Have you entered our giveaway yet for a $150 gift certificate to Minted.com? It’s simple–just visit this link. The winner can spend the gift credit on whatever they wish–holiday cards, photo gifts, wall art, stationery…the possibilities are endless. The entry deadline is today at 11:59pm PT. Good luck!
For a limited time, you can get 40% off your entire purchase at Gymboree (no code needed, just click through the link). These are good discounts on styles your child can wear right now–plenty of warm outerwear and fleece separates. My top picks, shown above: Colorblock French Terry Fleece Dress ($22.17) and Boys’ Reversible Puffer Jacket ($38.97). Visit Gymboree.com.
Though most of us are too young to remember that day in Dallas (I was born 9 years later), I know many of us have memories of our parents or grandparents telling us about it. I still remember my late grandmother’s description of sitting glued to a black-and-white television watching the startling events unfold that weekend. And, more recently, I listened as my own mother told my 10-year-old daughter how she (then a teenager) shook candidate JFK’s hand when he visited New York City to campaign in 1960, and how mesmerized people were by him. And how, when the news broke, people on the street–complete strangers–were crying and comforting each other. My own memories of the JFK assassination are shaped in part by what I watched in several documentaries on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the assassination in 1983–I was in sixth grade and watched some of these shows with my parents on our new cable TV and VCR. Has it really been another 30 years, bringing us to half a century later? I still get goosebumps watching the same footage, over and over.
Times have changed–but the raw emotions have not. What will you tell your children about today’s significance?
Photo courtesy LA Times.
I am so excited about today’s giveaway, a $150 gift certificate to use any way you wish at one of my favorite sites, Minted. As you know, Minted is a San Francisco-based company that offers the best stationery & gift products crowd-sourced from talented independent designers. Minted has outdone itself this holiday season with the most superb new holiday cards….
….plus some fantastic new entries in its Wall Art category like the spot-it-everywhere Heart Snapshot Mix™ Art (starting at $29) which you’ll see popping up on many design blogs and Pinterest. It’s a great way to use your favorite Instagram photos and create a quick, easy, personalized gift.
Also, one of my favorite new products this season is Minted’s Personalized Wrapping Paper. I’ve searched for paper like this before but have found few options (and the ones I found were quite pricey). But Minted has made its new wrapping both totally creative (you can use your own photos, or keep photo-less, and you can change text, greetings, colors, and fonts) and very affordable (just $15 for 5 full 20 x 28″ sheets). I got to try out a sample of the Krafted Frames Personalized Wrapping Paper, shown in red below (I also recommend you check out the lovely On the Grid Personalized Wrapping Paper or the photo-less Chalkboard Monogram Wrapping Paper):
The red was a little too Christmas-y for my taste, so I created this version in beige instead (want a photo tip? Use the “outtakes” from your holiday cards that didn’t make the final cut…that’s how I created this one. Plus it gives a unified look to the entire design).
Here is our finished product (yes, I am already wrapping holiday gifts…Hanukkah is just one week away):
What would you buy with a $150 gift certificate to Minted.com?? It’s simple to enter this giveaway (note: this is different from our usual giveaway rules so keep reading). Just visit this link at Minted.com to enter the giveaway at Minted’s own website. Minted.com will be choosing 1 winner after all entries are received; the entry deadline is Monday, November 25th at 11:59pm PT. GOOD LUCK!!
Photos taken November 2013 from the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
If you’re on the hunt for Christmas sleepwear–and want it to be organic–take advantage of Hanna Andersson’s Save Up to 40% Off Kids & Baby Holiday Clothes Sale. The organic holiday-print sleepwear like the patterns shown above are almost all on sale, for $28 a pair (formerly $42). The sale (which includes both dressy holiday clothing & PJs) runs through Christmas at Hanna Andersson, but popular sizes sell out fast so shop early.
I’m pleased to offer our first of two big holiday giveaways this week–and, lucky for my fellow paper lovers–they both involve stationery. First up is a generous $100 gift certificate to Milo Gift Shop, a company I introduced to you last year. Founded by mom-of-3–and fellow paperphile–Maria Kalorides, Milo Gift Shop offers a superb selection of brightly patterned, personalized stationery and gift products–everything from family wall calendars to personalized notepads/notebooks, to iPhone cases. Lots of items are mix-and-match so you could put together a desk full of products in your favorite chevron pattern, for example. These make excellent holiday gifts for moms, aunts, grandmas,a nd teachers (and there’s still time to order for Hanukkah if you order by this Wednesday with 2-day shipping). Plus, personalization is always included in the price.
Even if you don’t win this fabulous giveaway, you’ll get a whopping 40% discount off any order at Milo Gift Shop with the exclusive discount code MYMOMSHOPS40.
Now, on to the giveaway! What might you buy with a $100 gift card to Milo Gift Shop? Here are some suggestions:
(Clockwise from top left, all shown in Navy Santorini pattern) Chunky Notepad ($55), Sticky Notecubes ($19), Chunky Notebooks ($39), Petite Notes in Lucite Holder ($56), Desk Blotter ($60), iPhone Case ($25), and Notecard Set ($26). I love the unified look of these desk accessories all in one pattern.
Madras Blue Monthly Calendar ($32). My kids and I could really use one of these–a Dry Erase repositionable calendar that keeps track of everyone’s schedules. Measures 16 x 11″- put one on the back of the front door so everyone in the family can spot it.
iPhone cases and iPad covers (phone cases $25, iPad covers $59). These hard phone cases and folio-style tablet covers are stylish and practical, plus available in bright patterns with or without photos. The patterns coordinate with other products in Milo Gift Shop’s collection.
There’s plenty more that you should check out at Milo Gift Shop–both stationery and gifts. Browse the Luxe Collection, Kids’ Gift Collection, Holiday Photo Cards, Luggage Tags, and Men’s Stationery Collection.
Win it! One MyMomShops reader will win an incredible $100 gift certificate to go on a shopping spree at Milo Gift Shop.
Here are the contest rules:
1) Visit Milo Gift Shop and tell us what your favorite products and pattern is (it does not need to be what you would purchase with your gift card). Leave your comment on THIS post (click on “comments” below).
2) You may leave up to FIVE separate entries- 1 entry with a comment as described above, 1 entry if you follow MyMomShops on Twitter, 1 entry if you follow MyMomShops on Pinterest, 1 entry if you “like” Milo Gift Shop on Facebook and, finally, 1 entry if you follow Milo Gift Shop on Twitter.
3) Post your entries by 11:59pm EST, Wednesday, November 20th. Maximum 4 entries per person (as described above), please. US addresses only.
4) One winner will be chosen at random (using Random.org) and announced on Thursday morning, November 21st at MyMomShops.com.
5) If any prize is NOT claimed within 72 hours, the next random winner (using Random.org) will be contacted.
I hope that by now you have seen our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Although it includes several dozen of my top holiday gift picks, I could not include everything I wanted to, so I’ll be featuring some other favorite finds separately–like these award-winning Magformers which I (and my 10-year-old daughter) first discovered at the Time to Play holiday preview.
If your kids like construction toys but have tired of their old sets, Magformers are definitely worth a look. Here are some of its features:
-Magformers use rare earth magnets called neodymium, which are the strongest magnets in the world (thus the premium price). They are safely incapsulated within the toy pieces.
-The magnets are designed to never reject and always connect (no frustration when building on a child’s part)
- There are a total of 25 sets available so far, with 14 geometric shapes, 9 colors and 65 total components.
My kids’ favorite set is the Magformers Lighted Set (shown at top) which has been selected by Amazon as one of the best gifts for kids in 2013. Designed for kids ages 6 and up (my 7-year-old and 10-year-old give it a big thumbs up), it has 55 components and a rechargeable LED light–kids use these to build space ships, diamonds, stars, and houses, all made even more spectacular with the light feature. And Amazon has it at a great price–reduced to $76.99 from $109.99.
But if your kids are younger (ages 3-6) you might want to check out a simpler set like the Magformers Wow Set 16 pcs (shown below). It is an easy-to-use set that includes easy to follow picture cards for assembling 20 mini-cars using different shaped piece and axle/wheel combos. The best price, again, is at Amazon ($35.30 compared to retail price of $49.99)
For more information, visit the Magformers site.
Disclosure: I received Magformers for purposes of this review. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions, as always, are entirely my own (or my kids’).
Now that my kids are aging out of Zulily sizes, I’m starting to use the site more for clothing & accessories for myself. Today there’s an excellent winter neutrals sale of clothing, shoes, handbags, and jewelry that are all on-trend for this winter, plus some of the items are very high-end and up to 75% off. Three of my favorites: the faux fur ribbed vest ($67.99) and Cream Lambskin Kan Kan Tote ($479) shown above, and also the holiday-perfect Ivory Lace Tula Dress ($56.99, shown below). Visit the sale at members-only Zulily. Still need an invitation to join? Here you go.
Editor’s Note: I found this post from way back in September 2008. So many memories. The crib tent, by the way, has now been recalled…how do parents keep climbing toddlers in their cribs now??
I recently had a few spare hours (a rare occurence) to clean out my kids’ rooms and figured I’d take some pictures while things looked orderly, so I could show you some of the purchases I’ve mentioned. Here are some photos of their bedrooms (not quite Liam McDermott’s room, but still nice, I think…):
First, my five-year-old daughter’s room.
Pink Katie Polka Dot Duvet Cover & Sheets by Pottery Barn Kids:
Candy Pillow Chum ($41.95) by Bla Bla:
Linen Birth Announcement Pillow ($65) at A Gift Affair (in the photo it’s inside the wicker basket, along with a beautiful mini-pillow R. received as a hand-made baby gift- thanks, Lindsay.)
First Year Frame by Pottery Barn Kids ($44). One of my all-time favorite baby gifts. Tip: order wallet size photos to fit the frame openings.
Personalized Photo Growth Chart ($29.99) from My Bambino.
White Gallery Frames (I used to frame R’s birth announcement), currently on sale at Pottery Barn Kids.
And now my 2-year-old son’s room:
“Imagine Create Play Dream” vinyl adhesive wall quote ($20.95) by Quote the Walls.
Schoolbook Bedding Collection (3 piece crib set for $54.99) by Dwell Studio for Target.
Cozy Crib Tent ($79.95). Save your sanity- and sleep- when your toddler learns to climb out of his crib.
Schoolbook Bedding Changing Pad ($11.99) by Dwell Studio for Target.
And, again, the Pottery Barn First Year Frame ($44). They grow so fast! (Thanks, Rosanne for this gift.)