MyMomShops Best of 2014

Before I disappear for awhile on winter break (I’ll resume posting on January 5th), I want to share with you my yearly roundup of favorite things from MyMomShops.com in 2014.  I always love digging through my own archives to write this post because 1) Even *I* forget some of the favorite products I’ve recommended and 2) It is great trip down memory lane.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Also, feel free to check in with me on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram during the break.

Favorite Kids’ Clothing Find: Oil and Water Rainwear. You’ll want these in your size. Trust me.
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Favorite Trade Show Find:  Mistaken Lyrics Coaster Set.  Check out these botched lyrics to your fave 80s tunes.  mistaken-lyrics-coaster-setFavorite Real-Life Store to Browse: Anthropologie. Can I have everything in this store? Pretty please?

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Favorite Piece of Jewelry: Tortoise Necklace.  I get so many compliments on this necklace–it is trendy and affordable.

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Favorite New Website for Kid Stuff: Bumblebean.  This is a go-to site for indie kids’ clothing, toys, decor and gifts.  Check out my “expert” collections there.
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Favorite Décor Find: Coney Island Photography pillows by Mina Photography.  Gorgeous beach-themed wall art and other decor items, too.

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Favorite Grandparent Gift:  70 Years of Memories.  I had so much fun doing this for my dad’s 70th birthday.

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Favorite Keepsake Gift: Baby Clothes Keepsake Quilt.  This was on my to-do list for years–do you want to make one for your kids, too?

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Favorite Post: 7 Ways to Glam Up Your Desk with Gold Accessories.  This post got lots of traffic on Pinterest and Twitter and I had so much fun writing it.

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Favorite Purchases for Myself:  Shopping at Boden for my 20th reunion.  Though I know it seems impossible that I graduated college 20 years ago (ahem), I celebrated my reunion in style wearing lots of Boden outfits.

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Favorite Blogger Event: Donna and Kelly Reunited.  Thanks to “The Moms” for inviting me to see Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth discuss their new TV show.

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Favorite Stationery: Personalized Halloween Notecards.  Perfect for thank-you notes for my Halloween birthday gifts.

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Favorite Celebrity Baby: Prince George (of course!).

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Holiday Gift Pick: Personalized Gold Notebook from Minted

minted-custom-journalYou’ll have to hurry to receive this one in time for Christmas, but you should still bookmark this 21st Century Girl Journal by our affiliated Minted as a cute, thoughtful, and affordable gift. I gave one to my sister last night for Hanukkah and she loved it. These 5.5 x 8.5″ journals cost $16 and are actually available as notebooks, planners, or address books; plus you choose the binding you want (spiral or grommet), interior (blank, lined, or graph paper), and the cover color (gold or bright pink). Browse these and other custom journals at Minted.com.

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Holiday Gift Pick: Family Name Typography Poster

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Remember the photo art print of my kids that I showed you recently from Hatch.co? That same artist has an Etsy shop called Ink of Me where I found another holiday gift pick I wanted to share with you. These Family Name Typography Posters make great holiday or housewarming gifts and are very affordable (starting at $15 for an unframed 8 x 10 print; larger sizes available too). You provide the family name, year of “establishment”, and state (plus you can have a heart mark the exactly city/town location), and you choose the colors. I gave two of these as early holiday gifts and they were hits. Browse these and other customized prints at Ink of Me.

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Today-Only Deals at Hanna Andersson

ha-largeCoupon-shy Hanna Andersson is offering an extra 15% Off, free shipping on orders of $50+, and $20 Kids Long Johns at Hanna Andersson today only. You’ll get to enjoy that 15% off already marked-down sale items, too. Hanna Andersson doesn’t offer these deals often, so take advantage today at Hanna Andersson.

Psst!  Want more quick deals like this one?  Be sure to follow me on Twitter where I post many other deals I don’t have a chance to blog about here.

 

 

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Free Shipping on Holiday Toys at Bumblebean

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If you’re still stumped for holiday gifts for your kids, head over to Bumblebean today where you’ll enjoy free shipping on most orders, including these newly arrived Holiday Toys I’ve selected for you. One of my personal favorites is, of course, Fisher Price’s See n Say.  There are also great new products from Melissa & Doug including the ever-popular Cook’s Corner Wooden Play Kitchen (on sale for $90.99). No code needed for free shipping; it will automatically apply on qualifying orders.

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Chew on This

appeteethersI’m a sucker for cute teething toys, and Little Toader’s AppeTeethers take the cake as today’s newest clever and eco-friendly option. These faux-food silicone teethers are not only adorable to give as gifts (a teething baby chomping on a “Baby-Q Rib”? C’mon…) but they are also a feel-good option for a teether that’s safe to gnaw on; they are totally BPA, PVC, Lead and Phthalate-free. Buy them for $9.99 a pop (or lollipop) at Little Toader.

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Wordless Wednesday: William, Kate & Me

kateSorry for being AWOL this week, but, as my friends & family correctly predicted, I was busy trying to see William and Kate on their visit to NYC.  And I did!  My photos are blurry–security prevents fans from getting as close as I did when Princess Diana was here for her last visit in 1997–but it was still exciting to spot them.  Plus, I did some TV, radio, and print interviews.  You can read some quotes from me in this Vanity Fair story about NYC going gaga for Kate.  I’ll share more with you soon!

Photo courtesy of Vanity Fair.

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MyMomShops Holiday Sponsor: PomegranateKids

pomegranateI’d like to welcome our newest holiday sponsor, Pomegranate, a super publishing house that products museum-quality fine art books, stationary, calendars and puzzles. Its special children’s line, PomegranateKids, publishes beautiful fine art books for children as well as puzzles, sticker calendars, and other holiday-worthy gifts. If you’re looking for holiday gifts that are a cut above the usual suspects (tired of the Frozen gifts, anyone?), take a look at PomegranateKids. Here are some of my favorite gift picks (and be sure to scroll to the end of the post for an exclusive coupon code):

Houses–Frank Lloyd Wright Coloring Cards ($12.95).  If you’ve got a kid who loves architecture and design (like my 11yo daughter does), they’ll appreciate this 10-notecard set (2 each of 5 designs by the famed architect) with envelopes in a handy metal box.  Comes with 6 nontoxic crayons, too.

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Charley Harper Birds Mobile ($34.95).  A beautiful holiday gift for a new baby, this colorful mobile features the art of longtime Cincinatti Resident Charley Harper (1922-2007). Easy to assemble, the mobile features 8 of Harper’s birds (including a cardinal, a blue jay, and a red-bellied woodpecker) flitting about in a joyful display.

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Robert Pizzo’s Amazing Animals Sticker Calendar ($14.99).  Kids love to get their very own calendars as holiday gifts, and this eco-friendly sticker calendar is a great way to help them look forward to the upcoming year.  Each month has full-color artwork and there are over 150 stickers to commemorate holidays or special occasions.

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Three Classic Children’s Stories ($17.95).  This gift-worthy book is perfect for the holidays, but also year-round as a baby gift or birthday gift.  Three well-known classics–Little Red Riding Hood, Jack the Giant-Killer, and Rumpelstiltskin–are updated and included plenty of giggles for kids and grown-ups alike.  A great bedtime read with beautiful illustrations, too.
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Enjoy 15% off any order of $20 or more at Pomegranate with code “mymomshops” now through December 15th.

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