Gift Wrap for a Good Cause

il_570xN.868981496_jgyhIf you still need holiday gift wrap, I want to direct your attention to this great Etsy shop Tuckerboys Noveltees which was launched by 20-year-old brothers Eddie and Mike Tucker, who have autism. Their shop features wonderful wrapping paper, coffee mugs and T-shirts created using the hand-drawn designs of local artists with autism (including Eddie and Mike themselves, who also process and ship out orders). A portion of each sale is donated to local charities supporting people with autism. I just ordered the Hanukkah Wrap ($10) for my remaining Hanukkah gifts–I think it is so cute! Read more about the Tucker Boys on this CBS local news story and support their store on Etsy.

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The Best Kids’ Holiday Threads at Nordstrom

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The holidays are inching closer and closer, and if you haven’t nabbed new threads for your kids to wear to holiday gatherings this year, now’s the time to do so! Our affiliate Nordstrom has some standout options for whomever you’re shopping for (baby, toddler, little kid, or big kid) and whatever style you prefer (classic and prim to trendy and edgy).  Top designer brands include Andrew Marc, Ava & Yelly, Appaman and more.

Also, Nordstrom knows just how stressful holiday shopping can actually be, so they’ve added some terrific extra services like free shipping and returns, free personal stylists, on-site alterations and tailoring, handy online ordering/in-store pickup and even curbside delivery (you never have to get out of your car…they’ll bring your purchases right to you!).  All of this makes for a calmer and more successful shopping experience; at Nordstrom, “Yes. We Got You.”

Here are some of my favorite Special Occasion Clothing for Kids this holiday season at Nordstrom:

Toddler Girl’s Pippa & Julie Majorette Jacket & Tank Dress Set ($54, sizes 12-24 months). She’ll have everyone snapping to attention in this crisp gold-braided jacket paired with a floaty gold tulle skirt.



Infant Boy’s Little Me Train Bodysuit, Tie & Pants Set ($34, sizes 3mos-9mos). What’s cuter than a baby boy wearing a bowtie? This holiday set is made of comfy cotton and the onesie makes for easy diaper-changing.  Love the mini corduroy pants!



Mini Boden Velvet Party Dress ($66, sizes 3 years-6 years). I love the classic styling and details on this soft velvet dress–such as the peter pan collar, delicate gold ric-rac trim, and red-stitched white buttons.


Bardot Junior Basic Chino Pants & Suspenders ($62, sizes 6-16, more colors available). This is a classic holiday look with a twist and pop of color.  Pair them with a crisp white Jb Jr Textured Dress Shirt ($49.50, size 8 and up). The pants are available in several other colors, too.




Appaman Mod Velvet Suit ($161, sizes 4 and up, also available in dark red). My son has had several Appaman suits and they are excellent quality.  This one will last him through any snazzy dress-up events this year. Slim-fitting and stylish.


Oppo Lumberjack Two-Piece Suit With Tie ($64.99, sizes 4 and up). Oppo is a new brand to me–they make some pretty funky “ugly sweater” patterned suits, and this one is actually one of their more subdued looks!  Perfect for holiday pictures and the matching clip-on tie just pulls it all together.


Halabaloo Aloha Flower Applique Dress ($130, sizes 12mos-24mos).  The eye-catching appliques will turn your baby into a mini-fashionista this holiday season–and underneath is a comfy navy skater dress.

_101949678Like what you see so far?  There’s plenty more!  Check out the entire selection of  Special Occasion Clothing for Kids at Nordstrom.

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Cozy Clothes for the Holidays at Gymboree

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Growing up in NYC, my kids are used to cold, slushy days during the winter holidays (it used to snow more, but now….). So every winter I make sure I have the necessary winter boots and cold weather accessories for them.  But, at holiday time, we also like to indulge in new “cozy clothes”–items that are comfy, warm, or just plain fun to wear during winter vacation.  “Cozy clothes” can be anything from fluffy hoodies to warm one-piece pajamas to furry slippers. And they make great gifts when you’re done with fulfilling toy wish lists!

At our affiliate Gymboree, you can find lots of “cozy clothes” for your own family to enjoy this holiday season.  These clothes are both practical to wear throughout the winter and fun enough to be a novelty gift for the holidays. Note: all of the items below are on sale, for up to 80% off:


Girl’s Dessert Hooded Pajama 1-Piece




Girl’s Fuzzy Pullover





Boy’s Food Hooded Pajama 1-Piece 

Santa Slippers

The prices at Gymboree really can’t be beat right now (by the way, if you’re shopping for a baby gift these days, there are also a lot of cute clothes on sale).

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Need Quick Gift Ideas? Check out Your “Interesting Finds” at Amazon

I am newly fascinated by Amazon’s Interesting Finds, the “suggested” gift ideas that you’ll find at the top of your browser when you’re logged into your Amazon account. I don’t know why I didn’t check these out before.  Clearly, they are paying attention to your shopping history because their suggested items today (some of which I’ve shared below) were right up my alley; if you “heart”/favorite certain suggestions, they’ll fine-tune them even further to your tastes the following day.  It’s a gold mine of gift ideas, especially for yourself!  Check out yours at Amazon’s Interesting Finds.


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Minted’s Gift Event: Deals on Stationery, Holiday Cards & More

Today only, Minted is offering 20% off its popular Personalized Stationery and 15% off all other gifts with code GIFTEVENT17.  I have given Minted’s personalized stationery and other products as gifts before and they were always very well received. Here are three of my favorite picks:

Simple Agate Foil-Pressed Personalized Stationery

Sticky Note Children’s Personalized Stationery


But Coffee First Day Planner, Notebook, or Address Book

PLUS, enjoy 15% off holiday cards with code SNOW through 12/4.  There are cards for every style and budget, with many options for formats (flat or folded card, ornament cards, petite cards, postcards, etc.)  Plus, this year you can effortlessly  create your cards with Minted’s free Text Us Your Photo service.  You simply text your photo to 415-301-CARD and Minted will text you back your photo styled in 5 holiday card designs selected especially for and styled with your photo—for free.

Graphic Joy Holiday Photo Cards

Hollyhocks Holiday Photo Cards

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Bargain Alert: 50% off Personalized Holiday Platters


I stopped by Milo Gift Shop (an old friend of this blog) and was pleased not only to find that these cute melamine holiday platters are on sale for 50% off (normally $48, now on sale for $24), but also that there are options for both Christmas and Hanukkah. The ones pictured above are two of my favorites. You can also find other non-holiday designs, too, at Milo Gift Shop.

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From the Archives: How to Print Invitations from a Digital File

Note: This post (from several years ago) is still one of the most-visited at this blog, so I thought I’d repost it now.  You can also use these tips for printings your own holiday cards or holiday party invitations from a digital file. 

Remember I asked you for opinions about Batman party invitations for S’s 5th birthday? Thanks for all of your input! Of course, I ended up choosing yet another invitation, from the Etsy shop My Pretty Printables. But I always get a little nervous about ordering a digital design that I’ll have to print myself, and from my own Google searches it seems that others are, too. So I thought I’d walk you through the process.

First, I bought a customized version of this Superhero II Birthday Party Invitation for $15. I liked the Pop Art-style and the fact that I could customize S’s eye color and initial.

Once I received the finished design, I uploaded it to Snapfish, where they offer cardstock stationery cards (I didn’t want floppy photo paper for the invites). I needed a full-photo, vertically oriented 5 x 7 card for my design, which I uploaded as if it were a photo itself. They arrived very quickly from Snapfish. Another site where you can do a similar upload is Vista Print, but they didn’t have the vertical 5 x 7 layout that I needed.

My Snapfish invitations arrived with matching white envelopes, but I wanted something a little more colorful, so I ordered solid color 5 x 7 envelopes from a site called Invitation Outlet.

I also ordered these sheets of Superhero Stickers ($1.99 for 4 sheets) from Birthday Express so I could decorate the envelopes, too.

And for the finishing touch, I used Neon Celebrate! (Forever) Stamps ($.44 each) from

Easy peasy and they turned out so cute! I’m curious…what do you generally do for your children’s birthday party invitations? Do you buy fill-in invites from a store? Order personalized invitations online? Or are you an Evite person? Let me know in the comments.

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Love, Cleo at Fishs Eddy



I was at Fishs Eddy recently and spotted the new Love Cleo Collection. It’s a little more sentimental than other Fishs Eddy lines (which can be more tongue-in-cheek), but is still colorful and fun. My favorite piece is the Keep Your Reality tray ($25.95). See the whole collection at Fishs Eddy.

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