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.


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.


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.


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.

Enjoy 15% off any order of $20 or more at Pomegranate with code “mymomshops” now through December 15th.

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Christmas Eve on Sesame Street

christmas-eve-on-sesame-stIf you’re of a certain age, you may remember Christmas Eve on Sesame Street.   First airing in 1978, it is a much loved Sesame Street special where everyone is excited for the holidays until a question from Oscar to Big Bird (how does Santa fit through those skinny chimneys?) throws everything into a tailspin.  The hour-long special is filled with your favorite old-time characters (remember Mr. Hooper?), vintage footage of NYC, and some of the best Sesame music ever.  I remember watching this at age 6 and being particularly moved by the Ernie/Bert version of the “Gift of the Magi” storyline (watch and see).  It’s a holiday classic that isn’t often seen on TV anymore, but I guarantee you and your kids will love it.  You can buy it on DVD for $7.14 at

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2014 Holiday Gift Picks: Gifts for Preschoolers

This is one of my favorite categories of gifts to suggests–gifts for the 3-to-5-year-old range are just so adorable.  Here are some of my favorites.  Be sure to check out other gift ideas for preschoolers–many with free shipping in my Bumblebean collection, too:

Skip Hop Lunchies gift set ($20 at Skip Hop). So cute, this limited edition gift set includes an insulated lunch pack plus matching straw bottle.  Available in polar bear, penguin, and moose–the penguin is my favorite.

Mudpuppy Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar Block Puzzle ($14.95 at A sweet and affordable gift, this set forms 6 picture puzzles based on the beloved children’s classic.

Eric-Carle-BlocksPillow Fight ($38.49 at Perpetual Kid).  Encourage peaceful conflict among preschoolers (and their bigger siblings) with these Pillow Fight pillows.  Set of 4 pillows:  Nunchakus, Sword, Axe, and Ninja Star.



Snow Ball & Snow Block Maker Set (on sale for $19.96, originally $24.95 at LL Bean).  Even the smallest preschoolers can get in on the snow day action with these simple-to-use snowball and block makers.  The molds are light, durable, and they really work (we have them, too!)snowballmaker


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hardshell Rolling Luggage Case ($49.99).  Sized just right for preschoolers, this hard-shelled rolling luggage is perfect for visit to Grandma’s or weekends away.

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The Prettiest Picture of Your Kids at

Have you visited our new affiliate yet?  It’s kind like a smaller version of Etsy, where products by dozens of talented indie “makers” are completely customizable with your choice of text, photos, or graphics.  There’s everything from housewares to jewelry to clothing. If you want a really, really unique gift for someone (grandparent gift? wedding gift?) without breaking the bank, this is the way to go.  I especially love the photo-based gifts (you can search easily by category).

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I had the opportunity to try out a product from and chose this 11 x 14 Custom Stencil Sketch Poster ($42) of my kids, based on a photograph I provided (it was actually last year’s holiday card photo).  It’s by Hatch “maker” Ink of Me, and I adore his work. The poster is digitally hand-drawn (no special Photoshop filters or actions) and I love how it turned out. Does it represent my kids at MOST of their typical moments? Of course not…that’s why it’s a special gift to myself!

Go take a look at all the wares at and find something special for someone even more special for the holidays.

Shopping tip: Get $15 off your first purchase at simply by voting on 5 possible upcoming products. See the homepage for details.

I received a discount for my purchase at  I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are, as always, entirely my own.  

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#GivingTuesday: Gifts that Give Back

This #GivingTuesday, I want to share some special holiday gift picks I learned about at various blogger events this Fall.

First is the beautiful collection of goldtone, glass and nickelwork pieces by artist Michael Aram at Bloomingdales.  He will donate 5% of the purchase price of these item to The Child Mind Institute, a not-for-profit organization committed to transforming mental health care for children everywhere.  As a New Yorker who consults parents of children with special needs (including mental health issues) at Special Kids NYC, I wholeheartedly endorse the Child Mind Institute and its mission.  My favorite items from the collection shown below are the Snow Globe ($75) and Menorah ($195)


Next are some great gifts by Pottery Barn that benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping to support research and treatment for pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases. I am proud that my own kids have chosen St. Jude’s as the charity they would like to support this holiday season by donating all the money we have collected in our change jar over the past year:

Chunky Cable Throw (on sale for $125 at Pottery Barn).  I’m a sucker for luxurious faux-fur throws–they are perfect for taking an indulgent nap, or just to glam up your home by draping them over a sofa or bed.  For each Chunky Cable Throw with Fur Trim sold between October 1, 2014, to December 24, 2014, Pottery Barn will donate 20% of the purchase price to St. Jude.

Jingle Peace Embellished Filled Pillow ($39.50 at Pottery Barn). This on-trend pillow would look stylish in so many rooms of your home year-round, whether in a den, playroom, or a tween’s bedroom. The jingle bells make it extra fun, of course. As with the faux fur throw shown above, 20% of the purchase price will be donated to St. Jude.


Please follow me on Twitter today where I’ll be sharing many more #GivingTuesday opportunities.

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Holiday Prize Package Giveaway Winner

Barnes & NobleCongratulations to Julie, entry #51 selected by, who wrote “I would buy books, books and more  books :).”  Julie, please e-mail me to claim your prize. Everyone else, thank you for entering the giveaway and please take advantage of all the Cyber Monday deals at Barnes & Noble.

It’s a busy day today and I have Cyber Monday deals galore to share with you–please follow me on Twitter today where you can nab all of them!

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Free Shipping through Cyber Monday at Bumblebean

bumblebeansmallbizIt’s not too late to support Small Business Saturday.  Over at Bumblebean, you can shop any of my “expert” holiday collections with free shipping through tomorrow (Cyber Monday).  Check out my holiday gift picks for newborns & infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age kids, and moms (always remember to treat yourself, too!). Free shipping is good through Monday, December 1st and lots of items are already marked down, too.

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MyMomShops Black Friday Sponsor: My Little Jules

my-little-julesI’m pleased to welcome our latest sponsor, My Little Jules, this Black Friday.  My Little Jules is a superb online boutique featuring girls’ clothing, shoes and accessories from designer brands like Persnickety Clothing, Mustard Pie Clothing, Tutu Du Monde, Ooh La La Couture, and Livie and Luca.  These unique separates and outfits truly reflect the essence of childhood, combining lasting quality with style and comfort. My Little Jules carries sizes newborn through 16 (great news for those of us with tween girls).  So whatever age girl you are shopping for, you’ll find something you love–whether a holiday outfit, birthday girl dress, or everyday outfit, plus special occasion shoes and one-of-a-kind accessories.

My Little Jules is going all out this Black Friday weekend with amazing deals for you to enjoy.  There are big discounts on top brands like Persnickety, Mustard Pie, and Livie & Luca (already marked down, no code needed), PLUS  you can “pick your price” by applying these coupon codes on top of those sale prices: 15% off total purchase with code 15off, $10 off $50 with code 10off50, $20 off $100 with code 20off100, $50 off $200 with code 50off200, $75 off $300 with code 75off300, or $150 off $500 with code 150off500 (please note these codes expire on Sunday night at 11:59pm PST).

So, what should you buy?  Hera are my top picks:

Baby by Persnickety Clothing Holiday Cassie Dress in Multi ($84 before the discount) paired with Holiday Gaucho Pant in Red ($50 before the discount):


Mustard Pie Mia Tunic Dress ($64 before the discount, sizes 6mos-12 years):


Livie and Luca Purl Shoes in Gray (on sale for $46.50, regularly $62, sizes 2, 3, and 4 remaining):

Also, check out the popular “25 for $25 doorbusters”—25 boutique girls clothing items for only $25 (and you can stack those additional “pick your price” coupons mentioned above on these doorbusters, too).  My doorbuster pick:

Baby Sara Twofer Pink Ruffle Dress (on sale for $25, regularly $64, sizes 3-5):

Baby-SaraAnd did I mention that you will enjoy automatic free shipping on all US orders of $50 or more as well as $2.99 flat rate shipping?

Finally, if you’re shopping tomorrow (Small Business Saturday) rather than today, note that you’ll get a bonus gift from My Little Jules–a free Persnickety Clothing shirt with any order of $200 (after all the discounts are applied), a $46 value. Simply add the shirt to your cart and the discount will be applied automatically at during checkout.

Visit My Little Jules and check its Facebook page and Twitter feed all weekend for more deals and giveaways!

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are, as always, entirely my own.



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MyMomShops Picks: Favorite Black Friday Deals

Happy Thanksgiving! Watch this space and bookmark this post for coupons and sales at your favorite retailers. Updated throughout the holiday weekend. Also follow me on Twitter for dozens of deals at other shops and sites.

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