Total Solar Eclipse

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the US will experience its first total solar eclipse in many years on August 21, 2017.  While here in NYC we will only experience it as a partial eclipse (I envy those of you in South Carolina!) my kids and I are still very exctied about it.  And I’ve come across some fun (and practical) eclipse souvenirs as well:

Solar Eclipse 2017: The Complete Kids’ Guide and Activity Book for the Great American Solar Eclipse  ($4.95 at Amazon)


4-Pack Premium ISO and CE Certified Lunt Solar Kid Size Eclipse Viewing Glasses ($19.95 at Amazon)


Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever Stamps ($7.84 for a sheet of 16 at the USPS store).


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PB Teen Paige Swivel Chair

My almost-14-year-old daughter, who is starting high school (!!!) this Fall, saved her own money and chose this brand new Paige Swivel Chair from PB Teen for her new desk. Just like her mom, she loves acrylic furniture with gold accents. Luckily, we grabbed this chair on a day PB Teen was offering 25% off (even on furniture) so we paid $300 rather than $399. Keep an eye out for future promo codes especially at the end of summer, around Labor Day weekend.


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Back to School with Gymboree

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking through these links. I was compensated for this post.

It’s that time of year–back to school shopping! Sadly, both of my kids have outgrown Gymboree, a brand I’d relied on since they were babies. From nursery school through elementary school, I’ve bought school clothes and accessories for both of them here, especially my daughter who needed navy and white uniform pieces for grades K-8. But it’s still fun to browse Gymboree’s back-to-school clothes each summer. Here are two of my picks for Fall:

Lightning Backpack (regularly $36.95, on sale for $18.48) If you’re looking for a cute boys’ backpack that’s not character-themed, Gymboree has some fun ones like these. This one even glows in the dark.
Lightning Backpack
Polo Dress (Regularly $26.95, on sale for $16.17). My daughter practically lived in Gymboree uniform skorts, jumpers, and dresses throughout elementary school. They wash super well and will even last for more than one school year. Note: it’s also available in two shades of pink and in red.

Polo Dress


Visit the on-sale back-to-school collections at Gymboree and, in fact, enjoy up to 50% off Regular Priced Items and 40% off Markdowns sitewide!


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Scratch & Grain Baking Mixes


Have I mentioned that my 13yo daughter is an incredible baker? She makes some amazing photo-realistic cakes of everything from cheeseburgers to Hershey bars to Minecraft.  I’ll post the pictures another time.

In the meantime, when she (and I) don’t have enough time or energy to take on one of her full-day baking projects, we’re always looking for quicker ways to make sweet treats. While finding “healthier” version of baked goods isn’t high on her agenda, it is on mine. So I was happy to have the opportunity to try out Scratch & Grain baking mixes. Launched two years ago by a “mom-preneur” who secured a “Shark Tank” deal (!!!), Scratch & Grain makes high-quality, deliciously natural, organic, GMO-free baking kits that come with pre-measured, individually-packed ingredients. If you don’t have time (or inclination) to hunt down ingredients or measure them, this is for you. Also, they cost a reasonable $8 per box.

We got several mixes to try (including the confetti cupcakes and pumpkin bars shown above, which we are saving for a little later, including Halloween). But my daughter made the Sugar Cookie Mix with great success. They were easy to make, quick to bake, and tasted great (perhaps a bit granier and not as sweet as traditional sugar cookies, but that’s what I prefer anyway). Even though my daughter noticed that ingredients included flaxseed (“Yuck!”) neither of us tasted anything objectionable in the finished product.

By the way, there are gluten-free kits available, too, including a yummy Chocolate Truffle Cookie Kit. Check out all the options at Scratch & Grain.

Disclosure: I received product samples for purposes of this review. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions expressed are, as always, my own (well, and my daughter’s). 😉

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

_101053141It’s that time of year…late July and time for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!   It’s the store’s most popular sale of the year for good reason–tons of new fall items are marked down through August 6th and prices will go back UP on August 7th.  Plus everything has free shipping and free returns.  I’ll be taking a look for back to school clothing for my pre-teen and teenager , but there are also tons of cute infant and toddler outfits like the above-pictured Baby Cardigan, Dress & Leggings Outfit (Cardigan is $22.90, will go up to $35; Dress/Leggings set is $25.90, will go up to $39).

Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale quickly while the popular sizes are still in stock.

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I just returned home to find a prize package from Knock Knock waiting for me. I’m so excited because it is one of my absolute favorite companies for clever gifts and stationery products. Here’s what I won: Sweet Treat Paint by Numbers Kit ($16) with coordinating frame for finished product (not available online yet), Loved Paper Ribbon Award ($10), High Five Sticky Notes ($3,99). Thank you, Knock Knock, for these awesome goodies!

PS: You, too, should follow them on Instagram, too, and maybe you’ll win their next giveaway!


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Giveaway: Remembering Princess Diana

dianagiveawayThis past Saturday would have been Princess Diana’s 56th birthday. In honor of her birthday–and anticipating the 20th anniversary of her death in August 1997–I am running a giveaway at my Instagram account, @RememberPrincessDiana. The prize is a $25 credit to my popular Ebay shop “RememberPrincessDiana”, featuring dozens of the prized books and magazines about Diana from 1981 to the present. Many of these items are now rare/hard-to-find and they’re all priced to sell (unfortunately I just don’t have the room to keep it all in my NYC apartment). Go enter the giveaway here–it’s easy! (p.s. All items shown in the collage above are available in my Ebay shop and could be purchased with this gift card).

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2017 National Stationery Show: More Favorites!

Here, in no particular order, are some more favorite cards I discovered at the National Stationery Show this past May.  Not all are available yet online, but check the websites for updates:

“Gluten” Birthday card ($3.95 at Naughty Betty):


Book by Its Movie Art Print ($15 at The Witty Gritty Paper Co):


Birthday Gemstone Cards ($5 at Wild Ink Press):


Dad Bunch Card ($5 at Tay Ham):


Corinthians Love is Patient card ($5 at Loud House Creative):


Michael Phelps Birthday Card ($4.50 at Fresh out of Ink):


“Pacific Northwest” card by ILee Papergoods:


How’ve You Bean? Card by ($6 at Grove Street Press):


“Donald Trump” Birthday Card ($4.50 at Huckleberry Letterpess):



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Talking Summer

iPhone-6_1024x1024It’s almost officially summer which means I’ll switch to my favorite warm-weather Iphone case, the Forever Summer case by LA-based Iron Curtain Press. I was lucky enough to nab this design when it was first exhibited at the stationery show a few years back. It’s slim and simple but reminds us of favorite summer treats–tacos, watermelon, umbrella drinks, surf and sun. The mint green color pops up in my purse everytime I think I’ve misplaced it.;-) Best of all, it costs just $16. Buy it here.

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