Happy Family goodness for your little one here is a quick link to find a store by you and you can also grab a coupon here to save $.50 off Happy Family organic snacks and meals.

And a few more things – I do want to let you know about Happy Families “Stories from the Bright Side” is a campaign that shines a humorous light on food and feeding challenges that parents have through sharing funny stories. Head on over to the Happy Family Facebook page and upload your own funny feeding story. Happy Family will pick a funny feeding story to award $20K towards their child’s college education (the rules and regulations are on the Facebook page). How cool is that! And another reason to love Happy Family… Happy Family believes that every baby deserves to be a happy baby. With every product sold, the company supports Project Peanut Butter, a nonprofit that feeds starving children in Malawi, Mali and Sierra Leone.

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Happy Family blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

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ModCloth Home Decor

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Perfect Ten-tickles Wall Decal

I have been a long time fan of ModCloth and all of their vintage inspired clothes, shoes and accessories. But now I have a whole new reason to visit their site – their wonderful collection of really cute and unique home furnishings. And the other night while I was catching up on a few episodes of Real Housewives of Miami, I was also tracking funky decor ideas that would look just as good in my home as they would in my niece’s college dorm room.

One of my favorite pieces is this Perfect Ten-tickles Wall Decal. My son loves fish and creatures of the sea and I think this cephalopod’s navy-blue appendages would look so cool peeping out behind his bed and with it’s modern look. I think it would create a bold look in a beach house living room too.

This vinyl sticker set can accent most flat, smooth surfaces including doors, windows, or mirrors, and ModCloth insists that they are easily removable when you decide to change the tides of your decor.

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!

Trina Turk Decorative Pillows

Monday, July 15th, 2013

I’ve been looking to find some summer color to help brighten up my family room and our very large grey couch and it looks like finally found was I was looking for tonight. I just love the fabulous colors of these Trina Turk decorative pillows. They are available at Layla Grace in case you want to pick up one or two for yourself.

Sweet Peas & Stilettos on Dot Complicated

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

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I was thrilled to be a guest contributor for the latest issue of Dot Complicated. Randi Zuckerberg and her team (special thank you to Ashmi!) have put together a great newsletter full of useful tips to help us all “untangle our wired, wonderful lives” and I shared some of my favorite technology solutions for grandparents. If you haven’t signed up already, here is your personal invitation to join Dot Complicated.