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 Holiday Sponsor & Giveaway: Barnes & Noble


Thanksgiving weekend is nearly upon us.  It’s time, most importantly, for celebrating our blessings with friends & family.  But also (let’s admit) time to start (or even finish) holiday shopping.  MyMomShops is offering one lucky reader a prize package valued at $230 with great items from Barnes & Noble. I want to thank Barnes & Noble for providing such wonderful prizes for our giveaway, which I will tell you about shortly.  But first….

If you’ve been in your local Barnes & Noble recently,  you’ve seen that this place is gift central.  Not just the books, obviously, but also the e-readers, toys, games, gadgets, housewares and gifts for everyone on your list.  Even the most discriminating shopper could get an entire gift list checked off here.  Let me show you some of my favorite B&N gifts you can snag either in-store or online right now:

1) Exclusive Cotton Throws ($39.95 each).  As the weather gets colder, every family needs a high-quality throw for various rooms in the house (personally, I use mine for napping in the living room).  These cozy throws are 100% cotton and come tied with a ribbon, ready for gift giving.


2) Executive Portable USB Turntable- Brown/Black ($109.95).  One of the top-selling gifts so far this season, this clever turntable takes your favorite vinyls and easily converts them to digital files.


3) Got a Frozen fan at home? A Frozen Musical Box ($24.95) is a classic holiday gift for little girls updated with her favorite heroes, Elsa and Anna.  It plays the now-classic “Let it Go.” Does she prefer Olaf?  There’s an Olaf Version, too, which plays “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”.  Be sure to check out Gifts for Frozen Fans of All Ages.



4) Lego Minecraft the Mine ($119.95).  If you’ve got a boy around age 8 like I do, your world likely includes lots of Minecraft.  Give him a break from screentime and replace it some quality creative building time with Minecraft Gift Items like this deluxe Lego set:


There’s so much more–for kids, grown-ups, grandparents, teachers, and just about everyone.  Be sure to also check out  This Season’s 10 Most Inspired Gifts, and be sure to enjoy free shipping on orders $25 or more (no code necessary, US only).

Now, the best part-  a huge Holiday Prize Package!!! MyMomShops is offering one lucky reader a prize package valued at $230 with great items from Barnes & Noble.  The gift package includes:

1) A $100 eGift Card to buy ANYTHING you want at  You’ll be able to take advantage of all of the Cyber Monday deals next week!


2) The Original Buddha Board ($29.95).  This is such a smart and creative gift, plus it’s eco-friendly, too.  Based on the Zen concept of living in the moment, you simply paint on the surface with water and watch your creation come to life.  As the water evaporates slowly, you can make a new masterpiece.


3) Multi Ramp Garage ($99.95).  Designed by famed International toy designer Hape International, this is a Barnes & Noble exclusive that features 4 parking levels, gas pumps, and a rooftop landing pad.


Win it! One MyMomShops reader will win this incredible prize package featuring gifts from Barnes & Noble valued at $230.  Here are the contest rules:

1) Visit Barnes & Noble online and tell us what you might buy with your gift card. Leave your comment on THIS post (click on “comments” below).

2) You may leave up to THREE separate entries- 1 entry with a comment as described above, 1 entry if you follow MyMomShops on Twitter, and 1 entry if you follow MyMomShops on Pinterest. If you wish to be notified by email if you are a winner, please be sure to leave a valid email address.

3) Post your entries by 11:59pm EST, Sunday, November 30th. Maximum 3 entries per person (as described above), please. US addresses only.

4) One winner will be chosen at random (using and announced on Monday morning, December 1st at

5) If any prize is NOT claimed within 24 hours, the next random winner (using will be contacted.


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



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2014 Holiday Gift Picks: Hanukkah-Themed Gifts

As usually happens, Hanukkah falls before Christmas–the first night of Hanukkah this year is Tuesday, December 16th and the last night is Christmas Eve. So if you’re shopping for Hanukkah gifts, there’s some extra urgency. Here are some of my favorite new picks this year (and be sure to check out my past Hanukkah gift picks, too):

Maccabee on the Mantel Book and Plush Gift Box Set ($34.99 at


Handmade Hanukkah (on sale for $17.95, regularly $19.95 at Kiwi Crate):

hanukkah_seamless_launch_croppedKids’ Personalized Hanukkah PJs ($49.50, sizes 6mos to 16 years at Chasing Fireflies):
Blue Whale Menorah ($24.95 at The Land of Nod):



Hanukkah Personalized Coloring Book & Crayon Set ($12.95 at Personalization Mall):





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